6 INT. MR PRENDERGHAST’S HOUSE, STUDY - NIGHT
CLOSE ON a faded photograph of Norman, held in the grimyhand of MR PRENDERGHAST. He stands over a dusty deskscattered with pictures of Norman, Sandra and olderfamily members. He is in a dark study; a wall-to-walltrove of curious miscellanea and dumpster-dived junk.
Not much time, not much time...
He pulls an old leather-bound book out from the mess, andtraces a finger over a woodcut illustration on its cover;
an ethereal woman lying beneath a cluster of stars.
Wincing with pain, the man drops the book and clutches athis chest, COUGHING and GASPING horribly.
CAMERA PANS to a wall covered in countless photographs,
newspaper clippings and scrawled occult markings. It is ashrine of sorts; a madman’s recondite genealogy project,
and at its center is a photograph of Norman, posing withhis family on vacation.
ZOOM IN to the photograph, hurtling past the Babcocks andthrough dense trees further and further into a darkforest.
7 INT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, NORMAN’S BEDROOM - MORNING
Norman opens bleary eyes, turns off his zombie hand alarmclock, and slides out of bed.
8 INT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - MORNING
Dressed for school, Norman pauses at the front door andturns to look at the sofa in the living room. He waveshappily, and Grandma smiles back.
Courtney passes him as she comes down the stairs in theopposite direction. She also stops to look at the sofa,
but to her eyes it is empty. She sneers contemptuously.
9 EXT. SUBURBAN STREET - MORNING 9
Norman ambles past houses and lawns spotted with small-
town America detritus; cheap plastic lawn furniture,
peeling-paint fences and cookie-cutter topiary. Here thequaint colonial buildings are mostly in disrepair, theirpicket fences rotten or daubed in graffiti.