Demonica by John Austin | Script Revolution


When her cousin is abducted by a sadistic killer, an art student reluctantly accepts a mysterious entity's gift of immense demonic power but fears losing herself to the darkness within.



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Bound and gagged, 12-year-old Monica Rothmore awakens in the back of a van. The next thing she remembers is walking down the street covered in her abductor's blood. At least, that's the story she told everyone.

Monica hears a voice. A voice that can spill the deepest, darkest secrets of strangers. A voice that can somehow help her cheat death. A voice that asks her to let it in. Now an adult, Monica remembers what happened to her abductor when she let the voice in. She worries about what it means for her. Was it solely the voice's work, or was it down to a darkness lurking inside her? While near-invincibility and vicarious omnipotence have their uses, she swears never again to use the full power the voice can grant - no matter how much it pushes.

However, when a sadistic murderer abducts one of the few people Monica cares for, and circumstances align to paint her as the perpetrator, Monica is left with a choice: let her cousin die, or let the voice back in.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Finalist - Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival Screenplay Contest, 2021
Finalist - Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards, Fall 2021
Semifinalist - Industrial Scripts TITAN Awards, 2021
Semifinalist - Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, Fall 2021
Semifinalist - Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards, 2022
Quarterfinalist - Screenwriters Network TV Pilot Competition, 2021
Quarterfinalist - Screencraft Horror Competition, 2022

Submitted: November 11, 2021
Last Updated: March 8, 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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