Snarl

Mark Spera storiesforfilm@yahoo.com 4494787149978

ACTION ADVENTURE YOUNG ADULT SUSPENSE/THRILLER HORROR

2000s

Mark C. Spera

Logline

A 3 1/2 hour, 3 mile long traffic jam turned casual gathering of perfectly odd strangers transforms into a life or death race against time when a family’s disgruntled teenage daughter is snatched by a vicious urban legend monster with a discerning taste for abusive and misogynistic men.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller,Horror

Short Summary

A traffic accident strands hundreds of motorists on a highway in the Appalachian mountains. As time wears on people exit their vehicles to stretch and converse. One family's teenage daughter sneaks off to the woods for a toke with a new acquaintance and gets snatched by the urban legend Dwayyo.


The Dwayyo eventually meets its demise at the hands of an old enemy, but in turn saves Melanie when the it attacks and kills one motorist who's revealed to be a sadistic kidnapper of women. Everyone is safe and the beast is dead, until - howling - you didn't think there was only one - did you?

Setting

Virginia

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Grover

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Masculine,Blunt,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Dean

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Funny,Lone Wolf,Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Franklin

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Decisive,Honorable,Leader,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Melanie

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Naive

Development Pitch

Snarl is an intense horror thriller (with laugh out loud moments), that weaves a unique take on the standard creature feature trope. Inspired by actual events, a 3 mile long, 3 1/2 hour traffic jam, and based on the real-life urban legend 'Dwayyo', the circumstances of the 'snarl up' are something we all can relate to. At its core however, the success of the script can be attributed to a very common theme that is carried throughout. That theme is: family. The story includes all types of families. - The Millers: a family on summer vacation trying to bond before the kids get too old. - Lionel and Marge: an older couple with the RV who has already experienced what having a family is like. - Matt and Kim: a young couple who are about to start a family. - Grover: The Dwayyo's old nemesis and someone who has lost family to the beast. Put all of these perspectives together and you have layered interactions between the characters involved in the circumstances they find themselves in. All of their perspectives on what family means to them directly impacts how they react to one another. They make the choices they make and contribute themselves because there is a common understanding that no matter what stage of family you are in, there is very little you wouldn't do to make sure your family is safe and alive. This effectively adds the heart that most horror scripts lack.

About The Author

Born in New York City and now wondering the U.S. in a 5th wheel RV, Mark is a multi-award winning screenwriter who specializes in genre based, high action, thriller scripts. His recent screenplay 'Transference', a Sci-Fi Action Thriller, garnered multiple awards including wins at the Big Apple, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Festigious and Filmmatic contests, as well as a TOP 50 Semi-Finalist in ISA FAST-TRACK XII Fellowship and SCREENCRAFT Semi-finalist. His second screenplay 'Snarl' a Horror/Thriller, also found success including making the REDLIST on COVERFLY as a TOP 20 Horror script in 2020.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

Information not completed

Genre

THRILLER

Brief

A family gets stuck on a highway waiting for a car crash to clear. The teenage daughter gets abducted by a monster. The monster, the Dwayyo, is a wolf man who lives in the Appalachian mountains, captures women and kills men. The teenage girl thinks she is rescued only to find out she's really in danger from her rescuer.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

SCRIPT

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: EXCELLENT

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the book profile does reflect the script to a tee. It does list Franklin as the protagonist, when he doesn't seem like the main character, as this is more of an ensemble horror script. Either distinguishing him more as a main character with a clear inner conflict transformation or adjusting his category would better match his description between the script and the profile.

Draw of Story

The monster is introduced in cold open before being subtly explained through exposition in a seemingly unrelated situation. The transition is elegant. The hook is clear in the danger the dwayyo presents from the first scene.

Possible Drawbacks

No the entire script is electric with momentum and tension. The one logic hole seems to be that Grover states women aren't killed only men but he wants revenge for his little girl. It is unclear what happened between the monster and Grover losing his little girl if the monster only keeps females as treasures and does not cause them harm.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that there are hundreds of stranded motorist on the Appalachian highway as sitting prey for a folklore monster. There is the clear monster, assumed monsters and true human monsters within the tale.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a huge fanbase with charismatic characters, family values, a fresh monster and an unexpected twist.

