HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of THE WORK OF ZOMBIES, by Patricia Semler

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Genre: Horror, Crime, Suspense

Logline: Detective Mike Chaldelaine thought he left his demons back in New Orleans. But zombies are robbing banks in Savannah and Mike’s forced to reveal his own voodoo training to thwart the crazed priest and rescue the muck-raking reporter fanning the hysteria.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Fiona Mongillo
Mike – Peter Nelson
Gus – Trevor Marlatt
Devon – Sean Ballantyne
Sylvia – Julie C. Sheppard
Priestess – Vanessa Quagliara

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your screenplay about? 

The Work of Zombies tells the story of a young lovestruck voodoo priest and the havoc he causes chasing an unrequited love and the Cajun cop just savvy enough in the voodoo arts to know how to stop him.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under? 
Horror/thriller

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie? 
The Work of Zombies returns the undead to their traditional roots – an imposed hypnotic punishment meant to intimidate and control a superstitious population. Low budget and set in Savannah’s Haitian community this script turns the zombie trope on its head for a fresh new look into fear.

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

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life? 
There are a couple, but it’s a toss-up between The Wizard of Oz and The Great Escape.

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

This script is about 5 years old. I’ve come back to it time and again after receiving critiques, and stubborn determination to see it on film.

7. How many stories have you written? 
Short stories – about two dozen.  Teleplays – closing in on 100, mostly my original series work, a few spec scripts. Features – 18. Writing’s not the problem, networking and salesmanship is.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the 
most times in your life?) 
This is tougher than the movie question. I’m going to go with Handel’s The Hallelujah Chorus. Mainly because one I sung that in a small church with the acoustics tossing back the sound and the audience kicking in, that was the most thrilling singing experience of my life.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay? 
Balancing the criminal investigation with the horror aspects.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 
Choral singing, needlework, reading non-fiction, environmental issues.

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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

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HORROR BEST Scene Screenplay of THE WICK INN, by Robert Rosenbaum

 

Genre: Horror, Drama

Patrick, a burnt-out blogger, more interested in writing a graphic novel, takes a road-trip with a couple buddies to Napa Valley to cover the legendary Pagan ball.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Jane Hailes
Lance: Nick Wicht
Märet: Penelope Park
Kiki: Kelci Stephenson
Patrick: Charles Gordon
Nick: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

A down-on-his-luck journalist and his buddies head to Napa Valley for a Halloween celebration and end up staying in an inn run by seductive witches. When the valley is attacked by an evil sorceress, the boys team up with the witches and employ their paintball skills to help defeat the demons.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror / Comedy / Fantasy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The Wick Inn is a comedy/horror film that combines “Sideways” and “Charmed” with a touch of “Rocky Horror”. Throw in the paintball elements in the final battle and you have a fun and thrilling film that will appeal to the broadest audience.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Fantastical fun!

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

Probably “A Christmas Carol”, as I watch it (in various versions) about a half a dozen times every year during the holidays!

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About a year and a half.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens.

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

I am a big Beatles fan. I would have to say it would be one of the songs on the Sergeant Pepper’s album.

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

Researching paintball. I am not a player, so I watched a lot of video of paintball tournaments and interviewed friends who are avid players.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and I founded Rosemary Farm Sanctuary where we rescue horses in need.

You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway is the best platform of its kind. The dashboard is so organized and easy to use. I can easily keep track of all my submissions and watchlist all the festivals in which I have an interest.

What influenced you to enter the f.estival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I found you on FilmFreeway and your description really sounded like a good fit for my film. I was thrilled with the feedback. I could tell the reader really read my script and took time to evaluate it. His insight was a great help in my rewrites.

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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

October 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORHORROR SHORT Screenplay – RED
October 2017 Reading
by Heath Harris

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – NOWHERE-VILLE
October 2017 Reading
by Richard M. Kjeldgaard

festival posterGIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSPEECHLESS, 7min, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterANTICA, 11min., Canada, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterSTUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror
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festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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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 – Read the best of HORROR Feature Films – Part 2

BROWSE through the list and read the best of HORROR Feature Film loglines and synopsis from around the world: 

