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BEDLAM

Story by
Azrael Selley

FIRST DRAFT

FEBRUARY 2015

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FADE IN:
1. EXT. BRITAIN ABANDONED MENTAL HOSPITAL NIGHT
Camera shot - Low angle, close up of the gate padlock,
building in full focus.
A greying abandoned mental hospital stands in the moonlight.
The windows are boarded up and the concrete around it
beginning to sprout grass through the cracks. The tall chainlink fence surrounding it and the DO NOT ENTER signs
are rusting. The fence gate has been bent at the bottom and
the hospital door opened. Two teenagers with flash-lights
creep into the building as the MAIN TITLE appears.
2. INT. ABANDONED MENTAL HOSPITAL FIRST FLOOR CORRIDOOR NIGHT
The same two teenagers, a boy and a girl, are sitting in the
middle of the corridor opposite each other, a Ouija board
between them with two candles either side. The boy named KIT
wears a blue hoody with blue jeans and black trainers, his
hair is short and brown. The girl named CASSIE wears a green
hoody, blue skinny jeans and black pumps. Her red hair is tied
up in a ponytail. The corridor is dusty, with stains on the
walls and floor. Cobwebs cover the corners and ceiling. The
girl sets up the Ouija board and puts her hand on the counter
looking eagerly at the boy.
KIT
(nervous)
Are you sure this is a good idea?
CASSIE
Not chickening out on me, are you?
KIT
I'm not a chicken!
Kit places his hand on the counter.
CASSIE
Is there anyone here? Can anyone hear us?
As counter begins to move, KIT takes his hands away from the
counter, gasping loudly evidently freaked. CASSIE takes her
hands away and begins to laugh.

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KIT
(urgently)
Was that you? Did you move it? Cassie!
CASSIE nods, still laughing.
CASSIE
Oh! Your face! You should have seen your face!
KIT opens his mouth to retort but before he speaks, the
counter moves on its own, causing KIT to jump up. His sudden
movement causes CASSIE to stop laughing and look down, jumping
up too when she witnesses the counter. Both stare at the board
as the counter moves to the YES space. CASSIE steps back but
trips on a broken floor-board and screams,falling down a hole
in the floor. KIT hears her and looks up, rushing past the
Ouija board, knocking a candle under it, and looking down into
the hole.
KIT
Cassie? What happened? Are you alright?
CASSIE
Ow, my ankle hurts. I think it's twisted. Can you come down
here? It's dark and I'm creeped out.
KIT looks around and sees a rug. He moves it and uncovers a
trap door. KIT opens the door and shines his torch down,
quickly following the steps.
3. THE MEDICAL ROOM
KIT runs down the stairs and into a room. He shines his flashlight around. The room is messy, with tables full of old paper
and strange instruments, a dirty sink cluttered with old
plates and buckets. There is a strange chair in one corner
with leather straps on the arms, legs and back. A hard bed
stands in the middle of the room with straps for the arms,
legs and torso loose and dangling. CASSIE lays in a pile of
wood and rubble on the floor clutching her ankle. KIT runs to
her, feeling her ankle for the damage.
KIT
I think it's just sprained. Here.

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KIT leads CASSIE to the medical bed and sits her on it,
placing the torch on one of the tall book piles on a table so
the light shines down on her. KIT brings up her legs, resting
them on the table for her. The sound of a chain clinking is
heard softly. KIT looks up, listens, hears silence, then looks
back to CASSIE. The sound is heard again, slightly louder. KIT
looks up.
KIT
Did you hear that?
CASSIE
Hmm?
KIT listens for a minute then looks back to CASSIE, shaking
his head. A couple of seconds later the sound is heard again,
louder. KIT looks up.
KIT
(softly)
I'll be right back.
KIT slowly walks away from CASSIE and towards the east of the
room, towards a doorway with a door hanging from its hinges.
He walks into the doorway.
CASSIE looks to her right and finds a large tray of rusted,
metal instruments, she picks up an odd screw-like one and
examines it closely.
4. THE CORRIDOR
Camera shot tracking, close up of Kit's back.
KIT walks slowly down a short corridor and towards a big
rusted door. He slowly reaches out and opens the door,
turning and pulling the handle.
The door creaks open loudly and heavily, a dust cloud blows
out along with the smell of human excrements and corpses. The
sound of small rodent feet is heard running away. KIT covers
his mouth as he gags, and peers into the room.
The room is large, with stains up the walls and covering the
floor. There's nothing inside but old rusty chains attached
to the walls.

