Hunted

After accidentally shooting a girl in the mysterious Ozark mountains, five hunting buddies must battle for their lives and their souls when a backwoods hillbilly taxidermist invokes ancient supernatural powers to bring his monstrous patchwork creations to life to exact his revenge.

Horror – a genre both beloved… and maligned. Those who love it, know what it can accomplish at its best. Churning out metaphysical creeps that last far into the night – long after final credits roll. The genre’s created true classics: The Shining. Jacob’s Ladder. The lesser known Changeling.

But not everything horror need be sublime. There’s more than a little to be said for fun, gore. Pure mayhem. Gremlins. Tremors. Reanimator. Child’s Play. These films may lack intellectual cache… but they’re classics all the same. And what happened to those rockin’ times? Horror these days is so… mundane. Possessions. Slashers. Tons of jump-screams. But – sadly – little else.

Which is why scripts like Hunted are so DAMNED fun.

The script starts as many horrors do. A bunch of buddies head into the woods, bound for a hunting/camping trip. Some are jerks. Others good guys. Already, you know most won’t survive. Though in this case, the victims to-be are Iraqi veterans. At least that means they’ll fight back. The most respectable of the bunch: Zion Edwards. African American, battle scarred, weary… and (thanks to an IED) – missing one of his legs. Along with comrades Will, Sean, Craig and Bo, Zion’s looking to commune with nature, and enjoy some long-overdue peace. Too bad he won’t be getting either.

Losing their way*, the team pit-stops at a decrepit mobile home. The owner – Hillbilly Earl – intercepts them at his door. The place looks like Frankstein’s castle – Animal Planet style. Earl’s into taxidermy. The weird, backwoods variety. The lawn’s littered with his creations: strange amalgams of multiple species, sewn together crudely. Jackalopes. A two headed dog. Badgers with Hawk Wings, and Frog Legs spliced everywhere. Needless to say, the meeting doesn’t go well. Especially after Craig swears in front of Earl’s wretched daughter, Sesame… and gets a punch in the mouth as a lesson.

Dodging the inevitable confrontation, our buddies head on their way. But before you can mutter Deliverance, things take a turn towards something far worse. You see, Earl’s been dabbling in Olde Magick. The creatures on his lawn are alive. And Sesame’s not his daughter. She’s his soon-to-be sacrifice.

You see, Earl’s been preparing for a big event. The reanimation of his ultimate creation – kept in his living room, under a tarp. But before Earl can sharpen his hooks and knives, Sesame escapes into the forest, wearing a mud-drenched fur coat. And gets accidentally shot by Craig…

Things go to Hell from there. Bo and Will race with a critically injured Sesame into town, leaving the others to clean up the mess. And that’s when Earl’s mixed up minions descend. After all, good ‘ole Earl needs a replacement for Sesame. Not to mention revenge…

How to explain what happens next? Well picture the chaos (and humor) of Gremlins, mixed with Jim Hensen… on acid. Fur and feathers fly – and blood rains. You want a horror with a large body count, that stands heads and furry shoulders above the pack? Then consider Hunted for your next feature. It’s a script that serves up more than its share of craziness. The wild, gory, memorable kind.

Pages: 107

Budget: Hunted can be done two ways: Animatronic or CGI. Either way, you’d want to be sure you do them critters up ‘jus right.  ‘Cause a beaver with Hawk wings?  That’s something we just have to see!

About the writers:

Rod Thompson: I have been writing creatively since I learned how to write. There is just something about telling a story that I can never get over. Storytelling in itself is like an old flame that occasionally comes to me and just says, “Use me.” The ability to watch a movie through words, or to craft a world in such a manner is the closest to Godliness that man will ever come. True story. Contact Rod at RodThompson1980 “AT” gmail.com

Tim Westland: co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, Tim received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. A moderator at Moviepoet, he’s an outstanding writer with an eye for the details. His IMDB page can be found here.

* What is it with horrors, and losing one’s ability to read a map?

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Naming Names

A nervous screenwriter caught in the Red Scare struggles to stake out a patriotic reputation.

