Mansion of Terror

Based on the short film "Mansion of Terror".

Logline: Wine spiked with psychedelics, force five friends to delve into their own psyches, while they are haunted by the dark secrets of the Sheldrake Mansion.

Synopsis: Revered playwright, Langdon Sheldrake, and his famous actress wife, Dorothy, were all the rage during the 1950s. The successful adaptation of Langdon's play "Moonlight Barricade" to silver screen, led the Sheldrakes to unheard of wealth and prestige. Tragedy struck, when least expected, leading the family down a dark path of sorrow and secrecy.

Decades later, and with Dorothy's passing, their prized mansion will soon be placed back on the market. Langdon and Dorothy's adult grandchildren, Frederick and Tessa, plan one final visit to the mansion, to say goodbye. Joined by Tessa's boyfriend Phil, her half-brother Eric, and Eric's girlfriend Leslie, they prepare for a weekend of nostalgia.

Frederick, an accomplished novelist, decides to conduct an experiment in "life perspective", drugging everyone's drinks with a powerful hallucinogen. The party is thrust into a world of pent up dreams and fears, as the mysteries of the mansion, and the Sheldrake family, unravel all around them.

  • Chris Donald Griffin
    Writer
    "Mansion of Terror" (short film), "Grow the Fuck Up!" (short film), "A Match Made in Heaven" (short film), "Christmas Stuffing" (short film), "Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab" (short film), "There can be only One" (short film), "Pillow Fight" (short film).
  • Johnny Gingell
    Writer
  • Don Knodel
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Horror, Giallo
  • Number of Pages:
    92
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Lit Scares International Horror Festival, 2020
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    December 12, 2020
    Finalist for “Feature Screenplay”
  • The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival, 2020
    Vancouver, Canada
    October 20, 2020
    Semi-Finalist for “Screenplay - Full Length Horror”
Writer Biography - Chris Donald Griffin, Johnny Gingell, Don Knodel

Back in 2009 I created Angry Bear Film Productions as an entity to produce my films under.

Before anything, I started out performing improv comedy. My goofy imagination eventually branched off into writing, and then filmmaking.

I have written/directed/produced seven short films. I wrote eight feature screenplays, and I co-wrote two other feature screenplays.  In addition to this, I wrote three tv/streaming pilots.

Comedy has always been my niche, but I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. My feature screenplays range from dark comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. My screenplays range from ultra-low-budget to sci-fi epic. I write the kind of stories I enjoy watching on screen, and reading in books and graphic novels.

I’ve also been fortune to have worked with some amazing cast and crew over the years, many of which I worked with time and time again. I had some talented and fun writing partners as well.

I also have a background working in film and television as a Lamp Operator in the lighting department. I’m a member of IATSE 891 in Vancouver, and a member of IATSE 873 in Toronto.

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Writer Statement

Back in 2011, we put together a group of artists and craftspeople, and entered the "Bloodshots 48-hour-filmmaking-competition". Don, Johnny, and I wrote the screenplay, and I directed/produced. Our team was solid, and we created one bizarre and freaky little short film.

Years later, I asked Johnny and Don if they'd like to help me write a feature-length version of the story. We were all happy with how the short film turned out, especially under the restrictions of the competition. We knew we could top our past efforts, and we went to work.