It wouldn’t be October without the one-and-only BloodList! The list that promises guts, gore, and all things scary celebrates its 11th year showcasing the top screenplays and pilots in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, and dark-comedy genres, as voted on by 53 film and television executives.
Founded back in 2009 by literary manager and producer Kailey Marsh, the BloodList has become a staple for genre scripts, with 25% of the scripts featured going on to be produced. Past successes include Bird Box, The Shallows, Chronicle, Arrival, and The Voices. The calendar year to be eligible for the list is from October to October.
In addition, the list includes the fourth annual Fresh Blood Selects, which gained 513 submission through their free submission system on BloodList.com. These projects are a collection of genre scripts from unrepresented writers and are available to view on their website.
Without further ado – the list!
Writer: Melanie Toast
Logline: A single mother must do everything she can to protect her children and survive when she is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk.
Status: Set up at New Line. Cinestate, Farah Films and Vertigo Entertainment are producing.
Writer: Stephen Vitale
Logline: A mysterious loner heads to Muscle Beach in 1985 to pursue a career as a competitive bodybuilder. Struggling to transform his physique, he unleashes a darker side of himself as he descends into madness.
Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Horror
Status: Stephen Vitale is attached to direct. Keep Your Head Productions, Free Will and Wild Bunch are producing.
Writer: Tracee Beebe
Logline: Trapped on a sinking boat in shark infested waters, two young women must work together to survive a threat worse than the predators lurking beneath the waves.
Status: Vincent Newman Entertainment and Joe Russo are producing.
Writer: Austin Everett
Logline: At the same time every morning, Scott Treder has started jumping forward in time. First a day, then two, four, eight, etc. He struggles to keep his family together and find a cure, all as his secret spreads throughout the world.
Status: Set up at MGM.
DON’T WORRY DARLING
Writer: Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke
Logline: A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Status: Set up at New Line. Olivia Wilde attached to direct and star. Vertigo Entertainment, Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman are producing.
Writer: Based on a story by Laurie Ashbourne, Screen Story by Kathy Charles, Screenplay by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble.
Logline: The story follows a young woman who takes her niece and nephew trick or treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.
Status: Set up at Orion. Arts District Entertainment and Bellevue Productions are producing.
Writer: Kevin McMullin
Logline: A goat farmer discovers a newborn baby among the bodies of a cult’s mass suicide. In nurturing the baby, the farmer’s cancer-ridden wife starts getting better. But there’s something dark about the child’s power.
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Status: Available. Kevin McMullin is attached to direct.
Writer: Kevin Armento & Jaki Bradley
Logline: When an overstressed young woman joins her best friend at a wellness retreat in the Arizona desert, she begins to suspect that the revitalizing spa treatments, serums, and macrobiotic meals are part of something closer to a dangerous cult, run by the retreat’s charismatic leader.
Status: Divide/Conquer and XYZ Films are producing.
NO GOOD DEED
Writer: Christina Pamies
Logline: A woman with a troubled past takes in her moody teenage niece to live in the family’s isolated farmhouse but the two are soon tempted and tormented by a sinister creature that can take their pain away for a price.
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Writer: Marco Mannone
Logline: SCARS is a contemporary horror story about an engineer who moves her family to Detroit for a dream job at a major auto plant only to find herself in the middle of a company-wide cover up, which has summoned a vicious demon to destroy the souls of those responsible.
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Status: Matt Baer Films is producing.
2019 FRESH BLOOD SELECTS:
Writer: Jason Cho
Logline: Radical environmentalists, cattle ranchers, and backwoods homesteaders come to violent clash over their differing ideologies on morality and humanity. An alternate history period piece taking place in a new, but old America.
FIND WHAT YOU LOVE AND LET IT KILL YOU (SHORT)
Writer: Alessandro Pulisci
Logline: Trying to distract herself from work, a young woman’s obsession with a video game turns deadly.
Writer: Regina Kim.
Logline: After causing a near-fatal aviation disaster, insomniac air traffic controller Camille Park seeks help from famed neuroscientist Kenji Kamitani to better understand her sleep paralysis. But when Kenji puts her on a Phase 0 clinical trial, this experimental manipulation of her amygdala brings about a terror she’s never known before: a bloodthirsty incubus.
Genre: Psychological Horror
MORGAN AND THE EVIL (PILOT)
Writer: Skye Tenorio
Logline: Morgan Ramos is just your typical teenage girl juggling school, friends, love, and parental problems. Oh yeah, and she just found out she’s destined to unleash hell on earth.
Genre: Dark Comedy
PREY (SHORT FILM)
Writer/Director: Bill Whirity
Logline: While on a first date, a young couple finds themselves being pursued by more than just each other.
Writer: Monica Lee
Logline: Helen (a 21st century Scully) is an expat American Neuroscientist pursuing research in Mexico City, who draws two men into her orbit of science and self-experimentation at their peril.
THE APOLOGY (FEATURE)
Writer: Alison Star Locke
Logline: A retired schoolteacher spent 30 years searching for her missing daughter, only to learn a horrible truth that may cost her everything one dark Christmas Eve with the return of an old friend.
THE NIGHT FREQUENCY: “A CHARMING LITTLE HOLE IN THE WALL” (PILOT)
Writer: Wes Black
Logline: Small town losers Harold Perkle and Chester Robbins stumble upon a hole in the basement of their failing diner. One that grants all those who gaze inside the rarest of gifts: joy. But when the hole unleashes a new brand of gift—a virulent disease of the mind— the town is soon looking to Harold and Chester for a cure.