*PROJECT OF THE DAY*
"Let It Bleed"
Written by Scott Selden (Virginia)
Honorable Mention Feature Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel
Logline: Callous attorney Johanna Palmer embarks to an isolated town where a grisly encounter with a client threatens both her life and sanity. As a Lovecraftian menace and monsters emerge, how will she meet her end?
Q: What was the inspiration for your script?
A: In terms of narrative, I always envisioned this as an R-rated episode of The X Files starring just Scully by way of a less apocryphal Denzel's Fallen. I’m a fanatic for unsettling noir and creature feature sleaze, and the strange nexus where they sometimes meet entertains me the most. Shutter Island, Angel Heart, The Maltese Falcon, Gaiman’s Sandman, Blade Runner, Eric Red's The Hitcher, At the Mouth of Madness, Lovecraft’s The Festival and The Lurking Fear, old Twilight Zone episodes- the list goes is long.
In terms of craft, the scripts for The Matrix, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Looper, and 2013's Evil Dead really had a profound effect on me. The way each describes action and how it was later translated to screen is fascinating. Alexandre Aja's films assure me there's still a place for hardcore horror in theaters.
Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?
A: A tough question for a concept so reliant on pop tradition. “The cold and calculating professional assigned to a witness no one believes, stumbles upon the occult in their pursuit for truth”. I would simply argue that there hasn't been a carnival ride constructed quite like mine, and it holds a fair amount of dark surprises.
On a more sad and cynical tangent, you don't see too many strong black woman roles in American film.
Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?
A: I lack both the money and experience required to helm the technical side of production right now, so I'm trying my best to find a paid writing position in the industry. A guild sanctioned project would be a dream job.
Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?
A: Sonja Sohn, no contest. Based solely on her performance in The Wire.