The Struggle

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HORROR DETECTIVE

Contemporary

Anthony M. Corelli

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Submision Type

book

Logline

Pastor Anthony Corelli, an established exorcist has been asked to assist a family under demonic attack. A missing girl, an unsolved murder, and an angry detective all stand in the way of Pastor Anthony's efforts to free the Stout family from the most ancient of evils.

Genre

Horror,Detective

Short Summary

A young Anthony Corelli begins seeing demons when he is very young. He struggles to find relief from the nightly attacks. As a teen, he performs his first exorcism to free his family. Now a pastor, Anthony is called to help those in his church who suffer from demonic attack.

Setting

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Anthony Corelli

Age: Mid 40s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Narcisstic,Religious,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Christina Stout

Age: 6

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Sophisticated,Underdog

Additional Character Details

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Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Anthony M. Corelli is an ordained minister and a therapist with decades of experience helping hurting people find the healing grace of Jesus Christ. He has had the privilege of serving those struggling with severe psychopathology. His work with those suffering with psychological and spiritual issues has sometimes led to the need for deliverance ministry. Although, most of his ministry has revolved around the pulpit and the counseling couch, in some instances he has wrestled with the demonic.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Covenant Books

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-64471-178-1

Genre

DRAMA, THRILLER, RELIGION

Brief

Tony is haunted by demons as a child, although never possessed, they trouble him to the point of no return. However, God has other plans for Tony and he is given a second chance to help protect others. Tony becomes a priest and uses his unusual exorcism knowledge to save a family from demons. When a young girl goes missing, he becomes her only hope of safety from the darkness.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile is pretty accurate in reflecting the narrative. The logline does negate the beginning by starting off that Anthony is an established priest when the first part of the book is child as mentioned in the short summary. The development pitch talks about how to market the book and the next volumes, however it might be better suited to show the themes of the story and focus on the singular narrative and why it is unique compared to other exorcism media.

Draw of Story

Tony has a young child being followed by demons and no one believing him despite the escalating circumstances has a lot of tension and to see the same pattern repeat itself in the Stout family creates the same feeling.

Possible Drawbacks

The origin story of Tony and then the transition to Anthony as a priest feel like two different stories. Either focusing on the Stout exorcism or Tony's spiritual journey as a child might better help the narrative to feel more cohesive rather than like a story and its prequel.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Tony is tempted by demons and then learns to control them so well that he is given a call from God to take up the cloth and continue is exorcisms professionally.

Fanbase Potential

This may have a decent fanbase of religious horror movie fans or those that appreciate exorcisms in thrillers as the storyline is within those genres.

Awards Potential

Due to its religious and horror affiliations this is unlikely to get noticed for prestige awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE CONJURING, THE EXORCIST, THE NUN, THE OMEN, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE

What’s New About the Story

The originality of the story stems from the religious focus on exorcism the demons rather than the supernatural spectacle. Focusing more on the unique mythos of the watchers and the angels aspect would make the demon story more unique.

Lead Characters

Antony is steadfast in his faith, strong and vulnerable at times. Rae is supportive and naive. Christina is innocent and sassy.

Uniqueness of Story

This has a good foundation of innovative mythology and a religious focus, however the side characters are not as developed to maximize emotional investment.

Possible Formats

Film: Streaming, Indie, Studio

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Adding more surprising elements and setbacks to the adult Tony's story would help retain the tension of the pacing. Current Tony is already proven too good at saving people from demons outside of the slip up where the officer shoots Julia. The side characters besides Tony's mom do not have a lot of insight or their own inner conflicts so making them more dynamic and flawed would help create more investment in saving them from the exorcism as well as vary their reaction to the strange happenings.