Submission Samples from the Thriller Genre

Title: Project Gladiator

Logline: Three college girls awakening from stasis adjust to modern life while uncovering a conspiracy connected to their past: A project to create the Ultimate Fighter at the expense of humanity.

Synopsis: Saverio Gazzara, a good-hearted but prideful vigilante, inadvertently stumbles upon an underground chamber and rescues three cheerleaders - rich and spoiled but naïve Captain Kate Redski, humble and sceptical Amanda Robinson, and iron-willed but compassionate Sarah Blake - from cryogenic stasis. During a girls' night out, Kate is lured into a trap and abducted under false pretences. Determined to reunite Sarah and Amanda with their friend, Saverio decides to plan and execute a rescue mission, and he embarks on a journey which takes him all over Europe, with his friends - Yuri Goranski, a pragmatic and rational sportsman, and Hans von Braun, a well-meaning but caliginous computer expert - as semi-reluctant accomplices, while Kate undergoes a radical transformation that will change her life forever. Both parties eventually make a shocking discovery regarding the genesis of the girls' capture and freezing, threatening to plunge the World into a dictatorship governed by machines.

Title: Blue Blood

Logline: Young, wealthy Reginald is forced into a week-long business retreat on tropical Moriah Island that turns deadly when his peers must fight to be the last man standing and for the right to return home.

Synopsis: "Blue Blood" is similar to "Lord of the Flies", but with a group of 25 young trust-funders unwittingly forced into an elite rite of passage. Reginald and the other heirs to the world's wealthiest families travel to Moriah Island where they meet, Mr. Smith. Smith tells them they are there at the behest of their parents to learn the ways of higher finance. Most of the kids are obviously spoiled and some, it turns out, have committed very heinous crimes, only to be let off because of their status. The majority don't take Smith's lectures seriously and follow them up with nothing but fun and sun. But the party's over when, Smith explains that it's time they all put in their first full day of work: they'll have eight hours to "kill-or-be-killed". Allegiances are form and broken, as the body count starts to quickly rise. Eventually, Reginald and his closest ally corner Smith with the intention of stopping the madness, but when more is revealed, it's not clear if they'll want to.

Title: ESPIRITU

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: Positive ( )

Logline: Charley Koss is an addict murdering for redemption after contracting HIV at a rave. Positive answers the age old question of how would you spend your last days if you have already been through hell.

Synopsis: Charley was abducted by a family friend when he was young, and was forced to lure children to be slaughtered. Charley Koss grows up and develops a blatant disregard for morals and relationships. He goes to meetings to hook up with other sex addicts and score drugs. He is in multiple relationships with girls and boys but none that he would consider love, with the exception of a hooker who dies of an overdose. Charley goes to a rave party to forget about it. Charley ingests a large amount drugs and hooks up with a HIV carrier. After being infected his drug use excels and he contemplates suicide. In his darkest moment he notices a postcard stating that a sex offender lives in the neighborhood. Charley goes to the address and kills the pervert starting a chain of serial murders. In the end, Charley makes amends just in time to be chased by gangsters and cops to the edge of a roof, where he jumps to his death. In the background is a message from the doctor informing him he is HIV negative.

Title: Root of Evil

Logline: A lonely bus driver comes across 2 million dollars. His cautious nature, the police investigation, and unfortunate circumstances lead him down a dark path.

Synopsis: Frankie is a bus driver past his prime who is constantly surrounded by people but can't relate to. Day after day, he makes the same stops with the same passengers till a DESPARATE man leaps aboard his bus gasping for air and bleeding from a gunshot wound. He lugs a bag with $2 million on board and makes Frankie a desperate proposition, $1 million to take him to the hospital and hold on to his money till he heals. The mysterious man dies and Frankie isolates himself in fear as the police investigation draws closer. So Frankie hides the money in his ailing grandmother's attic, the perfect alibi. At the reading of her will Frankie learns of a cap with whatever "minor" remains going to her nurse Amanda, making the 2 million hers. Burning with greed, he befriends her to get closer to the money, ultimately leading him to do things he would never have done. With Amanda, Frankie has finally discovered the connection he has always longed for, too blind to see it or the horror to come.

Title: Hollowed Ground

Logline: When a caretaker's late son falls prey in a series of perverse grave robberies, he sets out to unearth the ominous secret of those responsible in a spellbinding climax.

