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THE DEVIL'S ASSASSIN horror/thriller feature film screenplay

Logline: A broken man finds redemption as a crime family's hit man until he must choose between leading the family’s army of evil or saving the world from it by killing the boss, who some believe is the anti-Christ. The Devil’s Assassin is supernatural noir, a story about a conflicted man caught between loyalties amidst a den of backstabbing confidants who each claim to have his best interests at heart.

THE SETUP

Trey is a lost young man awash in gambling debts and predatory criminals who take advantage of his looks, muscle and bravado to do their bidding. After yet another bar brawl his absentee uncle comes by to try to be the only family he has left.

Trey was never one to take handouts. But there is one thing he'll take from his shady uncle, an introduction to get into The Fortress: The impenetrable stronghold skyscraper that's owned by and houses a notorious crime family that his uncle did business with when Trey was just a kid.

Trey saw the gangster lifestyle first hand from his uncle and idolized those that lived it. Now at rock bottom, he has nothing to lose and is willing to go all in.

When Trey's uncle refuses to get him involved with the brutal crime family, Trey sprints towards The Fortress, almost on a suicide mission, and his uncle grudgingly chases. As luck would have it, the uncle's old friend, Spaz, is now the building manager and saves them from a beating by security.

Helping out his old friend, Spaz agrees to give Trey a shot. But Trey has to start at the very bottom and he does. But the bottom in The Fortress is unlike any other.

Trey starts out as the janitor. He soon graduates to cleaning up messes for the building's criminal tenants. He cleans up blood stains, gets rid of bodies, and becomes an unwitting witness to hell on Earth. After a childhood of orphanages, abusive foster homes and life on the street, Trey has become numb to suffering. He only has ambition to prove the world wrong and be someone. Yet there are moments when his humanity shines through. His soul is at war between showing others the kindness he never received vs. getting attached in a brutal world that usually takes anything of value from him.

After Trey proves he has the stomach for the crime world, Spaz gives Trey a new assignment. He is to pose as a repairman and enter into a rich woman's condo. While there he is to look for stolen jewels stashed in the walls by the former tenant and spirit them out of the condo.

It all seems too easy. Until he meets the condo owner, Sumayya. A smoking hot sultry boss bitch who knows when to take control and when to reel them in. And she reels in Trey like a pro. He falls under her spell.

It's not long before Trey impresses those in the family and he rises quickly. He's even invited to meet one of the heads of the family, Vergil. Vergil takes him under his wing and asks Trey to sell his soul in order to get everything he wants.

Trey is now thrust into a new world. He is the quintessential down-on-his-luck knucklehead who's been seduced by on two sides: the femme fatale and the lure of the family's power and belonging. What he doesn't know is that all of his new found alliances have their own agendas and enemies. And Trey is stuck in the middle.

He soon finds out that the family is led by an over boss who may be the Anti-christ. He's not sure if it's Vergil or someone else behind the scenes. All of these forces swirl around Trey as he becomes pivotal in the plans of each. He now must decide where his loyalty lies and what direction his life will take. It may be the only way he can save his soul, and the world along with it.

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT

The first time I became fascinated with film noir was before I even realized I was watching it. I remember watching "Bound" by the Wachowski brothers (at the time) and was drawn in by the story which was no more than 3 characters in 2 apartments. I thought it was incredible how such a simple set up could draw me in. After that I researched more and more about the film noir genre and fell in love with its moodiness, its darkness, its creativity.

Simultaneously I wanted to make a horror movie that set itself apart. I came up with an over-the-top visceral bloody bone-crunching concept about brutal criminals which was really a forerunner to the torture horror genre before it became a thing. But at the time the script didn't work. I had this 3 character story in the horror genre that just didn't fit together.

That's when my love for devil movies entered the picture. The Omen has always been one of my favorite movies and I've been drawn to anti-christ movies for a long time. There's something about the power and mystery that the anti-christ holds. Then it hit me, the anti-christ would be a natural crime boss. He would be a leader of an organization dedicated to darkness. Then I revisited The Devil's Advocate which was built around that concept set in a law firm and it all came together.

It took me a long time to crack this script. Film noir has it's own conventions. Gangster movies have their own rules. Anti-christ movies have their own expectations. It was very difficult figuring out what genre this movie really is. But eventually I cracked the code. Ultimately, this is a story where a lost man finds a path to redemption. But that path turns him into something he's not sure he wants to be anymore and he must decide which direction to take.

