The Return of MAC by Paul Inman
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The Return of Mac

7.3.14

by

Paul Inman

1st Draft

ACT ONE

Scenes 1-

Day 1

Scene 1 - Opening Credits

Scene – 1A

Follow the journey of the package while showing credits over top.

Scene – 1B

Package gets dropped at a doorstep - time lapse to whoever picks it up.

Scene 2 - The Package

Scene - 2A

Joey comes home to find the package outside of the door (end of time lapse), and brings it in for Laura. Joey tells her she has a package. She is suspect, because she wasn’t expecting a package. He thinks she got him something as a gift and she is playing coy. She isn’t. He opens the package joyfully and his mood changes instantly as realization dawns. His initial reaction to MAC is to flee the room in terror as he yells for Laura to run too.

Joe walks up to door, all we see are legs, he bends and picks up the package. Knocks on door. Door opens from interior POV where Laura was playing with the dogs.

JOE

Hey Laura, I forgot my keys. Your package came.

LAURA

Confused

What? I didn’t order anything.

JOE

You mean this isn’t yours? I didn’t order anything.

It looks a giant shampoo bottle or something.

LAURA

No, It’s not mine.

JOE

Smiling

Wait, it this like an early birthday gift or something?

shakes the box

What did you get me?

LAURA

I swear I don’t know what it is.

JOE

Smilie fading into confusion

There’s no return address...let’s see what we got.

Joe opens the package - ad libs i.e. What is this, this package is taped really well. ect.

JOE

realizing what is most likely in the package; ominously

What is this?

looks up toward Laura questioningly.

LAURA

sounding concerned

I don’t know Joe, what’s wrong?

Joe pulls out the wrapped item from the packaging, tearing it open, he sees his suspicion is correct. It is MAC in the packaging. He throws MAC down onto the table as realization washes over him and flees the room screaming.

JOE

screaming

NO! AHHH!! Laura run!

Curiously, Laura approaches the item on the table.

LAURA

horror-filled

Oh my God! Joey?

Laura follows to where Joe ran off.

Scene - 2B

LAURA

questioning

Joey?

Joe has hidden in his bathroom - She knocks on the door

JOEY!

Is that the thing that you used to talk about a long time ago?

JOE

opens the bathroom door and looks past Laura for MAC. Then he drags her into the bathroom and closes the door.

MAC, that what we called him.

Joe paces -

MAC is back!

LAURA

I don’t understand...This...nutcracker

JOE

cuts Laura off -frantic and disjointed

He terrorized us! It’s been 15 years! God, what’s not to understand? It’s bad Laura!

LAURA

soothing

Ok, Ok. I understand. Well, lets just get rid of it.

JOE

still frantic

You can’t just get rid--

-light bulb-

Yes, get rid of it!

He hurries past her and leaves the bathroom. We see him gather MAC.

END SCENE

Scene 3 - Get Rid of It

Scene – 3A

Joey visits the Hoover Dam (and possibly the Grand Canyon) and attempts to throw MAC over the edge.

Shot of the Road sign for Hoover Dam as Joe’s Car drives past to establish location.

Joe’s Car pulls into a space at the Hoover Dam and he gets out of the car stuffing MAC into a bag as he does.

Cut to Standing near the edge of the dam pulling MAC out of the bag. He looks around to make sure no one is watching, looks at the nutcracker, and then tosses it over the edge.

WILLIS

from over Joe’s shoulder

Not gonna work.

Joe turns, but the old man is already walking away. Joe turns back to the overlook and gets one final look before he heads back to the car.

Cut to Joe getting back in his car. He closes the door, cranks the car, puts it in reverse, and turns (Or uses the rearview) to back up when he sees MAC, wet, sitting and staring back at him from the back seat.

JOE

screams

AHH! WHAT THE HELL!

Old Man Willis walks by in the background. You can see him through the front windshield as Joe is facing the back.

The entire scenario repeats itself in a different location. Perhaps the Grand Canyon, or the top of one of the big casinos. Eventually Joe confronts Willis.

...in the last of the places…

WILLIS

Not gonna work.

JOE

turning quickly

OK, I get it, it’s not going to work. Who are you and how do you know this?

WILLIS

looks into the desert

Come.

waves his hand

Scene – 3B

Joe is shown shaking his head bewildered, but walks toward Willis. CUT to Willis’ camping area as the sun is going down. Willis builds a fire. Plenty of exterior shots to establish location. After the fire is built…

WILLIS

Sit.

JOE

sits, stares

WILLIS

My name is Willis

JOE

whispering

Old Man Willis

WILLIS

nodding

Yes, people talk. I’m the crazy old man who wanders the desert. A nomad, or whatever label they put me under.

stirs the fire.

JOE

I’m Joey.

pauses

Mr. Willis -

pulls MAC out of a bag and holds him up

How do you know about this?

WILLIS

I don’t. I have never seen it before in my life.

JOE

confused

I don’t understand, You said that--

WILLIS

cutting Joe off

I don’t understand either. What I know is that sometimes objects can have a type of power, or presence. Sometimes it’s called stregata.

AND I have been nomadic, as people say. I came from back east. I spent months on the Appalachian Trail, damn near finished the whole thing. You hear things when you wander. Stories that sometimes stick with you.

JOE

I still don’t think I get what you’re saying.

WILLIS

It was about 15-20 years ago that I came off the trail near the GA/SC border. There were some crazy reports of a possessed nutcracker, not all that different from the one in your hand.

JOE

You’ve seen this before.

