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THE HACKETTS
by Johnathon Newcomer (johnathon.newcomer@gmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Horror   User Review: ***
An extremely gory '80s slasher film throwback with a few twists. The legend of Mary Hackett and her psychotic, deformed son, Erik has been an annual camp fire/bedtime story in the town of Hamilton every Halloween for nearly 25 years. The story is new to young Katie, who has moved to the town of Hamilton with her parents. She works at the local mega retail store Carpenter's with her new boyfriend and a close-knit group of friends, who are all too familiar with the legend. The night before Halloween, two of the friends try to prove the legend false. Unfortunately, they thought wrong and Erik escapes, wreaking havoc on the small town. Mary teams up with the Dr. Joseph Cain, who delivered Erik all those years ago to try and capture Erik. Cain has other plans to save himself and his reputation. As the body count rises, the action escalates to Carpenter's where the group of friends falls victim to the bloodthirsty maniac with Cain and Mary hot on his trail.


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FADE IN:

EXT. HACKETT HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
SUPERIMPOSE: HAMILTON, OHIO. HALLOWEEN NIGHT
                                                            
The quaint, two-story Victorian sits in the middle of a
charming residential neighborhood. A swirling, almost
unearthly mist envelopes the property. A JACK O'LANTERN sits
on the front porch, grinning with a somewhat wicked glee.
Suddenly, A FLASH OF LIGHTNING illuminnates the house; the
THUNDER makes it seems as if it were GROWLING. Another FLASH
OF LIGHTNING illuminates the MAILBOX: M. HACKETT.

INT. MARY'S BEDROOM

MARY HACKETT, 30, is asleep in her bed, tossing and turning
her bed from what seems to be a combination of physical
agony and a bad nightmare. She is lying on her back with a
HUGE PREGNANT BELLY in front of her. Another CLAP of
LIGHTNING and THUNDER awakens her. She immediately clutches
her stomach in pain. She removes her covers to see her white
satin sheets STAINED WITH BLOOD. She lets out a
bone-chilling SCREAM as we
                                                            
                                         FLASH CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. HOSPITAL - MOMENTS LATER

Mary is being wheeled down a long, white corridor in a
gurney.

MARY'S P.O.V.

The OVERHEAD LIGHTS are blinding. NURSES, male and female,
in hospital scrubs and doctor's masks stare down at Mary
with an eerie ogle.

MARY

is terrified and confused. Blood is gushing from between her
legs and onto the white floor, leaving a dark, concentrated
trail behind her.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (SCREAMING)
What's wrong? Please tell me!
                                                            
The nurses wheel her into the

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM (CONTINUOUS)

2.


The nurses grab Mary from both ends.
                                                            
                       MALE NURSE
Alright, we're going to move her.
Ready? One, two, three!
                                                            
Mary is lifted onto an operating table as she HOWLS in
agony. A couple of nurses attempt to stop the heavy
bleeding. An IV in put into her arm, and an oxygen mask is
placed over her nose and mouth. Then, in walks

DR. JOSEPH CAIN, 35. He is tall with wavy hair and handsome
features. He wears thick, black glasses that exaggerate his
dark brown eyes that stare at Mary with an ominous gaze.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (CRYING)
Joseph, please tell me what's
wrong!
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (to MALE NURSE)
Has she recieved her epidural?
                                                            
                       MALE NURSE
We're getting it for her right
now, Dr. Cain.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (TO MARY; ORDERLY)
Everything is going to be alright,
Mary. You're going to be a mother
soon.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (SCREAMING)
Joseph, you bastard! You know
what's wrong! Please tell me!
                                                            
Cain goes to wash his hands as the nurses sit Mary up and
INJECT a HYPODERMIC NEEDLE into her spine. e Shalmost
immediately begins to feel the effect.
                                                            
                                         FADE INTO:
                                                            
INT. SAME - MOMENTS LATER

The operating table is set up with screens around Mary's
abdomen area. Mary is conscious yet in a daze. Cain grabs a
SCALPEL and begins to make an INCISION IN MARY'S ABDOMEN.


3.

Mary, though she can feel no pain, begins to CONVULSE out of
panic.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (BARKING)
Keep her still!
                                                            
The nurses STRAP Mary's arms and legs down with leather
restraints.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (barely coherent)
Please... no... tell me what's
going on!
                                                            
Behind the screen, Cain continues to poke around Mary's
insides.
                                                            
                       CAIN
We're almost done, Mary.
                                                            
The FEMALE NURSE at Cain's side begins to grow concerned
from the procedure. Things don't seem right.
                                                            
                       FEMALE NURSE
      (TO CAIN)
Dr. Cain, this child seems to be
abnormally large.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Everything is fine, nurse. Please
concentrate so we can remove this
child safely.
                                                            
                       MALE NURSE
Dr. Cain, we'll need to make a
bigger incision. The fetus is just
too big!
                                                            
The female nurse hands Cain the SCALPEL and he makes the
INCISION bigger. Mary's INTESTINES and STOMACH sit on a
platter next to Cain's surgical instruments.
                                                            
                       CAIN
This should do.
                                                            
Cain reaches his RIGHT HAND INTO THE INCISION AND BEGINS TO
PULL THE FETUS OUT. The

FEMALE NURSE'S

horrified expression makes it clear that she is witnessing a
monstrosity being brought into this world.
                                                            

4.

CAIN'S

reaction is almost the same. He continues to pull the fetus
out until it is fully delivered O.S.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (DISMAYED)
Mary, mother of God!
                                                            
MARY

looks up at her brand new bundle of joy with shock as her
dream turns in a nightmare. The newborn lets out an unhuman
WHALE (O.S.). It's petrified mother SCREAMS as she looks
with aghast at her own flesh and blood.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
SUPERIMPOSE: OCTOBER 29TH. 25 YEARS LATER
                                                            
 
INT. KATIE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
This manufactured home, among the many others in the area
surrounding, sits awkwardly next to the Hackett house. All
of the houses, except for the Hackett house, are covered in
a helter-skelter of Halloween decorations which consist of
orange and black streamers, rubber skeletons, and jack
o'lanterns. The early morning sun begins to rise, shinning
upon the glistening dew. Birds are CHIRPING in the trees
that have been stripped of their leaves in the cold, Autumn
weather. A CAR PULLS UP in front of the house.

ADAM, 20, steps out of the driver's seat. He is tall,
handsome, and alluring. The star quarterback/class president
type with a kind face and compassionate eyes. He walks over
to the passenger seat and opens the door for his girlfriend,
KATIE, 19. She is naturally pretty brunette with olive
features. Despite her darker features, she has very
sensitive eyes. She dresses with a bit of attitude, sporting
a tight black T-shirt and blue jeans. She has a tattoo of a
heart on her right hand and a star on her left, and a small
nose-piercing. She gets out and they exchange a passionate
kiss.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I had fun last night.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Me too. Do you work today?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Unfortunately. I get off at ten.
                                                            

5.

                       ADAM
I want to see you again tonight.
                                                            
They kiss again.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SMILING)
You will. See you at ten.
                                                            
Katie begins to walk up to her house as Adam gets into his
car.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Careful now!. Don't wake up your
parents.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I won't.
                                                            
Katie watches Adam drive off and looks into the direction of
the MAILBOX in front of the Hackett house which reads: M.E.
HACKETT. Katie hears a DOOR OPEN and looks towards the

HACKETT HOUSE

Mary Hackett, now 55, emerges from her house and places a
grinning JACK O'LANTERN onto the front porch. Mary looks up
at

KATIE.

The two stare into each other's eyes, studying each other.
Katie quickly scurries into her house as Mary sits down in
her rocking chair and begins knitting what looks to be a
very large sweater.

INT. HOUSE - FOYER (CONTINUOUS)

Katie walks in and is immediately met by her MOTHER and
FATHER. Her FATHER, 50, large build, gray hair, and a brute
face, stands at the foot of the stairs with his arms
crossed. Her MOTHER, 48, stands behind him. She is a
conservatively dressed housewife with a pretty, wrinkled
face and a hint of gray in her long, silky hair
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
Where have you been all night?
                                                            
                       KATIE
With Mitchie, dad. Just having a
girl's night, you know?
                                                            

6.

                       KATIE'S FATHER
And Adam just happened to drive
you home?
                                                            
                       KATIE
That wasn't Adam.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (YELLING; RAISING
       HIS FIST)
Don't fucking lie to me,
Katherine, or I swear!
                                                            
                       KATIE'S MOTHER
      (PLEADING)
John, please don't yell!
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (YELLING)
I can handle this, Debra!
                                                            
                       KATIE
Dad, I am 19 years old---
                                                            
Katie's father goes toe to toe with her, towering over her
by about six inches. He leans in on her.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (SARCASTICALLY)
Sorry, come again?! I can't hear
you. Speak up!
                                                            
Katie is hesitant to speak but her father will not back
away.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (FAINTER)
I am 19 years old. I'm adult and
can do whatever I want.
                                                            
Her vigorously grabs her arm and yells in her face.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (YELLING)
One thing you're forgetting, missy
is that I'm your father and you're
living in my house! You barely pay
me rent and you are never home. I
demand respect!
                                                            
Katie struggles to let loose but her father is too strong.
Her mother tries to intervene. She grabs her husband's arm
and tries to pull him away.
                                                            

7.

                       KATIE'S MOTHER
      (PLEADING)
John, stop! Let her go!
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (CONT'D.)
You are going to give your mother
and I that respect! You're not
going to continue to tear this
family apart.
                                                            
With the slight help of her mother's grip, Katie grabs her
father's hand and pulls it away. She immediate WALKS OUT THE
DOOR.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (SCREAMING)
Katherine, you come back here!
                                                            
Her father attempts to go after her, but her mother stalls
him.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S MOTHER
John, that's enough! Please don't
make a scene in front of our
neighbors!
                                                            
EXT. HOUSE (CONTINUOUS)
                                                            
Katie storms down her walkway with frustration and anger.
She stops at the end, kicks the mailbox, and plants her into
her face and begins to sob.

MARY approaches her from behind.
                                                            
                       MARY
Are you alright, dear? Is there
anything I can do?
                                                            
Katie turns to face Mary, almost surprised that the
seemingly introverted has spoken a word to her, much less
anyone else.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Oh... I'm fine, Mrs.---
                                                            
Mary, interuppting, extends her hand to shake.
                                                            
                       MARY
Miss Hackett. Mary Hackett. I've
never been married.
                                                            
They shake. Katie motions towards her MAILBOX.
                                                            

8.

                       KATIE
I'm Katherine McNeil. Call me
Katie.
                                                            
                       MARY
Pleased to meet you, my dear.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Who is E? E. Hackett?
                                                            
                       MARY
Oh, the 'E' stands for Eleanor. My
middle name.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Gotcha. Well, I gotta jett. It was
nice meeting you, Ms. Hackett.
                                                            
Katie pulls out her cell phone and begins to walk down the
street, dialing a number.
                                                            
                       MARY
It was a pleasure, Katherine.
                                                            
Katie, ignoring Mary, continues to walk down the street with
her cell phone to her ear.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE (V.O.)
      (GROGGY)
Katie? Why the hell are you
calling me so fucking early?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Can I come over, Mitchie?
                                                            
                       MITCHIE (V.O.)
What's wrong now?
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. MITCHIE'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Katie's best-friend, MICHELLE (A.K.A. MITCHIE), 19, is
petite, perky, blonde, and cute with a trendy style and an
attitude bigger than herself. She is definitely the Queen
Bee of a clique yet her outgoing personality keeps her from
having a specific, set group of friends. Her and Katie are
sitting on her bed, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer out
of the can.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
This is why we need to room
together. Get some really cool
little aparment somewhere more
            (MORE)

9.

                       MITCHIE (cont'd)
near downtown. It'd be great!
                                                            
                       KATIE
Mitchie, you know we could barely
afford our own place. Carpenter's
takes like forty-percent of our
checks and cuts our hours. I can
barely afford to give rent to my
dad.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Your fat ass, jerk-off, piece of
shit excuse for a dad charges you
like three-hundred bucks a month.
That's almost as much as one
month's rent on a one-bedroom
downtown.
                                                            
Katie laughs at Mitchie's jabs towards her father.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (CHUCKLES)
Yeah, I guess you're right.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
I AM right! I mean come on, I know
how you feel. Your dad's a huge
dick but it's still a drag living
with my mom and her stupid-ass
boyfriend.
                                                            
TUGGING at the doorknob and a KNOCK on the door.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE'S MOTHER (O.S.)
Michelle? Are you in there? I
smell smoke. Are you smoking?
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
No, mom. Katie is flat-ironing my
hair. So all your smelling is my
burning weave.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE'S MOTHER (O.S.)
Okay! Just making sure!
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (TO KATIE)
See what I told you?
                                                            

10.

                       KATIE
Well, I also wanted to use the
money I was making to go to
school.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Go to school for what?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I don't know. Something. I don't
want to spend the rest of my life
wearing a hair net, apron, and a
nametag that says: Katie - Service
Deli. Plus, being covered in
grease and raw chicken blood. It's
so god damn depressing, as well as
a huge cosmetic nightmare.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
You've got a point there. Well,
how about you marry Adam and you
won't have to worry about money.
He's head cashier at Carpenter's
and that means he makes bank.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I've only been dating Adam for
nine months. Definitely not
thinking about marriage.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
He's like the perfect guy for you.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yeah, I guess so.
                                                            
Katie doesn't sound so sincere.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. CARPENTER'S BIG BUY - SERVICE DELI - DAY
                                                            
The extravaggant service deli sits in the middle of the
enormous shopping center, crowded by thousands of customers,
pushing their carts through all of the crowded aisles. All
of the workers are wearing light blue polo shirts, and black
or beige khakis. Katie is helping a customer in front of
long line of other impatient customers alongside TIFFANY,
19, who could not possibly work any slower. Tiffany is a
world-class bitch. She it too stuck up for her own good, but
her long silky brown hair and striking features seems to
make it excusable to mostly the straight- male demographic.

