Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

Title: Alias Johnny Dark

Logline: An investigative reporter decides to help a mental patient. As he starts to uncover the truth someone is trying to stop him. It becomes clear that his life is in danger.

Synopsis: Investigative reporter Deuce Denton works for a major New York paper. He hasn't had a case for some time and then a letter arrives.It is from a man being held in a mental institution. He pleads for Denton's help claiming to have amnesia. The man calls himself Johnny Dark. Denton is skeptical but the letter is compelling so he decides to go forward. The doctors and the police tell him that Johnny Dark (real name Art Jamieson) has committed a brutal attack on an innocent victim. Denton's search to uncover the truth leads him to the west coast and also into the sinister side of the thoroughbred horse racing world. As he gets closer to the truth it becomes obvious that someone is trying to stop him. When the victim dies and the heat turns up, he get beaten up out west and assaulted in an alley in New York. If his plan to expose the killer goes wrong he will surely be killed.

Title: JAVIER LAST RIDE

Logline: Road cycling group that has a ghost rider, they must discover why Javier is left behind. WGAW# 1421967

Synopsis: Colonel Henderson and Javier retired from the Marines. They assembled a road cycling group named the Flying Dragons. The group in three years has 185 members with forty miles rides on Saturday and Sunday. Javier, whom at the last intersection of the route, gets killed by a speeding car. The group commences to ride once again, on the second week after he was killed. Javier is reverting as a ghost back in his bed as on the morning of his accident. He has no memory of the previous ride and doesn't realize that he is a ghost. Flying Dragons can sense his presence, by the flicking of the street lights and buzzards which are encircling. The Flying Dragons is planning an intervention with the help of Doctor Greenberg and the Ghost Seeker. They must have limited interaction with Javer not to frighten him away. They must keep the cycle of events, led him into the light, before designate time runs out.

Title: A Silent Cry

Logline: Justin Turner a wealthy and well respected psychologist suffers amnesia after saving a woman from abduction. He struggles to piece together the truths of his life.

Synopsis: In this gripping story Justin Turner rescues Sharon Visser from an attempted abduction that leaves Justin with amnesia and Sharon by his side racked with guilt. A growing attraction develops between the two as Justin tries to discover his identity. Through a series of voice recordings Justin senses a coldness behind his past raising the question of why he, a man of thirty-four years has always been alone? With the introduction of mysterious characters Justin puts together the pieces of a complex puzzle; a journey that has him chasing a serial rapist and questioning his sexuality. The mystery unravels itself in one confronting and emotional finale. A dramatic twist few will foresee. AWG Registration Number 9085 Please respond to enzodi@bigpond.com Sincerely, Vincenzo Di Dio

Title: DEAD AT 11

Logline: Is reality real? The Cape's only anchorman needs to know, as a bullet blasts past Ted Kennedy's head and splatters the brain of a reporter. Can Matt's screenplay...DEAD AT 11...be playing out?

Synopsis: Anchorman Matt Nelson has been on Cape Cod longer than he planned, but it's such a great place to raise a family. He's been contemplating a screenplay for years called, DEAD AT 11, figuring he can make the big bucks writing for the big screen. The central scene is a line of TV crews setup at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester waiting for Senator Ted Kennedy to announce his retirement. Kennedy is to be live at the top of the 11 o'clock news. A shot rings out. It justs misses Kennedy and splatters the brain of a Channel 5 reporter all over his camera lens. The assumpion is it was meant for Ted. Kennedy is rushed off, as the cameras turn their focus to the downed reporter. In downtown Boston, the Channel 5 newsroom is in chaos. When another reporter is gunned down in Providence, all bets are off. Nelson is sent to cover Kennedy's actual retirement, and Matt's mind is blown as his screenplay unfolds right in front of him. Reality gets hazier as the killer and his bond to Matt unfolds.

Title: The Keeper

Logline: God's warrior on Earth doesn't want the job.

Synopsis: Jack Stone is 19 and anything but average. Blamed for killing his family 10 years ago and seeing a man that no one else can see, he is branded an outcast, but Jack can't remember what happened that night and blames the church for his family's death. After being killed himself, he is sent to purgatory where he discovers his true destiny and must stop the man who killed him, but Jack has other plans in mind and wants to find out the truth of what really happened to his family, even if it means facing his own demons. Is he really a monster like everyone's always believed or are there darker forces at work.

