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FADE IN: INT. MOVIE THEATER - LOBBY - NIGHT Christmas lights are strung up. A huge banner reads: “SPECIAL PREVIEWING OF SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT” a Christmas tree sits near a theater door, with fake boxes o f “presents.” People enter -- many are male teenagers who probably love horror films. CLOSE UP ON TWO STRIKING BEAUTIES -MIRANDA, redhead, baby-light blue eyes. Lips Angelina Jolie would kill for -- re al lips. She’s bundled up quite nicely, pulls off a pink winter coat and wraps it around her waist. She wears black jeans, sneakers; black converses, I (HEART) NY hoodie. 17. A sweet, kind girl, quick. TAYLOR, blonde, hazel eyes. Hot. She also rocks a pink winter coat and takes it off revealing a cute reindeer, red wool sweater. Black jeans and brown uggs. Sam e age, Miranda’s counter pair, they easily balance each other out. MIRANDA Wow. TAYLOR It’s like being in comic con. Miranda eyes her. She smiles. TAYLOR (cont’d) Not that I would know. MIRANDA Whatever, the movie is worth it. TAYLOR Why can’t we just watch it on VCR at your house. What’s the point of coming here to pay for a movie you have? MIRANDA You just want to get out of here? Plus, you own me for that awkward double date. TAYLOR Point taken. MIRANDA It’ll be fun. Girls night out. TAYLOR When you said GNO. I thought you meant out to a club or something. Not -- this. MIRANDA You thought wrong.
She winks. TAYLOR Clearly. Two guys push past the girls -TAYLOR (cont’d) Watch it assholes! The guys turn back. MIRANDA Taylor, it’s fine. TAYLOR No, it’s not. GUY #1 What did you say? TAYLOR (steps up) I said. Watch it. Assholes. (beat) You deaf or something? The guy bites his lips. Shakes his head and walks off. MIRANDA That was so embarrassing -- and awesome. TAYLOR Girl power for the win. MIRANDA Who’s getting popcorn and soda? TAYLOR It’s on me. MIRANDA I own you one now. TAYLOR It’s fine. These bad girls will get this shit for free. MIRANDA Oh, really? TAYLOR Yup. Watch and learn. MIRANDA I’m watching. Taylor winks, starts off to the counter. Miranda watches -- interested.
TAYLOR Two large cokes and a large popcorn. A geeky boy with brown curly hair and pimpled filled face. A red vest with his n ame: STEVE. He has an fuck my life attitude. STEVE (sighs) Alright. He walks away from the counter, begins to pour the soda. Taylor looks back at Mi randa. MIRANDA I’m waiting. TAYLOR Shush. Taylor looks back at Steve. Steve places the two sodas and starts on the popcorn . TAYLOR (cont’d) Fill it halfway and butter it up? Then salt it. Please? Thanks. Steve looks at her annoyed -TAYLOR Something wrong? Steve rolls his eyes and walks off. Miranda walks up behind Taylor. MIRANDA What an asshole. TAYLOR I know, right? This is totally not worth it. MIRANDA But, free stuff. Steve brings back the popcorn and Miranda takes it. MIRANDA (cont’d) See you at our seats. TAYLOR Alright. Taylor winks, Miranda walks off. Steve comes back with the sodas. STEVE That’s ten dollars. Taylor smirks. INT. THEATER 1 - CONTINUOUS
Miranda sits at her seat. Munching on popcorn as Taylor appears, sits next to he r. The lights dim. Taylor smirks, thumbs up. MIRANDA Slut. TAYLOR Am not. MIRANDA Whatever, popcorn? Taylor puts the soda in the cup holders. Taylor takes a popcorn, chews it. TAYLOR Yum. Best free popcorn ever. MIRANDA This theater rocks. TAYLOR Shit, I forgot to get twizzlers. MIRANDA It’s fine. TAYLOR I’ll be right back. MIRANDA But the movie is going to start. TAYLOR It’ll be two minutes, Miranda. MIRANDA Fine, just hurry up. Alright? TAYLOR I will. Taylor smiles. TAYLOR (cont’d) Want a snack? Taylor sets down her coat. MIRANDA Uhm. I’m good actually. Taylor goes to leave -TAYLOR Alright -MIRANDA Wait.
