1.EXT. 112 OCEAN AVENUE AMITYVILLE NIGHT
We slowly pan through a suburban neighbourhood located on
the south shore of Long Island. The still shroud of night
blankets the village of Amityville in the early morning
TITLE CARD Appears:
Thursday, November 14, 1974.
TITLE CARD Dissolves.
Stray house pets are the only signs of life as families and
neighbours slumber. We reach 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch
Colonial house. The home is a classic piece of Americana,
two stories plus an attic, several rooms, and a boathouse on
the Amityville River. There are quarter round windows on the
top floor that give the appearance of eyes staring back at
A signpost in the front yard reads “HIGH HOPES”, a testament
to what the home symbolizes for the family that live there.
2.INT. BASEMENT 112 OCEAN AVENUE CONTINUOUS
We move slowly through the basement, past various crushed
beer cans and a table full of drug paraphernalia, until we
reach a bearded man in his early twenties. RONALD DEFEO
JUNIOR, known to his family and friends as BUTCH. He sits on
a ragged sofa, dozing off in front of a small Television
that displays white static.
There is a digital clock on a small table by the side of the
sofa. It reads 3:14am. We hold on the clock and the time
changes to 3:15am. We can see DeFeo’s breath drift from his
lips as cold air sweeps through the room. His eyes snap
A hooded figure, face shrouded in darkness, steps from the
shadows. The figure carries a .35 caliber lever action
Marlin 336C rifle. Hands clad in black leather gloves, the
mysterious person holds the rifle out in front of Butch. A
voice emerges from beneath the hood that is so deep as to be
Kill them. Kill them all.
Butch stands and takes the rifle. The figure retreats back
into the shadows.
3.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
The house is silent. Butch quietly stalks the hallways, the
rifle grasped tightly in his hands.
4.INT. MASTER BEDROOM CONTINUOUS
Butch quietly pushes the door aside and observes his parents
as they sleep. RONALD DEFEO SENIOR, age forty three, is a
heavy set Italian American man and his wife LOUISE DEFEO is
a slender woman, aged forty two, with flowing blonde hair.
Both are lying flat on their stomachs. Without hesitation,
Butch raises the rifle to his shoulder and pulls the
trigger. The BLAST is deafening. The first shot rips into
his fathers back, tearing through his kidney and exiting
through his chest. Butch fires another round, again hitting
his father in the back. This shot pierces the base of Ronald
Senior’s spine, and lodges in his neck.Louise DeFeo’s eyes
open, but she barely has a few seconds to react. Butch aims
the weapon at his mother as she lays prone on the bed, and
fires two shots in quick succession. The bullets shatter her
rib cage and collapse her right lung. Both bodies now lay
silently in fresh pools of their own blood.
5.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Butch, in an almost trance like state, walks down the hall
and quietly nudges the door to another bedroom.
6.INT. BOY’S BEDROOM CONTINUOUS
Butch enters the bedroom that his two brothers MARK, aged
twelve, and JOHN, aged nine, share. He walks between their
two beds as they lie on their stomachs, sleeping soundly.
Standing directly above his two helpless brothers, Butch
fires one shot into each of the boys as they lay sleeping.
The bullets tear through their young bodies, ravaging their
internal organs, laying waste to the lives that lay ahead of
them. Mark lays motionless, while John, whose spinal cord
has been severed by his brother’s heartless attack, twitches
spasmodically for a few moments after the shooting.
7.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Stangely, the loud shots have not roused the remaining
members of the DeFeo family, and Butch skulks unchallenged
to his final destination-the bedroom shared by his sisters
DAWN, eighteen years old, and ALLISON, aged thirteen.
8.INT. GIRLS’ BEDROOM CONTINUOUS
As Butch enters the room, Allison stirs. She looks up just
as Butch lowers the rifle to her face and pulls the trigger.
Butch then aims his weapon at Dawn’s head and squeezes the
trigger again, literally blowing the left side of her face
off. Both girls die instantly. The white sheets and walls
are splattered with blood and brain matter. Butch is unmoved
and expressionless. He surveys the carnage for a moment,
then calmly walks out of the room.
9.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Butch walks past a photograph hanging on the wall in a red
frame. It shows all seven members of the DeFeo family in a
group, hugging each other with smiles on their faces. The
sound of children singing the nursery rhyme “Ring Around a
Rosie” in a slow, haunting manner echoes through the house.
We push in on the photograph and:
FADE TO BLACK
10.EXT. CAR AMITYVILLE DAY
A car drives through the village of Amityville on a cold
winter’s day. TITLE CARD appears:
AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND – 2013.
TITLE CARD Dissolves.
11.INT. CAR CONTINUOUS
A young girl in her mid twenties is driving the car. She is
attractive yet she dresses very conservatively in a thick
sweater and baggy combat trousers. This is LISA TEMPLETON.
She consults a crumpled piece of paper. Directions are
scribbled on it.
12.EXT. CAR CONTINUOUS
The car turns the corner and heads down a long driveway
surrounded by trees. The car approaches a large imposing
building which casts a dark shadow over the grounds. Outside
a sign reads HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL.
13.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL DAY
Lisa is sat on a bench in a long empty corridor. She has a
file in her hand and taps her fingers on it nervously. A
door opens and a middle aged man dressed in a crisp white
shirt and tie steps out. He is well groomed and his eyes are
warm and inviting. This is DOCTOR ELLIOT MIXTER.
Lisa stands abruptly, dropping her file in the process.
Lisa scrambles to pick up the file and papers fall out of
Oh God, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to
It’s quite alright. I’m Doctor
Elliot Mixter. Come into my office.
Lisa manages to retrieve the file and papers from the floor
and compose herself. Mixter holds the door open and Lisa
enters the office.
14.INT. MIXTER’S OFFICE CONTINUOUS
Lisa stands in the office. Mixter enters and shuts the door.
Please, take a seat.
Lisa sinks into a chair next to a large oak desk. Mixter
walks to the opposite side and sits in a large leather chair
I’ve uh… brought my resume and
some references. I know I already
sent a copy with my application but
just in case.
Mixter takes the file from her and opens it on his desk. He
glances over it.
Very good. I see you’ve had lots of
experience cleaning private homes.
Yes, I uh… I’ve done a lot of
Well an institution such as this
one is a very different
Oh yes. Yes I know. You’ll see I’ve
also worked cleaning a school, so I
am used to big areas.
Yes I’ve seen that. When I say this
is a different proposition I mean
in terms of the sensitivity
required due to the nature of what
we do here.
Oh yes, yes of course.
You would mainly be working night
shifts at a time when patients are
on lock down. But many of our
patients here have psychological
disturbances so there may be
situations where you have to clean
up things you may not be used to
cleaning up. If you know what I’m
I know what you mean, yes.
Would that bother you?
It may be strange at first but I
actually have some experience in
that area. I would clean my mother
when she lost control of her bodily
functions during her illness. It’s
something I got used to very
quickly. It became routine.
I see. How is your mother now?
Well… she passed away.
I’m sorry to hear that. So… it’s
important to me that every employee
here, whether they are a
psychiatrist, an orderly or a
cleaner, needs to fully understand
what our mission statement at this
High Hopes was only built two years
ago and as an institution we have
only been running for just over a
year now. So we’re still building
our reputation. But I am very clear
on what I want that reputation to
be. I intend to make this
institution one of the foremost
centres for mental health treatment
in the country. If you look into my
history you’ll know that I have a
stellar reputation in the field of
psychiatry and I want to use that
to help others. That is why I have
put my own money into the creation
of this institution. We are only
just starting out but we have a
long term ambition to be considered
the best. So what I require is that
every person who works at this
institution, in any capacity, must
be professional and sensitive to
the needs of the patients. Unlike
other institutions, the welfare and
care of our patients comes first
I really admire that and I promise
I would not let you down if I was
given this job.
I’m sure you wouldn’t.
Lisa’s face quickly contorts. Mixter looks puzzled. Suddenly
Lisa sneezes. It shoots out so rapidly she has no time to
cover her mouth and nose. She sneezes all over Mixter. Lisa
Oh my God, I’m so sorry!!
Lisa rushes to Mixter’s side and grabs a tissue from a
Kleenex box on his desk. She frantically wipes the saliva
and snot from his face.
It’s quite alright, please sit
down, I can take care of it.
Lisa, completely mortified, sits back down. An unimpressed
Mixter wipes the spittle off his face with a tissue. When
he’s done he stares at Lisa.
Okay… well thanks for coming in.
I’ll let you know.
Look I’m so sorry, I really am!
It’s fine. We’ll be in touch.
Such is her embarrassment, Lisa can’t get out of the office
15.INT. BEDROOM LISA’S HOME – LONG ISLAND NIGHT
Lisa is lying on her bed watching TV, flicking endlessly
through the channels. The phone on the bedside table rings.
Lisa picks up the receiver.
How did it go today?
It was a total fucking disaster!
Oh I’m sure you’re just being silly
hun! Whenever I’ve gone for an
interview I always come out
thinking it’s gone really badly.
But I bet it went better than you
I sneezed on the head of the
I sneezed on him! It was one of
those sneezes that just sneaks up
on you, I didn’t have time to cover
my face. Before you know it he’s
covered in my snot!
Oh God I’m sorry hun.
Long silence on the line.
Go on, go ahead. You know you want
Laugh it up, it’s gonna be your
last chance because I’m not going
for any more job interviews! I’m
done, I’m always so damn nervous
and I just don’t make a good first
You should take my advice and show
a little cleavage at these
interviews! Trust me, you’d get the
That’s just not me Nance. I
wouldn’t know where to start with
flirting or any of that. Christ, if
I wore high heels to one of these
interviews I’d probably trip over!
I’m a clumsy dork!
So what are you thinking of doing?
I dunno. Thanks for not disputing
that dork remark by the way.
[Laughs] Sorry, hun!
I guess I’ll have to sign on
welfare to make the rent. Long
term, maybe I should go back to
school. Get better qualified for
How come you don’t do something
with your writing? You could try
and get something published. Or
write a book or something?
I dunno, I just… it’s like I just
haven’t been able to bring myself
to write since … you know…
I know. It’s a cliché, but time
really is a healer. I’m sure the
passion you had for it will come
You wanna talk about it?
