FADE IN:OVER BLACK:Title card:
TEN YEARS AGO
EXT. DEEP WOODS - NEAR KINGSFIELD, MAINE - DAY A hot summer's day. A redheaded BOY, eleven years old, panicked, running full-tilt, trips over the underbrush. Hedrops his new pellet gun, but doesn't care to retrieve it.He's back on his feet, huffing for air, hauling himself overthe old, barbed wire fence, and emerging from the wood in aheavy sweat. Still, he doesn't stop. He's on his bike,feet on the pedals and charging down a winding dirt road until he runs headlong into a tractor. The boy brakes hard.The FARMER atop the rig sets the gears to idle. By the lookof the boy, the farmer knows there's some kind of trouble.FARMER What's wrong, son?The boy wheezes for air, tries to get out the words.FARMER (CONT'D)C'mon, boy. Out with it.CLOSE ON - THE BOYThe horror around the eyes. What has he seen?EXT. HIGHWAY - NEAR KINGSFIELD, MAINE - DAY We FOLLOW the wailing police cruisers, an ambulance, and afire truck as they hurl down the highway. The convoy slows before turning down a dirt road. The dust blows high intothe air. Ahead, the deep woods from where the boy firstemerged.EXT. DEEP WOODS - DAY WE FOLLOW the hurried POLICE and FIREMEN through the thickened brush until they slow at an old farm site, complete with afading red grain silo which appears pasted against a crisp blue sky. What was once pasture is now a large clearing ofwild flowers and belly-high grass. They've all stopped, butthe CAMERA CONTINUES on, passing up the rescue crew to reveala horrible sight. Bodies, naked and dead, oddly configured as if placed by another's hand. The scene is thick withflies. WE CRANE UPIt's a ghastly picture. The bodies are arranged - about onehundred of them - in the form of a spiral - counterclockwisefrom inside out.