WILLIS

No, I’ve never seen it. But the locals were talking about it, and I sat through an interesting conversation. You see when a person gets possessed you get a priest, do an exorcism or two, and everything is great. A haunted object is a little different and you won't be able to do it alone. You have to get the spirit out of that.

points to MAC

It wants to go home.

close up

Take it home, Joe.

END SCENE

Scene 4 - The Video Call

Scene - 4A

Phone ringing over a black screen. This shot is set up as a FaceTime/Skype call. An impatient Joey wills Paul to connect the video chat.

JOE

Come on, pick up the phone. DUDE PICK UP! Etc.

As he finally does, Joey spills into a frenzied version of the story of the package.

PAUL

excited to be getting a video call

What up JOE!

Kim in the background says hello too.

JOE

Dude, you’re not gonna believe this, you gotta listen!

PAUL

Whoa, man, what’s going on?

JOE

I got this package sitting on my doorstep when I came home. Laura said it wasn’t hers--

PAUL

What are you talking about?

JOE

Just LISTEN TO ME! It’s happening again!

PAUL

What happening --

MAC creeps over Joey’s shoulder in the background, Paul sees him and loses it.

JOEY! JOEY!

JOE

screaming

AHHH!

Joey drops the phone and Paul hears the scuffle and see parts of what’s going on while Joey is struggling with MAC. The whole time Paul is yelling Joe’s name. Joe and MAC struggle out of view of the video call and grunts etc can be heard off camera. Then into silence. Paul watches and listens.

PAUL

paniced

Joey? JOE! Joey!

Scene - 4B

MAC falls into view of the camera (jump scare) and Paul screams. But seconds later Joe grabs MAC and wraps duct tape around him. He places MAC in a place that can be seen in the background and picks up the phone to continue the conversation.

JOE

obviously winded

Now do you see what I’m sayin’?

PAUL

nodding

He’s back. It’s impossible, but yet, there he is.

JOE

nods in agreement

Yep

PAUL

So, what now?

JOE

Old man Willis said-

PAUL

Who?

JOE

Just this guy, anyway, he said that the spirit needs to be taken home. I think I need to trace it back to its roots.

PAUL

You said it came in a package…

JOE

Yeah, but it doesn’t have a return address.

Paul

thinks

Try the post office, I think all mail has to be stamped at the point of origin.

JOE

Yeah, good call. Hey, can you do some stuff for me?

PAUL

What?

JOE

Look up stregata, I couldn’t find anything online, I didn’t look too hard though, and can you get in touch with Pat? I need to figure out what to do with him.

thumbs over his shoulder to MAC

PAUL

Sure, hold me close so I can get a screenshot. Pat’s never going to believe this.

takes screenshot

Hold a freeze frame of the close-up of MAC for a few seconds.

END SCENE

Scene 5 - Las Vegas Post Office

Exterior shot of traveling through Las Vegas. Joey and Laura head to the Las Vegas post office to track where the package came from, it has no return address. Shot of the LV post office, with Joe pulling into a parking spot.

Interior shot of Joey and Laura moving up to the counter for their turn with the Postal worker.

WORKER

Next, please.

Joe and Laura approach the counter

JOE

How you doing? I have a strange request. I got this package in the mail,

holds up empty box

and it seems to not have a return address. Can we trace where this package came from?

WORKER

Well, lets see.

Joe hands over the box, the postal worker flips it around and finds the Post Office coded stamp.

Ah, ok. Do you see this stamp? That’s a coded stamp that we use here. It should contain the information to get you in the right ballpark.

JOE

Oh, awesome!

WORKER

scans the barcode - taps some keys on the keyboard

Ok sir, it looks like the package originated in a place called Friendship, SC.

JOE

Ok, thanks.

Joe and Laura walk away from the counter. The postal worker can be heard calling the next customer.

LAURA

Friendship? Where’s that?

JOE

slowly shakes his head

I don’t know, but if I’m going back, I gotta get the guys. I can’t do this alone.

END SCENE

DAY 2

Scene 6 - Research

Interior - Public Library - Paul is sitting a computer doing some research about how to separate demons from possessed objects. Some shots of him searching on the web and reading. Perhaps watching some videos of possessed objects online. Finds stregata

PAUL

reading

“Stregata - bewitched” hmm...

We cut to him closing his laptop and heading down the stacks searching for a book. He finds it and begins thumbing through reading out loud in a whisper.

PAUL

reading from the book

“...the spirit can attach itself to any object living or dead, and can exist on any of the seven positive or negative planes of the universe…”

turns the page

“...one can remove the spirit when in the original location, along with the incantations listed below…”

Paul closes the book and stands and leaves the stacks.

END SCENE

Scene 7 - Leaving Las Vegas

Scene - 7A

Exterior Shot - LV Airport. Interior - Airport - Joey and Laura saying goodbye.

LAURA

embracing

Are you sure you have to go? I mean, you can’t just ship it to Pat and Paul to take care of?

JOE

Willis said I can’t do it alone, and in my heart I don’t think they can either. I have to go, it’s gotta be all of us.

LAURA

nods

Please be careful.

kisses Joe hard on the mouth

I love you.

JOE

smirks

I know.

Joe holds his bag up and checks inside. MAC is still secured inside of the bag. Then he walks away in a wide shot showing their backs.

Scene - 7B

Interior - Plane - Joey has found his seat and has taken MAC out of the bag. MAC now has duct tape over his mouth and frayed tape around his body.