Not really. I just think I’m gonna
get myself a nice big tub of ice
cream from the freezer and watch
[Smiles] I know but if there’s ever
a good time for ice cream it’s
Can’t argue with that! Give me a
call tomorrow, let’s go for coffee
16.INT. KITCHEN LISA’S HOME LATER
Lisa is rummaging in her freezer for some ice cream. She
pulls out a tub and tosses it on the counter. She opens the
cutlery drawer and grabs a spoon. The phone rings.
17.INT. LIVING ROOM CONTINUOUS
Lisa walks over to the phone and picks up the receiver.
Lisa this is Doctor Mixter at High
Really? Oh, I uh… Hi!
Hello! I’m just calling you to say
it was great to meet you today and
I’d like to offer you the job.
Lisa is stunned into silence.
Are you there?
Um… is this a joke or something?
No joke, I’d like to offer you the
Oh my God I… I can’t believe it.
I’m pleased to welcome you to High
Hopes Hospital. If you can be here
at 9am tomorrow for an induction
please and we’ll go from there.
Oh God, thank you so much! I really
appreciate this, I won’t let you
I know you won’t. We’ll see you
Okay, see you tomorrow!
Lisa puts the phone down with a smile.
18.INT. RECEPTION AREA HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL – DAY
Lisa enters the hospital. A man in his thirties dressed in a
boiler suit is stood on a step ladder. He is attempting to
change a light bulb in the hallway but seems to be making
hard work of it. The bulb drops from his hand and smashes to
the ground. Lisa looks up at him.
Lisa averts her eyes but the man is now aware of her
presence. He has a Polish accent but his English is very
Can I help you?
Yeah, I’m here for an induction
into the cleaning job.
You must be Lisa?
Yes, that’s right.
Doctor Mixter said you would be
coming. I’m Delaney, we’ll be
Delaney climbs off the step ladder and shakes Lisa’s hand.
We work nights so today we’ll just
show you around, okay?
Okay, thank you.
I’ll clean this up and we’ll get to
19.INT. STORAGE CUPBOARD LATER
Delaney opens the cupboard door and for a moment he and Lisa
are silhouetted in the doorway. Delaney pulls a string
hanging near the door and a light comes on. The cupboard is
packed with various cleaning products.
This is the storage cupboard.
Everything you will need for each
task is here, each shelf is
The most obvious task is hoovering.
This is our hoover here, it’s
straight forward. You’ll be
surprised that although it’s
powerful it’s very quiet, because
we are working when everyone’s in
bed so obviously we don’t want to
wake them up! It has a Telescopic
suction tube and six stage filter
system. So a lot more powerful than
you may be used to.
The mop and bucket is here, we
usually use standard bleach to mix
with the water so that’s straight
forward. But there is this
specialist stain remover that you
must use if there are any stains on
the floor or carpet. It needs to be
sprayed and left to set for twenty
minutes before scrubbing or
mopping. It’s a special formula for
tea, coffee, water marks and other
yellow and brown discolourations on
the carpets or floors. It’s pretty
strong so wash your hands after you
One of the worst parts of the job
is we have to remove chewing gum
from lots of surfaces. They don’t
just stick it underneath the
tables, it ends up everywhere!
Yes! I think a lot of the time it’s
the staff doing it, not the
patients! But we have this GumCart,
which is a bit complicated but it’s
easier than just scraping the gum.
The steam is super heated to one
hundred eighty degrees and
delivered at seven point zero bar
pressure. It can produce a hundred
and fifteen litres of superheated
steam per minute.
Is it okay if I watch you use it a
few times first so I know exactly
what I’m doing? I don’t want to end
up burning myself or any furniture!
No problem. Now here we come to the
most dangerous chemical we have.
This is a concrete cleaner, very
toxic stuff, so you have to wear
the face mask and gloves we have
This is for cleaning and descaling
brick, stone and concrete and for
metal de-rusting. For concrete you
must mix it one part to four parts
water. Brush or spray it on with
the equipment here then leave it
five to ten minutes to set, then
rinse it off. But for those
stubborn son-of-a-bitch marks use
Don’t worry if anything seems
complicated, you’ll get used to it.
But you’ll mostly be mopping and
hoovering in your first few weeks.
Yeah that’s fine.
20.INT. WARD B LATER
Lisa follows Delaney into the communal area of Ward B. The
walls are white and clinical. Various patients are scattered
across the room, each with a look of resignation in their
eyes. Many stare blankly out of the window.
This is Ward B, one of two wards
you’ll be responsible for cleaning
each evening. Essentially the main
duties will be emptying the bins,
hoovering the carpeted areas and
mopping the hallways. The patients
in here are Category B. They’re
mainly people who have had nervous
breakdowns and those who are
catatonic. They’re harmless. Like
Missus Hardesty here.
Delaney and Lisa walk over to an old woman who is sat still
in the chair. Her eyes are open yet she appears lifeless.
Hello Missus Hardesty.
No response or acknowledgement of other people’s presence.
She hasn’t spoken a word in all her
time here. The orderlies just lift
her from the bedroom to the day
room and back again every day.
Why did you just talk to her?
We’ve still got to treat them like
human beings. Otherwise they just
become like furniture and we all
lose our humanity. I like to think
she can hear me, even if she won’t
talk to me. See you later Missus
Missus Hardesty continues to stare into nothingness. Delaney
and Lisa exit.
21.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Delaney and Lisa stroll down the long corridors.
The patients are locked in their
rooms on our night shift, but now
and again they might have an
accident we gotta clean up.
In the day time there are nurses
who often clean up but in the night
we may be called to provide fresh
linen or mop up. Not the most
pleasant of jobs but it happens
from time to time.
Yeah I understand.
Delaney and Lisa arrive at a doorway.
Now here we come to the most
difficult part of the job.
Cleaning crap up isn’t the most
Oh no, that’s very easy compared to
what’s behind this door.
What’s behind it?
This leads down to Ward X.
You could say that. It’s where
Category A patients are held. The
Really? Doctor Mixter didn’t
Yes, well, these patients are
beyond help so they’ve become athe
hospital’s secret. Many of them
were transferred from prisons and
other institutions. Doctor Mixter
probably thought he could help
them. He can’t. The staff call this
place Blood Row.
Delaney opens the door.
22.INT. STAIRCASE CONTINUOUS
Lisa follows Delaney down a winding staircase. As they
descend down the steps, the light fades.
23.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Delaney and Lisa enter a long dark corridor with a row of
thick metal doors either side. Two light bulbs hang from the
ceiling at each end of the corridor, providing only minimal
illumination. Lisa’s nose twitches.
What’s that smell?
It always hangs in the air. No
matter how much we bleach the floor
there is always that smell of
Lisa looks concerned.
These patients are dangerous?
Yes. But don’t worry, we never have
to interact directly or anything
like that. You will just be mopping
the corridor and dusting.
Delaney walks over to the first door on the right. There is
a hatch on the door. Delaney slowly slides it open and
beckons Lisa over. She peers inside. The cell is very basic,
white walls with the only furniture being an uncomfortable
looking bed and a toilet without a seat. There are thick
iron bars on one small window. A skinny man in his thirties
sits on a basic bed in a white vest, rocking back and forth.
He has wild hair and a scraggly beard.
That’s Jerry Kimble. He was
convicted of stabbing a young
mother forty-nine times in front of
her two year-old son, then killing
and sexually assaulting a woman
before smothering her four-year-old
daughter. They call him the Green
Chain Rapist. He was in Sing Sing
but was certified insane and his
lawyer got him transferred here. He
doesn’t make any noise or fuss, but
he is a dangerous man. Especially
towards women. This next inmate is
Delaney slides the hatch shut and walks over to the next
door. He slowly slides open the hatch and Lisa peers inside.
Another basic white cell with only a bed and toilet. A man
stands in the centre of the room with his hands behind his
back. His hair is slicked back, as jet black as the eyes
that stare at Lisa. He smiles. Delaney slides the hatch
That’s Dennis Palmer. Also known as
The Long Island Cannibal. He was
abused as a child so his targets
were always paedophiles and
rapists. He’d track them down and
torture them. He would eat parts of
their body while they were still
The most horrible thing is that a
lot of the public thought he was a
Delaney walks over to a door on the opposite side of the
hallway. He slides open the hatch.
Lisa looks inside. Inside the basic cell a woman sits cross
legged on her bed. She has long flowing black hair, intense
eyes and a pentagram carved into her forehead. She looks up
and smiles at Lisa. Delaney slides the hatch shut.
What’s her deal?
She was a member of a Witchcraft
cult. They kidnapped six people for
a demonic ritual. Five were killed
but one got away and led police to
the cult. She turned her trial into
a circus, talking about lots of
crazy stuff. The media enjoyed it
but she got certified insane by the
court. She’s been around a few
institutions since. Now she’s here.
Some strange stories here.
Well those aren’t the strangest.
This last patient is the strangest
Delaney walks over to the last door on the left. He slides
open the hatch. A singular shaft of light coming from a tiny
barred window barely penetrates the darkness of the cell.
Lisa peers inside to see a man sat in the shadows.
This is our resident John Doe.
Sometimes we have people with
amnesia. Often we find out who they
are. Not so with this man.
Why is he down here?
They first brought him in about six
months ago. No one knows where he
came from, he literally just turned
up late one night. An orderly found
him wandering the grounds. First of
all he was like Missus Hardesty
upstairs-catatonic. Then a few
weeks later he started to respond
to Doctor Mixter and the nurses
through facial expressions and
gestures. But soon, he got violent.
Very violent. He’d have bursts of
rage and beat other patients. One
day he appeared to have a seizure
and collapsed. A young doctor tried
to take his vital signs. Patient X
here throttled him so hard he
crushed his larynx. It took six
orderlies to restrain him. Now they
won’t even let him out for the
obligatory hour a day exercise. We
still don’t know who he is.
Delaney stares at Lisa.
God has nothing to do with this
Delaney slams the hatch shut. Lisa looks disturbed.
I haven’t put you off have I?
I guess not… it’s just a lot to
take in. I’ve obviously never been
around stuff like this before.
This is the reality of this place.
We don’t deal with these people
directly but we may have to clean
up their mess. If you can’t handle
that then I understand. You know
that it’s not too late to back out?
