47 Meters Down – What the critics are saying about it.

47 meters down.jpg54% of critics give it a positive rating.

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico become trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor. As their oxygen starts to run out and with great white sharks circling them, the sisters must find a way to get to the surface alive.

 

 

Even at 89 minutes, you can feel the oxygen running out of this movie.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It’s gratifying to see a summer popcorn movie where a simple idea goes a long way.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It’s taut and suspenseful, and there’s a jittery vibe to the whole thing.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The movie’s saving grace is the visceral response that sharks produce, even more than four decades after Jaws first had audiences screaming.

June 16, 2017 | Full Review…

While the plot is a bit shaky in parts, the overall effect of creating needed tension and some outright, out-of-your-seat jumps of fright is quite effective.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The screenplay by Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera is a weirdly clunky work that never seems to know what it’s doing.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Short Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE by Myke J Friscia

BLOOD DRIVE
Written by Myke FrisciaCAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
SIMON – Chris Reid Geisler
JACKIE – Angela Cavallin
HUMAN RESOURCES – Dana Thody
BOSS – Brian Carleton
LAWYER – Ucal Shillingford
DOG – Noah Casey

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Horror

A man’s life spirals out of control when he becomes obsessed with meeting the woman behind the voice of his car navigation system.

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Things go terribly awry for a man who becomes obsessed with meeting the woman behind the voice of his car navigation system.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

A dark comedy, Twilight Zone-like thriller

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

It is unique in that it is a SOLO actor performance. The outside world exists only as voices heard, but not seen. Being that, it can be made on an extremely low budget. It’s darkly funny, thrilling and entertaining for an audience for beginning to end. It is a challanging and fun role for an actor. It’s based on a situation where millineal technology backfires in way that could possibly happen to anyone.

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

Quirky. Thrilling.

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

The original Star Wars!

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

About a year and a half on and off.

6. How many stories have you written?

10 Features, 3 original TV pilots, 10 shorts.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A story I read that something similar happened. I thought it was a great premise for a story that was based on reality. I also tried to come up with something easily producable.

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

For contest purposes, trying to keep the whole story under 30 pages while keeping it entertaining, while at the same time developing the characters. Also trying to write it in such a way that only one physical actor was needed for the whole story, which was very challanging in itself.

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

I love movies! But also am passionate about baseball, Texas Hold’em and getting involved with my daughter’s school activities.

10. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Keep learning about your craft and never stop. Try every means available to get your work out there, all the while just keep writing and writing. Write what you know best. Experiment with different genres, concepts, story lengths and formats. Never give up!

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Horror/Zombie Feature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH by Alexander Nachaj

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DEAD NORTH by Alexander Nachaj

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure

Synopsis: Survivors battle zombies and rival groups in post-apocalyptic Northern Canada

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
OWEN – Rob Notman
MAG – Christina Santos
PILOT – Kaleb Alexander
CAINE/STEIN – Jarrid Terrell
BARKER/REESE – David Occhipinti

Get to know winning writer Alexander Nachaj

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Alexander Nachaj: Dead North is a story about a group of survivors trying to, well, survive in a soon-to-be frigid zombie apocalypse in Northern Canada. Though I can’t help but think that the apocalyptic setting along with the monsters is largely a backdrop for where a story like this could take place, make sense and help build the tension and stakes. After all, the zombies aren’t the greatest threat in this world; it’s other people and the environment they navigate.

MT: Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

AN: Because I think people will love it. It’s filled with the kinds of things people want to see in movies, especially those big summer blockbusters. It’s got plenty of action and exciting visuals, lots of tension and conflict, and hopefully some characters the viewer can care about and root for. Even though it’s an original story, with a few twists and spins on existing ideas and conventions, it’s not so different that people won’t know how to relate to what’s taking place on the screen. Also, I suppose who doesn’t want their screenplay to become a movie? These kinds of things are meant to be seen, not just read.

MT: How would you describe this script in two words?

AN: Bloody fun.

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

AN: There’s a handful of movies that I seem to re-watch constantly, but the winner for most viewed would have to be the original Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston. The number of times I’ve watched that movie as an adult has probably overtaken the number of times I watched Star Wars as a kid. I’m also only half-ashamed to say I’ve seen Apes’ wonderfully awful sequels (all four of them) almost as many times as the original movie.

MT: How long have you been working on this screenplay?

AN: I had the initial idea for the screenplay a few months before I sat down to write it, probably at the end of summer when that first autumn breeze rolled in through the windows. At the time it was just some ideas for scenes, visuals and possible character dynamics. When I finally sat down to write it, the whole story really just poured through like I had turned on a tap and it wouldn’t stop. I churned out the first draft during a somewhat sleep-deprived 72 hours in order to make the first deadline for this festival, actually.