JOE

from MAC’s POV

I hope you like flying.

Still from MAC’s POV we see him stuffed back into the bag.

Shot of an airplane taking off.

END SCENE

Scene 8 - Paul Finds Patrick

Scene -8A

Exterior -Day- Paul is driving his car to from the library to Pats work. Establishing locations shots of exterior. Paul walks up to the customer service desk.

PAUL

Excuse me, is Patrick working today?

WORKER

Yeah, I’ll get him.

PAUL

Thanks.

Paul waits for Patrick to come over, after a moment he does.

PAT

Hey bud!

they embrace briefly

What going on?

PAUL

intense; serious

Can you take a break? Let’s go grab a sandwich, it’s important.

Patrick picks up the non-verbal cues that Paul is giving off and realizes it must be serious.

PAT

Yeah, just let me go let someone know.

Scene -8B

Interior - Sandwich place - Wide shot of Paul sitting down with Pat.

PAT

So, what’s going on?

PAUL

There not an easy way to tell you this, so I’ll just show you.

pulls cell phone out

lays it down in front of Pat

Pat pauses in mid-bite.

PAT

lowers sandwich - intense whisper

What is this?

PAUL

That was mailed to Joey yesterday.

Pat looks at the unbelievable picture on the phone.

His flight lands in a few hours.

PAT

Joey’s coming here? Why?

PAUL

‘cause the post office tracked the package back to a little place a few hours away from here, called Friendship.

PAT

Friendship...Never heard of it.

PAUL

shaking his head

Me either. But Joey thinks that if we can take it back to the point of origin, somewhere in Friendship, we could get rid of it for good.

places a book on the table-slides it toward Pat

This seems to agree with that theory.

PAT

glances down to the book.

What do you mean “we”?

PAUL

All of us. Me, you, him...We can’t let him go alone.

PAT

wipes his mouth - begins to shake his head

No, no way man, I can’t...I have to work, I can’t just drop everything. And then there’s Christa too.

PAUL

frustrated - grabs the book

People could die, Pat! Joey could die! Don’t you remember what happened last time?

PAT

exasperated

Of course I remember! I caused it to happen; I’ll never forget!

PAUL

calming down

It wasn’t your fault, man.

PAT

fearful

I’m scared alright. I still have the scars.

lowers his head

PAUL

solemnly

We’re all scared, but it has to end

PAT

raises head and nods slowly

...ok

PAUL

Ok.

Cut to dusk, as a plane is landing in the distance.

END SCENE

Scene 9 - The Meeting

Exterior - Night - Location shots of SAMS CORNER where the meeting is going to take place.

Interior - Booth - The guys (and girls if they want to participate) gather in a booth/table to go over the plan. Maybe some shots of MARK telling us to get out that their are closed and/or the welcome back to us all. We come into the conversation already in progress.

JOE

...and that’s when Old Man Willis said he has to go back to where he came from.

PAT

How does he know this?

JOE

The man gets around. I mean when you don’t have a home, what do you expect?

PAUL

I think he’s right. I looked up that word - Stregata - it means bewitched, I think we have to try to pull the spirit out of the nutcracker.

JOE

And how do we do that?

PAUL

shrugs/shakes his head

I’m working on it.

PAT

pauses

Ok, so the package came from Friendship, I looked it up.

pulls out his phone

The good news is that it’s not too big. The bad news is the postal area is huge. We could get there and spend days trying to find this place.

JOE

I don’t see how we have any other choice. I tried to throw the damn thing off the Hoover Dam only to find it sitting in my backseat when I got to the car.

KIM

What if you guys tried to chop it up?

JOE

I tried that before I started throwing him off of shit. Broke the knife and didn’t even scratch MAC.

PAUL

It’s supernatural somehow.

PAT

Yeah, we thought we took care of it before, but I guess not.

JOE

holds up a bag

Yeah cus here he is.

PAT

freaking

You brought it here?

JOE

What’d you expect me to do, leave it in LasVegas?

PAT

I meant in here.

PAUL

Relax dude, he’s secure in there.

PAT

sarcastic

Cus a canvas bag is his kryptonite.

PAUL

Just breath man, in the nose, out the mouth. Find your happy place.

Quick shot of Joe laughing

PAUL

Tomorrow morning we hit the road early. Friendship is only a few hours away, right?

PAT

According to my phone, yeah.

PAUL

Then we should have plenty of daylight left once we get there.

JOE

The first place we go is to the post office. If this is such a small place maybe someone will remember who mailed the package.

KIM

Good idea, when do leave?

JOE

I think this has to be just the three of us. We don’t want anyone else getting hurt like 15 years ago.

PAUL

I agree.

PAT

Absolutely.

PAUL

We got a big day tomorrow and it’s getting late, let get out of here.

They get up from the booth and leave, saying bye to Mark as they go. Paul Holds Joe back from the others for a second.

PAUL

Pat’s a little freaked out about this. We should keep an eye on him.

JOE

You think he’ll be ok?

PAUL

shakes head

Don’t know...we’ll find out.

END SCENE

Day 3

Scene 10 - Road Trip

Scene - 10A

As Joey and Paul are packing the car be sure to show that Joey is putting MAC into the backseat. In this scene we will have several traveling shots, including picking up PAT and leaving town. Desolate highway shots too. The guys partake in a good ol’ fashioned road trip. Joey and Paul packing the car, Joe putting a bag into the back seat…

PAUL

Is that him?

JOE

Yeah, he should be ok. He’s still bound and gagged, just like Pat’s mom likes it!

