Top 5 Horror Movie Scripts

Whether it be with devils, demons, psychopaths or ghosts, great horror films have always begun their scares on the written page. This week, Scripts on Screen, takes a look at our very own Top 5 Horror Movie Scripts.

For those curious with how fear is brought to the big screen, check out some of the very best fear inducing screenplays below.

1. Psycho script (1960)
2. The Shining script (1980)
3. Exorcist script (Dialogue Transcript) (1973)
4. Rosemary’s Baby script (1968)
5. Poltergeist script (1982)

Sophia Coppola Scripts

Daughter of revered filmmaker (and wine maker) Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Coppola had begun to step out of the her father’s shadow after her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (1999). However, it wouldn’t be until her academy award winning Lost in Translation (2003) that she was able to gain recognition as a filmmaker of her own credit.

Though Sophia Coppola still has a modest number of films under her belt, she has a bright future ahead of her. Check out her small but brilliant collection of feature length screenplays below:

1.  Somewhere (Unreleased)
2.  Marie Antoinette Script $ (for Purchase) (2006)
3.  Lost in Translation Script (2003)
4.  The Virgin Suicides Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1999)

Armageddon Script vs. Deep Impact Script

1998 was a year of falling meteors. Or at least, that’s how Hollywood felt about it. In this week’s Versus, we’re taking a closer look at the two films that sent audiences contemplating the possibility of humanity going dinosaur when an asteroid threatens to wipe out all of civilization.

Though Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998) have been largely accused for taking on the same premise, critics have been fair to point out that the films differ in tone, style and substance.

But which one stands atop the other? Judge for yourself.

1. Armageddon Script (1998)
2. Deep Impact Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1998)

Harry Potter Movie Scripts

In a few months, the Harry Potter movie franchise will finally come to a climactic end. Seven books and six films later, Harry Potter has proven itself to be one of the most financially successful book-to-movie adaptations in history.

Whether it deserves the accolade, however, is up to the fans to decide. But with the grand finale halved into two dramatic parts, fans can only hope that Warner Bros. delivers on its promise to do justice to the world created by author J.K Rowling.

Weigh in on the scripts yourself with a collection of Harry Potter’s previous movie scripts:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2001)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Script (2002)
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Script (2004)
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Script (2005)
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Script Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2007)
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Script (PDF Download) (2009)

Forrest Gump Script vs. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Script

Here at Scripts on Screen, we’ve decided to put some of Hollywood’s most popular screenplays under the magnifying glass. “Versus”, our newest series of posts, will be putting scripts with striking similarities side by side for you to compare and contrast.

This week, we’re bringing you Eric Roth’s critically acclaimed screenplays for Forrest Gump (1994) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Despite Academy nods for both films, the internet has had a field day calling out the undeniably similar scenes and plot elements for the two movies.

Coincidence or intentional? Check the scripts out for yourself.

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Script (2008)
2. Forrest Gump Script (1994)

Martin Scorsese Scripts

Martin Scorsese has been credited for directing some of the most influential and resonant films of the past fifty years. His unparalleled grasp of storytelling has propelled a-list stars such as Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Jodie Foster into the limelight.

But despite his reputation for being regularly snubbed by the Academy, Scorsese has proven the timelessness of  his films with classics such as Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990). And for most filmmakers, that’s an honor that no golden statue can provide.

1. Shutter Island Script (PDF Download) (2010)
2. The Departed Script (2006)
3. The Aviator Script $ (for Purchase) (2004)
4. Gangs of New York Script (2002)
5. Bringing Out the Dead Script (1999)
6. Kundun Script (1997)
7. Casino Script (1995)
8. The Age of Innocence Script $ (for Purchase)(1993)
9. Cape Fear Script (Dialogue Transcript)(1991)
10. Goodfellas Script (1990)
11. The Last Temptation of Christ Script (1988)
12. The Color of Money  Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1986)
13. After Hours Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1985)
14. The King of Comedy Script (1982)
15. Raging Bull Script (1980)
16. New York, New York (1977)
17. Taxi Driver Script (1976)
18. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
19. Mean Streets Script (1973)
20. Boxcar Bertha (1972)
21. Who’s That Knocking at My Door Script (Dialogue Transcript) (1967)

Top 5 Romantic Comedy Movie Scripts

Scripts on Screen
launches its own collection of Top 5 Movie Scripts. Every now and then, we’ll be showcasing our own top screenplay picks for a variety of film genres and themes.

This week, we’re taking a look at Scripts on Screen’s Top 5 Romantic Comedies. Check out the list below for picks from the likes of Woody Allen, Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner.

Don’t see any of your favorites? Drop us a line in the comments section and tell us what you think.

Matrix Trilogy Scripts

The Matrix trilogy will forever be recognized as the series that propelled Larry and Andy Waichowski into the cinema limelight. Having ushered in a whole new era of effects work like westernized wire-frame kung-fu fighting and the ever-popular “bullet time”, the Matrix Trilogy redefined the Hollywood action sequence.

But despite a strong debut with the first movie, the Matrix Trilogy was largely regarded as a series that lost its direction with the second and third films.

Check out the trilogy on paper in the collection below:

1. Matrix Script
2. Matrix Reloaded Script
3. Matrix Revolutions Script (Dialogue Transcript)

Predator Scripts

With the Robert Rodriguez produced Predators (2010) recently hitting cinemas, Predator fans are both loving (and hating) the newest addition to the Predator franchise. As rumors of a fourth movie already circling around the hushed back doors of Hollywood, things are looking up for one of cinema’s most revered alien killing machines.

Check out the evolution of this fan driven franchise in the scripts below:

1. Predator Script
2. Predator 2 Script (Dialogue Transcript)
3. Predators Script (PDF Download)

Kevin Smith Scripts

Recognized for his sharp dialogue and witty banter, Kevin Smith has garnered a following that has elevated his work far beyond cult-hit status. With his own brand of cheeky comedy and interesting characters, Smith has been touted as one of the funniest scriptwriters in Hollywood.

Although that may not hold true when it comes to worldwide box-office receipts, his small budget style of production has always made his unique style of filmmaking both entertaining and lucrative.

See below for a complete list of his feature-length screenwriting works:

1. Zack and Miri Make a Porno Script (Dialogue Transcript)(2008)
2. Clerks 2 Script $ (for Purchase) (2006)
3. Jersey Girl Script (Dialogue Transcript) (2004)
4. Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back Script (2001)
5. Dogma Script (1999)
6. Chasing Amy Script (1997)
7. Mallrats Script $ (for Purchase) (1995)
8. Clerks Script (1994)