MT: How many stories have you written?

AN: While I’ve written a few shorts, this was the first real feature-length screenplay I’ve completed. I’ve spent a lot of my creative time since then keeping track of ideas, scenes and characters that I’d like to incorporate in future, feature-length stories like this one. I’ve also been writing plenty of short horror stories. Since January, I’ve completed four stories and am in the process of adding two more to the list.

MT: What motivated you to write this screenplay?

AN: Definitely the thrill of putting together a complete, standalone story and potentially seeing it come to life. Though I’d be lying if I said having a festival deadline only a few days away didn’t help! Deadlines have a way of motivating me like few things do.

MT: What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

AN: Remarkably, not that many. When you have a story in mind, have the time and the motivation, I found that it was pretty easy to get it on paper and finish it. I suppose clearing up my weekends to write and then later edit was the largest challenge. Not everyone wants to keep seeing “busy, writing” every time they text and sometimes other projects have deadlines that can’t wait either. Fortunately, everything lined up perfectly for me.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

AN: It might be an odd thing to hear coming from a guy who just wrote a screenplay that contains flesh-eating monsters, but I’m actually kind of passionate about my vegetarian lifestyle; that is to say, I’m thrilled that I live in a city where I can afford to be a vegetarian and know tons of other people who share my habits. It’s clearly not possible for everyone, so I definitely feel fortunate to live in a place like Montreal where it is.

MT: What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

AN: I found out about the festival only a few days before the initial deadline (which turned out to be for the best), so I was really motivated to try and finish something and enter it in time. When I received the feedback on my first draft I was honestly blown away not only by how positive it was, but also how helpful it turned out to be with ironing out the kinks and polishing up my story. Even just the little details and observations the festival reviewers sent me made a huge difference in helping me produce the screenplay it is today.

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

AN: Finish what you start, no matter how unpleasant it might feel at times. Just push through that wall. Also, deadlines really help. If there’s no room for procrastinating, you tend to do it less. Lastly, submit your work to festivals and competitions and have others read it. You’ll never realize how important feedback is until you receive it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

February 2016 Short Film Festival Highlights

The theme of the FEBRUARY Horror/Thriller 2016 FILM FESTIVAL was:
“GOOD IS BAD”.

Every film showcased on the night was about a character twist. It’s never what you think it is.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos for each film shown at the festival


festival posterCANTATA IN C MAJOR
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


7min, USA, Horror/Musical


festival posterTIME TO EAT
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4min, USA, Horror/Comedy


festival posterBALLERINA
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5min, USA, Horror/Thriller


festival posterSILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW
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14min, UK, Horror/Thriller

festival posterCHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR
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13min, USA, Horror/Family


festival posterVICIOUS
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12min, UK, Horror

festival posterTHE ART OF GESTURE
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16min, France, Horror/Thriller

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: VICIOUS

Best Overall Performances: Actors from CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR

Best Cinematography: CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR

Best Music: The music from VICIOUS

Here’s the summary of each film:

– THE ART OF GESTURE: In a disused chapel, a man is being tortured in a strange way.

– VICIOUS: A woman returns home late one night to find her front door unlocked.

– CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR: A boy is divided between this father and daughter.

– SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW: Lucette’s obsession for her dummy Hugo starts to strain her relationship.

– BALLERINA: A woman at home alone encounters a malevolent presence in the form of a… music box?

– TIME TO EAT: A mischievous boy’s trip to the basement leads to a monstrous revelation.

– CANTATA IN C MAJOR: Six-hundred-five film clips are assembled and used to create a piece of electronic music.

Playing at Feb. 25th Horror Film Festival – SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW, 14min, UK, Horror/Thriller

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SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW, 14min, UK, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Scott Lyus

As their relationship grows, Lucette’s obsession for ventriloquism and her dummy Hugo starts to strain her relationship with Jace. To Luctette Hugo is more than just a dummy, he’s her best friend and represents her ambition as an artist, to her, he’s very much real.

Silently Within Your Shadow – Director’s Statement

Silently Within Your Shadow is my attempt at creating a story driven horror film, with strong characters, that doesn’t rely on blood and gore.

I wanted to dig into the heart of an artist, in our case a ventriloquist performer, and see how deep her love for her art ran; and explore the effects on her relationship with her boyfriend and the horror that provides.

