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A millionaire with theatrical tendencies, Stephen Price (Geoffrey Rush) invites a number of people to stay in a vast creepy building that used to be an insane asylum. Stephen, accompanied by his bitter wife, Evelyn (Famke Janssen), offers a million dollars to anyone who can stay the whole night without leaving out of fear. When Stephen and Evelyn become trapped with their guests, they quickly realize that the house really is haunted -- and the spirits dwelling within are very angry.

FADE IN:

BLACK SCREEN:

And in the darkness, a TICKING sound is heard. Soft and

steady -- soothing -- and then a BANG!

SMASH UP ON:

INT. HOSPITAL - BASEMENT NURSE'S STATION - NIGHT

A HAND punching a CARD into the huge, ticking TIME CLOCK on

the wall:
7:00 a.m.

PULL BACK TO REVEAL - A bleary-eyed MALE NURSE beginning

his day. Alone inside a small wood and glass cubicle, he

rips off yesterday's day-at-a-time calendar page, revealing

today's date: October 11, 1931.

Goes to the Victrola inside the cubicle. Cranks the turntable

up to speed. Puts the huge needle down on a spinning 78: we

hear the song crackling through the empty halls of the

hospital -- depression-era Muzak: Horace Heidt & His Musical

Knight's "Keep Your Sunny Side Up"

The Nurse sharpens the last of a half-dozen pencils to needle-

points, sits down at his desk, and begins the tedium of

jotting entries into a tall stack of Patient Records.

Beat. And then he hears a soft, almost paw-like tapping on

the glass. He looks up: a PATIENT with a heavily bandaged

head is standing there, his eyes as dull and lifeless as

marbles.

The Nurse waves the Patient away. Goes back to his work.

Beat. And then the tapping is heard again. The Nurse snaps

his head up, about to bark at the man -- but the words stop

dead on his tongue:

Standing on the other side of the glass are now two dozen

patients. Likewise bandaged, staring silent and dead-eyed at

him.

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Dick Beebe

Dick Beebe was a writer and actor, known for House on Haunted Hill (1999), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and Rocky Marciano (1999). He died on June 20, 2008 in New York, USA. more…

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