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BLACK SCREEN We HEAR the DREADFUL MOANING and HOWLING of ARCTIC WIND. FADE IN very slowly, TO DISCOVER we are HIGH ABOVE: 1 A SNOWY, RURAL LANDSCAPE - NIGHT An empty TWO-LANE HIGHWAY snakes through massive pines; MOUNTAINS loom in the distance. A BLIZZARD rages all around. HOLD. HAZY GLOWS of FLASHING RED and BLUE LIGHT suddenly appear, way down the highway. It’s a SMALL MOTORCADE. We make out two POLICE CRUISERS, an AMBULANCE. The wind is so fierce, we can’t even hear the sirens yet. Through the swirling VEIL OF SNOW, the image looks surreal; it could almost be a painting... or a dream... SMASH CUT TO: THE MOTORCADE SIRENS BLARING as they race through the blizzard. 2 INT. AMBULANCE THROUGH THE AMBULANCE WINDSHIELD We SEE the HEAVY SNOW HURTLING toward us, obscuring the road ahead. The STROBES from the roof periodically FLASH, and the SNOWFLAKES suddenly appear to FREEZE in mid-air for a blinding instant. It is completely disorienting. We HOLD on this, as we HEAR TWO PARAMEDICS in the front seats (O.S.): PARAMEDIC ONE (O.S.) Jesus, I can’t see -- I can’t see a fucking thing -PARAMEDIC TWO (O.S.) (into radio) One three one to dispatch, come in! IN THE BACK - QUICK, TIGHT SHOTS: THREE MORE PARAMEDICS, wearing long RUBBER GLOVES work feverishly on a completely naked PATIENT, whose face is obscured from our view. The Unseen Patient THRASHES VIOLENTLY as they work, in complete agony -2 1
UNSEEN PATIENT’S POV - HANDHELD: Twisting and turning, looking straight up at the Paramedics as they struggle fiercely to hold him down -PARAMEDIC THREE Hold him down! Get his arms! his arms! The Unseen Patient GASPS and GAGS -PARAMEDIC THREE I need an irrigation lens and a 1000cc’s of saline -- ! Got it! PARAMEDIC FOUR Get
As he reaches for the Patient’s eyes -- right at CAMERA -the GASPING ACCELERATES -- AND -- THE PATIENT’S WRIST swings up into FRAME, in panic -- it snaps short suddenly with a CLANG! It is HANDCUFFED TO THE GURNEY. UP FRONT The RADIO CRACKLES to life as we watch the strobing blizzard: RADIO (V.O.) Go ahead one three one! PARAMEDIC TWO (O.S.) This is one three one! We have a male, mid-fifties with burns over nine to nine and a half percent of his body! Prior to our arrival on scene, patient apparently doused his head, neck and face with some sort of highly concentrated acid! Patient’s airway is severely compromised due to fume inhalation! Vital signs unstable! Please advise! Patient is a criminal suspect! We’re coming in with a police escort right now! IN BACK The Paramedics wrestle with the Unseen Patient -PARAMEDIC FOUR OK -- it’s in! The lens is in!
the IMAGE LITERALLY RIPPLES -. sees the Unseen Patient for the first time. past her. approaches. well.NIGHT We’re FOLLOWING ON THE BACK of a PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMAN as he makes his way towards a HOSPITAL ROOM DOORWAY. takes a POLICE NOTEBOOK out. can I. .. PARAMEDIC THREE Irrigate! UNSEEN PATIENT’S POV -. A small town sense about him. places it in front of the Unseen Patient.. apprehensive -FROM THE UNSEEN PATIENT’S POV: We finally get a CLOSE LOOK at the Policeman’s face as he steps up.. DOWN A HOSPITAL CORRIDOR . with soulful but determined eyes. Jesus. it knocks the wind out of him. MACHINE NOISE surrounds us: A RESPIRATOR HISSES ominously.. whatever he sees.3. a PRIEST is on his way out. shaken: POLICEMAN I see. The Policeman LOOKS OFF SCREEN.. The Policeman stops. hearing the Policeman.. allowing the Priest to pass. have a few minutes? 4 3 just The Nurse nods and leaves the room. He’s mid-40s. her body blocking our view of the Patient’s face. utters under his breath. opens it. We FOLLOW the PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMAN INTO: 4 THE DARK HOSPITAL ROOM where a HEAVYSET NURSE attends to a bed on the other side of the room. He nods...HANDHELD: MORE EXCRUCIATING GASPING and CHOKING sounds as our view FLOODS with SALINE -. From his haunted expression. The Policeman moves toward the UNSEEN PATIENT’S BED slowly. The Priest nods to him gravely..and WE -CUT TO: 3 A MOVING SHOT. HUSHED TONES: POLICEMAN Can I talk to him? NURSE He can’t actually talk. you get the feeling he’s never seen anything quite like this. The Policeman unzips his jacket.. (then) Alright. She turns. As he arrives.
trying to gauge the reaction: POLICEMAN (CONT’D) What’s the matter? Is that it? Is there someone you wanna tell me about? People you’re involved with? (beat. Beat. it’s not too good.... we’ll find them too... The hand remains perfectly still. (stares at him) Is that true? (then) Are you a Satanist? You in some kind of cult? Coz if there are others involved. Maybe you could write ‘em down for me. no intention of writing. then) Look. Sooner or later. struggling a bit: We. So maybe. What you did. There may not be a lotta time left.4. Guess there’s an idea you been involved in a whole lot more than just what’s been going on around here. Then he looks up.. carefully places the Patient’s FINGERS around it. The Nurse appears again in the doorway: . uh. POLICEMAN (CONT’D) We’ll find out. POLICEMAN We wanna know who you are. I’m gonna be honest with you. You could save us some legwork by communicating with us now. believe me. His eyes drift down to THE PATIENT’S HAND. The Policeman turns. gripping the pen. you know. There is a fresh ACID SCAR across the top of it. he turns back.. it’s a real. Clear your conscience. he takes out a PEN. noticing. Other cities. Your prognosis here. On your heart. Things that are weighing heavy. Maybe you got some things here you wanna tell me.. shock to your system... The PACE of the HEART MONITOR speeds up a bit. Like maybe this all goes way back. Other states. RIGHT INTO CAMERA. (beat) I just got off the phone with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
distracted. a phone number. wondering if maybe he is on the verge of something here. begins to WRITE.. Says it’s urgent... Haunted eyes stare out from gazing after the Policeman with a sense of beat.. cautious..is she still here. Okay? He turns to go. BEHIND HIM. fear. 5 INT.. fingers trembling. POLICEMAN His daughter? When was this -. nods. NURSE I’m sorry. he looks down in front of him at: THE POLICE NOTEBOOK where his hand rests. The Nurse at reception downstairs is on the phone.. She wants to talk to you. he lifts the pen.? 5 . motionless. The Policeman turns to her.. searching. eyes following Nurse) Well did she leave any information.? The response on the phone suddenly focuses him again -POLICEMAN (CONT’D) (into phone) What do you mean a little girl? How little.the sound is off.5. growing concerned. holding the pen. NURSES STATION . POLICEMAN I’ll be right back. then turns back. Finally..MOMENTS LATER The Policeman is on the phone. and we CUT FOR THE FIRST TIME TO REVEAL: THE PATIENT Under bandages unrecognizable mangled flesh. RONALD REAGAN silently gives a speech on TV -.she quickly starts for the suspect’s hospital room -..almost as human anymore. we SLOWLY PUSH IN: POLICEMAN (into phone.? Suddenly. a BEEPING ALARM sounds from behind the station -the heavyset Nurse checks the bank of patient monitors -. We HOLD FOR A VERY LONG BEAT. stares INTO CAMERA.. After a is a viciously acid-ravaged face -.the Policeman notices..
) from the hospital room! The Policeman drops the phone and rushes -6 BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL ROOM WIND SWIRLS. IN THE EMPTY BED The POLICE NOTEBOOK lies open. In the FOREGROUND..NIGHT We are INSIDE THE LOBBY.. horrified.. COLORADO.watches as the Patient’s body is zipped into a body bag. THE HOSPITAL BED IS EMPTY. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. LOOKING OUT through massive GLASS WINDOWS. too.” HOLD. JUST THEN. Our nation. and we’re enjoined by scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. and Joseph.... 1983. a BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM erupts (O. on the window in front of the body. ILLUMINATED by the SPINNING RED EMERGENCY LIGHTS on the vehicles. then -TIMECUT TO: 7 A WIDE TABLEAU SHOT OF THE FRONT OF THE HOSPITAL . it’s pages fluttering gently in the wind. POLICE CARS and FORENSIC TEAMS have gathered. The Nurse is standing next to the OPEN WINDOW. written in the dead Patient’s TORTURED SCRAWL are the words: “Abby. breathless) Jesus. Down here the sound is on -. The Policeman moves over to LOOK OUT THE WINDOW: THE PATIENT’S DEAD BODY LIES TWISTED SICKLY ON THE SNOW-COVERED GROUND. Mary. her head in her hands.. we see AN OUT OF FOCUS IMAGE OF RONALD REAGAN continuing his speech -... On top. SUPER TITLE: “JEFFERSON COUNTY... CRIMSON SNOW drifts serenely over everything. A SMALL CROWD -.it’s a REFLECTION from the LOBBY TV.there’s something in it: it’s the POLICE NOTEBOOK. he stares at it. The Policeman lifts his hand -.” 7 6 . has a legacy of evil with which it must deal... haunted.the Policeman included -. MARCH.S.6. TEN FLOORS BELOW! POLICEMAN (utters. over this. I’m sorry.it’s the “Evil Empire” speech: RONALD REAGAN ON TV There is sin and evil in the world..
the really tasty treat. BREATH STEAMS around his head in the dim.. blue TWILIGHT.. ANOTHER SUPER TITLE FADES UP: “TWO MONTHS EARLIER. (chews.. Flavors that are wow..pieces. The rhythm of his song is periodically interrupted by the need to chew. completely hidden in a HOODED.. APARTMENT COURTYARD A TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY. in a constant stream..7.. METALLIC SILVER WINTER JACKET.... HIS BACK TO US.. hushed) Now and Later. QUIETLY SINGING.” A DISTANT TRAIN HORN CRIES as we SLOWLY FADE IN TO REVEAL: 8 EXT.. EERIE. THE SOUND WASHES AWAY INTO SILENCE.. unwrapping them.. the flavor can’t be beat. and popping them into his mouth. save some for later.. No one else is around. starts to say something. Suddenly. one by one.. a WOMAN’S VOICE ECHOES distantly: WOMAN’S VOICE Owwwwen. there’s something mournful about it. save some for later...... Beat.? The Boy keeps on singing: BOY Look at all those.... Now and Later. A NURSE steps up behind the Policeman. we start to HEAR a CHILD’S VOICE.. WOMAN’S VOICE Owwwwen. Eat some now.. After a long beat.. SNOW BLANKETS the ground underfoot. SEATED ON A JUNGLE GYM We’re PUSHING IN ON HIM as he sings to himself. BOY (singing absently.. As we CREEP CLOSER.? 8 . pulling out candies. the Boy reaches into his pocket... and just as he turns we: CUT TO BLACK. then:) . CHILD’S SINGING Eat some now.
OWEN’S MOTHER (O. what’s this -. -.G.AT THE DINNER TABLE . dumps them on the ground. in the name of Jesus Christ.S. huh? (notices he’s not eating) Hey.NIGHT Owen sits. SOFT FOCUS. buries them in the snow with his foot. holding his MOTHER’s hand as she says grace in the F. Owen’s mother’s ARM reaches over.. mouth full) What. CUT WIDE to SEE we are in: A MASSIVE 1960’S ERA APARTMENT COMPLEX ...OWEN’S EYES flit a bit anxiously to the glass as it FILLS. shrugs a shoulder. Amen. HOLD on OWEN throughout: OWEN’S MOTHER (O. did you? Owen? Sweetie. OWEN’S APARTMENT LONG LENS CLOSE ON OWEN . for which we are about to receive..8. our Lord.and he finally TURNS TO US. Tall buildings surround us.?! This is OWEN. She laughs: 9 .) How was school today? Owen scrunches his face. As they release hands. and these Thy gifts. We STOP in CLOSE UP on the BACK of the BOY’S HEAD -. preadolescent androgyny. head bowed.COURTYARD .TWILIGHT The jungle gym sits in a meager playground at the center of the deserted courtyard.S. WOMAN’S VOICE Dinner time. He looks innocent. in the direction of the Woman’s Voice: BOY (annoyed.S... from Thy bounty. honey. pours Chablis into a WINE GLASS in the F. he pulls a fistful of candy wrappers from his pocket.! As Owen gets up to go. As Owen trudges away through the snow toward his building we CUT TO: 9 INT.) Bless us O Lord. his face still has a delicate..you didn’t go and spoil your dinner on me now. On the verge of thirteen. almost fragile.) That good.G. you promised me... OWEN’S MOTHER (O.
what? Owen turns..S..) Please.. She SIGHS... honey. uncomfortable) Hello? .. EXITS FRAME.the PHONE CORD stretches TAUT. OWEN’S MOTHER (O.... watching her OFF-SCREEN with growing anxiety.9. I’m okay. Owen’s EYES discreetly FOLLOW as she reaches into FRAME. George. OWEN What? I didn’t... we had an agreement. -.S. and we FLEETINGLY GLIMPSE for the first time she wears a POWDER BLUE NIGHTGOWN and ROBE -Eat. We’re eating. The PHONE RINGS. I’m not -. She musses his hair affectionately.S.Hi..) Look. holds out the phone: OWEN’S MOTHER (O..S. then paces O.. Look. George.. He guiltily stabs a forkful of his Kraft mac and cheese: . (then) You know what? I think maybe you better call my lawyer. (beat) Don’t talk to me like that -.What? He’ll call you back.. I’m going now.. Right. okay? . .I’m not gonna discuss this now.. grabs her WINE. No. darkens) What. re-enters FRAME. She stands..) Your father wants to talk to you. OWEN (into phone. okay.. Okay? We agreed. George.) Hello? (she quiets. ANSWERS PHONE: OWEN’S MOTHER (O.? Yes. In that way! (beat) Okay.S.I will not.. OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S. OWEN’S MOTHER (O. Be spoken to.No.) Well... okay? We’re eating dinner. Because you know he’d never let you get away with this shit....
. CLOSE ON THE LARGE KITCHEN KNIFE As it pierces the air. creeping forward threateningly.NIGHT Owen gingerly sets his plate in the sink. He peeks THROUGH THE DOORWAY INTO: 10 THE DARKENED LIVING ROOM Where his mother. clothesstrewn mess on the floor. which is piled with dirty dishes. and wearing a PLASTIC. Dr. It’s a disturbing image. Owen turns as LIGHT SPILLS onto his ceiling from outside his window.. OWEN’S ROOM .. OWEN’S BARE FEET stalk slowly though the chaotic. moves to: 11 He is about to go when he SEES: . hopeless. Posters of the planets. STAR WARS toys.10. menacing) Hey little girl. There’s a TELESCOPE by the window.. “Beth” by KISS plays softly from a cheap RADIO..G. holding the knife. He’s stripped down to his underwear. There’s a MAN’S VOICE too.. Owen turns away. watching ranting televangelist. sits with her wine glass. Gene Scott on TV.. OWEN (O.. His eyes linger on it. SEMI-TRANSPARENT HALLOWEEN MASK which completely obscures his expression. 10 INT. RE-FILLS it. OWEN (staring down his “victim”) Are you a little girl..) (very quiet. A LARGE KITCHEN KNIFE Lying on the counter.S.NIGHT A model of the SPACE SHUTTLE hangs from the ceiling.... We HEAR the sound of her CRYING. CUT TO: 11 INT.KITCHEN .. Owen steals a final look at the WINE GLASS as his mother sets it down again in the F. partially obscured by the door jam. REVEAL Owen as he steps up to his dresser MIRROR... Owen sets down the knife. OWEN’S APARTMENT . We HEAR his BREATHING.? Just then a WOMAN’S SHRIEK echoes distantly.
HIS WINDOW Across the courtyard. THE TELESCOPE FOCUSES on Virginia as she yells at Larry. a COUPLE. He finds: A FORTY-ISH. he turns the telescope. Then he notices something: the courtyard is QUIET again. early 30s. swings the telescope back toward: LARRY AND VIRGINIA’S APARTMENT Virginia has calmed. He looks down at his own scrawny chest. she lets him.. They are LARRY and VIRGINIA. He looks up. Finally. motionless. framed in one of the other apartment windows.ducks behind his curtain. His CHEST is OVERLY DEVELOPED. stands there frozen.. contrite. Humiliated. She’s hot-tempered. out.. Owen just stares from behind the mask. Slowly BREATHING. having just come home. disappears behind the truck.. turns SEXUAL. heart racing. grudgingly. He turns his telescope towards them. He touches her face.. Owen watches with morbid fascination as the KISS builds.11. HOLD. Larry. WHEN -VIRGINIA’S STARTLED EYES SUDDENLY MEET THE TELESCOPE -OWEN backs away. a tiny LAP DOG BARKS incessantly. He tries to kiss her... We can’t make out what they’re saying. A FIGURE climbs He . he PEEKS back: Virginia is closing the drapes. starts to peep into other windows. At their feet. rubs her arm apologetically. small town sexiness. terrified -.. Owen watches them. cautiously presses his eye to the eyepiece. ashamed. as Virginia gives in. Larry starts to grope her... lifting weights. SHIRTLESS MAN (JACK) lying on a BENCH in his cramped living room. tries again.. pushes up his mask. Owen starts to turn away when he SEES -A SILHOUETTED U-HAUL MOVING TRUCK RUMBLE into the driveway between buildings.. are ARGUING passionately.. Has a somewhat trashy. Owen pulls his eye from the telescope. but she turns away.. Larry tries to calm her to no avail.. exposing her breast. Finally. reaches for her wrist. reaches into her shirt. she pulls away..
