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Raspberries to you, DJ. I pussed-out and sent in only my cheap-to-produce story. Looks like I shoulda just tossed in the big-budget one, too.
Congratulations on your reads. Sincerely.
Yes, that second entry...I actually hit the wrong window before I saved it and lost it- I went back to my notes and turned it out the next day. Got most of it back down, but I still made a blunder of sorts...I didn't see it until ten minutes before deadline.
More on this later. Hopefully the Submit page will open up again so I can get the correct version up.
Gonna toss out my top five though... No particular order. Lotsa great scripts this go around...
I'd like to hear what others think. I'm pretty sure Rick doesn't get swayed by opinion, if he even chooses to do one. This was fun.
I like different ones for different reasons.
For a sensible, low-budget horror that a horror crowd might like to actually watch I'd go with The Flesh Won't Be Missed. It's got blood up front, an axe, body parts, dead bodies, plastic, bodies in the lake, creepy witch candle made of a guy's hand, freaky time thing, a smart arse engaged in petty robbery, and a nasty girlfriend who uses her witchy-womanly-wiles to keep the cycle going. It's nice. Pretty much off the shelf it's good to go. A few sets, nothing unreasonable. A few cheap props. Handful of actors (four, was it? if you got the last guy to double as the first dead one). Good to go. Done.
Honorable mention would be Water. The only prop needed was a cup of water to spit out. Actors + easy settings + 1liter of bottled water = good to go. Kudos! Not really HORROR!!!! But could be done on a dime. Or gas money and a liter of water, really.
For a big budget short, prime for feature potential, would be Them That's Dead. Them characters got legs on 'em! ARRRGH!!! Edging it away from PoTC might be tough, though. Producers might balk or want to turn it into a farce.
Second fave big SFX story would be The Maidens A wee expensive with all the superimposition and layering, but it would look fantastic with the right budget and set designer.
By far, my personal favorite to read was Frame Of the Open Door. A p!ss-poor, terrible horror story but wonderful story and imagry. The girls are beautiful - inside, of course. (Outside... pish posh. Who cares? Cast MILFs if you must. ) How they worked together and cared for each other was just beautiful.
A couple of honorable mentions would go to Imposter (Impostor, if possible), The God Stick and Die Screaming The characters and or dialog+action were very memorable. In a... positive way, of course.
We are still discussing scripts at SimplyScripts, right? (Sometimes I can be a little slow).