M. Night Shyamalan
INT. WINDOW - MORNING
We are looking out a second story window of a house. The
backyard is large and green with a wooden jungle gym, worn
from use. A single tree throws shade onto a barbecue and a
The backyard is lined by crops. Corn. Golden and brown. Six
Everything is perfect. Like a postcard. And then we HEAR A
CHILD SCREAM. IT'S FAR AWAY. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S COMING
INT. BEDROOM - MORNING
GRAHAM HESS wakes up from his sleep. He thought he heard
something. He listens. HE HEARS THE HEATER. THE REFRIGERATOR
DOWNSTAIRS HUMMING. THE OCCASIONAL BIRDS OUTSIDE CHIRPING.
Graham climbs out of bed. He moves in his pajama pants and
white Barron's minor league baseball T-shirt towards the
INT. HALL LANDING - MORNING
Graham stands in the hall landing where three bedroom doors
meet. He moves to the door that has children's drawings taped
to it. He puts his ear close. Listens. Beat.
He relaxes. Graham leans down and picks up two balled up
sweat socks and a child's sweater from the hallway floor.
He puts it in the hallway hamper before heading back into
INT. BATHROOM - MORNING
A bathroom door is open. WE HEAR THE SINK RUNNING. WE HEAR
THE SOUNDS OF TEETH BEING BRUSHED.
Outside the bathroom on the bedroom wall is the sun faded
outline of where a large CATHOLIC CROSS used to hang. It's
ghostly stained forever on the blank wall.
A CHILD SCREAMS FROM FAR AWAY.
The water from the sink stops. Graham steps into the doorway.
Toothbrush and foam in his mouth. He becomes very still.
INT. CHILDREN'S BEDROOM - MORNING
The bedroom door bursts open. Graham steps into his children's
room. There are children's books everywhere. Overflowing off
shelves. Piled in corners.
Graham's eyes move to the small messy beds. They're both
INT. GARAGE BEDROOM - MORNING
WE HEAR THE VOICES OF TWO CHILDREN NOW. THEIR SCREAMS FLOAT
INTO A DARKENED BEDROOM OVER THE GARAGE.
MERRILL HESS throws the bed sheets off himself as he swings
onto his feet in one quick motion. He is hyper-awake. Merrill
is in his late twenties. He is well build. His muscles are
tense as he stands in his red bikini briefs and looks around
EXT. BACKYARD - MORNING
Graham bangs open the back screen door and runs into the
backyard. He spins as he looks around.
Merrill, now with a T-shirt and jeans, rumbles down the side
stairs adjacent to the garage building.
Merrill and Graham make eye contact as they approach each
other across the yard.
Where are they?
Graham looks around -- panic growing in his eyes.
(yelling in the
Graham and Merrill in unison turn in the direction of the
YELLING. They look away from the house, across the yard and
into THE THICK WALL OF CROPS.
EXT. CROPS - MORNING
The tall stalks of corn smack Graham and Merrill's faces as
they run through the crops.
A LITTLE GIRL appears in the crops thirty feet ahead of them
like an apparition. She is in her nightgown. She is four.
They reach her fast. She stands unaware of them in a daze.
Her hair is messed from sleep.
Bo where's Morgan?
BO stands peacefully lost in her thoughts. Beat.
Bo finally looks at her father. Beat. She smiles softly.
Are you in my dreams too?
This isn't a --
Graham looks in the direction of THE BOY'S VOICE. He's close.
Graham picks up Bo and rushes through the crops.
He finds MORGAN standing with his hands in the pockets of
his pajama bottoms. DOGS ARE BARKING NEARBY.
Morgan what's happening?
Graham puts Bo on the ground and moves right in front of
Morgan. The ten-year old boy looks deep in thought.
Graham takes hold of Morgan's chin and turns his face so
he's looking straight at him.
Are... you... hurt?
Beat. Morgan's eyes reveal he's come to some answer.
I think God did it.
Beat. THE DOGS KEEP BARKING.
Did what Morgan?
Morgan takes hold of his father's unshaven chin and turns
his face. Graham is forced to look to his right. Beat. Graham
Graham Hess slowly rises to his feet. He starts moving forward
He walks through a thin layer of crops and emerges in a
clearing. Two German Shepherds are running back and forth.
They are clearly agitated.
Graham looks around at the THOUSANDS OF CORN STALKS LYING
FLAT ON THE GROUND. THEY LAY IN A GIGANTIC CIRCLE, A HUNDRED
Graham Hess looks around in a daze as he walks out into the
center. Merrill, Bo and Morgan follow him.
The dogs keep running and barking as WE PULL BACK AND REVEAL
THE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE HESS FAMILY STANDING IN THE MIDDLE
OF THIS PERFECT, GIGANTIC CIRCLE.
WE KEEP PULLING BACK TO EXPOSE THIS EERIE DESIGN -- FIVE
HUNDRED FEET WIDE -- SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ENDLESS,
UNTOUCHED CORN FIELD.
"BUCKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA...
THIRTY MILES OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA"
EXT. BACKYARD - LUNCHTIME
Graham holds his hand over the barbecue to see if it's at
the right temperature. The other hand holds a cordless phone
to his ear.
...Lee actually the reason I'm calling
is about Lionel.
Graham stokes the coals with a LONG BARBECUE FORK.
Was he at home last night with you
or was he out and about with the
Graham moves around from behind the barbecue and heads towards
Well, there was a little mischief
done to our crops last night.
I know he's a fine boy... No one's
Graham steps through the back screen door into his KITCHEN.
Graham holds the phone a little closer and talks in a HUSHED
Listen Lee, I don't even mind if it
was him. You could just talk to him
and that would be enough for me...
See it was kind of strange finding
the crops like that. The kids were...
confused by it. It would take the
strangeness away if we knew it was
Lionel and the Wolfington brothers
just messing around...
Are you sure?
Okay, then... Thank you for your
Graham turns off the phone. He turns to put it on the counter
and realizes his children are seated on the kitchen floor
with one of their two German Shepherds. There is a LARGE
PUDDLE on the kitchen tiles.
Houdini peed. I think he's sick.
Graham looks at the majestic dog. It's shivering.
Take him outside. I'll call Dr.
Morgan and Bo lead their dog out with worried expressions on
Graham grabs a handful of paper towels and places it on the
puddle of urine. The DOORBELL rings with Graham still on his
knees on the kitchen floor. He leans back so he can see down
A balding police officer stands on the other side of the
That was quick Edgar. I only called
you boys about two hours ago.
OFFICER EDGAR PASKI nods that he knows.
Mrs. Kindleman twisted her ankle as
she put it, "diving for her life"
when a bunch of school kids rode
down the sidewalk on skateboards.
She went down to Thorton's store
this morning and started spitting on
the new skateboards. Spitting! By
the time I got there, Mrs. Kindleman
had sprayed the whole damn place...
She must have had a cold or something.
It was enough to turn a grown man's
Beat. Graham stares at Officer Paski.
So what happened to your crops?
EXT. BACKYARD JUNGLE GYM - LUNCHTIME
Bo walks from the house with a large glass of water. She
moves to Houdini, who sits in the shade by the picnic table.
Morgan pokes the barbecue fork into two meat patties on the
grill. He places two pieces of cheese on the hamburgers,
before walking over to Houdini.
The two children sit down in the grass with the dog.
Bo is about to pour the glass of water into the dog bowl.
She stops. Takes a tiny sip of the water first.
She holds the glass out to Morgan.
I think it's contaminated.
You don't even know what that word
It's not contaminated. It's just tap
water. Pour it in his bowl.
It tastes funny.
He licks his butt everyday. He's not
going to mind.
Bo shrugs and pours it into the bowl. Beat.
Houdini just sits staring at them. He is not shivering. He
doesn't drink. He is unnaturally still.
Bo pushes the bowl closer.
BO'S HAND PULLS BACK...
HOUDINI'S JAWS SNAP SHUT IN THE AIR WHERE HER HAND USED TO
BE. HE WAS JUST A FRACTION OF A SECOND LATER...
BEAT. The children turn white.
HOUDINI BEGINS TO GROWL. Bo stands up.
Bo don't run.
Houdini crouches down.
What's wrong boy?
THE DOG'S GROWL BECOMES DEEP, MENACING.
Stop it Houdini!
The German Shepherd trembles. His body tightens. He's about
to leap. Beat.
EXT. CROPS - LUNCHTIME
Officer Edgar Paski stands facing Graham fifty feet away.
They are on opposite ends of the crop circle. Beat.
The crops all around them sway as the wind blows. Beat.
Officer Paski yells over the wind.
It's the strangest thing Father.
Don't call me Father.
Don't call me Father. It's just Graham
They stands in awkward silence fifty feet away from each
You said something was strange.
What about them?
There are none.
EXT. CORN CROPS - LUNCHTIME
Officer Paski's knee touches the ground. He points to a single
stalk of corn laying flat on it's side.
Look at where it's bent over.
Graham stands next to him and leans in. The joint where the
stalk bends from the ground is a perfect "L".
It's not broken.
What kind of machine can bend a stalk
of corn over without cracking it?
Graham looks around at the hundreds of thousands of corn
stalks bent over each other in a perfect wave.
Can't be by hand... It's too perfect.
Doesn't sound much like Lionel
Prichard and the Wolfington brothers.
They can't take a piss without wetting
the front of their pants.
Graham, nods in agreement. Officer Paski stands up.
Second thing this week I can't
What was the first thing?
Some animals around the county
exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior.
Sometimes violent behavior. Theo
Henry had two of his fingers bit off
by his cow.
Sounds like a virus.
No Father, they're edgy. On alert.
Like they act when they smell a
predator around... Peeing on
themselves and everything.
We see a thought catch in Graham's eyes. He turns back and
stares in the direction of the house. You can barely see the
roof over the crops. Beat.
Edgar, please don't call me Father.
The two men stand as the wind blows lightly around them.
Officer Paski notices the still expression on Graham's face.
I don't hear my children.
EXT. BACKYARD - LUNCHTIME
Morgan watches the thin line of smoke rising from the charred
patties on the grill next to the overturned picnic table.
Morgan's attention moves as the crops part and his father
and Officer Paski enter the backyard. They stop cold when
they look in his direction. They begin a slow walk towards
Morgan Hess is seated under the jungle gym with Houdini on
his lap. Morgan is petting Houdini's fur gently. Bo is on
top of the jungle gym curled up in a ball.
As Graham and Officer Paski get closer, they see Morgan is
Then they see the dog is laying on it side and has a BARBECUE
FORK DEEP IN ITS NECK.
They stare at Morgan as he slowly pulls an inhaler from his
pocket and brings it to his mouth. He inhales the asthma
spray. Beat. He lowers the inhaler so he can speak.
He wanted to kill Bo.
Beat. Graham stares at his ten-year old son.
Did he hurt you?
Beat. Morgan nods, "No." His tough exterior breaks as his
face starts to tremble. He starts crying. Graham picks him
up in his arms.
(whispers in his ear)
I'm so sorry Morgan.
Graham reaches up for Bo. She has dirt and tears on her face.
Beat. She slowly climbs down. Graham carries both his children
as they cry in his arms.
He starts towards the house. Merrill walks out from the back
holding a bowl of food.
I used a little Tabasco in the potato
Merrill sees Houdini lying under the jungle gym.
Please tie up Isabelle to the back
of the shed. Make sure the knot's
Merrill stands still with potato salad in his hands. He nods.
The children watch over their father's shoulder as Merrill
runs to their other German Shepherd sitting quietly near the
house and leads her by her collar across the yard to the
Graham reaches the porch of his house and opens the screen
The last thing the children see as they enter the house, is
the image of Officer Paski pulling the barbecue fork out of
their dead dog's neck.
INT. BEDROOM - LATE EVENING
Graham lies in bed. He rests his cheek against the pillow as
he lies by himself.
They're tough cookies, those two.
They think Houdini's playing with
you up there.
At least it got them to sleep.
Graham stares off. Beat. He smiles a little.
Okay Miss Puzzle Master. I got one
for you... What can make geometric
shapes the size of a football field...
and what would scare every animal in
Have you figured it out yet?
You probably have...
Give me a hint Colleen... Is it bigger
than a bread box?
EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT
The large Hess farm house sits in the moonlight.
A MILLION CRICKETS AND BUGS FILL THE NIGHT AIR WITH SOUND.
THEY SUDDENLY STOP.
AN UNNATURAL SILENCE FILLS THE YARD.
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
Graham opens his eyes slowly as he stirs from his sleep. His
daughter Bo stares at him from the edge of the bed. She is
five inches away from his face.
Graham gets startled.
What's the matter?
I saw a monster. Can I have a glass
What's wrong with the water next to
It tastes old.
Graham slowly gets up from the bed. He takes his daughter's
hand and starts out of the room.
What's the rule about getting up in
the middle of the night?
Only for pee or poop.
Graham leads his four-year old daughter down the darkened
INT. CHILDREN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Morgan's body is half off his bed. Graham gently lifts him
back onto the pillow and covers him up.
There are two glasses of water on Bo's bedside table. Graham
moves to Bo's bed. He sits on the edge of it. She stares
back at him as she holds her panda.
What are you thinking about?
Why do you talk to mom when you're
It makes me feel better.
Does she ever answer back?
She doesn't answer me either.
Beat. They both sit quietly for a moment.
Graham's eyes drift to the bedroom window. A LARGE SILHOUETTED
FIGURE STANDS ON THE ROOF IN THE DARKNESS AND STARES AT HIM.
THE FIGURE MOVES. HIS SHADOW PASSES OVER THE CHILDREN'S
BEDROOM AS HE JUMPS FROM THE ROOF.
Graham stands. He looks to his daughter with startled eyes.
Get under a blanket. They can't get
you under the blankets.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - NIGHT
GREY SNOW FILLS THE SCREEN. Merrill sleeps in front of the
family room television.
A hand gently shakes him. Merrill wakes and looks up at his
brother zipping up his overcoat.
EXT. FRONT DOOR - NIGHT
Merrill quickly puts on his boots at the front door.
Okay, this guy is trying to scare
us. He's messed with our property,
he's coming around the house. It's
time for an ass whoopin'!
This is not an intelligent way to
Merrill opens the front door. It's pitch black outside.
Merrill turn to Graham and gestures with his fingers.
We both go outside and move around
the house in opposite directions. We
act crazy, insane with anger. Make
him crap in his pants and force him
around till we meet up on the other
Merrill brings his fingers together at the end of a circle.
Explain, act crazy?
Curse and stuff.
I'm not going to curse.
You don't mean it. It's just for
It doesn't sound natural when I curse.
Just make noises then.
Are you going to do this or what?
No I'm not.
You want him coming in the house
They HEAR MOVEMENT OUTSIDE. Merrill and Graham look out into
On the count of three.
One... two... three.
Merrill and Graham go out the front door in opposite
EXT. MERRILL'S SIDE OF HOUSE - NIGHT
Merrill is in a full sprint. He hugs the side of the building
as he runs.
We're gonna beat your ass bitch!
EXT. GRAHAM'S SIDE OF HOUSE - NIGHT
Graham runs through the darkness around the first corner of
the house. He waves his arms.
Ahhhh... I'm insane with anger.
Graham spots a LARGE FIGURE darting around the corner ahead
I've lost my mind! It's time for an
EXT. MERRILL'S SIDE OF HOUSE - NIGHT
Merrill turns a corner full speed. THE LARGE FIGURE HAS COME
TO A STOP IN THE SHADOWS AHEAD OF HIM. HE SEEMS TO BLEND
INTO THE DARKNESS WHEN HE'S STILL.
I'm gonna tear your head off!
Merrill charges. WE JUST MAKE OUT MOVEMENT IN THE DARKNESS
AS THE FIGURE DISAPPEARS AROUND THE CORNER.
EXT. SIDE OF HOUSE - NIGHT
Graham and Merrill come screaming around two corners and
come to a stop facing each other. Beat.
They look around, panting heavily.
Graham's eyes drift above them.
He's on the roof.
They follow the roof around the corner. They find themselves
in the backyard.
Their eyes catch movement away from the house. They just
catch A GLIMPSE OF THE LARGE FIGURE as he disappears into
the crops. The swing on the swing set is still moving from
They stare across the yard silently. ALL WE HEAR IS THEIR
It was very dark.
Yes it was.
EXT. PORCH - DAY
Officer Edgar Paski stands on the porch with his note pad
open. He faces Graham and Merrill.
You can't describe him at all? Don't
you think that's find of odd?
It does seem kind of odd doesn't it?
I don't know whether to look for a
midget or a --
He definitely wasn't a midget.
So he was tall?
I would say so.
Over six feet?
It was very dark.
Yes, it was.
We've established that.
Just tell me about his clothing then.
Graham and Merrill stare at Edgar Paski.
Was he wearing a Scottish kilt or
They keep staring. Edgar closes his pad.
Let me ask you two something. Don't
be embarrassed by the answer. It is
possible... Just possible now, you
might have been chasing each other
around? You said you went in opposite
Edgar, it sounds as strange to me
saying it, as it is to you hearing
it. But we couldn't see him. He stayed
mostly in the shadows. All we could
make out was movement.
But I'll tell you something with
absolute certainty. There was someone
watching our house last night. He
was looking in my children's windows
and I want you to find him Edgar.
I need you to take this seriously,
just in case, it is something serious.
The three men stand in the doorway. Edgar opens his pad.
Morgan walks up to the front door. He holds up a baby monitor.
Can I use Bo's old baby monitor as a
It needs batteries.
Edgar, come inside.
The three men follow Morgan into the house. They pass through
the family room where Bo stands at the television.
She is staring at the screen. ON THE SCREEN IS AERIAL FOOTAGE
FROM A HELICOPTER. THE FOOTAGE IS OF A LARGE FIELD WITH
ENORMOUS CIRCLES AND DIAMONDS CARVED INTO ITS CROPS.
Bo changes the channel. She finds a cartoon. She sits down
on the sofa.
Morgan and the men, can't see the screen, and move into the
How certain are you, that this was a
I don't know any girls can run like
Graham opens one of the cabinets and pulls down some
batteries. He hands them to Morgan.
These are D's; I need double A's.
I have some upstairs.
Graham starts out of the kitchen.
I don't know Merrill. I've seen some
of those women on the Olympics. They
could out run me easy.
They all move into the FAMILY ROOM.
Bo watches cartoons. THE CARTOON MUSIC AND CARTOON PRAT FALLS
FILLS THE ROOM.
This guy got on the roof in like a
Bo, can you turn down the volume
until Officer Paski leaves?
Bo nods and moves to the television. The pack of men follow
Graham up the STAIRS.
That roof is over ten feet high.
He's telling you the truth, Edgar.
Whoever it was, is very strong and
can jump pretty high.
They arrive on the landing and follow Graham into his bedroom.
He moves into his BATHROOM.
They all move in with him.
They got women's high jumping in the
Olympics. They got these Scandinavian
women who could jump clean over me.
Graham takes the clock radio from the sink. Tries to open
Shoot, it needs a screw driver. I
have double A's in here.
Graham waves the radio. The men and Morgan move out of the
I know you're making a point Edgar.
I just don't know what it is.
They moves down the STAIRS.
Yesterday afternoon, an out of town
woman stopped by the diner and started
yelling and cussing cause they didn't
have her favorite cigarettes at the
vending machine. Scared a couple of
customers. No one's seen her since...
My point is, we don't know anything
about the person you saw. We should
just keep all possibilities available.
They move through the FAMILY ROOM.
Bo's cartoon is replaced by a special report news icon.
Dad, where's the remote?
Bo starts looking around the couch.
Graham stops before entering the kitchen. The group stops
with him. He looks at Bo searching the couch. He walks over
to the television.
There are three glasses of water on the TV set. He stands
next to the set. Doesn't see what's on the screen.
Bo, you're too old to still be doing
this. The rule is, you take a glass
of water, you finish it.
Now what's wrong with this one?
Bo stops looking through the sofa cushions and looks to her
father. Looks at the glass.
There's dust in it.
Morgan took a sip. It has his amoebas
Beat. Bo turns back to her search. Graham tucks the clock
radio under his arm and collects the three glasses. He heads
towards the kitchen.
Excluding the possibility that a
female Scandinavian Olympian was
running around outside our house
last night, what else is a
I'm not done asking questions and I
don't appreciate the sarcasm.
They follow Graham and Morgan through the swinging door into
Graham puts the glasses in the sink with a group of other
half-filled water glasses and opens the drawer to pull out a
screwdriver. He starts opening the clock radio.
Do you have anyone who might have a
grudge or something against you?
Maybe a church member, who might not
have liked the fact, that you left
Graham looks at Edgar.
I don't think so.
Do you owe anybody money? You can
tell me off the record if you need
Morgan hands Graham the baby monitor and Graham starts
replacing the batteries.
Is anything missing?
Graham hands Morgan the monitor. He turns it ON. THERE IS A
STATIC CRACKLE WITH SPIKES OF SOUND.
It's still making the noises. It's
It's old Morgan.
Morgan heads out of the kitchen.
Listen, I was out of line with that
whole female Scandinavian Olympian
It's just that, I'm pretty strong
and pretty fast. And I was running
as fast as I could. And this guy...
He was just toying with us.
Beat. Merrill walks out of the kitchen. Graham watches Edgar
think it over.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - DAY
Graham moves to a windowsill where more glasses of water
sit. He picks them up. Sees two more on the coffee table.
He gives up and puts the two glasses back on the windowsill.
Could everyone just take a seat on
the couch. I have some preliminary
Morgan sits with his monitor next to Bo, who quietly watches
the TV. Merrill and Graham squeeze in next to Morgan.
There are three possibilities here.
We'll call them one, two and three.
The level one scenario is that there
is a sane individual, who for real
reasons wants to do you harm. I really
don't believe that's what we're
looking at here. In my opinion,
whoever this is, they don't want to
do harm to you all. That's kind of
The level two scenario is, this is a
mentally unstable person who's fixated
on you and your family. This is a
possibility, but a very slim one.
I assure you I will treat all three
possibilities carefully, but in all
likely hood we are looking at what
we'll call a level three scenario.
He's a watcher. Someone who this is
a game for. He's laying low. Doesn't
want to be seen. But he wants to
watch you. Study you folks.
Officer Paski walks towards the windows. Graham, Merrill and
Morgan follow him with their eyes. Officer Paski walks next
to the television.
ON THE SCREEN WITH THE SOUND ALMOST MUTED, IS AN AERIAL SHOT
FROM A HELICOPTER. A DIFFERENT ONE THAN BEFORE. THE FOOTAGE
IS OF A VAST FIELD OF CROPS. THERE ARE TWO DIAMONDS FLANKING
TWO SIDE OF A TRIANGLE IN THE CENTER OF THE FIELD.
Officer Paski turns to them.
Graham, Merrill and Morgan stare at the screen.
Now I don't want you all to worry
about this no more. You're making
more of this than it is.
You guys have had a tough couple of
days with the vandalism to the crops
and the death of your shepherd.
Maybe you guys should do something
fun? Let me worry about this person.
Let me find out who it is and then --
What the hell are you people looking
Edgar comes around to see the screen.
WE ARE ON A TV SCREEN. THE CROPS SWAY IN THE BREEZE. A HANDFUL
OF PEOPLE ARE WAVING FROM THE DIAMONDS ON THE FIELD.
I'll be damned.
Turn up the volume Bo.
Bo gets up.
I can't find the remote.
She presses the up arrows on the TV controls.
-- images were shot yesterday
afternoon by a thirty-four year old
local camera man in Kerala, a southern
city of India. It is the eighteenth
reported crop circle found in that
country in the last seventy-two hours.
The television report cuts to Columbia University PROFESSOR.
Crop circles first emerged in the
late seventies with the renewed
interest in extraterrestrial life.
They died out by the early eighties;
dismissed as hoaxes. This new
resurgence is wholly different.
Elements of it are unexplainable.
The speed and the quantity in which
it has appeared implies the
coordination of hundreds of
individuals over many countries...
There is only a limited amount of
explanations. Either this is one of
the most elaborate hoaxes ever
created, or basically...
It's for real.
Morgan takes the asthma inhaler from his pocket and breathes
What in God's name is going on?
THE ROOM GOES SILENT as everyone watches the images on the
EXT. HESS DRIVEWAY - DAY
The two men walk down the driveway to Edgar's patrol car.
Don't ask me what I think. Cause I
can't think straight right now. I'm
going back to the station. Have a
cup of Marcia's coffee and try to
think clear. After that I might make
Hoaxes... People got way too much
time on their hands.
Edgar turns back to Graham.
But I'll tell you something, what I
said in their, still goes. You and
your family have been through a lot
in the last two days... Not to mention
what happened to you all seven months
Edgar stares at Graham.
And three weeks.
It's left its mark still. The last
thing these children need to do, is
worry about some crazy things
happening in the world. Take them
into town. Get their minds -- your
mind, on everyday things. It's good
It's good advice...
Say hi to Marcia for me.
You take care of yourself...
EXT. STATION WAGON - AFTERNOON
WE MOVE THROUGH BACK ROADS OF BUCKS COUNTY. RURAL PENNSYLVANIA
IN ITS MOST BEAUTIFUL. TREE LINED STREETS. WHITE PICKET
FENCES. APPLE ORCHARDS.
The Hess family rides in their station wagon. Graham drives.
Merrill is shotgun. The children are in the back.
Morgan leans forward and TURNS ON THE RADIO.
...signs intended to be seen from
the sky --
CLICK. Graham TURNS IT OFF.
No radio either... Just for a while.
Morgan nods and then plops back into the backseat.
EXT. MAIN STREET - AFTERNOON
Downtown Bucks County. A group of small stores along a quiet
The Hess station wagon pulls in front of a free parking meter.
Graham steps out the driver's side and looks around. Merrill
puts change in the meter.
Morgan walks up to Graham with Bo.
Morgan holds out his hand. Graham gives his son a look as he
reaches into his back pocket.
Morgan takes the money Graham gives him, then takes Bo's
hand and walks down the sidewalk.
Graham watches them turn into a store.
Merrill steps onto the sidewalk. Hands in his pockets as he
Graham turns and calls after him.
Meet back in fifteen minutes.
Merrill waves over his shoulder. He keeps walking.
Graham starts across the street to the pharmacy.
INT. NATHAN'S BOOKSTORE - AFTERNOON
A mom and pop bookstore. Three isles wide. MR. AND MRS.
NATHAN, a couple in their early seventies, sit behind their
counter and watch a black and white TV. The PICTURE ON THE
TELEVISION IS OF A WHEAT FIELD. THREE ENORMOUS TRIANGLES
SURROUND A CIRCLE.
Morgan steps up to the counter.
That's what they keep alluding to.
It's just a bunch of crock. They're
trying to sell sodas, plain and
simple. I've been watching these
reports since morning. I've seen
twelve soda commercials so far.
Do you have book on extraterrestrials?
Don't tell me you believe this horse
Morgan shrugs. Mrs. Nathan pushes her husband aside.
As a matter of fact, I think we have
one. Came by mistake in a shipment.
Decided to keep it for city people.
Mrs. Nathan points over to the far corner.
Last row. Third book from the left
INT. PHARMACY - AFTERNOON
Graham waits at a white counter. A gum chewing PHARMACIST in
her early twenties, who looks like she's in her teens, glances
through back shelves of medicines as she listens to the radio.
RADIO HOST (V.O.)
Why is no one saying the obvious?
This is just a rash case of copycats.
Someone, somewhere, does the first
one. It's on TV, it's on the internet.
In less than an hour a couple hundred
people get the same brilliant idea
and here we are... on the verge of
It was asthma medicine right Father?
For Morgan Hess. And it's not Father
The Pharmacist looks back at Graham and then reaches up and
TURNS OFF THE RADIO. She quietly finds the prescription on
the shelf and moves to the counter across from Graham.
She doesn't ring it up. She just stands there fiddling with
the bag holding Morgan's medicine. Beat.
Can I ask you a favor Father?
Graham stares at the girl. Beat. He nods "yes."
Can I take confession with you?
Beat. Graham leans forward on the counter and takes the girl's
hands in his. He talks very slowly.
Tracey, I -- am -- not -- a --
reverend -- anymore. I haven't been
for six months. You know this.
Beat. When Tracey speaks her VOICE IS A BIT SHAKY.
All this stuff on TV...
Joe Gills was in here talking about
the end of the world... I'm just a
Please. I need to take confession
Graham looks at the young girl's teary eyes. He exhales
INT. ARMY RECRUITING OFFICE - AFTERNOON
Merrill stares up at a poster with a muscular guy in an Army
uniform standing at attention on a beach.
We are in a narrow ARMY RECRUITING CENTER. Inside the small
storefront space is a desk. A gentleman sporting a CREWCUT
sits behind it.
A young man, Merrill's age, sits at a side card table filling
out some forms.
I got it figured.
Merrill realizes the crewcut guy is talking to him.
I've had two separate folks tell me
they think there are strangers around
these parts the last couple of nights.
Can't tell what they look like, cause
they're staying in the shadows --
covert like. No one's got hurt mind
you... And that's the give away.
It's called probing. It's a military
procedure. You send a reconnaissance
group, very small, to check out
things. Not to engage, but to evaluate
the situation. Evaluate the level of
danger. Make sure things are all
Clear for what?
The crewcut guy savors the beat of silence.
...For the rest of them.
It takes a second, but Merrill smiles. The crewcut guy smiles
back. Merrill points at a poster.
You have a pamphlet or something I
The crewcut guy reaches to a stack of brochures. Picks the
top brochure and hands it to Merrill.
The crewcut guy begins to stare at Merrill closely.
Hey you didn't used to play baseball
Merrill looks up from the brochure. Beat.
Shit. I know you. You're Merrill
Hess. I was there that day you hit
that five hundred and eighty seven
footer over the left field wall and
set the record. That thing had a
motor on it... It's still the record
Merrill nods, "yes."
I got the bat at home... On the wall.
You got two minor league home run
records don't you?
Five. The five longest.
Boy, why aren't you in the pros making
stacks of cash and getting handfuls
of T and A?
YOUNG MAN (O.S.)
Cause he also has the minor league
strike out record.
Merrill turns to the young man, about his age, who sits at
the folding table.
He'd just swing as hard as he could
every time. It didn't matter what
the coach said, didn't matter who
was on base, he'd whip that bat
through the air as hard as he could...
Looked like a lumber jack chopping
down a tree.
Merrill here, struck out more times
than any two players.
You really hold the strike out record?
Beat. Merrill tucks the pamphlet in his jacket. Looks like
he's not going to say anything. When he does, the words are
soft and worn; they've been said a hundred times.
Felt wrong not to swing.
Beat. The crewcut guy shakes his head. Merrill turns and
As he passes Lionel, Merrill makes a small, quick move in
Lionel's direction, like he might hit him. Lionel flinches
and covers his face.
Merrill walks out the door of the army recruiting office.
INT. PHARMACY - AFTERNOON
I cursed thirty-seven times last
week... I said the f-word a couple
times, but mostly "shits" and
Is "Douche bag" a curse?
Graham glances at the girl as she sits sideways to him at
I suppose it's in its usage.
How about "John you're a douche bag
for kissing Barbara?"
That's a curse.
Then it's not thirty-seven. It's
Graham's eyes widen.
I stole a bottle of Ruby red lip
stick from K-mart... I punched my
brother in the back three times...
Graham looks around the empty store for help.
INT. NATHAN'S BOOKSTORE - AFTERNOON
Bo sits at a tiny reading table and drinks a glass of water.
There is another glass, half-full, on her table. Mrs. Nathan
watches as the little girl takes careful sips.
Beat. Bo looks up with a grimace.
MRS. NATHAN YELLS TO MR. NATHAN AT THE FRONT OF THE STORE.
Carl, there's something wrong with
Morgan doesn't look up from the extraterrestrial book.
Your water is fine. Bo has a thing
about her drinking water. She's had
it her whole life. Like a tick people
have. Except it's not a tick.
Is that right?
Bo shrugs. She places the glass she sipped on the table with
the other glass.
Mrs. Nathan stares at the four-year old.
MR. NATHAN (O.S.)
Everyone turns to the front of the store where Mr. Nathan
points to the TV screen. A Coke Cola commercial is on.
Beat. Mrs. Nathan turns back to find Morgan holding out the
extraterrestrial book to her.
I'll take it.
EXT. STATION WAGON - AFTERNOON
Merrill, Morgan and Bo are waiting in the parked car. Beat.
The driver's side opens and Graham sits in.
I don't want any one of you spending
time with Tracey Abernathy alone. Is
Beat. Everyone nods, "yes."
Graham puts the key in the ignition and turns the car on.
Merrill watches as Graham's hand goes to put the car in
reverse -- and then stops.
Graham is staring out the windshield. Merrill follows his
stare to a thin, thirty-year old man in a LEATHER JACKET
coming out of a store. Merrill's face changes expression
too. They both stare as the man passes in front of the car.
Is that him?
Everyone in the car watches the man in the leather jacket as
he steps off the sidewalk towards the truck. It's here that
he notices the stares. He glances up to see the faces watching
him from the station wagon.
The leather jacketed man keeps moving to his truck. He gets
in, turns it on, and without looking over to the station
wagon, backs out of the parking lot.
Beat. The Hess family sits quietly.
Who is he?
Nobody says anything for the longest time.
He's the man who killed mom.
Graham puts the station wagon in reverse and backs out into
EXT. HESS HOME - AFTERNOON
THE SKY IS GOLDEN RED. The crops sway hypnotically in a gentle
The Hess station wagon pulls into their driveway. It comes
to a stop in front of the house. The engine goes off. No one
INT. STATION WAGON - AFTERNOON
All four sit quietly not getting out.
A MUFFLED SPIKE OF NOISE IS HEARD FROM THE BACK SEAT.
Graham and Merrill turn and see Morgan pull the baby monitor
out of his jacket. He holds it in his lap.
What if Bo's baby monitor is picking
up signals from the extraterrestrials?
All this crop stuff. They did it
twenty-five years ago. It was a joke.
THE MONITOR SPIKES WITH A SUDDEN CRACKLE. MORGAN PULLS IT
AWAY FROM HIS EAR.
It's just static Morgan. Turn it up
Morgan turns a knob on the side.
THE VOLUME SUDDENLY JUMPS UP ON THE MONITOR. WE HEAR BEEPS
IN THE STATIC. THE RED LIGHTS ON THE FRONT OF THE BABY MONITOR
LIGHT UP WITH EACH BEEP.
It's a code.
Let me see that please.
Morgan hands Graham the monitor in the front seat. THE BEEPS
COME AND GO AS THEY GET COVERED BY THE STATIC.
It's broken Morgan. It'll just keep
Let's get out of the car okay?
We might lose the signal.
We can't just sit in the car in our
own driveway like this.
We'll look like mental patients.
Beat. Nobody gets out of the station wagon.
I'm getting out now.
Don't do it.
Graham pulls the handle. His door opens. He waits before
getting out. The other three station wagon doors open right
Graham stands and closes his driver side door.
THE MONITOR CHANGES SOUNDS. THE BEEPING DISAPPEARS. THE STATIC
BECOMES LOUDER, BECOMING A MOVING, SWIRLING SOUND TEXTURE.
Everyone becomes frozen, standing next to the station wagon.
Three of the doors are open.
IN THE TEXTURE OF SOUND, JUST FOR A MOMENT, WE HEAR SOMETHING
THAT SOUNDS LIKE...
Voices. Did you hear that?
Everyone stares at the baby monitor in Graham's hand.
Not English though. You heard the
voices right Uncle Merrill?
I heard them Morgan.
Graham doesn't move his arm. He keeps it out in the air where
he had it as he closed his door. Graham looks to Merrill
over the roof of the station wagon.
It's probably picking up another
THE SWIRLING TEXTURE SOUND FLOATS THROUGH THE AIR ABOVE THE
Let me see it.
Beat. Graham moves. He hands the monitor over the hood.
Merrill reaches for it.
THE SWIRLING, MOVING TEXTURE BECOMES LOUD AND FILLED WITH
Graham and Merrill freeze -- both touching the monitor over
the roof of the station wagon.
WE HEAR SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE A VOICE EMERGE AND THEN
QUICKLY FADE AWAY.
It doesn't sound like words.
Merrill concentrates on THE SWIRLING MOVING TEXTURE COMING
FROM THE BABY MONITOR.
Graham looks around at his rapt family.
See this is why we're not watching
those news reports. People get
I'm letting go now.
Don't do it!
You'll lose the signal!
Graham looks at Merrill, who's now one of them. Beat.
Morgan is the first one to move.
Don't let go.
He moves from the back passenger door to the back bumper
where he begins to climb onto the station wagon.
It gets clearer, the higher you hold
Morgan crawls on the roof and takes the monitor ever-so gently
out of Graham and Merrill's outstretched hands.
Morgan, be careful.
I got him.
Merrill climbs up over the side and joins Morgan on the roof.
Merrill keeps a hand on his nephew. Morgan raises the monitor
above his head.
THE RED LIGHTS ON THE BABY MONITOR ALL TURN ON.
THE SWIRLING TEXTURE COMING FROM THE MONITOR BECOMES SOMETHING
MORE MECHANICAL, LIKE THE HUM OF LARGE EQUIPMENT IN THE
THE VOICE LIKE SOUNDS ARE UNDER A CRACKLE BUT ARE CLEARER
Bo runs to the front bumper and climbs onto the hood.
Graham cuts her off by taking a seat on the hood. He takes
hold of Bo. All four are on the car now.
Morgan stands up on the roof of the station wagon. Merrill
holds him by the waist.
Bo tries to get up onto the roof by climbing over Graham and
the windshield. Graham boosts her up over his head with both
Merrill you got her.
Merrill reaches out his free hand. Bo reaches out to him.
THE SOUND FROM THE MONITOR SUDDENLY CHANGES.
Everyone STOPS exactly where they are. Graham holds Bo over
his head. Bo reaches out to Merrill. Merrill sits on the
roof with one arm out. Morgan stands with the baby monitor
raised high in the air. The Hess family remains very still
on the hood of their station wagon as they listen.
THE CRACKLING IS GONE. THE VOICE-LIKE SOUNDS ARE CLEAR AND
UPFRONT. THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT TONES IN THE MIX.
There's two of them talking.
THE VOICE-LIKE SOUNDS ARE NOT WORDS BUT MORE LIKE GRUNTS AND
GURGLING LIKE SOMEONE DROWNING. THE SOUNDS ARE BEING CREATED
BY INHALES, NOT EXHALES. A SEQUENCE OF THESE SOUNDS IN ONE
TONE IS FOLLOWED BY SILENCE AND THEN THE SECOND TONE BEGINS
ANOTHER SEQUENCE LIKE A CONVERSATION.
Graham struggles to hold Bo up. Bo struggles to keep her
arms out. Merrill struggles not to turn his face to the
incredible SOUNDS ABOVE HIS HEAD.
THE TONES ESCALATE IN VOLUME.
Morgan's eyes widen as THE SEQUENCE OF SOUNDS BECOMES SHORTER
AND FASTER. THE TONES BECOME HARDER, ANGRIER. THE SILENCES
THE VOICE-LIKE TONES REACH A LOUD FEVERISH PACE, ALMOST
VIOLENT AND THEN WE HEAR A CLICK AND THEY'RE GONE.
Beat. Everyone looks up at the baby monitor. The red lights
are off. ONLY THE BLAND HUM OF NORMAL STATIC COMES FROM IT'S
They hung up.
Graham brings Bo down into his lap. Morgan takes a seat next
to Merrill on the roof. The Hess family sits like mental
patients on the top of their station wagon.
EXT. BACKYARD - EVENING
WE ARE AT THE EDGE OF THE CROPS LOOKING BACK AT THE HOUSE.
The LIGHTS are on in the kitchen. We see Graham, Merrill and
the children doing dishes after dinner.
The DOG IS BARKING FURIOUSLY.
OUR VIEW TURNS TO LOOK AT THE BARN THROUGH THE CROPS.
Isabelle, the remaining German Shepherd is tied to a post
outside the barn. The dog whips back and forth frantically.
She keeps looking in our direction.
WE HEAR A SCREEN DOOR OPEN. WE TURN TO LOOK BACK AT THE HOUSE.
Graham steps out the back screen door with a bowl of dog
food and a bowl of water.
We watch him as he walks towards the frantic dog. When he
gets close, Graham slows. He approaches the dog carefully.
He places the two bowls close but not too close. The dog has
no interest in them. She keeps barking and glaring in our
Graham watches her for a few moments, and THEN TURNS AND
LOOKS DIRECTLY AT US FROM ACROSS THE YARD.
WE PULL BACK INTO THE DARKNESS OF THE CROPS.
EXT. BARN - EVENING
Graham stands frozen looking across his yard. Isabelle, the
dog turns in desperate circles behind him. Graham's eyes
stay focused on the same point in the darkness. He talks to
You know something? Even entertaining
the possibility of this for a minute
has been exciting.
Beat. Graham starts to move.
I can see how people can get carried
away with this type of thing.
Graham reaches the barbecue area. There's a flashlight on
the picnic table. Graham TURNS THE FLASHLIGHT ON. A NARROW
BEAM FALLS ON THE GRASS FIVE FEET AHEAD OF HIM.
Graham starts toward the crops.
It's a kind of faith. It's an
intoxicating thing to believe in
something you can't see.
THE BEAM OF LIGHT FALLS ON THE WALL OF CORN CROPS LINING THE
BACKYARD. Graham steps right up to them. He hesitates and
then steps into the field of CORN CROPS.
We can't see two feet in any direction. Six foot stalks of
corn line Graham on all sides. THE FLASHLIGHT THROWS A
WAVERING BEAM ON THE CROPS AHEAD OF HIM.
You were always good at that...
THE BEAM OF HIS FLASHLIGHT FINDS A NARROW PATH. Graham starts
following it. His shoulders brush crops on either side.
Believing in things you couldn't
You would have been the first person
on that station wagon wouldn't you?
You and Morgan would have been
wrestling for that baby monitor.
SOMETHING MOVES UP AHEAD.
Graham stops. HE SHINES HIS LIGHT DOWN THE PATH. Nothing but
crops disappearing into darkness.
It'll be secretly kind of sad for
everybody, when this turns out to be --
all just make believe.
THERE'S MOVEMENT RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. Graham spins and aims
the FLASHLIGHT AT THE CROPS TO HIS RIGHT. THE LIGHT ONLY
PENETRATES A FEW FEET INTO THE CROPS.
You're wasting your time here! I'm
not going to report this or anything
you do to me crops, to the news or
TV or anybody! You're not going to
Beat. There is no response. GRAHAM CAN HEAR HIS OWN
BREATHING... IT SOUNDS HEAVY, ECHOISH... LIKE THERE'S TWO OF
Beat. Graham holds his breath. THE SOUND OF SOMEONE ELSE
BREATHING CONTINUES BEHIND HIM.
Graham turns and drops the FLASHLIGHT at the same time. THE
BEAM OF LIGHT TURNS OFF WHEN THE FLASHLIGHT HITS THE GROUND.
GRAHAM IS IN DARKNESS NOW. HE LOOKS IN THE DIRECTION OF THE
BREATHING. BUT CAN'T SEE ANYTHING. HIS OWN BREATHING IS FAST
AND LOUD NOW.
Graham kneels down and gropes in the darkness. His hands
search over the ground in all directions. They finally touch
the flashlight. Graham quickly fumbles with it to find the
"on" button. He does.
A BEAM OF LIGHT SHOOTS ACROSS THE GROUND. SOMETHING POWDERY
WHITE STANDS FIVE FEET AWAY.
It instantly moves into the darkness. Graham tries to get
up. He stumbles backwards into the crops. He's tangled in
crops as he struggles to rise. He gets up and starts running.
Leaves and stalks slap him from all directions. He panics.
He doesn't know where he is. THERE IS SOMETHING COMING BEHIND
Graham makes a sudden right turn. He puts his hands in front
of him to protect his face and eyes. He's running as fast as
he can. HE HEARS STALKS OF CORN BREAKING BEHIND HIM.
Another sudden turn, this time left. Graham emerges into his
Graham keeps running across the yard. ISABELLE BARKS
When Graham reaches the porch stairs, he stops and turns.
There is no one behind him. The wall of crops fifty feet
away sway in the gentle night breeze.
Graham gains control of his breathing. He turns and walks to
the screen door, slowing his breathing down with each step.
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
Graham steps into the kitchen. His hair is messed. His shirt
has a few leaves from corn stalks stuck to it. He locks the
The children don't notice his presence. They're splashing
each other at the sink as they clean the dinner dishes.
Graham looks through the kitchen doorway to the family room.
He sees Merrill there.
Merrill's hands are in his pockets as he stares at the WOODEN
BASEBALL BAT mounted above the fireplace. Merrill doesn't
notice him either.
Graham takes two steps to the kitchen table and slowly takes
a seat. His breathing is a slow controlled pant. He runs one
shaky hand through his hair as he gathers himself and thinks.
His kind eyes stare down at the ground as he slows his mind.
Merrill is the first to notice him. He moves from where the
baseball bat is hung, into the kitchen. As he passes the
children at the sink, he turns off the faucet.
The children stop playing and look up to Merrill. They follow
his stare to the kitchen table.
Beat. Graham looks up at them.
Let's turn on the TV.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - EVENING
THE TV GOES ON WITH A CLICK. THE SCREEN BLOWS WHITE AND THEN
IMMEDIATELY DARKNESS. OUTLINES AND SHAPES EMERGE.
THE SOUND POPS ON.
-- first appeared fifty two minutes
THE SCREEN FILLS WITH CRISP BLACKS. WE ARE WATCHING VIDEO OF
A NIGHT SKY OVER A DENSE CITY. THE THOUSAND LIGHTS OF THE
CITY FILL THE BOTTOM OF THE SHAKING IMAGE.
ANOTHER SET OF LIGHTS DOT THE SKY ABOVE THE CITY. THEY ARE
ARRANGED IN TWO "V'S" SIDE BY SIDE.
Bo puts her finger to the screen and counts the hovering
Morgan, Merrill and Graham stand silently before the
Mexico City officials as well as
U.S. officials have confirmed that
these are not air crafts from either
government's airforce. The first
sighting was made by an Air Mexico
747 en route from Mazatlan to New
York as the unidentified crafts
entered Mexico City air space. They
were not detected by radar by either
The crazies were right.
Beat. Everyone just watches the fourteen lights hovering on
We have to tape this...
Morgan reaches into the pile of video tapes under the
television stand. He grabs one.
Bo snatches the video as Morgan tries to put it into the
My ballet recital.
Morgan stares at his sister.
Listen Bo. This is very important.
Everything people have written about
in science books is going to change.
The history of the world's future is
on the TV right now. We need to record
this so you can show your children
this tape and say you were there...
For your children Bo.
My ballet recital.
Graham doesn't take his eyes off the screen.
Find another tape.
Graham and Merrill sit down at the same time on the sofa.
They both have the same dazed, slow movements.
Morgan rummages through the pile of videos frantically. He
finds one and reaches for the VCR.
Uncle Merrill, I'm using your tape.
Morgan slams the tape marked "Bay Watch" into the VCR and
presses record. He's breathing heavy now. Wheezing actually.
Morgan moves to the sofa and takes a seat in between his
father and his uncle. Bo walks over and squeezes in also.
The four of them stare at the television.
...You're seeing a live feed from
our NBC affiliate down in Mexico
City. The time there is 7:17pm. This
image has not been adjusted or
enhanced in any way. What you're
seeing is real.
Everything they wrote in science
books is about to change.
Morgan brings his asthma spray to his mouth and inhales.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MIDNIGHT
The family room lights are off now. The TV is still on. The
SOUND IS MUTED. There are a couple glasses of Bo's water on
the television now.
The fourteen lights are still hovering on the screen. Morgan
is asleep on Graham's lap. Bo is asleep on Merrill's shoulder.
Some people are probably thinking
this is the end of the world.
Graham turns his sleepy eyes away from the screen to Merrill.
Merrill looks his brother in the eyes. Beat.
Do you think it's a possibility?
How can you say that?
That wasn't the answer you wanted?
Can you at least pretend to be like
you used to be? Give me some comfort?
Beat. Graham thinks it over.
...There are all different ways you
can tell that there's someone really
there watching out for us. You see
signs. Sometimes they're little ones.
You think of someone. The phone rings.
They're on the phone... Sometimes
they're big, like fourteen lights
hovering over Mexico City.
Sure, there are a lot of people
watching this who think this could
be a bad thing. But there are a lot
of people watching this, who think
it's a miracle. A sign of God's
existence. It's all in how you look
at things Merrill.
What you have to decide is what kind
of person you are? Are you the type
who believes in miracles and looks
for signs or are you the kind who
believes, things just happen by
Beat. Merrill is deep in thought.
I was at this party once. I'm on a
couch with Sara Mckinney. She was
just sitting there, looking beautiful
and staring at me. I go to lean in
and kiss her and I realize I have
gum in my mouth. I turn and take out
the gum. Stuff it in my paper cup
next to the sofa and turn around.
Sara Mckinney throws up all over
I knew the second it happened. It
was a miracle. I could have been
kissing her when she threw up. That
would have scarred me for life. I
may never have recovered.
Merrill looks at the TV screen. Beat.
I'm a miracle man. Those lights are
There you go.
So which type are you?
Do you feel comforted?
What does it matter then?
The two of them turn back to the silent screen of the
television. It's a long beat before Graham speaks.
Do you know what Colleen's last words
were before they killed her?
Beat. Merrill turns and stares quietly at his brother.
She said, "See", and then her eyes
glazed a bit and she said... "Tell
Merrill to swing away."
Merrill's mouth opens a bit. Graham turns and chuckles at
Do you know why she said that?
Merrill nods, "No."
Because the nerve endings in her
brain were firing as she died, and
some random memory of us at one of
your baseball games popped into her
There is no one watching out for us
Merrill. We're all on our own.
Graham turns back to the television. Beat.
THE LIGHT OF THE TELEVISION FLICKERS ON THE FACES OF THE TWO
BROTHERS AS THEY SIT WATCHING IN SILENCE.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - DAY
Graham's eyes open. DAYLIGHT FILLS the family room. He is
alone on the couch. Alone in the room.
He looks to the television. It's not there.
Graham moves to his feet and look around the room. His eyes
stop on an EXTENSION CORD that runs from a wall outlet in
the family room, across the front hall, and under a closet
Graham moves to the door. WE HEAR MUFFLED TELEVISION VOICES.
Graham opens the CLOSET.
Merrill looks up. He's seated on a kitchen chair with the
television on a roll-away stand crammed in with him.
For the kids protection. All they
were doing was watching TV from five
a.m. I felt like they were getting
obsessed like you said. They should
be playing furry, furry rabbit or
tea party or something right?
What's furry, furry rabbit?
That's a game isn't it?
(points at the TV)
There's been some interesting
What time is it?
Eleven a.m. They're gone.
Beat. Graham looks at the TV screen. There's a daylight shot
of Mexico City. The skies are empty above it.
But they're not really gone. We just
can't see them. Early this morning a
bird flew right at the area where
the lights were hovering last night.
Merrill puts a finger in the sky on the screen.
It stopped dead in the air and fell
Merrill's finger trails to the bottom of the screen.
They caught it on tape and they've
been playing it all morning. They
found the bird. His head crushed in.
When you see the footage it looks
like the bird flew into a wall in
They think they have some invisible
shield thing going, like an optical
The bird could have had a heart attack
and crushed his head when he fell.
Already thought of. Two other birds
did the same thing an hour later.
Not as dramatic. They lived. But you
could see they hit something.
Graham looks at the empty sky on the screen with different
They're still there hovering. In
fact, some people think there's more
of them now. All over the place.
Over us even.
And there's a theory about the crop
circles now. They think it could be
some kind of landmark, visual mapping
system -- so they can navigate.
Coordinate. Makes sense doesn't it?
INT. MASTER BEDROOM - DAY
We are inside Graham's bedroom facing his bathroom door,
which is closed. The same sun-faded outline of where a large
cross used to hang, is stained on the wall next to the door.
Graham opens the bathroom door and steps out with wet hair.
He towels it dry as he moves to his bedroom window.
WE LOOK OUT THE SAME WINDOW WE LOOKED OUT AT THE VERY
The backyard is large and green with a wooden jungle gym. A
single tree throws shade onto a picnic table. The back of
the yard is lined by corn crops. Golden and brown. Six feet
The crops go on well beyond our view. Graham stares at them
Beat. THE SOUND OF WHISPERING DRAWS HIS ATTENTION FROM THE
He listens closely. HIS CHILDREN ARE WHISPERING IN THE NEXT
INT. CHILDREN'S BEDROOM - DAY
Graham walks into the hall and looks in their room.
Morgan and Bo are seated on the edge of their bed. They have
TIN FOIL wrapped around their heads like a helmet. Graham
stares at his children.
So the aliens can't read our minds.
They tell you everything in this
Morgan holds up the book he bought from Nathan's bookstore.
Graham enters the room. The children make space for him on
the bed. He takes a seat between them. Morgan puts the book
on his father's lap.
It says they're probably very small --
like my height -- because, as their
brains developed, there was no use
for physical development. It says
they're probably vegetarians, because
they would have realized the benefits
of such a diet.
Who wrote this book?
Graham looks on the back cover for a picture. There's none
Scientists who have been persecuted
for their beliefs.
That means they're unemployed.
Morgan closes the book.
Dad, are you going to be serious?
Bo points at the book.
Graham looks at his two children with foil on their heads.
I don't know what got into me.
Beat. Morgan puts the book on his father's lap.
There are pictures.
Beat. Morgan opens the tome.
Dr. Bimboo, one of the authors of
the book --
I just asked his name.
You had a tone.
Beat. Graham acknowledges with a nod that he did have a tone.
He says there are two reasons why
Extraterrestrials would visit us.
Morgan turns the page.
To make contact in the spirit of
exploration and furthering the
knowledge of the universe.
Graham looks at an illustration of a small, bulbous headed
figure shaking hands with a bearded human.
Or the other reason... They're
hostile. They've used up the resources
on their planet and are looking to
harvest our planet next.
Morgan turns the page. There is a picture of a house. A space
ship is hovering over the home shooting laser beams at it.
Looks a little like our house doesn't
Morgan and Bo lean in closer to look at the picture. Beat.
The same windows.
The three of them study the picture of the house. It's on
fire. Their eyes move to the front yard. There are three
bodies lying dead on the front lawn. Two are children.
THE PHONE RINGS.
The children SCREAM and cling to their father. THEIR SCREAMS
DIE DOWN. The PHONE RINGS again. Graham gets up. He closes
That's enough from Dr. Bimboo for
now. Everybody in this house needs
to calm down and eat some fruit or
Graham steps out into the hallway. He tucks the book under
his arm and picks up the phone.
THROUGH THE PHONE WE HEAR SUDDEN SCUFFLING, A CHAIR SQUEAL
AGAINST THE FLOOR and then the phone disconnects.
NOTHING BUT DEAD AIR. Graham looks at the receiver and then
slowly hangs it up.
Graham walks down the hall to a small window.
The window looks down the driveway and out onto the road.
Graham stares into the distance. About a half-mile away we
see the TIP OF A HOUSE. Graham gazes at it for a beat.
INT. FRONT HALL - DAY
Graham comes down the stairs with his overcoat on. He moves
to the closet door and knocks on it before opening it.
Merrill looks up from the television.
I'm going out for a few minutes. No
one leaves this house. No one.
Where are you going?
Ray Reddy's house.
Graham starts down the hall. Merrill steps out of the closet
for the first time. He looks down the hall shocked.
Graham unlocks the front door.
I think he just called here.
INT. CHILDREN'S BEDROOM - DAY
BLUE SKY -- OUR VIEW MOVES OVER CLOUDS. WE ARE LOOKING THROUGH
SOME KIND OF LENS.
You don't think something bad will
happen do you Morgan?
Morgan pulls his eye away from the telescope that is set up
on the window seat in his room.
Why, you got one of your feeling
Bo nods, "Yes."
Is it bad?
Bo nods, "Yes" slowly.
If it does, I won't let anything bad
happen to you.
Bo hugs Morgan tight.
I don't want you to die.
Who said I was going to die?
Bo keeps hugging Morgan.
Who said I was going to die?
Beat. Morgan peels Bo's arms off of him.
Come on Bo. I need to keep a look
Bo lets go. Morgan puts his eye to the eyepiece of the
EXT. REDDY HOUSE - DAY
A mailbox reads "R. Reddy."
There is a gray and white house at the end of the quarter
mile driveway. We saw the roof of this house from the Hess
Graham stands at the front door and RINGS THE DOORBELL AGAIN.
Beat. Graham tries to look inside. Curtains block his view.
Graham walks around the porch. Turns the corner of the house.
He looks in a side window.
THE VIEW THROUGH THE WINDOW IS OF A KITCHEN. THE KITCHEN
CHAIRS ARE ON THEIR SIDE. THE KITCHEN TABLE ITSELF, IS UPSIDE
DOWN, LEANING AGAINST A CLOSED DOOR. THE ROOM IS TOTALLY
Graham stands straight up. He looks around nervously. He
takes two steps back towards the front of the house and the
safety of his station wagon before he notices the GREEN TRUCK
parked to the side of the house.
There is someone sitting in it.
EXT. REDDY DRIVEWAY - DAY
The passenger side window of the truck is open. Graham steps
up to it and looks inside. The thin man with the leather
jacket, we saw in town, sits behind the wheel. He stares out
the windshield. He is covered in sweat.
RAY REDDY doesn't look over. Doesn't react. Keeps staring.
Ray clutches the steering wheel tightly, turning his knuckles
a yellow white.
Graham glances to the backseat of the truck. There are two
large bags over flowing with clothes.
Graham's eyes gently move back to Ray and drift down to the
TWO BLOOD STAINED AREA ON HIS SHIRT. Beat.
What happened Ray?
Beat. Ray doesn't look over when he speaks.
I wrote your number down to call
you. It's been sitting next to the
phone for six months. When I knew it
was inside the house, I couldn't
think of any other number to call. I
Thank you for coming Father.
You're welcome Ray.
Tears start falling down Ray's face.
I worked so long that night. I ain't
never fallen asleep driving before.
And never since. Most of the ride
home, there wasn't a car insight in
either direction. If I'd fallen asleep
then, I'd a ended up in a ditch with
a head ache. It had to happen at
that right moment. That certain ten-
fifteen seconds when I passed her
walking. It was like it was meant to
Ray finally turns. His red face quivers as he talks.
I guess if this is the end of the
world, I'm screwed right? People who
kill Reverends' wives aren't exactly
ushered to the front of the line in
Ray starts the car.
Where you going Ray?
To the lake. The way I see it, all
the places marked in the crops and
such -- none of them are really near
water. I figure they don't like water.
Can't be any worse than here.
Ray, did you see one of them?
Ray looks at Graham.
I'm truly sorry for what I've done
to you and yours.
The two men stare at each other for a beat. Ray looks away.
He puts the car in drive.
And don't open my pantry Father. I
locked one of them in there.
Graham steps away as the truck moves forward and pulls down
INT. CLOSET - DAY
Merrill's head is leaned against a bunch of winter coats.
His eyes are closed.
...The startling footage we're about
to show you was photographed by a
forty-two year old Romero Valadares.
Merrill's eyes open.
This video was taken yesterday
afternoon at his son's seventh
birthday, in the city of Passo Fundo,
Brazil. It was sent to the local
news bureau there and satellited to
us a few minutes ago. All initial
opinions are; this is genuine.
THE TELEVISION ANCHOR APPEARS FLUSTERED.
What you are about to see, may disturb
Merrill sits up in his chair.
THE PICTURE OF THE ANCHORMAN IS REPLACED BY A HANDHELD VIDEO
IMAGE ON THE TV SCREEN. THE IMAGE IS OF A FAMILY ROOM WHERE
A BUNCH OF CHILDREN IN DRESS CLOTHES CROWD AROUND A SLIDING
THE CHILDREN ARE SPEAKING PORTUGUESE EXCITEDLY. THEY LOOK AT
THE CAMERA AND POINT TO THE OUTSIDE THROUGH THE GLASS DOORS.
THE HANDHELD IMAGE MOVES OVER THEIR SHOULDERS TO LOOK OUT
THROUGH THE GLASS INTO A CRAMPED BACKYARD. THERE IS A
RECTANGULAR TABLE WITH PARTY DECORATIONS AND AN UNTOUCHED
BIRTHDAY CAKE ON IT. COLORFUL BALLOONS FLOAT AROUND THE
BACKYARD. THERE IS NO ONE OUTSIDE.
THE IMAGES PANS AROUND THE DENSE FOLIAGE THAT FORMS A WALL
AROUND THE YARD. THE IMAGE ZOOMS AND SEARCHES IN THE DARKNESS
OF THE BRANCHES.
The chair in the closet CREAKS as Merrill leans forward a
little towards the television screen.
WE HEAR A BURST OF PORTUGUESE. THE IMAGE PANS AWAY FROM THE
GLASS DOORS BACK INTO THE HOME. WE LOOK DOWN A NARROW HALL
TO THE KITCHEN. A BOY WITH A BIRTHDAY HAT IS SEATED ON THE
KITCHEN COUNTER, POINTING FRANTICALLY OUT THE KITCHEN WINDOW.
HE YELLS IN PORTUGUESE.
THE CROWD OF CHILDREN AROUND THE GLASS DOORS START RUSHING
INTO THE KITCHEN. THEY ARE JOINED BY A FEW ADULTS. THE IMAGE
FOLLOWS THEM IN.
THE KITCHEN WINDOW IS BLOCKED BY HEADS WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVE.
Move children! Vamonos!
THE IMAGE FINDS AN OPENING OVER THE SHOULDER OF THE BOY WITH
THE BIRTHDAY HAT AND ANOTHER CHILD.
WE ARE NOW LOOKING OUT THE KITCHEN WINDOW. WE SEE A NARROW
ALLEY ONLY A FEW FEET WIDE CREATED BY A STONE WALL AND A
SMALL GARAGE BUILDING. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL IS DENSE
FOLIAGE. THE WALL ENDS A FEW FEET AFTER THE GARAGE BUILDING.
WE HEAR THE CHILD'S VOICE VERY CLOSE TO US SPEAKING IN
PORTUGUESE. THE CAMERA PANS JUST A LITTLE AS THE FACE OF THE
LITTLE BIRTHDAY BOY FILLS THE SCREEN. HE TALKS EXCITEDLY
DIRECTLY AT US AND AT SOMEONE BEHIND THE IMAGE.
BOY WITH HAT
Esta atras da garagem! Esta atras de
ai! Is behind!
THE BOY GESTURES TO THE GARAGE BUILDING. THE IMAGE SETTLES
BACK ON THE WINDOW. WE STARE AT THE NARROW ALLEY. THE IMAGE
ZOOMS A BIT. SEARCHES THE EDGE OF THE GARAGE BUILDING. THE
IMAGE STARTS WIDENING OUT.
AND THEN WE SEE IT.
THE KITCHEN ERUPTS WITH CHILDREN'S SCREAMS AS A LARGE NON-
HUMAN FIGURE MOVES FROM THE GARAGE BUILDING TO BEHIND THE
WALL. IT'S OUT OF SIGHT IN LESS THAN A SECOND.
Merrill is frozen like a statue. His mouth is open a little.
The closet FILLS WITH THE PANDEMONIA OF THE KITCHEN ON THE
THE VIDEO IMAGE ON THE NEWS, PAUSES. BEAT. WE SEE IT REWIND.
WE SEE THE FIGURE ZIP BACK BEHIND THE GARAGE IN A FLICKER.
THE VIDEO STOPS. PLAYS AGAIN.
THE IMAGE ZOOMS A BIT. SEARCHES THE EDGE OF THE GARAGE
BUILDING. STARTS TO WIDEN OUT. THE KITCHEN STARTS TO FILL
WITH SCREAMS AS THE FIGURE APPEARS... THE IMAGE FREEZES.
THE NEWS HAS PAUSED THE VIDEOTAPE ON THE EXACT MOMENT THE
NON-HUMAN FIGURE IS VISIBLE. IT'S HALFWAY ACROSS THE ALLEY.
IT'S MOTION HAS BLURRED IT, BUT YOU CAN TELL ITS SHAPE NOW.
Merrill Hess stares stunned at the IMAGE OF AN UPRIGHT ANIMAL
LIKE CREATURE. THE STRIATIONS ALL OVER ITS BODY LOOK LIKE
BRANCHES. EXACTLY LIKE BRANCHES. THEY MATCH THE BUSHES WHERE
IT WAS HIDING, PERFECTLY.
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
The door swings open slowly. Graham steps into Ray Reddy's
Cabinets are open. Dishes are broken. Chairs are turned over.
The faucet is running full blast.
Graham's eyes move across the room. The kitchen table is
upside down and leaned up against the pantry door.
THE SOUND OF A GLASS JAR BREAKING ON THE GROUND CAN BE HEARD
INSIDE THE PANTRY.
Graham takes a few conservative steps to the middle of the
He leans a little bit and listens. From behind the pantry
door WE HEAR THE SOUND OF BREATHING. THERE ARE QUIET MOVEMENT
SOUNDS. THE SOFT SOUND OF GLASS BEING CRUSHED AS IT'S BEING
Graham can almost see the bottom of the door around the
leaning table. Graham stands up straight and thinks it over.
Graham takes two small steps closer.
When he leans, he can now see the entire bottom of the pantry
door. THERE IS LIGHT LEAKING OUT FROM BENEATH IT. THERE IS
SHADOW BEING THROWN FROM INSIDE THE PANTRY. THE SHADOW MOVES
BACK AND FORTH UNDER THE DOOR.
THE SHADOW STOPS MOVING.
The police are here... I am with
them... I am a police officer.
I just want to talk to you.
SILENCE. There is no movement from the pantry. Beat.
We know all about the hoax. We already
took some of your friends downtown
in the paddy wagon.
(mouths to himself)
THE ONLY SOUND IN THE KITCHEN IS THE SOUND OF THE FAUCET
RUNNING. Graham waits for a reply, but none comes.
If you tell us your name and why you
did it, we'll give you the same deal
we gave the others. Don't throw away
your life son.
Graham bends down where he stands. He puts his head near the
wood floor. He tries to look under the door. All he can see
are the bottoms of a couple shelves in the corner of the
pantry. He's at too severe an angle.
Graham sits up. He's only four feet away from the pantry
door. He looks around not knowing what to do. His eyes fall
on a bunch of kitchen knives that have spilled from a drawer
onto the floor.
He takes a butcher knife from the group and moves closer to
the door. Beat. He reaches with the butcher knife underneath
the slanted kitchen table. He uses the knife like a mirror
to see under the door. Graham watches the SOFT REFLECTION IN
THE FLAT STAINLESS STEEL SURFACE OF THE BLADE. WE CAN MAKE
OUT BROKEN GLASS AND RIPPED OPEN PACKETS OF RICE AND CEREAL
ON THE GROUND. THERE ARE POCKETS OF SHADOWS WE CAN'T SEE
Graham pulls the knife out. He sits there kneeling two feet
from the door. Beat.
He takes a deep breath and starts to lower his head under
the slanted table.
He stops halfway down. He loses his nerve and sits up. He
rises to his feet as he places the butcher knife on the
counter. Graham starts walking across the kitchen. He gets
to the door. Puts his hand on the doorknob.
He stays like that for a long time. Beat.
Graham lets go of the doorknob -- He turns and walks quickly
across the kitchen -- He picks up the butcher knife -- He
kneels down next to the pantry -- He ducks his head under
the slanted kitchen table -- He places his cheek to the floor,
only inches from the bottom of the door, and looks into the
There is broken glass and rice throughout the wooden floor
of the pantry. Nothing else.
Graham stares at his VIEW OF THE FLOOR. Something's wrong.
Parts of it feel like a painting. THE PAINTING MOVES.
TWO BLACK EYES OPEN -- SEEMINGLY SUSPENDED IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE ROOM. THEY ARE SIDEWAYS. THEY LOOK AT GRAHAM.
GRAHAM YELLS. HE JOLTS UP. HIS HEAD HITS THE SLANTED TABLE
FOUR LONG FINGERS AND CLAWS, THE EXACT COLOR OF THE WOODEN
FLOOR REACH OUT AND MISS HIS FACE BY A FRACTION OF AN INCH.
GRAHAM REACTS. THE BUTCHER KNIFE COMES DOWN FAST AND HARD ON
THE PROTRUDING WOOD COLORED FINGERS. SLAM!
WE HEAR AN UNBEARABLY HIGH-PITCHED INHALE SOUND FROM INSIDE
EXT. STATION WAGON - DAY
The station wagon knocks over the "Ray Reddy" mailbox as it
turns sharply onto the road.
Graham picks up speed as he passes the wall of crops on his
THE STATION WAGON SUDDENLY BRAKES.
Two black skid marks form on the road as the station wagon
comes to a fast stop.
Beat. Graham gets out of the car. He walks a few feet ahead
of the station wagon. He bends down in the middle of the
A BIRD lays limp on the asphalt. Its head is crushed.
Graham gazes at the still pile of feathers. Beat.
Graham turns and looks straight up at the BLUE, CLOUDLESS
SKY above him.
INT. HESS FAMILY ROOM - DAY
Graham enters his front hall. He closes the door and locks
it behind him. He turns and looks into the family room.
Morgan and Bo and Merrill are seated together on the sofa.
All three are wearing foil helmets. Beat.
Their skin changes color. That's why
we couldn't see him that night.
Graham stares at his family huddled on the couch. Beat. Graham
takes in the news as he moves to the stairs. He takes a seat
on the second to last step.
He sits obscured by the balusters. Beat.
Tell me something Morgan. In that
book of your, did they happen to
detail what would happen if they
Yes. They would invade us using only
ground tactics. Hand to hand combat.
They wouldn't use their technology
or fight an airborne battle, because
they would know we would eventually
use nuclear weapons and the planet
would be useless to them.
I'm sorry, what book is this?
Did they say what our chances would
be if they did invade?
They said one of two things could
happen. One, they fight and are
defeated and leave to return again
with full forces hundreds or even
thousands of years later.
The words hang in the air. Graham sits quietly on the second
step of the stairs.
What do you think about the idea
that they don't like places near
water, and we might be safe from
them near a lake or something?
Sounds made up.
We can choose to believe it and pack
up and leave.
Or we can stay here. Board up this
house. Hide inside our home and wait
it out. Either way, at least we'll
All those in favor of the lake, raise
No one raises their hand.
All those in favor of home, raise
All four put their hands in the air. Beat. They lower them
and sit in silence.
How do we know boards will do
Because, they seem to have trouble
with pantry doors.
EXT. HESS HOUSE - AFTERNOON
WE ARE WATCHING THE HOUSE FROM THE CROPS. We see Graham inside
the house, closing the window shutters in one room after
WE SEE a stack of wooden boards on the porch.
OUR VIEW MOVES to the barn where Isabelle is tied. She is
not pacing. She is not barking. She sits staring right at
us. She is shivering.
OUR VIEW MOVES to the garage building where we see Merrill
carry a huge pile of his clothes and things down the stairs.
He's moving into the main house.
Merrill walks across the yard. His eyes look around carefully
as he moves.
Part of the pile in his arms falls to the grass as he crosses
the lawn. He stops walking and starts to gather up the fallen
things. He picks up a couple shirts and two baseballs encased
in glass cases.
The glass encasing one of the souvenir baseballs, has cracked.
He takes the ball out. Stares at it.
We watch from the crops as Merrill puts down his pile of
clothes and things on the grass. He looks around and finds
what he's looking for. A rake.
Merrill unscrews the fork on the rake from the wooden handle.
With the wooden stick in one hand and the souvenir baseball
in the other, he turns to face the crops.
WE PULL BACK A LITTLE INTO THE CROPS. PART OF OUR VIEW IS
OBSCURED BY STALKS, BUT WE STILL SEE MERRILL CLEARLY.
Merrill looks around cautiously again, before getting into a
batter's stance. His left leg digs into the grass in front
of him. His weight is mostly on his back leg. He looks out
into the distance high over the crops. He throws the baseball
up in the air...
Merrill grabs the wooden handle. Merrill's shoulders move
with blinding speed. The wooden rake handle slices the air.
And misses the ball.
The ball drops at Merrill's feet.
WE WATCH as Merrill picks up the ball and tries again. This
time his shoulders move even faster. The wooden stick actually
makes A RESONANT SOUND as it cuts the air.
The ball drops at Merrill's feet.
WE WATCH THROUGH THE CROPS as Merrill snatches the ball up
and tries a third time. This time he YELLS as he swings.
He rips the air with the wooden stick so fast it blurs to
The baseball drops at his feet. Strike three.
Merrill stands still in the yard. He's breathing a little
heavy as he stares down at the ball.
He gently picks it up. He walks back to his pile of things
and then suddenly turns. He throws the ball in the air as he
does. His left leg goes out. His weight goes to his right
leg as he turns his shoulders with astonishing speed and
THE SOUND OF THE BASEBALL HITTING THE WOODEN HANDLE CRACKS
ACROSS THE WHOLE YARD.
The ball rockets into the air. We watch it fly overhead...
sail high over the crops... it becomes a tiny dot in the
After a long beat of silence it comes back to earth. It lands
in the street and bounces twenty feet into the air. It cleared
at least four or five hundred feet of crops. Maybe more.
WE LOOK BACK to Merrill standing in the backyard. He drops
the wooden stick to the grass and moves for his things. He
piles them in his arms. When his arms are full, he starts
for the porch. WE WATCH FROM THE CROPS AS MERRILL GOES INSIDE
INT. CLOSET - LATE AFTERNOON
Morgan and Bo are seated on the kitchen chair in the closet.
THE FLICKER OF THE TELEVISION FALLS ON THE CHILDREN'S FACES.
WE HEAR MERRILL AND GRAHAM COMING DOWN THE HALLWAY BEFORE WE
They appear almost at the same time in the doorway to the
closet. Graham and Merrill are holding hammers.
All four stare at the television.
ON THE SCREEN IS A STREET FILLED WITH PEOPLE RUNNING WITH
SUITCASES AND BAGS. SOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING TRAMPLED. OTHERS
ARE STANDING ON THE STREET CORNER AND YELLING. THERE IS PANIC
IN THE AIR.
Tel Aviv joins Nairobi, Lagos and
Jerusalem as the latest to confirm
the appearance of lights. There are
lights in the skies over an estimated
two hundred and seventy four cities.
That total could be as high as four
hundred within the hour.
THE IMAGE ON THE TELEVISION SCREEN CHANGES TO A NIGHT TIME
VIEW OF THE TEL AVIV CITY LINE. THERE ARE FOURTEEN LIGHTS IN
TWO "V" FORMATIONS OVER THE CITY.
They decided to show themselves.
They think these look like stages
immediately proceeding an attack
It's like War of the Worlds.
They think it might happen all at
The words silence everyone. Beat.
The image goes back to a quiet TV anchor. He takes a second
before starting up again.
Hundreds of thousands have flocked
to synagogues, churches and temples.
The television shows hundreds of Israelis in a temple and in
the streets praying.
Graham watches quietly as the masses pray side by side.
Ground forces are being assembled in
countries throughout the globe...
I'm going to get back to the windows.
Bo watches as Graham leaves the doorway of the closet. She
turns back to the television.
Beat. Merrill leans down between his niece and nephew.
You guys okay?
They don't answer. They watch the soldiers loading up onto
trucks on the television.
Some guy had a sign that said it was
the end of the world.
Nothing really bad is going to happen,
is it Uncle Merrill?
Morgan glances at Bo and then back to his uncle.
You sure right?
Beat. Merrill gazes at the two questioning faces. He looks
back at the empty closet doorway where Graham stood. He turns
back to the children.
You know about signs Morgan? Not
like the ones people write on. It's
like if you poured a glass of milk
and you dropped the glass by mistake
and broke it before you could drink
it. Then you looked at the milk carton
and saw that the milk was spoiled.
They're things that happen by chance
or luck, but make you feel that
someone's watching out for you.
The children think it over. Beat.
I once had a bad dream and I couldn't
wake up. I kicked at the table next
to my bed and something fell on me
and I woke up. It was a picture of
mom. She was smiling. It made me
feel safe... You mean like that?
Yeah, like that.
I believe in signs Morgan. I think
there's someone watching out for us.
I got to believe he's going to make
sure we're all right in the end.
INT. HALLWAY - LATE AFTERNOON
Merrill smiles as he steps out of the closet and closes the
He stands in the hall by himself. He takes a couple deep
breaths as everything hits him.
INT. CLOSET - LATE AFTERNOON
Morgan turns off the television.
He and Bo sit quietly in the closet under the stairs.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON
Graham sits in a chair by the windows. He has a board on his
lap. He has a hammer in his hands. Graham drowns in his
thoughts as the skies darken behind him.
INT. UPSTAIRS LANDING - EVENING
Graham, Bo and Morgan are seated in the upstairs hallway.
There's a couple boards left leaning against the walls.
Merrill comes out of the children's room with his tools.
Too many windows in the bedrooms.
We don't have enough boards.
Merrill stands and leans against the wall.
We'll have to board up the bedroom
Where are we going to sleep?
The family room.
Everyone sits quietly for a moment.
What about Isabelle?
We'll keep her in the garage, after
I'll make sandwiches.
I want spaghetti?
We should eat fast Bo.
Spaghetti sounds great.
Merrill glances at Graham.
What do you want, Morgan?
Graham nods "yes."
French toast... and mashed potatoes.
Now we're talking.
How about you Merrill?
Graham turns and looks at Merrill. They stare at each other
quietly. They have a conversation without words. Beat.
Good choice... I'm going to have a
cheeseburger with bacon.
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
The windows in the kitchen are boarded up, as is the back
The sink is piled with pots and pans. It seems like every
utensil and dish in the kitchen was used.
INT. DINNING ROOM - EVENING
One side of the dinning room is lined with windows that have
been boarded up.
The table is set. Mash potatoes, spaghetti, French toast,
chicken teriyaki and bacon cheeseburgers are all displayed
elegantly on serving dishes.
The Hess family sits around the table. Beat. The scene is
somber. No one is moving.
What's the matter with everyone?
No one says anything. No one eats.
I don't want to hear anymore talk
like that. And I don't want to see
anymore faces like the ones I'm
We are going to enjoy this meal.
Nothing can stop us from enjoying
this meal! Enjoy!
Bo sits next to her three glasses of water and begins to
Don't yell at her!
Morgan's face is hard, but tears start to fall anyway. Graham
watches as both his children cry at the table.
Fine, if you all don't want to eat,
then I'm going to have some of
Graham takes big scoops of every dish and piles it on his
plate. He digs his fork into the pile and starts to shove it
in his mouth. He swallows.
This tastes so great.
Bo, Morgan and Merrill watch in stunned silence as Graham
stuffs more in his mouth. He chews and chews and swallows
hard. He digs his fork into the pile again.
Graham starts crying as he eats. He keeps taking more bites.
More tears fall.
Morgan gets up from his seat. He goes to Graham's chair. He
leans against his dad's arm and cries with him. Graham's
fork stops moving. He watches as Bo moves from her seat to
his other side. She holds her dad's arm and cries.
Beat. Graham pulls them both up onto the chair with him and
hugs them tight. Merrill leans forward and comes to the pile
on Graham's chair. Merrill buries his head in Graham's
shoulder. The Hess family huddles together at one end of the
THE BABY MONITOR EXPLODES WITH STATIC AND NOISE.
Everyone slowly turns and looks over to Morgan's place setting
where the baby monitor sits on the table. THE RED LIGHTS ON
THE FRONT ARE ALL LIT UP.
Merrill sits up. Graham puts down the children from his lap.
He gets up from his seat and moves around the table and out
of the dinning room. He moves through the family room and
into the hall.
Graham opens the closet door and looks in at the television.
He turns it ON.
Beat. THE EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYMBOL IS ON THE SCREEN. A LOW
TONE EMITS FROM THE TV. Beat. Graham changes stations.
THE SYMBOL AND TONE APPEAR ON EVERY CHANNEL. THE MONOTONE
SOUND FILLS THE CLOSET. Beat.
Graham steps out into the hall. Merrill and the two children
are standing there waiting. Graham looks at them.
INT. UPSTAIRS HALL - EVENING
Merrill pounds furiously with his hammer as he nails boards
to the children's bedroom door. The master bedroom door is
open with a board leaning next to it. Graham is inside his
INT. GRAHAM'S BEDROOM - EVENING
Graham walks to the window next to his bed. It's the same
one we've looked out twice before.
Graham looks out onto his backyard. The FLOOD LIGHT FROM THE
HOUSE THROWS LONG SHADOWS OVER THE YARD. There is a light
breeze. Nothing seems wrong.
Graham's eyes stay locked on the crops which go on and on
into darkness. He moves closer to the glass. Watches the top
of the corn stalks swaying slightly with the wind.
SOMETHING MOVES IN THE DARKNESS.
Graham's eyes moves to where the corn crops fade into black
forty feet away. Graham goes very still.
LINES EMERGE IN THE CROPS; THE KIND OF LINES MADE BY SOMEONE
TRAMPLING THROUGH A FIELD. WE CAN'T SEE WHO'S MAKING THEM.
ALL WE SEE ARE THE COUNTLESS LINES BEING FORMED. THE LINES
MOVE FROM THE DARKNESS TOWARDS THE HOUSE. GRAHAM WATCHES
THEM CLOSE IN ON HIS BACKYARD. THIRTY FEET... TWENTY FEET...
Graham backs away from the window towards the middle of his
Graham turns to see Merrill standing with the last board in
the hall. Graham moves out into the hall and shuts the bedroom
door behind him.
INT. UPSTAIRS HALL - EVENING
Merrill immediately puts the wooden board up and starts
hammering nails into the frame. Graham picks up his hammer
and quietly begins to hammer nails into the wood.
Graham glances to his right as he works. Bo and Morgan are
standing together at the top of the stairs. Bo holds Morgan's
Graham keeps hammering as he speaks.
Did I ever tell you what everyone
said when you were born, Bo?
Bo nods "no" lightly.
You came out of your momma and you
didn't even cry. You just opened
your eyes and looked around at
everybody. Your eyes were so big and
gorgeous, the ladies in the room
Graham stops hammering. Merrill keeps going.
They literally gasped.
(Graham gasps like
Then they go, "She's like an angel."
They said, "We've never seen a baby
Graham smiles to himself as he remembers the moment. Merrill
Graham goes over and picks up Bo.
And you know what else happened?
Bo nods, "no."
When they put you on the table to
clean you up, you looked at me and
smiled. They say babies that young
can't smile... You smiled.
Graham looks at his daughter quietly. He brushes the hair
out of her face as Merrill moves to Morgan and picks him up.
All four turn and look at the three boarded up bedroom doors.
Let's go down now.
INT. FRONT HALL - EVENING
Graham puts Bo down in the hallway. She stands close to him.
Merrill puts down Morgan. The four of them stand quietly in
a tight group.
THEY HEAR FRANTIC BARKING IN THE DISTANCE.
We forgot about Isabelle.
ISABELLE'S BARKING BECOMES DESPERATE AND ANGRY. THEY LISTEN
AS SHE BARKS NONSTOP FOR TEN SECONDS... AND THEN SUDDENLY
THE LOW EMERGENCY TONE FROM THE CLOSET TV FILLS THE SILENCE.
Should we turn off the lights?
They already know we're here.
THE FIRST SOUNDS OF MOVEMENT ARE HEARD OUTSIDE. CREAKS OF
WOOD FROM THE FRONT PORCH CAN BE HEARD.
THERE IS SOUNDS OF MOVEMENT FROM BEHIND THE LOCKED BACK DOOR.
SOUNDS OF MOVEMENT AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE. SOUNDS
FROM ALL DIRECTIONS.
THERE IS SCRATCHING NOISES AGAINST THE FRONT DOOR. METAL
NOISES AS THE HANDLE IS TRIED.
THE DOOR CREAKS AS PRESSURE IS PLACED AGAINST IT.
Do you know what happened when you
were born Morgan?
Morgan looks at his father, unable to speak.
You came out and your momma kept
bleeding. The doctors rushed you out
of the room before I could even see
THERE ARE THUDS ABOVE THEM.
All four look up.
They're on the roof.
While they were trying to fix her
up, all she kept asking about was
THEY LISTEN AS THE THUDS INCREASE IN NUMBER.
THE FIRST SOUND OF SHATTERING GLASS IS HEARD FROM UPSTAIRS.
Merrill looks up the stairs at the boarded bedroom doors.
They're in the house.
Graham takes Morgan's hand.
I wanted your momma to see you first.
She had dreamed about you her whole
They waited till she felt better,
then they brought you in. They placed
you right in her arms. And she looked
at you. And you looked at her. You
just stared at each other for the
longest time and then she said real
soft, "Hello Morgan, I'm you momma,
you look just like I dreamed."
Graham smiles down at his son who smiles gently back.
SCRATCHING NOISES BEGIN TO COME FROM UPSTAIRS.
The group of four turns and watches the top of the stairs.
The BEDROOM DOOR HANDLES ARE BEING RATTLED.
Merrill's eyes moves quietly above the bedroom doors, to the
ceiling of the upstairs hallway. He stares at a rectangle in
the ceiling. A tiny rope hangs from the rectangle. Beat.
The attic door.
Merrill sprints up the stairs.
Morgan and Bo watch as Graham follows after Merrill.
INT. UPSTAIRS HALL - EVENING
Graham and Merrill stare up at the ceiling. There is movement
right above them. Dust falls from a ceiling light right next
The rope hanging from the attic trapdoor hangs between them.
They watch as it begins to twitch and sway.
The springs in the trap door begins to GROAN. The door starts
to fall open.
Merrill and Graham raise their arms above their head and
reach up. The door opens a few inches. Merrill is taller.
The door presses against his fingers first. It gives a few
more inches before Merrill stops it.
Graham's finger are barely touching it. Merrill's face turns
red with strain as something pushes down on the door.
This is a very temporary solution.
Graham brings his arms down. He sees his children watching
from the bottom of the stairs. Graham looks around where he
is. There is a very small table with photos against a wall.
A laundry closet and three boarded up bedroom doors... nothing
else. Graham turns to Merrill.
Merrill's face is a deep crimson.
Graham looks around again... the same things... the same
table... the same closet... Graham stops and stares at the
closet. It has a wooden folding door that opens and closed
on a guide rail. The wooden folding door is very tall. Its
top is one foot from the ceiling.
Graham goes to the closet and grabs the door. He starts
rocking it hard. Pulling it out... It starts to come out of
its guide rail... Graham leans back with all his weight...
The thin wooden door rips out of place. One end is still
attached at the hinge. Graham pulls it straight. It reaches
into the middle of the landing. It stands right next to
Merrill. Right under the attic trapdoor. Its top is only a
few inches lower than Merrill's reach.
Merrill hesitates and then lowers the attic trapdoor. It
connects with the top of the closet door and stops. The
trapdoor is now open almost a foot... We can now see part of
the bottom step of the wooden pull out stairs that lead to
Merrill and Graham step away as the closet folding door holds
the weight of the attic door.
After a moment, the spring on the attic trapdoor recoils as
the pressure is let up. The trapdoor closes. Beat.
It opens with force, slamming the top of the standing closet
door with a THUD.
The attic trapdoor closes again. Opens again with force.
The closet folding door begins to pull away from the hinges
keeping it upright.
Graham moves down the stairs. Merrill follows him.
INT. FRONT HALL - EVENING
THE SCRATCHING NOISES FILL THE HOUSE.
Morgan and Bo are frozen watching a set of long fingers reach
under the front door. THE COLOR OF THE FINGERS CHANGES -- TO
THE EXACT COLOR AND TEXTURE OF THE YELLOW CRACKED PAINT ON
THUD. THE TRAPDOOR SLAMS THE TOP OF THE FOLDING DOOR UPSTAIRS.
Graham and Merrill arrive in the front hall. Graham takes
Morgan and Bo by the hand and leads them quickly down the
hall. Merrill backs away as he watches the top of the stairs.
ANOTHER THUD ECHOES THROUGH THE HOUSE.
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
The swinging door swings open and closed behind Merrill as
he enters the kitchen.
Graham has moved the chairs away from the kitchen table and
waits by it. Merrill goes over and the two of them push the
table against the swinging door.
They take the kitchen chairs and pile a couple on top, and
jam the rest underneath the table.
Graham leans against the kitchen counter. Merrill stares at
the pile of furniture.
This is going to do nothing.
We have to go in the basement.
Graham points to a set of narrow stairs that lead to a
darkened door at the bottom.
There's no way out of there.
Beat. Graham looks at the faces of his frightened children.
Did I ever tell you, I dislocated
Uncle Merrill's arm?
Should we make a run for it out the
They're right behind the door.
Merrill looks at the boarded up back door. Graham turns to
Bo and Morgan who stand against the wall.
He was only a year and half old.
What are you doing?
He was trying to eat a second
chocolate bar. Your grandma said,
"No." He tried to take a bite, so I
THUD WITH A CRACK OF WOOD FROM UPSTAIRS. Merrill turns and
stares at the barricaded entrance to the kitchen.
I must have pulled his arm at an
awkward angle. His elbow popped right
out of the socket.
THE LAST THUD COMES WITH A SOUND OF WOOD SPLINTERING. THE
CLOSET FOLDING DOOR CRASHES TO THE GROUND IN THE UPSTAIRS
WE HEAR CREAKS AS THE ATTIC TRAPDOOR OPENS.
He didn't scream or anything. His
arm just flopped to his side and he
got real still.
Graham moves towards the basement stairs.
I held him in my lap in the back
seat as we drove to the hospital. I
couldn't stop crying... We need to
go into the basement now.
Graham gestures for the kids to come to the stairs. Morgan
and Bo move to their father slowly.
You know what your Uncle Merrill did
right after the doctor put his arm
back in place? He jumped off the
table and gave me a hug. He had
already forgotten that I was the one
who hurt him.
Graham ushers the two children down the stairs. He waits for
Merrill. Merrill turns from the kitchen door and walks toward
him. Merrill stops and looks down the stairs.
We won't be able to get out of there.
I'm sorry I hurt your arm.
Beat. Merrill's eyes fill with water. He doesn't look up at
his older brother.
Merrill walks down the stairs. Graham waits at the top. He
watches the kitchen door with the table and chairs against
THERE IS MOVEMENT OUTSIDE IN THE HALL.
The door starts to force its way open. THE TABLE AND CHAIRS
BEGIN TO SCRAPE ACROSS THE KITCHEN FLOOR LIKE NAILS AGAINST
A CHALK BOARD.
WE HEAR VOICE-LIKE SOUNDS ENTER THE KITCHEN. SOUNDS MADE
FROM INHALES, NOT EXHALES.
INT. BASEMENT - EVENING
Graham comes down the last few steps and enters the basement.
We forgot our foil helmets!
Graham closes the door behind him. It has no lock.
We need something to wedge against
The basement is lined with metal shelves. The shelves are
cluttered with all sorts of canned goods, extension cords,
cleaning supplies, decorations, outdoor tools. Merrill
rummages through the shelves frantically.
They'll read our minds!
You're scaring your sister.
I'm already scared.
Graham puts his ear to the door and listens.
Merrill moves to another set of shelves. He starts knocking
things to the ground.
They'll know our secret thoughts.
There is SCRATCHING AGAINST THE DOOR. The doorknob turns.
Graham grabs it with both hands. The door begins to push
Merrill reaches between two stacks of shelves and pulls out
a pick for digging in the ground. He holds it up in the air.
It has a three-foot wooden handle.
Merrill turns and rushes in Graham's direction.
A single light bulb hangs from a wire in the ceiling. It is
the only light in the room. Merrill CLIPS THE LIGHT BULB
with the end of the wooden handle as he crosses the room.
THE BULB SHATTERS.
THE BASEMENT IS INSTANTLY BLACK.
WE HEAR THE SOUNDS OF SUDDEN COMMOTION, VOICES. STRUGGLING
AT THE DOOR. STEPS ON BROKEN GLASS.
CLICK. A BEAM OF A FLASHLIGHT COMES ON.
IT ILLUMINATES MORGAN STANDING NEXT TO A RACK OF METAL
SHELVES. HE TURNS THE FLASHLIGHT IN HIS TINY HANDS.
THE NARROW BEAM MOVES ACROSS THE DARKNESS. IT FINDS MERRILL
AND GRAHAM LEANING UP AGAINST THE BASEMENT DOOR.
MORGAN MOVES THE BEAM DOWN TO THE PICK, WHICH IS WEDGED
BETWEEN THE DOORKNOB AND THE GROUND. THE PICK WAVERS A LITTLE
WITH EACH PUSH FROM THE OTHER SIDE, BUT HOLDS.
THE SCRATCHING AND MOVEMENT OUTSIDE THE DOOR BEGINS TO LESSEN.
Beat. Morgan slowly moves THE BEAM BACK UP TO HIS FATHER'S
THE BEAM SEARCHES IN THE DARKNESS. THROUGH THE BOXES, BETWEEN
THE SHELVES... IT SETTLES ON A SMALL FOOT HIDING BEHIND A
COUPLE TWENTY-FIVE POUND BAGS OF DOG FOOD. BO'S HEAD SLOWLY
APPEARS. SHE SQUINTS AS SHE LOOKS IN THE LIGHT.
ANOTHER BEAM COMES ON. IT REVEALS MERRILL AT THE SHELVES
WITH A SECOND FLASHLIGHT. HE LOOKS OVER THE CONTENTS OF THE
SHELVES NEAR HIM. BEAT.
HIS BEAM OF LIGHT FALLS ON A RADIO.
He turns the knob to "on." The radio lights up, but no sound
emerges for it's speakers. Merrill turns the channel knob
and checks all the stations. No sound. No signal. He listens
to the LIGHT HUM FROM THE SPEAKERS.
What's happening out there?
(in the dark)
I can't even imagine.
THEY ALL LISTEN TO THE DEAD AIR HUM FROM THE RADIO SPEAKERS.
I hope they're doing better than we
are. We don't even have helmets.
THERE IS A LOUD BANG.
BOTH FLASHLIGHT BEAMS CRISSCROSS OVER THE BASEMENT AND COME
TO A STOP ON THE DOOR.
ANOTHER BANG. THE DOOR VIBRATES. THE PICK WITH THE WOODEN
HANDLE HOLDS IN PLACE.
GRAHAM STEPS INTO THE BEAM OF LIGHTS. He looks at the door
and then turns and faces the lights.
They're just making noises. They're
not trying to get in.
Why are they doing that?
Graham looks at Merrill's corner of the darkness. Morgan
moves his BEAM ONTO MERRILL.
They want our attention on the door?
BANG. A beat of silence.
They're distracting us?
The book says they're probably very
good problem solvers.
They'll find a way in.
Morgan, give me your flashlight.
Morgan puts the FLASHLIGHT ON THE GROUND AND ROLLS IT ACROSS
THE FLOOR. THE BEAM SPINS IN TINY CIRCLES SHOWING THE BROKEN
GLASS OF THE BULB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR.
THE FLASHLIGHT COMES TO A STOP IN GRAHAM'S PALM. He picks it
Is there an air vent in here?
Merrill moves next to Graham. ANOTHER BANG FROM THE DOOR.
They aim their FLASHLIGHTS IN ONE CORNER OF THE ROOM. The
brothers move in opposite directions.
GRAHAM MOVES HIS BEAM UP AND DOWN CHECKING THE WALLS AND THE
CEILING AS HE MOVES.
MERRILL MOVES BETWEEN SHELVES, ONE AT A TIME. HIS FLASHLIGHT
PEERS BEHIND THE STACKS OF CANNED GOODS.
A BANG ECHOES THROUGH THE BASEMENT DOOR.
Merrill and Graham are at opposite ends of the room now.
I can feel air.
THE TWO BEAMS OF LIGHT START MOVING TOWARDS EACH OTHER.
It's getting stronger.
THE BEAMS MOVE UP AND DOWN OVER THE FINAL WALL. GRAHAM AND
MERRILL MOVE CLOSER AND CLOSER... THE TWO BEAMS FINALLY COME
TO A STOP IN THE SAME PLACE... THEY SHINE DOWN ON MORGAN.
HE SITS ON THE GROUND AGAINST THE WALL. HE STARES UP AT THE
IN THE BEAM OF LIGHTS YOU CAN SEE HIS HAIR MOVING GENTLY
FROM A BREEZE.
GRAHAM AND MERRILL TURN THEIR LIGHTS STRAIGHT INTO THE AIR
VENT HE'S LEANING AGAINST.
EYES ARE REVEALED IN THE DARKNESS OF THE VENT. A NARROW SET
OF METALLIC COLORED FINGERS SHOOT OUT BETWEEN THE HOLES IN
THE VENT GRILL AND GRAB MORGAN.
MORGAN SCREAMS. THE FLASHLIGHTS DROP TO THE GROUND. THERE'S
A DESPERATE SCRAMBLE. FEET MOVE THROUGH THE BEAMS OF LIGHT.
WE CAN'T SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING.
Hold the vent!
SOMEONE PICKS UP A FLASHLIGHT. WE SEE GLIMPSES OF STRAINING
FACES. MORGAN SCREAMING.
THE FLASHLIGHT IS DROPPED AND PICKED UP AGAIN. WE SEE IT IS
BO WHO IS HOLDING THE LIGHT.
BO TURNS THE LIGHT AT THE VENT. MERRILL IS THE ONLY ONE THERE.
HE PRESSES ONE OF THE TWENTY-FIVE POUND BAGS OF DOG FOOD
AGAINST THE METAL GRILL. HE DRAGS THE SECOND BAG OVER WITH
HIS FOOT AND SLAMS IT AGAINST THE FIRST BAG. HE QUICKLY MOVES
OUT OF THE LIGHT.
BO FOLLOWS HIM WITH THE BEAM. SHE FINDS HIM DRAGGING AN
ENORMOUS BAG OF FLOUR OVER TO THE VENT. HE HEAVES IT ON TOP
OF THE PILE. HE LEAVES THE LIGHT AGAIN. RETURNS WITH ANOTHER
GIANT BAG OF FLOUR. GRUNTS AS HE THROWS IT ON TOP OF THE
MERRILL FALLS TO THE GROUND EXHAUSTED. THE PILE OF DOG FOOD
AND FLOUR COMPLETELY OBSCURE THE VENT. A CAN OF SOUP ROLLS
ON THE GROUND NEAR MERRILL. HE SLOWLY PICKS IT UP AND PUTS
AN ADDITIONAL EIGHT OUNCES ON THE PILE.
Merrill slowly catches his breath. He reaches over to his
side and grabs the remaining flashlight. HE TRAINS THE BEAM
AROUND THE ROOM TILL HE FINDS MORGAN.
HE FINDS THE BOY IN GRAHAM'S LAP. MORGAN IS SEATED WITH HIS
BACK AGAINST GRAHAM'S CHEST. USING HIM AS A CHAIR. MORGAN'S
FACE IS PALE. HE IS TAKING VERY LONG SLOW HEAVES. IT SOUNDS
LIKE THE AIR IS GOING THROUGH A STRAW. HE'S SUFFOCATING.
GRAHAM LOOKS UP INTO THE LIGHT.
We don't have his medicine.
Merrill looks at his nephew turning gray.
Graham pulls Morgan closer to his body and talks into the
Don't be scared Morgan. We'll slow
it down together. Feel my chest.
Feel it going in and out. Breathe
like me. Breathe like me.
Morgan's throat is closing -- his face is filled with strain
He can't breathe.
Bo moves to Merrill and curls up with him as they watch.
Graham closes his eyes. Beat. He opens his eyes and talks
into Morgan's ear.
Stay with me. Stay with me. I know
it hurts. Be strong baby... It'll
Graham closes his eyes -- talks to the darkness.
Don't do this to me again. Not again.
Merrill stares at his brother's desperate face.
Graham's eyes open as Morgan's tiny fingers press down on
Graham's hand. The fingers squeeze with all the strength
Graham looks to Merrill helplessly. Merrill's eyes fill up
Graham's eyes close.
I hate you. I hate you...
Graham's eyes open as he leans in close to Morgan's ear.
The fear is feeding it... Don't be
afraid of what's happening... Believe
it's going to pass... Believe it...
Just wait... Don't be afraid... The
air is coming... Believe... We don't
have to be afraid... It's about to
pass... Here it comes... Don't be
afraid... Here comes the air...
A THIN STREAM OF SOUND EMITS FROM MORGAN'S THROAT. LIKE THE
SOUND OF AIR LEAKING FROM A BALLOON.
There we go... We don't have to be
scared at all... We know it'll pass.
We believe it... Don't be afraid
Morgan's fingers relax a little on Graham's hand.
THE LEAKING BALLOON SOUND TURNS BACK INTO THE SOUND OF AIR
THROUGH A STRAW.
Merrill watches as Graham's face stays pressed up against
Feel my chest... Breathe with me.
Together... The air is going in our
lungs... Together... We're the same.
We're the same.
Merrill watches as Morgan's chest starts to move in sync
THE SOUND OF THE STRAW FADES AS MORGAN'S BREATHING TURNS
INTO LABORED BREATHS.
Graham's eyes close. He starts crying. He speaks to no one.
I hate you.
Morgan's fingers relax on Graham's hand. Merrill watches as
father and son breathe together. Merrill and Bo hold each
THE FLASHLIGHT FLICKERS ON GRAHAM AND MORGAN'S EXHAUSTED
FACES. THEY BOTH STARE OUT INTO THE DARKNESS OF THE BASEMENT.
TEARS DRYING ON THEIR CHEEKS. THEY'RE BOTH LOST IN THEIR
I should save the flashlights.
Beat. Graham nods without looking over.
MERRILL PRESSES THE BUTTON ON HIS FLASHLIGHT. THE BEAM OF
LIGHT ILLUMINATING GRAHAM AND MORGAN GOES OUT. THEY DISAPPEAR
Merrill looks down to Bo, who has the second flashlight in
her hand. THE BEAM POINTS UP AT THE BASEMENT CEILING ABOVE
HER AND MERRILL.
Merrill nods to her. She reaches down and presses the button.
THE BASEMENT IS ENGULFED BY BLACK.
INT. BASEMENT - MORNING
WE ARE STILL IN BLACK. A VOICE IS HEARD IN THE DARKNESS.
IT'S MURKY AT FIRST, THEN BECOMES CLEARER.
...Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
have also confirmed.
Graham opens his eyes from sleep. HE SQUINTS FROM THE LIGHT
OF THE HANGING BULB IN THE BASEMENT.
Merrill steps into his vision.
I found a pack of light bulbs.
Merrill walks back to the radio on the metal shelf. THE VOICE
WE HEARD IN THE DARKNESS COMES FROM THE TINY SPEAKER OF THE
...Parts of China and Northern Korea
are among the few remaining to verify
It came on about two hours ago.
Woke me up.
We won Graham.
Merrill waits for his brother to say something. Beat.
It went on all night. Everywhere. It
was completely a ground battle. Mostly
hand to hand. You can't see them
unless you're up close. A lot of
people died. Some from combat. But
most from poison gas inhalation.
They secrete it.
How many died?
They think over a hundred thousand.
They're just estimates.
But we held strong.
How do they know it's over?
A mass evacuation by them started
about eight o'clock this morning.
It's eleven now.
They're leaving. Beat.
You didn't think we'd make it.
Listen, there's things I can take
and a couple things I can't and one
of them I can't take, is when my
older brother --
-- who is everything I want to be,
starts losing faith in things. I saw
your eyes last night.
I don't want to ever see your eyes
like that again, okay? I'm serious.
Merrill's face is hard. He looks shaken. Graham stares at
the conviction in his younger brother's expression.
THERE'S A WHEEZING SOUND FROM THE CORNER OF THE ROOM. Graham
and Merrill turn to look at Morgan -- laying down on Merrill's
folded sweater. Morgan's breathing is strained. He still
He's been like that for awhile. We
need to get him some medicine.
Have they said anything about our
Philadelphia and its outlying counties
are cleared, but who knows for sure?
Graham looks at Morgan lying limp on the ground. Graham turns
He's not strong enough to fight off
We need to be sure, before we open
that door Graham.
The two men stand under the single dangling light bulb. Graham
quietly turns and looks at Morgan. He moves across the room
Merrill watches as Graham kneels down and reaches to Morgan's
side. Graham unclips the baby monitor from his son's belt.
Graham walks back to Merrill. He holds it out between them.
He turns it ON.
A SLIGHT STATIC IS HEARD. GRAHAM TURNS THE VOLUME ALL THE
WAY UP. THE STATIC GETS A LITTLE LOUDER, BUT DOESN'T CHANGE.
THERE ARE NO NOISES, NO SPIKES, NO VOICES... JUST EMPTY
ELECTRICAL STATIC. Beat.
Graham makes eye contact with Merrill. Beat.
That's good enough for me.
INT. BASEMENT STAIRWELL - MORNING
DAYLIGHT FILTERS DOWN FROM THE KITCHEN AND PIERCES THE
STAIRWELL TO THE BASEMENT.
The basement door cracks open a few inches. Beat. Merrill
opens it all the way.
DUST FLOATS UP IN THE DAYLIGHT THAT SPILLS DOWN THE STAIRS.
Merrill moves up the stairs by himself. He reaches the top
and looks around. Turns back down to the faces at the bottom.
Gives them the thumbs up.
Graham leads Bo up the stairs. He carries a limp Morgan in
INT. KITCHEN - MORNING
THE KITCHEN IS KIND OF BEAUTIFUL IN ITS DESTRUCTION. BEAMS
OF DAYLIGHT CRISSCROSS THE ROOM FROM THE PUNCHED OUT HOLES
IN THE WINDOWS AND BOARDS.
THE BACK DOOR IS WIDE OPEN.
WE HEAR SOUNDS FROM THE TV FILTERING IN FROM THE HALL.
Graham and Bo and Morgan watch as Merrill walks over the
toppled chairs to get to the cabinets.
Get the syringe as well. We might
need to give him an epinephrine shot.
Merrill nods as he begins to search the piles of things that
have fallen from the cabinets.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
SHAFTS OF SUNLIGHT STREAM IN FROM ONE SIDE OF THE FAMILY
ROOM WHERE THE WINDOWS HAVE BEEN BROKEN IN.
Graham gently lays Morgan on the sofa.
WE HEAR CHEERING COME FROM THE TELEVISION, FILTER THROUGH
THE FRONT HALL AND INTO THE FAMILY ROOM.
Bo steps out of the closet and looks into the family room.
People are dancing.
She points at the closet.
Morgan strains to look in her direction. Graham looks at
You want to see it?
Morgan nods, "yes" as he struggles to breathe.
I'll bring the TV in here.
INT. CLOSET - MORNING
THE TELEVISION SHOWS A SHOT OF A STREET CORNER. THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE STAND IN THE STREETS. A REPORTER STANDS AMONGST THEM
AND TALKS INTO A MICROPHONE.
Today there are no countries, and no
races, and no differences -- we are
all apart of the same --
Graham unplugs the television. The screen goes black.
Bo moves the coats aside as Graham wheels the television and
the television cart out into the hall.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
Graham pulls the television into the family room. Careful
not to trip it on the carpet.
THE GLASS OF THE TELEVISION IS LIKE A MIRROR.
Graham moves the television into position. THE BLACK SCREEN
REFLECTS THE FAMILY ROOM BEHIND GRAHAM AS IT TURNS.
THE REFLECTION OF A CREATURE SILHOUETTED PANS ACROSS THE
The TV stops moving. Graham stays frozen with his hands on
either side of the television cart. He's slightly bent over.
His back is to the family room.
Graham straightens and turns around slowly.
Morgan is held by his waist three feet in the air. Morgan's
face turns to the color of ash as his throat closes up.
For a moment it appears he's suspended in the air. Then we
see the outlines... and we see the eyes. The black eyes.
There is a creature close to seven feet tall standing in the
middle of the family room. It's powdery skin has taken on
the shades, lines and colors of the family room so perfectly,
it almost disappears.
Graham and Bo have turned to stone. Bo stands frozen in the
Merrill comes out of the doorway from the kitchen to the
family room. He takes two steps into the room and comes to a
stop next to the fireplace. The inhaler and syringe in his
hand fall to the ground. The creature is between Graham and
Merrill in the middle of the family room.
Morgan is dying. THE LAST SOUNDS OF AIR STOP IN HIS THROAT.
The lines of the chairs and windowsill mimicked on the
creature's skin move as the creature moves its free hand.
Graham's eyes shift to the hand. THREE OF THE CREATURES
FINGERS ARE MISSING -- SLICED OFF BY A BUTCHER KNIFE.
The creature's hand moves to Morgan's face. It tilts its
fingers and palm back. THE COLORS ON THE HAND ARE ALREADY
CHANGING TO MATCH IT'S NEW POSITION IN THE ROOM.
A small pore opens up on its wrist. A YELLOWISH GAS STARTS
TO LEAK OUT OF THE OPENING.
Graham looks up from the leaking poison gas to the face of
the creature. It's large empty black eyes lock on Graham's.
GRAHAM STARTS TO HEAR A HIGH PITCH RINGING SOUND -- IT BEGINS
TO ENGULF ALL SOUND IN THE ROOM.
GRAHAM STARES HELPLESSLY INTO THE LARGE BLACK EYES.
WE MOVE INTO GRAHAM'S EYES... THEY WIDEN. WE SEE THE EMOTION
IN THEM. HIS MOUTH BARELY GETS THE WORDS OUT.
He's reading my --
THE HIGH PITCHED RINGING SOUND OVERWHELMS EVERYTHING. THE
ROOM GOES BRIGHT WHITE.
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
WE ARE BLINDED BY A BRIGHT LIGHT. THE LIGHT IS MOVING. WE
REALIZE IT IS THE HEADLIGHTS OF A CAR THAT PULLS TO THE SIDE
OF THE ROAD.
The car door opens. Graham Hess steps out. His coat is open.
He is wearing a black shirt and black pants. A priest's white
collar sits under the lapel of the black shirt. Graham looks
around in a daze.
We are on a country road. THERE ARE STROBING RED AND WHITE
LIGHTS FILLING THE NIGHT AIR. Four police cars are scattered
amongst the tow trucks and the ambulances.
A large group of officers and workers hover around a green
truck that has swerved off the road into a grouping of trees.
Officer Edgar Paski walks up to Graham. He whispers something
into a walkie clipped to his shirt as he approaches. Edgar
looks badly shaken. Beat. The two men look at each other.
What do you know?
Graham stands motionless with his hands at his sides. Beat.
There was an accident. Drunk driving.
They weren't sure.
He wasn't drinking. Ray fell asleep
at the wheel.
Officer Paski gestures in the direction of one of the
ambulances. Ray Reddy sits to the side on the grass. His
arms rest on his bent knees.
Is he okay?
Yes... That's the first thing Colleen
Graham smiles a little smile.
She's talking... Which ambulance is
She's not in an ambulance Father.
See Father, Ray's truck swerved off
the road and ah... Hit Colleen and
then a tree. She was pinned between
Pinned? What does that mean?
The truck... the truck has severed
most of her lower half.
What did you say?
She won't be saved. At this point
she's alive, because the truck is
holding her together. She doesn't
feel much, and she's talking almost
like normal. We didn't pull the truck
out, cause we wanted you to come
down here to be with her, as long as
she's awake. That won't be very long.
Father, you understand what I've
(he starts crying)
Is this the last time I'm going to
talk to my wife?
Yes it is.
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
The other officers turn and look as Graham walks by them.
He walks on, unaware of the stares.
He slows as he reaches the back bumper of the truck. It sticks
out onto the road a few feet. He comes around the side of
COLLEEN HESS is beautiful in a delicate way. Her straight
brown hair falls down over her small face. She leans over
the front bumper of the truck onto the hood. Her head rests
on her arms like a child resting on a school desk. Her back
is against a tree. The lower half of her is obscured by the
She's able to raise her head and shoulders as Graham walks
up to her. She is shivering slightly.
Graham glances down. There are bundles of blood soaked
blankets in the area below her. They peek out under the
twisted front of the truck. Graham looks up quickly.
I was just taking a walk before
You love walks.
I guess it was meant to be.
Does it hurt?
I don't feel much.
Graham touches her cheek. She starts crying. Graham starts
crying with her.
...Tell Morgan to play games -- it's
okay to be silly.
...Tell Bo to listen to her brother.
He'll always take care of her.
...Tell Graham --
Tell him... See. Tell him to see.
Colleen presses her cheek on top of Graham's hand. She rests
on it. Her eyes are distant.
And tell Merrill to swing away.
WE ARE OVERCOME BY A BRIGHT WHITE.
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
WE ARE IN THE FAMILY ROOM. THE HIGH PITCHED RINGING SOUNDS
FADE AND ARE REPLACED BY THE BREATHING IN THE ROOM.
THE BREATHING IS JOINED BY THE HISSING OF GAS AS IT'S BEING
THE CREATURE FORCES POISON GAS OUT INTO MORGAN'S UNCONSCIOUS
THE ROOM IS ENGULFED WITH STREAMS OF SUNLIGHT FROM THE BROKEN
WINDOWS. THE LIGHT SEEMS TO CATCH CERTAIN THINGS IN THE ROOM
AND MAKE THEM STAND OUT. THINGS ON SHELVES, THINGS ON TABLES,
THINGS ON THE WALL.
Graham stares at the baseball bat on the wall. Beat.
Swing away, Merrill.
Morgan's face is obscured by gas.
Merrill turns and looks to Graham.
Graham's eyes are not on Merrill. Merrill follows his eye
line to the baseball bat mounted above him.
Beat. Merrill reaches up and takes the bat off its resting
The creature starts to move.
Merrill's hands tighten around the handle as he walks forward.
He stops. His weight shifts to his right leg.
The creature begins to turn and becomes more visible as its
lines and colors don't match in position in the room.
Merrill's left leg goes out. His torso and shoulders turn
with staggering speed and strength. The bat slices through
the air of the family room... Contact.
The creature gets HAMMERED across the back with the baseball
Morgan is dropped. He falls to the carpet of the family room
in an unnatural crumpled pile. His arms and legs flop
lifelessly to the carpet.
The creature turns to face Merrill. All the creature sees is
the BLUR OF WOOD as Merrill swings like a lumberjack. SLAM.
The creature falls to the ground.
Graham takes Bo by the hand and moves to Morgan. Graham picks
up his son's limp body in his arms.
The creature moves to its feet.
Merrill's hands choke up on the bat. Merrill's eyes are on
Graham leans down and picks up the full syringe of medicine
on the ground.
Merrill SCREAMS as he swings again. His powerful muscles
pull his shoulders whipping around. The bat connects with
the creature across its chest. The creature is thrown back
into the wall. Two glass of water fall off a shelf and CRASH
ONTO THE CREATURE'S SHOULDER. The water connects with it's
skin. The creature makes a HIGH PITCHED INHALE SOUND.
Bo and Graham look up.
THE CREATURE'S SHOULDER STOPS CHANGING COLORS AND WITHERS
INTO A POWDERY WHITE.
Merrill looks back across the room at Bo and Graham. They
stare at each other with sudden realization.
Merrill looks around at Bo's half-filled water glasses places
all over the family room.
INT. KITCHEN - MORNING
Graham carries Morgan through the kitchen and out the back
door. Morgan's arms and legs swing limp as Graham walks.
Morgan's head bobs back from its own weight as Graham steps
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
Merrill steps in. THE WOODEN BAT MAKES A SOUND AS IT CUTS
THROUGH THE AIR. SLAM! It connects with the creature. The
creature falls back into the coffee table. Bo's glasses of
water crack and SPLASH OVER the creature's TORSO. ANOTHER
HIGH PITCHED INHALE SCREAM. His torso turns a powdery white.
Parts of its body are still changing and matching its
environment. Parts are white.
The creature stands again.
Merrill looks for the next target in the room. Bo points to
the dinning table where the old chicken teriyaki, bacon
cheeseburger and spaghetti with meatballs sit untouched.
Merrill sees the three glasses of water at Bo's seat. He
INT. FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
MERRILL YELLS WITH EVERYTHING IN HIS LUNGS. His wrists turn.
His shoulders torque. THE WOODEN LOUISVILLE SLUGGER SLICES
THE AIR AND SHATTERS WHEN IT CONNECTS WITH THE UPPER CHEST
OF THE CREATURE. PIECES OF WOOD SPLINTER OVER THE FAMILY
THE CREATURE WAVERS AND THEN ALL SEVEN FEET OF IT TIPS OVER.
IT FALLS BACK. IT CLIPS THE TV STAND AS IT FALLS. IT LANDS
ON THE GROUND WITH A THUD.
THE CREATURE'S BLACK, EMPTY EYES LOOK UP IN TIME TO SEE BO'S
GLASSES OF WATER RESTING ON THE TELEVISION, FALL... AND SPILL
OVER THE EDGE -- RIGHT ONTO ITS FACE.
THE CREATURE'S SCREAMS FILL THE FAMILY ROOM -- AND THEN
IT BECOMES VERY STILL. EVERY INCH OF ITS BODY TURNS A
WITHERED, POWDERY WHITE. BEAT.
Bo watches quietly from the door. Merrill drops the handle
of the bat in his hands.
EXT. BACKYARD - MORNING
Merrill and Bo find Graham kneeling in the grass. Morgan
lays limp in his arms. They kneel down in the grass with
Merrill sees the empty syringe in Graham's hand. He looks to
Morgan. The boy's head is tilted back. His tiny mouth hangs
His lungs were closed.
His lungs were closed. No poison got
in... No poison got in.
Merrill stares at Morgan. His body is utterly still.
His lungs were closed.
Merrill reaches for Morgan's still hand.
Don't touch him.
Beat. Morgan lies lifeless.
Don't touch him.
Bo is crying.
HIS SON'S VOICE MAKES HIM STOP. Graham starts crying. Every
bit of sadness trapped in his body is released. He looks
down through tears and tears at Morgan.
Did someone save me?
Yeah baby. I think someone did.
INT. WINDOW - MORNING
We look out through the broken glass of the second story
bedroom window. We see the worn jungle gym. We see the single
tree throwing shade on the picnic table. We see the golden
brown corn lining the back of the yard.
And we see the Hess family. Sitting together on the grass.
Huddled together in the sunlight.
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