Lisa considers for a moment.
I’m not a quitter.
24.EXT. HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
The hospital is bathed in moonlight.
25.INT. WARD B CONTINUOUS
Lisa hoovers the carpet in the empty communal room. She then
empties the bins. A Clock on the wall ticks towards 3:15am.
26.INT. HALLWAY A LITTLE LATER
Lisa is mopping. As she reaches the end of the hallway a
young girl walks around the corner carrying a teddy bear.
Lisa is STARTLED.
Ooh, you made me jump! Should you
be out of bed this late?
I don’t know.
The girl has flowing blonde hair and an angelic face, yet
there is a haunting sadness in her eyes.
I don’t think you should be.
Do you want to play with me?
I’d love to sweetheart, but it’s
very late now. I think you better
go back to bed.
The girl walks away.
27.INT. STORAGE CUPBOARD NIGHT
Lisa is returning the mop and bucket to the storage
cupboard. She knocks a bottle off the shelf and leans over
to pick it up.
POV SHOT: Someone is approaching Lisa, edging closer and
closer. A hand stretches out and touches her shoulder. Lisa
JUMPS and SMACKS her head on the underside of the bottom
Lisa turns around to see Delaney standing there.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle
Lisa rubs her head.
Are you okay?
Yeah, just hurt that’s all!
Do you want to grab a coffee?
28.INT. HALLWAY LATER
Delaney and Lisa are sat on a bench in the hallway sipping
coffee from plastic cups.
Did you change the bins in the Day
Good. I’ve got a light bulb to
change in Room Twelve upstairs
soon. We’re making good time.
Cool. It’s funny, I never thought
I’d get this job. The interview
didn’t go well!
Doctor Mixter told me you were the
only person he interviewed for the
Yeah. I’m sure he felt you were
right for the job and didn’t need
to interview anyone else.
Lisa looks down at a distinctive tattoo on Delaney’s wrist.
Delaney pulls his sleeve down to cover it up.
Oh yeah. I forget I have it
What does it mean?
Well… it represents a lot of
wrong turns in my younger years.
Delaney doesn’t answer and takes a long sip of coffee.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to pry.
It’s okay. Let’s just say the past
is better left there.
So how is the first night going for
Not bad. I ran into a young girl in
the hallway earlier. Sweet little
girl, she was only about twelve or
thirteen. I told her to go back to
bed. I guess they don’t lock the
kids in at night huh?
Delaney appears confused.
You sure it was a young girl of
Yeah definitely. She was carrying a
teddy bear. She was about thirteen
at the most.
Well… there are no children of
that age here.
Now it’s Lisa who is confused.
In fact, there are no children of
any age in this place. I think our
youngest patient is about twenty.
You’re kidding right?
No, I’m serious.
Then who was that girl in the
Delaney contemplates for a moment.
You sure you saw a girl that young?
I better tell the orderlies. This
is no place for a little girl to
29.INT. WARD B LATER
Lisa is polishing a table. Delaney walks in with
HARDCASTLE,a well built man with a skinhead and visible
tattoos on his arms.
Did you find her?
So you’re the one who saw the
little girl huh?
You sure you saw a little girl?
Well I’ve had to pull staff off
other wards to search this goddamn
place top to bottom. We found
A big fucking inconvenience is what
it is! Do me a favour, the next
time you think you see something be
absolutely sure before you go
running to Jumpsuit here! I ain’t
got time to be running around this
place looking for shit that isn’t
there! You understand??
Hardcastle exits. Lisa looks embarrassed.
Don’t worry about it. Better safe
30.INT.STAIRCASE HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL-NEXT NIGHT
Lisa walks tentatively down the staircase carrying a mop and
bucket. A clock on the wall reads 3:15am.
31.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Lisa walks into Ward X. She looks down the dimly lit hallway
and pauses for a moment. Overcoming her nerves, she places
the bucket on the floor and starts mopping.
As she edges through the hallway Lisa notices a light
flickering from underneath one of the cell doors. She walks
over and slowly reaches for the hatch. Sliding it open Lisa
peers inside. In the centre of the floor she sees a needle,
a piece of paper and a piece of red wool surrounded by Six
lit candles. She looks around and nobody seems to be in the
Suddenly SADIE jumps up right in front of the hatch! Lisa
FALLS backwards, letting out an involuntary SCREAM! She
stumbles to her feet as Sadie laughs. Lisa slams the hatch
shut and rushes towards the exit.
32.INT. STORAGE CUPBOARD NIGHT
Delaney is sifting through a tool box. Lisa stands in the
Hey, can you do me a favour?
Can you empty the rubbish in Doctor
Mixter’s office? I’ve got to check
the boiler, there’s been complaints
about the heating not working.
Lisa grabs a roll of bin bags from the shelf.
33.EXT.MIXTER’S OFFICE – NIGHT
Lisa knocks on the door.
Doctor Mixter? Hello?
She knocks again. No answer. Lisa tentatively turns the
handle. The door slowly creaks open. The office is empty.
Lisa walks in.
34.INT. MIXTER’S OFFICE CONTINUOUS
She looks around for the bin, finally locating it by the
side of the desk. Lisa pulls the full bag out and ties it up
before replacing it with a new bag. With her task complete,
Lisa’s curiosity gets the better of her. She looks around
the office. There is a shelf full of psychology books and a
filing cabinet. Lisa touches the top drawer of the filing
cabinet and it opens.
Lisa looks at all of the names on the files and finds one
marked ‘Patient X’. She reaches for it and suddenly a HAND
grabs her shoulder! A startled Lisa turns around. An orderly
in his thirties is stood in front of her. He is thin but
muscular, with slicked back hair. This is PEMBERTON.
What the hell are you doing in
Uh… I was just emptying the
Funny, I don’t remember Doctor
Mixter keeping the garbage in the
Look I… it was just open and I …
Well, y’know I’m gonna have to
Oh please don’t, I didn’t see
anything I just opened it.
Well new girl, it’s hospital policy
to report this kind of thing.
But I’ve only just got this job and
I really need it.
Pemberton looks her up and down.
Perhaps we can come to some
What do you mean?
Well, I’d be doing you a big favour
if I kept this to myself. So
perhaps you can do me a favour.
What kind of favour?
A blow job.
Lisa’s face contorts with disgust.
Lisa tries to leave the room but Pemberton stands in her
Oh come on, I bet you’d love it.
Look, you better get out of my way
or I’m going to report you for
You’ve been working here for five
minutes. You really think Doctor
Mixter is gonna believe a fucking
cleaner over a medical
Pemberton spins around. Delaney is stood in the door way.
Leave her alone.
She ain’t no prisoner here! I was
just talking, what’s the problem?
No problem. Lisa, come with me,
we’ve got a job up on Ward B.
A grateful Lisa brushes past Pemberton and exits the room.
Delaney glares at Pemberton for a moment before leaving the
room. Pemberton smirks.
35.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Delaney catches up with Lisa, who is a little emotional.
I’m fine. It was just a little bit
Pemberton can be like that. He
works nights with that other son-
of-a-bitch Hardcastle. They like to
throw their weight around. You’ll
get used to it.
People like that shouldn’t be in
charge of patients.
Let’s get a coffee.
You sure love your break times!
I like to pace myself!
36.TIME LAPSE: Passage from night to day and back again.
37.INT. WARD B HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Lisa is stood on a step ladder dusting in the hallway. She
steps down and walks past a clock on the wall. The time hits
Lisa walks into the day room and is STARTLED to see Mrs
Hardesty sat in a chair.
Missus Hardesty, you scared me!
What are you doing up at this time?
No response from the catatonic pensioner.
Sorry, I forgot you don’t talk.
I’ll just go and get an orderly.
Lisa heads for the exit. Missus Hardesty’s head turns to
look at her and her mouth opens. An unnaturally deep voice
You’re going to die in here.
Lisa stops in her tracks. She slowly turns to face Mrs
Hardesty, who stares blankly into space.
What did you say?
Lisa stares at her but there is no response.
I’ll… I’ll go get an orderly.
38.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Lisa walks down the hallway. At the other end of the
corridor HARDCASTLE and PEMBERTON are leaning against the
wall having a conversation. Lisa approaches them.
Well look who it is, Miss Sexual
What are you laughing at?
This one’s got a big mouth! First
ordering a search of the hospital
for a little girl, now she’s
busting your balls!
Look, I don’t want any trouble. I
just came to tell you there’s a
patient whose out of their room in
You won’t get no trouble from me,
I’m a professional. Unlike this
useless bag of bones.
Hardcastle walks down the hallways with Lisa. He looks back
at Pemberton with a shit eating grin.
Catch you later sweetie.
Pemberton raises his middle finger.
39.INT. WARD B CONTINOUS
Lisa and Hardcastle walk into the day room. The room is
Where is this patient huh?
She was right there, in that chair.
Yeah. She even spoke to me!
Hardcastle bursts out laughing.
Missus Hardesty was here and she
spoke to you?
Just a second…
Hardcastle steps out into the hallway. A few moments later
Hardcastle re-enters the day room with Pemberton.
The new girl here says that Missus
Hardesty was just sat in that
chair. Says she even spoke to her.
Look I know she’s supposed to be
catatonic but I swear she said
something to me!
That’s not the strange thing,
What do you mean?
Missus Hardesty died this morning.
The blood drains from Lisa’s face.
But I could have sworn…
Listen newbie, how about you just
get on with the cleaning and stay
off the crack pipe. Okay, honey
Pemberton and Hardcastle both laugh and leave the room.
40.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Lisa is sweeping in the hallway. She looks up and just
catches a glimpse of someone turn the corner up ahead.
Lisa looks around. The hallway is empty. She walks forward
and turns the corner just in time to see the young girl,
carrying a teddy bear, push open the door. She enters the
staircase that leads down to Ward X.
Little girl, wait!
Lisa drops her brush and rushes forward. She throws open the
41.INT. STAIRCASE CONTINUOUS
Lisa looks down and sees the young girl at the bottom of the
staircase, heading for the entrance to Ward X.
Don’t go in there!
Lisa rushes down the stairs after her.
42.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Lisa pushes open the door to Ward X. She peers down the dark
hallway. The girl is nowhere to be seen.
Lisa slowly walks down the hallway, passing the cell doors.
