Answer my call

          ONE                                                              

          Three teenagers asleep in a basement. Bean bag chairs,
          couches and guitars make up the floor. Empty chip bags and
          used bottles strewn precariously atop available surfaces. A
          lone bong in the middle of the chaos. Pan over the scene
          then focus and close up on the phone right before it
          rings.  The phone rings. The teenagers begin to wake.            

                              JOHN
                    "Yo wake up guys was that the phone
                    ringing?                                               

          There is no answer, the other two do not stir.                   

                              JOHN
                    "Aha what a night... seriously
                    guy’s get up you gotta split before
                    my mum get’s home it’s already 11."                    

          The other two begin to push themselves up and roll off the
          couch.                                                           

                              SAM
                    "Mmm shut up man I don’t get up on
                    saturday’s before 12.                                  

                              JOHN
                    "Seriously get up I gotta clean and
                    unless you   wanna stick around and
                    help..."                                               

                              SAM
                    "Alright alright we’re going."                         

                              BEN
                    "Yeah I don’t want to be here when
                    your mum comes round she hates me."                    

                              JOHN
                    "Yeah well I always get in trouble
                    while you’re around for some
                    reason."                                               

                              BEN
                    "Yeah weird coincidence bro, Come
                    on Samuel let’s go."                                   

          Sam and Ben begin to gather up their clothes and bags.           

                              SAM
                    "Shut up dude only my dad calls me
                    that and even then it puts me in a
                    tizzy."                                                

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              2.       

                              JOHN
                    "Haha grumpy in the mornings aren’t
                    we? See you boys, school monday and
                    such. Can I copy some english from
                    you Ben?"                                              

                              BEN
                    Yeah I’ll have to do it first
                    though aha... Peace man.                               

          With this Ben and Sam leave.                                     

          TWO                                                              

          Enter: Sam’s house. It is morning before school. It is a
          nice house. He is alone his parents already gone. He puts on
          a sweater. Writes a note for his dad then leaves.                

          Enter: Ben’s house. It is grungy and run down inside. A man
          is passed out in the armchair before the T.V. Which Ben
          turns on. Ben comes over and places a blanket over top of
          the man. He then shrugs into a jacket and exits the house.
          As he exits the camera pans to a shot of the t.v. with the
          reporter talking about an escaped mental patient.                

          Enter: John’s house. It is simple and nice enough. His mum
          and him are at the table. He is eating breakfast quickly.        

                              JOHN’S MUM
                    "Honey you’re rushing slow down and
                    chew your food!"                                       

                              JOHN
                    "Sorry mum gotta run they’re
                    waiting for me."                                       

          John get’s up from the table and grabs his jacket off the
          stand. He grabs a piece of toast and sticks it in is mouth
          then heads for the door.                                         

                              JOHN’S MUM
                    "Honey be home right after school
                    for dinner."                                           

                              JOHN
                    "Alright"                                              

                              JOHN’S MUM
                    "Don’t be late! Speaking of late go
                    now or you won’t make it to school
                    on time. I love you!                                   

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              3.       

          John’s response is a mumble jumble with the food in his
          mouth.                                                           

                              JOHN
                    "Mmmgooloyutoiithh."                                   

                              JOHN’S MUM
                    "And honey be careful!"                                

          John is already out the door which closes with a slam.           

          THREE                                                            

          School hallway. Between classes with people filing out and
          through the hallways. Ben, Sam and John are gathered around
          their lockers getting books.                                     

                              BEN
                    "Killer science class boys, I never
                    understand what he’s talking
                    about."                                                

                              JOHN
                    "That’s cause you never listen ya
                    blockhead."                                            

          Ben grins and shuts his locker.                                  

                              BEN
                    "So we all hanging out later or
                    what?"                                                 

                              SAM
                    "Dude it’s monday..."                                  

                              BEN
                    "What’s your point?"                                   

                              SAM
                    "Nothing, I was hoping that that
                    would be enough to discourage you."                    

          John laughs and Ben punches Sam good-naturedly in the arm.       

                              SAM
                    "Plus I should probably try to do
                    some homework,the old man’s been
                    riding me about getting my grade’s
                    up for college in a couple years."                     

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              4.       

                              BEN
                    "Alright suit yourself...John?"                        

          John sighs.                                                      

                              JOHN
                    "I usually eat dinner with my mum
                    on monday’s but I guess I could get
                    away early."                                           

                              BEN
                    "Naw dude right after school let’s
                    all hang out, it’s a hike to where
                    we’re going."                                          

                              JOHN
                    "Where exactly did you have in
                    mind?"                                                 

          John grins again but does not answer he just walks away. But
          calls out over his shoulder.                                     

                              JOHN
                    "Just meet me at my locker right
                    after last period!"                                    

          John turns to Ben.                                               

                              JOHN
                    "You gonna come?"                                      

                              SAM
                    "Let’s face it my dad works until
                    12 and I’ll never be able to focus
                    on homework knowing you guys are
                    out having a blast."                                   

                              JOHN
                    "A blast seems an appropriate word
                    knowing Ben he’ll probably get us
                    all killed."                                           

          The bell rings and they both walk off laughing.                  

          FOUR                                                             

          Shot of Ben waiting by his locker. John and Sam approach and
          walk up to him.                                                  

                              JOHN
                    "Jesus dude it looks cold out."                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              5.       

                              BEN
                    "Haha man up and let’s go."                            

                              SAM
                    "Go where? You haven’t told us a
                    thing."                                                

                              BEN
                    "You’re missing the point Sammy boy
                    it doesn’t matter where we’re
                    going..."                                              

          His sentence trails off and he just stares at them. They
          begin walking out of the school and onto the road.               

