Darkdale by John Austin | Script Revolution


When a troubled ASD student moves to a town with a violent history, bloodstone deposits awaken dormant supernatural powers she must quickly master to protect herself from malevolent beings out for her blood.



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After being accused of arson, college student Cally Gowdie and her family move to the small Northern English town, Darkdale for a fresh start. However, for the young girl, the friction between her mother and herself, along with a series of bizarre events lead Cally spiralling into depression. That is, until, the mysterious Melody shows her something she didn't know about herself.

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Best Horror TV Script Award Winner - Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival, 2022

Submitted: June 20, 2022
Last Updated: October 31, 2022

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The Writer: John Austin

His adult life spent as a full-time carer for his disabled mother, John began writing as a means to escape into different worlds. He penned the short film, Long Lost Father in 2014, which premiered at FilmFest Gent as part of the anthology film, Follow: Tall Tales From a Small City (2014). Having struggled to balance his caring commitments with his craft, John took a break from writing but has again put fingers to keys, writing four contest-placing teleplays in 2021. His horror pilot script, Demonica , was named as a Finalist in both the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition and the Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards , while his urban fantasy pilot,... Go to bio

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