Today's Leap Day – the one holiday that doesn't have a horror movie devoted to it. To correct that situation, we've asked each and every FEARnet employee to submit a pitch for a FEARnet film they would make that's based on, inspired by, or entitled 'Leap Year'. Our next proposal comes from Eric Cookson. Check it out below.
For centuries, Satan has been trying to enter our world through the birth of a child, but in order to do so, the child must be born on the rarest of days – the leap year. Every February 29th an opportunity presents itself for the birth of pure evil. Fortunately, for the world, the Catholic Church has been aware of this since the first time the Devil tried. Each time a leap year has approached, they have been able to intervene. Sometimes a variation of an exorcism has been done, other times, much more drastic measures have been required, including destroying an entire village in Romania and all the people in 1884. Each time, however, it gets more and more difficult to identify where the Beast will be born.
February 29th, 2016. Agents of the Church have lost track of their target and are unable to intervene, other than knowing he is somewhere in New York. Now that the child has been born, he has been taken and hidden by the Devil's allies who will stop at nothing to protect their anti-Christ. They kill without hesitation, and leave a bloody path of destruction in their wake. Their actions feed on each other, as witnesses to their evil begin to tear society apart. Armageddon is on its way.
The Church must use all their power to find this child. All their resources must be used to save this world. No where is safe from the coming destruction as society rips itself apart at the seems from New York to London to Jerusalem to Los Angeles. The closer the agents of the Church get to the child, the faster the followers of darkness move him, and as he grows, he will only become more powerful, more elusive.
The child finally ends up in Mexico City, protected by the drug lords. There is no way the Church's assassins can get anywhere near him. Difficult decisions must be made, and the Church finds itself contemplating the use of a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands, just to stop the one child. A lone priest involved in the planning cannot believe this, and now it is a race against time for him to prevent Armageddon and save Mexico City. He will defy the Church and hunt down the anti-Christ himself…
Every leap year, the Devil has chance to enter the world through a new born baby. For centuries, the Church has tracked this child down and prevented his birth. However, this February 29th is different. This February 29th, he will be born. Now, he must be hunted...he must be killed...before he can unleash Hell upon our world.
This February 29th, the Devil's Due.