STATUS: In Development / Based on Graphic Novel / Script in Rewrites
A 16-year-old foster kid from an abusive background is drawn into the violent world of a charismatic stranger who teaches him how to never be a victim again.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name.
Red Rover is a psychological horror story that explores the insidious impact of abuse through the experiences of a 16-year-old product of the foster care system, Ray, and his relationship with a charismatic, dangerous stranger, named Shepherd. Everyone in Ray’s circle has been touched by abuse: He bears numerous physical and psychological scars. His cousin Kim and her mom Sherry are forced to deal with the repercussions of Sherry’s abusive ex. And Kim’s rebellious boyfriend, Eric, struggles against his mother’s emotional torment. Shepherd too has suffered throughout his life, but unlike Ray, he’s developed a method for dealing with it: violence, intimidation and never letting a bad deed escape punishment. Shepherd’s philosophy is put into practice when a minor car accident with Eric escalates into a life and death situation in which Eric sacrifices Ray to save himself. With Shepherd poised to kill Ray, the boy does something that gives Shepherd pause. Rather than beg for his life, Ray welcomes death as a relief from his living hell. This impresses Shepherd and he sees something of himself in this broken boy. He takes Ray under his wing to teach him the real ways of the world. As their father/son relationship grows, and Ray’s tormentors begin to disappear, Ray is forced to come to grips with the fact that the only person who truly understands and believes in him is a stone-cold killer.
Writer’s Bio – Philip Landa
Philip Landa is a produced screenwriter and graphic novelist. His scripts have won numerous awards, including the Silver Award at the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and the Platinum Award at the Worldfest-Houston International Independent Film Festival.
His other screenplays have won or were finalists in leading script competitions, including Cinequest Film & VT Festival, Shriekfest Horror Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Fade In Awards, and the American Screenwriting Association
Philip wrote the Dove Foundation-recommended film Outrighteous and is a co-producer on the full-length animated horror film Malevolent.
In addition to screenwriting, Philip is the author of two graphic novels – Houdini: International Spy and the psychological horror story Red Rover – both scheduled for publication in Fall 2017.
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