A this-or-that of urban legends as an old cat lady goes about her day. …
There’s something about mixing horror and comedy that just works so well. You know, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – mix chocolate and peanut butter (or is that peanut butter and chocolate?), and the result is better than any single ingredient. Doubt me on that? Try some of these titles on for size: Army of Darkness, Shaun of the Dead, American Werewolf in London (in parts.). ‘Nuff said. Game, set and match.
Following in that noble of tradition of laughing at potentially grisly events, Cooked follows the story of little old lady Barbara, as she pulls into her driveway. Her son Jacob has lent her the family cat for a day of fur-baby sitting – and Barbara’s thrilled. But, as old people sometimes are (especially in films), Barbara can be a bit… absentminded. As the script progresses, the feline dangers in house begin to mount. An open microwave. Upended knives in the sink. Will Barbara be a good grand-mamma to little pussy? Or is there a cat-astrophe in their future?
Give Cooked a read. It’s a fun little script with a strong ending. And hey… any script that endangers a cat is fine with me.
About the writer: Chris Shamburger was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival and finalist (Top 10) in 2013 for his recently-produced script, Hiccups. He was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Straight Twisted Horror Screenplay Contest and has been published in Twisted Dreams Magazine and Horror in Words. He lives in Marietta, GA with his partner and their Chow-mix rescue, Walter. Aside from writing, Chris has been teaching pre-kindergarten for the past five years.
Budget: Low budget ; the entire script takes place at a single house (interior and exterior shots.) One character. Two, if you count the cat. Which is probably the only tricky part. But that’s what stuffed props are for!! Or housecats you no longer need…
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