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The Haunting at Bunker Hill (short)
by Orbin Walcott (orbinwalcott@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Horror   User Review: ****
Someone has just killed two faculty members at a community collge, and the Modus Operandi resembles that of a long-dead serial killer. When a student suddenly disappears within the halls of the college, a group of friends decide to lock themselves in the school and try to find her. But soon they discover that the killer may be among them, and are in for the longest night of their lives. This is my first attempt at a horror film. I wrote this for my Stage & Screen Club at my school, and it was intended for a short film to be shot this summer. I could really use some feedback though.


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FADE IN:

EXT. COMMUNITY COLLEGE STATION - ESTABLISH - NIGHT
                                                            
A train is pulling out as we see a small group of people,
mostly adults, stepping out of the station. They vary in age
but we focus on a young woman of about late-teens/early-20s.
This is DANIELLE; cute in the unconventional sense, wears
little make-up, and looking very tired and weary.
                                                            
We follow Danielle as she makes her way over the bridge
outside the station, and towards her destination: BUNKER
HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MAIN LOBBY
                                                            
Danielle is one of few people entering the building, making
her way to what we can assume would be a class.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. PSYCHOLOGY CLASSROOM - LATER
                                                            
There's about 10-odd students sprawled throughout the room.
Danielle sits in the middle, with her notebook in front of
her - struggling to stay awake while her PROFESSOR
(early-to-mid 50s) drones on about the current lecture while
standing by his desk. The Professor continues on for a bit
until eventually noticing and slowly making his way over to
Danielle. He claps his hands a few inches away from her
face, startingly her to wake up.
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
I'm so terribly sorry, Danielle.
Is my lecture boring you?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (sleepily)
Mmm... no. I'm sorry, Professor. I
haven't been sleeping well lately.
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
Well, understandably, the night
time is generally reserved for
sleeping. But the fact of the
matter is you signed up for a
night class, so it is your
responsibility to make sure you're
rested enough before coming. Are
we clear on that?
                                                            

2.

                       DANIELLE
      (wiping her eyes)
Yes, sir.
                                                            
The Professor heads back over to his desk.
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
And on that note we will conclude
tonight's class. Your assignment
is to read the next chapter in
your textbooks. Have a good night,
everyone.
                                                            
The students begin to leave as Danielle packs up her stuff.
She's about to leave when suddenly:
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
Danielle, may I talk to you for a
moment?
                                                            
She walks over to his desk while he packs up his stuff.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Yes, Professor?
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
I'm sorry to say it, but I'm
beginning to notice a significant
change in your work. And not for
the better. Is there any reason
why?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I'm sorry, it's just that I
haven't been getting a lot of
sleep lately, Sir. I've been
working overtime at my job - I'm
trying to save up to get my own
place. And I barely get any rest
given the classwork.
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
I see... Well, you know, we're
halfway through the semester now,
and twice you've had a blackout
incident. I understand your
situation, but you need to find a
way to manage it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I know, Professor. I will.
                                                            

3.

                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
I hope so. You're a bright
student, Danielle. I'd hate to see
you fail.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I hear you. Well, I have to go.
I'll see you next class?
                                                            
                       PSYCH PROFESSOR
I hope so. Good night.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Good night.
                                                            
She leaves the classroom, then he leaves moments later,
turning off the lights on the way.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-LOUNGE
                                                            
The lounge is empty at the moment, save for a young man and
woman sitting together. The man, JUSTIN, is working on his
LAPTOP while the woman, SAMANTHA, reads through a BOOK OF
SHORT STORIES. Justin, early 30s, is a seemingly dedicated
student but also laid back as well; just another guy eager
to finish college. Samantha (mid 20s) - or Sam as her
friends may call her - is a quirky young lady with a dress
style all her own.
                                                            
Sam puts the book down, letting out a contemplative sigh as
she looks around, eventually turning to Justin.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (beat)
You know what I miss doing,
Justin?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (typing)
What?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Making macaroni art.
                                                            
He stops typing, dumbfounded a little bit.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
"Macaroni art". Okay... did you
happen to come aross that in one
of your short stories?
                                                            

4.

She playfully hits him with the book.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
I'm serious! You never made
macaroni art before?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (chuckles)
Yeah, in kindergarten. I'm thirty,
Sam, I have no reason to even
think about that.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Then maybe you should live more,
instead of doing so much work all
the time.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (resumes typing)
Whatever you say...
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
What'cha typing anyway?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Chemistry paper.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Sounds boring.
      (beat)
I feel like dancing.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
There's no music playing.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (smiling)
I'll use my imagination, duh!
                                                            
And with that, Sam gets up and begins to twirl around
ballroom-style. Justin simply ignores her as he continues
typing his paper. Another young man of about
late-teens/early 20s enters the lounge, walking over to the
two while carrying a gym bag. This is ANTHONY, dressed as if
coming from the gym.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Hey, Samantha. Dancing again?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Mmm-hmm...
                                                            
Anthony takes a seat next to Justin.
                                                            

5.

                       ANTHONY
'Sup, Justin?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Nothin' much. No class?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Naw, I just came to work out. You
know, I've been chillin' with
y'all for a while now, and I still
don't get this girl!
                                                            
Justin looks up to find Sam doing cartwheels now. A total
free spirit.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I don't know what to tell you,
man. Sure, she may act weird at
times but hey, we're still friends
with her.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (sighs)
True.
                                                            
While Justin resumes typing, Anthony sits back and tries to
relax.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. MAIN LOBBY
                                                            
Danielle is at one of the vending machines, buying a snack
when we see a young man of early 20s making his way to the
machines as he recites lines from a SCRIPT. This is SHAWN, a
laid-back kind of guy who seems very well-liked. He looks
up, noticing Danielle.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (smiling)
Hey, Danielle.
                                                            
She reaches down for her snack while noticing Shawn.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh. Hey, Shawn.
                                                            
He deposits some coins into a soda machine.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (buying soda)
Staying late again?
                                                            

6.

