The award-winning writing and filmmaking duo of Matthew Abrams and Padgett Arango


Abrams & Arango Padgett Arango and Matthew Abrams met on the first day of college and have been a writing team ever since.

Their film EXTRACURRICULAR premiered at the Toronto After Dark and FrightFest, where it was nominated for Best Actress, Best Scare, and Best Death, and picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment.

They've written everything from musicals to Christmas movies, but specialize in affordable genre thrills.

Matthew Abrams

Matthew Abrams
Place of birth: New York, NY
Favorite film: The Long Goodbye
Favorite director: John Carpenter
Favorite screenwriter: Leigh Brackett

Padgett Arango

Padgett Arango
Place of birth: Zurich, Switzerland
Favorite film: Repo Man
Favorite director: Robert Altman
Favorite screenwriter: Walter Hill



EXTRACURRICULAR follows four friends that are model students at their high school. When life as a student proves too dreary, they turn to their secret pastime: planning and executing murders. But when one of their plans goes shockingly awry, the relationship between the group is put to the test. Soon they must combine their devious skills to find their way out of a deadly situation.

Director: Ray Xue

Starring: Keenan Tracey, Brittan Raymond, Spencer Macpherson, Brittany Teo, and Luke Goss

US Release by Samuel Goldwyn Films
January 17, 2020

UK Release by Signature Entertainment
October 21, 2019

Literally Dead

After starting a paranormal investigation business with her best friends, a twelve-year-old girl must escape from a haunted house when she gets in over her head.

Reddit Screenwriting Contest

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Zombies vs. Cheerleaders

An adaptation of the cult comic book series by Steven L. Frank, commissioned by Brian Pulido of Mischief Maker Studios.


When burned clients shoot her and leave her for dead, a talent agent for criminals must use her knowledge of the underground to wreak revenge on the people who tried to kill her.

WEAVER is currently in development with Woodhead Productions.

One of Us

Unfulfilled by the biggest hit of his career, director Tod Browning must weigh commercial success against artistic vision, fighting studio intervention to assemble his masterpiece, FREAKS.

Work-for-hire project for an independent producer

Destroy Without Watching

After a broker of found footage movies is robbed of a priceless collection, he must hunt it down before a rival collector uses a haunted film reel to unleash an ancient evil.

Official Selection
The Dead List

The Film Empire Horror Screenplay Contest

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