Paul

YEAH!

nods

I’m bringing this

pulls a beretta out of his own bag

JOE

He’s a possessed nutcracker that I couldn’t get rid of by throwing him off the Hoover Damn, what are you gonna do with that?

PAUL

I don’t know! It makes me feel better, alright.

JOE

Whatever.

Kim and Parker come out to the car to send us off. She kisses Paul.

KIM

Be careful.

PAUL

I will be

he puts his hand on her face and kisses her again

then bends down to say goodbye to Parker

PAUL

Come here.

reaches out and hugs Parker.

It’s going to be ok.

PARKER

I love you!

PAUL

I love you too.

stands - to Joey

Ready?

JOE

nods

I was born ready.

KIM

Bye Joey. Bye babe.

Scene - 10B

Next shot is getting into car and driving off. Then cut to pulling up to Pat’s house where he is already waiting outside. Pat gets into the car and they’re are off.

PAT

What’s up guys?

JOE/PAUL

Hey dude!

PAUL

You guys ready for this? Friendship, here we come.

drives away

Because it’s not a road trip without Bojangles, the guys go through the drive through and order stuff.

Scene - 10C

Cut to a gas station getting gas, standing around the car, stretching legs.

PAT

I still can’t believe this is happening.

JOE

Me either.

PAUL

If someone would have told me 15 years ago, I would be driving to some unheard of town to expel a demon from a nutcracker, I probably would have told them it’s time to adjust your meds buddy…

PAT

laughs

If only I hadn’t have found the dumb thing.

END SCENE

CUT TO FLASHBACK

Scene 11 - The Beginning (Flashback)

Exterior- 1999 - Campground - Dusk/Evening - The guys are camping in the woods, general shenanigans are happening, roasting hotdogs, eating mountain pies, playing guitar, throwing hatchets, etc… Ad libing lines of fun and awesomeness.

Cut to the next morning - Shot of Pat waking up, and exiting the tent, he stumbles along through the woods for a bit looking for a place to relieve himself. He finds a place and does his business. As he turns to head back, he trips over something sticking out of the ground and falls. He looks back and sees the base of MAC sticking out of the ground.

PAT

curious - to himself

What the hell?

He picks himself up off the ground and looks closer at the object sticking from the ground. Ominous music plays, and perhaps we hear some sort of indistinct whispering. Pat digs the nutcracker from out of the earth and is fascinated by it. He looks over the item very carefully and thoughtfully, almost trance-like.

Pat takes his new treasure back to the campsite where he finds Paul already awake.

PAUL

stoking the fire

Morning dude.

PAT

absently

Morning

PAUL

looking up

What the hell is that?

PAT

absently

What? Something I found.

suddenly loud

JOEY!

JOE

startled awake

What? What’s wrong?

PAT

absent again

Nothing, wake up, I want you to see this.

Joe comes out of the tent still half asleep.

JOE

What the hell is that?

PAUL

He says he found it.

JOE

Can I see it?

PAT

with slight reluctance

Yeah, yeah sure.

Joe takes the nutcracker and looks it over.

JOE

turning the nutcracker

This is a weird nutcracker.

PAT

I want to bring back to our apartment, kinda like a trophy.

JOE

I like it.

reads the base out loud

Maybe Another Cup? What’s that mean?

PAUL

moving closer

That’s it.

PAT

What’s what?

PAUL

takes MAC from Joe

That’s it’s name, MAC, Maybe Another Cup.

JOE

Yeah, MAC.

close up of MAC in Paul’s hand

END FLASHBACK SCENE

Scene 12 - Rest Stop (Present)

Coming out of the flashback we see Pat staring out the window as the trio has hit the road again.

PAT

to himself

Yeah MAC

The car is shown rolling down the road and the guys are having conversations about whatever, Different driver now though, so Paul can be shown reading some of the books he got from the library. The guys are driving along, when BAM flat tire happens.

JOE

Whoa, what the hell?

PAUL

AH, damnit we got a flat.

They pull the car to the curb, get out and check the tire. Sure enough they have a flat.

PAT

It’s definitely flat.

PAUL

I’ll get the spare.

Cut to Paul opening the trunk from trunk POV then skip to Pat tightening the lug nuts on the freshly changed tire. They get back into the car. Paul checks his phone for the time.

PAUL

Man, we lost a half hour from that.

JOE

It’s all good, we’ve got plenty of daylight.

Cut to car driving - cut to sign for rest area

PAUL

Hey can we pull off here? I gotta take a leak.

JOE

Yeah, so do I.

The guys pull into the rest are and park the car. Joe opens the bag with MAC and grabs his wallet to get something from the vending machine. He leaves the bag partially open after he does.

The guys do their business and Pat is looking at the map as he waits for the others to finish in the facilites. As they join him, he shows them what he see.

PAT

points to the map

Freindship’s not that far from here. It looks like less than a half hour .

JOE

Good. I’m ready to get there.

Cut to the guys walking back to the car - some chatter between them...

PAUL

Did you get anything from the vending machine?

JOE

Nah, they were all shut off or empty but I --

PAT

cutting him off

DOOR!!

pointing

The back door

They all freeze with their mouths agape.

JOE

Oh shit, he’s escaped!

The three guys run towards the car, looking frantically for MAC. Joe holds up the now empty bag.

JOE

He’s gone. Damnit!