I think in the end, the choices we make in life are the most interesting things about life and ultimately in movies. Our choices tell us who were were, who we are, and who we are going to become. What better journey to go on than to follow a man who must make personal choices that hold the fate of the world in their hands?

THE MARK

TREY

Trey is a good looking man who's charm seems to betray his past. A brutal childhood and a rough adulthood have ripped apart his insides. And yet he remains full of hope. Despite the world crushing his spirit at every turn, he truly believes he can be someone great. But he's only human. He has pride, lust and ambition which may be his downfall. Something inside him must shine through for light to overcome darkness. Maybe he's found that in his femme fatale, Sumayya.

THE FEMME FATALE

SUMAYYA

Sumayya is a very powerful woman. Self-assuredness oozes from her pores. And yet that's what gets you. You're intimidated. Even afraid. Then she lets you in and shows her vulnerable side and you feel like you're special. Like you've connected. That's when she has you. Or does Trey have her? Perhaps Trey's not the only one at a cross-roads.

THE ENFORCER

VERGIL

This guy, the guy who's always self-assured. Who always knows what he wants. He's seen everything. He's dealt with everyone. You know why he's in charge. Because it just seems like he should be. It's hard to not follow a guy like that. That is, until he asks you to do some unspeakable things. Do you run? Or is this how it should work? Is it us against the world and the only way to win is to go all-in against it? Vergil asks everything of Trey but promises everything in return.

THE LIKEABLE SNAKE

Spaz

Spaz is Trey's savior. He gives Trey a chance and serves as a surrogate father figure. He brings Trey behind the walls of The Fortress and provides him with opportunities a world away from where he once was. Spaz is a righteous guy. Or maybe he's just like all the others who uses Trey to advance himself.

THE LUSH VISuALS OF SUPERNATURAL NOIR

The Devil's Assassin will feature incredibly creative visuals that borrow from the worlds of film noir and supernatural thrillers. Film noir allows us to visualize the darkness of the human soul vs. the path of light. Stark and unsettling, the contrast pushes into the fear of the unknown. We don't trust what we can't see.

On top of the film noir layer is the supernatural layer. In a world that is supposedly run by the anti-christ you can't help but feel the presence of otherworldly entities. The walls move. Shadows live one their own. Unnatural colors seem at place here. All of these elements combine into something that is at once terrifying while also beautiful. The is the lush visual landscape where The Devil's Assassin lives and plays.

CREATIVE COMPARISON FILMS

SUPERNATURAL NOIR THEMES

The Devil's Assassin owes much of its DNA to well-loved supernatural thrillers that are grounded in the film noir genre. These stories add an thematic element that hasn't been touched in a long time which helps The Devil's Assassin stand out from the pack.

BOX OFFICE COMPARISON FILMS

DEMONIC THRILLERS ARE HOT as hell

Thrillers dealing with demons and supernatural spirits have always been a primal fear of movie audiences. In the last decade they have picked up even more steam with numerous low budget horror movies that have seen grosses go through the roof when well executed and marketed.

  • The Nun – Budget: $22 million USD, Box office: $365.6 million USD
  • Devil Inside - Budget: $1 million USD, Box office: $101.8 million USD
  • Ouija - Budget $5M, Box office: $103.6M
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil - Budget $9M, Box office: $82M
  • The Possession - Budget $14M, Box office: $85.4M
  • The Boy - Budget: $10M, Box office $64M
  • The Gallows - Budget $100k, Box office $43M
THE FILMMAKER

Walter Boholst will be the writer, director and producer of THE DEVIL'S ASSASSIN. Walter is an experienced creative who wrote/directed/co-produced the horror feature film "Voodoo Possession" with Danny Trejo that was distributed in the US by RLJ Entertainment and is available worldwide including territories in Europe, all of the Middle East and all of Latin America. He is also an entertainment attorney of almost 20 years with a specialization in film/TV distribution and foreign sales. His business consulting clients and employers have included RLJ Entertainment (distributor), Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment (production, distribution, foreign sales) and XYZ Films (foreign sales). His previous industry stints include Assistant Story Editor for MGM Pictures, as a reader for John Davis' Davis Entertainment (Predator, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and in foreign sales at Initial Entertainment Group founded by Graham King (The Aviator, The Departed)

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