Release date1985 WriterEd Greenberg (screenplay), Rufus Butler Seder (screenplay) CastRufus Butler Seder, George Kuchar, Katy Bolger, Ed Callahan, Basil J. Bova GenresHorror, Indie film, Horror comedy, Black comedy Similar moviesIgor and the Lunatics (1985), Girls School Screamers (1986), Death by Dialogue (1988), The Dark Side of Midnight (1984), Frightmare (1983)
Screamplay is a 1985 American horror film directed by Rufus Butler Seder.
Aspiring screenwriter Edgar Allen (Rufus B. Seder) arrives in Hollywood carrying his most valuable possessions: a battered suitcase and a typewriter. Edgar Allen's best attribute is his wild imagination. He imagines scenes so vividly for the murder mystery he is writing that they seem to come to life...and they do! As mysterious gruesome murders pile up, Edgar Allen must confront aging actresses, rock stars and the police in a bleak setting of broken dreams and hideously broken bodies in Hollywood. As the line between reality and imagination becomes more blurred, Edgar Allen, convinced the only way to be a real writer is to suffer, is driven slowly mad.
After a theatrical and video release, Troma released the film on DVD in 2005. This release is currently out of print.
The film is currently distributed by Troma Entertainment. Many Troma fans cite Screamplay as one of the company's better films in terms of quality: the film is very well received by film fans for its writing and heavy German Expressionism influence, lacking the gratuitous gore, nudity, and/or cheap gags present in most Troma films.