PAUL

scanning the edge of the parking lot

THERE! IN THE WOODS!

points off toward the woods

Joe (still holding the bag) and Pat take off immediately chasing after the nutcracker. Shot of Paul reaching back into the car for his bag, where he takes out the gun, tucks down the front of his pants and runs to catch up.

Pat gets to the edge of the woods first taking a few steps in, he suddenly turns -

PAT

shouting/excited

Joey! You go up about ten feet in that direction, and Paul you go ten down that way, we’ll surround him!

turns and burst into the trees

JOE

excited

It’s a freaking nutcracker! How far can it go?

PAUL

excited too

A freaking voodoo, supernatural, ghost, murdering nutcracker.

PAT

Just GO!

They run through the woods each giving chase, there are several closeups of them running through the woods separately. Then they all meet together in the same clearing.

PAUL

THERE!

he points and raises the gun

BAM!

PAT

WHOA!

JOE

WHAT THE HELL?

PAT

Gimme that!

PAUL

No way, man, it’s my gun!

PAT

annoyed

Well, stop shooting, there’s a public area right over there. Do you want to get arrested? And what if you shoot one of us?

PAUL

I wouldn't. I guess you got a good point.

puts gun back into the front of his pants

JOE

Now what? He’s gone again.

They look around, scanning through the trees. Just then MAC falls from the trees above (MAC POV) and lands directly on PAUL. There is a struggle seen from MAC POV and Paul is slightly injured. Pat kicks MAC out of Paul's hands and it lands in Joey's open bag. They come away with MAC captured again. This time they put MAC in the bag and into the trunk. A POV shot from the trunk as it closes.

Cut to car driving again.

PAUL

frazzled

This is getting freaking crazy. Did you see that? He tried to kill me.

JOE

Relax dude. You're ok. And we all know what it's capable of. I'm sure you remember the night of the party.

PAT

I try not to.

Do you really think that it was accident that Denver died that night?

END SCENE

CUT TO FLASHBACK

Scene 13 - The Body (Flashback)

Interior - House - Night - 1999. A small party is already underway, with Joey, Pat, and Paul mengeling with others. The camera flows from one conversation to the next. The convos are ad lib’d about things that are ‘90’s based (Y2K, Dreamcast games, Spurs beat the Knicks becoming NBA champs, JFK Jr. and family die on a plane crash, etc) we move to the conversation with Pat’s little group.

PAT

...and that when I said blouse. The whole game is stupid. Hey, did you guys see our new nutcracker?

PARTY GUEST

Yeah, it was in the kitchen right?

PAT

Yeah, wait, was? What do you mean?

to Paul and Joey

Hey, did you guys take MAC somewhere?

PAUL

No, it was on the stove last I saw it.

JOE

looking into the kitchen

Holy shit, it’s gone! Hey, anybody seen our new nutcracker?

Suddenly, a shriek of terror is heard from outside the house/apartment. Everyone gathers outside to see what is going on. Joe, Paul and Pat, push their way through the crowd and discover a body laying in the bushes.

PAUL

suprised

OH MY GOD! Is he dead?

JOE

No way he’s dead, looks he’s breathing.

watches body

PAT

I don’t think he’s breathing.

to the body

Hey! Buddy! Wake up!

They shake the body which causes it to turn over, showing it’s identity. Surprising everyone. Ad lib - it’s Denver, Denvers dead, etc.

JOE

Holy shit, he is dead! What happened? What are we gonna do?

PAUL

I don’t know…

addressing the crowd

Ok, no one can leave. Everyone lets move back inside. Someone dial 911 when you get in.

to Joey and Pat

WE have a dead freaking body in our bushes, and maybe some underage drinkers. This isn’t going to end well for us.

PAT

Do you think someone here did this?

Suddenly more shrieking from inside the house this time.

JOE

Oh God, what now?

END FLASHBACK SCENE

Scene 14 - Small Town Folk

Back in the car Paul is laying in the back seat while they are driving the last few miles into the unincorporated township of Friendship, SC.

PAUL

to himself

It’ll burn itself out…

JOE

looking back into the back seat

What?

PAUL

I was just thinking about the party.

JOE

The one where we took Pat to the hospital?

PAUL

Yeah, I know, he had to go.

PAT

changing the subject

Look, there it is.

PAUL

sitting up

It looks like Aynor.

Cut to the car pulling into a parking spot and pan around to show the Friendship Post Office.

Cut to interior - guys coming in the door and approaching the counter with the empty box that MAC was shipped in, they wait behind a man who is arguing with the clerk about packing materials. AD LIB ridiculous nonsense about how the packing materials are from another galaxy (the future, maybe) or whatever as long as the man seems a little odd. After the argument, the guys approach the clerk.

JOE

Hi, excuse me sir.

WORKER

turning away from the GUY

Yes, how can I help you?

JOE

Yeah, this was shipped to me in Las Vegas and we tracked it back to this post office. Is there anyway you can maybe, I don’t know, figure out where it came from exactly. There was no return address.

WORKER

nervously

Oh, no return address, huh. Uh, could be from anyone around these parts. I don’t know.

PAT

Is there anyone working that might be able to remember a package being shipped out of here? It was only about a week ago.

WORKER

No, it’s just me usually manning the office, since Jacob left. Hank does the delivers. Besides, no return address. I’m not sure how I could help.

JOE

And you're positive? You can’t remember anything? This package could have contained anthrax or a bomb or something.

WORKER

Don’t be silly, it doesn’t quite look like it contained a bomb.

shrugging

No, sorry. I mean, there’s no re--

PAUL

interrupting

No return address--we get it.

