BROKEN TOYS by Joseph Deegan | Script Revolution


A singer within the underground music scene is the suspect of a serial murder spree. L.A. Punk Film Festival *Official Selection | Hollywood Jumbo Screenplay Festival *Official Selection | Massachusetts Film Festival *Official Selection



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We open in 1997 with notorious biker gang leader, Matt Beck, visiting his young wife, Marianne Paige, a committed patient at a psychiatric facility.

Matt tells Marianne he loves her and has come to take their new baby, Monica, home. Marianne mentally snaps upon learning she is not going home with them and appears to slash her wrist and neck with a crude knife...

We move to present day 2020; Chicago. Marianne and Matt’s grown daughter, Monica, now 23, with the stage name “Mink,” is a volatile singer with psychological issues who fronts her underground viral punk band, the “Broken Toys."

The band has been on the road for a couple grueling months, having played forty gigs; they’re an exhausted and pissed off touring punk band. Their usual anarchistic behavior has degenerated into an extreme state of nihilistic decadence with regard to their language, sex and violence. At this point they don’t give a fuck about anyone or anything. They just want to finish the tour and get off the road.

Mink, in her schizophrenic state, believes that she had previously helped her “sister,” Monica escape her tortured life at age 14 (in 2011) after Monica was brutally raped by one of Matt’s biker-gangster associates. Mink did not help Monica escape; Monica’s personality split during the rape and Mink’s personality became dominant.

The band travels to three shows: Kansas, Denver and Phoenix. Mink’s mental state is rapidly deteriorating; she’s starting to crack; she hallucinates visions of her psychotic mother, Marianne; she might be serially killing random men that she hooks up with on the road; her father Matt is following her for nefarious reasons; and her bandmates are freaking about her psychotic onstage episodes believing she’s going to implode at any minute and destroy them and the band...

Jump to the last scene:

We see Marianne sitting secured with restraints in a wheelchair in the same room at the psychiatric facility as the opening scene. She is silent. Motionless. Catatonic. Non-responsive...

Then comes the twist... Boom.

Submitted: March 26, 2018
Last Updated: September 11, 2020

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The Writer: Joseph Deegan

Joseph grew up in Chicago with a large group of friends who relentlessly pursued a hedonistic lifestyle; then he graduated from high school. After the structured monotony of his college years he spent time living and writing in Tucson, southern Florida and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Upon returning to the U.S., he moved to California where he ran record labels and managed bands in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. He now lives in Austin, Texas where he writes for film and television. Go to bio
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