                       DANIELLE
Yeah. You know how it is, my dad
can't pick me up until after he
gets out of work.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
That sucks. But at least you're
not alone.
                                                            
He gets his soda out of the machine and starts sipping it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I know. I'm glad I have friends
that have to stay in school late
like I do.
      (chuckles)
I'd be bored without you guys.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Hey, it's no problem. Speaking of
friends, have you seen James
around?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (shakes her head)
No, why?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
He seemed upset by the time our
acting class went on break, and he
never came back. And he's my scene
partner.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Why was he upset?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I have no idea.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Well, I'm sure you'll find him.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Yeah...
                                                            
They begin walking together, heading in the direction of the
main entrance. Moments later, Shawn spots someone sitting
alone in the lobby's small cafe area. This is JAMES, early
20s, rarely seen without dark clothing on as he vibes to the
music of his IPOD, totally spaced out.
                                                            

7.

                       SHAWN
      (looking off)
There he is. Hey, James!
      (to Danielle)
Come on.
                                                            
James doesn't hear Shawn or even notice he nor Danielle when
they approach him; nodding his head to the music almost in a
catatonic-like state. Shawn waves his hand in front of
James' face, finally getting his attention.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (dumbfounded)
Huh? What's goin' on?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Nothin' much, buddy. What happened
in class? Everything okay?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Yeah, I just... had a lot on my
mind.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I see...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
Hi, James.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (unenthused)
Hey.
      (to Shawn)
Where're you guys headed?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (to Danielle)
Uh, D-Lounge, right?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (nodding)
Mmm-hmm.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (getting up)
Alright. Let's go.
                                                            
James grabs his bag and starts walking away, with little
interest in waiting for his friends. Shawn and Danielle
simply shrug at each other before following him.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

8.

INT. D-LOUNGE - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Danielle, Shawn and James are now joined with Sam, Anthony
and Justin. They're all alone in the D-Lounge, having a
conversation while Justin plays solitaire on his laptop.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
So, what's new, guys? How was
everybody's weekend?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Tiring. I've been working overtime
for the last few weeks.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Where do you work at?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
At this restaurant in Chelsea.
                                                            
                       JAMES
What's the name of it?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
Why, you're gonna come visit me?
                                                            
James tries to think of an answer but then looks away.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
I donated blood. It was kinda fun.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
How's that fun?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Well, because they sit you in this
reclining chair and give you a
rubber ball to play with. Then,
you get all the food you can eat,
and they treat you special.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (nodding)
Okay... You, Shawn?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I hung out with some friends. Went
out to the movies, then to a bar.
You know, that sort of thing.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Cool. What about you, Justin?
                                                            

9.

                       JUSTIN
      (putting laptop
       away)
Homework.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (scoffs)
No, surprise there!
                                                            
They chuckle.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (smiling)
What's that supposed to mean?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Dude, everytime we see you, you
got your nose in them books.
      (smiling)
Man, you should've graduated at
birth!
                                                            
The group laughs but James simply chuckles; Danielle takes
notice:
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What about you, James?
                                                            
                       JAMES
What about me?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
You do anything over the weekend?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Not really.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Nothing?
                                                            
He shakes his head.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I told you, bro, if you ever get
bored just call me and we'll hang
out.
                                                            
                       JAMES
I know. I just... I don't know,
I'm not really an outgoing person
like that.
                                                            

10.

                       ANTHONY
      (scoffs)
I don't have that problem. I went
out to the clubs during the
weekend; pulled a few numbers.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Don't you already have a
girlfriend?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
What's your point?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I think what she's trying to say
is that talking to other girls
would be like cheating on your
girlfriend.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Nothing wrong with talking --
      (to Samantha)
-- I'm talking to you right now!
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (chuckles)
Yeah, and I'm starting to feel
like your mistress!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (smiling)
Yeah, whatever!
                                                            
The group chuckles but Danielle notices that James is
staring at the floor, zoned out.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-LOUNGE - LATER
                                                            
It's a little later in the night and the gang is still
alone, conversing in the D-Lounge.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (beat)
Hey, did you guys hear about the
two faculty members that died a
few days ago?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No, I didn't hear about that.
      (to Justin)
Did you?
                                                            

11.

                       JUSTIN
      (shakes his head)
No.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Well, I heard that these two
administrator-type-people were
working in school late a few
nights ago. Apparently, they got
so wrapped up in their work that
they forgot about the building
being locked up for the night.
They were trying to find a way
out, and ended up going in
different ways while trying to
find an exit. Next thing you know,
they're strangled to death. Crazy
thing is, nothing showed on the
security cameras. The guards
weren't even aware of the staff
members being in the school at the
time.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Damn, that's crazy...!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Did the cops find out who did it?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
That's the messed up part. Did you
guys know that Bunker Hill used to
be a prison before it became a
school?
                                                            
The group pretty much answer yes to the question.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA (cont'd)
There was this serial killer that
was locked up in the prison about
twentysomething years ago. A guy
named Jackson Spencer. Story goes
that he would walk through the
streets and strangle people to
death. The media called him the
"Charlestown Strangler". But when
they caught him, he continued
murdering even the inmates in the
prison. The crazy thing is the
murders of the faculty members
resembled his MO.
                                                            

12.

                       SHAWN
Maybe there's someone copying his
work?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Mmm-mmm, I doubt it. There
would've been some hair strands or
some kind of DNA found at the
crime scenes to indicate it.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
You sound like you know a little
too much about that stuff, James.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (shrugs)
I watch a lot of cop shows.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh really? Me too. Which one's
your favorite?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Uh... I dunno - CSI?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
Me too!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (beat)
Okay, so there's no proof of
someone actually committing the
murders. Maybe the school's
haunted?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (sarcastically)
"Haunted". Really.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I believe it. I mean think about
it, we have two administrators
that were killed, but no proof of
a killer copying a dead killer's
MO. It has to be Spencer.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Okay, look, I'd expect Sam to say
stuff like that but seriously,
there's no such thing as ghosts!
                                                            

13.

