Submission Samples from the Suspense Genre

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: 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: Martydom

Logline: The time when the Roman Empire is arising is a tme when the Catholic church is becoming known.

Synopsis: During the reign of the Roman Empire, a group of missionaries are making their way through the Roman Empire on a journey to Rome, spreading christianity. On this journey, these men are risking their lives from the persecution and captivity of the Roman Authorities that are held against them for defying the worship of the Roman Emperor. Soldiers of Rome become determined to find them. As crowds of people are praising the Emperor, these men become more of a threat to the Roman Empire as they continue their way through to Rome and government temples begin to be burning down. One young man of the church decides to leave the rest of them to go out on his own. We follow through his path to where he finds love, friends, and riches and onto his struggle to find his way that is meant for him.

Title: MAGDALENA - RISE OF THE INDIGO CHILDREN

Logline: It is the dawning of a New Age. Human evolution has taken on a drastic and exciting new form.

Synopsis: Eleven year old MAGDALENA is a child prodigy and the leader of a phenomenon known as THE INDIGO CHILDREN. Having been born with a Three Strand DNA these children find themselves with the ability to transform from human form to spirit at will. MAGDALENA, the daughter of ANGELA MARTIN, a Jewish immigrant finds herself in her mothers home country of Israel to meet with other INDIGO CHILDREN. While there she discovers a chest hidden for two thousand years in her grandmother's Cafe in Jerusalem. What's found in the chest turns the world upside down. In an exciting sub-plot, MAGDALENA discovers her grandfather, MORTICHAI RAPTOMOV is involved in a secret underground society whose main purpose is to undermine any efforts at true peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While they put a plan in place to draw the entire Middle East into a Nuclear showdown, THE INDIGO CHLDREN unite to save the world from complete annihilation.

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: Devil's Ransom

Logline: Christian, is a man that can see peoples future and death. When he is faced with the decision to save thousands of innocent lives or his wife and child, he must make the toughest decision of his life.

Synopsis: As a child, Christian witnesses the murder of his parents at the hand of the evil Damien. Christian is now happily married, with a son. One day while taking a vacation on a cruise ship, tragedy strikes. While the ship is sinking, Damien has a man try to kill Christian, his wife, and son. However, Christian is accidentally left alive. As Christian tries to cope with the loss, he finds out that the killer of his parents is also the man behind the death of his wife and child. As Christian hunts down his family's killers, he touches the hand of a person walking by him on the street, only to discover that the visions he used to have as a child, are back. Then one day Christian touches the hand of a cab driver and has a vision of Damien telling him to bomb a hospital. Christian must stop the bomber and catch his family's killer. When Damien finds out that Christian stopped the bombing, he offers Christian a deal. Let all the innocent people die and he will get his family back.

Title: Absent Presence

Logline: An average group of guys are brought together to patrol Alaska's vast expanse. Unknowingly they stumble onto a plot to destroy all the fuel reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Synopsis: A group of five average guys are brought together to patrol the roads of Alaska's vast expanse. They are officially known as Rural Game Wardens and typical days are spent trouncing around the woods handing out hunting violations and looking for poachers. Inadvertently, they stumble onto a plan devised by joint mafias and organizations from around the world to destroy all of the oil and fuel reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.(ANWR) If the plan comes to fruition the United States would most certainly be handcuffed by the third world oil producing countries and the prices they'd surely demand. It's a cat and mouse game across Alaska's unforgiving terrain and the story culminates in a place known as area 1002. The leader of the Wardens stops the plan but at a heavy cost. His girlfriend takes up with the only surviving bad guy and also finds herself pregnant. After recovering from the ordeal the Wardens decide to track them down before they strike again.

Title: The Unexpected

Logline: Two teenage sisters Chiffon and Sandra considers their best friend Denise their third sister until she gets out of an abusive relationship and begins secretly dating their father Roger.

Synopsis: Denise always liked older guys, but could never find the right one. Roger has been in an on and off relationship with Kia, a college student. After Roger and Denise fall for one another, all hell breaks loose. More hell breaks loose when Denise's single father Tony finds out. Roger and Denise finds themselves in a stalemate between their relationship and those closest to them. In 2010 this script was entered in the Script Pimp Contest, Big Break Final Draft Contest, Silver Screen Writing Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival where it placed in the top 15 (Semi-Finals). I hope to hear from you soon. Have a blessed day.

Title: Another Hollywood Ending

Logline: Allow me to present "Another Hollywood Ending", a low-budget, fast paced screenplay about a struggling actor who believes he has caught a break, but instead unknowingly is cast in a reality show.

Synopsis: Another 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 had 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.com.

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.