Tom Romita

Writer. Director. Frustrated Human.

Tom has been successfully (not) writing “unscripted” television shows for almost twenty years.  From the romantic comedy of “Blind Date” and “Matched in Manhattan,” to the family drama of “Wife Swap” and “Shalom in the Home,” to the workplace shenanigans of “Counting Cars” and “New York Ink,” Tom has crafted stories to the delight of millions of viewers over the years.  He’s reached a level of success that has allowed him to live in the city he loves, New York, and secure a wife and daughter so beautiful, people think he’s adopted.  But now, he’s doing it the right way. He’s writing stuff down. Right here. Please enjoy his website, and feel free to share, Tweet or contact Tom directly to say hi, exchange ideas, or introduce him to really rich people who might want to produce his movies.

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SARDINES

“Sardines” was inspired by Tom’s wife, Caroline, who always thought there should be a horror movie about the creepy game she played as a kid, Sardines. It’s basically reverse Hide-and-Seek. One person hides, (preferably in a big, old house) and everyone individually heads off to find him.  Once they do, the “seekers” join the “hider” and cram themselves into the original hiding spot. The cluster of hiders gets bigger and less comfortable as the number of seekers eventually dwindles to three, two, and one…

Thinking this was a fabulous premise for a sexually charged slasher romp, Tom promptly Googled “How to Write a Slasher Movie” and got to work. In his version of the game, four high school girls and four college guys find themselves sharing a cabin in the woods after a family vacation miscommunication. After a few rounds of tequila-fueled “Truth or Dare” and one too many run-ins with murderous, drooling townies, the game shifts to Sardines. Slowly, as our young partiers start dropping one by one in typical slashtastic fashion, they come to the horrific realization that playtime is now over. Someone is killing the party – literally.  Who will survive this deadly game, and how? 

To read an excerpt from the screenplay - Click Here