Title: THE WOODS

Logline: 1972. The death penalty is abolished and someone is killing young women in Northern Michigan. Someone else doesn't like that at all. NATURAL BORN KILLERS meets THE UNFORGIVEN.

Synopsis: The motivation behind THE WOODS was my own reaction to the violence in suspense and action films. I love it. I love, along with everyone else, the catharsis. Then it occurred to me that anyone who can kill a bunch of human beings without a shred of remorse and jump into bed with his/her love interest or go out and party with his/her (remaining) buddies is some form of sociopath. I think THE WOODS is a commercial story with very good catharsis and a very sympathetic hero but there is something more underlying the suspense and the action and a shocking twist at the end. Bio: I am a member of Garry Marshall's "core group" (his words). I did some story editing work on NEW YEAR'S EVE. I attended the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State. I have a degree in English literature. I also have another script ready to go. A Supernatural/Comedy/Buddy movie titled DARK TOWN. (THE LOST BOYS meets a combination of BAD BOYS and LETHAL WEAPON 3.)

Title: STANDPOINT

Logline: Two dedicated Israeli and Palestinian leaders have their worlds shaken when they learn they were switched at birth and must now struggle with their true identities.

Synopsis: Forty years ago, two expecting couples, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, are visiting New York City. Unknown to each other, the women go into labor giving birth to beautiful, healthy baby boys, on the same day and in the same hospital. With their newborns, both couples return to their homes in Jerusalem to raise their respective sons. ISAAC grows to become a devout Orthodox Jew, and ISHMAEL develops an unshakable belief in Islam. While children, they develop an uncommon friendship. As the years pass, the boys grow to become proud leaders of their nations. Today, with terrorism around every corner and war looming ever closer, vital decisions much be made to save the region from total destruction. Suddenly, the two men have their lifelong religious faiths shattered when they discover they were switched at birth. Now, they must confront the truth about their identities, their families and their religions. With so much at stake and the whole world watching, what will they do?

Title: Sleeper Cell

Logline: When retiring New York City Detective, LOU ROBERTS, is interrupted by a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States, he will stop at nothing to save millions from this grim fate.

Synopsis: LOU ROBERTS a retiring NYPD Detective is faced with the reality a terrorist network that is stems closer to home then we think. While the middle eastern countries have pledged there first born child in the fight against the United States, what they don't realized is where the head cell lies. In a front to maintain patriotism, The President of the United States born a foreigner, raised a political deviant has come into power at the height of his careers, and he has pledged to destroy the United States at all cost. It has become Lou's mission to find this out the hard way and save the country from it current course of disaster. We wonder about the conspiracies that revolve around our country and the "what if" factor that plagues our current political condition. Lou brings to light the true heart of a believer in a country lost to its own greed. The President meets his demise, at the hands of one of his own cells, confirming the gut feeling that Lou had along.

Title: Illegal Capacity

Logline: An attorney revives his floundering criminal practice by turning in his former clients so they will rehire him.

Synopsis: Seth Thompson's law practice has taken a downturn. He commiserates with an old classmate, Jake, who mentions that his practice was also failing until he began turning in his clients so they would rehire him. Seth is shocked at this breach of ethics, but tries it himself in desperation. He tips police about drug sales at the home of a client convicted of possession a year earlier. The client is arrested and hires Seth to represent him again...for a stiff fee. Seth is hooked. He rifles through old files, inventing new crimes to report, and the money pours in. He and Jake become partners and move into a large suite. Things are going well until guilt overcomes Seth. He wants out of the scam, but Jake won't let it end quietly. Winner: Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute's Monthly Screenwriting Contest. (I have 12 scripts total, various genres.)

Title: Encroachment

Logline: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers his perfect life is based on a series of lies that could prove deadly to everyone close to him.

Synopsis: Mick Jackson, star high school athlete, discovers he is a pawn in a deadly government experiment. In order to survive he must be willing to kill everyone he has ever loved. I have studied creative writing for two years at Louisiana State University and screenwriting for two years at Louisiana Film Industry. I have written four screenplays and one novel. I would like to submit this screenplay for your consideration and can be contacted as listed below. WGA1367799 Thank you.