She can hear whispering. Lisa is drawn to the last door on
the left. She approaches with caution. Stood in front of the
door she slowly slides the hatch open and peers inside. John
Doe sits in the corner, cloaked in shadow. Lisa peers down
and in the centre of the floor, illuminated by a single
shaft of light from the small window, is a TEDDY BEAR. Lisa
slides the hatch shut and walks backwards. She is seriously
unnerved. As she steps back from the door she hears a
whispering from Kimble’s cell. She edges closer to his cell
door and listens.
Palmer… Hey Palmer…
Palmer can be heard from the next cell. His voice is calm,
in stark comparison to Kimble’s which sounds extremely
My cock is so hard Palmer. It’s so
hard that I can’t contain it any
more. I’m going to break through
this wall and do bad things to you.
Very, very bad.
I must advise you Mister Kimble-
threats will not be well received.
I’m touching myself Palmer. You
wanna watch? You fucking faggot!
Stay out of my psyche Mister Kimble
and I’ll stay out of yours.
Kimble starts to chuckle. Then he stops suddenly. Lisa leans
closer to the cell door and she hears Kimble sniffing. THUD!
Lisa jumps back as Kimble kicks the cell door.
I know you’re out there girlie. I
can smell your pussy. How about you
join me in here. Come on!
Kimble bangs the door continuously. The racket echoes
through the corridor. Sadie soon joins in, her and Kimble
laugh maniacally as they thump on the doors. A horrified
Lisa rushes towards the exit.
43.INT. BEDROOM – LISA’S HOME DAY
An exhausted Lisa changes out of her work clothes and into a
large t-shirt. The morning sun bursts through the window,
filling the room with an orange hue. Lisa shuts the curtains
and slides under the duvet cover into the welcome sanctuary
of her bed. Lisa drifts to sleep.
44.INT. BEDROOM LISA’S HOME EVENING
Lisa is sleeping fast as night falls outside. All we can
hear is the rhythm of her breathing and the gentle ticking
of the clock by her bedside table.
Suddenly her EYES snap open. We pull back and see that Lisa
is now stood in front of LARGE WOODEN DOORS. The doors open
and she steps inside.
45.INT. CHURCH NIGHT
Lisa enters a Church full of powerful religious imagery. On
the right side of the entrance she notices a Font. A drop of
blood pierces the blessed water. As Lisa walks down the
aisle we realise that everything has slowed to a crawl and
she is moving in slow motion. White feathers cover the
aisle, bouncing around her bare feet. An open Bible rests on
the Lectern, the pages fluttering as if there is a strong
breeze blowing them. Lisa looks up at a crucifix on the
wall, the contorted face of a crucified Jesus Christ stares
at her. Blood seeps from the crown of thorns and runs down
Christ’s face. As Lisa gets closer to the altar she sees a
female figure sat in the front pew. Lisa ebbs closer. The
figure turns. It’s LISA’S MOTHER.
Don’t you grieve for me?
Of course I do.
Suddenly tears of BLOOD run down Lisa’s cheeks.
Lisa’s mother reaches out a hand. Lisa stretches her arm out
to grab her mother’s hand. Everything is in slow motion, it
seems to take Lisa forever to reach her mother’s hand.
Suddenly a BLACK GLOVED HAND grabs her outstretched arm. She
turns to see a HOODED FIGURE, face shrouded in darkness,
standing next to her. A deep voice echoes around the church:
Kill them. Kill them all.
46.INT. BEDROOM LISA’S HOME CONTINUOUS
Lisa’s eyes OPEN and she sits bolt upright. She is pale and
soaked with sweat. It takes her a few moments to compose
herself and realise that it was just a nightmare.
47.EXT. HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
The rain lashes down outside the institution.
48.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Lisa is walking with Delaney.
Okay, next thing is mopping the
floor in Ward X.
Umm… could you do that?
I dunno… I just need a break.
Does Ward X frighten you?
That’s normal, it frightens me
sometimes. But I’ve got to go up to
a patient’s room in Ward A.
Apparently they’ve had a little
accident. Surely you wouldn’t
prefer to clean that up?
Well… maybe not.
I know Ward X is a scary place. But
you’ll get used to it.
I can hear them talking. It’s kinda
I know, I hear that too when I’m
down there. But trust me, once you
get used to it things will get
49.INT. WARD X LATER
The door creaks open. Lisa looks nervous. She walks in with
her mop and bucket and heads to the end of the corridor. She
begins mopping the floor. As she mops past Sadie’s cell she
hears a knock on the inside of the cell door.
I can hear you out there.
Lisa is creeped out but she makes an effort to ignore it.
She continues to mop the floor and starts moving past
I’ve been talking to your mother
Lisa stops dead in her tracks. She looks back at the cell
She’s here with me Lisa. She’s told
me all about you.
Lisa walks over to the cell door.
I know you’re out there Lisa. Talk
What… what do you expect me to
Perhaps you can tell me all about
the summer trips to Key West with
your mother? Those were your
favourite memories of your mother
weren’t they? Or perhaps you’d
prefer to tell me about when you
sat at your mother’s bed side for
six months, watching on helplessly
as the cancer ravaged her body and
sucked the life out of her?
Lisa is horrified. She is shaking.
How… how do you know all this?
Because your mother is speaking to
me from the flames of hell!
You sick fuck!
Tears stream down Lisa’s face.
She has a message for you Lisa.
Want to hear it?
Lisa wipes away the tears and tries to compose herself.
Want the message?
What is it?
There is a pause for a moment before an unnaturally deep
inhuman voice emerges from Sadie’s throat on the other side
of the cell door:
A distraught Lisa rushes towards the exit.
50.INT. STAFF BATHROOM CONTINUOUS
Lisa rushes into the bathroom. A wave of emotion rises to
the surface and she sobs into her hands. After a few moments
the tears subside and she takes a deep inhalation of breath,
desperately trying to compose herself. Lisa walks over to
one of the sinks. She looks at her tear stained face in the
mirror above it. Lisa turns the tap on and water rushes out.
She leans down and splashes the water on her face.
Lisa looks up and is STARTLED to see her face reflected in
the mirror as an OLD HAG! Lisa clutches her decrepit face in
horror! She closes her eyes and opens them again. Her
reflection has returned to normal. Lisa hears Sadie’s
maniacal chuckle echo around the bathroom. She rushes out.
51.INT. HALLWAY LATER
A visibly upset Lisa rushes down the hallway towards
What’s wrong Lisa?
I’m not going down to Ward X again,
I’m really sorry I just can’t
handle it down there!
Okay, just calm down okay. Tell me
They say things to me through the
doors. Horrible things!
I know, they’ve done it to me too.
But that woman Sadie, she says
things she couldn’t possibly know
Lisa checks herself.
I sound crazy don’t I?
No. This place just gets under your
I’m starting to wonder if I’m
losing my mind.
Well it’s not healthy to think too
much about what those crazy son-of-
a-bitches say. Believe me you don’t
want them inside your head.
It’s hard to keep them out
Listen, take a break from Ward X
for a while. I’ll go down there for
the next week or so.
I’m really sorry about this, I
didn’t think it would effect me so
Don’t worry, it gets to everyone at
first. But the last thing I want is
for you to dread coming to work.
Delaney puts his hand on Lisa’s shoulder in a comforting
Thank you. I really appreciate
52.TIME LAPSE: Passage from night to day and back again.
53.INT. WARD X HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Continual thumping on one of the cell doors echoes around
Ward X. Pemberton enters and walks over to Palmer’ cell. He
slides open the hatch.
What’s with all the fucking racket
Sorry to bother you Mister
Pemberton. But I wondered if it
would be possible to get some
Palmer holds up his arm and it’s been slashed open. Blood
pours from the wound.
Now how the hell did that happen?
Palmer holds up a makeshift knife.
I believe it was this rather crude
weapon that did the damage.
Jesus Christ Palmer! Now put the
weapon on the floor and back away.
Palmer obliges with a smile on his face. Pemberton unhooks a
truncheon from his waist belt.
Put your hands on your fucking head
and face the wall! Now!!
Palmer willingly follows the instructions. Pemberton takes a
set of keys from his belt and unlocks the cell.
I’m coming in dipshit, one fucking
move from you and I’ll cave your
fucking skull in! You understand??
As you wish Mister Pemberton.
54.INT. PALMER’S CELL CONTINUOUS
Pemberton walks in with the truncheon raised above his head.
Don’t you fucking move!!
A nervous Pemberton fumbles at his belt, trying to unhook a
pair of handcuffs. Palmer slowly starts to back into him.
I said don’t fucking move!
Palmer moves faster. Pemberton swings for him but Palmer
ducks it and spins around, pushing Pemberton into the wall
knocking him to the floor. Palmer aims a swift and savage
stamp at Pemberton’s head. His skull crushes against the
cold hard floor. Blood spatters all over the white cell.
I’m terribly sorry about this.
Palmer reaches down, takes Pemberton’s keys and exits the
55.EXT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Palmer stands at the entrance to Kimble’s cell. He selects
the key marked with the corresponding cell number. Palmer
puts it into the keyhole and opens the door.
Good evening Mister Kimble
56.INT. HALLWAY SAME TIME
Hardcastle strolls down the hallway.
57.INT. STAIRCASE CONTINUOUS
Hardcastle looks down to the base of the staircase.
Pemberton? Pemberton, what’s taking
you so long man??
No response. Hardcastle rushes down the steps.
58.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Hardcastle enters. He sees the door of Palmer’ cell open and
slams a large red button on the wall next to the entrance.
Hardcastle takes out his truncheon and cautiously approaches
Palmer’ cell. Looking inside he sees Pemberton crumpled on
the floor in a pool of his own blood.
A SCREAM emerges from the next cell. Hardcastle rushes over
to Kimble’s cell door. Five orderlies rush onto the Ward.
We got a major code six over here!
The orderlies rush to Hardcastle’s side, truncheons at the
ready. Hardcastle puts a key in the lock and prepares to
open Kimble’s cell.
Hardcastle turns the key and kicks open the door. They are
met by the sight of KIMBLE’s corpse positioned upright on
the toilet. There is a hole in his head with part of his
BRAIN seeping out. Palmer stands next to him, with blood on
his lips and a plastic spoon in his hand. He smiles, blood
covering his teeth.
