2017 – Read the best of HORROR Feature Films

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

CORNERSTONE WOODS, by Mike Dowdrick

BLOOD BULLIES, by Steven Taylor

TRANSMONTANUS, by Mark Donnell

BAPHOMET, by Zondra Hughes

DEAD SOUL MUSIC, by Stuart Wright

LAWN OF THE DEAD, by Rick Mele

SLAM, by John Prescott

THE ORACLE OF NIGHTMARES, by Anthony Fertino

HANDFUL OF DUST, by Jeffrey Stackhouse & Richard A. Becker

EVIL GENESIS, by Dan Campisi

STALKER 1 – PURE BLOOD, by Aaron Wroblewski

THE BELOVED DAUGHTER, by Lytta Hirticornisa SS

THE TWELVE STEP KILLERS, by Mark Renshaw

BAD MOON RISING, by Nathan Smith

THE SECRET WAR, by Bill Hoversten-Davis

MISS KOIKOI, by Magdaline Musa

THE JERSEY DEVIL, by Patricia McManus

MESSAGE FROM BEYOND, by Paige Brien

1638, by Catherine Lloyd

MELCHOM, by Cynthia L Pike

HEX, by Leon Segers Jr.

TASTEFUL, by Joshua Hodge

THE ISLAND OF MADNESS, by Thomas Simpson

HELL SCHOOL, by Brian Stead

PARALYSIS, by Dan Cassell

SHY, by Don Riemer

SILENT SCREAM: OUT OF THE DIARY, Donald Carroll

THE QUIET CORNER, by Wilder Carnes

BLOOD OF ART, by Patrick Hampton

3AM CENTRAL DALLAS, by Jesus Hidrogo

HAWKEYE TEXAS, by John Clubb and Jaqueline Robotham

OLIVIA’S WAR, by Avishai Weinberger

NIGHT OF THE PIG PEOPLE, by Sean Whitley

SEQUENCES, by Joan Jeby Fine

SMALL TOWN SECRETS, by Jeff Rosenberg

SPEW, by Jordan Downey & Mike Will Downey

HAG, by Marcus Leighton

ROCK AND ROLL ANIMALS, by Mitchell Ganem

SMALL TOWN SACRIFICES, by Jeff Rosenberg

VAMPALIENS, by Stephen Milek

SALAM, by Michael Stagliano

THE JACK O LANTERN, by Damian Light

THE HOUSE OF UNIMAGINATIVE HORROR, by John E. Repa

VIDEO PITCH: ELENA, by Duncan Lloyd

THE JOHNSTOWN PROJECT, by Mark Sheeky

WHITE MALE AMERICAN, by Mark Moosick

 

 

 

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September 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Winning HORROR Short Screenplay – RED, by Heath Harris

Watch the winning short screenplay for OCTOBER 2017.

 

It is Christmas Eve. John (40s) drives his wife and son (Michael) up through a snowfilled wilderness. They reach a solitary rental cabin in the woods. Completely alone, Michael worries that Santa Claus will not come, however his father, John, reassures him that Santa knows exactly where he’s going.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Damien: Cameron LeRoy
John: Jim Canale
Natalie: Regan Brown

Get to know the winning writer: 

 What is your screenplay about?

Red is about a family of three that goes to spend Christmas in a secluded cabin, cut off from the world. The husband, John and his wife, Natalie are having marital issues and Christmas Eve goes from bad to worse as tensions rise. Natalie puts their young son, Damien to bed. He is woken up during the night to find that his mother is missing. John tells Damien to go back to sleep so Santa doesn’t find him. John tells Damien to close his eyes immediately if he sees Santa otherwise Santa will be very angry. Damien, after peering out of his window, sees a figure carrying a sack outside, and excitedly runs out to meet Santa Claus. Damien finds the sack to be containing his mother’s dead body. As John approaches, covered in her red blood, Damien instantly shuts his eyes.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror, Drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think this screenplay should be made into a movie because I believe it is scary, haunting and atmospheric and would be a fun themed watch during Christmas time for horror fans. I also think it raises the topic of domestic abuse and violence within households.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Christmas Murder

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

Ex Machina

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 6 months.

How many stories have you written?

During the course of my MFA program I’ve written about 8-9 stories.

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

All I Need – Radiohead

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The main problems I was having were logic problems, making sure there were no plotholes and making sure that everything in the story could potentially happen in real life.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love painting and drawing.

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

I think FilmFreeway is a great site and is very easy to use and helps me find many festivals that I wouldn’t otherwise know existed.

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

I loved the feedback I received, I thought it was so well thought out and well written. I love horror and was excited to find a festival dedicated to horror and horror writing.

