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A creepy thriller that's capable of being even creepier...

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September 25, 2011
In the Still of the Night is a fast paced story that will make you want to flip (or scroll) to the end to see how everything turns out.

Scarlett comes to Hollywod with the promise of the lead role in an upcoming movie. When that plan goes awry she decides to stick around instead of running home. Boy oh boy! Talk about your bad decisions!

Her world quickly turns upside down as she recieves a series of creepy phone calls and visits from a mysterious shadow man. The cops are powerless to help her out. Aren't they always in these types of movies? She takes a job at a local market and is befriended (we think) by Chris. Chris has a very checkered past and we soon find out that he is a person of interest in a previous murder.

As the story progresses and unfolds, we're introduced to a variety of characters that all seem suspicious enough to be Scarlett's stalker. There are just enough sub plots to keep you guessing.

Overall I liked this story. It kept my interest from start to finish and I'm not a huge fan of this genre. This writer shows the ability to encapsulate a multi dimensional plotline and keep it moving along at a good pace.

Here are a few suggestions that I would consider when moving forward with this script:

* 138 pages is kinda long. The first thing I noticed is that there is a tremendous set up for some of the scenes that aren't really necessary. One example of this would be the scene in which Scarlett is driving through L.A. and is stuck in traffic. This action scene does not add to the story line and is way too long. There are quite a bit of these sequences throughout the story and I think if they were cleaned up the story would read even better.

* There are times where this spec SP reads like a shooting script. Eliminating a lot of the direction in the action sequences would again make for an easier read and would strengthen the structure of the story.

* Some of the characters did not stand out enough. I would like to have seen the title of the police officers by name, such as, Officer Winans, instead of just Winans. It stands out more.

Overall, I really liked In the Still of the Night. It was creepy enough so that the next time I hear that song, I'll picture Scarlett. Good job!
 

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