Good evening gentleman. I believe
we will be one short at roll call
Hardcastle and the orderlies charge Palmer. He doesn’t
resist as they viscously tackle him to the ground.
59.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL LATER
Lisa is walking down the hallway. She hears a SCREAM emerge
from one of the rooms. She puts her ear to the door and
hears the SCREAM again. Lisa kneels down and peers through
the keyhole. In a clinical white room Palmer is strapped
down on a table. His face is severely cut and bruised but he
is conscious. Four orderlies hold his arms and legs while a
fifth smears conductor on Palmer temples.
Do we need to put the bit in his
No. We’re not giving him the
The orderly places electrodes either side of Palmer’ head.
He then turns the dial on the ECT device up to full power.
Palmer SCREAMS as he violently convulses, salivating heavily
from his mouth. Suddenly the saliva turns to blood as he
bites his own tongue off. Lisa is horrified as she watches
the orderlies laugh as Palmer experiences a severe seizure.
POV Shot: Someone is approaching Lisa as she crouches in
front of the door. A hand reaches out and GRABS her by the
hair,YANKING her to her feet. Lisa SCREAMS. She turns to see
Hardcastle standing in front of her. He invades her personal
space in an intimidating manner.
What the fuck are you doing??
I just heard something so I … I was
What are you seeing in there?
Oh nothing, I didn’t see anything.
You make sure it stays that way.
That guy is a fucking menace and he
deserves everything he gets. So you
don’t talk to Mixter or anyone else
about anything you’ve seen in
there. You understand?
I won’t say anything.
Good. Now don’t you got some
cleaning to do somewhere?
Lisa walks down the hallway. Hardcastle’s eyes burn into the
back of her head.
60.EXT. COFFEE SHOP LONG ISLAND DAY
Lisa rushes towards the entrance. She’s running late.
61.INT. COFFEE SHOP CONTINUOUS
Lisa rushes inside, nearly knocking someone’s coffee out of
their hand in the process. She looks across the busy coffee
shop and there’s an attractive young blonde girl waving at
her. NANCY. Lisa rushes to the table.
I’m so sorry I’m running late Nanc!
Don’t worry about it, have a seat.
A latte yeah?
Good, I’ve ordered it. They’ll
bring it over soon.
Lisa looks pale. Black bags under her eyes.
God hun, you look like shit!
Sorry, I didn’t mean to be blunt
but you do. The night shifts
getting to ya?
The whole job’s getting to me. My
body clock’s all out of whack but
it’s not just that. There’s
something seriously wrong with that
What do you mean?
A waitress brings over the Latte and places it in front of
Lisa proceeds to put four sugars in her coffee.
Wow, you like a little coffee with
I figure it’ll wake me up a little.
So what’s wrong with the place?
A lot of things. The way they run
things for starters, the orderlies
are complete bastards.
They usually are in those places.
Some of the patients are extremely
You haven’t been hurt by anyone
No, nothing like that. Some of the
things they say though… it’s
pretty frightening. The weirdest
thing is… Oh I dunno, maybe it’s
just me. I wonder if I’m seeing
What do you mean?
I think the place might be haunted.
Either that or I’m losing my mind.
Well I wouldn’t be surprised if it
What do you mean?
I told my father about your new
Well, y’know they only built that
Asylum a couple of years ago?
He says it was built on the site of
One Twelve Ocean Avenue.
You never heard of it?
It was a famous house. Or should I
say infamous. Some guy shot his
whole family there back in the
seventies. Parents, brothers,
sisters. Wiped out his entire
family with a shotgun. Then the
next owners of the house only
lasted there about a month. They
said they were driven from the
house by evil spirits. The house
became known around the world.
That’s why the recent owners sold
the land, they had enough of all
the media interest and constant
tourists. Have you seriously never
heard of the Amityville horror
I vaguely remember hearing some
stuff a while ago, but I never
really took it in. I honestly
didn’t realise that the hospital
was on the same land.
Yup, right on the spot where the
house was demolished. You really
think the place is haunted?
Either that or I’m going crazy.
Well you’re not crazy, hun. Perhaps
the stories about hauntings at the
house were true. Maybe the house is
gone but the spirits stuck around.
You believe in ghosts?
I dunno, never seen one. But I like
to think I’m open minded. Plus
you’re the most intelligent girl I
know. If you say you’ve seen
something, I believe you.
So what are you gonna do? Are you
Part of me says I should. There’s a
lot about the place that frightens
me. But I dunno… I think I’ve
seen too much to be able to just
walk away and forget the place.
If I was you I’d just walk away.
Who wants to work at a place that
Well I need the money for starters.
But now it feels like I need to
find out more.
Maybe you are crazy after all!
62.INT. BEDROOM LISA’S HOME DAY
Lisa is sitting on her bed studying a laptop. On screen she
“Ronald Joseph “Butch” DeFeo, Jr. is an American mass
murderer. He was tried and convicted for the 1974 killings
of his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters.”
We slowly push in on Lisa’s eyes and then:
SLOW DISSOLVE TO:
63.EXT. 112 OCEAN AVENUE DAY 1974
RONALD DEFEO SENIOR is in the garden of his home chopping
firewood with a large axe.
TITLE CARD appears:
TITLE CARD dissolves.
RONALD “BUTCH” DEFEO JUNIOR approaches him.
You come to help?
I’m going out.
Again? Boy, you better not be
turning up for work tomorrow like a
goddamn zombie again.
Yeah, yeah Pop.
Don’t yeah yeah me boy. You’re on a
I seen you got Mark a wheelchair.
Mom says it cost five hundred
What of it?
Well how come you’re spending five
hundred bucks on Mark and I gotta
come beg you for money all the time
What’s the matter with you, boy?
Your brother’s broken his leg, he
needs that wheelchair.
Well I need money too!
Butch, you get a wage from the auto
dealership every Friday and it’s
gone by Monday. Why is that?
I gotta live.
What you spending that money on
huh? Cos it ain’t rent or food. You
get everything you want for nothing
‘round here. I know what you’re
really doing with that money.
You don’t know shit!
Boy, you better shut that mouth of
Ronald Senior stands there, axe in hand, eye-balling his
This ain’t over.
Butch storms back towards the house. Ronald Senior brings
the axe forcefully down on a piece of wood, splitting it
cleanly in half.
64.INT. APARTMENT AMITYVILLE DAY
There is a knock on the door. A pale looking man in his
twenties opens the door to reveal Butch standing in the door
way holding a brown paper bag.
Butch, I told you man, you can’t
get no shit on lay-away any more.
Your credit’s all used up.
Butch pulls a wad of money out of the paper bag.
You accept cash?
My man! Come on in.
65.INT. LIVING ROOM APARTMENT A LITTLE LATER
Butch uses a lighter to boil a spoon full of heroin. On his
right arm is a belt. He then loads the heroin into a
syringe. Butch tightens the belt and taps his arm. He sinks
the needle into a prominent vein and plunges the heroin into
his blood stream. His eyes sink and he lies back onto the
crusty carpet of the apartment, staring up at the ceiling.
From a bird’s eye view we slowly move down towards Butch.
Suddenly a chorus of voices chatter around his ears.
VOICE #1 (O.S)
It’s kill or be killed.
VOICE #2 (O.S)
Why haven’t you killed that pig?
VOICE #3 (O.S)
They are plotting against you. We
have decided that you must take
VOICE #4 (O.S)
Kill them. Kill them all.
66.INT. HALLWAY 112 OCEAN AVENUE DAY
Butch puts his jacket on and prepares to open the front
door. Suddenly a large hand GRABS the back of his jacket.
Butch swipes the hand away and spins around to see his
father red with rage.
Nineteen thousand dollars boy!
You stole that fuckin’ money from
the auto dealership!!
What the fuck you talking about?? I
was robbed!! Didn’t Brigante tell
you huh? Some fuckers car jacked me
Pop. I told the police about it!
You expect me to believe that, boy?
You think I’m fuckin’ stupid??
I ain’t saying your stupid pop, I’m
telling you the truth! I was robbed
Ronald Senior grabs Butch by the scruff of the neck and
SLAMS him against the door. LOUISE DEFEO rushes in.
What the hell’s going on??
Our son’s a fuckin’ junkie thief,
that’s what’s going on!! He robbed
the fucking dealership!!
Don’t listen to him Ma, I ain’t
Ronald Senior and Butch fall to the floor and start
Stop it!! Stop it now!!
Louise attempts to pull Ronald Senior off Butch. Her nails
dig into her husband’s neck and draw blood. An enraged
Ronald Senior grabs his wife’s arms as she starts to slap
him. Butch scrambles to his feet and rushes down the
hallway. Ronald Senior remonstrates with Louise who is still
trying to slap him.
Why do you always have to get
involved huh?? You’ve always been
too soft on that boy!!
Don’t you touch him!!
He needs some fuckin’ discipline!!
Stay away from him!!
Suddenly Ronald Senior feels cold metal pressed against the
back of his head. Louise SCREAMS and steps back. Ronald
Senior freezes. Ronald Senior slowly turns to see Butch, his
eyes bloodshot and his face emotionless, aiming a MARLIN
RIFLE at his head.
I’ve had enough of you fat man!!
Ronnie, don’t!! Please!!
Ronald Senior’s trembles with fear as he stares into his
son’s cold eyes. Butch places his finger on the trigger.
Butch pulls the trigger. Louise SCREAMS. The gun JAMS.
Ronald Senior breathes a sigh of relief. Butch lowers the
gun and storms off towards the basement. Louise embraces
Ronald Senior, who appears to be in shock.
67.INT. LANDING 112 OCEAN AVENUE LATER
Butch is quietly stalking the landing. He can hear whispers
from his parents’ bedroom and cranes his neck to listen.
RONALD SENIOR (O.S)
I want him out of this house
tomorrow. He’s gone.
I guess you’re right. He’s twenty
three now, he just doesn’t belong
here any more.
RONALD SENIOR (O.S)
His age ain’t the problem Louise,
those goddamn drugs he’s taking
are. I’m not having that going on
under my roof.
We’ll talk to him tomorrow.
RONALD SENIOR (O.S)
The time has come. And it’s long
Ronald stands upright. Behind him is a FIGURE in a black
Kill them before they kill you.