CONTINUOUS The DOOR SLOWLY OPENS a crack. The Figure -.. BURDENED EYES -. right below him. As they get close. He stops. Finally. like a gypsy. somewhat coarse features.. He waits. panting. OLD STEAMER TRUNK along the passenger side. She doesn’t even acknowledge the Figure waiting beside her. We HEAR OWEN BREATHING RAPIDLY. She just starts into the courtyard. 13 INT. Finally. Or maybe her FATHER. After a moment.. as.finally follows resignedly with the heavy trunk. pressed against the front door as the MUFFLED FOOTSTEPS grow LOUDER.FRONT DOOR A NARROW VIEW THROUGH OWEN’S PARTIALLY OPENED FRONT DOOR We look out at a STAIRWELL at the end of the EMPTY HALL. 13 12 . THE GIRL IS COMPLETELY BAREFOOT. steps in after her. struggling with a VERY LARGE. He waits. he gets the courage to PEEK -THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE As the Girl and The Father pass. Owen LOOKS: THROUGH THE TELESCOPE It is A TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL.a MAN IN HIS MID-FIFTIES with HEAVY.12. CUT TO: 12 INT. setting down the luggage. he re-emerges. HALLWAY OUTSIDE APARTMENT . the pair disappear into the entrance to his building.. Approaching FOOTSTEPS ECHO. and OWEN peers cautiously out to SEE THE FATHER. her face turned away. Just as the TOP of the GIRL’S HEAD starts to appear. climbing up the stairs -OWEN quickly and quietly SHUTS his front door.. distorted and obscured by the LENS’ FISHEYE EFFECT. climbing down. OWEN’S APARTMENT . The Father picks up the luggage. looking almost like her servant. she steps inside. Owen watches as they make their way toward his building. his breath misting up into the freezing air. Owen stares down again at the Girl’s bare feet as she waits. looks up into the cab. Owen cranes to look straight down out his window. starting to open the door to the apartment RIGHT NEXT DOOR. Finally. he notices something through the telescope -despite the snowy ground.. she has mysterious. Wrapped in a dark poncho. ANOTHER MUCH SMALLER FIGURE emerges.
confused. as they continue silently to their building. the WINDOWS have been COMPLETELY BOARDED UP from the inside with NEWSPAPER AND CARDBOARD....it looks like BLOOD POURING into DIM BLUE WATER. There’s a STRANGE.FLESH TEARS -.13. looks up. having just awakened from a nightmare. APARTMENT COURTYARD . when he HEARS CRUNCHING FOOTSTEPS..! -. unaware.! OWEN GASPS. hoping she won’t say anything about last night. We’re CLOSE on HIS WIDE OPEN EYES when we hear a SUDDEN LOUD BANG FROM THE WALL -. she gives him a cold.MORNING Owen sits in bed. sits up with a START! 15 INT..and we FLASHCUT TO A HAUNTING VISION: A MURKY BLUE FIELD -.BLOOD SPRAYS -. pregnant stare as she passes.. Suddenly embarrassed. he stares at the wall. Larry looks at her. 14 INT. looks around him at the room in the morning light. trying to make out the INTENSE SOUNDS with a building sense of dread. OWEN’S ROOM .he turns to see LARRY and VIRGINIA from across the way.MORNING Owen steps out of his building wearing his heavy jacket and a BACKPACK. He turns back. she swats it away angrily.. We MOVE IN ON OWEN as he leans close to the wall.NIGHT Owen lies on his bed.THEN SEE THREE LIGHTENING FAST CUTS OF TIGHT SHOTS: -. EERIE GROANING. affectionately and unconsciously slides his hand down onto her ass.. Larry. But just then.. a RHYTHMIC SCRAPING. 16 EXT.VERY SHALLOW FOCUS CRIMSON-COLORED CLOUDS BILLOW and GROW disturbingly -. Owen stares at the creepy sight. He starts to get his bearings. Everything is quiet now. averts his eyes.. He starts across the courtyard when he SPOTS: A BARE FOOTPRINT in the snow. stiffens. Her expression hardens. We HOLD -. in the apartment next to his.he smiles meekly. As they approach.. in exactly the spot we left him last night. Owen.VICIOUS DEMONIC EYES STARE -. and a HIGH-PITCHED BARK -. LISTENING to the SOUNDS of his new neighbors coming through the wall. eating Now and Laters. self-conscious. Finally. Virginia sees Owen -. 16 CUT WIDE to REVEAL we are: 15 14 .. out walking their tiny dog.! -. OWEN’S ROOM .
takes pity on him: Okay. it reads: “PLEASE EXSCUSE OWEN FROM SWIMING...MORNING We’re MOVING PAST about 30 STUDENTS. Owen walks up behind his Serbian P. looks out at THE POOL. ZORIC Go sit in bleecher. misspellings and all.. He turns to see one of the students smiling cruelly. Zoric stares at Owen for a long beat. This is KENNY. splash. Zoric.as he stares.. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL HOMEROOM ... says meekly: OWEN Mr. hand over his heart. KIDS IN BATHING SUITS scream. he finally starts out of the courtyard -.. relieved. Zoric turns. reciting with the others -STUDENTS (CONT’D) One Nation. serious. SEEING: KENNY . lingering look at the boarded up windows as he goes -.. ZORIC. and we CUT TO: 18 INT.but has to take a last. a bit miserably. teacher. we start to hear: CHILDREN’S VOICES I pledge allegiance. giving the pledge: STUDENTS (CONT’D) And to the Republic. SPLAT! A huge SPITBALL slaps onto Owen’s jacket. to the flag. Still fully dressed. Owen relaxes.. Resigned.. again? OWEN I have a cold. INDOOR MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL . for which it stands.? Mr. MR. Owen starts to scrape the mess off..” Mr.. Owen sits. ZORIC Owen -.. 17 INT. 18 17 He holds out THE NOTE: clearly in Owen’s own handwriting. of the United States of America..14.c’mon. under God. sees Owen is not in his bathing suit: MR..E. FIND OWEN. push each other into the pool... My mom wrote me a note. HE HAS A COLD. MR..MORNING Pre-class chaos.
SCREAMS for Mr.! KENNY Are you a little girl.he SNAPS it suddenly into Owen’s face -OWEN (recoiling in pain) Ow! Don’t.) Hey little girl.S.. Kenny feels Owen’s stare.! Now! MR.he pops it open. averts his eyes.. the Girl SOCKS him INCREDIBLY HARD in the arm. the boys keep disappearing under the water.. who.she grabs it before it can fall. sees Kenny laughing hysterically -MR. shriek/laughing uncomfortably. turns -. Zoric turns. Kenny glares. Zoric at the top of her lungs -.but it’s unfortunate timing.MORNING Owen spins the tumbler on his locker as fast as he can -.15. grabbing at her. Owen turns to see Kenny and his friends (DONALD and MARK) surrounding him...Mr. POOL LOCKER ROOM . but sadly. wishing he were invisible.. because at just that moment. covering his face. when Kenny appears behind her and undoes the strap on her bikini with a tug -. still dripping in their suits. ZORIC Okay. and we CUT TO: 19 INT..as Kenny moves in closer -KENNY That’s why he won’t go swimming -he doesn’t want everyone to see what a little fucking girl he is -19 . Kenny is twirling a wet towel into a whip -. Kenny! Ten laps! KENNY I didn’t do anything. circles and accosts a GIRL WITH VERY DEVELOPED BREASTS. and. trying to protect himself -. as Zoric turns away.. She backs away.? He SNAPS it viciously again -. ZORIC Or I make it twenty! Now! Kenny pounds the water with his fist. he’s not. along with TWO COHORTS. Owen can’t help but smile -.Owen bends over. quickly grabs his backpack when he HEARS -VOICE (O.Owen stops smiling abruptly.
he kicks Owen’s side in disgust -Jesus! MARK Fucking freak! Owen just lies there. slowly STRETCHING it into a brutal WEDGIE -Owen SQUIRMS FRANTICALLY for an excruciating moment. as they head off -..backs off -DONALD Dude. A few CLASSMATES stare down at Owen. but Kenny covers his mouth -.... repulsed -. wrestle him violently to the ground -.he starts to scream.! DONALD (wiping himself with his towel.Owen GASPS for air -OWEN’S POV . askance. horrified) He fucking pissed himself! The three of them scramble up -.but they grab him.. Owen tries to make a break for it -.. picks his backpack off the ground.! Shit. seizes his UNDERWEAR.HANDHELD: As he flails in panic -.Kenny’s uncontrollable LAUGHTER ECHOES. shit! I think he pissed himself! KENNY (laughing out of control) Oh. YANKS it upwards.WE ARE: .Kenny giggles sadistically -KENNY Hold him down! Get his arms! his arms! Get As they do. CUT TO: OWEN’S HAND GRABBING FIVE PACKS OF NOW AND LATER CANDIES from a huge candy display -. Kenny reaches under the waistband of Owen’s pants. until suddenly a PUDDLE starts to GROW on the ground by his legs -DONALD realizes. Owen gets up slowly. Desperate.16. changing at their lockers.Mark checks to see if he is soiled too -.
when suddenly he BARELY HEARS the VOICE of the SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD COUNTERMAN calling him over the cacophony. Owen watches as The Father sets down a DUFFLE. LOOKING STRAIGHT DOWN OVER THE COURTYARD Owen remains motionless on the jungle gym. just as Owen finally starts to quietly resume singing -OWEN Eat some now. A metal DOOR THUDS shut -.17. suddenly feeling Owen’s gaze -The two STARE at each other for an eerie. The after school crowd is here. turns to see: THE NEW NEIGHBOR GIRL’S FATHER having just exited his building.. 21 EXT. starts out toward the street -.. Owen places his candy and a TWENTY DOLLAR BILL on the glass counter.. 20 INT. Embarrassed. save some for later.Owen quiets. watching him go. HOLD.“FLIT--FLIT--FLIT. PAC-MAN machine. HIS EYES FIX ON IT.. Owen attempts a smile. APARTMENT COURTYARD .. puts it in his mouth -OWEN (singing. He unwraps a candy. vainly attempting to light a cigarette in the wind with his BIC LIGHTER -. STABS it with the knife. but The Father just picks up the duffle. Owen NOTICES something in the COUNTER DISPLAY CASE below it -an OPEN PEN KNIFE among some knickknacks. suspended moment. mouth full) Eat some now. we can see for the first time that The Father has a LARGE.. save some for -WE SMASH CUT TO: .. Owen stares. and the DIN from the games is DEAFENING.. Then. their tongues deep in each other’s mouths.we WATCH FROM: A VERY HIGH SHOT.LATE AFTERNOON Owen waits in line at the pay counter. Owen looks over at a TENTH GRADE COUPLE making out by the MS.” The Father’s eyes drift up. From this closer vantage point. As the Counterman grabs the money. JEFFERSON COUNTY VIDEO ARCADE .TWILIGHT 21 20 Owen sits on the jungle gym with his new PEN KNIFE. DARK BIRTHMARK under one eye -there’s something striking about it.
. starts the engine. The Father’s GLOVED HANDS slide a tow truck driver’s “SLIM JIM” down the car’s window and into the door. HOLD as the Kid gets in. just visible in shadow. MASKED HEAD as the KID FLAILS MADLY (O.. CUT AROUND TO: THE REVERSE ANGLE past the Kid as he drives. poised.. The Figure WAITS. -.. the Kid does not. The SIXTEEN YEAR OLD approaches.NIGHT HOLD on the quiet.. for a very long. 22 EXT. until.. parks. We’re in back. SMOKE rises INTO FRAME.. CUT TO: 24 INT.LONG LENS SHOT . brutal -CLOSE ON the FIGURE’S IMMOBILE. CUT TO: 23 THE DATSUN’S DRIVER DOOR Seen from the shoulders down... heads toward the store. over his shoulder....G.. we SEE some BLURRY MOVEMENT in the F.. 24 23 22 . After a few moments. A BARELY SIXTEEN YEAR OLD KID gets out.. Right behind him. motionless. LOUDER. mostly deserted lot. HEAR a LONG EXHALE..like the primal squeal of an animal experiencing the sudden..MOMENTS LATER Total STILLNESS.. we NOTICE something BLURRY moving very subtly in the F.. DIGGING. a STREAM OF SMOKE blows into F. It goes on way too long..G.a TRAIN HORN BLARES -. view. We HEAR a PASSING TRAIN getting CLOSER. drives out. is a FIGURE (The Father) in a primitive looking CLOTH MASK with the eyes cut out. JAMS the gear shaft into park with one gloved hand -. QUIET.)! The utter terror in the Kid’s muffled SCREAMS is excruciating -. Then. We HEAR the VERY FAINT sound of BREATHING.and the Figure LUNGES forward. AFTER A BEAT. looking toward the empty parking lot through the windshield...S. bathed in sodium vapor light. the DOOR LOCK POPS UP. from somewhere in the car.. as the Kid brakes -.we HEAR the familiar “FLIT-FLIT-FLIT” of the BIC LIGHTER again... A BEATEN-UP DATSUN B-210 pulls into the lot.18.. and we realize we are now WATCHING from THE FATHER’S POV.uses the other to MASH a SMALL CLOTH RAG over the startled Kid’s nose and mouth! It’s messy. incomprehensible realization it is being slaughtered.. WAL-MART PARKING LOT . disturbing beat.G. DATSUN .
Finally.. The Father ENTERS FRAME. The Father finishes hoisting the boy’s body.. His soul eaten away.AT A TRAIN CROSSING AN AMTRAK TRAIN finishes passing in front of the Datsun. CUT TO: 26 EXT. THRUSTS the knife upward. we CUT TO: 25 HIGH ANGLE ... MOUNTAIN ROAD. PLASTIC RAIN SLICKER. RAPID BREATHING -. but the car doesn’t move. grunting. still wearing his mask.MINUTES LATER The Father is carefully re-packing his duffle. his eyes have a far away look. and a FUNNEL.startled. but heavily sedated. He opens the knife. THE ABANDONED DATSUN . crouched on his knees. SILHOUETTED HEAD of the BOY: BREATH steams from his nostrils. The CROSSING GATES LIFT.OUTSIDE THE CAR . we SEE the SIXTEEN YEAR OLD KID SUSPENDED BY HIS FEET on a ROPE. the driver door is ajar. panting hard -CLOSE ON the DUFFLE: The Father reaches in. PUNCTURING an artery! We watch in SILHOUETTE as BLOOD DRAINS in a THICK. He looks numb.. he QUIETS. TIMECUT TO: 28 THE WOOD . now filled with blood. We HEAR RUSTLING SOUNDS from within the TREES up the steep incline. moves in close to the Boy’s face. 28 27 26 25 . Now in a CLEAR. two lane road. The Father turns to see A DEER.19.. Nearby FOOTSTEPS CRUNCH in the snow -. picks up the plastic jug. a LARGE. TIP DOWN to see it FILLING the PLASTIC JUG below.as the breathing starts to slow. pulling the rope with all his strength. watching him. SLUNG over a TREE BRANCH. sweaty. he is still alive. PAN SLOWLY to a SNOWY HILLSIDE WOOD beside the road. presses it delicately against the Boy’s neck -. stopped on a sleepy. THROBBING STREAM. his face is red. Bitter.LATER On a SECLUDED. They stare at each other. from behind the mask we hear HEAVY. CLOSE PROFILE ON the UP-SIDE-DOWN. 27 IN THE WOOD Partially OBSCURED BY TREES. He reaches down. He has removed the mask.then.. no other cars are around. pulls out a FOLDING HUNTING KNIFE(looking a lot like a much scarier version of Owen’s pen knife).. PLASTIC JUG. all at once.
BLOOD POOLING around it. as if someone is there -. grabs the jug.. Finally.! He scrambles up. standing on the jungle gym.A TREE. he EMERGES ONTO -29 THE SNOWY MOUNTAIN ROAD near the Boy’s abandoned car. out of breath.he loses balance. Up close. he gently pulls the funnel out of the jug. he hobbles over. watching him. He THRUSTS his knife into the bark with all of his might. Her clothes look old.NIGHT Owen stands. we PAN with him to reveal his “victim” -. APARTMENT COURTYARD . AS -DISTANT HEADLIGHTS appear way down the road -. a bit. he suddenly feels a chill. and runs lamely down the hill after it. As he catches his breath. The mostly EMPTY JUG sits on its side in the street.it goes TUMBLING DOWN the HILLSIDE -. GIRL What are you doing? OWEN (suddenly embarrassed) Nothing. malnourished. holding his OPEN PEN KNIFE threateningly.20. her face looks tired. he stops. Panicked. OVER THIS we HEAR as HUSHED. Her hair looks like it hasn’t been washed in a very long time.The Father turns to see A SNOW PLOW approaching. Walking back toward the duffle. staring at something OFF-SCREEN: OWEN Are you scared. (then) What are you doing? . and clambers back up the hill. And again. MENACING VOICE: VOICE (OWEN) What’s the matter? Are you scared? CUT TO: 30 EXT. just starts to screw on a lid WHEN --HIS LEG SINKS SHARPLY through the snow into a hole hidden below -. illfitting. in pain. DROPS the JUG -. DISAPPEARING into the woods.he turns to see: THE NEW NEIGHBOR GIRL.. devastated. expressionless. little girl? Huh? 30 29 As he lunges forward with the knife. The Father stares at it. like they could have come from the Good Will. Again.
?! But she’s already gone into the building. GIRL How do you know? OWEN I live next door. stares at it. Then Owen opens his door. Jumps down from the jungle gym. I can’t be your friend. Then: OWEN Well who said I wanted to be your friend. 31 INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE OWEN’S APARTMENT . And she goes. She looks at him.21.. he STOPS for a moment.NIGHT Owen sticks his key in the front door lock when he hears FOOTSTEPS coming up the stairwell.. CUT TO: 31 . then moves on. disappears inside. Their eyes meet briefly. (points) Right there. Pause. as he passes Owen’s door...Why? OWEN What do you mean? GIRL Does there have to be a reason? That’s just the way it is. she nods. Beat. they have an ODD CADENCE.. GIRL Just so you know.. didn’t you? Upstairs. Finally. Owen tries to make conversation: OWEN You guys just moved in. . GIRL Nothing. for a stunned beat. LIMPING up the steps with his duffle. Owen turns as The Father appears. The Father continues towards us. He watches her.
we can just barely make out someone HYPERVENTILATING. tired of this. or the way it distorts through Owen’s wall: VOICE (THROUGH WALL) (near-hyperventilation) . bitterly ashamed.SUPPOSED TO DO? AM I SUPPOSED TO GO OUT AND DO IT MYSELF?! HUH?! (long pause. then THUDS SHUT.maybe it’s just acoustics... 33 INT..NIGHT Owen is taking off his jacket.. and a THUD.but it is not clear whose voice it is -. The YELLING CONTINUES.the Figure is HYPERVENTILATING. all of the gear from his duffle -including the empty. standing in FOREGROUND -.. HOLD. then:) SAY SOMETHING!!! Owen listens. INDECIPHERABLE YELLING coming through the wall from the neighbors’ apartment. Then. we CUT TO: 34 THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL We are CLOSE on The Father. PRESSES HIS EAR TO IT. The Father glances up at the Figure.. He jumps slightly as he hears a SUDDEN. quietly despondent. Concerned. he says: THE FATHER .there’s something unsettling. Owen moves apprehensively toward the wall. He slowly backs away... STIFLED CRASH.. when he starts to hear MUFFLED.Maybe I’m getting sloppy. waiting for a response. 34 33 32 . finally..22. Maybe I want to get caught.. then looks down again. We are shooting PAST THE ARM of an OUT OF FOCUS FIGURE (could it be the GIRL???).. 32 THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR Owen has his eye pressed to the peephole. looking down.is scattered across the floor behind him like it has been hurled there. trying to be very quiet. on pins and needles. the door next door CREAKS OPEN.. blood-stained jug -.. The yelling becomes a bit more intelligible -.. OWEN’S ROOM . Finally. LISTENING to The Father’s IRREGULAR FOOTSTEPS... who sits at a table. almost FEROCIOUSLY INHUMAN about it -. breathing through his mouth. almost inaudibly. as the argument goes SILENT for a LONG MOMENT... Maybe I’m just..
OWEN’S ROOM his ear still against the wall. One talks to a woman who looks like she could be the PRINCIPAL. MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM . SECRETARIES are crying.. INTO THE OFFICE WINDOWS: in the waiting area are several UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS. DOWN A CROWDED MIDDLE SCHOOL HALLWAY . and one of your recent graduates here was killed. anxiously waiting for more. spying into the windows -As Owen reaches them.. 37 Exasperated. Up ahead.. there was an incident last night. Owen sees kids gathering in CLUSTERS outside the ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.O.there’s a HUSHED EXCITEMENT coursing through the crowd. something is going on.. we -CUT TO: 36 A MOVING SHOT. whispering to each other.) As some of you may have heard. introduces them.. The group parts to let him into the office -. fellas -.23.the other Cop turns. CUT TO: 37 INT.can I get through here? Owen turns -. We CUT BACK TO: 35 . with the others. he PEERS. we HEAR: POLICEMAN (V. Owen watches as our POLICEMAN steps up to the Principal -. he shakes her hand.as he passes. from behind the kids: MAN’S VOICE ‘Scuse me. But nothing more comes.MORNING The ENTIRE STUDENT BODY listens to the PLAINCLOTHES POLICEMAN as he speaks at a podium. His eyes drift back up. As he edges away from the wall. the Figure STORMS OFF.. Their expressions are grave. Behind the counter. WIPING THROUGH FRAME. 35 INT. The PRINCIPAL stands behind him with the other UNIFORMED COPS and VARIOUS FACULTY on stage.IT’S THE SMALL TOWN PLAINCLOTHES COP FROM THE OPENING OF THE FILM.MORNING 36 We’re WITH OWEN as he passes through THRONGS of ARRIVING STUDENTS -. A MAN’S VOICE interrupts.
by the newspaper.. okay. SLINKS DOWN in his seat. Owen HEARS a STRANGLED LAUGH -. scraps of paper. a couple rows back. Police suspect ritual killing”.Owen quickly turns away.. SCISSORS lay by the article. in the crowd..LATE AFTERNOON Owen sits on the floor.. MURDERS. his backpack cradled in his lap: POLICEMAN (CONT’D) I want to assure you that we’re doing everything possible to find those responsible for this tragedy.. but in the mean time.. she’s very upset: OWEN’S MOTHER (O. they’re quietly joking around. CUT TO: A FRONT PAGE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT THE MURDER The HEADLINE: “LOCAL TEEN BRUTALLY SLAIN IN WOODS”.S.he peeks behind him to see KENNY. funny student...?! Owen ignores her. we need you all to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.) I want you to come straight home after school. WE ARE: 38 INT. OWEN’S ROOM . and a real group leader who many of you knew from his continuing involvement with the Young Life Christian association... packed with clippings. There’s a yearbook PHOTO of Scottie Tate.24. We HEAR OWEN’S MOM’S MUFFLED VOICE from the other room.. SERIAL KILLINGS. turning the pages of his notebook. Your teachers tell me he was a bright. ASSASSINATIONS. opening a NOTEBOOK. POLICEMAN (CONT’D) I know many of you knew Scottie. Donald suddenly glances in Owen’s direction -. MARK and DONALD. a SUB-HEADLINE: “Victim drained of blood. unmoved by the proceedings.. 38 .. hiding from their view -POLICEMAN (CONT’D) Your safety is our number one concern.. it’s been cut out. ON OWEN.GRISLY NEWS STORIES. INSIDE are OTHER ARTICLES he’s collected -...
