Christmas Bloody Christmas by David J. Keogh | Script Revolution

Christmas Bloody Christmas

1980 – A malevolent virus plagues tourists and locals, trapped on a remote U.S. fishing island, during a violent Christmas Eve snowstorm



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The Thing, Gremlins, Jaws – classic 80’s horror.
It’s 1980. The island of Destitution is overrun by violent feral slimers – people infected with a strange green virus that got to the island via the sunken cargo of a doomed Russian cargo boat. Locals and tourists battle to survive as the island is subsumed by the crabber plague – relationships are tested, formed and broken as people fight to live through one hell of a bloody Christmas.
‘Christmas, Bloody Christmas’, is a diverse, original, dark, bloody and utterly terrifying, retro 1980’s style, U.S. horror screenplay, with the terror of John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’; the rounded characters and patient build-up of Stephen Spielberg’s’ ‘Jaws’; and the dark Christmas horror humour of Joe Dante’s ‘Gremlins’. It’s sometimes humorous, dark, retro, bloody and terrifying and guaranteed to become a classic.
Detailed Synopsis:
Somewhere off the coast of Russia, a small boat carrying barrels of toxic material to the infamous and secretive Russian Island of Ostrov Zhanetty (the Soviet equivalent of Area 51), sinks – the crew and cargo, of highly toxic material is lost at sea.
Destitution Island (Population 667) does something special at Christmas – since 1913, it has been the place to go – a tourist Island entirely dedicated to Christmas - a relief from its only other year-round industry, crabbing and fishing. Destitution like name, Destitution like nature – it’s grim, outdated and dying. Christmas keeps it going – just.
Months after the Russian boat sinks, on Christmas Eve, one of the split barrels of the toxic green, living virus-goo, washes up in Destitution’s coast. It infects some crabs which spread an epidemic that threatens everyone – once the goo is transferred into the bloodstream through open wounds, it turns its hosts into rabid, murderous zombie-like crab creatures, who’s only purpose is to spread itself as far and wide as possible.
There’s an added complication – this year, the island is hit with a heavy snowstorm, which grounds all the boats an annual tourist ferry filled with tourists, on the doom-stricken island.

Submitted: May 25, 2022
Last Updated: July 20, 2022

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The Writer: David J. Keogh

I am a professional, award winning and optioned screenwriter who loves bringing characters to life - especially characters in difficult situations who have to fight against the odds. I am currently writing a biopic, but also love horror, drama and comedy too. My writing is as eclectic as my tastes! I love collaborative writing, working with producers and other creatives and frankly, just love what I do. Writing for myself or with others - it's all a joy. A number of my screenplays, some old, some new, are completed and available for you to read here. I hope you enjoy them! Go to bio

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