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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HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: October 2017 HORROR FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Best Film: MILK MAN

Best Performances: LIZ DRIVES

Best Cinematography: MY BODY

Best Music: SPEECHLESS

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Videos of the Short Films:


festival posterGIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
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festival posterSPEECHLESS, 7min, Horror/Thriller
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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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTHE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

The HORROR OCTOBER 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival was truly a great success.

The theme of the festival was “DOORS”.

Every film showcased had a “DOOR” part of the plot of the film!

NOTE: This was a showcase of the best HORROR films from around the world. Our 2nd HORROR Film Festival for the 2017 season.

There is a lady who attends almost every single film festival event we do in Toronto. She is in her 60s, and has worked full time as a real estate agent for many years, while seeing her city change drastically through her job.

She lives in a condo building across the street from the cinema we’ve been doing the festival for the last 4+ years and happened to come across us after seeing a “WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival” on the marquee from her window. She wondered what that was and hopped across the street to find out. 34 out of the last 37 festivals later, she attends and usually brings a new assortment of people along with her.

She hates horror. Or at least she tells me that, eventhough every single time we do a horror festival she attends.

“I don’t like being scared, but I come for two reasons.” she told me after watching this festival.

“#1: The films are great from an artistic standpoint. There is such originality in the filmmaking. I am shocked how talented these people are and the things they come up with, but also the execution and genius photography that is always in the selected films.”

“#2: The audience feedback, especially for the horror/scary festivals. I learn so much and appreciate how and why people love horror so much. I was small minded in my thinking that horror was stupid, but this festival and the people have taught me so much. It got me out of my ideological bubble.”

I found her comments very interesting and a nice metaphor of thinking in today’s political climate. Always expand your bubble and watch HORROR while you’re at it!

See you at the festivals!

– Matthew Toffolo

ANTICA Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

ANTICA, 11min., Canada, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Vasili Manikas

A aging labourer loses control of his warehouse.

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GIRL #2 Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

GIRL #2, 9min, USA, Horror/Comedy
Directed by David Jeffrey

When a deranged killer sets his sights on an unsuspecting sorority, he realizes he’s not the craziest one in the house.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

LIZ DRIVES Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

LIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
Directed by Mia’kate Russell

For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

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MILK MAN Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

MILK MAN, 10min., UK, Horror/Comedy
Directed by Jonathan Brooks

On the verge of his day getting really out of hand, Richard tells the wrong milk man to fuck off. A misunderstanding which ultimately leads to paranoiac terror and lactose based bloodshed.

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MY BODY Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

MY BODY, 6min, Germany, Horror
Directed by Daniel Mohle

A dead girl is lies on the floor of a man’s living room and a spider crawls through the shadows of his house. Grief and guilt grow in the eyes of the man while he gets more and more paranoid.

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STUDDED NIGHTMARE Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

STUDDED NIGHTMARE, 9min., Canada, Horror
Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc

When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home. Suddenly overcome by fantasies both nightmarish and erotic, he gets rid of the chair immediately, only to have it claimed by his friend Aly, who soon finds herself spellbound by shocking visions of her own violent death. As the horror escalates, it’s up to J.-F. to save his friend before she is driven to a very gruesome fate.

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THE DARKNESS KEEPER Short Film – Audience Video from Oct. 2017 HORROR Festival

THE DARKNESS KEEPER, 18min, Spain, Thriller/Suspense
Directed by Rodrigo Atienzar Jimenez

May is afraid of the dark and she has a plan to catch it. But she’s forgetting a small detail: when night falls, darkness is everywhere…

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