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Moon Rise
by Lance Fenhaus (lancefenhaus@gmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Horror   User Review:
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(1st Screenplay Attempt) A young teen faces the terror of his life when a beast comes calling under the light of the full moon.


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MOON RISE

FADE IN:

EXT. REMOTE UNPAVED ROAD - MORNING
                                                            
A rustic crew-cab, American made, pick-up truck rolls down
the road at a good clip. CLASSIC ROCK music BLARES from the
open windows. Three silhouettes can be seen in the cab.
Camping gear can be seen stacked in the bed of the truck. A
12 GAUGE shotgun hangs from a rack in the back window.
                                                            
INT. TRUCK CAB
                                                            
Three MEN occupy the cab of the truck. The driver, WILLIAM
"HOOCH" CARSON, mid 30's, drives the truck with one hand on
the wheel and the other holding a FLASK. He is LOUD and
crass. The man in the passenger seat, JOHN PARKER, late
30's, looks uncomfortable with Hooch's driving but converses
enthusiastically. The man in the back seat, CHARLES JENSON,
late 20's, hangs forward with a cigarette in the corner of
his mouth. He is baby faced and wears a close-cropped
military hairstyle.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (Adjusts radio
       volume down)
Oh hell yeah! Off the leash for
the weekend! I can hear the fish
calling my name already.
      (Offers flask to
       John)
Have a sip. A little concoction of
my own devising.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Waving off the
       flask)
No way! I've seen the shit you
make strip paint off a boat. I'll
pass.
      (Looks nervously
       out the front
       window)
You sure you need to get started
this early? We haven't even got to
the campsite yet. It is not like
your driving was great to begin
with.
                                                            

2.

                       HOOCH
Huh? You sure as hell didn't
complain about my driving in
Baghdad!
                                                            
                       JOHN
All the swerving helped dodge
bullets.
                                                            
                       CJ
      (Reachs hand over
       the front seat)
I'll take some. Pass it here.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
What? Are you sure you're old
enough for this kid?
                                                            
                       CJ
Hoochie you're an asshole.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That's true.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Yep. An asshole who got laid
before the big weekend fishing
trip!
      (Holds two fingers
       over his shoulder)
Take a snort CJ! Your momma never
smelled so good.
                                                            
                       CJ
Dude if you weren't driving right
now I'd punch you in the
junk....twice.
                                                            
HOOCH passes the flask back to CJ. JOHN unfolds a road map
and traces a route with his finger. He folds the map back up
and stuffs it in the glove box.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We will be coming up on the turn
in about four miles.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Roger that.
      (Reaches hand over
       his shoulder)
Pass the flask. I don't want you
putting too much hair on your
chest all at once.
                                                            

3.

                       CJ
Here take it. I'm gonna switch to
beer to get that nasty taste out
of my mouth.
                                                            
JOHN fumbles with his CELLPHONE. Looks intently for a moment
at it, types a quick message, and tucks it away. He is
mildly irritated. HOOCH notices immediately.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Is there a problem Johnny?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Shaking his head)
Nah. Tommy is making the
babysitter earn her keep.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Speaking of Tommy, why didn't he
come with? I know he likes to
fish.
                                                            
                       JOHN
He's grounded.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
So you're punishing him by making
him sit at home with a babysitter?
He's thirteen. Isn't that a tad
demeaning?
                                                            
CJ gives a derisive SNORT and COUGH from the back seat.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's just until tomorrow. He'll go
over to him Mom's and I'll pick
him up Sunday.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (At CJ)
What are you on about back there?
                                                            
                       CJ
Oh nuthin'. A tad demeaning you
say. Considering that statement,
I'd say you're a hypocrite. Don't
you agree?
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (At John)
Oh lookie here! We have some
indignation in our midst.
      (At CJ)
            (MORE)

4.

                       HOOCH (cont'd)
Don't make me come back there!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (At CJ)
He means it. He'll pull this truck
over...
                                                            
                       CJ
      (Flips the bird to
       both men)
Fuck you...and fuck you too. I
don't know why I put up with this.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Glutton for punishment?
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Hard up for a date?
                                                            
All three men share a hearty LAUGH. We see this to be a
normal interaction between these close friends.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. TOMMY'S BEDROOM - AFTERNOON
                                                            
The room is cluttered with discarded clothes that have
missed the laundry hamper. Posters of HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL
bands, HORROR movies, and WAR movies line the walls. The bed
lies unmade. A desk with computer cables sits along one
wall. TOMMY PARKER, 13 years old, sits at the desk flipping
through a PLAYBOY magazine. TOMMY has short cropped blonde
hair and a thin build. He is irritated. Clues to his
irritation are shown throughout the room. The console gaming
station is missing. The cellphone charger sits empty. The TV
is removed from it's hanger on the wall. The computer is
gone from the desk, leaving only cables leading to nothing.
                                                            
                       ELLIE (o.s.)
      (distant)
Tommy! Lunch is ready.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Shouting)
I'll be down in a minute!
      (Opens the
       centerfold)
Why can't I have you for a
babysitter?
                                                            

5.

TOMMY closes the magazine and tucks it under the bottom
corner of his mattress. He opens his closet and withdraws a
COMPOUND BOW and a QUIVER of arrows. He carries both out of
his room and makes way towards the kitchen.
                                                            
INT. TOMMY'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
We follow TOMMY from his room into the upstairs hallway.
Military memorabilia lines the walls along with family
pictures. We move with TOMMY down the stairs, through the
living room, through the formal dining room and into the
kitchen. The home is very orderly and well-kept.
                                                            
DOWNSTAIRS - KITCHEN
                                                            
The kitchen is spacious and orderly. ELLIE OLSEN,female in
her early 20's, works busily at the counter putting the
final touches on a meal of sandwiches, chips, and sun tea.
She is dressed casual and tomboy-ish. She sets the table and
notices TOMMY entering the room. TOMMY pulls out a chair,
turns it around backwards, and sits at the table. TOMMY
places the BOW and QUIVER on the ground next to the chair.
He peels back the top of the sandwich and surveys the
contents between the slices of bread as if expecting it to
crawl off the plate.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Let me guess...you don't like
tuna.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I hate fish.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
That isn't the impression I got
from your Dad. He figured you
would be bummed about not going
with him.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I like fishing. I don't like
eating them. Usually, I just throw
them back.
      (Pushes the plate
       away)
It sucks not going along.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Amused Smirk)
So what did you do this time?
                                                            

6.

                       TOMMY
Got in a fight at school. Two day
suspension.
      (Starts eating
       chips)
Wasn't my fault.
                                                            
ELLIE sits down. Starts to eat her sandwich, then instead
offers it to TOMMY.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
How about ham and cheese?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Taking the
       sandwich)
Thanks! Do you want the tuna?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nah. I'm not fond of it myself.
      (Sips her tea)
What started the fight?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Jake Myer said my Dad was a punk.
Said he got booted from the Army
because he couldn't make the
cut...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Frowning)
I see. So you took it upon
yourself to defend your Dad's
honor?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I told Jake the best part of him
dribbled down his Mom's leg.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
A snarky comeback you got from
your Dad's friends I take it? That
sounds like Hooch to me...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
He punched me. I fought back. The
principal suspended us both for
two days.
                                                            
ELLIE stands up and takes the undesired tuna sandwich to the
trash can. She throws it away and turns to TOMMY with her
arms crossed.
                                                            

7.

                       ELLIE
And so here we sit, yet again. I
texted your Dad earlier to let him
know I had arrived and you were
holed up in your room. He told me
to keep him posted if you decided
to be difficult.
      (Pointing at the
       bow)
Planning on doing some hunting
while you're hanging around the
house?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Shrugs)
I was going to go out back and
practice. Dad took away all my
electronics.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Fair enough. I'm not too shabby
with a bow myself. Mind if I join
you?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I guess so.
                                                            
BACKYARD - LATER
                                                            
The yard is long and open. Most of the yard is lush green
grass and a large tree, complete with tree-house, sits as a
centerpiece. The tree-house looks like it hasn't been used
in a long time, missing the days when it was the center of a
little boy's universe. The yard is flanked by a neighbor on
each side and dense forest at the rear. The homes in the
neighborhood are spaced out unlike homes found urban
communities. A bale of straw with an archery target rests
against the base of the tree with the tree-house, about 15
yards from the backdoor of the house.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Gesturing with
       her hand)
After you.
                                                            
TOMMY and ELLIE walk off the back porch to a point marked by
a spray painted line in the grass. TOMMY takes a couple
arrows out of the QUIVER and sticks them in the ground
within easy reach. He passes the QUIVER to ELLIE and she
does the same.
                                                            

8.

                       TOMMY
      (Handing bow over)
Ladies first.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Since when have you considered me
a lady?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I don't. You're more like that
annoying big sister I never
wanted. But it is the "polite"
thing to say.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Smiling)
You're just so sweet when you want
to be.
      (Knocks an arrow)
Brat.
                                                            
ELLIE takes aim. Her archery form is excellent. She releases
the arrow and it flies true.
                                                            
CLOSE - ARCHERY TARGET
                                                            
The arrow strikes less than an inch from the bull's eye.
                                                            
ON ELLIE AND TOMMY - POV OF THE TARGET
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Shi...err...shoot.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Your turn.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. SMALL CLEARING IN THE WOODS - EVENING
                                                            
The pick-up truck with HOOCH, JOHN, and CJ approaches the
clearing with headlights on. It comes to a stop and the men
disembark. We watch as they gather gear and prep for a hike.
Each man loads up a large backpack with equipment cobbled
together from Army surplus. Canteens, survival knives,
compasses, para-cord, and other items hang fastened securely
to the men in addition to fishing poles neatly stowed. It is
evident that all three men have military backgrounds and
integrate that training into their outdoor excursions. HOOCH
takes the 12 GAUGE shotgun off of the truck's gun rack,
stows the vehicle key under the driver's side visor, and
carries the 12 GAUGE at the low ready.
                                                            

9.

                       CJ
      (Checking his
       compass)
O.K. we got a heading. Lets go
find us a river!
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (At John)
You sure it's a good idea to let
the LT have the compass?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (At Hooch)
I've got the map, we should be
good.
      (Salutes CJ)
Lead on "sir".
                                                            
                       CJ
You can't give it rest can you
two? Just because I was an
officer, you two mooks treat me
like a red-headed stepchild.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
Well you are a ginger...
      (Smiles broadly)
We wouldn't razz you if we didn't
like you. Oh hey, keep an eye out
for brown bears. They are pretty
common up this way.
                                                            
                       CJ
      (Gesturing at the
       shotgun)
You think that will be any good if
we run into one?
                                                            
                       HOOCH
I've got slugs loaded and some
buckshot in my pack. It should be
enough if the need arises.
                                                            
All three men head off into the forest following a narrow
trail. HOOCH leads with the 12 GAUGE, followed by CJ with
the compass, and JOHN bringing up the rear.
                                                            
EXT. FOREST TRAIL - LATER
                                                            
We move with the men down the trail. The going is difficult
and slow. The distant SPLASHING of water can be heard.
Darkness begins to fall in earnest and the forest is alive
with the sounds of insects BUZZING.
                                                            

10.

                       CJ
Hoochie. You said you found us a
new fishing hole last week, but
you didn't say it was in Ecuador!
      (Swats at insects)
We won't be getting any fishing
done today.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
You ain't kidding. It didn't look
this rough on the map.
                                                            
All men come to a stop. CJ and JOHN face HOOCH.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (At Hooch)
You mean you didn't actually come
look at it! Did you consult Miss
Cleo or get a recommendation from
a guy selling magic beans?
                                                            
                       CJ
Real nice...and what made you
think this place would be better
than the usual location?
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (Shrugging
       shoulders)
Well...
      (gesturing at the
       surroundings)
Look at this place! It is off the
beaten trail. No competition! I
bet the fish will literally be
clamoring to jump on our hooks!
                                                            
JOHN checks his cellphone and puts it away in a pouch.
                                                            
                       JOHN
No cell signal out here. Let's get
to the river and make camp before
it is too dark to see.
                                                            
EXT. RIVERBANK - NIGHT
                                                            
The men reach the river bank. The water is shallow, no
deeper than a man's hip. It is about 20 yards across. The
far bank is dominated by low outcroppings and rock. Forest
extends in every direction. The men begin setting up camp
near the water's edge. The area hums with life. Insects make
a great RACKET and the water SLOSHES noisily against the
rocks.
                                                            

11.

                       JOHN
I'll set up a fire pit. The area
at least looks pretty clear and
dry.
                                                            
                       CJ
I'll dig out the rations. It will
have to be MRE's for dinner
tonight.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
I suppose that puts me on firewood
duty. I have to take a piss
anyways.
                                                            
HOOCH slings the 12 GAUGE over his shoulder and makes his
way into the woods parallel to the river.
                                                            
EXT. FOREST NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
We follow HOOCH into the woods. The SNAPPING and CRACKLING
of branches and undergrowth drowns out the BUZZING of
insects. HOOCH is a bit TIPSY but continues to drink from
his FLASK. He pulls out a small flashlight and shines it
around looking for dead-fall branches for the campfire. The
faint sounds of JOHN and CJ TALKING become harder and harder
to discern. HOOCH HUMS and off-key ditty reminiscent of a
military cadence.

We transition from a ground level point-of-view rising
higher and higher into the trees until we clear the tree
tops exposing a large full moon.
                                                            
EXT. FORESTED OUTCROPPING - NIGHT
                                                            
RASPING breathing is heard. A hulking silhouette crouches
just inside the tree line. Although heavily shadowed, we can
make out fur, and possibly a HUMANOID shape. The WEREWOLF
remains unmoving in the shadows though the rise and fall of
it's breathing can be made out in the movement of it's
shoulders.
                                                            
EXT. WEREWOLF'S POV NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
We are sitting twenty feet up on an embankment. The river
can be seen as well as the far shore. The movement of a
flashlight beam in the opposite tree line comes and goes.
The WEREWOLF issues forth a low GROWL and begins to move
slowly parallel to the embankment. Massive CLAWED HANDS
brush aside low branches. The WEREWOLF moves quietly down
through the trees towards the river, never moving into the
open.
                                                            

12.

EXT. WEREWOLF'S FEET NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
Shadowy legs can be seen taking huge strides. They ripple
with the working of the muscles underneath. The legs and
feet are unnatural and wolf-like.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. DEADFALL TREE NEAR THE RIVER - NIGHT
                                                            
HOOCH urinates on the dead-fall tree holding his small
flashlight in his mouth. The 12 GAUGE shotgun hangs slung on
his shoulder. He zips his fly, polishes off his FLASK, and
tucks it away in a pocket. Using the flashlight he
identifies a promising pile of sticks and branches suitable
for firewood and begins to busily round them up. It seems
close.

