AT DEATH’S DOOR: demonic haunted house horror

Short Synopsis

The dark past of a family home invites a demonic evil in to play. Confront death ­- don’t let it in.
Shelly’s dad was a bad man, but now, he’s dying. Needing palliative care, and with no other option, her abusive father is shut up in the top most room of their family home. Struggling to cope with his care and keep her concerned girlfriend out, the swirling maelstrom of negative energy invites the devil in to play.

Writer:
Stefan Taylor
Simon J Green
Producers:
Simon J Green
Julian Butler (EP)
Director:
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Attached Cast:
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Audience

The traditional horror fan, male, 20-40 who want a laugh with their thrill. LGBTQI community, often frustrated with more diverse genre fare, seeking a refreshing viewpoint.

Responding to…

At Death’s Door is a concept created in response to a brief provided to us by Australian and UK horror distributor Monster Pictures. Neil and Grant told us a single location, minimal budget horror film with a compelling premise and low on effects is the exact sort of content they know their audience loves, they can market, and that, by its simple production nature, can make a profit internationally. The lesbian protagonist responds to anecdotal evidence of the LGBTQI community seeking genre stories with protagonists who are gay, but that their sexuality isn’t central to the premise.

Why Make This?

Fictional demons are often the exaggerated form of real human despair. In creating a horror story contained in a house, and with domestic violence a big issue in Australia, this concept explores the idea that memories of a home can be more menacing than the threat of the devil. In creating a protagonist whose journey is realising she needs to let someone else in, we can create a gay female hero without a man coming to her rescue.

Marketing Angles

  • Lesbian protagonist showing strength and courage
  • The discussion in Australia around domestic violence and its impact on families
  • A single location, creep house (ala the houses in Amityville Horror & American Horror Story)

Development

Currently at treatment stage.
One pager with writers’ vision and director’s brief: https://goo.gl/R0G01F [link]

DEN MOTHER: werewolf body horror

Short Synopsis

When a werewolf knocks you up, what’s coming out?
On a school trip, teacher Melanie has a one night stand with a handsome, intoxicating Brit that leads to accidental pregnancy. Mel goes to the family planning clinic, but a routine procedure turns into kidnapping by a mad doctor and his zealot nurse. While Melanie fights to escape the torture of her captors, her wolfish paramour hunts down his cub. Den Mother is a strange and exciting mix of werewolf horror and non-traditional family film.

Writer:
Simon J Green
Producers:
Simon J Green
Julian Butler (EP)
Director:
Seeking
Attached Cast:
Seeking
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Audience

A horror film for women! Mainly the western or western exposed, urban and suburban woman, into the macabre and the exotic.

Responding to…

Originally created in response to a brief provided to us by Australian and UK horror distributor Monster Pictures for a low budget, single location horror film, the concept bloomed into an exploration of a horror audience rarely catered to. Here are some excellent articles on the female horror fan.

Why Make This?

The female horror fan is under-served by her genre. Complications in pregnancy and negative body perceptions are two of the worst fears of women. A premise that immediately raises eyebrows, with a sexy, alpha male supporting man, creating horror out of less explored but very common fears while reveling in the joys of werewolf and mad science conventions.

Marketing Angles

  • A horror movie for women
  • A handsome, profile British actor as Daddy Werewolf
  • Tying into “non-traditional family” debates

Development

Currently at early script stage.
One pager with more detail: https://goo.gl/3IGEPH [link]

BULLET: animated superhero comedy

Short Synopsis

When a superhero loses his powers and his secret identity, he learns what it really means to be a hero.

Writers:
Simon J Green
Dr Sean Fabri
Producers:
Simon J Green
Dr Sean Fabri
Director:
David Blumenstein (animation)
Attached Cast:
Seeking
Other Attachments:

Audience

25 to ­35 year old males and females who love nerd culture, deeply involved in comic book and superhero lore. Appreciate and seek twists and insights on their beloved genres. We have extensive data on our audience, as a result of our detailed social media monitoring during festival runs.
Secondary audience is young males, 13 to 17, excited by superheroes and action, especially in animated form.

Responding to…

This animated feature builds on the irreverent, sold out Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festival hit, BULLET: a superhero comedy, dubbed “the pick of Fringe!” by ArtsHub’s Richard Watts. The stageplay demonstrated marketplace desire, through sell out shows, profitable runs and excellent reviews. The subsequent finalist placing in Open Channel’s Short and Sharp pitching contest, with follow up interest from producers present at the conference, proved an industry appetite for the concept

Why Make This?

We love comic books, but know they are ridiculous. Bullet explores consequences in the hyperworld of the superhero, drawing comedy from a man suddenly confronted with his relative normalcy in a bizarre world of Russian bear women, robotic nanobee uprisings and psychotic time traveling psychiatrists. At it’s core, this is a story about personal responsibility, and everyone’s ability to make an impact if they decide to, superpowers or no.

Marketing Angles

  • The indie alternative to Marvel and DC animated features on VOD
  • An original Australian superhero
  • Incredible voice gymnastics with some actors playing 10+ roles
  • A sell out Fringe and Comedy Festival show translated to film

Development

Finalist in the Open Channel Short and Sharp Pitching contest 2015.
Vision, audience and key creative details: https://goo.gl/BvGFVb [link] Watch writer and producer duo Simon J Green and Dr Sean Fabri describe their vision for Bullet/Outta Ammo.

THE LONELY HILLS: psychological monster horror

Short Synopsis

Tragedy drags a son back to his estranged father’s isolated farmhouse.
An ancient evil has awoken under the surrounding Adelaide Hills, forcing the men to confront dark family secrets.

Writer:
Stefan Taylor
Producers:
Simon J Green
Julian Butler (EP)
Director:
Seeking
Attached Cast:
Seeking
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Audience

Males 18 years to 30 years. Thrill consumers. The solid western and first world Asian horror fan. Takes a chance on a film that catches his eye.

Responding to…

An enthusiastic horror audience, as tested through Chapel Off Chapel’s cold reading series. Writer Stefan Taylor worked with a director, cast and crew, including Neighbours stalwarts Brett Swain and Carla Bonner, who performed the full screenplay in a stripped down stage version, with video elements scattered throughout. Seeing the incredible response from the audience, who asked tons of questions and were obviously keen to see the concept on screen, The X Gene approached Stefan to produce.

Why Make This?

The writer is exploring the tensions between father/son, city/bush, past/present, represented in horror’s hyperbolic style as monsters connected to a shameful family history. It’s character driven horror that satisfies thrill consumers seeking more than just grisly splatter films. Those who like The Babadook and Sinister will enjoy The Lonely Hills.

Marketing Angles

  • A real life father/son acting pair
  • The glorious Adelaide Hills
  • Environmental encroachment

Development

Currently at late script stage with external story editing passes.
One pager with audience and more detail on story and vision: https://goo.gl/0x28AF [link] Watch writer Stefan Taylor and producer Simon J Green describe their vision for The Lonely Hills.