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"Overall, I really enjoyed reading this script. It was filled with vivid imagery such as the characters looking like skeletons (vampires)compared to the rest of civilization. The author did a great job of juggling a wide cast of characters and making them all different and easy to tell apart. The concept felt very fresh and I loved all the behind the scenes moments. There were a lot of great characterization moments for all the characters"
Austin Film Festival Reader feedback
"The setting and tone of the script are very charming...Zoey's journey is a funny, enduring, and relatable one.
Slamdance Screenplay Contest reader feedback
It is real-against a farcical facade. The dialogue is fresh and funny...it could be the next "Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It's the ensemble and how they interact that makes this script work.
Rory Penland -Comedian/screenwriter/actor
When a new actress lands her first gig at a popular haunted attraction she becomes infatuated with an opportunistic coworker and must come to terms with the reality that there are no easy answers to finding the kind of love she craves.
"A quarter-life dramedy inside Orlando's most fatal attraction"
"Sometimes surviving your twenties means letting your inner demons out to play"
"Don't be afraid to have a little fun"
In the shadows of Orlando's theme parks resides Terror at Skull Manor, a year-round haunted attraction in downtown Orlando. A comedic journey of quarter-life angst arises in 1995 when Zoey, a young actress smack in the middle of her 20’s lands her first acting gig and soon falls way too hard and way too fast for an irresistible and opportunistic coworker named Jordan. Unfortunately his interest is fleeting-but hers isn't and she finds herself trapped in a perpetual state of limerence. He is her drug of choice, and she craves another “hit,” despite the fact that he has moved on with another coworker.
While improving as a scareactor, making friends and new experiences with an eclectic group of coworkers she develops inner strength and a means to free her own inner turmoil. It is the shared love and loss of their home to corporate interests that ultimately unites this group forever.
Inspired by the former year-round haunted attractions, Terror on Church Street and Skull Kingdom in Orlando, FL.
The story incorporates lots of fun horror visuals that are part of their daily work routine that takes full advantage of the main setting. While the story is fictionalized, the location of the haunt pays homage to the professional haunt Terror on Church Street, which existed from 1991-1999 during downtown Orlando's heyday. The majority of the ScareActor official teaser footage is from Terror on Church Street (Orlando), two clips from Skull Kingdom (Orlando), and one from Legends (Orlando).