A terrifying HOWL issues forth in the direction of the
river. It sounds vaguely like what a wolf might create, but
has the quality of a human SCREAM as well.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (Trembling)
What the fuck was that?
                                                            
HOOCH shines his flashlight towards the river. The GURGLING
of the water can be heard, though the water is obscured by
the trees and undergrowth.
                                                            
EXT. RIVERBANK CAMPSITE - NIGHT
                                                            
CJ and JOHN stand up quickly. Both look out down the river
into darkness in the direction of the HOWL. The men look at
each other and share a mutual moment of concern. CJ ignites
a flashlight and shines it into the forest.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Hollering)
Hooch! Hey! Can you hear me?
                                                            
                       CJ
      (Hollering)
Hooch!
                                                            
EXT. DEADFALL TREE NEAR THE RIVER - NIGHT
                                                            
HOOCH listens intently. We hear water SPLASHING from foot
steps and then the SNAPPING of undergrowth. The sounds are
getting closer. HOOCH un-slings the 12 GAUGE and racks a
round into the chamber. He FUMBLES to hold the flashlight

13.

and foregrip in the same hand, bringing the weapon to his
shoulder.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (Talking to self)
Alright Hoochie...back away
slowly.
                                                            
EXT. WEREWOLF'S POV
                                                            
We move slowly through the undergrowth. The beam of a
FLASHLIGHT passes back and forth through the trees. We move
to circle around HOOCH. He doesn't realize that he is being
flanked.

We find ourselves on HOOCH'S left side. He doesn't know the
WEREWOLF is only a couple yards from him and closing
silently. The beast issues a guttural SNARL and quickly
closes the short distance.

HOOCH spins to face the oncoming threat quickly. We see a
clawed hand grab the inside of the the pivoting 12 GAUGE.
The gun FIRES LOUDLY, and a second clawed hand grabs HOOCH
by the throat lifting him from the ground.
                                                            
                       HOOCH
      (choked and
       garbled)
Christ!
                                                            
EXT. CLOSE ON HOOCH'S NECK
                                                            
The WEREWOLF's massive hand nearly encircles HOOCH'S neck.
Two inch claws dig into his flesh draws trails of blood.
                                                            
EXT. CLOSE ON HOOCH'S FACE
                                                            
HOOCH'S face is a mask of terror. His eyes bulge from the
pressure on his throat. He manages a choked SCREAM.
                                                            
EXT. CLOSE ON HOOCH'S NECK
                                                            
The WEREWOLF'S hand tightens. We hear the CRUNCHING of
bones.
                                                            
EXT. HOOCH'S DANGLING FEET
                                                            
We see the WEREWOLF'S huge muscled legs. We see HOOCH'S legs
flailing more than two feet off the ground. There is a
final, and definitive SNAPPING sound. HOOCH'S legs dangle
limply. The 12 GAUGE falls to the ground coming to rest at
the WEREWOLF'S feet. The sounds of RIPPING flesh follows.

14.

Entrails flop into view dangling between HOOCH'S dead legs.
A SNARL is heard.
                                                            
EXT. RIVERBANK - NIGHT
                                                            
CJ and JOHN are highly alarmed. Both have drawn survival
knives from their gear.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Fuck me! That was a gunshot. I'm
going to go find Hooch.
                                                            
                       CJ
I coming with you!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Stay close.
                                                            
EXT. DEADFALL TREE NEAR THE RIVER - NIGHT
                                                            
CJ and JOHN move into the area where HOOCH had been. They
move up to HOOCH'S FLASHLIGHT and 12 GAUGE lying on the
ground. Both items are covered in blood. A pile of entrails
lays nearby. CJ WRETCHES violently covering his mouth. JOHN
looks at the scene grimly, but remains stoic. It is obvious
that he has seen worse.
                                                            
                       JOHN
My God...
                                                            
                       CJ
      (Trying to regain
       composure)
Ah fuck! Hooch...what the hell?
                                                            
JOHN picks up the 12 GAUGE and racks another round into the
chamber. HOOCH'S body is nowhere to be seen. CJ shines his
FLASHLIGHT around the immediate area. The beam of light
comes to rest on a set of animal-like footprints pressed
deeply into the soil. Both men look at the prints.
                                                            
                       CJ
A bear!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Shaking head
       negative)
No. The size is about right, but
the imprint is all wrong...
                                                            
                       CJ
What then?
                                                            

15.

                       JOHN
Not sure. Whatever made them is
nearby. Let's get back to the
trail!
      (Motioning back
       the way they came)
Forget the gear. Head to the
truck. Double-time LT!
                                                            
Both men back out of the area where HOOCH died, turn, and
move at a HUSTLE towards the trail. CJ leads with the
FLASHLIGHT. JOHN follows with the 12 GAUGE.
                                                            
EXT. WEREWOLF'S POV
                                                            
The WEREWOLF watches the men depart. It was only a few yards
away in the dense underbrush the whole time. The WEREWOLF
rises and begins to pursue the fleeing men. It glances down
as it departs, stepping over the MANGLED remains of HOOCH.
The man's head stares back. HOOCH'S FLASK lays next to it.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. THE PARKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The living room is lit softly by a lap next to the couch.
The room is decorated as one might expect from a military
bachelor. Military photos decorate picture frames next to
family pictures of TOMMY, JOHN, and a woman; probably
TOMMY'S MOTHER. ELLIE and TOMMY play a board game on the
coffee table in front of the couch. TOMMY is entertained and
appears to be having a good time. ELLIE is contemplative.
The game appears to be going in favor of TOMMY.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Smiling)
Admit it. I win!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You've won the last three games we
played. You can give me a minute
to consider my options.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Oh fine. You won our archery
contest...
      (Shrugging)
So there's that.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah barely. You're good at that
too. Practice a lot?
                                                            

16.

                       TOMMY
Dad has been coaching me.
                                                            
ELLIE stands up begins to put away the game.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You win.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
That is it? Can't we play another
game?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's getting late Tommy.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
But it's not even a school night!
                                                            
ELLIE takes the game and puts it on a nearby shelf and turns
to regard TOMMY.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I know it isn't. But your Mom will
be over early to pick you up and I
do have school work for college to
catch up on.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Man...this blows.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Tommy Parker! Language!
      (Putting hands on
       hips)
Your father's friends are not
helping with your vocabulary.
                                                            
TOMMY flops on the couch.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Can we spend time together just
once without the bedtime argument?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Crossing arms)
We been doing it for the last 4
years. Why stop now?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yep. Since you were 9 years old.
Now if you want to live to see 14,
I suggest you get ready for bed.
                                                            

17.

                       TOMMY
      (Scowling)
I'm not a little kid anymore.
                                                            
ELLIE sits down in a chair near TOMMY. She is tired, but
exudes fondness for TOMMY - even when he acts bratty.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I know. I know. I'm just doing my
job.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I didn't need a babysitter.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Empathetically)
Maybe not. But I am your friend
too. We had fun today...like we
always do when you finally chill
out.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Yeah. I guess so.
      (Smirking)
If you can call the warden a
friend.
                                                            
ELLIE mocks TOMMY with forced laughter and gets up
approaching the couch. She picks up a pillow from the couch
and beats TOMMY with it playfully. Both laugh heartily.
TOMMY helps pick up a few things strewn about the area they
had been playing the game in. He stops to straighten a
picture on the wall of his family. TOMMY starts upstairs to
his bedroom. ELLIE watches him go then pulls some college
books from a BACKPACK. She sits down and begins to pour over
her homework.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Turning back to
       Ellie)
It was fun El. Thanks for cheering
me up.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Grinning)
Anytime. You are the little
brother I always wanted after all.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
G'nite El.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Nite' Tommy.
                                                            

18.

TOMMY continues up the stairs out of sight.
                                                            
INT. TOMMY'S BEDROOM
                                                            
TOMMY enters the room and removes his shirt. He walks over
to his bed and flops unceremoniously on it. He looks out his
window - the FULL MOON gleams over the treetops. The moon
dimly illuminates his whole room. TOMMY inserts ear buds for
his MP3 PLAYER, turns up the volume, and closes his eyes.
Muffled ROCK music can be heard.
                                                            
                                         SHOCK CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST TRAIL - LATER
                                                            
CJ and JOHN race up the winding forest trail ducking low
branches and jumping over deadfall logs in the path. Both
men are PANTING heavily from the exertion.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Almost there! Keep moving!
                                                            
Another HOWL issues forth from behind the two men. It is
very close. The men double their efforts and run even faster
up the trial and break out into a clearing where the PICK-UP
truck sits next to the dirt road.

CJ stumbles falling to his hands and knees. The FLASHLIGHT
falls out to his front spinning wildly and comes to a rest
with the beam pointing at the two men. JOHN darts up next to
CJ and grabs him by his collar; hauling him to his feet.
                                                            
                       CJ
Fuck!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Shoving CJ
       forward)
No time! Go! Go! Go!
                                                            
EXT. CLEARING BY THE PICK-UP
                                                            
A terrible ROAR issues forth from the trees. A massive
hulking shape pads out of the treeline. The WEREWOLF'S AMBER
eyes gleam in the beam of the FLASHLIGHT.

We get a better view of the monster's form. The beast if
built like a gorilla with arms and legs as thick as a man's
thigh. It walks with a stooped gait, arms nearly touching
ground but draws itself to it's full 7 foot height as it
comes to a halt. It has a wolf-like face and tall pointed
ears.

19.


JOHN pivots to face the WEREWOLF, raising the 12 GAUGE in
one fluid motion. Upon seeing the beast he faces, his eyes
go wide in terror. Just as quickly he contains his fear,
sights down the barrel of the gun, and fires.

The WEREWOLF is driven back two or three steps by the
massive force of the shotgun slug hitting it square in the
chest. The beast SNARLS in ANGER and bounds towards the two
men.

CJ scrambles back to the truck and pulls open the driver
side door. He hops in and FUMBLES to get the keys from
behind the visor and into the ignition.
                                                            
EXT. WEREWOLF'S POV
                                                            
We see the two men. CJ works furiously in the cab of the
truck to get it started. JOHN pumps the 12 GAUGE and fires
again. The POV WOBBLES from the shot impact and moves faster
towards the firing man. JOHN backs away, firing again. We
are upon JOHN now. A CLAWED HAND lashes out and knocks the
12 GAUGE away violently.
                                                            
EXT. CLEARING BY THE PICK-UP
                                                            
The WEREWOLF grabs JOHN hoisting him off his feet and
continues to rush forward. The beast slams JOHN into the
driver's door of the truck, breaking the window, denting the
door, leaving the man senseless. The WEREWOLF then raises
JOHN above it's head and slams him down on the hood of the
truck with a CRUNCH of warping metal - sending him sprawling
and GASPING for air.

The WEREWOLF turns it's attention to CJ who gets the truck
started. It reaches through the broken window and grabs CJ
by his head. The WEREWOLF then savagely draws the man
through the window kicking and SCREAMING.
                                                            
ON JOHN CLOSE
                                                            
JOHN COUGHS up blood and pulls himself to his feet with the
help of the truck grill.
                                                            
                       JOHN
CJ!
                                                            
ON CJ AND THE WEREWOLF
                                                            
The WEREWOLF still has CJ by the head. It's fingers nearly
wrap all the way around CJ'S skull. The WEREWOLF raises back
it's free clawed hand.
                                                            

20.

                       CJ
      (Panicked and
       muffled)
Johnny! Help me!
                                                            
The WEREWOLF's hand SLASHES down CJ'S torso furrowing four
long wide cuts from his shoulder to his belly. The deadly
claws cut through gear, clothes, flesh, and bone. The
WEREWOLF hunches over CJ and buries it's muzzle into his
open chest cavity.
                                                            
EXT. CLEARING BY THE PICK-UP
                                                            
JOHN works his way around to the passenger side of the
PICK-UP and climbs inside swiftly. The truck is still
running. He bolts into the driver's seat and slams the truck
into gear but it doesn't move. The EMERGENCY BRAKE is still
on.
                                                            
EXT. WEREWOLF'S POV
                                                            
We see CJ limp covered in gore held by two hairy arms. We
see JOHN cursing as he FRANTICALLY attempts to leave. CJ'S
corpse is tossed aside like one would discard a hamburger
wrapper. JOHN'S eyes meet ours. The WEREWOLF issues a
HISSING SNARL.
                                                            
INSIDE THE PICK-UP PASSENGER SIDE POV
                                                            
The huge WEREWOLF rises to view through the windows of the
truck cab. JOHN leans forward to release the EMERGENCY
BRAKE.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Hissing)
Brake! Fucking break!
                                                            
UNDER DASH BEHIND THE BRAKE HANDLE
                                                            
We see JOHN'S madly grasping hand search for the handle. He
finds it and pulls. There is a gratuitous CLUNK as it
releases.
                                                            
CLOSE ON JOHN FROM PASSENGER POV
                                                            
We see JOHN with terror etched on his face and the hairy
face of the WEREWOLF looking into the driver's side window.
The beast SNARLS and forces it's face into the cab SNAPPING
it's jaws. JOHN frantically dodges the bites. It's teeth
bury themselves into JOHN'S left shoulder.

JOHN stomps on the gas and the WEREWOLF'S head is jerked
from the window trailing blood gore from JOHN'S shoulder.
                                                            

21.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD
                                                            
The PICK-UP truck careens wildly in a 180 degree turn
bringing itself onto the road. The bed of the truck SMASHES
into the WEREWOLF sending it sprawling. We see the truck
race towards the camera sending rocks and dirt flying out
the rear of the vehicle.
                                                            
JOHN'S POV
                                                            
We look quickly into the rear-view mirror. In the red tail
lights of the truck, the form of the WEREWOLF rises to it's
feet near the corpse of CJ. The glint of it's AMBER eyes
fade into the distance obscured by dust and darkness.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. TOMMY'S BEDROOM - MORNING
                                                            
TOMMY lies buried under his covers. The sound of MUFFLED
voices can be heard downstairs. TOMMY stirs from the noise
and looks at the alarm clock next to his bed. The clock
reads 5:45AM. The sun has not crested the horizon yet, but
the yellow-orange glow of morning shows through the window
by his bed. TOMMY stands, still dressed in the clothes from
the previous night, pulls on a new shirt, and heads
downstairs.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Griping)
Jeez Mom...we need to work on your
definition of early.
                                                            
When TOMMY leaves his room the voices become more clear.
ELLIE speaks with an unknown WOMAN at the front door.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Distant)
Oh my God! Is he alright?
                                                            
INT. FRONT ENTRYWAY - MORNING
                                                            
ELLIE stands with the front door wide open. She is dressed
in fresh attire, but has not had a chance to add make-up or
do her hair. In the doorway stands two POLICE OFFICERS, one
male and one female wearing sergeant stripes. The MALE
POLICE OFFICER holds a notepad in his hand and a small
pencil in the other. The FEMALE POLICE OFFICER talks to
ELLIE.
                                                            

22.

                       FEMALE POLICE OFFICER
      (Calming)
He is at the Sumter Ridge Regional
Hospital. They are treating him.
The Sheriff is heading out to
campsite to look for the other two
men.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What happened!
                                                            
                       MALE POLICE OFFICER
      (Reading notes)
It looks like an animal attack.
Probably a bear or mountain lion.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh no...
                                                            
TOMMY enters. He is cautious and immediately concerned.
ELLIE is shocked and turns towards TOMMY.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
What is going on El? I heard
something about a bear...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's your Dad. Um...he's in the
hospital.
                                                            
                       FEMALE POLICE OFFICER
      (Soothing)
You must be his son. Officer's
found your Dad passed out in a
truck a few miles from town. It
looked like he had suffered an
animal attack. He is safe now at
the hospital. I had an opportunity
to talk to him briefly then came
here to notify his kin.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Eyes going wide)
We have to go see him!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To the officers)
Thank you for coming here in
person.
      (To Tommy)
Tommy grab my cellphone and call
your Mom. Tell her we are going to
the hospital. She'll have to meet
            (MORE)

23.

