Bittersweet by J.E. Clarke | Script Revolution

Bittersweet

A historian mourning the death of her daughter leads a group to explore a once-flooded town - but finds that the ghosts of its murdered children have not yet been laid to rest.

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Karen Patten has experienced a lot of tragedy. Five years ago, a car crash claimed the lives of her husband, her six year old daughter Molly - and her unborn baby. A historian, Karen's spent the last several years burying her grief in her work. Her personal obessession: the century old mystery of Bittersweet. A rural town led by the domineering Deacon Haas, Bittersweet was flooded in the 1920s to make way for a reservoir. But when the residents were rehomed, 15 children had vanished. Without a trace.

When a crack in the reservoir causes Bittersweet to resurface, Karen leads an exploration team to search the town. Included in the group are Blake - Karen's cocky videographer - her faithful secretary Anne... and the married (and expecting) couple of Laurie and Dave Hunter. But the clock is ticking. The dam's due to be reflooded - in three days.

Arriving in the swamped ruins, complications immediately arise. A storm makes the muddy terrain more treacherous. And mysteries abound. Investigation of the town church reveals a torture chamber. The group uncovers a stone building that appears to be a factory - containing school desks... and a pile of eerie dolls.

The situation goes from bad to worse when Anne disappears in the night. Continuing their search, the team discovers the diary of a murdered little girl - Sarah Lukas. As Bittersweet's horrible secrets are revealed, its ghosts awaken - threatening everyone. Karen finds herself torn between leading her team to safety - or succumbing to her lingering grief for her own daughter.

Submitted: September 23, 2016
Last Updated: July 12, 2020

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The Writer: J.E. Clarke

Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has optioned her feature length horror, " Containment " with Primestar Film Group (director Mike Elliott of Scorpion King 4 attached), her SF feature " Stream " with Purryburry Productions, John Noble of " Fringe " and " Lord of the Rings " attached. Her fantasy/SF " Evergreen " (cowritten for Adam Zeulhke of Zenoscope Productions), is currently in preproduction, along with Entanglement (Director/Cowriter David Manocchio), and international thriller Blood Type (Director/Cowriter Dan Thorens.) Currently seeking representation, Ms. Clarke's portfolio of work is available at http://www.jecstories.xyz/ (Sample shorts at http://www... Go to bio

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