FATHOM, by Adam Miller

FIJI: THE BEGINNING, by Harun Shah

INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

CYBER ZOMBIES VS MUTANT HO’S, by Ed Vela

ELEANOR, Jim Eshom and Matt Denito

STRANGE FRUIT: A GHOST STORY, by Rey Otis

BITE ME, by Tim Aucoin

LOONEY AS A BED BUG, by Dennis Goldberg

CHASING THE ZOMBIE, by Erick Hoffman

HAYRIDE, by Scott Timmons

NECRO NARCO, by Jonathan Gonzalez

A FISTFUL OF ANGER, by David L. Tamarin

THE RECKONING OF JACK THE RIPPER, by Mark Barresi

LEGACY, by Marc W. Johnson

THE STRAYING, by Gregory Blair

THE TUNNEL, by Jessiah O’Donnell

VIDA NOCTURNA, by Jessiah O’Donnell

HELL’S SYMBOL VS HOLY PALM, by Mark A. McKay

THE DEADLY SINS OF FARMAKEIA, by Stephanie Sharp

ZOMBIES FROM THE FUTURE, by Shaun Graham

UNREST, by Bob Heske

TETHERS, by Mark Shea Price

THE RETURNED GIRL, by Catherine E. Johnson

DAWN, by Tim Aucoin

WOLF TRAP, by Shaul Halevy

THE WORK OF ZOMBIES, by Patricia Semler

THE PREYING KIND, by Randy Gross

PORCELAIN, by Mitchell Corner

KILLING MATT COOPER, by Sameer Ketkar

DRAGOMIR, by Douglas Wolf

DANCING WITH DEMONS, by Richard Anthony Dunford

EVIL INTENTIONS, by Lois Terrans

THE SACRIFICE, by Ethan Hunter & Jordan Speed

RAISING HELL, by John M. Light

KILLER CANINE, by Nishant Rana

WITH MONSTERS, by Rob Herzog

VIDEO PITCH: School Spirits, by Jim Curtis

VIDEO PITCH: THE TEASDALE PRIMER by Darian Land

SHADOW OF THE SUCCUBUS by John Condenzio

ISLAND IN THE BAY, by Rhys Bufford

THE MAELSTROM, by Biljana Malesevic

MOMO, by Kevin M. Kraft

EBENEZER: THE UNTOLD STORY, by Joseph A and Shea D. Sacco

WEIRD THREATS, by Mark Wagner

THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING, by Richard Welch

DAM!, by David Edward Wagner

JUSTIFIED TRUE BELIEF, by Martin Jagodzinski

CREEP, by Charlie Coffell

MAD DOG RUN, by Beverly Smith-Dawson

THE NEIGHBOR, by Bernard Mersier

THE BLOODY TOWER, by Anna Taborska

DARK DOMINATION, by Eslam Mohsen

SICK, by Brian Stynes

SIX WALLS, by Jody Levesque

DRAGOMIR, by Ralph D. Shorter

THE DEVIL’S SOUP BOWL, by Bruce Marich

HELLRAZOR, by B. Tatum

DORM OF THE DEAD, by Nathan Illsley

HORS D’OEUVRES TO THE GODS, by Ralph D. Shorter

THE OFFERING, by Adam Ethan Crow

WATCHDOG WOMAN, by Chris Ramlochan and Rock Ramlochan

THE CATABOMB, by Carlos Burgaleta

NOT LONG FOR THIS WORLD, by Matthew Lefmann

HAINT, by Richard M. Novosak

ELENA, by Danek Kaus

BLACK FRIDAY by Ashleigh Nichols and Eddie Beasley

SPEAK NO EVIL by Kurt Fischer

ELENA, by Danek Kaus and Duncan Lloyd

DEO VINDICI, by WH Clark

THE GLASS DEMON, by Jerry J.C. Veit

 

 

September 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – WELCOME TO CRYSTAL LAKE (Friday the 13th)
September 2017 Reading
by Mike Mead

ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – WORD GAMES
September 2017 Reading
by Joel Stern

festival posterNO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja

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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

August 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman

ACTOR1st SCENE CRIME Screenplay – THE BIRTHING FIELD
August 2017 Reading
by Robert Thorpe
ACTOR1st SCENE HORROR Screenplay – SILHOUETTE
August 2017 Reading
by Lukas Hassel
ACTOR1st SCENE ADVENTURE Screenplay – THE GATE
August 2017 Reading
by Della Vance Greenwalt

 

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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

June 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson
ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene Screenplay – SQUID JIGGERS
June 2017 Reading
by Judi Blaze