Taylor turns back. TAYLOR What? MIRANDA (cheeky grin) Get me some fruit snacks, slut? TAYLOR Okay, geek. Miranda rolls her eyes as Taylor leaves. INT. LOBBY Taylor enters. Walks up to the counter. On the front of the cash machine. “back in twenty” Taylor cocks a brow. TAYLOR Seriously? Dumb shit. A figure moves behind Taylor -- she feels it -- turns around. A man in a SANTA C OSTUME. Taylor jumps. TAYLOR (cont’d) Holy shit! You scared me. (beat) Ho, ho, ho, motherfucker. (beat) You work here? I want snacks, please. (beat) Cute outfit. He cocks his head to the left -TAYLOR Creepy as fuck, dude. (beat) Look, I’m gone -Taylor goes -- he steps into her path. TAYLOR (cont’d) Do I need to kick you in the nuts? Santa doesn’t move, speak, or react. TAYLOR Weirdo -Taylor goes to move when -- Santa pushes her back. TAYLOR (cont’d) What the fuck?! She goes forward again -- when the Santa kicks her down.
TAYLOR Shit. HELP! Taylor KICKS the Santa in the nuts -- he grunts in pain, doubles over. Taylor takes her chance -- dashes for the theater doors but Santa grabs her leg -- yanks it causing her to fall. TAYLOR (cont’d) SERIOUSLY! UGH! As the Santa tries to hold Taylor down she repeatedly kicks at his chest and fac e. He finally manages to grab her by the hair and smash her face against the counte r -- twice. His goes for the third time, but a woozy Taylor quickly elbows the Santa in the guts. The Santa doubles over and Taylor stands, rushing for the theater doors again. T he Santa quickly stands -- following her at a fast pace. Taylor reaches the theater door, opens it -- but Santa grabs Taylor’s head and pul ls her back, closing the door. TAYLOR GET OFF ME!!! The Santa yanks Taylor and drags her across the floor. Taylor beats at his hands and finally gets free. She runs for the front door -- but Santa knocks her against the wall. Taylor screams and quickly dashes up the stairs. INT. UPSTAIRS Taylor looks around -- notices the Ladies restroom, slips in quickly and quietly . SANTA appears. Angered. He spins around to the restroom -INT. RESTROOM Taylor hides in a stall as the door is heard creaking open. Santa enters, seven stalls. He goes to the first on -- KICKS it open. NOTHING. He goes to the second one -- KICKS it open. NOTHING. He goes to the third one -- KICKS it open. NOTHING. He goes to the fourth one -- Taylor’s eyes widen. She shakes. Footsteps come close r and closer --
Santa raises his boot -- Taylor bites her lips -He kicks the stall door open as Taylor’s hands fly to her face -- Santa sees -AN EMPTY STALL. TAYLOR Oh God. . . Santa moves to the next stall door -- kicks it open. Empty. Final two. He moves to it -- kicks it open. Empty. He moves to the last one -- Taylor’s DONE for. He raises his boot -- KICKS IT OPEN TO REVEAL -NOTHING. THUD -Santa spins around to find Taylor exiting the stall closest to the door. She cra wled underneath the stalls. Santa’s pissed. Fed up with her. Runs at her -- Taylor screams -INT. UPSTAIRS Taylor exits the Ladies restroom. Runs through the hallway. Santa appears. Taylo r reaches the stairs -SANTA GRABS HER. TAYLOR (cont’d) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Taylor struggles, but Santa has a firm grip on her -- he throws her OVER THE RAI LING -Taylor crashes through Christmas lights -- bulbs pop, wires snap, rip apart unde r her weight. Bulbs pop against Taylor’s skin, causing burns and cuts. The wires, slices through her skin. INT. LOBBY Taylor CRASHES onto the carpet. A loud snap and a pained grunt. Footsteps, comin g down the steps. Taylor struggles to move -- can’t. Santa pull out a candy cane, bites off a part of it -- sharps it. Taylor shakes, a newborn worm. Santa grabs Taylor by the hair -- pulls her so they are face to face. TAYLOR (spewing blood)