Mark Twain: one of the great American writers – author of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, just to name the obvious two.  But Twain was a prolific short story scribe as well.  If you haven’t read some yet – run to your local library (or Amazon), and grab you some anthologies.  Because Twain’s type of stories are quality stuff – tales that stick in one’s mind.  Most don’t deal with universal themes, or sweeping premises… but slice of life moments, with colorful characters.  And in the right storytelling hands, that’s more than enough!

As it is with Naming Names, written by Christopher Hicks. It’s set in a courtroom, filled with fat cat Congressmen – smack dab in the middle of the Red Scare.  Two newsmen wait nervously in the wings for the call to testify.  Their names: George Harding and Ivan Ambramovich.  We’ll give you one guess which one is scared.  :)

The two talk shop as they wait – Ivan chewing his nails to the quick. George doodling naked women to while away the time.  That’s when Ivan notices the tin of cookies being passed around by politicos in front.  Not only is McCarthy going to ruin Ivan’s career, he’s gonna leave him starving, too!  What follows is witty, charming, intelligent banter – as the clock ticks down and Ivan’s stomach growls.  Mark Twain would have been proud to pen this one: it’s a slice of life story with a nifty twist at the end.  And a subtle moral, too!

About the writer:

Name: Christopher Hicks (chicks “AT” pyroplant DOT COM)

Bio: Aquarius
Agnostic
Mostly harmless

Pages: 6

Budget: Minor. You’ll need a courtroom location, and lots of extras dressed in fifties clothes.  The rest will be a piece of cake (or is that cookies?)

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Gun Girls

After buying drugs and debating the commercialization of cannabis in California, two female gang members stumble straight into a robber who’s killed their beloved dealer.

Remember when Tarantino first exploded on the scene?  No, we don’t mean Inglourious Basterds, or Django, either. No, we’re talkin’ real classics: Pulp Fiction level quality. Quirky dialog that blew your mind.  Gritty characters that popped right off the screen.  Cinematic mainline stuff that left you begging for more.

Well, imagine fresh and shiny QT content – with a 180 gender twist.  Characters like Sam Jackson and Travolta – but packin’ tampons along with 45s.  That’s So Cal Gun Girls in a nutshell.  And it’s a bundle of criminal fun.

Meet Maddy and Lila – two mid-level grass dealers in CA.  For years, their distributor’s been the singular Suzanne Wu (her stoic father rolling joints by her side.)  The girls make a living – such as it is – but recently Maddy’s been dreaming of something… more.  Especially with legalization encroaching on their territory. Can they really compete with Walmart? Or is it time to expand a bit? Madam Wu’s pushing the latest and greatest product – meth (though not Walter White trademark blue.)  The girls refuse the offer, and head outside to debate microeconomics… and their next business steps.

But things are about to get complicated. Because a hostile takeover’s in the works.  One that’ll affect the girl’s market. And perhaps their lives.

Yep, it’s Reservoir Dogs meets Bridesmaids (or The Heat, if you’re so inclined.) But whatever you call it, So Cal Gun Girls is real good sh*t (and potentially expandable to feature length).  Perfect for directors with a criminal mind.

About the writer, C.J. Walley: I began writing in 2012 and I’m pleased to say it’s been very exciting so far. I have been fortunate enough to have a short produced by a director in London and Amazon Studios have spotlighted one of my features as a notable project. My scripts place within the top 10% of various major screenwriting competitions and, as I continue to write specs, I am remotely collaborating with a producer in LA on a comedy series, working with a director in New Orleans on a thriller, and blogging for Stage 32. I’m here to do two things, work hard and make friends. My writing has a down and dirty tone, deep emotion, gritty action, wry humor, and features strong female leads. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, then I’d love to join forces with you whatever the scale, do not hesitate to reach out and drop me a line. (CJ “AT” CJwalley DOT COM; http://www.cjwalley.com)

Pages: 8

Budget: Mid range.  You want great actresses, of course.  And awesome cinematography wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Yeah, STS is on a roll…

Since the site went live, we’re thrilled to say our reviews have helped multiple writers get their short scripts optioned, as well as facilitating several indie director/writer connections and options-in-the-works.

