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A Grim Descendant
Feature Film directorial debut /// ETA: 2025

A controversial young couple who operate the oldest established funeral home in the United States conceive of a monstrosity formerly thought to be a thing of storied legend;

The Grim Reaper

Writer/Director: Laurel Elizabeth Hasara

Cinematographer: Sam Krueger

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Scene #5 A Grim Descendant Storyboard by Anastasiia Tiekhova

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Screen test shot captured by Sam Krueger, May 2024

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Past screenplays

𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔞𝔯𝔱 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔠𝔯𝔦𝔭𝔱

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Sadistic dominatrix, Royce, is hired by a wealthy autistic engineer to act out his scripted Shakespearian fantasy on his 16 acre estate - repetitive, meticulous beatings paired with the reciting of poetic prose - until the final act goes off script to Royce’s misfortune. Stockholm Syndrome, a corrupt massage parlor, chases on horseback, a sex-ring and an elaborately orchestrated kidnapping. How far will one go to live out their most elaborate sexual fantasy?

Till Dusk do we
Honeymoon

Written @ age: 18/19

Page count: #119

A deep-dive into the loneliness of an American suburb. A family of three: a widower and his two sons, each family member leading separate lives despite sharing a quiet dinner table each night. The youngest son, an aspiring documentarian, interviews high school seniors where he’s learns of a local urban legend about an immortal couple who lives in the neighboring sleepy woods and takes in unloved children - with a  pedophilic twist. He sets out into the woods with his amateur camera equipment to find out the truth for himself. 

Strangers at Bay

A disobedient & emotionally broken orphan is court ordered to visit a semi-retired renowned psychotherapist once a week after caught hot-wiring cars; their power-struggles are soon exchanged for a cross-generational bond. (written at the age of 15 & heavily inspired by the film, Good Will Hunting).

Shades of Defiance

Written @ age: 15

Page count: #101

Written @ age: 16

Page count: #103

Controlled by a criminal entity in the late 1920's after an indoctrinated kidnapping as a child, ingenious debutante, Fawn Breckinridge, returns home from university for summer vacation to find her obsession with criminality stunted upon the arrival of a foreign groundskeeper on her family’s wealthy estate. 

Fawn

Written @ age: 19

Page count: #118

Inspired by the genocidal history of Poveglia Island, Italy, a bestial plague doctor marries a young woman from a local Italian village where they then start their lives together in the island’s only decrepit castle. Honeymoon bliss turns into a nightmarish hellscape as horrifying truths reveal themselves to the woman once she wanders into the island’s distant caves & waterways long after curfew. 

Inamorata

Written @ age: 17

Page count: #99

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” this Gothic minimalist story follows, June, a middle aged woman suffering from memory lapses found by a strange, malnourished coachman along a countryside backroad in the late 1890’s. The coachman kindly offers her a ride free of charge…

The Coachman

Written @ age: 18

Page count: #97

A newly ordained deacon takes in a homeless young woman who was found squatting in the church’s dilapidated gazebo. The slow rise of disturbing supernatural happenings in the rectory forces the deacon to confront his most sinful fantasies, the crescendo of activity reaching its dark height during the children’s Nutcracker recital on Christmas Eve.

Phantom
of the Pulpit

Written @ age: 15

Page count: #105

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