                       JAMES
What's the matter, Anthony, afraid
of the paranormal?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Hell no! You can't be scared of
something that isn't real.
                                                            
                       JAMES
If you say so.
                                                            
Danielle's cellphone begins to RING. She answers it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (into phone)
Hello?... Yeah... Okay, I'll be
right out.
      (hangs up)
Alright, guys, I gotta go. Good
night.
                                                            
                       EVERYONE
Good night.
                                                            
James watches as Danielle gathers her stuff and leaves.
Moments later, something comes over him and then:
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hey, you know what? I think I'm
gonna go home too.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
You out, bro?
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (getting up)
Yeah, I gotta go. I'll see ya.
                                                            
He grabs his bag and quickly leaves the area.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. C-BUILDING HALLWAY
                                                            
Danielle is taking her time through the hallway when James
appears behind her, focused on his iPod. She senses his
presence then slows to join him. He notices.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hey, you leaving too?
                                                            

14.

                       JAMES
Yeah, I, um... I'm kinda tired
actually.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh. So, tell me something about
yourself.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Like what?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
I dunno, anything! I mean, dude,
we've been hanging out for like
two months now but I feel like I
still don't know anything about
you.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Okay...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (cont'd)
Like, I dunno, where do you live?
Where were you born? What do you
want to be when you finish
college? Tell me something!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Dorchester. Mass General Hospital.
Actor.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
See? Now we're getting somewhere!
And can you smile more often? You
always have this serious look on
your face.
                                                            
He can't help but crack a half-hearted smile. She sees that
she's getting to him now.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
You don't have to be
super-serious, James. We're
friends; you can open up to me,
okay?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Okay...
                                                            
They reach the main lobby entrance.
                                                            

15.

                       DANIELLE
Okay, my dad's waiting on me. I'll
see you later.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Okay.
                                                            
Without even thinking, she springs for a hug, wrapping her
arms around his neck. It catches him off-guard as he barely
touches her, noticing the gesture lasting a little longer
than expected. She lets go.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Bye.
                                                            
He simply nods then watches her go through a door leading
downstairs. He heads out the main doors.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - NIGHT
                                                            
It's actually the early evening as we see some people
entering and exiting the school.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. PSYCHOLOGY CLASSROOM
                                                            
The class is watching a documentary video for the night.
Danielle is sitting by the door, struggling to stay awake.
Eventually her professor notices as she walks out of the
classroom.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
The restroom is empty when Danielle walks in. She stands
over one of the sinks, and splashes cold water on her face.
She dries off then stares in the mirror. Moments later, she
suddenly faints.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - LATER
                                                            
It's darker outside, and much seemingly later in the night
as we hardly see anyone around.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

16.

INT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
Samantha, carrying her purse, walks into the restroom and
notices Danielle lying on the floor. She quickly rushes over
and shakes her awake.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Danielle. Danielle, sweetie, wake
up!
                                                            
Danielle slowly regains consciouness as Sam helps her up:
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (dazed)
Huh...? What-what happened...?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
You tell me. I just found you
lying on the floor.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
All I remember was that I splashed
water on my face, and then
everything went dark all of a
sudden...
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Sounds like you had another
blackout. Your professor got
worried 'cause you left your stuff
in class. But the guys are holding
them for you.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What time is it?
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Almost eleven.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh my God...!
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Come on, we gotta go.
                                                            
Danielle almost stumbles while following Sam out.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Shawn, James, Justin & Anthony are waiting outside when the
girls exit the building, with a school guard locking the

17.

doors behind them. James, holding Danielle's bag, hands it
to her.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hey. Why are you all outside?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
They kicked us out.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Why?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
All the night classes have been
cancelled.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Yeah, apparently a student
disappeared some time last night.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Who?
                                                            
                       JAMES
A girl named Laura Hutchins. Cops
came in questioning people. Then
the staff announced that, until
Laura's found, all night classes
are cancelled.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (thinking aloud)
No, no, no... this can't be
happening!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Calm down, Dani --
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I can't, I needed this class!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Well, just take it again next
semester.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No, you don't get it, James - this
is my last semester. If classes
don't pick up by the end of it,
then I'm screwed!
                                                            

18.

                       ANTHONY
      (scoffs)
Well just pray that the girl is
found then.
                                                            
Danielle doesn't want to hear it as she distances herself
for a moment alone. Samantha walks over to her.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (softly)
Hey, come on. I told your dad I'd
take you home.
                                                            
The boys watch as the girls leave, then head their own ways.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. BUNKER HILL - A300 - DAY
                                                            
The gang are among some of the people sitting in the area
outside the auditorium when Danielle walks over, carrying
her bag. Shawn looks over and notices her.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (smiling)
Hey! Haven't seen you around for a
while. Coming from class?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (sitting down)
No. Psych was the only class I was
taking right now.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Oh. Sorry to hear that.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (beat)
You know, I kept thinking about
what you guys told me the other
night. About night classes being
cancelled until Laura Hutchins is
found?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Yeah, what about it?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I wanna look for her.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Are you crazy!?
                                                            

19.

                       DANIELLE
      (whispering)
Shh... keep your voice down!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (lowers voice)
Are you crazy?!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Look, I just think it's weird that
a girl suddenly disappears a few
days after two staff members were
killed. Yeah, sure, it's stupid
that I wanna look for her, but my
GPA depends on it.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I see your point. But we could get
caught.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I know. But I have to do this. And
I need your help. All of you.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I don't know, Dani...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Justin, you work just as hard as I
do to keep your grades up. I know
you would do this if you had no
choice, and I'd help even if you
didn't ask.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I know you would, but we're
talking about interfering with a
police investigation.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I'm aware of that.
      (beat)
Guys... please...
                                                            
They all look at each other for a moment, then:
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Alright. I'm in.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Me too.
                                                            

20.

