Lowcountry Crab Quake by Lori Corbin | Script Revolution

Lowcountry Crab Quake



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A routine dredging operation in the Charleston Harbor uncovers a long dormant, giant prehistoric crab species which threatens destruction of one of the largest tourist destinations on the East Coast.

Lowcountry Crab Quake is created as a SyFy original movie event, with the tackiness of “Trailer Park Shark” and a potential for fans and sequels following on the heels of the recent “Sharknado” phenomenon. Imagine possible titles such as “Chesapeake Crab Quake” or “Creole Crab Quake”, each one with its own special twist on the original.

Our story begins as a flashback to the Holy City Harbor during the Civil War and recreates the successful mission of the H.L. Hunley submarine until it is grappled and grabbed by several oversized, spiny, crab claws. In this twisted version of ACTUAL history, both the H.L. Hunley with her crew onboard and the crabs are soon tossed about and buried beneath a wall of sand and mud due to a massive earthquake.

In modern day, the Charleston Harbor is being dredged by a large operation which accidentally uncovers the dormant crabs, sucking them through the pipes and discharging them onto land at the fill site. Simultaneously, the buried H.L. Hunley and her crew are discovered hidden within the harbor floor. We meet the estranged son of our hero, an angry, dominating and educated young man, heading up the operation to expose and transport the H.L. Hunley remains to land. He is approached by a diver carrying a large bag. It is explained that the perfectly preserved giant crab claw he carries was found attached to the hatch of the H.L. Hunley submarine.

Meanwhile, our hero, a retired former 80’s rock star and heartthrob (with the looks and magnetism of Rick Springfield), enters the harbor cruising his Fishing Yacht aptly named “Affair of the Heart”, with his young grandson (a huge “Sharknado” fan) by his side. Gil has a huge heart, which has been hurt too many times. The loss of his wife due to an overdose during his music career and subsequent estrangement from his son who he longs to be closer to. Loved by many, and misunderstood by most, Gil longs for love to fill his heart, but feels unworthy and hides behind a wall of hurt.

They soon dock up at a local marina, with a small bar/restaurant where a birthday party has been planned for the grandson. Here we meet the successful realtor and daughter-in-law of Gil and learn about her hidden use of drugs. We witness the estrangement of Gil and his powerful son and meet Brandy (the bartender, a plain looking tomboy type with underlying beauty) and Jessie (a nature lover, video gamer, ex-surfer now working for the Department of Natural Resources). Jessie, Brandy and Gil are best friends and they spend most of their time at the bar, where Gil still performs onstage. Gil is unaware that Brandy is madly in love with him.

Soon, as the crabs thrive after being thrust from their underwater tomb and heated by the warm waters of the Harbor, they generate a series of mini-quakes as they move and thrash about, causing massive destruction of property and widespread panic. This happens on land, as the crabs move through the aging sewers of the city as well as in the water. The ruckus is felt during the annual Cooper River Bridge Run causing massive panic among the thousands who attend this race from all over the world. It is also felt aboard the docked Carnival Cruise ship, forcing it to launch back out to sea.

With a scene playing out on the bridge featuring the “drive-off” of Thomas Ravenel (here is your splash of Southern Charm”), safely landing on a sand barge below, (this is based on his ability to always come out on top) and the accident causing Gil and his friends to rescue his daughter in law and his grandson, where he discovers the prescription drugs.

The government is launching jets off the aircraft carrier sitting in the harbor at Patriots Point and plans to blow up the bridge, to “trap” the crabs and confine them to the harbor. People are rapidly evacuated, and those on boats (including our cast) travel up the Cooper River but are soon tailed by the hungry crabs who escape the explosion.

The Cooper River is linked to a freshwater lake which feeds the local power plant. Our crew plans escape to Gil’s Lake House via a narrow canal but are still pursued by the crabs. Brandy narrowly escapes with her life and emerges (wet T-shirt and all) from the water, only to have morphed into a beautiful, sexy woman. Jessie is severely injured. It is now that we learn that Gil has always been in love with Brandy but assumed that she was “Jessie’s girl”. Gil also tells his son about the drugs he found, and he is now confronted with the possibility that his life may be taking the same path as his father and could lose his own wife to drugs.

Unlike the typical science fiction flick, where the creature (or creatures) are always blown up, the crabs are cooked in the boiling discharge. Gil’s boat is nearly destroyed, but he manages to close the corral of boats that bravely force the crabs into the piping hot water. The now cooked crabs are dragged by nets back to the restaurant/bar where the locals celebrate with a “low country boil” of giant proportions. Gil now exudes confidence and is looking forward to a future with Brandy. Gil’s son is enlightened by a better understanding of his father and a bond begins to form. He also becomes more involved in his relationship with wife and son, causing her to no longer need the drugs to function.

Meanwhile, the Carnival cruise ship that was released from the harbor during the chaos, sails off into the sunset. In the pools on deck, are several young crabs, escaping off to sea.

Submitted: May 13, 2020
Last Updated: May 14, 2020

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The Writer: Lori Corbin

I am a hobby writer with a professional career in custom home lighting. Researching, note-taking and organizational skills required to write a screenplay, or a novel, has taken me through many professional careers in my lifetime; however, writing for fun and having fun to write is truly a passion that has remained stable through many years. I view television as not only a way to stay up on current events, but as entertainment. I tend to enjoy movies and programs that are fun and exercise the imagination. I have written a few self published short books, on serious issues, as a way of "exorcising" some demons of the past and have tinkered with several ideas of television movies and television... Go to bio