HORROR Festival Testimonial – June 24, 2018

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.

From MESSAGE FROM BEYOND, by Paige Brien

Submit via FilmFreeway, the exclusive way our festival accepts submissions.:

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

CAST LIST: 

Denise – Julie C. Sheppard
Jack – Geoff Mays
Narration – Hugh Ritchie
Cecily – Victoria Urquhart
Doctor – Sean Ballantyne
Rebecca – Lada Darewych

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HORROR Best Scene of INKED IN BLOOD, by Paul Corricelli

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Edsall: Allan Brunet
Aesop: Anthony Tran
Candice: Mahtab Sabet

Get to know the writer: 

What is your screenplay about?

Inked In Blood is a story of revenge. It’s about a tortured man who returns to the town he ran away from as a child to exact his revenge on all those who wronged him, and face the one man he fears the most. His father.

In a desolate, completely unremarkable town in the mid eighties Aesop Quarrels grew up living a tortured existence. His father, Sheriff Edsall Quarrels, was a cruel and vindictive man on his best of days. More so after the birth of his “freakish albino son”(his words). Amid the constant abuse he endured while growing up, Aesop was forced to witness his mother’s abuse at the hands of his father’s weekly poker buddies.

Nineteen years after escaping this living hell, Aesop has returned to exact his revenge. After receiving news of his mother’s apparent suicide, the fires of suppressed rage and vengeance have been stoked. He returns a tortured soul. Symbolic tattoos adorn both his arms. One side depicting scenes of Hell, the other scenes of Heaven. He wears them proudly, a badge to the horrific struggles that they both endured.

One by one he will make them pay; not only to mend the shattered pieces of his own life, but for his mother’s suffering as well. Past horrors begin to unfold as he embarks on a twisting trail of carnage that must ultimately lead to Aesop facing the one man responsible for their suffering. As he struggles with the terrible weight of what he’s done, and the price that he will eventually have to pay, Aesop heads towards a final showdown with his father and, in the process, he will uncover a hidden family secret that threatens to tear him apart.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I think “Inked” has a unique cast of characters with their own voice. The protagonists tattoos play an important visual role in the story and are there for more than just the esthetics, and this would add another dimension to the story telling.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Dark, intense.

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

The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of it. The first scene in the bowling alley with Donny, the Dude and Walter talking about the rug is one of my all-time favorites.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I wrote Inked In Blood in 2012, but I did nothing with it for several years. After sending it out to a couple screenwriting contests and placing in a few, I did some serious rewrites and eventually began to win. That brought me to where it is today.

How many stories have you written?

I have four completed screenplays and several in the works. I also have a short that has placed in a couple contests.

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

Wow, can’t name one song. If I had to pick an album I listened to the most in my life, I’d have to say Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman or Rush 2112.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think the main obstacle I faced while writing this screenplay was the fact that I don’t really watch horror movies. I don’t particularly like to be startled, or scared, but I think that this ultimately helped me in the end, because I wasn’t pulling ideas from anything I had seen in the past. Another obstacle I faced was trying to come up with interesting ways for Aesop to take his revenge. I wanted to keep each death interesting-anyone can pull a trigger. Finally, the last obstacle was trying to keep my anti-hero human. While he is taking his revenge through violent acts, he struggles with the decisions he’s made, and knows that some day he will have to pay for his actions.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I went to art school where I studied fine art photography. It’s something I still do, and enjoy, in my spare time. I am also very passionate about music. In what now feels like another life, I was the drummer in a rock band and played all around Hollywood during the height of Guns and Roses, Motely Crue, etc. Oddly enough, twenty some years after it all came to an end, a record company released a seven song CD of our music this year. Oh yeah, I grew up a huge comic book nerd and that hasn’t changed to this day.

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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 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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Winning HORROR 1st Scene Screenplay – SILHOUETTE by Lukas Hassel

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime

A disabled mother of two fights to protect her children not just from bullies but from an unknown force in mirrors everywhere.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Lindsey: Mandy May Cheetham
Corey: Ryan Yusep
Terri: Angelica Alejandro

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

It’s about standing up to bullies. Essentially. It is wrapped up in a horror premise wherein a young daughter befriends a mirror in order to help her bullied brother. Before long their mother struggles to save both her children.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Horror. Drama.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s a horror film set within a social context. As in, not horror for horror’s sake, but trying to convey something more complex than mere scares.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Intense. Dark.

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

Cabaret. More than 40 times, probably. The first film where editing became a huge part of the driving of a story. Genius cinematography. Great script. Top notch acting. Much more than “just” a musical movie.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off, six years. Did an early version that was plot driven. Never worked. Then left it for a few years, and went back to it. Changed the protagonist from son to Mother and made it character driven. The best decision I made with regards to that script.

How many stories have you written?

I have about 5 feature scripts, and two shorts (both of which are now movies – the latest “The Son, the Father.. just had its world premiere opening night of Hollyshorts in the Chinese Theater cinemas in LA)

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I wanted to take on bullying in a surprising and different way. Show that horror is not just a throw away genre with gore and rolling heads, but can be so much more.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Feeling hokey when constructing the all important third act. For me, most horror films fall apart in the third act. It’s easy to set up suspense, mood, and mysteries in the first two thirds of the movie, but hard to resolve it all it a surprising and satisfying way. The action has to be amped up and lead to a climax. My third act has all the bells and whistles that a horror film needs, but I usually write more subtle stuff. Nothing subtle about my third act. It’s all out.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m primarily an actor. For the horror fans, I have just had a comedy horror called The Black Room hit Netflix. I play the lead opposite Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Lin Shaye (Insiduous). I’m also a filmmaker (“Into the Dark”, and “The Son, the Father…”)

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

Film Freeway is great. Easy to use, and with people ready to help with any questions. However, not all film festivals are on FF as they seem to compete with Withoutabox, and strike exclusive deals with certain festivals. You really have to be on both platforms.

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

I have entered script before and felt that the feedback was useful and the reading a great experience to hear script out loud by a cast of strong actors.

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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

July 2017 HORROR Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts
ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett

festival posterHOPE, 4min, Iceland, Experimental
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