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 Joseph McCabe. Check it out below.
This throwback to ‘80s holiday-themed thrillers is about a leap year killer named Julian Gregory (after the two calendars that gave birth to the Leap Year). Born on a Leap Day in a small town in upstate New York, Julian's parents would only celebrate his birthday once every four years. Deeply embittered, Julian killed his parents when he turned sixteen. After serving four years in a juvenile detention center (where his behavior was perfect), he was released in time for the next Leap Day, when he turned his anger towards his four old childhood friends, whose parents celebrated their birthdays with parties every year, and who are unaware of Julian's patricide. Julian slaughters one of them (a jock named Eddie), on February 29th, making it look like an accident, and then spends the following four years studying astronomy in college, specializing in the phenomenon of the Leap Year. But four years later, now a graduate student, Julian's anger is unleashed again, and he kills the second of his old friends (Patrick, a computer nerd), again making it look like an accident. The third and fourth friends are twins, Annie and Michael. Michael left town while Julian was incarcerated to get a job as a newspaper reporter in New York City. Annie, a local grammar school teacher remained, taking care of their elderly father, a catatonic retired cop (who was assigned the sixteen-year-old Julian's case, and who alone knows his secret). Shortly before Julian's twenty-eighth birthday, their father passes away; and Michael returns to town to help Annie take care of the estate. A scrapbook their father kept of his cases, however, prompts Michael to start putting the pieces together, and he begins to suspect Julian is the cause of his friends' deaths. Julian, however, is, by this time, widely regarded as the nicest guy in town, and someone to whom Annie has become more than just a friend. Can Michael save Annie, and himself, before Julian turns twenty-eight? Will anyone survive… the Creep Year?