Winning HORROR Short Screenplay – CUCKOLD PICASSO by James R Adams II and Lance Larson

Watch the October 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading. 

Written by James R. Adams II and Lance Larson


Genre: Horror, Thriller

Although grizzly, the action and title are just strong metaphors for our need to face the things we need to face in order to grow and evolve. It is necessary to open a Third Eye; necessary to face straight on the things we fear and avoid.


WOMAN – Cass Van Wyck
ARTEMIS – Percy Alexander Harris
NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is inspired by a scene in a novel-length manuscript I’m revising. We give it no context within the larger story, which lent it to some experimental areas. The statement simmered down is this: View your pain, fear, and uncertainty as an opportunity and not something run from. Grow through it, don’t just go through it.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Experimental, thriller, suspense, net-noir. avant-garde, psychological horror. If you want to stretch it, there’s a spiritual niche because the message is spiritual.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Cuckold Picasso. Visceral experience

How would you describe this script in two words?

Cuckold Picasso. Visceral experience

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

I love this question. Whew. Back through childhood: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Dazed and Confused, Fight Club ( A nightly basis for a year or two), Due Date (was always on cable and I always watched it, Usual Suspects, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan. All a while back. I haven’t looped any films in awhile, but I’m a big looper. I know I’m missing somethings but I can’t remember right now. As Good As it Gets I watched a lot. Oh yeah, anything Tarrantino. Especially Pulp Fiction (that may take the cake) and Reservoir Dogs. Pulp Fiction more than any other movie for sure.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It was a short I collaborated with Lance Larson on. It was inspired by my novel-length manuscript. We had a handful of conversation over the course of a week or so. That was it.

How many stories have you written?

My book, and this short. Poetry when I’m procrastinating. Probably what I’m naturally best at. It shows in the script.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Lance approached me about a short. I said sure if it’s about my book. So the original motivation was to leverage myself in publishing and screen writing. As far as the content, we went where the creative process took us. It developed into a project with juxtaposition between action and dialogue (inspired by body scan meditations I listen to to sleep). Seemed very cold blooded and detached. Calm cool killer. But the message that emerged was highly personal and spatial. We connected spiritually, which is something I’d wanted to come through in anything I write.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

None really. Collaborating with someone who you vibe with makes writing a screenplay a piece of cake compared to a novel or doing it alone. It was fun , light and easy. No obstacles, except that I had to convince him I wouldn’t write it unless it was connected to my book.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Life, really living. Redemption. Inspiring and being inspired. Seeking. Spiritual connection and meaning in my life. Enjoying the ride. I want to do something I love and am really good at. That’s a dream come true.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE. If you have a nagging voice that has been whispering “you should write” and you are doing something you don’t particularly love, listen to that voice. It’s not delusional. It’s God. It’s inspiration. It’s a seed. It will drive you mad if you don’t try. If it stinks? Cross it off your bucket list.

You must have an iron will. If it isn’t a true passion, you will be tested and you will give up. Even then, if the voice doesn’t go away, you will try again. It’s like working out. One sentence sometimes is all you’ll get one day. It’s okay. Keep pushing. Take a sledgehammer to mental barriers. When the wall breaks, you might be amazed at how fast things start pouring in. But you have to believe. BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE. Even if you can’t find a way through a part, let it go. It will emerge. That’s why writing is so spiritual for me. Things appear from out of nowhere. It’s a release. And be secure. Don’t doubt yourself. It may seem like crap now, but keep going. Have someone you trust read and give you feedback. Real feedback. People with an eye for talent can spot it very quickly.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editing: John Johnson


SCREAMWRITER, Horror Short Script Table Reading

Submit your Horror Screenplay to the Festival Today:

SCREAMWRITER, Short Script Reading
Written by Lee Forgang
Read 10 Questions with the writer


Screamwriter is a dark comedy about a female writer who is driven to vengeance after experiencing problems that can plague many in the industry.


MARTHA – Stephanie Schmid
HARRY – Roman Spera
JOHN – John Goodrich
HILARY – Kirsten Nolan
MATT – Gabriel Dumas
JAN- Ida Jagaric
JAY LENO – David Schaap


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Horror Short Script: ON THREE by Ed Vassie

Submit your Horror Screenplay to the Festival:

Short Screenplay: ON THREE
by Ed Vassie


An overworked detective whose work has invaded his home life in the most catastrophic way possible.


NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
TODD – Adam Martignetti
CRAIG – Devin Upham
CAPTAIN WEINSTEIN – Allan Michael Brunet
GRACE – Lauren Toffan


Watch the Horror Short Screenplay Table Read of THE FINAL JOB

Deadline November 15th for HORROR Screenplay Festival (Feature, Short, TV Pilot)

THE FINAL JOB, Short Screenplay
by Robert Ward


A demonic entity in the guise of a wiseass surfer arrives at a remote farm. After he terrorizes the parents of a shy teen, the demon now gains access to the locked cellar looking for her. What happens next is a pure fire-and-water rolling battle for survival – for both of them.


NARRATOR – Judy Thrush
NORA – Morgan Johnson
JEREMIAH – Jerald Bezener
NURSE – Angelica Alejandro

Best of HORROR Short Film Loglines and Movie Pitches.

Deadline November 5th for HORROR Screenplay Festival (Feature, Short, TV Pilot)

Read the Best of HORROR Short Film Loglines and Movie Pitches:

Written by: Nick Hackett
Genre: Satire, Horror
Type: Short Screenplay

Written by: Chris von Hoffmann
Type: Short Screenplay
Genre: Horror

Title: NO WAY
Written by: Geoff Nelder
Genre: Horror

Title: THE IMP
Written by: Stephen Milek and Christopher House
Genre: Horror

Written by: Lisa Newman
Genre: Horror

Written by: Andrew Dawson
Genre: Horror

Written by: Matt Allcock
Genre: Horror
Type: Short Screenplay

Written by: Coletta Preacely-Garcia
Type: Short Script
Genre: Horror

Written by: Catalina Lowe
Genre: Dark Comedy
Type: Short Script

Written by: Duarte Nuno Nobrega
Genre: Horror
Type: Short Script

Title: when god have a will episode 1…no pray no help
Written by: Jiwo Lesmono
Type: Short Film
Genre: Action, Horror

Title: Heinous Hoard
Written by: Mark A. McKay
Type: Short Film
Genre: Horror

Watch HORROR Short Screenplay: WALK WITH THE DEVIL

Deadline October 10th for HORROR Screenplay Festival (Feature, Short, TV Pilot)

Watch the Short Script Reading WALK WITH THE DEVIL, by Alison C. Hall


Walk with the Devil is a supernatural drama in which a young sex slave must choose between kidnapping a girl for her pimp or suffer his vicious abuse — all the while fully aware of the Devil’s eyes on her, waiting for her fall.


NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
OFELIA – Victoria Kucher
JULIET – Marsha Mason
RAMONA – Lorry Ayers
DON ANTONIO – Allan Brunet
PINCERS – Dan Cristofori
JULIET – Adam Martignetti
GOON – Geoff Mays