March 2018 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORFAN FICTION 1st Scene Screenplay – THE LAST CAMPOUT
March 2018 Reading
by Mike Meade

ACTORTHRILLER 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE BLUE ROOM
March 2018 Reading
by Victoria Mitchell

ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – BACK FROM THE DEAD
March 2018 Reading
by Jonah Jones

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – TOUCH TABLE
March 2018 Reading
by Scott Timmins

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of TOUCH, by Scott Timmins

 

Genre: Psychological Horror/Thriller

When a troubled teenaged daughter of a Lutheran pastor, who no longer believes in God, discovers she has the ‘gift’ of second sight she must decide whether or not to use her power to help local police stop a serial killer. The decision this suicidal young woman choses is a twist no one will see coming, with audiences debating the ending long after this “Se7en meets The Dead Zone” film is over.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Rick: Hugh Ritchie
Michelle: Sarah Evelyn

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Reading of HOLIDAY KILL, by Steve Hunyi

CAST LIST:

Velasquez – Hugh Ritchie
Vivian – Victoria Urquhart
Narration – Julie C. Sheppard
Sadie – Lada Darewych
Samson – Geoff Mays
 
Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Sadie goes on a package holiday designed for serial killers and finds herself reunited unexpectedly with her daughter, another serial killer.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

A dark and humorous tale of greed, where capitalism has gone mad, revealing its “holidaymakers” as serial killers who want a slice of hedonism just like the rest of us. Its emotional heart unwinds unexpectedly as plot events force the lead characters Sadie and Samson to discover uncomfortable truths. In this overloaded genre market, it has the potential to be serialized.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Razor-edged.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Mulholland Drive and Videodrome.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 14 months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five screenplays. Six theatrical plays. I have written and directed theater and short film.

My work can be seen at
http://www.voodooheartproductions.com

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

The Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell (Timeless and heart-achingly simple.)

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Co-writing can be tricky. it requires patience and respect for your writing partner.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, of course!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Reading of MESSAGE FROM BEYOND, by Paige Brien

CAST LIST: 

Denise – Julie C. Sheppard
Jack – Geoff Mays
Narration – Hugh Ritchie
Cecily – Victoria Urquhart
Doctor – Sean Ballantyne
Rebecca – Lada Darewych

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

I began this screenplay in 2015. I was making a social comment on the cell phone reports of people falling into fountains while on their cell phones, car accidents and altercations. Because the teen generation was particularly engrossed, I decided to turn the story into a horror film. The screenplay is about a girl in her Senior year during Christmas break. Her family has recently lost their Father and she and her little brother become very close as their Mother has become distant. One evening, she visits an abandoned house behind her own home with some friends. The house is condemned. Inside an evil entity lurks, a tortured soul. When one teen films inside a room where gruesome murders took place, the spirit is captured through the eye of a cell phone. When the friends continue to communicate through their cells, the evil is released and spreads through the town. As horror ensues, our heroine begins to unravel the mystery of the numerous, and horrific deaths.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Teen Thriller/Horror

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This film was written with a sequel in mind and I believe is an entertaining and creative comment on how much the cell phone generation has been effected by today’s technology.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Thrill Ride.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Stepbrothers

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Writing is rewriting! I have revisited it often for the past 2 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Countless. But currently I have 6 screenplays, 2 Television Series, 7 short stories (4 produced and directed by me), I have also written numerous commercial’s for various industries.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

​Painted Black The Stones​

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Dialogue, especially when writing teens, it must be authentic. I had a HS Senior read it and make notes which was very helpful.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Painting, editing, filming, scouting independent music and talent, design, and water sports.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Reading of THE HOSTEL X, by Raymond Davenport

CAST LIST:

Kali: Julie C. Sheppard
Marianna: Victoria Urquhart
Narration: Hugh Ritchie
Game Master: Sean Ballantyne
Jessica: Lada Darewych

 Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

The Hostel X – is a sexploitation horror thriller story inspired by the 2005 film Hostel and it begins with the introduction of five couples from different parts of the world that is kidnapped by an underground secret society of elite gamblers and forced to play, participate and endure sex themed games of life and death in which they bet and gamble.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, erotica, action

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it is an original idea that have not been done before.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

EXTREME, EXPLOITATION

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

SAW

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since 2015

7. How many stories have you written?

two dozen and ten dozen more to go.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit feat.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Writing the VERY DISTURBING AND VERY GRAPHIC scenes.
Character development and story structure.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Filmmaking and business development.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Reading of CHASING THE ZOMBIE, by Erick Hoffman

 

CAST LIST: 

Donald – Geoff Mays
Narration – Victoria Urquhart
Ag – Hugh Ritchie
Bert – Sean Ballantyne

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Norse Gods who command the living and undead to do their bidding set into motion a serious of pandemics toppling humanity, the gods themselves and move hell on earth.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Drama, Action Film, Thriller, Science Fiction Film, Comedy Horror

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Beautifully packaged buffet of intertwining creative stories makes this a movie must!

