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Conviction - Good Deeds Never Go Unpunished...

An unsuspecting woman is about to make a life-changing decision.

Writers Barry Katz and Tony Piccolo bring you Conviction, a brilliant little short with a nasty little twist.

As most effective horrors do, Conviction opens innocently enough:

In a mall parking lot, a woman approaches her car. As shoppers are wont to do, she tucks her bags in the trunk and enters her vehicle, key in hand. Nothing out of the ordinary to report – until she spots an old lady sitting patiently in her back seat.

Panicked, the woman flies from her car, assessing her uninvited passenger with a wary eye.

Frail and unassuming, the old lady pleads with our heroine to drive her home. But something seems terribly wrong. When she left, the car was locked – so something in this scenario seems… off.


The woman slams the door, places her hand over her heart. She tries to regain her breath as her mind swirls. Her fear turns to confusion.

From a safe distance, the woman peeks into the car to get a better look at the uninvited passenger. Her defenses lower slightly as she realizes it's a frail old lady. She cautiously opens the door, bends down to communicate.


The old lady says nothing.

How did you get in my car? I know for a fact I locked it.

The old lady slowly turns her head to face the woman.

Would you be a dear and give me a ride?

The woman furrows her brows.

I don't even know you.
And you didn't answer my question. How did you --

(through pleading eyes)
Please, dear. I have an emergency.
It's only five minutes away.

The woman looks at her watch, grapples with the dilemma.


Oh, please.
It's the season of giving.
I have nobody.

The woman appears defeated. She sighs.

The woman struggles with the situation. Alzheimer’s issues aside, who is this person really? And what on earth is she doing in her back seat? About to give into the old lady’s request, the woman encounters a police officer. The plot – as they say - thickens from there.

At only four pages long, Conviction checks two horror “musts”. It’s an easy-breezy read. And an effective story with a twist.

If you’re looking for a short screenplay with big impact, Conviction is a strong contender for your next film. And if you like to play with audience minds, the “sentence” is sure to be worth your crime.



The Script


An unsuspecting woman is about to make a life-changing decision.

About The Reviewer

Cam Gray's picture
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Surreal comedies are my release, but everyone else seems to like my dramas so I've put them up here for the sensible readers...

Recently graduated from the London Film School and I'm now attempting to get some of these wonderful pieces of work out there into the real world. If you're keen on any of them, or actually have comments and thoughts (they're genuinely always welcome), let me know.

Current masterpieces include a drama that stars a peacock and a single mother,...Read more

About The Writer

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I have enjoyed creative writing from as far back as I can remember. It's the one talent in life I can truly say I have. While I don't currently make my living as a screenwriter, it is certainly something I aspire to do. For now, I enjoy the art of making art and most of all, I enjoy sharing my art with those who find it interesting. Several of my shorts have already been produced and I'm hoping to land a deal with a feature or television script.Read more