The Enchanted Quill by Mark Renshaw | Script Revolution

The Enchanted Quill

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The Enchanted Quill Fairy Tale
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A troubled woman seeking answers about her dark past discovers a magic software app that allows her to make wishes comes true, but at a price - each wish costs her part of her soul.
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This is based on a 150 year old Fairy Tale by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth and was only recently discovered among a treasure trove of lost fairy tales.

The script is a modern day adaption which focuses heavily on horror elements. It follows a troubled woman who discovers a magic application on the internet which grants wishes. The catch – each wish uses up a small percentage of her soul.

She uses it to kidnap and confront three men from her dark, disturbed past. Seeking answers she compels the men to speak the truth but events soon spiral out of control as her soul becomes more and more corrupted and the quest for closure becomes an unquenchable thirst for revenge.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Shriekfest 2017 finalist - https://www.shriekfest.com/finalists/

Finalist in 13horror.com's film and screenplay contest - https://www.13horror.com/march-2017-finalists

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

No matter the setting or the time, Fairytales play on our most primal fears.

From our moral anxieties and deepest desires, to the monsters lurking in our subconscious, Fairytales resonate through the ages to serve as warnings to the frailty of human nature itself.

MILLY (V.O.)
Once upon a time there was a little
Princess who was betrayed by her
Prince Charming.

Milly was once a young, free-spirited innocent – that was until she met Malcolm:

YOUNGER MALCOLM
Your parents said they would be late.
They asked me if I could give you a
lift home.

Princess Milly unwittingly accepts, and so finds her young life destroyed; locked in a cycle of tragedy and abuse as she’s passed from one monster to the next.

The years pass and the abusers move on – leaving Milly to struggle with the horrors of a childhood destroyed.

One day she stumbles upon a dark forest (known as the internet, or the ‘web’) where a magic app called The Enchanted Quill sings her a siren-song promise of revenge.

Of course, a deal like this comes at a price, but what’s 5% of your soul per wish when sweet vengeance is at hand?

And this is where we join the tale. Not in an enchanted kingdom far away, but an abandoned warehouse where Malcolm and cohorts find themselves trapped… with Milly wielding her Enchanted Quill to control everything they do.

And this Princess is in no mood for forgiveness:

MILLY
Fuck yeah! Let’s get the endgame
rolling. Enchanted Quill obey my
whim, give Malcolm a compound arm
fracture, through the skin! Woo, I
did a poem!

Milly proceeds to recount her tale, jumping from the past to the present as she puts her tormentors through their own personal (and much deserved) Hell. From the visceral to the surreal: fingernails are removed, arm bones gnawed. Even the repetition of mundane tasks takes a torturous form.

Imagine taking off your shoes only to put them back on again – over and over and over… until they bleed.

Drawing out the darker aspects of a little known fairytale called The Enchanted Quill, writer Mark Renshaw delivers a uniquely modern tale of retribution replete with monsters, tortured souls and unflinching violence.

If you like to wring every last drop of blood from your horror, then Quill is a pure classic for you.

Review by Steve Miles

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The Writer: Mark Renshaw

Mark has been escaping into his own personal version of reality he calls his Mindverse since he was a youngling. Sometimes these adventures escape into our dimension in the form of scripts and stories. At other times they just drool out of his mouth. Despite the drool, his scripts and short stories have reached semi-finals and finals of several film festivals and competitions, he even won a Top Pick award in the Reel Writers Competition last year.

So far in 2018, his sci-fi 'Nearscape' TV pilot script 'The Survivors' reached the semi-finals of Cinequest and is in the quarter finals of the Fresh Voices Competition. His short script 'The Broken Kingdom' won Best Fantasy Screenplay... Go to bio

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