Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: THE SECOND COMING

Logline: The year is 2112. On a cold winter night at exactly ten pm, every computer on the planet recieves the same mysterious email. It simply reads, I AM COMING! There is no listed sender.

Synopsis: The Second Coming is a techno-spiritual thrill-ride. Fast forward to the year 2112. The world is spiraling out of control; war, pestilence,natural disasters and terrorist plots are occuring with greater and greater frequency. When a simple yet mysterious email suddenly appears on every single computer around the globe, the world is quick to react. Some believe the email to be diretly from the hand of God, others think it is part of a world-wide terrorist conspiracy. The Whitehouse and the Vatican both beileve it to be nothing more than a computer virus and a hoax. Only two people know the truth; Father Daniel Harper, a discredited Vatican scholar and recovering alcholic, and Sohala Naruzi, a highly reguarded Inspector with Scotland Yard, and deep-cover Al-Qaeda operative. The arrival of this mysterious email sets in motion a race between the two, a race against time and against each other, with only the future of the world at stake beyond the finish-line.

Title: The 30

Logline: Logline - After multiple policeman are gunned down, and a high profile criminal trial is dismissed, do to a dead witnesses, ten Philadelphia officers decide to take matters into their own hands.

Synopsis: Synopsis - The entire city of Philadelphia is in a state of panic stemming from drug violence. The murder rate is soaring toward a record high. Policemen are responding to calls only to be murdered in cold blood upon arrival on scene. And state witnesses, along with their families are being executed, in order to insure the absence of their testimony. Just when it seems as if the department and community are at its knees, ten policemen, are brought together by what at first, seems like coincidence and circumstance. Led by a rogue detective, these ten policemen construct a risky, but creative scheme to assassinate thirty high profile criminals, who are responsible for the majority of drug trafficking and murder, which has crippled the city. On Christmas Eve, they strike. Causing a media frenzy around the world, especially within the local government and law enforcement branches. As indictments are passed down, and a major Federal trial begins, an even larger and puzzling plot unfolds.

Title: Mask of Sanity

Logline: Baffled cops ask prominent psychiatrist for help with bizarre murders. As the clues are unraveled, the psychiatrist struggles with his abusive past, and a stunning deception is revealed.

Synopsis: Dr. Dillon Pierce, an expert criminal psychiatrist, is asked by the baffled police to assist in identifying the killer in a series of similar murders. In the course of the investigation, Dillon has to struggle with his own past emotional experiences, the deaths of his parents, and the fates of his two sisters. The police, too, have their struggles with balancing the demands of their professional lives with their families. The search for the mysterious cause of death, stumps the police, until a creative detective, and a dedicated coroner start to unravel it. The murderer is unmasked and a stunning deception is revealed.

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: The Texas Sand Trap

Logline: After traveling to Port Aransas, Texas. A female professor from Denton, Texas learns mysteriously how Lyndon B. Johnson and his men set up the perfect crime to kill John F. Kennedy. Film set in 1961.

Synopsis: MARGARET retreats to the coast after two of her friends mysteriously die in a fire. A bad storm hits and from the cottage window, sees ELEANOR FIELDS, daughter of Senator WILLIAM H. FIELDS, running into the Gulf. MARGARET runs to save her but nearly drowns. ELEANOR revives her and later, reveals to her pieces of information about the fire. She runs away leaving MARGARET to ponder. MARGARET enters the Chamber and finds a photo of her friend who died standing next to Senator FIELDS and MAC WALLACE- a suspected murderer. In a store wine cellar, MARGARET notices a door left unlocked, reading FIELDS & ASSOC. A box reading-ASSASSINATION PLAN 1963 catches her eye. ELEANOR enters the cellar and is shocked to see MARGARET. ELEANOR notices the unlocked door and runs in and steals the tapes linking ED CLARK, and WALLACE'S plan to kill JFK. The two women conspire to set up FIELDS by disguising MARGARET as RFK's undercover man HARRY PARKER, ELEANOR'S lover, who was shot & never found.

Title: Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present Hollywood Ending, my low budget, fast-paced, reality screenplay about a corrupt agent, cold murder, and the quick deceptive world of the movie industry.

Synopsis: Hollywood Ending begins in an L.A. bar surrounded by cops where Johnny is planning his escape. The story takes you back days earlier, a time when Johnny actually thought he'd caught his first break and was going to star in the movie "The Heist". The problem? His agent, Reggie, felt Johnny needed help in researching the role so he put him in touch with Rasheed, a psychotic bank robber. The research quickly turns into an actual bank robbery where a man is shot and the group flees to the bar. The story climaxes with the foursome in the bar. Rasheed is smoking blunts, Victory is singing Tina Turner songs, and Johnny is planning his escape. As planned by Rasheed, Johnny crashes through the doors expecting to hear gunfire, but instead gets the surprise of his life when he learns that he has been the star of a reality set all along. For more information on my writing please go to http://www.davidsgrant.homestead.com.

Title: Out Of The Future

Logline: A man from the future uses the power of an alien artifact to travel back in time to try to kill Adolf Hitler, and finds himself at odds with a Nazi soldier with an interest in the occult.

Synopsis: A dark past may turn into a darker future when Tyler Spare, a man from the future with psychic powers, travels back in time to attempt to kill Adolf Hitler. Tyler, a man out of time, must come to terms with the deeper reasons for his quest. He must also match wits with a Nazi soldier with a quest of his own, to locate an ancient book of magic, and awaken strange powers from unknown dimensions. When the book falls into Tyler's hands, however, it sparks a mystic revelation that shakes Tyler's foundations to the core, and dramatically alters the nature of his journey back in time. I would appreciate the opportunity to submit my screenplay for your review.

Title: The Note

Logline: In 1933 Howard Hughes recieves a letter from Al Capone, simply stating "Thanks for the Mythology." Regarding the film Scarface, that Hughes produced, now over seventy years later the note resurfaces.

Synopsis: Three main characters; a New York mob boss, a computer software billioniare and a Hip Hop mega star all bid for the last remaining piece of nostalgia that exists from Al Capone. These main characters will go to any lengths to obtain this "note" and hold onto it. Including kidnapping, murder, bribery,extorsion and deception. The viewer gets to see the path of the note as it bought by the billionaire at Christies in New York and then changes hands several times there after. As these three high profile individuals go down this dark path they start to loose touch with moralality and reality. As there egoes start to get in the way of each other,it begins to cloud their judgment and effect their lives in catastrophic ways. It is not until the shocking end that the puzzle is pieced together and the veiwer sees how far the main charachters will actually go to obtain this mere piece of paper.

Title: HAIR TRIGGER

Logline: Tension explodes in W. P. Crown

Synopsis: The mob movie that's never been made and the terrorist tale that hasn't been told, HAIR TRIGGER follows two rival capos, a US attorney and a CIA spook, all chasing a suitcase nuke disguised as a shipment of heroin in a pursuit that ends with a bang on Long Island Sound. To review the hardcopy script, reply with your postal address to crown77@earthlink.net.