11.


Katie's boss, DAVE MICHAELS, 50, stands in front of Katie on
the opposite end of the counter, writing his orders,
watching her every move to ensure she is following policy
and procedure. Katie hands her CUSTOMER a bag of sliced
lunch meat.
                                                            
                       CUSTOMER
No.
                                                            
The customer rudely grabs her meat and walks away.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Uh... thank you, come again.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Katherine, that's not what we say
to a customer when we're finished
assisting them. What do we say?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I know what we say, Dave. We say
"My pleasure", but how do I say
that when they don't say thank
you?
                                                            
                       DAVE
That doesn't matter, Katherine.
When we are finished helping a
customer, we say "It was my
pleasure. Thank you for shopping
at Carpenter's Big Buy Service
Deli. Have yourself a wonderful
day!" Now, repeat!
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (BEWILDERED)
Are you kidding me?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Repeat it!
                                                            
                       KATIE
It was my pleasure. Thank you for
shopping at Carpenter's Big Buy
Serive Deli. Have yourself a
wonderful day!
                                                            
                       DAVE
Good job! Now, go rod up some
rotiesserie chickens and put them
in the oven.
                                                            

12.

Annoyed, Katie turns around to find Tiffany behind her,
laughing at Katie's humiliation. Tiffany's cell phone BEEPS.
She immediately takes it out and begins texting.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm going to tell Dave you've been
sneaking in your phone.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Then, I'll tell Dave that I saw
you smoking pot last night at
Aidan's party.
                                                            
Katie doesn't respond. She continues with her work as
Tiffany continues texting.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. BACK STOCK ROOM

Tiffany's boyfriend STEVE, 23, stops the FORKLIFT carrying a
pallett of beer to reply to Tiffany's texts. He is tall and
reasonably good-looking yet has a very unwelcoming presence.
He sports a goatee and mohawk held together with some greasy
pomade. TREVOR, 21, walks in. He is a tall and thin punk
rocker, Sid Vicious wanna-be. His personality does not match
his style. He seems a little more meek than he would like
people to believe. He is a Person In Charge, so he is
wearing a light blue dress shirt and black khakis. His name
tag reads: TREVOR - 4TH IN CHARGE.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Excuse me, Steve. You are texting
on my time and you are handling a
dangerous piece of equipment. Give
me your phone!
                                                            
                       STEVE
Oh come on!
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Now! This is a new rule. I'm going
to start collecting everyone's
phones when they clock in. I'm
tired of catching people texting
on their phones while they are
working.
                                                            
Steve scowls at Trevor as he TOSSES his phone to him.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Thank you!
                                                            

13.

Adam walks in behind Trevor. His friend and Mitchie's
boyfriend, AIDAN, 19, follows. Aidan is tall, blonde,
muscular, and handsome. He has a great smile and aura to
match. He appears to be very friendly and happy.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
What's up guys?!
                                                            
Trevor holds his hand out to collect Aidan and Adam's
phones.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I'm collecting phones, gentleman.
                                                            
                       ADAM
What? Why?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Why not? Blame your friend, Steve,
over there.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Lame.
                                                            
Adam and Aidan hand over their phones to Trevor.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Thank you, gentelman. Your phones
will be returned to you promptly
at the end of your shifts.
                                                            
Trevor's girlfriend, ALEXIS, 19, runs up on him from behind
and jumps on his back. They kiss. Alexis is cute with an
attitude. Her hair is dyed black with green eye shadow, and
snake-bite piercings..
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Hey baby! I'm all done stocking
the display.
                                                            
They kiss again.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Great. Let's go to lunch.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Sounds great!
                                                            
The two lovebirds lock arms and go on their way.
                                                            
                       STEVE
      (TO ADAM AND AIDAN)
I wish pound that faggot's face
in. Just because his daddy owns
            (MORE)

14.

                       STEVE (cont'd)
the fucking store, he thinks he
can walk all over us.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Yeah right, Steve. You wouldn't
date lay a hand on Trevor
Carpenter.
                                                            
                       STEVE
      (YELLS)
Fuck off, Aidan!
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Anger problems!
                                                            
                       ADAM
Calm down, Steve. You can do
nothing about. He's your boss and
that's just the way it is. Just do
your job.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Whatever, Adam. You're his best
buddy. You get away with whatever
you want.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Let's just drop it. What's done is
done.
                                                            
                       ADAM
      (TO STEVE)
Yeah, we need to talk business.
                                                            
                       STEVE
What kind of business?
                                                            
                       ADAM
We need alcohol for tonight and
I'm sure your stash is out.
                                                            
                       STEVE
You ain't got shit to sell,
rookie.
                                                            
                       ADAM
I can pick up a bag for you from
Cody or Danny.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Ah, so Cheech and Chong finally
got the balls to sell.
                                                            

15.

                       AIDAN
More than you'll ever have.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Wrong! More than those two
combined. I'm the one who got them
fired for smoking dope on the
clock and didn't give a shit.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Which is why you need us to pick
it up for you, because they'll
turn you down flat.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Fine! Only because those faggots
are the only ones who sell decent
stuff in this shit-hole town.
                                                            
Steve hands Adam a few twenty-dollar bills.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Get me a half ounce. And if you
give it to me and it weighs any
less, I'll have your ass you
little fucking shit.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (TO STEVE)
Don't lose your head, Steve!
                                                            
Adam and Aidan exit. Steve continues his work on the
fork-lift.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI

Katie is slicing roast beef for a customer. She places the
meat in a bag, weighs it, tags it, and hands it to her
customer - MRS. HARGENSON, 55, a snobby, stuck-up older
woman, wearing expensive clothing and jewelry, and a
distinct smug look on her face as well.
                                                            
                       KATIE
There you are, Mrs. Hargenson. Is
there anything else I can get you?
Any cheese or salad?
                                                            
Mrs. Hargenson inspects her bag and hands it back to Katie
with displeasure.
                                                            

16.

                       HARGENSON
Young lady, these meat slices are
way to thick. I could break my
denchers trying to chew into this.
I want it sliced again and as thin
as possible. And please lay it
flat this time.
                                                            
Katie grabs the bag of meat, masking her frustrations with
Mrs. Hargenson with a smile.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yes, Mrs. Hargenson. I'm very
sorry for the inconvenience. I
will have the ready for you as
soon as possible.
                                                            
Katie grabs a chub of roast beef from the case, throwing
Mrs. Hargenson's rejected roast beef in the trash just as
Dave enters.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Katherine, what is that I just
saw?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Well, Mrs. Hargenson had touched
that bag of roast beef that I
sliced for her but she didn't want
it. I know it's a health code
violation if the customer's hands
have already touched it.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
      (TO DAVE)
Well, this young lady sliced my
meat way too thick and I was not
satisfied at all. She also has a
bad attitude as well.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Katherine, remember what I told
you? The customer pays our
paycheck. Every time a customer is
dissatisfied, we lose that
customer which means we lose
money.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I understand sir, but...
                                                            

17.

                       DAVE
      (INTERUPPTING
       KATIE)
No excuses, Katherine! Now, in
order to ensure our customers are
fully satisfied I need to make
sure my employee's are delivering
top quality service or
disciplinary action will be taken.
Now, please continue with Mrs.
Hargenson's order.
(TO HARGENSON)
I'm terribly sorry, Mrs.
Hargenson. We'll have that roast
beef ready for you in a few
moments.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
I would like to make sure this
will be free of charge due to the
inconvenience this has been for
me.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Of course, ma'am.
                                                            
Katie, frustrated, slowly and carefully cuts Mrs.
Hargenson's roast beef into perfect, quarter-inch slices.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CARPENTER'S PARKING LOT - NIGHT

Katie, Mitchie, and Aidan walk out the employee door,
exhausted yet relieved to be finished with their shifts.
Katie spots

ADAM

sitting on the hood of his black 1977 Dodge Charger like a
knight in shining armor on his noble steed. Katie's face
lights up like a Christmas tree. She walks towards him as
Mitchie and Aidan head in the opposite direction.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (TO KATIE)
We'll meet you guys there.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Okay, Mitchie!
                                                            

18.

                       ADAM
Hey there, beautiful. I've been
waiting for you. How was work?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Terrible. Worst day of my life.
The usual.
                                                            
Adam jumps off his car and wraps his arms around Katie.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Aw, sorry to hear that.
                                                            
They kiss.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Let's get outta here.
                                                            
They both get into the car and drive off as the big,
light-up CARPENTER'S BIG BUY sign on the roof of the store
SHUTS OFF.
                                                            
 
EXT. DEVIL'S POINT - NIGHT
                                                            
The abadoned, dilipidated spectral that was once was the
RIDGEMONT STATE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL sits near the edge of a
bluff, with a view facing Hamilton. The fire-damaged
building is hidden behind the remains of the skeletal trees
of the surrounding woods. The group of friends, which
includes Katie, Adam, Mitchie, , Trevor, and Alexis, sits
around a campfire set up in front of the building. Also in
the group is stoner friends, CODY and DANNY; both 20. Aidan
is not present.
                                                            
Cody and Danny look like they could be franternal twins.
They are both wearing plaid shirts, and skinny jeans. Cody
is wearing a backwards baseball cap atop is blonde, mop top
haircut. Danny is wearing a wool beanie over his wavy brown
hair. Both has a big of weed in their hannd. They are
loading a huge bowl into a giant bong.
                                                            
                       CODY
Are you all ready to hit this baby
bullshit or what?
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Hell yeah, man.
                                                            
                       DANNY
This is called, Rhino Crippler.
The name is pretty
self-explanatory.
                                                            

19.

                       KATIE
      (CHUCKLING)
You guys are ridiculous.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Come on, Katherine! I'm very
passionate about my weed and I
know how to market it. You need a
name for each weed to that is
catchy name like Ferrari or
Jaguar.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Don't call me Katherine.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (TO DANNY)
Now, Daniel, if you applied that
business ethic and passion into
pursuing an education and a stable
career, you'd be on top of the
world.
                                                            
                       DANNY
First off, don't call me Daniel.
Second, I'm volunteering for the
campaign to legalize marijuana in
the state of Ohio in the upcoming
elections.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Oh, really now?
                                                            
                       DANNY
Oh yes, my brother. Because ----
                                                            
A car pulls up as Danny rises to his feet, doing his best
"Braveheart" impression.
                                                            
                       DANNY
      (CONT'D.)
Aye, fight and I may die. Run, and
I'll live... at least a while. And
dying in my bed, many years from
now, would I be willin' to trade
ALL the days, from this day to
that, for one chance, just one
chance, to come back here and tell
our enemies that they may take our
lives, but they'll never take...
OUR FREEDOM!
                                                            

20.

Cody jumps to his feet and rips off his plaid shirt. Tiffany
and Steve emerge from the car with a six pack and join their
friends.
                                                            
                       CODY
      (YELLING)
This... is... SPARTA!!!
                                                            
They both flex their biceps and grit their teeth, letting
out a ferocious, aplha-male ROAR. The rest of the group
laughs at their goofy friends except for Tiffany and Steve.
Cody, still horsing around, carelessly tips the bong over
and spills the water all over Tiffany's shoes.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Would you watch it, moron! These
are brand new and they weren't
cheap.
                                                            
Cody picks up the bong as Tiffany pulls a tissue out of her
purse to wipe off her shoes.
                                                            
                       CODY
Sorry, Tiff.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
You better be. And you better keep
that disgusting pot smoke out of
my face.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Well, no one said you had to come
now, did they?
                                                            
Alexis takes a swig of her beer. Tiffany snarls at her.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Nobody was asking you, freak!
                                                            
Katie intervenes, changing the subject. Steve sits down with
a beer. Tiffany hops on his lap.
                                                            
                       KATIE
So, most of you guys lived here
your entire lives, right?
                                                            
A few say "Yes." The others nod their heads.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Why do they call this place
Devil's Point?
                                                            

21.

Everyone goes dead silent. Trevor takes a drag of his
cigarette and tosses it in the fire.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Oh yeah, I forgot. You're new
here. Well, can I ask you one
thing. Do you believe in Hell?
                                                            
Katie is confused by the relevance of the question.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What?
                                                            
                       STEVE
What are you smoking, Trevor?
                                                            
Trevor lights up another cigarette.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
American Spirit, Perique Blend. I
don't do drugs or drink for
professional and personal reasons,
Steve.
                                                            
                       STEVE
      (UNDER HIS BREATH)
Faggot.
                                                            
Trevor points to the abandoned hospital building behind
them.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
      (TO KATIE)
That building right there used to
be a children's hospital. It was
built in the 1920s. The patients
there were special needs children;
mental retards, children who were
deformed and brain-damaged. There
was an entire wing of children who
experienced mass pyschosis and
were prone to violent outburts so
they were all locked away.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What's so infamous about it?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Have you had the pleasure of
meeting Miss Mary Hackett yet?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yeah, I live next door to her!
                                                            

22.

                       DANNY
Holy shit, you live next to Scary
Mary?!
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yeah, I mean she's a little weird.
What's wrong with her?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
This is a nice little twist to our
story. Excellent. Anyway, Mary
Hackett's was married to John
Hackett for about twenty years
before he died tragically in a car
accident. During their entire
marriage, they were unable to have
children. All Mary Hackett wanted
in life was to have a child.
That's when she met Dr. Joseph
Cain.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Wait, isn't he the administrator
for the local hospital?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Yes! Dr. Cain's great-grandfather
was the one who built this place.
So, she meets him and he begins to
do some fertility tests on her.
Some of these tests were
scrutinous and embarassing, but
she kept trying. For over a year,
she was poked and prodded with
needles, injecting with hormones
and fertility drugs. Finally, she
became pregnant.
                                                            
                       KATIE
She has a child?
                                                            
A pregnant pause. Then---
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Mary was ecstatic. She finally
became what she always dreamed of
being: a mother. She found out
shortly after becoming pregnant,
that she was going to have a baby
boy; a son to be named, Erik. But
the pregnancy was difficult. The
child grew in her belly at an
abnormal rate. She carried it for
six months before it was born. The
            (MORE)

23.

