Seth M. Sherwood
Genre guru Kailey Marsh has unveiled the 2017 BloodList, which names the 13 most liked, unproduced dark genre scripts of the year every Halloween, as voted on by Hollywood executives.
This year’s BloodList features horror veterans such as Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) and Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy), as well as the buzzy Nazi-hunting thriller Ruin, which has Gal Gadot attached to star.
Marsh is an established manager-producer who compiles the BloodList each year and has seen its profile soar over the last decade. Screenplays that have been featured on the BloodList 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.
This year’s BloodList was voted on by 67 film and television executives at the CE level and above. Marsh and her team have also brought back Fresh Blood Selects, which highlights the Top 10 scripts from 497 submissions from unrepresented writers.
TOP BLOODLIST 2017
Project Name: MEAT
Writer: Logan Martin
Logline: A misanthropic man notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
Management: Jake Wagner & Scott Stoops (Good Fear)
Agency: Charlie Ferraro, Jordan Lonner (UTA)
Project Name: NIGHTLIGHT
Writers: Tyler MacIntyre & Chris Hill
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Logline: A monster-obsessed kid witnesses a murder in his neighborhood and must defend his house when it comes under siege by the killers.
Management: Allard Cantor & Jarrod Murray (Epicenter)
Agent: Jordan Berg (CAA)
Status: Sold to Sony. Bob Shaye & Vince Gatewood (Unique Features) producing.
Project Name: THE LODGE
Writers: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Logline: A supernatural evil haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.
Agency: Sarah Self, Roger Green & Warren Zavala (WME)
Status: Hammer Films producing. FilmNation financing.
Project Name: TILL DEATH
Writer: Jason Carvey
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Logline: A trophy wife’s psychotic and controlling husband kidnaps her to a romantic remote getaway location and kills himself while she’s handcuffed to him. She’s left to fight for her life, facing two dangerous men he’s sent to kill her.
Agency: Chris Smith (Paradigm)
Project Name: CURFEW
Writer: Dick Grunert
Logline: A rebellious teenage girl is sent to stay with her strict grandmother in the sleepy town of Cedar Falls, a place with many strange traditions, including a curfew banning anyone from going out at night. When she ventures out after dark she discovers the truth behind the town’s mysterious history.
Management: Antonio D’Intino & Jeremy Platt (Plattform)
Status: Available. Christian Armogida (Nightshade Entertainment) is producing.
Project Name: BLACK TIDE BEACH (Pilot)
Writer: Brent Hyman
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Logline: Investigative photographer, Dean, works to make quick money by shooting dead bodies before the police arrive on scene. When an old Hollywood Starlet employs his help looking for her wife, his life becomes entangled with the murderous and psychedelic side of the Los Angeles area.
Agency: Melissa Solomon, Chris Noriega, Chase Northington, Parker Davis and Adam Weinstein (Verve)
Status: Pilot set up with ITV.
Project Name: THE RED PILL
Writers: Joe Russo & Chris LaMont
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Logline: After a bacterial virus sweeps the globe, a government-mandated pill becomes an essential part of everyday life, you take it or you die. When everyman David MacReady begins showing symptoms of the infection, he takes his family on the run from the C.D.C.; only David isn’t getting sicker, he’s getting stronger.
Management: Russell Hollander (Hollander Entertainment)
Agency: Greg Pedicin (Gersh)
Project Name: HIS HOUSE
Writer: Remi Weekes
Logline: Two African refugees who are relocated to London find a host of horrors in their new home.
Management: Stuart Manashil (Novo)
Project Name: THE HARROWING
Writers: Matthew Leslie & Stephen J. Smith
Logline: When a pregnant social worker is called upon to investigate a murder involving a teenage mother, she uncovers an insidious plot with possible ties to the occult that has her questioning her sanity and the very nature of her unborn child.
Management: Jeff Portnoy (Bellevue)
Agency: Jordan Berg (CAA)
Status: Cinelou Films producing.
Project Name: RUIN
Writers: Matthew K. Firpo & Ryan Firpo
Logline: After World War II ends, a former Nazi captain hunts down and kill his team of SS officers in Germany.
