Wet

JD Spivey

Book Cover

GENRE

HORROR

    Core Theme

    DANGER OF DRUG ABUSE

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    REEFER MADNESS, GO ASK ALICE

    CHARACTER LIST

    EMMA BRADSHAW - 29. A HEROIN ADDICT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WHO TURNS VIOLENT.

    JARED BRADSHAW - 24. A DOCUMENTARY FILM-MAKER WHO REFUSES TO ACCEPT THAT HE MAY LOSE HIS SISTER.

    THE WARDEN - 55. SUPERVISOR OF A SAFE INJECTION SITE WHERE EMMA RESIDES.

    ZAN. A DRUG ADDICT WHO INTRODUCES EMMA TO WET.

    MELVIN. A SECURITY GUARD AT THE SAFE INJECTION FACILITY.

    SHOMARI. A FRIEND WHO HELPS JARED WITH THE DOCUMENTARY HE'S FILMING ABOUT EMMA.

    Logline

    After moving into. a supervised injection site, an addict is introduced to a new drug that allows her to see demons and communicate with her missing son.

    Genre

    Horror

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    California

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Starting Description

    California has opened a facility where drug addicts can use iilicit drugs. After years of failed intervention, Emma Bradshaw, checks into the site is her last hope of staying alive. She uses only heroin, until she is introduced to a more potent high, a marijuana cigarette laced with pcp.

    Ending Description

    The voices in Emma’s head become louder. They convince her that she’s ruined many lives and the people she’s hurt will eventually suffer the same fate as her—alive but dead on the inside. She agrees to kill those she’s hurt before she kills herself.

    Group Specific

    The author has not yet written this

    Pitch Adaptation

    Wet is a low-budget film with minimal locations, primarily indoor, low gore, with lots of scare and tension, that's guaranteed to recourperate it's small budget on opening day weekend. Unlike most horror movies this screenplay does something that others don't. It has character development that leads to an emotional gut-punch that elevates it beyond the horror genre and is rooted in reality with the current opiod edpidemic which will scare audiences enough. Intrestingly this screenplay doesn't overly rely on jump scares. This story favors isolation and heavy atmosphere over a loud CGI monster that goes boo in the night. It repeatedly builds the suspense until it becomes unbearable, has viewers continuously scanning the entire frame searching for anyone suspicious lurking in the background. With nowhere left to turn, our main character must face her emotional and literal demons in this psychological horror. It's heavily inspired by true events of people who've abused pcp and other illicit drugs that this movie will serve as a constant deterrence for people curious to try things they shouldn't. What Jaws did for the summer beaches, Wet intends to do with dangerous drugs.

    WGA Number

    The author has not yet written this

    Mature Audience Themes

    Substance Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Other

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Emma Bradshaw

    Age: 29

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Secretive,Manipulative,Complex,Desperate

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Jared Bradshaw

    Age: 24

    Gender: Male

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Modest,Visionary,Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Warden

    Age: 55

    Gender: Male

    Role: logical

    Key Traits: Educated,Sophisticated,Leader,Confident

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, MATURE AUDIENCE

    Brief

    Jared Bradshaw goes to visit his sister Emma at a safe injection site where he witnesses her decline into madness when she begins a new drug combination called 'Wet'. The drug exacerbates her mental illness with voices and visions of her son until she goes on a killing spree before committing suicide.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    SCRIPT

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, it is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The potential to deal with the issue of addiction.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There are points when the plot relies on people doing things that strain believability. Jared being able to find and bring Emma's son to the addiction center being the most obvious example. There are horror movies with stupid decisions but this is egregious even by those standards.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The tone of the story isn't clear until Emma has her first drug trip well into the movie, the movie throws out two potential protagonists in Keisha and Jared before settling in on Emma.

    Fanbase Potential

    No. The public has long since soured on movies with scare tactics about drugs. The horror audience that wants to see a person's face get eaten is not an audience that wants a lecture on drug use.

    Awards Potential

    No. Horror movies rarely ever have awards potential and a movie that uses drug addiction as fodder for a slasher film is a definitely a non-starter.

    Envisioned Budget

    LOW BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    REEFER MADNESS, GO ASK ALICE.

    What’s New About the Story

    There's a lot of horror movie tropes in this story, if there is a unique element it is in the relationship between Jared and Emma. Most characters in a horror film don't have anyone trying to save them.

    Lead Characters

    Emma stands out for her combativeness and descent into crazed bloodlust.

    Uniqueness of Story

    No. This is a movie that seems to be based more on sensational news headlines and old movies with drug crazed characters than a real appreciation for the struggles associated with drug addiction.

