Blood List 2018 Announced – This year’s top dark genre screenplays and pilots


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The tenth annual Blood List is here to scare, thrill and disturb you!

Founded in 2009 by literary manager and producer , Blood List compiles a list of the best screenplays in the ‘dark’ genres — horror, thriller, dark comedy, and science fiction. Screenplays that have been featured on the Blood List include the Blake Lively thriller The Shallows and the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door, as well as Netflix’s upcoming Sandra Bullock thriller Bird Box. 23% of scripts features on the annual Blood List over the years have been produced.

The calendar year for eligibility runs from October to October, and was voted on by 71 film and television industry executives at the CE level and above. This year’s list also includes the third annual Fresh Blood Selects, 10 scripts that were discovered out of the 353 projects  sent in through a free submission system.

For more information about the BloodList, visit the official site or check its official Facebook page. Here’s the full list.


Project Name: COBWEB
Writer: Chris Thomas Devlin
Genre: Horror
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.
: Bellevue Productions
Agency: UTA
Status: Set up at Lionsgate with Roy Lee, Andrew Childs & Jon Berg attached to produce.

Writer:  Robert Zappia
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Logline: Based on TRUE EVENTS. In response to this “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.
Agency: UTA
Status: Optioned

Writer:  Michael Voyer
Genre: Horror/Drama
Logline: A man goes with his fiancé to right his wrongs at his ex girlfriends horse ranch, only to find sinister happenings.
Good Fear
Agency: Verve
Status: XYZ is attached to produce with Dark Castle & The Fyzz.

Project Name: GET HOME SAFE
Writer:  Christy Hall
Genre: Thriller
Logline: On Halloween in NYC, a young woman is targeted and must attempt to flee her pursuers.
Agency: CAA
Status: Eric Heisserer, Lawrence Grey & Christy Hall are attached to produce.

Project Name: THE WHITE ROOM
Writer:  Bryce McGuire
Genre: Horror
Logline: Deep in the winter woods of upstate New York, a retiring public school teacher uncovers a carefully guarded secret in an abandoned house.
Agency: Gersh
Status: Rod Blackhurst is attached to direct. Evan Hayes is attached to produce.

Project Name: 29 MOLE STREET
Writer:  Skylar James
Genre: Thriller
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.
Agency: Paradigm
Status: In development with Bazelevs.

Project Name: THE WAKE (Pilot)
Writer:  Holly Brix
Genre: Horror
Logline: A cop finds herself in an unexpected time warp, with unexpected ties to one of the most notorious missing persons case ever.
Agency: Verve
Status: Available

Project Name: AMARANTH (Pilot)
Writer:  Alan van Dyke
Genre: Sci-Fi
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.
Agency: Stacey Testro Int.
Status: Available

Writer:  Chris LaMont & Joe Russo
Genre: Horror
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.
Fictional Entity
Agency: Gersh
Status: Available

Project Name: APERTURE
Writer:  Steeve Léonard & Caroline Labrèche
Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
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.
Circle of Confusion
Status: Available


Writer: Kyle Bowler
Genres: Horror
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.

Project Name: BITTERROOT
Writer: Matthew Kaler
Genres: Horror/Sci-Fi
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 that of the mind.

Project Name: DAGON
Writer: David M. Quiroz Jr.
Genres: Horror
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.

Writer: Kathryn Paulsen
Genres: Horror/Dark Comedy
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.

Project Name: INNER BEAST (Pilot)
Writer: Greta Harrison & Matthew C. Vaughan
Genres: Horror/Dark Comedy
Logline: An awkward 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, while trying to find a cure.
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 Laugh Out Loud initiative.

Project Name: SHOTGUN
Writer: Jennifer Helen Coates
Genres: Thriller
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.

Project Name: SINGLE MONSTER (Pilot)
Writer: Justin Michael Terry and Ryan Marsico
Genres: Horror/Dark Comedy
Logline: After a closet monster inadvertently kills a young tomboy foster mom, the creature is assigned to raise the young girl through her formative years as a form of probation.
: Stagecoach Entertainment

Writer: Joshua Henaman
Genres: Horror/Thriller
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.

Project Name: TENANT ZERO
Writer: Kirk Anderson
Genres: Horror
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.

Writer: Ervin V. Anderson
Genres: 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.


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