Management: Harry Lengsfield (LBI)
Agency: Rob Carlson, Geoff Morley, Peter Dodd (UTA)
Status: MadRiver Pictures is producing. Justin Kurzel directing. Gal Gadot attached to star.
Project Name: THE OTHER LAMB
Writer: Catherine McMullen
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Logline: This is a young female coming of age story set within an alternative religion – in the vein of THE WITCH and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE.
Management: Krista Carpenter & Chris Deckard (Fictional Entity)
Agency: Candice Thom & Dayne Kelly (RGM)
Status: David Lancaster & Stephanie Wilcox (Rumble Films) producing.
Project Name: THE SWALLOW
Writers: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
Logline: Climb the trees… swim the lake… scale the fence… but whatever you do… Don’t. Touch. The. Ground.
Management: Adam Goldworm (Aperture)
Agency: Rich Cook, Mike Fera (WME)
Project Name: HEARTBEAT (Pilot)
Writer: Tim Macy
Logline: A controversial high tech company pays the dying to keep their spirits alive in their homes after they pass so they can market these ‘haunted houses’ to high-paying visitors (think haunted Airbnb). Heathcliff Gill is a recruiter for the company who begins to realize the immortality he’s selling isn’t as blissful as he thought.
Management: Jeff Thal (Ensemble Ent.)
FRESH BLOOD SELECTS
Project Name: BAD WITCHES (Pilot)
Writer: Amber Alexander
Genres: Thriller, Dark comedy
Logline: BAD WITCHES follows the supernatural, no-holds-barred quest of two immortal teen lovers separated by a curse and their revolutionary fight for the rights of their descendants, Witches. TRUE BLOOD meets JESSICA JONES.
Project Name: BREAK
Writer: Eli Black
Logline: College couple Willy and Angelica head to the country for a romantic summer getaway, unaware they’ve been followed by Angelica’s unhinged ex. When Angelica sustains a head injury and wakes with severe memory loss, Willy must fight not only for Angelica’s love, but also her ex’s sinister incursion.
Project Name: DON’T RUN
Writer: Malcolm Badewitz
Genres: Horror, Adventure
Logline: When a local boy goes missing, a young girl must face her fears if she hopes to rescue him from the monsters lurking beneath their sleepy suburb.
Project Name: KILLING TIME
Writer: Jose Prendes
Logline: A teenger and his best friend use time travel technology to stop the brutal murder of his sister and uncover the identity of her killer.
Project Name: RUNT
Writer: Marc Bloom
Logline: A woman rescues an injured wolf pup, holed up inside a cabin, but when the wolfpack returns and threatens her life and the pups, she is sent on a gruelling journey of self-discovery fighting for survival. The Grey meets Gravity.
Project Name: SECOND CHILDHOOD
Writer: Clifton Wilder Koons II
Genre: Dark Comedy, Thriller
Logline: A debaucherous children’s author checks herself into an unconventional rehab center that recreates her childhood with actors and stage tricks to help her get over her mother’s death and save her career. She struggles to relive her rough past with only a psychotic patient and her fictional animal characters by her side.
Project Name: THE MADDENING FILTH
Writer: Siobhan Gilbert
Logline: Ignaz Semmelweis is a Hungarian doctor teaching medicine in Vienna. He develops Germ theory and the practice of handwashing before medical examinations from his experience of life on the obstetrics ward and the dying mothers due to childbed fever. He and his theory are rejected by the scientific community. He is cast out. Has a mental breakdown and dies of the same illness that his theory had saved countless women from.
Project Name: UNDERGROUND
Writer: Brendon Udy
Genres: Horror, Dark Comedy
Logline: A handful of London Underground passengers must fight for survival after their train is attacked by ferocious, blood hungry beasts.
Project Name: YULE CATS
Writers: Chad Ghiron and Lizzie Goodman
Genre: Horror, Dark comedy
Logline: A Gremlins style horror/comedy in the vein of Chris Columbus about thirteen-year-old Isabelle, who receives an odd souvenir from her deceased scientist father in the form of a preserved, prehistoric feline — a creature which winds up contaminating the cats in Isabelle’s small town and forcing her and her two best friends to fight for survival against this rapidly growing horde of attackers.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief