Best Thriller Screenplays

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THE POOL

Character-driven psychological horror thriller set in a suburban house, with a disturbed female lead and a shocking twist ending, inspired by Henry James' "Turn of the Screw". Two children seem to be haunted by the ghost of their dead mother's secret lover, as seen through the eyes of a young, troubled woman hired as a nanny while their father leaves town on business. Their suburban house evolves into a nightmare world of psychological evil that seems to emanate from the back-yard pool. Hook: is there a ghost in the house, or is the nanny imagining it and going mad? Script Excerpt

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SHEILA'S WEB

A psycho-sexual thriller about a Key West sculptor, yachtsman and society drop-out who falls in love with the troubled daughter of a powerful Tennessee Williams-styled family and becomes embroiled in a complex web of madness and murder. A twisted, Hitchcockian tale of a single man's nightmare of sex, romance and paranoia based on Patricia Highsmith's theme in "Strangers On A Train". Script Excerpt

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT

Film noir domestic-crime thriller of love, passion, betrayal and revenge in Bel Air. A devious, corrupt L.A. businessman hires a talented young actor to seduce his beautiful wife as grounds for divorce, but when the actor and the wife fall in love, their arrangement spirals out of control into a double murder conspiracy. Script Excerpt

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SCHERZO CODE

An aspiring New York pianist is tutored by a world-famous Russian concert master and falls in love with his daughter, only to discover that the maestro leads a double life as a Soviet assassin who murdered his father. Seeking vengeance, the young pianist finds himself embroiled in a mysterious KGB plot to smuggle out an American prototype of the "Suitcase Bomb" -- the first portable nuclear device designed at the height of the Cold War. Script Excerpt

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SKYHANGER

Action thriller set in a European ski resort. An American cat burglar with a recent fear of heights pulls off one last rooftop heist and steals a mysterious package. Crossing the Alps to deliver them to a mysterious banker, he's stalked by a clever female assassin. He evades her, using an innocent ski instructor and her students as a ruse, and boards a cable car. The assassin boards with them, when the lift is derailed in mid-air -- a skyhanger with unexpected twists. Script Excerpt

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