-Scott Lyus

Key Cast

Bill Moseley
Sophie Tergeist
Byron Fernandes

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 14 minutes 2 seconds

Completion Date: July 1, 2015

Production Budget: 4,000 GBP

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: United Kingdom

Film Color: Color

 

Horror Screenplay of the Day: WALK WITH THE DEVIL by Alison C. Hall

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WALK WITH THE DEVIL
Written by Alison C. Hall
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SYNOPSIS:

Walk with the Devil is a supernatural drama in which a young sex slave must choose between kidnapping a girl for her pimp or suffer his vicious abuse — all the while fully aware of the Devil’s eyes on her, waiting for her fall.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
OFELIA – Victoria Kucher
JULIET – Marsha Mason
RAMONA – Lorry Ayers
DON ANTONIO – Allan Brunet
PINCERS – Dan Cristofori
JULIET – Adam Martignetti
GOON – Geoff Mays

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Horror Audience FEEDBACK Video: THE BLOOD OF LOVE

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Watch the Audience Feedback Video of THE BLOOD OF LOVE:

  MOVIE POSTERTHE BLOOD OF LOVE, 19min, USA, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Jeff Meyers

Unwilling to accept the death of her husband, a young widow, acquires a machine that can bring him back to her. But the machine exacts a terrible price: she must provide the blood it needs to revive her beloved. And it starts demanding more and more blood for less and less time.

Writers
Jeff Meyers

Producers
Jonathan West
Keith Jefferies
Arden Morris

Key Cast
Mali Elfman
Chris Stack
James St Vincent
Steve Xander Carson
Norman Roth

Film Type: Short

Runtime: 19 minutes 28 seconds

Horror Short Script Reading of THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Filippo Santaniello

The New Neighbors is the January 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

THE NEW NEIGHBORS
Written by L. Filippo Santaniello

SYNOPSIS:

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Three friends are screening and selecting short films for a low budget horror film festival when the babysitter from the floor below rings the bell. Something bad has happened and she needs help.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
VIVIAN – Katelyn Vanier
ZACH – Dan Cristofori
ASHLEY – Holly Sarchfield
ALEX – Geoff Mays
ASIAN BOY – Lorne Hiro

Get to know writer Filippo Santaniello:

  1. What is your screenplay about? 

“The New Neighbors” is a story about three friends that work as short film selectors for a Horror Film Festival. Disappointed by the overall quality of the films they wonder why no one is creating something original.  Right then the bell rings. The babysitter from downstairs appears at the threshold of the door. Does she need help or is she just hungry?

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

I believe that the screenplay is well-structured and it can also be enjoyed by those that are not just horror film fans. And there is lots of blood!

  1. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this script in two words?

Appetizing, impactful.

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

I would say Daro Argento’s Profondo Rosso because I’m a huge lover of the horror movies produced in Italy between the ‘60s and ‘70s. There are no words to describe the works of authors such as Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Joe D’Amato. As an Italian writer I feel very close to these authors but I’m also enthusiastic about international directors like David Lynch, David  Cronemberg and John Carpenter.

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

One Week.

  1. How many stories have you written? 

Quite a lot. Not only screenplays but also short stories and two novels.

  1. What motivated you to write this screenplay? 

The fun for the macabre.

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

I didn’t face any serious obstacles in writing this screenplay. It all went smoothly.

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

Music. I listen to rock music all the time. And now that Lemmy and Bowie are out of the scene we are left without myths.

  1. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to compete with other good international authors in order to expose my writing to markets outside of Italy.

I think feedback is important, it helps you grow. If everything went well we would remain the same without the possibility to improve.

  1. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? 

Keep on writing. Always. First and foremost for yourself. And have fun while doing it!

 

Today’s Horror Screenplay Reading: GATES OF HELL Screenplay by Pamela Green

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Best Scene from GATES OF HELL Screenplay
Written by Pamela Green
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SYNOPSIS:

The best scene expert reading of the feature screenplay.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Susan Wilson
EVERETT – Aieron Munro
ATTENDANT – Robert Notman
MABEL – Maya Woloszyn
DALE – Charles Gordon
JEREMIAH – Paul Falkowski
NURSE – Antosia Fiedur
WORKER – Rochelle Burke

Watch Horror Short Script: ON THREE by Ed Vassie

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Short Screenplay: ON THREE
by Ed Vassie

SYNOPSIS:

An overworked detective whose work has invaded his home life in the most catastrophic way possible.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
TODD – Adam Martignetti
CRAIG – Devin Upham
CAPTAIN WEINSTEIN – Allan Michael Brunet
GRACE – Lauren Toffan