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                            JENNIFER'S BODY

          
                            

                               Written by

                               Diablo Cody
          
          
          
          
                                                          9/20/2007



          INT. LEECH LAKE WOMEN'S CORRECTIONAL HOSPITAL - DAY
          
          ANITA "NEEDY" LESNICKI, 17, sits on her hospital bed in
          pajamas. She's a plain-faced girl with a haunted
          expression. As she stares out the window, she winds
          colored yarn around a pair of Popsicle sticks to create a
          "god's eye."
          
          Out a single window, we see an imposing nine-foot
          SECURITY FENCE.
          
          Next to Needy, we see a pile of unopened mail scattered
          casually on the floor. There are letters, packages, even
          creepy little gifts and totems sent by admiring "fans."
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Every day, I get letters. I think
                    I get more letters than Santa
                    Claus, Zac Efron and Dr. Phil
                    combined. I'm kind of the shit.
          
          RAYMUNDO, a counselor raps on the door and sticks his
          head in cautiously.
          
                                  RAYMUNDO
                    Rec time in five minutes, Needy.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Grassy-ass, Raymundo.
          
          Needy stands up and begins changing into an institutional
          gym uniform. As she slips off her pajamas, we can see a
          series of puffy, slash-like SCARS on her body.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Sometimes the letters are from
                    people who say they're praying for
                    me. They tell me everything will
                    be okay if I just accept Jesus
                    Christ into my heart. I say the
                    words, but nothing ever happens.
                    Nobody comes back. Nobody gets off
                    the cross.
          
          She glances sadly at a PHOTO OF A BOY on her dresser. She
          touches the frame wistfully, her eyes full of remorse.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Occasionally I get presents from
                    starfuckers who saw my picture in
                    the paper and want to marry me or
                    something. They think they can
                    take me away from all this.
                                  (MORE)
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   2.
          CONTINUED:
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Like I'd really date some
                    perverted Chester with a hard-on
                    for jailbait. I might be insane,
                    but I'm not desperate.
          
          We see a morbid "hall of fame" of creepy photos sent in
          from guys. They line the mirror, grinning at us. There's
          even a DICK SHOT tucked in there.
          
          Needy pulls on her threadbare uniform T-shirt. It hangs
          down to her knees, covering her shorts.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    A lot of people ask me if I'm
                    sorry I did it.
          
          Needy picks up a paper cup of COLORFUL PILLS on her
          dresser, dumps the meds into her mouth, and dry-swallows
          them.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (ALOUD)
                    I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner.
          
          She saunters out of the room in her GYM UNIFORM and BUNNY
          SLIPPERS.
          
          
          INT. LEECH LAKE HOSPITAL GYMNASIUM - MORNING
          
          Several badminton courts are set up in the gym. As an
          intense OPERATIC ARIA plays over the public address
          system, the FEMALE PATIENTS enthusiastically--almost
          violently--whack at the flying shuttlecocks.
          
          The patients appear to be varying levels of crazy. A
          TOOTHLESS WOMAN grins as she dives with her racket,
          clipping her partner in the leg. In the corner, one
          forlorn patient nurses her injured arm while another
          hurls her racket against the wall again and again.
          Counselors look on approvingly, despite how miserable
          their charges appear. In the background, a few sulking
          patients jump rope.
          
          Needy enters the gym unnoticed, padding along in her
          bunny slippers.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Welcome to the Mental Olympics.
                    They're big on recreation here.
                    Supposedly it helps us vent our
                    aggressions. We've traded in our
                    hatchets for rackets, our Drain-O
                    bombs for double dutch.
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   3.
          CONTINUED:
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Even the cutters get in on the
                    action when they're fully
                    conscious.
          
          We see a GIRL swinging a jump rope who has a ladder of
          fresh bandages on her arms and legs.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Me? I'm just trying to stay
                    invisible.
          
          Nelly shuffles over to a tetherball and takes a furious
          WHACK at it.
          
          INT. LEECH LAKE CAFETERIA - ONE HOUR LATER
          The freshly showered PATIENTS assemble for breakfast.
          They grab trays and settle into noisy cliques. Needy
          selects a single toaster pastry from the breakfast line
          and sits down, alone.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Personally, I think they're trying
                    to wear us out. Keep us sluggish
                    so there won't be an uprising.
                    Well, those J.V. tactics won't
                    work against me. I'm a kicker. K-I-
                    C-K-E-R. It even says so on my
                    chart.
          
          We briefly cut to Needy's chart, on some doctor's
          clipboard. We see her name: ANITA "NEEDY" LESNICKI and a
          few brief details about FIRST DEGREE MURDER and GRANDIOSE
          NOTIONS. Beneath that, we see a triple-highlighted
          warning in bright ink: KICKER.
          A NUTRITIONIST with a clipboard approaches Needy casually
          and eyes her breakfast plate.
          
                                  NUTRITIONIST
                    Just one Toastem, huh?
                                     NEEDY
                            (QUIETLY)
                       I like Toastems.
                                     NUTRITIONIST
                       That's good. But I'm not sure a
                       Toastem can provide you with
                       sufficient energy for your day.
                       I'd recommend more complex
                       carbohydrates...
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  4.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Needy scrambles to her feet and delivers a sudden,
          powerful ROUNDHOUSE KICK to the nutritionist's face.
                                  NEEDY
                    I'D RECOMMEND THAT YOU SHUT THE
                    FUCK UP!
          
          The nutritionist is KNOCKED OFF HER FEET-- as if she's
          been kicked by a far mightier creature than Needy-- and
          collapses, clutching her bleeding nose. We see that the
          bone has SNAPPED.
          The patients shriek. Chaos. As Needy is restrained by
          staff members, she thrashes like a trapped fish.
          Needy snorts up a killer LOOGIE and hocks it at the prone
          nutritionist. The glob nails her in the eye.
          
          It takes four STAFF MEMBERS to haul Needy away as she
          hollers in protest.
          
          The nutritionist curls up on the floor, cupping her
          bleeding nose as a ring of curious patients surrounds
          her. She spits out a TOOTH.
          
          INT. "THE HOLE" - SAME
          Needy is tossed into seclusion. Her hair is wild and her
          face is wet with tears. The heavy door slams behind her,
          leaving only a shaft of light.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I wasn't always this cracked. I
                    used to be normal-- well, as
                    normal as any girl under the
                    influence of teenage hormones. But
                    after the killings began, I
                    started to feel, I don't know...
                    loose around the edges or
                    something. I was coming undone
                    like those jeans I made in Home
                    Ec. Falling to pieces like Patsy
                    Cline. Shredded like moo-shu pork.
                    Dead inside.
          Needy cringes as she briefly hallucinates abstract SHAPES
          in the darkness. Grinning skulls. Faces drained of life,
          half eaten. Grimaces of terror.
          Suddenly, soft music   is piped into "the hole," ostensibly
          to calm the patients   in solitary. Needy shudders and
          recoils at the sound   of it. It's a CHEESY ROCK BALLAD
          that we'll soon hear   again...
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   5.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  CHEESY SONG LYRICS
                    "Through the trees, I will find
                    you. Heal the ruins left inside
                    you. And the stars will remind
                    you, we'll meet again..."
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    God, I hate this fucking song.
          
          
          Needy plugs her ears as if it physically hurts her to
          listen to the song. She curls up in the corner and steels
          herself for solitary confinement.
                                                          DISSOLVE TO:
          TITLE: TWO MONTHS EARLIER
          
          EXT. DEVIL'S KETTLE, MN - NIGHT (TO ESTABLISH)
          Devil's Kettle is a quiet farming community, surrounded
          by dense woods and mirrored lakes. It's the kind of town
          that has one high school, one pizza joint, and one
          stoplight.
          
          On an overgrown rural route we see a rustic sign that
          reads "WELCOME TO DEVIL'S KETTLE- Pop. 7,036. Come See
          What's Cookin'!"
                                  NEEDY
                    This is where it all went down.
                    "Devil's Kettle" sounds twisted, I
                    know, but the place just is named
                    after a dumb waterfall.
          
          
          EXT. THE FALLS - NIGHT (TO ESTABLISH)
          We see the titular falls, surprisingly powerful, gushing
          over a rock face.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Well technically, it's two
                    waterfalls. One of them is normal--
                    it empties into a river basin. But
                    the other one goes into a hole.
                    And it doesn't come out. The
                    scientist guys can't explain it.
                    They've dropped all kinds of
                    things down there--bouncy balls,
                    red dye, radioactive slime-- but
                    nothing ever surfaces.
                                  (MORE)
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   6.
          CONTINUED:
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Maybe it's another dimension. Or,
                    you know, just really deep.
          
          
          EXT. JENNIFER'S HOUSE (TO ESTABLISH) - MIDNIGHT
          The sprawling ranch house is dark from the outside except
          for a single FIRST FLOOR WINDOW-- Jennifer's-- still
          illuminated.
          There's a chicken coop and a wire livestock pen in the
          backyard. We're definitely in deep north country.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I've probably spent years of my
                    life in this house. Hundreds of
                    sleepovers, thousands of aimless
                    homework sessions, a million phone
                    calls. I've climbed through
                    Jennifer's window so many times.
                    But tonight, only one of us is
                    going to come out.
          
          INT. JENNIFER'S BEDROOM - SAME
          JENNIFER CHECK lies on her bed, fidgeting as she watches
          TV. She's a girl of 16 with LONG, MATTED HAIR and a thin,
          frail body. Her features are gorgeous, but she looks sick
          and haggard. She picks at her skin with yellowed,
          Nosferatu-like fingernails and chews idly on a limp lock
          of hair.
          Jennifer wears a tight T-shirt that says KETTLE HIGH
          FLAGS and underwear.
          
          An `80s HORROR MOVIE flickers on the TV. Jennifer half-
          watches, distracted.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Jennifer didn't always look this
                    rough. Actually, she was the
                    prettiest girl in Devil's Kettle
                    when she wasn't so...hungry.
          
          Some recent photos on a corkboard reveal that Jennifer
          was indeed BEAUTIFUL AND CURVY.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    She hadn't fed in weeks.
          
          Jennifer rolls over and glances at the window briefly.
          We see the OUTSIDE of the house again. It's dark and
          silent, but for the nearly inaudible snapping of twigs.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   7.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Jennifer turns her attention back to the TV.
          Suddenly, we see NEEDY'S FACE pop up against the window,
          white and startling. Before Jennifer notices, the face
          disappears.
          Outside the house, the bushes rustle. Needy is crouched
          below the window. We hear the pulsing of her HEART as if
          via ultrasound. It's a wet, rhythmic sound: Sploish,
          sploish, sploish.
          
          Inside, Jennifer stretches and shuts off the TV. She
          turns out the light. A beat of silence.
          Then, the sound of cracking near the window.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Huh?
          Needy PLUNGES through the window, screaming and
          brandishing a HAMMER. She takes a SWING at Jennifer's
          head, but misses and BURIES IT IN THE WALL, specifically
          in Jennifer's Fall Out Boy poster.
          Needy throws herself on top of Jennifer. She STRADDLES
          Jennifer and grips her throat, throttling her.
                                  NEEDY
                    You'll throw me a bone, huh? Huh?
                    You killed Chip! You goddamned
                    monster! You...ZOMBITCH!
          
          Jennifer struggles to fight off Needy in the darkness.
          Her clawlike fingernails rake Needy's back and arms.
          
          Needy pulls a BOX CUTTER out of her waistband and flicks
          it open like a switchblade. Kshink!
                                  JENNIFER
                         (GAGGING)
                    Do you buy all your murder weapons
                    at Home Depot? God, you're butch.
                                  NEEDY
                    Know what this is for? Cutting
                    boxes.
          She takes a swipe at Jennifer's CROTCH. Jennifer
          instinctively CLUTCHES herself and rears up in defense.
          We see Jennifer's mouth come down on Needy's neck. Needy
          shrieks as if BITTEN, but continues to strangle Jennifer,
          straddling her and bearing down.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   8.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Jennifer's T-shirt slides up to her armpits, exposing her
          breasts. For a moment, her eyes meet Needy's and she
          grins. It's as if she has control over Needy for a split
          second, sexual control...
          Needy recoils and SLASHES Jennifer's body left and right
          with the box-cutter, marking a gory, oozing "X" on her
          torso.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                         (HYSTERICAL)
                    CROSS OUT JENNIFER!
          Jennifer gasps, staring at her wounds in shock and
          disbelief. She looks back up at Needy. A beat of silence.
          Suddenly, THE GIRLS' BODIES LEVITATE RAPIDLY TOWARD THE
          CEILING. They wrestle in a bloody, screaming airborne
          heap, their figures entwined. Their bodies FALL,
          collapsing back onto the bed with a thud.
          
          Needy raises the box-cutter and plunges it into
          Jennifer's HEART. Blood GEYSERS from the wound.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (CHOKING)
                    My tit!
          Suddenly, the room is flooded with BRIGHT LIGHT,
          revealing a Needy straddling Jennifer's MUTLIATED BODY.
          Jennifer's breathing is a raspy death rattle.
          MRS. CHECK, a middle-aged woman in bad sleepwear and a
          worse perm rushes into the bedroom.
                                  MRS. CHECK
                    Jennifer! What is it, baby? Oh my
                    God! Oh my God!
          She pulls Needy off her daughter. Jennifer rolls over,
          gasping and bleeding.
                                  MRS. CHECK (CONT'D)
                         (SHOCKED)
                    Needy?
          Needy drops the boxcutter. It lands on Jennifer's copy of
          Flag Team Quarterly, splashing the model with fresh gore.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Is she dead, Mrs. Check? Did I get
                    her?
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                9.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          Mrs. Check cradles her maimed daughter on the floor like
          a white-trash Pieta. Jennifer takes one last breath,
          vomits blood, and DIES.
          Mrs. Check SCREAMS. Needy SMILES.
          
          EXT. JENNIFER CHECK'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
          Three police cars squeal up to the curb with sirens and
          lights engaged. OFFICER ROMAN DUDA, 22, a muscular young
          COP, jogs authoritatively toward the house. He shakes his
          head, dumbfounded.
          
                                  ROMAN
                    Christ, Needy, what have you done?
          
          INT. POLICE SQUAD CAR - DAWN
          Needy, innocent-looking in PIGTAILS, is hustled into the
          back of the squad car. Her clothes and face are smeared
          with blood.
          Officer Duda starts the ignition. His partner, a hard-
          faced FEMALE COP, slides into the front seat. Her cap is
          pushed back to accommodate a huge round pouf of
          shellacked MALL BANGS.
                                  NEEDY
                    Hi, Roman! How's the Force
                    treating you? I like that jaunty
                    cap. Blue like your balls.
                                  ROMAN
                    How could you do this, Needy?
                         (EMOTIONAL)
                    You killed Jen-- Jennifer-- I
                    mean, the victim. Are you on
                    something?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Everything's going to be okay now.
                    I rule.
                                  FEMALE COP
                    Shut your mouth back there!
                                  NEEDY
                    Hey. Didn't you used to baby-sit
                    me in like 1998? When my mom
                    worked the overnight at Hormel?
          The female cop fidgets uncomfortably.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                10.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Yeah. Gracie, right? Gracie. I
                    really like your hair, Gracie. How
                    many cans of Salon Selectives did
                    it take to erect that monument?
          The cop reaches into the backseat and SLAPS Needy, who
          hiccups with laughter.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Watch it, Puffy Combs. That's
                    police brutality!
                                  FEMALE COP
                    You're one to talk about
                    brutality, Ms. Lesnicki. You're
                    looking at attempted murder.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Ugh, don't say attempted. That
                    sounds so JV. Small time. Teeny-
                    weeny, just like Officer Duda up
                    there. And trust me-- I'd know.
          Roman swallows nervously, eyes on the road. Officer
          Warzak glances at him.
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Let's get our facts straight: I
                    successfully committed a hard
                    core, fully premeditated murder
                    back there. I fucking destroyed
                    that brat, OK? I, Needy Lesnicki,
                    put a stop-payment on Jennifer
                    Check.
          She slumps down in the backseat.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Why am I even in these cuffs? I
                    just saved every guy in this town
                    from becoming Satan Chow. I'm a
                    hero.
                                  FEMALE COP
                    She's delirious.
                                  ROMAN
                         (MUTTERING)
                    This is going to be a circus.
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  11.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  FEMALE COP
                    At least we've already got a
                    confession.
                                  NEEDY
                    Confessions are for pussies.
                    You've got a declaration, Grace.
          She giggles maniacally.
          Roman turns on the radio, violating protocol. It's a
          soaring rock anthem-- the SAME SONG we heard being piped
          into solitary confinement.
          
          Both cops BRIGHTEN when they hear the song.
          Roman cranks the volume.
                                  ROMAN
                    God, I love this song.
                                   FEMALE COP
                    I know. And they've done so much
                    for this town.
          
                                  ROMAN
                    They're way more than a band,
                    really. They're heroes.
                                  FEMALE COP
                    Wait, this is my favorite part...
          Roman and the female cop begin to sing along with the
          uplifting, corny song:
          
                                  FEMALE COP AND ROMAN
                         (in unison)
                    "Through the trees, I will find
                    you. Heal the ruins left inside
                    you. And the stars will remind
                    you, that you are home..."
          
          Needy stares out the window at the sun creeping up over
          the forest on the horizon.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    So I killed her. Whatever. It
                    won't undo anything. Three pulses--
                    three lives-- all stopped cold by
                    adolescent bloodlust. It's hard to
                    believe that just two months ago,
                    me, Jennifer and my boyfriend Chip
                    were completely normal people.
                                  (MORE)
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 12.
          CONTINUED: (3)
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    We were our yearbook pictures.
                    Nothing more, nothing less.
          
          We see a brief montage of black-and-white yearbook
          stills: JENNIFER executing the splits on a football
          field, her smile bright. NEEDY inspecting a school
          newspaper layout, pen in hand, glasses on her nose. And
          finally, CHIP DOVE, playing a strap-on snare drum at a
          school pep rally, his head bent in concentration....
          
                                    NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Jesus, Chip..
          
          The photo fades into the pep rally itself. CHIP is
          animated, drumming in full color...
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH - DAY
          CHIP drums on the sidelines of the Devil's Kettle High
          basketball court. The stands are packed with BORED
          STUDENTS for a pep rally. Chip is 16, clean cut, and an
          awful drummer.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Chip couldn't drum for shit. He
                    only knew "Land of a Thousand
                    Dances" and the solo from
                    "Wipeout." Lucky for him, the pep
                    band gig wasn't too demanding.
          
          Sure enough, the band is playing "Land of a Thousand
          Dances." Nearby, the FLAG TEAM claps with gloved hands,
          picking up their flags for a choreographed stunt.
          
