Beware, Wolf! by David Liberman | Script Revolution

Beware, Wolf!

Inspired by a real-life, infamous werewolf trial. In 16th century Germany, a scientifically minded friar sets out to investigate a series of mysterious gruesome murders.

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“Beware, Wolf!” is a fantasy re-telling depicting the most well known werewolf trial in history. It explores the events leading to the execution of a man who was possibly the world's first serial killer, through an origin story that explores werewolf mythology and lore.

In rural 16th century Germany, a small town is terrorized. Cattle is mysteriously slaughtered, people are brutally murdered. What could be behind these terrible acts? Wild animals, a prehistoric creature, a serial killer, or something much more sinister? Traversing through the turbulent political atmosphere of that time, we examine the collision between different religious agendas and the motives and involvement of the Catholic church in the case. Peter Stumpp is a wealthy Protestant farmer, with an odd demeanor and too many secrets. Is he guilty of murder, or are the powers at be trying to create a narrative tailored to their interests, preying on the public’s fears? Emmet Schaffer, a Catholic friar with a scientific mind and an unrelenting need to uncover the truth, is called upon by the church to investigate. He firmly fights to uncover the truth, no matter the consequences. While struggling with dilemmas of loyalty and faith, his uncompromising search will end with a terrible realization - some truths are best left buried.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

13Horror screenwriting competition - Finalist
Fade in horror competition - Semifinalist
NYC Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition - Semifinalist
TableReadMyScreenplay - Semifinalist
ScreenCraft Horror Competition - Quarterfinalist
Bluecat screenplay competition - Quarterfinalist
Creative World Awards screenwriting competition - Quarterfinalist
Stage 32 8th Annual Search For New Blood Contest - Quarterfinalist
Shore Scripts Feature Contest - Quarterfinalist

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Analysis:
"A masterfully constructed supernatural mystery with compelling characters, thought-provoking themes, and a masterfully constructed plot....The plot moves at a fast but organic pace, with shocking and surprising moments frequently occurring throughout your script...This script is truly something special, and you all should feel extremely proud of what you've accomplished here. "

ScreenCraft Horror Competition:
"You were able to combine elements of a horror movie, psychological thriller, religious parable and courtroom drama into an exciting, unpredictable script. The characters are well developed, and Friar Schaffer is great, complex protagonist."

Save the Cat! Screenplay Analysis:
"This is a very well-plotted script....Punctuating the story with Schaffer’s transformation is a brilliant way to end from a plot perspective."

Submitted: March 20, 2021
Last Updated: January 9, 2022

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The Writer: David Liberman

We are a team of 3 writers: Jacky Revah and Itzik Revah have been working in the film and television industry since 2009 in various camera department roles. Their credits include work on productions such as Foxtrot (film), Hostages (TV series), Fauda (TV series), Norman (film), Getaway (film), Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (film), Tristan & Isolde (film) and others. David Liberman is a senior project manager working in the hi-tech industry, who has a strong passion for entertainment and storytelling. Go to bio

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