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5. THE MEDICAL ROOM
CASSIE puts the instruments down on the tray and lays down,
her arms by her side, looking up at the ceiling.
Camera shot of her POV, looking up at the ceiling.
6. THE CORRIDOR
KIT starts to back away ready to leave, but he's suddenly
pulled into the room with unnatural speed and the door slams
behind him.
7. THE MEDICAL ROOM
CASSIE hears the slam and attempts to get up, but her arms
won't move. She stares at them and shakes them, but they
won't budge.
CASSIE begins to panic and tries to call for KIT, but no
sound comes out except for hoarse breath.
CASSIE struggles against the invisible bindings, kicking the
table with her feet and wriggling but to no avail. She hears
a door creak open slowly and looks around.
KIT comes into view, standing by the doorway. CASSIE tries to
call for him, but he just stares.
After a few seconds he moves over to the sink, CASSIE watches
him with panic-stricken, confused eyes.
KIT turns on the tap, which chokes and coughs out dirty,
muddied water.
He slides a bucket under it, filling it up. When it's full,
he lifts the bucket up and carries it over to CASSIE and
looks at her, his eyes now completely grey.
KIT
(lightly, with humour)
You shall be free from your illness soon.
He then lifts up the bucket and tips it, dousing her body in
cold, dirty water.
CASSIE attempts to scream and starts shivering, her breath
quickening.
KIT turns around and goes back to the running tap, putting

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the bucket under the stream and filling it up again before
repeating his actions exactly and pouring it over her again.
He then goes to refill it a third time. This time, once the
bucket is full, he turns the tap off.
KIT brings the bucket over and places it on the desk next to
the shivering CASSIE. He places his hand on the bucket and
closes his eyes. After a few seconds, steam begins to rise
from the water, and after a few more seconds, it starts to
bubble as it boils.
KIT then opens his eyes, lifts the bucket up over CASSIE'S
body, and pours the boiling water over her, scolding her and
making her scream, though still no sound comes out.
CASSIE lays shaking, tears running down her face, her eyes
wide with fear and confusion.
KIT
(lightly, with humour)
Don't worry, don't worry, I'm helping you. You came here,
didn't you?

KIT then slowly reaches for a desk on wheels, and pulls it


over to CASSIE'S side.
On top of it stands an electrostatic machine. KIT begins to
turn the wheel, causing sparks to form at the tip of the
prongs. After a few minutes the sparks light regularly.
He picks up the prongs with his other hand and aims them at
CASSIE'S neck. He strikes her with it, causing an electric
shock to course through her body, vibrating her for a couple
of seconds.
KIT waits for a couple of seconds before repeating this
action. He does this seven times until he puts down the
prongs.
CASSIE lays sobbing on the table.
KIT
(slowly with humour)
Last part.

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KIT reaches for the instrument CASSIE picked up earlier. A
trephine (used for drilling a hole in the skull).
He roughly pulls CASSIE'S face to the side facing him, and
positions the drill onto CASSIE'S skull. He begins to turn
the trephine slowly.
CASSIE closes her eyes in pain as blood begins to run down
the side her head and over her lips.
She opens her eyes and sees, although blurred, that the
electrostatic machine is still on.
Slowly, CASSIE moves her legs up and then suddenly kicks the
machine, which falls into KIT and electrocutes him.
CASSIE'S arms become free and she grabs the trephine and
shoves it into KIT'S eye, who then screams.
CASSIE turns without hesitation and falls off the table.
Then, attempting to keep her balance, runs as fast as she can
with a limp up the stairs and through the trap door.
8. THE FIRST FLOOR CORRIDOR
Camera shot long shot of Cassie and Ouija board.
CASSIE climbs out of the trap door and limps past the (now on
fire) Ouija board and to the door, squeezing out as a loud
scream is heard.
9. EXT. ABANDONED MENTAL HOSPITAL GROUNDS NIGHT
Camera shot Close up of Cassie and gate, with the building
towering behind her.
CASSIE runs to the fence gate and crawls out, running down
the street and out of site.
10.
EXT. CASSIE'S HOUSE DRVEWAY EVENING
Camera shot Extreme long shot of driveway facing the house.
CASSIE'S parents are at the front door kissing CASSIE
goodbye. White text appears reading:
2 WEEKS LATER
CASSIE'S MOTHER
Bye, darling, we'll be back in a few hours, be safe.
CASSIE
I will, you two have a good time, alright?

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CASSIE'S MOTHER
We will, bye now!
CASSIE
Bye!
CASSIE shuts the front door and her parents walk to the car.
11.
INT. BATHROOM EVENING
Camera shot Over the shoulder of Cassie, looking at her
reflection.
CASSIE reaches for her mirrored bathroom cabinet and opens
it. She searches for a pack of pills, selects one and looks
at the label as she shuts the cabinet door. In the reflection
we see KIT stood behind her, his eye blooded and red, the
other grey. CASSIE looks up and sees KIT in the reflection,
she quickly gasps and turns around and we notice KIT grin in
the reflection.
BLACK OUT.
THE END

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