Logline: A 17 year old girl is tormented by an ominous presence in her house, only to discover that the entity is not after her, but the people who want to kill her.
Mr. George was originally a short story written by August Derleth (writing under the alias of Stephen Grenden) and published H.P. Lovecraft. The feature script is currently optioned by Arkham House Entertainment and being produced by George Paige (The Three Stooges) and Chad and Corey Hayes (The Conjuring, House of Wax).
“There is a strong narrative at work here with a compelling and authentic story world that the characters move in. The pacing is well done and the structure overall is well written. The drama unfolds well with interesting plot points, and the narrative pushes the story forward. The characters are fully developed and complex. They exhibit change that is both realistic and interesting. The dialogue is well done and feels authentic with the right tone and texture to create realistic characters that support the plot and story world. Overall, this script is well written. There is a rooting interest that is developed quickly and suspense and tension builds in the scenes creating elements that keep the readers interest and keeps the adrenaline pumping to the end. It is spooky and scary and has interesting plots points.”
The plot of this fantasy horror film works for the genre, giving the audience a sense that Priscilla will never really be safe again, and creating tense moments of uncertainty and suspense. Priscilla is a likeable and loveable lead and the villains are believably conniving and heartless and the ghosts serve for some scary moments. The film can be geared toward teenage and young adult audiences who will enjoy the frights and mysteries behind the murders, and can identify with Priscilla. Readers of the original short story by Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) will also appreciate this adaptation that brings Mr. George to life.
ADDITIONAL AGENCY COVERAGE:
This film had an old time feel to it that lent it a strange sort o
f freshness, namely by feeling like an older thriller it felt fresh among today’s formulas for the genre. P was a likable enough heroine and her aunt and uncle were excellent villains. The plot was just complicated enough to have some surprises, but not so much so
that it would be hard to follow. The supernatural elements were awesomely creepy and atmospheric, but, more importantly, not over-explained: the creepy ghosts did creepy ghost stuff and that worked. The dialog did a good job of showing instead of telling. Without a cast, it’s difficult to say that this will be hugely successful, but it was certainly a very competent ghost story. This title will attract the normal, younger demos attracted to horror films, along with a slight bump from the cult following of H.P. Lovecraft, the author of the original short story.