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A Beast in Heaven, A Man in Exile

After his misguided asylum release, David is overrun by his mental disorders. In a mind-bending journey, he has his revenge over his psychiatrist Adam and the Adams of his sinister world.

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(THE SHINING meets FRAILTY, they charmingly go hand in hand with THE OMEN)

DAVID (a violinist with past traumas, forties, Christian Bale-type) is released from the mental institution he was hospitalized for 33 months, based on the evaluation of his psychiatrist ADAM (forties, Javier Bardem-type).

David sets up and executes his plan: to revenge Adam, who holds responsible for his life in ruins and who is now his ex-wife's companion.

1 month to the day of his release and knowing that Adam is all alone for the entire night, he violates his restraining order and visits his ex-wife’s house (once shared with him, now with Adam) - and he kills Adam.

From this moment on and in the hours to follow till dawn, things take many unexpected turns and get much more complicated than of a simple revenge story.
Past weaves into present, fantasy dives into reality and vice versa. David turns a simple act of revenge into a long, unreasonable, massive slaughter and then he really takes his time around the house to cover(?) his tracks - while he relives scenes of the past and gives flesh and bone to new, pure sinister ones.
Meantime (in parallel action and in flashbacks of all the sessions he had with Adam) his early troubled years, his childhood traumas and his overall unstable mental state are gradually revealed.

On one hand, certain facts seem to lead to certain deductions and to confirm a certain psychological profile of David … And on the other, all the above (and as a result Adam’s false evaluation of David’s mental health) seem to have been manipulated, dictated and driven all the way down to the utmost wrong interpretations and conclusions by David himself.

Born a man, raised through living Hell, who became a Beast …
Or a Beast from Hell to begin with, who hides behind a human face and Hell just delivers? A victim or a victimizer?

The next morning his ex-wife finds self-mutilated and in blood David next to the remains of her slaughtered companion … Jeffrey: David’s friend and fellow musician.

David is hospitalized once again - and 2 months later and in the last of all sessions he confronts his one and only psychiatrist: Steven.

In this last session "Adam" proves to be a ghost name and face for David, a projection in people around him that exists only in his mind. It is a cipher/anagram for the face of his molester father, his "bad-mad-dad": Adam.
Or this is just the final stunt the Beast with David’s face tries to pull - as at the end of the session and for no apparent reason, armless and in a straitjacket David pounces upon Steven and tears him apart with his bare teeth.

2 months later, David stands trial and he’s sentenced to death.

3 months later, the final horror act takes place: in his cell, during his last confession, moments before he fries in the electric chair.

A priest with the name and face of (no surprises here) Adam, reads to David a passage from "The Revelation of John": "And power was given unto The Beast over all kindreds and all tongues and all nations - to continue for 42 months …"

… While the months from the very beginning sum up to a total of 41 months …
… And while David grows new hands underneath, cuts loose from his straitjacket and pounces upon the priest -- and rips him to pieces before he breaks free.

Well, guess what: 1 month (and a sequel) short to get to really know the truth about David:

Is He A Man or A Beast?

All Accolades & Coverage: 

* Blue-Cat Analysis, Archive #9019
The writer creates one of the most powerfully evocative atmospheres we’ve ever read in a screenplay. The feeling of the script reminds us of Stephen King’s The Shining or the underrated Bill Paxton movie Frailty. The writer creates this atmosphere through intense montages of violence accompanied by voice over from either the protagonist, David, or his psychiatrist, Steven. The voice over is always in a poetic, dreamlike tone. In fact, the entire script has a nightmarish quality. The dialogue appears to be heavily influenced by Biblical references and stark, philosophically potent images that lend to this dreamlike quality. Very much like Hitchcock, the writer utilizes Freudian references to help us delve further and further into the twisted mind of our disturbed protagonist and no matter how much we squirm as we go deeper, we cannot look away.

* ISA Evaluation, Rating 4 (out of 5) stars
This is an exceptional script that demonstrates the writer’s ability to provide for some strong horror and psychological components. We are impressed with how the writer provides for the dark nature of the protagonist and how so many scenes play out in his mind. This is gritty, visceral. This is a smartly crafted script that tells a daring story of betrayal and violence. We are pleased with the writer’s clear skill as it regards the genre. This is strong stuff and we support the writer’s choices to go deeper than what might normally be expected. Thank you for the opportunity to read this strong and compelling script.

* Quarterfinalist at Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition 2021

* TOP 38% of all Discoverable projects and TOP 36% of all horror projects on Coverfly

Submitted: August 24, 2021
Last Updated: January 3, 2022

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The Writer: Pag Kravvas

Panagiotis (aka Pag) here, an award-winning Writer-Director. Greek, studied Script Writing & Film Direction in Greece & the US (N.Y.F.A) in the 90s, had a long & fruitful career in Greece. Shorts & features, docs & music promos, prime time TV series: you name it, I've done it all. Last film back home, The Death I Dreamed Of : six international awards, a US & a UK distribution. It was time to move on. Resided to UK a few years ago, changing gear & my priorities. I mostly stick now to my darling craft & career: writing. Filmmaking's always at the ready, especially if it's my own Writer-Director projects or challenging & provoking features/other projects we'... Go to bio

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