) Well.. “DONALD”.. goes to his desk. closes the book. did you hear me -. WHEN SUDDENLY -Owen’s Mother’s voice grows LOUDER.. KNIVES.! Do you hear me. hides it under his bed -39 INT.) Finally.we’re shooting LONG LENS past OWEN’S MOTHER. is about to put the notebook in an open drawer when he glances OUT THE WINDOW AT: THE COURTYARD He stares at the EMPTY JUNGLE GYM for a beat.he slips the new article into it. She’s in her blue robe.OWEN SEES IT.S. “MARK”.CONTINUOUS THE DOOR OPENS -.. Owen’s eyes linger on his own CRUDE SKETCHES of WEAPONS.S.S.. what’s -(KNOCKS on door. Owen finds an empty page -.? Nothing. OWEN’S MOTHER (O. GUNS -.. SOFT FOCUS in the F.and a few CHILD-LIKE DRAWINGS OF BLOODY.?! OWEN’S MOTHER (O. He gets up.) Hey. OWEN 39 OWEN’S MOTHER (O. Owen. like she’s approaching -OWEN’S MOTHER (O. satisfied. HALL OUTSIDE OWEN’S BEDROOM .) I want you to promise me. OWEN’S MOTHER (O.. grabs the cut up newspaper on the floor. a half-full WINE GLASS dangles from her hand -.25..G. he smiles.S.?! In the book. honey -We HEAR the sound of her trying to open Owen’s locked door -OWEN’S MOTHER (O.. with names scrawled underneath: “KENNY”.. SEVERED HEADS.) And I don’t want you going outside the complex when you get home either -.) What are you doing.not until they catch this guy! Stay in the courtyard.? .S. HARD) Owen?! Owen quickly buries the notebook deep in the drawer.S.
huh? Owen doesn’t respond. Don’t worry.... softening) I just. even quieter:) I’ll just stay in the courtyard.. no signs of life. Owen starts for the jungle gym... as he speaks softly.TWILIGHT Owen exits his building.. (then..LATER Owen sits by himself. OWEN Yes! OWEN’S MOTHER (O. stretching his legs against the wall. he wears an INSULATED RUNNER’S OUTFIT. nods hello.. She starts to CRY. After a long beat. struggling with it. emotional) Okay. GIRL You know. hugs her.. sits on the jungle gym.. OWEN GIRL 41 40 . I always stay in the courtyard. It’s the GIRL.) Okay. To my baby. it’s you again. A FIGURE comes up quietly behind him.... Finally.) (squeezing him. I really wanna be left alone. 40 EXT. So leave.S. sweetie. she speaks: GIRL Oh.S. He moves to her slowly.. pretending to be occupied by the Cube. Thank you. Me too.. playing with a RUBIK’S CUBE. (quiets. trying to comfort her as she begins to SOB: OWEN It’s okay. Mom. Owen can tell she’s there... We CONTINUE TO STAY ONLY ON HIM. He looks over at Owen.... Owen immediately feels bad.. but doesn’t turn. JOGS OFF... Across the way he SEES JACK (the weight-lifter we saw through the telescope earlier).26... I don’t want anything to happen. 41 JUNGLE GYM .. APARTMENT COURTYARD .. OWEN’S MOTHER (O. he looks up at the BOARDED UP WINDOWS of the apartment next to his.
This? She nods.27... OWEN Day after tomorrow then. tremendously curious.. she takes it. Gets to work. (then. Beat.. is she nuts?) You don’t know Rubik’s Cube? GIRL Is it a puzzle? OWEN Yeah. GIRL . (he does a side) See? Finally.. I might not be here tomorrow. Owen notices: But I’m OWEN . .How do you do it? OWEN You gotta make each side all one color. but decides to take a stand.. You can give it back tomorrow. GIRL That’s okay. OWEN He looks at her like it’s so obvious: OWEN It’s a Rubik’s Cube. despite herself: GIRL What is that? . Wanna try? (beat.You smell kinda funny. a bit weaker) I’ve lived here way longer than you. Beat.. She looks at the Rubik’s Cube. fires back: OWEN You leave.. She just accepts that. (then. holds it out) Try it. Owen doesn’t turn... Sits there. gonna need it back. defensive.
he SEES something against the wall in a dark heap -. JACK FRAGILE VOICE Help me.... 42 EXT. we HEAR an INHUMAN GROWL and GURGLE. weary.. out of breath. . Why not? I dunno. worn out. As he enters the dark underpass.. Just then. totally focused on the puzzle. The door to the building CREAKS open and SLAMS shut...Hello? Please. So pale. watching her.it’s the little Girl.. Beat.. OWEN . Owen sees her clothes are thin. She looks terrible. Finally. warily.. BRIDGE UNDERPASS NEAR ENTRANCE TO THE COMPLEX . in excruciating pain.. so absorbed in the Cube. She gets to her feet.. Frail. He watches her. WE STAY WITH THE GIRL. She glances up. as she struggles.... he gets up. she doesn’t.NIGHT A FIGURE JOGS towards us. FRAGILE VOICE 42 It startles him. So he starts to walk away... on his way back to the complex. BREATHING SLOWLY. but it’s dark under here: . turns to see Owen is gone. And as Owen heads off. she looks up.. glancing around the courtyard. Waits for her to look up. We HOLD on her. No.. self-conscious.it’s EERIE: Help me. FRAGILE VOICE -.... The Girl doubles over. he looks around.28.. It’s JACK.See you tomorrow then. And she looks quite ill. he hears a quiet. slowing as he approaches the underpass. just barely. After a while.. and she looks up. stumbles toward the street. returns to the puzzle.. like a street urchin’s: OWEN Aren’t you cold? GIRL (eyes on the puzzle) OWEN GIRL I don’t really get cold... tentative.. Finally.
their FIGURES in SILHOUETTE: she reaches out her TREMBLING ARMS.29. EASILY OVERPOWERING HIM.here. Yeah... JACK (feels her slipping) You got it -.....? We WATCH the two of them...... Why don’t you -.... JACK Can’t you get up.. me.... EVEN THOUGH HE’S THREE TIMES HER SIZE -. (bends down to lift her) Grab onto me.....THE GIRL’S BODY CONVULSES VIOLENTLY AROUND JACK WITH INCREDIBLE SPEED AND STRENGTH! SHE BITES VICIOUSLY INTO HIS NECK..? GIRL (struggling to hold on) .? THEN -.......? GIRL I live right here..yeah.? No. Okay. tries to grab on to him -GIRL Thank you. STAGGERING TERRIBLY IN UTTER SHOCK AND HORROR -JACK JESUS CHRIST!!! JESUS CHRIST!!! .. JACK Hey there..HE SCREAMS. sure.? Do Can you carry JACK Okay.ALL AT ONCE -. sweetheart. sweetheart? you live around here..? GIRL What JACK How old are you. JACK (lifting her gingerly) You got it. Are you okay? happened? GIRL I fell down..
CUT TO: 44 A FROZEN LAKE .. expansive. startled. This time it definitely sounds like THE FATHER is the one YELLING. The new neighbors are fighting again. Finally. PAN TO: 44 43 . and turns toward his BEDROOM WALL. but the neighbors have GONE SILENT again. the Girl on him like a vice! HOLD as she takes a LONG.. She gets up. No one is around.30.. moves to THE WINDOW. PEERS DOWN AT: THE COURTYARD After a moment.EXPECT ME TO CLEAN IT UP NOW. As Owen presses his ear to the wall. in one swift move.. CUT TO: 43 INT. she reaches down.REVEAL: OWEN He takes his eye away from the telescope. She looks haunted. the words are INDECIPHERABLE.. SNAPPING HIS NECK. her body again moving just like a little girl’s -. catching his breath. A thought occurs. PANNING THROUGH the empty living room. then.! (more INDECIPHERABLE WORDS. Owen gets up slowly. And she runs off. lights still on. and TWISTS HIS HEAD SHARPLY. The TELESCOPE SWINGS OVER and REFOCUSES on ANOTHER WINDOW where LARRY AND VIRGINIA sit in the dark in their pajamas. as it STARTS TO SNOW.WHEN -we start to HEAR MUFFLED ARGUING -. OWEN’S ROOM We’re LOOKING THROUGH OWEN’S TELESCOPE. she lifts her head. there is ANOTHER BANG (a DOOR SLAM) at the BUILDING ENTRANCE below.. DON’T YOU. And he COLLAPSES..NIGHT Large. He LISTENS. He moves closer. HOLD.... Then.. and THE FATHER STORMS OUT into the courtyard. watching DYNASTY on TV.. then:) . We HEAR WATER TRICKLING. He LIMPS with his DUFFLE toward THE STREET.. he can BARELY make out a FEW FRAGMENTS: THE FATHER (THROUGH WALL) . climbing onto his bed to listen. fragile. vulnerable. THIRSTY DRINK from JACK’S MOTIONLESS BODY. BLOOD STREAMS DOWN HER FACE. The TELESCOPE HOLDS in anticipation of any exciting developments -. looks around to see if anyone has seen... concerned. Larry has a hand on Virginia’s BARE THIGH. as OWEN WATCHES.. still.... disturbed...seeming frightened.BITCH! There’s a SUDDEN LOUD BANG! Owen jerks away from the wall....
31.MORNING Owen emerges from his building in his jacket and backpack. He looks up at the BOARDED UP WINDOWS.. OWEN’S ROOM . it’s tough work with his bad leg. 46 Another nightmare. almost tumbling in. Owen is stunned. angry.the SOUND GOES SILENT -. Winded.. carefully repositions the stick -- DEAD BODY’S POV . The Father THRUSTS the stick against the body.MORNING Owen AWAKES with a start. It rests on the jungle gym. brushes it off to see. and The Father stumbles. It FLOATS. 46 45 EXT.FLOATING ON WATER looking up at The Father as he gets the stick in place. CLOSE ON THE RUBIK’S CUBE. 47 . ENRAGED GRUNT.. covered in fresh snow. Where fresh water from a SMALL AQUEDUCT PIPE flows into an opening in the ice. Finally. APARTMENT COURTYARD ..MORNING We TRACK with OWEN as he walks along the CHAIN LINK FENCE toward the entrance -. and CUT TO: 45 INT. and Jack was a big man.we CUT TO: THE HAUNTING VISION BLOODY CLOUDS billowing in MURKY BLUE WATER -.. IT IS COMPLETELY SOLVED.. He is seething.as we HOLD on the horrifically beautiful image. Turns back to the Cube.. As he EXITS FRAME..we HEAR A GASP. his face contorting in a brutal grimace. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL . we HEAR QUIET BREATHING. 47 EXT. he lets out a VICIOUS. we come to REST ON a MAKESHIFT SHRINE on the FENCE: pictures.. Owen picks it up..he stares at the Cube in disbelief. Something OUT OF FOCUS DRIFTS DOWN into view -. oblivious to all else. letters. He recovers. attempting to submerge it under the ice -but it SLIPS. he starts across the courtyard when he NOTICES something. The Father HEAVES THE BODY into the water. candles. The Father finds a LONG STICK. OVERJOYED. THE SHORELINE. and we PLUNGE UNDER THE WATER -.just as we GLIMPSE it is a SEVERED HEAD -. Using all his might. GUIDING the FLOATING BODY with the stick toward the SOLID ICE. As it reaches the perimeter.. He limps precariously along the edge of the shore. It’s a MEMORIAL to Scottie Tate. HOLD.. and presses it into Jack’s chest. The Father DRAGS JACK’S BODY through the snow toward the opening.
and nine days -. (then) How old are you? Twelve..What’s your name? Abby. (smiles) Do I smell better now? He smiles. eight months.? He shrugs. The BELL RINGS..... 48 OWEN I’m Owen. she does. walking up to the school. OWEN How did you do it?! GIRL I just.. embarrassed. What about He looks at her queerly: OWEN Twelve years.. HEALTHY.. then) What about your parents? They must know..32. Still no response. she’s dressed better. twisted it. She looks CLEAN. “more or less”. GIRL What’s yours. still gazing at the Cube. arrives to find the Girl already waiting on the jungle gym... We PULL FOCUS to OWEN as he reappears behind the fence..what do you mean. .? When’s your birthday? ABBY I don’t know. Owen starts to run. still holding the Cube. APARTMENT COURTYARD . She smiles at him. awkward. OWEN . OWEN You don’t know? Don’t you celebrate your birthday? (she doesn’t respond. you? GIRL(ABBY) More or less. 48 EXT...TWILIGHT Owen.
you want. then back down.. The TEACHER glances up from a book at her desk... Yeah. have this. OWEN Well.. 49 .. 49 INT. ABBY .. He watches her as she starts to twist. we HEAR: A GIRL’S VOICE (JULIET) Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.. preparing to leave. touched) That’s okay. We CUT WIDER ON: THE TWO OF THEM ON THE JUNGLE GYM. She looks at him. He looks at her.DAY ZEFFERILLI’S “ROMEO AND JULIET” plays on a 16 MM PROJECTOR in the darkened class -.. He looks at the solved cube. you can. OWEN’S ENGLISH CLASS . stares at her hair. Beat. Says quietly: ABBY You have to start with the corners..33... OWEN If Still excited... It’s yours. ABBY (smiles.JULIET lies naked in the sheets staring at ROMEO in the early morning light as he dresses. in disbelief. Then: No.. she’s actually quite beautiful.. MUSIC fades up.. OWEN I really don’t get how you did this. her face. oblivious.Want me to show you? He smiles.. There is quiet GIGGLING among the class at the romantic/sexual content on the screen.. taking awfulness of that in. OWEN Don’t you get birthday presents? ABBY (simply) Beat. Mixes up the colored squares.
.. Paying no attention to the movie.. he stares at him darkly. anxious... he stretches the antenna out to its full length. Kenny turns. Across the room....? OWEN ... (beat) Let’s see it.34.. an urgency. looking for his next victim.. reaches over. Owen flushes..... on the other side of the room...What do you mean? KENNY In Cook’s class. unlocks the door. He writes out the dots and dashes for each corresponding letter with a certain intensity. But keeps right on working.. then quickly pulls it away. Mark sits on a metal trash can propped against the bathroom door.. Owen sits. On a mission. opens it. 50 . The Girl turns. HOLD on Owen as he writes.. Pleased. Has to pee. annoyed. The sight of Owen so deeply immersed in something somehow irks Kenny.. broken-off RETRACTABLE CAR ANTENNA in his hand -. Finally. when he spots Owen. 50 INT. copying something out of a BOOK: it’s the MORSE CODE ALPHABET... retracts it again.DAY CLOSE ON OWEN as he finishes peeing.. taps the shoulder of A CHUBBY GIRL WITH GLASSES in the next aisle. There is a KNOCK at the stall door... He zips his fly.. Kenny sits with a long.the sound of METAL SCRAPING echoes.. Owen remains perfectly still. KENNY What were you writing back there..smiling slyly. can’t figure out who’s tapping her. and reaches out his leg.. Donald and Mark wait for him. wondering what he’s up to. steps slowly -OUTSIDE THE STALL Kenny. Then. excited.. Owen freezes. BATHROOM STALL . a loud BANGING. blocking it. copying. or stay and die. about to flush the toilet with his shoe when he hears a group of FOOTSTEPS in the bathroom -. He pinches his crotch reflexively... He starts to bounce his leg.. ON THE SCREEN.... Romeo kisses Juliet farewell -ROMEO I must be gone and live.
.. that’s all.No? OWEN KENNY Kenny approaches. The SCHOOL BELL RINGS.No..? SLAM -. Say it.... remains silent.? Owen slowly opens his eyes.? She fell down on the playground...? DONALD You explain that to his mom. Beat.. stiff as a board.. preparing for more -KENNY Say it. . He walks up close to Owen.he lashes the antenna viciously against Owen’s leg! KENNY Where is it..! KENNY . KENNY That’s okay.35. ...... Kenny swings higher.. little girl. decides to take a quiet stand.. his cheek BLEEDING. Right? Right. extends the old car antenna in his hand.. ... Owen looks at him.. KENNY Where is it.. is she..What.Jesus Christ.. grabs him hard by the hair -. KENNY She’s not going to tell her mom on us.even HARDER! Show me! But Owen..... KENNY Frustrated. dude..Owen keeps his eyes shut... squints. in pain... SLASHES OWEN’S FACE! Owen..? SLAM -. clenches his eyes shut... DONALD .
Okay? I don’t like to see my baby hurt. look. a BAND-AID on his face. and one for me -Abby sees a copy of ROMEO AND JULIET in the backpack -. Let’s go.... OWEN’S MOTHER (O... Owen nods. they start to go.NIGHT ON OWEN as he sits there. She kisses the top of his head. terrified. Finally.) Eat. sets food in front of him.. ashamed.. as we HEAR: OWEN (V.! (MORE) 52 .. 51 INT... As she heads OFF-SCREEN. as he finishes telling her about his “accident”: OWEN . honey. Please. but doesn’t eat.) (takes his face in her hands) Well you have to be more careful. seen from shoulders down..! It’s so cool.36.NIGHT Abby watches as Owen digs folded pieces of paper out of his backpack -.) (whispering. APARTMENT COURTYARD . his mom. Owen watches.the MORSE CODE keys he copied down. head hung low. dude... staring Owen down... Then: 51 OWEN’S MOTHER (O. look -. His mood is so much brighter now that he is at Abby’s side again -OWEN Here. Owen STABS his mac and cheese. Kenny just stands there for a moment. 52 EXT.picks it up. it’s boring -c’mon. anger building....S. DONALD C’mon. HOLD on his frightened face. recognizing it with a tiny smile: ABBY Are you reading this? OWEN It’s for school. sweetie.DINNER TABLE .O. OWEN’S APARTMENT . he just sits holding the fork.On the playground.. miserable) I fell down.S.I made one for you..JUNGLE GYM .
Stares at the paper for a moment.. awkward. suddenly uncomfortable. OWEN (CONT'D) We can talk to each other...? No response.. Sees the band-aid on his cheek. guilty: OWEN . He looks away. concerned -. quiet..A little... wishes he hadn’t... Then: OWEN My mom and dad are getting a divorce... Beat...37.! She looks at him.... He looks at her. tentative) What was your dad so mad about. ABBY What about the other night. Owen looks at her.... He shrugs a shoulder. Puts down the book. (beat... stares at her shoes..? you hear anything the other night.? Did OWEN . She looks at him. ABBY What happened there.Only sometimes.. OWEN Just some kids... Says quietly: ABBY Can you hear me through the wall? Owen suddenly realizes he just let something slip..! Through the wall..he tries to brush right past: . Smiles sadly. She still doesn’t look up.? She points to his cheek.. Are you OWEN Where’s your mom. She looks up. then.. She puts down the paper.? parents divorced? ABBY My mom is dead.. At school. Takes in the hugeness of that.
.. OWEN . But what if that doesn’t stop them..What.There are three of them..What if they hit me back? ABBY You have a knife. She smiles: ABBY I’m a lot stronger than you think... touching his. She looks at him.? ABBY You have to hit back.... OWEN .. OWEN ... ABBY Then you hit back even harder... He looks at her. deadly serious. Finally.. Looks back up at her. OWEN Where do you go to school anyway? I never see you -ABBY Owen. He looks down at her hand.. OWEN Yeah..? ABBY Then I’ll help you. (then) You have to hit back hard. listen.You? OWEN You’re a girl. Beat...38.. then they’ll stop. He stops.. (beat) Hit them harder than you dare.. reassuringly. he tentatively rubs his finger against hers. .. And She touches his hand gently...
