Title: Casting the Runes
By: Felice Picano
Logline: In a picturesque 19TH Century New England town two brothers and their friends –including the reclusive, American poet, Emily Dickinson – must battle a powerful and vengeful Demonologist who can control and kill using the spells of ancient Icelandic “Runes.”
Genre: Historical Sci-Fi/Horror screenplay based on a classic short story by M.R. James
WGA Registration # 1919814
Background: “Casting the Runes” is Felice Picano’s adaptation of a classic horror story by M.R.James published in 1914. This new version transposes the action from England to 1886 Northampton, Massachusetts and its surroundings. The period and place are that of sunny, perfect picture-postcard America–of ice cream parlors and horse-drawn fire-trucks,of Sunday band stand concerts and steam locomotives, of Temperance meetings and children playing with hoops. Science is just beginning and evil lurks behind the banana-curled school girls and Huck Finn boys.