                       ELLIE (cont'd)
us there.
                                                            
TOMMY does not hesitate to rush off and get the phone. ELLIE
thanks the officers again and closes the front door. She
quickly rounds up her stuff. TOMMY waits anxiously by the
door.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Talking on phone)
Hey Mom... Dad has been hurt!
Ellie is taking me to the hospital
now to go see him.
                                                            
Indistinct female voice can be heard speaking back to TOMMY.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Yes....No...I don't know. The
police came by to tell us. I gotta
go Mom. I'll call you later or you
can meet us there.
                                                            
More indistinct female voice over.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Let's go Tommy.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Quickly)
Gotta go Mom. I love you too. Bye.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. SUMTER RIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
ELLIE and TOMMY pull up in her late model, yellow, VW
BEETLE. They exit the car, TOMMY rushes to the hospital
doors. ELLIE jogs along behind him.
                                                            
INT. HOSPITAL RECEPTION DESK
                                                            
ELLIE and TOMMY approach the desk. A middle-aged CLERK,
female, notes the pair approaching and shifts her attention
from paperwork. The CLERK puts down her reading glasses and
prepares to address ELLIE and TOMMY.
                                                            
                       CLERK
      (Friendly)
Good morning. Can I help you?
                                                            

24.

                       TOMMY
      (Anxious)
My Dad was brought here! I need to
see him.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Tommy)
Calm down Tommy.
      (To Clerk)
We want to see John Parker. A
police officer came by this
morning and said he was brought
here.
                                                            
                       CLERK
O.K. one moment.
                                                            
The CLERK types on her computer, stops and puts on her
glasses, then continues to type.
                                                            
                       CLERK
Parker...John...Alright. Yes, he
is here! He was sent into surgery
as soon as he got here. He is
recovering in intensive care. 3rd
floor, room 4B. It is currently
visiting hours, but I'm not sure
if he'll be awake from sedation
yet.
                                                            
The CLERK passes a small laminated card to ELLIE and TOMMY
with a clip on one end. The card reads "VISITOR PASS".
                                                            
                       CLERK
      (Smiling)
Clip these on your shirt and see
the floor nurse in the IC ward.
She should be able to tell you if
he is able to have visitors.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Thanks!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thank you.
                                                            
INT. HOSPITAL - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
We follow TOMMY and ELLIE to an elevator. ELLIE pushes the
"3" taking the elevator up to the desired floor. We exit the
elevator and a sign reads INTENSIVE CARE UNIT left. We move
through a busy hospital wing with ELLIE and TOMMY until we
come to a stop at the NURSING STATION for the ICU.
                                                            

25.

NURSING STATION
                                                            
A heavy-set NURSE, mid-30's, sits at the nursing station.
She has many pieces of flair on her scrubs and a jovial
demeanor. Her name tag read LILY - HEAD NURSE.
                                                            
                       LILY
      (Spunky)
Mornin' y'all. And how can I help
you two?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I'm Ellie and this is Tommy. His
father was brought in this
morning...They said it may have
been an animal attack. His Dad's
name is John Parker.
                                                            
                       LILY
      (Empathetic to
       Tommy)
Oh hunny, I'm sorry. Yes, your Dad
is resting right now. The
anesthesia has not worn off
completely yet. He's one tough
cookie. Had all of us worried
because he had lost so much blood.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You mean I can't see him?
      (Tearing up)
Please! Can I just wait here until
he wakes up?
                                                            
                       LILY
Of course you can dear! Ms. Lily
will fix you up with a spot on his
couch. You can be there when he
comes around. It's not strictly by
procedure mind you, but I don't
believe in keeping family apart in
a time of need.
      (winks)
Missy, are you gonna need
accommodations too?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh. Well I'm just the babysitter
ma'am.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Ellie please don't leave. You're
like family!
                                                            

26.

ELLIE gives TOMMY a one-armed hug.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Do you have a chair with a comfy
pillow?
                                                            
                       LILY
      (Chuckling)
I think it can be arranged.
                                                            
ICU ROOM - LATER
                                                            
TOMMY dozes on the couch with his MP3 player. An ear-bud
remains in one ear, the other hangs on TOMMY'S chest. Faint
music can be hear emanating from the plug. ELLIE sits in a
nearby chair with a pillow on her lap. On the pillow a
CHEMISTRY book lays open. ELLIE studies it intently and
takes notes on a yellow tablet. JOHN lays in the ICU bed.
Monitors and medical equipment BEEP softly. JOHN'S head is
bandaged and he has a huge bandage on his left shoulder. An
IV drips slowly near his head. The man looks like the
survivor of a roadside bomb.

A woman, early 30's, with long curly blonde hair enters the
room. This is SAMANTHA PARKER, TOMMY'S mother. She is
dressed smartly like a lawyer or businesswoman. ELLIE looks
up from her college work and meets SAM at the door.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hi Mrs. Parker.
      (Reaching out for
       a hug)
It's good to see you.
                                                            
Both women embrace warmly. They are both quite happy to see
each other.
                                                            
                       SAM
Hi El. It's been awhile.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (voice trailing
       off)
Yeah...since before...
                                                            
                       SAM
The separation... It's all good
El, some relationships just don't
work out how we'd hoped.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Crest-fallen)
It makes me sad. You're family was
always like my family. We always
            (MORE)

27.

                       ELLIE (cont'd)
had so much fun together.
                                                            
                       SAM
You'll always be family El.
      (Nodding towards
       the couch)
How's Tommy holding up?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He is scared and worried.
      (Looking to Tommy)
He was mad about his Dad grounding
him. He loves those field trips
with the boys. The boys...
      (Tearing up)
Tommy doesn't know it yet. CJ and
Hooch didn't make it. The officer
told me before he came down
stairs.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Clasping hand to
       mouth)
Oh my god.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Tommy is going to take that hard.
I'm not even sure how to break it
to him. He is already focused on
his Dad...
                                                            
                       SAM
Let it rest for now.
      (Looking to John)
How is he?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
He's still out. He could wake up
at anytime. The nurse says he
seems stable but that he'll be
observed until tomorrow before
moving him to a regular room.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (o.s.)
Mom?
                                                            
TOMMY gets up from the couch, tosses aside the MP3 player,
and embraces his mom. SAM hugs him warmly and runs her hands
through his hair.
                                                            

28.

                       TOMMY
      (At Sam)
I thought you'd be here sooner.
                                                            
                       SAM
I'm so sorry sweetie. I had to go
in to the office this morning. I
was about to call you to let you
know...then your call came.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Isn't it a crime or something to
work on a Sunday!
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Laughing)
Tell that to my boss.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN'S eyes FLUTTER open. He is groggy and disoriented. He
glances around the room and his focus lands on ELLIE, TOMMY,
and SAM.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Wearily)
Can someone shut off this damn
EKG. It is giving me dreams about
getting backed over by a garbage
truck...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hey you!
                                                            
ELLIE, TOMMY, and SAM move up close around JOHN'S bed. TOMMY
hugs his Dad the best he can over the wires and tubes.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Softly)
Hi John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Smiling weakly)
Hi Sam. Fancy meeting you here.
You look nice.
                                                            
                       SAM
I wish I could say the same. How
do you feel?
                                                            

29.

                       JOHN
Like a chew toy.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
What happened Dad? Where are CJ
and Hooch?
                                                            
ELLIE and SAM share a concerned glance. ELLIE puts her arm
around TOMMY. Her eyes water up again. JOHN looks distraught
then his expression becomes serious. SAM reaches down and
holds his hand.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
FLASHBACK - JOHN
                                                            
We see the a down swiping CLAWED HAND. We see SNARLING teeth
in extreme close-up. We see AMBER eyes staring HATEFULLY
under hairy furrowed brow. The periphery of our view is
BLURRED and DARK.
                                                            
                       CJ
      (v.o.)
Johnny! Help me!
                                                            
Our view FADES TO BLACK. The AMBER eyes are the last thing
we see. SNARLING is heard.

END FLASHBACK
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
CLOSE ON JOHN'S FACE
                                                            
JOHN is startled from his memory. He has begun to sweat
profusely. Terror is etched on his face again.
                                                            
ON TOMMY'S FACE
                                                            
TOMMY is extremely concerned. He has obviously never seen
his father so distressed.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad?
                                                            
ICU ROOM
                                                            
JOHN pushes the button to raise his bed a bit into a more
upright position. He maintains a death grip on SAM'S hand.
Quickly he regains his composure.
                                                            

30.

                       JOHN
      (To Tommy)
It's O.K. kid. I'm still a bit
shook up.
      (Sadly)
Will and CJ aren't coming back
Tommy. They didn't make it.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Tears building)
No...no....no. They always come
back! Just like you! They can't be
gone!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Tom...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Sobbing
       uncontrollably)
No! Please Dad.
                                                            
ELLIE hugs TOMMY close. He cries with his face buried in her
shoulder. ELLIE is teary eyed. It breaks her heart to see
TOMMY so devastated.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (To John)
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry about your
friends.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (To Tommy)
We don't always get to come home.
                                                            
TOMMY composes himself to a minor extent and regards JOHN.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Voice wavering)
I'm glad you're home Dad.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Me too.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO MONTAGE
                                                            
We see TOMMY leaving school, getting picked up by SAM. We
see ELLIE attending a class for college. We see JOHN being
assessed by his DOCTOR, who seems amazed at how fast JOHN is
healing from his wounds. A scene of a funeral plays out,
with military honors; ELLIE, SAM, and TOMMY are in
attendance. The funeral is for WILLIAM "HOOCH" CARSON and
CHARLES "CJ" JENSON. Flags are folded and given to WOMEN we

31.

presume to be next of kin. These same WOMEN are seen
visiting JOHN at the hospital. They give him a picture of
himself, CJ, and HOOCH still in uniform from their Army
days. The WOMEN leave and JOHN weeps alone in his hospital
room.

END MONTAGE
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL EXAMINATION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
JOHN is brought into the room in a WHEELCHAIR, pushed by a
NURSE. DOCTOR CONWAY, Male mid-50's and balding, stands with
a clipboard in front of an X-RAY DISPLAY.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
Good morning Mr. Parker! I don't
usually take patients from their
rooms, but I wanted to bring you
here to see these.
                                                            
DOCTOR CONWAY gestures towards the X-RAYS illuminated on the
display. They are spinal X-RAYS showing cervical and lumbar
vertebrae.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You'll have to do the talking Doc
because I'm no expert reading
those.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
Of course. When you first arrived
in the ER, you had five broken
ribs, and two fractured
vertebrae...
      (Indicates on the
       x-ray)
One was your C2. The other was
your L1.
      (Checks clipboard)
You also had a punctured lung,
from the broken ribs, and a jagged
laceration on your left shoulder
down to the bone.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Based on my level of soreness, I'd
say that sounds about right.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
You also needed a transfusion due
to extensive blood loss.
                                                            

32.

                       JOHN
      (Dryly)
I suppose I was due for an oil
change.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
      (Chuckling)
Needless to say. You were a wreck
Mr. Parker. "Were" being the key
word.
                                                            
DOCTOR CONWAY pulls down the old spinal X-RAYS and inserts
new X-RAYS showing RIBS and SPINE.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
We took these yesterday as you
probably recall. Notice how much
the bones have healed! This is the
kind of recovery I would expect to
see after 45 days. Not 9 days!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Confused)
So...I heal a bit faster than
normal? Is that a bad thing.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
That is just it Mr. Parker. Nobody
heals that fast. It is
astounding...bordering on the
impossible.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Hopeful)
Did if occur to you that maybe you
and your staff are just that good?
                                                            
DOCTOR CONWAY sits down in a chair, bringing himself down to
eye level with JOHN. He has a look of wonder and disbelief
on his face.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
I've been in this business for
nearly 30 years. I'm no slouch at
what I do. This is way beyond my
skill to claim credit for.
      (Exhaling deeply)
Are you religious Mr. Parker?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Not so much. No.
                                                            

33.

                       DOCTOR CONWAY
Have you noticed how well that
wound on your shoulder is mending?
We sewed it up as best we could. I
would have forecast a jagged scar.
I think now that I might be wrong.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I did notice. It doesn't hurt
nearly as much either. The
stiffness is going away.
                                                            
JOHN ROTATES his shoulder and arm cautiously. He winces
slightly.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
I think someone upstairs has taken
an interest in you.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It could be Doc. I keep an open
mind. In the Army, I always put my
faith in the man to my left and
right to see me through.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
      (Nodding)
That's pragmatic.
      (Gesturing towards
       the X-ray display)
That...I don't know what that is.
I keep my faith for just such an
emergency. You were nearly a
corpse when we got you. I wouldn't
have expected you to be out of the
woods this fast. How would you
explain that?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I ran.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR CONWAY
      (Nodding knowingly)
Well, in any case. You'll be well
enough to go home tomorrow. I wish
you the best of luck. I'd also
like to see you for a follow-up in
a week.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

34.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
JOHN is wheeled out in a WHEELCHAIR through the hospital
front door by a young NURSE. His left arm is held loosely in
a SLING. He is flanked by SAM on his right and TOMMY on his
left. A late model RED SEDAN pulls up to the
pick-up/drop-off ramp and ELLIE exits the vehicle. She waves
at JOHN, SAM, and TOMMY and opens the passenger side door.
                                                            
ON ELLIE
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Your chariot awaits! Pardon the
lack of rose petals but I couldn't
hit the florist in time after my
morning class.
                                                            
ON JOHN AND ALL
                                                            
SAM and TOMMY help JOHN to his feet. He is a bit SHAKY, but
soon stands tall. SAM loops her arm through JOHN'S and walks
with him towards the car.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (To Ellie)
Har har har. If you wanted to
impress me you should have brought
a beer.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Sorry Mr. Parker...the nurse
vetoed that. Something about not
mixing well with your medications.
                                                            
                       SAM
Thanks for bringing the car around
Ellie.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Sure thing!
                                                            
SAM helps JOHN get into the SEDAN. TOMMY hops in the back
seat. SAM turns to address ELLIE. TOMMY and JOHN have a
silent conversation we cannot hear in the b.g.
                                                            
ON SAM AND ELLIE
                                                            
                       SAM
Thanks for all the help El. It has
been hectic the last week. You
keeping an eye on Tommy while I'm
at work has been a big help. I
need to give you a raise!
      (Laughing)
            (MORE)

35.

