Going Down In Flames
Gabriel Norrington is sitting alone in the game room at
Shady Pines Mental Institution in Chicago, IL. As a patient
for over one year, he has found it easier to keep to
himself. Recently admitted patient Sidney Barrett, however,
won't allow that to happen. By expressing that she is drawn
to people who are dark and mysterious, Sidney convinces
Gabriel to open up to her about the reasons for his being
admitted to the hospital. Upon hearing her story about a
miscarriage that resulted in abandonment by her husband,
Gabriel decides it is time to open up.
To her shock and disbelief, Sidney discovers that Gabriel
was a member of Special Operations unit that engaged in
covert missions to stop a large terrorist cell made up
entirely of vampires. According to Gabriel, vampires have
roamed the Earth as far back as the Crusades. They quenched
their unending thirst for living blood by drinking from
humans, just as legends and myths had always described.
While picturing themselves as dominant, vampires always held
a fear that one day a human would unite a group whose
ultimate goal was the eradication of their kind. Most
vampires believed that they had finally met this person when
Adolf Hitler came to power.
With WWII coming to an end, leaders of the vampire nation
called a meeting with Allied leaders, offering a truce and
vowing to live in peace amongst humanity. The leaders agreed
and granted the two million strong vampire population their
own tract of land that would become their home. Surveillance
of the nation, however, became a top priority for all
nations, the CIA being formed as the U.S.' answer. While
prospering as a country, the vampires soon found themselves
threatened from within by a dictator named Victor Hidalgo.
Using brutal force to convince his countrymen that they
must rebel once and for all against humanity, Hidalgo
created a large force known as the Shadow Warriors. By
engaging in terrorist activity, the Shadow Warriors became a
threat to both humanity and their own kind. Gabriel and the
other members of his squad, known as the Blood Pack, vowed
to stop them. One night, however, Gabriel discovered that
men within his unit were conspiring along with the Shadow
Warriors and Hidalgo. Before he could present evidence of
this manipulation, Gabriel was highly drugged by his captors
and placed into a mental institution, where his rants about
vampires and terrorist cells where written off simply as the
lies of a delusional heroin addict.
To further ensure his silence, Gabriel's entire family
was slaughtered, with the exception of his nephew Connor.
Now, Gabriel is confiding in a complete stranger with the
hopes that she might be willing to help him seek vengeance
upon all those who betrayed him...
-- Script Pitch III Co-Host Commentary
by Stephen Lucas
The thing about this pitch is that even though I dont
get behind it, I think theres potential to reach a cult
audience. I think the story is specific and direct enough to
what was being described, just not quite what I was looking
for. However, I have a feeling this film may not fair too
badly over a number of years.