Welcome to The BloodList X! The Bloodlist is a survey of unproduced thriller and horror scripts voted upon by industry professionals. Often overlooked by other writing contests and competitions, The Bloodlist focuses purely on dark genre and also highlights new talent in Fresh Blood selects. Here is a list of some of the most-liked screenplays and pilots in the horror, thriller, sci-fi and dark-comedy genres, and also the third annual #FreshBloodSelects.
It was founded by horror loving Kailey Marsh (literary manager and co-executive producer on Hulu’s Light As A Feather) and the artwork is by Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface, Hellfest, Light As A Feather).
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Writer: Chris Thomas Devlin
Logline: Peter has always been told the voice he hears at night is only in his head, but when he suspects his parents have been lying, he conspires to free the girl within the walls of his house.
Reps: UTA and Bellevue Productions
Status: Set up at Lionsgate with Roy Lee, Andrew Childs and Jon Berg attached to produce.
The Devil’s Flame
Writer: Robert Zappia
Logline: Based on true events. In response to the astonishing increase in demand for exorcisms, the Vatican opens a secret exorcism training academy where a young, gifted nun defies the church leadership to join her colleagues in the battle of good versus ultimate evil.
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Writer: Michael Voyer
Logline: A man goes with his fiancé to right his wrongs at his ex-girlfriends horse ranch, only to find sinister happenings.
Reps: Verve and Good Fear
Status: XYZ is attached to produce with Dark Castle and The Fyzz.
Get Home Safe
Writer: Christy Hall
Logline: On Halloween in NYC, a young woman is targeted and must attempt to flee her pursuers.
Reps: CAA and LBI
Status: Eric Heisserer, Lawrence Grey and Christy Hall are attached to produce.
The White Room
Writer: Bryce McGuire
Logline: Deep in the winter woods of upstate New York, a retiring public school teacher uncovers a carefully guarded secret in an abandoned house.
Status: Rod Blackhurst is attached to direct. Evan Hayes is attached to produce.
29 Mole Street
Writer: Skylar James
Logline: A victim of domestic violence herself, a dedicated social worker enters the peculiar home of an adoptive single father of six to check on a recently placed foster child. However, she soon discovers that the family is keeping a deadly secret as the action crescendos into a demented game of hide-and-seek where the stakes are life and death. Based on actual events.
Reps: Paradigm and Grandview
Status: In development with Bazelevs.
The Wake (Pilot)
Writer: Holly Brix
Logline: A cop finds herself in an unexpected time warp, with unexpected ties to one of the most notorious missing persons case ever.
Writer: Alan van Dyke
Logline: In a future where our most important memories are backed up via cybernetic implants, a hard-luck “memory repo man” stumbles upon evidence of crimes in which he appears to have played a role – problem is, he doesn’t remember them.
Reps: Stacey Testro Int.
The Last Will And Testament Of Charles Abernathy
Writer: Chris LaMont and Joe Russo
Logline: On the eve of his 75th birthday, billionaire Charles Abernathy invites his four estranged children back home out of fear that tonight someone – or something – is coming to kill him. To ensure his family will help protect him from whatever’s coming, Abernathy puts each of their inheritances on the line – they’ll get nothing if he’s found dead by dawn.
Reps: Gersh and Fictional Entity
Writer: Steeve Léonard and Caroline Labrèche
Logline: After losing his wife, Elise, in a car accident, Lewis Markham stumbles upon a device that lets him travel to a parallel universe, seemingly similar to his own. There he finds living versions of himself and his beloved Elise. Fueled by grief, Lewis manages to kidnap his double and successfully take over his life… for a while, at least.
Reps: Circle of Confusion
The Third Annual Fresh Blood Selects are below! These 10 scripts were discovered out of the 353 projects that were sent in through the free submission system this year. The featured writers are unrepresented, and the screenplays and pilots are available to view via BloodList.com.
Writer: Kyle Bowler
Logline: A young family’s holiday to a remote coastal cottage takes a sinister turn when they allow two strangers to stay with them after an apparent mix-up with the booking.
Writer: Matthew Kaler
Logline: Marnie Graham, an isolated widow, is fighting to save her Montana ranch from foreclosure. After a meteor lands in the wilderness bordering her property, animals begin dying in increasingly grotesque ways, and she finds herself pitted against an otherworldly life-form that stalks its victims not only in the physical world, but in that of the mind.
Writer: David M. Quiroz Jr.
Logline: A young American naval officer in WWII must protect his crew from the deadly sea monster hunting his torpedo boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by the short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Graduates Of The Graves
Writer: Kathryn Paulsen
Logline: A hundred years ago, sharecroppers’ lives were taken to build Barnabus University–that paragon of Southern education and football. Now, on the eve of Barnabus’s centennial, its victims rise from forgotten graves to wreak vengeance on the university. It’s up to a few Greek geeks, drama queens, and blues singers to stop them… if they can.
Genre: Horror/Dark Comedy
Inner Beast (Pilot)
Writer: Greta Harrison and Matthew C. Vaughan
Logline: An awkward TV journalist discovers she’s a bloodthirsty Jersey Devil and leads a double life to put her cop fiancé, monster-hunters, and a god-fearing town off the scent, all while trying to find a cure.
Genre: Horror/Dark Comedy
Status: Under its former title, Easy Tiger, Inner Beast was selected for the Australian Writers’ Guild Pathways program and highly commended in the 2018 Australian Writers Guild and ABC TV Laugh Out Loud initiative.
Writer: Jennifer Helen Coates
Logline: When her best friend goes missing, one Iroquois teen muscles her way into North Dakota’s casino underbelly with one mission in mind: bring her friend home or die trying.
Single Monster (Pilot)
Writer: Justin Michael Terry and Ryan Marsico
Logline: After a closet monster inadvertently kills a young tomboy’s foster mom, the creature is assigned to raise the young girl through her formative years as a form of probation.
Genre: Horror/Dark Comedy
Small Town Murder Mystery (Pilot)
Writer: Joshua Henaman
Logline: Journalism student Carly Hamit just accepted a ride-along to be Sheriff for a Day at the annual Mystery Fest in Storyville, Iowa, where not everything is as it seems. When a series of murders leaves nothing but mystery in its wake, the townsfolk refuse to let their “acting sheriff” leave. She must solve the murders as they happen, one after another, after another, after another… weekly. It’s Groundhog Day meets Murder, She Wrote by way of Twin Peaks… Carly is stuck in a Small Town Murder Mystery.
Writer: Kirk Anderson
Logline: In a newly gentrified neighborhood, two urban roommates are forced to take the rap for murdering their animal torturing roomie or unleash a zombie epidemic upon the city.
When Horror Met Sally
Writer: Ervin V. Anderson
Genre: Horror/Dark Comedy
Logline: After surviving her second psycho killer massacre, a plucky Final Girl discovers she’s supposed to be in a romantic comedy, and races against time to get back to her rightful genre as the killer closes in.
So, what do you think? Do any of these scripts sound like they’d make great horror films? Tweet out your favorites to #BloodList2018 and #FreshBloodSelects and maybe you’ll see them make it to the big screen!