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                             SALEM WITCH?
    
                   "Salem Massachusetts - 1692"
    
    
    
                   EXT. FIELD - TWILIGHT
    
                   Strong winds.  The trees and grass blow wild.
    
                   PETER SALT, 30's, is taking a leak.  Several feet away, his
                   horse is tied to a tree.   
    
                   The wind intensifies, snapping a thin branch.  The horse is
                   spooked.  It jumps out of control.  
    
                   The horse breaks free from its rope and races away.
    
                                       PETER
                             Hey!
    
                   He is left alone.  Still peeing.  In the wind.
    
    
    
                   EXT. MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - NIGHT
    
                   The wind gusts are unrelenting.  
    
                   Peter lumbers through the cold.  Each step forward is a
                   battle.  He keeps his chin tucked into his chest and clenches
                   the lapels of his jacket together tightly.  Puffs of his
                   breath clearly visible in the crisp cold air.
    
                   In the distance is a simple old house surrounded by nothing
                   but trees and a small garden.  Candlelight flickers through
                   the windows.  Smoke rises from the chimney.
    
                                       PETER
                             Mmgrgg.  Food.  Foooooodddmrrg.
    
                   He reaches the front door.  Kicks it twice.
    
                                       PETER
                             Food.  Food.
    
                   No answer.  He kicks harder.
    
                                       PETER
                             Grrgh.  Food.  Food!
    
                   He hears the door unlock.  It opens and a warm glow escapes
                   from an apparent roaring wood burning stove.  
    
                   An OLD LADY, about 70, greets him.  
    
                                       WOMAN
                             Yes?
    
                   No teeth.  Balding with patches of greasy silver hair.  A
                   thin mustache.  Hairs sprouting out of the moles on her
                   wrinkled acne-scarred face.  Mucus trails from her nostrils
                   with crust formed around her mouth.
    
                                       PETER
                             Uhhh.  I'm sorry.  Wrong house.  
    
                   He turns away to leave.  
    
                   She takes his arm.
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Young man?  Wont you come inside to
                             eat and be warm?  Put some rat
                             skunk stew in your belly.  Come.  
    
                   Shivering, he looks her over.  And the inviting glow and
                   crackle from the stove behind her.
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Please.  I won't bite.
    
                   As she gives him a wide toothless smile of swollen infected
                   gums.
    
                   He unenthusiastically accepts as she helps him inside and
                   closes the door.
    
                   FADE TO BLACK
    
    
    
                   EXT. TRAILSIDE - MORNING
    
                   Peter wakes up.  He's lying on the ground.  Groggy and
                   disoriented, he gets up.  Squints from the harsh morning sun.  
    
                   On his feet, he looks around.  Total bewilderment.
    
                   He collects himself and walks down the trail.
    
    
    
                   EXT. TOWN CENTER - LATER
    
                   A few TOWNSPEOPLE mill about.  Some on foot.  Some on horses.
    
                   Peter reaches the center and reads the various signs on the
                   buildings.  He spots one with "Deputy Governor" written on
                   its front door.
    
    
    
                   INT. DEPUTY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - LATER
    
                   The office is full of books and various manuscripts.  The man
                   sits opposite the Deputy Governor.
    
                                       PETER
                             And, so, needless to say, I am
                             lost.  My horse ran away.  Along
                             with my parcels.  But what really
                             troubles me is this woman.  
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Yes.  And it should trouble you.
    
                                       PETER
                             Why do you say that?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             In the past month, there have been
                             eight other men just like yourself. 
                             All with the same story.
    
                                       PETER
                             What?  
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Nobody knows much about her.  She
                             keeps to herself.  Rarely leaves
                             the cabin.  
    
                                       PETER
                             Who is she?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Well you ask most people - they'll
                             tell you she's a witch.
    
                                       PETER
                             A witch?    
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Some even say possessed by the
                             devil himself.  But one thing's for
                             certain.  Every man that comes out
                             of that cabin is afflicted.
    
                                       PETER
                             Afflicted?  How so?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             It is difficult to explain.  It
                             is...shall I say...in a way...a
                             feeling of being burned alive. 
                             Without the flames.
    
