Bernadelle is a 30-ish Filipino immigrant nanny in the well to do home of millionaire Jarred Ford and his angry wife Farah. The home is a bizarre mystery house call the Walchester house. It was formerly owned by a rich arms manufacturer. After the man of the house died the wife believed it was haunted by the ghosts of the people killed by her husband's weapons and kept building on the house for years to confuse the ghosts. It's become a maze of nonsensical stairs to nowhere, passages to the unknown and unfinished construction. Perfect for a game of hide and seek.
Bernadelle plays hide and seek with the young son as Farah gardens outside. Farah injures herself and calls for help. After a delay, Bernadelle finally comes and begs for forgiveness since she's the only help left after Farah fired all of the other help in a fit of rage. But the racist Farah is not forgiving. Bernadelle lets Farah rest and hears voices. She suddenly remembers the son is still hiding.
Bernadelle races through the house frantically looking for the voice. She realizes the voices are screams and looks for the son. She sees the son is hiding in a ventilation shaft but is now stuck and screaming for help.
Bernadelle yells for help but Farah is out cold. Bernadelle finds the courage to crawl down the ventillation shaft towards the son. She suffers a panic attack. The walls of the shaft close in. They crush her. Her breathing gets labored and she can't move. Now she screams in terror.
The father, Jarred gets home and pulls the son out of the shaft. He then coaxes Bernadelle out of her panic attack and rescues her from the shaft.
This is the horror against which Bernadelle must embark on her greatest challenge. A rich disintegrating couple accusing each other of infidelity and at each other's throats. A racist wife accusing Bernadelle's immigrant friends of being criminals out to steal their money. All the while, Bernadelle is desperate to stay in America to work and live her dream.
This powerkeg of a home erupts when armed robbers donned in demon masks invade the home and hold the family up at gun point. Bernadelle escapes their clutches and scampers through the maze of a house. She uses her knowledge of the house, and the son's hiding places, to evade the criminals as they frantically search for the money and her.
But can she get over her claustrophia and hide out long enough to help the family survive? Will her personal demons or the ghosts that haunt the house finally drive her to madness? Is all of this real or is she stuck in the maze of her own phobia? A childhood game has turned into a real game of survival...Hide...and Shriek.
Bernadelle embues the values of Filipinos: hardworking, humble and loyal. But those values betray her when she gets taken advantage of by her employer with gross abuse. She must find the courage within her to better her life situation. At that point is when the pivotal moment arrives, the moment she faces life and death situations and must confront her own fears or perish.
POTENTIAL LEAD ACTRESSES
The robbers don horrific masks taken from Filipino folklore. Farah points out that all signs are pointing to Bernadelle's friends as the robbers.
The wife of the house, Farah Ford, may not be a nice person. She takes Bernadelle's passport to lord control over her. She accuses her husband of infidelity and threatens to take his money. But is she an evil force? Or defending herself from a world closing in on her.
POTENTIAL SUPPORTING ACTRESSES
Jarred, the rich husband, is a nice caring man and treats Bernadelle with dignity and respect despite his wife's cruel nature. But that doesn't mean he's innocent.
POTENTIAL SUPPORTING ACTORS
Brixton is the dutiful boyfriend of Bernadelle. He's a well-meaning man with a heart of gold. But his willingness to save Bernadelle from anything may lead to getting them into more trouble than they started with.
POTENTIAL SUPPORTING ACTORS
Tera is the calm, cool and collected recruiting agency executive who supplied Bernadelle to the Ford's. Trying to act as a peacekeeper go-between for Bernadelle and Farah, she gets in deeper than she imagined and we discover a whole nother' side of her in the process.
POTENTIAL SUPPORTING ACTRESSES
Home invasion films have been a staple at the box office. "Hide And Shriek" breathes new life into the genre with a protagonist we've never seen before and infuses it with the eye-popping visuals of a descent into madness.
When I was a screener and judge for the 1st Los Angeles Philippine International Film Festival in 2016 I saw many films that focused on the stories of abused overseas Filipino workers. I wanted to make a movie where the maid was the hero.
Since my background is in genre films I wanted to set the hero story in the thriller genre. Many contained thrillers have been successful in recent years such as “Don’t Breathe,” and “You’re Next.” Additionally, in the US, films with an ethnic slant and diverse point of view are gaining in popularity after “Get Out.”
I saw this as an opportunity to create a film with a Filipina underdog hero, which western audiences have never seen. I will combine the talent of the Philippines with a bankable supporting western actor to appeal to both Filipino and western audiences. Through my extensive distribution and foreign sales contacts, I will weigh the pros, cons, and potential revenues of different actors in order to maximize investment and pre-sell key territories.
With this film I hope to create a commercial movie with worldwide appeal that will promise its investors potential for great returns and breakout a new worldwide Filipina star.
But most of all, I want to have fun with this movie. I've always been attracted to wildly creative visions and production design. The surreal mindscape of phobias is fertile ground for imagination. Now place that person in a setting that's designed for confusion like a house patterned after the haunted Winchester Mystery House, drop in some crazed killers with creature masks, and you have an incredibly visceral journey from madness to underdog hero. I can't wait to blow the doors off the horror/thriller genre by popping eyes with "Hide and Shriek."