PLEASE! Santa doesn’t listen -- he just shoves the candy cane underneath Taylor’s chin. She screams as he rips it out and shoves it back in. Digging at skin, that rips apar t. INT. THEATER 1 Miranda looks at the door -- confused. The movie begins to play on screen. MIRANDA Where is she? Miranda looks at the screen, then back at the door -- sighs. MIRANDA (cont’d) Damn it, Taylor. Miranda stands, starts off. BOY #1 Get out of the way! GIRL #1 Bitch! Miranda flips them off as she passes. INT. LOBBY Miranda exits the theater. Looks around -- notices it’s empty. Tenses up. MIRANDA Taylor?! Silence. Miranda tries again. MIRANDA (cont’d) Taylor, you better not be fucking with me. Miranda walks around -- towards the Christmas tree. MIRANDA What is this? Hide and seek? (bites lips) Ya know, this is a perfect scene for a good horror flick. (sighs) You know -- I think you do like horror movies, you’re just scared it’ll ruin you’re rep. Miranda checks out the presents. MIRANDA (cont’d) You better not be fucking that freak job, you slut. More silence. Miranda’s creeped out.
MIRANDA Okay, you win. I’m scared. Let’s go. I want to watch the movie. Miranda chews her lips. Notices a large box. She rubs her hand against the wrapp ing paper, feels something wet and slimy. Blood. She wipes it off. MIRANDA (cont’d) Yuck. Fake blood? Nice one. Miranda’s getting a bad feeling about this. Miranda notices a shadow move -- she l ooks. MIRANDA Taylor? Suddenly -- the box pops open -- Miranda spins around to see TAYLOR bounded and gagged, dazed, and near death. MIRANDA (cont’d) HOLY SHIT. Taylor?! Who did this to you? Taylor uses all of her strength, to start wiggling. Miranda backs up -- scared. She walks into -A cardboard Santa. ARMS SPRING FROM BEHIND IT, GRABBING MIRANDA. MIRANDA OH MY GOD!!! The Santa -- RIPS through the cardboard Santa. Miranda is knocked over -- she fa lls behind the counter with a thud. Santa ignores her, goes to the Christmas tree and pulls down the star. Taylor’s ey es widen as Santa digs it into her eye socket. She squirms in pain as he begins to rip through her stomach. Her livers fly ever -- guts, that whole shit. Sprays all over the Christmas tree -Taylor slumps over, dead. The Santa turns around and starts at the counter. Leans over -Miranda’s gone. Back into the counter -Miranda hides in the back room. Shaking. She sits next to a contain of hot, fres h butter. Footsteps come closer.
MIRANDA (cont’d) Shit. Miranda grabs the bucket. Struggles to even pick it up -- Santa comes and she us es all her strength and HEAVES IT INTO HIS FACE. Santa screams as hot butter mel ts and burns his skin. Miranda takes her chance dashes. Santa quickly swipes the star into Miranda’s gut -- she grunts -- keeps going. MIRANDA HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! Miranda jumps over the counter -- and into the theater. INT. THEATER 1 Miranda SCREAMS at the top of her lungs. MIRANDA SOMEONE FUCKING HELP ME! FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!! The theater goes quiet -- people stare. An user goes up to Miranda. USHER Ma’am, you gotta be quiet. MIRANDA FUCK YOU! Someone’s trying to kill me! The usher raises his brow opens the theater door -INT. LOBBY The usher walks out Miranda following. MIRANDA Don’t-CRASH-The doors break as Santa darts off. MIRANDA (cont’d) THAT’S HIM. OH MY GOD. USHER SHIT. SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE! Miranda shakes, slides down the wall. Stares at Taylor’s dead body. It all hits he r -MIRANDA NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLACK. OPENING CREDITS
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