Submission Samples from the Thriller Genre

Title: Mischief and Murder

Logline: A too clever child menaces society, and the President wants the boy vanished; failing that, the Commander in Chief might want to disappear.

Synopsis: Dylan Harmon, 14, a prodigy rare, is a bit of a loner. Next to the boy's widower dad, the kid's best friend is a dog dying of old age; a tragedy inspiring Dylan to research canine longevity. Genetic science can always use a faster computer, and Dylan's machine works at near quantum speed due to a worrisome math equation sired by the boy. Dylan's PC breaks encryption codes, mischief that could hurl our computerized world into the sun, and the President thinks the child, the boy's allies, and Dylan's algorithm should all share the same grave. As usual, the White House isn't thinking too clearly; a point Dylan, his heroes, and some villains attempt to drive home during a dangerous game in which no one's a sure winner.

Title: Desperate Men

Logline: In a struggling economy with budget cuts looming, Homicide Detective Daniel Nicoletti resorts to murder in a desperate attempt to save his job and his fragile life.

Synopsis: While pursuing a murder suspect, Det. Daniel Nicoletti mistakenly shoots and kills his partner. His mistake and guilt ridden conscience ultimately cost him his job, his family, and his sobriety. Six years later, Daniel's new job as homicide detective in the small, idyllic community of Greenlee, AZ is in jeopardy. The weak economy has crippled the county's budget and layoffs are eminent. As the newest member of the sheriff's staff, Daniel fears for his job and the fragile life he has desperately tried to rebuild since his partner's tragedy. A recent rash of prostitution murders in the neighboring county gives Daniel an idea. By murdering Zeus, a despised drug dealer, the department could not afford to lay him off. However, when Zeus is found shot to death, the sheriff barely raises an eyebrow and Daniel must strike again. But when Father Ortega, the town's beloved priest, is found beaten to death, Daniel may have finally saved his job but at the costly expense of his soul.

Title: Survival

Logline: Will Hunt is a a dependable Italian mafia member. Will has to save his family who were kidnapped by police, all put on the Russian mafia. Will has to kill his boss, save his family.

Synopsis: Survival, is a story of five childhood friends working for the Italian mafia in New York. Will wants to quit the mafia. Just before he could quit, Will Hunt gets a call: his wife and four years old daughter were kidnapped, seemingly by the Russian mafia. The kidnappers forcing him to execute his boss, to set his family free. If he would not do so, his family will be killed. Will soon finds the police is behind the family kidnap not the Russians. The game is already irreversible. The police, the Italian and Russian mafia feels trapped, seeking their way out, topped with other troublemakers, all hitting back on Will. Each party tries its own way out of the lethal game through lies, betrayal, discipline, misleading and revenge, while everyone reacts differently to the same problems. What would the Italian and the Russian mafia leader, plus a reputable police inspector do if their sons were executed? What matters the most, business or family?

Title: Children of Immortality

Logline: A young Attorney's quest to find his missing uncle uncovers an eighty year old conspiracy for world domination.

Synopsis: When Attorney Jack Morrissey's uncle, a seasoned criminal defense attorney, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Jack unveils a secret Nazi conspiracy that spans three continents, invloves courthouse employees, and high level government officials all the way to the White House. While on his quest to clear his uncle's name, Jack discovers that the last client he represented holds the key to unlocking the mystery. The enemies of freedom have used the promise of, "immortality," as part of their plan to seize control of the oval office and achieve world domination. As the deception unfolds, Jack is faced with the question that haunts us all, "does the fountain of youth really exist," and if so, "is it really possible to get a second chance?"


Logline: A young outcast with a strange supernatural ability is linked to a string of bizarre deaths.