                       TREVOR (cont'd)
delivery was tragic.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Did the baby die?
                                                            
                       STEVE
Depends who you ask.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What do you mean by that?
                                                            
                       STEVE
From what I heard, the baby died.
What Trevor is about to tell you
is just some bullshit urban
legend. Ms. Hackett is just some
hag who went crazy because her
husband died and she delivered a
stillborn. That's it. End of
story. Toss the legend of Erik
Hackett into the bag with Santa
Claus and the Easter Bunny.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO STEVE)
I want to hear it.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Thank you, Katie. Anyways, Erik
was delivered through cesarean
section. Dr. Cain was fully aware
of the complications and the birth
defects that were a result of the
fertility experiments he performed
on poor Ms. Hackett. What he
didn't expect was the monstrosity
he brought into this world. Erik
came out severely deformed. Some
say a nurse had a heart attack
from fright moment she laid eyes
on his hideous face. Now, contrary
to Steve's side of the story, Erik
survived but Dr. Cain didn't want
any word of this to get out. It
would destroy his career. He kept
Erik hidden and used him to keep
Mary quiet. All of the patients
and staff perished in a horrible
fire fifteen years ago. No one is
sure what exactly caused it. Some
say Mary Hackett started the fire
to break her son out. Others say
Dr. Cain did it to wipe his slate
            (MORE)

24.

                       TREVOR (cont'd)
clean, collect the insurance
money, and start over.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What happened to Erik?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I'm sorry to say this story does
not have a proper ending. Perhaps
Erik died in the fire. However, I
like to believe he is your next
door neighbor. His mother keeps
him hidden; protects him. They
live all alone together in that
house. Mary Hackett may have been
cursed with this monster she
created, but she finally got the
family she always wanted.
                                                            
                       STEVE
You are so full of shit!
                                                            
                       TREVOR
And you're ignorant, my friend.
                                                            
                       STEVE
If you were any more full of shit,
you'd be a German porn star's
mouth.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (DISGUSTED)
Ewww, what?
                                                            
                       STEVE
He has no proof this story is even
true. It's the same ghost story
that's been passed down by every
half-wit in this podunk town every
Halloween to scare, well, complete
fucking morons I guess.
                                                            
                       CODY
It sounds like a dope idea for a
movie.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (TO STEVE)
Steve, why don't you believe the
legend is true?
                                                            
Steve doesn't have an answer.
                                                            

25.

                       TREVOR
He doesn't have a reason to
believe the story isn't true. He's
the one who is full of shit.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Do you have a brain in that thick
skull of yours?! I've said this
once and I'll say it again ---
Erik Hackett does not exist!
                                                            
Suddenly, a DEFORMED MAN-CREATURE wearing bloody rags leaps
from the wilderness into the middle of the campfire circle,
wielding a BLOODY AXE, HOWLING with a ferocious RAGE. The
group of friends SCREAMS, leaping from their seats and run
away, including Steve who spills beer all over Tiffany as he
jumps up. Trevor walks up to the man-creature and removes
it's mask to REVEAL AIDAN UNDERNEATH. They begin to laugh,
giving each other high-fives over the successful of their
practical joke.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (LAUGHING)
Hey, come back you guys! It's just
me.
                                                            
Mitchie walks up and punches Aidan in the shoulder.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
You suck!
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (GRABBING MITCHIE)
I know I do.
                                                            
They kiss. Tiffany is pissed. She has beer all over.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (TO STEVE)
Now my expensive blouse is ruined.
Thanks a lot, Steve. Glad to see I
have such a brave boyfriend to
protect me.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I did protect. I shielded you from
a potential attack.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Yeah, sure you did. Pussy.
                                                            
Steve looks like he wants to sock Tiffany in the face but he
doesn't take action. The group sits back down.
                                                            

26.

                       TREVOR
      (SMILING)
Yo, Adam hand me a beer. I think I
deserve one for that grand finale.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Second act needs work.
                                                            
Adam tosses Trevor a beer.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO TREVOR)
So, do you really believe in the
legend of Erik Hackett?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
In this crazy, terrifying world we
live in, I believe anything is
possible. Do you believe in it?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm not entirely convinced. It
seems like one big Halloween prank
to me at this point.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I'm not asking you to believe me.
But don't completely dismiss what
I told you when you don't know for
sure.
                                                            
Katie doesn't respond.
                                                            
                                         FADE INTO:
                                                            
EXT. SAME (LATER)

Katie and Adam stroll hand-in-hand together through the
woods, not far from the campfire.
                                                            
                       ADAM
You've been kind of quiet tonight.
Is everything okay? Trevor didn't
get to you, did he? He's kind of
weird and always loves to tell
that story.
                                                            
                       KATIE
No, it's not that.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Well, then what is it? Something
is on your mind. I can tell.
                                                            

27.

Katie hesitates to answer for a few moments but gives in.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Simple answer is that I don't
really know anymore.
                                                            
                       ADAM
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I just feel stuck at this point in
my life. I'm almost 20. I dropped
out of college and moved to this
town with my mom and my asshole
dad. I have to work this crappy
job to pay off my school debt. I
just want something different. I
want something life-changing to
happen.
                                                            
                       ADAM
What about me though?
                                                            
                       KATIE
What about you?
                                                            
                       ADAM
If you're wanting to make some
changes in your life, will I be
included?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I imagine so.
                                                            
Adam stops Katie.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Well, wait a minute. You imagine
so.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Well of course I want you in my
life, Adam.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Look, Katie, I really like you.
We've been dating almost a year
and I think that's something
serious. I just don't want you to
feel pressured or anything by this
relationship. I want you to be
happy, whether or not it's with
me.
                                                            

28.

                       KATIE
I really like you too and I am
happy. At this point I don't know
what I would do without you.
                                                            
Adam puts his arm around her waist and pulls her to exchange
a passionate kiss.
                                                            
                       ADAM
I love you, Katie.
                                                            
They kiss again.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I love you too.
                                                            
EXT. KATIE'S HOUSE/ HACKETT HOUSE - HOURS LATER

Adam pulls up in front of Katie's house. Katie slowly and
queitly gets out of the car as not to wake her father. She
goes to the driver's side and gives Adam a kiss.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Have a good night, baby.
                                                            
                       ADAM
You too. Don't wake your dad!
                                                            
                       KATIE
I won't. I love you.
                                                            
                       ADAM
I love you too.
                                                            
Adam drives off as Katie walks up to her house. As she
tip-toes up her porch, she hears a NOISE. She walks to the
right side of the house to find The TRASH CANS by the
CELLARS of Mary's house have been TIPPED OVER.

Katie goes to investigate. She notices the PAD LOCK to the
cellar doors is UNLOCKED. She reaches to open it until
suddenlt, a BLACK CAT JUMPS FROM THE GARBAGE CAN ONTO KATIE,
letting out a screeching MEOW. She TRIPS over the garbage
can, making a ruckus. She scrambles to her feet, turns
around, and RUNS INTO HER DAD.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
      (ANGRY)
What the hell are you doing?!
Trying to wake the dead?!
                                                            
Furious, he grabs his daughter's arm and pulls her into the
house. At the same time, MARY EMERGES FROM THE CELLAR to

29.

investigate. She looks around to find nothing but the BLACK
CAT, eating from the garbage. Mary reaches her hand out and
signals the cat.
                                                            
                       MARY
Psst! Here kitty, kitty.
                                                            
The cat walks over to Mary. She grabs it, brings it down
into the cellar, and shuts door.
                                                            
INT. KATIE'S BEDROOM (CONTINUOUS)

Katie lies in her bed, wide awake. Suddenly, she begins to
hear a MUSIC BOX PLAYING from the basement of Mary's house.
Katie gets out of her bed and looks out the window.

KATIE'S P.O.V.

A candle softly illuminates the inside of the basement but
the ground-level windows are too grimey to see through.

BACK TO SCENE

Katie shuts her window and gets back into bed.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. HACKETT HOUSE - CELLAR (CONTINUOUS)

Mary lets the MEOWING cat go, free to roam the dark, damp
cellar. A single ceiling light illuminates the center of the
room, leaving the corners of the room in shallow, empty
DARKNESS.
                                                            
                       MARY
Good night, baby.
                                                            
Mary turns off the light. The rooms is enveloped by COMPLETE
BLACKNESS. The cat can still be heard MEOWING. Mary exits
through the cellar doors, closes and LOCKS them from the
outside. The cat's MEOWS are suddenly replaced with
SCREAMING and HISSING for a few briefs moments followed by
the sounds of SNAPPING and TEARING--- then silence.
                                                            
 
INT. CARPENTER'S BIG BUY- SERVICE DELI - DAY
                                                            
A THICK PIECE OF BLOODY MEAT is sliced off a chub of roast
beef sitting on a carriage of a meat & cheese slicer. Katie
is slicing meat for a customer.The ALARM on the FRYER
sounds. Katie continues to assist her customer while Tiffany
washing dishes and discreetly texting on her phone.
                                                            

30.

                       KATIE
      (TO TIFFANY)
Tiff, could you get that please?
I'm kind of busy at the moment.
                                                            
Tiffany SCUFFS, tossing the dish in her hand back into the
water in frustration.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
And you think I'm not?!
                                                            
Katie turns around, giving Tiffany a stern, annoyed glare.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Would you please just get the
fryer? I'm helping a customer.
                                                            
Tiffany pulls off her rubber dish gloves, throws to the
side, and begins to wash her hands--- EXTRA SLOW. Katie
notices this and tries to bite her tongue as the ALARM GETS
LOUDER. Katie bags her customer's meat, weighs and prices
it, and hands it to her--- an ELDERLY WOMAN.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO CUSTOMER)
There you go ma'am, anything else
for you?
                                                            
The customer cannot hear her, holding her hand to her ear.
The ROARING FAN in the vents above the fryers make
everything seem louder and more hectic.
                                                            
                       CUSTOMER
What was that, dear?
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (RAISING HER VOICE)
Is there anything else I can get
for you?
                                                            
The oblivious old customer grabs her bag of roast beef and
walks away without saying anything.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO HERSELF)
My fucking pleasure.
                                                            
Katie turns around, puts on a burn-resistant glove, pulls up
the basket full of fried chicken, and SHUTS OFF THE ALARM. A
little bit of fryer oil SPLASHES on Katie's arm. She
retreats, grabbing her arm in pain. She puts her arm under
the sink and TURNS ON the cold water. Tiffany gets in her
face.
                                                            

31.

                       TIFFANY
What the hell? You ask me to get
the fryer then get it yourself.
You're wasting my time.
                                                            
Katie scowls at her, but doesn't say anything. Frustrated,
she grabs a thermometer from a bucket of ice and STABS it
into the fried chicken. Katie turns around to see

MARY,

waiting patiently at the hot foods case.
                                                            
KATIE is hesitant, at first to see anything. Then---
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO MARY)
Someone will be with you in a
moment, Ms. Hackett?
                                                            
Mary acknowledges her but doesn't say anything.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO TIFFANY)
Could you get Ms. Hackett?
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Fuck no! I'm not helping Scary
Mary.
                                                            
Katie HUSHES her.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Quiet, she can hear you. I'll help
her then. You record the
temperature of the fried chicken.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Whatever.
                                                            
Tiffany, rolling her eyes, follows Katie's orders. Katie
briskly walks slowly over to Ms. Hackett.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Hello, Ms. Hackett. How are you
today?
                                                            
                       MARY
I'm fine, dear. How are you today?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm good. What can I get for you
today?
                                                            

32.

                       MARY
I noticed you're all out of fried
chicken. Are you making anymore by
any chance?
                                                            
                       KATIE
A fresh batch just came up out of
the fryer.
                                                            
                       MARY
Splendid! I need to get a 48
piece.
                                                            
                       KATIE
48 pieces?! Why do you need so
much?
                                                            
                       MARY
Why? Is there a problem?
                                                            
Mary's foreboding yet compassionate gaze creeps Katie out.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Uh--- no, there's no problem. I'll
get that for you right away.
                                                            
Katie walks away to gather Mary's order.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. MARY'S HOUSE - EVENING
                                                            
Mary pulls up in her driveway and grabs two bags of
groceries from her car. She walks to the side of the house,
unlocks the CELLAR DOORS, and puts the groceries at the top
steps. A giant, dirty gangle HAND reaches from the DARKNESS
and grabs the food. Mary closes the cellar doors and LOCKS
them.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT

Katie is sitting by Adam's car, smoking a cigarette, waiting
for him to get off. Her work uniform is covered in congealed
food and fryer oil. Her hair is a mess and her face is
greasy, but she still looks pretty. A HAND slowly comes at
her from behind and GRABS HER, startling her. Before she has
time to react, he plants a huge kiss on her. She pushes him
away.
                                                            

33.

                       KATIE
God damn it, Adam! You scared the
shit out of me.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Woah! Calm down, I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       KATIE
No, I'm sorry. I just had a long,
bad day.
                                                            
This time, she kisses him.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Do you want to come over?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I don't think so. My dad got mad
at me for being out so late last
night. So he's keeping me on
lock-down.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Are you serious?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yeah, it's ridiculous.
                                                            
Katie's cell phone RINGS.
                                                            
                       KATIE
That's probably him right now.
                                                            
Katie answers her phone.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (INTO PHONE)
Hi Dad!
(PAUSE)
Yeah, I just got off. Adam's
giving me a ride home.
(PAUSE)
Yes, dad, I know what time it is.
I'm going as fast as I can.
(PAUSE)
Okay, bye.
                                                            
Katie hangs up her phone.
                                                            
                       ADAM
So, what's up? What do you want to
do?
                                                            

34.

