The Demon of Hope Street

A homeless vet, haunted by the war, discovers that a deranged street preacher is murdering his followers to send them to heaven — and if he doesn’t stop him, he might be next.

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Mike returns home from the war with a Bronze Star and severe PTSD. He wakes from a nightmare and fires his Glock at a dark figure lurking in his bedroom doorway. It’s his son. His wife lunges at him, and the bullets miss their mark. Mike drives off into the night, leaving his family behind.

Mike ends up on skid row at the Hope Street Mission where he meets Isaiah, a street preacher who sustains a head injury and comes to believe he’s been given a special calling from the Lord. Isaiah shares God's message of love on the street, then leads his followers down a dark alley and injects them with a lethal dose of morphine. Now they won’t be suffering anymore. They’ll be in heaven.

Mike fears Isaiah’s coming for him next and needs to hunt him down if he’s going to survive. It’s his only chance at finding a path to peace and redemption — and a way back home to his family.

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Written by:
Starring Roles For:
Marc Wahlberg
Robert Downey Jr.
Author Bio:
Craig Peters



BA Stanford 1976 MFA UC Riverside 1979

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Contest Results:
PAGE International (Semifinalist) [2016]
Final Draft/Big Break (Finalist) [2014]
WeScreenplay Feature (Finalist) [2015]
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