                                       PETER
                             My God.  That is horrible.  
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             The belief is that it will
                             eventually lead to actual death by
                             burning.  With real flames.
    
                                       PETER
                             So are you saying--
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             I'm saying she cast a spell on you. 
                             And everyone else who has come out
                             of that house.
    
                                       PETER
                             A curse?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             A curse.
    
                   The man lets this sink in.  He takes a moment.
    
                                       PETER
                             So I am doomed.  Is there no hope? 
                             What shall I do?
    
                                       OTHER MAN
                             Well.  You were cursed by a witch. 
                             Perhaps you can be cured by one.
    
                                       PETER
                             What do you mean?
    
                                       OTHER MAN
                             There is a man.  A scientist.  Who
                             claims to be from the future.  He
                             came here once.  Said he would like
                             to help those who believe to be
                             cursed by the witch.
    
                                       PETER
                             Yes.  But.  The future?  Can he be
                             trusted?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             He's odd.  But otherwise harmless. 
                             And he says he will be returning to
                             the future very soon.  Once he
                             repairs his time machine.  So.  It
                             is a risk.  But.  What other chance
                             have you got?  
    
                                       PETER
                             Would you do it?
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             I am doing it.  I too have been
                             cursed. 
    
    
    
                   EXT. SCIENTIST'S CABIN - DAY
    
                   The Deputy Governor, Peter, and SEVEN OTHER MEN are assembled
                   at the door of a nice brand new cabin.  
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             This is it.  Last chance to turn
                             back.  
    
                   He surveys the men behind him.  
    
                                       PETER
                             It's our only choice.
    
                   The other men nod in agreement.
    
                   Deputy Governor knocks on the door.  
    
                   The SCIENTIST answers.  In his 60's, his clothing is no
                   different than anyone else's, except for the Ray Ban
                   sunglasses and simple six-shooter holstered at his side.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Deputy.  Welcome.  So glad you
                             came.
    
                   He offers his hand.  Both men shake.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             This is all of us.  As you
                             requested.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Ah yes.  The village of the damned. 
                             And so the experiment begins.
    
                   He lets out a little chuckle, expecting everyone else to join
                   him.  They don't.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Come on my friends.  Turn those
                             frowns upside down.  We're gonna
                             get to the bottom of this.  Trust
                             me.  
    
                   He holds the door open and gestures for them to enter.  They
                   do, with second-thought looks on their faces.
    
    
    
                   INT. SCIENTIST'S CABIN - LIVING ROOM - LATER
    
                   The Scientist stands, taking notes in a journal.  Everyone
                   else is seated.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             And then, just like I told you the
                             other day, we all wake up by the
                             road.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             And the afflictions?  All the same?
    
                   All the men nod.  Except Peter.
    
                                       PETER
                             Well.  Not I.  I've yet to
                             experience the horrifying effects. 
                             What was it - a sense of being
                             burned alive?  
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Yes.  But in time, you just might. 
                             But that's why you're here.  So we
                             can prevent that.  And prevent a
                             reoccurrence in the rest of you.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Exactly how do you plan to do that?
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Well I already am doing it.  The
                             experiment has already begun.  I
                             have the woman downstairs in my
                             cellar.
    
                   All the men rise, startled.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Now wait.  Just trust me. 
                             Everything is fine.  She will not
                             harm you.  She won't even be coming
                             up here.  You will have no contact
                             with her.  And it is essential for
                             me to examine her in order to help
                             all of you.
    
                   The men look at one another.  A long moment of silence. 
                   Deputy Governor approaches Scientist.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Do we have your word?  God as your
                             witness?
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Indeed you do.  
    
                   The Scientist goes to his desk and jots down some quick
                   notes.  
    
                   Then heads for the cellar door.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Believe me.  This will all be over
                             soon.
    
    
    
                   INT. CELLAR - MOMENTS LATER
    
                   The Scientist and The Old Lady are seated opposite one
                   another, sharing a small meal.
    
