When her older husband dies of viagra overdose, leaving her cuffed on the bed frame, a sexually frustrated woman must break free or die alone in their isolated lake house.

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Gerald’s Game

giannisggeorgiou Samurai Asked on October 11, 2018 in Examples.
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In a secluded cabin, a woman must find a way to free herself when her husband dies after handcuffing her to the bed for some kinky sex.
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And then comes the story twists and reveals, psychological garbage and a mysterious character.  But it’s not possible to cram all that into a logline.  Nor do I think  it necessary.  Job  #1 of a logline is  to get someone to read the script to find out what happens next.   I think the story hook  has plenty enough bait  in terms of the initial and primary dramatic problem to get that job done.

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dpg Singularity Reviewed on October 11, 2018.

Yes! Sometimes, the hook is so strong that character personality is redundant (in the logline)!

on October 12, 2018.
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I am not particularly crazy with “sexually frustrated woman.” A big revelation in the movie is her memory that she was abused by her father. Also, the whole cuffs on the bed is a rape fantasy her husband puts her through, without her will, so should I say “sexually abused woman?”

giannisggeorgiou Samurai Reviewed on October 11, 2018.
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I agree with your comment about “sexually frustrated”. That suggests consent, possibly even that it was her idea. I haven’t seen the film so what’s her arc? Is there a characteristic you can use that ties in more closely to the emotional journey she goes on?

mikepedley85 Mentor Reviewed on October 11, 2018.

Her arc is: from [defined as a sexual object by men in her life] to [assertive and self-defined]. But dpg is right. His version is straight to the point, no-bullshit.

on October 12, 2018.
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I saw this movie and enjoyed it.  I don’t think “old”, “sexually frustrated” and “die alone” are needed.   The reference to Viagra infers old or older.   Sexual frustration isn’t necessary as being tied to the bed implies they are trying to be sexually active, and die alone is implied mentioning the isolated lake house.

craigwchenery Penpusher Reviewed on October 12, 2018.
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