JEALOUS.Move. he HEARS a MUFFLED COMMOTION from next door: ABBY (THROUGH WALL) .. BEHIND HIM we mattress with her cheat sheet -comes back -he picks up his little radio the doorway -. OWEN Come on.G. He looks.. He slips the paper back in her hand.... concerned.. Owen lies.. Come on. Somehow more encouraged. looking almost wounded..... studying his Morse Code cheat sheet on his bed. he smiles... 54 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL We WATCH through a DOORWAY as The Father sits on a naked mattress next to the wall.. as Abby chases after Owen playfully..he starts to SEE Abby climb onto the she KNOCKS once.. (then) .. He stares up at Abby who waits impatiently. OWEN He starts to go. He stands there. Finally. She looks at him.39. . looks at her..NIGHT Still fully dressed. gets up... stands there WATCHING. very perturbed... running toward the building -we CUT TO -52 pt2 A HIGH ANGLE 52 pt2 looking down at them.. a SMALL TRANSISTOR RADIO playing CLASSICAL MUSIC at his side. and gets up... Suddenly.. listening. limping away toward close the door as. Finally.. 53 INT. OWEN’S ROOM .! Owen listens.I have to get in there... for him to move.. He has peeled back some of the cardboard and newspaper. confused. grabs his. and he takes off.. a KNOCK 54 53 CLOSE ON The Father’s face as he finishes shutting the door in the F.. newspaper in hand.. close to the wall..! She rises. REVEAL This is THE FATHER’S POV from his apartment window. listening for Abby.
.. Four o’clock. he has written out the code for the phrase: “SWEET DREAMS”.. OWEN Mr.. Owen nods. Owen? OWEN I was wondering. then back at the paper: MR. Owen makes his way to a little. senses it’s serious: MR. CLOSE ON his cheat sheet.. trying to make out what is going on. embarrassed. sign up? Zoric looks up. Zoric nods. Zoric.E.. MR. About the after school strength training class? Can people still.40. sipping coffee. Between classes..? MR.. as he continues -. ZORIC Owen starts to go -- Owen turns back. slow.INDOOR POOL . OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL . Hey. 55 BACK IN OWEN’S ROOM Owen starts to TAP out his message on the wall to Abby: OWEN (whispering to himself) S. We Then: 56 55 Zoric returns to his paper...W. Zoric on his break. He stares at Owen. Zoric glances up.. windowed SIDE OFFICE...E.. ZORIC (glances up.We teach you swimming too. Owen smiles sweetly: . Lowers his newspaper. MR..You like to get strong? Owen shrugs. make you strong. ZORIC Okay.. ZORIC .. reading the paper.. ZORIC .. then back at newspaper) Yes. where he finds Mr.. You come. 56 INT..DAY Quiet.on the paper..
HALLWAY OUTSIDE APARTMENTS . opens it. when he SEES -A POSTCARD IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE SACRED HEART stuck on the dresser mirror above him: Jesus stares down with his look of infinite compassion. She starts to smile. He KNOCKS on the door.41. like you. Owen stares at him. Beat. 58 INT.. walks next door to Abby’s. After a LONG BEAT. then speaks.. Wonders what exactly is going on out here. when he hears IRREGULAR FOOTSTEPS -he turns to see THE FATHER approaching from the stairwell..just as.. seeing Owen -but her smiles fades as she sees The Father too. The Father sighs slowly... stares stonefaced. He reaches in.. uncomfortable.TWILIGHT An unmade bed. Abby opens the door..... hears THE SHOWER running. 57 INT. He moves to HIS MOTHER’S PURSE... Owen sneaks cautiously in. Growing anxious... carefully pulls out HER WALLET... sitting open on her dresser. Owen turns to her: . He starts to put the wallet back.. wary. even more quiet: 58 OWEN .. a little afraid. THE FATHER (almost to himself) I was just.. peeks at the partially opened door to the adjoining bathroom.? But The Father just keeps staring. Owen is bewildered. he utters: Then. takes out a TWENTY DOLLAR BILL. Abby home. Empty wine glasses on the night stand. unsure... Owen stares back..TWILIGHT Owen quietly exits his apartment.... OWEN’S MOM’S BEDROOM .. menacingly.. ominously: THE FATHER You know. OWEN 57 . As he sees Owen..Is.. lost in thought -. Relieved.. very quietly.Okay. Owen smiles at him. The Father slows to a stop. I was like you once. carrying an empty plastic trash can..
60 THE CANDY COUNTER . OWEN Hey.! What do you like. oddly uncomfortable -ABBY (shakes her head. really eat this stuff! OWEN (nods.. he has to SHOUT over the BLASTING VIDEO GAME SOUNDS: OWEN Want some?! They’re really good! They’re my favorite! Abby looks at the candy.. ABBY And the two of them head off down the hall together... As he dies. as The Father watches. points to the display: OWEN Well..! Okay. a letdown) Oh... he gestures to the candy. Owen scrunches his face.! You 60 59 Abby tries to be polite... unsure.. he gestures it’s Abby’s turn... so excited. fascinated as Owen plays with great intensity.. laughs.. Pac-Man machine where Owen saw the Tenth Grade couple French kissing earlier...! can have anything you want. Abby steals a look back at him. Abby watches... JEFFERSON COUNTY VIDEO ARCADE ...! Owen is a bit hurt she doesn’t want to at least to try some. Hey.! Owen turns to the Seventeen Year Old Counterman: .. smiles.NIGHT Owen and Abby stand at the same Ms. Glares at him. 59 INT.MOMENTS LATER Owen puts down the TWENTY DOLLAR BILL to pay for a bunch of PACKAGES OF NOW AND LATERS. but smiling. it comes off colder than she means: ABBY I don’t... but he makes the best of it.42. I don’t want it. She takes the joystick. waves her hand) No.... Her smile immediately returns.
... He so wants to comfort her. Abby watches as Owen collects his candy. She rests her head against his. He opens a package. nods.. She feels bad.43. She puts it in her mouth. Standing back a bit. She smiles for him.What do you mean.! The Counterman takes the cash. OWEN I guess that’s it. so broken -. gives in to him. feeling just terrible.. even if I weren’t a girl. embarrassed.... But her eyes look troubled. He watches for her reaction. sad.. holds her tight. (then) A lot... Beat.. Do you like me? OWEN (still holding her) Yeah... He grins.MOMENTS LATER Abby stands VOMITING VIOLENTLY.. maybe I could try just one. so pleased -CUT TO: 61 EXT.Sorry. STREET ... Finally.. suddenly excited.... and.? OWEN (beat) . out of nowhere. .. she relaxes her body.. bent over against the side of a building. ABBY Well. awkwardly. a bit stunned. Abby stands there stiffly.. she looks up. trying to hide his disappointment... He moves to her.... gives Owen the change.his heart aches. ABBY Would you still like me. gives her a piece. Owen watches...? . so frail. Then: ABBY (whispers) Owen.! Owen looks up. seeming so thin.. ABBY 61 Owen looks at her there. arms at her side. Finally. just puts his arms around her.
. I guess so. 62 EXT. Abby looks at Owen.! Startled. the familiar TRAIN HORN echoes.. has to resist her impulses.so tantalizingly close to her mouth.NIGHT Owen and Abby walk side by side.. But she doesn’t respond. recovering.. Hang on. looks down at her shoes. Owen pulls away. ENTRANCE TO APARTMENT COURTYARD . She stops.. embarrassed: OWEN (muttering) Oh God. She stiffens......he sees it... he’s suddenly angry.S... Owen looks at her. OWEN So where are you from? How come you guys moved here.. Finally.. back into the courtyard... confused.. starts to reach back. WHEN -OWEN’S MOTHER (O. (beat.) Owwwwen. (smiles at her) And I’ll never come back. but why would you move here? I hate it here..Why? OWEN She smiles sadly. Somewhere in the distance. Abby’s EYES DRIFT to OWEN’S BARE NECK -. .. move around a lot.. pulls away. afraid..she catches herself. As she listens.... stupid.. shakes her head: ABBY No reason..44.. Her PUPILS WIDEN subtly. OWEN Yeah... looks away) People here are just. Someday I’m gonna get out.. involuntarily -. reaches for his hand -.? ABBY We. he says: OWEN I dunno. 62 .
S. as he gently places the freshly washed plastic jug in the bag next to the “Slim Jim”...) Well.) Where were you?! I called you! OWEN I’m right here! OWEN’S MOTHER (O...) You promised me you wouldn’t leave the courtyard -. 63 INT. He heads into courtyard -.KITCHEN ..S..I been here the whole time. she stands as Owen approaches. she smiles: Night. Then..finds Abby waiting.MOMENTS LATER Owen trudges up the steps -... She watches as he shuts the door.NIGHT Abby enters to find The Father grimly packing up his duffle -she watches. gone. unseen by him.? 64 . Abby speaks: ABBY You going out. sitting by her doorway.. and a SMALL JAR FILLED WITH CLEAR LIQUID..Owen LOOKS UP AT US: What. she starts to open her own door. he carefully checks the jar’s lid..S. Nods.!!! OWEN Abby’s 63 We CUT BACK DOWN to Owen... looking DOWN past Owen’s Mother’s OUT OF FOCUS HEAD -..we CUT TO: The POV from OWEN’S APARTMENT WINDOW. 64 INT..! Okay.. ABBY’S APARTMENT ... Then.! OWEN OWEN’S MOTHER (O. making sure it’s secure. ABBY Owen smiles back. on the ground.. come up! It’s time for dinner.!!! OWEN’S MOTHER (O. he goes inside his apartment. he turns... HALLWAY OUTSIDE APARTMENTS .45. Finally.! OWEN -.
PULL FOCUS to back of The Father’s head as he watches. Then gets back to work. seeing her there.LONG LENS SHOT . YMCA PARKING LOT . SILHOUETTED HEAD as he watches the YMCA in the distance... Despite himself. and CIGARETTES on the counter. He gets up.LATER LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD.. But she can’t hold his gaze.. coming towards us.46.. vulnerable: THE FATHER Please don’t see that boy again. then. Not looking at her as he finally speaks. growing anxious. CHEVY CHEVETTE .. She touches his face..NIGHT OUT OF FOCUS SMOKE rises in the F. A group of TEENAGERS head for the entrance laughing.. he softens. He turns. 66 INT.? He looks up at her.. Picks them up.. SEES his BIC LIGHTER. Okay.. around The Father’s BLURRY.. the burning ashes sparkle briefly. THE CEILING DOME LIGHT illuminates as the door creaks open -66 65 ..... Maybe you shouldn’t go tonight. He closes his eyes. He looks at her. CUT TO: 65 EXT.. unaware of him. from the back seat: the lot is mostly empty now.. A powder blue CHEVY CHEVETTE chugs into the lot.. ABBY . The HIGH SCHOOL AGED KID appears. FLICKS it away. wary... it’s closing time. knows what that means. starts toward the building. starts to unlock it.? She watches him. long drag on his cigarette. He hardens again. bitterly. He reaches the driver door. She looks down. He takes a last..G. lowers himself to her. THE FATHER (still not looking at her) What else am I good for? Finally. looks down. she moves over to him slowly. The air is tense: THE FATHER Is there a choice.. and resumes packing his equipment.You look tired. A lone. still.. quietly. HIGH SCHOOL AGED KID gets out. Then opens them.
?! CLOSE ON The Father’s eyes as they fill with alarm. The Kid is about to pull out when he SEES -A LANKY TEEN in the distance. rolls down his window. horrified as the Lanky Teen scrambles into the passenger seat. HIGH SCHOOL KID (calling across the lot) What’s up. The Father tries to back away.. THE FATHER listens. man. The Father holds a SMALL AMBER APOTHECARY BOTTLE OF CHLOROFORM. hidden on the floor behind the bucket seats. YELLING. sure. man -.47..I can’t even deal with it anymore -- .. get in. REVEAL: just out of the light.. in the cloth mask.. face-up. the Lanky Teen arrives at the window. in the other. HOLD TIGHT on his eyes as he listens motionlessly to the sounds of the Kid climbing in and shutting the door. brief waves of sodium vapor street light wash over him as his mind races -SUDDENLY..! HOLD on The Father as they start to drive..The English Beat’s “Mirror in the Bathroom” BLARES SUDDENLY from the cheap radio.) (as his hand fumbles) Kip is so fucking whipped.. out of breath: LANKY TEENAGER Can I get a ride? Kip’s going over to see his girlfriend.S. HIGH SCHOOL KID Yeah. gripping a GYM BAG -the arm blindly tosses the bag -. a SMALL CLOTH RAG. fumbling for something at the base of his seat. In one gloved hand. HIS EYES WIDEN as he sees the LANKY TEEN’S ARM swing back between the front seats.. is this now. The Kid starts the car -.... THE FATHER lies.it lands right on top of The Father’s legs. right by The Father’s head! Panicked...? What Finally.. but the space is very tight -LANKY TEENAGER (O... URGENTLY WAVING him down as he makes his way toward the car. the Lanky Teen’s HAND reaches back. The Kid lowers the radio..
..) 67 EXT.. He picks the pack up -. and as The Father opens his eyes. GAS STATION CONVENIENCE MART .) What are you doing -. looking for his own pack.S. the tires ka-thunk ka-thunk over a gentle bump in the road. punching the channel presets on the radio. spots an open pack of cigarettes in the center console. crushing The Father hard -. The hand turns it up. reaching his arm -- . and BRIGHTER.) You need gas. the car starts to flood with FLUORESCENT LIGHT -.he clenches his eyes shut in pain.. HIGH SCHOOL KID (O.it gets BRIGHTER.. someone getting out. dude..) I’m trying to move the fuckin’ seat. HIGH SCHOOL KID (O. Then. The Father carefully lifts his head. realizing.. thrusting violently into The Father’s shoulder -.S.48. peeks through the space between the two front seats -.. He pats the pockets of his coat. Asia’s “Heat of the Moment” starts to play. 67 HIGH SCHOOL KID (O. “Mirror in the Bathroom” keeps playing as more waves of sodium vapor light pass by...) It’s in the front -The Lanky Teen’s hand finally withdraws. He glances around. he turns slightly. LANKY TEENAGER (O. as the car comes to a STOP. The Father’s eyes drift down to the dash -. Nothing.S.it’s empty.the High School Aged Kid is walking away from the car through the quiet STATION toward the CONVENIENCE MART. but his seat comes sliding forcefully back.the Teen has to use some extra effort before the seat finally locks into place. IN FRONT The Lanky Teen bobs his head absently to the music.the KEYS are still in the ignition -A HAND (the Lanky Teen’s) suddenly reaches into view. the door slamming shut.? Yeah. We HEAR the sounds of one of the doors opening..S..NIGHT And The Father opens his eyes.? LANKY TEENAGER (O.S.
he slams his hands blindly against sides of The Father’s head. primitively twisting and pulling it. With dawning alarm. but The Father won’t let go -. THROUGH THE STORE WINDOW. the OUT OF FOCUS FIGURE of the High School Aged Kid pays for gas: HIGH SCHOOL KID (handing cash to CLERK) Can I have ten on number seven? PULL FOCUS and TRACK WITH HIM as he turns and starts for the door. he quickly cranes his head farther around to SEE -THE FATHER staring at him from behind the cloth mask! In utter panic. we see the VIOLENT THRASHING continuing inside the Chevette -. Jenner?! He turns to see TWO MASSIVE GUYS in FOOTBALL JACKETS approaching with SLURPEES and hot dogs.when he spots THE FATHER’S SHOES.G. up on his knees.in the F.! 69 . INTO THE BACK toward his gym bag. surely about to see the mayhem.. feeling around for his cigarettes.. reaching quickly around the top of the bucket seat.. the Lanky Teen twists to get a better look at his bag -. The Father remains perfectly still as the Lanky Teen slips his hand into the gym bag. Frustrated. The Father struggles to unscrew the lid with one hand -. HIGH SCHOOL KID Hey.The Father LUNGES DESPERATELY forward. Guys -.the Teen grabs onto the cloth mask. pulling the Teen into a FRANTIC CHOKEHOLD before he can escape! The Teen THRASHES his legs and arms -.49.JUST AS -. can’t seem to find them.it’s vicious. WHEN HE HEARS: A FRIENDLY VOICE ‘Sup. and the hair beneath it -.PAY COUNTER . partially obscured through the MAGAZINE RACK. ugly -68 INT.IMMEDIATELY 68 MUZAK softly plays as.what’s goin’ on? 69 INSIDE THE CHEVETTE “Heat of the Moment” BLASTS as the Lanky Teen’s feet dig against the dash -..! Still clutching the bottle of chloroform. GAS STATION CONVENIENCE MART . the Lanky Teen LURCHES for the door -...
! One of the massive Football Guys BANGS on the driver window -panicked.. and slowly forces the open bottle up under the Teen’s nose.! But he keeps ACCELERATING -.! THROUGH THE REAR WINDOW we see AN ONCOMING PICKUP TRUCK -. until. GAS STATION CONVENIENCE MART . the Teen SUCCUMBS..50.JUST THEN -... when one of them suddenly notices THE FATHER STARTING THE CHEVETTE -FOOTBALL GUY ONE Hey -. The Father finally gets the lid off the chloroform -. along with large clumps of The Father’s hair! We can now see The Father. as the Teen gags pitifully.. trembling. The Father BACKS OUT ONTO THE STREET -. as he thrusts the car into reverse -.. suddenly spooked at the sight of the Lanky Teen passed out -.isn’t that your car -. he holds it there.. he glances furtively around to make sure no one has seen -70 INT. he tightens his chokehold..? They turn -HIGH SCHOOL KID What the fuck -. CONVERGING around the car -.the other Football Guy APPEARS on the passenger side. sneering.! The Football Guys RUN WITH HIM. but the Teen shakes his head madly to avoid it -. sweating.as he starts to pull away. adrenaline surging. one of the guys furiously HURLS HIS SLURPEE at the windshield -it SPLASHES BRIGHT RED ACROSS THE GLASS -.he tries to force the mouth of the bottle up under the Teen’s nose..! The Father HITS THE GAS -..! 71 70 . Grimacing in terrible pain. he’s beet red. finally.IMMEDIATELY The three guys still chat near the entrance. The Father tries to hide his face. SLAMMING THE WINDOWS -.! SUDDENLY the cloth mask tears free in the Teen’s fists. foaming at the mouth! In total fury.! MADLY ACCELERATING IN REVERSE.? 71 INSIDE THE CHEVETTE The Father puts the car into gear when he sees -THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD The three guys RUNNING at him. The Father’s muscles slump in disgust in the horrible aftermath. rigid.