          Jennifer steps forward in her flag team uniform,
          breathtakingly beautiful. She hoists her flag aloft,
          twirling it. Time FREEZES as the flag unfurls.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    If you can believe it, that's
                    Jennifer. Yeah, the same girl I
                    iced with the box-cutter. Only
                    back then, we were tight. Sisters,
                    practically. People found it hard
                    to believe that a babe like
                    Jennifer would associate with a
                    dork like me. But we'd been the
                    Wonder Twins since we were
                    practically preverbal. Sandbox
                    love never dies.
          
          Jennifer finishes her maneuver and WAVES to the stands.
          Needy waves back at her excitedly from the bleachers,
          small and owlish with glasses and lank hair.
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 13.
          CONTINUED:
          
          CHASTITY, a similarly geeky-looking girl standing next to
          Needy, rolls her eyes at this display of affection.
                                  CHASTITY
                    You're totally lesbigay.
                                  NEEDY
                    What? She's my best friend.
          The geeky girl mockingly imitates Needy's excited wave.
                                     CHASTITY
                       You stare at her like you want to
                       dry hump her.
          Needy ignores her.
                                     CHASTITY (CONT'D)
                       Like, hump her through pants.
                                     NEEDY
                            (INTERRUPTING)
                       Are you jealous?
          
                                     CHASTITY
                       Of what? That rich bitch?
                                     NEEDY
                       She's not rich.
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH HALLWAY - AFTER SCHOOL
          Needy digs through her locker, carefully selecting
          textbooks to take home. Jennifer skips up to her,
          smiling.
                                     JENNIFER
                    Hey, Monistat.
                                  NEEDY
                    What's up, Vagisil?
                                     JENNIFER
                       You and me are going out tonight.
          
          She checks herself out in Needy's locker mirror.
                                     NEEDY
                    Tonight? Why?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Soft Shoulder are playing at the
                    Carousel.
                                  (MORE)
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               14.
          CONTINUED:
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    And it's all-ages, for once, which
                    means I won't have to play Hello
                    Titty with the door guy.
                                  NEEDY
                    What's Soft Shoulder?
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    They're this indie band from the
                    city. I saw their MySpace and the
                    singer is extra salty. And there
                    will be lots of other salty
                    morsels there for you. Come on
                    Needy, it's the weekend!
                                     NEEDY
                    It's Thursday.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Thursday counts as the weekend in
                    college. And we're going to be in
                    college twenty-three months from
                    now. University of Northern
                    Minnesota Duluth- woo!
          Needy continues loading her backpack.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Please, please you're a social
                    disease?
                                  NEEDY
                    I have to study.
          Jennifer pouts. With an outstretched finger, she draws a
          dramatic X in the air over Needy and boos loudly.
                                  JENNIFER
                         (SHOUTING)
                    Boo! Cross out Needy!
          
          Needy blushes, shrinking self-consciously. She obviously
          hates to displease Jennifer.
                                  NEEDY
                    Fine. What time is the show?
                                   JENNIFER
                    I'll pick you up at 8:30. My mom
                    has a date with that guy who owns
                    the ham store.
          
                                     NEEDY
                    He seems nice.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               15.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (SMIRKING)
                    Yeah, Mom says he's got a huge...
                    heart. So huge he gave her a
                    recurring bladder infection. Wear
                    something cool, okay?
                                  NEEDY
                    Okay.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE - 8:45 A.M.
          Needy is standing in a small, dingy bathroom, trying on
          different configurations of clothing.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    "Wear something cool" meant
                    something very specific in
                    Jennifer-speak. It meant I
                    couldn't look like a nerd, but I
                    couldn't upstage her either. I
                    could expose my stomach, but never
                    cleavage. Tits were her trademark.
          
          Needy wiggles her jeans a bit lower, exposing her
          childishly round tummy. She walks out of the bathroom
          into her bedroom, a frilly pink hell complete with canopy
          bed.
          CHIP DOVE is sitting on the bed, looking lost in all that
          pink. He raises an eyebrow at Needy's abdomen.
                                  CHIP
                    Those jeans are hella low. I can
                    almost see your front butt.
                                  NEEDY
                    Chip, it's a rock show. This is my
                    rock look.
          
                                  CHIP
                    I can see, like, your womb.
          Needy sighs and hoists up her pants.
                                  CHIP (CONT'D)
                    Why are you blowing me off for
                    some dumb concert, anyway? We were
                    supposed to have Movie Night. I
                    even rented Orca. It's like Jaws,
                    except with a harmless whale.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  16.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Jennifer needs me. She really
                    wants to go see this band. It's
                    extremely important to her.
                                  CHIP
                    I've never even heard of Soft
                    Shoulder. Which one is Jennifer
                    stalking?
                                  NEEDY
                    The lead singer, of course. Girls
                    like her don't go out with
                    drummers.
                                     CHIP
                    Thanks a lot!
                                  NEEDY
                    No offense. I mean, she'd probably
                    make an exception for a drummer
                    who was also the lead singer.
                                  CHIP
                    Like Phil Collins.
                                  NEEDY
                    Who's Phil Collins?
                                     CHIP
                       Forget it. He's seminal, but
                       whatever...
          
                                     NEEDY
                       Anyway, this singer guy is like
                       22, so he could get locked up in
                       the state pen if he actually dated
                       her. But Jennifer says he's extra
                       salty, so...
                                  CHIP
                    Salty. You guys ever going to stop
                    using that secret language?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    "Salty" means beautiful.
                                  CHIP
                    Then you must be soy sauce, babe.
          Needy and CHIP start MAKING OUT. CHIP unbuckles his belt
          eagerly even though they've barely begun. Needy stops.
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               17.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Jennifer's here.
                                  CHIP
                    How do you know?
          Needy shrugs. A beat of silence. Then we hear the door
          swing open. JENNIFER'S VOICE floats up from downstairs.
                                  JENNIFER
                         (O.S.)
                    Needy, quit tampooning yourself
                    and get down here!
                                  CHIP
                    That's fucking weird.
                                  NEEDY
                         (straightening her
                          CLOTHES)
                    I'd better hurry.
                                  CHIP
                    You always do what Jennifer tells
                    you to do.
          Needy pulls her NECKLACE out from beneath her shirt and
          flashes a heart-shaped "B.F.F." charm at Chip.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    She's my best friend, Chip.
                    Remember? This necklace is no
                    joke.
          CHIP sighs, resigned. They head downstairs.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (LIVING ROOM) - SAME
          Jennifer is waiting in the front hallway. She's heavily
          made-up and dressed in a predictably sexy outfit. She
          dangles a set of car keys in front of Needy and CHIP.
                                   JENNIFER
                         (GLOATING)
                    Guess who's got the whip `til
                    11:30? A 2003 Chrysler Sebring and
                    it's all mine.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Wow.
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 18.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    You're lucky you get to ride with
                    me to the club in style!
          She does a sexy little dance in the doorway, then notices
          CHIP.
          
                                     JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                       Oh, hi Chip. Do you like puppies?
          She grabs her boobs and thrusts her chest outward at him,
          giggling. Needy watches jealously and MANEUVERS HER WAY
          IN FRONT OF JENNIFER.
                                  CHIP
                    I think you forgot, like, two
                    buttons.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I think she remembered two
                    buttons.
          
          Jennifer sniffs the air.
                                  JENNIFER
                    It smells like Thai food in here.
                         (BEAT)
                    Have you guys been fucking?
                                     NEEDY
                    You're gross!
          
          She shoves Jennifer and they begin wrestling playfully.
          CHIP slumps against the wall, staring awestruck at
          Jennifer's cleavage.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Okay, let's go to the club.
          The three of them shuffle onto the porch. Needy locks the
          door.
                                  CHIP
                    The Carousel is not a club.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Eat my ass, Chip. You're just
                    jello `cause you're not invited.
                                  CHIP
                    I'm not jello! That place is
                    gross. Everyone there has a
                    mustache.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 19.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    You're totally jello! You're lime
                    green jello and you can't even
                    admit it.
          The girls scamper toward the car.
          
                                  CHIP
                         (calling after them)
                    Stop kidnapping my girlfriend!
          
          INT. THE CAROUSEL - NIGHT
          THE CAROUSEL is a run-down tavern at the edge of town,
          the kind with NASCAR posters, wobbly chairs and strands
          of plastic pennants crisscrossing the ceiling. It's a
          busy night and the bar is teeming with locals.
          A bartender sells a CASE OF BEER to a customer and passes
          it over the bar.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Chip was right. The Carousel is
                    definitely not a club. Clubs are
                    for attractive people in populous
                    urban areas. Clubs have DJs and
                    champagne and separate bathrooms
                    for guys and girls. All we have is
                    a broken jukebox, a few domestic
                    taps and the Sticker Toilet.
          
                                                         SMASH CUT TO:
          
          INT. BATHROOM - SAME
          We see a lone, nasty-looking TOILET covered in BAND
          STICKERS.
          BACK ON NEEDY:
          Needy and Jennifer enter the bar. Every guy in the joint
          stares at Jennifer, who snaps her "MINOR" wristband
          distastefully.
                                  JENNIFER
                    God, I can't wait until I'm old
                    enough to get wasted. Have you
                    ever had peach schnapps?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I don't think so.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                20.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Peach schnapps are excellent. They
                    even taste good when they come out
                    of your nose mid-puke.
          A teenage guy, CRAIG, passes by and waves.
          
                                  CRAIG
                    Hi Jennifer. You look nice.
                                  JENNIFER
                         (without enthusiasm)
                    What up, Craig.
          She elbows Needy and makes a GAGGING GESTURE.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    He thinks he's cute enough for me.
                    No wonder he's in retard math.
          Jennifer pulls out a pack of Camel Wides and lights one
          awkwardly. Needy notices AHMET FROM INDIA, a FOREIGN
          EXCHANGE STUDENT, standing by himself away from the
          crowd.
                                  NEEDY
                    Hey, it's Ahmet from India. The
                    foreign exchange guy. He's all by
                    himself.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I can't believe we traded a cute
                    hockey player for that.
                                  NEEDY
                    He seems okay. He's got that cool
                    elephant statue in his locker.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Do you think he's circumcised? I
                    always wanted to try sea cucumber.
                                  NEEDY
                    Ew!
          ROMAN DUDA saunters up to Jennifer, swigging a bottle of
          beer. He snatches the pack of cigarettes away from her.
                                  ROMAN
                    You're smoking dicks now, Jen?
                                  JENNIFER
                    What? I like the Wides.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  21.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          She sticks the fat cigarette between her lips and inhales
          pointedly.
                                  ROMAN
                    I just bet you do. I should arrest
                    you for possession under the legal
                    age.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Arrest me, pfft! You're not even
                    out of the academy yet, Roman!
                                  ROMAN
                    Two more months and I'm on the
                    force for real. Then I'll be able
                    to cuff you whenever the hell I
                    want.
          He grips her wrist and twists it behind her back.
                                  JENNIFER
                    How will I wait that long?
          She paws Roman's crotch discreetly. Needy winces.
                                  ROMAN
                    Not here, babe. I gotta keep my
                    nose clean.
                                  NEEDY
                         (POINTING)
                    Look, there's the band!
          
          A group of skinny INDIE ROCK BOYS are setting up their
          equipment on a pathetically tiny stage-- it's more like a
          dais. The LEAD SINGER has intense, spooky eyes, nearly
          obscured by a shock of hair. The locals, mostly good ol'
          boys, eye the band suspiciously.
                                  JENNIFER
                    You can tell they're from the
                    city.
                                  ROMAN
                    Yeah, `cause they look like a
                    bunch of faygos.
                                  JENNIFER
                    You would think that. You're such
                    a small-time Gomer. I wish we had
                    more guys like that in Devil's
                    Kettle. All stylish and shit.
          Needy nods dumbly. She stares at the band, awestruck.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  22.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                  NEEDY
                    They look so-- so cool.
          She gazes at the stage, hearing only the whistling rush
          of ARCTIC AIR. In SLOW MOTION, the GUITARIST unsheathes
          his Fender Jaguar from its gig bag. He notices her
          staring and runs the tip of his tongue over his lips.
          Needy swallows hard.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Hey, I think they need two
                    groupies. Come on! It'll be like
                    Almost Famous! I'll be Penny Lane
                    and you can be the other girl.
          She grabs Needy's hand and enthusiastically tries to drag
          her toward the stage.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    No!
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Don't be J.V., Needy. They're just
                    boys. Morsels. We have all the
                    power, don't you know that?
          She plants her hands on Needy's CHEST.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    These things are like smart bombs.
                    Point `em in the right direction
                    and shit gets real.
          
          Needy shrugs free of Jennifer's grasp and follows her
          reluctantly across the room.
          
          The lead singer of Soft Shoulder, NIKOLAI WOLF, is
          already striding forward to meet them at the lip of the
          stage. His gait is as smooth as his shock of dyed-black
          hair.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Hi. Um, we just really wanted to
                    meet you or something? I'm
                    Jennifer Check and this is my
                    friend.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    I'm Nikolai Wolf, and this is my
                    band.
          He reaches down and pumps Jennifer's outstretched hand.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               23.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (AWKWARD)
                    Yeah! Soft Shoulder, right? I've
                    heard you guys are super, super
                    good at playing your instruments.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    I hope we can live up to
                    such...high praise.
                                  NEEDY
                    Hey, if you don't mind me asking,
                    why did you want to play all the
                    way out here in Devil's Kettle?
                    You live in the city, right?
                                   NIKOLAI
                    Yeah. But I think it's so
                    important to connect with our fans
                    in rural areas. Plus, the
                    audiences in small towns really
                    appreciate us.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Can I show you my appreciation
                    right now?
          Needy looks at the floor, embarrassed.
          
          Jennifer's voice scales up nervously.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Like, I'll buy you a drink? I
                    mean, I'll see if I can get you a
                    drink. They make this great 9/11
                    tribute shooter? It's red, white
                    and blue, but you have to drink it
                    fast or it gets all brownish.
                                    NIKOLAI
                           (GRIMACING)
                    Mmm.
          Jennifer hurries off toward the bar.
          
          Needy moves self-consciously into a nearby corner, not
          wanting to continue the conversation with Nikolai alone.
          A LOCAL plugs a Loretta Lynn tune into the jukebox, with
          a challenging stare at the band. A DRUNK COUPLE begins
          two-stepping in front of the stage.
          Nikolai walks up to the guitar player, DIRK, and pulls
          him aside. Needy pricks up her ears and listens.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               24.
          CONTINUED: (5)
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    Dirk, what about her?
                                  DIRK
                         (gesturing to Needy)
                    Who, Training Bra Jones?
          
          Needy looks offended.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    No, the hot one. The one who just
                    walked away. She's it, man. She's
                    exactly what we're looking for.
                                  DIRK
                    You're sure she's...
                                  NIKOLAI
                    She's a kid. We're in God's
                    country, man. Everyone out here's
                    a fundie bible-banger. Of course
                    she's a virgin.
          Dirk hesitates.
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    Dirk, we didn't haul our asses out
                    to this corn palace for nothing!
                                  DIRK
                    Fine. Okay. You know, I know I'm
                    not "just the bassist." I'm a
                    person who happens to play the
                    bass guitar. And I would like some
                    respect...
          
          Nikolai is already ignoring him.
          Needy, alarmed, emerges from her hiding place and
          discreetly rushes over to the bar where Jennifer is
          arguing with a jealous-looking Roman. He shakes his head
          in disgust and leaves the bar.
          Jennifer walks over holding an ostentatious PATRIOTIC
          THEMED DRINK. She laughs when she sees Needy's concerned
          expression.
                                  JENNIFER
                    What? Are you scared of rock stars
                    too?
                                  NEEDY
                    Those guys are rank, Jen. Just
                    forget about it.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                25.
          CONTINUED: (6)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I think the singer wants me.
                                  NEEDY
                    Only because he thinks you're a
                    virgin. I heard them talking.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yeah, right! I'm not even a
                    backdoor-virgin anymore, thanks to
                    Roman. By the way, that hurts. I
                    couldn't even go to flags the next
                    day. I had to stay home and sit on
                    a bag of frozen peas.
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh my God.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Well, if Nikolai wants innocent, I
                    can do innocent. I'll be Little
                    Miss Fucking Sunshine.
                                  NEEDY
                    He's way too old for you.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Don't cock-block me, Needy.
          
          Piercing FEEDBACK signals the beginning of the set.
          Nikolai takes the mic and smiles broadly.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Good evening, Devil's Lake.
          Someone in the back shouts "Devil's Kettle!"
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    Sorry. Anyway, we're Soft
                    Shoulder. And we just want to make
                    you happy.
          He WINKS at Jennifer.
          The band launch into the same intense, soaring song we
          heard in the COP CAR and the HOLE. Jennifer's eyes never
          leave Nikolai's. She's hypnotized, clinging to Needy's
          arm. Even the locals look charmed.
          Suddenly, a lick of FLAME appears on the wood paneling
          next to the stage. Needy is the first to notice. As she
          watches in horror, the fire is reflected in her glasses.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               26.
          CONTINUED: (7)
          
          The flames quickly climbs up to the ceiling and begin to
          blaze uncontrollably. People SCREAM and scatter. Someone
          ineffectually tries to throw a pitcher of beer on the
          fire.
          Nikolai turns and sees the fire spreading. He and Chas
          exchange glances. The BASS PLAYER pitches his guitar
          aside and jumps off the stage, and the drummer abandons
          his kit. Nikolai seems perfectly cool and composed as he
          watches from the stage...is he smiling?
          CHAOS. Everyone is trying to get out of the bar at once,
          causing a stampede. A woman's clothes and hair CATCH FIRE
          and she falls to her knees. We see a BEAM fall from the
          roof, nearly killing AHMET FROM INDIA.
          Jennifer stands still in a dreamlike state.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (to Jennifer)
                    I know where to go!
          Needy grabs Jennifer by the elbow and pulls her into the
          tiny BATHROOM. Choking on smoke, they climb onto the
          Sticker Toilet (which now sports a giant SOFT SHOULDER
          sticker on the tank) and boost each other out the
          BATHROOM WINDOW. Hundreds are still trapped inside,
          screaming.
          
          EXT. THE CAROUSEL- CONTINUOUS
          Jennifer collapses in Needy's arms, coughing. Needy hugs
          her fiercely, almost romantically. She cups Jennifer's
          flushed face and looks into her eyes.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (DAZED)
                    It's so hot, Needy. I think I'm on
                    fire. Oh God, I'm burning!
          