                       KATIE
Take me to my house. I have an
idea.
                                                            
They get into the car and drive away.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. KATIE'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Adam's car pulls up in front of the house. Katie gets out
and walks over to Adam's side.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Park your car around the corner
then climb up to my window. Be
quiet though.
                                                            
                       ADAM
I will.
                                                            
They kiss then he drives off. Katie walks into her---
                                                            
INT. HOUSE - FOYER (CONTINUOUS)
                                                            
She is met by her father at his usual stance with his arms
crossed.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
Next time you know you're going to
be late, you need to call me
before you get off.
                                                            
Katie walks passed him, up the stairs.
                                                            
                       KATIE
The manager takes away our cell
phones when we start our shifts
and doesn't give them back until
our shift has ended.
                                                            
                       KATIE'S FATHER
Well then, I'm going to start
waiting for you outside before you
get off so I can pick you up.
                                                            
Katie ignores him, walking into her---
                                                            
INT. BEDROOM (CONTINUOUS)
                                                            

35.

She closes her door and locks it. She opens her window and
Adam climbs in from the rose trellis. They don't say
anything to each other. A brief passionate stare; then they
begin making out and undressing each other.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. HACKETT HOUSE
                                                            
Cody and Danny, stoned of course, are strolling down the
street, munching on chips and drinking energy drinks.
                                                            
                       CODY
Dude, I am so fuckin' high right
now.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Me too, man. I'm lit.
                                                            
They both CHUCKLE. Danny downs his energy drink, crushes the
can, and throws it into Mary's yard. He notices the MAILBOX:
M.E. HACKETT.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Holy shit, that's right! This is
Scary Mary's house!
                                                            
                       CODY
Let's knock on the door and say hi
to the old hag.
                                                            
                       DANNY
How about we go say hi to Erik?
                                                            
                       CODY
Bro, Erik Hackett doesn't exist.
That's just a stupid urban legend.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Then let's go down into the
basement and prove you right.
                                                            
                       CODY
Are you serious?
                                                            
                       DANNY
Totally. I'm super baked but
totally serious. Remember when we
were younger and I dared you to go
down there, but you were too
chicken.
                                                            

36.

                       CODY
I'm not chicken.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Then, let's go! We can hot box the
basement, smoke old Erik out. My
dad's home anyway so have nowhere
else to go besides the park.
                                                            
                       CODY
Alright, let's do it.
                                                            
They walk to the side of the house to the

CELLAR DOORS.

The doors are locked with a padlock.
                                                            
                       CODY
How are we going to get through
that?
                                                            
Danny grabs the pair of GARDEN SHEARS sitting next to the
cellar doors.
                                                            
                       CODY
Those won't be strong enough to
cut that!
                                                            
Danny sticks the garden shears in between the door handles
and BREAKS THEM OFF.
                                                            
                       CODY
Oh nice, breaking and entering on
top of destruction of property.
We're off to a great start.
                                                            
Danny opens the doors.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Do you want some cheese with that
complaining? Be quiet and follow
me, you vagina.
                                                            
Cody and Danny walk down into the---

INT. BASEMENT (CONTINUOUS)

They can't see a thing. It is COMPLETELY PITCH BLACK dark
with the exception of the MOONLIGHT that is creeping through
the cellar doors and the small BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION in
the corner that is playing the 1925 Lon Chaney version of
"The Phantom of the Opera."
                                                            

37.

                       CODY
Dude, this place is already
starting to creep me out.
                                                            
                       DANNY
There has to be a light around
here somewhere.
                                                            
Danny goes to search for a light while Cody digs in his
pockets for a lighter.
                                                            
                       CODY
I'll get my lighter. Why do you
think there is a television down
here?
                                                            
                       DANNY
I'm not sure. Maybe because she
comes down here to blaze and watch
some sick ass movies.
                                                            
                       CODY
Yeah, that sounds about right.
                                                            
Cody steps on something that makes both a SQUISHING and
CRUNCHING sound. He finds his lighter.
                                                            
                       CODY
Ewww, what was that?
                                                            
                       DANNY
I found a light.
                                                            
Cody FLICKS the lighter, IGNITING THE FLAME, illuminating
the room in front of him and discovers he is stepping on
a---

PILE OF CAT AND DOG CORPSES!

Some have been freshly killed, ripped apart and eaten.
Others have been there for days and weeks, rotting into the
floor and covered in maggots.
                                                            
Cody is in aghast at the vomit-inducing sight in front of
him. A light TURNS ON, illuminating the room even more. Cody
turns around to face Danny and what he sees makes his jaw
drop in fright. Directly behind---

DANNY

stands ERIK! He is a tall, lumbering physique. He is wearing
bloody, tattered rags. His severe facial deformities are
hidden by long, black stringy hair with one calloused eye

38.

peeking out. Feeling a presence and judging from the look on
Cody's face, Danny jerks around to meet his fate. Erik grabs
his head and lifts him off his feet as Cody watches in sheer
horror.
                                                            
                       DANNY
Let go of me, you freak!
                                                            
Danny flails around, trying to hit Erik with the garden
shears in his hand. In one swift jerk, Erik SNAPS DANNY'S
NECK. The force is so strong that his SPINE RIPS THROUGH HIS
THROAT! One more TUG, and his HEAD IS TORN OFF. The garden
shears fall to the floor. Erik throws Danny's HEAD INTO THE
TELEVISION.
                                                            
                       CODY
      (SCREAMING)
Danny!
                                                            
Erik grabs the garden shears. Cody runs for the cellar
doors. Erik JAVELINS THE GARDEN SHEARS, impaling Cody. He
drops to the floor. Erik rips the garden shears out of his
back. Cody rolls over on his back; Erik towers over him. He
raises the garden shears high over his head. Cody SCREAMS
BLOODY MURDER as Erik brings the garden shears down on him,
stabbing them precisely into his eye sockets. He SNAPS the
shears shut, ripping through bone and cartilage. Cody's face
is completely mangled.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. KATIE'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Katie and Adam are cuddling, naked. The lights are off in
the room and they are slowly yet blissfully drifting off
into sleep.

OUT THE WINDOW

They are oblivious as Erik emerges from the cellar and
escapes into the night.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CONCERT HALL - LATE NIGHT
                                                            
An over-the-top, extremely theatrical gothic/punk rock band
is jamming out onstage to a rowdy group of rambunctious
headbangers and punk rockers in various Halloween costumes.
The band is dressed in leather, spikes, chains, and skull
t-shirts. All four them are wearing the white half-masks
from "The Phantom of the Opera." A huge banner with their
band's logo hangs over them reading: PHANTOM. The LEAD

39.

SINGER, with dark eye make-up and a tall black mohawk, is
screaming inaudible lyrics into the mic as the guitarists
showboat and tug at their guitar strings as they finish
their last song. The drummer puts in his last beats as the
crowd goes wild.
                                                            
                       SINGER
You fuckin' rock, Hamilton! It's
midnight. Do you know what that
means? HAPPY FUCKING HALLOWEEN!!!
                                                            
The crowd SCREAMS and CHANTS as the band exits stage left.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CONCERT HALL- BACK ALLEY- MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
The singer exits through the back door into an alley with a
blonde, inebriated female GROUPIE, 18. She is wearing a
leather jacket, fish net stockings and heels, and a short
leather skirt. She is wearing dark eye make-up and white
face make-up to make herself appear more ghoulish. She is
wasted; nearly tripping over her own feet. The two of them
begin making out against a wall.
                                                            
                       GROUPIE
I've been wanting this for so
long. I'm a big fan of yours.
                                                            
                       SINGER
I'm a big fan of yours too.
                                                            
They continue to make-out. He begins KISSING and LICKING her
cleavage. He pulls a BAGGIE OF COCAINE out of his back
pocket and lines a little on the salivated part of her left
breast and SNORTS IT.
                                                            
                       GROUPIE
      (GIGGLING)
You're a bad boy, aren't you?
                                                            
                       SINGER
You know it, baby.
                                                            
He reaches up her skirt and begins removing her panties. She
stops him.
                                                            
                       GROUPIE
Is there some place that we can go
to that is a little more
comfortable.
                                                            

40.

                       SINGER
Sure, baby. Anything for you. In
fact, our tour van is parked
behind this building. Let's go.
                                                            
As they turn to go behind the building, they run straight
into

ERIK.

He stands there menacingly, staring back; nearly a foot
taller than both of them.
                                                            
                       SINGER
Holy shit, bro. You scared me.
                                                            
No answer from Erik.
                                                            
                       SINGER
Hey, aren't you the lead guitarist
for Skull Crusher? You guys did a
great job tonight.
                                                            
Still no answer. The groupie is growing concerned and
creeped out. The singer's attitude turns sour.
                                                            
                       SINGER
I lied. You guys sucked. Now, get
out of my way.
                                                            
The singer makes an attempt to walk past Erik, but he stands
in the way.
                                                            
                       GROUPIE
I'm scared. Let's just go inside
and enjoy the after-party.
                                                            
                       SINGER
      (TO GROUPIE)
No, I'm not going to let this sack
of shit scare me.
      (TO ERIK)
Alright, listen here. You best be
getting out of my way or things
are going to get messy here in a
few seconds.
                                                            
Still, no response. The singer clenches his fist.
                                                            
                       SINGER
Alright, you asked for it!
                                                            

41.

The singer THROWS A PUNCH, but Erik intercepts. He grabs the
singer's fist, CRUSHING his palms and fingers. The singer
HOWLS in anguish; his hand has been reduced to a pulpy mess.
The groupie, SCREAMING, goes for the back exit door. It's
locked. She POUNDS ON IT, begging for help.

Erik grabs the singer by the throat and RIPS OUT HIS JUGULAR
. The singer's last, short breaths are drowned out by
GURGLING and CHOKING on his own blood. The singer falls to
the ground. Erik tosses the piece of flesh in his hand to
the side and charges towards the

GROUPIE.

He grabs her by the scruff of her neck like a cat. She tries
to fight back, hitting and screaming, but he overpowers her.
He lifts her off her feet and SMASHES HER SKULL AGAINST THE
DOOR; blood and brain matter SPLATTERS everywhere. He tosses
her to the side and walks back over to the

SINGER'S BODY.

Erik is enamored by the Phantom mask on his face. He removes
it and puts it on. A perfect fit! The singer is still barely
alive. GASPING for air, choking on his own blood. Erik
hovers over him, LIFTS HIS FOOT AND STOMPS ON HIS FACE,
caving in his skull.
                                                            
 
INT. KATIE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Katie wakes up and sees that Adam has left. On the pillow
next to her, he left a note with a HEART drawn in red
sharpie. Katie smiles; so cheap yet so endearing. She hears
a door SLAM SHUT outside. She looks out her window.

KATIE'S P.O.V.

Mary runs out of the house to her car in a noticeable panic.


BACK TO SCENE

Katie thinks nothing of it. Her cell phone RINGS. Answering
it---
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (INTO PHONE)
Hello?
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

42.

INT. SERVICE DELI (INTERCUT BETWEEN KATIE AND DAVE)
                                                            
It's Dave on the other end.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Katherine, this is Dave. I need
you to come in tonight to close.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What? Why?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Aaron called in. I need someone to
close with Tiffany.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I kind of had plans tonight.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Katherine, it's Halloween.
Everyone has plans tonight. Which
means we'll be having a lot of
customers today. You're only
scheduled 30 hours this week and
are technically on call. Now, when
the time comes to make the new
schedule, I'll know which people
want to work and those who don't,
and we'll see who will get more
hours over the other.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Okay, whatever, fine. I'll be
there at four.
                                                            
Katie hangs up the phone.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. HOSPITAL - CAIN'S OFFICE
                                                            
Cain, now with gray hair and thicker glasses, is sitting at
his desk, thumbing around various papers and files. MARY
STORMS THROUGH THE OFFICE DOORS, overcome with trepidation,
with Cain's female SECRETARY trailing behind her. Cain jumps
out of his seat.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (PANICKING)
Joseph, I need your help!
                                                            

43.

                       CAIN
      (TO SECRETARY)
It's fine, my dear. You can go
now.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
I'm so sorry, Dr. Cain, but she
was persistent in seeing you.
                                                            
The secretary quickly exits. Cain walks over to Mary,
consoling her, trying to sitting her down.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Mary, I need you to cool your jets
before you talk. Is something
wrong with Erik? Is he responding
negatively to the medication?
                                                            
                       MARY
He's escaped!
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (ALARMED)
What?! When?
                                                            
                       MARY
How should I know? Last night, I
suppose. If I knew when he was
escaping I would've stopped him,
you think?!
                                                            
                       CAIN
Calm down! This is a bad enough
situation. I don't need you
working yourself into a frenzy. We
have to find him. Not only is he
danger to the outside world, he's
in danger of it as well. He could
be captured or killed.
                                                            
                       MARY
I found the bodies of two young
men in my basement. They broke the
padlock on the cellar doors.
                                                            
                       CAIN
God damn it, Mary. GOD DAMN IT!
                                                            
                       MARY
You're not blaming this on me, are
you?
                                                            

44.

                       CAIN
Why not? Not the first time this
happened.
                                                            
                       MARY
Last time was a completely
different circumstance. I was
unaware of the imminent dangers
that were possible if I hadn't
kept him locked up.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Well, this time you did, and now
look what happened. Two people are
dead and Erik is still on the
loose. I let you keep him with the
promise that you made sure your
precautions were sufficient. But
you were sloppy.
                                                            
                       MARY
This is all your fault. You were
the one who shot me up with all of
those medications and experimental
drugs throughout my pregnancy, and
have been doing the same to him
since he was born. You should
expect the consequences to be
disastrous at some point. He's
just become more violent and
aggressive. I've been trying my
hardest to keep it under control.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Well, you failed. Now, you're
going to help me find him.
                                                            
                       MARY
I assumed I was.
                                                            
Cain grabs his coat.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Erik is not dumb. He' ll know to
keep hidden in the daytime. He
probably anywhere near the inner
city. He's more than likely to be
somewhere in the residential area.
From a primordial perspective,
he's an animal in the wilderness
looking for food and shelter.
                                                            

45.

