The Pines by Mark Violi | Script Revolution

The Pines

Friends traveling from Maryland to the Woodstock Festival have their plans diverted when they uncover a top secret military operation that has them confronting New Jersey’s oldest and deadliest resident—the Jersey Devil.



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August 1969. Jerry and his buddy Roger have both been drafted into the war in Vietnam. Traveling with Jerry's girlfriend Holly, the friends begin the drive from Maryland to White Lake, NY for a final weekend of fun at Woodstock before the guys must report for military service.

This same weekend New Jersey's oldest and deadliest resident has awoken from a long hibernation and begun feeding in the remote south Jersey pinelands.

When Holly's plucky little brother Wesley is discovered hidden in the trunk of the car, the group must divert from the highway to the back roads of south Jersey in search of a phone.

They soon find the U.S. Army has closed all roads around Fort Dix. The military has been tracking the Jersey Devil for decades and is mounting a top-secret strike against the demonic killer in an attempt to capture its DNA in the form of a blood sample for genetic experimentation. The young travelers become trapped and are terrorized by the Jersey Devil as it hunts for human hearts to satiate its blood lust.

An ambitious female soldier, Lt. Virginia Davies, tracks down the kids. But Davies is being blackmailed into giving up the creature's blood sample to a sinister government representative who will sell it to the Russians to breed their own demon army in an escalating Cold War arms race.

When confronted by the beast, Lt. Davies sacrifices a comrade in arms to acquire the blood sample. The kids discover Lt. Davies' devious intentions but are forced to trust her to lead them to safety. Under constant super-natural assault, Davies and the kids must make it back to the safety of the military installation.

When the Jersey Devil lays siege on all parties, the survival of those involved and the fate of the experimental blood sample may be determined by one person's unique lineage to the beast.

This new twist on a classic horror legend combines suspense, espionage and humor to prove: NEW JERSEY CAN BE HELL.

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Comments from Script Savvy:
"The narrative flows very well. Following the teens on a road trip as they approach an inevitable confrontation with the Jersey Devil builds a natural tension and sense of foreboding…the pacing is quick and snappy."

"The Jersey Devil is an underused cryptid/monster. What’s more, setting the movie in 1969 makes the story even more memorable and unique."

"A horror movie involving real folklore, the military, and some wayward teens is a winning combination."

Submitted: May 22, 2021
Last Updated: May 22, 2021

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The Writer: Mark Violi

Mark Violi has written nine feature film screenplays with three feature film script options to producers in New York and Los Angeles and two scripts entering development deals. The comedy feature WIFF has been optioned to both Page Four Productions and Clear Pictures Entertainment. The comedy feature MOBBED UP has been in development with Starline Films. The drama FROM BEDSIDE is currently in development looking for producing partners. Mark is also co-writer of the feature documentary JOHN HART: PORTRAIT OF A PATRIOT which has completed production in New Jersey. Mark was hired to rewrite the comedy feature PET PROJECT for Millennium Films. Additionally, Mark has had two stage dramas... Go to bio

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