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Virus-99 by Magic Marker Eyes - Short, Horror - The quarantine for a deadly virus is over, but the trouble has just started for a man keeping his bizarre family on permanent lockdown. 6 pages - pdf format
Didnít see any reason to have Ericaís dialogue O.S Ė it added nothing really. I would just do it straight up.
Iím confused here:
ERICA We're coming over there now to show you. Get you outta there... She was introíd in the opening so she is there. She is O.S for most of the dialogue Ė but now Ė she is coming over there. I got lost. Isnít she there?
Other than the confusion early on re: Erica's whereabouts, the writing is real fine.
This was interesting, albeit a little rushed at the end... which is understandable given that there was a 6 page limit. I think the Apollo 13 story drags just a little bit... I'd maybe cut a 1/3rd of that part out. After the phone call, I'd cut to the kitchen mid-conversation as he's in the middle of that story.
The writer does a good job of making us believe that this man may be very mentally ill... and then the ending, ala "Frailty" reveals that the crazy one was, indeed, telling the truth. At least about this, in particular.
I liked it. Easy to read, visual, a bit of sleight of hand trickery with William there. No suggestions other than to scale back parts of the dialog. It did seem to drag a bit. Overall, I enjoyed this one.-A
Lol, this is something. I didn't understand the ending but I think it's better like that. Overall, it's screaming fun. I wish there was no fire at the end, so someone could film it right away. It could have been placed under a comedy too. Really nice job!!
Wasn't sure if he'd set himself on fire or what at the end but it was a good example of the craziness out there at the moment.
The Apollo story could be cut shorter to make this read smoother but apart from that, a good job and fits the criteria, although I wouldn't recommend anyone setting fire to things with a blowjob in their home.
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This was certainly an interesting read. Over the top paranoia -- or is it? Still trying to figure out that ending and whether his sister was at the door, or if, as he claimed, was a deep fake. But it appears that he got whatever was going around. Just surprised it could kill him with instant exposure.
And one small nitpick -- Apollo 13 was 1970 rather than 1969, but otherwise it played pretty well into his paranoia.
Pretty well-written and enjoyed the twist at the end. Best of luck with it.
An utterly mediocre writer who somehow still falls bass ackwards into getting some of his scripts produced.
Great visuals that would film nicely, and self-contained location.
Danny? Is that an ode to The Shining?
I liked William confiscating Danny's toastie - nice bit of humour.
A couple of awkward descriptions: A low, sad sound grumbles from deep down. Sounds like he's got stomach problems.
The Apollo bit didn't drag so much for me, I was along for the ride, but I did find the ending a bit haphazard and a bit of an anticlimax. I'd work on that a bit in another draft. I'd also work a tiny bit on your opening dialogue too. I think in your effort to make things obscure re the virus it wasn't quite apparent, for me at least, what was going on to begin with. I actually jumped to the conclusion at first that they were lovers and she was saying 'it's over' between them. Perhaps if she were more soothing, slightly condescending to begin with - telling him, it's okay now, everything's okay.
A pretty good slasher flick. In this case, the enforced isolation and conflicting stories and advice in the media are responsible for cracking a fragile mind, rather than abusive parents, school bullies, or an evil presence. However, it might be good if we had some inkling as to what his mental state was before the lockdown. Maybe meds for mental disorders in the medicine cabinet, or phone messages from his psychiatrist.