Monkey's Paw


Monkey's Paw
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A down-and-out family is visited by a man who possesses a strange object that they hope will make all of their wishes come true. A terror classic that brings home the old adage “be careful what you wish for.”

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The White family has fallen on hard times. Herbert White is out of work, and his wife, Alice, is not happy about their situation. Stanley, their good-hearted son, is keeping the household financially afloat. Herbert runs into Major Morris, an old military acquaintance, who might have a job for him. When Morris pays them a visit, the job has dried up, but he does have something else to offer them. In his pocket is a shriveled-up monkey’s paw which he acquired in India. He tells them that it will grant the owner three wishes, but that these wishes come at a high price. Alice White is willing to take the gamble, and the results are more horrifying than any of them could have imagined. The Monkey’s Paw is a classic tale of terror that brings home the old adage “be careful what you wish for.”



Alice White – A wife and mother, fed up with being poor and her husband’s inability to provide.

Herbert White – A husband and father, beaten down by life and a wife who has lost faith in him.

Stanley White – A loyal son and sole breadwinner of the family.

Major Morris – A conflicted man with a mysterious past, in possession of a cursed object.

Gentleman – A messenger from the firm Stanley works for.

Setting: Rural England. Time: 1931.

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Production Scripts

Available Products:

Wicked Lit Print Edition – The beautifully designed anthology, available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork and reference photos. Also, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, if available.