51. The Father yanks the wheel to avoid it, and the Chevette SWERVES and SCREECHES, and we CAREEN OUT OF CONTROL -- ! -- DOWN AN EMBANKMENT -- !!! THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE WINDOWS STARTS TO SWIRL UP-SIDE-DOWN AS WE FLIP SIDEWAYS -- AND TUMBLE -- SPINNING DOWN THE HILL -- ! GLASS SHATTERS! METAL CRUNCHES AND GROANS! UNTIL FINALLY, the car comes to a REST. 72 EXT. BOTTOM OF EMBANKMENT - NIGHT Completely dazed, The Father looks around him. Eerily, “Heat of the Moment” still plays on the radio. The Lanky Teen lies slumped against him, battered and bloody. The Father tries to climb out of his seat, but he can’t move -- he looks down - the dashboard and steering column have caved forward -- HIS LEGS ARE TRAPPED... He struggles fiercely, but there is nothing he can do -- JUST THEN --- he HEARS APPROACHING VOICES in the distance -- he peers sideways out the broken and spidered windshield -- THE THREE GUYS ARE CLIMBING DOWN THE EMBANKMENT...! Distraught, he starts to look around the vehicle...! He turns, starts frantically digging in the back seat, grunting, reaching his arm as far as his trapped legs will allow... He tosses aside the Lanky Teen’s gym bag... unearths his own BLACK DUFFLE... he reaches inside... searching... until, finally, his hand emerges, HOLDING THE GLASS JAR OF CLEAR LIQUID WE SAW HIM PACKING EARLIER... The Father brings the glass jar forward, reaches down, unscrews the lid -- he lifts the jar near his head, breathing hard, HESITATING, when -- he HEARS the VOICES of the HIGH SCHOOL KIDS right outside -- NEARBY BRUSH CRUNCHES UNDER THEIR FEET -- ! In total anguish, The Father braces himself, with not a moment to lose -- he WHISPERS a final, PAINED CRY -THE FATHER ...Abby...! -- then DOUSES HIMSELF WITH THE LIQUID, pouring it over his head -- and as it STARTS to SIZZLE and SMOKE -- we realize it’s ACID -- ! 72
52. 73 EXT. EMBANKMENT - WIDE SHOT - IMMEDIATELY We are LOOKING DOWN OVER THE WRECKAGE, as the three guys near the car -- they stop in their tracks as they suddenly hear THE FATHER’S HORRIFYING SCREAMS...! CUT TO: 74 INT. OWEN’S ROOM - OVERHEAD SHOT - NIGHT Quiet. Dark. Owen lies in bed, staring up at the ceiling, deep in thought. The faintest smile grows on his face, then fades away. Finally, unconsciously, he reaches out his hand, gently touches the wall, pressing his palm flat, tenderly against it -75 INT. ABBY’S ROOM - OVERHEAD SHOT - AT THAT SAME MOMENT Abby lies on the mattress, her hand already on the wall, as if touching Owen’s on the other side. Still fully dressed, she lies there, perfectly still... when a LOW, inhuman GROWL breaks the silence... Abby rolls onto her side, clutching her stomach, looking frail... Hungry... Alone... 76 INT. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL - WEIGHT ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON Owen lies grunting on a weight bench, some very light chest presses, as Mr. reading the NEWSPAPER -- the HEADLINE CAUGHT IN THE ACT -- SUSPECT ATTEMPTS HOSPITALIZED, IN CRITICAL CONDITION”. struggling hard with Zoric sits nearby, reads: “RITUAL KILLER SUICIDE -76 75 74 73
Zoric looks up from the paper, sees Owen awkwardly battling the weight -- puts down the paper, helps him lift the bar safely up... Owen looks at him, a bit embarrassed at how weak he is; but Zoric nods encouragingly: MR. ZORIC Don’t worry. Is good. for start. Owen smiles, and we CUT TO: 77 INT. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL - P.E. LOCKER ROOM BATHROOM OWEN’S PANTS, STUFFED IN A URINAL In the LOCKER ROOM BATHROOM. Disgusted, depressed, Owen stands there staring in his underwear, partially dressed. He carefully fishes the soaked pants out with his hand, dangling them away at arm’s length... 77 Very good
53. 78 EXT. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL - WIDE SHOT - LATE AFTERNOON TRACK WITH OWEN as he starts for home in the waning light of the day, wearing his jacket, his backpack, and his little gym shorts. His breath mists is the freezing air... In his hand hangs a clear plastic bag containing his wet pants... CUT TO: 79 CLOSE ON THE FATHER’S TRANSISTOR RADIO as the LOCAL NEWS plays through HEAVY, SURGING STATIC from its tinny speaker: NEWSCASTER ...Police say an unidentified man has been arrested in connection with the recent ritual murder of a local high school honor student... REVEAL ABBY who lies in a fetal position on the naked mattress in the dark room, staring at it. Concerned, she picks the radio up, trying to adjust the reception as the Newscaster continues: NEWSCASTER ...The suspect is hospitalized in critical condition with severe, selfinflicted acid burns over his face and torso, making it impossible so far for authorities to determine his identity... 80 EXT. APARTMENT COURTYARD - NIGHT Owen sits alone on the jungle gym, with his Rubik’s Cube. He’s got two sides done, and is working on a third... Losing interest, he stops, looks up at the boarded up windows of Abby’s apartment, stares for a long time... Waiting... Finally, he SIGHS, disappointed, wondering where she is... It STARTS TO SNOW... CUT WIDE ON THE COURTYARD -- OVER THIS we HEAR: ANNOUNCER’S VOICE Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States: Ronald Reagan! As excited APPLAUSE breaks out, we CUT TO: 80 79 78
Abby looks up. (looks down.......... tries to be gentle: ADMITTING NURSE He’s... I’m. sweetie.. looking sad.. 81 INT.The police did..RECEPTION AREA . ABBY Excuse me.. But it’s restricted. she puts on a bit of an act.Oh. looks like she might cry: ABBY Do you know where he is..? The Nurse looks at her for a beat..why don’t I call them. feeling terrible for her.. shakes the Announcer’s hand. Thank you very much. Oblivious... pained) ... ADMITTING NURSE (suddenly realizing who she means. vulnerable. lost. HOSPITAL LOBBY . After a moment.Oh.. walks slowly to the counter.. he’s on the tenth floor..? ABBY Yeah..54.. I see... Reagan walks up to the podium. the ADMITTING NURSE sits reading a magazine. They.. brought him in last night. Beat.. tell them you’re here -But Abby immediately starts to back off -ABBY -.. picks up the phone: ADMITTING NURSE Look -. 81 . ashamed) .... looking for my father.. there are snowflakes in her hair. as the crowd continues with its standing ovation: RONALD REAGAN ON TV Thank you.that’s okay.? ADMITTING NURSE Is he a patient here.NIGHT The APPLAUSE plays over a TELEVISION in the deserted lobby.. she looks at Abby with a sad smile. Abby enters.. no -...
! 82 ADMITTING NURSE Sweetie -.. ADMITTING NURSE (under her breath) Oh my God -. confused. terribly ashamed..... Abby appears. AN AIR TUBE snakes from his neck.55.you poor thing. We HEAR the OMINOUS. As she re-enters the building. 83 . Then. She looks down.. heartbroken. Abby nods. pained.. The Father leans his head out the window.. crouching on the ledge.I’m sorry.a SHADOW on the FACADE. then knocks gently on the glass....WIDE SHOT .. RHYTHMIC HISSING of a RESPIRATOR just OFF-SCREEN. FRONT OF HOSPITAL . About everything.. she turns... close to hers. She looks back up at him. After a moment. She looks at him. his neck: he can’t talk. as a BLURRY FIGURE starts to make his way slowly INTO FRAME. his face ravaged by acid..?! 82 EXT. Finally.! 83 INT. whispers: ABBY .it’s ABBY. just before Abby exits..STARTS CLIMBING -. still holding the phone.. TENTH FLOOR HOSPITAL ROOM . Abby waves sadly. tears streaming down her cheeks.. ABBY ... heads back. and runs after Abby -Hey -. wheeling his IV and HEART MONITOR with him.S.May I come in.Abby is barefoot.. Surprised.. She looks around. nowhere to be found. he hobbles weakly to the window. concerned. suddenly STARTS MOVING -. She hangs up the phone..... It’s The Father..IMMEDIATELY The Admitting Nurse comes out to see that Abby is already gone.. And she heads for the door. HOLD. He pulls open the window. we HOLD -. she notices something with horror -.NIGHT SNOW SWIRLS outside the window.. three floors up. We HEAR a RUSTLING of SHEETS. her eyes start to tear. She STARES at something O. the Nurse watches her go...? He gestures to his twisted mouth. I’m so sorry..
What would you like me to do. Gently wipes away her tears.. and BITES into his neck -. WHIPPING FURIOUSLY around them as his body slumps -.CONTINUOUS The Policeman leans out... terrified.. she DRINKS DEEPLY.. She touches his head softly. She takes his hand in both of hers.. horrified -The POLICEMAN bursts into the room. he reaches out... Trembling..as the Policeman utters breathlessly -84 . she looks up at him. hesitating. Struggling.56. from this VANTAGE POINT.the DRAPES are sucked out the window. Finally. we are able to REVEAL something we couldn’t see before -. kindly) Thomas.. At a loss. just out of sight -.unseen by the Policeman -ABBY stands pressed to the wall.BLOOD SPURTS.! A BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM erupts from -INSIDE THE ROOM The HEAVYSET NURSE (from the opening of the film) has just entered -. suddenly. watching.an ALARM on the MONITOR The Father leans down. (then.she watches as The Father starts to FALL -he DROPS TEN FLOORS to the snow covered ground below -. his neck to her. starting to recover. LEDGE OUTSIDE WINDOW . as she stares it him. vulnerable... in his neck. A painfully deep history and connection suddenly apparent.? He looks at her. Closes her eyes. Then. Then he reaches up to the tube YANKS it out -. and starts to BEEP.she RUSHES toward the open window where the DRAPES TWIST WILDLY.. she puts her head in her hands. obscuring the view -.Abby pulls aside. She smiles sadly: ABBY I don’t. touches her face.. know what to do.! Realizing The Father must have just jumped. staring down at The Father’s body -only now. Abby’s expression turns grave. she bends down. vulnerably presenting gestures to it.. blood dripping from her mouth -.... presses it to her cheek. The WIND starts to pick up as The Father goes limp -. and we REPEAT THE MOMENT FROM THE OPENING OF THE FILM! 84 EXT.
. Owen.. haunted.? The Policeman turns -.57. Right. she LEAPS into the air... we spoke on the phone.. on the ledge. visibly shaken by the proceedings. I’M SORRY. FRONT OF THE HOSPITAL . and OUT OF FRAME! CUT TO: THE WORDS: “ABBY. and Joseph..LATER The Policeman stares at words in his notebook. The Father’s blood still stains her face. as The Father’s body is lifted in the coroner’s van.. He turns to a fresh page in his notebook... A WOMAN’S VOICE Excuse me. Abby moves to the edge of the ledge...... She TAPS on the glass.Yes? POLICEMAN 85 It’s the Admitting Nurse who spoke with Abby in the lobby -She moves up close. POLICEMAN Jesus. START TO PUSH SLOWLY IN ON HIM... OWEN’S ROOM ..! ABBY 86 We . Mary...? 86 INT...we ARE: 85 EXT...” SCRAWLED in The Father’s handwriting in the POLICE NOTEBOOK. ADMITTING NURSE I’m the admitting nurse.. As the OFF-SCREEN PANIC BUILDS. About the little girl. Finally... RED LIGHT STROBES over the paper -.. gazing solemnly down...NIGHT Abby appears outside Owen’s partially opened window.? She nods. as the Policeman retreats inside. HOLD on ABBY...? I think POLICEMAN (remembering) Oh....... Officer. POLICEMAN What can you tell me about her.. to GENERAL CHAOS and YELLING.
facing away..... gets back under covers.... No. can come in.Abby’s alarmed: ABBY No -. She comes in. right..58... drifting.. opens eyes) Hey... Owen starts to wake up. Owen groans.... whispers: ABBY Can I come in..... ABBY Close your eyes.don’t look at me..You can come in.. In bed.? (beat) I flew.... ABBY That I Abby OWEN Yeah.? He starts to get up -..! (then) And you’re freezing.. completely out of it.. OWEN . OWEN They’re already closed.. (then.. and climb into bed behind Owen..... ABBY But you have to say it. undressing completely.... Beat.! Sorry.. OWEN How’d you get up here. feels something behind him. you’re not wearing anything.wait -.? . She quickly gets out of her bloody clothes......... OWEN (then) (MORE) ABBY Is that gross.
OWEN (then) Abby.? No.59. ABBY Can’t we just keep things the way they are... ABBY I’m not a girl. ABBY .? ABBY OWEN Will you go steady with me? ABBY (beat) What do you mean. OWEN You’re not a girl..? OWEN Will you be my girlfriend. ABBY OWEN What are you..I had to go out. Of course.. OWEN I’m.. I’m (then) You know.... Oh.... OWEN (CONT'D) Where were you today? I waited for you...? OWEN (hurt) Yeah. You don’t have to make stuff up...... .? Owen.? ABBY I don’t know.? Yeah.... nothing.. Oh.. it’s okay if you don’t wanna be my girlfriend........
. and lifts it. asleep in bed... running her fingers down his arm. SLICES silently into the room. TOUCHING her SKIN -. starts to SMOKE -.. FLARING CAMERA. Closes his eyes.. puts is against her cheek.! 87 ......... He smiles. She can tell she’s hurt him. bathed in SOFT BLUE AMBIENCE. Abby stares at Owen’s back... projecting patterns on the wall.. The LIGHT reaches toward them. It’s beautiful.. He stops talking. CLOSE ON ABBY’S ARM.. Feels guilty.. ABBY We can go steady.PRE-DAWN HOLD for a LONG BEAT... A THIN SLIVER OF GOLDEN LIGHT reaches over the bottom lip of the window. like Romeo and Juliet. She takes his hand in both of hers.. TIMECUT TO: 87 THE VIEW FROM OWEN’S WINDOW . gently caresses his shoulder..Really? Sure. OWEN ABBY ...it’s a gesture eerily reminiscent of the one she made with The Father just before he died. do anything special when you go steady... finally.the delicate surface BLISTERS SUDDENLY. And as they both drift off into sleep.. ABBY So everything’s the same? OWEN (obviously) Yeah.. until the SUN just peeks over the horizon. Beat. as the RAY of SUNLIGHT slowly spreads out. lyrical. have to.. closes her eyes -. gives her a bit of the silent treatment.? OWEN (pouting slightly) No. and over his hand. Okay. ABBY Do you...60. REVEAL OWEN and ABBY.....
in pain! She backs quickly away from the light. looks out the window to see THE FROZEN LAKE. having just gotten up. OWEN’S WINDOW . looking out the window -.his brow is furrowed.. “OWEN + ABBY”.. pulling the blanket around her.. Owen looks back at the scrap -. startled. catches her breath.DAY Owen sits among a rowdy CROWD of MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS..it’s “Romeo and Juliet”. covered with undisturbed. It’s a school field trip. some have HOCKEY STICKS and HELMETS.it’s a fully ripped open package of Now and Later candies. very carefully...61. grabs the cord.. and out pops Owen’s head -.. to the narrow window sills. Below the words. He lifts the open book the scrap was lying on.” WRITTEN on a small SCRAP OF PAPER lying on the pages of an OPEN BOOK on Owen’s DESK. LIGHT SUDDENLY SPILLS across the paper as we HEAR the sound of metal BLINDS BEING YANKED OPEN. 89 EXT. a HEART has been drawn.. virgin snow.. he reads the note.she yanks her arm instinctively out of the light. Owen smiles. CUT TO: 88 THE WORDS: “I MUST BE GONE AND LIVE..? It’s impossible. sleepy. 90 INT. into the corner.. Mr. Her back to the wall.. BUS . stunned that she let her guard down so low as to find herself right here..MORNING The window opens.Owen stops reading. 91 EXT. How did she get up here last night.. the book is hard to understand. carrying ICE SKATES. picks the paper up -It’s OWEN... The crowd starts to get even more excited.. Beside her.. ABBY’S EYES SNAP OPEN -. Along the distant horizon. looks at the cover -. HOLD on her as she sits there.. A HAND enters FRAME. right now. silently reading his copy of “Romeo and Juliet” -. He turns the scrap over -.SEES below the heart is written.. She looks around the room in horror. Owen remains blissfully in slumber.. directing the student traffic -91 90 89 88 .. SCHOOL BUS . gently lowers the blinds. Abby reaches over very.. OR STAY AND DIE. Zoric and a FEW OTHER TEACHERS supervise. a PASSENGER TRAIN speeds....he looks around at the great drop below. as the bus approaches..MOMENTS LATER The Students file off the bus.
And the three bullies head out to the ice. Owen’s feet trudge by the pipe in skates.... Finally coming upon Owen. It looks like the pipe we saw the night The Father dumped the body of the weight-lifter into the water -only now the entire SHORELINE IS FROZEN SOLID.it could be the same stick The Father used to submerge the body under the ice. smiling: KENNY I hope you been learning how to swim. leans in. Kenny smiles. It’s a LONG STICK -.one of them is the girl Kenny accosted in the pool.? 93 . MIDDLE OF THE LAKE . Owen watches them go. the area for something. laughing. and Mark step up behind him -. you play this side! Free skate.... FROZEN AQUEDUCT PIPE along the shore.. testing its strength. with a growing sense of trepidation.. Coz today you’re goin’ in. who stands about twenty feet in front of a HOLE IN THE ICE.62.. Donald.. Donald. speaking to him quietly. Owen BANGS the stick against his palm.. Kenny. Owen keeps searching.. though there’s no way to be sure. and anger. MR. holding the long stick.MOMENTS LATER Kenny. ZORIC If you play hockey.. KENNY Is she ready for a swim.. He is scouring 92 A GROUP OF GIRLS skate into the area... he spots something. He stares at them. CUT TO: 93 EXT... this side! Everyone careful for holes in ice! Stay! Away! From holes! We be watching! So you play safe! As Owen starts to put on his skates with the others. Ignoring them..Kenny puts his hand on Owen’s shoulder. and Mark make their way across the ice.. digs it out of the snow.. trying out their best (and not particularly impressive) figure skating moves -.. CUT TO: 92 A SMALL.
hit you with it... he just keeps staring. I think you’re just gonna stand there... you try anything.. Owen says nothing.. but it is clear he is very afraid.. Mr.. He grips the stick harder. Kenny notices: KENNY Whattaya think you’re gonna do with that... and ram it right up your ass.......? Owen remains silent... like the little girl you are. Owen is trembling. hardens) You’re goin’ swimming. 95 ... KENNY You know what I think. bracing himself for trouble. says quietly to Kenny: DONALD Dude -.....Zoric is over there checking us out -. But Kenny isn’t going to be the one to blink..... raises it slightly.... 95 BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE Kenny’s smile fades as he stares Owen down. just sets his jaw.. He watches them with growing concern..let it go.. KENNY I don’t think you’re gonna do a fucking thing.........? 94 KENNY Wow.? OWEN (trying to be brave) I’m gonna. 94 NEAR THE EDGE OF THE LAKE As he tries to organize a hockey game.? (beat..63. smiles mockingly: Really.. If Kenny looks at his friends. Donald sees something.. is growing uncomfortable with all this. And then.. And I’m gonna grab that stick. Zoric suddenly sees Owen surrounded by the boys near the hole in the ice. We’ll beat his little ass later.
Zoric looks. Kenny.. SHUTS HIS EYES. watching along with the Students as a CRANE lifts an ENORMOUS.Zoric starts in their direction. gripping his ear in excruciating pain -.! He stands there.. CUT TO: 100 EXT. THE WEIGHT-LIFTER’S BODY HALF-SUBMERGED under water.. and HALF-FROZEN into the ice. AT THE SHORELINE We watch in WIDE SHOT as Zoric arrives -. 100 A 99 98 97 96 . 98 MEANWHILE.the girls are huddled together.LATER POLICE CARS. he turns back... and SWINGS THE STICK with ALL HIS MIGHT! IT CONNECTS squarely with the side of Kenny’s head. horrified -.. stunned -..when he HEARS MORE SCREAMS from the other direction -.. hearing Kenny’s agonized screams -.the girl Kenny accosted in the pool is SCREAMING and CRYING. aghast. SOLID BLOCK of ICE CONTAINING JACK’S BODY into the air.. sensing weakness.BLOOD GUSHES! Kenny starts to SCREAM -..one of the other Teachers immediately heads toward the middle of the lake to investigate -..then. He recovers.. suddenly lunges forward..WIDE SHOT . shocked to see Kenny. A CROWD has gathered. CHAIN SAW CARVES around him. CUT TO: 99 JACK.! 97 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE The Teacher rushes to Kenny’s aid.64.! 96 MR. and the blood drains from his face. and Kenny DROPS. and Owen. frozen. panicked. KENNY Gimme the stick. Owen doesn’t dare move. comforting each other. starts to pull the girls away -..Zoric is about to go too -. crumpled on the ice.Owen watches. one of them points to something by the edge of the lake -. FIRE TRUCKS.! He turns to see the GROUP of GIRLS at the shoreline. by the aqueduct -. staring. ZORIC turns. LAKE . absolutely terrified at what he has done -.. drops the stick. shocked by the amount of blood -..! Holy shit! MARK Are you fucking crazy!? Owen opens his eyes.