But… we need your help, in two very important areas:

Give us some damn’ good scripts!

A site is only as great as its content.  So we need good scripts to review.  Lots o’ them.  Tons of them.  Short and feature length.  We wanna drown in (good) scripts like it’s a mega-budget producer’s slush pile. Our mission statement at STS is to find the best, highest quality short (and feature length) scripts for review.  So if you have a gem that’s really ready for prime time (or have someone you want to recommend)the link below for submissions. (Don’t forget to include a URL link to your script!)

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Give us a few damn’ good writers!

STS requires a ton of readin’ and reviewin’, so we’re gonna need a bit of help.  In addition to script showcasing, STS also features occasional interviews with indie directors and industry related book reviews.  If you feel you’ve got a knack for any of those three writing areas – and want to contribute – send us a sample of your work for consideration using the URL listed above.  No, it’s not paid.  But you’ll get credit for your article and press.  And in this biz, that’s a pretty good thing….

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can we say? STS is totally ahead of it’s time. 

For instance, take “Ultimate Weapon“, by Bill Sarre.  A sweet little SF piece that we reviewed back in (cough) February 2014.  We’re thrilled to announce that the script’s now been announced as a top six finalist for the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.  And who knows where it’ll go from there?  So folks, you’d better pick this one while you can. ‘Cause it might be off the market soon!

(Do we know how to pick ‘em, or what?)  :)

The Ultimate Weapon

A dying patient with an unusual story tries to explain to his doctor why he should fear the ultimate weapon.

Time travel stories can sometimes feel pretty stale.  There’s always someone going back to kill Hitler (or Hitler’s parents, or Hitler’s dog – you get the idea.)  Or do something else, like stop the Kennedy assassination.  Or kill John Connor.  You know, boring stuff like that…

And it could be argued that all – or at least most of it – has been done before.  Like zombies, it’s a genre that’s been done many times… to the point where it can be hard to find something fresh.

While The Ultimate Weapon doesn’t have a gimmick like Looper or Twelve Monkeys, this is a quality piece that has heart: focusing on the story of Abe – a dying man in a mental institution who claims to be from a horrific future. Sent back to stop a research lab, Abe fails… and now spends his remaining days telling his story to skeptical psychiatrist Dr. Simon.

A lot of the script is low budget – consisting of conversations between Dr. Simon and Abe.  There are FX aspects, scenes of future warfare which could be tricky…depending on how they’re done.  But if you’re in the mood for a good SF/Time Travel tale, this is one that you should crack open for consideration…

About the writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat.  Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com

Pages: 16

Budget: Moderate (or expensive, depending how FX heavy one wishes to get)

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Confiance

Preparing for the speech of his career, a young Bishop gets an unexpected call

Oh, the duplicitous lives we mortals sometimes lead. Growing up, we’re taught to aspire to conduct free from “sin”. Yet each of us is human, all the same. With urgings. Longings. Weaknesses. Needs. That’s a lot to contend with – for anyone. And how much worse must it be for those called to religious careers? And held to a far higher standard?

…Such it is with Tom Gray; the youngest Bishop ever in the Anglican Church. At the tender age of thirty-eight, he’s already made quite a mark. Hobnobbing with high-level officials, establishing parishes in far flung countries, like Kinshasha in the Congo.

Now, he’s about to take the biggest step of his career – a sermon at Westminster, standing at the Archbishop’s very side.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem. A girl from his African parish, named Keicha. And their infant son, William.

Waking up late, Tom’s scrambling to prepare notes. Coordinating with his wife, Elizabeth.

Which is when Keisha calls, terrified. Men are trying to break into the parish. She and the baby are alone; Tom’s bodyguards no-where to be found. Keisha suggests calling the police – but Tom nixes that idea. Real quick. Involve the cops, and his secret life will be revealed to the world; destroying everything he’s worked so hard for. Then the Archbishop calls on the other line – anxious about Tom’s whereabouts. The press is gathering. Where the HELL is he??

