Winner of 2020’s Los Angeles’s Motion
Picture Festival’s Best Horror Screenplay
By Stephen John Beyer
Solstice is about Angela who tries to overcome her fear of death while friends from her past are being murdered around her. The story takes place while Angela and her twin brother Peter attend a Summer Solstice Themed Reunion at Camp Julius where good friend Julius lives his dream as host and hosts nightly murder mystery dinners which retro in 1980’s slasher killer fashion. After Angela and Peter reminisce with old friends and settle in, Camp Julius Employee Fred, turns up dead during a feast which causes suspicion of what is real or what is part of the show.
As the evening continues, friends are haunted by their own fears which are heightened by poisoned hallucinations including Angela. Angela herself, is fearful of death since she found Julius’s mother’s murdered corpse ten years ago, and she is chased by a hallucinated apparition of Julius's mother. While fears are faced and others vanish, old friends meet up and accuse one another of foul play. As friends seek for the missing and others are captured, Angela and Peter search a nearby camp and both are injured by a mysterious entity. Angela escapes the entity and stumbles upon a cabin where she uncovers truths about Julius and his family. The mysterious entity finds Angela and she fights for her life and escapes once again.
While on the run and to Angela’s horror, in a nearby cave she finds corpses of her missing friends displayed. Now, with time running out, Angela must exploit the truth and overcome her own fear of death by looking death straight in the eye as she confronts all mysterious entities to survive. Or if Angela does not overcome her fear, she will not have the strength to defeat these entities, and she will not be at peace when the inevitable comes.