                       MARY
What about those bodies in my
basement? What are we going to do
about that?
                                                            
                       CAIN
We'll quickly dispose of them
before we start looking. Let's go.
                                                            
Mary and Cain exit.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CARPENTER'S- SERVICE DELI- LATER
                                                            
Katie scurries into the deli, quickly putting her apron on.
She is immediately met by Dave.
                                                            
                       DAVE
      (TO KATIE)
You're late, Katherine.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm sorry, David. My car broke
down on the way here. I had to
walk the rest of the way.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Don't call me, David. I need you
to fill up the meat and cheese
case right away.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yes sir.
                                                            
Katie goes to wash her hands and start her shift.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. SAME- CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK- LATER
                                                            
Mitchie is assisting Mrs. Hargenson who is trying to return
a couple of simulated fog machines. They are in the middle
of an argument.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
I've said it once, I'll say it
again just in case you didn't hear
me. You do not have your receipt
so I cannot let you exchange this
item.
                                                            

46.

                       HARGENSON
I need these fog machines for the
annual haunted house at the church
tonight. It's a huge attraction
every year for our town.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
I'm quite aware of that, Mrs.
Hargenson. I went to them every
year. As did my mother and her
mother before her.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
      (RAISING HER VOICE)
Now, you listen to me young lady.
I've been a loyal customer here
for many years. I'm sure I spend
enough here in one day than you
make in one week---
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Don't get loud with me, ma'am. I
reserve the right to refuse
service to any customer that
warrants me not serving there
rich, stuck-up a--
                                                            
Before Mitchie can finish her sentence, her balding, avergae
Joe manager, MIKE, 45, intervenes.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Okay, enough that now. Mitchie,
you can go on your first break.
                                                            
Mitchie, scowling at Mrs. Hargenson, walks away from the
desk and let's Mike deal with Mrs. Hargenson.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI- MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Katie is dishing up some macaroni for Mitchie.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
It just pisses me off how we bend
rules or excuse complete rudeness
around here for some bitch who has
money and the fact she's a
customer in general. The customer
is not always right.
                                                            

47.

                       KATIE
Maybe you should keep it down
before a customer hears you and
files a complaint.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
In that case, I'll make sure
everyone hears me say that anyone
who would make the effort to file
a complaint for that, then they
need to get a life!
                                                            
Katie stops just short of a laugh. Mitchie chuckles along
with her. Katie notices Mrs. Hargenson is walking up to the
deli.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Oh shit!
                                                            
Mitchie sees her.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Fuck! Later!
                                                            
Mitchie grabs her food and scurries away just as Mrs.
Hargenson walks up to Katie.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Hello, Mrs. Hargenson. How are you
today?
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
Fine. I need to order some party
platters. I need two sandwich
platters, meat & cheese, a large
fruit, and a large vegetable. I'm
having an annual haunted house at
the church tonight.
                                                            
                       KATIE
So, when will you need these
platters?
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
Right away, of course. Why, are we
going to have another problem
today?
                                                            
Katie has nothing to say to this unreasonable demand
except---
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yes, ma'am. Right away.
                                                            

48.

                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. HACKETT HOUSE - BASEMENT - LATER
                                                            
Mary and Cain are covered in blood as they wrapping Cody and
Danny's bodies in large floor rugs.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Alright, this should do. Help me
pick this one up.
                                                            
Mary grabs Danny's feet as Cain grabs his shoulders. They
lift him and slowly begin to bring him

OUTSIDE

across the front lawn towards Cain's car in the driveway.
Blood is getting all over their hands and clothes.
                                                            
                       MARY
Joseph, this rug is making it
heavy. And the blood is making
everything slippery.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I'm aware, Mary. Just keep going,
we're almost there.
                                                            
Just as they reach Cain's car, his fingers slip on the blood
and he loses grip of his side. This causes Mary to lose her
grip too. She falls, dropping Danny's body. The rug unravels
and DANNY'S HEAD ROLLS across the lawn onto the sidewalk. At
that exact moment, a female JOGGER with her dog are passing
by. The jogger inspects the head.
                                                            
                       JOGGER
Wow, that looks so real! Great job
you two. You're Halloween
decorations are going to look
great.
                                                            
The dog sniffs the head. He is STARTLED, WIMPERING away with
his owner. Mary and Cain have a sigh of relief. Close call.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI - LATER
                                                            
Katie is cashing out Mrs. Hargenson for her platters as well
as the rest of her groceries. She grabs her bags and puts
them in her cart with Mrs. Hargenson hovering over her
shoulder the entire time.
                                                            

49.

                       HARGENSON
Now, don't smoosh them all
together.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm trying to be careful, Mrs.
Hargenson.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
      (SNARLING)
Well, you need to try harder!
                                                            
Katie, frustrated, looks like she is about to have a
meltdown. Adam walks up. Salvation. Katie is joyful and
surprised to see him.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I thought you were off today.
                                                            
                       ADAM
I switched with Jason so he could
have tonight off and so I could
see you.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Awww...
                                                            
They go in for a kiss, but Dave interrupts.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Alright, you two. Break it up and
get back to work.
                                                            
                       ADAM
      (TO KATIE)
Talk to you later?
                                                            
                       KATIE
Yeah.
                                                            
Adam sneaks a quick peck on the cheek and scurries off.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CAIN'S CAR/EXT. MAIN STREET
                                                            
Cain's car makes it way down Main Street with Mary in the
front seat. Main Street consists of mostly restaurants,
mini-marts, porn shops, a couple of motels, and grocery
stores - the more industrialized part of Hamilton.
Carpenter's sits at the end of the street - the biggest
building out of all of them. It's late afternoon and
starting to get dark. They approach the

50.


CONCERT HALL.

Police cars, news reporters, and an EMS vans surround the
building. Cain pulls over to see what is going on. He knows
this situation most likely involves Erik. Cain gets out of
the car. Mary goes to unbuckle her seat belt but Cain halts
her.
                                                            
                       CAIN
No, you stay here!
                                                            
Mary does as she is told. Cain walks up to the young POLICE
OFFICER on the outside of the yellow tape perimeter who is
keeping onlookers at bay of the crime scene.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (TO OFFICER)
Excuse me, officer?
                                                            
                       OFFICER
I'm going to have to ask you to
stay back, sir.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I understand. I would just like to
know what is going on.
                                                            
                       OFFICER
That is not public information,
sir.
                                                            
A nearby female NEWS REPORTER spills the beans on camera.
                                                            
                       REPORTER
      (INTO CAMERA)
Early this Halloween morning,the
lead singer of the indie rock
group, Phantom and a local
Hamilton teenager were found
brutally murdered here behind the
Crown Room a few miles from
downtown Hamilton---
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (TO OFFICER)
Well, I guess that's all I needed
to know.
                                                            
Cain gets into his

INT. CAR

51.


He drives away.
                                                            
                       MARY
What happened?
                                                            
                       CAIN
They found two bodies.
                                                            
                       MARY
That means he's around here. He's
probably hiding in the back alleys
or something.
                                                            
                       CAIN
More than likely.
                                                            
                       MARY
Than, we need to go find him
before the police do!
                                                            
                       CAIN
We're going to go my house and get
my other car. I can't be driving
around town with two dead bodies
in my trunk.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CARPENTER'S- PARKING LOT
                                                            
The sun sets in the distance; it is almost completely dark.
Mrs. Hargenson is walking to the car with Adrian pushing her
grocery cart. Mrs. Hargenson opens her trunk and begins
unloading her groceries.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
Now, don't go and scratch my car.
I just got a new paint job. And
put the platters and the sheet
cake in the back seat. I don't
want them to get ruined.
                                                            
Adrian is cool. He doesn't let her get to him. He finishes
unloading her groceries.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
There you go, Mrs. Hargenson.
You're all set.
                                                            
                       HARGENSON
I hope you're not expecting a tip
or anything. It's not like you
don't get paid by the hour. Hard,
            (MORE)

52.

                       HARGENSON (cont'd)
honest work does a young man good.
                                                            
Aidan doesn't respond. He rolls his eyes and walks as Mrs.
Hargenson gets into her

INT. CAR

She pulls out a pocket mirror, and begins fixing her hair
and make-up. From the

DRIVER'S SIDE WINDOW

She does not notice ERIK SLOWLY APPROACHING, WIELDING AN
AXE. As she finishes applying her make-up, Erik reaches the
car and SWINGS THE AXE, BREAKING THE DRIVER'S SIDE WINDOW.
The axe blade HITS HER IN THE MOUTH, BISECTING HER HEAD.
Erik opens the back doors and begins tearing through the
platters, stuffing sandwiches and cake into his mouth.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CAR/RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD
                                                            
Mary and Cain drive through a residential neighborhood, not
speaking a word to each other. Cain is keeping his eye on
the road while Mary gazes out the window.

The streets are flooded with parents taking their young
children out trick or treating. Adolescents toss toilet
paper into the trees. Decorative Halloween lights and jack
o'lanterns illuminate what would normally be a dark and
quiet crisp fall night. Mary spots a

WOMAN AND HER TWIN BOYS.

The young mother is walking hand-in-hand with her five year
old twin boys; one dressed like a clown, the other like a
vampire.

MARY

is entralled by this precious sight.
                                                            
INT. CAIN'S HOUSE- LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Cain and Mary enter.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Sit down for a moment. I'll be
right back. I need to get the keys
for the other car.
                                                            

53.

Cain walks into his

INT. OFFICE

His office is stuffy, dim, and cramped mostly due to the
numerous file cabinets sitting around the room. His
doctorate from the Miskatonic University of Medical Science
sits proudly on the wall above his desk next to his
bachelor's and master's. He opens the drawer to his desk and
grabs a set of keys as well as a TRANQUILIZER GUN and .357
MAGNUM REVOLVER.
                                                            
INT. LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Mary is sitting on a recliner in the living room, looking
around at various things; medical books, pictures of Cain in
his younger years. She happens upon a DOOR secured with a
PADLOCK. She goes to grab the PADLOCK when a

HAND,

Cain's hand, grabs her wrist, face red.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (YELLING)
What do you think you're doing?
                                                            
Mary, furious, pulls away from Cain and storms out the front
door, SLAMMING IT SHUT.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. CARPENTER'S - LOADING DOCKS
                                                            
Mike opens the back door and props it open with a HUGE
BOULDER. He walks over to a

SMOKING LOUNGE AREA

He sits down. He grabs a prescription Xanax bottle, pops a
few pills, then LIGHTS A JOINT. He takes a nice long drag,
then exhales with a RELIEVING SIGH.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (FAINT; TO HIMSELF)
Fuck, I need a new job.
                                                            
THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT!

MIKE

turns around. He sees THE BOULDER HAS BEEN MOVED.
                                                            

54.

                       MIKE
What the fuck?!
                                                            
Mike puts his joint out and goes to investigate. HE TUGS ON
THE DOOR. It's locked. He KNOCKS ON IT.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Alright, you got me Dave. Now open
up.
                                                            
No answer. He POUNDS on the door again.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm giving you to the count of
three. Then, if I have to walk to
the front entrance to get back in
I will kill you.
                                                            
Still no response.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Alright! That does it. One, two---
                                                            
Before he reaches "Three," the door BURSTS OPEN, HTTING HIM
IN THE HOSE. Erik LUNGES FOR MIKE. He grabs him. They
struggle for a moment, but Erik eventually gets him on the
ground with HIS HEAD BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE FRAME. Erik
grabs the door and SLAMS IT SHUT ON MIKE'S HEAD. His skull
CRACKS OPEN, BLOOD AND BRAIN MATTER ERUPTS ALL OVER THE
GROUND. Erik marvels over his messy work. Then SLAMS THE
DOOR again for good measure.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. BACK ALLEY
                                                            
Mary and Cain are searching behind the buildings on Main
Street. It's dark. Cain has a FLASHLIGHT to guide their way,
SHINING it on empty corners and areas enveloped in darkness.
                                                            
                       MARY
Perhaps we should call him?
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (SARCASTICALLY)
Oh, great idea. Do you have a
specific call for him?
                                                            
                       MARY
No, but I'm his mother. He knows
my voice. I know he'll come to me.
                                                            

55.

                       CAIN
Let's not attract attention to
ourselves. I'm sure he will come
to you. It's just a matter of
finding him. I know he's in the
area. He's just hiding out
somewhere.
                                                            
Suddenly, they hear WHALING in the distance.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Do you hear that?
                                                            
                       MARY
What is that?
                                                            
The whaling is coming from behind a

DUMPSTER

behind a building, about a hundred feet ahead.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (CALLING OUT)
Erik!
                                                            
THE WHALER STOPS! Mary and Cain slowly approach the dumpster
when suddenly

A FIGURE JUMPS OUT AT THEM!

Mary SCREAMS in fright. Cain, reacts, SHOOTING THE
TRANQUILIZER GUN AT THE FIGURE. They discover that it's just
a

HOBO

The tranquilizer dart goes into his neck. He drops to the
ground, unconscious. Mary goes to his aid.
                                                            
                       MARY
Is he dead?
                                                            
                       CAIN
No, but he'll be out for awhile.
There was enough tranquilizer in
their to knock an elephant on it's
ass.
                                                            
                       MARY
Were you going to use that on
Erik?
                                                            

56.

                       CAIN
If it was completely necessary.
                                                            
Mary jumps up and shoves Cain in anger.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (SCREAMING)
You're a monster! How could you?!
                                                            
Cain grabs Mary's arm, turns her around, and SHINES HIS
FLASHLIGHT ON THE

BODY OF ANOTHER HOBO.