                   The Old Woman now has teeth.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             They're called dentures.
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             They're wonderful.    
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             I told you you wouldn't regret it.  
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Yes.  Now I see.  I'm very glad I
                             came.  Thank you again so much.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             And now you can eat properly.
    
                   She laughs.  
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Yes.  So what do I owe you in
                             return?
    
                   He pours himself a drink from the nearby jug.  Then takes a
                   swig.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Mmmmmmm.  Delicious.  
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Thank you.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Where did you learn how to grow
                             such unusual herbs?
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Oh no no no.  Family secret.
    
                   More laughs.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             But you just asked me what you owe
                             me.
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Sorry.  Some things must remain
                             sacred.  
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Yes.  But you say it's a health
                             tonic.  That it provides health and
                             energy.  That shouldn't be denied
                             to anyone.
    
                   She smiles.  So does he.  
    
                   He takes a few more bites of his food.  Then lets out a yawn.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Oh my.  Excuse me.  I'm feeling a
                             bit tired.
    
                                       OLD LADY
                             Really?  That's strange.
    
                   LIVING ROOM
    
                   While most of the other men chat, the Deputy Governor seats
                   himself at the Scientist's desk.  He sifts through the papers
                   and journals.  
    
                   CELLAR
    
                   The woman leisurely eats her meal as the Scientist fights to
                   keep his eyes open.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Huh?  Did you just say something?
    
                   She just smiles.  Continues eating.
    
                   LIVING ROOM
    
                   The Deputy Governor is reading through a journal.
    
                   One of the men rises.
    
                                       MAN
                             Oh no.  The burning.  I'm feeling
                             it.  Here it comes again.
    
                   CELLAR
    
                   The Scientist is slumped over in his chair, eyes closed, out
                   cold.  His glass of tonic is completely empty.
    
                   The Old Lady watches him closely.  
    
                   She rises from her seat and carefully moves up close to him.  
    
                   LIVING ROOM
    
                   The Deputy Governor concentrates on a specific journal entry. 
                   Reads it thoroughly.  Then gets up before the others.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             My friends.  I believe the
                             Scientist has found our cure.  I
                             don't understand all of this.  But
                             it looks promising.
    
                   All the men rise in anticipation.  The one Man squirms in
                   pain.
    
                                       MAN
                             Oh God!  I hope so.
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Patience my brother.  I'm sure
                             he'll be up soon.
    
                   CELLAR
    
                   The Old Lady reaches under her dress.  And removes her
                   underwear.  
    
                   Then straddles the Scientist.  And begins unbuttoning his
                   shirt.
    
                   The Scientist opens his eyes.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             The jig is up sister.  I'm on to
                             your game.
    
                   LIVING ROOM - SECONDS LATER
    
                   The scientists enters.
    
                                       MAN
                             Oh please.  Please help me!  Tell
                             me you have the answer!
    
                   As ANOTHER MAN also rises in pain.
    
                                       ANOTHER MAN
                             Oh no!!!!  It's back again!  It
                             burns!
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             I can cure you.  She's not a witch.  
                             Basically...the situation is...and
                             I'm gonna be blunt here - shes just
                             a hideous lonely woman.
    
                   The DEPUTY GOVERNOR rises.  From the journal, he pronounces
                   words foreign to him with minimal struggle...
    
                                       DEPUTY GOVERNOR
                             Excuse me. But what is...chlamydia,
                             syphilis, and...gonorrhea?
    
                   Scientist takes a deep breath.
    
                                       SCIENTIST
                             Okay.  How do I explain this?
    
                   CUT TO BLACK

  • #2
    errors

    some small errors i made. when Peter talks to Deputy Governor, i sometimes refer to Peter as "the man." i forgot to switch that.

    i didnt want to actually edit the script - wasnt that one of the original rules? no editing...?

    i think thats it. no big thing.

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    • #3
      Re: errors

      :rollin

      A minor detail, but if these guys are out cold, how does she...I mean, how do they...

      Never mind, it's not important. Funny stuff, sticky.

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      • #4
        Re: errors

        :lol That is funny! Your other one is funny too ~ good!

        wenonah

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