65. We ZOOM SLOWLY in on MR. ZORIC in the distance as he animatedly describes what happened to a MAN IN A SUIT, who has his back to us, taking notes... A PAIR OF COPS need to squeeze by, and Zoric steps aside, still talking -- as he and the POLICE OFFICER rotate, switching places, we SEE Zoric has been talking to the SMALL TOWN POLICEMAN from the opening of the film; we CONTINUING ZOOMING SLOWLY in, until his HAUNTED, and CONCERNED face fills frame... CUT TO: 101 INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - LATE AFTERNOON ON OWEN, profile, his head hung low. focus in the F.G. His mother sits out of 101
PRINCIPAL (O.S.) Give me one reason I shouldn’t suspend you, Owen... (beat) Can you think of one? Owen keeps his head lowered, miserable. PRINCIPAL (O.S.) Look, I know about Kenny and his friends, believe me -- I’ve had to deal with them many times -- but where would you ever get the idea that this is the way to handle things? This in not. The way. To handle things. Don’t you know what could’ve happened...? (then) You seem like a smart kid. I just don’t want to see you going down the wrong path... OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) (very softly, distraught) He’s a good boy... he really is... 102 INT. OWEN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT Owen takes off his jacket; his mom is already ON THE PHONE: OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) Hello...? Is George there...? Excuse me...? This is his wife -who’s this...? The DOOR BELL RINGS. Owen looks at his mom, who is angrily immersed; he trudges for the door, as he continues to hear: 102
66. OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) Well, hello, Cindy... Could you please tell George that I called, and that I need to talk to him...? About our son...? It’s urgent. Yes -- if he even gives a shit... Owen opens the door -- it’s the SMALL TOWN POLICEMAN: POLICEMAN (grave tone) Hi there... Your mom or dad home? Owen looks at him, suddenly worried -- does this have something to do with Kenny...? OWEN Um... yeah... (then) Mom...!? OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) (still on the phone) Thank you, Cindy... Goodbye... (hangs up, then, annoyed) What...?! Her FIGURE enters the hallway -- she slows, seeing the Policeman. Her tone immediately changes, quiets: ...Oh... OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) What’s this about...?
POLICEMAN I’m afraid there’s been an incident with one of your neighbors here in the complex... So we’re just going around, talking to people... see if anyone knows anything... OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) ...What kind of incident...? The Policeman glances at Owen -- this may not be appropriate for his young ears; Owen’s mother immediately picks up on it: OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) (firm) Owen -- why don’t you go to your room...? Owen hesitates, disappointed. The Policeman smiles apologetically, and Owen heads off -- he steals a final look at them from down the hall --
67. OWEN’S MOTHER (O.S.) Would you like to come in, Officer...? As the Policeman enters... 103 INT. OWEN’S ROOM - NIGHT Dejected, Owen enters, shuts the door... sets down his backpack by his desk when he sees a FLASH from outside his window. He HEARS VOICES. He looks out -ACROSS THE COURTYARD There’s ACTIVITY inside JACK’S APARTMENT. Owen looks THROUGH HIS TELESCOPE: it’s SEVERAL POLICEMAN in LATEX GLOVES... TAKING FLASH PICTURES... SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE... Owen watches for a moment, transfixed... when he HEARS BARKING across the courtyard: he swings his TELESCOPE over to FIND VIRGINIA, out on her balcony, also silently craning to try to spy a look at what’s going on in Jack’s apartment -her tiny lap dog is cradled in her arms -She turns, suddenly, SEEING OWEN STARING AT HER THROUGH THE TELESCOPE -- she glares, goes back inside, yanks the drapes shut. Owen sighs. Then he turns, LOOKS AT HIS WALL... 104 INT. ABBY’S ROOM - NIGHT Looking ill, Abby lies on her mattress when she starts to hear quiet KNOCKING on the wall... Morse Code... It makes her smile sadly. She looks over at the wall where she has taped Owen’s cheat sheet, starts to decode his tapping... She raises her hand, about to knock back when she hears MORE KNOCKING -- FROM THE FRONT DOOR. Abby, turns, frightened... 105 INT. ABBY’S APARTMENT - HALLWAY - NIGHT Abby creeps toward the front door, on eggshells, trying not to make a sound... MORE KNOCKING on the door... She reaches the door, steps up on her tip-toes to look -THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE The SMALL TOWN POLICEMAN stands outside the door, waiting... Abby backs away from the door... stares at it for a LONG BEAT, not knowing what to do... Finally, she hears FOOTSTEPS, as the Policeman starts to walk away... hears him KNOCKING FAINTLY on some other door... 105 104 CUT TO: 103
. and you need someone to talk to. We can hear the raucous sounds of kid’s playing echoing from the gym.. a bit startled -.what I can do.. Zoric continues. . he nods. ZORIC (smiles. VOICE 107 106 Owen turns. Owen waits expectantly. they build up inside..LATE AFTERNOON Alone. serious: MR. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL . Hey. isn’t sure whether or not he’s in trouble. OWEN MR.68.. Suddenly.. 106 INT. next to the wall waiting for response from Abby.it’s Mr. Then. tying his shoes. You know what I’m saying? (then) You have someone you can talk to? Owen looks at him. ZORIC You know. kind) Okay. finally. Yeah? Owen still doesn’t know if he’s in trouble. quiet. okay? Before anything happen. Turns off the light. looking for some way to begin... Owen looks at him. (beat. self-conscious. ZORIC Next time you come talk to me.? Zoric approaches.. Zoric starts.. I think about them all the time -... Doesn’t know quite what to say. there’s a VOICE in the doorway: Owen. watching Owen) Sometimes things get so bad. OWEN’S ROOM . Owen stand in his workout clothes. disappointed..LOCKER ROOM . He gives up. firm: MR. Zoric.NIGHT Owen lies on his bed. when I was your age. 107 INT. ZORIC Can I talk to you. MR. boys in my class give me a very hard time. Beat. Let’s go work out..
the smallest of the bullies standing there in his bathing suit -. huffing and puffing with the barbell. there’s a new fire in his little body. a HUGE BANDAGE on his ear.he suddenly backs away.LATE AFTERNOON CLOSE ON Owen on the bench press -. sheepish. surprised: is he afraid of Owen now? 110 EXT.. an OLDER. INDOOR MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL . have just greeted MARK. kicking his legs.he pushes hard. 109 INT. and playfully -.! Kenny.LATE AFTERNOON Owen trains in the pool.. Owen watches.Donald and Mark laugh -.. holding the edge. Owen looks up to see Mark. VOICE Hey Owen. TALLER KID (KENNY’S BROTHER) suddenly runs up behind Kenny. OWEN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL . frightened. who’s just come out of the building. hides behind a column -OWEN’S POV: DONALD and KENNY. 108 INT. as Owen watches.. jumps in... wrestles his big brother off. the much weaker of the two. Mark immediately backs off: MARK I’m just kidding. he’s hard to read: MARK Look’s like you went for a swim after all. wondering if this is going to be trouble. And he moves off.. huh..wrestles with his head -.? Owen glares at him.WEIGHT ROOM .he has a bit of a smile on his face. protecting his ear: KENNY Jesus Christ..Owen’s intrigued: KENNY’S BROTHER How’s the cripple.look out. but seeing Owen’s expression.! 110 109 108 ...69. to the other side of the pool. dude -.though brutally -..TWILIGHT Owen emerges from the building when he overhears VOICES -. MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL BUILDING . pissed.
smiles: KENNY’S BROTHER You going home? KENNY No. he eases up... KENNY’S BROTHER (laughing) Man.?! Stop. APARTMENT COURTYARD ... KENNY’S BROTHER Well can I borrow your keys.... but Kenny’s brother only seems to enjoy it. OVER THIS WE HEAR: OWEN (V... KENNY DONALD (trying to stop smiling) We didn’t say anything.pulls out his keys. Kenny’s brother heads off. instantly mad again. Kenny turns.O. little Kenny pushes him off.. Shut up.! KENNY He SOCKS his older brother hard in the arm. OWEN SMILES.NIGHT Owen and Abby on the jungle gym.) (quietly excited) Abby. Pleeeeeease. his older brother musses Kenny’s hair: Thanks. KENNY As they head off.JUNGLE GYM . so happy to see the tables turned on his nemesis... his two friends trying to hide their pleasure...... Finally. Abby turns to him: 111 .? forgot mine.. sees Donald and Mark grinning: Shut up. 111 EXT. hands them over. Kenny glowering.. KENNY’S BROTHER See you at home. I did it. we’re going over to Mark’s...? I Kenny softens. giving in -.... this is his idea of humor..70.. bro -.. girl. that kid wailed on your ass -(yells in his bad ear) Can you still hear me..
I was almost suspended.. She pulls back. OWEN You wanna go somewhere. Abby takes it all in.. mysteriously. But I did it.. At the center of it all is a BATTLE-SCARRED PING PONG TABLE. There are PILES of DOG-EARED GIRLY MAGAZINES.. BEER and LIQUOR BOTTLES litter the floor. a hole punched through one side. Owen pushes a shoulder hard into the door. Beat.. she looks at him. proud. it opens FRAME. DUSTY OUT”. dingy. he asks quietly: Hey. Owen beams.BASEMENT STORAGE ROOM . . concrete space. ABBY You did what. An idea strikes. I stood up to them. and CUT TO: 112 DARKNESS FOOTSTEPS ECHO. and “ENTER UPON PENALTY OF DEATH”. but a secret world all its own. taking that in. an OLD COUCH. REVEALING: 112 INT.? ABBY (quiet..? OWEN They were gonna push me in a hole. walking around with a childlike grin.. smiles at him. DOOR: “KEEP enters FRAME... intrigued) Where.. kisses him gently on the cheek. easing off the jungle gym -CLOSE ON HER BARE FOOT as it touches the snow..Owen. Abby looks at him. then takes it.NIGHT A dim... What you said. embarrassed. .. He had to go to the hospital -. a THREADBARE PIECE OF CARPET. In the ice.71. A FLASHLIGHT sweeps through illuminating HAND-INKED WORDS ON AN OLD. reaches out a hand to her. APARTMENT COMPLEX .. So I got a big stick and I hit Kenny really hard in the head.. furnished with mismatched items salvaged from the trash: a SUNKEN ARMCHAIR.. .? He hops down...Yeah? ABBY OWEN Abby slowly leans in.... surprised.
. presses play: “The Guns Of Brixton” by THE CLASH begins. what did you want to do down here... against the blade.... as it starts to BLEED. Closes them. suddenly... bracing himself.. SLICING OPEN HIS THUMB -.. OWEN I have an idea.... let’s. presses his thumb carefully against the SHARP TIP. A LOT. like a FERAL ANIMAL about to POUNCE -- .. then he moved away.. She smiles.? Beat.. OWEN I don’t think any of the adults even know about it. Seeing BLOOD. He used to hang out down here with some of the high school kids. Abby stops.. but.. Tommy. (beat. Owen smiles. make a pact. close your eyes. as Abby continues her tour....... Her PUPILS WIDEN..you and me... and.. ABBY So..... Then presses hard. He glances at Abby. He smiles: OWEN Okay. looking around) I kinda like it down here. Anyway. Abby finds on old cassette player......72.... He was pretty nice... Owen quietly takes his PEN KNIFE out of his pocket. watching her. Abby opens her eyes. Owen holds out his BLOODY HAND: OWEN . then opens it. OWEN There was this kid who used to live in the building. ABBY It’s cool. looks at him. sometimes when the older kids weren’t around. he’d play ping pong with me. they would drink and smoke. He swallows.he GRIMACES silently in pain. Abby immediately FREEZES in HORROR and DREAD.
Owen steps toward her. LOSING HERSELF TO INSTINCT. BEGINS LICKING THE BLOOD OFF THE CONCRETE! OWEN (breath stolen) ..her FACE.. Abby GLARES FURIOUSLY. as -SHE STARES.it only hurts for a second. she HISSES.he offers the knife. SAVAGE -..! But Owen can’t move. it’s no big deal.! .73. HUNGRY URGES. AS -ALL AT ONCE. on the VERGE OF ATTACK: ABBY Go away. is TRANSFORMED! She has DEMONIC EYES. it would be over -.!!! ABBY But he can’t! Then -. as ABBY STICKS AN EERILY LONG TONGUE OUT of her mouth..! Owen is completely stunned -.! QUIVERING PRIMALLY. Abby DROPS to the ground. arching her back.and RUNS WILDLY for the door -.HER EYES FIX ON THE BLOOD -HOLD for a long. making a break -..... her stomach GROWLING OMINOUSLY -..... Oblivious to the brewing danger.she doesn’t even look like a child anymore.she holds herself rigid. Owen still doesn’t get it. she SEES OWEN’S BLOOD PUDDLING on the floor --. Abby backs away.she turns suddenly... he is terrified. her EXPRESSION IS TORTURED. HOVERING FEVERISHLY over the PUDDLE on all fours! She SNARLS RAVENOUSLY -OWEN watches in shock... his eyes start to well with tears.? Abby suddenly LOOKS UP -.. MESMERIZED.. HAND DRIPPING -.. when suddenly. suspended beat. trying to allay any fears -OWEN It’s okay -.Abby. POSSESSED: GO. FIGHTING VICIOUS...knowing if she were to stay even an instant longer.. smeared with dirt from the floor...
FACE DOWN.! But she keeps going. THRASHING WILDLY as ABBY SINKS HER TEETH INTO HER NECK. INTO THE SNOW! VIRGINIA SCREAMS. PANTING.and ABBY is KNOCKED FREE. Larry sees the BLOOD pouring from Virginia’s shredded neck -he starts for Abby in a blind rage -114 113 .. Larry begins to RUN! He comes upon the scene in utter panic and shock. 113 INT. TEARING FLESH -.74. EERILY -. NEEDING TO BE SATED.Virginia. freaking out -. AT THE TOP OF THE TREE We FIND her.. LARRY follows.IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ABBY -.he LUNGES suddenly at ABBY.who ABRUPTLY LEAPS DOWN.and directly into the path of -.NIGHT Abby bursts into the courtyard and heads STRAIGHT FOR A TREE. picking up speed -. TUMBLING into the snow -.ABBY -. KNOCKING VIRGINIA. angry. like maybe she’s just had a fight -fifty feet behind.WE STAY WITH HER AS SHE GOES -UP METAL STAIRS -.BOUNDING FOR THE EXIT DOORS -.as she SPRINTS MADLY.. RABID. APARTMENT COURTYARD . he calls after her: LARRY (out of breath) Goddammit -.. She’s moving fast. PIECES OF FLESH STILL IN HER TEETH. She peers around the courtyard below -.! Abby lifts her head. SLURPING.BLOOD SPURTS out into the snow as Abby begins RUTHLESSLY FEEDING. her EYES ARE SOLID BLACK..! 114 EXT. a HUNGER UNLEASHED. trying to catch up.. panicked beast! HER BARE FEET SLAP concrete.. Suddenly.. stunned -. GRUNTING like a wild...her pupils so wide.. CLIMBING SWIFTLY. walking her tiny dog. the little lap dog growls and barks primevally -Hearing the screams. she launches right up the trunk.HIGH ANGLE .her MOUTH OOZES BLOOD. BASEMENT CORRIDOR .! Beside them. towards her building -. like a feral cat. settling in the branches. KICKING her FIERCELY -. CLAWING at the bark as she goes.TURNS -BELOW VIRGINIA is entering the courtyard. she HEARS a small dog’s BARKING -.. her SENSES HEIGHTENED..her nails SCRATCHING..
.he’s in a complete frenzy -CLOSE ON OWEN.!!! SOMEBODY He rushes to his girlfriend’s side. he stares in at his mother in the dark room.THIS IS THE POV FROM OWEN’S WINDOW.. LARRY What the FUCK -. terrified. SKIDDING Abby’s agility and speed way are too an instant. backlit in the doorway. he looks down. as DREAD sets in Owen’s eyes. at Larry and Virginia’s EMPTY APARTMENT. Owen stands there watching. squeezing his thumb. dazed as COMMOTION builds around him -. A CROWD OF NEIGHBORS watch.. she’s gone! JUST THEN..NIGHT OWEN stands.. but much for him -. OWEN emerges into the courtyard.... as BLOOD STILL GUSHES FREELY from her neck -.. totally out of breath as RESIDENTS APPEAR on their balconies to see what’s the matter: LARRY (crying.....!!! CALL 9-1-1. 115 HIGH ANGLE .) (agonized disbelief) Jesus Christ -. Then looks up slowly. CUT TO: LIGHT SPILLING ACROSS OWEN’S MOTHER’S BODY as she lies in bed in her BLUE NIGHTGOWN. FACE BURIED in the pillow. snapping back Larry SCRAMBLES after her.. having just opened the door. 116 Then.she bit her. LARRY at her side. He stares at it.75.and. at JACK’S.!!! HOLD.?! But before he can reach to reality.Larry RANTS desperately. we ARE: 116 INT. in her. CUT TO REVEAL -. OWEN’S MOM’S BEDROOM .. PASSED OUT.. Abby. visibly shaken.S. finishes sealing a BAND-AID around it..!!! SHE FUCKING BIT HER. her HAIR SPLAYED chaotically. TIMECUT TO: 115 .. BEAT. as LARRY SCREAMS ECHO through the courtyard: LARRY (O. TAKES OFF! around in the snow. hysterical) Somebody call 9-1-1..... across the way.LATER RED FLASHING LIGHTS..OVER COURTYARD .. as PARAMEDICS load Virginia into an AMBULANCE.
Hello. INTENSE....? But she doesn’t stir.... (NOTE: the entire conversation is EXTREMELY INTIMATE..? Can I talk to you.. helpless.. then. a MAN gets on: Hello. What. pal.? For MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) . she sounds SLEEPY: WOMAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) .? Owen can’t speak.? Is there such a thing. HOLD ON OWEN’S STARING EYES. INDISTINGUISHABLE VOICES...KITCHEN .... Owen looks over at the EMPTY WINE BOTTLE and GLASS on the night stand... on the verge of breaking down... realizes she’s going to be out for quite some time. Finally...... bathed in shadow.What. What is it. his back against the cabinets..? Is there.) Hi.? a minute.. a WOMAN’S VOICE ANSWERS....Sure......? .. He looks scared... OWEN (quiet...? MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) OWEN Dad. QUIET..? 117 We hear QUIET....NIGHT Owen sits on the floor clutching the phone. starts to cry..76..... his arms hugging his knees to his chest. OWEN Is my dad there.. we start to hear a FILTERED PHONE RING..... they look frightened..Do you think..? OWEN MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) OWEN . As evil? MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) . OWEN’S APARTMENT .. vulnerable) ...? What’s wrong... I dunno...Mom..? CUT TO: 117 INT.
.? All her. something happen.. Then: MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) What are you talking about......... back into phone) You know what? Owen. people be evil? true? Is that real. she’s not here.that’s not -But his father isn’t listening.....! Away from the phone. okay..77.put your mother on the phone....? OWEN (heart sinking) No -.Can. ..? I don’t know what you’re talking about.. OWEN .? No. some past conflict already triggered -MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) -. (long beat) Did.! (then.. pal. religious crap. listen -.. OWEN Um.... okay? I wanna talk to her...Goddammit..don’t listen to that shit.... she’s... His father grows anxious: Is that MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) Where are you getting this..? SILENCE.? From your mother.. OWEN MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) Jesus Christ -.? MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) (to the Woman) She’s filling his head with all this crap... we can just BARELY HEAR the Woman -WOMAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) What’s wrong -.? Owen doesn’t know what to say....
. but I’ll see you real soon. Nothing. alright? Owen is crushed. Completely alone.Yeah. okay? You mother just.. until. he steels himself. OR STAY AND DIE.....? OWEN MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) (cutting him off) Owen.. . He hesitates. heart racing... He waits. OWEN MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) (softens again) Okay.....” Owen stares at it... KNOCKS forcefully. okay? I promise. curled up on his bed... Leaving Owen back where he was. You have a good night.. Maybe next weekend..... alright. maybe relieved. I want you to get that crap out of your head. and I’m gonna talk to her. Finally. she has problems. I love you. OWEN (world caving in) Okay.. He turns away.. So I don’t want to hear any more about this. Hangs up. Good.. Owen turns back to the wall. and raises his hand to the wall.... He looks at the HEART...? (beat) Okay. MAN’S VOICE (PHONE FILTER) Well please have her call me when she gets back.? Owen makes one last desperate attempt: Dad.. CUT TO: 118 ABBY’S NOTE: “I MUST BE GONE AND LIVE...78.. “OWEN + ABBY” beneath it. 118 . a KNOCK comes from the other side.. then. pal. I love you too.... And I’m sorry about the last couple months.