The guys turn away from the counter, and are heading to the door.

JOE

Now what? We just drive around shouting “HEY, WHO SENT ME THIS DEMON POSSESSED--

GUY

Hey!

JOE

Huh?

GUY

Hey, ummm. I heard--

waves them closer

I overheard your conversation over there.

The guys exchange glances.

GUY

I think I can help you.

PAUL

Awesome, how?

GUY

There’s a rumour that has been floating around for, like, a decade. They say there’s --

PAT

Who say’s?

GUY

frustrated

They. What does it mat- Look do you want help or not?

PAT

Yeah...yeah sorry.

GUY

looks around suspiciously

They say there is an old shack of off Hungryneck road. The place is full of ghosts, or so the story goes. Not too many folks go out there and come back though. The ones who do have a great whopper of a story to tell about hoodoo and spirits flying around like they were in Ghostbusters or something.

pauses

I keep expecting the Stay Puft Marshmallow man to come up out of them woods any day.

The guys exchange “WTF” glances.

PAUL

to Joe and Pat

What the hell...we’ve got nowhere else to start.

GUY

excited

Yes! Take me with you please. I just need to see it for myself. My wife never lets me go out there. She’s afraid I’ll never come back.

PAT

raises eyebrows hesitantly

I don’t think that we can.

looks to Joe for support

JOE

Uh...yeah, cars full. There’s no where for you to sit.

GUY

hurt realization

I get it. The crazy guy can give you the insider info, but can’t get in on the action.

PAUL

Listen, Thank you. But it has to be just us. Alone. I don’t know how I know that, but it just feels right. Where is this place, Hungryman Rd.?

GUY

Hungryneck.

PAUL

Sorry.

GUY

It’s Hungryneck Rd. It’s outside of town.

sighs

Go west about 3 miles. You’ll turn onto a desolate road, it’s desolate cus the only thing out there is that shack. That’s Hungryneck. The road kinda dead ends, then into the woods you go. Eventually you should come to the place. Like I said, I’ve never been so that might not be completely accurate.

JOE

Thanks buddy. Let’s go guys

The guys exit the building and get back into their car.

END SCENE

Scene 15 - Trail of Tears

Exterior shots of the car driving away from the town. Cut to the interior.

PAT

That guy was strange huh.

JOE

chuckling

Yeah, he was.

The car begins to sputter as it runs out of gas.

PAUL

looking at the gauges

What the hell?

JOE

What’s up?

Shot of the car pulling to the side of the road.

PAUL

Damnit, I don’t know. I think we might be out of gas.

looking at the gauges

That can be right, we should have had enough to get here and back to the beach.

PAT

I don’t think it matters

points to the dead end down the street

Looks like we walk from here.

They look down the desolate road and see where a path leads into the woods. Shots of the guys exiting the car, grabbing MAC from the trunk (he is struggling in the bag) and walking down the road toward the trailhead. Once they get to the head of the trail they stop briefly.

PAT

Guys, what are we gonna do when we get there. I think we might be in over our heads here.

JOE

Pat, we might be. But I believe Willis.

PAT

slightly aggravated

Why do have so much faith in that guy?

JOE

Why not? I believe him he’s got an Obi Wan kind of thing.

PAUL

smirking

Dude, Obi Wan lied

pauses

a lot!

JOE

Yeah, but ultimately he guided Luke down the right path.

PAUL

Right, and Anakin to the Dark Side.

JOE

Damnit man, whose side are you on.

PAUL

The Dark side, duh.

JOE

rolls eyes – back to the subject

I just believe him, I don’t know why.

PAUL

Yeah, the book says that there’s --

PAT

mocking

“And the book says”...

That’s fictionalized crap. It makes no sense.

JOE

What else are we gonna do? Right now this is our only option. This may not even be the place, but it’s a start.

Pat shakes his head slowly and looks away. Joe approaches him and places his hand on his shoulder.

JOE

No one else needs to go through what we’ve been through; or what you’ve been through. Let’s finish this.

Pat stares off for a few seconds, then nods.

PAT

Yeah, let’s do it.

END SCENE

CUT TO FLASHBACK

Scene 16 - Blood and Fire (Flashback)

Interior - Party - 1999 - A shriek echos through the house. The guys run inside to find that everyone huddled in a corner. Pat stops near the edge of the couch. Joe and Paul move towards the crowd.

JOE

Nobody else is dead are they?

PARTY GUEST

There’s something under the couch!

PAT

What?

At that exact moment MAC (from his POV under the couch) slices the Achilles tendon of Pat’s right leg sending him to the ground. Everyone screams again, and most escape the house. Paul and Joe stick behind. They grab Pat and pull him away from the couch.

PAUL

Did you see that? It looked like…MAC?

JOE

That’s not even possible.

PAT

Oh, ah, my leg.

PAUL

Let’s get him in the chair.

helps PAT into chair

JOE

LOOK OUT! Here it comes!

Joey grabs a pillow/chair cushion and swipes MAC across the room. We see this happen from MAC’s POV. He then runs over and picks it up.

JOE

I got him! I got him!

PAUL

It is MAC! Do you think it killed Denver?

JOE

Maybe. What do we do with him?

PAT

from across the room

We burn him.

Paul and Joe turn and make eye contact with Pat, then with each other.

Cut to outside-night. Paul, Joe and Pat gather around a small fire pit with MAC. Pat is hobbling, and looking a little woosie. They put MAC inside the pit (we see his POV again).