                       DANIELLE
Shawn?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (grinning)
You're nuts, but I'll help you.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Anthony?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (smiling)
You know I can't let you do
something stupid without me. I'm
in.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Thank you. James?
                                                            
She waits a beat for James' answer, but instead he gets up
and walks away.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
James.
                                                            
He continues walking away but Danielle quickly catches up
and stops him.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
James!
                                                            
                       JAMES
I'm not getting myself involved in
your little Scooby-Doo mystery
crap!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
James, please, that degree I'm
working for is my only way out of
the rut in my life! I can't do
this without you...
                                                            
                       JAMES
You know, you're not the only one
with something at stake here!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
How so?
                                                            
He stares at her for a beat, not sure if he should answer
her.
                                                            

21.

                       JAMES
      (reluctantly)
I...
      (sighs)
... I have a criminal record. I
did some time in juvie before,
then a year in prison. If I do
this, and we get caught, I'll do
longer time.
                                                            
She looks at him sympathetically before reaching for his
hand.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I promise you I won't let that
happen. It's just for tonight.
Please.
                                                            
He looks down at her hand and then back at her.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (beat)
Fine. I'll help you.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Thank you.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - NIGHT
                                                            
It's a late night. The school is dark and there is not a
soul around.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-BUILDING CORRIDORS
                                                            
We focus on the door that leads into the DAY CARE CENTER; it
opens and James peeks his head out before exiting with the
gang behind him. Danielle carries her bag with her.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (whispering)
Alright, the coast is clear.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
How'd you know they wouldn't check
the day care center?
                                                            
                       JAMES
It seemed like the least likely
place to find a burglar.
                                                            

22.

Samantha steps out while playing with a RUBIK'S CUBE:
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Hey, I'm not complaining. I had
fun with the toys.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (snatching toy
       away)
Will you put that away? Jeez,
you're like a kid...!
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
At heart!
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (whispering)
Hey, shut up! We don't want
security to catch us, remember?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (whispering)
So, what's the plan, Dani?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (whispering)
Okay. So, I did research on the
building's layout. Apparently,
Spencer created a network of
tunnels throughout the prison when
he was here. But the people that
built BHCC did a poor job covering
them up.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
So what does that tell us?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
It means the tunnels are still
open, and we just need to find a
way in.
      (to Danielle)
Right?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Right. Now, last night I watched
every single ghost hunting show I
could find that could give me some
pointers on this thing. Obviously,
we don't have their kind of
equipment or the money for it. But
the common thing I picked up on is
that if the temperature drops in a
room, then chances are there's a
            (MORE)

23.

                       DANIELLE (cont'd)
ghost in the place.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
How can we tell if that happens?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Common sense, man. You either feel
really cold or can see your own
breath.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Exactly. Now, does everyone have
their flashlights?
                                                            
Everyone holds out their own flashlights.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Okay. We'll split up and cover
different grounds. If you run into
anything, just call - we all have
each other's numbers. Good luck
guys.
                                                            
They all go their own ways, except for Anthony who joins up
with Justin; Justin notices:
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
What? Forget that, I'm not going
by myself!
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (chuckles)
Okay.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. E-BUILDING - LIBRARY
                                                            
Danielle is alone in the dark library, shining her light as
she walks through the aisles. She seems determined.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (thinking aloud)
Spencer, whether you're here or
not, I will find Laura.
                                                            
She continues searching.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

24.

INT. D-BUILDING STAIRWELLS - SAME
                                                            
Shawn is making his way downstairs.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. G-BUILDING CORRIDORS - SAME
                                                            
Samantha is slowly walking through the corridors, showing a
bit of nervousness.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (thinking aloud)
Mr. Spencer? If you're in here,
please don't hurt me...?
                                                            
She keeps walking.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. B-BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR HALLWAYS - SAME
                                                            
James is walking through the hallway where the science labs
are, shining his light through various windows.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. C-LOUNGE - SAME
                                                            
Justin and Anthony walk into the area, slowly walking around
while shining their lights.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
So, what exactly are we looking
for?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I dunno - something that seems out
of the ordinary, I guess. Like a
secret panel or something.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Do you really think the school's
haunted?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
To be honest, I have no idea. But
if it affects my grades - and my
safety - then I'd at least like to
know why.
                                                            

25.

                       ANTHONY
      (thinking aloud)
Man, I think this is retarded!
                                                            
They continue on.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. LIBRARY
                                                            
Danielle has now moved towards the side of the library. She
passes by the water fountain near the elevator; something
catches her attention.
                                                            
CLOSE ON - PANEL BELOW WATER FOUNTAIN
                                                            
It's cracked open a bit.
                                                            
BACK TO SCENE
                                                            
Danielle crouches down and slowly opens the panel. We don't
see what she sees, but her facial expression indicates
something may be wrong. However, she begins showing signs of
fatigue as drowsiness begins to overtake her. Next, she
suddenly faints.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. G-BUILDING - WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM
                                                            
Samantha shines her light as she walks into the dark locker
room. She looks around the place, muttering to herself:
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (thinking aloud)
Way to go, Sam, for telling that
story. Now you're stuck in school,
looking for the ghost of a serial
killer. Yup, good going!
                                                            
Suddenly, there's a faint noise in the background. A
startled Sam quickly turns in the direction of the noise.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Hello? Is someone there? Justin?
Dani?
                                                            
Another noise, a louder one. Samantha jumps. She shakes as
she slowly shines her light in the direction of the sound.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
      (nervous)
H-Hello...?
                                                            

26.