                                  NEEDY
                    You're okay, I promise. You got
                    burned worse when you wore that
                    tin-foil bikini to the beach.
                    Everything's fine.
          Suddenly, a HAND clamps onto Jennifer's shoulder. Both
          girls jump. It's Nikolai, his forehead creased with false
          concern.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Are you girls all right?
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                27.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Needy is less than thrilled to see him.
                                  NEEDY
                    We're great. Maybe you should try
                    to find your band?
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Those guys? They were the first
                    ones out the door. Ran for the van
                    like a bunch of Marys. Frankly,
                    I'm ashamed of them.
          Needy narrows her eyes suspiciously.
          Muffled SCREAMS rise up from the flame-engulfed building.
          Jennifer covers her ears and cowers, sweat rolling down
          her face.
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    God, it feels like hell out here.
                    Come and hang with us in the van
                    for a while, just until they hose
                    this place down.
          
                                     JENNIFER
                    Okay...okay...
          She slumps against Nikolai's chest.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    You're in shock. Here, drink this.
                    You'll feel better.
          He smoothly retrieves a plastic bottle of PEACH SCHNAPPS
          from his coat and holds it to Jennifer's lips. She swigs
          it cooperatively, dribbling down her chin.
          
          Needy blinks in disbelief at the coincidence.
                                  NEEDY
                    Aren't you a little freaked out
                    about this? What about all your
                    stuff? It's probably melting, and
                    when you get to the next stop
                    you'll have to do like, a crappy
                    acoustic set! Nobody likes that.
                                  NIKOLAI
                    We'll be able to afford new gear
                    soon enough. I have a feeling
                    we're gonna blow up.
          
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  28.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (SLURRING)
                    I want to see your van. C'mon
                    Needy, let's go to the van.
                                  NEEDY
                    Why? Why should we? We have the
                    Malibu. Let's just get out of
                    here. We can go to El Ojo and get
                    Northwoods Nachos with extra
                    Badger Sauce! Please? I'm
                    starving.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Needy, stop it. Just stop it!
          She defiantly follows Nikolai toward the WHITE VAN, which
          is parked a suspiciously safe distance from the bar.
          Needy staggers after them slowly, watching.
          Behind Needy, the bar EXPLODES. Screams. Flames. Silence.
          Needy doesn't even look back as she watches Jennifer get
          into the van. Ash drifts into her hair like snowflakes.
          
          Nikolai takes off his shirt as he enters the van,
          revealing his slick, muscled white torso.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I watched her get into that van
                    and I knew something awful was
                    going to happen. But for some
                    reason, I felt drawn toward them.
                    Toward him. He was pale and
                    twisted and evil, like this
                    petrified tree I saw when I was a
                    kid.
          
          EXT. PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK - (FLASHBACK)
          We see LITTLE NEEDY, about five years old, staring up at
          a petrified tree in the darkness, horrified yet
          compelled. The tree seems to stoop forward, cracking...
          
          BACK ON NEEDY:
          Needy's face is fixed in the same haunted expression.
          Nikolai turns to look at her, his teeth bared in a
          vicious smile.
          Needy turns and sprints off in the opposite direction,
          away from the van and the fire.
          
                                                               29.
          
          
          
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM - 11:00 P.M.
          Needy stumbles into her bedroom, overwhelmed. Her clothes
          are smoke damaged and her cheeks are sooty.
          She grabs her cheap, taped-up cell phone and dials CHIP's
          number shakily.
          
                                                           CROSS CUT
                                                         PHONE CALL:
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
          Chip's bedroom is pitch black until a cheap cell phone
          lights up under the covers illuminating his sleeping
          form, clad only in jockey shorts.
                                  CHIP
                         (SLEEPILY)
                    Hey, Niedermeyer.
                                  NEEDY
                    Thank God you're there. I hoped
                    you were sleeping with your phone.
                                    CHIP
                    What's wrong?
                                  NEEDY
                    Jennifer's gone. She ran off with
                    that rock band. And the Carousel
                    burned down.
          CHIP sits bolt upright
          
                                  CHIP
                    Like, burned down? To the ground?
                    Is everyone okay?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    No. I think they're mostly dead.
                                  CHIP
                    Shit. You're okay, right?
                                  NEEDY
                    We went out the bathroom window.
                    Everyone else was trying to use
                    the door. It was like a stampede.
                    The people who fainted got run
                    over and you could hear their
                    bones breaking.
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                30.
          CONTINUED:
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    There was all this screaming and
                    popping, like a million Black Cats
                    all going off at once. And the
                    smell...
                                  CHIP
                    This is real, right? This isn't
                    just, like, some crazy dream like
                    last time?
                                  NEEDY
                    No! Anyway, it took me like an
                    hour to walk home. But Jennifer's
                    still with those creeps! They had
                    one of those white molester vans
                    with no windows. The back was all
                    blacked out.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Who cares about Jennifer and those
                    douchebags with douchebag
                    haircuts? People just burned to
                    death. In our town!
          
          The DOORBELL chimes.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (FRANTIC)
                    Oh cheese and fries! Someone's
                    here. I'm alone, Chip. I'm freaked
                    out!
          
                                  CHIP
                    Where's your mom?
                                  NEEDY
                    Swing shift. Listen, I'll call you
                    in a minute. Stay awake.
                                  CHIP
                         (SLEEPILY)
                    Holla back.
          Needy hangs up the phone and rushes downstairs. As she
          passes through the shadowy kitchen, appliances HUM all
          around her. The silence is menacing.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (FRONT ENTRY) - CONTINUOUS
          Needy opens the door. Nobody there.
          She slams the door, turns around and SCREAMS.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                31.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Jennifer is standing in the dark hallway, looking ghostly
          pale and smiling. Her clothes are tattered and stained--
          her entire front is soaked in blood. Her makeup is
          smeared, and her eyes are bruised and sunken like a
          zombie's. She looks HORRIFYING, especially with that
          ghastly, clownish grin.
          
                                     NEEDY
                    Um, Jennifer?
          Jennifer says nothing and continues to smile with blood-
          tinged teeth.
                                     NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    What happened?
          Utter silence. Then a dripping sound. Needy looks down
          and sees large drops of blood spattering the linoleum.
          Jennifer continues to smile, staring directly at Needy.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                         (TREMBLING)
                    J-Jen?
          
          Jennifer lets out a horrifying banshee SCREAM, wailing at
          the top of her lungs. She vomits a torrent of evil-
          looking black bile all over herself and Needy and
          staggers wildly down the hallway.
          
          The bloody black bile hits the wall, splashing a framed
          school portrait of Needy. Needy screams and watches in
          horror as it slides down the wall.
          The bile has hundred of tiny SPINES sticking out of it,
          like little porcupine needles, and it appears to move by
          itself, oozing across the linoleum, creeping into the
          corners. It's truly revolting.
          Needy grabs Jennifer blindly and claps a hand over her
          mouth.
          Jennifer falls to her knees, her screams turning to
          jagged, insane laughter.
          Needy tries to run, but Jennifer grabs her and THROWS her
          against the wall with superhuman force, pinning her.
          Jennifer slowly, tantalizingly brushes her face against
          Needy's hair, her earlobe. Needy doesn't move a muscle.
          Jennifer's hand slides up Needy's ribcage. She presses
          her lips against Needy's carotid artery.
          We hear Needy's blood pumping, swishing.
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  32.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (WHISPERING)
                    Are you scared?
          Needy nods.
          Jennifer parts her lips. Then suddenly, she stops and
          PULLS AWAY, pushing Needy to the floor. Jennifer bolts
          out the front door and takes off running down the street.
          Needy is motionless for a moment, then stumbles toward
          the doorway.
                                  NEEDY
                         (screaming after her)
                    Jennifer!
          But she's long gone.
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH - THE NEXT MORNING
          Moments before the first morning bell. Needy is sitting
          at her desk in English class, still visibly bruised from
          her scuffle with Jennifer the night before. She looks
          like she hasn't slept a wink.
          The mood is quiet and somber-- kids whisper about the
          fire and gather in groups.
          
                                  GOSSIPING GIRL
                         (WHISPERING)
                    I heard Needy and Jennifer were
                    there and they had to fight their
                    way out with a machete.
          
                                  OTHER GIRL
                    Look, she's not even moving.
                                  GOSSIPING GIRL
                    It's called Post Traumatic Stress
                    Disorder...
          Suddenly, a figure steps in front of Needy. It's
          JENNIFER, looking absolutely gorgeous-- and remarkably
          unscathed. She smiles brightly at Needy as if nothing
          happened the night before.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Happy Friday!, D-bag!
                                  NEEDY
                    You-- you're all right!
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               33.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yeah. Why wouldn't I be?
                                  NEEDY
                    Last night. At my house. You were
                    hurt. You had two black eyes and
                    blood everywhere and...
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Needy, you're delusional. I got a
                    little banged up when you made me
                    go out that window, but I'm fine.
                                  NEEDY
                         (DUMBFOUNDED)
                    We had to go out that window. The
                    bar was like, engulfed in flames!
                                  JENNIFER
                    You do have a tendency to
                    overreact. Remember at Girl Scout
                    camp when you thought there was an
                    earthquake and it was really just
                    two guys with a ghetto blaster?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    A lot of people died, Jennifer.
                    They burned to death, or they
                    choked, or they just got trampled.
                    More than half of the people there
                    didn't make it out. It's like, all
                    over the news. National news. Kids
                    are dead. Parents are dead.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Anyone we know?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    We know everyone!
                                  JENNIFER
                    Sucks to be them, I guess.
          She giggles and reaches for her knockoff designer purse.
                                  NEEDY
                    I don't get it. What's wrong with
                    you?
          Jennifer applies lip gloss and smacks her lips together.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    What's wrong with you? I mean,
                    besides the obvious surface flaws.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                34.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Needy rubs her eyes, stunned.
                                  NEEDY
                         (to herself)
                    There's no way I dreamed it. No
                    way.
          
          She looks down at her hands. There's DRIED BLOOD under
          her fingernails.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Her blood was still under my
                    nails. See, I'd been up all night
                    scrubbing the carnage off the
                    linoleum.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (FRONT ENTRY) - DAWN (FLASHBACK)
          We see Needy on her hands and knees in the eerie blue
          light of dawn, sobbing as she diligently scrubs blood and
          bile off the floor with a dirty sponge. The black, spiny
          vomit repulses her, and she gags.
          
          She reaches for a Swiffer WetJet mop and pulls the
          trigger. No solution comes out. She curses, hysterical
          and sleep-deprived.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Work, you...twat! Swiff, darn it!
                    Swiff! Swiff!
          
          She collapses in tears on the floor.
          
          BACK ON NEEDY- PRESENT DAY
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                         (softly, to herself)
                    Shoot.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Don't talk to yourself. It's one
                    of your more freakish Needy
                    behaviors and it makes us both
                    look like total gaylords.
          Needy raises her hands desperately to Jennifer, spreading
          her fingers to display her filthy fingernails.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Eww, you need a mani bad. You'd
                    better find a Chinese chick to
                    buff your situation!
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 35.
          CONTINUED:
          
          MR. WROBLEWSKI, a middle-aged teacher, enters the room.
          He has a gnarly-looking robotic hand and moves awkwardly.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                         (SMIRKING)
                    Here comes Handi-Snack.
          
          Mr. Wroblewski clears his throat. His voice quavers.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    I'm sure those of you who made it
                    here today have all heard the
                    news. It's a dark day for Devil's
                    Kettle, a day we can never, ever
                    forget.
          A single, stifled sob rises from the class. Needy glances
          around the room and sees students fighting back tears. A
          huge JOCK weeps openly, tears spattering his swimsuit-
          model decorated notebook. Jennifer smirks, barely able to
          contain her laughter.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    The administration here has
                    decided that today will be a
                    unstructured day of support and
                    remembrance. We've lost nine
                    precious students-- including
                    Ahmet from India-- several
                    parents, and a teacher, Ms.
                    Parrish.
          He fights back tears.
                                  JENNIFER
                    No way! Parrish ate shit?
          
          Needy shushes her, appalled.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    This tragedy is obviously beyond
                    anything we can measure. More than
                    ever, we need to band together and
                    draw strength from each other.
          Mr. Wroblewski painstakingly retrieves a tissue from his
          pocket with his robotic hand and dabs at his face.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                         (his voice cracking)
                    We can rise up. We can overcome
                    death.
          
          Needy eyes Jennifer warily.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  36.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          The jock collapses in sobs. A tiny, acne-scarred GEEK
          leans over and folds the jock into an unlikely hug.
                                  JENNIFER
                         (DRY)
                    Oh look, they're united in grief.
                    That'll last.
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH HALLWAY - AFTER SCHOOL
          The automated bell rings. Needy slings on her backpack
          and hurries over to CHIP's locker. He's packing up a pair
          of drum mallets.
                                  CHIP
                    No band practice today.
                                  NEEDY
                    No anything today.
                                  CHIP
                    It's surreal, right? I mean, when
                    just one guy dies in Devil's
                    Kettle, it's like time stops. And
                    now so many people are dead,
                    nobody knows when it's okay to
                    start again.
                                  NEEDY
                    I feel guilty just breathing.
                                  CHIP
                    Word.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Chip, I need to tell you something
                    kind of weird. It's about
                    Jennifer.
                                  CHIP
                    What?
                                  NEEDY
                    You know last night when we were
                    talking and someone came to my
                    door? That was Jennifer. But she
                    didn't talk. She just stood there,
                    smiling at me, but a bad kind of
                    smile. She looked like she'd been
                    beat up or shot or something. She
                    was all bloody.
                                  (MORE)
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  37.
          CONTINUED:
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    And then she barfed up this
                    disgusting prickly stuff that was
                    like roadkill and sewing needles
                    all mixed together.
          She shudders at the memory
          
                                  CHIP
                    Yuck. Like those porcupine
                    meatballs my mom makes with the
                    rice sticking out?
                                  NEEDY
                    Yeah, like almost that bad!
          CHIP and Needy ponder the grotesque image in silence.
                                  CHIP
                    It was probably because she
                    inhaled a whole bunch of smoke.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    No. It was something evil.
          
                                     CHIP
                    You might want    to talk to the
                    school shrink,    Needy. I'm not
                    saying that to    be a dillhole. I'm
                    actually kinda    concerned.
          
                                   NEEDY
                    Chip, I'm a National Merit
                    Scholar. I don't tell whoppers and
                    I'm not crazy.
                                  CHIP
                    I didn't say you were crazy. It's
                    just that everyone's a little
                    messed up about this. It's okay to
                    feel...
                                  NEEDY
                    Discombobulated?
                                  CHIP
                    Yeah, you know. Fucked up.
          As they prepare to leave, COLIN GRAY approaches Needy.
          He's a cute PUNK/GOTH guy wearing black nail polish, a
          lip ring, and full wardrobe by Hot Topic.
                                     COLIN
                    Hi Needy.
          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                38.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Chip blatantly scoots closer to Needy, eyeing Colin
          suspiciously.
                                     NEEDY
                    Oh. Hi, Colin.
                                  COLIN
                         (DRAMATIC)
                    I heard you were there last night.
                    In the fiery trenches.
                                     NEEDY
                    Uh-huh.
                                  COLIN
                    Well, I'm glad you made it out.
                    Really.
          
                                     NEEDY
                    Thanks.
          
          Colin walks away. Chip looks jealous.
                                  CHIP
                    How are you friends with Colin
                    Gray? I thought Colin Gray only
                    talked to the Dead Girls.
          We see a group of GOTH GIRLS splayed against their
          lockers in full regalia. One wears an ACCORDION for no
          reason.
                                  NEEDY
                    I just am. We have Composition
                    together. He's a really good
                    writer. You know-- he's so dark
                    and emotional and all.
                                  CHIP
                    Oh. I can relate. I'm also like
                    that, even if I'm not all obvious
                    about it like a poseur.
                                     NEEDY
                    Walk me home?
          
                                     CHIP
                    You know it.
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH FOOTBALL FIELD - CONTINUOUS
          JONAS KOZELLE, the JOCK we saw sobbing earlier, is
          standing at the deserted football field.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 39.
          CONTINUED:
          It's a gray, overcast fall day and the wind whistles
          eerily through the trees. The football is set back a good
          a distance from the school, and Jonas is all alone.
          In the distance, a tiny figure slowly approaches, It
          starts a dot on the horizon. As it draws closer, we see
          it's JENNIFER. Her bright, lipsticked grin is eerie and
          unmistakable.
          Jonas glances briefly over his right shoulder,
          indifferent.
          A few seconds later, he glances again. Strangely,
          Jennifer ISN'T THERE.
          Jennifer suddenly appears on Jonas's left side, startling
          him.
          
                                     JENNIFER
                    Hi!
          
                                  JONAS
                         (ALARMED)
                    Oh. Hey, Jennifer.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm crazy-sorry about your
                    profound loss. You are crying
                    about Craig, right?
          
                                  JONAS
                    He was my best friend.
          Jennifer puts her arm around him sympathetically.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I know. I was close to him too.
                    You know, I was there last night
                    in that horrible place. I saw
                    Craig a few minutes before the
                    fire broke out.
                                     JONAS
                    You-- you did?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yeah. I was probably the last
                    person to talk to him. Like, ever.
                    Literally.
                                  JONAS
                    Wow. What did he say?
          
          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  40.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Well, we got to talking about you,
                    actually. And do you know what he
                    said? He said you were like a
                    brother to him. Not a bro. An
                    actual brother.
          
          Jonas's lip trembles as he unsuccessfully fights back
          tears. Jennifer cuddles closer to him.
                                  JONAS
                         (choking up)
                    I just can't believe he's gone.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I know, I know.
                          (BEAT)
                    Hey, you know what else Craig
                    said?
                                  JONAS
                    What?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Forget it. It's too intense.
                                  JONAS
                    What? Please, Jen, you've gotta
                    tell me!
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Well, he said he always thought
                    you and me would make a totally
                    bangin' couple. Isn't that so
                    weird?
          
                                  JONAS
                    He said bangin'?
          Jennifer reaches for Jonas's hand and slides it slowly up
          her shirt, placing it on her left breast.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (WHISPERING)
                    Feel my heart, Jonas. I think it's
                    broken.
                                  JONAS
                         (choking up)
                    Mine too.
          
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               41.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Come with me. Just for a while.
                    We'll help each other get through
                    this nightmare. It's what Craig
                    would have wanted.
          Jonas nods dumbly, brainwashed. Jennifer leads him away
          from the field, toward the WOODS bordering the school
          campus. They vanish into the woods. In the distance, we
          see the FALLS rushing into the lake.
          
          EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - CONTINUOUS
          Needy and Chip are walking home from school, still deep
          in discussion.
                                  CHIP
                    The whole night must be a total
                    blur, right?
                                  NEEDY
                    That's the thing, it's not a blur
                    at all! I remember everything, in
                    like ultra-high-def detail. The
                    band, the fire, everything.
                    Especially what happened after.
                                  CHIP
                    "After" is the part I don't really
                    get, to be honest.
                                  NEEDY
                    Please, I need someone to believe
                    me. Jennifer was-- she was
                    destroyed. She was dying in my
                    hallway, Chip. I saw. I used my
                    CPR training to check her pulse.
                    And I felt her dying, on the
                    inside, I mean. I've known her so
                    long that it's like sometimes I
                    can feel what she feels. We're
                    like E.T. and Elliot Ness.
                                     CHIP
                    I believe you.
          Chip takes Needy's hand and squeezes it.
                                  NEEDY
                    Thanks, Chipper.
          
                                                               42.
          
          
          
          
          INT. WOODS SURROUNDING SCHOOL - CONTINUOUS
          Jennifer and Jonas are in the woods. Jennifer efficiently
          whips off her top and bra and begins kissing Jonas
          hungrily. As Jonas touches her, he recoils.
                                  JONAS
                    You feel so warm. Why are you so
                    warm?
                                  JENNIFER
                         (firmly covering his
                          MOUTH)
                    Shutties!
          She pulls off Jonas' shirt and digs her nails into his
          arms, kissing him with renewed ferocity.
          
          The woods are dead silent. A few squirrels approach the
          clearing, and Jonas watches them warily with one open eye
          as Jennifer kisses him. Then a deer wanders into the
          clearing. Then a fox. The animals pause in their tracks
          and watch, motionless. It's an eerie, unnatural tableau.
          
          Animals continue to gather.
                                  JONAS
                         (MUFFLED)
                    Jennifer! Jen...
          
          Jennifer is annoyed.
                                  JENNIFER
                    What?
          
                                  JONAS
                    Look!
          He gestures to the ANIMALS, who are watching, still as
          statues. A few crows alight on a nearby tree.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Mm-hmm. They're waiting.
                                  JONAS
                    Uh, okay...
          Jennifer unzips Jonas's jeans and smiles, reaching down
          and working him with her hand. Jonas moans, still eyeing
          the animals.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Do you miss Craig?
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               43.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JONAS
                         (STARTLED)
                    Of course.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Don't worry. You're going to see
                    your buddy again.
          
                                  JONAS
                    You mean like in heaven someday?
                                  JENNIFER
                    No.
          She smiles and shakes her head.
          Jonas jerks back, creeped out. He tries to pull away from
          Jennifer, but she's too strong. She PINS him to the tree.
          We see her jaw begin to UNHINGE, like some horrible
          snake. Her eyes cloud over with blood...
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - CONTINUOUS
          
          A horrible SCREAM of agony rises from the woods. Mr.
          Wroblewski is exiting the school, briefcase in hand. He
          stops in his tracks when he hears the scream. He shakes
          his head sadly.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                         (to himself)
                    God, they're feeling so much pain.
          Another scream, this time weaker.
          
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    Let it all out, kids.
          He heads for his Ford Festiva, then pauses as if thinking
          better of it. Something isn't right. He puts his keys
          back in his pocket and walks toward the woods to
          investigate.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
          Needy is preparing herself a fried bologna sandwich in
          the kitchen. Needy's ALBINO FERRET chases a ball across
          the cracked floor.
          Needy scrapes the sandwich out of the skillet and takes a
          bite.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  44.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Fried bologna is the bomb!
                         (to ferret)
                    You want some, Greedo?
          She tuns on the kitchen radio and is surprised to hear a
          very familiar song: "Through the Trees," by Soft
          Shoulder.
          Suddenly, she pauses, a look of UNEASE and even FEAR
          crossing her face. She stops and braces herself against
          the counter, her KNEES SHAKING. Something isn't right.
          She drops the sandwich. Greedo goes straight for it.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Something's wrong...
          As Needy sinks to her knees, she stares straight ahead at
          the REFRIGERATOR. A photo magnet of JENNIFER leers back
          at her.
          
          She closes her eyes. A brief, near-subliminal FLASH of
          the carnage in the woods...
          
          The song ends, snapping Needy out of her reverie.
                                  RADIO DJ
                    That was Soft Shoulder, the local
                    band who became the unlikely
                    heroes of the tragedy in Devil's
                    Kettle last night. Eyewitnesses
                    say the boys helped numerous
                    people escape the inferno, risking
                    their own lives in the process.
                    That's rock n' roll with a
                    conscience, ladies and gentlemen.
                    Had a lot of requests for that
                    one...
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - SAME
          
          Mr. Wroblewski ventures into the woods, heading toward
          the clearing. At first, we can only hear mysterious
          sounds-- scratching and smacking. Birds and animals are
          closely gathered in a circle.
          
          Suddenly, Mr. Wroblewski clutches his arm and gags,
          realizing the animals are feeding on a huge CARCASS.
          A BADGER looks up, its snout soaked in blood.
          Mr. Wroblewski begins to scream. The animals scatter.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                45.
          CONTINUED:
          
          A glimpse of the CORPSE: It's Jonas, of course. His
          entire torso has been torn open, exposing his ribs and
          guts. Blood and viscera everywhere, INTESTINES strewn
          about the forest floor like party streamers.
                                     MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    Virgin Mother!
          
          Mr. Wroblewski falls to his knees, hollering.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (KITCHEN) - CONTINUOUS
          
          Needy is seated at the kitchen table. She accidentally
          drops the remains of her sandwich on the floor, where the
          ferret quickly pillages it.
                                     NEEDY
                    Crap!
          Needy's mom, ANTONIA "TONI" LESNICKI, has quietly entered
          the kitchen in her pajamas. She's pale and sweaty, as if
          she's been spooked.
          
                                     TONI
                    You said it.
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh, hi, Mom. I didn't know you
                    were awake.
          
                                  TONI
                    I just had one of my night
                    terrors.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    It's four o' clock, so technically
                    you had a day terror.
                                  TONI
                    Right, right. I'm all mixed up
                    since I started working swing
                    again.
                                  NEEDY
                    What did you dream about?
                                     TONI
                       I dreamed some bad people were
                       trying to nail me to a tree with
                       hammers and big stakes and shit.
                       Just like Jesus.
          She crosses herself piously.
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               46.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  TONI (CONT'D)
                    They were trying to get to you
                    too, but I wouldn't let `em. I'm a
                    hard-assed, Ford-tough mama bear.
                                  NEEDY
                         (SMILING)
                    Yes you are.
                                  TONI
                    It's like, don't y'all touch my
                    daughter. I'll piss on you like
                    Calvin.
                                  NEEDY
                    You know, I can take care of
                    myself, Mom.
          
                                  TONI
                    That's what you think. One of
                    these days you're gonna be crying
                    out for me and I might not be
                    there.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Hey Mom? Did you get a chance to
                    catch the news after you clocked
                    out this morning?
          
                                  TONI
                    No. I just did my scratch tickets,
                    snorted a few Lunesta and went
                    straight to bed. Is something
                    going on?
                                  NEEDY
                    Nothing. Forget it.
                                  TONI
                    Don't nothing happen in Devil's
                    Kettle.
          
          She watches the FERRET skitter across the kitchen floor.
                                  TONI (CONT'D)
                    Anita, that ferret stinks. He
                    needs to be washed from craw to
                    cornhole.
                                  NEEDY
                    Yes ma'am.
          Toni shakes her head and heads upstairs.
          
                                                                 47.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - EARLY EVENING
          A hysterical SCREAM pierces the twilight.
          The sun has begun to set. An ambulance and four police
          cars have pulled up near the woods, which are cordoned
          off with yellow police tape. Near the woods, JONAS'S
          PARENTS are crying. His MOTHER screams and begins beating
          the ground with her fists.
          A stretcher is being loaded into the ambulance.
          OFFICER WARZAK exits one of the police cruisers. Her
          signature giant poofy bangs are in full effect.
          She rushes to comfort Jonas's bereaved mother.
                                  OFFICER WARZAK
                    We will get the man that did this
                    to your son. You hear me? We'll
                    get that sick M.F.
                                  JONAS'S DAD
                    I'll get him myself! I will! You
                    hear me, you bastard? I'll cut off
                    your nutsack and nail it to my
                    door! Like one of those lion
                    doorknockers rich folks got!
                    That'll be your balls!
          
          EXT. ACROSS THE LAKE - CONTINUOUS
          The sound of Jonas's parents screaming carries across the
          lake. The water is eerily calm.
          
          Suddenly, a HEAD breaks the surface of the lake. It's
          Jennifer, gliding through the water. She looks calm and
          serene.
          The SCREAMING continues across the lake. The sirens,
          shouting and chaos contrast sharply with this peaceful
          scene.
          Jennifer paddles to the shore and hoists herself onto the
          pier, naked and dripping wet. She runs her tongue over
          her teeth briefly and nonchalantly picks something out
          from between her two front teeth, like she's just
          finished a delicious rib dinner.
          Jennifer wrings out her sopping hair and reaches for her
          clothes, which are neatly folded on the pier.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  48.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Once she's dressed, she walks off into the woods, as if
          nothing out of the ordinary has happened.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S ROOM - EVENING
          Needy is sitting at her lamp-lit desk, reading an old
          E.C. horror comic and eating a banana.
          The phone rings. Needy picks it up.
                                  NEEDY
                    Needy speaking.
                                                           CROSS CUT
                                                         PHONE CALL:
          
          INT. JENNIFER'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          Jennifer's hair is still wet from the lake, but she's
          changed into shorts and a tank top. Music blasts from her
          stereo. She admires herself in the mirror, popping her
          ass.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I feel sooo scrumptious!
          She picks up a Soft Shoulder button and POKES her arm
          hard with the pin without flinching. Blood spurts from
          the wound.
                                    NEEDY
                    Good for you.
                                  JENNIFER
                    You know, like when you kiss a hot
                    guy for the first time and your
                    whole body feels like it's on
                    vibrate.
                                    NEEDY
                    Yeah.
                                  JENNIFER
                    It's that good.
          Jennifer gazes at her arm, transfixed. She wipes the
          blood away-- the wound has magically DISAPPEARED.
          
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  49.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Lucky you. See, I'm still kind of
                    depressed about, you know, the
                    giant smoldering funeral pyre in
                    the middle of town?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Move-on dot org, Needy! It's over.
                    Life's too short to mope over some
                    white-trash pig roast.
          She flicks a Zippo lighter and touches the FLAME to her
          tongue-- first tentatively, then confidently.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    That's really nice.
                                     JENNIFER
                       I tell it like it is. Besides, you
                       should be happy for me. I'm having
                       the best day since, like Jesus
                       invented the calendar.
                                     NEEDY
                       Jesus didn't invent the calendar.
          
          Jennifer giggles maniacally and sighs with happiness.
          
          Needy's call-waiting beeps.
                                     NEEDY (CONT'D)
                       That's my other line.
                                     JENNIFER
                       So blow it off.
          
          She casually lights her HAIR on fire. The flames leap up,
          then die down, leaving her entirely untouched.
                                     NEEDY
                       It'll just be a second.
                                     JENNIFER
                       Pooh. I'm crossing you out.
          She draws a mini-X in the air.
          Needy clicks over. It's CHIP. We get a nice trifold pie-
          chart illustrating the intersecting calls. CHIP is
          panicked and sweaty in his living room. In the
          background, Chip's little sister CAMILLE bangs on a
          piano. Red police lights flash outside the picture
          window.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               50.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  CHIP
                    I need to see you right now.
                                  NEEDY
                    I can barely hear you.
                                  CHIP
                    Camille is playing piano. Knock it
                    off, Camille!
                                  CAMILLE
                    You knock it off!
          
                                  CHIP
                    Can you meet me at McCullum in
                    ten?
          
                                  CAMILLE
                    You knock it off, Chip! You're
                    penis cheese!
          
                                    NEEDY
                    Fifteen.
          Back on JENNIFER:
          Jennifer is impatiently dragging a razor down her arm.
          Blood drips onto the rug. She smiles, in awe of herself.
          
          Needy clicks back over.
                                    NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    I have to go.
                                  JENNIFER
                    What could possibly be more
                    important than me and my godlike
                    powers?
                                  NEEDY
                    I have to meet Chip at McCullum
                    Park.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Chip is looking cute to me lately.
                    So tell me, is he packing some
                    serious pubic inches? What's the
                    story down there?
                                  NEEDY
                         (QUICKLY)
                    I gotta go.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  51.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          Needy hangs up the phone abruptly and grabs one of her
          many cardigan sweaters, heading for the door.
          
          EXT. MC CULLUM PARK - FOURTEEN MINUTES LATER
          The park is dark and tree-lined and appears to be a
          popular clandestine meeting spot for the youth of Devil's
          Kettle. The abandoned sand volleyball pits are full of
          couples making out. Needy runs past them skittishly.
          As she ascends a grassy hill, CHIP is revealed,
          silhouetted against a backdrop of twirling police lights.
          Needy squints at the lights, sees CHIP's house in the
          distance.
                                  NEEDY
                    Why are the cops at your house?
                                  CHIP
                    They're not. They're at Jonas
                    Kozelle's house. He got murdered.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    What?! Like, he was shot by
                    gangbangers?
                                   CHIP
                          (EXASPERATED)
                    No, Needy! Do you see anyone
                    rollin' on dubs around here?
                          (BEAT)
                    Someone ripped Jonas limb from
                    limb in the woods behind the
                    school. Ate parts of him. They
                    found teethmarks on him-- on the
                    body.
          His voice cracks. We see a brief, terrifying FLASH of
          Jonas's mutilated body and pain-stricken face.
          Needy doesn't want to believe it.
                                  NEEDY
                    Some animals must've got to him.
                                  CHIP
                    Human teethmarks.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Who would do that?
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  52.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 CHIP
                   I don't know. It just happened
                   after school. No one's supposed to
                   know yet, but my dad went over
                   there and talked to the cops.
                   Jonas's mom is catatonic. She's
                   just staring out the front window
                   like a zombie mannequin robot
                   statue.
                                 NEEDY
                   This can't be a coincidence.
                                 CHIP
                   What do you mean, Needy?
                                     NEEDY
                       A fiery death trap last night, and
                       now a cannibal eats our starting
                       tight-end? Come on!
          
                                     CHIP
                       Don't get spooky on me, babe.
          
                                     NEEDY
                       Seriously Chip. Most small towns
                       only have something gruesome
                       happen like, once every decade
                       maybe. Devil's Kettle gets two
                       nightmares in 24 hours? It's
                       freaktarded. It's not right.
                                     CHIP
                       What, do you think it's, like
                       supernatural?
          
                                     NEEDY
                       I don't know. I'm extremely
                       intelligent but I obviously don't
                       know everything.
                                     CHIP
                       Well, the bad luck's gotta be over
                       now, right? It can't get any
                       worse, right? Obviously it can't.
                       It can't. I mean, you agree,
                       right? There won't be another
                       victim.
                                     NEEDY
                       You're shaking.
                                     CHIP
                       I'm cold. It's very cold out here.
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  53.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Want my sweater?
                                  CHIP
                    It's pink.
                                  NEEDY
                    Pink is cool. Rap guys wear pink.
          She's shaking now, too. Chip leans forward and kisses
          her. She closes her eyes.
          In the chaste space between CHIP and Needy's bodies, the
          volleyball-pit couple fuck like rabbits.
                                                         DISSOLVE TO:
          
          A SERIES OF NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
          The familiar Soft Shoulder ballad plays as we see a
          dreamy montage of headlines.
          The headline of the Devil's Kettle Sun-Post simply reads:
          "WHY?"
          The headline of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reads:
          "'BUTCHERED': Devil's Kettle youth brutally murdered in
          wake of devastating fire."
          
          A smaller headline on the front page of the New York
          Times reads: "Minnesota town rocked by grisly murder,
          blaze."
          
                                   NEEDY V.O.
                    We were famous. We were saints.
                    Our town's only bar had burned to
                    the ground and our star
                    quarterback was somebody's Quarter
                    Pounder. The whole country got a
                    huge tragedy boner for Devil's
                    Kettle. And the press-- God, they
                    couldn't get enough of our little
                    world of shit.
          We see Devil's Kettle citizens holding a tearful
          candlelight vigil by the former Carousel site. They
          softly sing along with the Soft Shoulder song.
                                  MOURNERS
                         (SINGING)
                    Through the trees, I will find
                    you...
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               54.
          CONTINUED:
          
          We see weeping students shoving flowers through the slats
          of Jonas' abandoned locker. The hallway floor is covered
          with teddy bears and bouquets.
          We see the PASSING OF TIME as the bouquets wilt and the
          blooms droop.
          
          The pile of discarded scratch-off tickets next to Needy's
          mother's bed grows steadily as the days go by.
          Another Star Tribune headline. This one reads: "Two weeks
          later, cannibal killer still at large." A smaller subhead
          reads "ARTS: Local band Soft Shoulder sign to major."
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    The days marched on as usual, but
                    most of us were too numb to enjoy
                    ourselves. Most of us.
          We see Jennifer cheerfully skipping down the school
          hallway in a sleazy Technicolor outfit. The rest of the
          kids look grey, ashen and depressed, but Jennifer pops
          like a Roman candle.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Still, we were healing. Like CHIP,
                    we figured things could only get
                    better. We had faith.
          
          We see clusters of cautiously optimistic kids in the
          school courtyard. They smile, then laugh, as if they're
          re-learning how to be happy.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    We were fucking idiots.
          
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - TO ESTABLISH
          It's late September. Leaves are beginning to drift off
          trees. The surrounding woods are still blocked off with
          yellow police tape.
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH - MORNING
          Mr. Wroblewski stands solemnly in front of the class, his
          mechanical hand tensing and releasing nervously.
          Needy and the rest of the class fidget.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    Before the period ends, I have an
                    announcement.
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  55.
          CONTINUED:
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    As you know, this is the one month
                    anniversary of the Carousel fire
                    and also the murder of Jonas
                    Kozelle...
                                     JENNIFER
                    Bo-ring!
          
          We see Jennifer. She looks haggard, thin, and cranky.
                                  NEEDY
                         (WHISPERING)
                    Are you okay?
                                  JENNIFER
                    No. I feel like boo-boo. My skin
                    is breaking out. My hair is dull
                    and lifeless. God, it's like I'm
                    one of the normal girls!
          Needy smooths her own hair self-consciously.
                                     NEEDY
                       Are you PMS-ing or something?
                                     JENNIFER
                       PMS isn't real, Needy. It was
                       invented by the boy-run media to
                       make us seem crazy.
                                     NEEDY
                       Oh.
          Mr. Wroblewski clears his throat, annoyed by their
          talking.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    ...As I was saying, Needy and
                    Jennifer, I finally have some good
                    news to share with all of you. The
                    members of the rock group Soft
                    Shoulder have decided to extend a
                    helping hand to our community.
          A ripple of excitement in the room. A girl seated in the
          front row is wearing a Soft Shoulder T-SHIRT.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    As you know, their song "Through
                    the Trees" has become our
                    unofficial anthem of unity and
                    healing. So, they've decided to
                    release it as a benefit single.
                                  (MORE)
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 56.
          CONTINUED: (2)
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    3% of the profits will go to local
                    families who have been affected by
                    loss.
          The class is happily abuzz-- except Needy, who looks
          appalled.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    What about the other 97%?
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    Excuse me?
                                  NEEDY
                    The other 97%. I mean, that's just
                    crass. Right?
          She looks around for support, finding none.
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Crass. It means scummy. Greedy. Am
                    I the only one who actually does
                    the vocab drills?
          
