Since 2009, every year horror fans on the lookout for industry news can count on a Halloween treat from Kailey Marsh. It’s called The Blood List, and is a tallied vote by approximately 100 industry-insiders on the screenplays they enjoyed reading the most in the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and dark comedy genres. Kailey puts out the list each Halloween — and the 2012 list has just been issued.
For a script to be eligible it must have come out within the last calendar year. Scripts on previous Blood Lists include Black Swan, Buried, Chronicle, Maggie, and Martyrs. So who is on this year’s list and what movies might we hope to one day see? Check it out.
For full information on production status and agents, read Variety.
1. “The Disciple Program” by Tyler Marceca
Logline: A “Manchurian Candidate”-style thriller in which a man’s wife dies and upon investigating, he discovers it was no accident.
2. “Stephanie” by Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski
Logline: Psychological horror film described as “Paperhouse” meets “Carrie” that concerns a young girl whose strange powers seem to doom her to a world of lonely solitude.
3. “Lockdown at Franklin High” by Joe Ballarini & Gregg Bishop
Logline: A girl and her brother must break-out of their locked down high school while a monster stalks the halls.
4. “Story of Your Life” by Eric Heisserer
Logline: Sci-fi drama about alien crafts landing around the world and Louise Banks, a linguist expert recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As Louise learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks which become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
5. “Country of Strangers” by Sean Armstrong
Logline: Based on true events, thriller follows an inspector during his 40-year search for three siblings taken from an Australian beach in 1966.
6. “February” by Osgood Perkins
Logline: Horror pic about an unidentified young woman who makes a pilgrimage to the site of a demonic possession at an all-girls boarding school in the dead of winter.
7. “Interstate 5″ by Seth Sherwood
Logline: Described as “Jacob’s Ladder” meets “Natural Born Killers,” this psychological thriller follows the son of an infamous serial killer and the daughter of one of the victims who go on the road in hopes of tracking the killer down, only to find themselves haunted by demonic forces intent on driving them mad.
8. “Somnia” by Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard
Logline: Horror pic about a couple who recently lost their son and take in a young boy as a foster child. They soon discover that the boy’s dreams manifest themselves in the real world when he sleeps.
9. “Darkfall” by TS Faull
Logline: Supernatural thriller about a group of residents who must survive the night in their apartment complex as they slowly learn that Darkfall (the rising of demons to take over the Earth) is upon them.
10. “Viral” by Dustin T. Benson
Logline: A thriler with action and sci-fi elements described as “I Am Legend” meets “Outbreak.” Told from the first-person point-of-view via the helmet cam of a bio-safety suit, story follows a scientist who joins an extraction team through quarantined areas of Manhattan while secretly searching for her missing daughter.
11. “The Importance of Blood” by James Breen
Logline: Horror pic about the mute servant of a modern-day vampire who returns home to her estranged family 20 years after her disappearance. As she grows closer to her family, her loyalties to her master are finally tested.
12. “Shut In” by T.J. Cimfel & David White
Logline: Horror-thriller about an agoraphobic woman who must fend off a home invasion while she protects a dark secret.
13. “Peste” by Barbara Marshall
Logline: Sci-fi/horror pic about a 16 year-old girl who begins to record her life for her high school media class just as a terrifying virus begins to spread.