She slowly walks over to where she heard the sound. However,
her flashlight begins to dim until it finally dies out
minutes later. The room becomes pitch-black, and we're
unable to see her.
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA (OS)
      (softly)
No, no - this can't be happening!
      (trying flashlight)
Come on...!
                                                            
We suddenly hear Samantha GAGGING as if being choked. We
also hear her struggling for a while until there's absolute
silence.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - NIGHT
                                                            
We're staring up at the moonlight sensing some time has
passed.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM
                                                            
Danielle is passed out next to Samantha's dead body. She
slowly regains consciousness, looking around until she finds
her friend's corpse. She lets out a piercing SCREAM.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. G-BUILDING CORRIDORS - SAME
                                                            
Anthony, Shawn & Justin are walking together through the
hallways when they hear Danielle's SCREAM (OS) nearby. They
quickly react and run to the sound.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOM
                                                            
The boys run into the locker room, where they find Danielle
still on the floor and freaking out. She quickly gets up.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What happened?!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Samantha, she's dead!!
                                                            

27.

                       ANTHONY
What!?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
She's dead! Oh my God!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
How did this happen?
                                                            
Justin checks Sam's body.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
It looks like she's been
strangled. Notice the discoloring
on her neck.
                                                            
Anthony and Shawn glance at the body, but Danielle doesn't
want to look. James runs into the room.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hey, what's up? I heard a scream.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Samantha's dead! Where were you?
                                                            
                       JAMES
I was in the E-building. Whoever
screamed got some lungs!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Danielle, what the hell were you
doing next to her?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I don't know! I blacked out in the
library and woke up here!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (sarcastically)
Mmm-hmm, sure.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Wait, are you saying I did this?!
Spencer's ghost obviously killed
her!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Yeah, right; and you just happened
to be next to her when we showed
up!
                                                            
An angry Danielle tries to charge at Anthony and hit him,
James detains her.
                                                            

28.

                       JAMES
Danielle, calm down!
      (she finally does)
Now, look, we need to get our acts
together and move on. There's
nothing we can do here.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Who died and made you leader!?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hey, I'm not trying to be, but
apparently Samantha did.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Screw you! She's dead - I'm
getting the hell out of here!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Where're you gonna go?! We're
locked in!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
I'll find a way, watch -- !
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
SHUT UP!! Anthony, James is right.
The doors are all locked. We're
stuck here until morning. Now, I
suggest we all pair up.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (grabbing James'
       arm)
I'm going with James.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (taken aback)
Really.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Yeah, I-I think I'll be safer with
you.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Ohhkayy...
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Shawn, I'll go with you. I don't
trust you, Justin.
                                                            

29.

                       JUSTIN
What? I didn't do anything!
      (sighs)
Fine. Since I'm the odd man out, I
guess I'll go alone.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Yeah, let's see what happens --
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Shut up, Anthony!
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (beat)
Alright, so um... I guess we're
agreed then. Watch yourself,
Justin.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Yeah, you too.
                                                            
They begin leaving the locker room.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - MINUTES LATER
                                                            
Another time passage as we focus on the ORANGE LINE passing
through Community College station.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. C-202 LECTURE HALL
                                                            
James & Danielle walk into the lecture hall.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I still can't believe Samantha's
dead...!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Yeah. But we still gotta keep
going.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
James, how can you be so calm
about this?
                                                            
He stops.
                                                            

30.

                       JAMES
      (sighs)
Because, this isn't the first time
I've seen a dead body.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (beat)
When I was sixteen... my best
friend was shot in front of me...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What-what happened...?
                                                            
                       JAMES
He talked me into going out one
night, and stealing a car with
him. We went to Roxbury, and found
this late-model Lexus in one of
the neighborhoods. It turned out
that the car belonged to a racist
cop that my friend hated. We got
in the car, but the alarm went off
and the cop heard. He came out, we
ran, and next thing I knew my
friend was shot in the back with a
12-gauge.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh my God...! What'd you do?
                                                            
                       JAMES
I panicked. I mean the cop had a
shotgun pointed at my face so I
had no choice but to surrender. I
did two years in juvenile
detention, then one in a state
prison; the cop got away with
self-defense. When I got out, I
found out that my dad had died and
my mom left the city, leaving me
to fend for myself...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I'm sorry to hear that. I mean,
you seem like a good person, I
wouldn't have expected to know
this about you.
                                                            

31.

                       JAMES
It's okay. It's just something I
don't talk about.
      (beat)
What about you, though? Why are
you the way you are?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I dunno, I've never been asked
that.
      (beat)
Ever since I was a kid, I always
seemed to have the worst luck. I'm
sort of an insomiac-slash-syncope.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Meaning...?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I have a hard time sleeping, yet
am prone to blackouts.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (chuckles)
Wow!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (chuckles)
I know, weird. But it's the reason
why things turn out bad for me;
jobs, school, relationships...
                                                            
                       JAMES
I see.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I was able to go two years without
an incident but lately... I've
lost control.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Now I get why you wanna find Laura
so badly; that degree will be one
less thing to worry about.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Yeah. And then my life will be
that much easier.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (nodding)
Well, then come on. We need to
make sure that happens for you.
                                                            

32.

James starts walking out. Danielle just stands there,
contemplating things before following him out.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-LOUNGE
                                                            
Anthony and Shawn walk through the lounge as they shine
their lights. They stop.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Hey, I remember seeing something
in one of the computer labs
downstairs earlier. You're gonna
be fine by yourself?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Uh... yeah, I-I think so.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Alright. If anything, we'll meet
here in ten minutes.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (nodding)
Cool.
                                                            
Anthony continues down the hall while Shawn heads for the
stairwells.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. A-BUILDING - HALLWAYS
                                                            
Danielle & James approach the double doors leading to A300.
She stops outside, glancing over to the nearby women's
restroom.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hey, um, I don't wanna sound weird
but I gotta use the restroom. Do
you mind coming in with me? I'd
feel better if you did...
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (taken aback)
Um... okay... sure...?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (smiling)
Oh, thank you so much!
                                                            

33.

