Uberdark | Script Revolution


A frightened girl hopes a rideshare is her escape from a cult in hot pursuit.

Often, the most terrifying predicaments start with an innocent, naive first step.

Meet Mary – fresh off the bus, she’s twenty something and fancy free. So much so she doesn’t even carry luggage; an oddity her rideshare driver Dennis points out soon after he pulls up to the curb.

Mary slides in. Introductions are exchanged. Even before Dennis hits the gas – the casual get-to-know-you chatter starts:

No bags?

Is that a problem?

Uh, no... I mean, I was going to pop the trunk and throw them in for you. 
But hey, nothing wrong with traveling light. 
If you're always on the move they can't catch you.


Something my Uncle Jim always said.
He had a lot of sayings. 
Like, when I went off to college he told me,
"Don't let your meatloaf".

Mary doesn't get it, looks over her shoulder again.

Yeah, he wasn't the best role model.

Yup, Dennis is a real charmer. A few more quips, and they’re off. 

Given Mary’s final destination’s way out in the boonies, Dennis soon starts yammering about “cults”. He waxes poetic of one he read about in Vermont, which sacrificed children in a lake.

Not exactly the most cuddly topic to raise with strangers. As the car speeds along, Mary’s nervous demeanor grows. But it’s not just Dennis…

...there’s a black van tailing them! And from Mary’s reaction, it appears she knows and fears WHO they are.

She slumps down in her seat, tries to hide.

It's them.

Them who?

Mary looks at him in the rearview, her pleading eyes tell the story.

Jesus, you were in a cult. 
I didn't know, I swear. 
And here I am, yapping away about cults. 
Cult cult cult.

Mary covers her ears.

Ignoring his GPS’s orders, Dennis takes twists and turns – temporarily shakes the van off.

But they haven’t reached Mary’s destination yet. What exactly is Mary running from? What’s the burned scar on her shoulder signify? Before we reach Uberdark’s even darker conclusion, the tale will take unexpected twists and turns, too. 

Thriller directors, you’d better snag this short for your next project… BEFORE that black van catches up!









The Script


A frightened girl hopes a rideshare is her escape from a cult in hot pursuit.

About The Reviewer

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Known for her unique characters and plots, J.E. Clarke has optioned her feature length horror, "Containment" with Primestar Film Group (director Mike Elliott of Scorpion King 4 attached), her SF feature "Stream" with Purryburry Productions, John Noble of "Fringe" and "Lord of the Rings" attached.  Her fantasy/SF "Evergreen" (cowritten for Adam Zeulhke of Zenoscope Productions), is currently in preproduction, along with Entanglement...Read more

About The Writer

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J. Phillip Wilkins is a composer and the author of several unfinished books, including 'Desert Witch', 'The Girl From Yuma', 'Laughter, Far Away', and 'Lighthouse At The World's End'. His tenure as one-third of indie pop outfit The Postmarks was followed by a move to the West Coast demimonde.

Won second place in a writing contest at his middle school with his first short story, runner-up to a son-of-a-bitch who plagiarized Stephen King.  Became obsessed with Incans after watching an...Read more