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A mysterious package arrives on a young family's doorstep and soon they're struck by a horrific and ancient curse that threatens to tear them apart forever.

Decay is a low-budget contained horror/thriller set in modern day suburban America. Decay is not only the title but the main theme throughout the story with the breakdown of the family unit, the broken relationship between a husband and wife and of course, the curse at the heart of the horror.

Denise and Rick Besley are living the married life with their only son Joey. From the outside looking in this family appears happy but behind closed doors, Denise struggles for love and attention from Rick who is having a mid-life crisis affair with a young co-worker.

A close friend of the family, Cliff Stuckley, an old cheerful man from down the street, has been a friend and confidant to Denise for the past few years. Without his friendship and his happy go-lucky demeanour, her world would have crumbled long before now. Rick doesn’t like Cliff all that much but Joey thinks he’s just great.

One afternoon, like any other, Denise arrives at home to find a small package wrapped in paper and tied with twine on the front porch. This innocent little parcel is no gift, for inside it harbors a curse, a terrible affliction that will infect their world.

The Besley’s lives are upturned as an escalating series of events culminates in them running for their lives and sees them ultimately forced to make an impossible choice in the face of the inconceivable horror that is, the Rotted Man.

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This script has received a "consider" rating from and was described as "an eerie horror film with a very creative and original mythos at the centre of the story and some great genre moments throughout".

Submitted: November 15, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018

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The Writer: Matthew Corry

I am a writer who prides himself on creating original horror stories that avoid standard tropes and cliches. It is my goal to create stories that not only leave a stroke of fear through the viewer but also to create strong realistic characters to ensure the horror and tragedy is not simply visual. I write mainly low budget horror features as from a business point of view I want to mimic certain production companies proven systems of producing low cost/high profit films, however, I do like the dark side of comedy and have written other scripts outside of my preferred medium. I have also written a pilot for a highly original supernatural/drama series. Go to bio

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