Synopsis: When ROSA was ten years, her mother MARIA was crippled by a drunk driver leaving her unable to speak or move. Shortly after the accident, Rosa discovers she can have outer body experiences at will. Now at nineteen years old, Rosa is a dark and depressed social outcast in college. She is riddled with guilt from her mother's mistreatment in a nursing home and fighting to keep her loving father from getting to close to her. But Rosa is also tormented with her strange ability she feels she can't control and realizes she may be doing some horrible things. Rosa's aunt CHELA, is a medium that can channel into the spirit world. She can also feel other people's pain caused by an entity connected to either a relative of Chela's or a close friend. For nine years, Chela has sense and felt the unexplained deaths of strangers until she finally suspects that it's Rosa lashing out at the world for what happend to her mother. Now it is up to Chela to stop her troubled niece before it's too late.

Title: the Phantom pain

Logline: Successful financial manager from Washington becomes the only man capable of preventing the greatest terrorist attack in history.

Synopsis: Steve Alridge enjoys his life - great job, beautiful wife, great perspectives. Everything changes when he experiences a murder, committed by a man who looks exactly like exact copy of Steve himself - but it happened on the other side of the globe. In 2 days CIA finds Steve and offers him the strangest bargain in his whole career, on the result of which the lives of millions of people, including Steve's own, will depend on.

Title: Adventus

Logline: If a supposed Second Coming of Christ occurred today, how would we as a modern society perceive it?

Synopsis: When an unidentified man who miraculously survives a two-hundred foot fall from a New York high-rise claims to be the Second Coming of Christ, society becomes divided by belief, compelling a pragmatic State Governor to expose the fraud or risk losing his family, and society, to a consuming religious hysteria.

Title: Asunder

Logline: Two detectives deal with serious issues with their personal lives while investigating a series of deadly home invasion robberies.

Synopsis: Detectives Tavis Briggs and Nick Watson are investigating a deadly spree of home invasion robberies that are terrorizing the city. As they look to put together the clues and connections to the crimes, they discover a sinister plot which connects the robbery victims which could lead to the identities of the suspects involved. But Briggs is struggling to deal with the approaching two year anniversary of an unsolved murder...his own son. His assigned partner, Watson, is a husband with two children. But Watson, however, is coming to terms of an infidelity which produced a young child with a woman from a past case of his. As they get closer to breaking the case, their personal issues threaten not only tear apart their own lives, but over power their ability to solve one of the most deadly killing sprees the city has ever seen. All situations lead to an explosive showdown and tragic aftermath for all of those involved...

Title: Crossing

Logline: Unable to deal with the world Allison retreats into her dreams where her lost fiance still clings to this world, bringing her to the edge between our world and the next.

Synopsis: Allison had the life she always wanted, a great career, wonderful friends, and a loving fiance. All of which were pulled away when an accident takes her fiance Eric from her. Allison spirals into a depression, unable to deal with reality she chooses to stay with Eric in her dreams, but the Eric of her dreams is her deceased fiance. He escaped the soul reaper to stay with Allison even though it was only in her dreams. Allison begins to pull out of her downward spiral when she realizes she is pregnant but as life starts to get back together the reaper comes looking for the soul it was denied. It will take Eric or another to replace him whether it be Allison, her friends, or her child.


Logline: Logline: In dreams the mind sorts through the information gathered by the senses during waking hours and discards that which would be destructive to sanity. Suppose one man can not dream. Then what?

Synopsis: Thousands of warriors have returned from the Iraq War. Among them is Dan Gallatin, violent, bare knuckle fighter, studying for Doctorate Of Neuroscience. Many veterans show horrible wounds, missing arms and legs, disfigured faces. Not visible are the brains damaged by roadside bombs, or warped by the constant fear of being blown all to hell by a bomb, or killed by a sniper's bullet. This trauma causes terrifying nightmares. Anubis (an alias) can't dream and hitches onto the dreams of sleeping vets. He then kills the vet and hitches onto his journey into the afterlife. Each afterlife is unique, created by the dying man's mind. Colonel Granville has a terrible head wound and knows the savagery of war. His wound has given him the capacity to see human auras and to lead scores of veterans into dreams where he heals their afflicted minds. Anubis stalks Granville. Dan is thrust into danger to protect the Healer from the Hitcher. In the afterlife, the true Anubis,the Jackal God waits.