Our story begins with a mother and her teenage daughter driving along an isolated stretch of highway through the desert when their car suddenly swerves off the road.
Help arrives in the form of a hermit couple, a battered woman and her hard-hearted husband. He's a threatening sort, but fixes the car, before becoming murderous when his badly beaten wife decides to leave with the mother and her daughter.
Cut to some time later, a young wannabe actress is put upon by her lustful and lecherous landlord. He's willing to let her pay her rent with an alternative to money - her body. When she's saved by a sexy bad ass neighbor, young SHERYL finds out her salvation can be found stripping.
Sheryl soon finds herself hanging out with a crew of crazy strippers who spend half their time off the pole shopping, and the other half fighting one another. When the opportunity comes to take a roadtrip to Las Vegas with the ladies, Sheryl can't say no when talk of the Vegas convention money goes in her head as a rent solution for months to come. The girls load up and head out.
Of course the interstate to Vegas gets backed up and the girls have to take a detour though the desert, specifically the Mojave, an area called The Devil's Playground, and on a day that turns out to be the hottest on record, the van the girls are traveling in breaks down.
Once again we meet our madman from the first scene of the movie, who arrives to help the women. LESTER BALLARD becomes "Lester the Molester" when he's caught touching a girl by her friends after she's been bitten by a snake and passed out (she's DEAD), and soon the situation turns south and he tries to wrangle all the strippers and they try to get away.
The oppressive heat is on his side as even those who escape are likely not to survive, even if Lester doesn't catch them and murder them in their tracks.
Eventually, one of the women does make it to the road only to be found by a couple of horny frat boys heading to Vegas in hope of banging strippers.
The women in the desert are not so lucky. Lester is killing them off quickly, only young Sheryl figures out a way that might actually help her escape, but even that plan goes wrong.
Eventually the girls learn it's not about escaping one man when it's men being men who will put them in the ground. A surprise twist changes the way Sheryl will forever see the world, even if it's just for a few minutes.
POSSIBLE FEMALE LEADS
This is an ensemble piece with an electric group of hot women. The fun of it all is very much about their chemistry and how the characters play off of each other. Their personal relationships either help them fulfill their character arcs or prevent it.
Strippers end up stripping for their own reasons that are as varied as the stars. As the story unfolds, we discover these motivations, their goals, and their obstacles as each woman confronts her inner demons, and outer demons, one by one. Mojave is an analysis of the young female psyche and her relationship to the masculine world, disguised as a horror movie. The cast should be equally up to the task on various levels psychologically.
The Killer, Lester Ballard
Mojave is the origin story for Lester who's destined to become an iconic movie villain. He's a grizzled man out in the desert who prefers to spend time on his own after a lifetime of emotional abuse from others. His past time is mercy killing wild mustang horses on the open range who's numbers need to be controlled. Call him "The Mustang Man."
How does a man murder something so beautiful and free? Lester is a man who walks the delicate edge of sanity and survival. A cocktail that's pushed over the edge by entitled young beautiful women at the centers of their own universes. Lester comes to realize that something inside of him needed to get out. And it gets out in the Mojave.
Isolated. Unforgiving. Deadly.
If you stay you die. If you run you die. This is the environment where people must confront the worst and best parts of themselves. This is what makes a truly great horror movie.
The desert becomes its own character in Mojave. Over exposed images bring the sense of heat. Expansive vistas evidence the isolation. The blur of heat-induced mirages give us a look into the ever-warping psyche of the characters. This is where you come to die. This is the Mojave.
Parts of the 2nd half of the movie take place in Lester's remote compound. The personality of this end of the Earth needs to be worn, old, ready to die but clinging to life. The structures symbolize the man they belong to. Lester may have gone crazy out there. Or was he fine and was just pushed over the edge by what he sees as selfish humans who only take from this Earth?
In the desert, there are few places to hide. These places in Mojave are just as scary as the open desert. Maybe more so. Because of what goes on inside their decaying rotten wood carcasses.
When the ladies finally find themselves inside of Lester's abode they're at the mercy of what's around them. Lester is a man alone and has no need to keep up for company. But what's inside of the walls is a clue to what's inside of Lester. Emptiness. Coldness. Sparse. There's not much left inside but what he brings in. That goes for his soul as well as his desert dwelling.
KILLER IN THE DESERT MOVIES
Killer in the desert movies have become their own horror sub-sub genre with much success. They offer a fresh alternative to the lost-in-the-woods trope. The vast expanse of desert with nowhere to run becomes its own menacing character in each film.
STRANDED WITH TERROR MOVIES
Horror movies based on the concept of being stranded in a remote location with a psychopathic killer is a genre unto itself. It speaks to a primal fear we all have and, with different variations, have been successful horror movies over the course of decades. As long as the take is fresh and well executed audiences will always come back to get lost in a new place with a new killer.
The Writer/Producer: Troy Anthony Garriga
Troy Anthony Garriga's been a writer most of his adult life, working with magazines and periodicals out of college, before going to film school in New York in the late 1990s and moving to Los Angeles in 1999/2000 to begin a career has a writer of film & television. Garriga has worked as a staff writer for various production companies over the last twenty years, first doing coverage, then doing pitch and pilot work, and finally working as a ghost writer and doing script fix work. His work has been made into feature films and published books. He's had shows in development at major networks, and is currently developing a show for USA Network.
The Director/Producer: Walter Boholst
Walter Boholst will be the director of MOJAVE. 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. 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)