His body is lying next to the dumpster, the other hobo lying
at his feet. His EYES HAVE BEEN GOUGED OUT!
                                                            
                       CAIN
No, Mary, that's the work of a
monster! We need to find him.
                                                            
They continue, leaving the unconscious hobo behind.
                                                            
 
EXT. CARPENTER'S - NIGHT
                                                            
The CARPENTER'S BIG BUY SIGN SHUTS OFF. In the distance,
CHURCH BELLS RING TEN TIMES to signify the time. The parking
lot is empty. The store is dead.
                                                            
INT. BREAK ROOM
                                                            
Aidan and Trevor are sitting in on the couch.

INSERT: TELEVISION

The original HALLOWEEN is playing; Jamie Lee Curtis is
trapped in the closet as Michael Myers smashes his way
through to get to her.

Trevor is engrossed in the movie.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
This is cinema at it's best.
                                                            
Aidan is playing with his iPhone.

INSERT: I-PHONE SCREEN

Trevor is playing a game: Would You Survive A Slasher Film?
                                                            

57.

                       AIDAN
Next question: you've knocked the
killer unconscious but he is not
dead. The only weapon you have in
your hand is a hammer. Do you:
unleash the darkness inside you
and bash in his skull, take off
his mask to reveal his identity
and solve the mystery, or drop the
hammer and run for help?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Unleash my darkness, bash in his
skull then take off his mask. But
according to the formula of a
slasher film, I would probably be
killed.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
What makes you say that?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
A typical, by-the-numbers slasher
film usually has a virtuous female
lead who is the sole survivor.
Everyone else is expendable.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
I'm sorry but who is virtuous
nowadays? Is there such thing as
moral excellence in anyone? Most
of our subconscious thoughts alone
will send us to Hell if there is
one.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
The fundamentals of normative
ethics are subjective, and moral
excellence is arguably
non-existent. If you drink a beer,
smoke pot, or have sex in horror
film, than you die says the
"Scream" films. That's just
unrealistic. According to that
scenario, the sole survivor of a
slasher film would have to be
Amish, Muslim, or incredibly lame.
Bottom line, the only way someone
will survive any sort of obstacle
in life is using your head.
                                                            

58.

                       AIDAN
      (JOKINGLY)
Uh-oh! In that case, we're all
doomed!
                                                            
                       TREVOR
      (LAUGHS)
Maybe you are.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
In an unorthodox slasher film, why
wouldn't I survive? I'm athletic
and I'm smart. I've been accepted
to Reed. I'm a stand-up guy. I
would at least be the special case
where the final girl's love
interest makes it to the end.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
A college degree doesn't mean
you're smart. Just means you're
educated.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
What's the difference?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I've met some of the dumbest,
educated people in the world. My
dad is a surgeon yet he would
panic and get himself killed if he
was in a "Friday the 13th" movie.
You need to think logically and
realistically, and you need to
have street smarts as well.
Survival of the fittest, dude.
You'd be surprised how many people
don't posess those qualities,
especially in this day and age.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Okay, in the event that a psycho
slasher begins picking us off one
by one, I'll bet the social
security money that my dear family
will recieve in the event of my
possible, untimely demise that
you'll be killed before me.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
It's on, bro.
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI
                                                            

59.

Katie is wiping down the meat slicer while Tiffany slowly
attempts to scrub a pan. Her PHONE VIBRATES. She grabs it
and checks her text.

INSERT - PHONE SCREEN

The TEXT MESSAGE from Steve reads: Meet me in the bathroom.
                                                            
BACK TO TIFFANY

She removes her dish clothes and throws them to the side.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
I'm taking my last break now. Then
you can take yours.
                                                            
She is about to leave but---
                                                            
                       KATIE
Tif, we're behind. It'd be better
for us to skip our last breaks so
we can get out of here soon.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
I am allowed two breaks over the
course of working an eight hour
shift so I'm going to exercise my
right to take a break and do so.
                                                            
Tiffany turns around and walks out of the deli.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Fuckin' lazy bitch.
                                                            
INT. GROCERY AISLE
                                                            
Alexis grabs her BOX CUTTER and cuts open a box full of
cereal and begins stocking the shelves. From behind, a

HAND

reaches out and GRABS HER, PUSHING HER AGAINST THE SHELVES,
KISSING HER. It's just Trevor. She pushes him away.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Pig.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Is that any way to speak to your
mananger?
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
You're just a fourth in charge.
                                                            

60.

Trevor grabs her and kisses her again, this time more
gentle.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Come with me.
                                                            
Alexis puts the BOX CUTTER ON THE BOX and walks with Trevor
to

BACK STOCK ROOM.

He opens up a file cabinent and pulls out PLANE TICKETS.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Bless the supernaturals! Are
those---
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Tickets! They're just coach but by
this time next month we will be in
Europe, Frankfurt, Nuremberg. Then
we'll rent a car, and drive to
Milan and Venice.
                                                            
Alexis is ecstatic.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Trevor, this is so amazing! How
are you able to afford this?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Don't worry, I have everything
taken care of.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
I love you.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I love you too, baby.
                                                            
They kiss again.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Now, get your sweet little self
back to work so we can go home.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
Will do, sir.
                                                            
They part ways.
                                                            
INT. GROCERY AISLE


61.

Alexis returns to her aisle to discover ALL THE CEREAL BOXES
HAVE BEEN SLASHED OPEN; cereal pouring all over the floor.
                                                            
                       ALEXIS
What the hell!
                                                            
She also notices her BOX CUTTER IS MISSING. It is now in the
hands of

ERIK

He grabs Alexis and SLASHES HER THROAT with the box cutter.
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI
                                                            
Katie is at the sink, washing the slicer blade and putting
it on the dry rack by the sink. Mitchie enters.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Hey, you have time for a break.
                                                            
                       KATIE
No, I really need to get this
place looking spotless or Dave
will have my ass. Tiffany is being
slow. Besides, she's on her break
anyway.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Oh, come on. You can take a quick
ten minute break. I've got a treat
for both of us.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Alright, fine.
                                                            
INT. BATHROOM STALL
                                                            
Steve and Tiffany are having sex in the bathroom stall. It's
cramped so it's hard for both of them to stay in position.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Are you able to lift me up? It's
kind of hard to stand.
                                                            
There's too much blood rushing from Steve's brain to allow
him to process a thought.
                                                            
                       STEVE
I don't know I can try.
                                                            
He tries to lift her but he fails.
                                                            

62.

                       STEVE
I can't. You're too heavy.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
No, you're just too weak.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Babe, this is working for me. I'm
about two minutes away from
coming. Can't I just finish?
                                                            
Tiffany removes herself from him.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Not if I can't get off.
                                                            
Tiffany storms out.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Oh come on, Tiff! You're killing
me here.
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
Tiffany returns to the empty deli to find an angry Dave
waiting for her and Katie.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Excuse me, young lady. Where have
you been? Where is Katherine?
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Oh, I was just using the bathroom.
Katie was here when I left.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Well, I'm going to go find her and
bring her back. You finish up
those dishes and rod up some
rotisserie chickens for the prep
cook tomorrow.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Yes sir.
                                                            
Dave exits.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (TO HERSELF)
Busted.
                                                            
INT. BREAKROOM
                                                            

63.

Mitchie and Katie are sitting in front of the

TELEVISION,

watching the original FRIDAY THE 13TH; a young girl is being
pursued through the woods by a psychotic prowler.

Mitchie fires up a JOINT.
                                                            
                       KATIE
What the hell are you doing?
You're going to get us in trouble.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
No we're not. Most of the closing
crew is high when they come to
work. Mike the home manager blows
tree on his breaks.
                                                            
Mitchie takes a drag then hands it to Katie. She is
hesitant.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Come on.
                                                            
Katie takes the joint and takes a drag just as

DAVE WALKS IN!

Katie and Mitchie jump up, trying to put the joint out.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Well, lookie what we have here!
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (PANICKED)
Mr. Michaels, I'm so sorry!
                                                            
                       DAVE
Mr. Michaels, huh? Well,
Katherine, now you decide to be
respectful towards me. You're
fired.
                                                            
Tears begin to swell up in Katie's eyes.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Dave, no, please. I need this job!
                                                            

64.

                       MITCHIE
      (TO DAVE)
Come on, Dave. It's just a doober.
We'll smoke you out if you don't
tell.
                                                            
                       DAVE
      (TO MITCHIE)
You best keep your mouth shut,
young lady. You're in a whole mess
of trouble yourself once I tell
Mike.
      (TO KATIE)
Now, Katherine I'm going to call
Trevor to see that you're promptly
removed from the premises.
                                                            
Dave exits, SLAMMING THE DOOR. Katie WEEPS.
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI - COOLER
                                                            
Tiffany is in the cooler, IMPALING ROTISSERIE CHICKENs on
LARGE, STEEL RODS that are propped up on a small cart on
wheels. As Tiffany SHOVES a chicken down onto the steel rod,
blood and bits of chicken flesh SPURT ON HER FACE. She is
disgusted by this task.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (TO HERSELF)
Gross!
                                                            
She hears FOOTSTEPS; someone entering the deli.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (CALLING OUT)
Dave, I rodded up about thirty.
Will that be enough?
                                                            
No answer.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Dave?
                                                            
THE COOLER DOOR SLAMS SHUT, startling Tiffany.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
What the hell are you doing?
                                                            
Tiffany pushes on the door. IT WON'T BUDGE.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
God damn it, Steve. Let go of the
handle and let me out.
                                                            

65.

She continues to push, but it won't budge. SHE POUNDS ON THE
DOOR.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Steve, if you're trying to
compensate premature ejaculating
for pulling practical jokes than
you're more immature than I
thought.
                                                            
The door OPENS A CRACK. Tiffany peeks out.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
Hello?
                                                            
Suddenly,

ERIK

pulls the door wide open, cornering Tiffany. She SCREAMS.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (SCREAMING)
Who are you?!
                                                            
Erik is wielding a LARGE BUTCHER KNIFE. Tiffany grabs a
STEEL ROD to defend herself.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (SCREAMING)
Stay away from me!
                                                            
Erik RAISES HIS KNIFE to strike. Tiffany SWINGS, hitting the
knife OUT OF HIS HAND.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (SCREAMING)
Somebody HELP ME!
                                                            
She SWINGS AGAIN. She misses; Erik grabs the rod and tosses
it to the side. He LUNGES for Tiffany.
                                                            
                       TIFFANY
      (SCREAMING)
NOOOOOO!!!
                                                            
Erik GRABS HER and LIFTS HER OVER HIS HEAD. Tiffany
struggles, KICKING, PUNCHING, and SCREAMING. He hovers her
over a LONE STEEL ROD AND THROWS HER DOWN ON IT, IMPALING
HER THROUGH THE STOMACH. BLOOD SPLATTERS EVERYWHERE as
Tiffany's lifelss body slides down the rod.
                                                            
INT. BACK STOCK-ROOM
                                                            

66.

Trevor, Aidan, and Steve are in the back stock-room.
Aidan is operating the fork-lift, loading bales of groceries
onto the stock shelves while Steve stands around,
bullshitting with him. Trevor, clipboard and pen in hand, is
taking inventory on back-stock.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (TO TREVOR)
Dude, I say you dump her. That
girl is so stuck up.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Bro, have you seen how hot she is?
                                                            
                       AIDAN
She is hot, but there are other
hot chicks in this town that
aren't uptight bitches.
                                                            
                       STEVE
You don't understand. This girl is
so tight and her pussy tastes
sweet. Like pineapples or
something.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
Okay, dump her and then take out a
personal ad. Single white male,
twenty-three, seeks attractive fit
female between the ages of
eighteen and thirty with no
children, and a steady diet of
pineapples.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Personal ad? Is that how you met
Mitchie?
                                                            
                       AIDAN
That's how I met your mom.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Dude, you need someone to start
writing your material for you.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Guys, stop talking about how tight
Steve's mom is and get back to
work.
                                                            
Steve scowls at Aidan.
                                                            

67.

                       STEVE
      (TO TREVOR)
That's not what we were talking
about. Howsabout you open your
ears?
                                                            
Trevor stands firm to his feet.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
How about you watch your tone?
                                                            
                       STEVE
Or what?
                                                            
Trevor and Steve are on the verge of a stand off until

DAVE ENTERS.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Trevor, I need you to go down to
the break room and collect Miss
McNeil's employee card and escort
her out promptly.
                                                            
Trevor is confounded by Dave's requests.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Why? What's wrong?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Just do as I say.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Yes, sir.
                                                            
Trevor and Dave exit.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Good, perfect opportunity to see
what's up with Tiffany. She isn't
answering my texts.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
How were you and her able to skip
a phone check with Dave?
                                                            
                       STEVE
I have my secrets.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
What? Do you blow him?
                                                            

68.

                       STEVE
You're fucking sick, queer. I just
give him an old phone. I'll be
right back.
                                                            
Steve exits.
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (TO HIMSELF)
Funny how you think I'm not going
to tell him.
                                                            
INT. CASH REGISTERS
                                                            
Steve walks by the cash registers where Adam is collecting
money from one of the tills. Steve walks by and says---
                                                            
                       STEVE
I heard your girlfriend got fired.
                                                            
                       ADAM
What?
                                                            
Steve does not answer. He continues to walk away.
                                                            
INT. BREAK ROOM
                                                            
Katie is in her street clothes, her eyes red and puffy from
crying. Mitchie is by her side, comforting her.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
I'm so sorry, Katie. This is all
my fault.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I dig my own grave, Mitchie.
                                                            
Trevor enters.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (TO TREVOR)
I know what you're here for. I
know my own way out. Just let me
collect myself here.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Katie, we've been friends since
freshmen year of high school. Do
you really think I would come in
hear and drag you out by your
hair. I'm very compassionate to
your situation. I just need to ask
you for your employee card.
                                                            

69.

