A comfortable family living room.
Ernie sits at the table, writing out a cheque for the gas
Mildred, his wife of 40 years can be heard making tidying-up
noises in the kitchen.
What on god's earth was that Mildred?
Mildred pops her head through the serving hatch. An insane
INT. FRONT DOOR - LATER THAT MORNING.
Ernie puts on his shoes in the doorway as his wife watches
from over his shoulder.
Don't be long if you're going into
EXT. TOWN CENTRE - LUNCHTIME
Ernie has just dropped the letter into the town's single red
letter box. He begins to walk away, the letter pops out again,
onto the pavement.
Ernie trots back and picks it up... shoves it back into the
... and it's ejected again.
Ernie, sighs. Picks up the letter and pops it into the box,
and waits, hand ready to intercept.
He yawns and walks away...
We watch the box for a what seems like forever, but is just
a few seconds, nothing happens.
And then... from deep within the box, a malevolent chuckle.
EXT. TOWN CENTRE LEADING TO BEACHES/ARCADES
Ernie plods down a steep bank, and takes a turn into a parking
lot, he walks awkwardly between a couple of parked cars, and
he's quickly alongside the beachfront.
He sees the lights glimmering over the entrances to several
old style arcades, as the lights glimmer and blink on and
off, his face registers excitement. You can see the child in
him through those eyes.
Above the first arcade Ernie is standing outside of... on
the painted boards above the entrance, are the weird faces
of a host of grotesque characters: ghouls, demons, maniac
As Ernie stares up the eyes of these various characters
seem to meet his, he watches the clown face intensely, that
face has frozen-menace in the smile.
Ernie rubs his hands together, he passes the bored man in a
change kiosk and heads for the pinball machines, his hands
flexing and releasing the change in his pockets.
As he approaches the first machine, he slips a coin in and
the lights begin to flash, he leans in and begins to make
that ball fly around, bouncing off the sides, hitting the
little levers that throw it onward when...
Ernie is suddenly aware of the silence and narrowing of his
vision, all around him darkness floods his vision, he sees a
very limited viewpoint, as through he's looking out through
a small rectangle, or letterbox, it appears to be a familiar
street.... a few local shops in front of him and traffic
noises. He sees the midriff of people walking up and down in
front of him...
... is he actually inside a post box?
A hand appears in front of him holding a letter, the letter
is forced through the rectangle and Ernie jumps backwards...
he looks down and sees at his feet a pile of other letters,
he retrieves the one that has landed at his feet and ejects
it through the rectangular slat... he continues to do this
three more times... enjoying it when at last he leaves the
letter and lets out a manical laugh...what has come over
EXT. BEACH PIER
Suddenly Ernie comes around, he is leaning, a little giddy
now against the sea wall, just above the beach, watching a
young couple playing with their dog.
He shakes his head and clears his eyes, looking over his
shoulder, he sees the arcade, he was just in there.
Ernie watches the arcade and looks again at the clown face,
the same expression, mock-grin, the clown appears to looking
directly at him but Ernie decides that it would appear that
way to anybody?
Feeling down into his pocket, he checks his change, plenty
of coins, spare change to use up in the arcade, he is about
to walk back over when he sees an icecream vendor, in his
van, and appraches his van.
EXT. ICE CREAM VENDOR
Ernie reaches up to grab his ice cream and catches the man's
eye, who seems to be looking over him with a mocking
expression... the grin is wide and a little bit unnerving...
How are you today...
With a burst of light Ernie finds himself back inside the
arcade, he's playing once again on his favourite pinball
game, the ball is flying about, the little levers twitching,
just what he enjoysso much... the game is under his control,
he is under its spell.
So much so that he begins to look around the arcade at the
other patrons, who are engrossed in play at various games
and machines, pinball, old-skool Space Invaders when he spies
two kids with their backs to him on a loud game in the corner.
Both kids are unusually dressed, they seem to sense Ernie is
watching, both turn around and they are both dressed as
clowns, one winks at him, the other smiles, they turn away.
Ernie scraches his head, turns back to his game...
When the lights in the arcade suddenly flutter... and then
it becomes dark... without the overhead lights the pinball
machines and other games cast the only and decidedly eerie
light upon the room. Flashing lights, not unlike being in a
discotech when just as suddenly, the ceiling lighting is
Ernie becomes interested in a tall man in a long old coat on
the game next to him...
Was that a power cut of some sort?
As the man turns around, his face is made up in the guise of
And with a flash, Ernie is wiping his eyes again, as his
vision returns he can hear the high-pitched wail of a lone
seagull, and he suddenly realises that he is back by the sea
wall, watching the same couple playing ball with their dog.
Ernie looks over to the arcades, this time he avoids eye-
contact with the clown face and decides to walk into the
arcade next door to the one where he begun to accrue so many
EXT. BEACH PIER
As the couple we saw earlier climb the steps up to where
Ernie had been standing, they notice something, lumbering
away from them with his back to them is a man dressed as a
clown, he has the huge circus clown pants... as he turns to
look at them, we see Ernie's face, he smiles, but the smile
is unnerving and the couple just watched, entranced, the
clown-man continues into the arcade...
EXT. FRONT DOOR - AFTERNOON
The same couple approach the door, with their dog, who is
waging his tail excitedly.
The man presses the doorbell and waits... the door opens.
Mildred appears and smiles, and beckons them in.
INT. LIVING ROOM
Mildred brings a tea tray into the living room and sets it
She then sits down and begins to pour the tea.
How was the beach?
I bet it was warm down there today,
or was there a bit of wind.
Yes, I thought so, there's always a
bit of an offshore breeze at this
time of the year.
You should have come with us mum?
I don't often feel like going these
days, not since Ernie... I mean dad...
had that accident, Wayne...
Where is he, by the way?
Oh... he's upstairs, somewhere, he'll
be down in a moment.
Ernie appears from around the door, is standing with his
arm in a sling.
Come on in Ernie, have a cup of tea
with us, there are a few Rich Tea
biscuits there too, tuck in...
Tell me Ernie, I mean 'dad', how did
you hurt your arm again.
That cursed arcade, he was playing
on one of the pinball machines and
he got an electric shock, and it
made him leap back and fall over and
fracture his arm.
But I thought he got it stuck in the
post box, trying to recover a card-
That's what he tried to tell me but
I knew he'd been down the arcade
It was quite a shock, ever since,
I've felt like, well, this will sound
really strange, but that somehow...
there's two me...
Chuckles all around.
No... I mean it... I keep seeing
weird things, the other day I was in
the garden all morning, but according
to Mildred, I'd been out to post a
I'll get it...
INT. FRONT DOOR
Mildred approaches the front door, she can see somebody
staring through the glass...
What is it mum?
There's a man staring at me through
the glass... and...
Who is it...
Well, it's a man who appears to be
dressed as a clown. But... he looks...
oh my... he looks a bit like you