CUT TO BLACK
6 GUN SHOTS ring out.
68.INT. BEDROOM LISA’S HOME DAY
Lisa scans down the web page and looks at photos of Butch
DeFeo and his family. Suddenly she reaches a picture of 13
year old Allison and her blood runs cold. She recognises
Allison as the little girl she encountered in the hospital
69.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Lisa and Delaney are sat on a bench in the hallway drinking
Do you know the history of this
There’s not much history. We’ve
only been open a couple of years.
No, I mean the history of the land.
You mean… what was on the land
before the hospital?
I know a bit about that.
One Twelve Ocean Avenue. The
Amityville haunted house.
Well I don’t know that it was
haunted. Lots of people think
that’s lies. I know about the kid
that killed his family. That’s
I didn’t know about it until a
friend told me.
Really? It’s a famous case.
How come you never mentioned it?
You seem spooked already. I didn’t
want to make it worse.
Y’know why I’m spooked?
Because of the patients on Ward X.
It’s not just that Delaney. I think
this place is haunted. In fact, I’m
sure of it.
You’ve seen something?
Remember I said I saw a little girl
roaming the hallways here? I know
who she is. She’s one of the DeFeo
children who were killed. You ever
To be honest I don’t believe in all
that ghost stuff.
Well I wasn’t a huge believer, but
I know what I’ve seen.
I believe that you’ve seen
something. Some people are more
open to that kind of thing, y’know?
But me? I’m closed off to that
extra terrestrial stuff.
Extra terrestrial is aliens.
Whatever it’s called, I don’t know.
So what do you believe in? Do you
believe in God?
Serious questions tonight.
I’m just curious.
Why do you ask?
It’s something I’ve been thinking
about. How can evil exist in a
world that many people believe was
created by a loving God?
I don’t believe that God is a
bearded man who lives in the sky.
Or that the Devil is a red demon
with horns. I believe God and Satan
are within all of us. God is our
human side. Satan is our animal
side. Whether we become good or
evil depends which side of us we
It’s a frightening thing to believe
that if God exists he is not
powerful enough to stop evil.
Free will in the hands of a person
who feeds the Evil inside them.
That’s what frightens me.
Lisa ponders for a moment.
Doctor Mixter must have known what
stood on this land before the
Of course he did. He bought the
land and organised the demolition
of the house himself.
Why would he build on this land
knowing the history of the place?
He’s not superstitious. He’s a
doctor, they don’t usually believe
in those things. Amityville is full
of local legends, going back even
before the DeFeos.
There’s stories about the Native
Americans being slaughtered on this
land many years ago. Some people
even believed the Indian Chief
possessed that kid who killed his
I don’t think that’s true. If I’ve
learnt anything from the patients
on Ward X, it’s that some people
have a mind that works in a
different way to other people.
Those people who do bad things have
fed the evil within them more than
the good. It’s not possession, it’s
sickness. Sickness of the soul.
I don’t know what to think.
Just don’t let your imagination run
away with you Lisa. You’re a person
who feeds that good within you.
Don’t let this place feed the evil.
70.INT. LIBRARY AMITYVILLE DAY
Lisa enters the Library. She approaches a stuffy looking
middle aged woman with glasses perched on the end of her
Hi, sorry to bother you but my
name’s Lisa Templeton. I rang
yesterday to set up a meeting with
Yes, that’s me.
Oh great! Thank you for agreeing to
meet with me.
No problem, nice to meet you! I’ve
set up a table in the back. I’ve
got a few books that may help you
with your inquiries.
Thank you, that’s great.
Lisa follows Gloria to the back of the Library.
71.INT. LIBRARY LATER
Lisa and Gloria are sat at a table in a secluded corner of
the Library. Various books are spread out on the table.
So you wanted to know about the
history of Amityville dating back
to the Native Americans?
Yes that’s right. I’m writing a
college paper and I had heard some
rumours in the neighbourhood about
Native Americans being killed on
the land down on Oceans Avenue.
Gloria’s demeanour instantly turns from jovial to serious.
Well that area has quite a dark
You mean the DeFeo murders at One
Yes. Terrible business that. Those
young children. Breaks my heart to
think about such a tragedy.
Yeah it’s awful.
You know most of the town was very
upset when they decided to build
that mental institution on the
land. That used to be a nice
suburban neighbourhood, now there’s
this big eye sore there. We had a
thousand names on a petition. But I
guess that Doctor who runs the
place has enough money to pay off
the people in high places.
So what about the native Americans?
Is that story about them being
killed on that land true?
There’s something on that here.
Gloria flips through one of the books.
Ah yes, here it is. (Reading) In
the 18th Century there existed a
group of Native Americans in
Amityville known as “The Satchem
Tribe” led by Satchem Takapausha,
the Chief. The tribe had fled Salem
in Massachusetts to escape
persecution by the Christians who
were persecuting members of the
tribe because of their Witchcraft
practices. These practices included
a ritualistic human sacrifice of
six people (The significance of Six
being related to the biblical
number of man and creation) in
order to induce the spirit of their
God, The Dark Master, who they
believed manifested his powers
through his devoted followers,
giving them immortality. The
hundred strong tribe settled in
Amityville but were later chased
off the land by local Christians.
Satchem accused the Christians of
not properly compensating his tribe
for the land. A war started and the
Christians hired a hunter called
John Underhill from Salem. At the
site where One Twelve Oceans Avenue
was later built in Amityville,
Underhill killed all of the tribe.
The Indians were buried in a mass
grave on the site. Before he died
Satchem vowed revenge. According to
local legend, Chief Satchem is
believed to have subsequently
haunted the land. Various
parapsychologists and mediums have
claimed that Satchem’s vengeful
spirit influenced the 1974 DeFeo
murders at One Twelve Oceans Avenue
and the haunting of the subsequent
owners. Although such assertions
are widely disputed.
So the legend has basis in
72.INT. STAFF ROOM HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL NIGHT
Lisa is sat with Delaney, both nursing a cup of coffee.
You told me the other night that
you think evil is within us all.
But do you think that people can be
influenced by an evil that comes
from outside of themselves?
Are you still thinking about this?
I guess I am yeah.
I worry that you’re thinking too
much. This place is getting to you.
There’s something going on in this
place. Something sinister. And I
don’t just mean the patients on
Ward X. Have you not noticed that?
I’ve noticed some things.
Why haven’t you said anything? Or
Delaney contemplates for a moment.
It’s like the honey bee.
What do you mean?
The honey bee is fine when it’s
just flying from flower to flower.
Then they think that a person is a
threat and they sting them. They
might leave a sting but the person
will recover. The bee dies. So I
ask myself… is it worth it?
Delaney returns his attention to the cup of coffee in his
hands as Lisa disappears into her own thoughts.
73.INT. LIVING ROOM LISA’S HOME DAY
Lisa is sat in an armchair with a laptop resting on her
thighs. On screen she is reading a Wikipedia entry:
“The Satchem Tribe was a tribe of Native American origin
that existed in the 18th Century. They fled Massachusetts and
settled in Amityville where they were ultimately murdered
over a land dispute. The Tribe was renowned for practices in
line with Witchcraft and worshipped a God called The Dark
Master. In 2009, it emerged that a modern cult incarnation
of the tribe existed. They have adopted the traditional
beliefs of the Satchem tribe but the modern followers are
not required to be of Native American origin.”
Lisa scrolls down to the References section. She clicks on a
link. A Blog appears on screen entitled The Dark Master: An
Ancient Vision for A Modern World. She reads the latest Blog
“Our time is at hand. On November 13th 2013, 6 souls will be
sacrificed so that The Dark Master’s devoted followers may
be blessed with immortality. As non-believers perish on
doomsday the Master’s loyal subjects shall live on and be
bestowed with great power and responsibility for the
direction of the New World.”Lisa opens up the Calendar on
her computer. November 13th is the day after tomorrow. Lisa
refers back to the blog and notices the author of the last
blog post: “SisterSadie”.
Lisa’s mind is racing. Lisa types ‘Sadie Krenwinkel’ into a
Search Engine. The first result is a Wikipedia entry. Lisa
clicks on it. She reads:
“Sadie Krenwinkel is a convicted murderer and former member
of The Satchem Cult, a modern incarnation of a Native
American tribe who practiced Witchcraft in the 18th Century.
In 2009, Krenwinkel led ten members of the cult to 1005
Dennison Drive where they subsequently tortured and murdered
five individuals. One potential victim managed to escape and
lead police to Krenwinkel. At her trial in 2010, Krenwinkel
outlined the beliefs of the Satchem Cult, claiming the human
sacrifice of six individuals would have given them
immortality. As a result her lawyer submitted a plea of
insanity and Krenwinkel was subsequently sentenced to
indefinite incarceration in a mental institution.”
Lisa reads further down the page and notices that the name
of the Doctor who testified to her insanity at her trial:
DOCTOR ELLIOT MIXTER.
74.EXT. HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL DAY
Lisa rushes towards the hospital.
75.INT. WARD X DAY
Lisa enters Ward X. She walks down the hallway and bangs on
Sadie’s cell door.
I know what you’re doing.
I’ve seen that blog. How are you
getting access to the internet?
Lisa slides open the hatch and looks inside. The cell is
covered in lit candles with Sadie sat cross legged in the
centre of the room.
Are you allowed to have all this
stuff in your cell huh?
The Dark Master is near. It’s too
late to stop it now. Tonight will
behold a great becoming.
What’s going to happen? You’re
planning on a human sacrifice
All good things to those who wait.
Sadie stares directly at Lisa with intense eyes. An
unnaturally deep voice escapes her lips:
Our time is at hand!
Lisa slides the hatch shut. She walks over to the last door
on the left. Lisa slides the hatch open and peers in. The
resident John Doe sits in the shadows. Suddenly he sits
forward and a bright shaft of daylight illuminates his face.
Lisa is shocked to see a face she recognises from the
internet article staring at her. The face of RONALD “BUTCH”
DEFEO JUNIOUR. Lisa slams the hatch shut and backs down the
hallway, her mind racing as fast as her pulse rate.
76.INT. HALLWAY LATER
Lisa knocks on the door to Doctor’s Mixter’s office.
Lisa pops her head inside.