PAUL

We need to hurry the police might be on their way.

JOE

We don’t even know if anyone called them...but I agree lets get this done.

Pat hobbles over to the fire pit, lights a match and throws it in. There is a WHOOSH as MAC goes up in flames. The guys stand there and stare at the burning nutcracker for several seconds. Pat swoons and almost passes out. Joey catches him.

JOE

Whoa, buddy. We gotta get you to the hospital.

PAT

weakly

...MAC…

PAUL

helping steady Pat

It’ll be ok. The fire will stay contained to the pit.

JOE

It’ll burn itself out. Lets’ go, man.

They exit assisting a wounded Pat. We see the flames have died down to smolder, and we get MAC’s POV as his eyes are opening and closing seeing the stars. He jumps out of the fire pit and goes wandering off away from the house.

END FLASHBACK

Scene 17 - The Rundown Shack

Exterior - Woods/Trail - Day - Present

Close up shot of Pat’s ankle as the guys are walking down the trail. They have been walking for a while. Paul is carrying the backpack with MAC on his back. Shot of the pack not moving.

PAUL

Feels like the little turd is finally calming down.

JOE

looks

Weird, but good. Maybe he knows his end is near!

PAT

stops short

Like last time?

JOE

turns

We did the best we could! We couldn't know that MAC wasn’t part of the ashes left in that pit. Hell, I remember you having a celebratory brew after we checked it out. Damn, we get it, you think this is a bad idea.

PAUL

interrupting - looking off in the distance

Guys.

PAT

frustrated

I do! This is a stupid thing to be doing. We could have easily tied a cinder block around that piece of wood and dropped him to the bottom of the Atlantic, Jason Voorhees style! We could be sitting at Sam’s eating a patty melt right now!

PAUL

interrupting more forcefully - looking off in the distance

Hey fellas!

JOE

agitated

Oh I’m fat, so I need to be eating a patty melt at Sam’s. The skinny guy says eat a patty melt, quarter ton, it’ll be good for you.

PAUL

interrupting in a loud voice- looking off in the distance

HEY! GUYS!

PAT - JOE

in unison - turning to look at Paul

What??

PAUL

still looking away

Come here.

pauses

Look.

Through the tree, the shape of an old shack can be made out. It is no more than a thirty second walk away. They guys stand there in awe/shock.

PAT

This is the place?

JOE

Yeah, it is.

PAUL

Do we have to go in?

JOE

Yep, lets go.

The guys walk toward the shack and move up to the door. They knock, but get no answer. Ad lib. hello, anyone home etc.

PAT

I don't think anyone's home.

PAUL

I don't think anyone's ever home.

JOE

Come on, let's check it out.

Joey forces his way through the door and the guys enter. Cut to the interior of the shack. Inside the shack there are post office boxes all over and many are labeled with the addresses of friends that were at the party. The guys search around for a few minutes, and start calling out for anyone who might be home.

PAUL

Oh man...

picking up a box

Look, this is Scott's address

PAT

I got Anthony's over here.

JOE

Nick's too.

pauses

Guys, what's going on here? Is this somebody's idea of a joke?

throws down the box

Just then the shack starts violently shaking, scaring the guys. They huddle near each other.

PAT

What’s going on?

PAUL

Excited

Joey! Grab MAC!

he turns the bag towards Joe

JOE

pulls MAC out and waives him around

yelling

HERE! TAKE IT BACK! TAKE IT BACK! OUCH!

Joey drops MAC to the ground. As suddenly as it began the house settles and stops shaking. MAC begins to shuffle away into a different section of the shack.

JOE

The bastard bit me!

PAT

cautiously looking around - speaking of the shaking

Is it over? I think it’s over.

PAUL

seeing MAC -pointing

There he is!

begins to chase after MAC

At that instant a grungy old man steps in from the shadows. He is wearing an old post office employee shirt. There is a name tag on his shirt that says, STANLEY. He is holding a bat.

STANLEY

Hold right there!

raises the bat

PAUL

stopping dead in his tracks - holding up his hands

Woah…

JOE

Hey buddy, we didn’t know there was anyone here. We tried knocking but there was no answer. So…

STANLEY

angry

So you just came in and made yourselves at home.

PAT

Mr., you’re in danger here.

STANLEY

NO. You’re in danger here.

PAUL

Listen Guy, I don’t think you get it. Did you not just experience the entire place shaking like it had epilepsy?

STANLEY

I don’t think you understand. I can’t let you have it.

Pat, Paul, and Joey exchange a nervous glance.

STANLEY

It -

points toward where MAC went

- wont let me.

Pat begins slowly moving closer to Paul. As he gets into a clear view of Stanley he reaches back and pulls the gun from the back of his pants and points it at Stanley.

PAUL

surprised

Dude my gun!

PAT

to Paul

You didn’t think I was coming in here unarmed did you?

to Stanley

CALL HIM BACK!

STANLEY

laughs

I’m just like you.

PAT

Shut up, and call him back!

STANLEY

aggravated

JUST like you! I’ve spent the past 10 years of my life here, doing for…that thing. My friends and family have remained safe because of the things that I’ve done. I’m not proud.

JOE

Pat put the gun down.

PAT

Joey, we need this to be over. GET IT BACK IN HERE!

STANLEY

Don’t you understand? He doesn’t listen to me! He probably brought you here to replace me! So, go ahead, shoot. Put me out of my misery.

A tense moment happens as Pat holds the gun pointed at Stanley. The guys try to talk him down.

