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Don
Posted: August 20th, 2017, 11:14pm Report to Moderator
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This is Satan by A Boggled Mind - Short, Horror - A Sunday School teacher introduces her classroom to the board game, Boggle...unaware that she just opened up a portal for Satan himself. 3 pages - pdf, format

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First read - man, these are gonna be so easy to get through!

Pretty good little self contained story. all good with the criteria. Neat little horror short! loved the use of the name Carrie - intentional lol?

Good work

Don, on the script thread list, this one is reading This Is Stan instead of This is Satan


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Interesting take. I wish there was more to flesh this out though. Realize that's not possible within the parameters but I wanted to understand why Satan was so into Boggle.


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I liked how the dice were worked into the story. Satan - was he introduced? Doesn't matter . It's a horror story done in three pages. Kudos. Thrashes not trashes.
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Hi,

This is a way bigger short or even a feature but 3 pages is too little for this story.

I liked it but it really did feel too contained. If you had the time and page count to flesh out the story more I think it could be great.




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I feel like I've stepped into the Twilight Zone reading these comments.

For me this read like a pisser. Sorry if this was not the intention but it did. Now I read the comments and I'm not sure so I'll review it as if it is not a pisser.

The devil shows up a lot in these shorts, he must like 3-page scripts. Anyway, with only three pages you need to be lean so I'd avoid all the unnecessary clothing descriptions, some of which on the children are repeated.

As for the story itself, some kids play a game and summon Satan which kills them all. Years later, it looks like history is about to repeat itself. It really didn't do anything for me or make any sense but some really enjoy this so it just must be personal taste.

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From the start, I didn't get why there is a classroom in a church. We don't have that here… or I misunderstand something.

A bit Jumanji style with the game having that strong dark attraction. I liked that last part.

An easy read, although it didn't convince me as a story because I missed a set-up or say theme that gives more reasoning to the action, what Satan wants and so on...



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Reminds me of the Jumanji ending.
It's not bad. It's just not a 3-page story.
I think this type of the story requires some kind of the start when you start caring about the characters and only then bam - the game is rigged.
This read fast though and I could appreciate that. Good actually. You could expand on it. We need more Jumanji! (I love Jumanji)
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Maybe saying Boggle just doesn't strike up the "wrath of the devil" feel for me, but I still found myself enjoying this on a comedic level. It's horror by definition, but it feels like a Scary Movie skit.

Also, I'd just skip having the picture of Christ land on Carrie. Throw it against a wall or something, but it feels a little slapstick to knock someone over the head with a picture.

Boggle...Satan....maybe Bananagrams would of been an better game??
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Set in 1977. Hmmm.  "Carrie" the movie was big in late '76 and early '77.

Someone mentioned "thrashes" instead of "trashes". Also, probably should be "Children, come with me!"

My problem here is that With three pages you're limited on your ability to do a proper set up and conclusion.  We don't know why Satan is released through the game of Boggle, as opposed to, say, Candyland. It just happens. And after Satan is released, we don't show him being sent back to hell. Here, all the children perish (I think) and the the church is apparently rebuilt and the Boggle game is back on the shelves. Did it survive the fire?  Tough game.  The ending would have made More sense to me if Satan were somehow shown being sent back to hell. Then the visual at the end of the kid finding the game would have more of an effect.  Just my two cents. Good luck,

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I chose this next because of the title 'This is Stan'. However, I now see that it's 'This is Satan'. Bit of a letdown, but I'm here now...

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Carrie's eyes grow big with fear.



Is she a shapeshifter? Carrie's pupils dilate as fear grips her.

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THIS IS SATAN JESUS CHRIST ABANDONED YOU ALL



The devil is a bit shitty with punctuation. There's a missing comma. As a teacher, she really should have picked him up on it.

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Carrie cries out in horror when she reads the ghastly
sentence.



I know the feeling.

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CARRIE
Children, come with! Hurry!

Carrie bolts toward the door, the children right behind her.
She grabs the handle and swings it open --



The children were just being thrown around etc, yet now all of them have the ability to move again?

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Carrie breaks down.



When did she get into a car?

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The unseen force RIPS the portrait off the wall and SMASHES
it against Carrie's head!



The exclamation mark is annoying.

The annoying Jesus portrait flies off the wall and smashes
over Carrie's head.

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Carrie falls helplessly to the floor.



Repetitive. One minute she's down, the next minute she's up. Up, down, up, down, up, down. Why can't she make her mind up?

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One of the children tries picking the portrait up --

But it CATCHES ON FIRE!



Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The children scream and frantically run around as the fire
quickly spreads, engulfing the entire classroom in flames!



Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUPER: 40 YEARS LATER



WTF?

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A sand timer and cubic dice with letters on them.



Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is a dated horror. The things that are meant to be scary do little more than offer a few laughs at the sheer absurdity.


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I liked this short script a lot! I love horror and with a 3 page limit, I thought it was well written and action packed so kudos to you! Also this didn't read like a pisser to me so I'm not sure what that previous comment was about? Anyways good job and good luck with this. I would love to see this expanded into a bigger story.
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I kept waiting to find out where Stan fit in. Oh. Disappointment. It was supposed to be Satan.

It seems like it was rushed and written at the last minute. A few revisions could make this entertaining and worthy. This could easily be expanded to a feature, perhaps using different games through the centuries. The contemporary could be a demonic Pokemon Go app!

Good attempt; flesh it out and see where it goes!
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This one didn't quite work for me, sorry to say.

The 5 year old kids are tasked with spelling words under time pressure?

Why has no one played Boggle there in the last 40 years?

Children screaming, being dragged by their hair, fire... Too much to be squeezed into a 3 pager, IMO.

One suggestion though, would be to have someone, either a kid or Carrie to somehow summon the devil. By mistake or otherwise so there''s a reason for him to show up.

It read fine though, I just wasn't crazy about the story.


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MarkItZero
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Sorry, didn't work for me. No sense of these characters, why this is happening, or even what is happening at times.

At one point, the children are being carelessly tossed against the walls. Then five seconds later the children are following right behind Carrie.

Maybe just a case of trying to do too much in too little space.  


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