Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Village Roadshow Pictures have unveiled the 14th annual BloodList, which features the year’s best-unproduced horror and dark genre screenplays while highlighting Fresh Blood selections from new unrepresented voices.
In addition to the 10 feature and pilot scripts below, Brillstein and VRP will commence development on Sophia Baratti‘s script My House in accordance with their commitment to produce one Fresh Blood honoree per year.
“The BloodList is exceptionally valuable for its ability to spotlight scripts from outside the traditional Hollywood ecosystem. Each of this year’s selections is excellent and deserving of the attention and accolades that will inevitably follow. We’re especially thrilled to collaborate with Sophia [on] her film My House,” Village Roadshow EVPs Jillian Apfelbaum and Tristen Tuckfield said in a joint statement.
“The quality of this year’s list absolutely blows me away. We’re so incredibly happy and proud to elevate a new generation of horror voices using the BloodList platform,” added Kailey Marsh, the creator of the BloodList as well as a lit manager/producer at Brillstein.
Marsh will oversee development of My House on behalf of Brillstein, while Nic Gordon will oversee the project on behalf of Village Roadshow.
Little India, which VRP and Brillstein selected for production from 2020’s crop of Fresh Blood screenplays, continues to move forward, having recently attached the award-winning directing duo M.A.Y.O., which is comprised of Priya Sanghvi and Dan Scott Goldstein. In 2021, VRP opted to develop two Fresh Blood entries — holiday slasher On the First Day of Christmas and horror comedy Zero Feet Away — and past BloodList entries that have made it to the big screen include the Emmy-winning Apple TV+ series Severance, Darren Aronofsky‘s Oscar-winning psychological thriller Black Swan, the Brian Cox movie The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Sony’s box office hit The Shallows starring Blake Lively, and Netflix’s acclaimed film His House.
This year’s Fresh Blood projects, listed alphabetically below, are available to read here.
THE ALLERDALE BUS TRAGEDY
Writer: Taylor Foreman-Niko
Logline: After the death of her estranged mother, Grace Sutter returns to her hometown of Allerdale, infamous for a horrific bus crash that killed over 40 people. When Grace discovers a link between a decades-old disappearance and the crash, she investigates, with devastating personal results.
Writer: Lizz Marshall
Logline: After killing his pregnant mistress, a man is tormented into insanity as he’s trapped in a cabin with her antagonistic spirit.
Genre: Horror/Psychological Thriller
BLACK BOOK (Pilot)
Writer: Cory Marciel
Logline: A FBI agent with a tragic past and an adventurer from the family who created it must band together to track down the missing pages of a cursed book, hoping to destroy it before it destroys the world.
THE HARVEST (Pilot)
Writer: Caroline Glenn
Logline: In a town kept alive in the wake of a global climate disaster by devout adherence to a yearly harvest ritual, a young woman with a devastating secret must fight off the dangerous accusations of her community as it threatens to collapse into chaos.
Genre: Folk Horror
THE HORSE KILLERS
Writers: Ben Hurst, Josh Flanagan
Logline: In the dying days of the Pony Express, a family is besieged at their remote Wyoming outpost by a pack of feral, frontier marauders unlike anything the west has known.
Genres: Thriller, Western, Horror, Action
Writer: Maalik Evans
Logline: Four years after narrowly surviving a violent encounter, a troubled teenager attempts to move on with his life, but a terrorizing figure from his past resurfaces at a high school event.
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Writer: Sophia Baratti
Logline: A delinquent teenager is forced into a game of cat and mouse at a party after accidentally stumbling across his classmate’s murdered family. Inspired by a true crime.
THE ONES WHO STAY
Writer: Jef Burnham
Logline: A stifled small-town woman searches for her long-missing daughter who she suspects was taken by a creature of local legend.
Writer: Ava Anderson
Logline: A teenage girl and a parasitic alien living inside her head must work together to stop an evil invasion of body snatchers while navigating the hardships of high school, loss, acceptance, and growing up.
Genre: Horror Comedy / Sci-Fi
THE WOOD IN THE WINDOW (Short story)
Writer: Charlene Clarke-Todoruk
Logline: The wood in the window won’t be enough this time. It never was.