                       SAM (cont'd)
Or at least an employee health
plan.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Laughing)
No thanks needed. I've known you
guys for a long time. You're
family. Though...I might request
something to eat. Poor college
student and all. Anyone up for
some pizza?
                                                            
TOMMY quickly hangs out the rear window. The mention of food
has his interest piqued.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Pizza? Oh hell's yes. The second
favorite "P" word of a teenage
boy!
                                                            
ELLIE swats TOMMY on the top of the head. SAM looks at TOMMY
sternly with her arms crossed.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Rubbing head)
Ouch! What you guys don't like
pancakes?
                                                            
                       SAM
      (To John)
Seriously?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Smirking)
I'd give that quip high marks.
                                                            
                       SAM
You would. Pizza it is then.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Tommy)
Couldn't help it could you.
                                                            
TOMMY makes an exaggerated TOOTHY smile at ELLIE. ELLIE
points her index and middle finger at her eyes, then points
them at TOMMY, in a I'M WATCHING YOU gesture.
                                                            
ON ELLIE AND SAM
                                                            
ELLIE hands the SEDAN keys to SAM and gets her own VW BEETLE
keys from her purse.
                                                            

36.

                       ELLIE
Pizza Shack or Gallardo's?
                                                            
                       SAM
Gallardo's. Pizza Shack is too
greasy for my liking. See you
there in say...15 minutes?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Sam)
Sounds good.
      (To John)
Glad you're back!
      (To Tommy)
See you there turd.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thanks El.
                                                            
ON SEDAN AND LOT
                                                            
SAM and ELLIE embrace in a brief hug. SAM starts walking
towards the parking lot. TOMMY waves BYE from the back
window. SAM smiles and repeats her I'M WATCHING YOU gesture.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. GALLARDO'S PIZZARIA - LATER
                                                            
GALLARDO'S is a small Mom & Pops type establishment. The
atmosphere is dimly lit and intimate. Various groups of
people can be seen seated in small alcoves and floor area
tables. The place has a semi-formal vibe. JOHN and SAM sit
next to each other in an alcove. ELLIE and TOMMY sit next to
each other on the opposite side of the table.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Hey Dad! What kind of pizza are
you feeling?
                                                            
JOHN folds his MENU and gives a decisive nod of approval.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I don't know about you all, but I
am craving a meat lover's pizza.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Surprised)
Really? You almost always go for a
Hawaiian.
                                                            

37.

                       JOHN
After the hospital food, I want
want to indulge a bit.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Get want you want John. I'm good
with anything really.
      (Wrinkling nose)
...except anchovies.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To Ellie)
I know right! Anchovies are pretty
disgusting.
                                                            
The group places an order, then hand over their menus to the
WAITRESS; female, late teens.
                                                            
DINNER MONTAGE
                                                            
We see the group laughing and having a good time. JOHN, SAM,
TOMMY and ELLIE look like a family having their first real
fun in a long time. SAM seems to be partial to JOHN and her
love of her husband shows even though they are separated.
TOMMY and ELLIE seem keenly aware that events of late have
brought JOHN and SAM closer together. TOMMY seems GIDDY at
the prospect his parents may be reconciling.

END MONTAGE
                                                            
FAMILY TABLE - LATER
                                                            
SAM sits with her arm hooked through JOHN'S good arm. The
pizza pan lays empty. Only crumbs remain. The group appears
satiated and content.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Thank you for dinner. It was great
do this together again.
                                                            
                       SAM
Oh... you're welcome El. I really
missed this too.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
So...um...Mom? Dad? Does this mean
you guys will be talking more?
                                                            
JOHN looks at SAM and PATS her hand. He SMILES warmly at her
looking for some sign in her expression. SAM returns the
SMILE and gives TOMMY an apprehensive look. TOMMY'S
enthusiasm fades slightly.
                                                            

38.

                       SAM
      (To Tommy)
Honey, I don't know. Your Dad had
me really worried about him. We'll
have to see how things go.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (To Tommy)
One step at a time kid. Your Mom
and I love each other, but we have
some things to sort out. Almost
getting killed won't fix the
issues that pushed us apart to
begin with.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Frustrated)
But...but...neither of you two
have been this happy in a really
long time!
                                                            
ELLIE sits quietly and watches the exchange. She puts her
arm around TOMMY and gives him a gentle SHAKE.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I've got an idea! How about I take
Tommy home and watch him the rest
of the evening.
      (Fetching her car
       keys)
You two can actually have some
privacy to talk.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
But I wanted to spend time...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Tommy)
You will. How bout' you give them
a little space for one evening?
I'm not bad company after all. We
can watch one of those horror
movies you love so much.
                                                            
                       SAM
Oh I don't know Ellie.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Come on Sam. You're going to make
me beg for a date?
                                                            

39.

                       SAM
      (To John)
Maybe. That is how we got started
remember?
                                                            
ELLIE slides out of the booth and pulls TOMMY by the arm. He
is bit slow to respond but grudgingly goes along with her.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To John and Sam)
I guess we'll see you later.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Tommy)
Come on Tommy.
      (To John and Sam)
Bye Mr. and Mrs. Parker. Have fun.
I'll see you guys later.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Bye El. Thanks.
                                                            
                       SAM
Bye Ellie. Don't let Tommy run you
ragged.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To nobody in
       particular)
I'm not that bad.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
We'll be fine. I'm sure he'll pick
to most horrible gory movie to
watch so we both have nightmares.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Oh hey! We can watch The Evil Dead
2!
                                                            
ELLIE and TOMMY exit leaving JOHN and SAM alone in the booth
at the pizzeria.
                                                            
OUT THE PIZZARIA WINDOW
                                                            
We see ELLIE and TOMMY going across the parking lot. TOMMY
seems to be acting out a scene from EVIL DEAD 2. He is very
excited. ELLIE is amused and ushers him into her VW BEETLE.
The car starts and they drive away.
                                                            
ON SAM AND JOHN
                                                            
Both look uncomfortable now that they are finally alone.
                                                            

40.

                       JOHN
So...here we are again. Just like
our first date huh?
                                                            
SAM slides out of the booth next to JOHN and moves to the
other side of the booth where TOMMY and ELLIE were seated
previously.
                                                            
                       SAM
That was a long time ago. It seems
like ages have passed.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You're still beautiful. The ages
have been kind.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Raising an
       eyebrow)
I see you are going straight for
the "charming rogue" approach.
      (Smiles wryly)
I'm a big girl now and that
doesn't work on me anymore.
                                                            
JOHN leans forward and places his right hand over both of
SAM's.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm sorry Sam. I never said it to
you. All these issues we've had...
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Condesending)
An apology? From you? I never
thought I'd see the day. That
encounter in the woods must have
scared the asshole right out of
you.
                                                            
JOHN leans back. Obviously hurt by SAM'S words. He SIGHS and
and FIDGETS nervously with a napkin on the table. He doesn't
want to meet SAM'S gaze.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Alright. I know I deserve that.
                                                            
                       SAM
You're damn straight! I'm not the
woman you married. I have ambition
and I know what I need in my life
to be happy.
                                                            

41.

                       JOHN
I know I need you. Tommy has told
me as much for the last year. I
just didn't listen. Pride and
guilt are poor substitute for
reconciliation.
                                                            
SAM'S expression softens. Her demeanor becomes less
challenging and more relaxed again.
                                                            
                       SAM
Our son refuses to give up on us.
That is somewhat reassuring.
                                                            
                       JOHN
He helps keep me going. We've
become closer since the break-up.
                                                            
                       SAM
I know. It is a good thing. I'm
glad to see you being more
involved than before. It was all
that I ever wanted from you John.
You came back from the war so
distant. It always seemed like the
only people you'd open up to were
your Army friends.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I should have reached out to you
more. I should have tried harder.
                                                            
SAM leans forward and SMILES at JOHN. She pays the WAITRESS
and tosses a tip on the table. JOHN meets her gaze and looks
a bit PERPLEXED.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Standing up)
You coming?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well you are my ride after all. My
good hitch-hiking hand is still
busted.
                                                            
                       SAM
You're right-handed John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Wryly)
But I use my left hand to pull up
my skirt. It gets the truckers to
stop every time.
                                                            

42.

SAM and JOHN laugh. SAM helps JOHN out of the booth and they
depart the pizzeria.
                                                            
PARKING LOT
                                                            
SAM hooks her arm through JOHN's as they walk to the SEDAN.
We move with them as they converse.
                                                            
                       SAM
So where do we go from here? Just
so you know John Parker, I don't
put out on the first date.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Oh. Well good thing it isn't our
first date.
                                                            
SAM playfully SLAPS JOHN'S chest. He WINCES and lets out a
small GROAN.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Wincing)
Oh! I'm sorry! I wasn't
thinking...
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's O.K. The shoulder is healing
pretty good. How does stopping for
ice cream and swinging by the
grocery store for wine sound to
you?
      (Pulls out wallet)
I'm buying this time.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Playful and
       sarcastic)
Oh I see. When sweet words don't
work, you resort to booze. Nice.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Ice cream. The booze is for the
pain in my shoulder.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
The room is DARK. The light of the TV FLASHES and FLICKERS
casting a glow in the room. We hear SCREAMS and the WHIRRING
of a CHAINSAW coming from a movie that is playing. ELLIE and
TOMMY sit on the sofa with a huge bowel of POPCORN between

43.

them. ELLIE has a blanket pulled up in front of her eyes.
TOMMY watches her amused.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Tommy is it O.K. to look yet?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Sure!
                                                            
ELLIE peeks from behind the blanket. We hear more SCREAMS
and the sounds of TEARING flesh. The CHAINSAW ROARS loudly.
ELLIE SQUEEKS and ducks back behind the blanket.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You said it was O.K. to look turd!
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Laughing)
It is! C'mon Ellie! You're missing
the good part!
                                                            
TOMMY tosses some POPCORN at ELLIE behind her blanket wall.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
This is a classic!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
If you say so. Won't this give you
nightmares?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Nah! I've seen this "Chainsaw
Rampage" six times! Wanna watch
"The Howling" after this?
                                                            
ELLIE drops the blanket down hearing less action coming from
the TV. She looks at the clock on the wall and it reads
6:14PM.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Why don't we watch a comedy?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Dejected)
Aw!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You like comedies!
                                                            
                       TOMMY
True. But comedies don't make you
hide behind a blanket.
                                                            

44.

                       ELLIE
      (Tossing popcorn
       at Tommy)
Oh is that so? I didn't realize I
was a source of entertainment for
you.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
It's the little things El. Hey,
how do you think Mom and Dad are
doing?
                                                            
ELLIE drops the blanket to her lap and regards TOMMY. He is
SERIOUS and CONCERNED.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Fixing a relationship is not like
fixing a car Tommy. I think your
folks are trying their best.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Everything was so great at
lunch...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Nodding)
Better than I've seen in a long
time. I think they may have remade
a connection. Only time will tell.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Looking towards
       the wall)
Do you think they are really
talking things out... or fighting?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Sighing)
Honestly, probably a little of
both. The fact your Dad isn't home
yet makes me think that the
fighting isn't too bad though.
                                                            
TOMMY seems deep in thought. He stares with a furrowed brow
at the wall. ELLIE prods him and he looks at her. She points
a thumb in the direction of the TV.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
The "Chainsaw Revenge" is over.
                                                            

45.

                       TOMMY
      (Looking to the TV)
"Rampage". "Revenge" is the
sequel.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Well you better pop in "The
Howling". Remember you still need
to get to bed by 10:00PM.
                                                            
TOMMY immediately cheers up and JUMPS up from the sofa. He
swaps out DVD'S and JUMPS back on the sofa. ELLIE ROLLS her
EYES and watches TOMMY place the POPCORN bowl on his lap. He
stuffs a big HANDFUL of POPCORN in his mouth and offers the
bowl to ELLIE.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Sarcastically)
So o'horror maestro...what is this
next movie about anyways?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Incredulous)
Werewolves!
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. SAM'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
It is DARK in the room. Pictures of SAM, JOHN, and TOMMY sit
on the night stand. The room is well-decorated and
maintained. A queen sized bed sits centered in the room
directly opposite of the bathroom door. A man's and woman's
clothes can be seen strewn about the edges of the bed. It is
obvious they were hastily removed. An empty wine bottle and
two glasses sit on the night stand.
                                                            
ON THE BED; BATHROOM DOOR POV
                                                            
DREAM SEQUENCE FOR JOHN
                                                            
Two human sized lumps lay motionless under the covers of the
bed. The one on the left STIRS and the covers fold back. SAM
is dressed only in JOHN'S shirt. It hangs down mid-thigh on
SAM. SAM rubs her eyes and looks at the digital clock across
the room on the dresser. The clock reads 12:03AM.

SAM runs her hands through her hair, gets up, and looks
towards the lump of blankets where JOHN sleeps. She SMILES,
yawns, then walks towards the bathroom.
                                                            
OVER SAM'S SHOULDER
                                                            

46.

SAM enters the bathroom and stands in front of the large
VANITY MIRROR. A small NIGHTLIGHT sheds faint light from a
plug on the counter top. We see SAM'S face dimly under lit.
She fills a small glass with water quietly and drinks it. We
see SAM from the waist up in the VANITY MIRROR. The bed can
be made out dimly through the open bathroom door. SAM HUMS
softly and begins to wash make-up off her face.

We see the lump under the covers where JOHN lies TOSSING
about in the mirror behind SAM. She is DISTRACTED cleaning
up. The lump under the covers GROWS and RISES. CREAKING
sounds from the bed box springs can be heard.

The covers drop away from a RISING form revealing a MASSIVE
HUNCHED beast. AMBER eyes can be seen in the dimly lit
bedroom behind SAM in the mirror. The WEREWOLF stands,
HUNCHED to not hits it's head on the roof, and CREEPS
forward across the mattress. The GROAN of the box springs
sounds with each methodical step the beast takes.

SAM has water and soap in her eyes, but she turns her head
to listen; eyes CLOSED TIGHT. She GROPES for a HAND TOWEL
laying on the counter top and uses it to wipe her face. SAM
looks up into the mirror. She sees the towering 7ft frame of
the WEREWOLF outside the bathroom door covered mostly in
SHADOWS. The beast's form blocks out most of the view of the
bedroom. The beast SNARLS and in the dim light coming from
the NIGHTLIGHT, SAM can make out AMBER eyes and GLISTENING
TEETH.

SAM SCREAMS and SPINS AROUND. She sees nothing. The bedroom
is empty. The bed is EMPTY. She CREEPS forward and peeks out
the door. Nothing. SAM backs up to the counter top BREATHING
HEAVILY and SHAKES her head in disbelief. She TURNS to the
VANITY MIRROR. The form of the WEREWOLF LOOMS right behind
her ROARING. SHE SCREAMS but this time it is cut short with
powerful SWIPE from the beast's claws. SAM'S head is SHEARED
OFF in one blow and a gratuitous SPRAY of blood clouds the
view in the VANITY MIRROR.

END JOHN'S DREAM SEQUENCE
                                                            
CLOSE ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN BOLTS upright in the bed BREATHING RAPIDLY. His face
and bare chest gleam with sweat. He QUICKLY looks to his
right to see SAM DOZING next to him. She appears undisturbed
by his sudden awakening. JOHN slips out of bed and walks to
the bathroom. He RUBS the sides of his head and face
VIGOROUSLY trying to shake off the fog of sleep.
                                                            
OVER JOHN'S SHOULDER
                                                            

47.

JOHN enters the bathroom and glaces at the VANITY MIRROR.
His own face is dimly under lit by the NIGHTLIGHT and he is
shocked to see his EYES reflecting an AMBER hue. JOHN SLAPS
the main VANITY MIRROR light ON. BRIGHT light illuminates
the whole bathroom and the bed in the bedroom through the
open door. JOHN looks INTENTLY in the mirror. His EYES
appear to be their normal color again.