.. Spartan.. seeing her place for the first time... It’s desolate.? She glances down at her bare feet.. belongings in piles. (then) Can’t you tell... ABBY I. 119 INT.... then he just stops where he is. almost no furniture.. (then. nods. surprised by his tone. The WORN OUT STEAMER TRUNK and LUGGAGE are piled in a corner. need blood. looking healthier than she has been. self-conscious. Yes.? She smiles.. how old are you? Really.You can come in. The air is charged.79. ABBY To live. Owen takes it all in silently..FRONT DOOR . ABBY . a bit wary. dead.. then: 119 OWEN . Finally. . she follows. I been twelve for a very long time.... still trying to understand it herself) But....You have to say it.. He does.? No.. Owen says: OWEN Can I come in.. her smile fades...NIGHT Abby opens the door slowly. ABBY I’m twelve. She looks at him. hands in his jacket pockets.......? OWEN But... OWEN (quietly) Are you a vampire. as he walks down the hall cautiously.. OWEN Are you. They stare at each other.. not looking at her... He looks at her.. ABBY’S APARTMENT . He is about to enter. Sees Owen waiting there in his jacket..
INTERLOCKING WOODEN CUBE.notices with a chill that the boy has a PROMINENT. OWEN What are all these.. probably circa 1940..He wasn’t.. He picks it up to examine it...? ABBY (beat. some looking like ANCIENT GAMES or PUZZLES. On an old table is a collection of STRANGE. he puts the photostrip back down -OWEN (spooked.... OWEN Where’s your dad. sad.just like The Father had. Owen glances around... wary.. Are you gonna let me..... just stares at him. Owen picks one up -...? ABBY (smiles sadly. happy. DARK BIRTHMARK UNDER ONE EYE -...? (then... starting to go) I’m wanna go home now. nods.. guilty) ... But she BLOCKS HIS WAY. Owen looks at her. WORN OUT TOYS from ALL DIFFERENT ERAS.80. Abby looks exactly the same age as she is now... she steps out of his way. my dad. almost like a Rubik’s cube from an earlier age -there are faded RUSSIAN LETTERS painted on the sides.. shrugs) . He steps into the dining room. Owen looks up at Abby. then back down. Suddenly uncomfortable. There are VARIOUS POSES OF ABBY AND ANOTHER TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY in front of curtain. heartbroken: .I like puzzles. CRACKING. with an edge) What are you gonna do to me..? Stung. BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOSTRIP tossed in among the toys. As Owen puts it down. OWEN I wanna go. It is a series of four images shot inside an old photobooth... she looks up at him. his eyes are drawn to a DOG-EARED. whispering. but she doesn’t say a thing. doesn’t want him to leave..... She and the boy look playful.it’s a VINTAGE. Owen looks closer -.
POLICEMAN You mind if I talk to you for a minute.81. DOWN A HOSPITAL CORRIDOR . we CUT TO: 120 THE HALLWAY . not wanting to disturb Virginia. she’s STARTLINGLY PALE... Larry nods.DAWN HOLD as the SUN cracks over the horizon in the distance..Sure.. HOLD. looks into: 123 THE HOSPITAL ROOM It’s DARK... the DRAPES ARE DRAWN. Slumped but awake in a chair by the bed is LARRY. heart-racing. indicating the hall. breathing hard through his nose. an IV tube trails from her arm..? Tilts his head. LARRY POLICEMAN Are you Larry. VIRGINIA SLEEPS in bed. Her neck is heavily bandaged. As he walks...? 123 122 121 120 .... And Owen heads for the door. ABBY ... ... She looks up.. CUT TO: 122 A MOVING SHOT.. watches him go. he looks like he’s been up all night..I told you we couldn’t be friends. HOSPITAL .. ALMOST BLUE.. who SPEAKS VERY QUIETLY. He glances up at the Policeman.IMMEDIATELY Where Owen stands outside Abby’s front door.. he slows.... Then -CUT TO: 121 EXT.. trying to calm down.DAWN We FOLLOW a POLICEMAN approaching a HOSPITAL ROOM DOORWAY. And as we HEAR the DOOR OPEN and SLAM SHUT. we ARC in front of him to see it’s the SMALL TOWN POLICEMAN. Hi.
her PUPILS ARE SOLID BLACK. speaking in HUSHED TONES: POLICEMAN (O.. quite a night. IN THE DOORWAY. The Policeman pulls something from his notebook. as if waking from a nightmare -. sleeping.. just outside the door... I just.That’s right. POLICEMAN (CONT’D) (refers to his notebook) You said she had dark hair. 124 IN THE HALLWAY The Policeman nods. She looks around. 124 .. disoriented. BEHIND HIM... OUT OF FOCUS..... Larry gets up.. (then) . sympathetic -. LARRY .. They had to give her almost six pints of blood. I need to ask you about the description you gave. and wasn’t wearing shoes. I won’t keep you too long... we PUSH SLOWLY IN on her.. as we HEAR the two men.... EXITS FRAME -. was around twelve years old. shaken) It’s been...) (grim.82.) Sorry to bother you.How’s. sees the IV DRIP.. Larry looks at it: it’s a SKETCH OF THE FATHER. We’re still waiting to see if her body rejects it. TRANSFIXED... As Larry speaks.. A SPOT OF HER OWN BLOOD is soaked on the bandage.. VIRGINIA’S EYES OPEN with a QUIET START. Of the little girl. she doing.S.... VIRGINIA STARES AT IT.S.but there’s a sense of quiet urgency as he speaks -POLICEMAN Well. looks down at the line STUCK IN HER ARM.? LARRY (O...but we STAY ON VIRGINIA.. we can just make out some MOVEMENT in the shadows in VIRGINIA’S BED. shows Larry: POLICEMAN Have you ever seen this man? He’s a suspect in a murder investigation.
LARRY (CONT’D) (concerned) Why? You think this is related to the murder case? POLICEMAN Maybe. LARRY (horrified) Jesus Christ -.. The victim was completely drained of blood. POLICEMAN Did he have a daughter? girl you described? Like the LARRY I don’t. Same M.83. Like a child’s.. THE DAY NURSE appears silently behind the Policeman. LARRY (aghast) What.. Small ones.? POLICEMAN We found another body few days ago.. I don’t know. unaware of the activity inside.. Moved in a couple months ago.... the MOVEMENT in the room behind him continues.what is that girl -what’s going on.... Looks like a guy in our building.. As the Policeman listens... Maybe. I’ve only seen him a few times.... I think. pauses at the open door.? Over the Policeman’s shoulder WE SEE the DAY NURSE step inside. disappearing into the darkened room -- . DRIPPING sounds. And now there are FAINT SOUNDS in the darkness... We’re starting to think the two of them may have been part of some Satanic cult.O.. POLICEMAN (CONT’D) But there were bite marks on the victim’s neck. checking the patient file... about to enter. LARRY Yeah.... grows more active..
what are you-. Owen gasps.! IT’S A PURE VISION OF HELL! LARRY AND THE POLICEMAN BURST IN from the hall -.. she TURNS -BLOOD DRIPS FROM HER MOUTH -.NIGHT TIGHT SHOTS: Reaching into the oven.WE HEAR A CHORUS OF THEIR SHRIEKING.and from a FRESH BITE WOUND ON HER ARM -.he waves his hand in the air to cool it. OPENS THE DRAPES. BE HOME LATER..! They stare helplessly at the scene in complete shock and horror. THERE’S A POT PIE IN THE FREEZER! I LOVE YOU! GOD BLESS! MOM.?! BUT VIRGINIA’S SKIN IMMEDIATELY BEGINS TO BLISTER AND SMOKE IN THE DAYLIGHT! SHE SCREAMS IN AGONY and -. feeling the light spill over her body.! Panicked..Owen isn’t even paying attention: TV NEWSCASTER One patient and a nurse died early this morning when a five alarm fire broke out on the tenth floor of Jefferson County Memorial Hospital. they are forced to stop dead in their tracks.84. MEETING WITH THE LAWYER TONIGHT. 125 IN THE ROOM She moves to the window. burning himself trying to grab a tv dinner -... like a rabid animal -.just as the Day Nurse GRABS HER -VIRGINIA SUDDENLY ERUPTS INTO FLAMES!!! THE INFERNO QUICKLY ENGULFS THEM BOTH -.the HEAT is so intense.KITCHEN/DINING AREA ..SHE’S BEEN SUCKING HER OWN BLOOD -. the Day Nurse suddenly REACHES OUT TO STOP HER -DAY NURSE Oh my God -. turns to SEE -VIRGINIA HUNCHED OVER. OWEN’S APARTMENT ..! 126 INT. reaches for a pot holder in a drawer -A NOTE on the refrigerator reads: “HI SWEETIE.. but authorities believe it may have been electrical.suddenly.” The TV is on nearby -. The cause of the fire is still unknown. 126 125 . GNAWING and SLURPING over her own arm.
. She just stands there......... Owen opens the door a bit wider for her to enter... OWEN (coolly) . ABBY She smiles hopefully: CUT TO: 127 MORSE CODE.. At first. her NOSE.. It’s your home..... smile fading. She smiles uncomfortably. nothing happens.. 127 THE FRONT DOOR It opens.. revealing Abby.lunges forward. slowly... Finally..... her MOUTH. Owen immediately regrets what he’s done -. have to invite me in.? She stares at him sorrowfully. Finally.... rigid...... she starts to BLEED.85.. eyes fiercely locked on Owen’s. her clothes -. A quiet taunt: OWEN What if I don’t. OWEN Is there something in the way. They stand there awkwardly. Enters. gets settled with his dinner just as -There is a KNOCK at the door....... .! ..Hey.. from her EYES..Hey. But then.! IT LOOKS LIKE SHE’S DYING -..? (then) Why can’t you just come in... Owen sits.. ABBY You..... waiting skeptically.. Owen stiffens.. and turns. Owen shuts the door.? She looks at him.! She BEGINS TO SHAKE. something starts to happen.. Steels herself. GRIMACING in UTTER TORMENT as BLOOD DRENCHES her skin. Abby waiting to be invited in. she makes the decision. her PORES... grabbing her shoulders -.. her breathing becomes labored.! Horrified. and then..
whispers quietly.... Panicked. OWEN (the unthinkable) But what if I didn’t say anything. staring up at Abby who stands before him... OWEN’S APARTMENT .. Owen is still reeling: OWEN .? Beat.what was going on. clothes covered in blood..?! ABBY This is your home..LIVING ROOM .MOMENTS LATER Owen sits on the couch.? ABBY I knew you wouldn’t let me. 128 INT... Owen looks at her to see if the bleeding has stopped. I just know that’s what happens. Then. Holds her. It has. still catching his breath....Who are you.... invite me in..? Would you have just kept bleeding..? Abby finally closes her eyes.. relieved.. She looks at him... afraid of the thought) .. OWEN You can come IN! No! Stop! Abby suddenly relaxes her muscles. Why. He immediately hugs her tight. 128 . head on her shoulder.. a defiant look in her eye.. simply: ABBY .. what if I did. Closes his eyes.? OWEN You have to ABBY (simply) I don’t know.? Would you have died.. quietly: OWEN What was that -. he utters to her anxiously.86. OWEN (opens his eyes.. If you don’t...But.I knew you wouldn’t.
She moves very close to Owen. brandishing an imaginary knife: ABBY What’s the matter? Are you scared? Are you scared..... To get back at them.. she steps slowly forward. hovering menacingly. but. touches his face -- ... if you could.. ABBY To get revenge -OWEN Because they hurt me.. ABBY Be me a little. Just like me. (then) I do it because I have to. Outside. OWEN What do you mean? Abby stares at him. becoming serious. ABBY But you’d like to...... To survive. because I -ABBY Because you want to live.... I don’t kill people. quietly pleading: Owen. Beat. grudging) .. little girl? Huh? OWEN (suddenly afraid) ..... reaches out. She looks at him..I’m just like you. ABBY .87.? ABBY Those are the first words I ever heard you say.What are you doing. her demeanor changing. Owen grows self-conscious. Right? OWEN (quiet.. OWEN Yeah.Yeah.
WE CATCH A FLEETING GLIMPSE OF ABBY’S EYES. BARING ITS TERRIBLE FANGS -. ABBY (V. WE SEE THE CHILD’S FACE -..) (CONT’D) SUDDENLY. WASHING BLOOD into the drain.. STREAMING WITH TEARS. in the same spot where Abby was bitten in the vision. emotional) Please....! EYES RED.IT’S ABBY -.! A TWISTED MOUTH OPENS. TIRED -but before they fully register. Owen raises his hand. CUT TO: 129 A SHOWERHEAD as STREAMS begin to gently FLOW.O. We see a CHILD’S FEET -ABBY’S -.. A CHILD’S SHOULDER IS RAVAGED FIERCELY BY THE TEETH -. CUT TO: 129 . ANCIENT..! THE CHILD’S FEET KICK AND THRASH IN TERROR AND PAIN -. Emotional.SO MANY YEARS AGO! BUT AS HER MOUTH OPENS. CLOSE ON OWEN’S EYES AS HE SUDDENLY SEES QUICK FLASHES OF A VISION: We HEAR Owen and Abby QUIETLY BREATHING as we FLEETINGLY SEE -DEMONIC EYES STARING at us -.88.O. His eyes red with tears. A LOOK OF UNSPEAKABLE PAIN -.. AS IF HE’S SCREAMING HER SCREAM...! REVEAL OWEN -Back in the living room. ABOUT TO SCREAM -.on white porcelain as WATER SWIRLS around them.! Be me. Owen and Abby stare at each other.) (CONT’D) (whispers.. unconsciously rubs his shoulder. Silent..! ABBY (V.. they are a child’s again.IT’S OWEN’S SCREAM WE HEAR..! IT’S THE MOMENT SHE BECAME A VAMPIRE -. FEELING HER PAIN. For a little while.
89. HOLD. listens to the music. bopping his head subtly. Abby appears. She spins shyly. trying to be nonchalant. deep in thought.LIVING ROOM still in the living room. curious -.) 131 130 .. modeling it for Owen.... He has to yell over the music -. he ducks out of the doorway again -walks back into the middle of the room.LIVING ROOM . He spies a quick look down the hall to see if Abby’s out of the shower yet. Then -CUT TO: A RECORD PLAYER Owen’s hand sets down the needle. The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” starts to play -. Owen smiles... the first time we’ve seen her in a dress..when -We HEAR the FRONT DOOR SLAMMING -Hello.S. We can HEAR the SHOWER RUNNING in the background.momentarily transfixed -. clutching her bloody clothes. out of date dress. After a moment.gestures toward his mom’s bedroom -OWEN You can borrow one of my mom’s old dresses if you want.catches a FLEETING GLIMPSE of ABBY dressing -. 130 INT.. He is setting a mood. hearing the music. the experience he just had resonating in his head. Owen approaches the bedroom doorway. smiling.! OWEN’S MOTHER (O. drawn -CLOSE ON HIM as he PEEKS in. OWEN’S APARTMENT . OWEN’S APARTMENT . She slows. she looks adorable. Bops her head a little too. walking around the room. Smiles appreciatively. Owen watches her go.! Abby looks at him.we are: 131 INT. blushing at the sight of her -.but -Before she can catch him. hands still in his pockets. Glances at Owen. Owen sidles up to her. Abby emerges in an old. and disappears into the bedroom.MOMENTS LATER Owen puts his hands in his pockets.LOUD -.. nods appreciatively. wrapped in a towel. A moment later..
DINING ROOM . Owen grabs Abby’s wrist. stares a bit longingly at the wall that adjoins Owen’s apartment.. OUT OF FRAME.?! 132 Alarmed.S.) Where are you. it’s a local PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: TV ANNOUNCER It’s ten o’clock. She stops for a moment. bit stunned..NIGHT Abby sits on the floor in her darkened apartment.. The only light in the room is the blue pulsing from the TV SCREEN. we CUT CLOSE ON the TELEVISION.. without hesitation -Owen... As we HEAR the FRONT DOOR QUIETLY OPENING.! I’ll be right A He turns back to the window -. Owen turns toward his door -OWEN I’m in here.and Abby is already gone. passed out on the couch. her bloody clothes. opens it up -...90.. OWEN’S APARTMENT .. already sticking her head out her window.?! OWEN’S MOTHER (O. and they run into -132 OWEN’S ROOM Abby runs straight for the window.! there. ABBY’S APARTMENT ... out of focus. silently pulls on his jacket. bored... he sticks his head -OUT THE WINDOW To see Abby. He stares to make sure his mom is completely asleep as he slowly. he tip toes past her.NIGHT Owen stands looking at his mother who lies. impossibly..LIVING ROOM .... Finally. Do you know where your children are. Panicked. next door.she goes right out on the ledge. CUT TO: 134 133 .. lonely. She smiles at him... 133 INT... playing with her puzzles..? We hear the DOOR CLICK SHUT as Owen leaves. He smiles back. 134 INT.
. The CAMERA STOPS. BOARDED UP with CARDBOARD.” Suddenly..... He gets up. We STOP on ONE: there is no name label. Please do not come in... there’s a LOUD KNOCK at the front door.THROUGH A CAR WINDSHIELD SLOWLY APPROACHING OWEN and ABBY’S BUILDING COMPLEX in the early morning..DINING ROOM .... as a FIGURE stares at the mailbox. So do the FOOTSTEPS... I am in the bathroom.POV LOOKING DOWN FROM ABBY’S WINDOW THE SMALL TOWN POLICEMAN stares up at us forebodingly as he stands in the courtyard. disoriented. He KNOCKS HARD again.. hearing FOOTSTEPS. The car slows to a stop. Wind howls. ABBY’S APARTMENT .. The CAMERA FINDS ABBY’S WINDOW. Still fully dressed.EARLY MORNING More FOOTSTEPS.MOVING INTO THE COURTYARD . CUT TO: 137 A POV SHOT . Owen. covered in a blanket. but it’s too distorted to recognize. Abby. CUT AROUND TO: THE REVERSE ANGLE . surrounded by puzzles. Owen wakes up. He spots a NOTE on the table: “Hi.. snow crunching underfoot as the CAMERA CREEPS forward. A SHADOW falls over the mailbox as the FOOTSTEPS QUIET. Want to hang out with me again tonight? I really like you. moves very quietly into -THE HALLWAY He approaches the door.EARLY MORNING Lying in the middle of the floor. turns. carefully presses his eye against -THE PEEPHOLE The Policeman is right outside... Abby is not there. CUT TO: 136 A LONG ROW OF METAL APARTMENT MAILBOXES as we MOVE ALONG them. Owen 138 137 136 135 . Love. just the old glue from names past.. looking up at the WINDOWS in the BUILDINGS ABOVE.91. 138 INT. Good morning. beside the empty jungle gym.. We can see a distorted reflection in the metal. 135 A MOVING POV SHOT .. he looks around..
straining to see in the DARK apartment -141 INT.. and the Policeman enters..! OWEN JUMPS as the door STARTS TO CRACK -.! HELLO.! OUTSIDE The Policeman turns.he BANGS even harder on the door -POLICEMAN Hello?! This is the police department! (bangs again) HELLO?! OPEN THE DOOR! OWEN stands there..KITCHEN OWEN remains perfectly still against the wall as he hears FOOTSTEPS CREEPING CLOSER. but they cannot see each other.. and the floorboard makes a long. He takes a step backward..and SLAMS HIS HEEL into the door near the lock -. trying not to make a sound.. gripping his gun -POLICEMAN POLICE OFFICER!!! He looks around..92. sustained CREAK underfoot... ABBY’S APARTMENT .?! POLICEMAN (O. Owen FREEZES.) 141 140 He spins.JUST AS -140 THE FRONT DOOR SLAMS OPEN.! And CLOSER..! .! 139 INTO THE KITCHEN FLATTENS HARD against the wall. hearing the creak.S. PANTING -. stiff. RIGHT NEXT to where Owen’s back is pressed -. WHEN -THE POLICEMAN suddenly DRAWS HIS GUN. HIDING. raises his foot -. doesn’t know what to do.. and RUNS -139 The Policeman appears in the doorway to the kitchen.. knows someone is inside -..we can see them both..
then.. and reaches up to the cardboard and blankets covering the window -.. finally ARRIVING -AT THE DOOR The Policeman listens for noise from inside.he YANKS a small section away... darts his head near the door jam and PEEKS: 142 INTO THE DINING ROOM where the Policeman continues his sweep..fear creeping into his voice: HELLO. can feel the Policeman standing nearby.it’s ABBY’S BLOOD DRENCHED CLOTHING.. THE POLICEMAN’S POV MOVING FOR THE DOOR. Then he sees SOMETHING BALLED UP on the floor.....?! POLICEMAN 142 Owen watches in horror as -THE POLICEMAN turns.. and STARTS SLOWLY DOWN THE HALLWAY. sees the WALLETS.. imagining the worst -. peers in. tries to TURN it slowly.. he gathers courage... it MOVES.he puts both hands firmly back on his gun -. spotting Abby’s NOTE near the table. He reaches with one hand. WATCHES. then. and CASH. staring with dread as the Policeman RAISES HIS GUN......93. he CLOSES IN.. Owen holds his breath. The Policeman GAZES in.... reads it. OWEN LEANS his head out into the darkened hallway... He reaches a hand down to the KNOB... TOWARDS IT. but it’s too dark to see. The Policeman looks back in the boxes.. moves on... picks it up. gently grips it... the Policeman looks at the blood with growing alarm.. Owen listens as he passes. nudges it into the light with his foot -.. He spots BOXES on the side of the room.. We can HEAR his MEASURED BREATHING as . watching the Policeman’s back as he creeps away.. LETTING SOME LIGHT into the room.. Owen watches with just one eye past the door frame as the Policeman takes a hand off his gun.. hears nothing. LOOKS UP AT -THE CLOSED BATHROOM DOOR Owen literally stops breathing for a moment..
