The Crow Children by Andy Edwards | Script Revolution

The Crow Children

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A young woman with amnesia visits her childhood home to unlock the secrets of her past. Instead, she encounters the ghostly Crow Children, who reveal a deadly plot against her family.
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The Crow Children is a classic haunted-house ghost story, in the style of The Conjuring or The Orphanage.

Alex Crow, a twenty-year old journalist, awakes in a hospital bed, with amnesia sustained in a car accident. She has no idea how she got there, or who she is…

The only person who can tell her who she is, is her older sister Rebecca. Under the guidance of the handsome Dr Cullen, Rebecca takes Alex to their family’s ancestral home to recover both her health and her memories.

The house is an isolated manor, in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and surrounded by desolate moorland. There, Alex meets Gary, Rebecca’s shifty boyfriend who claims he and Alex had a relationship previously - though Alex can’t imagine such a thing ever happening.

Rebecca explains that their Father recently died, and left the house to the two sisters - but it comes with a mountain of debt. However, he has hidden some kind of treasure for them to find - and Rebecca is convinced the key to finding it is somewhere in Alex’s lost memories.

Hoping to jog those memories, Rebecca tells Alex the story of the Crow Children - written by their Father and turned into a bestselling book. Like any good story, this one is about a wicked Stepmother, but in this case, the children are wicked too. They had a favourite game, which was to lure unsuspecting travellers to their deaths on the treacherous moors. When the two children trick the Stepmother’s lover over a cliff, she gets her revenge by tying them to a rock and leaving them until their eyes are pecked out by crows. It is said that the sightless ghost children still roam the moors on foggy nights, leading people from the path and into danger…

Thoroughly scared, Alex goes to bed that night and thinks she hears the ghostly Crow Children. Following the apparitions she is lead into the cellar, where she encounters a terrifying creature, chained up and eyeless.

It’s there that she learns the truth - the “creature” in the cellar is her REAL sister Rebecca. She’s been chained up and blinded by Sandra - their Father’s ex-housekeeper who has been impersonating Rebecca. Together Sandra and Gary are plotting to find the treasure and kill Alex once she's lead them to it.

Alex embarks on her plan to rescue her sister and escape from their captors. Still pretending to have amnesia, Alex seduces Gary and steals the keys to Rebecca’s chains.

The two girls flee onto the foggy moors, Sandra and Gary in close pursuit. Exhausted and lost, Alex once again hears the Crow Children, and decides to follow them. This time it appears the ghosts are not so helpful, and almost lead Alex off the edge of a ravine. However, Rebecca manages to save her, and Alex hatches a plan to similarly lure Gary to his death.

Her plan works, but Sandra is not so easily fooled and holds the two girls at gunpoint. In a desperate attempt to save her sister, Rebecca launches herself at Sandra, and the two women plummet to their deaths…

Sometime later, Alex has managed to save her family home by selling her story, but she is still unsure as to whether the Crow Children were real, or the product of her accident-damaged brain. As if to answer her question, later that night they appear to lure the handsome Dr Cullen to his death…

Submitted: November 10, 2019
Last Updated: November 10, 2019

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The Writer: Andy Edwards

Andy is a writer/director from currently based in London, UK After numerous shorts and anthology sections, his first full feature as writer/director was the zombie-comedy Ibiza Undead. Ibiza Undead stars Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners),Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey, Overwatch, Crazyhead) and Matt King (Peep Show, RocknRolla, Bronson). Described as “The Inbetweeners meets Shaun of the Dead”, the film premiered at the UK’s largest horror and fantasy festival, Frightfest, in August 2016 and has also screened at the prestigious Sitges festival in Spain and at several horror festivals in the states. The film was released in the UK in 2017 via Thunderbird Releasing, and in the US via The Asylum... Go to bio
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