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THIS IS FEAR
By Andreas Andersson

GENRE: Horror
LOGLINE:

A ten year old child joins his friends family at their cabin during the summer. When he gets back home nothing is quite the same.

SYNOPSIS:

Sarah lives alone with her 10-year-old son Sam. She runs a brokerage firm and works both nights and weekends. Sarah is on the edge of a burnout and she constantly feel that she is a bad mother because she can’t find time for Sam. To calm her conscience, she decides to let Sam spend his spring break at his friend’s summer cabin together with his family. One day when Sam and Alex are out playing, Alex shows him an old abandoned house far in the woods. Alex tells stories about the house and that its haunted. Few days after the visit at the abandoned house Sarah gets a call that Sam wants to go back home. He’s starting to have nightmares. When Sam’s back home again it doesn’t take many nights before the nightmares are back and they are only getting more and more frightening. Sarah starts to worry, she’s tired and very irritable. She decides to visit a doctor to figure out what the problem may be. Sarah’s doctor advises her to take her son and travel up north for a while. Treat herself with a vacation to rest and not work for a while. Not only for her own sake but for Sam’s as well. Sarah agrees. Alex mother advises her of a cozy house near their cabin. Sarah rents the house that lies right at the lake next to an abandoned village. At first it’s all good and quiet. Sarah manages to relax and enjoys the fresh air and long walks. But at night, she sits with her laptop and works. Sam on the other hand can’t relax. He’s still tormented by his nightmares. Sam starts talking about his new friend Olivia. At first Sarah is happy that he has such a vivid imagination. But when he can no longer sleep at nights, refusing to eat, becoming paler and just want to go out with Olivia. Sarah starts to get more and more worried. She asks her boyfriend Stephan to move up to the cabin. When Stephan arrives it all seem to stop and Sam regains his energy again. One evening Anna comes by; she is the owner of the house. She tells them that many years ago there was an orphanage on the other side of the lake. Sarah decides to take a closer look at the abandoned house. She does so, the house is dilapidated. Sarah finds an old picture of two women and nine children. One of the women on the picture looks familiar, but she can’t figure out who. On the same night she dreams nightmares. The days goes by and the nightmares are only getting worse by the day. Sarah begins to see visions and wonders if she’s driving insane. She calls her doctor and he tells her that she’s burned out and may be confused. He advises her to turn of the computer and cellphone and certainly don’t work more on the vacation. Sarah agrees, but the visions are gets worse and she starts to hear an old lady’s voice shouting her name. One night she wakes up hysterically. She gets the feeling that she’s not alone in the room. Sarah gets up to turn the lights on, she walks to the mirror and looks at herself, her eyes are blood red and she’s all wet from the sweat. Suddenly she hears a creaking noise. She turns around and finds small wet footsteps on the stairs. Sarah’s not sure if she’s crazy or if its real and that someone or something wants to connect with her and Sam.

THIS IS FEAR

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