"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]

"AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON"

by

John Landis



FADE IN:

MAN'S FOOTPRINT

on the moon.

EXT. MOON

Camera begins to pull back slowly, straight up - the song
"Moon Shadow" by Cat Stevens begins. Once we are high enough
to see the entire moon, the main title is superimposed.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

We continue to retreat from the moon, looking on as it grows
farther from us, continuing credits until the full moon is
the size it appears to us from earth.

EXT. CROSSROADS ON THE MOORS - NIGHT

Tree branches enter into the frame, the camera pans down and
we see a truck approaching. We are at a crossroads in the
moors, looking sinister enough to have earned their literary
reputation.

The truck stops at the crossroads, the DRIVER, mustached and
wearing tweeds, boots, and a muffler, climbs down.

"Moon Shadow" ends.

CUT TO:

Loud bang of the back grating on the truck as it slams down.
Revealed among the sheep are two rudely-awakened young
American boys. They look exhausted. They both carry backpacks,
two American kids on a jaunt in Europe. They are both in
their late twenties.

It is very cold and they clamber out of the truck none too
happily. Pushing sheep aside they step out and stretch.

JACK GOODMAN AND DAVID KESSLER

They've been cramped for hours.

TRUCK DRIVER
Here, lads, East Proctor and all
about are the moors. I go east here.

JACK
Yes, well thank you very much for
the ride, sir. You have lovely sheep.

TRUCK DRIVER
(as he clambers back
up on his truck)
Boys, keep off the moors. Stay on
the road. Good luck to you.

DAVID
Thanks again!

He drives off. LONG SHOT of the two boys as the lorry pulls
away. Surrounding them are the moors. They put on their packs,
David points to the signpost pointing towards East Proctor.

EXT. ROAD ON THE MOORS - NIGHT

As they walk, their breath visible:

JACK
Are you cold?

DAVID
Yes.

JACK
Good.

They walk on, finally:

DAVID
Jack.

JACK
David.

DAVID
You're not having a good time are
you?

JACK
Oh, I don't know. I mean look around.
Isn't this a fun place?

The camera shows us the moors - desolate, cold, foreboding.

DAVID
Well, I like it here.

JACK
I'm sorry. Northern England first,
Italy later.

DAVID
Right.

They walk on.

JACK
Do you think she'll meet me in Rome?

DAVID
I think Debbie Klein is a mediocre
person with a good body.

JACK
Debbie is not mediocre and she has
one of the great bodies of all time.

DAVID
She's a jerk.

JACK
You're talking about the woman I
love.

DAVID
I'm talking about a girl you want to
fuck, so give me a break.

JACK
Well, anyway, do you think she'll be
there?

DAVID
I don't know.

JACK
(like an announcer)
Rendezvous in Rome starring Jack
Goodman and Debbie Klein. The love
affair that shocked Europe! See torrid
lovemaking at its most explicit! See
Jack and Debbie expose their lust in
the sacred halls of the Vatican!
Never has the screen dared...

DAVID
If you don't stop, I'm going to kill
you.

JACK
I have to make love to her. It's
very simple. She has no choice really.

DAVID
It just fascinates me that you can
spend so much energy on someone so
dull.

JACK
It is impossible for a body like
that to be dull.

DAVID
We've known Debbie what, since the
eighth grade? How many years of
foreplay is that?

JACK
She says she 'likes me too much'.

David just laughs and laughs and laughs.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. EAST PROCTOR MAIN STREET - NIGHT

David and Jack entering East Proctor. It is brightly moonlit.
East Proctor consists of a few shops, all closed, a petrol
pump and a pub. East Proctor has a very small population and
the place looks empty. David and Jack enter the middle of
town and look about. The camera sees what they see. A few
shops, dark and shuttered. Light and laughter come from the
pub.

EXT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - NIGHT

Its traditional shingle shows a ferocious wolf's bloody head
on a pike, and tells us the pub's name, "The Slaughtered
Lamb".

JACK
The Slaughtered Lamb?

DAVID
Of course, The Slaughtered Lamb.
Why else would they have a severed
fox head on a spear as their symbol?

JACK
That's a wolf's head.

DAVID
Of course, The Slaughtered Lamb.
Why else would they have a severed
wolf's head on a spear as their
symbol?

JACK
That's not a spear. It's a pike.

DAVID
A severed wolf's head on a pike as
their symbol.

JACK
David, before we go in there I want
you to know that - no matter what
happens to us - it's your fault.

DAVID
I assume full responsibility.

JACK
Okay.

DAVID
Shall we?

INT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - NIGHT

The pub was apparently "modernized" sometime in the mid-
fifties. Its traditional Englishness combines with greasy
stainless steel and glass. It is populated by mostly pale
young men with longish hair. Several older men are ruddy
complexioned and sport large mustaches. Four or five are
watching a chess game. Two men are playing darts. The
conversation is loud and there is often laughter. But there
is something unsavory about these people. A look of leanness
and poverty. They seem inbred and somehow sullen. We establish
the types and the general level of noise in the room.

The door opens revealing David and Jack. There is dead silence
and all are staring in a not friendly way at the two boys
who are made uncomfortable by all the strange attention.
They give each other a "what?" look, then turn to the
assembled populace.

DAVID
Hello.

JACK
Nice to see you.

FACES

Silent and staring.

CUT TO:

DAVID AND JACK

DAVID
(smiles)
It's very cold outside. May we come
in?

The WOMAN BARKEEP nods. The boys walk carefully over to a
table and very self-consciously remove their packs, place
them on the floor, and sit down at the table. There is a
long, awkward wait. The Woman finally comes over to them.

JACK
Do you have any hot soup?

WOMAN
No.

DAVID
Well, do you have any coffee?

WOMAN
No.

JACK
Hot chocolate?

WOMAN
We've got spirits and beer. If it's
something hot you want, you can have
tea.

JACK
Then you have some hot tea?

WOMAN
No.

JACK
Oh.

WOMAN
But I can heat some up for you if
you'd like.

DAVID & JACK
Yes, please.

As the Woman turns to prepare the tea, everyone resumes what
they were doing; talking, drinking, playing chess and darts,
and the boys breathe easier.

JACK
Nice looking group.

DAVID
Listen, at least it's warm in here.

JACK
Look at that.

CUT TO:

JACK'S P.O.V.

On the wall is painted a red pentangle (a five-pointed star)
and on either side burns a yellow candle.

DAVID
What about it?

JACK
It's a five-pointed star.

DAVID
Maybe the owners are from Texas.

The Woman brings them their tea.

JACK
(to Woman)
Remember the Alamo?

WOMAN
I beg your pardon?

DAVID
He was joking. Thank you.

WOMAN
Joking? I remember The Alamo. I saw
it once in London, in Leicester
Square.

Jack and David look startled. One of the CHESS PLAYERS
explains:

CHESS PLAYER
She means in the cinema, that film
with John Wayne.
(turns to board)
Checkmate.

DAVID
Oh, yes, of course.

JACK
Right, with Laurence Harvey and
everybody died in it. It was very
bloody.

CHESS PLAYER
Bloody awful if you ask me!

This sends everyone into gales of laughter. Jack and David
smile politely.

CHESS PLAYER
Here, Gladys, Tom. Did you hear the
one about the crashing plane?

WOMAN
No, but we're about to.

Laughter.

CHESS PLAYER
You be quiet, woman, and let me speak.

WOMAN
(heavy sarcasm)
Quiet, everyone! Hush! Shhh!

Uproarious laughter.

CHESS PLAYER
All right, laugh then. I shan't tell
it.

WOMAN
Oh, come on, tell us.

CHESS PLAYER
No. You've had your chance.

The men all coax him to tell the joke.

JACK
(to David)
Ask them what the candles are for.

DAVID
(to Jack)
You ask them.

JACK
(to David)
Listen, that's a pentangle, a five-
pointed star. It's used in witchcraft.
Lon Chaney, Jr. and Universal Studios
maintain it's the mark of the wolf
man.

DAVID
(to Jack)
I see. You want me to ask these people
if they're burning candles to ward
off monsters.

JACK
(to David)
Right.

DAVID
(to Jack)
Wrong.

The drinkers have gotten the Chess Player to tell the joke
as everyone knew he would.

CHESS PLAYER
Oh, all right. There was this airplane
over the Atlantic on its way to New
York. It was full of men from the
United Nations.

WOMAN
That's very funny, that is.

Uproarious laughter.

JACK
(to David)
Go on, ask them.

DAVID
(to Jack)
You ask them.

CHESS PLAYER
Here now, let me finish! So halfway
over the ocean the engines run low
on petrol so they have to lighten
the plane. So they heave out all the
baggage, but it's still too heavy.
So they chuck out the seats, but
it's still too heavy! Finally this
Froggy steps up and shouts "Viva la
France" and leaps out. Then an
Englishman...

DART PLAYERS
Hear! Hear!

CHESS PLAYER
(undaunted)
...steps up and shouts 'God save the
Queen!' and leaps out. But the plane
is still too heavy. So the Yank
delegate from Texas steps up, shouts,
'Remember the Alamo!' and chucks out
the Mexican.

This is apparently the funniest joke the inhabitants of East
Proctor have ever heard. The laughter is uproarious, choking,
knee-slapping, incredible. As the Chess Player goes to take
a drink of beer, the Dart Player gasps out...

DART PLAYER
Remember the Alamo!

...causing the Chess Player to spit out his beer causing
even harder laughter. Complete hilarity.

JACK
Excuse me, but what's that star on
the wall for?

Dead silence. A dart lands in the wall. David and Jack are
understandably bewildered. The villagers look hard indeed.

DART PLAYER
(angry)
You've made me miss.

JACK
I'm sorry.

DART PLAYER
I've never missed the board before.

DAVID
Jack, we'd better go.

JACK
What do you mean? I'm starving.

DART PLAYER
There's no food here.

The villagers look threatening and David's voice is a bit
urgent.

DAVID
Come on, Jack, shall we go?!!

JACK
Apparently so.

The boys pick up their backpacks and move uncertainly for
the door.

WOMAN
(to men)
You can't let them go.

DAVID
(worried)
How much do we owe you?

CHESS PLAYER
Nothing, lads. Go, God be with you.

DAVID
Uh, thank you.

WOMAN
Wait! You just can't let them go!

DART PLAYER
Go! And stay on the road. Keep clear
of the moors.

DAVID
Yes, well, thanks again.

CHESS PLAYER
Beware the moon, lads!

David pushes Jack out.

EXT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - NIGHT

It is very cold.

JACK
What the hell was that all about?

DAVID
I don't know. Let's see if there's
an inn or something up the road.

JACK
Beware the moon?

DAVID
Come on, I'm freezing.

They start up the road into the night.

INT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - NIGHT

It is quiet.

WOMAN
You can't let them go.

DART PLAYER
(angry)
Should the world know our business?!

CHESS PLAYER
It's murder then.

DART PLAYER
Then murder it is! It's in God's
hands now.

The wax drips from the Pentangle's candles onto the floor.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. A ROAD ON THE MOORS - NIGHT - DAVID AND JACK

walking on the road surrounded by darkness.

DAVID
That was weird. I guess leaving was
the best idea.

JACK
I don't know. Now that we're out
here and it's three degrees, I'm not
so sure I wouldn't rather face a
blood-thirsty mob.

DAVID
Well, not quite a blood-thirsty mob.

They keep walking.

JACK
What do you think was wrong?

DAVID
I have no idea.

JACK
Maybe that pentangle was for something
supernatural.

DAVID
I see and they were too embarrassed
to talk about it, because they felt
so silly.

There is a flash of lightning that sends a ghostly
illuminating sheet of light over the boys' faces. The clap
of thunder follows loud and rumbling.

DAVID
Please don't rain.

Downpour. The boys are walking in a deluge.

DAVID
Of course.

They walk getting soaked.

JACK
Say, David...

DAVID
I'm well aware of how pleasant the
weather is in Rome at the present
time thank you.

Jack spreads his arms and sings.

JACK
Santa Lucia... Santa Lucia.

INT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - NIGHT

The rain is loud on the roof and beating on the windows.
The gathered continue to drink, play chess and darts, but
all are silent and contemplative.

WOMAN
Perhaps they'll be safe in the rain.

The Chess Player slams his hand on the table. Shouts:

CHESS PLAYER
No one brought them here! No one
wanted them here!

WOMAN
You could have told them!

DART PLAYER
Are you daft? What do you think they'd
say? They'd think us mad.

WOMAN
Listen!

The rain is subsiding. There is a very faint howl.

WOMAN
Did you hear it? We must go to them.

DART PLAYER
I heard nothing.

CHESS PLAYER
Nor I.

The camera lingers as the Chess Player's hard face shows the
man's struggle. Another howl. The Chess Player turns suddenly.

EXT. ROADSIDE ON THE MOORS - NIGHT

David and Jack are now completely out of sight from East
Proctor surrounded by darkness and wet. There is a light
drizzle. They are standing, listening. The drizzle stops.

JACK
Did you hear that?

DAVID
I heard that.

JACK
What was it?

David begins to walk, Jack with him.

DAVID
Could be a lot of things.

JACK
Yeah?

DAVID
A coyote.

JACK
There aren't any coyotes in England.

DAVID
The Hound of the Baskervilles.

JACK
Pecos Bill.

DAVID
Heathcliffe.

JACK
Heathcliffe didn't howl.

DAVID
No, but he was on the moors.

JACK
It's a full moon, 'beware the moon'.

Another howl, this one long and loud. It is a very inhuman
noise, terrifying, and closer this time.

JACK
I vote we go back to The Slaughtered
Lamb.

DAVID
Yeah.

They are both visibly worried and walk briskly back from
where they just came. Although after a bit of fast walking
they are getting nowhere. They stop out of breath.

DAVID
We're lost.

Another bloodcurdling howl.

JACK
Shit! David, what is that?

DAVID
I don't know. Come on.

JACK
Come on, where?

DAVID
Anywhere! I think we should just
keep moving.

A growl. A low guttural growl comes from out of the darkness.
We stay on the boys, but we hear something out there. It
starts to walk.

DAVID
It's moving.

JACK
It's circling us.

And indeed it is. The boys strain to hear its four footfalls
and they turn slowly, following it. A snarl.

JACK
Fuck.

We hear the wolf-monster stop (for that's what it is - we
know it's there even though we've not seen it). It sits
breathing heavily.

DAVID
What's the plan?

JACK
(nervously)
Plan?

DAVID
(not too relaxed
himself)
Let's just keep walking.

They do and David keeps talking as they walk.

DAVID
That's right, a lovely stroll in the
moors. Tra-la-la, isn't this fun?

The thing stalking them seems to speed up. The boys hesitate
as they sense it run past them. It stops.

DAVID
It's in front of us.

JACK
Do you think it's a dog?

Jack and David strain to see what waits ahead of them.

BOYS' P.O.V.

Something is waiting in the darkness. Its hulking shape is
barely discernible, but its eyes glow eerily and its breath
is visible.

JACK
Oh shit. What is that?

DAVID
A sheep dog or something. Turn slowly
and let's walk away.

The boys keep talking as they move faster and faster.

JACK
Nice doggie. Good boy.

DAVID
Walk away, Jack.

JACK
Walking away, yes, sir. Here we are
walking away.

They are in a full-out run by now. After a few minutes flight
they stop, panting.

DAVID
See anything?

JACK
No.

A moment of quiet, then a howl.

DAVID
It sounds far away.

JACK
Not far enough. Come on.

They walk briskly.

DAVID
Jack?

JACK
Yeah.

DAVID
Where are we going?

JACK
I'll tell you when we get there.

DAVID
Well. I'm glad we... WHOAA!!

David shouts as he slips suddenly in the mud, scaring Jack,
and us, and himself a great deal. He lays startled on the
wet ground for a moment, then he and Jack laugh.

JACK
You really scared me, you shithead.

DAVID
Are you going to help me up?

Jack takes David's extended hand to help him up when

THE WOLF MONSTER SPRINGS!

EXT. MOORS - NIGHT

The lunging beast brings Jack down in one fell swoop. David
falls back on his ass. Jack is screaming and struggling as
he is torn to shreds. David scrambles to his feet and runs
in complete panic. Jack's screams and the wolf's roars
combine.

JACK
Jesus fuck! David! Please help me!
Please! David! Shit! Help me! Oh
God!

EXT. ROADSIDE ON THE MOORS - NIGHT

David runs and runs. Finally he falls, out of breath.

DAVID
Jack? Oh my God, Jack!

He gets up and runs back to find Jack a torn and bloody mess
on the ground. He stares in horror.

DAVID
Jack...

EXT. NIGHT - VARIOUS FLASH CUTS

THE WOLF SPRINGS! The camera adopts David's P.O.V. as he
fights the dark savage shape on top of him. Fangs clamp down
on his shoulder when shots ring out and the hulking form
rolls off of him.

EXT. ROADSIDE ON THE MOORS - NIGHT

David, dazed and bloody, looks and sees the men from The
Slaughtered Lamb armed with shotguns and torches running
towards him. Looking over at his attacker, instead of a wolf
he sees a very old, naked man laying in the mud riddled with
bullet holes. As the villagers crowd around, David falls
back and faints.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

David is in a small, clean and very white hospital room. He
lays on his back in bed, his shoulder bandaged and his arm
plugged into a bottle of plasma. There are several cuts and
abrasions on his arms and face, but he really doesn't look
too bad. He opens his eyes slowly, blinks, and tries to sit
up and look around, but is unable to because of the pain.
He calls out...

DAVID
Jack?!

...and passes out. However his shout has fetched a nurse.
She is ALEX PRICE, very English, very beautiful. She goes to
the bed.

ALEX
Mr. Kessler?

She looks into his eyes, lifting the lids with her thumb,
and then checks his chart at the end of the bed.

ALEX
Mr. Kessler?

David remains unconscious. Another young nurse, MISS
GALLAGHER, comes in.

MISS GALLAGHER
He all right?

ALEX
Yes, I should think. He called out
just now.

MISS GALLAGHER
He's an American, you know. Dr. Hirsch
is going to fetch round one of those
Embassy fellows to see him.

ALEX
Chart says he's from New York.

MISS GALLAGHER
I think he's a Jew.

ALEX
Why on earth do you say that?

MISS GALLAGHER
I looked.

ALEX
(smiles)
Really, Susan, I don't think that
was very proper, and besides, it's
common practice now.

A voice startles the girls.

DR. HIRSCH
Yes, Miss Gallagher, Miss Price is
quite right.

DR. HIRSCH enters. He is an older man wearing the customary
lab coat. A very commanding and reassuring presence. The
girls are embarrassed.

ALEX
Dr. Hirsch, Mr. Kessler cried out a
minute ago.

DR. HIRSCH
Miss Gallagher, surely you must
perform some function here at the
hospital.

MISS GALLAGHER
Yes, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
Then get on with it.

MISS GALLAGHER
Yes, Doctor.

She exits. Dr. Hirsch begins to examine David. Alex watches.
Dr. Hirsch turns to Alex.

DR. HIRSCH
Can I be of service, Miss Price?

ALEX
Dr. Hirsch?

DR. HIRSCH
Go about your duties.

ALEX
Yes, Doctor.

She starts to exit.

DR. HIRSCH
Oh, Miss Price?

ALEX
Yes, Doctor?

DR. HIRSCH
What exactly did he call out?

ALEX
He said 'Jack'.

DR. HIRSCH
That would be Jack Goodman, the boy
who was killed.

ALEX
What happened to them?

DR. HIRSCH
The police report said an escaped
lunatic attacked them. He must have
been a very powerful man. Although I
really don't see that it is any of
your concern, Miss Price.

ALEX
No, sir. Of course, sir. Good day,
Doctor.

She exits as Dr. Hirsch continues his examination, looking
into David's eyes.

EXT. DENSE FOREST - DAY

The camera is handheld, running furiously through the almost
dense greenery. On the soundtrack are the footfalls and heavy
breathing of the runner. The camera abruptly stops and turns,
sharply looking about, the panting continuing. The breathing
gets louder and harder, then too loud when we:

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

David opens his eyes quickly, the silence and whiteness
contrast sharply with the preceding fantasy. Standing beside
the bed are Dr. Hirsch and MR. COLLINS. Mr. Collins wears a
bow tie and is holding a briefcase.

DR. HIRSCH
Hello, David. I am Dr. Hirsch and
this is a countryman of yours, Mr.
Collins.

DAVID
Where am I?

DR. HIRSCH
You're in a hospital in London.

DAVID
London? Where's Jack? I had a strange
dream.

DR. HIRSCH
I should think so after your recent
traumatic experiences.

DAVID
The guy I was with. Is he all right?
How did I get to London?

DR. HIRSCH
(quietly)
Now, David, I want you to prepare
yourself; your friend is dead.

David jolts up in bed and shouts.

DAVID
What?

The sudden exertion and strain hurt.

DAVID
Ow, shit!

He sinks back down.

DAVID
Jack's dead?

MR. COLLINS
Mr. Kessler, I am Mr. Collins of the
American Embassy here in Grosvenor
Square. Both Mr. Goodman's parents
and your parents have been notified
of your injuries and everything's in
order.

DAVID
Everything's in order? What are you
talking about?

MR. COLLINS
Mr. Goodman's body has been air-
freighted back to New York for burial
and your parents have wired funds
for your stay in the hospital until
you are well enough to fly home.

DAVID
(controlled tears)
You don't crate and ship Jack like
some side of beef.
(approaching hysteria)
Who the hell are you people? What's
going on here? Where is Jack? I demand
to see him!

DR. HIRSCH
(holds David down,
calls out)
Miss Price! Miss Price, please!

DAVID
(shouting)
Get your fucking hands off me! What
the hell is going on here?

Alex enters amidst David's shouting and confusion.

MR. COLLINS
(distraught, clutching
his briefcase)
I realize how upsetting this must be
for you, Mr. Kessler, but please try
to refrain from hysterics.

David continues shouting and struggling.

DR. HIRSCH
Prepare a hypodermic, please, Miss
Price.

The shot is administered and David is held down by Dr. Hirsch
and Alex until his breathing becomes more normal.

MR. COLLINS
Now, Mr. Kessler, try not to excite
yourself. Everything has been
arranged. I shall come back to check
on your progress and send a report
to your parents. The police have
requested to interview you and I
have given them permission to do so.

Dr. Hirsch walks Mr. Collins to the door.

DR. HIRSCH
Thank you very much, Mr. Collins.
He'll rest now and I'm sure everything
will be fine once he's adjusted.
He's had quite a shock.

MR. COLLINS
These dumb-ass kids never appreciate
anything you do for them.

Mr. Collins exits. Dr. Hirsch crosses back to the bed.

DAVID
How long have I been here?

DR. HIRSCH
You've been unconscious since you
were brought in two weeks ago.

DAVID
Two weeks?

DR. HIRSCH
You've suffered some rather severe
cuts and bruises, lost a bit of blood,
but nothing too serious; black and
blue for a while. You'll have some
dueling scars to boast of. That
lunatic must have been a very fierce
fellow. They say a mad man has the
strength of ten.

DAVID
(softly, as the drugs
take hold)
Lunatic?

DR. HIRSCH
Now we've just given you a pretty
strong sedative, so try to get some
rest now. Miss Price will see to
your needs. Rest now.

Dr. Hirsch watches as Alex straightens David's covers.

DAVID
(softly)
It wasn't a lunatic.

ALEX
(puzzled)
I beg your pardon?

DAVID
It was a wolf.

ALEX
(bends down close to
hear)
What?

DAVID
A wolf.

David passes out. Alex looks to Dr. Hirsch.

DR. HIRSCH
Did he say a wolf?

ALEX
Yes, I believe he did.

Dr. Hirsch regards David thoughtfully.

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE - DAY

Dr. Hirsch is on the phone, he is referring to a desk
calendar.

DR. HIRSCH
But Roger is so terribly boring.
Yes, dear, but couldn't we... I see.
(he makes a note)
Thursday at eight, dinner with boring
Roger. Yes, I'm sure I will; if I
survived Rommel, I suppose I'll
survive another excruciating evening
with Roger Mathison. Be a good girl.
Bye.

He hangs up very disgruntled. The intercom buzzes.

DR. HIRSCH
Yes?

SECRETARY (V.O.)
Lt. Villiers and Sgt. McManus are
here to see you, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
Send them in.

He rises to greet the two police officers, one tall, the
other rather pudgy.

LT. VILLIERS
Dr. Hirsch?

DR. HIRSCH
Come in, come in. Please sit. Some
tea?

The cops sit down, Lt. Villiers immediately produces a small
notebook.

LT. VILLIERS
No, thank you.

SGT. MCMANUS
I'd like some tea, please.

Lt. Villiers shoots the sergeant a withering look.

SGT. MCMANUS
Maybe not. No thanks. Maybe later.

DR. HIRSCH
It's no problem.

LT. VILLIERS
No, thank you, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
Well, then, what can I do for Scotland
Yard?

SGT. MCMANUS
We understand the Kessler boy has
regained consciousness.

Lt. Villiers glares at McManus.

SGT. MCMANUS
Sorry.

LT. VILLIERS
Has Mr. Kessler said anything
regarding the attack on the moors?

The intercom buzzes.

DR. HIRSCH
Excuse me. Yes?

SECRETARY (V.O.)
Roger Mathison, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
What here?

SECRETARY (V.O.)
He's on the telephone.

DR. HIRSCH
Tell him I'm out. No, tell him I've
passed away. An old war wound or
something. Tell him I'm dead. And no
more calls!

He turns from the intercom back to the cops.

DR. HIRSCH
You were saying?

LT. VILLIERS
Has David Kessler anything to say
concerning the attack on the moors?

DR. HIRSCH
Why don't we ask him?

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

David sits up in bed. Lt. Villiers and Sgt. McManus stand by
his side. Dr. Hirsch sits observing.

DAVID
I'm sorry if I conflict with your
report, but Jack and I were not
attacked by a man.

LT. VILLIERS
So you've said.

SGT. MCMANUS
He may have a point, Lieutenant.
Two strong boys would be able to
defend themselves against one man.

LT. VILLIERS
Sgt. McManus, are you suggesting
that David and Jack were, in fact,
attacked by some animal and that the
officialdom of East Proctor has
conspired to keep it a secret? We
have an autopsy report on the murderer
who was shot in the act by the local
police. We have two witnesses to the
crime. You'll forgive me, Mr. Kessler,
if I consider your testimony as coming
from someone who has gone through a
terrible shock.

SGT. MCMANUS
Lieutenant, the boy seems pretty
lucid to me and...

LT. VILLIERS
And what, Sergeant?

SGT. MCMANUS
(defeated)
I don't rightly know, sir.

LT. VILLIERS
That is precisely my point. David,
as far as we are concerned, the matter
is closed. We won't trouble you any
further. Good day.

The lieutenant goes for the door. The sergeant smiles at
David and follows.

LT. VILLIERS
Doctor.

The cops exit. Dr. Hirsch crosses to David's bed.

DAVID
There were witnesses?

DR. HIRSCH
So they said.

DAVID
How could there have been witnesses?
It was so dark. We were running and
I fell and Jack went to help me up
and this thing came from nowhere...
I don't understand what they're
talking about.

DR. HIRSCH
In time I'm sure it will all come
back to you.

DAVID
Doctor, my memory is fine. It's my
sanity I'm beginning to worry about.

CUT TO:

EXT. DENSE FOREST - DAY

Again the handheld camera is running furiously through the
woods. Heavy breathing and the sounds of the runner crashing
through the foliage. The camera runs for a while then suddenly
stops short near a tree. David abruptly enters frame, animal-
like, the tenseness of a startled cat. His head makes sudden
movements, looking about.

CLOSEUP

of his flared nostrils and perked up ears accenting his
animalness.

DAVID

takes off and now we run with him. He runs fast and
gracefully, taking long strides and leaps. We run with him
faster and faster sharing in his exhilaration. We see him
completely as the animal, study his movement and grace as if
watching a gazelle. Suddenly he stops again, alert, listening.
He moves with stealth, slowly he pushes some leaves aside.

CLOSEUP

of his eyes.

DAVID'S P.O.V.

Several deer in the forest; they sense something and freeze,
the camera noting a fawn next to a doe. The buck turns his
head, feeling the danger.

CUT TO:

DAVID

Shots showing the muscles in his legs and shoulders tensing.

CLOSEUP

of David's eyes.

CLOSEUP

of the frightened deer.

CUT BACK TO:

CLOSEUP

of David's eyes.

CUT BACK TO:

THE FAWN

as it is leapt upon, its terrified face leaving frame as
David forces it down. David's head reenters frame, his mouth
full of flesh, his face and hands covered with blood. He
howls in triumph.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

The lights are subdued and David's asleep. The door opens, a
shaft of light penetrates the room. Miss Gallagher enters
with a small tray. She crosses to David, turns on the bed
light and touches him.

MISS GALLAGHER
Mr. Kessler? Wake up, please.

DAVID
(awakened)
I was having a nightmare.

Miss Gallagher is very efficient in administering the pills
and pouring a glass of water.

MISS GALLAGHER
Yes, well these should help that.
That's right, drink up.

David takes the pills.

MISS GALLAGHER
Now go back to sleep so you'll be
fresh for Dr. Hirsch in the morning.

DAVID
What time is it?

MISS GALLAGHER
It's nearly eight. I'm off duty
shortly, then I'm off to the films
with Alex.

DAVID
Alex?

MISS GALLAGHER
Miss Price, the other nurse that
attended you.

DAVID
What are you going to see?

MISS GALLAGHER
An American film about the Mafia
called 'See You Next Wednesday', and
I want to see it badly, so you give
me no problems and go to sleep.

DAVID
(dropping off)
Do you have bad dreams, too?

MISS GALLAGHER
Some, everyone does.

DAVID
Yes, but does everyone kill Bambi?

MISS GALLAGHER
Bambi?

David has fallen asleep. Miss Gallagher turns off the light,
picks up her tray and pauses in the doorway.

MISS GALLAGHER
Kill Bambi?

She exits, closing the door plunging the room into darkness.

INT. HOSPITAL NURSES' STATION - DAY

The corridor is busy with orderlies pushing gurneys about,
doctors, visitors, and patients all performing appropriate
background actions. Behind the Nurses' counter, Alex is typing
some forms and an older, obviously senior nurse is filling
some paper cups with different sizes and colors of pills she
is taking from the drug cabinet. She is MRS. HOBBS, the chief
nurse.

MRS. HOBBS
Miss Price.

ALEX
Yes, Mrs. Hobbs.

MRS. HOBBS
Take these round now, will you please?
The American boy in twenty-one is
only to have these after he's eaten.
Will you be sure of that?

ALEX
Has he been refusing food?

MRS. HOBBS
Nothing quite as dramatic as that,
Miss Price. He just doesn't eat enough
of what is put before him. He suffers
from nightmares. I'd think he just
needs a hand to hold.

ALEX
Yes, Mrs. Hobbs.

Alex takes the cups handed to her and makes her way down the
hallway, pausing a moment to straighten her appearance. She
enters.

INT. CHILDREN'S WARD - DAY

A ward with seven or eight beds in it, all occupied. She
goes to a little Pakistani boy named BENJAMIN.

ALEX
Hello, Benjamin.

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
No what?

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
Well, all right then, be that way.
Here, swallow this.

BENJAMIN
No.

Alex pours a glass of water, gives the pill to Benjamin who
promptly takes it and then drinks the water, handing Alex
back the glass.

ALEX
Feeling better?

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
The doctor will be round later. Would
you like a picture book to look at?
We have some lovely funny Beanos.

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
Right.

She exits, pausing in the hall to speak to a black Jamaican
ORDERLY pushing a cart of lunch trays into Benjamin's ward.

INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY

ALEX
Has the patient in twenty-one gotten
his tray yet?

ORDERLY
The American? Yes, duck.

ALEX
How did he look?

ORDERLY
What do you mean, 'how did he look'?

ALEX
You know, did he seem depressed? Do
you think he'll eat the food?

ORDERLY
(annoyed)
I'm an orderly, not a bleeding
psychiatrist! I push things about,
but I've little say what happens to
them.

ALEX
Thank you.

Alex holds up her head and proceeds to David's room. She
hesitates, then peeks in.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

The curtains are drawn and David's lunch waits patiently on
its tray alongside of the bed. David is apparently asleep.
Alex enters softly.

ALEX
(softly)
Mr. Kessler?

DAVID
(lifeless)
Yes?

ALEX
You haven't eaten your lunch.

DAVID
I'm not very hungry, thank you.

ALEX
I'm afraid you have to eat something.

DAVID
Please, really. I'm not hungry.

ALEX
You put me in an awkward position,
Mr. Kessler.

DAVID
How is that?

ALEX
(she shakes the paper
cup)
Well, you're to take these after
you've eaten. Now what kind of nurse
would I be if I failed in so simple
a task as giving out some pills?

DAVID
Leave the pills. I'll take them later.

ALEX
Sorry.

She opens the curtains, daylight fills the room.

DAVID
Aw come on, Miss Price!

ALEX
Call me Alex.

DAVID
Aw come on, Alex!

ALEX
Shall I be forced to feed you, Mr.
Kessler?

David is getting interested.

DAVID
Call me David.

ALEX
Shall I be forced to feed you, David?

DAVID
This is absurd. I'm not hungry. I
don't want any food.

ALEX
Right.

Alex efficiently removes the covers from the dishes and sits
on the edge of the bed. Taking knife and fork in hand, she
neatly cuts David's food into pieces. David watches all this
amused. She places a napkin under David's chin and holds up
his first bite on his fork. David folds his arms and refuses
to open his mouth.

ALEX
Let's try a little harder, shall we?

DAVID
Will you give me a break?

Alex grabs David's nose forcing his mouth open quickly,
shoving the fork in it. David is startled, but amused and
chews his food slowly and swallows it. Alex holds up another
bite.

ALEX
Will I have to take such drastic
action again, David?

David opens his mouth obediently. Alex almost smiles. She
feeds him for a while; they are both sizing each other up.
Finally:

DAVID
May I have a glass of milk?

Alex smiles.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. DENSE FOREST - DAY

Again we are running fast and faster. David again running
naked, flying through the green forest. He stops suddenly,
ears perked, he looks about and then we hear Jack's o.s.
screams. The voice of Jack screams:

JACK (O.S.)
David! David! Please help me! Oh
God! David! Oh my God!

David turns in blind panic, he runs (and we run with him)
desperately trying to find the source of Jack's screams.

He comes to a clearing in the woods, light streaming through
the tall trees. Jack's screams halt in mid-word. David looks
in disbelief at the clearing. There is a hospital bed with
someone in it. It is the same as David's.

David walks toward it slowly. The figure in the bed lays
still. It grows dark, very dark, and David looks up at the
full moon. There is a howl identical to the one heard earlier
back on the moors. David approaches the bed slowly, fearfully.
We hear ocean noises on the soundtrack, the sound of crashing
surf. David reaches out to pull back the covers, lightning
and thunder cause him to hesitate for a second. Silence. The
camera remains on David as he pulls off the covers. His face
registers total disbelief and increasing horror.

We cut to the bed to find - DAVID. He lies there, pale white
with purple lips and death pallor.

The camera begins to move in on the corpse of David.

Cut back to the standing David's terrified face; then continue
until David's death mask fills the screen. The face remains
still for several beats, then suddenly opens its bright yellow
eyes and red mouth revealing fangs in a bloodcurdling wail
which carries over in the...

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL NURSES' STATION - NIGHT

Mrs. Hobbs hears David's screams and efficiently calls out...

MRS. HOBBS
Orderly! Miss Gallagher!

Miss Gallagher and an ORDERLY appear at once.

MRS. HOBBS
Orderly, go at once to twenty-one
and restrain the patient.

The orderly exits.

MRS. HOBBS
Miss Gallagher, remain here at the
desk. I'll be in twenty-one.

She exits.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

It is bright, daylight, and Dr. Hirsch gazes thoughtfully
out the window.

DR. HIRSCH
You've never had bad dreams before?

DAVID
(upset)
Sure, as a kid. But never so real.
Never so bizarre.

Dr. Hirsch crosses over and sits on a chair by the bed.

DR. HIRSCH
Did you get a good look at the man
who attacked you?

DAVID
I've told you, it wasn't a man. It
was an animal. A big wolf or
something. A rabid dog.

DR. HIRSCH
(chewing on his glasses)
Yes.

DAVID
Look, Dr. Hirsch, I know I've been
traumatized, but Jack was torn apart.
I saw him. A man can't do that to
someone with his bare hands.

DR. HIRSCH
You'd be surprised what horrors a
man is capable of.

DAVID
Did you see Jack?

DR. HIRSCH
No. In fact, your wounds were cleaned
and dressed before you arrived here.

DAVID
Did you talk to the police in East
Proctor? Did the cops go to The
Slaughtered Lamb?

DR. HIRSCH
I really don't know.

DAVID
Then why the hell are you so quick
to disbelieve me? You yourself said
it must have taken incredible strength
to tear apart a person like that.

DR. HIRSCH
(rubs his forehead)
David, please. The police are
satisfied. I'm certain that if a
monster were out roaming northern
England we'd have seen it on the
telly.

DAVID
You really think I'm crazy, don't
you?

DR. HIRSCH
Believe me. The Hound of the
Baskervilles was an invention of Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle's. And if you'd
read the bloody book, you'd find
that Holmes discovered your house of
hell a fraud, a fake.

There is an awkward silence as David sits and Dr. Hirsch is
embarrassed at raising his voice.

DR. HIRSCH
Now really, David. You're far too
intelligent to go on this way. When
you return to America I want you to
seek out a competent psychiatrist or
psychologist or something and stop
this nonsense. You'll be leaving
this hospital in three or four days,
please remain sane. At least until
you are no longer our responsibility.

Dr. Hirsch goes to the door.

DAVID
Dr. Hirsch?
(pause)
I'd rather not be by myself.

DR. HIRSCH
Of course not, David. I'll fetch in
young Miss Price.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

Alex sits next to David's bed. Her shoes are off and she has
her feet tucked up under her legs on the chair. The room is
dark except for the lamp by which she reads. She is reading
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.
David is asleep. Alex reads for a bit, then puts down the
book and yawns. She gets up and stretches, a big spreading
arms and feet, fingers and toes stretch.

DAVID
(quietly)
You're a very beautiful girl.

ALEX
(embarrassed)
I thought you were asleep.

DAVID
I was. What are you reading?

ALEX
'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
Court' by Mark Twain.

DAVID
Do you like it?

ALEX
I've just started it. My friend gave
it to me.

They look at each other.

ALEX
What do you dream about?

DAVID
I dream of death mostly.

ALEX
I'm sorry. I shouldn't have asked
you.

DAVID
It's okay. I want to talk to you.

They sit and look at each other for a while longer.

DAVID
How old are you?

ALEX
That's not really a very proper
question.

DAVID
How old are you?

ALEX
Twenty-eight.

DAVID
I'm twenty-seven.

ALEX
I know.

DAVID
Now what do you want to talk about?

ALEX
Was Jack Goodman your good friend?

DAVID
(seriously)
My best friend. My very best friend.

ALEX
(embarrassed)
Shall I read to you?

DAVID
What? Oh, yes, please.

ALEX
(opens book)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
Court by Samuel L. Clemens. This is
after the preface but before chapter
one: A Word of Explanation. You all
right?

DAVID
(settles back)
Yes, go on.

ALEX
(clears her throat)
Ahem, A Word of Explanation. It was
in Warwick Castle that I came across
the curious stranger whom I am going
to talk about. He attracted me by
three things: his candid simplicity,
his marvelous familiarity with ancient
armor, and the restfulness of his
company - for he did all the talking.
We fell together as modest people
will in the tail of the herd...

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. KESSLER HOME - NEW YORK - NIGHT

We are at David's parents' house in New York. His FATHER
sits reading the paper in the living room as his younger
BROTHER and SISTER watch "The Muppet Show" on television. We
can see past the small dining nook where David sits doing
homework and into the kitchen where his MOTHER is washing
the dishes. A peaceful lower, middle class setting. All is
tranquil and secure. There is a loud pounding on the front
door.

FATHER
I'll get it.

The pounding continues.

FATHER
All right, all right! Hold your
horses.

(The following happens with shocking speed.) When he opens
the door, four beings open fire with machine guns, blowing
him away. The sudden burst of violence is terrifying and
unrelenting. The four rush into the room and the family
looks at them in fearsome surprise for these men are not
human at all, but loathsome, bestial demons dressed as Storm
Troopers. One kicks in the television and fires into the
kitchen, blasting David's mother. David rises but is forced
back into his chair by one of the things and held there.

DAVID
Stop!

He watches in horror as his little brother and sister scream
in terror before they are brutally murdered. The monstrous
Storm Troopers then set fire to the rooms. The one holding
David pulls a knife and quickly slits David's throat.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT

David bolts upright in bed and looks around, trying
desperately to gain his bearings. He sees that Alex is asleep
in the chair by his bed, Connecticut Yankee folded on her
lap. He makes a deliberate effort to calm himself. He
considers waking her, then decides against it. He turns on
the lamp by his bed and reaches over to take the book from
Alex's lap. David takes the book as gently as possible, but
Alex wakes up anyway.

ALEX
(yawns, smiles)
Hello. You all right?

DAVID
I'm sorry I woke you up.

ALEX
Don't be silly. Can I get you
something?

DAVID
No, thank you. Just keep me company
for a while.

ALEX
That's easy enough.

DAVID
I keep having these really terrible
dreams. They are getting worse and I
can't seem to stop them.

ALEX
David, your dreams will stop. You'll
leave England and your bad memories;
and then this will all fade away.

DAVID
Will you come with me?

ALEX
(taken aback)
What?

DAVID
(smiling)
I'm serious. You don't know me and I
know nothing about you. We have a
perfect relationship.

ALEX
Now, David, I said I would keep you
company, but I meant right here and
now.

DAVID
Will you think about it?

ALEX
How did we get from your bad dreams
to my taking a holiday with a patient?

DAVID
(big grin)
Not just a patient -- me.

ALEX
You're being awfully forward, aren't
you?

DAVID
Forgive me, I'm trying to cheer myself
up and an affair with a beautiful
nurse seemed like just the thing to
do it.

ALEX
(smiles)
All I am to you is a sex fantasy
then?

DAVID
Now I'm embarrassed.

ALEX
Good. I thought for a moment I was
the only embarrassed one in the room.

There is an awkward pause.

DAVID
Where were we in the book?

Alex is relieved for something to break the tension.

ALEX
(looking through the
book)
Let me see here.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - MORNING

The black Orderly hustles in with David's breakfast tray,
busily setting up the tray on the table over the bed. He
awakens the sleeping David with his activity.

ORDERLY
Ah you're up. Good morning and a
good day to you. We've quite a meal
for you here this morning. Bacon,
oatmeal, orange juice, and toast
with jam. Good stuff there. Now eat
it up and I'll be back for the dishes
when you've finished.

The Orderly exits. The drowsy David, who has been trying to
fully wake up during the Orderly's speech, notices his exit.

DAVID
Good morning.

He looks at his food none too happily. He sticks a spoon
into the bowl of oatmeal and tastes is gingerly.

DAVID
(in mock English accent)
Please, sir, I want some more.

He settles down to eating, reaches over to butter his toast
and drink his juice. While he eats, we hear Jack's o.s. voice.

JACK (O.S.)
Can I have a piece of toast?

David looks over to the o.s. Jack. Jack, behaving relaxed
and normal, sits in the chair last occupied by Alex. However,
Jack's appearance makes his casual manner all the more
surreal. He is as we left him butchered on the moors. He is
covered with dried mud and open wounds. Huge glistening gashes
abound on his body. His face is scratched, his throat is
badly torn, and his hair is matted with blood. In several
spots he has already begun to rot. He is a remarkably gruesome
sight, but his physical state seems not to affect him at
all.

JACK
(pleasantly)
Nice to see you.

DAVID
(unbelieving)
Get the fuck out of here, Jack.

JACK
Thanks a lot.

DAVID
(horrified)
This is too much. I can't handle
this.

JACK
I'm aware that I don't look so great,
but I thought you'd be glad to see
me.

Jack gets up and takes a piece of toast from David's tray as
David watches amazed. Jack returns to his seat and takes a
bite out of his toast. David stares at Jack horrified.

JACK
David! You're hurting my feelings.

DAVID
(astounded)
Hurting your feelings? Has it occurred
to you that it may be unsettling to
have you rise from your grave to
visit me? Listen to me, I'm talking
to a hamburger!

JACK
I'm sorry to be upsetting you, David,
but I had to come.

DAVID
(aghast)
Aren't you supposed to be buried in
New York someplace?

JACK
Yeah. Your parents came to my funeral.
I was surprised at how many people
came.

DAVID
(resigned)
Why should you be surprised? You
were a very well-liked person.

JACK
Debbie Klein cried a lot.

DAVID
I can't stand it.

JACK
So you know what she does? She's so
grief stricken she runs to find solace
in Rudy Levine's bed.

DAVID
Rudy Levine the shmuck?

JACK
Life mocks me even in death.

Jack takes another bite of toast.

DAVID
(to himself)
I'm going completely crazy.

JACK
(loud)
David!

DAVID
(louder)
What?!

JACK
David, now I know this may be hard
for you, but I have to warn you.

DAVID
(shouting)
Warn me? Will you get out of here,
you meat loaf?

JACK
I'm a grisly sight, it's true; but I
love you and that's why I'm here.
You've got to know.

DAVID
If you love me so much, Jack, you'll
realize how disconcerting it is to
share one's breakfast with the living
dead!

JACK
We were attacked by a werewolf.

DAVID
(covers his ears)
I'm not listening!

JACK
On the moors, we were attacked by a
lycanthrope, a werewolf.

DAVID
Shut up, you zombie!

JACK
I was murdered, an unnatural death,
and now I walk the earth in limbo
until the werewolf's curse is lifted.

DAVID
(incredulous, furious)
What's wrong with you? Shut up!

JACK
The wolf's bloodline must be severed.
The last remaining werewolf must be
destroyed.

DAVID
Will you be quiet?!

Jack rises and comes closer to David.

JACK
It's you, David.

DAVID
What?!

JACK
You survived and now you shall
continue the curse.

DAVID
What are you talking about? I won't
accept this! Get out! God damit!

JACK
Remember what that guy at The
Slaughtered Lamb said? 'Beware the
moon.'

DAVID
(quietly)
Stop it, Jack.

JACK
Beware the moon. The full moon, David.
You've got two days.

DAVID
(quietly)
Jack, please go away. Please go away.

JACK
You'll stalk the streets of London a
creature of the night.

DAVID
(flares up)
You're talking like Boris Karloff!
It's movie dialogue!

JACK
David, please believe me. You will
kill people, David. You've got to
stop the bloodshed before it begins.

DAVID
(yells)
Nurse!

JACK
Listen to me! Take your own life,
David. It's our only chance.

DAVID
Nurse!

JACK
The supernatural! The powers of
darkness! It's all true. Take your
own life! Suicide, David. Join me.

DAVID
(losing it)
Nurse! Oh God! Alex!

JACK
It's cold, David, and I'm so alone.
The undead surround me. Have you
ever talked to a corpse? It's boring!
I'm lonely! Kill yourself, David,
before you kill others.

INT. HOSPITAL - NURSES' STATION - DAY

Alex rushing down the hospital corridor.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

David rocking back and forth weeping.

JACK
Don't cry, David.

INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY

Alex rushing down hospital corridor.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

JACK
Please don't cry.

INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY

Alex rushing to the door.

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY - CLOSEUP

JACK
(softly in looming
closeup)
Beware the moon, David.

CUT TO:

ALEX

as she bursts into the room.

CUT TO:

DAVID

laying in bed rocking from side to side, crying softly. He
is alone. Alex rushes over, removes the tray, sits on the
bed and hugs David.

ALEX
David? David!

David pulls away sharply, his head jerking about wildly until
he focuses on Alex's face and begins to breathe easier.

ALEX
David, what's wrong?

David smiles and kisses her, a real kiss.

DAVID
(quietly)
I'm a werewolf.

ALEX
A werewolf?

Alex holds David a moment then realizes where she is and
backs off a little. David composes himself.

ALEX
Are you better now?

DAVID
I'll let you know the next full moon.

ALEX
You're to be discharged tomorrow.
Will you be all right?

David takes Alex's hand.

DAVID
My friend Jack was just here.

ALEX
Your dead friend Jack?

DAVID
Yeah. He says that I will become a
monster in two days. What do you
think?

ALEX
What do I think? You mean about the
possibility of your becoming a monster
in two days or about visits from
dead friends?

DAVID
I was dreaming again?

ALEX
I would think so.

DAVID
(resigned)
Yeah, I would think so, too.

Alex considers for a while, finally...

ALEX
Do you have a place to stay in London?

CUT TO:

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

David and Alex walking down the street. Alex points out her
flat and leads David up the front steps. She gives him a
conspiratorial look and unlocks the door.

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - DAY

Alex enters and David follows. A small, utilitarian apartment,
she flicks on the kitchen light. David puts his backpack on
the floor.

ALEX
The kitchen.

DAVID
Very nice.

She proceeds to give the tour.

ALEX
Closet.

DAVID
Charming.

ALEX
Bathroom.

DAVID
Lovely.

ALEX
The bedroom.

DAVID
There is only one bed.

ALEX
(makes a face)
David, perhaps you'd like to watch
the telly while I take a shower.

Alex enters the room and David whistles softly, rocking on
his heels.

INT. BATHROOM - DAY

David and Alex stand facing each other under the stream of
water in the shower.

DAVID
It's nice to see you.

ALEX
It's nice to see you.

MONTAGE IN SHOWER - DAY

A sequence of soap and flesh. Van Morrison's "Moondance"
plays. A montage of soapy hands on slippery skin. Thighs
rubbing thighs, arms and shoulders. David and Alex kiss again
and again and...

INT. ALEX'S BEDROOM - DAY

David and Alex in a passionate, orgasmic kiss in Alex's bed.
David pulls out and they lay holding each other. After a
moment....

DAVID
Alex?

ALEX
Yes?

DAVID
Will you be here in about fifteen
minutes?

ALEX
Of course.

DAVID
(leers)
Good.

Alex props herself up on one elbow.

ALEX
David, you don't honestly believe
that in reality your friend Jack
rose from the grave to breakfast
with you? Do you really?

DAVID
I was awake and he was in my room.

ALEX
But, David.

DAVID
(firm)
I wasn't hallucinating.

Pause.

ALEX
(smiles)
Tomorrow is the full moon.

DAVID
That's good, Alex. Reassure me.

Alex begins kissing David's neck.

DAVID
It's all right, I know I'm being
insane.

She kisses his shoulders, then his chest.

DAVID
Okay, okay. I'm properly reassured!

Alex is now kissing his stomach, her head gradually lowers
from frame. David reaches back over his head to hold onto
the headboard of the bed.

DAVID
(closing his eyes)
This is very reassuring. I'm feeling
very reassured.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ALEX'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Alex is asleep holding David. David carefully lifts her arm
and gets out of bed. He is naked. He tiptoes out of the room
and goes to the bathroom.

INT. ALEX'S BATHROOM - NIGHT

David lifts the toilet seat and pees. He winces, hoping the
steady stream doesn't awaken Alex. When he's finished peeing
he goes to the sink. The medicine cabinet door over the sink
is open. When David closes it he (and the audience) is
terrified to see Jack reflected standing behind him. (Note:
This is a big scare.) Bloodied and horrible, Jack has
continued to rot and looks even worse than when we last saw
him. David chokes out a strangled cry, closes his eyes tightly
and then reopens them. Jack is still there in the mirror.
When David turns around Jack is standing in the doorway.

DAVID
(points a trembling
finger)
You're not real.

JACK
Don't be an asshole, David. Come
here.

David, clearly troubled, follows Jack into the living room.

INT. ALEX'S LIVING ROOM

Jack sits down and motions for David to sit also. He does.
David's conversation is in whispers, so as not to wake up
Alex.

DAVID
What are you doing here?

JACK
I wanted to see you.

DAVID
Okay, you've seen me. Now go away.

JACK
David, I'm sorry I upset you
yesterday, but you must understand
what is going on.

DAVID
I understand all right. You're one
of the undead and I'm a werewolf.

JACK
Yes.

DAVID
Get out of here, Jack!

JACK
David, tomorrow night is the full
moon. You'll change, you'll become...

DAVID
(interrupting)
A monster. I know, I know.

JACK
You must take your own life now,
David, before it's too late.

DAVID
Jack, are you really dead?

JACK
What do you think?

DAVID
I think I've lost my mind. I think
you're not real. I think I'm asleep
and you're a part of another bad
dream.

JACK
You must believe me.

DAVID
What, Jack? That tomorrow night
beneath the full moon I'll sprout
hair and fangs and eat people?
Bullshit!

JACK
The canines will be real. You'll
taste real blood! God damit, David,
please believe me! You'll kill and
make others like me! I'm not having
a nice time, David! Don't allow this
to happen again! You must take your
own life!

DAVID
(shouts)
I will not accept this! Now go away!

INT. ALEX'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Alex wakes up from the shouting.

ALEX
David?

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

JACK
(quietly)
This is not pretend, David.

DAVID
(righteous)
I will not be threatened by a walking
meat loaf!

Alex enters the room.

ALEX
David, what's wrong? I heard voices.

David turns and sees that Jack is gone.

DAVID
(triumphant)
It was just me, Alex. It was just
me.

EXT. EAST PROCTOR - DAY

Dr. Hirsch is driving down the main street in his red M.G.
He parks in front of The Slaughtered Lamb.

INT. THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - DAY

The pub is less crowded than when we were here last. The
Dart Player is behind the bar cleaning glasses, the Chess
Player is still at the chessboard. Dr. Hirsch enters and
crosses to the bar. As he removes his gloves:

DR. HIRSCH
A drink for a very cold man?

The Woman comes in from the back.

WOMAN
Hello, there. What can I get you?

DR. HIRSCH
Campari and soda would do nicely.

WOMAN
Sorry, love.

DR. HIRSCH
I suppose Guinness will suffice.

She serves him his beer. As he lays down his money...

DR. HIRSCH
A thousand thanks.

After a few sips.

DR. HIRSCH
Nasty bit of business with those two
young American boys.

The Dart Player stops his wiping.

DART PLAYER
I'm afraid I don't know what you
mean, sir.

DR. HIRSCH
Yes, I'm sure that's right. A few
weeks ago, the last full moon wasn't
it?

The Chess Player turns in his chair to get a good look at
Dr. Hirsch.

DR. HIRSCH
I mean that escaped lunatic. The one
that killed the boy. Wasn't that
near here?

CHESS PLAYER
(concerned)
And where are you from, sir?

Dr. Hirsch crosses and joins the Chess Player at his table.

DR. HIRSCH
London. Knight takes pawn.

CHESS PLAYER
What?

Sees that Dr. Hirsch was talking about his game...

CHESS PLAYER
Oh, yes, yes.

Dr. Hirsch points to the pentangle on the wall.

DR. HIRSCH
What's that?

WOMAN
(nervously)
Oh, that's been there for two hundred
years. We were going to paint it
out, but it's traditional, so we
left it.

DR. HIRSCH
I see. You've heard nothing about
the incident?

DART PLAYER
Incident?

DR. HIRSCH
The murder?

CHESS PLAYER
Are you a police officer?

DR. HIRSCH
(smiles)
No, no, hardly. I work in the hospital
where the Kessler boy was brought.

The Dart Player and Chess Player exchange a look.

DR. HIRSCH
He was talking about werewolves and
monsters and as I was near here I
thought...

DART PLAYER
You thought what?

DR. HIRSCH
I thought I'd look into the boy's
story.

CHESS PLAYER
(scoffs)
A story about werewolves - now really,
sir.

Dr. Hirsch eyes the Chess Player.

DR. HIRSCH
Would you like a game of chess?

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - DAY

We find Alex and David in an embrace by the front door. Alex
is dressed in her nurse's uniform and David has jeans and a
T-shirt on. He is shoeless and obviously not going out. Alex
pulls away.

ALEX
Let me go now, you'll make me late.

DAVID
Do me an enormous favor?

ALEX
Anything.

DAVID
Tell me that it's silly of me to be
apprehensive.

ALEX
It's silly of you to be apprehensive.

DAVID
Werewolves simply do not exist.

ALEX
(serious)
David, do you want me to stay here
tonight?

DAVID
Yeah, I do, but go to work.

He opens the door and they both go outside.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - LATE AFTERNOON - ALEX AND DAVID

walk to the sidewalk. It is rather chilly.

ALEX
Listen, if you get too anxious, call
me at the hospital, okay?

DAVID
Okay.

ALEX
I've left those pills for you.

DAVID
A doper werewolf.

They kiss again.

ALEX
I'm off. There's food in the fridge.

DAVID
See you later.

Alex goes off, turning for a last wave. David stands looking
after her when a LITTLE GIRL walking a dog passes by. The
dog, on seeing David, begins to growl and snarl.

DAVID
(to dog)
What did I do?

The dog begins barking ferociously, the little girl tugging
on his leash.

DAVID
Thanks a lot, dog.

He realizes just how cold he is outside and runs back up the
steps to find the door locked.

DAVID
Wonderful.

Cut to shot of David's bare feet on the cold stone. He mutters
to himself, imitating a newscaster.

DAVID
An American werewolf was found frozen
to death today in the heart of London,
England.

He looks around and sees that there is a small window ajar
on the side of the flat about eleven feet off the ground,
which can be reached by climbing a brick wall, which he does
but not without damage to his bare toes.

At the top of the wall is a cat that begins to hiss on seeing
David. The hair stands up on its arched back and it glares
at David, hissing and spitting. David is disturbed by the
cat's hostile behavior.

DAVID
What did I do, cat?

The cat is really acting fierce. When David goes to pat it
cautiously, it screeches and runs away. David is, by this
time, not amused. David manages to pull himself into the
window.

INT. ALEX'S BATHROOM - DUSK

David awkwardly enters the bathroom through the tiny window.
Finally getting both feet on the ground, he steps to the
sink and regards himself in the mirror.

DAVID
(weakly)
Snarl. Growl. Grrrr.

He examines his mouth, touching his canines carefully. After
a while he sighs and goes into the kitchen.

INT. ALEX'S KITCHEN - DUSK

David goes straight to the fridge and opens it. He closes
the fridge and walks into the bedroom.

INT. ALEX'S BEDROOM - DUSK

He lays down on the bed. After a few beats of staring at the
ceiling, he rises and goes back into the kitchen.

INT. ALEX'S KITCHEN - DUSK

He reopens the fridge.

DAVID
I'm not hungry.

He closes the fridge and walks into the living room.

INT. ALEX'S LIVING ROOM - DUSK

David turns on the television. On Thames is a soccer match.
On BBC 1 is some truly insipid children's program, and on
BBC 2 is a soccer match. David switches off the television.

He sits on the chair nervously, drumming his fingers and
humming.

DAVID
(singing)
'Moon River, wider than a mile I'm
crossing you in style, Someday...'

David gets up, goes to the front door, and flings it open.
It is getting dark. David views this fearfully, but still
not completely convinced. He goes back inside and we note
that the front door is not completely closed. He goes back
into the bathroom and looks into the mirror.

DAVID
Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of
an Englishman.

He goes back into the living room and paces round and round
the room like a caged animal.

INT. CHILDREN'S WARD - NIGHT

Alex is back with Benjamin, the little Pakistani.

ALEX
How are we feeling tonight?

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
No what?

BENJAMIN
No!

ALEX
(smiling)
Benjamin, have you ever been severely
beaten about the face and neck?

BENJAMIN
No.

ALEX
I thought not.

She tucks him in.

ALEX
You sleep now and have sweet dreams.

BENJAMIN & ALEX
No!

For the first time, Benjamin smiles. As Alex tucks him in,
we can clearly see the full moon outside through the window.

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - NIGHT

David sits reading Connecticut Yankee when he suddenly
clutches his head in pain.

DAVID
Jesus Christ!

He stands in agony, the book falls to the floor.

DAVID
(screams)
What? Christ! What?

He begins sweating profusely, clinging to the sides of his
head. He trembles violently.

DAVID
I'm burning up! Jesus!

He rips at his shirt, tearing it off. His body is dripping
wet.

DAVID
(shouts out in pain
and fear)
Jack!? Where are you now, you
fucker!?!

As a new spasm of pain wracks his body, he cries out in
anguish.

DAVID
Help me! Somebody help me, please!
Jack!!

David's hair is wringing wet. He screams and grabs at his
legs.

DAVID
(pleading, whimpering)
I'm sorry I called you a meat loaf,
Jack.

New bolts of agonizing pain wrack through David's body. He
grabs at his pants, pulling them off as if they are burning
him. Standing naked in the center of the room, David gasps
for air.

He falls to his knees and then forward on his hands. He
remains on his hands and knees, trying to master his torment;
but it's no use. On all fours he gives himself over to the
excruciating hurt and slowly begins to change.

The metamorphosis from man into beast is not an easy one.
As bone and muscle bend and reform themselves, the body
suffers lacerating pain. We can actually see David's flesh
move, the rearranging tissue. His mouth bleeds as fangs
emerge. His whole face distorts as his jaw extends, his skull
literally changing shape before our eyes. His hands gnarl
and his fingers curl back as claws burst forward.

The camera pans up to show the full moon outside through the
window. David's moans change slowly into low guttural growls.
We hear the four footfalls as the WOLF begins to walk. As
the camera pans back over the room, we see the front door
pushed open and hear the Wolf padding off into the darkness.

EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT

A taxi pulls up in front of a block of flats. An attractive
couple gets out. The Man pays the driver and the cab drives
off.

WOMAN
Which one, Harry?

MAN
Number thirty-nine, but let's go
'round the back.

WOMAN
Why?

MAN
Come on, we'll give Sean a scare.

WOMAN
You're crazy, Harry.

HARRY
Come on.

Harry takes her hand and leads her around the side of the
flats. The apartments back up to a park and the two walk
around to the rear. The park is dark and quiet.

EXT. PARK - NIGHT

WOMAN
Did you hear something?

HARRY
Just now?

WOMAN
Yes.

HARRY
No. Here we are, Sean's is the one...

THE WOLF SPRINGS! Before the Woman can scream, the Wolf whirls
around and goes for her throat. We can't see clearly, but we
see enough to realize how large the Wolf is and that its
wolfen features are twisted and demonic. The Wolf savagely
devours its two victims.

INT. SEAN'S FLAT - NIGHT

Sean's wife is looking through their French windows out onto
the park - a middle-aged couple.

WIFE
Sean, those hooligans are in the
park again.

SEAN
Aren't you ready yet? They'll be
here any minute.

WIFE
Something's going on out there.

INT. HOSPITAL - NURSES' STATION - NIGHT

Miss Gallagher is helping Mrs. Hobbs dispense medication
into paper cups when Dr. Hirsch approaches. He is still
wearing his overcoat.

DR. HIRSCH
Is Miss Price on duty this evening?

MRS. HOBBS
Yes, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
Miss Gallagher, do you know if Miss
Price has seen the Kessler boy since
his release?

Miss Gallagher is not sure how to answer.

MISS GALLAGHER
Uh, I don't know if...

Alex has walked up and overheard the last.

ALEX
It's all right, Susan. Yes, Doctor,
I have.

DR. HIRSCH
Come to my office, Miss Price.

Alex and Susan exchange glances as she obediently follows
Dr. Hirsch down the hallway.

EXT. PARK - NIGHT

Sean has exited the back of his flat to investigate his wife's
complaints. She hangs by the door. He walks deeper into the
park.

SEAN
(calls out)
Is anyone there?

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE - NIGHT

Dr. Hirsch hangs up his overcoat.

DR. HIRSCH
Sit down, Alex.

Alex sits and Dr. Hirsch leans against his desk.

DR. HIRSCH
I was in East Proctor today.

Alex looks confused. Dr. Hirsch realizes the cause of her
concern.

DR. HIRSCH
Oh dear girl, your extracurricular
activities are of no consequence to
me. I don't give a damn who you sleep
with. I'm concerned about David.

ALEX
Yes, sir.

DR. HIRSCH
It's a full moon. Where is he?

ALEX
At my flat. I'm off at midnight and...

Dr. Hirsch picks up the phone.

DR. HIRSCH
The number, Alex. Your number!

EXT. PARK - NIGHT

Sean carefully approaches something near the trees. He steps
on something and looks down to see what it is. It is an arm.

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - NIGHT - EXTREME CLOSEUP - THE TELEPHONE

rings loudly. (This is a scare.) It continues to ring
unanswered.

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE - NIGHT

Dr. Hirsch waits on the phone, finally hanging up.

DR. HIRSCH
He's not there.

Alex grows worried.

ALEX
He's not?

DR. HIRSCH
Alex, has David persisted in his
werewolf fantasies?

ALEX
Well, yes, but he seems to be more
upset by the death of his friend.

DR. HIRSCH
Has his friend appeared to him again?

ALEX
Yes.

DR. HIRSCH
What did he say?

ALEX
David says Jack comes to warn him.

DR. HIRSCH
Warn him?

ALEX
Dr. Hirsch, what's wrong? Is this
more serious than I know?

DR. HIRSCH
I tried to investigate the attack.
There are no records. The case was
closed and now they've 'misplaced'
the file. David's lacerations were
cleaned and dressed when he arrived
here and yet supposedly no doctor
examined him before I did. The Goodman
boy is already in the ground so he's
no good to us. So I went to the pub
in East Proctor where I was convinced
of two things.

ALEX
Yes.

DR. HIRSCH
They were lying. There were no
witnesses, no escaped lunatic. The
whole community is hiding the truth
of what actually happened up there.

ALEX
And what else?

DR. HIRSCH
I think the village of East Proctor
is hiding some dark and terrible
secret. I'm convinced that, like
David, they believe in this werewolf.

Alex is flabbergasted.

DR. HIRSCH
You've absolutely no idea where David
might be?

ALEX
No. He knows no one in London, besides
me. I shouldn't have left him alone.

Suddenly.

ALEX
Surely you're not suggesting...

DR. HIRSCH
David has suffered a severe trauma.
I myself witnessed some form of mass
neurosis in East Proctor. If all the
villagers believe that Jack Goodman
was killed by a werewolf, why
shouldn't David? And then it follows
that if he survived an attack by a
werewolf, wouldn't he himself become
a werewolf the next full moon?

ALEX
(bewildered)
Dr. Hirsch?

DR. HIRSCH
Oh, I don't mean running about on
all fours and howling at the moon.
But in such a deranged state he could
harm himself, or perhaps others.

ALEX
What shall we do?

DR. HIRSCH
Let's call the police and see if
they can help us find our wandering
boy.

EXT. BRICK LANE - NIGHT

The bombed-out ruins of this unsavory part of London are
stark and uninviting in the moonlight. Three old DERELICTS
are huddled around a trash can fire trying to keep warm. A
skinny dog is tied up beside them. Its ears perk up and he
growls in warning.

DERELICT #1
Old Winston smells something.

DERELICT #2
(calls out)
Who's there?

The dog begins to whine.

DERELICT #2
Let 'im go.

Derelict #1 unties Winston who takes off running in terror.

DERELICT #3
Brave dog that.

DERELICT #1
(worried)
Here - who's there?

An unearthly howl shatters the night. We've heard this sound
on the moors.

DERELICT #2
That's not Winston.

DERELICT #3
Look there.

He points out into the night. They strain their eyes -
something is approaching them. They can just make out its
size.

DERELICT #1
Mother Mary of God.

INT. SUBWAY STATION - NIGHT

A train SCREECHES to a halt. (A scare.) We are in the tubes
of London. Only one passenger disembarks and the train goes
off, leaving him alone in the cavernous hallways.

The PASSENGER is a young man, rather well-dressed. He looks
about the platform, then at his watch. He walks up to a
vending machine to buy a Cadbury Chocolate Bar.

CUT TO:

INT. SUBWAY STATION - LONG SHOT

as the Passenger puts his coin in the vending machine. The
camera is on ground level and as we watch the Passenger, the
Wolf's legs flash by us.

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP

of the Passenger eating his chocolate bar. He turns
thoughtfully, wondering if he had heard something. Satisfied
that he is alone, he begins his walk down one of the long
serpentine tunnels that make up London's tubes. He feels
he's being followed and turns slowly to look. There is no
one and he continues, concerned about his imagination.

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - WOLF'S EYES

watching in the darkness.

BACK TO SCENE

Our Passenger approaches the first escalator, pauses, then
gets on going swiftly and silently up the moving stairway.

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - WOLF'S SNOUT

In profile we can see its ragged, razor-sharp fangs and black
tongue. It waits, panting, drool falls from its mouth.

BACK TO SCENE

The Passenger reaches the landing and walks briskly down the
long tunnel marked "Escalator to Street Level". He is being
followed. He hears it and we hear it. He stops, frightened.

PASSENGER
Hello?

CUT TO:

TUNNEL

Long and empty.

THE PASSENGER

PASSENGER
Is there someone there?

We hear the Wolf's heavy breathing. The Passenger is beginning
to panic.

PASSENGER
I can assure you that this is not in
the least bit amusing!

He looks around wildly.

PASSENGER
I shall report this!

PASSENGER'S P.O.V.

We see the Wolf at a great distance trotting down the tunnel
towards us.

PASSENGER
Good Lord.

THE PASSENGER

turns to flee, his jog becoming a run. He is terrified.

WOLF - CLOSEUP

of the Wolf's running steps.

THE PASSENGER

frantically running, falls to the ground hard bloodying his
nose. He scrambles to his feet crying out in fear. Reaching
the escalator, he begins to run up the moving stairs, falling
several times. He sits, panting and defeated, the blood
trickling from his nose.

CUT TO:

WOLF'S P.O.V.

as it begins to climb the stairs. The camera tracks slowly
in on the increasingly horrified Passenger until we are in
an extreme closeup of his eyes, when we:

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - A TIGER ROARING

(A scare.) The tiger paces in its cage and roars again. We
are at:

EXT. LONDON ZOO - DAY

It is early morning and all the animals are aroused. We cut
around to roaring cats, screeching monkeys, and panicky birds,
etc., until we come to the Wolves' cage where we find David,
naked and curled up on the ground by the cage, asleep. David
wakes up slowly. He is completely naked, his body dirty,
with several scratches on his torso and legs. He yawns and
stretches, makes a face, and with his finger picks something
distasteful from his teeth. He also notices something under
his fingernails and as he goes to clean them, he suddenly
does a complete Stan Laurel discovering where he is. He puts
his hands over his eyes.

DAVID
Wake me up, Alex.

He slowly peaks through his fingers; he's still there. He
stands up and looks around.

The zoo opens and women with prams and children hustle about.
David sees them coming towards him, notes his lack of clothes,
and decides it would be better for all concerned if they did
not meet. He looks around for a suitable hiding place and
dashes behind some bushes. He crouches down so that he can't
be seen, scratching himself on a thorn.

DAVID
Ouch!

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - DAY

Alex sits holding David's torn T-shirt. She is trying to
read her book, but is just too distracted. The phone rings
and she runs for it.

ALEX
(excited, then
disappointed)
Hello? No, Dr. Hirsch, he hasn't
come back yet. Yes, I will, doctor,
but I just feel so helpless sitting
here doing nothing. Thank you, yes,
goodbye.

She hangs up and looks around the empty flat. She is now
more worried than ever.

EXT. LONDON ZOO - DAY

David is still behind the bushes. He looks to see if the
coast is clear, then stands up and parts the bushes. He steps
out to confront a DOWAGER LADY.

DAVID
Hello.

CUT TO:

DOWAGER'S FACE

Dumbfounded.

DAVID
Excuse me, won't you?

He returns to the bushes.

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - A GORILLA EATING

A LITTLE BOY with four helium balloons on a string is staring
intently at the gorilla. The Little Boy leaves the monkey
house and we travel with him as he looks at several other
animals. Eventually he comes to the Wolf cage.

DAVID (O.S.)
Pssst!

The Little Boy looks around.

DAVID (O.S.)
Hey, kid! Pssst. Little boy with the
balloons.

The Little Boy pantomimes, "who me?"

CUT TO:

THE BUSHES

David cannot be seen.

DAVID (O.S.)
Come over here.

The Little Boy shakes his head. The bush replies:

DAVID (O.S.)
If you come over here, I'll give you
a pound.

The Little Boy shakes his head. The bush pleads.

DAVID (O.S.)
Two pounds?

The Little Boy shakes his head. The bush reasons:

DAVID (O.S.)
Listen, two pounds is a lot of money.
It's almost five dollars.

LITTLE BOY
(very English)
I don't know who you are.

DAVID (O.S.)
I'm the famous balloon thief.

LITTLE BOY
Why would a thief want to give me
two pounds?

DAVID (O.S.)
(losing patience)
Come here and I'll show you.

The Little Boy starts cautiously towards the shrubbery, but
stops a few feet away.

DAVID (O.S.)
(pleading)
Come on!

The Little Boy edges forward.

DAVID (O.S.)
A little closer.

When the Little Boy gets within reach, David grabs his
balloons and uses them to cover his crotch.

DAVID
Thank you.

David runs off through the zoo, naked but for his balloons,
startling several animal lovers.

EXT. PARK - DAY

An ELDERLY COUPLE sits feeding birds, their coats folded
nearly over the park bench. A naked blur darts by, grabbing
the top coat as it passes, scaring off the birds.

EXT. LONDON ZOO - DAY

The Little Boy tugs at his MOTHER'S coat.

MOTHER
Yes, love?

LITTLE BOY
A naked, American man stole my
balloons.

MOTHER
What?

LITTLE BOY
A naked, American man - the famous
balloon thief.

EXT. NEWSSTAND - DAY

The signs they always have on London newsstands proclaim
"Man or Monster?" Dr. Hirsch picks up a newspaper with its
headline, "London Murder Victims Found Partially Devoured".

DR. HIRSCH
I'll have one of those, too.

He pays for the papers. The second one's headline, "Death
Toll Up To Six - New Jack The Ripper?"

EXT. LONDON STREET - DAY - BUS STOP

in another part of town. The camera is on the crowd of fifteen
or twenty people waiting for the bus. When the bus pulls up,
they all crowd in. The camera goes to floor level and slowly
examines the footwear of the crowded bus. Passengers are
standing in the aisle and the camera slowly pans on their
galoshes, boots, high heels, rubbers, etc., until it comes
to rest on a conspicuous pair of bare feet. We pan up to
find David clad only in a woman's rain coat with a fur collar
trying to look as nonchalant as possible. A man looks at him
oddly.

DAVID
(cheerfully)
A lot of weather we've been having
lately.

The man studies David carefully.

INT. ALEX'S FLAT - DAY

Alex sits in the kitchen drinking tea and reading. There is
loud knocking on the door. Alex rushes to open it and David
enters quickly, closing the door behind him. He is still
wearing the woman's coat.

ALEX
David! Where on earth have you been!?!

DAVID
I'm freezing.

He goes into the bedroom and takes off the coat and gets
dressed as Alex watches in amazement. David is excited, even
euphoric.

DAVID
Alex, I've lost my mind. I woke up
at the zoo! But you know what? I
feel terrific!

ALEX
The zoo?

DAVID
Waking up at the zoo, that's not so
insane. Having no clothes on? That's
insane. What did I do last night,
Alex?

ALEX
Don't you remember?

DAVID
I said goodbye to you. I was locked
out of the flat. I climbed the wall
and came in through the bathroom
window. I started to read and then I
was naked at the zoo!
(big smile)
I guess I am out of my fucking mind.

Alex sits next to him and puts her arm around his shoulders.

ALEX
I worried about you. We didn't know
where you were.

David kisses her, a desperate kiss, and she kisses back with
equal passion.

ALEX
Where did you get that coat?

David laughs.

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE

Dr. Hirsch is dialing the phone.

INT. ALEX'S FLAT

The phone rings.

ALEX
I'll get it.

Alex goes to the phone.

ALEX
Hello?

The telephone conversation is intercut between Alex and Dr.
Hirsch.

DR. HIRSCH
Alex, have you heard anything?

Alex speaks softly so that David won't hear her.

ALEX
He's here.

DR. HIRSCH
(excited)
Is he all right? Why didn't you call
me? Where was he?

ALEX
He doesn't remember. He woke up at
the zoo.

DR. HIRSCH
The zoo? Is he rational?

ALEX
Yes, he is. He's very excited and
confused, but he's not crazy, if
that's what you mean.

DR. HIRSCH
Have you read the papers today? Have
you listened to the radio or
television?

ALEX
No, why?

DR. HIRSCH
Is David acting strangely?

ALEX
No, not really.

Dr. Hirsch considers.

DR. HIRSCH
Could you get here without any
trouble?

ALEX
Yes, I should think so.

DR. HIRSCH
Right. Now listen carefully. I want
you to bring David here. I want him
in my care. I'll notify the police
that we've found him. It is imperative
that you bring him straight to the
hospital. Do you understand?

ALEX
Yes, Doctor.

DR. HIRSCH
You're certain he's lucid? You won't
need any help?

ALEX
He's fine. We'll come right over.

DR. HIRSCH
Shall I send a car?

ALEX
No, a cab will be faster.

DR. HIRSCH
I expect you shortly.

Dr. Hirsch hangs up, checks a piece of paper, and then dials
again.

DR. HIRSCH
Yes, Scotland Yard?

EXT. LONDON STREET - DAY

Alex and David are walking.

ALEX
The next corner we can get a cab.

DAVID
(grins)
I should be committed.

ALEX
Dr. Hirsch will know what to do.

DAVID
(stretches)
I don't know why I feel so good. I
haven't felt this good in a long
time.

Alex is signaling for a taxi.

DAVID
My body feels alive, alert. I feel
like an athlete.

A taxi pulls up; Alex opens the door.

ALEX
Get in.

INT. TAXI - DAY

ALEX
Saint Martin's Hospital.

DRIVER
Right.

As they drive.

DRIVER
It's like the days of the Mad Barber
of Fleet Street, isn't it?

ALEX
I beg your pardon?

DRIVER
The murders.

DAVID
(concerned)
What murders?

DRIVER
Last night. Haven't you heard? Six
people in different parts of the
city mutilated. A real maniac this
one.

DAVID
Pull over.

ALEX
But...

DAVID
(adamant)
Pull over.

EXT. LONDON STREET - DAY

The cab pulls to the sidewalk.

DAVID
Pay the man.

David gets out of the cab.

ALEX
David, wait!

She hurriedly hands the Driver some money and takes off after
David.

ALEX
David, what are you doing?

DAVID
Six people mutilated? It had to be
me, Alex.

ALEX
David, stop!

He turns and faces her.

DAVID
I am going to the cops. There's a
full moon tonight. Jack was right.
I...

ALEX
(angry)
Jack is dead!

DAVID
Jack is dead. Look, six people have
been killed. I'm going to the police.

David takes off walking briskly down the street. Alex has to
jog to keep up with him.

ALEX
David, please be rational. Let's go
to Dr. Hirsch.

DAVID
Rational!?! I'm a fucking werewolf,
for Christ's sake!

He strides up to a Bobbie on the corner.

DAVID
Officer, I killed those people last
night.

BOBBIE
(interested)
You did, did you?

Alex runs up.

ALEX
He's playing a stupid joke, sir.

DAVID
(dumbfounded)
What?

ALEX
We had an argument. He's being silly.

DAVID
(desperate)
I swear, I don't know this girl.

BOBBIE
All right, you two, move along.

DAVID
Hey, you asshole! I want you to arrest
me!

BOBBIE
There's no call for that kind of
language.

DAVID
(shouts)
Queen Elizabeth is a man! Prince
Charles is a faggot! Winston Churchill
was full of shit!

BOBBIE
(losing patience)
Now see here young man.

DAVID
Shakespeare was French! The Queen
Mother sucks cocks in hell! Shit!
Fuck! Piss!

The Bobbie takes David's arm roughly as pedestrians start to
gather.

BOBBIE
That's quite enough!

ALEX
(pleading)
David, please!

DAVID
Who is this girl?

BOBBIE
You're going to have to stop this
disturbance or I shall arrest you.

DAVID
(frustrated, yelling)
That's what I want you to do, you
moron!

ALEX
(to Bobbie)
Sir, he's very upset. His friend was
killed and...

DAVID
Will you shut up!?!!

BOBBIE
(losing his temper)
That's enough! Now go about your
business.

ALEX
Yes, David, let's go.

DAVID
(disbelief)
You're not going to arrest me?

David approaches one of the ONLOOKERS.

DAVID
Don't you think he should arrest me?

ONLOOKER
Well, I'm not sure. How does he know
this isn't a prank?

DAVID
(despair)
A prank?

ALEX
(urgently)
David...

The Bobbie has lost all patience.

BOBBIE
I've no time for this foolishness.
(to onlookers)
Nothing to look at. Move along.

The Bobbie walks away. David is beside himself.

DAVID
Hopeless. It's hopeless.

ALEX
(softly)
David, let's go now.

David turns in a rage.

DAVID
Leave me alone, dammit! You people
are crazy! I've got to get away from
here! I've got to do something!

ALEX
(worried)
David, don't lose control.

DAVID
(approaching, hysteria)
Control!?! What control!?! Get away
from me!

He begins to cry.

DAVID
Leave me alone!

He runs out into the street. Cars slam on their brakes, just
missing him.

ALEX
David, wait!

It's too late. He's lost in traffic. Alex stands for a moment
not knowing which way to turn.

EXT. ALLEY - DAY

David is running in panic. He finally comes to rest in an
alley. He sits down and sobs uncontrollably.

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE - DAY

Alex sits distraught in the chair opposite the desk. Dr.
Hirsch is talking to Lt. Villiers and Sgt. McManus.

LT. VILLIERS
The forensic lads seem to feel that
some sort of animal was involved,
that's true, but I hardly think...

DR. HIRSCH
(interrupts)
Regardless of what you think,
Lieutenant, the fact remains that
David is missing and that we must
find him.

SGT. MCMANUS
Before nightfall.

DR. HIRSCH
Precisely.

LT. VILLIERS
(harried)
Gentlemen, please. We shall find Mr.
Kessler as quickly as we're able.

ALEX
He tried to have himself arrested.
He...

LT. VILLIERS
(interrupts)
Getting arrested isn't all that
difficult, Miss Price.

ALEX
He wants help. He...

DR. HIRSCH
(interrupts)
What can we do to assist you?

LT. VILLIERS
(rising)
Stay here. If we need you, we'll
know where to reach you.

He and Sgt. McManus pause by the door.

LT. VILLIERS
I cannot accept a connection between
David Kessler and last night's
murders. We will find him, however.
I can assure you of that.

SGT. MCMANUS
We'll find him, not to worry.

The two policemen exit. Dr. Hirsch looks at Alex.

ALEX
(distraught)
What shall we do?

DR. HIRSCH
(comforting)
Tea would be nice.

EXT. LEICESTER SQUARE - DAY

David is in a telephone booth.

DAVID
Yes, operator. I'd like to call the
United States and reverse the charges.
David Kessler for anyone. Yes, I'll
wait. Hello? Yes, area code 315/472-
3402. Thank you.
(pause)
Hello? Rachel? Just say yes, you'll
accept the charges. Just say yes,
Rachel. Is Mom or Dad home? Where
are they? Where's Max? You're all
alone? Mom and Dad wouldn't leave me
alone when I was ten. No, not ten
and a half either. I'm still in
London. I'm all better. Look, would
you tell Mom and Dad that I love
them? I don't care, Rachel, just do
it for me. Okay? Good. And, Rachel,
don't fight with Max. Well, try.
Look, kid, please don't forget to
tell Mom and Dad I love them. I love
Max and you, too. Well, I do. No,
I'm not being weird, you little creep.
You promise? Okay. Be a good girl. I
love you. Bye.

He hangs up in profound depression. Leaving the booth he
sees an outdoor clock. It is 4:15. He sighs, then catches
sight of something.

EXT. CINEMA - DAY - DAVID'S P.O.V.

There stands Jack, now truly rotted and ghastly. He's pretty
much dried out, a third of his face gone revealing the
grinning skull. He waves to David. Jack points inside the
theater and goes in. David smiles, walks across the
intersection, and up to the box office.

TICKET LADY
Two and a half quid, please.

David reaches in his pocket. All he has are traveler's checks.

DAVID
Will you take a traveler's check?

TICKET LADY
No, sorry.

David signs a $100 check and hands it to her.

DAVID
Keep the change.

TICKET LADY
Well, thank you, sir!

She gives him a ticket. David goes in.

INT. CINEMA - DAY

A film (to be determined) plays on screen. The small theater
is mostly empty. A few snoring BUMS and wide-eyed CHILDREN
are scattered about. Jack sits in the last row in the shadows.
He waves to David. David goes and sits next to him.

DAVID
Hi, Jack.

JACK
Hi, David.

They sit for a while watching the screen.

DAVID
What can I say, Jack?

JACK
You don't have to say anything.

DAVID
Aren't you going to say, 'I told you
so'?

JACK
If I was still alive, I probably
would.

DAVID
You look awful.

JACK
Thank you.

DAVID
(apologizes quickly)
I didn't mean it. I don't know what
I'm saying. I'm not even sure it was
me who killed those people. I don't
remember doing it.

JACK
What about the zoo?

DAVID
Well, even if I'm not the wolfman, I
am crazy enough to do something like
that. I mean, here I sit in Leicester
Square talking to a corpse. I'm glad
to see you, Jack.

JACK
I want you to meet some people.

Sitting down the row from Jack is a man, GERALD BRINGSLY,
completely in the shadow.

JACK
David Kessler, this is Gerald
Bringsly.

DAVID
Hello.

JACK
Gerald is the man you murdered in
the subway. We thought it best you
didn't see him as he's a fresh kill
and still pretty messy.

BRINGSLY
(in shadow; very
English)
Yes, I do look most unpleasant.

The camera pans down to show the blood dripping from the
seat to a puddle on the floor.

DAVID
(horrified)
Why are you doing this to me, Jack?

BRINGSLY
This isn't Mr. Goodman's idea. He is
your good friend, whereas I am a
victim of your carnivorous lunar
activities.

DAVID
(appalled)
Mr. Bringsly, I'm sorry. I have
absolutely no idea what to say to
you.

BRINGSLY
You've left my wife a widow and my
children fatherless. And I understand
that I am to walk the earth one of
the living dead until the wolf's
bloodline is severed and the curse
lifted.

Bringlsy leans forward almost into the light, he glistens.

BRINGSLY
You must die, David Kessler.

JACK
David, this is Harry Berman and his
fiancee Judith Browns.

The two victims lean forward from their seats next to Mr.
Bringsly. We can just make out that Harry has one arm missing.

JACK
And these gentlemen are Alf, Ted,
and Joseph.

The Three Derelicts sit next to Harry and Judith. All are
slick in the darkness, the light from the screen illuminating
their gore.

DERELICT #2
Can't say we're pleased to meet you,
Mr. Kessler.

DAVID
(defeated)
What shall I do?

JACK
Suicide.

HARRY
(adamantly)
You must take your own life!

DAVID
That's easy for you to say - you're
already dead.

BRINGSLY
No, David. Harry and I and everyone
you murder are not dead. The undead.

DAVID
(to Jack)
Why are you doing this to me?

JACK
Because this must be stopped.

DAVID
How shall I do it?

JUDITH
Sleeping pills?

DERELICT #1
Not sure enough.

DAVID
I could hang myself.

JACK
If you did it wrong, it would be
painful. You'd choke to death.

DERELICT #3
So what? Let 'im choke.

JACK
Do you mind? The man's a friend of
mine.

DERELICT #3
Well he ain't no friend of mine.

BRINGSLY
Gentlemen, please.

HARRY
A gun.

DERELICT #1
I know where he can get a gun.

DAVID
Don't I need a silver bullet or
something?

JACK
Be serious, would you?

David puts his head in his hands.

DAVID
Madness. I've gone totally mad.

HARRY
A gun is good.

JUDITH
You just put the gun to your forehead
and pull the trigger.

BRINGSLY
If you put it in your mouth, then
you'd be sure not to miss.

DAVID
Thank you, you're all so thoughtful.

As the conversation continues, the camera pulls back from
the grisly tableau. David grabs his head suddenly.

CUT TO:

EXT. BIG BEN - NIGHT

The clock strikes eleven. The full moon is up.

INT. CINEMA - NIGHT

David is dripping wet and shaking violently. Three small
children, the oldest nine, stand in the aisle staring at
him.

DAVID
(gasps out in anguish)
Go away! Please! Go away!

The children watch, fascinated as David's seizures grow more
severe.

DAVID
(his face contorting)
Run! Please... run.

His hands clutch the arms of his chair. Coarse thick hair
splits his skin. The children's eyes widen in fascination.

EXT. CINEMA - NIGHT

Roars and screams come from inside the theater. The TICKET
TAKER at the door says to the Ticket Lady:

TICKET TAKER
I'll check on the house.

He goes inside the theater.

INT. CINEMA - NIGHT

The Ticket Taker enters the theater. The movie continues on
screen, but all else is quiet. He cautiously continues down
the aisle. He sees something and makes his way towards it.
He looks down in horror.

THE WOLF SPRINGS!

CUT TO:

EXT. LEICESTER SQUARE - NIGHT

From way up high we look down on the sidewalks and single
out TWO BOBBIES running furiously to the cinema through the
busy traffic.

EXT. CINEMA - NIGHT

The two cops run up, the Ticket Lady is hysterical.

TICKET LADY
It's horrible, horrible! There's a
beast! A mad dog! It's killing people
in there!

One cop stays with the lady, the other rushes inside.

INT. CINEMA - NIGHT

The cop enters a side door to find several bloodied corpses.
He hears something, looks over to see the Wolf hunched over
a victim. The Wolf turns, eyes blazing, mouth dripping with
blood. We see it clearly for the first time. It is truly a
hound from hell, its wolfen features a hideous sight. Its
eyes fierce, burning green. The Wolf roars and starts for
the cop. The cop rushes out and slams the door behind him.

EXT. CINEMA

As the cop bolts the door shut.

COP #1
For God's sake, Tom, there's a monster
in there! The doors shudder as the
Wolf begins to batter them down.
The cops strain to keep them shut.

COP #1
Call for assistance and tell them to
bring guns.

Pedestrians start milling around. The door is bulging. The
Wolf's roars continue.

COP #2
Keep moving! Will you people get out
of the way!

INT. DR. HIRSCH'S OFFICE - NIGHT

Alex is asleep. Dr. Hirsch wakes her.

DR. HIRSCH
Nurse Hobbs said there's a disturbance
in Leicester Square involving some
sort of mad dog.

ALEX
David?

DR. HIRSCH
I doubt it. But it's something to
do.

INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT

An officer unlocks a rack of rifles which are distributed to
uniformed men.

INT. CINEMA - NIGHT

Police cars arrive, sirens blaring. Officers are pushing the
crowd back as other men help hold the door closed against
the Wolf's battering.

Another police car pulls up and out steps Lt. Villiers and
Sgt. McManus.

LT. VILLIERS
What the hell is going on here?

COP
It's some kind of animal, sir. We...

Suddenly the doors splinter apart and there stands the Wolf,
eyes blazing. It leaps on Lt. Villiers, savaging him. The
crowd falls back in panic.

The Wolf runs into traffic, a cab swerves to avoid hitting
it and plows into fleeing pedestrians hurling one through a
shop window. Mass confusion as orders are shouted and the
police pursue the Wolf.

It runs down an alleyway into a cul de sac. It stops in the
darkness, blocked by a brick wall. The Wolf whirls around,
defiant, roaring. The cops quickly barricade the entrance to
the alley.

INT. TAXI - NIGHT

The taxi is halted by the traffic jam in Leicester Square.
Police vehicles roar past.

ALEX
David! It's David!

She jumps from the car before Dr. Hirsch can stop her.

EXT. CUL DE SAC - NIGHT

The police arrive with weapons and efficiently ring the alley.
Alex runs to them.

ALEX
Let me through!

COP
Stand clear, miss!

ALEX
I must get through!

Alex dodges the cop and runs into the alley. The officers
shout after her. Dr. Hirsch reaches the police line.

DR. HIRSCH
Alex!

Alex walks towards the dark end of the alley.

ALEX
David? Is it you? Is it true, David?

She's almost to the end. The Wolf lays in wait in the shadows.
The police raise their weapons.

ALEX
David?

THE WOLF REARS UP. In that brief instant, Alex realizes it
will kill her.

OFFICER
Fire!

The guns blaze. The Wolf falls dead. Alex leans on the wall,
numb. The cops, Dr. Hirsch, and Sgt. McManus run to the dead
Wolf only to find David, naked and riddled with bullets.
Alex begins to weep.

FADE TO:

BLACK

END CREDITS OVER BLACK

SONG: The fifties rock version of "Blue Moon".

THE END

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