          CHASTITY, the girl in the Soft Shoulder T-shirt, turns to
          face Needy angrily.
                                  CHASTITY
                    Soft Shoulder are American heroes.
                                  NEEDY
                    No, they're not. I was there,
                    Chastity. They didn't actually
                    help anyone escape the fire. I
                    don't even know how that rumor got
                    started.
                                  CHASTITY
                    Rumor?! RUMOR? It's true! It's on
                    their Wikipedia page!
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh, that's crap...
          
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    GIRLS--
                                  NEEDY
                    They've milked our pain-- our loss-
                    - to get a stupid record deal! No
                    one would even know who they were
                    if they hadn't been playing here
                    that night. They used us.
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               57.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                  CHASTITY
                         (growling, almost
                          POSSESSED)
                    You take that back, Needy
                    Lesnicki! We need them now more
                    then ever!
          
                                     MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    That's enough.
          The BELL rings. Students get up and gather their books
          for the next period.
          
          INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - SAME
          
          Needy and Jennifer slowly head toward their respective
          lockers.
                                  NEEDY
                    I'm already sick of that song.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yeah. It's poorly produced. Could
                    the bass be any lower in the mix?
                                  NEEDY
                    No offense, but you look kind of
                    drained. Is everything all right?
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm fine. It's just, like, wearing
                    off or something.
                                  NEEDY
                    What's wearing off?
                         (ALARMED)
                    Are you on pot?
                                  JENNIFER
                    No, dick ridge! Just forget I said
                    anything.
          COLIN GRAY, the punk/goth boy we met earlier, approaches
          Jennifer nervously as she exits the classroom.
          Needy drops behind them, eavesdropping.
                                    COLIN
                           (to Needy)
                    Hi.
                         (to Jennifer, more
                          NERVOUSLY)
                    Hi, Jennifer.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  58.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Oh, hey Colin. Listen, can I copy
                    your bio lab again? I never got
                    around to dissecting that kitten
                    fetus.
                                  COLIN
                    Sure. Actually, I sort of wanted
                    to ask you something.
                                     JENNIFER
                       Oh. You want to know if I'll go
                       out with you.
                                     COLIN
                       No! Well-- yeah.
                            (BEAT)
                       How did you know?
          
                                     JENNIFER
                       Just go ahead with the pitch.
          Colin fidgets awkwardly.
          
                                  COLIN
                    Well, we've been having a lot of
                    fun in class, you and I, and I
                    just thought maybe we could go to
                    a movie or something. There's a
                    midnight showing of Rocky Horror
                    at the Bijou next weekend...
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I don't like boxing movies.
                                  COLIN
                    It's not...fuck it. Never mind.
          He turns to walk down the hallway, dejected. Jennifer
          watches him leave.
                                     JENNIFER
                    Wait!
          Colin turns around.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Why don't you just come by my
                    place tonight? I just got
                    Aquamarine on DVD. It's about this
                    girl who's like, half-sushi. I
                    guess she has sex through her
                    blowhole or something.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  59.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  COLIN
                    Oh. Great! Okay.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'll text you my address.
          Colin walks away, grinning triumphantly.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    That was random.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm used to guys asking me out.
                                  NEEDY
                    Colin's a really nice guy.
                                  JENNIFER
                    He's into maggot-rock. He wears
                    nail polish.
          
          Chip appears behind Needy and drapes his arm over her
          shoulder. Needy jumps, startled.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Hi.
                                  JENNIFER
                         (FLIRTATIOUS)
                    Hi Chip.
          Needy puts her arm around Chip protectively.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    I gotta go parlez French. Slam you
                    later.
          
          Jennifer walks away.
                                  CHIP
                         (to Needy)
                    Talking to your good pal Colin
                    Gray again?
                                   NEEDY
                    No. He was just asking Jennifer
                    out on a date.
          Chip looks relieved.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Can I come over tonight?
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               60.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Sure. I'd like that.
                                  CHIP
                    I went to Super Target and bought
                    more condoms.
          
                                    NEEDY
                    Thanks.
                                  CHIP
                    Not that that has anything to do
                    with my coming over.
                                  NEEDY
                    I didn't assume that.
                                  CHIP
                    Well, I'll see you tonight.
          Needy waves as Chip walks away.
          
          EXT. CAMERFORD STREET - NIGHT
          
          Colin Gray drives down the street in a big old boat of a
          classic car. He's blasting punk music on an iPod that's
          been rigged to the ancient AM radio.
          Colin holds up his CELL PHONE to re-read the directions
          Jennifer texted him.
          The street is extremely dark and silent, occupied only by
          a new townhouse development. The identical units still
          appear to be under construction. There aren't even any
          streetlights. The plastic sheeting over the windows flaps
          eerily in the breeze.
          Colin's brow furrows in confusion-- it doesn't even look
          like anyone lives here yet. He checks the phone display
          again.
          CLOSE ON PHONE:
          The TEXT MESSAGE reads:
          "trn lft on camerford and your there. first house on rt.
          1004 camerford. C-ya! xoxo jen"
          
          Sure enough, the house number is 1004. Colin throws the
          car into park and walks up to the porch. He looks up and
          notices a glow coming from an upstairs window,
          
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  61.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Colin presses the doorbell. Nothing happens-- the house
          isn't wired for electricity yet.
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - SAME
          Needy and CHIP are kissing on Chip's water bed.
          Chip fumbles for one of those "fragrance plug-ins" and
          PLUGS it into the wall. Needy looks over.
                                     CHIP
                       For ambiance. It's Jammin'
                       Jasmine.
                                     NEEDY
                       Mmm.
                                     CHIP
                       My mom has Holiday Scents too, if
                       you're interested.
                                     NEEDY
                       No, this is nice.
          
          INT. 1004 CAMERFORD - SAME
          Colin enters the house tentatively. It's dark, vacant,
          and very creepy. There's a very faint glow and soft music
          coming from upstairs.
          
                                     COLIN
                       Yo?
          He stumbles over a stray 2 x 4. There are piles of
          sawdust and building materials everywhere-- the house is
          definitely still under construction. Colin looks
          confused.
          A MOUSE skitters over his sneakers.
                                  COLIN (CONT'D)
                    Jennifer? Anyone there?
          The music upstairs grows slightly louder in response.
          
          Colin squares his shoulders and heads slowly up the
          creaking stairs.
          
                                                                  62.
          
          
          
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - SAME
          Needy has eased off her top to reveal an endearingly
          plain white bra, complete with center bow. CHIP, also
          shirtless, cops a feel.
          He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a fluorescent
          orange CONDOM. Needy looks at the wrapper.
                                  NEEDY
                         (READING)
                    "Sensual Swirl?"
                                  CHIP
                    It's supposed to make it feel good
                    for the girl.
                                   NEEDY
                    Oh. Cool.
          
          INT. 1004 CAMERFORD - CONTINUOUS
          Colin follows the music into an empty bedroom. The dark
          room is filled with blazing candles melting and pooling
          into bizarre shapes. A single BLANKET is spread out on
          the floor. Colin shivers.
          Behind him, in the doorway, Jennifer appears, her smiling
          face hellishly aglow.
          
                                   JENNIFER
                    You made it.
                                  COLIN
                    What's going on? This isn't really
                    your house, is it?
                                  JENNIFER
                    No baby. This is our house, just
                    for you and me. We can play Mommy
                    and Daddy.
          Colin is totally dumbstruck.
                                  COLIN
                    Do you even know my last name?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Silly. I've been sending you
                    signals all year. Couldn't you
                    tell? You give me such a wettie.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  63.
          CONTINUED:
          
          She starts KISSING Colin on the neck. We can see
          confusion-- and fear-- in his eyes.
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - SAME
          Chip fumbles below his waist, obviously struggling with
          the condom. Needy leans forward for a closer look.
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh. It's got little bumps on it. I
                    can hardly wait.
          
          INT. 1004 CAMERFORD - SAME
          Jennifer grips Colin's face in her hands and forcibly
          kisses him on the mouth. Colin succumbs, but stiffly.
          We hear a SCRATCHING noise. Colin pulls away
          instinctively and sees MICE and ROACHES emerging from the
          walls, skittering over surfaces.
                                    COLIN
                    Jennifer...
          
          Jennifer looks over her shoulder and giggles.
                                  JENNIFER
                    You scared? I thought boys like
                    you were into vermin.
          
          She unbuttons his jeans. They fall noisily to the floor--
          they're the baggy Hot Topic kind with chains and buckles
          galore.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Nice hardware, Ace.
          
          Colin into Jennifer's eyes. There's something horrible
          about her face...like she's become almost corpselike.
                                  COLIN
                         (FAINTLY)
                    No way...
                                  JENNIFER
                    Oh, don't you dare pass out! I
                    need you to be conscious.
                                    COLIN
                    I gotta go...
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               64.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I need you frightened.
          Colin tries to jerk away, but Jennifer easily disengages
          his arm from its socket. A sickeningly moist SNAP. Colin
          cries out in pain.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    I need you hopeless.
          She slams him to the ground and mounts him. Her jaw
          unhinges, opening her mouth to a horrifying, inhuman
          degree. Her teeth are razor-sharp and grotesquely
          crowded, like they belong to some horribly deformed dog.
          She descends on him, feeding ravenously.
          
          We see their shadows against the wall: Jennifer lunging
          hungrily, blood spraying up from Colin's jugular. We can
          hear him screaming and gargling on his own blood.
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          CHIP is doggedly pumping away on top of Needy, his eyes
          closed in concentration. Needy's vacant eyes are suddenly
          brimming with tears.
                                     NEEDY
                            (SOFTLY)
                       Hopeless..hopeless...
          CHIP opens his eyes.
          
                                     CHIP
                       What? Am I hurting you?
          Needy starts weeping.
                                       CHIP (CONT'D)
                       Am I too big?
          Tears roll down Needy's cheeks. She begins moaning, then
          SCREAMING at that top of her lungs.
          
          She hallucinates liquid seeping through the walls, blood
          and lymph oozing in at the corners and windows. Then the
          infamous spiny black bile...
          Pixelated nightmares emerge from the darkness. Skulls,
          jesters, demons, death. It's the worst acid trip
          imaginable.
          Needy rubs her eyes frantically and continues to scream.
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  65.
          CONTINUED:
          
          CHIP immediately rolls off Needy, concerned. He grabs her
          and tries to shake some sense into her.
                                  CHIP (CONT'D)
                    Needy! What's wrong?
          Needy continues to shriek hysterically, her voice growing
          ragged.
          
          INT. 1004 CAMERFORD - SAME
          We can still hear Colin making inhuman sounds of pain. We
          can only see the carnage in shadow, but it's clearly
          unspeakable.
          
          INT. CHIP'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
          Needy clutches her throat, hyperventilating. She stands
          up and struggles to get dressed. Her breath rasps. Chip
          is freaking out.
                                  CHIP
                    Is it something I did?
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (GAGGING)
                    It's her.
                                  CHIP
                    Do you need more foreplay?
          
          INT. 1004 CAMERFORD - SAME
          
          Colin's thrashing limbs finally go limp. Jennifer is
          hunched over his remains like a jackal scooping blood
          into her mouth with cupped hands.
          We see his eyes, flecked with blood, pupils dilated. A
          white MOUSE crawls over his face.
          
          INT. CHIP'S HOUSE - SAME
          Needy races toward the door with Chip in pursuit.
                                     CHIP
                    Needy!
          
          
          
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                66.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I have to go. I'm sorry. I just...
                    feel like something...something
                    terrible...
                                  CHIP
                    You feel-- What does that even
                    mean? I'm worried about you.
                                  NEEDY
                    I'm so sorry, Chip. I'm so sorry.
                    Everything is just wrong.
          She bolts out the room, leaving Chip naked and alone. He
          pulls his knees up to his chest, vulnerable.
          
          EXT. CHIP'S STREET - SAME
          Needy runs toward her mom's CAR, a beat-up Kia parked on
          the curb.
          She climbs into the car and starts the ignition,
          trembling and crying.
          
          She pulls out onto the street and guns it. She swings a
          hard left. The streets are all almost identical, lined by
          working-class homes.
          She turns on the radio. The song is, of course, "Through
          the Trees" by Soft Shoulder. She pounds the dashboard,
          hysterical.
                                  NEEDY
                    Fudge! Fudge! Maple fudge!
          
          Needy seizes the wheel drives recklessly down a dark,
          tree-lined street. Then, she sees something bright emerge
          from the shadows. Her eyes widen...
          It's JENNIFER, creeping toward the curb like an animal.
          She's pale in the moonlight. The entire lower half of her
          face is covered in blood, like a ghoulish beard of gore.
          She flashes a huge, deranged, toothy SMILE at Needy.
          
          Needy screams and SWERVES. The car fishtails out of
          control and slides into a ditch.
          Needy slams her foot onto the accelerator, trying to get
          out of the trench. She glances desperately out the side
          window. Jennifer is gone.
          Panting, Needy tries to accelerate again.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  67.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Suddenly, Jennifer appears from out of nowhere and SLAMS
          her body against the windshield, her long limbs splayed
          like an insect's. The windshield SHATTERS. Jennifer grins
          at Needy through the cracking glass.
          Needy screams again, puts the pedal to the floor, and
          manages to rear up out of the ditch. Jennifer's body
          tumbles off the car as Needy goes roaring down the
          street.
                                  RADIO DJ
                    That was, of course, Soft
                    Shoulder. They're going to be
                    playing a benefit concert in
                    Devil's Kettle next month. Talk
                    about giving back to the
                    community! Generous guys, I tell
                    ya...
          
          EXT. NEEDY'S HOUSE - MINUTES LATER
          Needy throws the car into park and races up the front
          walk. She unlocks the door, shaking and fumbling. She
          bursts into the darkened house.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                                  NEEDY
                    Mommy! Mommy? Please be home!
          
          No reply. Needy braces herself against the kitchen
          counter and bawls. She falls to her knees and curls up on
          the floor, exhausted.
          
          Her eyes drift shut.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I've always been able to feel what
                    she feels. Just not like this.
          
          
          EXT. SUNNY SUBURBAN YARD - FLASHBACK - DAY
          
          Little Needy and Little Jennifer are playing Barbies in a
          sandbox. Needy holds a brand new, immaculate Barbie doll.
          
                                  LITTLE JENNIFER
                    I'll be Perfect Prom Barbie and
                    you be her.
          
          She tosses Needy a naked brunette doll with its hair
          chopped off and an arm missing.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                68.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  LITTLE NEEDY
                    Why do I have to be Ugly Ashley?
          
                                  LITTLE JENNIFER
                    You can be Ugly Ashley or Ken.
                    Choose.
          
          She puts her hand down in the sand emphatically and
          suddenly HOWLS in pain.
          
                                  LITTLE NEEDY
                    What's wrong, Jennifer?
          
          Jennifer lifts her hand. There's a TACK stuck in her palm
          and it's bleeding.
          
                                  LITTLE JENNIFER
                    OWWWWWW!
                         (trying to swear like
                          a grown-up)
                    Damn! Ass!
          
          Needy grabs Jennifer's hand, pulls out the tack and wipes
          away the blood. It's still bleeding. Panicking, she leans
          forward and instinctively puts her mouth to the wound.
          
          Jennifer watches quietly. Needy pulls away.
          
                                  LITTLE NEEDY
                    Better. We should get a Band-Aid
                    though.
          
                                  LITTLE JENNIFER
                    We're sisters now, you know.
          
          Needy nods.
          
                                  LITTLE JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Don't tell my mom about this.
                    She'll make me get a shot.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I never tell on you.
          
          INT. KITCHEN - (BACK TO REALITY)
          Needy WAKES UP in a cold sweat, gasping. She's still on
          the kitchen floor. She peels herself up off the floor,
          disoriented.
          
                                                               69.
          
          
          
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (BEDROOM) - CONTINUOUS
          Needy trudges into her dark bedroom. She strips off her
          clothes and stumbles into bed.
                                  JENNIFER'S VOICE
                    What's up, Monistat?
          
          Needy flicks on her bedside lamp, petrified. Jennifer is
          curled up in bed beside her, reclining casually. She's
          freshly showered and wearing one of Needy's dorky T-
          shirts.
          Needy screams at the top of her lungs and leaps out of
          bed, pulling the covers with her.
                                  JENNIFER
                    God, enough screaming already.
                    You're such a cliche.
                                  NEEDY
                    Get out!
                                  JENNIFER
                    But we always share your bed when
                    we have slumber parties.
          She winks conspiratorially at Needy.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    What the fuck is happening?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Whoa. I have never heard you drop
                    the F-bomb before. What's buggin'?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I saw you! I saw you! The
                    car...the...I...
                                  JENNIFER
                         (MIMICKING)
                    Buh-buh-buh. Slow down, tardy
                    slip. You sound like a sped.
                                  NEEDY
                    I'm calling the police.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Go ahead, narc me out. I've got
                    the cops in my back pocket. I'm
                    fucking a cadet, remember?
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 70.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    What do you want?
                                  JENNIFER
                    I want to explain some things to
                    you. You've already seen too much
                    and besides-- best friends don't
                    keep secrets. Right?
          Needy nods, terrified.
                                     JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                       Remember the night of the fire?
                                     NEEDY
                       Yeah, it rings a bell.
                                     JENNIFER
                       Well, I got pretty messed up. I
                       almost died. You know those guys
                       in Soft Shoulder? Totally evil.
                       They're basically agents of Satan
                       with awesome haircuts. I figured
                       that out as soon as I got into
                       their molester van.
          
          INT. SOFT SHOULDER'S VAN (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
          
          Jennifer is crouched in the back of the van. None of the
          band members are speaking. Nikolai Wolf drives down a
          gravel road, away from the fire site and deep into the
          woods.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Guys? Where are we going?
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Shut your mouth, object.
          
                                  DIRK
                         (NERVOUSLY)
                    Nikolai...
          
          Jennifer looks around the van, wide-eyed. There's glow-in-
          the-dark Satanic imagery painted all over the walls:
          goats heads, pentagrams, and strange coded writing. She
          sees a few books sliding around on the floor: "Spells and
          Incantations," "Summoning the Beast," and a copy of the
          Black Mass.
          