JOE

Pat…

PAUL

Dude, put it down.

PAT

still pointing the gun – voice wavering

He killed my friend.

STANLEY

softly

That’s what it does.

Pats eye contact breaks with the man. He lowers the gun slowly.

PAUL

That gun can’t kill it anyway. But I think maybe this can.

holds up the book from the library

Come on. We gotta go outside.

JOE

What about MAC?

PAUL

I think he’ll come to us.

END SCENE

Scene 18 – Hell

Exterior – Dusk/late afternoon – The four men exit the shack and spill into the wooded area in front of the shack.

PAUL

I read in the book that in order to pull an entity from a host object, that you had to first bring it back to where it originated.

PAT

I think we got that much.

JOE

to Pat

Like Old Man Willis said.

PAUL

Then you have to lure out the entity by –

PAT

saying the magic words

PAUL

surprised

Sort of, How’d you know?

PAT

Unbelievable.

PAUL

thumbing through the book

It says here, “reciting the following incantation allows for the underworld to revile itself to land of the living. Once hell has opened the evil can be pulled from the host object.”

JOE

Let do this.

PAUL

nodding – finding spot in the book

“Kala heen zup. Kee Shaunan ktal. Helee zan zup taree keen.”

During the reading from the book, the ground begins to open up and reveal and earthly fire (Hells gates, if you will). MAC appears and begins to run (shot from MAC POV) toward Paul to get the book and stop the rites from being read. Pat sees it and begins firing.

PAT

Look out!

points gun toward MAC and fires a few rounds

I try to keep it back.

PAUL

Ok.

continues reading the next incantation which sounds like the first in reverse

“Kala heen zup. Kee Shaunan ktal. Helee zan zup taree keen.”

MAC stops his attacks and falls to the ground, convulsing. A blackish smoke pours out of the nutcracker and floats around for a second or two, then tries to reenter the nutcracker.

JOE

picking up the nutcracker

Hell no you don’t! It got it!

PAUL

triumphantly

YES!

turns back to the book to finish the incantations

It was during this moment that the entity (in smoke form) enters Joe unbeknownst to everyone else except Stanley who had been hovering around in the background while the rest of this was going on.

STANLEY

to Joey

Hey? Are you…

EVIL JOE

turns to Stanley and smirks

Shhh

STANLEY

surprised – takes a step back – whispers

Oh…no…

Evil Joe turns (with MAC still in his hands) and heads toward Pat and Paul, who is still reading from the book. He tries to slap the book out of Pauls’ hand.

PAUL

Dude, what the hell?

EVIL JOE

You’ll never send me back; you’re too weak! Now gimme that book!

Evil Joe Lunges again towards the book, this time knocking it free from Pauls’ grasp to the ground. Pat intervenes and begins wrestling with Evil Joe. They roll around on the ground and fight for a bit.

STANLEY

Use the gun! Kill the thing!

PAT

while struggling

This…is my…friend…I won’t…kill him.

Paul rips the book out of the dirt, and begins flipping through the pages looking for where he was. The open pit of fire still lingers waiting for the soul to be returned. More struggling with Evil Joe! As Paul is reciting the last of the incantation, Joe stops fighting and goes into a trance-like state. The smoke leaves Joe and returns to MAC. (We may do these transfers for the entity POV, it will be the easiest to shoot.) As it is reentering, Stanley picks up the nutcracker.

PAUL

dramatically

Throw it back into HELL!

Stanley looks at the nutcracker for a beat. Then he raises it in a ruby-style toss, launching it into the burning pit. As it lands in the pit, it causes a quick explosion then the ground reseals itself.

END SCENE

Scene 19 - Spirits

With the earth closed, Joey begins to stir.

JOE

sitting up – holding his face

Oh, what happened?

PAT

Joey, you ok?

JOE

Yeah, I feel like you punched me in the face.

PAT

…That might have happened.

As they all lay/stand looking at the ground where the hole once was, they hear a noise and turn back to the shack and notice that spirits begin to rise from the abandoned building. They are seeing freed souls leave the building now that MAC is gone. They watch as the souls rise and vanish.

STANLEY

It must be the souls of all the ones it’s controlled. Now that it’s gone, they’re free.

PAUL

Come on, Mr. We’ll take you back to Friendship.

JOE

Wait, Where’s MAC?

Cut to everyone walking up to the car. Paul opens the door and gets behind the wheel.

PAT

You really think it’ll start?

PAUL

Yeah, I do.

cranks the ignition. It turns over immediately.

They all celebrate.

JOE

Damn, it must have been MAC

PAUL

The flat too.

PAT

He knew we were bringing him home.

Cut to the car driving away.

END SCENE

Scene 20 - Back Home

As the boys drive back home, they are exhausted physically and mentally. This could be a montage with music over the top. Showing us hugging our ladies as we get back. and hugging each other...in slow motion...sending Joey off at the airport. A voice over as the screen faded to black.

JOE

Sometimes evil just exist for the sake of evil, there nothing any one can do.

PAT

But be assured MAC is in hell where he belongs.

PAUL

It’s over.

Scene 21 - Closing Credits

Maybe over some scenic vistas that we didn’t use for the film, or just over black.

Scene 22 - The Return of MAC (Post credits)

Show CCU exterior. Show the Cino exterior, Show Cino interior with Students getting coffee.

STUDENT

Whoa, check this out! This would be awesome in our dorm room!

Camera pans to the student holding MAC up to his friends.

BOOM!

Blackout.

THE END

1st Draft Finished

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