Boy, been a long time since I last logged in, and I'm super excited to jump back into the grind! This project is fairly knew, and quite different from my usual for those who helped critique my other thriller last year. Again, thanks for that! I'm polishing this baby up for #DVpit in October, but wanted to post the synopsis in the meantime! I want to thank everyone who helps out, and I promise to return the favor as soon as things simmer down for me - trust me, I WILL repay the favor. If you are feeling extra eager and would like to read the prologue (as new eyes help!) please message me. Either way, thanks for all the help! - C
Los Angeles is a fresh start, a chance to look beyond New York’s horrific memory. CAMERON starts his first day impossibly lost, thirty minutes late to his interview with WILLIAM THAXTON, who proudly hires him on the spot. Unfortunately, unaccustomed to the city, he returns to find his car towed and Thaxton thoughtfully drives him to the pound. Cameron spends the ride submitting new-hire documents – learning the tablet is a detonator exploding a bomb killing fifty. Thaxton then handcuffs Cameron, trapping him inside his own thriller. Thaxton forces Cameron to witness the bloodbath, fleeing across town to a lone convenience store. There, he tricks Cameron into causing two more deaths, their blood splattering his body. Cameron, still cuffed and hurting from the prior explosion, demands answers, resulting in a drugged needle to his leg. The city’s top sergeants take the case and Cameron’s parents are informed. Cameron wakes hours later with freed hands as Thaxton speeds along a mountain road. He wisely times his questions, snatching his phone and jumping from the vehicle. After excruciating pain, Cameron gains the strength to sprint away, startling an oncoming car off the cliff; another death from his doing. Thaxton snags Cameron, taking him to a distant house while police investigate the accident. This house is filled with terrifying screams, and Cameron shares a room with CLEMENTINE, a damaged girl who spends her whole life behind locked doors. Cameron fails to comprehend her gibberish warnings, and the following night the sexual abuse she’s come to expect. Ignoring his wounds, Cameron convinces Clementine to attempt escape, which backfires when Thaxton barges in and attacks him. After another night of terror, Cameron snags the keys from a sleeping man and rescues Clementine, tiptoeing downstairs as the sleeper screams awake. Cameron successfully phones the police, forcing Thaxton to change his operation. The police arrive too late, finding rooms filled with stained mattresses and drugged girls. Thaxton, on the other hand, takes them to identical houses across country with no sense of direction. At the last house, Cameron tells Clementine the story of JONATHAN PELCO, his New York boss who sexually assaulted him. The story ends when he realizes she’s cold and bloody, with Thaxton stepping proudly from darkness. Cameron finally breaks. Thaxton returns Cameron to Pelco, who locks him in the storage closet. Inside, Cameron struggles to remember the secret password, finally recalling the code 2536368463, spelling Clementine’s name. The pieces finally connect, and he stars a fire before confronting his two nightmares in the kitchen, who question the hard drive Cameron stole before leaving for LA. When the opportunity appears, Cameron kills Thaxton, fleeing as Pelco shoots his leg. Flames break, and Pelco, lost for options, takes Cameron to the fire escape as emergency squads search the floor. With an agonizing kiss, Pelco places a blade in Cameron’s grip and slices his own throat. Cameron is found and brought to the ER, where he waits for his parents and news that the evil is over…if only that were true.