DAYSLEEPER by John Cowdell | Script Revolution




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A determined salesman attempts to sell life insurance to a vampire.

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The history of Dracula and vampires on film almost dates back to the invention of the movie camera itself. The classic silent film “Nosferatu” and Bela Lugosi’s 1931 original “Dracula” began Hollywood’s love affair with a legion of blood sucking cinematic tales.

Then, somewhere along the way, some studio head thought, why can’t Dracula be funny? So, in 1948 Universal Pictures dug up Bela Lugosi to reprise his iconic Dracula in the comedy “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”

Since then, there have been slews of vampire comedies: including “Dracula Dead and Loving It,” “Love at First Bite,” and of course, the hilarious “Twilight” trilogy.

Which brings us to the newest vampire comedy, Daysleeper written by John Cowdell.

Peter is an insurance salesman determined to sell Vincent, obviously a vampire, the deluxe life after death policy.

Boy, did you pick the wrong house, Pete!

Vincent tries, to no avail, to convince Peter he simply has no need for life insurance. He’ll be literally dealing with those premiums forever, with no final payday.

But, being the stubborn, don’t-take-no-for-an-answer salesman he is, Peter talks himself into Vincent’s lair.

Not to mention, just in time for lunch.

Daysleeper is a light and fluffy take on the vampire genre. Directors of both horror and comedy can surely sink their fangs into this one.

Pages: 4

Budget: Low. One minor FX shot with a floating toothbrush. And you may have to dig up a coffin from somewhere. You might even consider doing this one as an animated short!

Review by David Troop
Submitted: September 3, 2016
Last Updated: January 14, 2020

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The Writer: John Cowdell

John Cowdell is a self-taught screenwriter and filmmaker who has been writing for over ten years. A major film buff since childhood, John's passion for screenwriting and filmmaking wasn't truly ignited until he was sixteen and began studying Media Production at college. It was during that time that he made his first short film "City Road", which reached the finals of a competition called "Shots In The Dark" and was shown at the Broadway cinema in his hometown of Nottingham. Two of his short scripts "Daysleeper" and "Se7en Hours" have been reviewed for Shooting The Shorts on simplyscripts with the latter being sold to a production company in Los Angeles. In recent years, he has reviewed... Go to bio

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