Dear Stage 32 friends and family,
Maybe two years ago, my wife and I wrote a horror picture which is produceable for under $1 million, which features some compelling special and visual effects and a cast of no more than 2 actors on screen at any time, called Recluse. Here's the logline:
Two years after she was driven into hiding by an encounter with an infernal force, the devil returns to claim the soul of recluse Selma Price.
For the last two years, Selma Price has refused to leave her home. Claiming that her mother was taken by some kind of supernatural "smoke man", claiming the smoke man threatened to take her too if she didn't behave as she should, Selma has walled herself away in a one-room apartment. Armed with very little information, living by an increasingly strict and bizarre system of rituals and assumptions, Selma hopes to keep the smoke man away. When the evil that took Selma's mother away finally returns two years later, there is no place left to run.
Originally, this was a project we were writing because my wife wanted to play the titular character and to carry a movie largely on her own. Since then, we've started work on projects that speak much more directly to her interests as an actor... and we're interested in getting this project into the hands of a director who's interested in horror, who will have fun with our performance-based approach to the genre, and who has the community resources to make a great film on a microbudget. Right now, we're hoping to see $2,500 for the script... but if that doesn't work, make us an offer!
Here's the script: https://www.stage32.com/profile/543425/Screenplay/Recluse
Enjoy the read, and please let me know if this is useful to you.
Tennyson E. Stead