2017 – Read the best of HORROR Short Film Pitches & Loglines

SCROLL through and read the best of SHORT FILMS from 2017: 

WHO IS NEXT, by Deepa Dharmaraj

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARE AND DEATH, by Yentunde Ayodele

REUNIONS, by David Beshears

SKIN, by Paul Okpuno

WISDOM, by Ben Abrass

FUNERAL RITES, by Sy Shanti

THE EXECUTIONER, by Julia Colwell

TOGETHER, by Jade Syed-Bokhari

A PARALLEL, by Alena Cadova

A MURDEROUS LAUGH, by Ramiro Rocha

THE TWISTED MR. BENDY, by Doug Robbins

A FANGIRL, by Diana Galimzy

TRUTH DOESN’T HIDE, by Duarte Nuno Nobrega

THE ABSENT DOORWAY by Matt Allock

SOMETHING IN THE WOODS, by Andrew Dawson

MOONCHASER, by Lisa Newman

THE IMP, by Stephen Milek and Christopher House

NO WAY, by Geoff Nelder

ROLLING DARKNESS, by Chris Von Hoffman

THE DADDY-O, by Nick Hackett

 

 

 

 

 

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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

HORROR Best Scene Script Reading of HAYRIDE, by Scott Timmins

Genre: Horror

Logline: A group of bullied, emotionally abused high school students take over a Haunted Hayride on Halloween night and make its horrors real. “Hayride” will do for the increasingly popular Haunted Hayrides what “Jaws” did for swimming in oceans and “Psycho” did for showers.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION: Julie C. Sheppard
Lexi – Vanessa Quagliara
Rose – Katelyn Vanier
Tommy – Trevor Marlatt

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

When a bullied gay student is driven to suicide, his ‘outcast’ friends decide it’s time to exact payback by volunteering to help run this year’s Haunted Halloween Hayride. This year’s Hayride is going to be unlike any other. That’s because this year’s Hayride is…real.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror that taps into the growing bullying problem taking place in schools, and the country in general.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Hayride can be made cheaply, under $3-5 million and with the right marketing could at least double its budget its first weekend because Haunted Halloween Hayrides have become enormously popular the past decade. It would do for haunted hayrides (and if a sequel, Halloween Horror Houses!) what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean and what Psycho did for taking showers.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Timely, scary.

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

Jaws

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Off and on about 18 years in various forms and drafts. My first draft in 1999 was about to be sold and then Columbine happened and the deal fell through.

How many stories have you written?

Hayride was screenplay number 5. I have written three more since its completion. My first script, The Resistance, debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. Favorite? “Bat out of Hell” by Meat Loaf. Listened to the most? “Cadillac Ranch” by Bruce Springsteen

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Although I wasn’t happy with my first draft back in 1999 the producer loved it…until Columbine happened. Obstacle for me? Not compared to those who lost their lives or forever had their lives altered from the horrific tragedy. 16 years later, because of the ever growing popularity of Haunted Halloween Hayrides I decided to dust off the old script and majorly update it. This time, it flowed much better and I’m proud of it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about Animal Rights and giving voices to those that don’t have any. And, because of Drumpf, I’m passionate about exposing his lies and getting him impeached.

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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 INFECTED ROMANCE, by Sarah Kochan

Genre: Romance, Horror, Thriller

Logline: In a post-apocalyptic world, a small group of unlikely friends try to avoid being the next meal for the zombies roaming the land.

CAST LIST:

NARRATION – Sean Ballantyne
Jack – Trevor Marlatt
Jenny – Vanessa Quagliara
Scarlett – Julie C. Sheppard
Maria: Fiona Mongillo
George – Peter Nelson

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screenplay is a post-apocalyptic romantic-adventure that tells the story of survivors in a harsh world overrun by zombies. The events chronicle the characters’ efforts to realize the safety of North Carolina’s barrier islands, the Outer Banks. Along the way they meet friends and enemies who change their lives and the human race as they knew it. With one syringe, everything changes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Action, Horror, Comedy, Drama, and Romance

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The action, storyline, and character development would be best portrayed on the silver screen. Public thirst for all things zombie are at an all-time high. This is the opportune moment to share a fantastic bit of zombie fiction, that shares the theme we all know and love, with a twist we haven’t seen.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Infectiously Captivating

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

If I’m being honest, as a mom of 2, probably “Frozen”, but my all-time favorite movie is “Tombstone”

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

2 years

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?)

Here Without You Baby, Three Doors Down

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I want the characters to really have substance to them. I want the reader and viewer to know exactly what each person stands for and their feelings. This is hard to convey in a compressed format with lives already in progress. There were many edits and debates over which characters to keep, to remove, to elevate and minimize while keeping the story intact.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love my children and my family. Helping shelter pets is a passion of mine and I love volunteering.

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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 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

Submit your Horror Screenplay to the Festival Today: https://festivalforhorror.com/

 

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
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


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

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
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
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.

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

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.

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