                       KATIE
My pleasure.
                                                            
Katie hands Alex her employee card.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
That's the spirit, Kitty Cat.
Don't conform to the man. Rebel,
Katie, rebel.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Come on, Trevor. I can't take you
seriously about not conforming to
anything when you come in here
looking like Sid Vicious.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I draw inspiration for my style
from Mr. Vicious because of my
appreciation from that era of
music. I'm just taking this job
until my band begins to pick up
and I am able to make some real
money.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
What's the name of your band
again? Poser Boy?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
That's Poster Boy, Michelle, thank
you very much. It's a statement on
how mainstream audiences want
nothing but air-brushed, mediocre
sell-outs as their musical
sanctuary.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Your compassion is overwhelming,
Trevor.
                                                            
ADAM ENTERS. Katie runs into his arms. They kiss.
                                                            
                       ADAM
      (TO KATIE)
Are you okay, babe?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I hope so.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            

70.

INT. SERVICE DELI
                                                            
Steve enters the service deli to find it empty.
                                                            
                       STEVE
Tiff? You still here?
                                                            
He walks through the deli to find

BLOOD

seeping out from underneath the cooler door.
                                                            
                       STEVE
What the fuck?!
                                                            
Steve OPENS THE COOLER DOOR to find

TIFFANY

Her limp, blood-soaked body with the rotisserie rod
protruding from her stomach. Suddenly,

ERIK GRABS STEVE

They get into a struggle. Steve PUNCHES at Erik but without
triumph. Erik DUNKS STEVE'S HEAD IN THE DISH SINK. Steve
struggles to free himself, CHOKING on the filthy dish water.
Steve comes across a BUTCHER KNIFE in the sink. He STABS
Erik in the side, breaks free, and makes a run for it.
                                                            
                       STEVE
      (YELLING)
Somebody, help!
                                                            
Erik GRABS THE SLICER BLADE from the dish rack and JAVELINS
IT at

STEVE

The blade FLIES THROUGH THE BACK OF HIS NECK, OUT HIS THROAT
in one swift blow. Steve's head lingers on his shoulders for
a moment. Steve is still alive; in disbelief that he has
been decapitated and knowing he is as good as dead. Finally,
a RUSH OF BLOOD FROM HIS THROAT AND HIS HEAD FALLS OFF.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
EXT. BACK ALLEY/CARPENTER'S
                                                            
Mary and Cain reach the end of the back alley-way which
leads to Carpenter's loading docks.
                                                            

71.

                       CAIN
Is this place still open?
                                                            
Mary checks her watch.
                                                            
                       MARY
It's almost eleven. They close at
ten.
                                                            
                       CAIN
So, that's a no. This place looks
big enough. I'm sure Erik could
find tons of places to hide in
here.
                                                            
Mary is horrified by the ghastly sight before her.
                                                            
                       MARY
I think you're right.
                                                            
Mary points to

MIKE'S BODY,

laying in a pool of blood by the back door; his head smashed
to a bloody pulp. Cain tugs at the door but it's locked.
                                                            
                       MARY
He really is a good boy, Joseph.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Oh, for God's sake. Get a grip,
Mary! And help me find a way
inside. There's probably still
people inside, working.
                                                            
Cain grabs Mary's hand and they run around the building.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. FRONT ENTRANCE DOORS
                                                            
Trevor takes out his KEYS to unlock the front door to let
Kaite out. Mitchie and Adam stand by her side to see her
off.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Wait by my car. You're staying the
night at my house.
                                                            
                       KATIE
No, I think I should go home. I
guess I should tell my dad too.
                                                            

72.

                       MITCHIE
Are you sure you want to do that?
                                                            
                       KATIE
I'm going to have to sooner or
later.
                                                            
INT. BACK STOCK-ROOM
                                                            
Aidan is throwing discarded boxes into a cardboard baler
with his back turned to the

FORKLIFT.

ERIK ENTERS. He quietly gets onto the forklift, puts it in
DRIVE, and quickly jumps off.

AIDAN

turns around just as the

FORKLIFT RUNS INTO HIM.

He clings onto the right fork as the forklift continues FULL
SPEED AHEAD. Aidan tries to cry out for---
                                                            
                       AIDAN
      (SCREAMING)
HEELLLLPPP!!!
                                                            
before the forklift CRASHES into the wall; the RIGHT FORK
IMPALING AIDAN THROUGH THE STOMACH, pinning him to the wall.
                                                            
INT. FRONT ENTRANCE DOORS
                                                            
The group hears the crash.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
That sounded like Aidan screaming.
                                                            
                       ADAM
It sounds like it came from the
back stock room.
                                                            
INT. BACK STOCK-ROOM
                                                            
The group enters and finds Aidan's body. They all begin to
SCREAM, CRY, and panic.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (SOBBING)
Oh my god, Aidan!
                                                            

73.

                       ADAM
He left the fucking fork lift in
drive!
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I'll get Dave on the P.A.
                                                            
Trevor goes to a nearby phone and picks it up to dial, but
he discovers---
                                                            
                       TREVOR
The line is dead!
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
Are you sure it's not just the
phone?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
No. It won't dial out. Nothing.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
I'm going to check the pay phone
by the back doors.
                                                            
Mitchie runs out.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
The main phone lines are
disconnected, Mitchie!
                                                            
Mitchie ignores him.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
I need to find Dave. He has the
keys to the locker where he puts
our cell phones.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Where is he?
                                                            
                       TREVOR
He's in his office, doing the
monthly sales report.
                                                            
                       ADAM
Go find him. We're going to get
Mitchie and we'll meet you by the
front doors.
                                                            
                       TREVOR
Okay.
                                                            
They exit.
                                                            

74.

INT. BACK DOORS
                                                            
Mitchie runs up to the PAYPHONES by the Halloween display
and notices they all have been SMASHED, A BLOODY AXE
PROTRUDING FROM ONE OF THEM. Katie hears a

NOISE BEHIND HER. She zips around to see some Halloween
decorations knocked over. Alarmed and scared, she grabs the
axe for protection.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (CALLING OUT)
Who's there?
                                                            
She goes to investigate, passing by a

DISPLAY OF MANNEQUINS

dressed in various Halloween costumes. A zombie. A werewolf.
A vampire. A chainsaw-wielding killer. A MAN IN A PHANTOM
MASK. Though, that is no mannequin. It is Erik! He lunges at
the unsuspecting Mitchie, SLASHING HER ARM with a knife. She
SCREAMS, SWINGING THE THE AXE, hitting him in the stomach.
The axe is stuck. Mitchie gives up trying to retreive it and
runs away, SCREAMING.
                                                            
INT. GROCERY AISLE
                                                            
Katie and Adam, walking down an aisle, stop dead in their
tracks when they hear MITCHIE SCREAMING.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (SCREAMING; O.S.)
Katie! Help!
                                                            
                       KATIE
That was Mitchie!
                                                            
They run towards her SCREAMS.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (CALLING OUT)
Mitchie, we're coming!
                                                            
INT. GARDEN CENTER
                                                            
Mitchie runs down a long aisle of potted flowers towards the
exit doors. They are locked. She grabs a SHOVEL. She begins
hitting the glass doors, trying to smash it but it won't
break.

ERIK


75.

runs up behind Mitchie, SLASHING AT HER again but misses.
She swings the shovel at him, HITTING HIM IN THE HEAD. She
swings again, but he grabs the shovel, ripping it from her
hand. She spots a

LADDER

leading up to the roof. She starts climbing the ladder, with
Erik following close behind her. He grabs her ankle. She
KICKS HIM IN THE FACE, knocking him off the ladder and onto
the floor. She makes up to the
                                                            
EXT. ROOF (CONTINUOUS)
                                                            
Mitchie slams the roof access door shut, locking it.
                                                            
                       MITCHIE
      (PANICKED)
Oh shit, shit, shit!
                                                            
ERIK'S FIST BREAKS THROUGH THE DOOR. Mitchie spots ANOTHER
LADDER leading down from the roof to the parking lot. She
makes a run for it as

ERIKS BREAKS THROUGH

He has the SHOVEL in his right hand. He THROWS THE SHOVEL AT

MITCHIE,

colliding with her ankles. The force sends Mitchie to the
ground, HOWLING IN PAIN.

ERIK

walks up from behind, STABBING HER TWICE in the back; she
SCREAMS.
                                                            
INT. PARKING LOT/FRONT ENTRANCE
                                                            
Mary is waiting in front of the automatic entrance doors.
Cain PULLS UP in his car. He gets out with the tranquilizer
gun and walks up to Mary.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I know he's inside. We have to
find a way in ourselves.
                                                            
                       MARY
I don't think he's here. The doors
are locked and the lights are off.
The place looks dead.
                                                            

76.

Suddenly,

MITCHIE,

SCREAMING into the night, as she is THROWN OFF THE ROOF and
onto

CAIN'S CAR

The weight of Mitchie's body causes the roof the car to
collapse and the windows to break; GLASS EXPLODING
EVERYWHERE.

MARY runs over to the car; Mitchie is definitely dead.

CAIN

pulls out his PISTOL and SHOOTS THE GLASS on the front
entrance doors. The DOORS SHATTER. Mary runs up to Cain,
GRABBING FOR HIS GUN.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Get off me, Mary!
                                                            
He pushes her away but she persists in trying to get the
gun.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (YELLING)
Why do you have a gun?!
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (YELLING)
For protection. For Godssake, ERIK
IS A MONSTER!
                                                            
                       MARY
You're not going to shoot my son!
                                                            
                       CAIN
I AM HIS FATHER! I can do what I
want!
                                                            
Mary, furious, SLAPS CAIN. In turn, HE PUNCHES MARY. She
falls to the ground.

CAIN ENTERS THE STORE. Mary, with a bloody lip, grabs a
LARGE PICE OF GLASS off the ground; the look in her EYES
FULED BY A VIOLENT RAGE.
                                                            
INT. GARDEN CENTER
                                                            
Katie and Adam enter.
                                                            

77.

                       KATIE
      (TO ADAM)
I heard her in here.
      (CALLING OUT)
Mitchie! Mitchie, where are you?!
                                                            
                       ADAM
The roof access door is open.
Maybe she went up there.
                                                            
Katie runs towards the

LADDER

just as

ERIK

JUMPS FROM THE ROOF ACCESS, landing in front of Katie. She
SCREAMS. A FLASH OF SILVER as Katie is stabbed in the left
shoulder. Adam PUSHES KATIE out of the way as Erik's second
blow SLASHES ADAM'S FACE.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SCREAMING)
ADAM!!!
                                                            
ERIK

charges towards Adam, knife raised, ready to strike. Adam
throws a flower pot at him. Erik blocks it with his knife.
Adam throws another, hitting Erik IN THE HEAD. Katie runs up
behind Erik, SHOVING a pitchfork in his back. Erik SPINS
AROUND to SLASH at Katie, HITITNG HER IN THE HEAD with the
pitchforck handle. She

FALLS TO THE GROUND

Erik hovers over Katie, raising his knife to stab her.

ADAM

slams into Erik, driving the pitchfork FARTHER INTO HIS
BACK.

ERIK FALLS TO THE GROUND,

seemingly dead. Adam and Katie tend to each other.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Are you okay?
                                                            

78.

Erik comes to, SLASHING ADAM'S RIGHT TENDON. Adam HOWLS in
extreme pain, falling to the ground. Katie goes to attack
Erik, RIPPING OFF HIS MASK. He BACKHANDS Katie, sending her
to the floor.

ERIK

TURNS towards Katie and Adam, to reveal his horribily
disfigured FACE. The entire right side of his face is
MISSING, replaced with mangled scar tissue and a LARGE
SURGICAL SCAR.

This ghastly sight chills Katie and Adam to the core,
leaving them at a loss for words, barely able to scream.
Erik rips the pitchfork out of his back and charges towards

ADAM,

RAMMING THE PITCHFOROK THROUGH HIS THROAT.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SCREAMING; CRYING)
ADAM, NOOOO!!!
                                                            
Katie grabs a SHOVEL AND RAMS IT INTO ERIK'S MOUTH, creating
a permanent smile. Blood SPURTS from Erik's mouth as he
falls to the ground. Katie runs over to

ADAM,

CRYING b
                                                            
Katie grabs a SHOVEL AND RAMS IT INTO ERIK'S MOUTH, creating
a permanent smile. Blood SPURTS from Erik's mouth as he
falls to the ground. Katie runs over to

ADAM

and kneels to his side, CRYING; the pitchfork protruding
from his throat.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SOBBING)
Adam, wake up! Wake up, please!
                                                            
Just then, HE OPENS HIS EYES; GURGLING AND CHOKING ON HIS
OWN BLOOD.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SOBBING)
Oh my god, Adam, please hold on.
                                                            

79.

Adam turns to see

ERIK, RISING BEHIND KATIE!
                                                            
                       ADAM
      (GURGLING)
Ru--run!
                                                            
Katie turns around to see Erik, on his feet, staring her
down. She hesitates to run, not without Adam. Sadly, she
comes to the quick realization she has to run if she wants
to survive. She FLEES, sobbing as she leaves her dying love
behind. Erik walks over to

A RACK OF GARDENING TOOLS

and grabs a MACHETE.
                                                            
INT. SERVICE DELI
                                                            
Katie runs into the service deli, grabbing a KNIFE from the
dish sink. She is crying, trying to remain calm.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (CALLING OUT)
Dave! Trevor! ANSWER ME!
                                                            
Katie sees BLOOD flowing out of the

OPEN COOLER DOOR.

Katie looks inside and see's Tiffany's impaled body. Aghast,
she covers her mouth in fright and revolt to keep from
screaming. Then, she looks over to the

MEAT SLICER,

COVERED IN BLOOD, THE CARRIAGE ON AUTOMATIC. Katie walks
over to the slicer to find

STEVE'S HEAD

on the carriage, half of his head from the neck up has been
cut into bloody, QUARTER-INCH SLICES. This is too much for
Katie. She SCREAMS, running out of the deli. Suddenly,

DAVE RUNS UP

and grabs her.
                                                            
                       DAVE
      (SHUSHING KATIE)
Katie, be quiet!
                                                            

80.