He follows her into the restroom. Moments later, Justin
appears from the nearby stairwell and heads through the
double doors.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. A300
                                                            
Justin steps in and continues towards the lounge area.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (to himself)
I doubt Spencer would be haunting
the art gallery or auditorium. But
you never know...
                                                            
He stops in front of the doors to the auditorium, but
realizes something.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (thinking aloud)
Maybe the stairway by the piano
room...
                                                            
He heads over to the Piano Room.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. B-BUILDING, DOWNSTAIRS CLASSROOM AREA - SAME
                                                            
Anthony looks very paranoid as he slowly walks through the
area, shining his flashlight and near-jumping at everything
he thinks he hears.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM - SAME
                                                            
We only see James who is currently standing by the door as
he waits for Danielle to finish. He glances at the clock on
his cell phone then pockets it.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hey, Danielle, I'm gonna go look
around real quick - make sure
there's nothing to worry about.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (OS)
      (from stall)
No, don't leave me here -- !
                                                            

34.

                       JAMES
Don't worry, I won't go far. I
promise.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (OS)
Fine!
                                                            
He steps out. Moments later, we hear a FLUSH (OS) and see
Danielle come out of her stall.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
James heads across the hall, to where some of the
professors' offices are located.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. A-BUILDING, BACK STAIRWELL - SAME
                                                            
Justin enters a dark stairwell, illuminated only by a
SKYLIGHT above.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. COMPUTER LABS - SAME
                                                            
A determined Shawn walks through the corridors outside the
computer labs in the C-Building, heading for the stairwell
doors at the end of the hall.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM - SAME
                                                            
Danielle steps out of the restroom. She looks around before
slowly passing out on the floor.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. BACK STAIRWELL
                                                            
Justin heads downstairs but suddenly trips on the last step,
dropping his flashlight in a darker area filled with old
junk.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (groaning)
I gotta watch my step next time...
                                                            
Justin slowly gets up. But as he reaches over for the
flashlight, a ROPE suddenly comes out of the shadows and

35.

wraps around his neck. We PAN up to the skylight as we hear
Justin being STRANGLED (OS) to death.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. B-BUILDING - STAIRWELL
                                                            
Shawn is coming up the stairs when he runs into Anthony as
he walks from the hallway where the payroll office is
located. Anthony never notices until:
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Anthony!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (startled)
Ah! Yo, don't do that!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (chuckles)
I'm sorry, man. Did you find
anything?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Naw, you?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Nope. Turned out my assumption was
wrong. Wanna check out A300?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Yeah, I was on my way there.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Let's go.
                                                            
They leave the stairwells.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
James walks into the restroom, heading towards the stalls.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (calling out)
Danielle, I'm back.
      (no answer)
Danielle, are you here? Yo!
                                                            
He senses something wrong and leaves the restroom.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

36.

EXT. WOMEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
James takes out his cellphone, and dials a number before
putting it to his ear.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. BACK STAIRWELL - SAME
                                                            
Danielle is passed out at the bottom of the moonlit
stairwell. She slowly regains consciouness, hearing the
RINGTONE (OS) of her cell phone. She digs into her pocket
and takes it out, answering the call.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (dazed; into phone)
Hello...
                                                            
INTERCUTTING
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (into phone)
Danielle, where are you?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (into phone)
I don't know... I blacked out
again, and woke up in a stairwell.
There's a skylight above me.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (thinking aloud)
Sounds like the stairwell behind
the piano room...
      (into phone)
Okay, just stay there and I'll
come find you.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (into phone)
Okay, but hurry up.
                                                            
She hangs up.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. A300
                                                            
James walks through the double doors and continues walking
towards the piano room. Halfway there:
                                                            
                       ANTHONY (OS)
Yo, James!
                                                            

37.

He quickly turns, finding Shawn and Anthony entering through
the doors. He waits for them.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Where you goin'?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Piano room.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What's over there?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Danielle blacked out again. Either
of you seen Justin?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (shakes his head)
No. But let's go find Dani.
                                                            
They follow James down to the piano room.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. BACK STAIRWELL
                                                            
The boys quickly enter the stairwell.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Danielle!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (OS)
I'm down here!
                                                            
The boys head downstairs, finding Danielle sitting on the
steps. She gets up.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hey, you alright?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Yeah. But I think I hurt my head.
                                                            
Shawn notices something off in the distance and heads over
to a dark alcove nearby. He spots what looks like a shoe
sticking out from under some of the junk stashed there. He
begins moving the items.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (noticing)
Shawn, what're you doin'?
                                                            

38.

                       SHAWN
      (moving stuff)
I think I found something, come
help me.
                                                            
Danielle & James watch as Anthony helps Shawn move the items
away. Eventually they find Justin's body stashed away in the
corner:
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (startled)
Oh sh -- !
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What the...?
                                                            
Danielle quickly turns away, into James' arms. He
instinctively shields her away from the sight.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Dani... what's going on?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (tearing up)
I don't know...!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Why is Justin's body stashed in
the corner -- !?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (wiping tears)
I don't know!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Danielle, you were the only one
here when we found you...
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
It wasn't me, Shawn - I swear to
God!!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
SO WHY THE HELL WERE YOU SITTING
HERE WITH JUSTIN'S DEAD BODY
NEARBY!?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Anthony, calm down!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
I can't calm down -- two of our
friends are dead!!
                                                            

39.

