Suffer Creek

Michael McClendon michaelcoach2@gmail.com 3012740808749

ACTION HORROR SUSPENSE/THRILLER GOTHIC

1940s & '50s

Michael McClendon

Logline

Up at Suffer Creek, it's hard to keep a dead man down.

Genre

Action,Horror,Suspense/Thriller,Gothic

Short Summary

Beth is headed deep into the Tennessee mountains to meet her fiance's family. Everything about this trip seems to warn of disaster. But Beth is pleasantly surprised to find a loving family and a genteel welcome to their estate. If only the neighbors hadn't come for a visit.


As the family hunkers down for the night, figures begin to shuffle out of the surrounding woods. And Beth finds herself joining her new family in a fight for their lives. They say, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." But at Suffer Creek, what doesn't kill you makes you wish it did.

Setting

(int, ext) country house, (int) small apartment, (ext) various roads and streets

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Beth

Age: 20's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Greedy,Insecure,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jory

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Engaging,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Gracious,Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Multiple family members

Age: various

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Complex,Engaging

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

SUFFER CREEK: CHARACTER-DRIVEN OLD SCHOOL HILLBILLY ZOMBIE HORROR WITH A WICKED TWIST. Headed deep into the Tennessee Mountains to meet her fiancé Jory's family, city girl Beth is filled with apprehension. Everything about this trip seems to warn of disaster. Even her fiancé's soft southern drawl falls oddly upon her ears. "Sulfur Creek? I thought you were saying they live at Suffer Creek!" A deeply disturbing dream on the drive up only adds to her stress. But Jory's clan is ideal; loving and intelligent and welcoming in every way. Still, the family seems to grow tense as night falls, urging Beth to be cautious. At twilight, neighbors emerge from the deep woods, mindlessly singing hymns and creeping closer to the ancestral home that harbors Beth, Jory, and his extended family. They anxiously await the return of Jory's father. But what is coming is something that Beth could never have dreamed. Beth, untainted by the waters filtering down from Oak Ridge, is something of a prize to the locals. And a hunger for Beth is driving a horror that even her worst dreams could not have conjured. Meeting your fiance's family shouldn't be this hard.

About The Author

Michael McClendon is a writer/director/actor for both stage and screen. After decades on the stage, he turned to film and TV, and has appeared opposite film greats like Tommy Lee Jones, Carroll O'Connor, Lily Tomlin, Patrick Swayze, and Jessica Lange. More recently, he directed and wrote the screenplay for Stand Your Ground. Michael's writing has won first place honors at the Alaska Film Festival, Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, New York Screenplay Contest, Indie Horror Film Fest, Avalonia Film Festival, WWWFF, Wular Lake International Film Festival, and more. Only two months into its release, his novel A MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH has already been awarded the Gold (First Place) by the Christian Book Awards. He teaches film acting in between gigs and was recently named one of the five People To Watch In The Georgia Entertainment Industry. Michael's latest release is the novel CRITTER.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

PAu 3-986-309 (copyright.gov)

Logline

Up at Suffer Creek, it's hard to keep a dead man down.

Short Summary

Beth is headed deep into the Tennessee mountains to meet her fiance's family. Everything about this trip seems to warn of disaster. But Beth is pleasantly surprised to find a loving family and a genteel welcome to their estate. If only the neighbors hadn't come for a visit.


As the family hunkers down for the night, figures begin to shuffle out of the surrounding woods. And Beth finds herself joining her new family in a fight for their lives. They say, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." But at Suffer Creek, what doesn't kill you makes you wish it did.

FEEDBACK

SUFFER CREEK: CHARACTER-DRIVEN OLD SCHOOL HILLBILLY ZOMBIE HORROR WITH A WICKED TWIST. Headed deep into the Tennessee Mountains to meet her fiancé Jory's family, city girl Beth is filled with apprehension. Everything about this trip seems to warn of disaster. Even her fiancé's soft southern drawl falls oddly upon her ears. "Sulfur Creek? I thought you were saying they live at Suffer Creek!" A deeply disturbing dream on the drive up only adds to her stress. But Jory's clan is ideal; loving and intelligent and welcoming in every way. Still, the family seems to grow tense as night falls, urging Beth to be cautious. At twilight, neighbors emerge from the deep woods, mindlessly singing hymns and creeping closer to the ancestral home that harbors Beth, Jory, and his extended family. They anxiously await the return of Jory's father. But what is coming is something that Beth could never have dreamed. Beth, untainted by the waters filtering down from Oak Ridge, is something of a prize to the locals. And a hunger for Beth is driving a horror that even her worst dreams could not have conjured. Meeting your fiance's family shouldn't be this hard.

About The Author

Michael McClendon is a writer/director/actor for both stage and screen. After decades on the stage, he turned to film and TV, and has appeared opposite film greats like Tommy Lee Jones, Carroll O'Connor, Lily Tomlin, Patrick Swayze, and Jessica Lange. More recently, he directed and wrote the screenplay for Stand Your Ground. Michael's writing has won first place honors at the Alaska Film Festival, Los Angeles Screenplay Contest, New York Screenplay Contest, Indie Horror Film Fest, Avalonia Film Festival, WWWFF, Wular Lake International Film Festival, and more. Only two months into its release, his novel A MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH has already been awarded the Gold (First Place) by the Christian Book Awards. He teaches film acting in between gigs and was recently named one of the five People To Watch In The Georgia Entertainment Industry. Michael's latest release is the novel CRITTER.

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Characters

Main Character

Name: Beth

Age: 20's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Greedy,Insecure,Romantic

Character 1

Name: Jory

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Engaging,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Gracious,Religious

Character 2

Name: Multiple family members

Age: various

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Complex,Engaging