A panicked Tom tells Keisha to escape with the baby through a tunnel beneath the vestry. It’s safer (and more discrete). Even if the cops did arrive on time, the local authorities are corrupt, and likely to be as bad as the thieves.

But is escape possible – for Tom OR Keisha? Because when one lives a double life, the truth often gets twisted. In evil, dangerous ways…

Smoothly written by Tony French, Confiance is perfect for directors specializing in thrillers. A cap to anyone’s video resume; a delicious, dark and twisted tale.

About the writer Tony French: I’m a freelance film and TV editor by day and budding screenwriting by night. I’ve been writing off and on now for around five years with three features and a couple of shorts to show for it. Although the features will never see the cold light of day as I don’t feel the writing was good enough. I then took a year off from work to live with friends in LA where I went on various short writing courses and during that time wrote a short animation which got into the semi-final of Bluecat Screenwriting competition in Hollywood. This has given me the motivation and belief to continue to learn and create more stories. I’ve also written another couple of shorts, Confiance being one of them, which I hope to find a manager/producer/production company willing to join forces and help get it made. Want to contact Tony about Confiance (or other work)? Reach him at tonydfrench “AT” gmail (www.tonydfrench.com.)

Pages: 13

Budget: Not expensive. One or two locations. A few terrific actors needed. :P

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Adding Assault to Injury

After an innocent man is attacked by a dirty cop, he seeks justice from an even dirtier cop.

(Note to audience: review must be read with a Chicago gangland accent.)

All cops doity.  Doity I tells ya!

Well, not really. But in movies, they often are.

Matt Damon in “The Departed?” Doity.

Denzel Washington in “Training Day?” Doity as well.

And what about Doity Harry?  (Okay, he’s one of the good guys – kinda.  The cinematic exception that proves the rule.)

Fortunately, when bad apples like these pop up on screen, there’s always a good cop to bring ‘em down.  Like Al Pacino’s Serpico.

But what if there ain’t one around?  Or the good cop turns out to be the worse of two evils.  Boy, what a scumbag he would be!

Enter Micky Nemar, a crooked-as-they-come Internal Affairs agent, and anti-hero of the dark dramedy “Adding Assault to Injury.”  With cops like Nemar on the force, what’s an innocent guy to do?

Innocent guys like Guy Beckler: the victim of an attack outside a bowling alley.  His assailant? A doity cop. Of course.  As Guy’s getting patched up in the ambulance, Agent Nemar comes knocking on the door.  He’s the IA hero of the day – ready to throw a sinking Guy a buoy. To restore law and order to its rightful place  Right?

Nope. Guess again. ‘Cause Nemar’s got a few tricks up his unlaundered sleeve. And when he’s done, Guy’s gonna be wishing he’d stayed in the alley to bleed….

Written by talented scribe Kirk White, “Adding Assault to Injury” is part Tarantino. Part Law and Order. And 100% attitude. The script’s chock full with sharp dialogue – both what’s said and implied.

Not to mention that grizzly Lemar is a character actor’s dream. Pick the right actor for this one, and he’ll steal the show!  (Like we said. He’s doity!!)

And you’ll have a spectacular short film to showcase!

About the writer: Kirk White is an independent film maker, web sen”sation” and figure of note in the world of global logistics.  He is currently in pre-production on his second feature, The Soul Garden, which will basically be the art-house version of Re-Animator.  If you’re into that sort of thing, or just love movies with no fear…no limit…no budget,  check out http://www.quitefilm.com for all the juicy goodness. Kirk can be emailed at quitefilm “AT” gmail

Pages: 5

Budget: If you can find a bowling alley parking lot for a credit in the end titles, you’re half way there.  A donation to a local fire company might get you use of an ambulance and a paramedic.

About the reviewer: David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No. 2 pencil.  He’s a contributor and award winner on websites such as MoviePoet.com, WriterArena.com, and this here one.  This just in!  Dave and his wife Jodi will be first time grandparents in the very near future.

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