                       JAMES
Yeah, but if you raise your voice,
we could get caught.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Screw you, James! She killed them!
                                                            
                       JAMES
No, it was Spencer's ghost!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Oh, shut up with that! There's no
such thing as ghosts!
                                                            
                       JAMES
But Dani didn't do it --
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
We found her near Samantha and
Justin's bodies!
      (beat)
Come to think of it, why are you
defending her so much, huh?! What,
ex-cons are attracted to killers?!
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (beat)
What'd you just call me?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
That's right, I called you a
ex-con! I know about you doin'
time in prison.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
You were in prison, James?
                                                            
                       JAMES
It's not something I talk about --
                                                            
                       SHAWN
But don't you think it's pretty
damn important that we should've
known?
                                                            
                       JAMES
What're you saying?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What I'm saying is that's a pretty
big detail to hold back,
especially concerning our
situation here.
                                                            

40.

                       JAMES
I didn't kill anybody!
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (scoffs)
Yeah, whatever, convict!
                                                            
James attempting to charge at Anthony to punch him, but
Danielle holds him back:
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No, James, you're not gonna hit
him -- !
                                                            
                       JAMES
Why not!?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
'Cause I will -- !
                                                            
Danielle suddenly PUNCHES Anthony in the face with a
right-hook.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Ah! Why'd you hit me!?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
That's for saying I was the
killer!
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (beat)
Yo, you know what? If that's how
you guys feel about me, then I'm
leaving. Good luck with your
little search.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No, James, wait -- !
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (heading upstairs)
Later!
                                                            
James leaves through the piano room upstairs. An upset
Danielle turns to Anthony.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Why, Anthony!?
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Y'all two like each other - you'll
see him again! I'm gonna find a
way out and go home. I'm done with
            (MORE)

41.

                       ANTHONY (cont'd)
this crap!
                                                            
He heads upstairs and leaves. Shawn & Danielle simply look
at each other.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (shrugs)
I guess it's just you and me then.
                                                            
Danielle just lets out an exasperated sigh as she shakes her
head.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Another time passage; we stare up at the moon as we finally
delve into the morning hours of this long night.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. STAIRWELL
                                                            
We find James alone halfway down the stairs, leaning against
the wall as he continually turns his flashlight on and off.
Remaining in deep thought.
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (thinking aloud)
Nice job, James. A simple secret,
and now you're accused of murder.
Damn! I really wish I didn't go
with Mike when he broke into that
car...
      (beat; sighs)
Whatever, gotta keep movin'.
                                                            
He heads upstairs.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. G-BUILDING - CORRIDORS
                                                            
Anthony is walking through the corridor. He heads over to a
door, trying to open it until he realizes it's locked.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (thinking aloud)
Damn, it's locked...! Gotta find
another way.
                                                            

42.

He continues on.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-LOUNGE
                                                            
Danielle & Shawn are walking through the lounge, when
Danielle suddenly stops. She seems tired.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (noticing)
Hey, what's wrong?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I give up. We're never gonna find
this girl, Shawn.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What? Of course we will.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No, we're not. It's been five
hours now, Sam and Justin are
dead, and we don't even know where
James and Anthony are! Anthony's
right, I pretty much got Sam and
Justin killed, we're gonna get
arrested for trespassing...!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Dani, look at me...
      (she does)
I don't regret coming here. You
had good intentions and I'm glad I
was able to help somehow.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (tearing up)
But we didn't find Laura, and
we're stuck here until morning,
when they'll find us.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
We just gotta keep moving forward.
How 'bout this? We split up and
search around. That way, we're
more likely to find something. And
if not, we'll meet here. Okay?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (wiping tears)
Okay...
                                                            

43.

They go their separate ways.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. E-BUILDING - AUDIO/VISUAL AREA
                                                            
James is slowly walking through the audio/visual area. He
looks around with his flashlight, but finds nothing of
importance.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CAREER CENTER - M-BUILDING
                                                            
Anthony is walking alone through the dark corridor, shining
his flashlight as he makes his way through until he suddenly
hears the sound of a DOOR OPENING (OS). He curiously turns
and heads in it's direction:
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
Hello? Is someone there? Yo,
whoever made that sound, it's not
funny!
                                                            
He continues walking down the hall, eventually arriving at
the Math Lab where the door is wide open. He peeks in,
finding nothing.
                                                            
                       ANTHONY
      (thinking aloud)
There's no one here. My mind's
playin' tricks on me...!
                                                            
Anthony's about to turn back when a ROPE suddenly jumps out
of a pitch-black alcove and begins choking him. He tries to
fight back, ELBOWING his unseen assailant but is SLAMMED
against the wall until he finally collapses, dead.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. E-BUILDING - CAFETERIA - MINUTES LATER
                                                            
Danielle enters the moonlit area. She walks around,
searching along the walls. Moments later, Shawn arrives...
with a distinct bruise on his cheek.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Find anything?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (startled; gasps)
Jeez, Shawn - what the hell!
                                                            

44.

                       SHAWN
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare
you.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. MATH LAB - SAME
                                                            
James is walking through the corridor, shining his
flashlight around when he finds Anthony's body with the rope
around his neck. He checks Anthony's pulse, shaking his head
at the confirmation. Next, he picks up the rope, looking at
it for a moment before pocketing it as he leaves.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CAFETERIA
                                                            
Danielle and Shawn are still searching the room for
something.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Anything yet?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
No. You?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
No. I could've sworn we'd find
those tunnels by now!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Maybe we're not looking hard
enough.
                                                            
Danielle's cell phone suddenly RINGS (OS). She takes it out
and answers it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (into phone)
Hello?... James, where are you?...
I'm in the cafeteria with Shawn...
Okay, we'll wait for you.
      (hangs up; to
       Shawn)
James is coming.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I thought he was leaving.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Apparently not.
                                                            

45.

