Shadows live in Darkness

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ACTION ADVENTURE SCI-FI OTHER FAMILY

2000s

Mark A Anderson

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Logline

Teenagers learn that just because they are afraid of the dark, that does not mean there is no reason to be afraid. Follow these young teenagers as Shadows that live in the darkness come alive and suck the energy out of people like a vampire sucks blood, leave zombie-like people

Genre

Action,Adventure,Sci-fi,Other,Family

Short Summary

A nerdy-like tween discovers shadows that can take control of the parents in this small town


The nerdy-like tween discovers how to get rid of them and uses his classmates to help.

Setting

USA

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Myron Holmes, Joe, Chuck and Michelle

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Clumsy,Insecure,Underdog

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Development Pitch

This story falls in line with and is similar to The Goonies without the treasure map and trying to find a pirate ship. They work together to defeat the Shadows that live in the Darkness. It is a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat that's for sure.

About The Author

Mark A. Anderson was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he grew up in a haunted house which made the basis for his stories supernatural right at home. He started writing his first book "The Homza's Son" While in the Air Force and sitting in observation towers for 12 hours a day. Mark A. Anderson read a lot of hero comic books and Stephen King books which also gave him ideas for his books. Once "The Homza's Son" was finished he quickly started working on "He's Alive, BUT!" The sequel to "The Homza's Son" Look forward to "Homza III" to complete the trilogy. With a young daughter at home Mark A. Anderson decided to start writing children books for her to read. "I'm A Bee" is her favorite. "Ma Ma, I'm Home" is a book of 4 short stories for tweens and "Stranger Awareness" is a good teaching book to teach children about the dangers of strangers. "The Golden Rule" basic rules about not bullying and other rules that are good to live by."Strangers Live in the Darkness" Horror story for teens. Pick up Mark's autobiography "Who' Cares" to read more of Mark's life. Mark A. Anderson is also a paranormal Investigator. All books can be found on Facebook pages.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

1492156825

Genre

SUSPENSE, THRILLER

Brief

Life sucking shadows threaten a group of teenagers. As they try and figure out what these "shadows" really are, they fight to stay alive and beat this mysterious force.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the profile does depict the book properly.

Draw of Story

I was curious about the "shadows" and their implications.

Possible Drawbacks

The book is a bit confusing. It did not succeed in getting me to engage in the "suspension of disbelief" that is so necessary for a good movie. It needs it's main points to be clearer, and quite simply there isn't enough "there" there to make a 2 hour movie.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Can unsuspecting teenagers defeat demonic shadows to stay alive?

Fanbase Potential

I don't see the story, as it is, garnering a large audience. We really never get to know these characters very well.

Awards Potential

Not that kind of movie.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, PHANTASM

What’s New About the Story

To my knowledge, this "shadow" concept is unique. However, its main characters are not given enough exposition to care about them so they need to be more "fleshed-out".

Lead Characters

I did not really find any of these characters as "stand out" entities. Seven pages isn't much time to get to know any of the characters.

Uniqueness of Story

It needs more exposition of characters, plot and action to be a rare gem.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Make it more complete. Make me identify with the character. If I can read the entire story in under 2 hours then there just isn't enough for a feature length movie.Life sucking shadows threaten a group of teenagers. As they try and figure out what these "shadows" really are, they fight to stay alive and beat this mysterious force.