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The Cavern



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Three college graduates become obsessively seduced by a secret Native American cavern's ominous ability to send them through time.

Straight-arrow Tucker, charismatic Casey and gorgeous Jayden are three bright friends on the brink of their college graduation. All of their final exams have been aced and their futures are ripe with limitless and lucrative possibilities. And to make matters more fun, Tucker deals test answers on the side to less-fortunate students, like classmate Billy—a local Native American who, like the rest of his young generation, has passively disregarded the old, traditional ways of his aging tribe’s lineage. Nevertheless, Billy has decided to show his gratitude to Tucker by introducing him to something right down his alley of historical interest—an anciently-concealed and seldom-spoke-of forbidden cavern nestled deep in the woods of the tribe’s reservation grounds. Bringing Casey and Jayden along, Tucker is guided into the dark cavern by Billy with burning torches in hand and stoic skepticism in mind. But Billy isn’t prepared to pull any practical pranks, and he certainly isn’t prepared to stick around for the exploration of the ominous area containing strange centuries-old paintings on its walls depicting ancestral visions of disastrous events drawn long before they occurred. Despite Billy’s warning departure, the curious three friends proactively and separately trek deeper down the tunnels anyway until each discovers the cavern’s true secretive purpose through strangely surreal events—Tucker finds himself years earlier as a high school graduate on a night where a regrettable indecision to help an assaulted woman from being murdered in a city alley repeats itself in front of his unbelieving eyes. Casey, on the other hand, witnesses himself in his adolescent school days being taunted and bullied by a persistently menacing tormentor. And Jayden walks into a nineteenth-century playhouse where a certain U.S. president sits watching the presentation from an upper balcony, unaware of the armed assailant creeping up behind. After the three astounded individuals mysteriously manifest from their “trips” back in the cavern, they convene and logically deduce that the only explanation can be time travel. Now yielding this newfound ability with excited enthusiasm, the trio at first begin to carefully treat the location like a private playground of unwarranted opportunities, but with each obsessive visit, strangely sinister occurrences start to unfold afterward. Tucker starts to see the assaulted dead woman from his past, haunting him in every shadow. Casey suspects he is being followed by his agelessly-young childhood bully, hiding behind every corner. Jayden is taunted by her suicidal dead father, watching her with judgmental eyes within every crowd. Personal willpower is tested between the friends on whether to keep entering the cavern, but something malicious keeps pulling them back in—and it’s up to Tucker to soundly reason with the others if they’re all to escape from being consumed by its mysteriously unnatural dark forces in this chilling supernatural suspense-thriller in the vein of “Flatliners” and “Jacob’s Ladder”.

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Finalist, 2015 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

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The Writer: Dan O'Sullivan

Dan O'Sullivan is an American screenwriter of widely-diverse genre titles with sixty awards and contest placements across nearly thirty different screenplays. His strengths rely on sharp, snappy dialogue and fantastic vision of detail to create engaging, believable, original and memorable stories. In addition, he has self-published four acclaimed books available exclusively at Graduate of the New York Film Academy and Brooklyn College for screenwriting. Go to bio

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