    Possible Formats

    Film

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    There's a clear lack of familiarity with actual drug addiction and treatment. The safe injection site being portrayed as a pseudo mental hospital is an obvious example. The plot is also rife with public officials taking actions they would never do in real life. This film tries to combine serious dramatic issues with low budget horror and it results in either a drama with cheesy elements or a horror movie that uses a serious issue lightly. This script would be better served by committing to either a serious drama or campy horror and playing to the strengths of that genre.

    Tips for Improvement

    This movie attempts to show the struggle of a person struggling with mental illness and drug addiction but this is undermined by obedience to horror cliches. Turning Emma into a movie monster feels out of step, unnatural and in some ways disrespectful. There's a long history of movies that use horrific acts committed by drug addicts as a scare tactic and while there is considerably more understanding and thought given to Emma and Jared in this story than in previous examples this still falls into that category. If the writer wants to show the harm caused by drugs they should show the harm in a realistic way, not an over-the-top slasher horror that is likely to backfire as much as its predecessors.

    Brief

    Jared Bradshaw goes to visit his sister Emma at a safe injection site where he witnesses her decline into madness when she begins a new drug combination called 'Wet'. The drug exacerbates her mental illness with voices and visions of her son until she goes on a killing spree before committing suicide.

    What We Liked

    The struggle between Emma and Jared to understand each other and the difficultly to make progress even with that understanding is compelling and heartbreaking.

    Wet takes an unflinching look at the most horrible consequences that can result from a combination of drugs and mental illness. With edge of your seat tension building to a bloody climax that will leaves audiences something to think about long after they've left the theater. This is a film with a clear point of view that seeks to show the horrors that addiction can wreak even as it explores why a person would choose to shoot up.

    Key points: Blood and gore. Rising tension. Family dynamics. Pressing societal issues. Unpredictable protagonist.

    Synopsis

    A woman has a public freakout at her kids outside her house in Virginia. She tearfully tells someone over the phone how much she loves them. The next morning she and the kids are dead inside her car in the river.

    Jared, a smarmy would be documentary filmmaker just out of college goes to film the opening of a supervised injection site at an addiction center in California and interview one of the addicts, his sister Emma. Jared opines if they had these sites earlier their parents might still be alive. With the help of the center's warden he interviews Emma repeatedly.

    In the night a camera captures the image of a six year old boy in Emma's bedroom. She saw her six year old son, which may have resulted from a cigarette give to her by another addict, Zan. The cigarettes have weed, PCP and embalming fluid. They call it 'Wet'.

    Dark shadows terrorize Emma on successive nights. She wakes up screaming that she's been raped but Jared's camera has a time jump in the footage. Jared and the warden argue about what she should do. She declines a rape kit. The next night she stands over Jared with scissors and at the edge of the roof. When they interrogate her she says she was going to stab a snake but her son told her not to. They didn't know about her son, she doesn't know if he's alive of dead.

    After Emma has another episode they learn she's on PCP, that she was raped and Zan filmed it. Zan kills a security guard and eats his face. Emma wants to keep taking the drugs to help 'find her son'. The Warden and Jared agree to keep the film going so she can help find the drugs supplier. Jared thinks he's waiting to watch her die, but when a friend tells him about a woman who drowned herself and her kids on Wet they form a new plan to inspire Emma by finding people who overcame the drug.

    Jared does a deep dive into other people using Wet and what he finds disturbs him. The police send Emma to buy from some dealers who attempt to kidnap her. Jared intervenes and gets stabbed, Emma flees back to the addiction center. She takes a hit of Wet but her inner voice just convinces herself to kill herself, which she attempts to do by slitting her wrists.

    Waking up strapped to a gurney Emma learns her son is alive and living with foster parents. Jared shows her a picture of him. Emma admits she gets high because it shows her a version of him safe from harm and she'll keep doing it even if it kills her.

    Jared and a detective bring her son to the site in a last ditch attempt to save her. Emma, having been released, comes back and is refused entry. She listens to a new voice in her head and kills the security guard with a pair of scissors. She kills two more people before discovering her son in the warden's office and barricading herself in with him. Voices tell her to kill him to end his pain while Jared pleads with her to open the door. Instead she throws herself out the window to her death.

    Jared recounts to the camera how he struggled with heroin himself after Emma's death, that her son is doing well with his adoptive parents and how he came to understand that she sought rest through drugs and ultimately suicide. He uses this

    About The Author

    J.D. Spivey is a biology teacher from Newport News, Virginia.