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.