Xolotl's Curse by Chris Keaton | Script Revolution

Xolotl's Curse

Type:

Status:

Page Count: 
13pp

Genre:

Budget:

Age Rating:

Logline: 
A boy learns the hard way to stay out of other people's stuff.

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

Xolotl's Curse
Some lessons are learned the hard way…

Ah. Lessons taught by the horror genre. No matter how often they splatter across the silver screen, so rarely are they taken to heart. Don’t go on that isolated camping trip with your friends. Don’t answer that phone call while babysitting. Don’t open the creaky closet door. Leave that creepy-ass looking doll alone.

And don’t play with artifacts hidden under your grandpa’s bed. Well, we guess some folks will never learn…

Case in point: Xolotl’s Curse.

Billy's Grandpa is a foul-mouthed, misogynistic bully who constantly berates Billy's mom and emasculates his dad. In other words, he’s your usual relative. Now he's moving in. And he has secrets.

See, Grandpa's an old archaeologist - pushing 100, although he doesn't look a day over 75. He's keeping an ancient Aztec box locked up in his room that may belong to Xolotl, god of the dead and bad luck. Billy tries again and again to get his hands on the box. But Grandpa is always one step ahead of him. But some secrets are better left buried…

Chris Keaton - an old hand at clever macabre stories - sets this tale of terror in the day-to-day life of suburbia, with a keen ear for the trash-talking dialogue between a 12-year old and an old man who may as well be squabbling kid brothers. Despite the topic, this script’s got a slow, subtle (and often funny) burn – building to a chilling conclusion.

What happens next? Well, we’re keeping this review short and sweet. No spoilers for you lazy folks out there. Crack this one open far before Halloween arrives, and savor its bloody twist for yourself.

Xolotl’s Curse. A perfect script for either a seasoned horror director or any up-and-coming filmmaker who wants to dabble in the genre.

About the reviewer: Pete Barry is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and musician. His short plays have been published in numerous collections. He’s also a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company, website available at http://www.porchroom.com/.  Please feel free to reach out to him with script requests at petebarry27 “AT” Hotmail.

Review by J.E. Clarke

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

This Script Is Loved By

Gregg Fidelibus's picture

Open For Feedback

The writer of this script is currently soliciting feedback on it. Have you read this script? Do you have something to say about it?

Chris Keaton's picture

The Writer: Chris Keaton

Chris Keaton, like many deranged people, writes screenplays and actually believes he's pretty good at it. His delusion has brought him to write at least a dozen feature films and numerous short scripts of questionable quality. Several directors have been enabling Chris Keaton's mental illness by actually producing his short screenplays and optioning his features. Thankfully, misguided good will alone cannot produce a feature film, so he hasn't traumatized a feature audience yet, but if his madness goes unchecked it could happen in the near future. And to make things worse he's now writing novels and short stories. When will his reign of terror end? If you feel compelled to peek into the... Go to bio

More Scripts From Chris

Grand Theft UFO
When two nerdy kids find a UFO and take it for a joy ride, they're pulled into a galactic war and must fight to save the Earth.
Feature Action, Family, Sci-Fi For sale 113pp
3 readers love this script
Scarecrow
An abused child finds help from an unexpected friend.
Short Drama, Fantasy, History, Thriller Available for Free 7pp
10 readers love this script
Trapped
A man searching for a comfort from his past finds himself trapped.
Short Drama, Fantasy, Thriller Available for Free 6pp
5 readers love this script
Her End
A hero chooses to go out on her own terms.
Short Drama, History, Mystery Available for Free 1pp
4 readers love this script
A CLOCKWORK DARKENED
For better or worse, an amnesiac prisoner recovers her memories of her captor fueling her revenge and reuniting her with her true love.
Short Mystery, Romance Available for Free 11pp
2 readers love this script
THIRST
An overweight man cheating on his diet gains an unnatural thirst that only blood will quench.
Short Comedy, Horror Available for Free 5pp
1 reader loves this script
End Point
A astronaut on a mission to save has his life flash before his eyes.
Short Sci-Fi Available for Free 6pp
1 reader loves this script
Beacon Calling
A group in a post apocalyptic snowscape seek out seeds for their future.
Short Sci-Fi Available for Free 11pp
A Mother's Burden
A police officer responding to a noise complaint discovers the disturbing fate of a woman dealing with a demon.
Short Horror Available for Free 6pp
A Child Outside
A mother faces a terrible decision to rid herself of demons.
Short Drama, Horror Produced 3pp
3 readers love this script
A Boy's Fear
A boy faces a most personal fear.
Short Drama Produced 1pp
1 reader loves this script