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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

 

September 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

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

2017 – Best HORROR Feature Films. Read story loglines and synopsis

VIEW the best of HORROR Feature Film stories: 

BORN TO BE DAMNED, by Ben Brahmi

GESTATION, by Ntswaki Rampine

DEATH EXPERIMENTAL, by Sean Williams

LEAVES OF WRATH, by Susan Jaegtnes

BLOODy ANIMALS 1, by Circo Antonio Vega Blanco

SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING, by Sherril M. Kinney

THE ORDER, by Ben Jacob

HAPPY NEW FEAR, by Mark Leahy

BLOTEFLY, by Vaughn Jennings-White

DREAMS, by Jonathan Colon

FOXHUNT, by Emily Schooley

OMINOUS, by Kyle Stuck

FAIR DEALING, by Pinakee 

BROOKDALE HAUNTINGS, by Rebecca Paniagua

DEMONS 4 DUMMIES, by Rollin Jewett

CASE 1289, by Jason Charles

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

MR. UMNUTFRANKENSTEIN, by Catherine Adams Webb

BLOODSTONE: THE SOUL REAPER, by 

ONCE UPON A TIME ON PLANET EARTH, by Tshwarelo Leboa

HOOMANS, by Christoph Furian

INFECTED ROMANCE, by Sarah Kochan

THE HAIR, by Crystal Melville

DEAD TROUT WALKIN NOWHERE, by Gary Clemenceau

BAD MOON RISING, by Tessa B. Dick

KILLER GOAL, by Bruno Machado Gomes

HUMPTONVILLE DAYS OF THE MAN EATING TREES, by Thomas Castillo El Bey

THRENODY, by Patanjali Taylor

 

1st Scene Screenplay – THE LEGEND OF JAMESTOWN by Sherwin Allen

First Scene Screenplay Festival

Genre: Drama, History, Sci-FI

When a white slave owner suddenly turns black, and becomes enslaved, as he fights for his life and freedom, he learns that one cannot be judged by the color of their skin alone.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Martha: Mandy May Cheetham
Oliver James: Ryan Yusep
Knox: Allan Michael Brunet
Betsy Walker: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The Legend of Jamestown is about a white slave owner in America during the 1800s, who turns black mysteriously, and in turn becomes a victim of his once profitable situation.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama and Sci-fi

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screen play should be made into a movie, because right now America is going thru a very racial period, with movements like Black Lives Matter and White Supremacy groups that are marching…

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Interview with director Paige K. Boudreau (NOSTOMANIA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

NOSTOMANIA is an experimental film from Canada that played to rave reviews at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Paige K. Boudreau: I’ve long had an interest in urban exploration, particularly from my roadtrips across rural Saskatchewan. The biggest find I ever had was the abandoned town Froude, SK – which is about a half hour drive from where my grandparents used to live. Froude was special because there were several buildings still standing, as well as a plaque commemorating the town. That made it easy to research and discover the truth behind these haunting structures. Originally I had imagined the project as more of a documentary about Froude, but the more time I spent there the more I realized that Froude represented this condition of nostomania within me, and that was what I was really seeking to capture.

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Interview with director Pauline Mabille (RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

The French film “RIGHT HERE OF OVER THERE” was awarded BEST FILM at the April 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival. It was an honor chatting with the extremely talented director Pauline Mabille.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Pauline Mabille: Since I was a little girl I wanted to be an actress but I was too shy and unconfident about myself. So I was wondering what are my passions?: Cinema, writing and photography. So I decided to make movies.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It took me a year to make this movie because it was my first one and I didn’t go to film school (too expensive in France), so I’m totally self-educated. I used to watch a lot of behind the scenes videos to learn and I read a lot…

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Interview with Glen Gauthier, Sound Mixer (Spotlight, Pacific Rim, Kick-Ass)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

A location sound mixer is the member of a film crew responsible for recording all sound on set during film-making.

I recently sat down with Glen Gauthier to talk about the art of sound mixing on set. Glen’s work has spanned over 30 years, working on over 90 films and TV shows. His credits include: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Spotlight, Pixels, RED, Max Payne, Jumper, A History of Violence, Open Range, and Parenthood.

glen_gauthierMatthew Toffolo: On a major film shoot there is sometimes over 100 crew members whose job is to focus on the picture. And 2-3 people, usually in the corner, working on the sound. How does this dynamic work from a film crew unity perspective? Are you sometimes the forgotten major crew member? 

Glen Gauthier:  I have said many times that a hundred people work for camera and three for sound, but I am fortunate that I work on…

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