Oh Lisa, Hello. What brings you
I just wondered if I could speak to
you for a moment sir. It’s very
Of course, come in.
77.INT. MIXTER’S OFFICE CONTINUOUS
Lisa enters and sits down opposite Mixter, who is sat behind
his desk filling out a form.
What can I do for you Lisa?
Well… what I’m going to tell you
will sound really strange but I
need to tell you.
Okay, go ahead.
Do you know the history of the land
the hospital is built on?
What are you referring to exactly?
Well, first of all. The DeFeo
murders and the infamous house that
people said was haunted.
I am aware of the DeFeo murders
yes. The hauntings… well I think
it’s common perception now that a
lot of that was exaggerated by the
Maybe. Are you aware of the history
of the land dating back to the
No, I can’t say that I am.
There were a group of Native
Americans in Amityville known as
“The Satchem Tribe”. They were
massacred by Christians after a
dispute over the land.
Okay. I’m sure there’s a point to
Yes. Sadie Krenwinkel down on Ward
X. She shares the beliefs of the
Satchem Tribe. I have reason to
believe that somehow she has access
to the internet and Witchcraft
paraphernalia and she’s planning on
a human sacrifice tonight to try
and raise the God she believes in,
The Dark Master, and become
Have you been reading up on Sadie?
It’s rather outlandish stuff isn’t
it? But I can assure you she has no
access to the internet or anything
Go on the internet and check out
the Blog! She signs herself Sister
Well that could be anyone called
Sadie couldn’t it?
Go down and search her cell!
I don’t believe that will be
necessary. The patients on Ward X
spend twenty three hours a day in
the cell. They get an hour of
exercise in a small yard guarded by
six of our staff. There’s no way
that any of those patients have
access to the internet or any
Then someone is helping her get
access to this stuff! Someone who
works here! Please Doctor Mixter.
Just check out her cell and speak
to her. If I’m wrong about this and
it’s all just her delusions then
fine. I’ll accept that. But I had
to tell you. You testified at her
trial didn’t you?
Yes I did. What are you implying?
Nothing. I just meant you know how
dangerous she is.
Yes, I understand how dangerous she
is and I appreciate you coming to
express your concerns. One thing
you need to bear in mind Lisa is
that there are some very sick
patients at this institution. We do
our best to help those who can be
helped but unfortunately the
patients on Ward X are beyond help.
Their personality disorders are too
advanced, their delusions are too
grandiose. I worry that perhaps you
have been rather taken in by one of
I know that it might sound like
that. But can you check her cell
and speak to her? Look at the blog
on the internet, see if you can
connect the IP number of the writer
with a computer here at the
Okay look. That does take time and
resources I don’t necessarily have.
But as you’ve come to me with a
concern of patient infraction and
potential threat of violence, I am
duty bound to investigate.
In fact, I’ll order a cell search
immediately. Stay here for a
moment, I’ll be right back.
Mixter exits. Lisa leans forward and a file on the desk
catches her eye. She stands up and reaches over for it. Her
NAME is on it. Lisa opens it up. Inside is a form Committing
her to the hospital as a PATIENT. Lisa looks down and the
reason stated is PARANOID DELUSION. The date on the form is
November 13th. Today. Lisa slams the file shut and the office
door opens. She turns to see Mixter stood there with
Hardcastle and another orderly.
What the hell are you doing??
This is for your own good Lisa. You
The orderlies approach her. Lisa lashes out but the two men
overpower her, grabbing her arms and then tripping her. She
hits the floor with a thud. Mixter produces a syringe from
behind his back.
This is for your own good Lisa.
Mixter plunges the needle into her neck. POV SHOT: Lisa
looks up at Mixter and the orderlies and we FADE TO BLACK.
78.INT. CELL NIGHT
Lisa awakens, sat in the corner of a cold white cell. She
tries to get up before realising she’s strapped into a
straight jacket. Lisa SCREAMS. The hatch opens and Mixter
peers in. The hatch then closes and the door opens. Mixter
Let me out of here you sick fuck!!
Now Lisa, let’s talk calmly or you
will be sedated again.
Mixter walks over and sits on the edge of the bed.
Why are you doing this?
You’re having paranoid delusions.
I’m also aware that you’ve been
having disturbing visions.
I’m not having delusions, I know
what I’ve seen!
Well you think you know. The human
brain is a powerful thing and I’m
sure you do believe what you’ve
seen. But it’s all in your mind
Lisa, it’s not reality. You’re a
very sick girl and you need
You do this to all your staff huh?
The minute we speak out we get
Staff? You were never staff here
Lisa. You’re a patient here. You’ve
always been a patient here.
Lisa appears confused.
No, no. You’re lying to me, I know
who I am! I KNOW WHO I AM!!
I’m afraid not my dear. You’ve
always been with us here. Initially
as an out patient but now the
delusions have progressed I feel
it’s time for you to become a full
Lisa becomes upset. Tears stream down her face.
Look, I understand it’s a lot to
process now. I’ll leave you to
think about it and then we’ll begin
counselling sessions tomorrow.
Listen, how about I take this
straight jacket off so you’re more
First you must take this. It will
help you sleep.
Mixter hands Lisa a red pill and a bottle of water. She
takes the pill and pops it in her mouth before taking a gulp
Good girl. I know it’s a lot to
take in but together we’ll get
through this. Now I’m going to take
your restraint off. Remember
though, if you’re violent then I
promise you it will go straight
back on. Okay?
Mixter unties the straight jacket at the back and lifts it
Yes. Thank you.
No problem. I’m going to leave you
get some rest now. Tomorrow we
start the healing process.
Mixter exits. The echo of the steel door closing
reverberates around the tiny cell. We hear Mixter’s
footsteps as he walks down the hallway. Lisa’s upset
demeanour disappears immediately. She spits the red pill
into the palm of her hand.
79.EXT. HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL LATER THAT NIGHT
A storm is brewing in the dark sky above High Hopes
80.INT. SADIE’S CELL WARD X – NIGHT
Sadie is sat cross legged in the centre of her cell
surrounded by candles.
Adoni, Helumnay, Peenay,
Adoni, Helumnay, Peenay,
The gods do command thee
from thy majesty
81.INT. MIXTER’S OFFICE CONTINUOUS
Mixter is in his office putting on a large hooded black
Adoni, Helumnay, Peenay,
come forward blessed one,
know your calling
come forward oh blessed one.
Mixter opens the cupboard and takes out a .35 caliber lever
action Marlin 336C RIFLE. The CLOCK on the wall reads
82.INT. PATIENT X’S CELL WARD X CONTINUOUS
Patient X is asleep in the corner.
Accept our humble gratitude
for your offering, in death you
give life, may you find wings to
the kingdom. The Dark Master,
keeper of the gate, master of all
fate, hear us!
The lock of the door turns. Patient X’s eyes snap open. The
door opens. Mixter is stood in the doorway, dressed in a
hooded black robe. He holds the Marlin rifle in his hands.
He approaches Patient X and holds out the rifle and a box of
shells. Patient X takes them. Mixter walks out.
83.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Mixter walks down the hallway and reaches for a series of
buttons on the wall. He punches in a combination of numbers
and all of the doors unlock. Patient X is stood in the
doorway of his cell, rifle at his side. Sadie rushes out of
her cell and sees him. A broad smile spreads on her face.
She turns to Mixter.
We did it Elliot, we did it! Our
time is at hand!! Immortality is
Patient X raises the rifle and squeezes the trigger. The
BLAST rips through the back of Sadie’s head, blowing half of
her face away. She is killed instantly and her lifeless
corpse drops to the floor. Mixter smiles and leaves the
84.INT. CELL SAME TIME
Lisa has her ear pressed to the door. She can hear GUN SHOTS
and SCREAMING. She starts to panic and rushes over to the
small window. She slams her hand into the window but the
glass doesn’t break. The lock on the door snaps. Lisa slides
down the wall, terrified. The door opens and DELANEY walks
in. Lisa breathes a huge sigh of relief and rushes over,
throwing her arms around him.
We need to get out of here! One of
the patients is running around with
a shot gun down on Ward X!
85.INT. WARD X CONTINUOUS
Patient X kicks open the door to Palmer cell. The
lobotomised Palmer is lying face down on his bed. Patient X
aims the gun and a SHOT tears through Palmer’ back.
Hardcastle and another orderly rush onto the Ward. Patient X
takes aim and shoots Hardcastle in the chest, killing him
instantly. The other orderly turns to run and is SHOT in the
86.INT. WARD B SAME TIME
Delaney and Lisa run through the Ward. They turn a corner
and are suddenly confronted by a large group of patients in
Delaney and Lisa run back the other way and turn the corner.
Two orderlies, brandishing truncheons, are approaching.
Please help us!
The patients are loose!
We’ll take care of them.
The orderlies turn the corner and see the large group. The
orderlies look at each other, fear in their eyes. They turn
to run but the patients overpower them in a flash, grabbing
and scratching, deep wounds tearing into their skin. Delaney
and Lisa look on as the helpless orderlies SCREAM.
Shouldn’t we help them??
We need to save ourselves. Let them
reap what they’ve sewn.
Delaney grabs Lisa and they run down the hallway, as the
patients beat the orderlies with their own truncheons.
87.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Lisa and Delaney rush down the hallway. They turn a corner
and are stopped in their tracks by the GHOST of ALLISON
DEFEO stood in the centre of the hallway clutching a teddy
bear. She has a HUGE bullet hole in the centre of her
forehead, blood dripping down her face.
Why don’t you want to play with me?
CRASH! A door at the other end of the hallway is kicked
open. Patient X bursts through and aims the rifle. Lisa and
Delaney rush back down the hallway. A BULLET HITS the wall
just as they turn into an open doorway.
88.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Lisa and Delaney are running through the hallway. They burst
through a door.
89.INT. SHOWER ROOM CONTINUOUS
Lisa and Delaney find themselves in the shower room. Mould
covers the walls and all of the showers are on, gushing
dirty water. They spot another door on the other side of the
shower room but blocking their path to it is a thin middle
aged man in a white vest and white shorts, facing the wall.
He is whispering to himself. Lisa and Delaney stop.
Hey mister, you need to get the
hell out of here, there’s a patient
going crazy with a gun!!
The man turns around. His face is weathered and his eyes are
wild and bloodshot.
