THE VOURDALAK: "When the Marquis d’Urfé, a noble emissary of the King of France, is attacked and abandoned in the remote countryside, he finds refuge at an eerie, isolated manor. The resident family, reluctant to take him in, exhibits strange behavior as they await the imminent return of their father, Gorcha. But what begins simply as strange quickly devolves into a full fledged nightmare when Gorcha returns, seemingly no longer himself...

Adapted from a novella that predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by over half a century, THE VOURDALAK is an atmospheric, unexpected, sensorial experience that will leave you reeling and giddy in equal measure."

Releasing to theaters on June 28th by Oscilloscope Laboratories


Killer Shorts Screenwriting Contest Announces Season 6 Call For Entries: "Calling all horror writers! The sixth annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is accepting entries from June 1st, 2024.

The Killer Shorts Contest celebrates horror short screenwriters and authors from around the world, providing them with networking and career opportunities, mentorships, consultations, and industry access.

The Top 10 scripts in the main category will be read by a star-studded panel of judges, including Special FX Make Up Guru and The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gregory Nicotero, legendary horror actress and producer Barbara Crampton, and top literary managers like John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions.

"Killer Shorts played a pivotal role in me finding representation at Bellevue. Thanks to the competition, I was connected with John who later connected me with my current manager, Maddy." – Vanessa Võ, Season 2 2nd Place Winner

Screenwriters and authors are also competing for over $10,000 worth of prizes including Final Draft 13 screenwriting software, Coverfly and Stage 32 career consultations, crowdfunding consultation calls with Seed & Spark's Head of Creator Success, access to Robert Mckee’s Horror Webinar Series, in-depth analysis and notes from The Script Butcher, ISA Connect Memberships, horror swag (thanks to Horror Pack, Fright Rags, Rue Morgue and Ghoulish Gary), and a one-of-a-kind skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green (Syfy’s Face Off).

Season 6 Panel of Judges

The Killer Shorts Season 6 jury includes Gregory Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Creepshow, The Hateful Eight), John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions), Melody Cooper (Beasts of Prey, Two Sentence Horror Stories, Law & Order: SVU), Xavier Burgin (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror), Gigi Saul Guerrero (Satanic Hispanics, Culture Shock, El Gigante), Julian Terry (Don’t Peek, Whisper, They Hear It, The Nurse), Chelsea Lupkin (Short of the Week, Lucy’s Tale), Barbara Crampton (Suitable Flesh, Jakob’s Wife, Re-Animator, You’re Next), Sophie Carroll (Gun Powder & Sky, ALTER), Glenn Cockburn (Meridian Artists), Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface, Hell Fest), Jason Tamasco (Traction Pictures), Jenn Wexler (The Sacrifice Game, The Ranger), Matthew Dartnell (Writ Large), and Aaron B. Koontz (The Pale Door, Scare Package).

Mentorship with Author Chris Hicks

The winner of the Short Story (Prose) category will receive a 30 minute, one on one zoom meeting with Chris Hicks, professional screenwriter and author of I Am Not Alone. Chris will answer general questions about the business, how to take your career to the next level, and navigating Hollywood.

Chris is the author of I Am Not Alone – the record breaking short story sold to Netflix. Misha Green has attached to write the script, direct and produce. Jessica Chastain attached to star and produce. Simon Kinberg producing. His story “All You Can Eat” is currently in development as a television series by Wonder Worldwide and Big Light Productions. His stories have been read by millions of readers on Reddit’s NoSleep where they are among the most popular stories of all time. As a screenwriter, he made the quarterfinals of the 2022 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and was selected to the 2020 Bloodlist. Chris Hicks is a #killeralum with his script “THE BUTTER STREET HITCHHIKER” coming in 3rd Place in Season 1. Chris is represented by Peter Katz of Story Driven.

"Killer Shorts has been the most helpful contest I’ve entered into. It’s not just: here’s a meeting, best of luck. It felt like genuine interest in my work and career progress. Everyone has been so nice, and they touched base with me a lot. I really felt like they cared about their finalists."
– Kelly Nugent, Season 3 Top 10 Finalist

No Shortage of Success Stories

Killer Shorts has a proven track record of discovering talent. Season 2 2nd Place Winner Vanessa Vo signed with Maddie Weese at Bellevue Productions after Killer Shorts made the introduction to jury member John Zaozirny. Season 3 Top 10 Finalist Kelly Nugent signed with literary manager Greg Weiss at Wonder Street after Killer Shorts set her up with a career consultation at Coverfly. Season 1 Third Place Winner Chris Hicks signed with literary manager Peter Katz of Story Driven, after the success of his short script “The Butter Street Hitchhiker” landed him on Coverfly’s The Red List.

How to Enter

Entry fees for the main and short story competition categories starts at $25 for ‘Early Bird’ entries submitted by August 1, 2024, with a final deadline of December 31, 2024. Entries can be submitted via CoverflyFilmfreeway or ISAShort Script Coverage can be purchased separately via Coverfly.

Killer Shorts will accept entries from writers under 18 years old (with parental consent), revised screenplays via Coverfly, and an optional feedback add-on (via Coverfly and FilmFreeway). Feedback is not available for short stories (prose) at this time.

The Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is sponsored by Final DraftRue MorgueSeed and SparkScrivenerStan Winston’s School of Character ArtsScript ButcherCoverflyFilmFreewayScript HiveISAStage 32ScriptHopRobert McKee's Horror Webinar SeriesGhoulish GaryHorror PackQwerkytoys, and Fright Rags.

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GOLDILOCKS Release Details: "Goldilocks is officially being released [as of last Thursday] theatrically in the Middle East in all major cities, including Egypt. And... It’s official: The USA and Canada release is Friday the 13th this September!" For more details, visit: