"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 ]

"LOST HIGHWAY"

Screenplay by

David Lynch

21 June 1995



AS CREDITS ROLL

EXT. TWO-LANE HIGHWAY - NIGHT

We see a clean moving POV illuminated by headlights. We're
floating down an old two-lane highway through a desolate,
desert landscape. This gliding, eerie POV continues as credits
roll. When the credits end, the headlights seem to dim and
soon we're moving through BLACKNESS.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY

In the blackness, a man, FRED, is sitting on a bed smoking a
cigarette. We see his back, but with each glow of the
cigarette ash, we see his face reflected in a mirror on the
wall across from him. In the darkness, there starts the sound
of a motor which draws curtains back across a large picture
window just off screen. As the curtain moves, hard-edged
light begins crawling across the room, and we see everything
clearly. Fred is wearing a robe and pajamas, it's early
morning.

CLOSE UP ON FRED'S FACE IN THE MIRROR - Blank expression -
face somewhat obscured or distorted by smoke from the
cigarette.

CLOSE UP ON FRED'S ACTUAL FACE - Unshaven, haggard look,
eyes seem empty, glazed over. Fred is 32 years old, with
dark hair.

THE DOORBELL RINGS. Fred looks up, startled by the noise.
He looks at the digital clock: 5:30 a.m.

FRED STANDS, goes to an INTERCOM on the wall next to the
mirror. He pushes a button.

A VOICE comes over the intercom.

VOICE OVER INTERCOM
Dick Laurent is dead.

Fred leaves the bedroom and goes through the house. He is on
the upstairs level. He looks through a narrow slot window,
but can't see the front door below. He goes further in the
house to a picture window that overlooks the street below.
There is NOBODY there.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DAY

We can see Fred standing at the picture window, looking out.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Fred is dressed to go out: Black sport coat and slacks,
buttoned up white shirt. He picks up a music case. A woman
comes into the room. This is Fred's wife, RENEE, 30 years
old, dark hair, dressed smartly, a drink in her hand.

RENEE
You don't mind that I'm not coming
tonight?

FRED
What are you going to do?

RENEE
I thought I'd stay home and read.

Fred looks her over, she's sexy without trying.

FRED
Read?... Read what, Renee?

Renee sits down on a couch and sips her drink. Fred comes
over to her, kisses her on the neck, which makes her laugh.

FRED
It's nice to know I can still make
you laugh.

RENEE
I like to laugh, Fred.

FRED
That's why I married you.

RENEE
Wake me up when you get home.

Fred brushes her cheek with his fingers, allowing them to
linger for a moment on her face.

CUT TO:

EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT

A blue neon sign reads: LUNA LOUNGE.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - NIGHT

Fred is on the bandstand. He takes a solo on his saxophone.
Fred plays hot, hard, neo-bop. The BAND wails madly behind
him. The PATRONS explode onto the dance floor, making it a
wild scene. Fred is a lion now, roaring away on his tenor,
driving everyone nuts.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - LATER

After the band quits to take a break, FEMALE FANS come onto
Fred, but he moves away, refusing their attentions.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - BACKSTAGE - LATER

Fred dials a pay phone.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

We move through the empty living room - empty bedroom, etc.
The ringing telephone goes unanswered.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - BACKSTAGE - NIGHT

CLOSE UP ON FRED'S FACE as he listens to the ringing. Sweat
is still rolling off his face. His eyes are blank.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

Fred's car pulls up in the driveway in front of his house.
Fred gets out, and goes into the house carrying his music
case.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

Fred puts down his music case, goes to the bedroom, and sees
Renee sleeping soundly.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DOORSTEPS - DAY

Renee in a bathrobe, opens the front door to collect the
mail. She sees a plain, clean, manila envelope lying on the
step. She picks it up.

CLOSE UP ON THE ENVELOPE - No stamp, no writing, blank. She
takes the mail from the box, and goes back into the house.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Renee opens the manila envelope. She's noticeably nervous
when she sees a videotape inside. She stares at it.

Fred enters, also wearing a bathrobe. He sees Renee staring
at the videotape - before she hears him enter. When she does
hear him, her eyes jerk away from the tape.

FRED
What's that?

RENEE
A videotape.

FRED
Who's it from?

RENEE
I don't know... There's no return
address on the envelope... In fact,
there's no address on it.

FRED
Does it say anything on the tape?

RENEE
(looking it over)
No, nothing.

Fred walks over and picks up the tape.

FRED
Well, let's see what's on it.

Fred takes the tape to the VCR. He inserts it into the
machine, and turns it on. Fred goes toward the couch.

FRED (CON'T)
(to Renee)
Come on.

They sit on the couch in front of the television.

The TV monitor: We begin on the TV, then the videotape fills
the entire frame. The videotape shows the front of THE MADISON
HOUSE, the camera panning slowly over it. The picture is
accompanied by an eerie DRONING SOUND. After the camera pans
back to the front door, the tape image turns to snow.

Fred and Renee stare at the snow for a few moments. Renee
looks relieved.

RENEE
It must be from a real estate agent.

FRED
Maybe.

We see a WIDE SHOT encompassing Fred, Renee, and the snowy
image on the TV.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DINING ROOM - DAY

Renee is seated at the dining room table - coffee cup and
grapefruit in front of her. She is wearing glasses, reading
a book. Fred enters, and sees Renee, who does not look up or
acknowledge him. Fred goes into the kitchen, which is just
off the dining room. He comes back into the dining room with
a cup of coffee, and sits down with it opposite Renee. He
lights up a cigarette, sips his coffee, and looks at her.

FRED
Good book, huh?

RENEE
(she looks up)
Huh?... oh, yeah, it is.

FRED
Same one you were reading the other
night?

RENEE
What night?

FRED
When you didn't come to the club.

RENEE
Oh. Oh, yeah. No. This is a different
one.

FRED
I called, you know.

RENEE
Called? When?

FRED
From the club. You didn't answer.

RENEE
I must have fallen asleep. I was
asleep when you got home, wasn't I?

FRED
You were asleep when I got home,
yes.

Renee goes back to her book. Fred sips his coffee and smokes.

RENEE
(without looking up)
I told you you could wake me up if
you wanted to.

Renee looks up at him now, takes off her glasses, and stares
at him.

CLOSE UP OF FRED'S FACE - a disturbed expression.

Renee seems about to say something more, but stops, puts her
glasses back on and resumes reading.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT

Fred is in bed waiting for Renee. He hears noises from the
bathroom - bottles clinking, drawers opening and closing.
Renee comes out wearing a robe, which she sheds just before
getting into bed. Naked under the covers, she switches out
her bedside lamp. The only light in the room comes from the
outside, through the windows. Fred moves closer to Renee,
puts his lips to her cheek, a hand on her breast. She does
not respond. Fred pulls Renee to him, and kisses her
passionately. Renee accedes to his demands, but does not
participate willingly. He makes love to her voraciously, but
her lack of passion disturbs him. Fred can't stop, however,
and when he comes she acts consolingly, stroking him
maternally while he calms down. He climbs off of her and
retreats to his side of the bed.

CLOSE UP ON FRED'S EYES - which express his horror and
humiliation.

They lie there in the dark silence for a while.

Fred turns back toward Renee in the darkness.

FRED
I had a dream about you last night...

RENEE
Yeah?

FRED
You were in the house... calling my
name... but I couldn't find you.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

FRED'S DREAM

Fred is walking slowly across the living room.

Fred's POV: moving - searching.

Fred stops and listens.

RENEE
(tentatively - distant
and off screen)
Fred? Fred, where are you?

The camera turns slowly back toward the hallway, and as it
drifts it RISES UP following along the hall and turning slowly
into the bedroom. Renee is lying below in the bed.

FRED (V.O.)
Then there you were... lying in bed...
but it wasn't you... It looked like
you... but it wasn't.

The camera suddenly dives violently at Renee - into a TIGHT
CLOSE UP. Her face registers TOTAL FEAR.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT

Fred is lying in bed with Renee, who is now backlit by her
bedside lamp. Fred looks at her shadowed face, but it's not
Renee's face. It's a face Fred has never seen before. Fred
quickly turns and switches on his bedside lamp, and looks
quickly back at Renee, whose face is now her own.

RENEE
Fred, are you all right?

Fred reaches out a hand and tenderly touches her face. Renee
covers his hand with her own, and closes her eyes.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DAY

Renee finds another envelope on the doorstep. She opens it,
pulls out a videotape. A large dog is BARKING incessantly
somewhere in the neighborhood. Renee looks around to see if
she can see the dog.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Renee brings the videotape upstairs with the rest of the
mail. She is a bit puzzled and unsettled. She puts the tape
down on a table. She stares at it. Fred comes in.

FRED
You're up early.

RENEE
That dog woke me. I lay there for a
while, then decided to get up.

FRED
Who the hell owns that dog?

Fred notices the tape and manila envelope on the table.

FRED
What's that? Another tape?

RENEE
Yes, I just found it on the step.

Fred picks it up.

FRED
Don't you want to watch it?

RENEE
I guess so.

Fred goes to the VCR and inserts the tape. He turns the
television on. He is about to start the tape - he looks up
for Renee. She's hanging back.

FRED
Well, do you wanna watch it?

Again, Renee seems to be nervous about what could be on the
tape, but she hides this from Fred and walks toward the couch.

RENEE
Yeah.

Renee sits on the couch. Fred starts the VCR and joins her.

As before, we first see it on the TV, then the videotape
fills the frame. This tape shows the front of the house, as
before, then shows the INTERIOR of Fred and Renee's house -
AT NIGHT.

The eerie DRONING SOUND goes throughout.

The camera glides at a very high angle near the ceilings
looking down as it travels along a hallway and turns into
their bedroom, where we see Fred and Renee sleeping. The
tape image then goes to snow.

Fred and Renee stare at the snowy TV picture. After a few
moments of silence, Renee gets up and switches off the set.
She is visibly shaken, trembling. She stares fearfully at
Fred who seems less disturbed.

RENEE
We've got to call the police.

FRED
All right.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Renee is on the telephone. Fred is pacing, smoking, behind
her.

RENEE
...yes, I've been on hold for ten
minutes... I can't... All right,
thanks.

Renee looks around anxiously. Fred gives her his cigarette,
which she puffs on. He lights another and continues pacing.

RENEE
Hello, yes... Good... My name is
Renee Madison... My husband is Fred
Madison, the jazz musician... we
live at 442 Hollis Street... Right...
442 Hollis... near the observatory...
Someone's been in the house... at
night... while we were sleeping... I
know because they sent, dropped off
a videotape... two videotapes... to
show us... That's right... Yes...
it... the second one... shows us
asleep... Someone broke in and taped
us while we slept!... Isn't that
enough?... Okay, sure... We will...
442 Hollis... Yes, we'll be here.

Renee hangs up.

FRED
So?

RENEE
Two detectives are coming out.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Two men in suits - the Detectives, ED and AL, are seated on
the couch, watching the last part of the second videotape.
The screen goes to snow and stays that way for several
moments, until Fred shuts it off.

FRED
That's it.

ED
Let's have a look at the hallway
outside the bedroom.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY

All four of them go to the hallway, where Ed and Al look
around, especially up toward the ceiling.

AL
Very strange.

RENEE
What is?

AL
The angle. The high angle shot on
the tape.

ED
How'd the camera get so high like
that?

AL
And smooth... Almost no movement -
back and forth, I mean.

ED
Like you'd get if it was hand held.

AL
Right... This just glided along.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY

The Detectives enter the bedroom. Fred and Renee follow.

ED
This is the bedroom.

The Detectives look around without touching anything.

AL
Do you always sleep here?... In this
room?... Both of you?

FRED
This is our bedroom.

ED
There's no other bedroom?

FRED
No... There is, I mean, I use it as
a practice room... it's soundproofed.

AL
You're a musician?

FRED
Yes, I thought my wife...

ED
What's your axe?

FRED
Tenor... Tenor saxophone. Do you...

ED
(shakes his head)
Tone deaf.

AL
(to Renee)
Do you own a video camera?

RENEE
No. Fred hates them.

The Detectives both look at Fred.

FRED
I like to remember things my own
way.

AL
What do you mean by that?

FRED
How I remember them. Not necessarily
the way they happened.

ED
Do you have an alarm system?

RENEE
Yes, actually we do... but we haven't
been using it.

AL
Why not?

FRED
It kept going off for some reason.
False alarms.

ED
Might be a good time to try using it
again.

AL
Anybody else have a key to the house.

RENEE
No.

AL
Maid? Relative?

RENEE
No, one of us is always here to let
the maid in. Nobody else has a key.

ED
(to Al)
Let's check the doors and windows...
See if there's been a break-in.

They all leave the bedroom.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE FRONT DOOR - DAY

Ed is checking the door for marks.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Fred's POV: He's watching Ed and Al with Renee who are outside
the house, walking around the property, checking it out.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - DAY

Ed and Al are standing by an unmarked police car with Fred
and Renee. The Detectives are about to depart.

AL
We'll keep a watch on the house.

ED
As best we can.

AL
If anything else happens, you'll
call us.

Al hands Fred a card. Ed hands Renee a card.

RENEE
We will.

FRED
Thanks, guys.

ED
It's what we do.

Ed and Al get into the car and drive off. Renee and Fred
look at each other, warily, then go back into the house. THE
CAMERA SLOWLY PANS OVER THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AS IN THE
VIDEOTAPE.

FADE OUT:

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - NIGHT

Fred is on the bandstand, sweating, and honking his saxophone.
He handles the horn roughly, braying like a beast as the
CROWD gathered in front of the stage gyrates as one swept
away in the madness of the moment.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - SAME

At the back, near the side door, Renee can be seen with TWO
MEN, only one of whose faces we see. The trio are going out
the side door led by one of the men; we see only the back of
his head. Renee glances briefly at the bandstand before she
exits with the two men.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - BANDSTAND - SAME

CLOSE UP OF

FRED as he plays, seemingly oblivious to his surroundings.
His eyes open and shut as he clamps down on the horn.

CUT TO:

INT. LUNA LOUNGE - SAME

In the back of the club, the side door slowly closes.

FADE OUT:

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - STAIRWELL / LIVING ROOM - DAY

Fred is standing in the living room looking in the direction
of the stairwell. We HEAR someone's steps coming up the
stairs. It's Renee, who eventually comes into view. She is
holding another manila envelope. She arrives at the top step.

She and Fred lock eyes.

Fred takes the envelope, opens it, and pulls out a third
videotape. without saying anything, Fred takes the tape to
the VCR. He inserts it very carefully, slowly. He hits play,
turns on the television and he and Renee sit down on the
couch together and begin to watch with great apprehension.

Again we begin with a WIDE SHOT and then the TV monitor fills
the screen: We see the interior of the house at night. The
camera glides looking down from a high angle along the hallway
and into the bedroom, where Fred and Renee are sleeping.

Again, the DRONING SOUND plays throughout.

In the bedroom where Fred and Renee are seen sleeping,
SUDDENLY, Fred, on the tape, slowly awakens as the camera
holds on him. He rises and turns unnaturally in the bed, as
if drawn up by his awareness of some strange presence in the
room. He comes to a sitting position, his head straining
upwards, looking in the direction of the camera. At this
point, the videotape image turns to snow.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Fred and Renee are on the couch. The TV remains on, showing
snow.

Renee is very upset, crying.

RENEE
What the hell is going on?!

FRED
(equally horrified -
frightened)
I wish I knew.

Fred reaches over and tentatively takes Renee's hand in his.
She trembles, allows him to touch her, but otherwise does
not respond. Suddenly, she jumps with fright.

RENEE
What was that?!!!

FRED
What?

RENEE
On the tape! There was something
else on the tape.

Fred gets up and rewinds it, passing an image.

RENEE
There! Play it!

Fred runs the tape forward.

We see snow - then a half-second long MEDIUM SHOT of Fred on
his knees near the bedroom wall on Renee's side of the bed.
He is looking directly at the camera - his face a ghastly
grimace, contorted. His eyes are WIDE WITH HORROR.

Fred runs it back again and FREEZES the tape there on his
tormented image. This image fills the screen. He and Renee
stare at it.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

The Detectives, with Fred and Renee are seated on chairs and
the couch. The three videotapes in their manila envelopes
are stacked on a coffee table in the center.

AL
You don't remember being awakened?
It looks like you were aware of
someone.

ED
Or something.

FRED
No, I don't remember anything. it
looks like I... but... I don't
remember.

RENEE
Why would anyone do something like
this?

AL
Has anyone made any threats to either
of you recently?

ED
Or not so recently?

FRED
No, not to me.

Al, Ed and Fred all look at Renee.

RENEE
I... no. No. No threats.

ED
We'll take the tapes with us, if
that's all right with you?

Ed looks at Fred, then Renee, both of whom nod their
agreement.

AL
We'll see that the patrol of the
house is doubled.

RENEE
I don't know if I want to stay here.
I don't feel safe.

FRED
Where would you feel safe?

RENEE
I don't know. Maybe a hotel.

Ed and Al are watching this exchange between Fred and Renee
with keen interest.

There is a strained silence between them.

ED
Did you use the alarm system since
we were here last?

FRED
The first night... Not the last two.

AL
Why not?

FRED
(shrugs)
I forgot. Anyway, I hate the idea of
acting paranoid.

RENEE
Acting paranoid?!!! Someone is in
our house while we're sleeping,
filming us, and you don't want to
act paranoid?!!! I thought you set
the alarm!

Fred gets up, lights a cigarette, paces.

FRED
I'll make sure the alarm is set from
now on.

RENEE
But that doesn't solve the problem.
Who is doing this? And why?

Ed and Al rise from their chairs. Ed picks up the envelopes.

AL
We'll find out, Mrs. Madison.

Renee stands with the Detectives. Fred stands apart - his
expression, pained and bewildered.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - NIGHT

A swinging party is in progress at Andy's house - the man
whose face we saw at the Luna Lounge with Renee. ANDY, 37
years old, a slick guy, is seen moving through the crowd,
making small talk, kissing and being kissed. The PEOPLE here
are wannabe players, the men mostly shady, gold-chain-
wearing, slightly unsavory types; the women dressed
provocatively, big hair and skin-tight dresses. Through
sliding glass doors we see nude and semi-nude people cavorting
in a swimming pool. Everyone has a drink in his or her hand.
Renee finishes her drink and hands the empty glass to Fred
who walks away with it. Andy grabs Renee, and dances with
her. They laugh and talk. Renee appears to be a bit
intoxicated.

Fred, who appears less than thrilled with the carryings on,
makes his way to the open bar where he orders two drinks.
When the drinks arrive he drains one of them completely,
then sets the empty glass down on the bar. Then he swallows
the other drink, too, and sets down the glass.

A MYSTERY MAN, tall, well-dressed and groomed, older than
Fred, approaches him.

MYSTERY MAN
We've met before, haven't we?

FRED
I don't think so. Where was it that
you think we've met?

MYSTERY MAN
At your house. Don't you remember?

FRED
(surprised)
No, no I don't. Are you sure?

MYSTERY MAN
Of course. In fact, I'm there right
now.

FRED
(incredulous)
What do you mean? You're where right
now?

MYSTERY MAN
At your house.

FRED
That's absurd.

The Mystery Man reaches into his coat pocket, takes out a
cellular phone and holds it out to Fred.

MYSTERY MAN
Call me.

Fred snickers, like this is a bad joke. The Mystery Man puts
the phone into Fred's hand.

MYSTERY MAN
Dial your number.

Fred hesitates, puzzled.

MYSTERY MAN
Go ahead.

Fred shrugs, laughs, dials his number. We HEAR a pick up as
we stay on FRED'S FACE.

PHONE VOICE OF MYSTERY MAN
I told you I was here.

Fred, still holding the phone, stares at the man standing in
front of him.

FRED
How did you do that?

The Mystery Man points to the phone.

MYSTERY MAN
Ask me.

Fred, mirthful at first, as if it is a party trick of some
kind, suddenly turns serious - it's obvious he's thinking
now of the videotapes. He speaks into the phone.

FRED
(angrily)
How did you get into my house?

PHONE VOICE OF MYSTERY MAN
You invited me. It's not my habit to
go where I'm not wanted.

Fred looks at the man in front of him, but speaks again into
the phone.

FRED
Who are you?

The man laughs - identical laughs - both over the phone and
in person.

PHONE VOICE OF MYSTERY MAN
Give me my phone back.

The man in front of Fred reaches out his hand for the phone.
Fred hears the line go dead, and he slowly passes the phone
back to the Mystery Man who takes it, folds it, and puts it
in his pocket.

MYSTERY MAN
It's been a pleasure talking to you.

The man walks away from Fred. Renee appears and comes up to
Fred.

RENEE
I thought you were getting me a drink?

FRED
Just a minute.

He takes Renee by the arm and goes over to the host of the
party, Andy. He grabs Andy and points across the room toward
the Mystery Man, who is engaged in conversation with OTHER
GUESTS.

FRED
Andy, who is that guy?

ANDY
(looking at the Mystery
Man)
I don't know his name. He's a friend
of Dick Laurent's, I think.

FRED
Dick Laurent?

ANDY
Yes, I believe so.

FRED
(remembering something)
But Dick Laurent is dead, isn't he?

ANDY
He is? I didn't think you knew Dick.
How do you know he's dead?

Andy and Renee exchange a worried look, which Fred does not
notice.

FRED
I don't. I don't know him.

ANDY
(angrily)
Dick can't be dead. Who told you he
was dead?

RENEE
Honey, who?... Who's dead?

Fred takes Renee by the arm away from Andy.

FRED
Let's go home.

RENEE
But...

FRED
Now! We're leaving now! I didn't
want to come here in the first place.

Fred drags the reluctant Renee out of Andy's house.

CUT TO:

INT. CAR - NIGHT

Fred is driving fast and recklessly. Renee is drunk and is
smiling at him.

FRED
How'd you meet that asshole, Andy,
anyway?

Renee stares out the front window - thinks back.

RENEE
It was a long time ago... I met him
at this place called Moke's... We...
became friends... He told me about a
job...

FRED
What job?

RENEE
I don't remember... Anyway, Andy's
okay...

FRED
He's got some fucked up friends.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - NIGHT

Fred and Renee's car pulls up in front of their house. Fred
jumps out of the car.

FRED
Stay in the car!

Fred enters the house, careful to turn off the alarm first.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

There are only a couple of dim lights on, the house is mostly
dark. Fred moves slowly and carefully through his house -
searching each room for a possible intruder.

Fred's POV - moving creepily room by room through the dark
house - past the telephone - down the hall to the bedroom.

There is NO ONE there.

He goes back outside for Renee.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - NIGHT

Renee is standing next to the car, shivering.

FRED
I told you to stay in the car!

RENEE
Why? what is it? Why did you make me
wait out here?

FRED
I thought there might be somebody
inside.

RENEE
Was there?

FRED
No... of course not.

They enter the house.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

Fred switches on more lights.

RENEE
It's so odd... Waiting out there, I
had the strangest feeling... Like
this had happened before. I mean,
your telling me to stay outside while
you went in like that.

Fred looks at Renee, then continues to look around the house,
disturbed, seriously disquieted. Renee, still tipsy, follows
him, moving from room to room.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM, ETC. - NIGHT

Fred and Renee are preparing to go to bed. Renee goes into
the bathroom off the bedroom. Fred takes another look out
into the hallway.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - HALLWAY - NIGHT

Fred walks down the hallway.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Fred looks around the dark living room. Then absentmindedly,
he begins to inspect objects. He picks up an ashtray and
studies it - lost in thought.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT

Renee is washing her face, standing at the sink in her slip.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Fred is staring at himself in a mirror.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT

Renee comes in. Fred is not there. She goes to the door and
peeks down the hallway.

RENEE
(tentatively)
Fred? Fred, where are you?

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

No one is in the living room now - but a SHADOW moves slowly
across a wall.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - HALLWAY - NIGHT

Renee's POV - down the hallway. There is just darkness at
the end of the hall. It is EERIE. After a moment, Fred slowly
walks out of the darkness toward Renee. He walks out of the
shot and the camera remains on the rectangle of darkness at
the end of the hall.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Footsteps can be heard on the stairs. Fred's head appears at
the top of the stairway. He comes up into the living room
carrying a manila envelope, like the ones previously received.
His expression is strained. He is alone. Fred pulls a
videotape out of the envelope and inserts it in the VCR,
turns it on. He sits on the couch and watches. We go from a
WIDE SHOT to a FULL FRAME SHOT of the video.

On the tape is the same nighttime interior of the house,
accompanied by the DRONING SOUND. The camera moves eerily
down the hall toward the bedroom, sliding at a high angle.
The camera turns slowly into the bedroom - looking down.

BLOOD is splattered over the floor, bed, walls. The camera
drifts. THE DEAD BODY OF RENEE lies on the floor at the foot
of the bed. She is badly mutilated. Fred is hovering over
her on the tape, ON HIS KNEES, A HORRIFIED, UNBELIEVING
EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE. On the tape, Fred turns away from
Renee - his hands raised, dripping blood - her blood. His
movements are almost mechanical, constricted, as he strains
strangely upwards seemingly against his will, as if feeling
some enormous pressure. He looks directly at the camera, his
face a ghastly grimace, contorted, just before the taped
image goes to snow.

CUT TO:

INT. THE MADISON HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY

Fred, sitting in front of the TV, shudders as the tape ends.
He sits trembling, attempts to speak, almost chokes, and
finally releases a tortured, warbly cry.

FRED
Renee!

Fred looks up as if seeing something, he starts to stand,
staggering, partially paralyzed.

FRED
(Shouting)
RENEE!

CUT TO:

INT. POLICE STATION - INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT

Fred's POV: A BIG FIST slams into Fred's face, knocking him
back in a chair. Ed and Al are standing in front of Fred.

ED
Stay put, killer!

The Detectives' POV: Fred's face is a bloody mask. He is
crying, whimpering.

FRED
I didn't kill her! Tell me I didn't
kill her!

CUT TO:

INT. JAIL CELL - DAY

Fred, his lips and eyes swollen, sits on a cot, dressed in
jail clothes. He studies his hands, which appear crippled.
He flexes the fingers, slowly, painfully.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DAY

We are in back of the house tracking slowly past the bedroom
and living room windows. Inside the house, INVESTIGATORS and
FORENSIC EXPERTS are moving around, measuring, scraping
samples of carpet, searching for fingerprints on furniture.

CUT TO:

INT. CITY MORGUE - NIGHT

Renee's CORPSE on a slab is rolled into an examining room by
an ATTENDANT. The entrance of the body is shown reflected in
a chrome-framed mirror that juts out from a tile wall. The
Attendant prepares for the impending autopsy, laying out a
rack of instruments, positioning the corpse. As he is doing
these things, the MEDICAL EXAMINER enters, accompanied by
his GIRLFRIEND. The M.E. is dressed formally, in a tuxedo.
The young woman is wearing a slinky dress with a fur wrap,
pearls, spike heels. The couple are close; she has an arm
through his, and she laughs, nervously. He is smoking a
cigarette.

ATTENDANT
Hi, doc. Workin' late tonight, huh?

M.E.
Party at the mayor's house, George.
This is his daughter, Joyce.

ATTENDANT
Howdy, Joyce.

JOYCE
Howdy, George.

The Attendant uncovers the body - individual parts are wrapped
like packages from a butcher's shop, and labeled: L. ARM,
HEAD, R. BREST (misspelled).

M.E.
(looking at the
packages)
Just like Christmas.

He begins to unwrap them.

JOYCE
I don't know if I can watch this.

The M.E. tosses his cigarette down on the floor. The camera
goes down on the smoking cigarette butt on the floor drain;
smoldering there among hair and flesh gristle on the drain's
filter screen.

M.E.
(Voice-over)
Leave any time you want, lover. I
won't take it personally.

The camera stays on the drain as we HEAR the M.E. unwrapping
the packaged body parts. Joyce's high heels enter the frame
around the drain. She is stepping nervously, like a spooked
horse. The clatter of her heels is very loud. We hear the
M.E. chuckle.

M.E.
(Voice-over)
Easy, girl, easy.

JOYCE
You talking to me or... her?

M.E.
(laughs)
A corpse can tell you plenty, Joyce.

CUT TO:

INT. COURTROOM - DAY

The camera is behind a female FOREMAN in the jury box. The
shot begins on her shoes and travels up her body as she
stands. Over her left shoulder we see Fred standing at the
defense table. Over her right shoulder the JUDGE is seated.

JUDGE
Have you reached a verdict?

FOREMAN
Yes, we have, your honor.

JUDGE
Please hand it to the bailiff.

The BAILIFF goes to the Foreman, takes the paper from her,
then takes it to the Judge. The Judge opens it and reads it
to himself, then hands it back to the Bailiff, who returns
it to the Foreman.

JUDGE
And what is your verdict?

The camera moves to Fred, registering his tension. The camera
goes to the Foreman's face.

FOREMAN
We the jury find the defendant guilty
of murder in the first degree.

Fred faints. He is lifted up by his ATTORNEY and GUARDS in
attendance. Fred revives slightly.

JUDGE
Fred Madison, the jury having found
you guilty of murder in the first
degree, it is my order that on a
date to be determined, you be put to
death in the electric chair.

We see Fred's eyes roll open as he cranes his neck around
and upwards, looking at the video camera high on the wall of
the courtroom, pointing down on him.

CUT TO:

INT. LINGERIE SHOP - DAY

MARIAN and RAQUEL, two exquisite young women, are looking
over the merchandise.

RAQUEL
Did you see that about the guy who
chopped up his wife into a million
pieces?

MARIAN
How could I miss it? The TV won't
quit with that stuff.

RAQUEL
They're gonna cook him.

MARIAN
Andy's from Utah. He says there you
have a choice... You can die by
hanging or by firing squad.

RAQUEL
Which would you choose?

Marian holds up a black teddy to her body.

MARIAN
Andy would go for this, don't you
think?... Firing squad, definitely.

RAQUEL
Do they aim for the head or for the
heart?

MARIAN
The heart, I guess.

RAQUEL
I wouldn't... The brain would know
what's going on. Your heart would be
ripped open trying to pump blood,
blood pouring into the chest cavity.
Savage pain, Marian.

Raquel takes a red teddy and holds it up to her chest.

MARIAN
Oh, that's hot... So you'd rather be
hung, huh?

They both giggle at the obvious joke.

RAQUEL
Absolutely... Soon as your neck snaps,
you black out. It might take a while
for the body to die, but you wouldn't
feel it.

Marian reaches for a pair of panties with a hole in the
crotch.

MARIAN
You might be right, Raquel.

Marian sticks a finger through the hole in the panties and
wiggles it. The girls giggle. Raquel sees Andy walking into
the store. He is sneaking up behind Marian, and motions with
a finger to his lips to Raquel not to say anything. When
Andy gets directly behind Marian, he puts his hands over her
eyes.

ANDY
Guess who?

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - DAY

Fred, in the custody of GUARDS, wearing handcuffs and leg
irons, is being escorted to his cell. He appears zombie-like
as the guards open the cell door, unlock and remove his
shackles, and lock him in.

GUARD
Make yourself to home, fella.

The guards leave. Fred stands near the cell door, begins to
look around at the four walls, the single cot, the wash basin,
and the toilet bowl without a seat. He hears the muffled,
DISTORTED NOISES - VOICES from the surrounding cells. Lost
voices - the voices of death row. Fred realizes where he is
now. He walks over to the cot and slowly sinks down and sits
on the edge. Fred perched on the cot in his cell resembles a
man adrift on a tiny raft in the middle of an ocean.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - DAY

A TRUSTEE is pushing a meal cart along the row. At each door,
the Trustee stops and takes a tray off the cart. He shoves
the meal tray through a slot in the door. We watch him
distribute the trays down the long row of cells.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW HALLWAY - NIGHT

The hallway is quiet - distant sounds reverberate.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - DAY

Fred sits on the edge of his bed, a tray of prison food sits
on the floor - uneaten.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred lies awake on his cot - he stares at the ceiling.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW HALLWAY - NIGHT

The hallway is quiet - distant sounds reverberate.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - EXERCISE YARD - DAY

This is a small narrow yard, not the large exercise yard for
population. This yard is for use by death row prisoners only,
to exercise in one hour each day, by himself. Fred is released
into the area, which is more like a dog run. The Guards watch
Fred as he walks slowly up and down the exercise yard.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - NIGHT

There is more activity on the row tonight than usual. A COUPLE
of MEN in suits walk through with an air of authority.

There is a building murmur among the prisoners.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred sits on the edge of his bed, listening as sound of the
prisoners builds. He's shaking.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - NIGHT

TWO GUARDS are standing at the guard station.

GUARD #1
(very quietly -
solemnly)
Here he comes.

Several of the men in suits, along with several GUARDS, and
a CLERGYMAN, a PRISONER in the middle of the group, enter
the hallway. They proceed past the guard station down the
hall. As the procession files by, DEATH ROW INMATES come to
their doors and talk to the prisoner.

INMATE #1
See you soon, Sammy. Don't think
takin' a jolt is gonna get you outta
payin' me back the twenty you owe
me.

INMATE #2
Don't take it personal, pal.

INMATE #3
Un fuerte abrazo, amigo!

As the men march down the hallway, they pass Fred's cell.
His window panel is empty. The camera stops on Fred's cell
door, as we HEAR other prisoners talking to the inmate on
his way to the ELECTRIC CHAIR.

INMATE #4
Hang in there, honey.

INMATE #5
Keep an eye out for me, Sammy G.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred sits on his bed, listening fearfully. The camera stays
on Fred as we HEAR:

INMATE #6
Show 'em you got big stones, bro.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH CHAMBER - NIGHT

The prisoner is strapped into the electric chair. Behind a
glass partition WITNESSES are seated. One of the men in suits,
the WARDEN, goes to a telephone on the wall and stands with
his hand on the receiver. He picks it up.

WARDEN
(into phone)
Line check.
(pause)
Okay.

The Warden hangs up the telephone and stays next to it.

We see one of the condemned man's WRISTS being clamped with
an electrical device. The other wrist is clamped.

A metal halo is placed around the condemned man's head. A
large electrical cable leads off from the halo.

Electrically conductive ointment is smeared around the areas
where the clamps have been placed.

The Clergyman moves close to the condemned man continuing to
give the man his last rites. When he is finished, he nods to
the Warden. The Warden approaches the condemned man.

WARDEN
Any final words, Sam?

The condemned man shakes his head "no".

The Warden and the others clear the room and the doors are
locked.

The EXECUTIONER steps into place near a huge lever. He looks
to the Warden.

The Witnesses sit in silent anticipation.

The hands of the clock on the wall have moved past midnight.

The Warden takes one last look through a window at the
condemned man - then nods to the Executioner.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred sits frozen at the edge on his bed.

A distant but LOUD ELECTRICAL HUM begins.

Fred's head jerks upward to the light on his ceiling. It has
dimmed to almost nothing.

Fred sits in the humming darkness.

SLOW DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - EXERCISE YARD - DAY

The Guards release Fred into the yard for his exercise. At
first the sunlight is blinding, and Fred covers his eyes.
He moves along the wall, tentative, his fingers feeling the
way. Finally he slumps down on his haunches, back leaned
against the wall, eyes closed, letting the sun hit his face.
Very soon, however, the sun passes behind a cloud and Fred
is bathed in shade. Fred stands up, but is almost immediately
hit by a searing pain in his head. Fred holds his head with
his hands, sinks down to his knees. The Guard, who has been
observing Fred from the doorway, comes over to him.

GUARD
Something wrong?

FRED
My... My head.

GUARD
Headache, huh? Too much sun, I guess.
You want to come in? Still got forty-
five minutes outside if you want it.

FRED
No, no. I want to go in.

The guard assists Fred back inside the building.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - DAY

Fred is on his cot, holding his head. He is obviously in
pain. He gets up and staggers to the cell door. Fred pushes
a CALL button next to the door to summon a guard. The GUARD
comes and speaks to Fred through a double mesh opening.

GUARD
What's bothering you, Madison?

FRED
The pain is getting worse. I need
more aspirin.

GUARD
I can't give you anymore. I'll talk
to the doctor.

The guard leaves. Fred collapses to the floor of the cell,
writhing in pain.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - INFIRMARY DAY

Fred is brought in wearing handcuffs and leg irons, a GUARD
on either arm. He is placed on a chair in the middle of the
room. The guards stand one on each side of him. A DOCTOR
enters. He is in late-middle age, with serious eyebrows.
Fred's head is hanging down, chin on chest. The Doctor lifts
Fred's head and we see dark circles under Fred's eyes; his
face is pale, teeth clenched, eyes tearing. The Doctor takes
a light utensil from his pocket, and inspects each of Fred's
eyes. He feels Fred's forehead. After this, he allows Fred's
head to drop down again. The Doctor takes Fred's pulse. He
drops Fred's wrist. He next takes Fred's blood pressure.

DOCTOR
You sleeping okay?

FRED
(strained whisper)
I can't sleep.

The Doctor goes over to a cabinet, unlocks a drawer, and
removes a large blue pill. He fills a paper cup with water
from a dispenser, goes back to Fred and places the pill in
Fred's mouth. The Doctor tilts Fred's head up and pours the
water down his throat, some of it dribbling down the front
of Fred's shirt. The Doctor looks into Fred's mouth to make
sure he swallowed the pill.

DOCTOR
You'll sleep now.
(to Guards)
Take him back to his cell.

The guards lift Fred by his arms, and shuffle march him out
of the infirmary.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred awakens on his cot. He turns and sits up in the darkness.
A stream of light through the slot window illumines Fred's
head, the forehead of which is swollen and discolored. He
staggers up and shuffles over to the call button, which he
leans on. A few moments later, a GUARD appears on the other
side of the mesh.

GUARD
What is it?

FRED
Aspirin... fly head. I gotta have
more aspirin.

GUARD
The doctor said not to give you
anything. You can see him in the
morning.

FRED
But my head...

The guard looks at Fred through the window, and what he sees
disturbs him. The guard makes a strange face.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW HALLWAY - NIGHT

The guard walks away from Fred's door to the guard station,
where another GUARD is sitting at a table, reading a magazine.

GUARD #1
Shit, that wife killer's lookin'
pretty fucked up.

GUARD #2
(not looking up from
his magazine)
Which one?

They both laugh.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - SAME - NIGHT

Fred is on the floor lying on back. The camera comes slowly
down at him from the ceiling, like a weight pressing on his
head. Fred's pain is demonstrably overwhelming him now. He
moans and rolls from side to side in the dimness, making
grotesque, otherworldly sounds. As the camera moves into a
CLOSE UP, the last image of Fred's head shows the discolored
swelling has increased. Fred looks up, sensing something.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - NIGHT

There is a "For Sale" sign posted in front. The camera pans
slowly as in the videotape across the front of the house.
The interior of the house is dark, but fleetingly we are
aware of movement, shadows inside.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Marian and Raquel are in the living room, attired in the
undergarments they purchased at the lingerie store. HOT MUSIC
is BLARING from a stereo. Marian and Raquel are dancing, as
sexy and wild as it is possible for them to be. Andy is lying
on his back on the rug, dressed only in undershorts and socks,
the girls stomping feet stepping furiously around his head
and body. His eyes are closed at first, but when he opens
them, he sees their feet in a blur. He tries to get up, but
he is too strung out, and he collapses again. Marian and
Raquel take him by his hands and feet and begin pulling him
around the room as they dance. Andy is blitzed, smiling
moronically. The girls' breasts tumble out of their teddies.
Raquel drops her end of Andy, turns up the music even louder,
and dances into a frenzy. Marian drops to her knees, Andy's
feet on either side of her, shaking her shoulders and whipping
her hair around. Andy makes another attempt to sit up - he
looks at Marian, reaches for her but falls back, dead to the
world. Raquel and Marian don't quit.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred is still curled on the floor, but spasms begin to rock
his body. He goes into convulsions, blood gushes from his
nostrils. His head is badly swollen. Fred vomits repeatedly,
and drags around in his mess. Fred turns, straining upwards
as we've seen him do before. His face and head are hideously
deformed.

Fred brings his shaking, tortured hand to his forehead. He
pulls his hand down across his face squeezing it as it goes.
As his hand passes over his face, Fred's features are removed
leaving a blank, white mass with eye sockets.

We move into the eye sockets and beyond.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. TWO-LANE HIGHWAY - NIGHT

We see a clean moving POV illuminated by headlights. We are
floating down an old two-lane highway through a desolate,
desert landscape. This gliding, eerie POV continues until
the headlights illuminate a figure standing at the side of
the road. This figure is a man, PETE DAYTON. Pete turns,
unsettled, as he looks directly at us as we move closer to
him.

The ghost image of a house appears behind Pete. There is a
girl, SHEILA, standing on the lawn in front of the house.
She is afraid and is trying to communicate with Pete. Pete
doesn't seem to hear her and continues to stare directly at
us. Now Pete seems to move toward us as we move toward him.
His head fills the screen.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - NIGHT

Fred's blank face begins to contort and take on the
appearance, feature by feature, of Pete Dayton.

Fred Madison is becoming Pete Dayton.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. PRISON - DAWN

We watch the sun rise outside the prison, ascending over the
strands of barbed-wire above the wall.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - MORNING

A GUARD is making his early morning rounds. He stops at each
cell and looks in, making a mark with a pencil on a piece of
paper on a clipboard. when he comes to Fred's cell, he is
about to make a check-mark, but looks in again and appears
confused. THE MAN INSIDE IS NOT FRED.

GUARD
Who are you? What are you doing in
this cell?

The MAN in the cell sits still on the cot, staring straight
ahead. The man is thin, younger than Fred.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW HALLWAY - MORNING

The guard hurries over to the guard station. He picks up the
telephone and dials. He begins to sweat.

GUARD
This is Johnny Mack at station 8.
Yeah, look, somethin' crazy's
happened. No, I mean, Madison ain't
in his cell. No, there's somebody
in there, but it ain't Madison! Right,
right. Okay... Captain Henderson's
comin'?... Right.

Johnny Mack hangs up. He sweats. He walks back down the row
and looks in again at Fred's cell.

JOHNNY MACK
F-u-u-u-ck me!

He walks back to the station. A supervisor arrives, CAPTAIN
HENDERSON.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Now, Mack, what's the situation?

JOHNNY MACK
I'm not entirely certain, Captain.
You'll have to see for yourself.

Together they walk quickly to Fred's cell and look in.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
That's not Fred Madison?

JOHNNY MACK
No, sir, it's not.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Who is it?

JOHNNY MACK
I couldn't say, sir... Captain
Henderson?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Yeah, Mack?

JOHNNY MACK
Captain... this is some spooky shit
we got here.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - WARDEN'S OFFICE - DAY

Captain Henderson is standing in front of a desk, behind
which the Warden is seated. A nameplate on the desk reads:
WARDEN MARSHALL R. CLEMENTS.

WARDEN
Repeat that, Bill.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Warden, it's not him. It was not
Fred Madison in that cell.

WARDEN
Of course, it's Madison!!! Who else
could it be?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
I don't know. The guards say they've
never seen him before.

WARDEN
Where is he now?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
He's in the infirmary, being examined.

WARDEN
Did you ask him who he is?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
He... He can't talk. it appears as
if he can't talk, anyway.

WARDEN
If he's not Madison, then where's
Madison?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
I've got men searching the building
and the grounds now.

The Warden stands up and comes around the desk.

WARDEN
I want to take a look at this man
myself.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - INFIRMARY - DAY

The man from Fred's cell is just finishing being
fingerprinted.

The doctor with serious eyebrows - DR. ROGOFF - is inspecting
the man's face. The Warden enters with Captain Henderson.
GUARDS are standing by the door and at strategic spots in
the room.

WARDEN
What is this, Rogoff?

DR. ROGOFF
I don't know yet.

Dr. Rogoff begins to draw blood from the man's arm. He takes
several vials. The man watches the blood coming out of his
arm, but doesn't seem to understand where he is or what is
happening to him.

WARDEN
Who is this man?

DR. ROGOFF
He's just been fingerprinted, and
I'll run these blood tests right
away. We'll find out soon enough.

Dr. Rogoff opens the man's mouth and peers in with a pencil
light.

WARDEN
He's not Madison?

DR. ROGOFF
(slowly, deliberately)
Not even close.

Dr. Rogoff stands up, puts the light in his breast pocket.

DR. ROGOFF
I examined Madison last night,
Marshall. He had a headache.

WARDEN
A headache?

DR. ROGOFF
I did a routine once-over, and gave
him a sleeping pill. I've never seen
this man before. Neither have the
guards. I don't think he's in the
system.

The Warden moves closer to the man - he looks closely at
him.

WARDEN
Where the hell did you come from,
mister?

CLOSE UP OF THE MAN - he's staring straight up.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - WARDEN'S OFFICE - DAY

Present are the Warden, Captain Henderson and TWO other PRISON
OFFICIALS. The Warden is looking at a computer next to his
desk.

WARDEN
Well, gentlemen, we know who the
stranger is. His name is Peter Raymond
Dayton. He's twenty-four years old.
His birthday is April 21st. He was
born and raised right here. He lives
with his parents, William and Claire
Dayton at 814 Garland Avenue. Pete
Dayton was arrested five years ago
for auto theft, for which he was put
on probation for one year. That was
his first and only offense. No record
since then.

Warden Clements looks up, takes a deep breath and stares at
the men in front of him.

WARDEN
How about Madison? Have we had even
a hint of his whereabouts?

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Nothing, Marsh. Vanished. There's an
APB out on him. His photo's been
faxed nationwide.

PRISON OFFICIAL #1
I had a call from the governor's
office about this.

WARDEN
How the hell does she know?

PRISON OFFICIAL #1
There's press outside right now.

WARDEN
How the hell...

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
One of the guards must have leaked
it.

WARDEN
What's the word on the street?

PRISON OFFICIAL #2
Only that Madison has apparently
escaped. Nothing about the other
guy.

WARDEN
Good, let's keep it that way. Keep a
lid on Dayton. Nothing gets out about
him.

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INT. PRISON - DEATH ROW - DAY

Johnny Mack walks down the row and enters Fred's cell.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - FRED'S CELL - DAY

Johnny Mack looks around, up and down the walls, half peers
under the cot, then - checking first to see no other guard
is watching him - he looks inside the toilet bowl, then gets
down on his knees and really looks under the cot. He gets up
and sits down on the bed. He rubs a hand over his face. Johnny
Mack is clearly perplexed.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - MEDIA ROOM - DAY

A press conference is being held. Present are REPORTERS, TV
cameras, et al. The Warden and Captain Henderson represent
the prison.

WARDEN
I have a statement to read... Fred
Madison, an inmate being held on
death row has, apparently... has
escaped. An all-points bulletin has
been issued to authorities not only
statewide, but nationwide. We are
confident that he will be apprehended
very soon. No further details are
available at this time. Thank you
very much.

REPORTER
Warden, nobody's ever escaped from
death row before. How did he get
out?

The Warden and Captain Henderson leave the room without
answering.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - LONG CORRIDOR - DAY

Pete's parents, BILL and CLAIRE DAYTON, escorted by a PRISON
GUARD, are approaching the Warden's office. It is a long
walk along the corridor and the camera examines them in detail
as they get closer and closer to the office. The Daytons are
a middle-aged, San Fernando Valley couple. Bill Dayton is
wearing a sport shirt with the short-sleeves rolled up. His
skin is leathery, tanned and his thinning hair is slicked
back in a duck-tail. He's working-class, ex-biker. Claire
Dayton was obviously a good looking "chick" who's gone to
seed from too much sun, cigarettes and booze. She retains
the remnants of a good figure, but it's going fast. Claire
is wearing sunglasses.

CUT TO:

INT. PRISON - WARDEN'S OFFICE - DAY

The Daytons are ushered in by the guard. The Warden is
standing behind his desk. Dr. Rogoff is standing to one side,
and next to him is Captain Henderson. The Daytons stand just
inside the room for a moment before the Warden extends his
right hand.

WARDEN
I'm Warden Clements. This is Captain
Henderson and Dr. Rogoff. Please,
sit down.

Bill and Claire move to the chairs in front of the desk and
sit down. The Warden, Dr. Rogoff and Captain Henderson all
sit down.

WARDEN
Mr. and Mrs. Dayton, as you were
told over the phone, your son, Peter,
is here.

Claire Dayton removes her sunglasses. She and Bill wait -
the warden is searching for words.

WARDEN
He... He was discovered this
morning... in a cell on death row.

Bill and Claire look at each other - bewildered.

WARDEN
A cell that was supposed to be
occupied by an inmate named Fred
Madison.

BILL
The wife killer?

WARDEN
Yes.

CLAIRE
How is this possible, Warden?

The warden shakes his head.

WARDEN
...Tell me, what was Peter's condition
the last time you saw him?

Bill and Claire look at each other again - briefly.

BILL
His condition? What do you mean?

WARDEN
His physical condition.

BILL
(hesitates)
Same as always. Pete takes care of
himself.

Bill and Claire look at each other once again.

CLAIRE
I saw him before he went to the garage
day before yesterday. He's a mechanic.
Look, is he okay? Can we see him?

The Warden looks at Dr. Rogoff.

DR. ROGOFF
He has a hematoma on his forehead
and a condition called blepharitis...
that's redness and swelling around
the eyes.

BILL
Was he in a fight?

DR. ROGOFF
These conditions don't indicate a
fight.

CLAIRE
But what is the cause then?... And
how did he get in that cell?

DR. ROGOFF
He can't talk. Or won't.

BILL
That doesn't sound like Pete.

DR. ROGOFF
Your son has experienced some sort
of trauma, I'm afraid. We were hoping
that the two of you could help explain
the cause of the trauma and how he
came to be here.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
You don't know Fred Madison?

BILL
No... Only what was in the news.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Do you think Pete knows him?

CLAIRE
I wouldn't know how.

WARDEN
(to Claire)
You say you haven't seen your son
since the day before yesterday?

CLAIRE
When he went to work, right.

WARDEN
What about yesterday?

CLAIRE
He didn't come home.

BILL
Sometimes he stays at a friend's.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Any particular friends?

BILL
A girl's, a buddy's. I don't know.
He's his own man; he comes and goes
as he pleases.

CLAIRE
I want to see him.

WARDEN
Yes, and we need to talk to him...
if we can.
(to Dr. Rogoff)
Mel, let's get Peter in here.

Dr. Rogoff leaves the room. While he's gone, nobody talks,
increasing the tension. Dr. Rogoff returns with Pete Dayton,
dressed in his own clothes: jeans, boots, sport shirt. Pete's
forehead is lumpy and his eyes are red and swollen. He can
walk, but unsteadily.

Pete looks around the room - sees his parents.

Claire jumps up.

CLAIRE
(tenderly)
Pete...

She and Dr. Rogoff help get Pete settled in a chair. Bill is
taken aback at the sight of his son, but says nothing.

WARDEN
Pete, can you tell us now, anything
about this?

CLAIRE
Pete, what happened to you?

Pete has a dazed look on his face. He starts to speak, then
stops.

CLAIRE
It's okay. Take your time, honey.

Pete's gaze drifts from his mother's face around the room
and back to her face.

PETE
(afraid - quiet)
Where... am I?

The Warden and Captain Henderson look to Dr. Rogoff.

DR. ROGOFF
You're in the state penitentiary.
You were found in a cell on death
row.

PETE
My head hurts.

Pete rubs his head like it's about to explode with pain.

WARDEN
A man named Fred Madison was occupying
that cell. He's missing. We're trying
to find out how it is you were in
there and not him.

PETE
I... I don't know.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
Do you know Fred Madison?

PETE
(straining)
No.

There is a silence in the room, as Pete massages his throbbing
temples.

CLAIRE
(worried)
Warden, can we take him home?

The Warden looks at Dr. Rogoff.

DR. ROGOFF
(to Warden)
From a medical standpoint, I don't
see why not.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
We need to find out what happened
here.

BILL
(standing up)
Have you made any charges against
him?

WARDEN
No.

BILL
Then he's coming home with his mother
and me.

WARDEN
All right... but you see our
predicament... Legally we can't hold
him, but he may be able to help us...
perhaps later. For now, he's free
to leave.

Bill and Claire help Pete up and carefully escort him out of
the warden's office. With a nod from the Warden, the guard
accompanies them out of the room. The Warden, Captain
Henderson and Dr. Rogoff stand but remain in the office.

CAPTAIN HENDERSON
(to warden)
You just gonna let him go?

WARDEN
We'll get a tail put on him.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - DAY

Bill, Claire and Pete pull into the driveway of a bleached
out, 60's ranch-style house on a street lined with many more
of the same.

Bill and Claire get out of the car first, then help Pete out
and up into the house.

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INT. DAYTON HOUSE - DAY

Bill and Claire take Pete to his room, which has a bed, desk,
two chairs and a sea of disassembled motorcycle parts
belonging to a classic Indian motorbike which Pete is
rebuilding. Each part is shiny and clean.

Pete sits down on his bed and looks up at his parents -
shaking his head with confusion and embarrassment.

BILL
Just rest easy, Pete. You're gonna
be okay.

CLAIRE
Are you hungry, honey? I'll fix you
something.

PETE
No... I don't feel so good. I would
like some aspirin.

CLAIRE
Coming up.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete sleeps.

In the living room, Bill is drinking a beer and watching
television.

In the kitchen, Claire is finishing the dishes. She goes
into the living room and leans down and whispers something
in Bill's ear. Bill nods and Claire walks quietly down the
hallway and opens Pete's door.

She looks in on him sleeping.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - DAY

An unmarked police car pulls up across the street from the
Dayton house. In the front seat are the Detectives, Ed and
Al. Al, who is on the passenger side, is holding two styrofoam
cups filled with coffee. Ed removes from his inside jacket
pocket a 5" x 7" photo of Pete Dayton, which he props up on
the dashboard so that it is visible for both himself and Al.
Al hands one of the cups to Ed.

ED
Thanks, Al.

Al studies Pete Dayton's face in the photo.

AL
Now we'll see what this son of a
bitch is up to.

ED
Yeah.

Ed and Al sip their coffee and stare at the house.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - BACKYARD - DAY

Pete Dayton is lying on a chaise lounge. His forehead is
still swollen, but his eyes are less red. He stares up into
the sky - a hot breeze blows over him.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - DAY

The camera moves slowly through the interior of the empty
house cast with shadows. The refrigerator running is the
only sound.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - BACKYARD - DAY

Pete slowly moves up to a sitting position, then stands. He
stretches and walks around the yard feeling the dry, unwatered
lawn on his bare feet.

He walks over and leans over the neighbor's fence. His eyes
fall on a plastic toy boat floating in a child's plastic
swimming pool. He watches the boat as the warm breeze blows
it lazily in a circle.

A small plane drones overhead.

In the distance, a WOMAN finishes hanging out some wash and
goes in the back door of her house. The slamming of her screen
door sounds a thousand miles away.

Pete continues to observe these seemingly peaceful
surroundings - but something doesn't feel right to him.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete is eating a sandwich - he is looking much better. Claire
opens a bag of chips and sets them in front of Pete as Bill
comes in the front door.

CLAIRE
I'm in the kitchen.

Bill comes in and pops a beer - looks around.

BILL
Where's Pete?

CLAIRE
Out in back.

BILL
You talk to him?

CLAIRE
(urgent)
No... Here he comes.

Their gazes follow a path from the backyard into where Pete
has been sitting all the time.

BILL
How're you feelin'?

Pete looks at his parents - he can't figure out what has
just happened.

PETE
(unsure - brow furrowed)
Better.

BILL
Arnie called this morning while you
were sleepin'. They miss you pretty
bad down at the garage. I told 'im
you still had a "fever".

PETE
Okay. Thanks.

BILL
Nice to know they can't seem to get
along without ya.

PETE
Yeah.

BILL
You really don't remember the other
night, do you?

PETE
What night is that?

BILL
The night before you showed up in
the slammer...

CLAIRE
Do you remember?

PETE
No... I don't. Why?

Bill and Claire just stare at him. Pete shakes his head and
takes another bite of his sandwich - but inside the worrisome
feeling returns.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - PETE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Pete is stretched out on his bed watching television. He
hears the front door bell ring - footsteps, and a moment or
two later the door to his bedroom opens and three of his
friends, CARL, LANIE and STEVE ("V") saunter in.

"V"
Where the fuck have you been?

Pete pulls himself up to a sitting position.

PETE
Hey.

CARL
You look like shit.

LANIE
What happened?

PETE
Just haven't been feelin' well.

"V"
You're not contagious are you?

PETE
I don't think so.

"V"
Good... You up for a drive?

PETE
Where to? Hey, Lanie, I heard you
were out of it for a while, too.

LANIE
They found a cyst on my god damn
ovary. Had to cut it out. You wanna
see the scar?

Lanie pulls up her shirt and pulls down her pants a ways
revealing a fresh scar about three inches long.

CARL
(winking)
Hadn't slowed her down none.

LANIE
(smacking him)
Shut up, bone-head.

Then Lanie laughs good-naturedly.

"V"
Just goin' up'ta "Tops"... Maybe the
"Ten Pin".

PETE
Sheila'll be at "Tops".

"V"
Sure, what's wrong with that?

PETE
Okay.

Pete hauls himself up off the bed and throws on a black
leather jacket.

The four of them go through the living room where Bill and
Claire are drinking and watching TV.

PETE
(to Bill and Claire)
Goin' out with these clowns for a
while.

BILL
Do ya good.

After Pete leaves with his friends, Bill and Claire look at
each other.

CUT TO:

INT. "V'S" CAR - VAN NUYS BOULEVARD - NIGHT

"V" drives a black, beat-up '66 Grand Prix. Carl and Lanie
are in the back seat, and Pete rides shotgun. The four of
them are cruising down Van Nuys Boulevard along with many
other MUSCLE CARS and LOW-RIDERS filled with KIDS looking
for action. "V's" car is making a hell of a noise.

PETE
I hate ridin' in this fuckin' car.

CARL
Take it easy, Pete, "V" loves this
rod.

"V"
Look at that goin' my way.

"V" has seen a couple of GIRLS in short, tight dresses walking
up the boulevard.

"V"
Oh my, oh my.

LANIE
Keep it in your pants, "V".

Some big cars nearby rev their engines. "V" guns his car and
it lurches roughly forward. The sound of the rough running
engine reverberates in Pete's brain.

PETE
This rod is a fuckin', embarrassment,
Carl. Whatiya burn in this thing,
"V"?

"V"
Texaco... What's wrong with that?

PETE
Listen.

"V"
You gotta be kiddin'... This is the
boulevard... You can't hear yourself
think.

Pete shakes his bead with disgust.

"V" pulls the car off the boulevard into "Tops" drive-in.
Cars are lined up at the "to go" window and all along the
side of the building where people are hanging out under a
long metal awning. MUSIC is playing LOUD.

"V" pulls into a parking spot by the awning. The headlights
illuminate a group of HIPSTERS - some dancing, some just
hanging out. THREE or FOUR GIRLS hanging out together turn
toward "V's" car. They see Pete in the front seat, and one
of the girls, Sheila, smiles and walks toward him.

SHEILA
Hey. Where have you been?

Pete talks to her through the open window while "V", Carl
and Lanie climb out through "V's" door. "V" leans back in.

"V"
(to Pete)
You want somethin'?

PETE
No, I'm okay.

"V" walks off with the others to the "take out" window.
Sheila leans in closer to Pete.

SHEILA
I missed you.

PETE
Yeah?...

SHEILA
Yeah.

Sheila's girlfriends saunter over and lean on the car around
her - looking in at Pete.

GIRL #1
What happened to your face?

PETE
Nothin'.

SHEILA
What are you guys doin'?

PETE
Guess we're goin' over to the "Ten
Pin".

SHEILA
You want some company?

PETE
Sure.

"V", Carl and Lanie return with burgers and drinks. "V's"
got a mouthful of burger.

"V"
(muffled)
What's happenin'?

PETE
They're comin' with us.

"V"
(muffled and spitting)
Pile in.

Sheila and her girlfriends jump in the car with "V", Carl,
Lanie and Pete. "V" fires up the rough-running engine and
pulls out - leaving behind a cloud of smoke.

CUT TO:

INT. TEN PIN BOWLING ALLEY - NIGHT

The bowling alley is divided into a game room area, a bar/
restaurant area and a bowling area.

Pete and the group stroll into the bar and take a large booth.
MUSIC is playing LOUD.

A WAITRESS takes orders for drinks.

Bowling pins clatter loudly in the distance.

"V" takes one of Sheila's friends and dances with her.

Sheila takes Pete by the arm and pulls him up to dance. The
music is fast, but they dance slow.

SHEILA
Why haven't you called me?

PETE
Sorry... I...

Sheila looks around and moves closer to Pete. She whispers
urgently, worried.

SHEILA
(whispering)
What's happening to you? What happened
to your face?

PETE
I don't know.

SHEILA
(whispering)
What do you mean?... You've been
acting strange lately... Like the
other night.

PETE
What night?

SHEILA
Last time I saw you.

PETE
I don't remember... What happened
that night?

SHEILA
You sure weren't acting like the
Pete Dayton I've always known.

PETE
Whatiya mean?

SHEILA
You were acting like a different
person.

Pete laughs, but Sheila doesn't.

PETE
Who else could I be?

Sheila stares seriously at Pete, but then laughs too.

SHEILA
I don't know.

Sheila leans in very close to Pete and whispers in his ear.

SHEILA
You still care about me?

PETE
Sure. Sure I do.

Sheila pushes her mouth on Pete's and they kiss. Pete breaks
away - looks at Sheila - serious.

PETE
What else about that night?... Did
anything happen?

SHEILA
You really don't remember?

PETE
No... I told you.

SHEILA
It was weird...

PETE
Whatiya mean, Sheila?

SHEILA
I don't want to talk about it...

PETE
Sheila?!

SHEILA
No... I really don't want to talk
about it.

CUT TO:

EXT. TEN PIN BOWLING ALLEY - NIGHT

Ed and Al sit in their unmarked police car watching the
bowling alley entrance and "V's" car.

FADE OUT:

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - MORNING

Pete fires up his souped up Camaro and listens happily to
the engine purring. He eases the big Camaro out of the
driveway and blasts off down the street.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - MORNING

Pete cruises into his parking place and cuts the engine.
ARNIE comes rushing toward him, sporting a big smile.

ARNIE
Wonderful!!... Wonderful to see you,
Pete. How are you?

PETE
(climbing out of the
Camaro)
Feeling good, Arnie. Ready to get to
work.

ARNIE
Wonderful, Pete. Really wonderful.
Alotta people Pete... alotta people
are gonna be very happy.

Arnie takes Pete by the arm and they go inside the garage.

CUT TO:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - MORNING

Other MECHANICS give Pete the "hi" sign and yell their
greetings over the din. Arnie pulls Pete closer and shouts.

ARNIE
Mr. Smith has been waiting for you
and Mrs. Trueworthy. Can you take
care of Mr. Smith now?

PETE
Sure.

ARNIE
Mr. Eddy's called every day... Can I
call him to come in?

PETE
Sure, Arnie. Bring 'em on, I'm ready.

Pete walks over to a Ford Station wagon and pops the hood.
A happy MR. SMITH comes out of the office to join Pete at
his car.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - MORNING

Ed and Al pull to a stop down the street from the garage.
Ed kills the engine and they stare at Arnie's.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

Pete is leaning down into the engine well of a Chevy Caprice
working hard for Mrs. Trueworthy.

Arnie's Garage is busy.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

A large black Mercedes 600 Pullman pulls into the garage.

CUT TO:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

The Mercedes pulls to a stop and MR. EDDY and TWO of his
ASSISTANTS climb out.

Arnie waves to Mr. Eddy from the office.

MR. EDDY
PETE!!! WHERE'S PETE?!!

Pete comes up out of the well and turns. When he sees Mr.
Eddy, he heads across the garage to greet him. Mr. Eddy opens
his arms wide and embraces Pete. When he pulls away, he sees
Pete's face.

MR. EDDY
What happened? Somebody givin' you
trouble?

PETE
No, it's nothin'... I'm all right.

MR. EDDY
Because if anybody's givin' you
trouble, Pete, I can take care of
the problem... like that.
(snaps his finger -
loud)

PETE
No, no... It's okay, Mr. Eddy.

MR. EDDY
I mean it, Pete... Like THAT!!
(snaps his finger -
loud)

PETE
Thanks, Mr. Eddy... whatiya need?
Just the regular tune-up?

MR. EDDY
I want you to ride with me. Somethin'
doesn't sound right.

PETE
Okay... Lemme clear it with...

MR. EDDY
It's okay with Arnie... Come on,
let's go.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

Ed and Al don't notice that Pete is in the big black Mercedes,
as it cruises past them.

CUT TO:

INT. MR. EDDY'S 600 PULLMAN - DAY

Mr. Eddy drives. Pete is in the passenger seat up front, and
the two, stone-faced assistants ride in back.

MR. EDDY
Now listen... It only happens when
I'm accelerating. I think it's the
carburetors.

Mr. Eddy pulls out after a light turns green and gives the
car a stab forward.

PETE
No, it's not the carburetors. Pull
over, but keep it runnin'.

Mr. Eddy smiles as he pulls over.

MR. EDDY
Best god damn ears in town.
(to the guys in back)
You guys are lookin' at him. The man
with the best god damn ears in town.

When the car stops, Pete gets out, pops the hood and
disappears down by the engine.

Mr. Eddy sits, smiling at Pete as he works.

Pete pops up and gives Mr. Eddy the "thumbs up" and gets
back into the car.

PETE
Give that a try.

MR. EDDY
All right!

Mr. Eddy carefully pulls out into traffic and accelerates
when he gets the chance.

MR. EDDY
Beautiful! Smooth as shit from a
duck's ass. Let's take a ride.

PETE
Whatever you say, Mr. Eddy.

Mr. Eddy hangs a right turn and heads up into the hills.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MULHOLLAND DRIVE - DAY

Mr. Eddy takes the big Pullman along the scenic Mulholland
Drive - cruising smoothly. A silver-gray Infiniti is moving
up fast behind the Mercedes.

CUT TO:

INT. MR. EDDY'S 600 PULLMAN - DAY

Mr. Eddy looks into his rearview mirror.

MR. EDDY
Oh, shit... Is that what I think it
is?

Pete turns and looks back. A car is TAILGATING them, the
silver-gray Infiniti. The two assistants in the backseat
turn nonchalantly to take a look - then they return their
look to Mr. Eddy.

Mr. Eddy starts to take a slow turn - keeps looking at the
Infiniti in the rearview mirror.

The assistants look to one another take a deep breath.

Mr. Eddy slows slightly and then keeps the Pullman steady at
32 m.p.h. The Infiniti moves up ten feet behind the Pullman,
and blows its horn.

Mr. Eddy rolls down his window.

The assistants are paying close attention - they buckle their
seatbelts.

Pete notices a tension in the car. He watches Mr. Eddy's
face.

Mr. Eddy pulls slightly to the right of the road, pastes a
polite, courteous smile on his face, puts his left arm out
the window and waves the Infiniti by.

The Infiniti jets forward and swerves around the Pullman.
When the cars are side by side, the irate DRIVER in the
Infiniti gives Mr. Eddy "the bird" and flies past.

CLOSE ON MR. EDDY'S RIGHT FOOT as it slams down on the gas
pedal.

The Pullman catapults forward toward the Infiniti.

Pete is thrown back - he grabs on to the door handle and the
seat for support.

The Pullman gains on the Infiniti in a flash. The Infiniti
tries to go faster, but Mr. Eddy's Pullman has much more
power.

MR. EDDY
(clenched teeth)
This is where power and mechanical
excellence pays off.

Mr. Eddy jams the Pullman into the back of the Infiniti and
pushes it faster and faster along Mulholland. The Driver of
the Infiniti tries to brake and blue-gray smoke streams out
from beneath the Infiniti with a scream of burning rubber.

At a turn, Mr. Eddy steers his massive Mercedes and the
Infiniti ahead on a gut-wrenching path off the road, up a
mountain and into a little glade of trees. Dust and brush
fly everywhere.

Mr. Eddy and his assistants leap from the Pullman and make
for the Driver's side of the Infiniti.

Mr. Eddy throws open the Infiniti's door and pulls the
trembling and screaming Driver out like a rag doll.

Mr. Eddy pulls out his .44 Ruger Blackhawk and pistol whips
the Driver to the ground. He smashes the butt of his gun
across the man's face, tearing a gash which starts to gush
with blood.

Mr. Eddy's assistants each draw .45's and point them at the
Driver.

Mr. Eddy, red-faced with anger, leans close to the man.

MR. EDDY
DON'T YOU EVER FUCKIN' TAILGATE.

Mr. Eddy hits the Driver in the side of the head with his
gun.

MR. EDDY
WHAT DID YOU SAY?

DRIVER
(scared shitless)
I... I didn't say anything...

ASSISTANT #1
Tell him you won't tailgate.

MR. EDDY
EVER!!!!

DRIVER
I won't ever tailgate.

MR. EDDY
DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY FUCKIN' CAR
LENGTHS IT TAKES TO STOP A CAR AT 35
M.P.H.?

DRIVER
No.

MR. EDDY
SIX FUCKIN' CAR LENGTHS... THAT'S
ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIX FUCKIN' FEET,
MISTER! YOU WERE FOLLOWING TEN FEET
BEHIND ME... IF I'D HAD TO STOP
SUDDENLY, YOU WOULD HAVE HIT ME. I
WANT YOU TO GET A DRIVER'S MANUAL,
AND I WANT YOU TO STUDY THAT
MOTHERFUCKER... AND I WANT YOU TO
OBEY THE GOD DAMN RULES. FIFTY FUCKIN'
THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON THE
ROAD LAST YEAR.
(hitting the driver
once again hard)
CAUSE OF FUCKIN' ASSHOLES LIKE YOU.
TELL ME YOU'RE GONNA GET A MANUAL.

DRIVER
I'll get a manual.
(almost a whisper)
and study it.

MR. EDDY
(kicking the man)
FUCKIN' "A".

Mr. Eddy and his assistants return to the Pullman - get in
and slam their doors.

Mr. Eddy throws the Pullman into reverse and pulls back off
the hill onto Mulholland Drive. He eases the car into "drive"
and leaves the crying and beaten tailgater behind.

CUT TO:

INT. MR. EDDY'S 600 PULLMAN - DAY

Mr. Eddy rotates his neck - shaking out some adrenaline
remnants. Pete is visibly shaken by what he has seen.

MR. EDDY
Sorry about that, Pete, but tailgating
is one thing I can't tolerate.

PETE
I can see that.

MR. EDDY
I'll bet you know how many car lengths
it takes to stop at... say 45 m.p.h.

PETE
Eight, nine car lengths. A hundred
and sixty-two feet.

MR. EDDY
At sixty?

PETE
Fifteen car lengths. About two hundred
and seventy feet.

MR. EDDY
(to his companions in
the reariew)
What'd I tell ya.

Mr. Eddy smiles and they continue along their way.

CUT TO:

EXT./INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

The Pullman pulls off the street into Arnie's. Mr. Eddy and
his assistants stay in the car. Pete opens his door.

MR. EDDY
Wait a minute...

Mr. Eddy takes out a couple of one hundred dollar bills and
puts them into Pete's hand.

PETE
Thanks, Mr. Eddy.

MR. EDDY
No... Thank you!... I'll be bringin'
the "Caddy" by tomorrow.

Mr. Eddy reaches into the glove compartment and takes out a
videotape. He holds it out to Pete.

MR. EDDY
You like pornos?

PETE
Pornos?

MR. EDDY
Yeah. Give ya a boner.

PETE
No thanks, Mr. Eddy.

Mr. Eddy tosses the tape back in the glove compartment.

MR. EDDY
Suit yourself, champ.

PETE
Okay... Well, I'll see ya then.

MR. EDDY
You will.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

Ed and Al are staring at the Pullman. They see Pete get out.
They notice the man driving the Pullman.

ED
You recognize that guy?

AL
Yeah... Laurent.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - MORNING

Pete walks out his front door with a lunch box and jumps in
the Camaro.

He fires up the big engine and heads off for work.

Ed and Al follow.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

Pete is on a skate - working under a car. The radio is on
and a tune comes on that begins to drive Pete crazy - it
gives him a headache. The tune is one of Fred Madison's be-
bop saxophone pieces. Pete gets out from under the car and
goes to the radio. He changes the station. PHIL, another
mechanic working nearby, looks at Pete.

PHIL
Why'd you change it? I liked that.

PETE
Well, I didn't.

Pete rubs his throbbing head and when he gets back under the
car, he lays on the skate - unable to work.

A car horn honks and the sound reverberates inside the garage.

Pete looks up - from under the car he sees the wheels of a
Cadillac roll up just outside the open garage doors. He sees
a car door open and Mr. Eddy's feet appear and walk in his
direction.

Pete winces and wheels himself out from under the car. He
stands as Mr. Eddy walks up to him, then freezes as he sees -
back behind Mr. Eddy, sitting in the passenger seat of the
car - a beautiful blonde-haired GIRL, who looks exactly like
Renee.

CLOSE UP BEAUTIFUL GIRL - she looks exactly like Renee except
she is about eight years younger. The girl is staring right
into Pete's eyes.

Mr. Eddy steps between Pete and the girl - blocking her from
Pete. Mr. Eddy smiles at Pete - not noticing or not letting
on that he notices the serious eye contact going on between
Pete and the girl.

MR. EDDY
I'm leavin' the Caddy, like I told
you. Think you'll get a chance to
give her a once over today?

PETE
(regaining his
composure)
Sure... Sure, Mr. Eddy. You gonna
pick it up later, or tomorrow?

MR. EDDY
If you think you can finish it, I'll
be back later today.

PETE
It'll be ready.

MR. EDDY
You're my man, Pete.

Mr Eddy pinches Pete's cheek - which Pete doesn't like, but
aliows. Mr. Eddy gives Pete a big smile then turns, goes
back to his car, escorts the beautiful girl outside where
the Pullman is waiting.

Pete watches her walk and move. He watches her until Mr.
Eddy drives her away. She steals one last glance back at
Pete before she disappears.

When she is gone, Pete replays the scene of seeing this
beautiful girl over again in his mind. The scene is
accompanied by Lou Reed's version of "This Magic Moment".

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete is sitting perched unsteadily on the very edge of his
bed. He HEARS a succession of highly-amplified SOUNDS at
intervals with eerie stretches of silence: CRICKETS in
fractured cadence a distant TELEVISION - a FLY buzzing slowly
in the room a MOTH'S wings beating against light bulbs in
the ceiling fixture - the washing of DISHES.

Pete's reaction to these sounds is one of petrified confusion.
Underlying these sounds is a kind of unearthly, steady DRONE.

Pete gets up off the bed, unsteadily. He moves toward his
bedroom door. As he moves the amplified SOUNDS shift.

He can hear laughter. The laughter seems to be LOUD, but at
the same time coming from people who are trying to contain
the laughter - to hide it.

Pete opens his door and peers out.

Pete's POV down the hall toward the living room - his mother
and father have stopped laughing and are turned with guilty
smiles in his direction. They are smoking a joint, passing
it back and forth. They are not looking directly at him.
They seem to be looking, but not seeing.

Pete's parents POV down the hall toward Pete's room. There
is no one there - just an empty hallway.

Pete's parents continue to stare, but then turn away toward
each other - they start to laugh quietly again.

Pete's Pov - the hallway and the living room - there is no
one in the living room. It's empty.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - PETE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Pete turns from the hallway and comes back in his room -
unsettled and confused.

He can hear laughter coming from the living room.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Ed is behind the wheel. Al is in the passenger seat. Ed is
looking at the Dayton house. Al's head is bent, looking down.
At first we hear nothing, then the sound of Al's piss
streaming into an empty coffee cup. The camera stays on the
top of Al's head until he has completed the last few spurts
of his micturition. Al's head comes up and he opens the
passenger side door and dumps the urine into the street. He
closes the door and zips up his trousers.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - PETE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Pete paces the room. Finally he stops himself, throws on his
black leather jacket and opens his bedroom door. He looks
down the hall. No one is in the living room. He walks out of
the house.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Ed and Al watch Pete get in his Camaro and drive off. They
follow.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Pete drives through the night - up Ventura Boulevard with
the "Cruisers". He looks in the other cars and looks at the
GIRLS on the street.

He drives past "Tops", but doesn't see anyone he knows.

He turns off the boulevard and drives through San Fernando
valley neighborhood streets.

He pulls up in front of Sheila's house and honks his horn.

He lights a cigarette while he waits.

In a few minutes Sheila comes out and leans in the passenger
side window.

SHEILA
What do you want?

PETE
Nothin'... You want to go for a drive?

SHEILA
I don't know.

PETE
Come on... get in.

Sheila hesitates for a moment, then gets in.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Pete and Sheila drive along dark streets.

PETE
Come here.

Sheila slides across and sits close to Pete. Pete puts his
arm around her. She takes a drag from his cigarette and puts
her head on his shoulder.

Pete pulls over into a dark shadow under a tree and stops
the car.

He cuts the engine, turns to Sheila and kisses her. She breaks
away.

SHEILA
Why don't you like me?

PETE
I do like you, Sheila.

Sheila puts her lips up close to his and whispers.

SHEILA
How much?

Pete kisses her and she kisses him back. They start to feel
each other and Sheila takes off her tight sweater. She's
wearing no bra and Pete begins to feel her breasts while she
unbuttons his shirt. They continue to kiss hard throughout.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

Ed and Al are stopped a half a block behind Pete and Sheila.
They're watching the couple as they make love in the front
seat of Pete's car.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

Pete and Sheila are naked in the front seat. Sheila clings
to Pete as they make love. She's hopelessly in love with
him.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - LATE AFTERNOON

Pete and the other MECHANICS are working in the garage. The
clock on the wall reads: 4:45 p.m.

Some of the guys are cleaning up - washing their hands -
putting tools away.

Pete is ragging off some grease from his hands when he notices
a CAB pull up to the front of the garage. The beautiful blonde
steps out of the cab and comes up to him.

Pete's heart races - she smiles at him.

BEAUTIFUL BLONDE (ALICE)
Hi. I'm Alice Wyatt.

PETE
Pete Dayton.

ALICE
I was here yesterday.

PETE
Yeah, I remember.

ALICE
How would you like to take me to
dinner?

PETE
(laughs uncomfortably)
I don't know.

ALICE
Okay, then, I'll take you to dinner.

Pete hesitates - thinks.

PETE
Look, I don't think it's a good idea.

Alice looks hard at him, then smiles.

ALICE
Where's your phone? I have to call
another taxi.

PETE
(pointing)
Over there.

Alice walks to the office inside the garage - picks up the
phone and dials information.

ALICE
(into phone)
Can you give me the number for United
Cab?

She turns and looks at Pete while she's speaking, then
listening.

ALICE
(into phone)
Thanks.

Alice dials the number.

ALICE
(into phone)
Yes, I need a taxi at Arnie's Auto
Repair, the corner of Fifth and...

Pete has walked over. He takes the telephone out of her hand.

PETE
(into phone)
We won't be needing a cab, thanks
anyway.

He hangs up the phone.

ALICE
Why don't we just skip dinner.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - NIGHT

Pete and Alice pull up to the cheap motel in Pete's Camaro.
Pete gets out and leaves Alice in the car.

She waits and watches him go into the office.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - ACROSS THE STREET - NIGHT

Ed and Al are watching Pete and Alice. They watch Pete come
out of the office and take Alice into one of the motel rooms.

ED
'Fucker gets more pussy than a toilet
seat.

Al shakes his head with anger mixed with a lot of envy.

CUT TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - A ROOM - NIGHT

Pete and Alice enter the room. There is a double bed, a little
desk, two bedside tables with lamps, a floor lamp, and a
bathroom. They don't notice any of this.

Just inside the room Alice takes Pete's hand and they turn
to each other. Alice puts Pete's hand between her legs. She
moves up close to him and closes her eyes.

They kiss tenderly at first - then hotter.

ALICE
(whispers)
Take off my clothes.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - THE ROOM - NIGHT

Pete and Alice are naked on the double bed in just the glow
of the motel's neon lights coming in between the window
curtains.

They're up on their knees - right next to each other. They
look in each other's eyes as their hands move and touch.

Alice smiles with a wild, dreamy look in her eyes.

Pete puts his hand between her legs and Alice kisses him
with a frenzy.

They fall back on the bed.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - THE ROOM - NIGHT

Pete and Alice make violent love on the bed. Alice is hungry.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - THE ROOM - NIGHT

Alice and Pete are dressed. Alice is still breathing hard.

She moves up close to Pete by the motel room door. Her hand
is shaking as she touches his cheek.

ALICE
(whispers)
I want more.

PETE
Me, too.

ALICE
Can I call you?

PETE
Yeah... Call me at home. I'll give
you the number.

ALICE
(kissing him)
Okay, baby.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - ACROSS THE STREET - NIGHT

Ed and Al watch Pete and Alice leave the motel room, get in
the car and drive off.

Ed starts his car and he and Al follow them.

CUT TO:

INT. PETE'S CAMARO - NIGHT

Pete and Alice are riding side by side - Alice's head is on
his shoulder.

Alice looks up at Pete as he drives - she smiles.

The light from headlights behind them catch Alice's attention.
Her eyes dart back to a car that could be following them.

ALICE
(fear)
Is that car following us?

Pete glances in the rearview mirror - sees the headlights.

At the last moment he pulls a hard right and accelerates
down the street. The car follows - they both see it.

PETE
I'll lose 'em at the light.

Alice steals a look back.

ALICE
I don't recognize the car...

At a traffic light, Pete revs up the big Camaro and expertly
peels out between on-coming cross traffic. He swerves between
two cars going in opposite directions - blasts up a block
and hangs a hard right - disappearing from view.

Ed and Al go out into the traffic after them, but the
swerving, screeching cars braking around them form a barrier
and trap them. ANGRY DRIVERS lean on their horns.

Pete and Alice have lost them.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Establish.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

CLOSE UP ON TELEPHONE - it starts to ring.

PETE
(voiceover)
I'll get it!

Pete enters the kitchen where his mother goes for the ringing
phone and gets to it before she does.

PETE
(into phone)
Hello.

ALICE
(phone voice)
It's me...

PETE
Hi.

ALICE
I can't see you tonight.

PETE
(disappointed)
Okay...

ALICE
I have to go somewhere with Mr. Eddy.

PETE
Sure.

ALICE
I think he suspects something... We
have to be careful... I miss you.

Pete is silent.

ALICE
Pete?

PETE
Me, too.

ALICE
I'll call you again.

Alice hangs up.

Pete throws the phone back down on the cradle. It bounces
off and he has to hang it up again. He slams it down.

CLAIRE
What's the matter?

PETE
Nothin'.

CUT TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete kick-starts his big Harley and roars angrily out of the
driveway.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Pete rides his cycle fast through neighborhoods.

CUT TO:

EXT. VAN NUYS BOULEVARD - NIGHT

Pete rides up the boulevard with the "Cruisers". He spots
"V's" car parked at "Tops".

He pulls in beside "V's" car and shuts down the engine. The
usual crowd is at the drive-in, including Sheila.

Pete goes up to "V" and Carl and says hello. He lights a
cigarette and leans up against a steel pole supporting the
awning above. "V" and Carl both notice that Pete is in a bad
mood.

Sheila is over with her girlfriends. She hasn't seen Pete
arrive.

Suddenly Sheila looks over in Pete's direction. She looks
like she's seeing something, yet not seeing anything. She
keeps looking - staring.

Sheila's POV she sees "V", Carl and a lot of PEOPLE, but
Pete is not there.

Pete looks at Sheila. He's unsettled and confused by her
staring, but not seeming to see him. He watches her turn
away and take one of her girlfriend's hands - leading her
out to dance to the LOUD music.

Pete watches her dance. Suddenly, he can't see her. He thinks
maybe she may be dancing on the other side of the building -
out of view. He moves to look and his head is struck by a
violent pain. He grabs his head with his hand and leans
forward. "V" grabs his arm.

"V"
You okay, man?

PETE
What?

"V"
You okay?... What's wrong?

Pete looks up at "V". He doesn't seem to recognize him -
"V's" head is a featureless blur. Pete shakes his head trying
to drive out the pain.

He looks over again for Sheila. He sees her there dancing
with her girlfriend.

"V"
Pete... You okay?

PETE
Yeah.

Pete stands back up against the post - turns to "V" -
recognizing him.

PETE
I'm, okay... You okay?

"V"
Sure, I'm okay.

Some drunk GUYS move over to Sheila and her girlfriend. They
cut in on the girls. The guy with Sheila puts his hand around
her waist and pulls her against her will into a grind. She
tries to push him away, but he holds on tighter - laughing
with his buddy.

"V" and Carl look at Pete as he pushes off the post. Pete
crosses quickly to the man dancing with Sheila. He slams his
fist into the man's nose - almost snapping the man's neck in
the process. The man goes down bleeding.

Pete attacks the other man who is turning toward him ready
for a fight. He hits the man in the gut - the man's head
goes down and Pete brings his knee up cracking the man's
face. The man's torso flies up with Pete's knee - then
continues on as the man falls to the floor. Pete picks him
up, ready to hit him again, but the crowd pulls him off.

Pete stands and turns - pulsating with anger. Sheila is there
beside him.

SHEILA
Where'd you come from?

PETE
I've been here. You were lookin,
right at me.

SHEILA
I was?

PETE
Yeah.

Sheila sinks into his arms.

SHEILA
I didn't know you cared.

PETE
Come on.

Pete takes her to the Harley and they blast off.

CUT TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - THE ROOM - NIGHT

Pete is making desperate love to Sheila in the same room -
the same bed, as with Alice.

SHEILA
(whispered pain)
Pete... Pete...

Pete keeps on - harder - obsessed. When he comes, he crashes
down on Sheila, who wraps her arms around him tight. She
doesn't know what is going on with him. Her eyes are open
wide as she listens to his frantic breathing.

She doesn't know what to say - or what questions to ask.

CUT TO:

EXT. ARTHUR'S HIDEAWAY MOTEL - NIGHT

Ed and Al are staring silently at the motel and the Harley
parked out in front.

AL
What a fuckin' job.

ED
His or ours?

AL
Ours, Ed.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete enters through the front door. His parents are sitting
as if they have been waiting for him.

PETE
Hey.

BILL
Sit down a minute.

PETE
What's up?

BILL
Sit down.

Pete sits in a chair opposite Bill and Claire.

BILL
You don't look so good.

PETE
I gotta headache... What's goin' on?

BILL
The police called us.

PETE
Yeah? what did they want?

BILL
They wanted to know if we'd had a
chance to find out what happened to
you the other night. They wanted to
know if you remembered anything.

PETE
But I don't remember anything. What
did you tell 'em?

CLAIRE
(whispers)
We saw you that night, Pete.

BILL
You came home. Your friend Sheila
brought you here.

PETE
Sheila?

BILL
Yes, there was a man with you... She
brought you here... She didn't know
what else to do.

PETE
What is this? Why didn't you tell
me? What?... I don't remember any of
this.

CLAIRE
We know that.

PETE
Who was the man?

BILL
Never saw him before in my life.

PETE
Did you tell the police this?

BILL
We're not saying anything about that
night to the police. We should all
forget that night.

PETE
What happened to me?

Bill and Claire just stare at Pete.

PETE
Please tell me.

BILL
No.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

The clock on the wall reads: 1:30 a.m. The house is completely
quiet, except for the refrigerator motor.

Pete is on the phone in the kitchen talking quietly.

PETE
Why didn't you tell me you brought
me here that night?
(he listens)
To my house... my parents told me.
What are you tryin' to hide?
(he listens)
Sheila... Tell me... Who was with
me?... Who was the man?...
(he listens)
...When you brought me home!
(he listens)
What was he doin' there?
(he listens)
What are you cryin' about?... Sheila?

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. ARNIE'S GARAGE - DAY

Pete is working on a car. The Mercedes Pullman pulls into
the shop. Mr. Eddy gets out with his two assistants. They
stay by the car while Mr. Eddy walks over to Pete. Mr. Eddy
smiles.

MR. EDDY
How ya doin', Pete?

PETE
Okay.

MR. EDDY
I'm sure you noticed that girl that
was with me the other day... Good
lookin' blonde? She stayed in the
car?...

Pete just stares at Mr. Eddy. His heart begins to race.

MR. EDDY
Her name is Alice. You know I love
that girl to death. If I ever found
out somebody was makin' out with
her, I'd take this...
(he opens his coat
and pulls out his
.44 Ruger Blackhawk
and holds it up in
front of Pete's face)
...and shove it so far up his ass it
would come out his mouth... Then you
know what?...

PETE
(very quietly)
What?

MR. EDDY
I'd pull the trigger and shoot him
right between the eyes.

Abruptly, Mr. Eddy becomes cool - he holsters his pistol and
smiles at Pete.

MR. EDDY
So, Pete, you're lookin, better.
What have you been up to?

CLOSE UP ON PETE'S FACE - staring at Mr. Eddy.

CUT TO:

INT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

The phone rings in the kitchen.

PETE
(voiceover)
I'll get it.

Pete moves into the kitchen and picks up the phone.

PETE
Hello.

ALICE
Meet me at the Starlight Motel on
Sycamore... I'll be there in twenty
minutes.

PETE
(hesitates)
Okay.

Alice hangs up. Pete stares at the phone for a moment, then
hangs it up slowly.

CUT TO:

EXT. STARLIGHT MOTEL - NIGHT

Pete pulls his Camaro into the parking lot. When he gets out
of the car, he hears a voice and looks.up.

ALICE
Up here... Come on.

Pete takes a stairway past a "Coke" machine and meets Alice
in front of a second floor room where the door stands open.

ALICE
I already got the room.

Pete follows Alice into the motel room and she shuts the
door.

CUT TO:

EXT. STARLIGHT MOTEL - NIGHT

Ed and Al are parked across the street - watching.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. STARLIGHT MOTEL - ROOM - NIGHT

Pete and Alice are sitting on the bed - dressed. A bedside
table lamp is on.

ALICE
He'll kill us.

PETE
Are you positive he knows?

ALICE
I'm not positive... but... he knows.

PETE
So what do we do?

ALICE
I don't know.

PETE
We should stop seeing each other.

ALICE
No... no.

Alice moves closer to Pete and melts into him. She places
his hand on her breast and looks in his eyes.

ALICE
I don't want to live without you.

She kisses Pete and pulls up her sweater to let him feel her
bare breasts. Pete kisses her back - lost in his longing for
her.

Alice breaks away.

ALICE
We have to get away... We have to
get some money.

Pete just stares at her.

ALICE
I know a guy... He pays girls to
party with him... He always has alotta
cash...

Alice puts her band up to Pete's cbeek and lets it drift
around.

ALICE
He'd be easy to rob... Then we'd
have the money... and we could get
away... We'd be together.

Alice kisses Pete's lips over and over - looking in his eyes.

PETE
Have you partied with him?

ALICE
I used to.

Inside, Pete goes crazy with jealousy.

PETE
You like it?

ALICE
No, honey... It was part of the deal.

PETE
What deal?

ALICE
He works for Mr. Eddy.

PETE
What's he do?

ALICE
He makes films for Mr. Eddy.

PETE
Pornos.

ALICE
Yeah.

PETE
How'd you get in with these fuckin'
people?

ALICE
Pete... Don't...

PETE
How'd it happen, Alice?

ALICE
It was a long time ago... I met
someone at this place called Moke's...
we became friends. He told me about
a job...

PETE
In pornos?

ALICE
No... A job... I didn't know what.
He set up an appointment for me to
see a man.

CUT TO:

ALICE'S STORY

We see Alice wearing a sexy tight dress in a plain room. It
feels like we are inside of a large building - maybe an office
building.

Alice is waiting nervously.

A SLICKSTER in shiny shirt and pants is leaning against a
closed door.

There is another door off the room which is open onto a room
where a MUSCLE MAN in tiny briefs is doing bench presses.

No one is saying anything.

ALICE
(voiceover)
I went to this place... They made me
wait forever. There was some guy
guardin' the door... I started gettin'
nervous... In another room I could
see some guy liftin' weights... Both
these guys gave me the creeps...
They never said anything to me... So
I just smoked cigarettes and waited.

We move in on a nervous EXHALE OF SMOKE to a CLOSE UP of
Alice waiting.

We see a CLOSE UP of the man guarding the door.

We see a CLOSE SHOT of the man bench pressing a lot of weight.

Suddenly, there are two knocks on the other side of the closed
door. The Slickster moves off the door and opens it a crack.
He talks quietly to someone Alice can't see, then he turns,
opens the door and gestures for Alice to go through.

Alice puts out her cigarette - her hand is shaking.

She walks over past the Slickster and enters a much larger
room. There are about FIFTEEN MEN in the room - all leaning
comfortably at different points on the walls. There is only
one chair in the room - Mr. Eddy is sitting in it.

No one says anything to her, but one man nods his head and
from this nod, Alice feels she should walk to the center of
the room. She does, and she instinctively turns to the man
sitting in the chair.

They all just stare at her silently. She looks around
nervously - her eyes return to Mr. Eddy's.

Suddenly, a man steps quickly up to her - draws a pistol and
cocks it against her head.

Alice goes weak in the knees. Her eyes fill with fear.

The men continue to stare.

Mr. Eddy gives Alice a small gesture as if to say "well?".

Somehow she knows what they want, even though they haven't
asked for it with words.

Alice starts to undress - slowly - in as sexy a way as she
knows how.

The men just stare without expression.

When she is completely naked, Mr. Eddy gestures her over to
him. Soon she is on her knees in front of him - making herself
available for whatever he wants.

Mr. Eddy's POV - Alice looks in his eyes. She reaches her
hand up to stroke his cheek...

CUT TO:

INT. STARLIGHT MOTEL - ROOM - NIGHT

Alice's hand reaches up and strokes Pete's cheek.

PETE
Why didn't you just leave?

Alice doesn't say anything. She drops her hand - looks down.

PETE
You liked it.

ALICE
If you want me to go away, I'll go
away.

The feelings shift inside Pete. Alice looks in his eyes.

PETE
I don't want you to go away.

Alice smiles a little - leans in and they kiss.

ALICE
(whispers)
I love you, Pete.

They kiss some more.

PETE
(desperate whisper)
I love you, Alice.

They start to make love - undressing each other and kissing
all the while. Alice stops.

ALICE
So, should I call Andy?

PETE
Andy?

ALICE
That's his name... Andy. Our ticket
out of here.

PETE
Yeah. Call him.

Alice gets serious.

ALICE
I'll set it up for tomorrow night.
You'll meet me at his place at eleven
o'clock... Don't drive there... Take
a bus... Make sure no one follows
you... His address is easy to
remember... It's 2224 Deep Dell
Place... It's a white stucco job on
the south side of the street... I'll
be upstairs with Andy... The back
door will be open... That leads into
the kitchen - go through the kitchen
to the living room - there's a bar
there... At eleven fifteen, I'll ask
Andy to fix me a drink... When he
does, you can crack him in the head...
Okay?

PETE
Okay...

ALICE
Lemme call him now. Make sure he's
not already busy tomorrow night.

PETE
Okay.

Still entwined with each other, Alice reaches for the phone
and dials a number. It starts to ring and she smiles at Pete
when she hears it being answered.

ALICE
Andy?... It's me, Alice. How ya
doin?...
(whispers)
Andy... I can get away tomorrow
night... I could come to your house...
That sounds good... Around nine...
Yeah, me too, Andy... Great... See
ya then.

She hangs up the phone.

ALICE
Set.

PETE
Why are ya goin' so early?

ALICE
'Cause that's how long it's gonna
take, baby.

PETE
What if Andy tips off Mr. Eddy?

ALICE
Are you kidding?... I've got so much
on Andy, it isn't funny.

PETE
What about tonight?... Whatiya gonna
do about Mr. Eddy tonight?

ALICE
I'm not goin' home tonight... I'm
goin' somewhere else...
(off his look)
To a girlfriend's house.
(she smiles)
But, we still have a coupla things
to take care of...

PETE
Oh, yeah?... What else?

Alice reaches down between their legs. Pete smiles.

ALICE
This... and this.

They start to go at it again - at first slowly and tenderly -
then wildly. Alice tears herself away and looks up at Pete.

ALICE
Are you my man?

PETE
(getting hotter)
Yes.

ALICE
Are you gonna be a man about this,
Pete?

Pete looks at her - starting to understand what she means.

ALICE
Are you?

Pete stares at her - then nods.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. DAYTON HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete drives up and parks his Camaro in the driveway. When he
gets out of the car, he sees Sheila standing by the front
step. She is looking in his direction, but doesn't seem to
see him. She SUDDENLY turns and looks up the street - she
YELLS.

SHEILA
(total horror)
THERE'S SOMEONE WITH HIM!!

As she yells, she starts to look around wildly - then her
eyes follow the path the Camaro took into the driveway -
then the path Pete took to where he has been standing all
this time. Her eyes find Pete and she stands by the front
step.

PETE
(frightened)
Sheila?

She heads toward him.

PETE
Sheila, what is it?... What are you
doin' here?

SHEILA
You've been fucking somebody else
haven't you?

PETE
Sheila...

SHEILA
You fuck me whenever you want... You
don't call... Tell me who she is.

Sheila has come up and is grabbing Pete by the front of his
shirt.

PETE
Hey... Sheila.

SHEILA
What's the BITCH'S name?!

PETE
Look Sheila... I'm sorry...

SHEILA
YOU'RE SORRY!!

PETE
Go home, Sheila.

Sheila starts beating him in the face and chest.

SHEILA
YOU'RE SORRY!! YOU PIECE OF SHIT!!
YOU'RE SORRY!!

She starts crying and hitting him harder.

SHEILA
FUCK YOU!!

Sheila's screaming is reverberating around the neighborhood.
INSIDE PETE'S MIND the SOUNDS are even LOUDER.

Bill comes out of the house. Claire is behind him waiting on
the front porch.

Sheila beats Pete and trips him to the ground. She is sobbing
as she tears at him.

PETE
Sheila... Stop...

SHEILA
FUCK YOU!! FUCK YOU!!

Bill comes up to Sheila and takes her gently by the shoulders.

Sheila jerks around and looks up at Bill.

BILL
Why don't you two come inside and
talk things over quietly... Come
on... Come on in, Sheila.

Sheila gets to her feet - crying. She looks down at Pete,
who remains lying on the front lawn.

For Pete, every word and every sound is LOUD and DISTORTED.
The DRONING SOUND returns.

SHEILA
(to Pete)
You are different.

BILL
Sheila...

SHEILA
(to Bill)
TELL HIM!

The phone inside the house starts to ring. Claire turns in
the doorway and goes to answer it.

BILL
Sheila... Don't.

SHEILA
I don't care anyway... I'm sorry,
Mr. Dayton... I won't bother you or
any member of your family again.

Sheila runs off crying. Pete and Bill watch her go.

Claire comes to the door.

CLAIRE
Pete... There's a man on the phone.
He's called a couple of times tonight.

Pete pulls himself up.

PETE
Who is it?

CLAIRE
He won't give his name.

Pete walks slowly inside - stares at the phone and picks it
up.

PETE
Hello.

MR. EDDY
(phone voice)
Hey, Pete... How ya doin'?

PETE
Who is this?

MR. EDDY
You know who it is.

Bill and Claire have stopped in the living room - watching
Pete. Pete is going crazy with Mr. Eddy on one end, and his
parents staring at him on the other. He waves his parents
away, but they leave slowly and reluctantly.

PETE
Mr. Eddy?

MR. EDDY
Yeah... How ya doin', Pete?

PETE
Okay.

MR. EDDY
You're doin, okay? That's good,
Pete.

PETE
Look... It's late, Mr. Eddy... I ...

MR. EDDY
I'm really glad you're doin' okay,
Pete.

Pete doesn't know what to say.

MR. EDDY
You sure you're doin' okay? Everything
all right?

PETE
Yeah.

MR. EDDY
That's good, Pete. Hey... I want you
to talk to a friend of mine.

Pete can hear the phone being handed over to someone. There
is a long silence. Pete can hear breathing.

VOICE
We've met before, haven't we?

Pete freezes. His mind is scrambling.

PETE
I don't think so. Where was it that
you think we've met?

VOICE
At your house. Don't you remember?

PETE
No. No, I don't.

VOICE
We just killed a couple of people...

PETE
What?

Pete can hear Mr. Eddy laugh in the background.

VOICE
You heard me... We thought we'd come
over and tell you about it.

Pete is getting pale with fear.

PETE
What's goin' on?

VOICE
Great question!! In the east... the
far east... when a person is sentenced
to death... they're sent to a place
where they can't escape... never
knowing when an executioner will
step up behind them and fire a bullet
into the back of their head... it
could be days... weeks... or even
years after the death sentence has
been pronounced... This uncertainty
adds an exquisite element of torture
to the situation, don't you think?
It's been a pleasure talking to you.

Pete can hear the phone being passed again.

MR. EDDY
Pete... I just wanted to jump on and
tell you I'm really glad you're doin'
okay.

The phone goes dead and Pete sits - fearfully pondering his
fate. He hears a NOISE and turns.

Down at the far end of the hall he sees his parents staring
at him.

CLOSE UP ON PARENTS staring in the direction of the living
room as if sensing something, but not seeing.

PARENTS POV - The hall and living room beyond. There is no
one there.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. STREET - BUS STOP - NIGHT

A City Bus pulls up to the stop. The doors open and Pete
climbs on.

CUT TO:

INT. BUS - NIGHT

Pete rides along in the empty bus. He stares at his reflection
in the dark window.

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - BUS STOP - NIGHT

The bus stops and Pete gets out. He starts walking.

CUT TO:

EXT. DEEP DELL PLACE - NIGHT

We see a street sign saying "Deep Dell Place". Pete walks up
the street looking at numbers.

He finds 2224 Deep Dell Place - Andy's House.

He stares at the house from the sidewalk.

Lights are on upstairs and down. The hot wind moves big
shadows of trees over the front of the house.

Pete looks at his watch. It reads: 11:05 p.m.

He walks down the driveway, crosses through some bushes and
comes to a fence separating the front yard from the back.

He stops and listens. He pulls himself up and over the fence,
but crashes on something on the other side.

He freezes - listening. He hears the wind blowing through
the trees, and distant music from inside - a slow jazz piece.
He hears echoing sounds of love making.

He makes his way around back - goes up the stairs and tries
the back door. It opens.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Pete sneaks through the kitchen and comes into the living
room. Pete stops short and stares. A movie projector is
running in the living room. A porno film is being projected
on a huge screen at the far end. Alice is in the porno film.
A man is fucking her from behind - with LOUD SLAPPING SOUNDS
of flesh banging flesh. Her face is in the foreground. Her
eyes look out directly at Pete. She is loving every minute
of it. Inside Pete, jealousy starts to rage out of control.
He looks around. He sees clothes scattered about. He picks
up a girl's sweater and smells it. He looks up the stairs.

Feet appear at the top of the stairs. They start down.

Pete runs for the bar.

Along the way, he grabs a heavy, bronze figurine of a well-
stacked woman off a rectangular glass-topped coffee table,
and ducks behind the bar.

He can hear Andy approaching. He can hear Andy gather two
glasses. He can hear Alice being fucked harder in the porno
film. He clenches his teeth with rage.

Suddenly, Andy moves right in front of him. They see each
other. Andy's eyes widen - Pete leaps up, and thwacks the
bronze figurine down on the top of Andy's head. Andy falls.
The breasts of the figurine have made two bloody holes in
his forehead.

Pete turns.

Alice is coming quickly down the stairway - naked, except
for a pair of panties. Lipstick is smeared around her mouth.
She is carrying a half-filled pillowcase. Her porno film is
playing on the wall behind her.

These images jump and spin in Pete's mind. He moves unsteadily
toward her.

ALICE
You got him.

PETE
(still holding the
figurine)
Alice, I...

Pete starts to tremble. He drops the figurine. He tries to
embrace her.

There is a crashing noise behind him.

Pete turns and sees Andy staggering, blood streaming from
the wound in his head, THEN CHARGING FULL SPEED AT PETE.

Andy hits him hard, and Pete goes down. When Pete hits the
ground, he pushes Andy up and throws out his arms. This, and
Andy's momentum, catapult Andy into the corner of the
rectangular glass-topped coffee table. There is a sound like
a hammer going through a bucket of eggs as the glass corner
embeds about eight inches into Andy's forehead.

CLOSE UP OF ANDY'S HEAD - impaled on the sharp corner of the
table, his chest area suspended, his legs and stomach touching
the floor.

ALICE
(amazement - no feeling)
Wow!

Pete pulls himself off the floor.

Pete moves close to Alice, they drift to the glass coffee
table, staring for a few moments at Andy's dead body.

While Pete stares, unbelieving, at Andy - Alice hurriedly
picks up her sweater and puts it on. On the sofa next to it
lay Andy's trousers. She goes through the pockets, finds a
roll of cash bound by a rubber band. Alice hands the roll to
Pete.

ALICE
Put this in your pocket.

Alice kneels next to Andy's body and quickly removes his
Rolex wristwatch, a couple of rings and the gold chain
dangling from his neck. These items she puts inside the empty
pillowcase.

Alice finds the rest of her clothes scattered about the living
room and puts them on. Pete watches her, trembling, unable
to say anything.

She comes back to Pete, who starts breathing irregularly,
hyperventilating.

ALICE
You all right?

PETE
We killed him.

ALICE
You killed him.

PETE
Alice?

Alice slides up close to Pete.

ALICE
It was an accident... Accidents happen
every day.

Pete clutches her, eyes squeezed tight, as if he is holding
on for dear life.

PETE
Alice...

ALICE
(pushing back)
We gotta get the stuff and get out
of here.

Alice starts off across the living room with the pillowcase.

Pete opens his eyes, he sees Alice move as a blur. He looks
around the room, which spins in and out of focus. His eyes
land on, a PHOTOGRAPH in a frame on the wall. This photo
troubles him. Pete squints, then points to the photograph.

PETE
Is that you? Are both of them you?

CLOSE UP OF THE PHOTOGRAPH - Four people appear in the frame:
Andy, Renee, Alice and Mr. Eddy.

Alice stops and comes back. She looks at the photo, walks
closer to it, and points at herself.

ALICE
That's me.

She turns to Pete. Pete is staring at the photograph - at
Alice and Renee in the photograph. His nose is bleeding
profusely.

ALICE
Pete?...

Pete starts to reel - blood from his nose soaking his shirt.

PETE
Where's the bathroom?

ALICE
Up the stairs - down the hall.

Pete runs up the stairs - about to get sicker. Alice watches
him go with a nuance of disdain.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - UPSTAIRS - NIGHT

Pete staggers toward the bathroom at the rear right of the
hallway. THE HALLWAY SUDDENLY BECOMES HAZY, DIFFERENT AND
LONGER THAN IT APPEARED TO BE.

Pete wanders down this "changed" hall. On his left, he
identifies a door with the number 25 on it. He pauses for a
moment in front of it, then goes on until, on his right, he
comes to a door with the number 26 on it. He enters through
this door.

Inside is a WOMAN in front of a mirror with a MAN. Her arms
are resting on a shelf under the mirror as the man takes her
from behind. The man's face is blank, featureless, and is
buried in the woman's back - we can't see it.

Pete now sees that the woman is an extremely whorish version
of Alice - she's looking at Pete's reflection in the mirror.
He's looking at her reflection in the mirror. Pete's head is
pounding.

WOMAN/ALICE
(to Pete)
Did you want to talk to me?

Pete rubs his head - the pain is severe.

WOMAN/ALICE
(laughs)
Did you want to ask me "why"?

Pete staggers out of the room.

He closes the door. The hallway has "changed" back to Andy's
hallway. The doors no longer have numbers.

Pete walks, unsteadily, back down the hall - faltering. He
starts down the stairs.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Pete comes downstairs to the living room and sees Alice at
the desk in the corner, filling the pillowcase with cash and
jewelry.

She has a PISTOL in her hand.

Alice turns when she hears Pete and they study each other's
face as Pete makes his way to her. His head is still throbbing
with pain. His focus goes from her face to the gun - which
is pointing right at him - back to her. Alice smiles.

ALICE
Don't you trust me, Pete?...

She laughs and hands him the pistol.

ALICE
Stick that in your belt.

She shows him the pillowcase filled with loot.

ALICE
(going through the
loot)
Look at all this shit... I know a
fence... he'll give us money and get
us passports in exchange for this
and the car...
(looks up at him)
We can go anywhere.

PETE
Alice?

Alice grabs Pete's arm and hurries him toward the door.

ALICE
Come on, baby.

CUT TO:

EXT. ANDY'S HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - NIGHT

Alice takes Pete to Andy's car and throws him the keys.

ALICE
You drive.

Alice jumps in Andy's car and tosses the bulging pillowcase
in the back. Pete takes the revolver out of his belt. He
opens the driver's side door of Andy's car and slowly sits
inside. He sets the pistol on the seat between them. He looks
up at her. She smiles wildly. Pete slams the door - starts
the car and they drive off.

CUT TO:

EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - EDGE OF THE DESERT - NIGHT

Alice and Pete pull up into the driveway of a house at the
end of a street at the edge of a desert. Alice gets out into
a hot wind. Pete stays in the car as she goes up to the house.

Pete's POV: He watches Alice ring the doorbell. She waits in
front of the door for a few moments, her hair blowing in the
wind.

A HOUSEBOY opens the door. Alice says something to him -
Pete cannot bear anything that is said, even though his
driver's side window is down. All he can hear is the hot
wind blowing.

The Houseboy moves out to where he can see Pete, waiting in
the car. The Houseboy and Alice exchange information. The
Houseboy points out toward the desert. Alice turns back to
the car. The Houseboy watches her.

CUT TO:

INT. ANDY'S CAR - NIGHT

Alice gets into the car.

ALICE
Come on.

Pete starts the car and begins backing it out the drive.
The Houseboy is still standing - watching them.

ALICE
We have to go to the desert. He's at
his cabin.

Pete and Alice drive off. The Houseboy continues to watch
them.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT - TWO-LANE HIGHWAY - NIGHT

We see the clean moving POV illuminated by headlights. We're
floating down an old two-lane highway through a desolate,
desert landscape.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Pete and Alice pull off the two-lane highway onto a barely
discernible dirt road that cuts through the dark desert.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Pete and Alice drive up to a ONE ROOM CABIN built on stilts
next to a dry lakebed. They both get out and go up the stairs
to a porch where Alice knocks on the door. There is no answer.

Alice opens the door, but there is NOBODY INSIDE.

ALICE
We'll have to wait.

The hot wind continues to blow.

Alice and Pete walk back down to the car.

The HEADLIGHTS are on and Alice reaches in through the window
and switches on the RADIO. She can't get anything in but
static, with bits and pieces of old tunes fading in and out.
She hits the "seek" button. The radio starts to search.

Pete is standing in the glare of the headlights watching
her. Alice walks slowly to him.

The camera captures this from a back seat perspective - then
drifts toward them.

PETE
Why me, Alice? Why choose me?

The radio sticks on a particular tune - a tune filled with
longing. Alice begins to dance. She takes Pete's hand and
pulls him close to her.

ALICE
So we can be together... You still
want to be with me, don't you Pete?

Alice gives Pete that wild smile.

ALICE
More than ever?

She kisses Pete over and over. He begins to kiss her back.
She starts to move him in a dance to the music in the glare
of the headlights, the hot wind caressing them.

The scene is out of a dream. Alice and Pete help each other
undress as they dance in and out of the light, and the wind
whips at their bodies.

They sink down on the soft ground and start making love.

The lights from the headlights combine with the starlight,
bathing them in a pristine glow.

The music fades and the radio begins to "seek" through static
for another station. The music it finds now is LOUD and
INTENSE.

Alice - her hunger appearing, now becomes carnivorous in her
approach to love making with Pete. She is the aggressor,
highly-charged - she wants more and more - taking, not giving,
insatiable.

The headlights flare their bodies in blinding light. They
become amorphous, glowing shapes burning in the light.

Pete is trying desperately to please her - to have her.

The driving music fills with cracks of piercing static. The
radio strains to hold the station.

Pete's white-hot body clings to Alice. He chokes with emotion.

PETE
I want you... I want you...

With a burning smile, Alice rolls them out of the beams of
light into the darkness. The wind billows a black cloud of
dust around them.

Alice pulls away from Pete and brings her dark mouth to his
ear.

ALICE
You'll never have me.

Alice glides away from Pete and stands up looking down at
him from above.

She turns and walks, naked, to the cabin where she disappears
within it.

Pete turns, face down on the ground in the darkness. He's
holding his head and shaking.

As he starts to stand - he turns into the glare of the
headlights and we see that it is NOT PETE - BUT FRED.

As Fred stands up, the car's LIGHTS DIM and the RADIO FADES.

Fred looks at the car. He sees some movement inside. Fred
looks closer and sees the figure of a man in the back seat.

CLOSE UP OF THE MAN - it's the Mystery Man from Andy's party.

VOICE FROM BEHIND FRED
Hello.

Fred turns toward the cabin and sees the Mystery Man now
standing in the doorway.

Fred turns again to the car, but this time it's empty. He
looks back at the cabin and sees the Mystery Man still in
the doorway.

MYSTERY MAN
Here I am.

Fred is dizzy with fear and confusion.

He pulls on his trousers and shoes and walks up the steps to
the cabin toward the Mystery Man, who goes inside. Fred stops
in the doorway. He looks around.

FRED
Where's Alice?

MYSTERY MAN
Alice who?

Fred looks around again but there is no one there except the
Mystery Man - standing in the center of the room. Fred stares
at him.

MYSTERY MAN
Her name is Renee. If she's told you
her name is Alice, she's lying.
(Filled now with anger)
AND YOUR NAME, WHAT THE FUCK IS YOUR
NAME?!

Fred freaks, scared to death. He bolts down the stairs to
the car, stumbling more than once.

Fred attempts to start the car which is drained of electrical
charge by the use of the headlights and radio.

The Mystery Man appears in the doorway of the cabin. He starts
toward Fred.

The starter motor moans as Fred twists the key frantically.

The smiling Mystery Man is almost at the car,

The engine catches. Fred revs it - throws the car in reverse
and peels out away from the Mystery Man, whose hand is
reaching for him.

Fred swerves the car around - throws it in drive, and takes
off across the dark desert.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT HIGHWAY - NIGHT

Fred pulls up onto the two-lane highway. An old, rusted
roadsign is posted there. It reads: "LOST HIGHWAY".

CUT TO:

Fred is driving along the two-lane desert "lost highway".
The wind is picking up even stronger than before. A big storm
is blowing in.

Fred sees a sign glowing just ahead that reads: LOST HIGHWAY
HOTEL. The sign is swaying and blinking as the gusts hit it.

Fred pulls in and stops under the sign and stares at it.

He gets out of the car, tucks the pistol in his belt under
his shirt and enters the hotel, which is an old two-story
building.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - OFFICE - NIGHT

Fred walks up to the registration desk, where a CLERK is
smiling at him in a half-baked way.

CLERK
You just got in before the big storm
hits.

Fred pulls the roll of bills from his pocket.

FRED
I need a room.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT

The hallway is strangely similar to Pete's vision upstairs
at Andy's. Fred comes to the door numbered 25, looks at his
key which says "25" and unlocks the door and enters.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - ROOM 25 - NIGHT

Fred takes the revolver out of his shirt and puts it under
the pillow on the bed.

He sits on the edge of the bed. He takes a cigarette from a
pack in his shirt pocket and lights it with a match from a
book of "Lost Highway Hotel" matches.

Fred smokes the cigarette, listening to the wind blow.
Lightning cracks outside the window.

Fred crushes the cigarette out in the ashtray on the bedside
table. As the last of the blue smoke drifts away, Fred falls
back on the bed.

Fred closes his eyes.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - CORRIDOR - NIGHT

The camera moves in on the door numbered 26.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - ROOM 26 - NIGHT

Renee is in bed with Mr. Eddy/Laurent. He and Renee are
feverishly making love as the storm rages outside.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - NIGHT

A criminal investigation is under way. Ed and Al are present,
among a fleet of LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL who are busy
dusting for fingerprints and examining the murder site.

ED
Hey, Al, look at this.

Al walks over to where Ed is looking at the photo on the
wall. Al looks at it.

AL
It's her, all right. Fred Madison's
wife... with Dick Laurent and Mr.
Dent-head over there.

CLOSE UP ON THE PHOTOGRAPH - that shows RENEE AS THE ONLY
WOMAN IN THE PICTURE, standing between Andy and Mr. Eddy/
Laurent.

AL
We've got Pete Dayton's prints all
over this place.

ED
You know what I think?

AL
What's that, Ed?

ED
There's no such thing as a bad
coincidence.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - ROOM 26 - PRE-DAWN

Renee is sitting half dressed on the edge of the bed, pulling
on her stockings. Mr. Eddy/Laurent is asleep next to her.
Renee stands up, finishes dressing, then leans down and kisses
her lover while he sleeps. Renee leaves the room, closing
the door as quietly as possible behind her.

As the door CLICKS, Mr. Eddy/Laurent wakes up. He sits up
and gets a pack of cigarettes from the bedside table, shakes
one out, lights it with a book of "Lost Highway Hotel"
matches, and smokes it while seated on the edge of the bed.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - ROOM 25 - PRE-DAWN

Fred, still fully dressed, is waking up, AS IF IN A TRANCE -
the same attitude he had on the videotape. He strains upwards
and looks eerily around the room. He gets up and crosses
slowly to a window. He takes the edge of the window curtain
and pulls it back.

The view is of the gravel parking lot of the hotel.

Fred's POV: He sees Renee, down below, walk over to a car,
get in and drive away.

Fred walks back to his bed, picks up his revolver from under
the pillow, crosses the room to the door and walks out.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - CORRIDOR - PRE-DAWN

Fred crosses over to Room 26 and knocks softly on the door.

CUT TO:

INT. LOST HIGHWAY HOTEL - ROOM 26 - PRE-DAWN

Mr. Eddy/Laurent is standing - almost dressed, when he hears
the knock.

MR. EDDY/LAURENT
Renee?

He goes to the door and opens it a crack.

As the door opens, Fred smashes the gun into Mr. Eddy/
Laurent's face and pushes his way inside the room.

Fred hits Mr. Eddy/Laurent viciously again with the gun
barrel.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent is bleeding profusely from gashes on his
forehead and nose.

MR. EDDY/LAURENT
What the fuck? What's going on?

FRED
(pointing the gun at
him)
You're coming with me.

Fred puts the pistol up against Mr. Eddy/Laurent's head and
marches him out of the room - past the camera's eye.

The camera stays in the room and moves slowly toward the
window, through which we see Fred and Mr. Eddy/Laurent appear
down below in the back lot.

Still watching out the window, the camera sees Fred knock
Mr. Eddy/Laurent over the head with the gun butt and put him
into the trunk of a car. Fred slams the trunk lid and climbs
into the driver's side of what is obviously Mr. Eddy/Laurent's
car - the Mercedes 600 Pullman.

As Fred drives away, a HAND appears in our window foreground.
The hand moves the window curtain further to one side. The
camera pulls back to reveal it as the hand of the Mystery
Man. The Mystery Man leans fully into the frame and watches
Fred drive off down the Lost Highway as day breaks.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT HIGHWAY - DAYBREAK

Fred is driving along the road. Suddenly he pulls the car
off the road and drives over the dirt and brush to a deserted
spot, stops and gets out.

Fred opens the trunk. When he does...

Suddenly, Mr. Eddy/Laurent charges up and attacks Fred -
knocking them both to the ground. Mr. Eddy/Laurent tries to
strangle Fred, but Fred's anger is too great. Fred tears
loose and gets Mr. Eddy/Laurent in a hold bending his head
back. Fred's hand reaches out behind him - feeling, searching.

A KNIFE appears.

it comes into Fred's hand from another.

Fred slices Mr. Eddy/Laurent's throat, and throws him down.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent squirms on the ground - his hand grasped
around his throat - trying to hold his neck together. Blood
is flowing rapidly through his fingers and over the front of
him as be turns and opens his mouth with a gurgling sound.

Fred stands, facing him, his pistol out now - pointing right
at Mr. Eddy/Laurent's forehead.

CLOSE UP ON MR. EDDY/LAURENT - he lifts his head and stares
at Fred. Blood is rushing out of him.

MR. EDDY/LAURENT
(wet and jagged)
What do you guys want?

The camera pans around to Fred - we see that the Mystery Man
is standing beside Fred, and it is the Mystery Man who is
holding the gun, not Fred.

The Mystery Man reaches into his pocket and pulls out a little
watchman TV. He turns it on and hands it over to Mr.
Eddy/Laurent, who manages to take it.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent looks down at the small television screen.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent's POV: As he watches the TV screen, we move
in until the screen fills the frame - as with the former
videotapes. The full frame of the TV screen reveals -

INT. ANDY'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

We see the movie screen on a wall in Andy's living room.
Marian, Raquel and RENEE'S images are being projected on
this screen, simultaneously involved in pornographic acts
with two men. Watching this movie in Andy's living room are
several people in shadows behind the light of the projector.
Among them we see RENEE and MR. EDDY/LAURENT standing next
to ANDY. Mr. Eddy/Laurent and Renee are hot - kissing - his
hand is up under her skirt. They are watching the porno film.
They are watching murky images of sex turning to violence.

In a CLOSE UP we see Renee and Mr. Eddy/Laurent in the shadows
looking out at the film, both half-smiling, stoned, aroused.

The image on the Watchman changes now.

EXT. DESERT - DAYBREAK

On the Watchman TV screen Mr. Eddy/Laurent sees an image of
Fred and the Mystery Man staring at him. The Mystery Man's
image speaks.

MYSTERY MAN
(on TV screen)
Now you can hand it back to me.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent sees the Mystery Man's image reach out a
hand.

Mr. Eddy/Laurent looks up. The Mystery Man has his arm
outstretched just as it was on the video image. Mr. Eddy/
Laurent hands the Watchman back, and locks eyes with the
Mystery Man.

MR. EDDY/LAURENT
(wet and jagged)
You and me, mister, we can really
out-ugly the sumbitches, can't we?

The mystery Man unloads the pistol into Mr. Eddy/Laurent,
who jerks and dies in the dust.

The Mystery Man then leans close to Fred and whispers in his
ear.

The camera moves in, past the Mystery Man to a CLOSE UP OF
FRED'S EYES as he listens.

The camera cuts back wide to reveal Fred holding the gun. He
is standing alone - there is no Mystery Man. Fred turns to
go back to the car.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - EARLY MORNING

Fred drives up to his house in Mr. Eddy/Laurent's Mercedes
600 Pullman and stops in front. He gets out of the car, goes
to the front door and RINGS THE DOORBELL. There is a BEEP
sound.

FRED
(into intercom)
Dick Laurent is dead.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - STREET - EARLY MORNING

As Fred finishes this sentence we see the cop car containing
Ed and Al pull in to the curb just up the street from Fred
and Renee's house.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MADISON HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - EARLY MORNING

Fred turns and sees the cop car. He jumps in his car, fires
it up, and peels out. The cops give chase.

CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT HIGHWAY - DAY

Fred is behind the wheel of his car. Behind him are the cops.

CLOSE UP ON FRED'S FACE - through the front windshield. The
shot is wide enough to reveal the cop car in hot pursuit.

Fred's face begins to change again, grotesquely contorting
as he races into the vortex. His tormented SCREAM blends
with the howling SIREN of the police car gaining on him.

THE END

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