My…my skin’s on too tight!
My skin is on too tight!
Delaney grabs Lisa and they start ebbing past the man
towards the door. The man is getting increasingly more
agitated, scratching at his face.
My skin’s on too tight!!
The man reaches into the pocket of his shorts and produces a
My skin is on too tight!!
The man STABS his cheek with the scalpel. Lisa SCREAMS! The
man drags the scalpel around his face in one continuous
motion, blood seeping from the circular gash. As Lisa and
Delaney watch on in horror the man RIPS the skin off his
face, exposing muscles and veins. His white vest and shorts
are now saturated with blood. The man sighs with relief.
That’s much better.
A horrified Lisa and Delaney rush towards the door and BURST
90.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Delaney and Lisa sprint down the hallway as GUNSHOTS ring
out in the distance.
91.INT. RECEPTION AREA- CONTINUOUS
Delaney and Lisa rush towards the main doors. They’re
locked. Delaney fumbles for a set of keys.
Come on, hurry, please!!
Delaney finds the right key. He checks the lock and realises
that a key has been snapped off in it.
A fucking key’s been snapped in the
Delaney rushes to the reception desk and grabs a chair. He
rushes over to a window next to the door and raises the
chair. BANG! A bullet tears through his back and exits
through his chest with an explosion of blood. Lisa SCREAMS!
Delaney drops to his knees and Lisa rushes to his side.
Patient X loads fresh cartridges in the rifle. Delaney is
DEAD. Lisa runs down the hallway. Patient X takes aim. Just
as Lisa bursts through a door, a bullet blasts apart one
side of the frame.
92.INT. WARD B CONTINUOUS
Lisa runs through Ward B.
LISA’S POV Patient X bursts through the door and pursues
her. Lisa keeps running as Patient X aims the gun.
Lisa looks back just as he fires and the BULLET narrowly
misses her, the force sending her crashing into a stack of
chairs. Her leg catches on the chairs and she falls to the
ground. Lisa crawls towards a door. Hauling herself up she
manages to turn the handle and the door swings open.
LISA’S POV Patient X stands just yards away, attempting to
get a steady clean shot at Lisa. He squeezes off the trigger
just as she falls through the door, the SHOT blowing the
93.INT. HALLWAY CONTINUOUS
Lisa limps down the hallway. She tries the handles of a door
but it’s locked. She tries another-also locked. Lisa
finally finds a door that is open and she rushes through.
94.INT.STAFF ROOM CONTINUOUS
Lisa enters a small staff room. She SLAMS the door behind
her. She clicks the lock. Lisa steps back from the door. She
JUMPS as Patient X POUNDS on the door from the other side.
Lisa looks around for a weapon. She limps toward the cutlery
drawer below a sink. She rustles inside and finds a large
butcher knife. Suddenly the door EXPLODES, a large hole
blown through the middle of it by the GUN SHOT. Patient X
reaches through, groping for the lock. Lisa reaches a large
window in the room. She tries to lift the window. After an
unsuccessful attempt at opening it she realises the window
is nailed down.
Patient X reaches for the lock. Lisa dashes to the storage
cupboard and ducks inside.
95.INT. STORAGE CUPBOARD CONTINUOUS
Lisa pulls the door shut and falls to the floor of the dark
interior. Lisa faces the door, bracing herself with the
knife held upwards. Everything is quiet. Suddenly the door
SHAKES as Patient X THUMPS on it. The door cracks as Patient
X SMASHES against it. Lisa crouches down with the knife at
The gun BLOWS a HOLE right through the door. Patient X leans
through the hole, peering down at Lisa crouched on the
floor. He aims the gun through the hole and prepares to
fire. Lisa brandishes the knife and thrusts it forward with
all her might. The blade RIPS through Patient X’s right eye.
He SCREAMS and drops the gun in the cupboard before
stumbling backwards into the staff room. Patient X clasps
his hands to his eye which is now gushing with blood. Lisa
grabs the gun and stands up. Patient X looks at her with his
remaining eye. Lisa aims the rifle through the hole in the
Lights out, you son-of-a-bitch!!
BANG! The shot gun BLASTS a hole through Patient X’s chest,
blood splatters over Lisa. Suddenly a WHITE LIGHT fills the
room and ALLISON DEFEO materialises. She is dressed in a
clean white dress, her angelic complexion bears no wounds.
Allison takes the hand of PATIENT X’s corpse. The WHITE
LIGHT swarms over Patient X’s body and he rises to his feet.
His head is now intact and he is dressed in a white robe. He
looks at Allison and they share a peaceful smile. Allison
walks with Patient X through a doorway filled with a
blinding WHITE LIGHT. They disappear and the light slowly
96.INT. HALLWAY HIGH HOPES HOSPITAL – LATER
Lisa, covered in blood, walks through the hallway with the
rifle by her side. She reaches the door to Doctor Mixter’s
office and kicks it open. Mixter is sat behind his desk, now
dressed in his usual shirt and tie. Lisa aims the gun at
Mixter whose hands are beneath the table.
Get your fucking hands up you sick
INSERT SHOT: Mixter presses a red button beneath the desk.
Mixter raises his hands.
I see we’ve dispensed with the
usual pleasantries. Come in Lisa.
Lisa enters, kicking the door shut behind her.
97.INT. MIXTER’S OFFICE CONTINUOUS
Mixter is very calm. Lisa is trembling, the rifle visibly
shaking in her hands as she aims it at Mixter’s head.
You gonna tell me it’s all in my
head now huh?? Wanna tell me I’m
the crazy one??
Well maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.
How would you know?
Get the fuck out of my head you
son-of-a-bitch! I know who I am and
I know what I’ve seen! You’re part
of all of this. I know you are!
You’re the crazy one!!
You’re the one holding the gun on a
well respected doctor, my dear.
Why did you do this? Why??
You are part of a great becoming
tonight. A rising of The Dark
Master who blesses all of his
followers with power and
You fucking believe that do you??
Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to
me! You’re no better than those
fucking fundamentalists who kill
innocent people because they’ve
twisted shit they’ve read in some
Holy book. It’s all shit!!
The plan for the becoming is almost
complete. Just one more sacrifice,
that’s all we need tonight.
How about if I blow your fucking
head off then huh??
Suddenly SIRENS can be heard outside. The screeching of car
wheels. Mixter smiles. Lisa, still holding the gun at
Mixter, shuffles over to the window and peers through the
blinds. The car park is full of police cars. A dozen armed
police officers rush towards the building. Lisa looks back
to see Mixter chuckling.
What the fuck are you laughing at?
It’s all falling into place.
The cops coming here? I’m gonna
tell them everything about you and
your little sick plan! They’re
gonna lock you up and throw away
If you say so.
Outside they hear the police rushing down the hallway.
Tell me something Lisa, would it
help your grief over your mother if
you knew she was a slut?
What did you say??
Yes. That’s why she’s burning in
Lisa, her teeth clenched, moves forward and places the
business end of the rifle against Mixter’s temple.
You shut the fuck about my mother,
you don’t know anything!!
I know that sometimes you wonder
why you don’t cry enough for her. I
know you feel guilty for not doing
more for her when she was alive.
You feel guilty for moving on with
your life and forgetting about
I have not forgotten about her!!
Face it Lisa, you never cared for
her. You never cared for anyone but
yourself. She’s looking up from the
bowels of hell now knowing that you
never loved her!
Tears stream down Lisa’s face. She’s crumbling.
SHUT UP!! SHUT UP!!
She was a whore!
Lisa HITS Mixter over the head with the butt of the rifle.
He falls to the ground and looks up at a crazed Lisa.
Your mother’s in hell and you don’t
Lisa aims the rifle at Mixter’s face. Suddenly the police
burst in. Lisa spins around, the rifle still in her hands.
POLICE OPEN FIRE! Her body is riddled with BULLETS and she
falls to the floor in a blood soaked heap.
FADE TO BLACK
TITLE CARD against BLACK SCREEN appears:
ONE YEAR LATER
TITLE CARD dissolves.
98.INT. TELEVISION STUDIO
A glamorous woman addresses the camera.
And we’re back with our next guest.
A year ago he was a survivor of the
High Hopes Hospital mass murder
when cleaner Lisa Templeton ran
amok with a rifle, claiming six
victims and injuring many others.
Doctor Elliot Mixter has written a
new book entitled ‘Shattered Hopes’
which provides an account of that
fateful night as well as some
background into the mind of the
murderer. Doctor Mixter, good
Mixter is sat opposite, in a very expensive suit.
Morning Katherine, how are you?
I’m good thank you. So Doctor, can
you tell us a little more about the
Well, it features a blow by blow
account of the evening. It was
obviously a very harrowing
experience and for me it was rather
therapeutic to deal with my
feelings about what happened in
How has it affected the hospital
Obviously we were all left very
numb by events for a long time and
I know a lot of people in the town
felt we should close the
institution. But that never
occurred to me. I feel that people
should be brought closer by tragedy
and the Staff and I have definitely
become closer, both as colleagues
and friends, since the incident.
That bond makes for a better
institution in my opinion, so we
will continue to go from strength
You mentioned there that some
people wanted the place to close. I
know many were also resistant to
the opening of the institution in
the first place given that it was
built on the site of the infamous
house, where Ronald DeFeo murdered
his family in the seventies. I know
a lot of people associated with
that case were accused of
exploiting it for their own ends.
You’ve also faced some criticism
for that, particularly as we heard
last week that you have sold the
movie rights to this book. How do
you respond to that criticism?
Well I know that some people accuse
me of hurting the memory of the
victims but I feel I’m helping the
memories of those involved live on.
Granted, some victims were
criminally insane but other victims
were loyal staff who had families
and I’m determined that they not be
forgotten. Each staff member gets
their own chapter in the book so
that the readers can get a full
picture of what wonderful people
they were. I always say that all
forms of media, whether it be
books, newspapers, TV or movies,
are a preservation of life. Our
physical bodies may die but our
images live on when we are famous.
Our work and our passion is
preserved, therefore it’s as if our
souls are preserved. Through all of
these forms of media we are, in
Mixter looks straight into the camera and smiles.
CUT TO BLACK
The sound of children singing the nursery rhyme “Ring Around
a Rosie” in a slow, haunting manner echoes around our ears.