SAM can be seen getting up from bed and walking towards JOHN
in the VANITY MIRROR. JOHN EXAMINES his wounded shoulder by
pulling the BANDAGE back. We see the wound is mostly healed
leaving an IRREGULAR scar. JOHN begins to PICK at the
STITCHES, removing each, one by one. SAM walks up behind
JOHN and puts her ARMS around his WAIST.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Tired)
Shouldn't you wait for the Doctor
to take those out?
                                                            
                       JOHN
If they stay in longer the skin
will heal over them.
                                                            
JOHN renews his efforts to remove the STITCHES. His face is
STERN. SAM leans her head on his good shoulder. She is
CONCERNED.
                                                            
                       SAM
What's wrong?
                                                            
                       JOHN
What? Nothing. I'm fine.
                                                            
                       SAM
Remember we just had a
conversation about you needing to
open up more?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Sighing)
Yes. You're right...bad dreams.
                                                            
                       SAM
About that night? Or the war?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Neither. About tonight.
                                                            
                       SAM
About what might happen with us?
                                                            

48.

                       JOHN
Yeah. Sort of.
                                                            
SAM PULLS JOHN around to face her. She puts her arms around
him and HOLDS him TIGHTLY. JOHN puts both arms around her
and returns the gesture.
                                                            
                       SAM
Come'on. Let's get dressed. I'll
take you back to the house. Tommy
is probably waiting up for
you...and it's a school night.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Alright.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS
                                                            
JOHN comes in the front door QUIETLY. He puts his wallet and
a few items from his pocket on a table by the entryway. JOHN
walks over to the sofa where ELLIE lays SLEEPING. Her
BLANKET has fallen on the floor and the room is DIMLY lit by
the TV. JOHN picks up the BLANKET and covers up ELLIE.

JOHN picks up the TV/DVD REMOTE from the COFFEE TABLE and
points it at the entertainment center. He FREEZES as he
STARES at the TV. The TITLE MENU for the movie THE HOWLING
is shown. JOHN looks at the display INTENTLY for a moment,
lost in thought, then turns off the TV and DVD player. The
room is shrouded in darkness.

JOHN makes his way upstairs QUIETLY and turns at the top of
the STAIRS to go to TOMMY'S room.
                                                            
INT - TOMMY'S ROOM
                                                            
We see the bedroom door open SLOWLY. JOHN PEEKS into TOMMY'S
bedroom. He seems SATISFIED that TOMMY is sleeping and
CLOSES the door.
                                                            
INT - GARAGE
                                                            
JOHN enters the garage. The garage has WORK BENCHES on two
walls with a vintage, primered, 1969 CAMARO sitting in the
middle of the room. JOHN walks by a long WORK BENCH
containing numerous automotive TOOLS and makes his way to a
short WORK BENCH on the opposite side of the CAMARO. The
bench sits in front of the garage window and contains TOOLS
for maintaining firearms and making bullets. At the edge of
the short WORK BENCH is an old COMPUTER adorned with STP

49.

stickers, football team LOGOS, and AUTOMOTIVE company
stickers.

JOHN sits down at the COMPUTER and pulls up the GOOGLE
website.
                                                            
CLOSE ON COMPUTER SCREEN
                                                            
JOHN types in a GOOGLE search for "WILDLIFE NEAR SUMTER
RIDGE". The search displays numerous animals including
bears, mountain lions, and wolves.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN seems ANNOYED. He is not finding what he is looking
for.
                                                            
                       JOHN
No.
                                                            
CLOSE ON COMPUTER SCREEN
                                                            
JOHN types in a GOOGLE search for "WOLF/BEAR TYPE ANIMAL
SUMTER RIDGE". The search shows NO RESULTS.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN STROKES the STUBBLE on his chin.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Talking to
       himself)
Fine. How about other attacks?
                                                            
CLOSE ON COMPUTER SCREEN
                                                            
JOHN types in a GOOGLE search for "ANIMAL ATTACKS IN SUMTER
RIDGE". The search returns several results. The screen
scrolls showing various ARTICLE TITLES.

MAN MISSING NEAR TOKER CREEK

BEAR ATTACKS TOURIST AT TOKER CAMPGROUND - 1 DEAD

BODY FOUND IN FOREST BY HIKERS, AUTHORITIES SUSPECT BEAR
ATTACK

FULL MOON MAYHEM - HUNTERS KILLED NEAR BRANDT RIDGE

FISHERMEN ATTACKED! ONE SURVIVOR - AUTHORITIES CONTINUE HUNT
FOR ROGUE BEAR.
                                                            

50.

                       JOHN
      (v.o.)
No fucking way. That was not a
bear! It had hands.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN STUDIES the ARTICLES carefully. Suddenly he is SHOCKED
by a realization.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Talking to
       himself)
They are each one month apart.
"Full Moon Mayhem".
      (Nervously)
There was a full moon that night
at the river.
      (Quickly)
I gotta check the dates for these!
                                                            
JOHN gets up and TEARS a SWIMSUIT CALENDER down from the
wall of the garage. He QUICKLY returns to his seat in front
of the computer and begins to compare dates in the ARTICLES
with dates for the FULL MOON on the calender.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Softly)
Oh, fuck me.
                                                            
CLOSE ON COMPUTER SCREEN
                                                            
JOHN types in a GOOGLE search for, "WOLF/MAN SUMTER RIDGE".
The search engine shows a question asking, "DID YOU MEAN
WEREWOLF SUMTER RIDGE"?
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN STARES disbelieving at the COMPUTER monitor.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Barely audible)
Werewolf.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. SUMTER RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
TOMMY stands near the curb to the school. He has his
BACKPACK hanging over one shoulder. A NOTIFICATION comes
across his CELLPHONE and he checks the message. It is from
JOHN.

51.


The CELLPHONE reads, "RUNNING LATE. BE THERE SHORTLY."
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Great.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (O.S.)
Hey Parker!
                                                            
TOMMY turns in the direction of the VOICE. He realizes it is
JAKE MYER a 14 year old, male, with a mean disposition.
TOMMY is apprehensive.
                                                            
ON TOMMY AND JAKE
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Hey Jake. I don't want any
trouble. One suspension is enough
for this month.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Angry)
Well trouble just found you
faggot! I've been looking for you.
Guess you've been hiding like a
little bitch!
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Exasperated)
May Dad has been in the hospital!
Don't you think I have better
things to do than wait around for
you to pick a fight?
                                                            
TOMMY drops his BACKPACK at his feet expecting to have to
defend himself.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Cracking his
       knuckles)
Don't worry. I'll set you up with
a room right next to your pops.
                                                            
JAKE swings a HAYMAKER punch at TOMMY'S head. TOMMY ducks it
easily and circles the bully. JAKE swings WILDLY trying to
land a punch on TOMMY. TOMMY is too quick for him.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Come on Jake! I don't want to
fight you.
                                                            

52.

                       JAKE
Who said you have a choice!
                                                            
TOMMY dodges two more big punches. A large crowd of kids
gathers to watch the fight. A CACOPHONY of voices JEER and
SHOUT. JAKE looks to be getting WINDED trying to engage his
smaller opponent.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Furious)
I'm gonna beat you to a pulp you
weaselly little shit!
                                                            
JAKE tries another HAYMAKER and oversteps his balance. TOMMY
ducks outside the punch, snatches up his BACKPACK, and
brings it around like a mace in one fluid maneuver. TOMMY
BASHES JAKE on the head with is BACKPACK, sending the bully
sprawling on the ground.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Had enough?
                                                            
JAKE scrambles to his feet holding his head. He is IRATE.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You're dead meat!
                                                            
JAKE tries throwing a straight punch to TOMMY'S head. TOMMY
blocks it using his BACKPACK full of books. JAKE recoils his
hand in PAIN. TOMMY uses the opportunity to knee JAKE in the
groin. The fight ends with JAKE GROANING on the ground and
JOHN'S CAMARO pulling up to the curb.
                                                            
ON TOMMY
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Gotta go Jake.
                                                            
ON JOHN'S CAMARO
                                                            
JOHN steps out of the CAMARO and surveys the situation. The
CROWD begins to MURMUR and disperse realizing a parent has
arrived. TOMMY gives JOHN a SHEEPISH smirk and a WAVE.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Hi Dad.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Frowning)
Tommy what have I said about
fighting?
                                                            

53.

                       TOMMY
"Don't do it unless necessary".
Yeah. I got it. I didn't even
throw a punch!
                                                            
JOHN approaches JAKE and helps him up to his feet. JAKE
looks QUEASY.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Stern)
You O.K. kid?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes...yes sir.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Good. Then you can turn your ass
around and move out smartly.
                                                            
JAKE turns SLOWLY. It is obvious he is still feeling the
effects of the groin hit.
                                                            
ON JOHN AND TOMMY
                                                            
                       JOHN
Get in the car Tommy.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Grounded again?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Not this time.
                                                            
JOHN and TOMMY get in the CAMARO. JOHN pulls away from the
curb and begins to drive down the city street away from the
school.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. JOHN'S CAMARO - DAY
                                                            
JOHN drives casually with one hand on the wheel. TOMMY
tosses his BACKPACK into the backseat and hastily buckles
his seat belt.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad I'm sorry. I didn't want to
fight with Jake. He's still fuming
about...
                                                            

54.

                       JOHN
      (Interrupting)
Don't worry about it Tommy.
Something more important has come
up.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
What?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I don't even know where to start.
It's so crazy, I don't think I
even fully believe it.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Believe what? I don't get it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Calmly)
The night I was attacked, I saw
something...monstrous. It wasn't
no damn bear like the local news
suggested. I shot it more than
once with Hooch's shotgun. It
barely even slowed it down.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Apprehensive)
What then?
                                                            
                       JOHN
It walked on two legs like a man.
The face...was like a wolf, but it
was the size of a bear.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Umm...Dad what you are describing
is...
                                                            
                       JOHN
A thing right out of a horror
movie. I know. I know. Trust me I
know just how crazy I sound! I did
a little research the other night.
The night we got attacked was a
full moon. Every major animal
attack around Sumter Ridge in the
last few months happened on a
night of the full moon!
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Unconvincingly)
Monsters aren't real. You told me
that plenty of times when I got
            (MORE)

55.

                       TOMMY (cont'd)
scared by movies.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I was wrong.
      (Looking Tommy in
       the eye)
And this ain't no movie.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I don't know Dad. I don't know
what to say.
      (Suddenly
       terrified)
Oh my god! You got bit. Your
shoulder!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah. The Doctor thinks my
recovery is a miracle. Notice that
I'm not using my sling? Hell, I
don't even feel pain in my ribs
anymore.
                                                            
TOMMY shifts NERVOUSLY in the car seat. He tries to put some
distance between himself and JOHN.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
What are we gonna do?
                                                            
                       JOHN
We're gonna do what they do in
those horror flicks you watch.
Make some silver bullets.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad! Silver bullets are used to
kill the werewolf in those movies!
You're the one who got bit.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Exactly.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Frantic)
No way! No way! You can't do it.
You can't kill yourself!
                                                            
                       JOHN
I know this is not the kind of
topic a father should discuss with
his son.
      (Shaking his head)
            (MORE)

56.

                       JOHN (cont'd)
What else can I do?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Wait! See what happens! Maybe
you're wrong.
      (Rubs forehead
       nervously)
You almost died, but now you're
healing up. You and Mom are
talking and getting along again!
Everything is going so good.
Please give it a chance.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Maybe I'm wrong. But if I'm right,
and not crazy, you, Mom, Ellie,
and anyone else around me will be
in danger. That thing in the woods
was lethal Tommy. No conscience.
No remorse.
      (Softly)
I couldn't go on living if I knew
I caused harm to you.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Give it a chance Dad. We'll figure
something out. Lets go get the
silver...just to be safe.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We need a plan. The full moon is
coming in a few days.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. ELMA'S ANTIQUES AND CURIOS - DAY
                                                            
JOHN'S CAMARO pull up in front of ELMA'S ANTIQUES AND
CURIOS. JOHN and TOMMY get out of the car and enter through
the front door to the shop. Small bells JINGLE as the door
opens.

The shop is small and CLUTTERED. ELMA, female, mid-60's,
sits behind the register counter. She notices her visitors,
smiles, and goes back to reading a novella.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Wrinkly his nose)
Oh man. I thought hospitals
smelled bad.
                                                            

57.

                       JOHN
That's the smell of history. Show
a little respect.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You said that when we visited
Grandma at the nursing home.
                                                            
JOHN grabs TOMMY by the back of the neck and directs him
down a CLUTTERED aisle.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Wiggling free of
       John's grip)
What are we looking for? I don't
think that lady has a stockpile of
ammo laying around to protect red
riding hood.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Oh you're funny smart-ass. Look
for something silver. Anything.
                                                            
JOHN and TOMMY begin to search the store. They sift through
miscellaneous junk on shelves and in boxes until TOMMY finds
a CANDLESTICK HOLDER.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad! Look at this!
                                                            
ON THE CANDLESTICK HOLDER
                                                            
The CANDLESTICK HOLDER gleams in the light of the store. The
silver sheen of the metal can be seen under years of
oxidization.
                                                            
ON JOHN AND TOMMY
                                                            
JOHN takes the item from TOMMY and turns it over in his
hands. The bottom of the CANDLESTICK HOLDER reads, "STERLING
SILVER".
                                                            
                       JOHN
Bingo!
                                                            
AT THE CASH REGISTER
                                                            
JOHN places the CANDLESTICK HOLDER on the counter, ELMA
rings up the item.
                                                            
                       ELMA
That'll be 60 dollars even.
                                                            

58.

                       TOMMY
Ouch. Pricey.
                                                            
                       ELMA
Oh I know. It's silver. The last
remaining piece of a set I bought
a long time ago.
                                                            
JOHN pays for the item and ELMA puts it into a small brown
bag.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thanks.
                                                            
                       ELMA
Do you need your receipt?
                                                            
                       JOHN
No thanks. I don't plan on
bringing it back.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE GARAGE - EVENING
                                                            
We see the garage door open. JOHN and TOMMY pull into the
garage with JOHN'S CAMARO. CLASSIC ROCK music is PLAYS. We
see JOHN activate the garage door opener on the visor of the
CAMARO and the door begins to CLOSE. The car turns off and
we see JOHN and TOMMY exit the CAMARO.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Pointing at the
       small workbench)
Tommy get the crucible fired up.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
O.K.
      (Turning to John)
Hey Dad. You told us that you got
rid of all your guns because of
your PTSD. Bullets won't do us
much good.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah I got rid of all MY guns. I
still have one of your Grandpa's
tucked away.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
The old revolver?
                                                            

59.

                       JOHN
Yup. Colt. Single Action Army
chambered to .357 Magnum.
      (Turning to go
       inside the house)
I'll be right back.
                                                            
JOHN leaves the garage. He gives a quick WINK to TOMMY
before he departs.
                                                            
TOMMY fires up the CRUCIBLE and begins to set out the tools
needed to make some bullets from scratch. He does this with
a practiced hand.
                                                            
MONTAGE
                                                            
We see the WORKBENCH in the garage. JOHN and TOMMY work
together like a practiced team. We see the CANDLESTICK
HOLDER being cut into smaller pieces. Each piece is dropped
into the CRUCIBLE and melted down. We see molten silver
poured into bullet molds. Freshly made bullets are dropped
out on the WORKBENCH. Brand new shiny brass shell casings
are loaded with powder. The silver bullets are pressed into
the casings. Six finished .357 Magnum silver bullets are
loaded into the COLT SAA.

END MONTAGE
                                                            
ON THE REVOLVER
                                                            
The COLT SAA is held in JOHN'S hand. The weapon is
immaculately kept with a stainless finish. JOHN turns the
weapon to and fro. The barrel gleams in the light.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (v.o.)
Will it shoot?
                                                            
ON JOHN AND TOMMY
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah. I'm sure it will. Let's just
hope that it won't come to that.
                                                            
JOHN gives the COLT SAA to TOMMY.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Put it in your room on the night
stand.
                                                            

60.

                       TOMMY
That's it huh? No lecture on
muzzle discipline? No safety
procedures?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I think we're past all that now
Tommy. You know how to handle
that. This is deadly serious. Be
smart about it.
      (Puts arm around
       Tommy's shoulders)
Let's get some dinner.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE DINING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
TOMMY helps JOHN clean up the remnants of dinner. JOHN
cleans up the table and TOMMY loads dishes into the
dishwasher.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We need to call Ellie and talk to
her about all this.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You're kidding right?
                                                            
JOHN carries the leftovers of dinner to the counter next to
the refrigerator. He begins packing them up to be put away.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well we sure can't tell your Mom.
I don't want you to be by yourself
if something goes bad with me.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
How is this going to fly? "Ellie I
need you to watch Tommy so that
when I turn into a werewolf
someone is here to help him kill
me."
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well I don't think I'd put it
quite like that.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
But you see what I'm saying right
Dad?
                                                            

61.

                       JOHN
Yeah I know. I have a plan. If she
thinks I'm a bit crazy I can live
with that.
                                                            
TOMMY finishes cleaning and takes a seat on the counter top
near JOHN.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
A plan? Making silver bullets
isn't a plan Dad. It is something
a dude in a white coat would check
off the list to commit you.
                                                            
JOHN turns to regard TOMMY. He smiles warmly clearly
enjoying TOMMY'S levity.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I've given it some thought. The
day of the full moon I'll help you
make the house defensible. We'll
get Ellie over here to watch you.
I'll jump in the car and leave
town...go drive to some remote
area before moon rise. You guys
wait out the night here.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Why don't I just leave and go over
to Mom's? Why make it so
complicated?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Let's assume I am what I think I
am. What do predators do? Think
about what I've taught you.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Predators have a territory and a
den usually. They hunt their
territory. They rest in an place
they feel is secure.
                                                            
                       JOHN
So where would I feel most secure.
Where is my den? My territory?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Home. Our neighborhood...this
town.
      (Concerned)
I'm still not seeing how me
staying here is a good idea.
                                                            

62.

JOHN washes his hands, dries them, and grabs a seat on the
counter top next to TOMMY.
                                                            
                       JOHN
My point is that anybody around
here is in danger if I hang
around.
      (Rubbing chin
       stubble)
If I go far away, everyone may be
better off. If you stay here, at
least you know the place and can
defend it...it is your home too.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You want me to...
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Interrupting
       Tommy)
be a fail safe. If I come to town
as some sort of beast, my guess is
that I would find my way home...to
my den.
      (Putting hand on
       Tommy's shoulder)
Where a hunter will be waiting to
take me out.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
It puts Ellie in harms way Dad.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yes. It also gives you back-up.
Ellie is a capable young woman. I
trust her implicitly.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Well, she has been on a lot of our
family camping and hunting trips.
                                                            
                       JOHN
My point exactly. She knows what
she's doing.
      (Noticing a knife
       laying out)
You forgot a knife...
                                                            
JOHN hops off the counter and retrieves the KNIFE. He opens
the dishwasher and places the KNIFE inside; CUTTING himself
accidentally. Blood flows from JOHN'S finger.
                                                            

63.

                       JOHN
Ouch! Shit that stings.
      (Clasping his
       injured finger)
Get me a hand towel Tommy.
                                                            
TOMMY hops off the counter and grabs a hand towel from it's
holder near the oven. He passes it to JOHN.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Here ya go!
                                                            
JOHN holds the hand towel to his finger to staunch the blood
flow. He pulls away the towel to examine the cut. TOMMY and
JOHN both watch SHOCKED as the wound stops bleeding and
clots almost immediately. The wound KNITS back together as
they stare at it, leaving a thin red SCAR where the cut had
been.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Holy...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
No friggin' way!
                                                            
                       JOHN
We call Ellie tomorrow. I have to
go back to work. Hopefully she can
swing by when you get home from
school and I get off work to talk.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Somehow, I don't think she'll
think we're crazy now.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
                                                            
JOHN sits next to a large earth-mover on a pile of lumber.
He is dressed work attire and a hard-hat. Next to him sits a
small lunch box, bag of chips, soft drink, and a half-eaten
sandwich. Other WORKERS are seen in various areas taking a
break and enjoying their lunches. JOHN takes out his
CELLPHONE and makes a phone call.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hi! Ellie it's John.
      (beat)
Oh I'm fine. Feeling much better
actually. Tommy and I were
wondering if you could swing by
            (MORE)

64.

                       JOHN (cont'd)
this evening.
                                                            
JOHN takes a drink and listens to the phone. The voice on
the other end of the line is MUTED and INDISTINCT.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Yeah. Finals are a pain for sure.
I'm glad you did well. Tommy said
you'd been studying a lot lately.
      (beat)
I don't need you to watch Tommy
tonight. No. Just wanted to ask
about an upcoming day and discuss
some things face-to-face.
                                                            
JOHN begins to pack up his unfinished lunch.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Sure. No problem. O.K. we'll see
you around 6ish. Thanks a bunch
Ellie! Bye.
                                                            
JOHN takes his lunch box and climbs up into the earth-mover.
He starts the vehicle, the diesel engine ROARS to life, and
drives it towards an area where other vehicles are busily
working.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM - EVENING
                                                            
ELLIE sits on the sofa DUMFOUNDED. TOMMY sits next to her
and JOHN stands across from her in the middle of the room.
She SHAKES her head is disbelief. It is obvious that she has
been informed of TOMMY and JOHN'S plan.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
This is nuts! Do you really expect
me to believe this?
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's the truth El.
                                                            
ELLIE sits back on the sofa and crosses her arms DEFIANTLY.
She looks highly IRRITATED.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
The truth! You got attacked by a
werewolf and now you're going to
become one?
      (Scoffing)
John you need help. I can't
            (MORE)

65.

                       ELLIE (cont'd)
believe you're putting Tommy
through this! I understand you
were traumatized, but this...this
is...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Interrupting)
The truth.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To Tommy)
Really? Look I get that you love
your horror movies. I do too, but
this is fantasy. Werewolves are
not real!
      (To John)
You really helped him make silver
bullets? To kill you if need be?
Do you realize how sick that is
John!
                                                            
ELLIE stands up DISGUSTED and makes to walk towards the
front door. TOMMY stands to intervene.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Wait Ellie! Let us prove it.
Please!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I don't have time for this Tommy.
I'm calling your Mom! She needs to
know what is happening here.
                                                            
JOHN steps in front of ELLIE next to TOMMY. His face is
SOLEMN. JOHN takes a MULTI-TOOL out of a sheath on his hip,
opens it, and exposes a small knife blade. ELLIE backs away
from JOHN and TOMMY. JOHN locks the blade of the MULTI-TOOL
in place.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Fearful)
Wha! What are you doing?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Proving what we said.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Don't be afraid El. Just watch.
                                                            
JOHN quickly STABS the knife blade of the MULTI-TOOL into
the palm of the opposite hand. JOHN lets out a restricted
CRY of pain. He turns his hand so that ELLIE can see the

66.

blade has passed all the way through; then withdraws the
blade.

ELLIE lets out a SCREAM and covers her mouth in DISGUST.
TOMMY WINCES and allows a HISS to escape watching what JOHN
did.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh God...oh God...oh God!
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Holding up his
       hand)
Watch.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I can't! I...
                                                            
CLOSE ON JOHN'S HAND
                                                            
The blood STOPS. The wound HEALS right before everyone's
eyes. Only a faint scar remains.
                                                            
CLOSE ON ELLIE
                                                            
DISBELIEF crosses ELLIE'S face. She stares unblinking at
what JOHN has demonstrated. ELLIE makes the sign of the
cross. Her face goes PALE with SHOCK.
                                                            
ON THE GROUP
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Do you believe us now El?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I would never lie to you Ellie. We
need your help. Please...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I...
                                                            
ELLIE'S eyes roll back and she FAINTS. JOHN and TOMMY both
rush forward to catch her before she falls. JOHN hoists
ELLIE up and places her back on the sofa. TOMMY sits next to
her and cradles her HEAD.
                                                            
ELLIE'S POV - LATER
                                                            
ELLIE'S eyes open slowly. We see JOHN sitting in the chair
across the room looking at a map. TOMMY stands over JOHN'S
shoulder and we can see them TALKING. JOHN points to a spot
on the map and TOMMY NODS in agreement.
                                                            

67.

ON ELLIE
                                                            
ELLIE sits up and gains her bearings. The bloody blade of
the knife on the MULTI-TOOL is visible on the coffee table
in front of her.
                                                            
ON JOHN AND TOMMY
                                                            
TOMMY notices ELLIE is awake. JOHN continues to study the
map.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad she's up!
                                                            
ON THE GROUP
                                                            
TOMMY goes back over to ELLIE sits on the coffee table. JOHN
folds up the map and smiles at her.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You usually have a stronger
stomach than that El.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Yeah. Well it's not like I see
someone stab themselves everyday.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Smirking)
Neat trick huh?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No. Not cool. You scared the crap
out of me.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm sorry. It was the only way to
convince you.
                                                            
ELLIE FIDGETS nervously looking from the MULTI-TOOL to JOHN
and back.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Who said I'm convinced?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You would be leaving now to go
call Mom, the cops, and the paddy
wagon if you weren't.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Can I count on you to help?
                                                            

68.

ELLIE looks at the floor and rubs her face with her hands.
She composes herself and meets JOHN'S gaze.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
I guess so. I don't know what to
believe, but I know that's not
normal.
      (Gestures to
       John's hand)
If you think Tommy could be in
danger. I'm in.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thank you. Whatever you do, you
can't tell Sam.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Or anyone else for that matter.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Sarcastically)
I think your secret is safe. Not
that anyone would buy it anyways.
      (Shaking head in
       exasperation)
What do you want to do?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Prepare. The full moon is the day
after tomorrow.
                                                            
The doorbell RINGS. JOHN goes to answer the door and peeks
out the peep-hole.
                                                            
PEEP-HOLE POV
                                                            
We see SAM at the front door. She is still dressed in
business attire from work.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN looks to ELLIE and TOMMY
                                                            
                       JOHN
Shit it's Sam! Tommy hide the
knife and map.
                                                            
TOMMY slips the MULTI-TOOL under the couch cushion and drops
the folded map behind the sofa. ELLIE stands and PRIMS
herself quickly.
                                                            

69.

ON THE FRONT DOOR - EXT EVENING
                                                            
The door opens and JOHN greets SAM with a hug. He lets her
enter the house.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hey Sam. Come on in.
                                                            
PARKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM
                                                            
SAM stands next to JOHN. ELLIE and TOMMY sit on the sofa
smiling. TOMMY waves at his mom.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Hey Mom!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Hi Mrs. Parker.
                                                            
                       SAM
Hey you guys. What's the occasion?
I didn't think you'd be over here
today El.
                                                            
ELLIE stands quickly, grabbing her stuff, and moves towards
the front door. She is a bit NERVOUS.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Quickly)
Oh nothing much. Just dropped by
for a chat.
                                                            
                       JOHN
She was checking up on me again.
One of your spies Sam?
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Laughing)
Nah. Tommy keeps me posted on how
you're doing.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Looking to John)
I only told her you haven't seen
the doctor again yet. Honest!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Well I have to get going. I'll
talk to you guys later. See ya!
                                                            
ELLIE hugs SAM and departs through the front door.
                                                            

70.

                       SAM
      (Inquisitive)
You two are horrible liars. What's
going on?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Huh? Nothing!
                                                            
                       JOHN
What makes you think something is
going on?
                                                            
                       SAM
The only time El jumps up that
quickly when I come into a room
usually has to do with planning a
surprise of some sort.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Ummm....
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Narrowing her
       eyes at the boys)
You're not trying to plan a
birthday party for me are you? If
so you're a bit early. It isn't
until next week.
                                                            
JOHN and TOMMY look at each other, then back to SAM. They
struggle to find words and wear a look like a deer caught in
a car's headlights.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Smiling)
You know we wouldn't tell you if
we were. It kinda defeats the
point of a surprise doesn't it?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Right! Jeez Mom.
                                                            
                       SAM
Oh fine. Have your little secret.
I was going to swing by Saturday
evening to see if you guys want to
go catch a movie.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Saturday?
                                                            
                       SAM
Yeah. The day after tomorrow?
                                                            

71.

                       JOHN
Can we shoot for Sunday? Saturday
is already spoken for.
                                                            
                       SAM
Oh? Really? What are you guys
doing Saturday?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Father-son time! Right Dad?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (To Tommy)
Yeah!
      (To Sam)
It's been awhile since we got to
do much together. I figured we'd
play a bit a catch-up.
                                                            
SAM seems suspicious but lets it pass. She fishes her car
keys from her purse.
                                                            
                       SAM
Sunday will be fine. I'll call you
tomorrow and we can decide on a
show. I've got to get home. These
heels are killing me. Did you guys
have dinner yet?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Nope! I'm starvin'.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Did you have something in mind?
                                                            
                       SAM
Why don't you two swing by in
about an hour. I've got a pot
roast slow cooking. I put it in
before work and it should be ready
soon.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Nice!
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Awesome!
                                                            
                       JOHN
We'll see you there Sam.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

72.

INT. HARDWARE STORE - DAY
                                                            
TOMMY, JOHN, and ELLIE enter the hardware store and grab a
shopping cart.
                                                            
                       JOHN
O.K. you know what to get. Let's
grab what we need and get back to
the house.
                                                            
MONTAGE

We see JOHN picking out various items from the store racks.
TOMMY digs through nails and screws on the hardware aisle
until he finds the longest screws possible. ELLIE grabs
nylon rope from a shelf. JOHN grabs an electric radial saw
and several boards from the scrap lumber pile.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO
                                                            
INT - PARKER HOUSE
                                                            
MONTAGE CONTINUES

JOHN begins cutting boards with the radial saw. TOMMY and
ELLIE take the boards and begin to screw them in place over
all the windows on the first floor of the house. JOHN
installs reinforced metal braces on the front door and back
door. We see him lock new heavy-duty slide bolts into place.
TOMMY takes the NYLON ROPE and goes upstairs. We see TOMMY
tie the rope securely to his bed post. The rope is coiled
and left sitting on his bed near the window. TOMMY takes the
COLT .357 and tucks it into his waistband.

END MONTAGE
                                                            
PARKER HOUSE LIVING ROOM - AFTERNOON
                                                            
The house is MESSY. Lumber scraps, sawdust, and boxes of
screws are strewn about the room. The radial saw sits on the
edge of the coffee table. TOMMY catches a breather on the
sofa. JOHN and ELLIE come into the room still carrying tools
from their work.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That's all the windows and doors
on the first floor. New locks and
braces on all the doors.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
This place looks like a prison.
Are you sure this is necessary?
                                                            

73.

                       JOHN
I'm not taking any chances. This
stuff may not keep me out if I
show up, but it should slow me
down long enough...
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Long enough?
                                                            
TOMMY takes the COLT .357 out of his waistband and sets it
on the coffee table. Everybody STARES at it for a moment in
silence.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Enough said right Tommy?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Sadly)
Yeah Dad.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (To John)
You seriously have silver bullets
in that?
                                                            
JOHN picks up the COLT .357, opens the cylinder, and takes
out a single bullet. He holds it up for ELLIE to see.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
This is crazy.
                                                            
JOHN lets the bullet fall into the palm of his hand. The
skin SIZZLES where the silver touches the flesh. ELLIE and
TOMMY look WIDE EYED at a wisp of SMOKE rising from JOHN'S
hand.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Dropping bullet)
Ouch!
      (Staring at his
       blistered hand)
Well that's new.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Well, if there was any doubt. I
think it's been removed.
                                                            
ELLIE examines JOHN'S hand.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's not healing like before.
                                                            

74.

TOMMY picks the silver bullet from the ground and reloads
the COLT .357. He puts the gun back in his waistband and
looks at JOHN'S hand too.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
That must be why silver works on
werewolves. The wound doesn't heal
super fast.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Evidently.
      (Shakes his hand)
That hurts like hell.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What now?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I get in the car and head out
towards Saddle Springs. It's
isolated and far from people. I
bet it's a good 30 miles from here
through some really rugged
terrain...as the crow flies.
Hopefully too far to walk in one
night before the moon goes down.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To Ellie)
It's where we found a good fishing
spot last Summer.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It should take me at least 2 hours
to get out to the spot. When I
leave, lock the door.
      (Gesturing at a
       couple extra
       boards)
Put those up too to seal off the
door.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. DRIVEWAY - AFTERNOON
                                                            
JOHN'S CAMARO sits idling in the driveway. JOHN opens the
car door, clicks the garage door opener; CLOSING it down and
turns back to TOMMY and ELLIE who patiently wait.
                                                            
ON THE GROUP
                                                            

75.

                       JOHN
Alright. Off I go. You two be safe
and don't take any chances you
hear me? If there is trouble, you
know what to do.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I don't know what to say...I...
                                                            
                       JOHN
I love you Tommy. You too El.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Tears welling up)
I love you too John.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad...I...
      (Hugs his dad)
Come home O.K.? I mean after the
moon has gone down.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'll see you when I see you kid.
                                                            
JOHN hugs both TOMMY and ELLIE, gets into the CAMARO, and
drives away down the street. TOMMY and ELLIE watch him go,
then return to the house.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. JOHN'S CAMARO - LATER
                                                            
JOHN rides along in his CAMARO down a two-lane country
highway. The area is remote, densely wooded, and the sun is
dropping below the horizon. The CLASSIC ROCK song BAD MOON
RISING by Creedence Clearwater Revival pops up on the radio.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Looking at the
       radio scowling)
Really? It's gonna be like that
huh?
                                                            
JOHN turns off the radio, checks the horizon for the rising
moon, and accelerates the car.
                                                            

76.

                       JOHN
      (Talking to self)
Just a bit further to the
turn-off.
                                                            
EXT - ON THE HORIZON
                                                            
The FULL MOON begins to crest a distant hill in the dying
twilight.
                                                            
EXT - ON JOHN'S CAMARO
                                                            
We see the CAMARO racing down the highway. The roar of the
V8 engine FADES into the background as we move in close to
the windshield. JOHN is driving with both hands on the
wheel. His attention is directed to the rising FULL MOON.
JOHN'S EYES take on an AMBER hue.
                                                            
INT - JOHN'S CAMARO
                                                            
JOHN sweats profusely. He looks back and forth from the road
to the sky. He looks into the REAR VIEW MIRROR and GASPS.
                                                            
CLOSE ON - REAR VIEW MIRROR
                                                            
AMBER eyes stare back at JOHN.
                                                            
ON JOHN
                                                            
JOHN BLINKS several times as if trying to change what he is
seeing. He accelerates significantly. The ROAR of the V8
engine becomes LOUD.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Christ almighty! Not yet!
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. SHERIFF'S CAR ON SIDE OF ROAD - MOMENTS LATER
                                                            
A Sheriff's PATROL CAR sits on the side of the road. The
single occupant, male, SHERIFF DEPUTY, early 20'S in
uniform, WRITES a report. On the RADIO, police CHATTER can
be heard.
                                                            
The SHERIFF DEPUTY looks up and notices a CAMARO racing down
the road at high speed. The CAMARO swerves noticeably in the
highway lane. It speeds past the PATROL CAR lighting up the
RADAR display with a speedy 85mph.
                                                            

77.

                       SHERIFF
      (Talking into
       radio)
Dispatch, this is 9 Baker 7, I
have a 505. He just blew past me
doing 20 over the posted; swerving
wildly.
                                                            
The PATROL CAR pulls out, turns on the berries and cherries,
and begins to accelerate after the CAMARO.
                                                            
                       DISPATCH
      (v.o.)
10-4, 9 Baker 7, what's your 20?
                                                            
ON SHERIFF DEPUTY
                                                            
                       SHERIFF
Northbound on Highway 71, mile
marker 30. Standby.
                                                            
                                         SHOCK CUT TO
                                                            
INT - JOHN'S CAMARO
                                                            
JOHN SCREAMS horrifically. His face has become grizzled with
hair. Blood streams from his nose, ears, and mouth. His
mouth is filled elongated FANGS.
                                                            
JOHN struggles to control the car. The sounds of CRACKING
bones can be heard between SCREAMS and GRUNTS.
                                                            
JOHN looks into the REAR VIEW MIRROR. The flashing LIGHTS of
the PATROL CAR can be seen in the distance and quickly
gaining.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (As a distorted
       growl)
No! Please no!
                                                            
TRANSFORMATION MONTAGE
                                                            
We see JOHN'S hands gripping the steering wheel with white
knuckles. On hand opens, palm towards the camera POV. The
hand STRETCHES; palm and fingers elongating. Hooked CLAWS
extend out from the finger tips. The hand takes on an almost
gorilla-like hand shape.
                                                            
Close on JOHN'S eyes we seem them darting back and forth
WILDLY in fear and confusion. The eye sockets seem to bubble
and distort as the face changes shape.
                                                            

78.

JOHN SHAKES violently in the car seat. The vehicles SWERVES
as he futilely attempts to maintain control of it. JOHN'S
ears elongate into points and his face distorts as a his
MUZZLE extends. The continued sounds of STRETCHING flesh,
and CRACKING bones can be heard.
                                                            
EXT - ON THE CAMARO - NIGHT
                                                            
The CAMARO careens off the road, slides sideways, rolls and
ends up on it's side with the bottom of the car facing
towards the oncoming PATROL CAR.
                                                            
INT - JOHN'S CAMARO
                                                            
We are close on JOHN'S chest. His chest inflates and
expands, TEARING through his clothes, exposing dark fur
underneath; the seat belt SNAPS with a POP, unable to hold
in such a huge creature. We see jeans RIPPING and hear
GROWLS and SNARLS. The car seat breaks loose and steering
wheel is torn free as a massive shape FIGHTS for room in the
now too small car.

END TRANSFORMATION MONTAGE
                                                            
EXT - ACCIDENT SITE - NIGHT
                                                            
The PATROL CAR pulls up quickly to the wrecked CAMARO. The
SHERIFF DEPUTY exits the vehicle to assess the situation.
The headlights of the PATROL CAR illuminate the CAMARO'S
bottom as it rests on it's side. The CAMARO ROCKS slightly
and GROWLS can be heard.
                                                            
ON THE DEPUTY
                                                            
                       SHERIFF
Dispatch call up an ambulance to
mile marker 33! I have a 11-83.
Going to check to see who's hurt.
                                                            
                       DISPATCH
      (v.o.)
10-4. Ambulance and units enroute.
                                                            
The SHERIFF DEPUTY approaches the car cautiously. SNARLS and
GROWLS can still be heard. The SHERIFF DEPUTY draws his
SIDEARM.
                                                            
                       SHERIFF
Hey dispatch, this guy sounds like
he has a large animal in his car.
You might want to...
                                                            

79.

The CAMARO tilts ominously towards the SHERIFF DEPUTY, who
backs up quickly. The sounds of CREAKING metal and glass
BREAKING are heard as the CAMARO is righted to it's wheels
with a thunderous CRASH.
                                                            
                       SHERIFF
      (Shocked)
What the hell?
                                                            
ON THE CAMARO
                                                            
The hulking form of the WEREWOLF JUMPS onto the roof of the
CAMARO and unleashes a blood curdling HOWL. The beast is in
full view in the headlights of the PATROL CAR.
                                                            
ON THE DEPUTY
                                                            
                       SHERIFF
      (Panicking)
Christ almighty!
                                                            
The SHERIFF DEPUTY FIRES his SIDEARM quickly. Multiple SHOTS
ring out. The CREAKING of metal can be heard O.S. as the
WEREWOLF approaches.
                                                            
CLOSE ON THE DEPUTY
                                                            
The SHERIFF DEPUTY SHRIEKS as he backs into the front grill
of his PATROL CAR. We see a CLAWED HAND ram forward into the
SHERIFF DEPUTY'S chest. CLAWS and FINGERS penetrate the
bullet proof vest the SHERIFF DEPUTY wears. Blood SPURTS out
around the buried FINGERS of the WEREWOLF.
                                                            
ON THE CAMARO
                                                            
The SHERIFF DEPUTY'S body is flung into the scene and slams
back-first into the CAMARO; slumping to the ground with a
GROAN. We see the SHADOW of the WEREWOLF silhouetted by the
PATROL CAR headlights looming over the fallen SHERIFF
DEPUTY. The SHADOW moves O.S. in the direction of the wood
line nearby. The SHERIFF DEPUTY is left GURGLING and dying
against the CAMARO.
                                                            
                       DISPATCH
      (V.O.)
9 Baker 7 what is your status? 9
Baker 7?
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

80.

EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
                                                            
We see a deer standing in a small clearing. The sounds of
CRACKLING undergrowth startle the animal. The deer BOLTS.
Heavy BREATHING and GROWLS can be heard.
                                                            
ON WEREWOLF
                                                            
We follow the SHADOWED form of the WEREWOLF over the
shoulder moving through some trees and onto a bluff
overlooking a forested valley. The distant lights of a city
sparkle. We pull back seeing the shape of the WEREWOLF
standing on the bluff with the FULL MOON in view.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. GAS STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
An overweight ATTENDANT, mid-30's, with glasses inventories
items behind the register counter. A CUSTOMER, mid-20's,
male, enters the GAS STATION, a JINGLE of bells can be
heard. The CUSTOMER grabs some snacks, and approaches the
register.
                                                            
                       ATTENDANT
Evening. How can I help you?
                                                            
                       CUSTOMER
      (Puts snacks on
       the counter)
Just these...and $20 on pump 2
please.
                                                            
                       ATTENDANT
      (Ringing up items)
That comes to $25.37.
      (Bagging items)
Sure you don't want a lottery
ticket too? The jackpot's up to 3
million now.
                                                            
                       CUSTOMER
      (Chuckling)
Nah. I'm not that lucky. I'll
stick to poker night...better
odds.
                                                            
                       ATTENDANT
Yeah right eh. I know the feeling.
The best luck I've had is winning
10 bucks after spending 20.
      (Hands items to
       the customer)
            (MORE)

81.

                       ATTENDANT (cont'd)
Receipt in the bag?
                                                            
                       CUSTOMER
Thanks fine. Have a good one.
                                                            
                       ATTENDANT
You too.
                                                            
The customer exits the GAS STATION and walks towards his
car. The ATTENDANT goes back to performing an inventory of
items. We can see SECURITY MONITORS of the gas pumps behind
the ATTENDANT.
                                                            
ON SECURITY MONITORS
                                                            
We see the CUSTOMER put his bag in the open window of his
car. He begins to pump gas. The man suddenly looks
terrified. He tries to run but is TACKLED by the WEREWOLF.
We see the CUSTOMER silently torn limb from limb. The
ATTENDANT goes about his business oblivious to what is
happening outside.
                                                            
ON THE ATTENDANT
                                                            
The ATTENDANT HUMS an off-tune ditty. A huge dark shape
moves up to the GAS STATION door. We hear the JINGLE of
bells. The ATTENDANT focuses on his work and does not
immediately turn around.
                                                            
                       ATTENDANT
Will be right with you.
                                                            
O.S. we hear HEAVY foot balls and a dull THUD accompanied by
SQUISHY sounds. The ATTENDANT turns around. The camera pulls
back slightly to include the counter and register. We see a
CLAWED HAIRY HAND and part of a forearm gripping the head of
the CUSTOMER like a basketball player might palm a ball. The
face of the head is contorted in fear and pain.
                                                            
EXT - GAS STATION - NIGHT
                                                            
Muted SHRIEKS are heard from inside the GAS STATION as well
as ROARS. A massive dark form can be seen vaguely through
the windows. FLAILING movements are seen. Blood SPLATTERS on
the windows. The camera moves slowly back taking in the
scene of carnage. Blood splatters here. A dismembered body
part there. The camera comes to rest focusing on a massive
wolf-like footprint inked in blood on the ground near the
CUSTOMER'S car.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

82.

INT. PARKER HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
ELLIE paces about nervously between the kitchen and living
room. She has armed herself with TOMMY'S BOW. TOMMY enters
the scene holding 3 arrows. The broad head hunting tips
gleam SILVER. TOMMY approaches ELLIE.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Holding arrows)
Check these out. There was enough
silver left over to dip the tips
of these. Now we have more than
just the gun.
                                                            
ELLIE takes the arrows and examines the crudely dipped broad
heads.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Don't you think the gun is enough?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
It should be, but I don't like the
idea of you not having something
to protect yourself.
                                                            
TOMMY walks over to the TV and turns it ON. The local
Channel 7 News is playing. The COMMENTATOR, and attractive
female, is discussing breaking news.
                                                            
ON THE TV
                                                            
                       COMMENTATOR
This just developing...A local
deputy sheriff has been killed by
an unknown assailant following an
accident on Highway 71.
                                                            
Footage is shown of law enforcement cordoning off the site.
Ambulances and patrol cars can be seen. The news feed
focuses on the wrecked remains of JOHN'S CAMARO. A body is
covered by a sheet next to it.
                                                            
                       COMMENTATOR
      (V.O.)
The Sheriff's Department has not
provided a statement yet or
identified the victim pending the
notification of next of kin.
                                                            
ON TOMMY AND ELLIE
                                                            
TOMMY and ELLIE stare incredulously at the TV.
                                                            

83.