Awards Potential

Due to the genre it is unlikely the story as a horror or thriller would get nominations for serious acting awards, but it could win a lot of popular awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

TRAIN TO BUSAN, A QUIET PLACE, WRONG TURN, HARD CANDY

What’s New About the Story

The originality of the story stems from the unique monster and Appalachian setting. By giving the characters more apparent inner conflict, the emotional attachment outside the main family bond could increase exponentially to its maximum potential.

Lead Characters

David has perfected the embarrassing dad vibes with a secret heart of gold and bravery beyond what would be expected. Grover is resourceful and wise. Melanie is naive and unassuming.

Uniqueness of Story

Yes this is a rare gem of suspense, likeable characters with high emotional stakes and a clever monster commentary with a unique aesthetic and solid concept.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND

Justification

The pacing is excellent, the action lines elegant and the characters are all easily recognizable with distinct speech patterns. Like Train to Busan, the ensemble cast is introduced with small moments that quickly define characters, create emotional investment and establish character dynamics to create clear stakes later on. The monster is very marketable and there is not a lot to critique outside of possibly showing the transformation of inner conflicts to some of the more major characters.

Logline

A 3 1/2 hour, 3 mile long traffic jam turned casual gathering of perfectly odd strangers transforms into a life or death race against time when a family’s disgruntled teenage daughter is snatched by a vicious urban legend monster with a discerning taste for abusive and misogynistic men.

Short Summary

A traffic accident strands hundreds of motorists on a highway in the Appalachian mountains. As time wears on people exit their vehicles to stretch and converse. One family's teenage daughter sneaks off to the woods for a toke with a new acquaintance and gets snatched by the urban legend Dwayyo.


The Dwayyo eventually meets its demise at the hands of an old enemy, but in turn saves Melanie when the it attacks and kills one motorist who's revealed to be a sadistic kidnapper of women. Everyone is safe and the beast is dead, until - howling - you didn't think there was only one - did you?

FEEDBACK

Snarl is an intense horror thriller (with laugh out loud moments), that weaves a unique take on the standard creature feature trope. Inspired by actual events, a 3 mile long, 3 1/2 hour traffic jam, and based on the real-life urban legend 'Dwayyo', the circumstances of the 'snarl up' are something we all can relate to. At its core however, the success of the script can be attributed to a very common theme that is carried throughout. That theme is: family. The story includes all types of families. - The Millers: a family on summer vacation trying to bond before the kids get too old. - Lionel and Marge: an older couple with the RV who has already experienced what having a family is like. - Matt and Kim: a young couple who are about to start a family. - Grover: The Dwayyo's old nemesis and someone who has lost family to the beast. Put all of these perspectives together and you have layered interactions between the characters involved in the circumstances they find themselves in. All of their perspectives on what family means to them directly impacts how they react to one another. They make the choices they make and contribute themselves because there is a common understanding that no matter what stage of family you are in, there is very little you wouldn't do to make sure your family is safe and alive. This effectively adds the heart that most horror scripts lack.

About The Author

Born in New York City and now wondering the U.S. in a 5th wheel RV, Mark is a multi-award winning screenwriter who specializes in genre based, high action, thriller scripts. His recent screenplay 'Transference', a Sci-Fi Action Thriller, garnered multiple awards including wins at the Big Apple, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Festigious and Filmmatic contests, as well as a TOP 50 Semi-Finalist in ISA FAST-TRACK XII Fellowship and SCREENCRAFT Semi-finalist. His second screenplay 'Snarl' a Horror/Thriller, also found success including making the REDLIST on COVERFLY as a TOP 20 Horror script in 2020.

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Characters

Main Character

Name: Grover

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Masculine,Blunt,Empathetic

Character 1

Name: Dean

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Funny,Lone Wolf,Criminal

Character 2

Name: Franklin

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Decisive,Honorable,Leader,Masculine

Character 3

Name: Melanie

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Naive