Already Dead

Synopsis: When Thomas Archer's happy & successful life is all but ruined following a horrific attack he is presented with a perfect opportunity to exact physical revenge upon the man who caused all his grief. However the immediate consequences of his actions and inactions are much more complicated than he imagined. Who will survive ?
Director(s): Joe Otting
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
93 min

Attention, all passengers...

...please do not leave

your luggage unattended.

This is for complete security


Unattended baggage will be collected

and searched by Security.

Thank you for your cooperation.

- Archer.

- The northbound arriving.

- You get on it.

- Is he alive?

Just get on the train.

Say, "Bye, Dad."

Bye, Dad.

- Yes?

- Next stop, you get off.

I need to know. Is he alive?

Just follow my instructions,

Mr. Archer.

- But...

- At the next stop, get off...

...switch to the red line.

Red line train south is now departing.

Please stand clear of the doors.

Red line train south now departing

at Platform B.

Red line train south now departing

at Platform B.

Next stop, Walnut Station.

Next stop, Walnut Station.

- In the van?

- That's correct, Mr. Archer.

And the bag?

It stays with you.

Put it on.


...we did it.

- You did it.

- Yeah!

The O.G.O. Complex is...

...well...'s this firm's crowning achievement

is what it is.

We went up against the biggest-shots

in this city. But you know what?

We landed it.

Now, there are many of you

to thank.

I'm gonna start with Tom Archer.

Tom, what can I say?

You know how I feel about you.

You are the man.

The work that you and your team did

on this design... stunning.

Simply stunning. And I thank you.

Come here.

He's right, you know.

You are the man.

- It's good to be the man.

- Yeah.

Come here.

- Where is he?

- Through the looking glass, Mr. Archer.

We told the babysitter

we'd be home at midnight.

The babysitter will be fine.

Maybe we should just call.

You know what?

I'll call her when I'm done with you.

I love you.

We can see everything you do,

Mr. Archer.

So do exactly as you're told.

Leave the old key in the gym bag

in the room.

Then take the new key

and the flashlight.

Then go back into the hallway.

Good. Now take a left...

...and go to the end of the hallway

and down the stairs.

You should have called her.

Honey, she's 16. She'll be fine.



The door is open.



Maybe she's up with Tyler.

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

- No. Tyler!

- Sarah. Sarah.

Sarah, call 911. Go. Go.

Tyler. Tyler?


Tyler! No!



- Yes?

- Mr. Archer...

...this is the man

that murdered your son...

...and brutalized your wife.

You sure?

We have a positive match

to the blood and hair samples...

...taken from your home.

As you see, he's quite alive.

You'll find everything

you could possibly need... the room.

Remember, we're watching you.

Hi, Dad.

Do you remember this boy?

Look again.

Of course you don't.

But you will.

Don't worry about this.

I'm just warming up.

I'm gonna ask you again.

Do you remember that boy?

You don't remember killing

my son, huh?

You're a f***ing liar.

You attacked my wife.

- You feeling any better?

- My wife.

They've already taken her

to County General.

A police officer will give you a lift.

Mr. Archer, I know it doesn't seem

like the right time...

...but can you give me anything more

on the man who attacked you?


How about the babysitter?

She have a boyfriend?

- Anything.

- I don't know.

I just wanna see my wife.


It's hot.

Well, give it a minute.

Mr. Archer, I'm sorry to intrude

but do you have a minute?

I really shouldn't be here

telling you this...

...but if what happened to you

happened to me, I'd wanna know.

What? What's going on?

I've been reassigned to another unit.

Okay, so who's your replacement?

Well, that's just it, sir.

There is no replacement.

With budget cuts, the department...

...we're short of manpower.

Is it officially unsolved?

What about my son? My wife?

Well, it won't be official. It's just

no one's assigned to the case anymore.

It'll just go away.

But how can you do that?

I'm really very sorry, Mr. Archer.

It's a lousy thing.


If I were you,

you know what I would do?

I'd dedicate my life

to finding that piece of sh*t.

Every penny, every resource,

everything and anything.

I'd find him...

...roast him on a spit.

If you need something, anything...

...give me a call.

Look what you've done.

I need some time.


To be alone for a while.

Every time I look at you, I see him.

It's killing me.

You're gonna pay.

You're gonna pay.

I'm gonna put this

through your goddamn skull.

Not yet.

Look at me.

Look at me.

All right.

That's fine, tough guy.

We got plenty of time.

Look at me!

Look at me!

You are going to die.

Now look at me.


- This is bullshit.

- Mr. Archer.

- Detective.

- I got this, fellas.

Mr. Archer, you're upset.

Let's take a seat.

You come to my house and you drop

a f***ing bomb on me like that?

Mr. Archer.

I'm a good man.

I follow the rules.

I do everything I'm supposed to do.

I've never had a speeding ticket

and this is what I get?

You call yourself cops?

I tried to explain.

Look, no. My wife.

This has destroyed her.

And... do something.

- My hands are tied.

- They're tied?

Do your f***ing job.

Mr. Archer, think about

what's really going on.

Find me the man.

You punched a cop?

I tried to.

- You realize how that sounds?

- You don't understand.

No, and I don't pretend

to understand.

I can't imagine

what you're going through.

But, Tom, you need to ask yourself

if what you're doing is helping.

You haven't been into the office

in three months.

Hey, then fire me.

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Joe Chappelle

Joseph "Joe" Chappelle is an American screenwriter, producer, and director of film and television. He is perhaps best known for directing horror films such as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Phantoms, as well as critically acclaimed television programs such as The Wire, CSI: Miami, and Fringe. more…

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