Synopsis: Caretaker of the Millwood Creek Cemetery, Seth Coleman works with sincere commitment. But when a series of unexplained grave robberies torment the public, he takes matters personally when his late son is exhumed. A conflict of man versus self, nothing can prepare Seth for what lies ahead. In addition to earning a B.A. from Binghamton University in film, I've also done extensive research on the dark history of British folklore, namely grave robbery. I have also written and directed several short films that won academic awards. Please let me know if you'd like to read the script. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your consideration.

Title: The Devil Returns to Heaven

Logline: God has forgiven the Devil and he returns to the Heavens. God placed seven girls on earth to determine the fate of the world. Each girl is given a Protector who must kill all that tries to harm them

Synopsis: God forgives the Devil and allows him to return to the Heavens. The Devil must explain to Man how and why he was expelled from the Heavens. Now the Demons roam the earth and they are far worse than the Devil. God places seven young girls on the earth to determine it's fate in thirty three years. Each girl is given a Protector who must fight and kill all that tries to bring harm to them. A new Profit is sent forth to prove that God is a woman and that all religions lead to the same God. The Profit also teaches that the seven girls, who are placed on different continents, will decide that the world is too evil and should be destroyed. This causes the evil doers and the high church to try to kill the seven before the thirty third year. A demonic priest cons the President into believing the girl is evil and a trick by the Devil. They learn that the location of the so called Heavens on earth are beneath the glaciers and began bombing. God turns all animals against Mankind.

Title: The Chemical Drum Murders

Logline: All is not what it seems. This upscale ocean front community is hiding an evil presence, unknown, until now.

Synopsis: Seven missing girls, all from the White Rock South Surrey Area. No trace of the missing girls until now. A chemical drum turns up with human remains in it, another, and then another, all in the space of 2 days. The remains are so cleverly disposed of, only a jelly like substance is left for the Forensic Team. A Missing Persons Task Force is formed to handle the case. Avery Trask heads up the force and sets out to put his team together. The killer is buried deep in deception. The Task Force has yet to find one clue or have a suspect. They are racing against time before this monster takes another girl. When the Task Force and Forensic Team finally close in on the perpetrator, the knowledge of the fiend's identity is shocking.

Title: Serial Encounters

Logline: Dear Sirs, for your consideration: Logline: While trying to gather information to sell to the FBI a P.I. crosses the path of a serial killer and his professional and private life entwine

Synopsis: Alex, a P.I. chasing terrorists for rewards, is hired to protect Ann, a singer, from a serial killer. Alex often chats with Linda. Like Alex she had some bad relationships. They never met and plan to keep it that way. While Alex works for Ann they get involved, but she dumps him after Hank, the killer, stages his own death. Linda dates Hank after meeting him online. It's a real disaster. Itīs time to take a chance and meet with Alex. Alex is staking out a hotel where a plutonium dealer is meeting with Hank. Hank knows Linda is meeting Alex in the hotel and sets her up, sending her to the dealerīs room. Alex saves her, but with all that has happened their chance for a relationship is over. Alex gets a message from Hank: He kidnapped Linda and is on his way to his next victim, with the plutonium. Alex catches up with them and learns Hanksī motives, and that he wants Alex to be the one that kills him. But 2 jets are already on their way to take him out. Alex has to move fast

Title: Repressed Memories

Logline: A horror novelist suffering from paranoid delusions discovers during therapy that she may have based one of her novels on a murder she witnessed her mother commit during her childhood.

Synopsis: Kristine Matheson believes her mother and three other women may be responsible for the death of a young girl who is the main character in her novel "The Rose Garden". While suffering from paranoid delusions, Kristine decides to return to her hometown to find out once and for all if her beliefs are delusions or reality. After arriving, Kristine finds her mother Mary has been in an insane asylum for the last 17 years. Mary recites Kristine's novel as if it were reality and teases her with cryptic clues of what really happened. Kristine finds a picture of her mother and Susanne who was also involved in the murder. Susanne sees Kristine and attempts to put an end to her investigation. She convinces another deranged patient from the asylum that he is the true murderer and he plays out scenes from her novel with deadly and horrific results driving Kristine to the brink of insanity. Are they delusions or reality, WILL KRISTINE EVER FIND OUT?