Institute History

  • 1992 June Screenwriters Lab


For generations, the Almonts, a family of great wealth and apparent normalcy, have lived high above New York City in a penthouse. Luke Dardinel has worked for the family for most of his life.

It's 1992 and the Almont family is in turmoil. The storm at their center is Jason, the eldest son. Stung by the indifference of his now dead father, Jason is driven by an uncontrollable rage.

Like an addict who turns to drugs, Jason wants relief from what he feels are the humiliations of life. Mona, a vampire seductress, convinces him that he doesn't have to suffer mortality and pain. She offers him eternal life and the power to be whatever he wants. He exalts in his newfound power and turns against the family, threatening to destroy them.

Jason's mother, Isabella, wants to hold her family together and reaches out to Luke to help her. A vampire himself, Luke has struggled against his own dark forces.

As Isabella's affections for him grow, Luke finds himself pressured by uncontrollable emotions. In his love for Isabella, he realizes he can't abandon her as she faces Jason's threat. Together, Luke and Isabella are forced to confront Jason before he destroys the family.

ENVY is a psychological vampire story, a combination of Freud and Bram Stoker—Oedipus with fangs.


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