          Jennifer springs to her feet and tries to escape out the
          side door. MICK, the drummer, grabs her ankles, taking
          her down.
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               71.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Are you guys rapists?!
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    You wish.
          
          Jennifer struggles again, but Mick holds her down.
          
                                  MICK
                         (to band members)
                    Hey guys? Do we even know if she's
                    a virgin?
          
          A GLINT OF HOPE in Jennifer's eyes. Maybe if she lies she
          can save herself.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yes...yes! Of course I'm a virgin!
                    I've never done sex ever. I don't
                    even know how. So maybe you should
                    find some other girl who does.
                    Know how.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Told you, Dirk. You owe me a beer.
          
                                  DIRK
                         (PREOCCUPIED)
                    Sure, man.
          
          
          EXT. FOREST CLEARING (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
          
          The van rumbles down an uneven forest path, deep into the
          woods. They arrive at the real Devil's Kettle-- roaring,
          ominous waterfalls. There's a crude stone altar
          illuminated by moonlight.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) - NIGHT
          Needy is still cowering on her bedroom floor, captivated
          by the tale in progress. Jennifer is reclining in the bed
          with a relaxed, supernatural glow.
                                  NEEDY
                    What did they do to you?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Just let me finish. So they drove
                    all the way out to the falls. I
                    tried to figure out an escape, but
                    it was so dark out there...
          
                                                                 72.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. THE FALLS (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
          
          The door of the van slides open. Nikolai pulls Jennifer
          out of the van and hustles her into the clearing. He
          looks up into the sky.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    We got a waxing moon. Perfection.
          
                                  MICK
                    You're the man, Wolf.
          
          The four band members surround Jennifer, looking
          statuesque in their sexy rock n' roll ensembles.
          
          Without warning, Nikolai hauls off and KICKS Jennifer.
          She yelps and falls onto her back on the dirt.
          
          Dirk looks apprehensive.
          
                                  DIRK
                    I don't know if we should go
                    through with this.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                         (ANGRILY)
                    Do you want to be rich and famous
                    like the guy from Maroon 5? Or do
                    you want to be a huge suicidal
                    loser?
          
                                     DIRK
                         (SADLY)
                    Maroon 5.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Then grow a pair and fetch me the
                    ritual! God.
          
          Dirk obediently heads over to the van. He pushes the
          intimidating-looking magical books aside and retrieves a
          single folded piece of computer paper.
          
                                     MICK
                    That's it?
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    What? I found it on Google.
          
          He unfolds the piece of paper and clears his throat.
          
          
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  73.
          CONTINUED:
          
          The guys have dragged Jennifer onto the makeshift altar
          and are holding her down. She struggles and screams, but
          Dirk slaps her again.
          
                                   NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    We come here tonight to sacrifice
                    the body of...
          
          He tries to remember Jennifer's name and fails.
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    ...this chick from Devil's Kettle.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (WHISPERING)
                    My name is Jennifer.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    That's fascinating.
          
          Dirk and Mick exchange nervous glances.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Please let me go. I'll do
                    anything. Anything you want.
          
          Nikolai examines her with an appraising eye.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    I only hump nines and tens. You're
                    a seven at best, even with the
                    chicken cutlets.
          
          He reaches into Jennifer's bra and casually pulls out a
          GEL BREAST ENHANCER, tossing it aside.
          
          Jennifer rears up and SPITS in his artfully rumpled hair.
          Nikolai smooths his `do, enraged.
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    I'm gonna carve you like a
                    pumpkin, bitch. Don't you know
                    that me and my boys are in league
                    with the Beast himself?
          
          He wiggles his menacingly pointy fingers in her face.
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    We've spent months making
                    offerings to the "man downstairs,"
                    and whaddya know? Satan delivered!
                    We went from college radio to
                    being courted by the majors in two
                    months.
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  74.
          CONTINUED: (2)
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    But that's not enough, Jenny. We
                    want designer drugs. We want
                    groupies that have their own
                    groupies. We want speedballs and
                    stadium tours and Skittles sorted
                    by color. In short, we want more.
                    And to get more, we have to
                    butcher you. And bleed you.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                         (DESPERATE)
                    Maybe you could just hire a
                    publicist. Make some T-shirts or
                    something. Hey, I could be on your
                    street team!
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Sorry, darling.
          
                                   JENNIFER
                    Please...
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                         (LOUDLY)
                    Start chanting, boys.
          
          The group begins chanting jibberish in unison. Jennifer
          struggles, watching as their eyes go hollow and black.
          
                                  NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                    With deepest malice, we deliver
                    this virgin unto thee.
          
          He unsheathes a huge, gleaming knife and raises it Psycho-
          style, admiring his reflection in the blade.
          
                                  DIRK
                    Dude, that is a hot murder weapon!
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    It's a bowie knife.
          
                                   DIRK
                    Bowie. Nice.
          
          Snickering, Nikolai begins to sing "Starman" by David
          Bowie. The group joins in merrily.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    "There's a starman waiting in the
                    sky..."
          
                                  BAND
                    "He'd really like to meet us, but
                    he thinks he'd blow our minds..."
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  75.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          As the group sings, Nikolai brings the knife down with a
          grin. We hear Jennifer SCREAMING, sounds of violence and
          clothes ripping as Nikolai relentlessly beats her and
          stabs her, his face contorting demonically. The band
          continues to sing, their voices carrying over the trees.
          
          Nikolai walks over to where the "devil side" of the falls
          rushes into a black hole. He drops the murder weapon
          into the churning water, smiling.
          
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) - CONTINUOUS
          Needy's expression is both incredulous and horrified.
          Jennifer is totally matter-of-fact. She picks at her
          nails with a wooden cuticle stick from Needy's night
          stand.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Being tortured would make most
                    girls black out or something. But
                    I'm so hard core, I was with them
                    the whole time. I could feel them
                    gutting me Under my ribs, up into
                    my belly, then right through my
                    heart.
                                  NEEDY
                    They...killed you.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm here, aren't I?
          She shakes her head, annoyed with Needy.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    I mean, yeah. They went Benihana
                    on my ass. It should have killed
                    me. But for some reason, it
                    didn't.
                                    NEEDY
                         (SOTTO)
                    Maybe it did.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Whatever. Anyway, I don't really
                    remember what happened after that.
                    I just-- woke up a few hours later
                    and found my way back, somehow.
          
                                                                  76.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. NEEDY'S STREET (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
          
          We see Jennifer staggering down the street, battered,
          mutilated and bloody. She spits a few TEETH onto the
          curb, clutching her chest. We see her wander toward
          Needy's house...
          
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) - CONTINUOUS
                                    NEEDY
                    I remember.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I couldn't bring myself to hurt
                    you. I mean, I'm a really good
                    friend. But I felt so hungry. I
                    had to do something.
          
          EXT. SECLUDED STREET (FLASHBACK) - NIGHT
          
          Jennifer is wandering down a rural road in a daze. She
          hears a faint COUGH. Jennifer stops and sees a hunched
          FIGURE walking down the opposite side of the street. It's
          AHMET FROM INDIA, the foreign student. He's covered in
          soot and looks traumatized.
          
          Jennifer takes a step. Ahmet takes a step. Jennifer
          stops. Ahmet stops.
          
          Their eyes meet. Jennifer crosses the street. Ahmet
          stares at her, frightened. Jennifer addresses him in a
          quiet, gravelly voice.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Ahmet. You made it out.
          
          Ahmet coughs.
          
                                    JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Are you lost?
          
          Ahmet NODS.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Does your host family know you're
                    alive?
          
          Ahmet shakes his head.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Does anyone know you're alive?
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               77.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Ahmet shakes his head again.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Come with me. We'll sort this out.
          
          She takes Ahmet's hand. As her BLOODY NAILS dig into his
          wrist, his eyes widen.
          
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM (PRESENT DAY) - NIGHT
                                  JENNIFER
                    Ever since then, I just somehow
                    knew what I needed to do to be
                    strong. And when I'm full--like I
                    am right now--I'm like, immortal!
                    I can do stuff like this.
          Jennifer jams the CUTICLE STICK into her own forearm and
          drags it through her flesh. Needy screams and covers her
          mouth.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    No biggie. Watch.
          She pulls out the stick. The wound seals over instantly.
          Needy gasps and touches Jennifer's unmarked arm.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    That's some X-Men shit, right?
                                  NEEDY
                    What do you mean, "when you're
                    full"?
                                  JENNIFER
                    You know. Full. Like full of tasty
                    morsels.
          Needy shakes her head, not comprehending.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Forget it. You'd probably tell on
                    me anyway. Not that anyone would
                    believe you. You always think the
                    world is coming to an end.
                                  NEEDY
                    What about my mom's Kia? Why did
                    you attack me out there? Why were
                    you covered in blood? You didn't
                    even look human.
          Jennifer rolls her eyes.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 78.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    You should talk to someone about
                    these disturbing thoughts you're
                    having. We're all concerned.
                    Especially Chip. I think he's
                    having second thoughts about you.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (FORCEFUL)
                    Leave!
                                  JENNIFER
                    My, aren't we a C-U-Next-Tuesday?
                                    NEEDY
                    GET OUT!
                                  JENNIFER
                    Come on. Let me stay the night.
                    We can play "boyfriend/girlfriend"
                    like we used to.
          She smiles seductively.
          
          Needy crawls further away from her, shivering.
          Jennifer rolls her eyes and gets out of bed. She walks
          over to the second-story window and cranks it open.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    What are you doing?
                                  JENNIFER
                    You said to leave. So I'm outtie-
                    5000.
          
          She climbs onto the windowsill. Needy watches, confused.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    See you at school.
          She LEAPS gracefully out the window.
          Needy watches in stunned silence for a few moments. Then
          she creeps over to the window and looks out. Nothing
          there but the wind. Jennifer's gone.
          
          EXT. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL BLOOD CEMETERY - DAY
          We're in a small Catholic cemetery. A small, neat gravel
          path runs through the stately old monuments into a small
          valley where a funeral is taking place.
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 79.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Faint moaning and sobbing can be heard. Then, a
          procession of 6 or 7 GOTH/EMO KIDS appears on the crest
          of the hill. They move forward into the cemetery,
          flamboyantly dressed in black capes, chains, cloaks, neon
          hairpieces, fishnets, mesh, 18-hole combat boots, etc.
          These are Colin Gray's friends.
          
          One girl scatters blood-red rose petals dramatically on
          the path as she stumbles along, weeping.
          At the bottom of the hill, Colin Gray's very conservative-
          looking family stands next to the fresh grave, surrounded
          by sympathetic mourners. NEEDY stands near the back,
          looking shell-shocked. There are also a few press
          photographers snapping photos, and of course, a Catholic
          priest.
                                  PRIEST
                    We gather here today to celebrate
                    the life of Colin Gray, who was
                    plucked from the prime of...
          The priest and family are momentarily distracted by the
          motley crew of Goths descending on the funeral. The
          priest clears his throat disapprovingly.
                                  PRIEST (CONT'D)
                    What is this disturbance?
          
                                  MR. GRAY
                    These are Colin's friends.
          A GOTH BOY runs up to the grave and drops to his belly.
                                  GOTH BOY
                    Colin! Take me with you! I belong
                    down there! In the DAAAARKNESS!
                                  GOTH GIRL
                    No, Kevin. Those are just his
                    fleshly remains. He's among the
                    dark angels of the realm now. Fly,
                    Colin. Fly into the firmament.
          She lights a bundle of SAGE and waves it in the air.
          Colin's father gags, appalled.
                                  GOTH BOY
                    Is it cool if we camp here for a
                    few days? We want to commune with
                    his corpse. He was our spooky
                    homeboy.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               80.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  PRIEST
                    Children, this is a private
                    service for family only.
                                  GOTH GIRL
                         (to Colin's mother)
                    Oh, right. I need to ask you
                    something, Mrs. Gray. It's really
                    important for me to have closure.
                                   PRIEST
                    Young lady, have some respect for
                    this family...
                                   MRS. GRAY
                         (waving him off)
                    No. It's fine.
          
                                  GOTH GIRL
                    Is it true that Colin had a date
                    with Jennifer Check the night he
                    was killed?
          
          She says "Jennifer Check" as if it were the most
          disgusting name imaginable. Needy covers her face.
                                  GOTH GIRL (CONT'D)
                    Because Jennifer Check is a social
                    disease. She's not like us. She
                    thinks she's so special just
                    because she's popular and and is
                    what "society" considers
                    "attractive." But she's not
                    sincere. She's about as emo as a
                    breast implant! And she listens to
                    Jessica Simpson and shops at
                    Hollister. And I just know Colin
                    would never go out with someone
                    like that, and I just need
                    confirmation. From you. So did he?
                                  MR. GRAY
                    Did he...?
                                  GOTH GIRL
                    Have a date with Jennifer Check.
          Colin's parents stare at the ground.
          
                                  GOTH GIRL (CONT'D)
                    Oh God. Oh God. I knew it! That
                    BITCH! I will erase her! I'll put
                    a freaky Druid spell on her!
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 81.
          CONTINUED: (3)
                                  GOTH GIRL (CONT'D)
                    I'll spell her preppy ass right
                    into the ground!
          The parents flinch.
                                  GOTH BOY
                    Um, Chloe? Maybe you should be mad
                    at the person who murdered Colin.
                    All Jennifer Check did was invite
                    him over to watch Aquamarine.
                                    GOTH GIRL
                    That's WORSE!
          She throws herself to the ground, crying and pounding the
          dirt like a toddler.
          Colin Gray's mother buries her head in her hands and
          begins weeping. Mr. Gray attempts to comfort her.
          
                                  GOTH BOY
                    Colin wouldn't have liked this.
                                  MRS. GRAY
                         (losing it)
                    Oh, you think so, Powder? Yeah,
                    you're right! I'm pretty sure my
                    son wouldn't have liked being
                    eaten by a fucking CANNIBAL and
                    buried before his eighteenth
                    birthday! Wow, you must have known
                    him so well!
                                    MR. GRAY
                    Jill...
          The goth boy looks terrified. But Mrs. Gray's not done
          ranting yet.
                                   MRS. GRAY
                    By the time they found Colin in
                    that godforsaken house, he looked
                    like lasagna with teeth. I'd know--
                    I had to identify the remains. My
                    boy's not in the realm of the
                    undead. He's not flying around in
                    the firmament with magical wings
                    of flame. He's in an overpriced
                    rosewood box that's headed six
                    feet downtown.
          She kicks the coffin to illustrate.
          
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               82.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                                  MRS. GRAY (CONT'D)
                    So you can take your pain and
                    shove it up your asses, kids.
                    I got the monopoly on pain!
          The kids stare at her in awe. Needy watches as Mrs. Gray
          collapses into Mr. Gray's arms.
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - DAY
          Two girls are hanging an homemade banner on the fence
          surrounding the football field. It says "TURNABOUT DANCE
          OCTOBER 5 -- TICKETS ON SALE."
          Needy walks briskly toward school, huddled in her parka.
          She looks totally fucked up, like she hasn't slept in
          days. There are hollows beneath her eyes.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    They did a big memorial assembly
                    for Colin at school, and we had to
                    watch another presentation about
                    curfews and the buddy system and
                    how to deal with grief. But nobody
                    seemed to care anymore. Sorrow was
                    last week's emotion.
          
          We see Jennifer a few yards away, talking and laughing
          with some other flag team members.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Jennifer and I hadn't spoken since
                    our encounter in my room.
                    Actually, I hadn't really spoken
                    to anyone. I was busy with
                    research. Paranormal research.
          Needy gazes off into the distance with bloodshot eyes. As
          she stares at Jennifer, she see has a series of brief,
          gruesome HALLUCINATIONS:
          Jennifer as a grinning death mask. Jennifer as a corpse,
          the lower half of her face rotted away. Jennifer as a
          harlequin monster. Needy hears the rush of her own blood,
          the barely audible buzzing of flies...
          Chip jogs up next to her, jolting her out of her reverie.
                                  CHIP
                    Hey. Did you buy Turnabout tickets
                    yet? I don't get paid until next
                    week.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  83.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I gotta show you something.
                                     CHIP
                    What is it?
                                  NEEDY
                    Not here. Behind the school.
                                     CHIP
                    What is it?
                                     NEEDY
                    Evidence.
                                  CHIP
                         (WEARILY)
                    Is this about Jennifer?
          
                                     NEEDY
                       Yes, but I promise you this is the
                       last thing I need to show y--
                                     CHIP
                            (INTERRUPTING)
                       Needy, I care about you. A lot. As
                       a person, not just a girl I made
                       love to for four minutes the other
                       night. And I'm scared of what's
                       happening to you. You're acting
                       really fucked up.
                                     NEEDY
                       Please just let me show you.
          Her gaze is so intense and crazed that Chip has no option
          but to submit. He nods reluctantly.
          
          EXT. KETTLE HIGH CAMPUS - CONTINUOUS
          Needy and Chip walk to an alley behind the school.
          Melting snow drips off the eaves.
          Needy pulls out a large black binder and opens it. It's
          full of copies from the library and Internet printouts.
          The spine reads "JENNIFER RESEARCH"
          
                                     NEEDY
                    Look at this.
          She thrusts a piece of paper into CHIP's hands.
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               84.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  CHIP
                         (CONFUSED)
                    Demon...demonic...
                                  NEEDY
                    Demonic transference. It's
                    something that happens when you
                    try to sacrifice a virgin to Satan
                    without using an actual virgin!
          CHIP stares at her.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    I think that's what happened to
                    Jennifer. Those guys from that
                    band were trying to sacrifice her
                    in the woods. But what they didn't
                    realize is that she hasn't been a
                    virgin since junior high!
                    Jennifer's a total cum-dumpster!
                    It all makes sense now! Read
                    this...
          She grabs the piece of paper from him.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                         (READING)
                    "If the human sacrifice is impure,
                    the result may still be attained,
                    but a demon will forever reside
                    the soul of the victim. She must
                    forever feed on flesh to sustain
                    the demon." See?
          CHIP looks more dubious than ever.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Uh-huh.
                                  NEEDY
                    She's eating boys! They make her
                    strong. Really strong. And when
                    she's hungry, she gets weak and
                    cranky and her hair is all full of
                    split ends. And look at this...
          She holds up one of the printouts.
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    It says that before the demon
                    feeds, it vomits a gruesome
                    substance on its prey. Like I saw!
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                85.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  CHIP
                    You--you really think Jennifer
                    killed Jonas and Colin?
                                  NEEDY
                    And possibly Ahmet from India.
          
          Needy is silent for a moment. She realizes CHIP will
          never believe her and that she'll lose him forever if she
          continues babbling.
                                  CHIP
                    Really? You think she ate those
                    guys?
                                  NEEDY
                    No. No! Of course not!
          
                                  CHIP
                    Is that what you think?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    No...Listen, I'll make an
                    appointment with Mr. Feely. I'm
                    real sorry about this sudden onset
                    of teenage paranoia.
                         (ROBOTIC)
                    My hormones and emotions are
                    aswirl, and my moods are
                    erratic...
          CHIP isn't totally convinced, but his face softens.
                                  CHIP
                    It's all right, Needy.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    This has been a crummy school
                    year, Chip.
                                  CHIP
                    No shit.
          Needy turns and pitches the black binder into a Dumpster.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Listen, I'm done with all that
                    devil stuff. Do you know what
                    you're wearing to Turnabout?
                                  CHIP
                    I was thinking a suit with black
                    shoes and a boutonniere, right
                    here.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                86.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          He taps his chest. Needy laughs.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I was so in love with him. I
                    didn't want to mess it up with my
                    infectious crazy. Only I wasn't
                    actually crazy. Everyone else was
                    crazy. But when you're the only
                    sane one, you might as well be
                    crazy. It's subjective, you know?
          
                                  CHIP
                    What color dress are you gonna
                    wear? I need to order your wrist
                    corsage.
                                  NEEDY
                    I don't know yet.
                                  CHIP
                    How about magenta? You're
                    definitely a winter. My mom says
                    winters should wear regal jewel
                    tones like magenta. Or possibly
                    teal.
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh yeah, your mom's an Avon lady.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Well, they call them "sales reps"
                    now.
                                  NEEDY
                    Right. Well, I'll try to find
                    something magenta.
                                  CHIP
                    That'll look dope.
          
          INT. DEVIL'S KETTLE HIGH GYMNASIUM (TO ESTABLISH) -
          EVENING
          A group of student council kids are putting the finishing
          touches on the dance decorations. The theme is "Through
          the Trees" and there are papier mache trees everywhere.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM - EVENING
          Needy stands in front of a full-length mirror, wearing a
          big `80s-style magenta prom dress. It sags on her flat
          chest and looks ridiculous.
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 87.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Greedo the ferret circles her ankles.
          Toni, Needy's mom, appears behind her with a curling
          iron.
                                  TONI
                    You look beautiful.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I look pork stupid.
                                  TONI
                    No, you've got that tiny waist,
                    like a fashion model. I always
                    thought you looked like Cindy
                    Crawford.
          She gently takes off Needy's glasses.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Who's Cindy Crawford?
                                  TONI
                    One of the great beauties of our
                    time. She's even got a mole like
                    you, except hers is on her face.
          She takes a section of Needy's hair and wraps it around
          the curling iron. Smoke rises.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Ow! You're too close to my neck.
                                  TONI
                    Well, if Chip gives you a hickey,
                    you can just tell everyone I
                    burned you.
                                  NEEDY
                    Gross, Mom. Chip isn't that
                    ostentatious.
          
                                  TONI
                    Now that's a word you don't hear
                    every day. Hold still.
          
                                     NEEDY
                       What are you doing to my hair?
                                        TONI
                       Hooker helmet.
          
          
          
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  88.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (GROANING)
                    Aw, jeez Mom!
                                  TONI
                    If you can't have big what-nots,
                    you might as well have big hair!
          
          Needy stares at herself in the mirror. Despite Toni's
          best efforts, Needy looks like the walking dead.
          
          INT. CHIP'S HOUSE - EVENING
          Chip is standing in underwear and black dress socks,
          taking his suit out of the closet. Suddenly, there's a
          loud KNOCK on the door.
                                  CHIP
                    I'm in underpants, Mom!
          We hear the voice of CHIP'S MOM through the door.
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    I need to give you something.
                                  CHIP
                    Hang on.
          Chip puts on a robe and opens the door.
          
          Chip's mom is holding a SMALL PINK AEROSOL CAN.
                                  CHIP (CONT'D)
                    Ladies' pepper spray?
          
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    I've been thinking about it for a
                    while, and I think you need to be
                    carrying this. There's obviously a
                    sicko out there who likes boys.
                    Boys your age. And I don't want
                    you going out there unarmed.
                                  CHIP
                    I can take care of myself. I've
                    been using the Bowflex.
          In the background, we can see the BOWFLEX with clothes
          hanging off it.
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    Did you hear what Colin Gray
                    looked like when they found him?
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               89.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  CHIP
                    Lasagna with teeth?
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    You heard. So unless you want to
                    wind up looking like another
                    exotic Eye-talian dish, take
                    Mommy's rape spray.
          Chip reluctantly accepts the spray.
                                  CHIP'S MOM (CONT'D)
                    Are you picking Needy up at her
                    house?
                                  CHIP
                    Meeting her at the dance. I'm
                    gonna walk. It's so warm outside.
                    It's like 40.
          
                                   CHIP'S MOM
                    I want pictures with your sister
                    before you go.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Yes, ma'am.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S HOUSE (LIVING ROOM) - EVENING
          
          Needy is fully dressed and garishly made up. Toni holds a
          digital camera at arm's length and takes a shot of the
          two of them together.
          The mother/daughter photo looks ghastly. Toni's eyes are
          closed and Needy pouts miserably.
          
          INT. CHIP'S HOUSE (LIVING ROOM) - EVENING
          
          Chip's mother snaps a series of stiffly posed photos of
          Chip and his little sister, Camille.
          We can see the PEPPER SPRAY tucked into the interior of
          Chip's jacket.
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    One more. Back to back. Big
                    smiles. Camille, we don't touch
                    ourselves down there. That's our
                    lady garden.
          
                                                                  90.
          
          
          
          
          INT. KETTLE HIGH GYMNASIUM (TO ESTABLISH) - NIGHT
          The gym is decorated to look like an enchanted forest. A
          large banner reads "Through the Trees- Turnabout Dance"
          There are streamers and balloons everywhere in sickly
          shades of green and purple.
          
          A DJ plays badly-mixed pop music.
          Couples drift into the gym. The GOTH KIDS who were at
          Colin Gray's grave travel in a pack, sulking.
          The goth girl who loved Colin wanders through the
          decorations and pops every balloon she passes with a pin.
          As she pops them, she narrates dramatically.
                                  GOTH GIRL
                         (popping balloon)
                    This is my heart.
                                  GOTH GIRL (CONT'D)
                         (popping balloon)
                    My soul.
          
                                  GOTH GIRL (CONT'D)
                         (popping balloon)
                    Everything I once believed in.
          Another GOTH GIRL, looking exasperated, grabs a balloon,
          shoves it under her babydoll dress and pops it.
                                   GOTH GIRL #2
                         (MOCKINGLY)
                    Your abortion.
          
          She rapidly shoves another one under her dress and pops
          it again, smirking.
                                  GOTH GIRL #2 (CONT'D)
                    Your other abortion.
                                  GOTH GIRL
                    I hate your guts, Madison.
          The girls glare at each other.
          
          Needy walks in, looking small and apprehensive in her bad
          `80s dress. She looks around for Chip, but he's not there
          yet. A few mean kids point at her dress and snicker.
          Needy ladles some juice into a paper cup and leans
          against the wall, waiting anxiously for her Prince
          Charming.
          
                                                                  91.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          Chip is cutting through the park on his way to the dance.
          He whistles to himself.
          Across the park, he sees a STRAY DOG trotting toward him.
          The dog pants aggressively. CHIP tries to smile, but
          looks uncomfortable.
          A few SQUIRRELS emerge from the trees, gazing curiously
          at him.
          
          INT. DEVIL'S KETTLE HIGH GYMNASIUM - CONTINUOUS
          Couples are beginning to grind against each other on the
          dance floor. Needy watches them longingly. She checks her
          Mickey Mouse watch.
          
          EXT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          Chip picks up the pace, jogging down the path. In the
          distance behind him we can barely make out Jennifer's
          form. She looks more spectral then we've ever seen her.
          
          Chip speeds up instinctively.
          Suddenly, Jennifer's about ten paces closer.
          Then she's closer again, as if she can fold space and
          time. She's ethereal, flickering.
          CHIP turns to look over his shoulder.
          
          INT. DEVIL'S KETTLE HIGH GYMNASIUM - CONTINUOUS
          The music fades out and there's a squeal of feedback from
          the sound system. Mr. Wroblewski walks onto the stage in
          a bad suit. He awkwardly picks up the mic with his one
          good hand and pats it with his robotic one.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    Can I have everyone's attention
                    please?
          The students turn to look at him, annoyed by the
          distraction.
          
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               92.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    Welcome to the Turnabout Dance. I
                    hope you've all had an opportunity
                    to consume the Pecan Sandies and
                    Cran-Grape that were so generously
                    donated by the Parents Club.
          
          Murmuring and applause.
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI (CONT'D)
                    But the real treat is yet to come.
                    It's happening right about now,
                    this treat of which I speak. We
                    have some very special guests
                    tonight. They were kind enough to
                    take a break from their sold-out
                    national tour and play our dance
                    for free.
          
          Needy gags on her juice.
          
          EXT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          
          Chip continues to hurry briskly along through the park.
                                     JENNIFER
                    CHIP!
          CHIP makes an incoherent noise and jumps as Jennifer
          appears, improbably, right in front of him. She's wearing
          a gorgeous white formal gown and looks perfect.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Didn't you hear me calling your
                    name?
                                  CHIP
                    You weren't calling my name.
                                     JENNIFER
                    Yes, I was.
                                  CHIP
                    I couldn't hear it.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I think you were maybe spacing
                    out. You were like this: Derrrrr.
          She mimics a blank, drooling expression.
                                     CHIP
                    I was?
                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                93.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Yes, exactly like that. Listen, I
                    need to talk to you about you-know-
                    who. Our little Needy.
                                    CHIP
                    I know.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Are you worried? `Cause I'm super-
                    stressed about her. God knows how
                    I even sleep at night.
                                  CHIP
                    She hasn't been the same for
                    weeks.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I think I know what's wrong with
                    her. In fact, I know I know what's
                    wrong with her.
          
                                    CHIP
                    Then tell me.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I feel bad telling you this.
                         (SIGHING)
                    Okay, you know Needy's been a
                    total Lithium candidate since the
                    night Colin Gray died. But that's
                    not just because he was brutally
                    murdered and stuff. It's
                    because....I don't wanna say this.
          
                                    CHIP
                    Say it!
                                  JENNIFER
                    Needy and Colin were intimate. By
                    that I mean he was poking her
                    donut on a semi-regular basis.
          
          CHIP looks astonished and hurt.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    I know this must be hard for you
                    to hear.
                                  CHIP
                    Needy's not like that.
          
          
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               94.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    That's what she wants you to
                    believe. But trust me, her and
                    Colin were doing stuff you haven't
                    even heard of. Total varsity
                    moves.
          
                                   CHIP
                    But you were with Colin the night
                    he was killed.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Well, apparently he had a thing
                    for me-- no surprise there. And I
                    figured Needy was busy jumping
                    your jock that night, so I agreed
                    to a little pity date. Colin
                    brought me to that empty house so
                    we could have some privacy. But he
                    wanted to go too far, so I left
                    after a few minutes. Next thing I
                    knew, they'd found...
          She sniffles, wiping her eye.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    ...what was left of him.
                                  CHIP
                         (to himself)
                    Eye-talian.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Huh?
                                  CHIP
                    Never mind.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm sorry you had to hear this
                    from me. I'm just so worried about
                    Needy. She's losing her shit.
                    Colin was her everything.
          
          CHIP looks miserable.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    I wouldn't be surprised if she
                    winds up in the nuthouse.
          
                                  CHIP
                    I just can't believe this.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  95.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Well, you've been talking to her
                    more than I have. How bad is it?
                                  CHIP
                    It's bad, man. It's bad.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I can only imagine the paranoid
                    theories she's come up with.
                                  CHIP
                    Oh, you have no idea.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I just can't believe she would do
                    this to you. I care so much about
                    you, Chip.
          
          CHIP glances up at her. She's earnest, beautiful.
          
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    More than I've ever had the guts
                    to admit.
          
          INT. HIGH SCHOOL GYM - CONTINUOUS
          Mr. Wroblewski pauses dramatically for effect.
          
                                  MR. WROBLEWSKI
                    Boys and girls, please
                    welcome...Soft Shoulder!
          The heavy stage curtains part to reveal SOFT SHOULDER in
          all their glory. Success has treated them well-- they're
          glowing and wearing designer rock n' roll couture. They
          look like the young Rolling Stones.
          Needy drops her cup. Juice splatters onto the ground.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                    Good evening, babies. Are you
                    ready for some bad vibrations?
          
          The students rush the stage, shrieking. Nikolai raises
          his fist and the band launches into a heavy, uptempo
          version of "Through the Trees."
          Needy looks as though she's had a revelation. A look of
          pure horror crosses her face.
                                  NEEDY
                    Chip!
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  96.
          CONTINUED:
          
          She rushes toward the gym exit, tripping in her high
          heels.
          
          EXT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          CHIP is hypnotized in the glow of the streetlights.
          Jennifer leans forward and kisses him on the neck
                                  JENNIFER
                    Needy didn't deserve a boy like
                    you.
          
          EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS
          Needy is running toward the park in her gown. She takes
          off her shoes and tosses them aside, her arms and legs
          pumping furiously.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    One thing people don't know about
                    me is that I'm fast. I just never
                    went out for track because I look
                    bad in shorts. Also, Jennifer told
                    me track was for lezzies. But I
                    am. Fast, I mean. Even in that
                    fucking afterbirth of a dress, I
                    could really tear up the asphalt.
          
          She picks up the pace, cheeks puffing.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    I had to. I was running for his
                    life.
          
          
          INT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          Jennifer is kissing Chip. She pulls him down onto the
          damp, muddy grass.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Ooh, you're so salty!
                                     CHIP
                    Yeah, you too.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Say it like you mean it.
                                  CHIP
                    You're so salty. I need water. It
                    burns. The salty burns my mouth.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               97.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Say I'm better than Needy.
                                  CHIP
                    What? Why?
                                  JENNIFER
                    We really shouldn't be doing this.
          She pulls away from him, feigning a guilty conscience.
                                  CHIP
                         (QUICKLY)
                    You're better than Needy.
          Jennifer smiles, satisfied.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Natch.
          She resumes kissing him enthusiastically.
                                  CHIP
                    This feels weird. Can we go
                    somewhere else?
                                  JENNIFER
                    I have just the place.
          
          She stands up and starts to lead Chip toward an
          abandoned, fenced-off COMMUNITY POOL. It's drained and
          spooky and looks dangerous.
                                  CHIP
                    Murphy Pool? I don't think we can
                    go in there. I knew some skater
                    guys who went in there. They got
                    in big trouble and now they have
                    to pick up garbage for 100 hours.
          Jennifer giggles and pulls him along.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    You're in big trouble anyway. Come
                    on.
          
          She begins to climb the chain link fence.
          
          EXT. CHIP'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
          Needy jogs toward CHIP's house. Exhausted and sweaty, she
          presses the doorbell. She falls to her knees on the front
          stoop, panting and wheezing.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                  98.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Camille answers the door.
                                   NEEDY
                          (STRAINED)
                    Well, hi there Camille! Is Chipper
                    home?
          
          Camille has no reply. She eyes Needy suspiciously and
          licks a Popsicle.
          CHIP's mother appears and shoves Camille aside.
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    Needy? Is something wrong?
                                    NEEDY
                    Where's Chip?
          
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                         (CONFUSED)
                    He left for the dance at least
                    twenty minutes ago. He certainly
                    should have been there by now.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    He walked? Mrs. Dove, you mean to
                    only tell me that in these
                    dangerous, godless times-- you let
                    your only son walk alone at night?
          
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    Well, it's only five blocks. My
                    God, your hair is...
                                  NEEDY
                    Which way did he go?
                                  CHIP'S MOM
                    He usually cuts across the park.
          She turns to scold Camille.
                                  CHIP'S MOM (CONT'D)
                    Camille, let's sit like a lady! No
                    one wants to see your kiki.
          She turns back to address Needy.
          
                                  CHIP'S MOM (CONT'D)
                    Why don't you try...
          But Needy's gone.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                99.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                    CHIP'S MOM (CONT'D)
                    Anita?
          
          EXT. MURPHY POOL - SAME
          Murphy Pool is even eerier from the inside. The fenced-in
          deck area is littered with garbage, abandoned pool
          furniture and graffiti. Someone has spray painted the
          word "HOPELESS" on a wall.
          CHIP shivers and looks around nervously.
          
          Jennifer nonchalantly unzips her dress and shimmies out
          of it, revealing her bra and panties.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Aren't you cold?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Never, Trevor. I'm hot like magma.
          She prances over to the abandoned pool and begins to
          climb down the ladder on the side. The pool is full of
          filthy, freezing water.
                                  CHIP
                    What are you doing?
                                    JENNIFER
                    Swimming.
                                    CHIP
                    Ha ha.
          
                                   JENNIFER
                    Come on in, Chip. Show me your
                    breast stroke.
                                  CHIP
                    The water looks disgusting.
                                  JENNIFER
                    It's not so bad.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Are you kidding? It's totally
                    bubonic in there. I think I see a
                    dead possum with a Doritos bag in
                    its pouch. And that looks like a
                    used syringe over there...
          He slaps away a FLY.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               100.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm sorry. I was just trying to
                    make you laugh. I think now, more
                    than ever, we need laughter. We've
                    both lost a close friend.
          CHIP nods sadly.
          
                                    CHIP
                    I know.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I feel so empty.
                                    CHIP
                    Me too.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Please come here and kiss me
                    again. Make all this madness go
                    away.
          Chip tiptoes forward tentatively and sinks to his knees.
          He leans in and kisses Jennifer, who's still clinging to
          the ladder.
          The sound of buzzing flies grows louder.
          Suddenly, Jennifer opens her eyes. She hooks her arm
          around Chip's neck and lunges backward. They tumble off
          the ladder, into the pool. Chip SCREAMS.
          
          INT. MC CULLUM PARK - CONTINUOUS
          Needy runs into the park and scans the dark horizon. Her
          bare feet are bloody from running and her face is shiny
          with sweat.
                                     NEEDY
                            (YELLING)
                    Chip!
          A terrified SCREAM in the distance.
          Needy whips around, hikes up her skirt and starts running
          toward Murphy Pool.
          
          She reaches the fence and starts climbing it. She slips
          and cuts her hand on a broken link.
          CHIP screams again on the other side of the fence.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                101.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    I'm coming!
          She flings herself over the top of the fence, her body
          slamming against the concrete pool deck. Her ARM snaps.
          It's a compound fracture, the bone thrusting through the
          flesh of her arm as she screams.
          
          INT. MURPHY POOL - CONTINUOUS
          Needy staggers toward the pool, which is surrounded by an
          extraterrestrial glow. Chip's moaning is almost
          unbearable. Needy stares into the abyss and claps her
          hands over her mouth.
          
