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 James Patero. Check it out below.
The purpose of the leap year is to keep our artificial calendars aligned with what the Earth actually does in its orbit around the sun and to ensure that roughly at noon on the winter solstice (Dec. 21) each year, the same point on the Earth is tilted toward the sun.
"All planets travel in an ellipse around the sun, but the shape of that ellipse oscillates. When the Earth's orbit is more elliptical, the planet spends more time farther away from the sun, and the Earth gets less sunlight over the course of the year. These periods of more-elliptical orbits are separated by about 100,000 years. Ice ages occur about every 100,000 years, and they line up exactly with this change in the Earth's elliptical shape (from astromart.com)."
…Billions of light years away, a planet similar to Earth, is in the middle of an ice age as its position is at its most furthest point of its orbit. For the last hundred years, its inhabitants and entire ecosystem have survived in underground settlements.
…Food is scarce, darkness everywhere, desperation has turned into cannibalism.
…A small settlement that has retained its humanity needs to defend themselves from the onslaught of savages and their imminent extinction.