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Zombie Smorgasbord

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Star Wars

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Three years

7. How many stories have you written?

Two; Chasing the Zombie & Molly and Her Magical Monster Spray

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Sublime’s “What I got”

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The biggest obstacle I faced was tampering down my imagination to kept it in the realm of reality/possibility and most importantly to the heart of the screenplay. Also, I found myself overthinking parts of the screenplay, basically making things harder on myself then they needed to be.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also passionate about spending time with my family.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

2017 HORROR Best Scene Screenplays (21)

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ACTORTHRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay – GOD SMACK
November 2017 Reading
by Diana Lanham
ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – FLAG DAY
November 2017 Reading
by Brian W. Smith
ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WICK INN
November 2017 Reading
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ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay – HOOMANS
November 2017 Reading
by Chris Furian
ACTORINKED IN BLOOD – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Paul Corricelli
ACTORTHE WORK OF ZOMBIES – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Patricia Semler
ACTORCORNERSTONE WOODS – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Mike Dowdrick
ACTORSINGLE SOUL – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSPEAK NO EVIL – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Kurt Fischer
ACTORHAYRIDE – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Scott Timmins
ACTORINFECTED ROMANCE – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sarah Kochan
ACTORTHE WORK OF ZOMBIES – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Patricia Semler
ACTORREVAMPED MODELS – FANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Joseph Killeen
ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze

ACTORSCI-FI BEST Scene – AMERICAN INDIAN UPRISING
May 2017 Reading
by Allen Cody

ACTORCOMEDY BEST Scene – THROUGH A GLASS CEILING
May 2017 Reading
by Richard Geiwitz
ACTORHORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay – THE INTERVIEW
March 2017 Reading
Written by Laszlo Tamasfi

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – OBEDIENCE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Potts
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas

BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
ACTORBEST Scene – THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sean Francis Ellis

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of SPEAK NO EVIL, by Kurt Fischer

 

CAST LIST: 

NARRATION: Sean Ballantyne
Veronica: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sandra: Elizabeth Skidmore
Teacher: Marisa King

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene of CORNERSTONE WOODS, by Mike Dowdrick

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Heather: Mahtab Sabe
Carter: Anthony Tran
Leroy: Allan Brunet
Jennifer: Salma Dharsee

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Three women camp out in the woods for a weekend but find themselves in deep trouble as three masked strangers torment them.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it’s a throwback to 70’s exploitation films, and we haven’t seen those in awhile. Change up the horror game.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Very scary.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

John Carpenter’s Halloween.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year.

How many stories have you written?

5.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

Eyeless by Slipknot.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Lots of sleepless nights.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a punk/skater kid, so I enjoy a lot of punk/metal music as well as skateboarding, riding bmx, etc.

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

HORROR Best Scene of INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Edsall: Allan Brunet
Aesop: Anthony Tran
Candice: Mahtab Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Inked In Blood is a story of revenge. It’s about a tortured man who returns to the town he ran away from as a child to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him, and face the one man he fears the most. His father.

In a desolate, completely unremarkable town in the mid eighties Aesop Quarrels grew up living a tortured existence. His father, Sheriff Edsall Quarrels, was a cruel and vindictive man on his best of days. More so after the birth of his “freakish albino son”(his words). Amid the constant abuse he endured while growing up, Aesop was forced to witness his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father’s weekly poker buddies.

Nineteen years after escaping this living hell, Aesop has returned to exact his revenge. After receiving news of his mother’s apparent suicide, the fires of suppressed rage and vengeance have been stoked. He returns a tortured soul. Symbolic tattoos adorn both his arms. One side depicting scenes of Hell, the other scenes of Heaven. He wears them proudly, a badge to the horrific struggles that they both endured.

One by one he will make them pay; not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well. Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that must ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering. As he struggles with the terrible weight of what he’s done, and the price that he will eventually have to pay, Aesop heads towards a final showdown with his father and, in the process, he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think “Inked” has a unique cast of characters with their own voice. The protagonists tattoos play an important visual role in the story and are there for more than just the esthetics, and this would add another dimension to the story telling.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Dark, intense.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of it. The first scene in the bowling alley with Donny, the Dude and Walter talking about the rug is one of my all-time favorites.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote Inked In Blood in 2012, but I did nothing with it for several years. After sending it out to a couple screenwriting contests and placing in a few, I did some serious rewrites and eventually began to win. That brought me to where it is today.

How many stories have you written?

I have four completed screenplays and several in the works. I also have a short that has placed in a couple contests.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

Wow, can’t name one song. If I had to pick an album I listened to the most in my life, I’d have to say Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman or Rush 2112.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the main obstacle I faced while writing this screenplay was the fact that I don’t really watch horror movies. I don’t particularly like to be startled, or scared, but I think that this ultimately helped me in the end, because I wasn’t pulling ideas from anything I had seen in the past. Another obstacle I faced was trying to come up with interesting ways for Aesop to take his revenge. I wanted to keep each death interesting-anyone can pull a trigger. Finally, the last obstacle was trying to keep my anti-hero human. While he is taking his revenge through violent acts, he struggles with the decisions he’s made, and knows that some day he will have to pay for his actions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I went to art school where I studied fine art photography. It’s something I still do, and enjoy, in my spare time. I am also very passionate about music. In what now feels like another life, I was the drummer in a rock band and played all around Hollywood during the height of Guns and Roses, Motely Crue, etc. Oddly enough, twenty some years after it all came to an end, a record company released a seven song CD of our music this year. Oh yeah, I grew up a huge comic book nerd and that hasn’t changed to this day.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox