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House on Haunted Hill (1999)

by Dick Beebe.
Adapted from the screenplay by Robb White.
Production Draft: 13 Jan 1999.

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FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY


FADE IN:

BLACK SCREEN

And in the darkness, a TICKING sound is heard. Soft and
steady -- soothing -- and then a BANG!

						SMASH UP ON:

INT. HOSPITAL - BASEMENT NURSE'S STATION - NIGHT

A HAND punching a CARD into the huge, ticking TIME CLOCK on
the wall: 7:00 a.m.

PULL BACK TO REVEAL - A bleary-eyed MALE NURSE beginning
his day. Alone inside a small wood and glass cubicle, he
rips off yesterday's day-at-a-time calendar page, revealing
today's date: October 11, 1931.

Goes to the Victrola inside the cubicle. Cranks the turntable
up to speed. Puts the huge needle down on a spinning 78: we
hear the song crackling through the empty halls of the
hospital -- depression-era Muzak: Horace Heidt & His Musical
Knight's "Keep Your Sunny Side Up"

The Nurse sharpens the last of a half-dozen pencils to needle-
points, sits down at his desk, and begins the tedium of
jotting entries into a tall stack of Patient Records.

Beat. And then he hears a soft, almost paw-like tapping on
the glass. He looks up: a PATIENT with a heavily bandaged
head is standing there, his eyes as dull and lifeless as
marbles.

The Nurse waves the Patient away. Goes back to his work.
Beat. And then the tapping is heard again. The Nurse snaps
his head up, about to bark at the man -- but the words stop
dead on his tongue:

Standing on the other side of the glass are now two dozen
patients. Likewise bandaged, staring silent and dead-eyed at
him.

Unnerved, the Nurse's finger slowly stretches towards a
buzzer-button just below the desk-top. It never makes it.
Because --

A HAND - lashes into frame and grabs the Nurse's fingers. The
Nurse looks up.

In addition to the mass of Patients outside the cubicle,
there are now six of them inside it, surrounding him. The
Nurse's eyes shoot to the still-locked doors of the cubicle,
and he utters one confused word --

		MALE NURSE
	 -- how -- ?

 -- and then someone rams all six of his needle-sharp pencils
eraser-deep into his throat.

The Nurse gurgles and staggers -- falls back against the
Victrola, hitting the turntable crank as he goes down,
causing it to start spinning like a pinwheel.

"Keep Your Sunny Side Up" now blares through the halls triple-
time, sounding like a thousand manic chipmunks. And to the
beat of that tune, the Patients smash the CONTROL PANEL
inside the cubicle until it shorts-out and explodes! Which
pops open

INT. PATIENT CELLS -

- and sends dozens more wild, raving Humans rampaging through
the hospital, while EVERY ELECTRIC LIGHT in the place strobes
maniacally, and ORDERLIES & OTHER NURSES are chased down like
rabbits by Patients and beaten to pulp, and

INT. "THERAPY" ROOMS -

- filled with devices that look straight out of the Spanish
Inquisition are trashed to toothpicks, and some of the STAFF
are forced into devices and tortured as PATIENT RECORDS are
spindled and ignited -- flaming torches used to set
everything in the place ablaze, and A WOLFPACK OF PATIENTS
kamikaze down-

INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

 -- fling open a set of double doors marked "Cerebral
Hygiene," shouting: "Vannacutt!" And we see --

INT. CEREBRAL HYGIENE ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 -- two people in surgical scrubs: the moustached Doctor
named VANNACUTT and a FEMALE NURSE wielding a 16mm camera. As
the two whip around, startled by the shouts, we see the
object of their ministrations: A PATIENT on a gurney being
filmed as his internal organs are slowly and methodically
extracted -- while still alive.

And then all hell breaks loose as the WOLF PACK descends:

DR. VANNACUTT manages to yank down a LEVER on the wall
labeled "Lockdown" before he's swallowed by the Mob;

From somewhere in the house, we hear heavy gear, cables and
doors loudly shutting down the house.

The NURSE is clubbed to the floor with her own camera. And
amidst all the vengeful shouts and wails, a curious thing
happens:

As one of the Patients picks up the Nurse's blood-spattered
camera and puts it to his eye, the image on screen abruptly

				     SMASHES TO:

INT. CEREBRAL HYGIENE ROOM - CONTINUED - GRAINY BLACK & WHITE

 -- and dead silence -- and we find ourselves watching old
soundless 16mm footage of what happened next: a blur of
scalpels and saws as the Patients viciously vivisect
Vannacutt and Nurse, who've been crammed together on that
same gurney. The B&W CAMERA PUSHES IN TIGHT on Vannacutt's
screaming maw -- and suddenly we hear SOUND AGAIN --

 -- but, for some reason, it's not a human cry, but the
CROWING OF A ROOSTER -- and when we PULL BACK OUT we see that
what we're now watching is the Crowing Rooster and four
blazing camera lenses that was the logo of the old PATHE
NEWSREEL. The stentorian VOICE OF PATHE booms OVER:

		VOICE OF PATHE
	October 11, 1931: Los Angeles!

Dithering, Bernard Herrmann-like strings swell up.

						CUT TO (B&W)

A PATHE NEWS HEADLINE CARD: "HOSPITAL OF HORROR!"

						CUT TO (B&W)

EXT. THE HOUSE - NIGHT - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

A WHIPLASH PAN from the ocean to a GRANITE BUILDING high atop
the Pacific Palisades. Smoke and flames shoot from every
window and door as Firemen look on helplessly.

		VOICE OF PATHE
	A conflagration of Biblical
	proportions incinerates nearly
	everything and every one inside
	what was once Tinsel Town's most
	celebrated psychiatric facility:
	The Vannacutt Neuropathic
	Institute. But the secret this
	inferno burned free was far more
	frlghtening than any picture that
	Hollywood could ever produce!

				     CUT TO (B&W):

EXT. THE HOUSE - MORNING - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

L.A. Sheriff's and Coroner's Investigators poking through the
Institute....

INT. THE HOUSE - VARIOUS ROOMS - MORNING - NEWSREEL FOOTAGE

QUICK CUTS OF GRUESOME IMAGES:

 -- BODIES manacled to walls; rows of SKULLS riddled with
drill-holes; a huge VAT filled with blood

		VOICE OF PATHE
	 -- a Sanitarium of Slaughter supervised
	by a surgeon gone mad --

						CUT TO (B&W)

ECU -- a formal PHOTOGRAPH of the man himself, mustache
waxed, eyes intense as a mesmerist's, seeming to stare a hole
right through us --

		VOICE OF PATHE
	 -- Richard Benjamin Vannacutt --

and --

INT. LIMBO SET -

 -- suddenly, stepping right through VANNACUTT'S FACE and
strolling solemnly towards us in bright video-taped color is:

CHRISTOPHER LEE. He addresses the CAMERA:

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	 -- murdered by his own patients before
	every one of them perished in the
	blaze. Ironically, the only humans
	to escape the conflagration --

 -- behind him, we see SILENT NEWSREEL FOOTAGE of five
people.

EXT. THE HOUSE - MORNING (CHYRON INERT)

 -- three ORDERLIES, two NURSES -- clothes and faces sooty
and singed, each coughing up a storm as they're treated at
the scene --

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	 -- were five of Vannacutt's equally
	sadistic Staff, all of whom, until the
	day they died, insisting that they were
	only following "Doctor's Orders."

BACK TO SCENE

The SCREEN behind him goes black.

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	But our story doesn't end there. For,
	some years later, the gutted interior
	of the Institute was refurbished as a
	private residence. It has yet to be
	inhabited. Many say because the spirits
	of the vile Vannacutt and his Victims
	still walk the long corridors inside
	this place now known, simply, as: "The
	House On Haunted Hill."

A sudden SMASH of shrill, discordant HORNS scares us out of
our skin -- and behind Mr. Lee, an IMAGE is seen again:

EXT. THE HOUSE - NIGHT (TO BE SHOT AS PART OF A LATER SCENE)

...high atop a bluff, swaddled in shadows cast by a full moon
that seems to have one of Vannacutt's eyes piercing down on
it.

		WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	Charming.

INT. ROLLS ROYCE LIMOUSINE - TRAVELING - DAY

CAMERA PULLS BACK FROM A SMALL WALNUT SHROUDED TELEVISION
SET... revealing a savagely beautiful young woman, EVELYN
STOCKARD-PRICE, sitting like the queen of fucking-England in
the back of her limousine. She's been watching all this on
the 12" TV set inside the limousine, a look of perverse
amusement on her face.

ON THE TV: Mr. Lee smiles for the CAMERA.

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	I'm Christopher Lee. More of
	"Terrifying, But True" in just a
	moment --

		EVELYN
	No need, baby.

She zaps the TV dead with a button on the armrest.

		EVELYN
	You just gave me exactly what I needed.

She reaches for the phone.

EXT. AMUSEMENT PARK - DAY

A beeping CELL PHONE is retrieved from a coat pocket, punched
to life, and brought up to the lips of

STEVEN PRICE - a 30ish bespectacled man.

While not handsome in the classical sense, he still exudes an
incredible appeal -- the kind that comes from incredible self-
confidence, more money than God, and the most maniacal
imagination in recorded history.

		PRICE
		(into phone)
	Price.
		(listens; sarcastic)
	Evelyn, how nice...
		(beat, listens)
	Well, that is fascinating -- but I'm
	gonna have to get back to you -- they're
	trying to shoot me here.

PULL BACK TO REVEAL - Price buttoning the phone dead as a
NEWS CREW of two videotapes him: an ENG Cameraman named
BENNY and a 20-something Katie Couric wannabe with a
microphone in Price's face -- KIRSTEN SAVAGE.

They're all standing amidst a sprawling landscape of
futuristic-looking buildings and rides: a spanking new theme
park. We see the great steel arch that bears the place's
name:

		   TERROR-INCOGNITA
		A New Adventure From Steven Price

		KIRSTEN
	Business or pleasure, Mr. Price?

		PRICE
	My wife. Where were we?

		KIRSTEN
	Your roller coaster that is, quote:
	"unlike any that has ever come before
	it."

		PRICE
	Absolutely. No cheap thrills. A genuine
	Journey To The Brink Of Madness.

He gestures grandly towards the huge and extremely tall
expanse of steel girders and tracks in front of them.

		KIRSTEN
	Sorry, but it just looks like a generic
	roller coaster to me. What's the
	gimmick?

Price beckons them to an elevator at the base of the ride.

		PRICE
	Ever seen one that starts at the
	top? 20 stories worth of top?

		KIRSTEN
	And then what happens?

		PRICE
		(smiles)
	I think it's something better
	experienced then described.

The Elevator door whooshes open. He bids them enter.

		PRICE
	After you.

INT. ELEVATOR - CONTINUOUS

The DOORS CLOSE and the elevator starts up. Through small
ports in the sides they see the beams of the roller coaster's
superstructure dropping down past them as the cabin rises.

		KIRSTEN
	Sources have told this reporter that the
	real reason your Park's opening has been
	delayed was a near-fatal accident on one
	of the rides here. Comment?

		PRICE
	I wouldn't be opening this place
	tomorrow if every single thing down to
	the beheaded Beanie Babies hadn't tested
	100% safe.

 -- he's cut off by a loud GROANING sound like metal under
stress.

		BENNY
	What the hell was that?

		PRICE
		(all confidence)
	Growing pains: new steel's gotta bend
	and stretch a little before finally
	settling in.

Another GROAN. A yelp escapes from Kirsten's mouth.

		PRICE
	Don't worry. In the fifteen year history
	of Price Amusements we've yet to lose a
	single customer.

The GROANING stops. But Kirsten and Benny remain nervous.

		KIRSTEN
	First time for everything.

		PRICE
	I've designed and built six of these
	places -- take my word for it,
	everything's fine.

		BENNY
		(nervous)
	How long 'til we're out of this thing?

		PRICE
	Five, ten seconds, we're almost to
	the top --

 -- the elevator LURCHES to a DEAD STOP.

Kirsten and Benny look at each other -- anxiety on overdrive.
Price tries to reassure them, but he's not looking real
relaxed anymore, either.

		PRICE
	Look: even if, God forbid, something
	...unexpected...should happen, there's
	always the safety cable --

 -- and now the cabin is rocking: sharp and nasty spasms that
are buffeting them into each other --

		BENNY
	 -- that does what?

		PRICE
	Keeps the cab from just --

-- he sees something out the window --

		PRICE
	 -- oh, shit --

A loud CRACK! The cabin starts dropping -- fast. All three of
them scream.

OUT THE WINDOW: we see the SUPERSTRUCTURE of the roller
coaster flying by. The sound of cables screeching free of
pulleys.

Benny's camera is wrenched from his hands and bounces around
the cabin. Kirsten's eyes are crazed with terror.

		KIRSTEN
	Do something!

		PRICE
	Like what?? This isn't supposed
	to be happening!!

The scenery outside the window is a blur.

		BENNY
	OhJesusohChrist!

The ground is coming up to meet them; the noise inside the
cabin is deafening.

Benny starts jumping up and down; Kirsten is pounded to the
floor. Price braces himself for impact.

		KIRSTEN
	Please! Something! Oh-God!

		PRICE
	Maybe if I --

With all his strength, Price throws himself across the cabin
and stabs an unmarked button on the elevator control panel --

 -- the cabin suddenly stabilizes --

 -- the elevator door opens --

EXT. AMUSEMENT PARK - DEPARTURE DOCK - DAY

 -- revealing the cabin to be just where it should be: high
atop the roller coaster, right across from the dock where the
cars depart. They never fell so much as an inch -- all an
illusion.

The expression on Price's face has changed to a wicked grin.
He looks at the two terrified souls on the elevator floor:

		PRICE
	From here on, it gets really scary.

A MAN IN OVERALLS (SCHECTER) stands on the dock, waves the
News Crew towards a rear car.

		SCHECTER
	Room for two more.

The front car is already full with People strapped in so
tight they're immobile.

				     TIME CUT TO:

INT. AMUSEMENT PARK - DEPARTURE DOCK - DAY

Price still on the departure dock, punching up a number on
his cell phone. In the b.g. we can see the cars containing
Kirsten, Benny and the others, zooming at incredible speeds
on 45 degree banks, upside-down loop-de-loops, the works. All
with screams of sheer pleasure accompanying.

		PRICE
		(into phone)
	Alright, Princess: now what were
	you babbling?

He listens for a moment -- then his eyes crimp shut with
disgust.

		PRICE
		(into phone)
	Congratulations: on a scale of one-to-
	ten, you just hit a 73 on the Perversity
	Meter. I don't suppose for once we could
	just celebrate at some nice, quiet
	little restaurant --

Schecter taps Price on the shoulder.

		SCHECTER
	Houston, I think we may have a problem.

		PRICE
		(into phone)
	Evelyn, go stir your cauldron or
	something for a sec.

Price turns and watches in the distance as the coaster car
takes a screaming hair pin turn.

EXT. ROLLER COASTER - MOVING - DAY

Kirsten and Benny in the rear car, wild with delight --

 -- until they see the front car derail, snap free from
theirs, and go hurtling into mid-air. Screams of panic heard
from the People in that car as they plummet to their deaths.

Kirsten screams with horror, Benny retches, as their car
continues to zip along the track and out of our sight.

EXT. AMUSEMENT PARK - DEPARTURE DOCK - DAY

		PRICE
	Problem where? Looked good to me.

		SCHECTER
	"Dummy 6" keeps losing his arm.

		PRICE
	So disengage his Flail Arm Mechanism
	and just make him a screamer.

		VOICE ON PHONE (EVELYN)
	Steven!!

		PRICE
		(back into phone)
	Here, dear -- with a suggestion --

INT. ROLLS ROYCE LIMOUSINE - TRAVELING - SIMULTANEOUS

Evelyn is livid, as she listens to Price on the phone:

		PRICE (V.O.)
	 -- forget it. Last birthday the Manson
	Family Ranch, the year before that:
	Jonestown.

		EVELYN
	Oh. You think this is a request. Well,
	think again. I'm telling you: "Haunted
	Hill" is exactly where we're having my
	party this year. You'll find the guest
	list on your desk by the time you get
	back --

INT. PRICE'S OFFICE - NIGHT

CLOSE ON a two-page document with the title "Guest List."

It's being turned into spaghettini by a large document
shredder.

PAN OVER TO - Steven Price typing mile-a-minute on a
computer, talking to himself as he inputs his own Guest
List.

		PRICE
	You want it, Precious, you got
	it: the party of your very short
	goddamn life.

A tentative DOOR-KNOCK heard O.S. behind him:

		WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	Uh, Mr. Price? The Dreamworks people
	are getting a little...antsy.

		PRICE
	Tell 'em I'm right there.

He mouses his cursor up to a box marked "SEND", the list
disappears, his hard drive starts chugging, and he gets up
from his chair and exits. CAMERA remains on the working
screen.

Beat. And then a SHADOW flashes across the screen for a
moment.

Another beat. And the sound of clicking computer keys is
heard. A "message box" appears on screen:

     ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DELETE guestlist.doc?

The Cursor clicks on YES. ZAP! A blank screen. And then the
keys start clicking again, and we see a new Guest List being
typed in.

Starting with the name:

		Ms. Jennifer Jenzen
	  Executive Vice-President of Marketing
		 Paragon Pictures

				     MATCH CUT TO:

EXT. FILM SET - DAY (WE NEED TO RE-WORK THIS SCENE FOR
LOCATION)

The name "Ms. Jennifer Jenzen" etched in gold-leaf cursive on
the top of a small CHROME AND ONYX-INLAID CUBE.

		WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	Gorgeous.

PULL BACK - and we see MS. JENZEN -- a rodent-eyed, thin
lipped 30-something Exec who only needs "Screaming Bitch"
stamped on her forehead to complete the picture. She's
sitting staring at the Cube, the elegant paper it came in
torn to shreds on her desk.

		JENZEN
	So what the fuck is it?

She's addressing her "assistant," a lovely, but harried-
looking young Woman of 19, SARA WOLFE.

		SARA
	I don't know, Ms. Jenzen.

		JENZEN
	Well, who's the damn thing from?

		SARA
		(shrugs)
	Messenger just dropped it off.
	No return address.

		JENZEN
	You didn't think to ask?

		SARA
	I was in the middle of --

		JENZEN
	 -- being utterly fucking useless,
	what else is new.

Sara's face flushes with anger, but she keeps her cool.

		SARA
	There's something there on the side --

She's pointing to a small, SILVER CRANK jutting out of one of
the Cube's sides. A legend is etched beneath it:

     Rotate Once To Operate

		JENZEN
	I'm aware of that.

Well, she is now, anyway. She twists the crank and a tinkling
music box-like TUNE begins to play: Lennon/ McCartney's
"Birthday," but in 3/4 time, like some schizoid Viennese
waltz.

		JENZEN
	It's not my goddamn birth --

 -- and she stops herself in mid-word as, suddenly: the top
of the Cube pops open like a jack-in-the-box! And, slowly,
like it's on some mini-hydraulic lift, ANOTHER CUBE,
identical to this one, starts to inch up into view --

 -- which has its own tiny SILVER CRANK in its side. But
etched beneath this one is a warning:

     Do Not Rotate Under Any Circumstances!

Without a nanosecond's hesitation, Jenzen reaches out her
hand --

		SARA
	 -- I wouldn't --

 -- and turns the smaller crank. Beat. Nothing happens.

		JENZEN
	 -- no kidding: that's why you're
	making ten bucks an hour and I'm --

 -- and BANG! A SKELETAL ARM comes FLASHING OUT from the
smaller cube and SLASHES HER FINGER with a RAZOR!

		JENZEN
	Jesus!!

 -- it's no more than a paper cut, but it's bleeding and it
hurts -- and then they both see written on the tiny razor:

    Learn To Follow Instructions!

Sara can't help herself -- lets loose a little snort of
laughter. Jenzen goes ballistic, smashes the lid shut on the
Cube.

		JENZEN
	You think this is fucking funny??

		SARA
	No, no, it's just --

		JENZEN
	 -- well, here's a better one: you're
	fired.

		SARA
	What?

		JENZEN
	And here's your goddamn severance!

She slams the Cube hard into Sara's hands.

					CUT TO:

INT. SARA'S CUBICLE - JUST AFTER (WE NEED TO RE-WORK THIS
SCENE FOR LOCATION)

The Cube sits in a wastebasket next to the desk that Sara's
angrily cleaning out. She's SLAMS her entire blotter into the
trash -- which hits the Cube's crank and starts the music
playing again. Sara, startled, looks over -- and sees:

AN ORNATE IVORY-COLORED CARD - begin to ascend from the
Cube. It starts with the words:

    Now Try And Follow These:

And then all we see are Sara's wide, growing-wider, eyes as
she reads the rest.

		SARA
	...wow....WOW! Hey, Ms. Jenzen -- ?

		JENZEN (O.S.)
	Are you still fucking here??

Sara starts to flush with anger again -- and then stops, a
small smile coming to her lips as she continues to stare at
the card.

		SARA
	On my way out. Thanks for the
	valuable parting gift.

She snatches the ivory card and stuffs it in her purse.

						   SMASH TO:

INT. HEARSE #1 - MOVING - NIGHT

Where Sara Wolfe sits, decked out in near-dead-ringers
clothes and hair-do as we last saw on Jennifer Jenzen: black
silk suit, stiletco heels and an up-sweep -- holding that
same ivory-colored card in her hand:

		Steven K. Price
		   COMMANDS YOU TO ATTEND
	A Very Unique Birthday Celebration For
		 Mrs. Evelyn Stockard-Price

And then the CAMERA WHIPLASH CRANES BACK from Sara and the
vehicle in which she's sitting, to reveal the grand vista of:

EXT. WINDING ROAD - NIGHT

which snakes crazily up the Pacific Palisades, the crashing
waves of the ocean seen in the background. We see that the
vehicle Sara is riding in is the lead car of a MOTORCADE
comprised of four '50's vintage HEARSES.

		MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	The man's insane.

And we whip back towards the source of this voice:

INT. HEARSE #2 - MOVING - NIGHT

where we see this Man's well-tanned hand holding the same
ivory card, which continues:

	  Terror, Humiliation, Perhaps Even
		    MURDER
		 Will Be The Entertainment

		WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	Don't get much better than that.

INT. HEARSE #3 - MOVING - NIGHT

where we see the well-manicured hands of this Woman, her left
holding an 8mm Camcorder; her right, the same card:

	    With ONE MILLION DOLLARS Paid
	To Those That Survive The Entire Night

		YOUNG MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	Terrific: what's the catch?

INT. HEARSE #4 - MOVING - NIGHT

where we see hands of a Man barely out of his teens, his
muscular right hand holding that same card as well:

		   Inside the Walls Of
		THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

Suddenly the screech of brakes is heard -- Hearse #4 jolts to
a halt. The invitation flies from the Young Man's hand and to
the floor, the rest of its text unread.

EXT. "THE HOUSE" - NIGHT

We see the reason for the sudden stop of the cortege. An
ancient CHRYSLER K CAR is parked clear across the road,
barring the entrance to the gate of a razor-wire security
fence that encircles the premises. Beat. And then a short,
slight MAN steps out of the vehicle. In the glare of the
Hearses' headlights his features look cadaverous. Between
that and the fact he's jittering like a hummingbird on speed,
he makes a pretty unsettling presence.

The Man walks slowly towards the hearses, beckoning the
riders out.

		MAN (PRITCHETT)
	This is the end...by car anyway.
	What with the '94 quake and El Nino,
	the driveway's been pretty much
	destroyed. 'Shame. Have to hoof it
	from here.

The well-tanned Man from Hearse #2 steps out: DR. DONALD W.
BLACKBURN -- he could be anywhere from 19 to 90. The only
thing that's clear is all the cosmetic surgery he's had makes
him look like George Hamilton, circa 1962. He asks the
obvious:

		BLACKBURN
	If you don't mind me asking... Who are
	you?

		PRITCHETT
	Name's Pritchett. Watson Pritchett.
	I own the house, my father built it.
	And now I just need to get you into
	it. So...

The Camcorder Woman steps out of Hearse #3: a Jenny Jones-
clone named MELISSA MARR, 27.

		MELISSA
	Where's Steven Price and his huge,
	throbbing checkbook?

		PRITCHETT
	Not with you, is he? Well, I'm sure
	he'll turn up any second now... If
	you'll just come along...

The Muscular Young Man from Hearse #4 steps out: a good-
looking specimen named EDDIE MOSES, 23.

		EDDIE
	I wanna know first: to what do I
	owe this honor? I mean, I never
	even heard of this guy.

		PRITCHETT
	I'm just the Greeter -- and
	in that capacity, I now urge you
	all strongly to --

And then Sara-as-Jenzen regally alights from Hearse #1.

		SARA
	But the million bucks each, that's
	for real?

		PRITCHETT
		(a forced chuckle)
	It better be -- he still owes me
	$25 grand for renting the place
	for the night! Here, let's get
	you some illumination so you
	can make your way safely!

He grabs a flashlight from his car and shoves it in Sara's
hand.

		PRITCHETT
	Just point and walk, sis -- the
	place is right up --

 -- and as if on cue, a battery of magnesium floods suddenly
light up the night like high noon, revealing the House in all
its glory.

		PRITCHETT
		(startled)
	...there.

Sitting high atop a bluff over the Pacific, a sprawling
grey-stone structure. One-third Eames, to one-third Wright,
to one-third Bauhaus.

It might look innocuous in the daylight, but right now it
looks like Albert Speer's Playhouse. And underscoring the
creepy ambience is MUSIC now blaring from speakers perched
atop the gate: Marilyn Manson's screeching Goth-metal cover
of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These)".

		BLACKBURN
	Nice touch, Pritchett: subtle.

		EDDIE
	As a tumor.

		PRITCHETT
	Wish I could take the credit, but --

		SARA
	 -- guess we know where Mr. Price is
	now.

		PRITCHETT
	He must've beaten us all here!

		EDDIE
	'Less the place really is haunted.

		PRITCHETT
	Nonsense! Just bad press. All the
	deaths that occurred inside --
	my own father's included -- all
	perfectly normal fatal accidents.

		MELISSA
	You better be wrong. I didn't
	come all this way for "normal."

She starts making her way up the disaster of a driveway. Dr.
Blackburn and Sara look at each other and shrug.

They start likewise walking towards the house. The only one
left is Eddie. He stares at the little man.

		EDDIE
	You're totally full of shit, aren't you?

		PRITCHETT
		(brightly)
	You'll never know 'til you walk
	through that door!

Eddie dismisses him with a flap of his hand and sprints to
catch up with the others. Pritchett yells after him:

		PRITCHETT
	You wouldn't consider getting my check
	and running it back down here?

No response. Beat. Pritchett gets out of his car.

		PRITCHETT
	Didn't think so. Asshole.

He starts jittering his way up the drive.

INT. GRAND FOYER - SOON AFTER

Cold. Flinty. Two stories high and domed, with a stained
glass skylight topping it. Despite their varied states of
confusion, the four Guests stop in their tracks as they
enter, struck dumb with awe.

		EDDIE
	...Jesus H. Christ.

		MELISSA
	So where's the party?

		SARA
	Looks like we're it.

		BLACKBURN
	More to the point. Where's our host?

		MELISSA
	More to the point: what in the
	name of fuck is that?

She's pointing up at the stained glass skylight. It seems to
depict a Man with dozens of hideous creatures hovering round
his head. And above them all looms a huge something with
wings and flaming claws.

		BLACKBURN
	More of Price's spook-house bullshit.

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	Not at all!

They turn to see Pritchett's head poking through the doorway
-- putting as little of himself as possible inside the house
proper.

		PRITCHETT
	Part of the original structure. When it
	was still an asylum. Guy who ran the
	place -- Dr. Vannacutt -- found it
	"inspirational." From some German
	cathedral a million years ago: "Driving
	the Demons From the Mind."

		BLACKBURN
	I'm moved beyond words.

		MELISSA
	The hint of still weirder shit
	to come, I can only hope.

She whips the Camcorder to her eye and starts recording every
detail of the skylight. Dr. Blackburn rolls his eyes.
Pritchett starts calling loudly:

		PRITCHETT
	Mr. Price? Mrs. Price? Somebody? Hello??

		BLACKBURN
	Pritchett, take it down a couple
	hundred decibels, what is your
	problem?

		PRITCHETT
	Problem? No problem -- just want to get
	my money and get on home -- you know,
	things to see, people to do?

He laughs weakly; starts shouting again:

		PRITCHETT
	Mr. Price?? Mrs. Price??

Melissa Marr continues to shoot up a storm of tape in the
room, as overexcited as a five-year-old who's lost her
Ritalin.

		MELISSA
	I knew this whole place'd be pure gold!
	Pritchett, point me in the direction of
	the goddamn ghosts! If I can get
	something bizarre enough on tape, I
	think I can parlay it into getting me
	some kind'a Robert Stack "Unsolved Most-
	Wacked-Out Home Videos" gig. No more
	five afternoons a week of sex-change-
	Nazis-and-the-lesbos-that-love-'em.

		EDDIE
	You've got your own TV show?

		MELISSA
	The guy whose hair I do has his own TV
	show. All I've got is a blow-dryer and a
	dream.

Sara's staring at something that's making her more nervous by
the second:

		SARA
	Uh, excuse me -- but does anybody know
	any logical reason why those little
	demons would be moving?

She's pointing to the skylight.

		MELISSA
	Where?

She whips her camera up at the stained glass. Zooms in. Tense
beat. And then lowers the camera, sighing in disappointment:

		MELISSA
	...birds. Just seagulls or something
	walking on the glass, goddammit.

		EDDIE
	Cheer up: before the night's through,
	I'm sure one of us'll get hacked to
	pieces by somebody or something.

		VOICE (O.S.)
	I may start right now.

All heads turn again -- standing in the open front doorway,
dressed absolutely to kill is a not-terribly-pleased-looking
EVELYN STOCKARD-PRICE.

		EVELYN
	Who the fuck are all of you??

 -- and right on that beat: the huge dome of STAINED GLASS
above them all EXPLODES!

All heads whip up -- as time seems to stand still -- and it
begins raining COLORED SHARDS in the foyer.

		MELISSA
	Oh...my...God....

IN SLOW MOTION -- We see the rest of the Guests
instinctively start to duck and cover against the deluge --
all except EVELYN who's staring up at the descending
projectiles with a profound look of annoyance on her face.

EDDIE - notices that a huge DEMON-HEADED GLASS SHARD is
hurtling, razor-point-down, for Evelyn's head! With an
athlete's reflexes, he hurls his body at hers --

		EDDIE
	 -- Jesus, lady! --

 -- tackling her to the floor, the giant SHARD missing her
skull by literally a hair. It plunges six inches deep into
the parquet, THWANGS like an arrow into a target.

Beat of absolute sheer STUNNED SILENCE. And then:

		MELISSA
	Wow.

Everyone else stares at Evelyn, who's not moving.

		SARA
	Is she...alright?

		EDDIE
	I thought she was dead. For sure.

		EVELYN
	Not even fucking close.
		(seething; to Eddie)
	Get...off...of...me.

It's like being spit at by a cobra; Eddie doesn't have to be
told twice. Leaps off her, and Evelyn slowly, angrily gets to
her feet, a trickle of blood coming down her cheek from a
small cut there. A VOICE is heard from somewhere O.S.

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Not dead now, but soon.

All eyes look up to see: STEVEN PRICE perched on the balcony
rail above them in formal wear, legs crossed, cigar in hand,
blowing out smoke through highly bemused lips.

		PRICE
	She's been marked for it. The House does
	that. Happened to Pritchett's father.
	Likely happen to you all. Isn't that
	what you told me, Mr. Pritchett?

		PRITCHETT
		(looking away)
	I can't remember at the moment.

Blackburn applies his handkerchief to Evelyn's bleeding
cheek. She recoils:

		EVELYN
	Don't touch me!

		PRICE
	I'm impressed: I don't think Evelyn's
	ever said those words to anything with
	genitalia.

		EVELYN
	I'm not laughing, Steven.

		PRICE
	You shouldn't be -- you were nearly just
	killed, sweetheart.
		(to the guests)
	And now that our birthday girl is
	finally here, let the games begin!

		EVELYN
	Haven't they already?

Price just smiles.

		PRICE
	Sure is a funky old house, ain't it?

She glares back at him, steaming.

		EVELYN
	Could we have a word?

		PRICE
	Oh, I think we're going to have several.

Evelyn doesn't have to be invited, she's already stomping
halfway up the stairs. Price smiles down at the Guests:

		PRICE
	This'll just take a moment -- you'll
	find food and booze in the main salon,
	knock yourselves out.

Evelyn grabs him hard by the arm and yanks him back into the
shadows; they disappear from sight. The Guests just stand
there.

		EDDIE
	So, what? The thing with the glass?
	Price did that?

		MELISSA
	I hope not.

		SARA
	Of course he did, for God's sake.
		(beat)
	Didn't he, Mr. Pritchett?

		PRITCHETT
	I can't comment until I get paid.

		BLACKBURN
	I'm surrounded by idiots.

Blackburn walks off into the Main Salon near the Foyer. The
others shrug and follow him, except for Pritchett, who shouts
upstairs:

		PRITCHETT
	Mr. Price???

No response from anyone. Pritchett's eyes jitterbug all
around him -- he sees he's standing there alone. As
nonchalantly as he can, he quick -- steps towards the Salon
and the others -- passing right by a barely perceptible
black dot in the wall, no larger than a dime --

TRAVELING THROUGH WALLS

 -- and we PUSH IN on this DOT, until we're inside it, on
the OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL and see that's it's connected to a
COAXIAL CABLE, which we FOLLOW past ancient, decaying beams
and mortar, past VERMIN -- rodent and insect, both -- that
skitter maniacally right in our faces -- and then right
into the innards of the multi-wired CABLE itself -- emerging
out near...

A VIDEO MONITOR

 -- that's atop a table with several other monitors and a
literal Circuit City's worth of electronic and computer
equipment, all of it inside a --

INT. SMALL GRIMY ROOM

 -- in which sits Steven Price's engineer SCHECTER, in his
coveralls, eating a sandwich, as he mans Haunted House
Central Control. He hits a combination of keys on the
computer. On one of the Monitors we see a door somewhere
inside the House rapidly open-and-shut, open-and-shut.

Nods with satisfaction, then YELPS! as he spots a MILLIPEDE
wriggling out of his tuna salad, straight into his mouth.

		SCHECTER
	Jesus!

He flicks the insect away, nearly gagging. It lands on
another VIDEO MONITOR that is trained on a room on the upper
floor of the place. Some space that looks like it was going
to be a bedroom, once upon a time: a lot of strange, ultra-
modern furniture: all of it metal and of bizarre angles and
shapes. And then into that room storms Evelyn and Price.

PUSH IN on that video screen and suddenly we're there:

INT. EVELYN'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

As Evelyn slams the door behind her.

		EVELYN
	I gave you a goddamn guest list two
	pages long -- where the hell are they?

		PRICE
	Shredded. Sorry. Decided to whip up one
	of my own: a group so hungry for money
	that they'd be willing to do anything. I
	thought you'd be more comfortable with
	your peers.

		EVELYN
	I guess it was stupid of me not to
	expect something this twisted from you.
	Well, congratu-fucking-lations, Steven:
	Round One, you win.

		PRICE
	Well, not quite. See, those people down
	there: they aren't the ones I invited.

		EVELYN
	Then who are they?

		PRICE
	You tell me. I don't know how you
	managed to hack into my Mac, but: bravo.

		EVELYN
	What are you talking about? You
	think I invited them?

		PRICE
	Sure know it wasn't me. And if you say
	it wasn't you -- then who the hell did,
	Evelyn?

		EVELYN
	It you really loved me, Steven, you'd
	find a way to drop dead in the next
	three seconds.

		PRICE
	Finding ways for me to die at these
	things is really your deal, isn't it?
	The "O.J." knife with the not-quite-
	retractable blade? Your "Jim Jones Kool-
	Aid" that was exactly that?

		EVELYN
	All accidents until proven otherwise.

He goes to her and begins brushing her hair with his
fingers.

		PRICE
	You know how happy I'd be if that was
	really true, Evelyn? And how positively
	goddamn delirious if you weren't fucking
	every living thing in our area code at
	the same goddamn time!

		EVELYN
	Which part of that fantasy turns you on
	most: me with other men -- or just the
	other men?

		PRICE
	You know everything you do gets me hot.

His grip on her hair suddenly tightens and twists.

		PRICE
	 -- just not always in the sexual sense.

		EVELYN
	You're hurting me.

		PRICE
	I know.

She jabs his hand with a plasma-red, Dragon Lady-length
thumbnail. He lets her go and sucks on a knuckle -- she's
drawn blood.

		PRICE
	Now, there's the simple country gal I
	married. Let's go back down and greet
	your guests -- show them the real you:
	corny as Kansas on the Fourth of July.

		EVELYN
	My guests were shredded. It's your sick
	little scene now, Steven: enjoy. I'm
	going to go run scalding water on the
	places you just touched me, and then I'm
	calling a cab.

She storms into the bathroom adjoining and slams that door.

						   CUT TO:

INT. MAIN SALON - JUST AFTER

Just off the foyer. The furniture, though dust-caked and
rotting is antique Deco and sumptuous. Liquor and a lavish
buffet have been set out on a sideboard that looks like one
of Dali's limp pocket-watches. As Price enters the room
grimly, he's descended upon by an angry Pritchett:

		PRITCHETT
	Mr. Price: I've done everything we
	agreed on, your guests are all here and
	in one piece -- my 25 thousand now,
	please.

Price produces an envelope froa his jacket and taps it.

		PRICE
	Right here, Mr. Pritchett. As well as
	five other bona fide, bank drafts for
	one million dollars each. Made out to
	cash.

		EDDIE
	And we get this money when?

		PRICE
	The second the sun hits tomorrow
	morning. Assuming you have stayed the
	entire night - and you're still alive,
	of course. Any other questions?

		SARA
	Yeah. Why's there five checks?
	There's only four of us.

		PRICE
	You're forgetting my lovely wife; she's
	part of the same winner-take-all as the
	rest of you.

		SARA
	What're you talking about?

		PRICE
	Oh, sorry. Detail I guess I forgot to
	mention. You die, you lose. Your check
	gets divvied-up by those still amongst
	the living.

		BLACKBURN
	What are you playing here, Price?

		PRICE
	A very, very scary game. But then look
	at the bright side: if there's only one
	of you still upright at dawn, you'll be
	leaving here with five million dollars
	in your pocket.

		EDDIE
	This is nuts.

		PRICE
	Yeah. But, hey, anybody who's not
	"comfortable" with the rules, you're
	free to walk, anytime. Seven digits
	poorer, goes without saying.

		PRITCHETT
	I'm ready now.

		PRICE
	Alright, Mr. Pritchett, let me just
	sign the damn thing.

Price sits at a rusting octagonal wire-and-steel desk, knifes
open his envelope, and produces a pen.

		PRITCHETT
	Two "T"s at the end of the name.

Price looks up, puts the pen down.

		PRICE
	Just for the record: what are the rest
	of your names?

		BLACKBURN
	Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.

		MELISSA
	Melissa Margaret Marr, Celebrity.

		EDDIE
	Eddie Moses, Communications Attache --
	which translated from ancient bullshit
	means: I work for a Messenger service.

Beat. All eyes have now turned to Sara, who's just standing
there nervously.

		PRICE
	And you, young lady?

She blurts out the lie as one word:

		SARA
	Jennifer-Jenzen-Executive-V.P.-
	Paragon-Pictures.

		PRICE
	Very good. Well, I think I can say with
	complete honesty: I've never heard of
	any of you.

		EDDIE
	Then what the hell are we doing here?

		MELISSA
	How'd you make your guest list, Price:
	throw darts at a phone book?

		PRICE
	You're not my list.

		BLACKBURN
	I got an engraved -- literally --
	invitation -- with my name --

		PRICE
	 -- I'm sure you did.

		SARA
	This is all maybe getting a little
	too strange --

		PRICE
	 -- I wouldn't worry, Ms. Jenzen: the
	unexplainable will probably explain
	herself before too long. In the
	meantime, let's all relax, have a drink,
	the evening's young --

		PRITCHETT
	 -- it's getting older by the second.
	Mr. Price, if I could just please have --

		PRICE
	Sorry, Pritchett, here you go.

He signs the check and hands it to Pritchett who spins on his
heels and starts quickly for the foyer.

		PRICE
	I think you're gonna miss the bash of
	a lifetime --

		PRITCHETT
	 -- my loss --

		PRICE
	 -- even if I give you a million as
	well?

		PRITCHETT
	Wouldn't know what to do with it all --

 -- and then, suddenly, we hear the distant sound of heavy
MACHINES at work. Pritchett freezes for a moment.

		PRITCHETT
	Oh, no.

		SARA
	What's going on?

					CUT TO:

INT. GEAR ROOM -

Heavy rusted GEARS somewhere in the house, CRUNCHING as
they begin to turn.

					CUT TO:

INT. GRAND FOYER -

Where Pritchett is sprinting like a madman to the exit.

		PRITCHETT
	Please -- God-in-Heaven, no --

					CUT TO:

INT. MAIN SALON

The NOISE inside the room, inside the entire house, is
deafening. Price senses something:

		PRICE
	The windows --

Pritchett makes the long run across the huge room towards:

					CUT TO:

INT. GEAR ROOM

The ancient LEVERS snapping down like punches.

					CUT TO:

INT. MAIN SALON

BAM! The windows being sealed off by heavy IRON PLATES
slamming into place.

					CUT TO:

INT. GRAND FOYER

BAM! The front door being likewise sealed by a descending
IRON PLATE -- nearly decapitating Pritchett.

		PRITCHETT
	You can't do this to me!

INT. VARIOUS LOCATIONS (NOTE: TBA)

BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Every window, door, and portal of
any kind in the house likewise being slammed-sealed shut.

					CUT TO:

INT. MAIN SALON

 -- where everybody stands silent, breathless, and not a
little afraid, as the sound of SLAMMING IRON is heard echoing
everywhere in the distance.

					CUT TO:

INT. GRAND FOYER

Pritchett making a literal last dive for the one window in
the foyer that is still partially unsealed, its iron plate
closing fast --

		PRITCHETT
	 -- NOOOOOOOO!!! --

 -- BAM! The ancient LEVERS smashing down all the way to the
concrete floor: mission completed.

					CUT TO:

INT. MAIN SALON

That final BAM! resounding in the Main Salon. And then
silence.

		MELISSA
	Now that is enter-fucking-
	tainment!

Eddie Moses tries to yank up one of the plates -- all he gets
for his efforts is two handfuls of rust.

		EDDIE
	This thing's going nowhere.

		BLACKBURN
	If this is someone's idea of a
	joke --

 -- an agonized SCREAM in response; it's coming from the
Foyer --

		PRICE
	 -- Pritchett's not laughing.

					CUT TO:

INT. GRAND FOYER

Price & Guests entering and greeted by the sight of:

Watson Pritchett - Hair wild, clothes torn, SCREAMING as he
tries to pry the cast-iron plate off the Foyer window with
his bare hands --

		PRITCHETT
	 -- NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! --

 -- he's ripping his fingernails off, blood coursing down his
arms. PRICE runs to him, yanks him from the window and to the
floor.

		PRICE
	Pritchett!!

Pritchett stops screaming, looks up at Price in utter terror.

		PRICE
	Blackburn! His hands, do something!

Blackburn races over, takes one look. Yells to Sara:

		BLACKBURN
	Bottle of vodka on the sideboard:
	get it!

She races into the other room. Blackburn takes his
handkerchief and puts it on Pritchett's wounds. Pritchett
doesn't so much as whimper, keeps staring at Price. In a
daze:

		PRICE
	Pritchett, what the hell just
	happened here?

Pritchett looks up at him, eyes not quite focused.

		PRITCHETT
	Lockdown.

Sara dashes back in with the bottle of vodka.

		SARA
	What does that mean?

Blackburn takes the liquor and begins cleaning/disinfecting
Pritchett's wounds.

		PRITCHETT
	A mechanism. From the old Asylum. For
	Emergencies. Sealed the whole place
	shut. Top to bottom. That's how come
	they all burned to death in '31. Dr.
	Vannacutt threw the switch. If he was
	gonna die, they all were gonna die,
	and so they were toast.

		MELISSA
	No wonder they're still pissed off.

		PRITCHETT
	The only ones who survived were five of
	Vannacutt's staff butchers.

		BLACKBURN
	Why in God's name wasn't this thing
	removed years ago??

		PRITCHETT
	It was on my Dad's list of "things
	to do." But the House did him first.

		EDDIE
	You said that was an accident.

		PRITCHETT
	I lied. The House is alive and
	we're all gonna die.

		BLACKBURN
	Oh, for chrissake --

		SARA
	 -- uh, excuse me, just one quick
	question? How long before this damn
	thing unseals itself?

		PRITCHETT
	Don't know that it does.

		SARA
	Well, then, how 'bout maybe we
	call someone?

		PRITCHETT
	Hasn't been a telephone in this
	House in over 60 years.

Blackburn, Price and Melissa Marr all chime in unintentional
unison:

		BLACKBURN/PRICE/MELISSA
	I've got my cellular.

		SARA
	Well, flip a coin and somebody dial 911!

		PRITCHETT
	Won't do any good.

		SARA
	Why not?

And then, simultaneously, we hear the same beep-beep-beep
from the three cellular phones and see the same flashing
message on their LED screens: "No Service - No Service - No
Service."

		PRICE
	Must be those plates -- interfering
	with the signal somehow.

		PRITCHETT
	Not the plates: the House. Why is no one
	listening to me?? It's alive!  And once
	it's made up its mind, it won't let
	anything out.

		EDDIE
	So, what? You're saying we're stuck
	here the rest of our lives?

		PRITCHETT
	A cleaning crew's supposed to arrive
	at 9:30 tomorrow morning -- I think
	the power of the house fades at dawn.

		EDDIE
	 -- well, let's hear it for small
	miracles --

		PRITCHETT
	 -- but I imagine we'll all be mutilated
	beyond recognition by then.

		MELISSA
	Goodbye, bad times -- hello, Prime Time!

She starts shooting tape again -- everything and everybody.

		SARA
	There is something seriously screwed-up
	going on here, and I don't believe it's
	about ghosts --

		WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
	 -- oh, it sure ain't, sweetheart.

Heads turn: walking slow, smug and regal down the great
staircase into the foyer is EVELYN STOCKARD-PRICE, her coat
discarded, her neckline loosened -- she realizes she's here
for the night.

		EVELYN
	Take a bow, Steven, you've outdone
	yourself tonight -- scared holy hell
	out of even me.

		BLACKBURN
	If that's the fact, Price, okay, you've
	had your fun -- now open the goddamn --

		PRICE
	 -- asking the wrong guy -- wasn't me
	who closed it.

		EVELYN
	Sure it wasn't. Hey, anybody else here
	make their living with thrills'n'chills
	for the kiddies? Don't raise your hands
	all at once.

		PRICE
	Huh. And here I had a completely
	different theory.

		EVELYN
	Really? Well, let it rip.

		PRICE
	Oh, no-no-no -- much more bang for
	everyone's buck to nail the bitch --

		EVELYN
	 -- the sadistic prick --

		PRICE
	 -- in the act.

		SARA
	Uh, excuse me? Don't think I'm not
	having the time of my life watching
	this train wreck that's your marriage --
	but this isn't what I had in mind... I
	want to know that we can get out of here
	if we need to.

		PRITCHETT
	Believe me, we need to.

		SARA
	Pritchett, this "lockdown" thing --
	it's gotta have like a master control
	-- you know machinery, gears, whatever --
	somewhere in this place?

		PRITCHETT
	The basement -- but, believe me,
	you don't want to go down there.

		SARA
	No, you don't want to go down there. I
	am going down there. And I'm going to
	find reverse on this thing and floor it.

		PRITCHETT
	You'll never find it, it's a maze down
	there.

		SARA
	Well, that leaves you with two options
	then, doesn't it: either show me where
	and maybe we get out of here -- or it's
	spend-the-night-sleep-tight.

Pritchett leaps to his feet.

		PRITCHETT
	It's actually very easy when you
	know the way.

		EVELYN
	A word of advice, honey? God knows what
	kind of freak-outs Steven's got set to
	spring in this place. If I were you, I'd
	bring something to protect yourself
	with. Baby, don't you think now's the
	time to I break out your "party favors?"

Price suddenly looks uneasy.

		PRICE
	What are you talking about?

		EVELYN
	Must be getting old, Stevie -- you're
	repeating yourself -- this is the exact
	same set-up you used for the Son-Of-Sam
	Hunt back in '94.
		(to Sara)
	Girlie, open up that casket there
	and see what you find.

Sara glares at her, but does as she's told: goes to the large
ebony casket that supports Evelyn's BIRTHDAY CAKE. Sara looks
back at Evelyn suspiciously... then sets the cake aside and
lifts the lid.

Inside that, seemingly free floating in space, are SIX MINI-
COFFINS -- no more than eight inches long, their doors
likewise propped open, revealing inside each a gleaming new
GLOCK 9mm AUTOMATIC. Each pistol black gunmetal in color, of
course.

		EVELYN
	Ooooh, nice: firearms this time.

		MELISSA
	The warped factor here just gets
	bigger and bigger.

		EVELYN
	Steven's sense of humor just makes you
	want to bust a gut, don't it?

		SARA
	I'm in stitches.

Sara takes one of the guns and attempts to eject the
magazine. Nothing happens. She looks:

		SARA
	The clip's been welded shut.

		EVELYN
	On all of them, probably.

Evelyn takes one of the pistols and points it at her husband.

		EVELYN
	So how's a girl to know if these
	things are loaded, baby?

		PRICE
	Only one way I can think of, Sweetheart.

Tense beat, ala Eastwood and Hackman staring each other down
at the end of "Unforgiven." Then Evelyn lowers the gun.

		EVELYN
	No. I think we'll let the young
	lady have first crack.

		SARA
	I don't want a gun, I just want
	out. Let's go, for God's sake.

		PRICE
	I'll meet you down there.

		EDDIE
		(to Sara)
	Take the gun.

Sara takes the pistol from Evelyn, and Pritchett
unenthusiastically beckons Eddie and Sara towards a hallway
leading to the basement. Price trots towards another door off
the Salon.

		EVELYN
	And where are we off to, Mr. Price?
	Check the wiring on the animatronic
	Mummies?

		PRICE
	A simple leak, if it's okay with you.

And he disappears down the hall. Melissa Marr jams a
cigarette in her mouth.

		MELISSA
	Wow...

She flicks her lighter, sparking a flame to life --

						   SMASH TO:

INT. BASEMENT STAIRWAY - JUST AFTER

 -- a flurry of crackling SPARKS showers Watson Pritchett as
he twists the '20's vintage knob light switch. He leaps back
with a frightened yelp.

We see a brief BURST OF LIGHT from the ancient sconces on the
walls, revealing a series of moldy, cobwebbed and rubble-
strewn basement gallery, and a series of five glass cases
filled with the mummified remains of human bodies... One very
odd human figure rides upon a mummified horse.

INT. BASEMENT GALLERY

An odd multi-walled gallery from which five corridors lead
out, extending like the spokes of a wagon wheel --

 -- and then every LIGHT down there SHORTS OUT with one loud
SIZZLING POP! Total darkness. Beat.

		PRITCHETT'S VOICE
	Y'know, this'd actually be funny -- if I
	didn't know for a fact I'd be pleading
	for a quick, painless death in the next
	few seconds.

		SARA'S VOICE
	Could somebody please just gag him
	or something?

Sara reaches into her bag and pulls out the flashlight
Pritchett gave her earlier.

		EDDIE
	You're a handy little thing to have
	around.

Suddenly, a terrible cracking sound is heard above Sara's
head. She aims her light at the large beam overhead. Just
then, the beam gives way. Eddie pulls her away just in
time.

		SARA
	And you're not really as large and
	useless as you seem.

		EDDIE
	I'm better than that.

		SARA
	Don't push it.

She thrusts the flashlight into Pritchett's hand.

		SARA
	Now take us where this damn thing's at.

INT. SMALL GRIMY ROOM - SIMULTANEOUS

Price bursts through a hinged panel and whisper-shouts to
Schechter behind the computer/video console.

		PRICE
	 -- hey! Next time give me a couple
	seconds notice before you wing a gag
	like that!

		SCHECTER
	The lockdown thing.

		PRICE
	I mean, not that it didn't give Evelyn
	the kind of coronary I had in mind,
	just...

		SCHECTER
	 -- it wasn't me.

		PRICE
	Rewind that.

		SCHECTER
	I was just sitting here -- it happened.
	I had nothing to do with it.

		PRICE
	Then who did??

		SCHECTER
	No idea. I didn't even know the damn
	thing still worked!

		PRICE
	It works.

		SCHECTER
	Maybe it was just its time to finally
	fall apart.

		PRICE
	No. Somehow -- I don't know how --
	she did it.

		SCHECTER
	Pretty amazing feat: all that shit
	down the basement and your wife's
	up in the bedroom the whole time.

		PRICE
	Don't take your eyes off her for a
	second. I think she just declared War.

INT. MAIN SALON - SIMULTANEOUS

Evelyn, a huge drink in her hand, holding forth to a not
terribly interested Dr. Blackburn. Melissa Marr's oblivious,
Camcorder to her eye, slowly dollying herself out of the
room.

		EVELYN
	We'd've been splitsville years ago, with
	me the richest single woman in recorded
	history -- but Steven doesn't "believe"
	in divorce.

		BLACKBURN
	Not too big on it myself -- but then
	again, not on marriage either.

		EVELYN
	Oh, he's got no problem with that:
	I'm his fourth.

		BLACKBURN
	I'm confused.

		EVELYN
	No need for divorce and that messy
	division-of-assets thing when they kick
	before you do.

		MELISSA
	All three of his previous wives
	just up and died?

		EVELYN
	Damnedest thing: each one, freaky little
	"accidents" --

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

Sara, Eddie and Pritchett continue searching.

		SARA
	You should really open this place to the
	public, Pritchett -- a spa for people
	without enough stress in their lives.

		PRITCHETT
	I said we shouldn't come down here. Very
	treacherous -- physical and metaphysical
	levels, both. There've been no
	refurbishments to this part of the house
	-- it's exactly as it was in 1931.

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Is that a fact, Mr. Pritchett?

They all whip around -- spooked to the max. Pritchett shakily
trains the flashlight on who or what's behind them: Price.

		PRICE
	Sorry.

		SARA
	Good way to get your head blown off.

		PRICE
	I'll try not to remember to warn Evelyn.

They soon pass a broken wall. Rubble and debris litters the
floor. Pritchett moves them quickly past the spot. This
doesn't go unnoticed.

		EDDIE
	What's in there?

		PRITCHETT
		(too quickly)
	Nothing.

Sara takes the flashlight from Pritchett's hand and aims it,
into the dark hole beyond.

ANGLE ON THE DOOR

The light glints on a HUGE STEEL DOOR. A grime-covered
WINDOW is set at eye-level. A black mold corrodes away the
edges.

		SARA
	Nothing? That seems like quite a door
	to hold back "nothing".

Pritchett just stares at the door for an uncomfortably long
moment...

		EDDIE
	What is it? What's in there?

		PRITCHETT
		(finally)
	The Soul of the House. Everything that's
	corrupt about it... My father trapped it
	in there just before he died. You see,
	he purchased the house to restore it...
	We were going to live here... Nothing
	can live here. I was just a kid... The
	first time I saw it, I thought it was
	beautiful... It was just a dark mist
	turning into the corner of the room...
	then it started to move... then death
	started to happen... First the workers..
	six in all... then my father...

		SARA
	Ghosts killed your father?

		PRITCHETT
	Not ghosts... at least not what you're
	thinking... Vannacutt used to dump the
	bodies of his failed experiments
	somewhere in the house...

		SARA
	And you think it's in there?

		PRITCHETT
	Accumulated evil... festering for
	decades...
		(switching gears)
	But I'm a drunk... so don't listen to
	me.

		EDDIE
	So you're saying as long as that door
	stays locked, we're okay?

		PRITCHETT
	Hell NO!! The House will kill ya!

Pritchett's oblivious: he's shining his light back down the
corridor -- at its terminus it splits into four new
corridors.

		PRITCHETT
	I think we go down there and take a
	right.

The trio follow Pritchett. WE remain staring at the STEEL
DOOR. Almost imperceptibly -- or is it the darkness playing
tricks on us? One of the streaks of mold seems to have grown
longer.

					CUT TO:

INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Pritchett leading the three others down a new corridor,
clearly clueless as to where the hell they are. Shines the
flashlight up to find they're in --

INT. ELECTRO-SHOCK ROOM

a small room containing a large leather table with a myriad
of mildewed buckle-straps attached. Behind the table: a
monolithic brass and wood DYNAMO that looks powerful enough
to keep Orange County lit for a year.

		PRITCHETT
	Electro-shock therapy. There's several
	of them hooked together... Dr. Vannacutt
	liked to zap his patients in multiples
	of ten. More enerqy-efficient or
	something. Let's try a left.

They turn left. A small, barely noticeable arc of electricity
zaps from a dangling, half-severed wire.

					CUT TO:

INT. SATURATION CHAMBER ROOM

Pritchett dead-ended in another room.

		PRITCHETT
	Damn-it-all! This is the Saturation
	Chamber! Left again!

He all but yanks Price along with him, Price blurting as he
disappears from frame:

		PRICE
	What's a "Saturation Chamber"?

EDDIE and SARA linger, staring at the big, cast-iron capsule-
shaped contraption. We hear Pritchett's Voice in the
distance, explaining:

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	New wrinkle on an old theory for
	treating schizophrenia. 19th Century, I
	think: what would drive a sane man mad
	should make a madman sane. The Vannacutt
	version was: bombard the patient with
	aural and visual stimuli far more
	frightening than any hallucination they
	could ever produce, it'd traumatize 'em
	back to "normalcy."

		EDDIE
	Did it work?

Eddie looks up: Pritchett and Price are nowhere to be seen.

		EDDIE
	Hey! Where'd you guys go?

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	Left, goddamnit!

		SARA
		(grabbing Eddie's arm)
	C'mon -- I've got like zero interest
	in getting lost down here.

He guides her out of the room and down --

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

 -- to his left.

PULL BACK -- And we see, simultaneously, Pritchett, Price
and flashlight walking down the corridor that was to their
left -- Eddie and Sara walking down the one that was to
their left: a long, snaking passage going in the completely
opposite direction.

					CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Eddie and Sara navigating the various twists and turns in the
darkness.

		EDDIE
	Hey, Price! Pritchett!

Sara's gaze falls on: A RAGGED HOLE above their heads,
broken into the wall of the corridor. CABLES and WIRES can
be seen inside the hole.

		SARA
	Lemme try something. Gimme a boost.

Eddie grabs her by her butt. She bristles.

		SARA
	 -- hey, pal, that wasn't code for --

 -- and with his considerable strength, lifts Sara in the air
so she's sitting on his hands like a chair --

		EDDIE
	 -- where you need to go?

As much as she tries to stifle it, Sara lets loose a giggle.

		SARA
	Three steps forward -- I want to get up
	there.

		EDDIE
	Why?

		SARA
	This whole place can't be wired
	to just one circuit --

					CUT TO:

INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Pritchett and Price taking a hard right into --

INT. GEAR ROOM

We recognize the rusted gears from the "lockdown" sequence.

		PRITCHETT
	Bingo!

He shines the light through the cavernous space: an immense
mechanism of cams, pulleys and counterweights. Price stares
in absolute awe -- this is something straight out of the
Industrial Revolution.

He eyes the bank of long-handled, mother-of-pearl tipped
levers.

					CUT TO:

INT. WALL - CONTINUOUS

Sara with her hands deep in the recess behind the wall
sconce, yanking and re-connecting wires until -- she gets
a spark.

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

It burns her fingers and she yelps -- but the lights in the
corridor FLICKER ON for a moment. And then again. And again.
It's a lousy source of illumination, but...

		SARA
	 -- better than nothing. Down, big
	fella'.

Eddie lowers her back down to earth -- his hand lingering for
a moment on her bottom. Their eyes meet for a nanosecond.

		SARA
	Thanks.

		EDDIE
	Most fun I've had all day.

		SARA
	You need to get out more.

They start walking down the weirdly pulsing corridor.

		EDDIE
	So, who are you really?

Sara stiffens for a second. Then, calmly:

		SARA
	What? Deep down inside?

		EDDIE
	Start with the name you were born with,
	and we'll work forward from there.

		SARA
	I told you already: Jennifer Jenzen,
	Executive V.P. of --

		EDDIE
	I don't think so...

		SARA
	Why not?

		EDDIE
	Most of my business is making deliveries
	to high rollers. And I have yet to meet
	one Executive who could tie their own
	shoes -- let alone rewire an entire
	house. You don't fit the bill -- not
	even close.

		SARA
		(grinning)
	There's always exceptions.

		EDDIE
	Not in the movie biz. So, c'mon,
	gimme the truth.

Ahead of them, Sara sees the corridor splits into two.

		SARA
	The truth is, if we keep taking rights,
	we're going to have to end up where we
	started.

She beckons him to follow her, starts walking down the
corridor to the right.

		SARA
	Look, we're all gonna be out of here in
	a little while and go our separate ways,
	all a million bucks richer. What's it
	matter who I am or who I'm not?

There's no response from Eddie.

		SARA
	Okay... So let's say, hypothetically,
	I'm not exactly who I should be -- okay,
	so you're right, you're a genius, I
	don't know anybody who could've ever
	seen right through me like that --
	does that end the discussion?

No response from Eddie.

		SARA
	Alright, look: my real name is Sara,
	and I'm a secretary -- was, anyway -- to
	the real Jennifer Bitch who was invited
	here, and now you know and I'm begging
	you don't tell anybody, 'cuz I'm out of
	a job and could really use even a tenth
	of that money, okay?

No response from Eddie.

		SARA
	Can I just get a "yes" or a "no"??

She turns: Eddie's nowhere to be seen.

					CUT TO:

INT. GEAR ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Pritchett and Price stand in the "Lockdown" control room,
staring at a rusted lever that Price has snapped off.

		PRICE
	We may have to...look for other
	means to get out of here.

Price looks around the room.

		PRITCHETT
	What happened to what's-their-names?

					CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Sara trotting down one CORRIDOR --

		SARA
	Eddie...?

INT. BASEMENT - ANOTHER CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Sara moving and picking up speed:

		SARA
	If this is your idea of funny, think
	again!

INT. BASEMENT - ANOTHER CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Sara moves even faster:

		SARA
	In fact, you're really starting to
	piss me off!

INT. BASEMENT - ANOTHER CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

And suddenly, she slams on the brakes -- because at the far
end of this Corridor, she spots:

EDDIE - quick-stepping right-to-left through the
intersection ahead.

		SARA
	Hey, pal: game called on account
	of boredom, let's go --

And then she sees: in the strobe-flicker of light, his EYES
look devoid of pupils, as though replaced by something
METALLIC.

		SARA
	Eddie...??

Eddie keeps walking, turns into another corridor and
disappears from sight.

		SARA
	What is your problem?

She runs after him.

					CUT TO:

INT. BASEMENT - ANOTHER CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Sara again spots Eddie at the other end.

		SARA
	Hey!

He keeps on walking, turns into a room, disappears from
sight.

		SARA
	You know, I was actually starting to
	like you, you creep!

Nonetheless, she chases after him into --

					CUT TO:

INT. MORGUE ROOM

Sara stops, scared. God-knows what this room's purpose was
long ago, now it's just a space filled with enormous glass
tanks, vat-like things filled with BLOOD. But no Eddie. She
shouts to the air:

		SARA
	Okay, you win. You've successfully
	creeped me out.

 -- and then her EYES GO WIDE as she spots

EDDIE -- perched above a Vat -- he's teetering, his
equilibrium like a marionette's -- in danger of dropping
right into the Vat!

		SARA
	What are you doing --

 -- Eddie drops like a stone into the Vat.

		SARA
	 -- Eddie!!

She scrambles up to the top of the Vat, looks down into it:
nothing but that thick opaque muck -- but there's SOMETHING
ROILING beneath it. Sara plunges her arms down into it --

		SARA
	 -- Eddie! Eddie! Oh my god!

 -- BAM! Something does -- yanking her down hard into the Vat
-- and continuing to pull -- she's to her shoulders in it --
and her head's about to go in --

		SARA
	 -- Eddie!!

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Over here.

Sara darts the one eye still above the muck-line behind her.

EDDIE MOSES -- is standing in the doorway, a completely
baffled expression on his face.

		EDDIE
	What's going on, you lose something
	down there?

SARA -- looks back down into the Vat in horror. Lets out
a scream. Whatever's in there releases her arms and she
goes tumbling ass-over-teakettle down to the floor, her
arms released.

Eddie runs to her, takes her in his arms, sopping himself in
the same blood.

		EDDIE
	What are you doing? Are you okay?

Sara has no answer.

INT. THE MAIN SALON - SHORTLY AFTER

Pritchett enters the room. The blood-caked Eddie and Sara
stumble in, right behind them. Pritchett grimaces...

		PRITCHETT
	Now it's marked the two of you.

		EVELYN
	I suppose it's too much to hope that
	all that blood means --

A grim-faced Price enters.

		EVELYN
		(disappointed)
	 -- nope, he's still alive.

She pours herself another huge drink.

		PRICE
	Evelyn, could you just zip it for a
	moment? It looks like we're stuck here
	'til morning -- let's make the best of
	it.

		EDDIE
	Best of a nightmare.

		SARA
	There is something very not
	normal going on here!

		PRITCHETT
	This? This is nothing. You've only been
	dealing with the House itself. You have
	no idea what you're tinkering with.
	Sooner or later, the darkness that is at
	the core will get out... One of you
	will release it... Not meaning to, of
	course... then...
		(singing)
	...Bye, bye, Miss American Pie...

		SARA
	Pritchett, what is this "core of
	darkness"?

		PRITCHETT
	I thought you understood.... It's the
	souls of Vannacutt's dead... The
	insanity... The horror... Victims burned
	alive... All that pain percolating
	somewhere in the house for seventy-some
	years...
		(singing)
	...singing this will be the day that I
	die... This will be the day that I....

He makes a beeline for the sideboard.

		BLACKBURN
	There must be some other way out.

		PRICE
	Well, until that's found, I think it's a
	good idea we all stick together.
		(turns to his wife)
	Or wouldn't that fit into your plans,
	baby?

		EVELYN
	Fine with me. Just somebody then better
	go and round up Melissa Marr.

		PRICE
	Where is she?

		EVELYN
	Stalking the wild poltergeist.

INT. HALLWAY - SIMULTANEOUS

VIDEO IMAGE: A DARKENED HALLWAY rife with grainy shadows.
The image cruises down the corridor, peering into the
twisting passageways that intersect our path as we drift
like some Flying Dutchman.

INT. HALLWAY - SIMULTANEOUS

and we see that we've been watching from the POV of Melissa
Marr's CAMCORDER. She's gliding up and down the hallway,
eye glued to the viewfinder, taking in every square inch of
the place.

POV CAMCORDER

The bumps and pits in the carved-stone CORRIDOR walls are
becoming more vivid.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Melissa seen taking a left into ANOTHER HALLWAY.

POV CAMCORDER

an ODD SHADOW plays in the corner at the end of this new
hallway. The CORRIDOR appears to grow smaller, more
claustrophobic.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Melissa letting loose a half-uneasy, half-exhilarated gulp.
She stops walking. Slowly lowers the Camcorder, scans the
end of the hall with her naked eye:

Other than having the creepy ambience as the rest of the
house, the hall appears normal again: large and long without
a trace of anything extraordinary. She returns her eye to the
viewfinder.

POV CAMCORDER

the SHIFTING SHADOW she saw before disappears into an OPEN
DOOR at the end of the hall.

		MELISSA (O.S.)
	Curiouser and curiouser. We're talking a
	fifty share, minimum.

 -- just then: a murmur of MANY VOICES heard around her.

ANOTHER ANGLE

Melissa lowers the CAMCORDER, eyes darting everywhere,
scared -- but she sees nothing. CAMERA back up to her eye.
She moves to the doorway. As she turns the corner, we see
the PATTERN ON THE WALL. It is really a painting done in
ANAMORPHOSIS - it has now become a terrible Gothic demon,
ready to strike.

POV CAMCORDER

We reach the vault-like door and peer down the steps that
disappear into a pool of darkness. The VOICES heard again.
Indistinct basso. Emanating from somewhere below. We
descend down the stairs.

INT. BASEMENT - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

MELISSA comes to a stop at the bottom of the stairs: her eyes
go wide at the sight before her.

WILD IMAGES painted by some long-dead madman, start on the
floor, sweep up across the wall and onto the ceiling.

SHE PEERS CLOSER, sees: that they're images of torture and
death painted in blood. MELISSA stares at them, wide-eyed.
She puts the camera back up to her eye.

POV CAMCORDER

the IMAGES come alive: WRITHING in AGONY, what passes for
their mouths open wide in silent screams. Melissa is awe-
struck:

		MELISSA (O.S.)
	Fuck me bald.

She moves down the corridor to a room at the end. A sign
proclaims "CEREBRAL HYGIENE". As she nears, the voices grow
louder. And now mixed in with them are terrible MOANS.

INT. CEREBRAL HYGIENE ROOM -

Melissa enters --

POV CAMCORDER

A strange room filled with odd devices is laid out before us.
Clearly left over from another era, quack electric machines
and bizarre instruments line the walls.

In the middle of the room, a small group of PEOPLE in white
stand huddling urgently around something, their backs to us.
A MAN in white, off to the side, is filming whatever it is
going on with a spring-wound 16mm CAMERA.

		MELISSA (O.S.)
	Jesus...

And then the Huddled Group whips around, revealing the
objects of their-activity:

TWO HUMANS -- crammed together on one gurney: a Woman in
a savaged Nurse's uniform; a Man, in what little is left of
his surgical scrubs, a name plate pinned right into his
flesh: "Vannacutt."

Both SCREAMING like banshees as they're being VIVISECTED.

It is the identical image we saw on the B&W footage from 1931
at the beginning of the movie.

ANOTHER ANGLE

With a GASP, MELISSA pulls the camera from her eye.

She looks at the room: the equipment is all there but the
room is completely EMPTY of anything living.

She lets out a small sigh of relief and TURNS to leave --

 -- and suddenly in front of her is... THE PATIENT... that
Vannacutt and Nurse had originally been dissecting. He's
jittering so fast he's a blur. And then he lunges at her.

INT. MAIN SALON - SIMULTANEOUS

The SCREAMS of Melissa Marr echo wildly in the room -- long,
agonized HOWLS that just grow louder and louder. Everyone
looks up in alarm -- with the exception of Evelyn, whose sole
focus is on pouring herself a new drink.

		EVELYN
	Could be old Melissa found what she was
	looking for.

As the SCREAMS grow even more hideous, Price and Guests dash
out of the room. Pritchett downs the rest of his huge tumbler
of Scotch, then proceeds very halfheartedly after them --
and then the SCREAMS stop. Pritchett sits back down in his
chair, pours another drink.

		PRITCHETT
	She's dead. Chalk up one for the House.

INT. HALLWAY

Price and Blackburn striding down a long hallway, eyes
darting everywhere, shouting:

		PRICE
	Melissa!

		BLACKBURN
	Ms. Marr!

And then hearing from down in the basement:

		EDDIE (O.S.)
	Oh, Jesus: down here!

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Price and Blackburn arrive to see Eddie and Sara standing
outside the door labeled "Cerebral Hygiene."

		PRICE
	What?

		BLACKBURN
	Is she alright?

		SARA
	....I don't...know.

The two men follow their gaze. To the FLOOR. Lying there is
MARY'S CAMCORDER the lens shattered, the hand-grip broken
off.

		BLACKBURN
	Something just must've...frightened
	her, that's all.

		SARA
	Yeah...something.

Sara holds up her finger: it's drenched with fresh blood. And
with it, she points into the empty room. On the tile is a
wide, red and glistening DRAG MARK leading from the doorway
to the foot of the half-rotted... OPERATING TABLE.

		PRICE
	Jesus.

Price and Blackburn run into the room. Blackburn kneels down,
examines the drag mark. Utterly baffled and not a little
unnerved:

		BLACKBURN
	It just...stops here.

Sara sticks her head in the door, nervously:

		SARA
	Maybe....maybe she went up on the table.

Price runs a finger along the table bed; he's able to dig a
trench the entire length of it through the three-inches-deep
worth of dust.

		PRICE
	Nobody, nothing's been on this in...67
	years.

Eddie stomps into the room, frightened and frustrated, trying
to make sense of it all:

		EDDIE
	Well, she went somewhere! She didn't
	just up and disappear into thin air!

		SARA
	No...not air --

The three men turn to look at her -- Sara's staring at
something above them: a spot on the... CEILING directly over
the Operating Table, where the bloody DRAG MARKS resume,
continuing all the way to the point where concrete ceiling
meets equally solid wall, and then vanish altogether.

		SARA
	 -- into the House.

They just stare at the sight in dead, scared-shitless
silence.

						 HEARD OVER:

		EDDIE (V.O.)
	There's gotta be some way out --

INT. MAIN SALON - SOON AFTER

Eddie seen haranguing a near-dead drunk Pritchett:

		EDDIE
	 -- of this place, goddamnit, Pritchett!

		PRITCHETT
	Yes.

Pritchett drains the last drops of his tumbler of Scotch.

		PRITCHETT
	Alcoholic coma, if you hurry.

He starts to pour another --

 -- Eddie swats both glass and bottle out of his hand; they
SHATTER on the floor. In this tension-packed room, the sound
is magnified a hundred-fold. Blackburn all but jumps out of
his skin.

		BLACKBURN
	Jesus H. Christ!

		PRITCHETT
	Oh dear.

		BLACKBURN
		(to Eddie)
	If you don't calm the hell down I'm
	gonna strap you in for electro-shock!

		EDDIE
		(waving his pistol)
	How you gonna manage that with a new
	blow-hole in your dome?

		SARA
	Hey, if everybody's gonna kill each
	other, could you do it in another room?
	I'm trying to get something accomplished
	here.

We see that Sara's sitting at a desk in the room, fiddling
with the innards of Melissa Marr's camcorder.

		EDDIE
	What the hell good is fixing that
	gonna get us?

		SARA
	An answer, I hope: exactly what -- or
	who -- Melissa was taping.

		EDDIE
	And then where are we?

		BLACKBURN
	Put it this way: if it's your face on
	that tape, Mr. Moses, we're one gunshot
	away from solving all our problems --

		EDDIE
	 -- fuck you!

		SARA
	I got it! Something, anyway...

The room goes silent -- on the PLAYBACK SCREEN on the side of
the CAMCORDER, an erratic, wildly rolling IMAGE can be seen.

Everyone present, Pritchett included, starts gravitating
towards Sara and the desk. She hits the STOP button on the
Camcorder.

		SARA
	The motor's working, but the tape's
	pretty much D.O.A. -- I could only
	rewind it back a couple of feet. Don't
	blink, this is probably the first and
	only showing.

She punches PLAY. And we see on the

CAMCORDER'S PLAYBACK

soundless: a vision of free flight -- the lens capturing
what it saw as it dropped to the ground: a wild, herky-
jerky, ass-over-teakettle melange of --

WALL/CEILING/MARY'S HAIR -- and, finally: FLOOR as the
lens smacks TILE, fractures into a starburst of cracks,
topples onto its side. And through this veil of JAGGED,
SPIDERY LINES, we see:

MARY'S HAND drop into frame -- lie still for a moment --
and then start VIOLENTLY SPASMING, as a BLOODSTORM starts
spattering it from O.S. Until the color of her flesh can
no longer be seen --

A METAL CRUNCH is heard from inside the CAMCORDER, and the
image on the screen goes to BLACK.

INT. MAIN SALON - CONTINUOUS

No one moves -- they're all frozen there, staring at the dead
screen. Beat. And then: the sound of light APPLAUSE is heard.

Heads turn towards its source, and we see:

EVELYN STOCKARD-PRICE leaning against one of the walls, her
hands slowly, almost angrily CLAPPING. She doesn't speak,
she seethes:

		EVELYN
	Game, set and match, Steven. You've
	outdone yourself. And I know it's not
	good manners to ask the magician how he
	did it, but inquiring minds are
	desperate to know: just what did really
	happen to Ms. Marr?

		PRICE
	Asking the wrong person again.

		EVELYN
	I mean, did she stage it all for you and
	then go hide -- or did you just flat out
	kill the little bitch --

		PRICE
	 -- I pose you the same question --

		EVELYN
	 -- and who's next on your list?

		PRICE
	If I had one, Evelyn, I think you know
	who'd be first and last --

		EVELYN
	 -- oh, for chrissake, that's a given;
	we all know that knocking me off is the
	bottom line here --

		PRICE
	 -- that wasn't my original plan, but it
	is starting to look more attractive --

		EVELYN
	 -- thank you! All the cards finally
	on the goddamn table!

She produces one of the Glocks and points it at him.

		EVELYN
	Just know I'm not gonna make it
	easy for you. We still don't know the
	answer to the Million Dollar Question --

 -- Evelyn fires the gun into the wall just to the left of
Price's head. It smashes a hole there the size of a fist.

		PRICE
	Jesus!

		EVELYN
	Question answered.

		PRICE
	They weren't loaded when I put
	them in there!

		EVELYN
	Funky little house, ain't it?
		(turns to the Guests)
	Friends, your hostess is now going to
	retire for what's left of the night. If
	you need me, I'll be in the bedroom
	upstairs -- but try and fight that need:
	the door'll be locked, I'll be trying to
	sleep, and if anyone so much as breathes
	in the keyhole, I'm gonna empty this
	thing into their fucking head. Thank you
	all for the bestest birthday a girl
	could have.

She walks away and begins climbing the stairs. Price turns to
the guests to see that every eye in the room is staring at
him -- and not without fear. Price is astonished, then just
shakes his head with disgust.

		PRICE
	Even if I were inclined, I've had better
	-- and a lot safer -- opportunities to
	kill off a wife.

		BLACKBURN
	Three times, to be exact.

		PRICE
	Excuse me?

		BLACKBURN
	Accidents. Fatal. Each of your
	prior wives, so we've been informed.

		PRICE
	Can't imagine by who. I don't suppose
	the truth would interest you: that I've
	never had another wife but Evelyn.

No response, just looks of confusion.

		PRICE
	Married. Once. Same woman. All these
	years. She just slithered up the stairs.

		EDDIE
	Prove it.

		PRICE
	Prove it how?

Sara strides to the coffin-cabinet and withdraws one of the
Glocks.

		PRICE
	And what are you planning on doing
	with that?

She cocks it.

		SARA
	I just decided a million bucks is
	worthless if you ain't around to spend
	it. There is a way out of this place,
	and I'm gonna either find it or create
	it.
		(to Eddie)
	Coming or staying?

Eddie looks at his options: Price, Blackburn & Pritchett --
or Sara.

		EDDIE
	Yeah, what the hell, I'll go.

		BLACKBURN
	Yeah, me too.

Blackburn takes a gun from the coffin and cocks it.

		SARA
	More the merrier.

		BLACKBURN
	No. I'm going back to try and find Ms.
	Marr. If she's hurt, I'll tend to her.
	Dead, then I'm coming back for him.

He glares at Price and exits in the opposite direction.

Long beat. Price stares at the befuddled Pritchett who seems
to be having a quiet conversation with himself.

		PRITCHETT
	I think...I may have the answer.

		PRICE
	What?

		PRITCHETT
	I remember...it was a long time ago...my
	father said: when the House was finally
	completed, make sure...we-christen-it-
	with-this-bottle-of-dirt-cheap-champagne-
	that-should-still-be-in a cupboard
	somewhere!

Pritchett is out of his chair extremely fast for someone with
a near-lethal blood alcohol level. As he makes his exit, he
grabs one of the last Glocks. Turns sheepishly to Price:

		PRITCHETT
	Nothing personal.

He chambers a shell and exits. Beat. Price is alone in the
room.

		PRICE
	Evelyn, goddamnit -- !

INT. SMALL GRIMY ROOM - JUST AFTER

 -- and bursts through the hinged panel into computer
central, shouting:

		PRICE
	 -- Schecter, how is she pulling
	this off!?

Schecter doesn't turn, all his attention focused on the
computer screen, his fingers stopped dead in the their tracks
upon the keys as though suddenly terrified by something.

Price looks at the computer screen. Two words typed there:

   Someone Else

		PRICE
	What does that mean?

Schecter stays frozen. Price is beside himself:

		PRICE
	Schecter, what the hell does it mean??

He whips Schecter around in his swivel chair -- and comes
literally face-to-face with -- a Man who no longer has a
face! It's like someone took a giant melon-baller to
Schecter's head, scooping out everything -- just leaving the
rind that's the interior wall of his skull. Well, mostly
everything: there's still bits of bloody brain pulp hanging
from the bone. Needless to say: he's dead.

Price turns away, gagging in horror -- and his eye is
caught by a flash of motion in a --

VIDEO MONITOR -- the one trained on the Main Salon

A FIGURE (VANNACUTT) DRESSED ALL IN WHITE standing by the
sideboard, looking up into the CAMERA -- a strange
stainless-steel device in his hands that looks half-
surgical saw/half-speculum. Something dark and wet dripping
from its knife-sharp edges.

		PRICE
	Someone else. Not Evelyn --

Price's Eyes jump to --

VIDEO MONITOR - THE ONE TRAINED ON THE BEDROOM

 -- plain as day, there's Evelyn under the covers.

Price's eyes dart back to the SALON MONITOR -- the Figure in
White is no longer there. But Price catches a flash: the door
to the corridor just swinging shut! Price jumps to his feet
and tears-ass out of the small room, screeching:

		PRICE
	There's someone else in the House!

INT. CORRIDOR - MAIN FLOOR - SIMULTANEOUS

Eddie and Sara pulling with all their might on the iron grate
to one of the windows. Eddie stops.

		EDDIE
	You hear somebody?

		SARA
	No -- keep pulling, it's moving!

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

Dr. Blackburn, armed with Sara's flashlight and his medical
bag, strides with determination through the labyrinth. Then
stops when he hears a faint VOICE in the distance:

		DISTANT VOICE (O.S.)
	Blackburn!

Blackburn finds he's stopped right by the door to the
"Cerebral Hygiene" room.

		BLACKBURN
		(suddenly nervous)
	Ms. Marr...?

INT. EVELYN'S BEDROOM - SIMULTANEOUS

We see the locks on the door, deadbolt and knob-lock both,
SNAP OPEN simultaneously. Beat. In the distance, a VOICE:

		DISTANT VOICE (O.S.)
	Someone else -- !

The door SLAMS. WHIP-PAN to Evelyn's bed: clearly it's been
slept in -- but now it's completely empty.

INT. VANNACUTT'S STUDY - SIMULTANEOUS

Pritchett on his hands and knees going through a large
cabinet, tossing books and papers over his shoulder in a
frenzy of frustration.

		DISTANT VOICE (O.S.)
	 -- in the House!

		PRITCHETT
		(to himself)
	I know, I know -- it's gotta be
	here somewhere!

INT. GRAND FOYER - CONTINUOUS

Price tearing down the stairs:

		PRICE
	You sonovabitch, where are you,
	I saw you!!

INT. CORRIDOR - MAIN FLOOR - CONTINUOUS

Eddie and Sara drop their arms from the window, exhausted.
But there is now a space about two inches wide between IRON
GRATE and OPEN WINDOW.

		SARA
	We can do it...

		EDDIE
	Sure, with three days and a
	blowtorch.

		SARA
	It's a thousand years old -- we just
	need a crowbar or something to get
	leverage -- the sucker'll pop!

		EDDIE
	No prob: I'll just hop down the
	hardware store --

		SARA
	 -- no. The basement -- the room with
	all the controls to this thing: big long
	iron levers just lying there --

		EDDIE
	 -- not a chance -- there's too much
	weirdness down there I don't think even
	bullets are gonna stop.

		SARA
	You're starting to sound like Pritchett.

 -- and then the LIGHTS zap to BLACK and Sara SHRIEKS --

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 -- Pritchett shrieks as the LIGHTS ZAP BACK ON -- blinding --
then OFF AGAIN -- then ON --

INT. BASEMENT - CONTINUOUS

 -- the lights in the wall sconces are strobing like an
epileptic's worst nightmare. The sheer schizo-psychedelia of
it all has Dr. Blackburn frozen in his tracks --

INT. BASEMENT STAIRWAY - CONTINUOUS

 -- as is Price.

 -- then the SOUND starts. Price is first to hear it -- it
puts an expression on his face like someone is ramming both
eardrums with icepicks over and over again:

A LOUD CRACKLING ELECTRIC SURGE -- on-again, off-again,
in direct sync with the dimming of the lights. What makes
it so especially unsettling is the noise that accompanies
each Sledgehammer Surge: a straining, strangulating CRY. A
noise like a calf would make as its throat is slit.

The light-show be damned, Price leaps down the stairs,
sprinting towards the Noise.

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

 -- likewise Dr. Blackburn --

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

 -- likewise Sara and Eddie, running as fast as they can --

INT. BASEMENT GALLERY - CONTINUOUS

Price spies Blackburn at the other end of a Corridor, shouts
over the Noise to him:

		PRICE
	Where is it??

		BLACKBURN
	I don't know!!

Sara and Eddie appear, spot them; Sara shouts:

		SARA
	What is it??

		PRICE
	Something with the power, I don't know!!

And then Pritchett is seen at the far end of another
Corridor.

		PRITCHETT
	It's down there!

He's pointing to a long corridor - a light strobes at the
end.

		EDDIE
	What's down there?

		PRITCHETT
		(awe-struck)
	The...Fourth of July.

		BLACKBURN
	What are you babbling, you lunatic??

And then clarity comes to Price's eyes.

		PRICE
	Electro-shock.

INT. HALLWAY/ELECTRO-SHOCK THERAPY ROOM - BASEMENT

 -- and the Noise suddenly stops. The lights stop pulsing.
Pitch dark and dead quiet.

Eddie squints and points at something deeper in the room.

		EDDIE
	There's something --

 -- MOVING inside the Room. Blackburn lashes his arm out,
stopping anyone from going any further into the room. He
whispers:

		BLACKBURN
	Don't move, don't make a sound...

In the darkness, in the distance, they can make out

AN ANIMATE PRESENCE at waist level. Pale. With something
flowing from its sides, almost wing-like. And it's
squirming, undulating like a snake -- and then, softly
this time, that calf-like cry. High-pitched, almost female-
sounding.

Price ducks under Blackburn's arm and starts walking slowly
into the room, towards it. No one tries to stop him.

ON PRICE as he gets closer, and can see that whatever it
is, it's perched atop one of the TABLES --

 -- the CRY -- and Price steps closer, and he can make out
to the side of the table, something that looks like....a
hand?

 -- the CRY -- closer now: a hand discerned -- human -- with
rings on the fingers, polish on the nails --

		PRICE
	...Ms. Marr...?

 -- no response -- just the CRY -- Price reaches out to
touch that hand --

		SARA
	Is it Melissa??

 -- a look of horror comes to Price's face:

		PRICE
	OH JESUS NO!!

 -- and then lights flash BLINDING WHITE -- and the bug-eyed
face of EVELYN STOCKARD-PRICE is seen -- screaming that CRY
through the RUBBER BITE-DOWN that's been taped tight to her
teeth --

 -- her head, her torso, her limbs BUCKING like they're jet-
propelled against the leather straps restraining her --

 -- as the MASSIVE VOLTS of electricity from the DYNAMO she's
wired to punch into her like ten thousand razors at once --

 -- and Price reaches for her instinctively --

 -- only to have Blackburn lunge in and yank his hand away --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- are you crazy!?!

 -- and for a moment all anyone can do is watch as Evelyn
gets jolted and slammed again and again and again -- and
sparks fly from the electrodes on her head and smoke starts
to billow --

		PRICE
	Turn it off!! Somebody turn
	the damn thing off!!

En masse, the Guests charge into the room, scrabbling
everywhere around the DYNAMO, looking for a wire, anything
they can use to stop the current ripping through her body --

 -- and Price is near-insane, smashing buttons, yanking
switches off their moorings as he watches the pupils
disappear from the eyes of his bucking, jerking wife --

 -- and Sara pulls a cord from a socket in the wall and
nothing happens --

 -- and Blackburn spies something running down the table
leg --

 -- and Price is literally SCREAMING --

 -- and Blackburn yanks the table-leg wire with all his
might --

 -- and everything stops. The light show. The screaming. The
smoke.

 -- and Evelyn, too. Her body drops back down on the table
with a horrible THUD. Her eyes stare sightlessly. Blackburn
leans over her. Head to her chest, a finger to her neck.
Beat. And then he stands back up straight.

		BLACKBURN
	I'm sorry --

		PRICE
	 -- she's not dead! Just have to
	get her heart pumping aqain!

		SARA
	Mouth-to-mouth!

Price yanks the bite-piece from Evelyn's mouth -- a plume of
purple ARTERIAL BLOOD spews from her lips and cascades all
over her face.

		EDDIE
	Oh, Jesus....

		PRICE
	Adrenaline -- in your bag, Blackburn,
	you must have --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- even it we were in the E.R.,
	Price: it's too late -- her heart's
	burst!

Price puts his ear on Evelyn's chest -- listens -- his face
falls.

		PRICE
	No...

Sara puts two fingers to Evelyn's wrist pulse. Feels.

		SARA
	She's gone.

Even Pritchett gets into the act, taking the flashlight and
shining it into Evelyn's fixed pupils.

		PRITCHETT
	They don't get any deader.

Price strokes his wife's hair, tears begin to form in his
eyes.

		PRICE
	No.

With his other hand, Price begins to unbuckle the restraints.

		SARA
	I...don't think...anybody should be
	touching the body.

		PRICE
	I think I'll do what I damn well please.

		BLACKBURN
	She's right, Price. It's a matter
	for the police.

He takes Price's hands firmly and removes them from Evelyn.

		PRICE
	It is in-fucking-deed. At the risk of
	stating the obvious: this wasn't exactly
	a goddamn suicide.

He smacks the now-loose steel-and-leather restraint with his
hand -- in the tense silence of the room, the buckle BANGS
like a GUNSHOT against the table, over and over again.

		PRITCHETT
	House 2, Guests 0.

		PRICE
	I think, Pritchett, we've got a
	situation here that even you can't
	explain away as "ghosts." This is ice-
	cold homicide by person -- or persons --

He glares furiously at his Guests.

		SARA
	 -- not entirely unknown.

She cocks her pistol and aims it at Price.

		PRICE
	Convenient place to point blame, hon',
	but this time, the only wrong one: for
	all I know, somebody should be pointing
	that gun at you.

She shakes her head and keeps the gun where it is.

		SARA
	I was upstairs with Eddie --

		EDDIE
	 -- that's the fact, bud --

		SARA
	 -- where the hell were you?

		PRICE
	Upstairs, too. Come with me, I'll show
	you another body, a friend of mine named
	Schecter --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- what was he doing here?

		PRICE
	Running all the bells and whistles we
	set up to scare hell out of everybody --

		EDDIE
	 -- the stained glass --

		PRICE
	 -- yeah, we did that --

		SARA
	 -- the window and door grates --

		PRICE
	 -- no -- that's when everything went
	ragtime -- whoever else is in this house
	has been doing everything since -- I
	thought it was Evelyn --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- which is why you killed her.

And now he takes his pistol and cocks it at Price.

		PRICE
	I was upstairs!

		SARA
	I never saw you --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- I did: down here.

		EDDIE
	And I think that's case --

 -- likewise producing his gun and chambering a shell.

		EDDIE
	 -- closed.

		PRICE
	Pritchett, you're not joining
	this necktie party?

		PRITCHETT
	I was upstairs looking for... well,
	uh... moral support. I don't know
	what's going on down here, but I like
	you, and if you say the house didn't
	kill your wife --

Pritchett fumbles out his pistol.

		PRITCHETT
	 -- then I guess then it had to be
	you. Sorry.

		PRICE
	Thank God -- I was afraid I'd be
	lynched without a quorum.

		SARA
	If you've got a gun on you, Price,
	I'd hand it over now.

		PRICE
	Not just yet. Would any of you be
	interested in knowing exactly why I
	ended up here in the basement?

		SARA
	Fascinated.

		PRICE
	I was chasing after somebody I saw
	in the salon.

		BLACKBURN
	Oh, really: who?

		PRICE
	Didn't catch his or her name, just
	followed them down here. Somebody all in
	white surgical gown.

		PRITCHETT
		(suddenly terrified)
	Vannacutt!!

		PRICE
	Or somebody wanting me to believe that.

		SARA
	Well, I don't.

		PRICE
	Then just wait -- maybe this whoever's
	got you next on the Asylum's equipment-
	test list. Maybe a literal mind-blow
	inside the "Saturation Chamber."

		SARA
	I'll take my chances.

		PRICE
	Well, I can't, sweetheart.

And now Price produces his gun.

		BLACKBURN
	If there really is someone else in this
	house, I think the four of us can handle
	the situation.

		PRICE
	I think one of you has been part and
	parcel of making this situation!

		SARA
	The gun, Price; hand it over: now.

Price cocks his pistol.

		PRICE
	Don't test me, I'm real prepared to
	use this to stay alive --

		SARA
	 -- confirming everything we already
	know --

		PRICE
	 -- I'll take the chance, come morning
	and cops, I'll be proved right --

 -- Sara advances --

		EDDIE
	 -- you lose either way, Price --

		SARA
	 -- listen to the man --

		PRICE
	 -- listen to me, goddamnit --

		SARA
	 -- no more --

	 -- she reaches for his gun --

		PRICE
	 -- no!

And Price pulls the trigger right in her face!

		SARA
	NO!!

Only...there's no explosive report, no whine of bullets --
just this CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! from Price's gun.

The room freezes for a moment -- wide-eyed shock all around.
Price looks down at his Glock: the weld on the clip's been
broken.

		PRICE
	Who fucked with my gun??

Freeze broken: Eddie lunges for him.

		EDDIE
	You sonovabitch!!

And he tackles Price to the floor, punching the gun from
Price's grasp and nailing him in the face a few times for
good measure. Price is down for the count.

Pritchett walks towards the stairs. Blackburn looks to Sara:

		BLACKBURN
	Now what do we do? We've got to
	hold him somewhere 'til the police --

		SARA
	 -- the "Saturation Chamber." Where
	he wanted to put me.

Pritchett stops in his tracks on the stairs, alarmed.

		PRITCHETT
	What would drive a madman sane would
	drive a sane man mad.
		(pauses)
	I need a drink. Anyone wants me, I'll
	either be upstairs or dismembered.

INT. SATURATION CHAMBER ROOM - JUST AFTER

Price lets out a scream as Eddie SLAMS the door to the
"Saturation Chamber". Price's face appears in the small
porthole.

Sara twists the WHEEL that seals tight the cast-iron, capsule-
shaped device. Asks Blackburn:

		SARA
	Pretty old and rusted out -- you sure
	this thing'll hold him?

Through the single small window on the side, we can see a
furious, panicked Price slam his full weight against the
inside of the door. It doesn't budge a millimeter.

		BLACKBURN
	Don't think it'll be a problem.

		SARA
		(to Eddie)
	C'mon.

Through the Chamber window, we see Price make another futile
CRASH against the door.

		EDDIE
	Shouldn't somebody like, stand guard
	or something -- just in case?

		BLACKBURN
	I'll stay, if it'll ease your mind.

		EDDIE
	You sure? You'll be alright by yourself?

Blackburn pats the gun in his jacket pocket.

		BLACKBURN
	I'm not worried.

Sara nods, takes Eddie's hand and disappears up the stairs.

Blackburn and Price stare at each other on opposite sides of
the tiny window. Price is screeching something at him, but we
can't hear a word through all that iron.

		BLACKBURN
	Can't quite make that out -- what?

Price silently bellows.

		BLACKBURN
	You want to see how this thing
	works? Weird request, but okay...

Blackburn leans over and starts twisting dials and flipping
every switch he can find on the CONTROL PANEL of the capsule.

We see Price look up in alarm: a CIRCLE OF PULSING LIGHTS is
dappling down on him. It looks almost quaint: like a
Victorian carousel at night.

		BLACKBURN
	You've got to let me know how it all
	turns out. Professional courtesy and all
	that.

And with Price seen yelling and pounding through the window,
BLACKBURN walks away and disappears into the dark of the
basement. He passes right by the huge, sealed STEEL DOOR
where Vannacutt stashed his corpses. The tendrils of mold on
the metal have expanded to the length of a man's arm.

INT. SATURATION CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

Price is down on the floor of the capsule, a look both of
fear and an engineer's curiosity on his face, as he stares up
at the CIRCLE OF LIGHT that has begun to spin faster and
faster --

 -- and then whatever anxiety he has abruptly drops from his
face. Aside from a little eye-strain, absolutely nothing's
happening to him. He stands and examines the source of the
light. Sees on the ceiling of the capsule: it's nothing more
than a spinning mirror ball-like apparatus flecked with
colored glass. He's unimpressed:

		PRICE
	Technology by Fred Flintstone.

He turns away from it, braces himself against a wall,

SEE STORYBOARDS FOR THIS SEQUENCE - WHICH SHOWS STEVEN PRICE
BEING TORMENTED BY LIGHT, SOUND, FURY AND HALLUCINATIONS.

						   SMASH TO:

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

Where we view Price from outside the Capsule. Through its
tiny window we see him silently jerk, spasm and scream -- all
while standing inside the utterly empty Saturation Chamber.

OVER we hear almost bestial-sounding grunts.

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

Sara and Eddie move through the corridor - stopping at
every junction. They're hopelessly lost.

		EDDIE
	I think we should have taken a right
	back there.

		SARA
	Back where?

They scan the maze of interconnecting passageways behind
them.

		EDDIE
	Good point.

		SARA
		(pointing to another hallway)
	Let's try down here...

They move in that direction, turning a corner and passing
several doorways. Eddie glances at the door they're about
to pass and stops.

		EDDIE
	Hey, check it out.

Sara stops and looks at the wire glass door. A nameplate
reads: DR. RICHARD B. VANNACUTT

		SARA
	Vannacutt's office.

She tries the door handle. It's unlocked. They move inside,
slowly.

INT. VANNACUTT'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

Inside is an amazing collection of debris, partially
ransacked.

File cabinets are open and the floor is littered with
papers. On shelves are bottles of specimens of body parts
and dead sea life, floating in formaldehyde.

Sara moves over to Vannacutt's desk and begins going
through the drawers. Eddie stares at the specimens.

		EDDIE
	What are you looking for?

		SARA
	Maybe there are notes or drawings of
	this place, showing how those plates
	work.

Eddie pulls a picture from the wall... The glass is
cracked. Sara looks back at Eddie and moves to him.

		SARA (cont'd)
	What've you got?

		EDDIE
	Class of 1931.

ECU - THE PICTURE shows the various doctors and nurses in
resident. The banner above the corroding image states:
THE VANNACUTT INSTITUTE STAFF FOR 1931. Below each face is
a name and position.

		SARA
	Cheery looking bunch.

		EDDIE
	Better living through electricity.

Sara notices something about the photo.

		SARA
	Holy shit! Now we know how the guest
	list was made up. Look, these names...
	Head Nurse, Ruth-Ann Stockard... Bjorn
	Jensen, Electro Therapy... Jasper Marr,
	Thomas Steven Price... They're all here!

		EDDIE
	Wait a minute... What are you saying?

		SARA
	Everyone that was invited is related to
	one of the staff who was here when the
	place burned. There are five of us...

Suddenly, another voice is heard...

		PRITCHETT
	And five that didn't die.

Sara and Eddie just about jump out of their skins!
Pritchett is standing in the doorway in his usual sloshed
condition.

		EDDIE
	Shit, Pritchett!!!

		PRITCHETT
	Price didn't make the guest list... The
	house did. It wants vengeance.

		EDDIE
	How's a goddamn building gonna send out
	invitations?

		PRITCHETT
	What's life, anyway? Waves...? Sound...?
	Light...? Electricity...? I don't
	know... Phone lines...?

		SARA
	Or an on-line computer.

		EDDIE
	That's crazy!

		SARA
	What about that other guy?

		PRITCHETT
	Schechter? Wrong place at the wrong
	time... like you.

Eddie stares at the photo.

		EDDIE
	I don't see Blackburn's name on here...

					CUT TO:

INT. ELECTRO-SHOCK ROOM - SIMULTANEOUS

Dr. Blackburn opens the door to the room and walks grimly
into it, staring at Evelyn's dead body, still strapped to the
table.

		BLACKBURN
	The late Mrs. Steven Price.

From his medical-bag, he removes a scalpel.

		BLACKBURN
	Tragic, tortured Mrs. Steven Price.

With a blur of quick slashes, he cuts her limbs and torso
free of their moldy restraints.

		BLACKBURN
	Lovely Mrs. Steven Price.

Now accessible, he parts the top of her nightgown. Runs a
finger slowwwwly from the tip of her chin down to her bare
breasts.

		BLACKBURN
	Creamy, cool...and now very
	cooperative Mrs. Steven Price.

His tongue darts from his lips and he begins planting long,
lingering kisses all over her neck --

 -- FLASH: of a hypodermic being pulled from Blackburn's bag --

 -- Blackburn kissing everywhere around her breasts --

 -- FLASH: of the air bubbles in the needle being plunged out
of the tip: squirt! --

 -- bubbles of Blackburn's saliva dampening her nipples, his
tongue swabbing concentric circles within her aureole --

 -- FLASH: the needle into the crook of Evelyn's elbow --

 -- Blackburn's mouth dancing down to her belly -- he's begun
to hyperventilate with excitement -- and

A HAND comes languidly into frame, begins stroking his lush
dyed locks --

		VOICE (O.S.)
	I've missed you.

		BLACKBURN
	I've missed this.

And Dr. Blackburn tosses the hypo away and hoists himself to
meet the eager, waiting mouth of the now very alive EVELYN
STOCKARD-PRICE -- who starts to vigorously respond to
Blackburn's touch. He reluctantly pulls himself away.

		BLACKBURN
	Easy. You've got to keep still for a
	bit, the last thing we need is a
	coronary.

		EVELYN
	You're the Doctor, sweetheart. 'Guess
	the atropine worked, then.

		BLACKBURN
	Convinced all those that needed
	convincing: you're an official dead
	lady.

		EVELYN
	And what's Steven's status?

		BLACKBURN
	Still alive, but it's just a matter
	of time. And then will come your
	miraculous resurrection --

		EVELYN
	 -- "oh, no, Officer, I'm very much
	alive -- just a joke to beat my
	husband at his own clever game --
	What? What do you mean he's dead?
	It's all my fault, I may as well
	have killed him myself!"

		BLACKBURN
	"But you didn't, Ma'am. We have all
	these witnesses that saw..." well,
	whoever it ends up being that finally
	shoots him --

		EVELYN
	 -- the James Dean wannabe with the hair
	trigger --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- or might turn out to be -- very big
	surprise -- that Jenzen girl. The little
	bitch has the right stuff. She nearly
	put a bullet in Price right after your
	"demise."

		EVELYN
	So what stopped her?

		BLACKBURN
	It's complicated. But don't worry --

		EVELYN
	 -- there's already been way too many
	complications for a very simple plan.
	You ever find out what happened to
	Melissa Marr?

		BLACKBURN
	Not yet.

		EVELYN
	So we don't even know if she's
	alive or dead --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- Price killed her, there's no
	other explanation --

		EVELYN
	 -- there's plenty: for all we know,
	Steven's got her spying on us right
	now --

		BLACKBURN
	 -- bullshit --

		EVELYN
	 -- the whole thing is falling apart!

Blackburn starts stroking her, trying to calm her.

		BLACKBURN
	It's not, baby. Just a matter of
	minutes now, before somebody
	pulls the trigger --

		EVELYN
	 -- but nobody has yet, Donald. They
	just haven't been brought to that
	breaking point. They have to believe
	proof-positive that their lives
	are in danger.

		BLACKBURN
	How much more do they need than
	your death at his hands?

		EVELYN
	But they didn't see it happen, they
	still have doubts. What we need is
	another body, and Steven's bloody
	hands right next to it!

		BLACKBURN
	And how the hell are we going
	to do that?

		EVELYN
	Okay: this may sound crazy, but --

 -- and in one savage blur of motion, Evelyn drives
Blackburn's scalpel right into his chest!

Blackburn just stands there motionless, looking at her
confused. She clears up any gray areas: thrusting deep and
yanking down, gutting him like he's a trout.

INT. MAIN SALON - UPSTAIRS - CONTINUOUS

Eddie trots into the room, carrying the thick base of a
wrought-iron floor lamp. To Sara:

		EDDIE
	This is the best we're gonna do.

		SARA
	It'll have to do.

They start out of the room. Watson Pritchett remains morosely
sitting in his chair.

		SARA
	You coming, or are you waiting
	for Blackburn?

		PRITCHETT
	Blackburn's dead.

		SARA
	Excuse me?

		PRITCHETT
	He would have been back by now.

Beat. Eddie and Sara look at each other: nahhhh. And then:

		SARA
	Hey: Dr. Blackburn...?

Nothing in response. Sara grabs Pritchett and they head for
the basement.

INT. BASEMENT - CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

 -- the beautiful blood-caked FEET of Evelyn Stockard-Price
seen walking across the concrete.

Her gore-sopped HAND seen, traveling upwards -- we follow it --

 -- as it undoes the lock on the door of the now pitch-dark --

INT. SATURATION CHAMBER ROOM

Beat. And then the inert body of STEVEN PRICE slumps out.
Evelyn walks out of frame. Beat. Then a WHIMPER is heard.
It seems to be coming from the throat of Steven Price.

INT. BASEMENT - CORRIDORS - SIMULTANEOUS

The lights have begun strobing again. Sara, Eddie and
Pritchett move quickly down corridor after corridor --

		SARA
	Dr. Blackburn??

 -- finally stumbling into:

INT. SATURATION CHAMBER ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 -- where the circle of pulsing lights inside the Chamber
itself are as bold and blinding as looking into the sun.
Lighting up the entire room, they can barely make out a thing
-- except:

A FACE -- frozen in a scream that's pressed against the
capsule's window.

		EDDIE
	Well, at least Price is still
	under wraps.

Sara squints. And then her eyes grow wide --

		SARA
	It's Blackburn.

 -- the FACE in the window comes into focus:

DR. DONALD W. BLACKBURN

The trio moves to the Chamber amidst the blinding lights,
shield their eyes and throw the door open -- A BODY --
comes tumbling out, the door closing shut behind it.

The three of them are in shock. Blackburn's face is still
pressed against the window. And then Sara re-opens the door.

And they see: there's nothing attached to Blackburn's head,
it's just propped in the small sill of the window. And the
body on the floor just happens to be missing same.

And then Sara sets her teeth, and pulls out her gun.

INT. BASEMENT - CORRIDORS - JUST AFTER

Sara and Eddie on a mission, Glocks in hand and ready,
stalking like cats through the maze of corridors.

		EDDIE
	Price!!

		SARA
	He's gotta still be down here.

Pritchett is less enthused.

		PRITCHETT
	You know, that crowbar, that window?
	Maybe we should just call it a --

		SARA/EDDIE
	 -- Pritchett, shut the fuck up.

		PRITCHETT
	Oh, dear.

		SARA
	Price!

		PRITCHETT
	Oh, dear.

		EDDIE
	Pritchett -- !

And then he sees that Pritchett's staring slack-jawed into
the:

INT. MORGUE ROOM

 -- the table where the body of Evelyn Stockard-Price once
lay is now empty and blood-soaked.

		EDDIE
	Price, what the fuck did you do?

Eddie turns, enraged, to Sara. She's nowhere to be seen.

INT. BASEMENT CORRIDOR - SIMULTANEOUS

Sara is wending her way down a passage, gun now lowered
slightly. For what she's in pursuit of is something that
seems not only non-threatening, but familiar: a soft, high-
pitched VOICE that sounds in pain, crying:

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Please.....anyone....help me?

		SARA
	Melissa...?

		VOICE (O.S.)
	For the love of God....please...?

		SARA
	Melissa, it's Sara -- is that you?

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Sara...?

		SARA
	Keep talking, I'll find you!

		VOICE (O.S.)
	Something....happened --

		SARA
	 -- I'm coming --

		VOICE (O.S.)
	 -- something horrible...I don't
	understand --

The Voice is somewhere close now -- within just a few feet of
her -- but Sara can see no one.

		SARA
	If you can stand, if you can just
	raise your arm --

 -- and then, from behind a tall pile of stone and mortar
rubble, rises a bloody and absolutely terrified

STEVEN PRICE -- so freaked-out his Voice is just a squeak.

		PRICE
	I woke up on the floor....there
	was Dr. Blackburn...I don't know
	what happened!

Sara's surprise quickly fades -- replaced by cold, stone
anger.

		SARA
	I do.

Price rises and starts to slowly approach her, hands in front
of him, stretched in supplication.

		PRICE
	Then tell me, please -- help me...!

		SARA
	Don't think so. Stay the fuck back.

		PRICE
	Please! I need your help.

		SARA
	Not even for a million dollars, Mr.
	Price.

 -- and Sara squeezes the trigger --

		PRICE
	 -- no!! --

 -- the first shot splits a brick right next to his ear --
pieces flying everywhere --

 -- the next six are all right on torso-target. .45 caliber
slugs that make a nice round black hole as they hit him --
huge ragged explosions of blood and meat as they exit.
Hideous. Bonnie and Clyde died in their sleep in comparison.
Pritchett and Eddie enter on the run.

		EDDIE
	What the hell are you shooting --

 -- and then he sees the riddled Price on the ground.

		EDDIE
	Oh. Jesus.

		PRITCHETT
	Poor Mr. Price --

		SARA
	 -- fuck Mr. Price! --

He takes the shaking, wild-eyed Sara in his arms. She doesn't
weep, just stands there spasming with shock.

		EDDIE
	It's okay, everything's okay now.

		SARA
	He's dead...?

Eddie takes one more look at the carnage...

		EDDIE
	Don't think it's even an issue.

		SARA
	We're safe?

		PRITCHETT
	Uhhhh...

		EDDIE
	What?

		PRITCHETT
	Okay -- I'll admit it: I'm totally,
	clinically insane. But I'm still the
	only one who actually got a check
	tonight. It's yours -- if you just get
	me the hell out of here now.

		EDDIE/SARA
	You got yourself a deal.

They exit the room, heading for the stairs, not looking back
at Price's corpse for a second. Beat. And then, emerging from
the shadows, strolls EVELYN who walks over to her husband's
body, talking to it:

		EVELYN
	Steven, you poor, absolutely clueless
	geek. All it would've taken was a simple
	divorce -- and ripping our pre-nup to
	little pieces.

She kneels down next to the bioody corpse, whispers:

		EVELYN
	But no matter how it ended, please know
	just one thing: from that first moment I
	set eyes on you, I've always loved...
	your money. You, personally -- well,
	frankly just the sight of you has always
	turned my stomach.

A HAND suddenly lashes out and grabs her hard by the
throat.

		VOICE
	Is that a fact, Princess?

EVELYN'S EYES widen in horror as she chokes out a GASP: The
hand belongs to STEVEN PRICE, and he literally picks her up
by her neck and brings her to her feet.

		PRICE
	Well, you could have saved us all a
	great deal of time, not to mention
	money, if you'd just let me in on it
	years ago.

With his free hand, he rips off his shirt -- and the blood-
squibbed Kevlar vest underneath it.

		PRICE
	This kind of special effects crap
	doesn't come cheap -- and I had to pay
	out of pocket! No write-offs here!

He begins moving toward her. She instinctively backs away,
slowly being cornered in an alcove.

		EVELYN
	How --

In the alcove is a door -- a very familiar door -- the sealed
steel portal leading to Vannacutt's body dump. The metal is
so corroded its surface is misshapen with rust.

		PRICE
	 -- you must be kidding. You're talking
	to Steven Price -- every place you've
	gone, every person you've seen, every
	word you and Blackburn ever said to each
	other: bugged, taped, seen and heard as
	it happened!

He squeezes tighter, now with both hands; she can barely
breathe.

		EVELYN
	Steven --

		PRICE
	 -- anything, sweetheart, you need only
	speak --

		EVELYN
	 -- what...are...you...going...to --

		PRICE
	 -- just what you wanted everyone here
	to believe in the first place: I'm going
	to murder you, Evelyn, with the greatest
	of pleasure --

		EVELYN
	 -- wit...nesses --

		PRICE
	 -- witnesses to what? You're already
	dead, Evelyn! Happy Birthday, baby --

 -- and before Evelyn can even let out a gasp, he's SLAMS her
up against a door.

Her body smacks against the rusted metal with a rotted CRACK!
The "solid" door EXPLODES inward in a shower of rust. The
rest of the door drops with a thud from its moldy hinges,
sending Price and Evelyn hurtling down with it, into the
room.

INT. DECAYING ROOM

Stunned for a moment Evelyn and Price suddenly become aware
that there is another presence in the room:

something DARK -- CHURNING -- TERRIBLE.

EVELYN'S EYES look across the floorboards: the DUST on the
floor stands up on end and starts to move like metal filings
being pulled by a magnet.

		EVELYN
	Steven...? Are you doing that?

A dazed Price pulls himself to his feet, he can only hold the
cut that the fall has opened on his forehead and stare at the
movement on the floor.

		PRICE
	No...

		EVELYN
	No. OhmyGod, Pritchett was right --
	The house IS haunted.

EVELYN tries to right herself. Price's EYES fix on the wall
behind her, trembling.

		PRICE
	Evelyn... Get up... NOW!

		EVELYN
	Steven??

She turns and follows his gaze:

A CREEPING DARKNESS is gathering on the wall behind her.

		PRICE
	It's the Patients -- the Evil -- we've
	released it --

Price tries to move, but he can't -- just stands there,
paralyzed with the surreal horror of it all.

EVELYN scrambles to her feet. Price backs up in horror.

		EVELYN
	NO -- !!

Evelyn BOLTS for the door. She doesn't get far. Because,
suddenly THE CHURNING SHADOWY MASS springs forward! Grabbing
Evelyn and SLAMMING her back against the wall.

She tries to cry out -- but the dark shape on the wall has
begun to ENGULF her, literally corroding her flesh!

BLACK TENDRILS like acid-tipped vines, scuttle all over
her, eating every inch of her body: Her TEETH drop from
their gums, her EYES rot out of their sockets, her RIBS
sizzle from her chest -- until she no longer has solid
human form --

She's just a flat, silent-screaming image burnt/etched flush
into the wall -- just like the gruesome images Melissa Marr
saw through her Camcorder, "painted" on the corridor walls
outside Vannacutt's operating room.

Price, every limb shaking, backs out of the room into the --

INT. BASEMENT - CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS

 -- his eyes shooting every which way in fear of God-knows-
what new nightmare -- it doesn't take long. Subtle at first
-- glimpses caught out of the corner of his eye -- of SHADOWS
in the room seeming to move:

 -- PHFT! -- on the ceiling -- Price whips his head up --

 -- PHFT! -- did he see something on the rear wall -- ?

 -- PHFT! -- motion from a corner of the floor --

THEN all the SHADOWS IN THE ROOM - begin to move together
toward the center of the room -- coalescing into one huge
MASS OF DARKNESS.

Price doesn't hang around to see what happens next -- he
bolts from the room -- only to smack right into: AN OLD
RUSTED MEDICAL CABINET that swings open to reveal inside one
of its doors: a 1920's vintage ANATOMICAL CHART with all the
human organs and parts cut up and re-arranged so that they
are displayed alphabetically, viewing top-to-bottom.

And then Price's whole face goes fright-white: on the inside
of THE OTHER DOOR are the organs and parts of MELISSA MARR
likewise cut up and alphabetized -- her decapitated head near
the bottom, labeled "skull."

Price GASPS and dashes back down the corridor to find that
the Mass of Darkness has evolved into a HUGE, constantly
morphing THREE-DIHENSIONAL BEING that lets out a nails-on-
blackboard SCREECH and charges right for him.

INT. UPSTAIRS - HALLWAY

Where Sara, Eddie and Pritchett are trying with all their
might to pry open the slightly-ajar window -- when they hear:

		PRICE (O.S.)
	He was right! Pritchett was right!

		PRITCHETT
	I am.

Sara and Eddie dash further down the...

INT. UPSTAIRS KALLWAY

... where Price staggers into the doorway that leads to the
basement stairs -- frenzied, nearly all his strength gone:

		PRICE
	It's...the House!

And then the MASS OF DARKNESS swirls into sight from below --
envelops Price -- and sucks him back downstairs, screaming.

The door slams shut!

Beat. The three of them just stand there speechless. Then:

		EDDIE
	What --

		SARA
	 -- was that??

		PRITCHETT
	Something...that should probably
	be...avoided --

 -- they turn tail and tear from the room, back to

INT. HALLWAY

where they rush toward the partially pried-open window.

		SARA
	The opening's still too small,
	we'll never get through!

		EDDIE
	For chrissake give me a hand!

Three pairs of HANDS grab onto the pry-bar and throw all
their weight behind it. As they strain and the metal shrieks:

		SARA
	Pritchett: what is going on?

		PRITCHETT
	He must've unsealed the room!

		SARA
	How, he's supposed to be dead!

A POWERFUL GROAN reverberates through the house: the sound of
timbers bending and twisting.

EDDIE'S HEAD whips right - out of the corner of his eye,
something seen MOVING:

THE DOOR TO THE BASEMENT - it's turning BLACK -- GANGRENOUS
-- it's PUTREFYING before their eyes -- bowing in and
collapsing as it ROTS.

		SARA
	I think...it's time...to go.

They whip around and run down the hall toward the living
room. As they near the end they are stopped dead in their
track.

THEIR POV:

A WALL nearby TWISTS and BENDS into a new and different
WALL -- one with DOORS that now swing open -- leading to
some dark oblivion.

INT. HALLWAY

They stare at the sight before them.

		PRITCHETT
	Hail Mary, full of grace -- the house is
	growing!

		EDDIE
	It's not going to let us out!

		SARA
		(sensing something)
	No. It's just trying to frighten us.

		EDDIE
	It's succeeding!

		SARA
	All the plates sealing the windows and
	doors -- there's got to be some way of
	raising them manually. They didn't just
	appear out of thin air -- there's got
	to be pulleys, cables or something, that
	make them go up and down.

		PRITCHETT
	In the attic?

The WALL at the end of the corridor is bending and twisting,
taking on a new, hideous shape.

		EDDIE
	If you know where it is, get there!

		PRITCHETT
	Me? You've gotta be kidding.

The SHADOW THING rounds the bend at the end of the corridor --
it's enveloped the entire CEILING.

Pritchett looks at Sara and Eddie plaintively --

		SARA
	Move!

 -- then BOLTS reluctantly down the hall. Just as THE THING
OF SHADOWS drops down from the ceiling; begins spreading out
across the floor and sinking into the floorboards.
Disappearing. And then a terrible SILENCE.

		EDDIE
	Where did it go?

		SARA
	Run.

		EDDIE
	What --

 -- and then the FLOORBOARDS of the corridor start EXPLODING
in a path toward Sara and Eddie.

		SARA
	I said run!

They race down the corridor. Behind them the floor is ripping
up, sending debris into the air.

Sara and Eddie dash into another corridor. Shit! A cul-de-
sac, terminating with nothing but solid wall. They whip back
around, only to see:

THE EXPLODING FLOOR banging a hard right and hurtling
straight down the cul-de-sac right for them!

Trapped, they just stare terrified and helpless - and then
Eddie looks up and spots:

An ORNATE CHANDELIER hanging above them.

The EXPLODING FLOORBOARDS are nearly upon them.

EDDIE LEAPS up grabbing the bottom on the fixture. He begins
pulling himself up.

A FLOORBOARD next to Sara's foot detonates -- she screams:

		SARA
	EDDIE!

He grabs her and pulls her up -- just as every floorboard
she's standing on ERUPTS AND GOES FLYING, opening a HUGE
CHASM below them!

The two of them exchange a glance that is simultaneously I'm
okay/you're okay/are we both going nuts? That's when they
hear a METALLIC SCREECH above them:

THE CHANDELIER is ripping out of the ceiling. PING! BAM! Two
of the three remaining screws pop free and go flying -- the
chandelier's mount takes a 90-degree screech'n'jolt - and
Sara's already tenuous grip is lost. She crashes helplessly
down into the CHASM, disappearing into the black void below.

INT. DECAYING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Sara lands with a THUD, buried knee-deep in the rotted floor
of the room below. The Room -- where Evelyn met her demise.

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

Eddie manages to swing the chandelier over to the side where
the floor is still intact.

INT. DECAYING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Sara's just about cleared her head from the fall -- when her
eyes go wide. Looks down: she's SINKING INTO THE FLOOR.

She cries out -- and suddenly everything beneath her just
lets go. And she's hurtling like a rock down into:

INT. SUBTERRANEAN CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

SARA lands on her face in some pitch-black space.

When her eyes adjust, she sees she's in a vault-like room
that is filled with stalaqmite-like MOUNDS OF DIRT AND ROCK.
Bizarre geological formations, each one unique in its own
skewed way, it appears for a moment as though Sara has fallen
across time and space and onto the surface of a planet we
don't even have a name for yet.

INT. THE HOUSE - VARIOUS ROOMS - SIMULTANEOUS

The full ANGER of this place is now manifesting:

 -- WALLS writhe and twist in fury, forming

 -- STAIRWAYS that shake themselves into splinters of frenzy;

 -- CARVINGS in the wainscotted paneling that become animate
and turn upon themselves, cannibalizing the writhing,
screaming walls that spawned them.

INT. HALLWAY - SIMULTANEOUS

EDDIE PEERS into the hole in the floor: there is only
darkness that seems to go on forever.

		EDDIE
	Sara...? Sara...?

INT. SUBTERRANEAN CHAMBER - SIMULTANEOUS

As Sara tries to pull herself to her feet she sees: DIRT and
ROCK beginning to FALL from the strange FORMATIONS
surrounding her. And then all becomes clear as to where and
who she's with:

Beneath all that effluence are the REMAINS of Vannacutt's
VICTIMS. Some are missing body parts. Some are only body
parts. Some are bound with leather straps as if they were
just dumped there after dying on the electro-shock or
dissection table.

SARA, lets out the SCREAM of her life.

INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

Eddie hears her and bolts madly down the hall.

		EDDIE
	Sara!

He races toward the stairwell leading to the basement.

INT. SUBTERRANEAN CHAMBER - CONTINUOUS

Sara leaps to her feet and tries to reach for the hole in the
ceiling - it's just out of reach.

Then she senses something else in there with her.
Reluctantly, she turns around:

The Shadow Thing appears, festering on the wall. It quickly
splits into parts and disappears into the rotted corpses. AND
THEY START TO MOVE.

Rising to life, foul breath bellowing into them, slowly
starting to come towards her in a dance macabre --

		VOICE (O.S.)
		(a whisper)
	Sara.

Sara looks up to see EDDIE in the opening above.

		EDDIE
	Grab my hand.

He bends down to grab for her, but she's just out of reach.

DECAYING HANDS AND ARMS are suddenly grabbing at Sara,
tearing at her clothes, shredding the flesh beneath them
bloody with their long, post-mortem nails.

		SARA
	Eddie!!!

Eddie takes his jacket off and lowers it down to Sara. She
grabs hold, and Eddie begins pulling her up.

INT. ATTIC - SIMULTANEOUS

Pritchett finds himself in the cavernous attic, standing
before the massive pulley and counterweight system that's the
upper half of the lockdown mechanism.

Through the grooved channel that one of the iron plates
slides up and down on, Pritchett can look down and see the
Foyer and the plate blocking the front door.

There's a hand crank attached to a series of block-and-
tackles that ultimately connect to the massive counterweight
to the front door's plate.

With all his effort, he turns the crank, but can only manage
a half revolution --

 -- creak-crunch -- but something moved down there! You can
hear it! How much, how high, he can't see, but maybe it's
enough.

		PRITCHETT
	If there is a God...

He puts his full weight behind him and grabs the crank again
-- pushes down -- and the thing breaks off in his hand.

		PRITCHETT
	No-no-no!!!! Why me, why me, you
	sonovabitch!

In hysterical frustration, he throws the broken flange of
metal as hard as he can at the wall. He misses the wall
entirely and the crank just pinballs impotently between
cables and counter-weights with a series of mocking CLANKS!
and PINGS!

		PRITCHETT
	Whyyyyyyy??????

As he tears at his hair, screeching, suddenly he notices
light on his hands. He turns, and the:

DIM GLOW from a soon-to-rise sun falls on his face. He SEES:

that, somehow, all that caroming that his errant crank did
has caused one of the IRON PLATES to raise slightly. There is
now a THREE FOOT OPENING in the attic dormer window.

PRITCHETT'S EYES glance nervously upward.

		PRITCHETT
	Is it too late to take back a
	couple of things I said?

INT. DECAYING ROOM - SIMULTANEOUS

Eddie pulls Sara all the way up and out of the subterranean
chamber. They slump back on the fetid floor, exhausted.

		EDDIE
	You okay?

		SARA
	Yeah. And under other abnormal
	circumstances, I think this would be the
	time to seriously jump your bones.

		EDDIE
	Better put it on hold 'til we find
	Pritchett.

		SARA
	I don't do groups.

Eddie laughs -- and then his mouth stays open with no sound
coming out. He's staring as:

The area around the hole in the floor begins to turn a
familiar black. And is creeping fast towards Sara's shoe.

		SARA
	What?

		EDDIE
	Jesus!

She rips her shoes off.

		EDDIE
	Pritchett??

They both bolt and head for the basement stairs.

INT. ATTIC - SIMULTANEOUS

Pritchett moves to the window and freedom. He is about to
make it outside when he stops.

		PRITCHETT
	Oh, c'mon -- don't grow a conscience
	now, f'chrissake!

He continues out the window -- stops again. Looks heavenward,
angry and guilty at the same time. Yells to his deity:

		PRITCHETT
	Alright, alright! I won't leave 'em here
	to die!

He crabs himself back into the attic, runs over to the
grooved channel that the front door's iron plate slides on.
Shouts down through the slit to the Foyer:

		PRITCHETT
	I found the way out!

INT. MAIN SALON - CONTINUOUS

Sara and Eddie hear the Voice coming from the Foyer:

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	Anybody still alive? I'm giving you ten
	seconds! Two-four-six-eight --

Sara and Eddie dash into the Foyer.

		SARA
	 -- hey! --

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
		(slightly disappointed)
	 -- ten.

		EDDIE
	Pritchett, is that you?

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	Up here --

INT. ATTIC - CONTINUOUS

A metallic POP! and PING! is heard. Pritchett's eyes dart to
the machinery: a strand of the rusted cable holding the
window open has snapped free, and the rest are in an advanced
state of fray.

		PRITCHETT
	 -- I think you better hurry -- there's
	something of a time issue here.

INT. GRAND FOYER - CONTINUOUS

Sara and Eddie start up the stairs - behind them the hallway
is turning black with decay.

		SARA
	Move!!

They race up the stairs --

INT. ATTIC - CONTINUOUS

 -- arriving in another part of the attic.

Sara looks around, trying to get her bearings.

		EDDIE
	Pritchett!

A DISTANT VOICE

		PRITCHETT (O.S.)
	Over here!

The attic is a labyrinth of dangling cables, counterweights
and their often neck-high metal moorings. Sara moves toward
the sound of his voice, Eddie hangs back, sensing something.

SARA slowly wends her way through all the mishigas.

UNSEEN by her, down by her carefully treading feet, the
Shadow Mass is filtering up through the slits in the attic's
floor.

SARA edges her way around a tall iron fly-rail --

 -- and something grabs at her hand. She's had enough, she
reaches back to slug it -- then stops:

It's Pritchett.

		PRITCHETT
	Please. It's been a bad enough day --

 -- and now the SHADOW MASS has re-assembled to its new, full
enormity. It begins to barrel across the attic towards
Pritchett and Sara, who don't have a clue -- Eddie does...

		EDDIE
	Get out ot the way!

Sara turns back toward him. Eddie rushes and pushes her to
the side as the Shadow Mass is just about to envelop her.

And EDDIE is STRUCK full-force -- he instantaneously turns to
a blackened mass.

		SARA
	Eddie!!

And then the wind from outside kicks up, blowing EDDIE AWAY
like so much powder. And Sara just crumples.

At the other end of the attic, the Shadow Mass is TURNING
back toward them.

Pritchett rushes in -- GRABS SARA -- and pulls her towards
the small dormer window -- the CABLE holding the plate snaps
three of its last four strands --

 -- Pritchett pushes Sara through the window -- just as the
CABLE holding the plate finally breaks, trapping Pritchett
inside!

It's now back to near pitch-black again in there. Pritchett
turns to see:

The FACES of all of Vannacutt's VICTIMS taking form in the
immense Shadow Mass -- all with that revenge-on-the-living
look in their empty-socket eyes.

Suddenly from the swirling dark center of the mass... THE
FLAMING HEAD OF DR. RICHARD VANNACUTT appears... BLASTING a
HOT BREATH at Pritchett, who is freaking out.

		PRITCHETT
	I'm just the contractor's son! I
	had nothing to do with your current
	condition!

The words seem to have little impact on the steadily
approaching Mass of Faces.

 -- and then suddenly SUNLIGHT POURS in behind him. Sara has
pried the plate up with a LIGHTNING ROD -- one that's in the
process of bending in two under all the weigh

		SARA
	I think if you're coming, Mr.
	Pritchett, it's now or never.

The Mass of Faces starts to creep up Pritchett's shoe. With a
screech, he flings himself backwards, literally diving
through the open window --

					CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

 -- as the LIGHTNING ROD SNAPS -- and the IRON PLATE comes
guillotine-slamming back down -- right onto Pritchett's foot!

He screams and hysterically yanks at his ankle --

 -- his foot emerging safe-and-sound and whole, the shredded
remnants of a white sock blowing in the morning sea-breeze.

Sara and Pritchett exchange looks. They're both missing
shoes. They shrug. The sunliqht warms their faces.

				     FADE TO BLACK

And in the darkness, we hear a familiar Voice:

		CHRISTOPHER LEE (V.O.)
	The Police and Coroner arrived at
	the House on Haunted Hill at 7:30
	a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

				  FADE BACK UP ON:

EXT. "HOUSE" - MORNING

A fleet of milling Cops, Paramedics, Fire Officials,
Ambulances, the works. Sara seen getting her legs treated. A
blank-faced Pritchett being grilled by L.A. Sheriffs.

Gurneys toting very full body bags from the house. One gurney
carrying a half dozen vary small bags: Melissa Marr, most
likely.

		CHRISTOPHER LEE (V.O.)
	Watson Pritchett told the Police
	that they need a Sherman tank to
	get into the house. But when the
	first officer on the scene tried
	the front door knob, it opened
	without so much as a squeak.

					CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE - (NEWSREEL FOOTAGE) - VARIOUS SHOTS

 -- Grand Foyer

 -- Main Salon

 -- Basement

 -- Corridors

		CHRISTOPHER LEE (V.O.)
	And for all the horror that Pritchett
	described, the House was found to be
	utterly unexceptional and undisturbed
	-- even the dust still in place.

We see that what he's saying is true: there's no evidence
that anything ever happened here. Even the basement -- the
Electro-shock and Saturation Chamber -- appear exactly as
when we first saw them. Even the restraints that were cut
have been made whole aqain.

INT. LIMBO SET - NIGHT

SLOW PULL BACK to Christopher Lee on the "Terrifying, But
True!" set, talking to us, as the footage continues to play
on a screen behind him.

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	And not one sign of the party's
	hosts, Steven and Evelyn Price.
	The only person not surprised
	by this was Watson Pritchett.

ON THE SCREEN BEHIND HIM

EXT. HOUSE - MORNING

A close-up of Pritchett seen, talking:

		PRITCHETT
	They're part ot the House now.
	That's the way it works.

BACK TO SCENE

		CHRISTOPHER LEE
	The truth will likely be never
	known. Unless on some strange
	whim, you decide to spend the
	evening inside the House on
	Haunted Hill.
		(he smiles)
	Good night.

And walks O.S. The TV CAMERA pans back to the projection
screen.

As the "Terrifying, But True" credits crawl, underneath them
we see the old silent black & white footage we've seen
before:

INT. CEREBRAL HYGIENE ROOM (B&W)

1931. The "Cerebral Hygiene Room." The rampaging Patients
huddling around an operating table. A blur of scalpels and
saws as they viciously vivisect Dr. Vannacutt and his Nurse,
crammed together on the same gurney.

THE IMAGE FREEZES

as the TV show credits end.

But before it fades out, we see that something has changed in
this footage:

The two Humans being vivisected on that gurney are different:

The Doctor in surgical scrubs has Steven Price's face.

His nurse is Evelyn.

Pritchett's Voice heard as the image starts to fade:

		PRITCHETT (V.O.)
	It won't stop until it's got
	every one --


		     THE END

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