                              BEN
                    "And now we walk."                                     

                              SAM
                    "This is stupid we aren’t even
                    doing anything."                                       

                              BEN
                    "Stop ruining the adventure, you’re
                    never any fun."                                        

          The boys continue walking. Shots of them getting on a bus
          and walking while it steadily get’s darker.                      

          SHOT OF THE THREE HOUSES AGAIN. SAM’S HOUSE IS QUIET AND A
          STILL SHOT INSIDE THE KITCHEN. NO ONE IS AROUND. BEN’S HOUSE
          SHOWS THE MAN STILL PASSED OUT IN FRONT OF THE TV BLARING IN
          THE DARK. JOHNS HOUSE SHOWS A SHOT OF JOHNS MUM SETTING THE
          TABLE. NOW BACK TO A SHOT OF THE BOYS WALKING ALONG A PATH
          IN THE DARKESS. BEN HAS BEEN DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE IN HIS
          JACKET POCKET.                                                   

                              JOHN
                    Alright Ben we’ve followed you all
                    this way I’m turning back if you
                    don’t tell us where we’re going. It
                    get’s sketchy out here at night.
                    Aren’t we up near the mental
                    hospital?"                                             

                              BEN
                    "Look...."                                             

          Ben is pointing to a for sale sign on a piece  of land up
          ahead. He pulls the bottle from his jacket pocket and takes
          another swig.                                                    

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              6.       

                              BEN
                    "Soon as I get out of high school
                    I’m gonna get a job and buy that
                    land. Build a house out here and
                    get away from all the b.s in the
                    world."                                                

                              JOHN
                    "Man is that booze? Why are you
                    drinking right now it’s a school
                    night!"                                                

                              BEN
                    "What ever... I... don’t even
                    really ...care."                                       

                              SAM
                    "You should man you’re smart you
                    don’t need to get some lame as job
                    out of high school you can go to
                    university or something."                              

                              BEN
                    "Ah shut up rich boy I’m never
                    going anywhere I don’t have money I
                    will never be able to pay for
                    college."                                              

          John grabs Ben and shakes him a bit.                             

                              JOHN
                    "Man calm down stop being a dipwad
                    come on let’s go back to my place
                    or something you’re just drunk..."                     

                              BEN
                    "Hey gettoff you’re no better then
                    he is."                                                

          Ben shakes John off and saunters off. He cuts off to the
          side of the pathway and runs into the field of land. John
          and Sam follow. There is silence in the dark and you can
          hear the sound of the wind. Ben continues to speed up and
          both John and Sam call out to him as they struggle to keep
          up. Suddenly Ben stops and jumps backwards as though
          shocked. He starts running back and is quickly beside John
          and Sam.                                                         

                              BEN
                    "Guys I think there’s smeone out
                    here!"                                                 

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              7.       

                              SAM
                    What are you talking about?"                           

                              BEN
                    "Rgith there man in the field some
                    guy is just standing there!"                           

                              JOHN
                    "You’re just trippy there’s nothing
                    there."                                                

          John squints and cranes his ead trying to see if there is
          something. Suddenly he sees a figure moving towards them. It
          is unmistakably a human approaching faster and faster. Sam
          sees it too.                                                     

                              SAM
                    "Yo I don’t know what that guy is
                    selling but I’m betting it’s not
                    good... run!"                                          

          The boys take off but the mysterious figure is gaining and
          quickly overtakes them. He tackles Sam onto the round. john
          and Ben stop and look back. The man appears to be muttering
          to himself and screaming random sentences.                       

                              BEN
                    "WHat the hell is going on!"                           

          Ben runs at the man on top of Sam and tackles him off
          getting his grasp off Sam. Sam lies still on the grass as
          Ben and the man struggle. The man overpowers Ben and get’s
          on top of him and begins to choke him. The mans hands are
          locked around Ben’s neck as Ben fights for air. John runs
          over and atttempts to pull the man off but he is too strong.
          John continues to try and knock the man off unsucessfully
          and desprately as Ben’s face becomes distorted and his body
          begins to go limp. John frnatically looks around and notices
          a rock. He lunges for it grabs it and smashes the man over
          the head with it. The man is knocked off of Ben and
          instantly goes limp. John runs over to sam who is dazed but
          coming too. They both crawl voer to where Ben lays. He does
          not appaear to be breathing.                                     

                              JOHN
                    "Help! Somebody help... please!"                       

          FADE TO BLACK. NOW SHOT OF SAM’S HOUSE WHERE IT IS STILL
          EMPTY. NOW WHILE SAMS HOUSE IS STILL ON SCREEN A SHOT OF
          JOHN’S HOUSE WHERE HIS MOTHER IS PACING AROUND LOOOKING AT
          THE CLOCK FRANTICALLY. NOW THIRD SHOT ON SCREEN OF BEN’S
          HOUSE. THE SAME MAN PASSED OUT ON THE COUCH ONLY THIS TIME
          THE CAMERA PANS SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS ON THE SCREEN. A     

                                                           (CONTINUED)     

          CONTINUED:                                              8.       

          REPORTER IS ON THE SCREEN TALKING ABOUT HOW THREE BOYS WERE
          ATTACKED BY A MENTAL PATIENT WHO HAD ESCAPED. THE REPORT
          SAYS ONE BOY IS DEAD AND THE OTHER TWO SERIOUSLY TRAUMATIZED
          WHILE THE MENTAL PATIENT IS IN CUSTODY WITH A HEAD INJURY.       

          NOW IN ALL THREE SHOTS OF THE HOUSES THE CAMERA BEGINS TO
          SLOWLY ZOOM IN ON THE THREE PHONES IN THE HOUSES. ONCE A
          CLOSE UP OF THE PHONES THEY ALL BEGIN TO RING. RING. RING.
          THEN CUT TO BLACK.
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