‘Ghosts don’t keep secrets’
A psychological horror/thriller in the vein of Donnie Darko, Jacob’s Ladder, Kill List and Shutter Island.
A man suffering from nightmares loses his job, before finding himself the focus of a murder investigation. He witnesses apparitions until he’s compelled to face his own dark past.
Third draft 07/06/2018: Dear Darkness by Edward Learman
Please also find a playlist I’d created as I was writing the script. https://open.spotify.com/user/debio025/playlist/3ngsLQ6w2F3aJ3pgJ4TY5l?si=SNDLxpL5S3C1rNxtJdRs3w
Screenshot of my entry confirmation to the ScreenCraft Horror Contest 2018:
I have to mention, something slightly odd happened. Hereditary opened in cinema’s last Thursday (14th June) and I’d heard some fantastic reviews about it, so couldn’t wait to see it. Often if there’s a film I really want to see I try not to read to much about the plot beforehand, just to heighten my experience. Although I’d obviously seen the trailer and five star reviews on the poster.
I didn’t find it especially scary, but I’ve been immuned to scary since my 20s. There are some very chilling and disturbing moments here, as like the Exorcist and Shining, it deals with themes of child abuse, mental illness and the afterlife.
The creepiest thing I found was that some of the themes and motifs aren’t dissimilar to moments in my own story, which I’d already completed and published the first draft for on 24th May.
1. Theme of vulnerable/emasculated men vs scary/disturbed women.
2. Decapitation followed by headless corpse walking around.
3. Car accident on lonely road.
4. There’s a character called ‘Paimon’ which sounds like ‘Pitman’, the name of one of my characters.