Genre: Thriller, Horror
When a mysterious black box haunts a young couple they take it to a supernatural expert. With the help a strange boy they examine each item inside the box, each item having a more haunting story than the last.
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
‘Exiles’ is a feature length horror anthology. It’s about a séance held in an oddities museum, and the strange objects that the medium examines. In the case of ‘The Interview’ –the segment performed- this object is a dog collar.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It would make a really interesting, strange horror movie. I like the idea of turning genre tropes on their head and playing with audience expectations. And it could be made on a low budget!
How would you describe this script in two words?
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
The Fly (1986)
It was the very first horror movie that I saw as a child (I think I was about nine) and it absolutely blew my mind. When I rediscovered it as an adult it managed to blow my mind all over again: it’s a masterpiece, and I watch it quite frequently.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
The short films that make up the body of the anthology were written out of order, over the course of three years.
How many stories have you written?
Although ‘Exiles’ is only my second feature length movie script, I also write comic books. I’ve been publishing my flash fiction webcomic since 2014 (www.observatorycomics.com), which at this point is a library of about sixty or so short stories. I also have a horror miniseries coming out the end of March from American Gothic Press (the comic publishing imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland) called ‘Invisible Hands’, which I’m very proud of!
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
I’m a HUGE Nine Inch Nails fan! I couldn’t pick just one song, but I’ve definitely listened to more NIN than any other music in my life…. combined.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Honestly, it was nothing but joy to write. I had no deadlines and I did it on my own terms. It was one of the best writing experiences of my life.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Nine Inch Nails, horror comics, animals, and LGBTQ+ equality.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I was really excited to see actors perform a table read of my script! I thought this would be very useful to gauge how well the story works. I also felt that the initial feedback was encouraging and insightful.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson