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ParaNorman (2012)
Synopsis: Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company to that of the living. Norman receives word from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch's curse on their town is real and about to come true -- and that only Norman can stop it. When zombies rise from their graves, Norman must summon all his courage and compassion and push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save his fellow townspeople.

1 INT. RESEARCH LABORATORY - NIGHT 1

An attractive FEMALE SCIENTIST in a gore-spattered labcoat moves fearfully along a wall, passing benches strewnwith broken lab equipment. Her ample bosom heaves as shePANTS nervously, mascara-rimmed eyes darting to and fro.

Glass SMASHES on the floor nearby and MELODRAMATIC MUSICswells. The woman backs into a shadow, not noticing apair of dead eyes catching the moonlight behind her.

The music climbs to a frenzy as something GROANS horriblyinto the woman’s ear. She spins around on her stiletto

heels as a rotted face looms out of the darkness,

drooling through broken teeth, and lunges at her neck.

Brains!

ZOMBIE:

CLOSE ON the woman as she raises her hands and SCREAMS.

CUT TO:

2 INT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 2

Eleven year-old NORMAN BABCOCK sits on the floorwatching TV. He has large piercing eyes and a messy shockof hair. The movie scene we just witnessed continues off-

screen with the sound of bloodcurdling SCREAMS.

Behind him sitting upon a sofa is GRANDMA BABCOCK, aplump old lady squinting through thick glasses.

GRANDMA BABCOCK:

What’s happening now?

NORMAN:

The zombie is eating her head,

Grandma.

GRANDMA BABCOCK:

That’s not very nice. What’s he

doing that for?

NORMAN:

Because he’s a zombie. That’s what

they do.

GRANDMA BABCOCK:

Well he’s going to ruin his

dinner. I’m sure if they justbothered to sit down and talk it

through it’d be a different story.

Norman CHUCKLES, as if the idea is absurd, then winces ashe hears his father shout from the kitchen.

ParaNorman 2.

2 CONTINUED:
2

PERRY BABCOCK (O.S.)

Norman! Didn’t I tell you to take

out the garbage?

Coming, Dad!

NORMAN:

GRANDMA BABCOCK:

Tell him to turn up the thermostattoo, will ya? My feet are likeice.

Norman nods to her and shuffles over to the kitchen door.

3 INT. BABCOCK’S HOUSE, KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS 3

Norman’s mother, SANDRA BABCOCK, is emptying the

dishwasher. She is in her late thirties, and wears ‘mom’clothes that do no favors for her figure. His father,

PERRY BABCOCK, is older, with a neatly-trimmed beardtrying hard to delineate chin from neck. He stands on achair, decked out in tool belt and safety goggles, eventhough he’s only changing a light bulb in a ceiling

fixture.

Sandra smiles at her son as he makes his way silently toan overstuffed trash can as tall as he is.

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Hi. Whatcha watching in there?

NORMAN:

Sex and violence.

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Oh. That’s nice.

Perry glares over as Norman wrestles with the garbage.

PERRY BABCOCK:

Can’t you be like other kids your

age and pitch a tent in the yard,

or have a healthy interest incarpentry?

Perry...

SANDRA BABCOCK:

NORMAN:

I thought you said kids my agewere too busy shoplifting andjoyriding?

Norman!

SANDRA BABCOCK:

He hefts the bag onto the floor and ties it in a knot.

ParaNorman 3.

3 CONTINUED:
3

Breezing into the kitchen through the back door while

CHATTING inanely on her cell phone, Norman’s older sister

COURTNEY is fifteen years-old and is the bleached-blonde

cheerleader archetype of every schoolboy’s sordid dreams.

COURTNEY:

Oh yeah, he’s r-i-double p-e-d.

Like, a seven pack at least.

(to Norman)

Ew! Watch it!

She pushes her brother out of the way as he drags the

garbage outside.

SANDRA BABCOCK:

Courtney, be nice.

COURTNEY:

Yeah, she totally doesn’t deserve

him. I mean, she’s nice and I

really like her, but she’s a

complete loser. Yeah, I know.

Courtney slumps into a chair at the table, twisting a

strand of gum out of her mouth with a finger.

Norman returns inside and shuts the door, pausing a

moment as if thinking something over.

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Chris Butler

CHRIS BUTLER lives in Brighton & Hove, on the south coast of England. He is the author of ANY TIME NOW and THE FLIGHT OF THE RAVENS. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s and Interzone, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2014. more…

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