BloodList 2016 — The Best Unproduced Dark Genre Screenplays, Pilots, and Shorts

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BloodList 2016 is here, and this year, the list is filled with sinister stories based on real life, alien invasions, paranoia, and horrifying events in the woods.

Founded in 2009 by literary manager and producer Kailey Marsh, BloodList compiles a list of the best screenplays in the ‘dark’ genres — horror, thriller, dark comedy, and science fiction — as voted on by industry professionals. Previous entrants include Black Swan, Buried, and Chronicle. This year, 74 executives voted on the best of the best and for the first time, shorts are included, as well as the Fresh Blood Initiative, which includes new writers and scripts as part of the Fresh Blood Selects. The writers of 2016’s BloodList include those who have previously been featured on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List, as well as being Launch Pad Alumni.

So without further ado, here is BloodList 2016.

TOP 10 SCRIPTS

1.
Writer: &
Genre: Sci-fi Horror
Logline: Inspired by actual events from a phenomenon that occurred in 1974, the story follows a young married couple who discover a mysterious metallic orb in the woods near their house following a meteor shower. While the unusual object dazzles the couple by exhibiting some awe-inspiring properties, its true purpose is revealed to be far more sinister than they could ever imagine.
Management: Gotham Group
Agency: APA
Status: Alex Mace and Derek Dauchy of Davis Entertainment are producing.

2.
Writer:
Genre: Sci-fi Horror
Logline: After an alien invasion takes over the minds of humankind, one survivor known as “Man” must make peace with this alien to fight a greater evil.
Management: Good Fear Films and MGMT Entertainment
Agency: Verve
Status: Set up at Fox with Noah Hawley attached to direct.

3. (Pilot)
Writer: 
Genre: Sci-fi Mystery/Thriller
Logline: Data analyst Mark Scout heads up a team of pencil-pushers, each of whom has had their memories surgically split between work and home life. After a colleague goes missing, Mark begins to see the company’s dangerous secret agenda and must try to contact his “outside” self to help take them down forever.
Management: Heroes and Villains Entertainment
Agency: None
Status: Available.

4.
Writer: 
Genre: Horror
Logline: When a couple living in a Brooklyn high-rise think that a man in the building across the street is looking through their window, their paranoia grows until they begin to suspect he might actually be a killer at large who the news refers to as The Headhunter.
Management: Nona
Agency: UTA
Status: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Lost City producing.

5.
Writer: &
Genre: Horror Thriller
Logline: Based on a short story by Frankie Mendoza, Gunnar Baroldy, and JJ Chalupnik. The film is about two unsuspecting strangers who find themselves participants in a twisted new dating service that forces two singles inside a nightmarish maze designed to help them find their Soul Mate – or die trying.
Management: Hollander Entertainment
Agency: Gersh
Status: Available.

6. I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW
Writers:
Genre: Sci-fi Dark Comedy
Logline: The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse — until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
Management: Circle of Confusion
Agency: CAA
Status: Available.

7. 
Writer: 
Genre: Horror
Logline: A San Francisco attorney inherits a house in upstate New York that contains the dark secrets of the family she never knew. Tonally like the Skeleton Key, but with haunted mannequins.
Management: Kailey Marsh Media
Agency: ESA
Status: Available.

8. 
Writers: 
Genre: Dark Comedy
Logline: An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985, Stephen King wrote and directed his horror classic Maximum Overdrive.
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment
Agency: CAA
Status: Available.

9. SUMMER OF ’84
Writers: &
Genre: Horror Thriller Coming-of-Age
Logline: It’s the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 14 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.
Management: Bellevue Productions
Agency: CAA
Status: The Canadian directing trio Roadkill Superstar (François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell) is attached to direct. Brightlight Pictures is producing.

10.
Writer:
Genre: Horror
Logline: A new mother hears voices through her baby monitor, discovering a secret that threatens to destroy her.
Management: Metric Talent & Literary Management
Agency: None
Status: Brett Leonard is attached to direct with Jasper Grey of Fortunate Falls producing.

FRESH BLOOD SELECTS

1. (Feature)
Writer:
Genre: Horror Thriller
Logline: After two friends leave the bar after a night of drinking, they discover their car missing from the parking lot, an RV in its place, and a woman trapped inside.

2.  (Feature)
Writer:
Genre: Thriller
Logline: A runaway comes home for her sister’s wedding only to suspect that one of the guests is a killer who knows her darkest secret: she, and everyone in her family, is a witch.

3. (Feature)
Writer: 
Genre: Thriller
Logline: Centers on an NYPD detective who struggles with black periods in her memory. With this, she soon discovers that the prime suspect in a serial killer case is herself.

4. (Short Film)
Writer: , based on the short story by Peter S. Beagle
Genre: Horror Thriller
Logline: A mousey housewife hoping to make friends at her bridge club is paired with a mysterious newcomer she comes to think is trying to kill her.
Management: Agile Entertainment
Link to short: Here

5. (Feature)
Writer: &
Genre: Horror
Logline: A young man and his buddies host a local vodcast called ‘The Bullshit Boys,” where they debunk or as they’d say, “call shit,” on local folklore. Only this time, they’ve opened a bridge between our world and the realm of nightmares.
Management: Circle of Confusion
Agency: Paradigm

6. DARWIN’S GAME (Feature)
Writer:
Genre: Horror Thriller
Logline: Eight strangers wake up in an eerily exquisite hunting lodge, only to unknowingly become the prey in a “specialized” commercial gaming facility. The Cabin in the Woods meets The Purge.

7. (Feature)
Writer: 
Genre: Horror
Logline: In 1870, famous American mediums, “The Fox Sisters,” admit their fraud and publicly deny the existence of spirits, forcing them to rely only on each other (and a mixed bag of parlor tricks) when, while fleeing the country by ship, they’re suddenly terrorized by vengeful ghosts.

8. (Feature)
Writer: 
Genre: Horror Thriller
Logline: A female serial killer with a penchant for porridge stalks a true crime author she wants to write her life story. The most famous home invader in fairy tale history has never gotten her own movie, until now. But my Goldie doesn’t run away when the “bears” come home and if you’re not just right for her, you’re dead.

9. (Feature)
Writer:
Genre: Horror Sci-fi Dark Comedy
Logline: A containment team boards an offshore drilling platform in the South Pacific after an oil spill, only to discover it’s a black site developing experimental weapons and the crew has been wiped out by a bio-engineered contagion – one that causes those it infects heads to spontaneously explode. Scanners on an oil rig.

10. (Pilot)
Writer: 
Genre: Horror Thriller Dark Comedy
Logline: 16 year old Reagan is placed in a mental institution after her newborn son is stolen by a vengeful witch on Halloween night and dragged to the pits of hell. Along with the help of her misfit friends, Reagan will have to prove her sanity while battling a demonic cult, dark forces and a coven of Witches, stopping at nothing to get her son back!

11.  (Feature)
Writer: 
Genre: Horror
Logline: When an unpopular young sheriff discovers an abandoned train stalled, robbed, and teaming with leprous undead, he must pursue the charismatic bandit who carries both the stolen loot and a deadly germ.

12. (Pilot)
Writer: 
Genre: Thriller Dark Comedy
Logline: A perpetually unemployed guy who faints at the sight of blood and his ex-con sister-in-law start a cleaning business, but an unexpected twist leads them to become the new cleanup crew for the local mob.

13. (Feature)
Writer: 
Genre: Horror
Logline: A young girl’s imaginary friend starts killing her family off one by one. But what can you do when you’re only nine and Death wants to play?

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