17 August 2011

The UMBRA: original screenplay online

Update on Dulce movie, The UMBRA:

The movie's original screenplay (now in the process of being re-written) is available to view online. When last I checked several weeks ago this was not the case, or at least I was unable to locate it after a lengthy search.

I had received my copy of the screenplay directly from one its original reviewers and had been advised not to republish the document for obvious legal reasons. But seeing as the screenplay apparently is now available for any and all to view, knock yourselves out (don't read it right before yo go to bed, though!).

Download The UMBRA screenplay here...


CORRECTION: In my last post on this movie, I said that the character of Michael Lazar is "sucided". Reading the script a second time, however, I realise I was mistaken. Lazar is not suicided, but his death is nevertheless carefully 'engineered' by the powers that be...


  1. ok so. The plot summary in your last post sounded pretty much like the mythology of The X-Files made into a movie.

    I'm a bit confused by the ending of the script. I'm not sure if I missed an important part but aren't we just pretty much left in the dark?

  2. We're not really left in the dark, but neither are we fully clued-in to the aliens' overarching agenda. If you go through the script again and read only Michael Lazar's narrative, then you'll see that we are given most of the pieces to the puzzle, but the reader/viewer is required to piece them together. It's not partcularly easy to follow - I had to read it several times to be sure of exactly what has transpired. It's very clear, however, that the Lazar sub-plot is directly inspired by the Phil Schneider/Dulce story.

  3. but, as far as I remember, it never actually says anywhere that this is about aliens or is it? And we do have to actually come up ourselves with what David is seeing at the end of the script that's so horrifying, right?

    Maybe I really need to read Lazar's testimony a second time.

  4. The words "alien" and "extraterrestrial" do not appear in the script, but by half way through (at the latest) it's quite clear that the conspiracy involves aliens. And yes, there's a lot that the script leaves to our imaginations. A good move on the screenwriter's part. I'm of the opinion that horror works best that way.

  5. it actually does. In this case I just feel like I'm not given enough information to even imagine what he's seeing.

  6. I mean, don't get me wrong. I love endings that make you ponder, endings you have to make up your mind about. Just that this one rather felt like the writer had a good idea for a gripping plot but lacked the idea for an appropriate solution to the mysteries. Coming up with mysteries isn't as hard as coming up with a coherent explanation for them.
    What's with the piece of paper David kept carrying around? What about the woman from the flashbacks? What about the e-mails?

  7. I agree - there are a few too many loose ends. And the sub-plot involving his old love interest is totally lame. It doesn't work at all and obviously has only been written to pander to crusty old studio executives who believe no film will succeed without an obligatory romance element.