. now able to see that the BATHROOM WINDOW is thoroughly covered with CARDBOARD and BLANKETS.. So finally.! It’s even DARKER inside... feeling around for a light switch -. VICIOUSLY -THE GUN CLATTERS to the linoleum -. breathless) Christ Almighty. terribly on edge.! -. He leans in closer. wrapped around something in the tub -.! . He glances above the tub. the Policeman turns. feeling for the edge of the tape -finds it -. The Policeman quickly PEELS those back too -.revealing ABBY.... ABBY LEAPS UP FROM THE TUB AND ATTACKS HIM FROM BEHIND.. still holding the gun. and quickly LIFTS off the blanket. STAINED BLANKET spread over the top of the BATHTUB. underneath are MORE BLANKETS... adjust slightly. son -. SINKING HER TEETH INTO HIS NECK!!! Owen watches.A VOICE CRIES OUT -. levelling his GUN at OWEN. ABBY’S BATHROOM looks around. he STEPS ABRUPTLY -143 INT. He reaches a hand free from his gun. trying to see in the darkness. as the Policeman FLAILS VIOLENTLY. the STAINS look like BLOOD. ALL AT ONCE.94.something shaped like a BODY. He reaches a hand up.JUST AS he STARTS TO TEAR IT BACK -LETTING A TINY BIT OF LIGHT IN -.and -..! NO! STOP! OWEN (O.) As his eyes 143 Startled. horrified.AT THE VERY SAME INSTANT. moves his face close. AND GAZES IN -. BLOOD SPRAYING as ABBY FEASTS GRUESOMELY. cannot tell if she is dead or alive.. ABBY’S EYES OPEN. he FLINGS OPEN THE DOOR..finds one. He stares at her.. SEALED along the sill with ELECTRICAL TAPE.AND BEFORE HE CAN FINISH.... FLICKS IT: nothing.S. He REACHES A HAND IN. GRIPS HIS GUN IN BOTH HANDS.. standing in the HALLWAY behind him -. PAINED BY THE LIGHT AS HER ARM SIZZLES -.! POLICEMAN (spooked. he can just make out -AN OLD.
Owen lowers his hands from his ears...AS THE POLICEMAN SCREAMS IN HORROR -NOO-. she has blood all over her face.... Owen’s HAND STARTS TO LIFT. The Policeman SEES OWEN’S HAND...SEALING THE POLICEMAN’S FATE! 144 INT. REACHING in his direction -.PLEADING FOR OWEN’S HELP -. ABBY’S APARTMENT ... Unconsciously. Her expression is mournful.95. STILL REACHING DESPERATELY WITH HIS OTHER HAND FOR OWEN’S -.! POLICEMAN REACH OUT. We HEAR GURGLING. AND THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT -.! OWEN stares back.! His BLOODY HAND LOSES ITS GRIP on the door frame. HE STEPS SLOWLY TOWARD THE BATHROOM. It’s unbearable -. she utters sadly.. listening to the HORRIBLE SCREAMING AND BANGING from behind the door. still wearing Owen’s mother’s old dress from last night. LOCK ON OWEN’S as he REACHES HIS OTHER HAND OUT -. Finally. and he stumbles backward -..and all of a sudden. he has to cover his ears. stands there. holding him tight: 144 .. stunned. THE POLICEMAN GRABS A BLOODY HAND on the door frame to keep from collapsing -.BUT HE PERSEVERES.HALLWAY Owen backs away from the door in complete terror...he TURNS AWAY.. YANKS -. HOLD. TREMBLING.WHEN IT SUDDENLY DAWNS ON HIM THAT OWEN IS REACHING FOR -THE DOORKNOB OWEN GRABS IT. Abby emerges from the bathroom. no sense of victory at all.. and then the tell-tale SNAPPING of the Policeman’s neck -.his TERROR-FILLED EYES LOOK UP. TORTURED.. puts her arms gently around his body.. Abby walks up behind him. everything goes -SILENT.
Finally.. emotional. speaks softly.... but can’t even nod. tender embrace...but we are ON OWEN’S FACE -OWEN’S MOTHER (O. “SOMEBODY” CONTINUES -.. ABBY TIMECUT TO: 145 THE HALLWAY . blood now on Owen’s lips too.. despite her blood-drenched lips. hysterical. He stares at his feet... at a loss.immediately rushes over..CUT TO: 146 ... OWEN’S APARTMENT . Then. last. beginning to cry -OWEN’S MOTHER (O. Owen and Abby stare at each other. they part..96.! She’s angry. the more experienced of the two. crushed: Owen.. vulnerable.S....MORNING Owen walks in the door and Owen’s mother -.. knowing it is over.. knows she’s right. Abby.S... sadly.. and for the first time. She stares into his eyes. HOLD.. painfully sad “SOMEBODY” starts to play as we CUT TO: 146 INT.. Neither sure what to say.with a friend.) Oh my God -.. it’s excruciating.. crouches down right in front of him -...MOMENTS LATER 145 Thanks. a long. Owen looks at her.. all at the same time.) Oh my God! (squeezes him tight) Don’t ever do that again! Where were you?! Where were you?! Owen stares off as she holds him.. Finally. ABBY I have to go away.... his mind so far away: OWEN ... silent. A pained sense of what is coming. relieved.. she grabs him by the shoulders.in the other room -. they KISS.. she does too. Depeche Mode’s moody. she leans slowly toward him.
. PAST the PING PONG TABLE.... the POLICE SKETCH OF THE FATHER is pictured... It’s the POLICEMAN’S BODY.. 148 INT. he can’t even cry yet. we CUT TO: 150 EXT.. PAST the OLD ARMCHAIR and CASETTE PLAYER.... CLOSE ON OWEN as he watches the TAXI pull away.NIGHT Owen sits at his desk with his book of clippings. stands up.. he fills with trepidation. dispirited. 147 INT. ABBY’S APARTMENT . Owen gazes at his desk.. moves to the window to SEE: A SILHOUETTED TAXI IDLING in the driveway between buildings. into the DESERTED CLUBHOUSE. opens the passenger door for a SMALLER SILHOUETTED FIGURE who sits in -. PUSHING IN.... when he HEARS A CAR DOOR SLAM. hidden behind the sunken couch.NIGHT THE CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the HAUNTINGLY EMPTY SPACE.. A FIGURE finishes putting a LARGE STEAMER TRUNK into the trunk of the car. surrounded by snow. no longer interested in his clippings. OVER. comes around... The CAMERA FINALLY COMES TO REST ON something slumped in a dark corner of the room. So overwhelmed.. 149 INT. BASEMENT CLUBHOUSE .. OWEN’S ROOM . And... “’RITUAL KILLER’ SUSPECT STILL UNIDENTIFIED AFTER SUICIDE”...MORNING The JUNGLE GYM sits empty... as “SOMEBODY” comes to an end. in front of him is the latest NEWSPAPER ARTICLE to add to the bunch -the GIANT HEADLINE reads: “WHO WAS HE?” The sub-headline continues. “SOMEBODY” CONTINUES.NIGHT CAMERA MOVES PAST the words..97. just before the door closes... “ENTER UPON PENALTY OF DEATH”. 150 149 148 147 ..Owen sees the outline of a tiny BARE FOOT as it lifts up into the car... Suddenly. APARTMENT COURTYARD .. She’s gone. disappear in the distance.
. He deserved it. Zoric wanted me to call. Mr.. OWEN . He turns... the PHONE RINGS behind him. 151 INT.98. Doesn’t even say hello.. Hey.. OWEN Why does he want to know.You do.. shuffles off to go get it. He wants to know if you’re coming tonight. Now he’s crying.... OWEN’S ROOM .. staring down at the courtyard... After a long moment.MORNING Owen picks up the phone.. I MARK (PHONE FILTER) Ok. Hello... Owen....... expressionless face. I guess coz you haven’t been coming the last few days.? .. Oh.and AGAIN....? Yeah. 152 151 MARK (PHONE FILTER) Is Owen there.? OWEN MARK (PHONE FILTER) Hey Owen... It RINGS again.. By the way. OWEN I’m not really sure. .KITCHEN .. OWEN’S APARTMENT . it’s Mark. He doesn’t move.MORNING VERY CLOSE ON OWEN’S FACE Nose pressed behind the fogging glass of his window.... We HOLD in SILENCE as tears stream down his sad. think what you did to Kenny was good.? MARK (PHONE FILTER) I dunno. 152 INT..
Zoric smiling at him. Owen regards him warily. ZORIC (pats Owen’s shoulder) Good to see you.TWILIGHT Owen finishes getting into his work out clothes -. sticks his head out -. Owen smiles: Hi.. Owen grabs his towel. 154 INT.a t-shirt and bathing suit -.TWILIGHT Warm light emanates through the windows from inside as SNOW drifts down all around.. and starts out too. LOCKER ROOM . Yeah...... And he heads out of the locker room.. MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL BUILDING . We start in pool today..who stands there awkwardly..) Speak of devil! There he is! 154 153 Owen looks up to see Mr. and heads out -Mark watches him go.....99. Owen takes this in. almost as if he were waiting for Owen: MARK (smiles) Hey. MARK (PHONE FILTER) (beat) Well. he cracks it open. ZORIC (O. Then he walks across. OWEN MR.S. MARK (PHONE FILTER) Just so you know. then we CUT TO: 153 EXT. Owen..? A LONG PAUSE as Owen considers. Then maybe I’ll see you tonight... huh? If you feel like it.WHISPERS to someone out there: MARK He’s here. nods.when a warm voice greets him -Ah! MR.. steps over to an EXIT DOOR.. .. a ray of hope that things can change. when he runs into Mark -.
.... Owen looks up at Mark.out of breath -MARK Mr.S.. MR.) (hushed) Hurry up. nodding.. walking away in the direction Zoric went. Zoric -. ZORIC That’s it. that’s good. INDOOR MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL . disappears through them -we HOLD for a moment.! 156 INT.no one in sight -158 INT. SNAPS the DEADBOLT into place. He walks up to the doors.! Mark runs up behind Zoric -..Owen breathes in..turns back -MR.NIGHT TIGHT SHOTS -. 158 157 . Zoric stands above him.. then averts his eyes. alarmed) What?! Outside! MARK In back! 156 155 Zoric nods -.NIGHT Zoric rushes for the exit doors. 155 EXT.....Kenny and Donald douse an overflowing DUMPSTER with KEROSINE.. flames reaching into the sky -. out.... I be right back! Owen. shushing each other -KENNY’S BROTHER (O. BACK OF MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL BUILDING . and snow swirls -. who glances at him. as Zoric abruptly heads off...NIGHT Owen holds the edge of the pool.100. lowers his face into the water.NIGHT The dumpster is ABLAZE.HALLWAY . it’s Kenny’s Brother.. 157 EXT.as the wind howls. treading water as Mr. ZORIC Owen. someone steps out from hiding.... ZORIC (turns.. MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL BUILDING .... locking Zoric out.there’s a fire! MR. BACK OF MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL BUILDING . in. supervising -. slows. breathes out.. laughing quietly. in.
.Kenny’s Brother. who raises the knife. LOCKER ROOM Owen skids on wet feet in front of his locker -..! 160 INT. Donald. INDOOR MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL . converge around him. Owen looks at them. Kenny.? He starts slowly toward Owen.as the others follow -. digging frantically into his pants -.he rips open the door.. he SEIZES one of Owen’s legs.and the group starts heading straight for Owen along the edge of the pool -KENNY’S BROTHER Everybody out! Move! Let’s GO! Frightened.who GRABS him -. shivering as he drips in his bathing suit.TURNS -JUST AS -. suddenly realizes he just can’t do it -. and begins VICIOUSLY DRAGGING HIM out of the locker room -. As Kenny’s Brother closes in.! The bullies FOLLOW -. KIDS climb out of the pool. and Mark all stumble into the room.NIGHT 159 Owen continues treading water on the side of the pool.he finds his PEN KNIFE -. scampering away -Owen panics -. 159 INT.SPINS the TUMBLER -.and attempts to make a break..lifts himself out -.they ALL GRAB HIM! Kenny’s Brother easily snatches the pen knife out of Owen’s grip! Then. Owen stares at him.OPENS IT -. when suddenly he HEARS YELLING -. Kenny... Kenny’s Brother smiles -KENNY’S BROTHER What are you gonna do with that.calls out to Kenny and Donald -KENNY’S BROTHER Grab his arms! Get his arms! 161 160 .for the LOCKER ROOM -. holding his little pen knife. Donald and Mark storming into the room -Kenny slaps the long row of light switches on the wall. trembling.his eyes widen seeing Kenny’s Brother.and RUNS MADLY -.. THRUSTING THE HUGE SPACE INTO EERIE DIMNESS -. ploughing straight into Kenny -. his hand visibly shaking..! 161 BACK INTO THE POOL AREA Kenny’s Brother drags him straight toward the pool -.101.Owen SQUIRMS in pain and panic -.
He glowers at him. just out of the water.Owen WINCES -KENNY’S BROTHER (quietly) Know who I am. I’ll poke out one of your eyes. steps closer over his brother’s shoulder.. and the three of them suddenly LIFT OWEN UP. KENNY’S BROTHER That’s your problem. Kenny’s Brother grips Owen’s hair hard..? Owen looks at him. holding Owen’s pen knife... coughing.. I’ll just give you a little nick. terrified. Good. KENNY’S BROTHER We’re gonna have a little contest. They do. Got it? An eye for an ear. BOBBING his head in and out of the water....... OWEN But. still wearing a big bandage on his ear. preparing for revenge. He grabs Owen by the hair with his free hand -. He stares at Owen.102. Owen looks at him... he manages to latch a hand onto the edge of the pool... Kenny’s Brother’s feet appear beside him. Okay? You stay under water for..... But if you can’t... getting a good look at Owen. unable to SWIM! He GAGS VIOLENTLY. GULPING for air.! Finally.... filling with dread. and he crouches down next to Owen’s face. KENNY’S BROTHER Then you know why I’m here. Smiles.. KENNY’S BROTHER If you can do it... three minutes. nods yes. He moves the knife closer to Owen’s face... and TOSS HIM INTO THE DEEP END OF THE POOL -OWEN’S POV PLUNGING into the water! He FLAILS MADLY. On your cheek. Kenny. Owen grimaces -- . He pulls his head up.... that’s impossible.
. KENNY stares on bitterly as his brother holds Owen down. then -DONALD C’mon..AS -. UNDER WATER Owen starts to make WHINING sounds... Kenny finally starts to get nervous too -KENNY (quietly) Okay. Better take a deep breath -Owen starts to SUCK AIR IN -.103. above Owen’s head -. this is stupid -KENNY’S BROTHER I said shut up! They all STARE SILENTLY. UNDER WATER .! BUBBLES trickle from his lips..a STREAM OF BUBBLES flushes from his mouth -THE BUBBLES APPEAR on the water’s surface.. suddenly worried that this may get out of hand. struggling to hold his breath.. EYES WIDE OPEN.. as the SECOND HAND slowly sweeps. his CHEEKS PUFFED with air.. it’s starting to go too far.. Jimmy. as they wait a bit longer..... Seeing Owen’s arms flailing slightly under the water. Mark looks at -THE LARGE CHRONOMETER on the wall..... Donald and Mark exchange a look.WITHOUT WARNING -Kenny’s Brother FORCES OWEN’S HEAD -UNDER WATER Owen PLUNGES DOWN.seeing them. man. Panic fills his eyes -. KENNY’S BROTHER Three minutes. Shut up! KENNY’S BROTHER Beat.
KENNY’S BROTHER’S HEADLESS BODY SLUMPS into the pool. presses it to her cheek. Flecks of blood and water spatter her face. Owen is turning red. TRAILING CLOUDS OF BLOOD as they go -. it finally STOPS..SHALLOW FOCUS staring into the MURKY BLUE WATER -.we hear a MUFFLED CRASH from above water -. SLAPPING MADLY at the water -.this is the same exact image from OWEN’S NIGHTMARES -. as his breathing slows. right in front of Owen -.and the GRIP on OWEN’S HEAD is RELEASED -. opens his eyes.. takes his hand in both of hers. Owen smiles at the sight of her. COUGHING FOR AIR. Closes her eyes.. SPLASHING -. SEES -ABBY’S FACE inches from his. EYES SHUT! All around him we HEAR OFF-SCREEN SCREAMING. PANTING HARD.he GRABS the WALL -. She is like a vision.we BARELY hear what could be SCREAMS from above the pool -. a PAIR OF WILDLY KICKING LEGS ARE SUDDENLY DRAGGED just below the surface of the water.104.! WE STAY CLOSE ON HIM AS HE GASPS FOR AIR.as if something were flying over the surface of the water -.it is KENNY’S BROTHER’S SEVERED HEAD -.!!! BACK ON OWEN’S FACE as he SEES it! Behind him.. MAYHEM..we MOVE IN CLOSE ON OWEN’S EYES -OWEN’S POV .. CUT TO: He . she reaches over. Finally.when SUDDENLY -.THEY HAVE ALL BEEN A PREMONITION OF THIS VERY MOMENT -.and we begin to SEE BLOODY CLOUDS BILLOWING DOWN from the surface -. eyes staring lovingly at him to make sure he is okay.!!! Something OUT OF FOCUS DRIFTS DOWN into view -. A FIGURE quietly moves up next to him in the water.! OWEN SURGES to the SURFACE. all the way across the pool. We hear only the sound of Owen..a SHADOW SWEEPS through the center of the pool behind him -.! AT THE SAME TIME -..! Then all at once... it doesn’t look like he can last much longer -.UNSEEN BY OWEN -. She smiles back.
... seeing the LARGE. the trunk stretches into the aisle -CONDUCTOR That yours. The conductor checks it. He stops..? Owen nods. HOLD. and inside the pool. slightly annoyed. can I see your ticket? Owen hands it over.. Beat. WIDE SHOT .. FINDING OWEN... .. The Conductor looks at it. from inside the trunk. OWEN (sings quieter still) Eat some now.. Outside it is SUNRISE. his BACK TO US.. The bullies’ bodies lie scattered about along the edges.. but then just walks off. son. save some for later. for another. OWEN (sings quietly) Eat some now. Owen stares out the window. Owen looks at the carton......105. MORSE CODE. Owen and Abby are gone. He begins TAPPING a message back as the TRAIN STARTS TO MOVE. backpack at his side -CONDUCTOR Scuse me. save some for later. DOWN THE AISLE OF A PASSENGER TRAIN 163 162 We’re FOLLOWING on the back of a TRAIN CONDUCTOR. We see his FACE REFLECTED in the window: he looks emotional. looking out as the TRAIN GATHERS SPEED. Then -CUT TO: 163 A MOVING SHOT. OLD STEAMER TRUNK among a few other items of luggage. He takes out a piece of candy from his backpack.HIGH. 162 THE POOL ... smiles... alone in his seat. He’s leaving his old life...MOMENTS LATER A tableau of the bloody aftermath. The water is still settling. then looks down at the floor.. A QUIET KNOCKING begins. watching as the world moves past. puts it in his mouth. Then he turns back to the window.
BUILDING -. And. . THE END. as the TRAIN’S HORN RINGS OUT.we SUDDENLY -CUT TO BLACK.106.
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