They Beckon by Jerry Robbins | Script Revolution

They Beckon

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When Margaret Elmwood dies, a team of estate appraisers arrive at her isolated mansion where they become prisoners of spirits who were victims of a mass murder.
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SCREAMFEST - Semi-Finalist 2018

The murders depicted in THEY BECKON are loosely based on real events; in 1832, fifty-seven Irish workers building the Pennsylvania Railroad were killed by locals and buried in an unmarked grave, undiscovered for 177 years.

TIME AND SETTING: "The Mansion of the Elms" - present day upstate New York/Flashbacks to the same location in 1850.

Margaret Elmwood is the last of her family living in the isolated Victorian “Mansion Of The Elms.” She awakens unexpectedly from a near-death coma, only to be smothered with her pillow at the hands of her doctor. With Margaret's death, the estate passes to the Historical Society to become a very profitable museum--particularly for the doctor's brother and town treasurer, Nick Brandt. As the doctor hastily departs, however, strange shadowy figures appear to race alongside his car, slam against the windows and, with a violent thud, crush the roof down toward the screaming doctor. Wiping his eyes from tears and sweat, and trying to make out the road in the eerie darkness, he comes face to face with an apparition of a horse’s head, blasting its hot breath from its nostrils. Screaming with terror, he loses control as his car flips and crashes to his death.

When Estate Appraiser Kali Savin and her team arrive one month later with orders to “get the job done quickly," they soon discover the home, as well as the surrounding woods, are haunted by strange apparitions of human forms lurking in the shadows of the old mansion. A series of three loud pops puts the team on edge as they struggle to discover the source of the strange happenings, but when the “Cóiste Bodhar”—the Death Coach—arrives at the woodline, accompanied by the stench of a decomposing headless driver and the bloodcurdling screams of a Banshee deep in the woods, the team realizes they are in over their heads. With their cell phones and car batteries drained by the presence of the shadow figures, the team is trapped.

They start to uncover the mysterious disappearance of Irish Immigrants hired to build the mansion. Investigating the dark woods, they witness residual hauntings of the murdered workers, vengeful phantom corpses, and the bloodcurdling Banshee collecting her lost souls for the Death Coach to whisk them away. With the mansion about to be turned over to the descendants of their killers, the spirits’ revenge grows more violent. Kali and her team must survive in a terrifying last stand against Shadow People, walking corpses, doppelgängers, and the curse of the Mansion of the Elms.

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From THE BLACK LIST evaluations: "This is a horrifying story with a compelling and fitting premise for the genre.The story moves at a fast pace, with terrifying moments throughout" ... "The opening sequence is almost a short Hitchcock movie with plenty of temptation and poorly made choices." ... "this script has truly terrifying moments. For example, the sequence in which Kali's phone rings from Ron's, as well as the ghoul climbing into bed with her, are moments sure to stick with the audience long after the film has ended."
From script reader at Entertainment Pipeline: " I have a fondness for thriller/horror films. That being said it’s usually pretty hard to sell me on this genre, but as I was reading this script I could see an audience of people including myself jumping in our seats and even covering our eyes as we watched the film. This one gets my stamp of approval, I would work with Jerry Robbins. His style and creativity can only be matched by one, M. Night Shyamalan!"

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Screenplays: JIMMY AND THE STAR ANGEL - script coverage: Recommend, winner Best Screenplay HIMPFF, THEY BECKON - studio coverage: Recommend, ALWAYS CHRISTMAS (shopping option), TULIPS, THE SECRET OF WENDIGO - script coverage: Recommend - in development as "Legend of Lake Hollow,"  SANTA AND THE PAUPER (shopping option), ENCOUNTER AT HOPKINSVILLE. 

 TV: 1hr period drama pilots: POWDER RIVER  -  western, adapted from my 13 season, 178 episode audio series, ROYALL HOUSE - 18th century Salem MA, ALL FOR ONE! - 1/2 hr sit-com pilot based on my 36 episode audio series present day.

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