                       SHAWN
Hey, so what's the deal with you
and James anyway?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
I mean, like, I dunno - first you
two seemed so distant. Well he did
anyway. And now, all of sudden,
you guys are so... close.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (chuckles)
I don't know...
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Do you... like him?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (evading)
Why do you ask?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (smiling)
You do, don't you?
                                                            
She turns away as she hides a smile, knowing he's right.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
What would happen if James turned
out to be the killer?
                                                            
Danielle considers the question, never realizing that
possibility. She turns back to him, staring at the floor.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (beat)
I... I don't know...
      (looks at him)
I guess I would be devastated.
                                                            
                       SHAWN (cont'd)
I mean think about it, we hardly
know anything about this guy; a
lot less than we thought we did!
                                                            
A sudden realization comes over Danielle before James runs
into the room moments later. He walks over to her.
                                                            

46.

                       JAMES
      (panting)
Hey!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hey, what's up?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Anthony's dead; we gotta get the
hell out of here!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
What -- ?
                                                            
                       JAMES
I think we should go - come on!
                                                            
James grabs her by the hand and attempts to leave, but Shawn
notices the rope sticking out of his back pocket.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (grabbing rope)
Hey, what's this?!
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (stops)
Huh -- ?
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Why do you have rope in your
pocket?!
                                                            
                       JAMES
I found it on Anthony.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (pulls hand back)
But, why is it on you?
                                                            
                       JAMES
I was gonna tell you about it...
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (to Danielle)
Look, there's blood on it!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Oh my God, James - y-you're the
killer!
                                                            
                       JAMES
What?! No!
                                                            

47.

                       SHAWN
Then, why is there a bloody piece
of rope in your back pocket!?
                                                            
                       JAMES
I just found it!
                                                            
                       SHAWN
You son of a -- !!
                                                            
Danielle backs away as Shawn charges towards James, grabbing
him by the shirt. James fights back and PINS Shawn up
against the wall. However, he notices Danielle RUNNING out
of the room:
                                                            
                       JAMES
Danielle!!
                                                            
James attempts to give chase but Shawn quickly grabs James'
shoulder, causing him to turn as Shawn KNOCKS him out with
his flashlight. Shawn runs after Danielle.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. E-BUILDING - MAIN HALL
                                                            
A panicked Danielle is halfway down the stairs when Shawn
appears behind her.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Danielle, wait for me!
      (catches up)
I knocked him out but he might get
up soon...
                                                            
They get off the stairs and run towards the D-Building.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. D-LOUNGE
                                                            
Shawn and Danielle run into the lounge area when he grabs
her hand:
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Over here, come on!
                                                            
He takes her down a nearby hallway filled with classrooms.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

48.

EXT. CLASSROOM
                                                            
The two arrive outside a classroom.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (whispering)
In here!
                                                            
He quickly opens a door and leads her inside.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CLASSROOM
                                                            
The classroom is dark as Shawn closes the door and locks it.
Danielle shines her flashlight around then on an exhausted
Shawn who's panting. She notices something.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (whispering)
What's that? It looks like a
bruise.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (feels bruise)
Huh? Yeah, I hit myself on a door
earlier.
      (peeks through
       window)
I think we're good.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CAFETERIA - SAME
                                                            
James slowly regains consciousness. He gets up in a daze,
looking around before struggling to a jog.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CLASSROOM
                                                            
Danielle takes a seat at the nearby table and takes out her
laptop, setting it down and opening it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I don't know, Shawn. Something
doesn't add up. I don't think
James is the killer; I need to
make sure the facts are there.
                                                            
He leans by the door, keeping a lookout.
                                                            

49.

                       SHAWN
Go ahead.
                                                            
ANGLE ON Danielle who begins typing on her laptop; we never
see what's onscreen as she types away. A few keystrokes and
clicks later, she eventually finds something.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (looking at screen)
Here, I found something!
      (reading)
"Jackson Spencer aka 'The
Charlestown Strangler' was caught
on July 18th, 1989. He was
responsible for the murders of
thirty people, including two
inmates of the old Charlestown
prison."
                                                            
Shawn straightens up as he listens to the story.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (cont'd)
      (reading)
"According to the psychological
profile that was done on him after
his capture, Spencer's reason for
killing was out of revenge. His
wife was raped and killed during
home invasion, and he was forced
to witness it. The three attackers
were caught but two were set free
on a plea bargain to much of
Spencer's dismay."
                                                            
Shawn realizes something as he reaches into his pocket,
taking out the rope he took from James earlier.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE (cont'd)
      (reading)
"Left alone with a six-month old
son, Spencer sank into depression,
turning to drugs and alcohol for
relief from the trauma.
Eventually, he snapped - stalking
and killing his wife's killers.
But he wasn't satisfied; his
bloodlust consumed him until his
eventual capture."
                                                            
Shawn slowly walks over to Danielle.
                                                            

50.

                       DANIELLE (cont'd)
      (reading)
"The baby was soon taken by social
services, and placed into foster
care; going through various foster
homes until finding a permanent
family."
                                                            
Shawn holds up the rope in front of him, looking at it.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (looking at screen)
They have the name of the baby
right here. It's --
                                                            
                       SHAWN
      (calmly)
Shawn Patrick Spencer.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
      (looking at screen)
Yeah, how'd you know?
                                                            
Shawn tightens his grips around the rope.
                                                            
                       SHAWN
Because... it's my name.
                                                            
A curious look comes over Danielle which slowly turns to a
realized expression, then fear.
                                                            
SHAWN'S POV
                                                            
She slowly turns, then quickly shields herself as he
prepares to strike.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CLASSROOM - SAME
                                                            
We hear Danielle's PIERCING SCREAM (OS) echo through the
hall. What has become of Danielle now?
                                                            


THE END


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From AJ Jaffari Date 7/19/2011 ****
This screenplay was very professional. And my favorite part was probably the ending because how it catches you


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