                       TOMMY
That's Dad's car!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh no.
                                                            
ON THE TV
                                                            
A couple of SHERIFF DEPUTIES can be seen with dogs on
leashes heading into the woods. Another officer moves into
view partially blocking the scene to direct traffic.
                                                            
                       COMMENTATOR
      (V.O.)
We'll keep a tab on this situation
and provide further updates as
they come in.
                                                            
TOMMY turns the TV back off, and faces ELLIE.
                                                            
ON TOMMY AND ELLIE
                                                            
                       TOMMY
He's out there now. He's coming.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Scared)
We don't know that for sure. He
may stay out in the woods. The
Sheriffs might...
                                                            
                       TOMMY
If they find him, they won't make
it out alive El. Did you see what
direction those dogs were headed?
                                                            
                       ELLIE
No. They went into the woods.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
I've been out that way a lot with
Dad and Hooch. The dogs were
headed back our way. To town.
                                                            
TOMMY walks over to the foot of the stairs and begins to
climb. He looks back to ELLIE.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Let's head upstairs. We'll have a
better view from the upper
windows.
                                                            

84.

                       ELLIE
Which way do you think he will be
coming from?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Backyard. It is the side of the
house with the best cover and
concealment. If he beelines from
the accident site. It's where we
can expect him.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Ok. Let's go.
                                                            
ELLIE follows TOMMY upstairs. TOMMY shuts off lights as he
moves along, leaving most of the house in darkness except
for the living room.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
What are you doing! I can't see.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Light ruins your dark vision. It
also makes it harder to see
outside at night and easier to see
in. Not exactly what we want.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
You really are your Dad's son.
Lead on Rambo.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
You're the one with the bow.
                                                            
INT - TOMMY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
TOMMY sits at the edge of his bed looking out his bedroom
window. The window is open halfway to allow the breeze in.
There is a clear view of the backyard and tree house. ELLIE
stands nearby with BOW in hand and a SILVER ARROW knocked.
The COLT .357 rests on TOMMY'S lap.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST NEAR PARKER HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Light from the FULL MOON, now high in the night sky, shines
down through the trees above. Distantly, the lights from
various houses can be seen through the trees. The WEREWOLF
approaches the homes quietly. HEAVY breathing can be heard.
                                                            
WEREWOLF POV
                                                            

85.

CLAWED HANDS are seen brushing aside branches. We approach
the backyard of the PARKER HOUSE. A FAINT light from the
living room shines from one of first floor windows. The old
tree house and archery target can be seen. We move closer to
the house through the trees.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. PARKER HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
TOMMY and ELLIE maintain their vigil in TOMMY'S BEDROOM.
TOMMY'S cellphone RINGS.
                                                            
The cellphone caller ID shows "MOM". TOMMY answers the call.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Hey Mom.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (V.O.)
Hey hunny. I'm just pulling up to
the house. I know you said you
were having a boys night, but I
see El is there. I thought I'd
swing in to say hi.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Umm. It's not a great time Mom.
Something came up.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (V.O.)
Well I'm here now, so you can tell
me about it in a sec.
                                                            
TOMMY ends the call.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To ELLIE)
Mom's here! Not good!
                                                            
ON ELLIE
                                                            
ELLIE stifles a SCREAM and points FRANTICALLY out the
bedroom window. TOMMY goes to the window quickly and looks
out. A huge furred shape exits the treeline behind the
backyard. It is illuminated faintly by moon light, but AMBER
eyes can be seen gleaming hatefully.
                                                            

86.

ON TOMMY
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Mom! I gotta get her inside. Ellie
slow him down!
                                                            
TOMMY grabs the COLT .357 and races out of the room.
Downstairs the doorbell RINGS.
                                                            
ON ELLIE
                                                            
ELLIE wrenches the window open fully. The breeze blows the
drapes. ELLIE sees the WEREWOLF padding closer. It moves
past the archery target towards the house. She draws back on
the BOW and fires a shot.
                                                            
ON THE WEREWOLF
                                                            
The shot from the BOW embeds itself in the ground in front
of the WEREWOLF. The creature stops and SNARLS. It's AMBER
eyes look up to the open window on the 2nd floor of the
PARKER HOUSE.
                                                            
IN THE ENTRY WAY
                                                            
SAM RINGS the doorbell again then tries the door. It does
not open.
                                                            
                       SAM
Open up you guys.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (V.O. muted)
The door is jammed Mom! Go in
through the garage quick!
                                                            
                       SAM
Jammed? O.K. I'll go click the
opener.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (V.O. muted)
Hurry!
                                                            
SAM seems mildly confused and strolls over to her car to
push the garage opener. The door opens slowly and NOISILY.
                                                            
ON TOMMY
                                                            
TOMMY races into the garage and watches the garage door open
painfully slow. He has the COLT .357 in his hand. SAM enters
the garage and is startled by her son's appearance and the
weapon he carries.
                                                            

87.

ON ELLIE
                                                            
ELLIE can faintly hear the WHIR of the garage door opening.
The WEREWOLF'S attention is suddenly gained by the NOISE. It
moves faster across the backyard. ELLIE knocks another arrow
rapidly.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
Oh no you don't!
                                                            
ELLIE fires again. The SILVER ARROW connects with the
WEREWOLF in the thigh. The beast ROARS in pain, grabs the
arrow shaft in one CLAWED HAND and rips it free. It's
attention is again directed at the open window on the 2nd
floor.
                                                            
The beast lopes across the remainder of the backyard
shockingly quick. It reaches the backdoor of the house.
                                                            
IN THE GARAGE
                                                            
SAM approaches TOMMY and hears a distant ROAR. She is highly
alarmed.
                                                            
                       SAM
Tommy why do you have a gun! What
the hell was that noise!
                                                            
TOMMY punches the garage door button, bringing the door down
again painfully slow.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
No time to explain! Get upstairs
quick!
                                                            
TOMMY grabs SAM'S wrist with his free hand and drags her
into the house. SAM resists and wrestles her arm free once
they leave the garage.
                                                            
IN THE LIVING ROOM
                                                            
TOMMY stops to face his Mom. SAM stands with her hands on
her hips looking extremely angry.
                                                            
                       SAM
Tommy! Where is your...
                                                            
A thunderous CRASH is heard from the Kitchen and backdoor. A
monstrous ROAR and the sounds of SPLINTERING WOOD can be
heard.
                                                            

88.

                       TOMMY
Go! Now Mom! Upstairs. Ellie is
there!
                                                            
TOMMY cocks the COLT .357 and points towards the doorway to
the kitchen. SAM hesitantly starts up the stairs; confused
and scared.
                                                            
ELLIE races out the landing at the top of the stairs and
calls out for SAM. TOMMY nervously watches the doorway to
the kitchen. His hands SHAKE profusely. A low GROWL can be
heard in the darkened kitchen.
                                                            
TOMMY'S POV
                                                            
We see the darkened doorway to the kitchen. CLAWED fingers
reach out and slowly grip the edge of the door frame. A pair
of AMBER eyes round the corner. A shadowy shape starts to
fill the doorway.

TOMMY'S hands quiver in fright in the FOV.
                                                            
TOMMY fires the COLT .357. The SILVER BULLET strikes the
door jamb sending splinters flying. He fires again. The
AMBER eyes close, the CLAWED fingers withdraw into darkness.
A powerful ROAR emanates from the darkened doorway.
                                                            
ON TOMMY AND SAM
                                                            
SAM SCREAMS. TOMMY backs quickly to the stairs and uses one
free hand to push SAM upstairs. TOMMY does not take his eyes
off of the kitchen doorway.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (To SAM)
Run!
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (O.S.)
Come on! Get up here!
                                                            
SAM runs upstairs. TOMMY keeps his back to the wall and side
steps quickly up the stairway.
                                                            
ON ELLIE AND SAM
                                                            
SAM and ELLIE move down the upstairs hall to TOMMY'S room.
                                                            
UPSTAIRS LANDING ON TOMMY
                                                            

89.

TOMMY gets to the top of the stairs. Backs up to the wall in
the hallway and continues to point the COLT .357 towards the
stairwell. O.S. a furious ROAR and GROWL resounds from
below.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Come on. Come out in the open. One
clear shot...
                                                            
There is an eerie SILENCE. TOMMY breathes HEAVILY. The sound
of TOMMY'S HEARTBEAT pounds continuously.
                                                            
The sounds SCRATCHING and BREAKING GLASS are heard upstairs
behind the closed door to JOHN'S room at the end of the
hallway. TOMMY spins quickly to face the noise.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Frantic)
Shit! He climbed up! Get back!
                                                            
ON ELLIE AND SAM
                                                            
ELLIE SQUEAKS in fear and backs into TOMMY'S open bedroom
door. SAM tries to follow but the door to JOHN'S bedroom
EXPLODES outward in a spray of splinters, claws, and fury.
                                                            
The huge WEREWOLF fills the entire hallway with girth and
height. The monster snatches SAM by the shoulder and hurls
her sideways through the upstairs railing; sending her to
CRASH in a still lump in the 1st floor living room. She lays
still covered in broken wood.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Screaming)
MOM!
                                                            
INT - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY
                                                            
TOMMY fires the COLT .357 again. The SILVER BULLET strikes
the WEREWOLF high in the right shoulder. Blood splatters and
the wound SIZZLES streaming a line of smoke. The fur of the
creatures burns away and recedes from the bullet hole. The
WEREWOLF HOWLS in pain, then CHARGES TOMMY.
                                                            
ELLIE steps in to intercept the WEREWOLF, blindsiding in the
left armpit with the last SILVER ARROW used like a dagger.
The WEREWOLF SNARLS, smoke trailing from the wound. It
attempts to turn on ELLIE who quickly steps back and slams
the door to TOMMY'S bedroom in it's face.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Screaming)
DAD! NO! LEAVE HER ALONE!
                                                            

90.

TOMMY fires again. The bullet strikes the beast in the
stomach. It ROARS in agony. The wound SIZZLES like the the
others. The WEREWOLF clutches it's stomach, and resumes it's
CHARGE.

TOMMY quickly glances down to where SAM lies and JUMPS down;
avoiding the slavering monster. He hits hard, tumbles, and
drops the COLT .357.
                                                            
ON THE STAIRS
                                                            
The WEREWOLF, obviously SLOWED by it's wounds, pads
cautiously down the stairs. The wooden steps CREAK loudly
under the bulk of the massive creature. The AMBER eyes burn
with malice.
                                                            
ON TOMMY
                                                            
TOMMY struggles to drag himself to the fallen COLT .357 a
few feet away. He has twisted his ankle badly and now lays
near where SAM is unconscious.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Reaching for the
       gun)
Dad...no....please. DAD IT'S ME!
                                                            
TOMMY'S POV
                                                            
The WEREWOLF looms over TOMMY. The beast raises a CLAWED
HAND back and SNARLS. In the b.k. we see ELLIE move up on
the landing, draw back the BOW, and fire the last SILVER
ARROW. It strikes home into the WEREWOLF'S back sending the
monster sprawling onto the floor near TOMMY.
                                                            
LIVING ROOM
                                                            
TOMMY clamors to move out of the WEREWOLF'S reach, grabs the
COLT .357, and uses the coffee table to pull himself
unsteadily to his feet.
                                                            
ON THE WEREWOLF
                                                            
The monster WRITHES in agony. Low GROWLS and WHINES
accompany it's movements. The beast rolls on its back, the
shaft of the SILVER ARROW SNAPS under it's weight.
                                                            
The monster begins to revert somewhat to it's human form.
The legs are still distorted in a wolf-like shape, the snout
remains partially extended, but much of the hair has
receded. We see the AMBER eyes fade and return to a human
hue. The monster GURGLES loudly on blood and saliva.
                                                            

91.

ON TOMMY
                                                            
TOMMY stares on in shock. He raises the COLT .357 trembling.
ELLIE moves O.S. behind him.
                                                            
ON THE JOHN-WOLF
                                                            
The JOHN-WOLF stares up at TOMMY and ELLIE. Tears well in
the corners of it's eyes. It remains in a state of partial
transformation; hulking and broken.
                                                            
                       JOHN-WOLF
      (In a gutteral
       broken voice)
Do...it...Tom...my.
      (Reaching out with
       a clawed hand)
End...it.
                                                            
ON TOMMY AND ELLIE
                                                            
Both breaking down into tears. TOMMY wavers in his
conviction to shoot. ELLIE drops her BOW and covers her
mouth with her hands.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
      (Sobbing)
John. I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Dad I can't do it! I can't. Please
no!
                                                            
ON THE JOHN-WOLF
                                                            
The JOHN-WOLF is in obvious pain and crippled.
                                                            
                       JOHN-WOLF
      (In a gutteral
       broken voice)
You...can. We...don't all...get to
come home.
                                                            
JOHN-WOLF'S POV
                                                            
We see the CLAWED HAND reach up towards TOMMY in a pleading
gesture. TOMMY nods solemnly, cocks the COLT .357, and takes
aim.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Voice breaking)
I love you Dad.
                                                            

92.

TOMMY fires. The scene goes black instantly.
                                                            
ON TOMMY, ELLIE, AND SAM
                                                            
TOMMY drops the COLT .357 and hobbles over to where SAM has
fallen. ELLIE accompanies him. They gently sit SAM up and
try to wake her. SAM opens her eyes and sees TOMMY and ELLIE
smiling profoundly at her with tears in their eyes.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Wearily)
Tommy? El? Are you alright?
                                                            
TOMMY and ELLIE nod an affirmative.
                                                            
                       TOMMY
Yeah Mom. We're O.K.
                                                            
SAM looks around and sees the mutated form of the JOHN-WOLF
on the floor nearby. Blood and brain-matter are splattered
on the floor under his head. A still SIZZLING bullet hole is
in the center if his forehead. The monster is unrecognizable
as JOHN for those who do not know.
                                                            
                       SAM
      (Fearfully)
What the hell is that! Where is
your Dad!?
                                                            
                       TOMMY
      (Cautiously)
Dad left earlier.
      (More certain and
       less nervous)
He didn't come home.
                                                            
                       ELLIE
It's gonna be hard to explain.
                                                            
The sound of police SIRENS can be heard. The muted sounds of
VOICES approach the front door of the PARKER HOUSE.
                                                            
SAM, TOMMY, and ELLIE hold each other in a comforting
embrace. All three stare at the strange macabre scene in the
living room. The camera pulls back slowly towards the
upstairs landing.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

93.

EXT. PARKER HOUSE AERIAL - NIGHT
                                                            
We slowly pull back from the PARKER HOUSE. POLICE cars and
personnel can be seen in the front yard. We pull back and
away from the house as it fades into the distance. The FULL
MOON can be seen in frame.

ROLL CREDITS
                                                            
MID CREDITS; EXT - FOREST - NIGHT
                                                            
Near the river's edge we see four CAMPERS sitting around a
fire. We cannot hear their words, but we can see they are
having fun and carrying on happily. The camera zooms slowly
into the scene, voices and sounds never becoming distinct.
The camera zooms slowly past the campers on a pair of AMBER
eyes glinting in the flickering fire light. The camera
continues to zoom.

CUT TO BLACK
A long mournful HOWL is heard as a V.O.
                                                            
REMAINING CREDITS ROLL
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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