The Missing Screenwriter: Eyes Wide Shut

There’s nothing worse than the feeling that someone is out to get you. It’s probably what Robert Hurley thought right before his disappearance. He was already knee deep in the Russian mafia’s affairs. He was swimming in gambling debts, and his girlfriend, Natalya? She supposedly stole money from her mob boss. Oh, and Hurley also witnessed the ritualistic practices of Dark Onto Light. A sane person wouldn’t meddle any further, but Hurley wrote two scripts – Notes from the New World and Shades of Blood – that revealed the satanic cult’s secrets and aspects of the Russian mafia’s operation. The Russians were almost immediately aware that Hurley portrayed their organization in a negative light. Who wouldn’t want Hurley removed from the world?

NOTES Robert Hurley Missing PosterThe thing about the Russian mafia is that there are hundreds of different gangs with thousands of different members. One of these organized groups have branched out into the supernatural. Whether Dark Onto Light is merely an affiliate of the unknown gang, or is a part of the gang in every regard, it is hard to say. The question on my mind is how the cult is able to retain their privacy.

For thousands of years, they have succeeded in keeping all of their activities exclusive. Somehow, Hurley managed to reveal the cult’s origin and historic development, but nobody really believes him. Hurley’s untimely disappearance, and the lack of clues in his apartment, suggests that his research into Dark Onto Light could very well be fiction.

Or was the lack of information in Hurley’s abandoned apartment a smokescreen? If so, the coverup would have taken a lot of skill and a lot of forethought. To employ a qualified group of criminals into the field, you need an organization that makes a lot of money, and you need a leader who knows how to pull out all the stops.

Then, consider how much support Dark Onto Light would need to keep the attention away from the authorities and the public eye. This is a cult that does not hide in the shadows… How could it? If you are always moving around (i.e. always changing the location of the ritual), you’re bound to leave a trace at some point.

This is my Eyes Wide Shut theory. In the criminal world, privacy is everything. Although the film’s ritual wasn’t exactly illegal, the point that I’m making is that privacy is retained through wealth and property. You can almost get away with anything if you have enough money.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999), directed by Stanley Kubrick

Eyes Wide Shut (1999), directed by Stanley Kubrick

For a moment, lets say that the leader of Dark Onto Light conducts the monthly sacrifice within the confines of their own home. Nobody gets in or out of this “mansion” without security clearance. The leader of the cult leads a double life. He’s a respected entrepreneur, but behind the mask, he is a criminal. No one suspects that he is the Russian mafia, but he gets away with it. Every business operation of his is a front for money laundering, but the only person who knows it is the bookkeeper. From where is the majority of the money coming?

Based on Hurley’s journal entries, we can reasonably assume that the Russian mafia is involved in illegal gambling, prostitution, and kidnapping. There’s probably more to it than that. Whatever the case may be, someone is smart and powerful enough to coverup Dark Onto Light’s crimes. I want to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. Some field work is necessary, and in a few weeks, I hope to have something tangible.


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Ford’s’ blog:

The Missing Screenwriter: Relevant Patterns

The Missing Screenwriter: When Darkness Becomes Light

The Missing Screenwriter: Diary of a Madman

The Missing Screenwriter: What We Know So Far

Mark’s’ blogs:

Dead End

It only got Stranger and Stranger…

My Attempts to Work with Jord, the Vlogger

Lauren’s blogs:

Production Notes: The Plight Of The Vlogger

Production Notes: A New Perspective

Production Notes: Disappearances, Dark Tidings, & Sinister Situations

Production Notes: Changing Seasons, Changing Moods, And What Comes Next

Production Notes: Vlogs, The Missing, And The Fear

Production Notes: What Happened To Robert Hurley? 

Production Notes: Incentives, Sign-Ups, And More Mysteries 

Production Notes: Saying Goodbye, Staying On Track, & Ominous Signs 

Production Notes: Incentives, Updates and the Missing Screenwriter

The Missing Screenwriter: Silence Speaks Volumes

Changes, Updates, & The Missing Screenwriter 

Shari’s blogs:

The Missing Screenwriter: Dark Onto Light continued

The Missing Screenwriter: Dark Onto Light

The Missing Screenwriter: The Journal

The Missing Screenwriter: Part Two

The Missing Screenwriter: Part One

Ford Harris

Ever since 6th grade, I have been interested in filmmaking. My friends and I would direct, act, and edit horror films that, well... ended up being funny. It was't until high school when my interest became more focused. I wanted to express my creativity through writing. After graduating high school, and after living in Oklahoma City for eighteen years, I decided to move to California. I attended Santa Monica College for a year and then transferred to Loyola Marymount University. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in screenwriting.

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