*PROJECT OF THE DAY*
Written by Jason Klingensmith (Ohio)
4th Place Feature Horror Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel
Logline: When a young man discovers the journal of an obsessed witness to a brutal serial killer, he opens the door to the world of terror.
Q: What was the inspiration for your script?
A: My father has worked in the tree business for 30 some odd years and I have vivid memories of him slumped over his workbench late at night filing away at chains, sharpening them. When I was dreaming up this story, I couldn't get that sound or image out of my head. I thought that would feed really well into my story. In addition to that, I basically drew inspiration from some of my favorite movies growing up, including: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Stand By Me, Monster Squad, and also the TV show Dexter. I like to think if you put all of those into a blender and add my own special ingredient, the end result is Chainsaw Diaries.
Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?
A: It's hard to be unique in horror as there have been so many different concepts and so many great stories already told, but Chainsaw Diaries is a completely original story. It's a whodunit slasher, which has been done before, and it's got all of the classic elements of a horror movie, but it's a completely original concept. Also while the title Chainsaw Diaries may lead you to believe it's about gore and shock value, the story is built more on suspense and misdirection. Actually another unique thing about the story, perhaps the most unique, is that a major supporting character is named after the character Horace in Monster Squad, which is one of my all time favorite movies. The actor that played Horace (Brent Chalam) in Monster Squad died of pneumonia in 1997 at age 22. The character Horace in Chainsaw Diaries is a tribute to him.
Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?
A: This is a tough question for me. I could really go either way. While I have a pretty specific vision for the film, and could envision several talented local actors (Cleveland/Pittsburgh/Akron) playing key roles, I don't have any experience producing or directing. If I could put together the right cast and crew, I would love to produce it. However, if I got an offer tomorrow to option or sell it, I would certainly be willing to entertain that idea.
Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?
A: There are several local (Cleveland/Pittsburgh/Akron) actors that would fit great into some of the roles. A few of whom have actually read the script already and loved it. The lead role is the part of a 17 year old boy, so I'd probably have to consult with my 17 year old niece to see who's hot on MTV or Disney these days. It would be great to bring in someone with a following to attract a larger audience. I also wrote a small cameo for myself that after reading several times, I could really see Jamie Kennedy, who I'm a huge fan of, playing that part. That would be pretty amazing to have someone like that on board, even if it was just for the one scene.