Tuesday, March 30, 2010

They're Just Not That Into You

So I finally heard from the production company and it's a pass. No big surprise there. I think they requested the script out of curiosity more than anything else -- score one for my synopsis writing skills. They were pretty upfront about not actively looking for supernatural/horror. No worries though. Another request was in my mailbox last Friday. :)

It was from a query that I had sent almost two weeks ago. Maybe a few more might trickle in. Also, I entered Nicholl (again).

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Howling Man

The last few episodes of Lost reminded me of this Twilight Zone classic, "The Howling Man." A lost traveler comes upon a monastery harboring a dark secret. The monks claim to have captured... well, see for yourself.

Take a listen to this...

Now maybe it's just my imagination, but I hear a howl when Smokey's in attack mode. A little homage/inspiration perhaps?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Wolfman

I'm of two minds when it comes to The Wolfman.

First Mind says:

The Wolfman's a classic movie monster, but there's only so much you can do with him. He doesn't have a lot going on in the charisma department, lacks basic fashion sense and his table manners are atrocious. Unless you're willing to reboot the nature of the monster, it's an almost impossible sell to the casual (Twilight-friendly) moviegoer. Face it. Werewolves are always going to play second fiddle to their cousins of the night, vampires. Just do the best you can with the material. Give the hardcore fans what they want: cool transformations, great locations, gory attacks and a few well-placed nods to the original. For the most part, that's what you get here. I can certainly think of worse ways to spend two hours -- like staring at a blank screen, but that's for another day...

Second Mind rebuttal:

Holy crap, Universal! What the heck were you guys smoking? $100 + million on a genre picture with such limited appeal!? And R-rated at that!? This film is a tower of fail built upon fail. All those signs of red flags during production turned out to be true. Blunt and Del Toro have zero chemistry, but that's okay because the story is mostly about working out Mommy and Daddy issues. And speaking of Daddy, Anthony Hopkins phones in his entire performance. It's as if someone found an old copy of Ang Lee's Hulk script lying around and decided to do some creative Find and Replace. The big Third Act reveal should be a surprise to no one. Hugo Weaving was the most interesting character in it all. Pity the story wasn't told more from his perspective.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


"Did you hear that?"
"I didn't hear anything."
"Exactly! It's too quiet."

On the query front, that is... I think I'm done with the first wave. Not a huge success, but at least I got one good bite out of it -- still waiting to hear back from them. Querying is hard! And in other news, water is wet.

There's something not quite right about my logline. I'm usually pretty good at coming up with them. Well, maybe for other people. It's too generic. Lacks urgency. I need to sit down and figure out a way to make the entire letter pop. Placing in a well-known contest wouldn't hurt either.

In the meantime, I'm pushing ahead with the new script. It's a mix of action and comedy. No vampires, ghosts or werewolves in sight, but there is a psycho stalker, so I haven't totally sold out.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Guilty Pleasure

Look what I found. The first episode of Milla Jovovich's 2006 sci-fi/actioner, Ultraviolet, spun-off as an anime. I'm still not sure why anyone would want to adapt a box-office underperformer such as this. Ultraviolet did have an in-your-face comic book flair, so I guess it makes sense on some level. Maybe the series went into production before the film was released -- I hear anime can take a while to complete. I haven't watched the whole thing, but it appears to be a prequel.

I'm surprised the folks behind Underworld still haven't tried this. I mean, the Hellboy direct to DVD animated movies appear to be successful. They even have the original cast doing the voice work. It would probably be easier (and cheaper) getting Kate Beckinsale to voice Selene in an animated feature, than suiting up in latex at this point. Even Legion dipped its toe in the water, going the motion comic route with a trailer for a graphic novel.

I'm not totally sold on motion comics, but I thought that looked pretty decent -- the actual film was another story.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vampire Weekend

Had seen I Thirst earlier, there's no question it would have made my twenty-five of the decade horror list. It's a thriller, horror and dark romance all seamlessly stitched together. A priest becomes infected with a bizarre virus that gives him an insatiable thirst for blood... among other things. A desperate housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage. Sparks -- er, blood flies when they cross paths. Think Let The Right One In with grown-ups. If you've seen Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, you know that he can go to some pretty dark places, so be warned. Still, it's good to see all these horror imports with complex characters.

Daybreakers is a slick sci-fi/horror film that sometimes feels a bit hindered by its modest twenty-something million dollar budget. The global vampire domination premise does sound like something from a discarded Blade script, but the likes of Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill help keep the story grounded. Decent effects and action -- especially when you consider the budget. The (Blu-Ray) DVD promises cool extras like a feature-length documentary, so that might be worth checking out.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Adventure Continues

The production company received my release form late Tuesday and off went the script on Wednesday morning -- couldn't resist a few last minute tweaks. I should hear from them in a few weeks. And the wait begins....

At some point, I plan on resubmitting to the companies that didn't respond on my first go around, but I'm trying to sync it with early contest results. And speaking of contests...

I'm not foolishly putting all my eggs in the Nicholl Fellowship basket this year. The Austin Film Festival and the PAGE Awards are two other likely candidates. Austin's screenplay competition is on that next tier after Nicholl. I haven't experienced it, but the festival itself is said to be an excellent place to network. PAGE has a pretty good reputation and nifty cash prizes. I also like the fact that both contests feature genre categories.


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