                       KATIE
      (CRYING)
Dave, he killed them all!
                                                            
                       DAVE
I lost Trevor when we went looking
for all of you when we heard
gunshots. I found Alexis' and
Aidan's bodies. We need to get out
of here.
                                                            
Katie's eyes widen in terror as she sees

OVER DAVE'S SHOULDERS, ERIK,

dashing towards them, MACHETE RAISED.

Katie SCREAMS a little too late as the MACHETE GOES IMPALES
HEAD, BISECTING IT DOWN THE MIDDLE. Erik TEARS the machete
away. Dave's skull SPLITS IN TWO just as KATIE SPLITS. Erik
trails behind her.
                                                            
INT. GARDEN CENTER
                                                            
Erik loses Katie, ending back in the garden center. Erik
searches for her, under work benches and potted bushes.
Suddenly, he hears what sounds to be a MOTOR RUMBLING. At
that moment,

KATIE

steps out in front of him, CHAINSAW REVING IN HAND, the
TEETH on the saw GRIND and GROWL. Erik retreats, blocking
with the machete as Katie

SWINGS THE SAW.

The machete flies out of Erik's hand. Katie continues to
swing the saw.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SCREAMING)
Fuck you, mother fucker!
                                                            
Katie drives the saw INTO ERIK'S CUT. She REVS THE SAW,
SPRAYING BLOOD INTO HER FACE. Just then, the chainsaw's
motors fails. Katie drops the chainsaw just as Eriks STABS
HER IN THE LEG. Just as she is about to fall to the ground,
he grabs her throat and lifts her off feet.

CAIN ENTERS,


81.

SHOOTING ERIK THREE TIMES IN THE BACK. Katie and Erik both
fall to the ground. Cain runs to Katie.
                                                            
                       CAIN
Young lady, are you okay?!
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SOBBING, YELLING)
I'm sorry, sir, but the what the
fuck do you think?!
                                                            
                       CAIN
I'm sorry---
                                                            
Cain RAISES HIS GUN!
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (CONT'D.)
--- but you've seen too much!
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SCREAMING)
NOOOOOO!!!
                                                            
Suddenly,

MARY

jumps on Cain's back, STABBING HIM IN NECK WITH THE PIECE OF
GLASS. He drops the gun. Cain grabs her, THROWING HER TO THE
GROUND, KICKING HER IN THE FACE.
                                                            
                       CAIN
That's it, Mary---
                                                            
Cain grabs an AXE; Mary, GARDEN SHEARS.
                                                            
                       CAIN
      (cont'd.)
--- YOU'RE DEAD!
                                                            
Cain SWINGS THE AXE at Mary. She dodges the blow, SWINGING
THE GARDEN SHEARS right back at Cain. Katie HOBBLES AWAY.
                                                            
                       MARY
You son of a bitch! What have you
done to my son?!
                                                            
                       CAIN
OUR son. I brought him into this
world, and I can take him out of
it just as easily.
                                                            

82.

                       MARY
Not as long as I have a breath in
my body.
                                                            
                       CAIN
I'll fix that problem.
                                                            
Mary SWINGS THE SHEARS AT CAIN with a violent ferocity,
SCREAMING WITH RAGE. He attempts to block her blows with the
axe.
                                                            
INT. BREAKROOM
                                                            
Katie enters, her knee bleeding badly. In the distance, she
hears GUNSHOTS. Katie LOCKS THE DOOR. She walks over to the
first-aid kit, and grabs some bandages and anti-septic. She
sits down on the couch and pours the anti-septic on her STAB
WOUND AND WRAPS IT TIGHT.

ON THE TELEVISION,

the original black & white NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is
playing. Katie grabs the remote and turns the TELEVISION
OFF. She begins to CRY, thinking of her poor friends---
especially Adam. Exhausted, she lies on the couch, softly
sobbing herself to sleep.
                                                            
MONTAGE OF SCENES
                                                            
A) EXT. CARPENTER'S - PARKING LOT. The front entrance doors
are shattered. Mitchie's mangled body lays atop of Cain's
car.

B) INT. GARDEN CENTER. Adam's body lies on the ground in a
pool of blood.

C) SERVICE DELI. The meat slicing area is painted with blood
and gore. Steven's head is now a messy pile of lunch meat.

D) GROCERY AISLE. Alexis' body sits in a pool of blood.

E) BACK STOCK-ROOM. Aidan is pinned between the fork-lift
and the wall; impaled through the stomach by the right fork.

F) A CLOCK ON THE WALL: 11:45 P.M.

Mary, Cain, and Erik are nowhere in sight.

END MONTAGE.
                                                            
INT. CHECK-STANDS
                                                            

83.

Katie EMERGES FROM THE BREAKROOM by the check-stands. She
looks around for any signs of life. She looks foward.

THE FRONT ENTRANCE

is located about a hundred feet in front of her. She sees
the glass doors have been shattered.

She begins to hobble towards the front entrance just as CAIN
CREEPS UP BEHIND HER. Katie, sensing a presence, turns
around to face

CAIN,

his face cut-up and bleeding. He has GUNSHOT WOUND in his
chest. He OPENS HIS MOUTH; SPURTING BLOOD TO REVEAL HIS
TOUNGE HAS BEEN CUT OUT. Katie SCREAMS just Cain falls onto
her, bringing them both to the ground.

ERIK,

enters, wielding the machete. Katie gets to her feet and
begins to stumble away as Cain tries to crawl away. Erik

GRABS CAIN,

rolling him over on his back. He steps on his stomach,
weighing him down. Cain tries to scream, but all that comes
out is low, desperate WHALES as Erik begins

SLASHING CAIN

with the machete, slicing up his face, chest, and stomach as

KATIE

continues to hobble forward towards her escape. Suddenly,
SHE TRIPS OVER

A PAIR OF LEGS

She looks up to see TREVORY'S BODY, on display, admidst a
BLOODY, GORE-SOAKED MESS. His HANDS are NAILED to the wall.
The top of his head at been cut open and the inside of his
skull has been hollowed out and his EYES HAVE BEEN GOUGED
OUT. Inside of his skull is a LIT CANDLE, turning him into a
human jack o'lantern!

Katie looks away, horrified yet already desensitized to all
the violence she's witnessed so far. She looks towards

ERIK

He has DECAPITATED CAIN.

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MARY

enters, covered in blood with a large piece of glass in her
hand. She KICKS CAIN'S HEAD to the side.
                                                            
                       MARY
Bastard.
                                                            
Katie is dismayed to see

MARY

walk up to Erik and kiss him on the cheek.
                                                            
                       MARY
Happy Birthday, baby. You scared,
mother. Please don't do that ever
again.
                                                            
KATIE

gets to her feet and begins to hobble as fast as she can
towards the entrance.
                                                            
                       MARY
Now, get her, Erik! GET HER BEFORE
SHE TELLS!
                                                            
Erik pursues Katie, who has already made her way out the
front entrance.
                                                            
EXT. PARKING LOT (CONTINUOUS)
                                                            
Katie happens upon Cain's car and finds

MITCHIE'S BODY.
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (SOBBING;
       SCREAMING)
MITCHIE!
                                                            
She spots

HEADLIGHTS;

Mrs. Hargenson's car at the opposite end of the parking lot.
Katie runs for the car with

ERIK,

bloody machete in hand, trailing behind her.
                                                            

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Katie reaches Mrs. Hargenson's car, looks

THROUGH THE SHATTERED

to find Mrs. Hargenson with the top-half of her head
missing. Katie gets inside the
                                                            
INT. CAR
                                                            
,pushing Mrs. Hargenson's body onto the passenger seat. She
looks

THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD

There is no sign of Erik. Suddenly, he LEAPS atop of the
hood. He KICKS-IN THE WINDSHIELD, GLASS SHATTERING all over

KATIE

Startled, she SCREAMS. Erik reaches his hand in to grab her
as she HITS THE GAS.

ERIK

holds onto the hood for dear life. Katie HITS THE BREAK;
ERIK GOES FLYING. He lands in front of the giant

PUMPKIN DISPLAY

by the front entrance doors. He is knocked-out cold.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Come on. Get up, motherfucker!
                                                            
Erik does so. Katie HITS THE GAS AGAIN, SLAMMING THE CAR
INTO

ERIK,

CRASHING INTO THE PUMPKIN DISPLAY. The impact of the crash
bisects Erik below the waist. The car CATCHES FIRE QUICKLY.
Katie gets out of the car and runs, ducking for cover just
as the

CAR EXPLODES

in a mushroom cloud of FIRE, SMOKE, AND CAR PARTS. ERIK'S
GUTS, mixed with PUMPKIN GUTS, SPEW EVERYWHERE.

KATIE

rises to her feet and watches the car burn, setting the
front of the store ABLAZE. SIRENS BLARE in the distance. Out

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of nowhere,

MARY,

SCREAMING with a vicious animal ferocity and psychotic
vegeance, jumps up behind Katie, SHOVES A BUTCHER KNIFE INTO
KATIE'S SPINE.
                                                            
                       MARY
      (SCREAMING)
YOU KILLED MY SON!
                                                            
Katie GASPS for breath as Mary drives the knife deeper into
her back. Mary then RIPS the knife out, sending Katie to the
ground. Just as the POLICE PULL UP, Mary drives the KNIFE

INTO KATIE'S HEART

Katie, wide-eyed, begins to BLEED OUT. Suddenly, a

COP

SHOOTS MARY in the shoulder. She goes down; the knife still
protruding from Katie's heart as she bleeds to the death.
Two police officers rush to her side to try and save her,
but it's too late. Two other officers grab Mary and handcuff
her.
                                                            
 
EXT. SAME - DAY
                                                            
Firefighters have put out the blaze in front of the store.
Several EMS vans are being loaded with the bodies of Katie
and her friends.

MARY

is strapped and handcuffed to a stretcher, her gun wound
bandaged, as she is lifted into an ambulance by two
paramedics.

A crime scene investigator picks up Erik's partially burned

MASK

off the ground and puts it in an evidence bag.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
INT. CAIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Two young rookie police officers - BURNS and LOOMIS - enter
Cain's house.
                                                            

87.

                       BURNS
Okay, I'll check around upstairs.
You check down in the basement.
                                                            
                       LOOMIS
What do you suppose is down there?
                                                            
                       BURNS
Who knows what this sick bastard
has hidden around here. Mrs.
Hackett told the chief that they
put two bodies in the basement.
EMS should be here soon.
                                                            
                       LOOMIS
Okay.
                                                            
Loomis enters the
                                                            
INT. BASEMENT
                                                            
He FLICKS the light switch ON; it BURNS OUT.
                                                            
                       LOOMIS
Shit!
                                                            
He takes out his FLASHLIGHT, turns it ON, and continues down
into the dark basement.
                                                            
INT. CAIN'S OFFICE
                                                            
Burns is looking through Cain's desk. He opens the top
drawer to find a large manila file folder labeled: HACKETT.

INSERT - FILE

Burns flips through various paperwork detailing Mary's
medical history and test results while she was admitted at
Ridgemont. He comes across a BIRTH CERTIFICATE. He notices
something. It's TWO BIRTH CERTIFICATES, paper-clipped
together. One for Erik Hackett. The other for VINCENT
HACKETT. Paper clipped to Vincent's birth certificate are
THREE PICTURES.

INSERT - PICTURES

The first picture is of two, severely deformed CONJOINED
TWINS. The other is of them after they had been surgically
separated; their faces covered in bloody bandages, their
crying the only indicator of the intense physical agony they
must have felt at that time. Burns FLIPS the picture. The
back reads: Vincent & Erik, age 6 months. Post-op. The next
picture is of younger Vincent and Erik. Vincent is dressed

88.

as a clown, Erik as the Phantom of the Opera. Burns FLIPS
the picture to read: Happy Birthday, Erik & Vincent.
10/31/81.
                                                            
                       BURNS
      (BAFFLED)
Vincent?
                                                            
Burns nearly JUMPS out of his skin as hears LOOMIS SCREAMING
from downstairs.
                                                            
                       BURNS
      (ALARMED)
Loomis!
                                                            
INT. BASEMENT
                                                            
Burns, FLASHLIGHT ON AND GUN DRAWN, slowly descends the
stairs into dark basement.
                                                            
                       BURNS
Loomis? Loomis, answer me.
                                                            
No answer. Burns whips his light back and forth, searching
for signs of life. He pumps into a

LIGHT-BULB,

dangling from the ceiling. He PULLS the draw-string, turning
the light ON,

ILLUMINATING LOOMIS' MANGLED BODY.
                                                            
                       BURNS
      (HORRIFIED)
Mary, mother of God!
                                                            
Loomis is oblivious to

VINCENT,

Erik's identical twin brother, dressed as a clown again this
Halloween, standing behind him.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO BLACK
                                                            
AS WE HEAR BURNS' LAST BONE-CHILLING SCREAM, OFF-SCREEN.

ROLL END TITLE CREDITS.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From DRofGOREOLOGY Date 4/29/2011 ***
I like the story. Very well written. There were some scenes that paid Homage to Friday the 13th parts 2 and 5. And with the main story taking place in a store I'm sure that was influenced by the 80's slasher film Intruder. There are some spelling errors that need to be corrected though. (Thats my only gripe). Other than that if this were to be made into a low budget film I'd be the first to buy it. this is right up my alley.

From DRofGOREOLOGY Date 4/29/2011 ***
I like the story. Very well written. There were some scenes that paid Homage to Friday the 13th parts 2 and 5. And with the main story taking place in a store I'm sure that was influenced by the 80's slasher film Intruder. There are some spelling errors that need to be corrected though. (Thats my only gripe). Other than that if this were to be made into a low budget film I'd be the first to buy it. this is right up my alley.


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