ACTORUnder 5min. SHORT Screenplay – NIGHT SHIFT
June 2017 Reading
by Yanjuan Song
ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – SWITCHMAN
June 2017 Reading
by Henry Leeker

ACTORFANTASY SHORT Screenplay – NOTHING IS FREE
June 2017 Reading
by Terry Milner & Rebecca Brillhart

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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

 

 

January 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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FEATURE Screenplay – INCURABLE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Jeff York
BEST Scene – KIDICIDE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly Karam
ACTORBEST Scene – THE LEGEND OF YAKATUTCH
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sean Francis Ellis
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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2016 Horror Screenplays from the Festival

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ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BLOOD DRIVE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Myka J. Friscia
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – THE WORK OF ZOMBIES
December 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Semler
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – YOU’VE CHANGED
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sam Sexton
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE SAND AND WATER OF STYX
December 2016 Reading
Written by Peer Ynt
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BUREAUCRACY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Sharmini Kumar
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – THE PROVING GROUNDS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Michael Boyd
ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COLLAPSE
December 2016 Reading
Written by David Sweet
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – THE MYSTERIOUS LIFE OF MADELEINE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Eve Noel
ACTORSHORT Screenplay (Under 5pg.) – EXORCISE
November 2016 Reading
Written by Matt Holland
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: CRIME CYCLE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Donald R. Brown

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – THE SON, THE FATHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Lukas Hass

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO
October 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson

ACTORLONG SHORT Screenplay – TOGETHER
October 2016 Reading
Written by Jade Syed-Bokhari

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – IF I DIE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Jean Nicole Rivers

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay: OLD BONES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATCHSTICK
August 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Fardy

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – ELAN VITAL
July 2016 Reading
Written by Maroun Rached

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – MATERNAL FEAR
July 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Milek

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – NINE SCARS
July 2016 Reading
Written by Kelly Crawford

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – FIEND
July 2016 Reading
Written by Jeff York

ACTORShort Screenplay – DEATH’S LADY LOVE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – INKED IN BLOOD
June 2016 Reading
Written by Paul Corricelli

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – EXISTENTIAL QUANDARY
June 2016 Reading
Written by Brandon Maline
ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – LONG IN THE TOOTH
June 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Wasserman

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – IX
June 2016 Reading
Written by Eric Irizarry
ACTORFeature Screenplay – THE BOO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Scott McEntire

ACTORBest Scene Screenplay – MATSQUI MASSACRE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Mark Curtis Dunn & Pamela C. Royal

ACTORShort Screenplay Screenplay – WALL IN THE GARDEN
April 2016 Reading
Written by Thorsten Loos

ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – THE SHOT
February 2016 Reading
Written by Michael DeMattia

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – ROAD TO TEXAS
February 2016 Reading
Written by Emanuel Ruggeri

ACTORShort Screenplay – THE NEW NEIGHBORS
January 2016 Reading
Written by Filippo Santaniello

ACTORFeature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fredric Maffei

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Read the best of HORROR FEATURE FILM Loglines for 2016:

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Read the best of HORROR FEATURE FILM Loglines for 2016:

CLICK the links and read the logline

THE DARKNESS, by Martin Gomez

A SEASON OF STRAWBERRIES, by Judy Bednarek

SACRIFICE, by Andrew Boylan

THE STAFFORD MULTIPLEX THEATER, by William Smith

SIN, by April de Nyse

THORNE, by Sean Williams

OPPRESSED, by Jeff Thompson

ROME OF THE DEAD, by Sherwin Allen

ROBOTOPIA, by Chad Bowman

SET FOR LIFE, by Jason Rist

LACUNA, by Steve Walters

A BOY AND HIS SOLDIER, by Spencer Guerrero

BLOODSPITE, by Fleurette M. Van Gulden

SURVIVING DESTINY, by Doris Lee

LUMP SUM, by Messan Amlon

XYZOMBIE, by Mickey Blumental

PRICELESS, by John Hunter

THE SECRET OF GODS, by Jiwo Lesmono

WITNESS, by Marquis C. Mosley

SURVICE THE NIGHT, by Skylier Jones

VOID WALKER, by Skylier Jones

MATSQUI MASSACRE, by Mark-Curtis Dunn

SEVEN DEVILS, by Peter Natale

THE DA PINCHI CODE, by Oliver Swartz

THE USHER, by Phil Herman/Franklin E. Wales