Dead Souls

Synopsis: Johnny Petrie learns on his 18th birthday that he was adopted after inheriting a farm in Maine. Eager to start a new life, Johnny leaves home so he can began afresh in this "new" dwelling. However, Johnny soon discovers that the farm, which has been abandoned for eighteen years since his natural family died, harbors a horrifying history about the deaths of said natural family.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Colin Theys
Production: Synthetic Cinema International
92 min

Are you okay, Mom?

It's just a little stomach ache.

Can you keep an eye

on the baby while I lay down?


Okay, it's okay.

Everything's gonna be okay.

Good night, little brother.

Give me strength, Lords.

- Benjamin?

- Yes.

Something is wrong,

I need to go to the hospital.

You can't go to the hospital,


Why not?

It's time for the final step.

What are you talking about?



What's wrong?


where is your emergency?


I'm sorry, Bryan.

Give me the baby, Daniel!

It has to be finished!


Daniel, it's the only way.

For the good of us all.

You just don't understand.

Where is he, Daniel!


Anyone home?

Mr. Conroy.

My God.

I was wrong.

There's one more.

Oh, my parents flipped when

they found out I applied out of state.

But whatever, it's not like

they really have a say in what I do.

Man, you're so lucky.

I'd give anything to get outta here.

What, Mary Mother of God

still callin' all the shots?

She thinks colleges are, uh,

morally corrupt breeding grounds.

Well, yeah.

Damn it.

Nothin' yet.

Birthday present.

Ah... jealous.



Hey, eventually my mom's

gonna start to notice.

Come on, she never notices.

She's gonna be home any minute,

so you gotta clear out.


Because you know I'm not

supposed to have friends over,

especially you.

Come on.



Have you ever had a thought

that she didn't feed you?

Uh, of course.

Yeah, uh, let me see

your cell phone real quick.

You know I don't have one.

Oh, right... why is that again?

Because they cause brain tumors.


See, it's like you're

a weird little clone.

Good-bye, Scott.

I'm gonna come back

and find you and her

running a creepy motel

right off the Interstate, aren't I?

Ree! Ree! Ree! Ree!

Get a TV.

This is Andrew Judson.

Hi, Mr. Judson, this is uh,

Johnny... John Petrie.

Yes, yes, yes,

I've been waiting for you to call.

Yeah, I think there's been

some kind of mistake.

I don't know

any Benjamin Conroy.

Uh, it's no mistake,

the estate of Mr. Conroy

has been willed to you

as of your 18th birthday,

which was a few days ago,

if I'm correct.

Yeah, but uh, again I...

The property's worth

a substantial amount of money.

I really need to go over

all the logistics in person.

When's the soonest

you can come to Wellfield?

See, that's the thing,

I can't exactly just leave.

- Uh, Mr. Judson, I'll call you back.

- Yes, of course, but...

Hi, Mom.

New doctor?

I ran into Helen Sampson today

and she told me about this new

medication her daughter was prescribed

for generalized anxiety

and mild depression.

Dr. Webster said it was too dangerous

to take with my Klonopin and Valium.

So, I went to Helen's doctor and...

he was more than happy

to prescribe it.

That's great.

That's the last time I see

that Webster quack.

Hey, Mom, can I talk to you

about something?

If this is about going to college

again, you can stop right there.

Those communal showers

are nothing but state sanctioned

homosexual bath houses.

No, I... I was wondering

if I could go, uh...

to church?

Don't think I don't know how long

it's been since your last confession.

No, Mom, to this town.

It's called Wellfield.

It's in Maine.

Pardon me?

I got this letter today and...

You're not going anywhere,

do you you hear me?

I am your mother and I make

the rules around here.

So, not another word.

- But...

- Not another word.

Who's Benjamin Conroy?

- Are you Mary's son?

- Yes.

I wanted to hold her

for a few days

for a more thorough

psych evaluation.

Which, trust me,

sounds much worse than it is.

- A few days?

- Yeah.

Mr. Judson?

Hey, man?


You look a little lost.

No, I'm fine.

Sure about that?

Kind of looking

for this lawyer's office.

Well, Mr. John Petrie,

it's just around

the corner there.

Great, thank you.

If you want my advice,

which you do,

you'll turn around and get

your sorry ass back on that train.

Why would I do that?

Listen to him, okay?

Nobody wants you here.

Everything's been fine here

for 17 years.

You had no right coming back

and digging up the past!

Listen, I don't know

what you're talking about.


Let him go, Mack.

Just so we're clear,

you don't belong in this town.


See you around.

So, I'm glad you were able

to come up here so quickly.

The sooner we get

the ball rolling,

the sooner both of us can be

on our way to the bank.


Your mother was okay

with you coming up here?

Well, it's not like she really has

any say in what I do.

Mr. Judson, I've still got

a few questions.

Ah, here we are.

Just look at it.


You have the house over here,

barn out back.

Property stretches

far into the woods over there

covering approximately

125 acres.

- Mr. Judson...

- I already have a developer lined up

who's been waiting years

to get a hold of the property.

So, I was able to negotiate

a great price...

pending your approval.

Wait, can you just...

hold on a second.

Yeah, what is it?

Who is Benjamin Conroy?

I'm sorry, I just...

I just thought you knew.


You should really talk

to your mother about this.

Trust me, it's not my place.

Look, I tried...

she wouldn't tell me.

More reason for me

not to get involved.

Please, I'm just trying

to figure out why I'm here.

Because you're next of kin

to the Conroy family.

Next of kin?

Was Benjamin

like a c-c-c cousin or somethin'?

No, not a cousin.

Well, what then?

Benjamin Conroy was...

Benjamin Conroy was your father.

See, I knew this had

to be a mistake.

My father's name was Ed Petrie,

he died years ago.

Your mother...

was Benjamin's sister.

She adopted you after

your family passed away.

That's impossible,

I'd remember something like that.

You were only a year old.

I'm sorry you had

to find out like this.


I don't know how tame he is.

Get outta here!

Get, go, go,

get outta here, go, go!

You okay,

he didn't hurt you?

No, I'm fine.

Let's go see the house.

All right.

Had the power turned on

for showing the buyers.

I also had an antiques dealer

put a quote together,

assuming you want

to sell the furniture.

Minus a small percentage

for my finder's fee.

Is this my family?

Yes, I suppose so.

What happened to them?

Mr. Judson?

Honestly, I really don't know

that much about it.

Some kinda accident.

I have a four o'clock,

so we need to get going.

- Already?

- Yeah.

So, the property was

originally made in 1816.

Back then it sat on 400 acres.

It was originally farm country.

So, I booked you a room

at the hotel by my office.

So, we can meet tomorrow morning

and go over all the paperwork.

Actually... I was kind of thinkin'

that I might like to stay here

for a little longer.

Is that okay?

I mean, it is your house,

but I wouldn't suggest

poking around in there.

Why not?

It's just... it's not sanitary.

I'd like to stay.

I mean, I'm staying.


Okay, here's my card,

the number for a cab service.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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