          Jennifer is waist deep in the DIRTY WATER, flinging Chip
          against the wall like a rag doll. He's still conscious,
          but his skin on his chest has been RIPPED OFF to expose
          his ribs. Jennifer is CHEWING happily.
          Chip looks at Needy, his face a mask of agony.
                                  CHIP
                         (MOUTHING)
                    Needy!
                                  NEEDY
                    Holy crap!
          
          Jennifer begins gnawing on Chip's neck, so engaged in the
          task that she doesn't notice Needy.
          Needy climbs up on the diving board and crosses herself.
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    Saint Jude, patron saint of
                    hopeless causes: Please give me
                    the power to crush this bitch.
          Jennifer looks up with demonic, bloodshot eyes just as
          Needy leaps off the diving board.
          Needy lands on Jennifer's shoulders, taking her out. She
          wraps her legs around Jennifer's neck and drags her under
          the water.
          Jennifer emerges. Needy grabs her by the hair and girly-
          slaps her furiously across the face. Then she spots the
          PEPPER SPRAY lying by the side of the pool. She grabs it
          and sprays it in Jennifer's eyes. Jennifer shrieks and
          vomits NASTY, SPINY GORE all over Needy and Chip.
          
          
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              102.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    Fuck this J.V. shit!
          Jennifer ROCKETS straight up into the air like a goddess,
          hovering ten feet above the pool. Her eyes burn. Her skin
          is corpselike. She's drenched from head to toe in the
          prickly ooze.
          
                                  CHIP
                         (CROAKING)
                    She can fly?
                                  NEEDY
                    She's just hovering, CHIP. It's
                    not that impressive.
          Jennifer speaks in a metallic, demonic-sounding voice.
          
                                  JENNIFER
                    God, do you have to undermine
                    everything I do? You're such a
                    player-hater.
          
          Needy glares at Jennifer, surprisingly fearless.
                                     NEEDY
                    You're a jerk.
                                  JENNIFER
                    Nice insult, Lizzie McGuire. Got
                    any more harsh digs?
          
                                  NEEDY
                    You know what? You were never a
                    good friend. Ever. Even when we
                    were little. You used to steal my
                    toys and pour lemonade on my bed
                    and make me be Ugly Ashley when we
                    played Barbies!
                                  JENNIFER
                    And now I'm eating your boyfriend!
                    See? At least I'm consistent.
                                  NEEDY
                    Why do you need him? Huh?
          She begins to weep.
          
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                         (SOBBING)
                    Why do you need the one guy who's
                    ever liked me? You can have
                    anyone, Jennifer!
                                  (MORE)
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                103.
          CONTINUED: (2)
                                  NEEDY (CONT'D)
                    The cutest guy in school. The
                    mailman. A teacher. You could
                    probably even have a huge star
                    like Chad Michael Murray. So why
                    Chip? Why him? Is it just to piss
                    me off? Or is it because you're
                    insecure?
          
          Jennifer floats in midair toward the pool deck and drifts
          down, landing on her feet. Needy crawls out of the pool
          and faces her down.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I am not insecure. God, what a
                    joke! How could I be insecure? I
                    was the Snowflake Queen!
                                  NEEDY
                    Yeah, two years ago. When you were
                    socially relevant.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I AM STILL SOCIALLY RELEVANT!
          
                                  NEEDY
                    You were skinny then, too!
          A look of ABJECT HORROR on Jennifer's face. She reels
          back against the chain link fence, her eyes blazing.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I'm gonna eat your soul and shit
                    it out, Lesnicki.
          Her voice is now an unearthly growl. In the background,
          Chip is slowly, painfully pulling a POOL SKIMMER with an
          eight-foot handle off the pool deck.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (TREMBLING)
                    I thought you only murdered boys.
                                  JENNIFER
                    I go both ways.
          She HURTLES herself toward Needy, roaring, her eyes white-
          hot, her jaws agape. She's monstrous.
          Chip suddenly stumbles in front of Needy and holds the
          HANDLE of the POOL SKIMMER in front of them like a spear.
          As Jennifer flies forward at demonic speed, she IMPALES
          HER ENTIRE TORSO on the handle.
          Needy screams. There's a beat of deafening silence.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 104.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          Chip collapses on the pool deck.
          Jennifer rises uncertainly to her feet, "shishkebabbed"
          on the giant skimmer. With effort, she pulls the handle
          out of her body in several stages.
                                    JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Ow-Ow-Ow.
          Needy watches, and realizes Jennifer is injured. Blood
          drips onto the pool deck.
                                   NEEDY
                         (SURPRISED)
                    We hurt you...
          
          Blood trickles out of Jennifer's wound. She tries to plug
          the hole with her hand.
          
                                    JENNIFER
                    Got a tampon?
          Needy shakes her head mutely.
                                  JENNIFER (CONT'D)
                    Thought I'd ask. You seemed like
                    you might be pluggin'.
          
          She begins to climb the fence, wincing in pain, then
          glances over her shoulder at Needy and Chip.
                                  NEEDY
                    Where are you going?
                                  JENNIFER
                    Fuck this noise. I'm out. You
                    losers are more trouble then
                    you're worth.
          She continues climbing.
                                  NEEDY
                         (EMOTIONAL)
                    Why give up now? He's almost dead!
                    Get your bulimic ass back here and
                    kill us both!
                                  JENNIFER
                    Nah. I mean, you say I've been a
                    bad friend all these years. I
                    might as well throw you a bone.
          
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              105.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
          She smirks and jumps over the fence, stumbling off into
          the distance. Needy watches her, her eyes narrowing with
          hate.
          Once Jennifer has disappeared, Needy turns her attention
          to Chip, who is barely alive. She stares in horror at his
          torn arm and exposed ribs, then falls to her knees over
          his body.
                                  NEEDY
                    Oh, Chip!
                                  CHIP
                    Needy. You saved me.
                                  NEEDY
                    I'm gonna call for help.
          
          She reaches into Chip's pocket and pulls out his beat-up
          cell phone. She wipes off the prickly ooze with her hand.
          
                                  CHIP
                    Oh no, I'm out of minutes!
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I think 911 is always a free call.
                                  CHIP
                    Oh yeah. You're right.
          
          Needy dials to no avail. The phone is hopelessly clogged
          with ooze. She knocks it against the deck.
                                  NEEDY
                    It's not working. It's full of
                    Jennifer-goo.
          
          Chip begins gagging and coughing. He rolls onto his back,
          his eyelids fluttering.
                                  CHIP
                         (FAINTLY)
                    Hey, I'm going somewhere...
                                  NEEDY
                    No! You're not going anywhere!
                                  CHIP
                    I'm toast, Needy. I'm definitely
                    gonna die. I think I already died
                    before you were here, but I woke
                    up when I heard your voice.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              106.
          CONTINUED: (5)
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I love you.
                                  CHIP
                    Yeah me too. And you look hot in
                    that dress.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    You're clearly delirious.
                                  CHIP
                    No. When you're dying, you can see
                    everything a lot clearer. You can
                    see what's true and what's not.
                    The things that are true have this
                    glowing halo of light around them,
                    like a picture of the Baby Jesus,
                    or Barbara Walters when they use
                    the special lens. And I know for
                    sure that you're totally hot.
          
          Needy begins to sob hoarsely.
                                  CHIP (CONT'D)
                    You'd better get out of here. The
                    police are going to come and I
                    don't want them to, you know, make
                    a mistake.
          
                                  NEEDY
                    I'm never leaving.
                                  CHIP
                    But I have to go.
                                  NEEDY
                    No!
          Chip's eyes close. His face relaxes. He's gone.
          Needy wails at the top of her lungs. She rests her head
          against his mutilated chest, oblivious to the blood and
          bone.
          
          INT. DEVIL'S KETTLE HIGH GYMNASIUM - NIGHT
          The dance is in full swing and students are slow-dancing.
          Girls rest their heads against boys' chests, only under
          far less macabre circumstances than Needy and CHIP's
          deathbed tableau.
          Soft Shoulder are still playing onstage, their guitars
          chiming melodically.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                107.
          CONTINUED:
          
          The bass player, Dirk, turns toward Nikolai Wolf.
                                  DIRK
                    This sucks old-man balls.
                                     NIKOLAI
                       Shut up. It's good PR.
          
          He accidentally speaks into the mic, attracting unwanted
          stares from the kids.
                                     NIKOLAI (CONT'D)
                            (to audience)
                       I said, it's so good to be here!
          The students cheer approvingly, their faces bright and
          hopeful.
          
          Nikolai bares his teeth in a frighteningly fake smile.
          
          EXT. C0RVALLIS HIGH CAMPUS- CONTINUOUS
          Illuminated by lamp light, Needy limps toward the gym
          entrance. She's completely covered in demon-goo. Her face
          is bloody, her hair is full of blood and guts, and her
          BROKEN ARM looks gruesome.
          In the background, yet another oblivious COUPLE are
          making out.
          
          Needy stops to stare at them, her gaze calm but obviously
          insane. They break apart and stare back at her.
                                     GIRL
                       What are you looking at, Clumpy?
                                     NEEDY
                            (QUIETLY)
                       Just watching your old man try to
                       suck the ugly off your face.
                                     GUY
                       What did you say?
          
          Needy bends over, casually holds one nostril closed, and
          does a "farmer blow." A bloody clot flies out of her
          nose.
          The guy takes a good look at Needy and blinks, startled.
                                     GUY (CONT'D)
                       Are you supposed to be Goth or
                       something?
                                                           (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               108.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    Did you know the original Goths
                    were a Germanic tribe that settled
                    in Rome? They didn't wear black.
                    They wore regular linen tunics. I
                    don't know why nobody else knows
                    that.
          
          The couple have already resumed making out.
          Needy rolls her eyes, turns away, and continues limping
          into the gym.
          
          INT. GYM - CONTINUOUS
          
          Needy enters the gym and slams the door shut behind her.
          People ignore her as she slowly walks toward the stage.
          They're too busy slow dancing and laughing in their
          respective cliques.
          She looks up at the stage, where Soft Shoulder are
          playing an insufferably long coda.
          
          Nikolai noodles through a guitar solo, then looks up and
          sees Needy looking directly at him, her eyes full of
          hate.
          Nikolai gulps nervously and elbows Dirk.
          
          Needy points to her eyes with two fingers, then points at
          Nikolai, as if to say, Gotcha. She looks completely
          possessed.
          
                                  NIKOLAI
                         (to Dirk)
                    We gotta get out of here.
                                   DIRK
                    Why?
                                  NIKOLAI
                    I think this girl's flipping out.
          
                                  DIRK
                    What could she do to us?
          
                                   NIKOLAI
                    Look at her.
          Dirk takes one look at Needy's face and takes off his
          guitar. Nikolai motions for the rest of the band to leave
          the stage. The music stops abruptly. The kids in the gym
          murmur and complain, confused.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              109.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Needy tries to follow them. She limps blindly toward the
          stage and climbs up. Everyone watches, gasping in horror.
          By now the band is disappearing out the side door of the
          gym.
                                  NEEDY
                         (into the mic)
                    You didn't play your hit yet.
          But they're gone.
          Needy looks out at her classmates. They stare back. She
          PASSES OUT COLD.
          
          INT. CHIP'S STREET - MORNING (TO ESTABLISH)
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    They found Chip the following
                    morning. The police couldn't find
                    an explanation for the "substance"
                    in the pool, so they chose not to
                    mention it to the press. In fact,
                    they treated the whole incident
                    like a bad dream.
          
          
          INT. CHIP'S HOUSE (LIVING ROOM) - MORNING
          We see the POLICE (including newly minted officer ROMAN
          DUDA) informing Chip's mother that his body has been
          found. She collapses onto the floor, curling up into the
          fetal position.
                                   NEEDY
                    Trouble was, some of us would
                    never wake up.
          
          INT. NEEDY'S BEDROOM - DAY
          Needy is lying in bed, shaking, her arm in a cast. Her
          mother tries to rouse her.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I never went back to school after
                    that. Didn't talk much either. My
                    mom bought some books so she could
                    teach me at home like crazy
                    Christians with 14 kids do. But I
                    wasn't a very cooperative student.
          
          Needy pulls the covers over her head.
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              110.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Toni shrugs, resigned, and tosses the book on the floor.
          
          EXT. JENNIFER'S HOUSE - NIGHT
          Needy is crouched outside Jennifer's window, hiding in
          the shrubbery. She looks almost feral, with wide eyes and
          a hungry expression.
          Through the window, we see Jennifer sitting at a vanity
          and combing her hair, oblivious to the intruder in her
          yard.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    What nobody realized was that I
                    was doing a different kind of
                    homework. I was watching her every
                    night. Waiting.
          We see Jennifer putting the comb down and examining her
          hair with a appraising eye.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    Waiting for her to get weak and
                    dull. Waiting for her to burn
                    through the life-force she'd
                    stolen from Chip.
          
          Needy creeps away from the window.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    It took weeks, but I finally made
                    my move. Remember?
          
          
          EXT. JENNIFER'S HOUSE - NIGHT
          
          We're seeing a FLASHBACK of the night Needy slaughtered
          Jennifer.
          Needy plunging through the window. Jennifer thrashing.
          The blood. The struggle. The levitation. The arrival of
          the police.
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    Even in her last moments of life,
                    she somehow managed to be cooler
                    than me.
          
          We see, for a moment, Jennifer's sly, challenging smile
          as Needy raises the boxcutter to slash her. That
          signature look of mastery and control.
          
          
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              111.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                    She left an insanely hot corpse.
          
          We see Jennifer's mother holding her again, screaming,
          though all we hear is SILENCE and STATIC. Sure enough,
          Jennifer's bleeding body seems to be artfully, sensually
          draped in her mother's arms. She almost seems to be
          SMIRKING at us.
          
          INT. "THE HOLE" - NIGHT
          We're back in solitary confinement, where Needy has been
          narrating the whole sordid tale. She hasn't moved a
          muscle since beginning her story. Only a single shaft of
          moonlight illuminates the room.
          
          An orderly shoves DINNER through a slot in the door. It's
          a pile of mystery meat. Needy wrinkes her nose.
          
                                  NEEDY V.O.
                    I don't even know who Needy
                    Lesnicki is anymore. I'm a
                    different person now. A person who
                    uses curse words and kicks
                    orderlies and and sees things that
                    aren't there. A very bad, very
                    damaged person.
          
          Needy reaches up and distractedly pulls back the neckline
          of her shirt...
          
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    But sometimes, change can be good.
                    For instance, most occult scholars
                    don't know this, but if you're
                    bitten by a demon--and you live--
                    you just might absorb some of the
                    demon's abilities.
          In the moonlight, we see Needy still has a infected-
          looking BITEMARK near her shoulder. She scratches it,
          wincing.
                                  NEEDY V.O. (CONT'D)
                    You just might get lucky for once
                    in your miserable life.
          
          PULL BACK to reveal that Needy, still cross-legged is
          HOVERING five feet off the floor. Effortlessly.
          With visible concentration, she slowly flies up toward a
          narrow WINDOW positioned up near the ceiling. To anyone
          with normal abilities, it would be impossible to access.
                                                         (CONTINUED)
          
                                                               112.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Needy reaches the window, gazes at it for a moment, then
          SMASHES it with surprising strength.
          
          EXT. LEECH LAKE HOSPITAL - FIVE MINUTES LATER
          Needy strolls across the grounds in her bunny slippers.
          She heads confidently toward the SECURITY FENCE and
          passes through it after casually mangling the bars. Only
          a Needy-shaped hole remains.
          
          EXT. COUNTY ROAD 9 - TEN MINUTES LATER
          Needy is striding purposefully down a dark country road.
          The hospital recedes in the background.
          A few RACCOONS gather by the side of the road, watching
          Needy as she walks past.
          
          A PICKUP TRUCK whizzes by with its windows rolled down.
          "Through the Trees" blasts from the radio.
          Needy begins to sing, a lopsided grin on her face.
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (SINGING)
                    "Through the trees, I will find
                    you. Heal the ruins left inside
                    you..."
          
          EXT. MURPHY POOL - NIGHT
          
          Devil's Kettle citizens are gathered around Murphy Pool,
          crying. It's a CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL for Chip. Their faces
          are weary and sorrowful. Photos of Chip have been
          arranged around the edge of the fence. We see a picture
          of CHIP AND NEEDY on the end.
          Someone has brought a CD player, and the mourners sing
          along, their voices soaring.
                                  VIGIL ATTENDEES
                         (SINGING)
                    "...And the stars will remind you,
                    we'll meet again..."
          
          EXT. COUNTY ROAD 9 - CONTINUOUS
          Needy holds her thumb aloft as she walks down the remote
          country highway.
          
                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                 113.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  NEEDY
                         (SINGING)
                    "...We'll meet again."
          A small creek emptying into a stream   runs parallel to the
          road. Needy seems something glinting   at the mouth of the
          creek and stoops to pick it up. It's   Nikolai's BOWIE
          KNIFE, the one he threw into Devil's   Kettle, never to be
          seen again.
          Needy picks it up and tucks it into her waistband.
          A STATION WAGON comes rattling up the road. Needy sticks
          her thumb out again.
          The wagon pulls over to the side of the road. The driver,
          a grizzled older man, rolls down the window. He eyes
          Needy lasciviously.
          
                                  OLD MAN
                    Where you looking to go, young
                    lady?
                                  NEEDY
                    East, toward Madison.
                                     OLD MAN
                       East, huh? Guess I'm headed that
                       way. But I'm gonna need you to pay
                       me in ass, gas or grass. Got that?
                       No free rides in this wagon.
                                     NEEDY
                       I don't have any money or drugs,
                       so you'll have to settle for ass.
          
                                     OLD MAN
                       Fair enough. Hop in my chariot.
          Needy gratefully hurries into the driver's seat.
                                     OLD MAN (CONT'D)
                       So why you headed East?
                                     NEEDY
                       I'm following this rock band.
                                     OLD MAN
                       Huh. Must be a hell of a group.
                                     NEEDY
                       Tonight's gonna be their last
                       show.
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                              114.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Needy smiles blithely and pops the clear Lifesaver into
          her mouth.
          The station wagon pulls off. As it sputters off into the
          distance, we see a road sign that reads, ironically, SOFT
          SHOULDER.
          
          We hear the song on the radio end, segueing into the DJ's
          bumper.
                                   RADIO DJ
                    What a song. Thought we'd play
                    that one in honor of Soft
                    Shoulder. They're playing in
                    Madison tonight. Should be a night
                    to remember...
          The DJ's voice fades out as the car vanishes into the
          horizon.
          
          
                                   THE END




Jennifer's Body



Writers :   Diablo Cody
Genres :   Comedy  Horror  Thriller


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