Synopsis: A modern fable set against the rugged backdrop of a Pacific Northwest logging community, this is the story of Lillian, a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a man named Blackway, an ex-cop turned violent crimelord who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople, advised by the Sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of an ex-logger Lester and his laconic young sidekick Nate-the only two men in town brave enough, or crazy enough, to go with her, and go up against Blackway.
Genre: Thriller
90 min

- Oh, stupid.

Go kill something.

- Can I help you, miss?

- I'm waiting for the sheriff.

- I'm the sheriff.

Name's Windgate.

- You're not wearing a uniform.

- I rarely do.

- Then how do I know

you're the sheriff?

- Well, I don't

know what to tell you, miss,

you can wait out here

as long as you like.

Maybe another

Sheriff'll come along.

- Wait.


- Whatcha got there?

- My mother's cat.

Mine, since she passed.

- Oh, my god.

What happened?

- He cut her off.

- Who?

- This guy.


I don't... I don't

know his first name.

- Richard.

- You know him?

- Oh, yeah, most around here do.

I'm surprised you

don't, actually.

- I'm not... From

here, originally.

I mean, I was born here, but...

That was a while ago.

- So, what brings you back here?

- My mother died in June.

- You're Betsy

Warren's daughter.

My condolences.

She was a fine lady.

So, how long's Richard

Blackway been bothering you?

- I think this goes

way beyond "bothering me."

- Harassing.

- He attacked me.

- When was this?

- Last week, after work.

- Where?

- Sullivan's.

I waitress there, a

couple of nights a week.

- Why didn't you report it then?

- I didn't think that I was

ever gonna see him again.

I thought he was

just passing through.

But now he's everywhere I go.

The grocery store,

the gas station...

- Well, it's a small town.

You run into the same people...

- no, no.

He's following me.

- Well...

- watching me.

- 'Fraid there's not

much I can do for you.

If you'd come in, last week,

after the alleged assault...

- "Alleged"?

There were witnesses.

- Let me ask you something.

Did your mother

leave you the house?

- Yes.

- Well, my advice

is, you unload it

for whatever you can get for it,

and catch a bus back to wherever

it was you were living

before Betsy passed.

- Can't you do something?

Call him in for

questioning or something?

I...Just get him

to leave me alone.

Give me a restraining

order, something.

- It's just not

the way it works around here.

- How do things

work around here?

You sit on your asses until

he breaks into my house

and does god knows what to me?


F*** it, whatever, I don't

even know why I bothered.

- Miss Warren.

You know the saw mill,

the other side of town?

Big place, by the

side of the road.

- Uh huh.

- Maple lake timber.

You might try going out there,

and see if Scotty's around.

- And he can get Blackwell

to leave me alone?

- Well, he will if

Whizzer asks him.

- Who's Whizzer?

- Whizzer's the

boss, he, uh, he runs the place.

You go see him, go see Whizzer.

Oh, and if you want, you

can leave your cat with me,

I'll make sure

she gets cremated.

- No, I got it.

- 'Night, Lillian.

- F*** you!

You say "f*** you" again, one

of these nights, I just might.

- Stop.

- Get down, get down.

- I can't hear you.


Want to get a coffee?

- Get out of here, go on.

- Lonely old timers took me out


to the log bunkhouse, to show me

a big Douglas fir,

they'd left standing.

And I'm not just talking

about an ordinary pine,

I'm talking... This,

this one was special.

It's what, uh, old wood choppers

used to call a "wood's wife."

Um, had a knothole in the

trunk, about yea high.

And what you did,

the mood strikes you,

you got yourself a hand full

of lard, for the kitchen.

And you greased up that

knothole, real good.

And, then, uh...


- You're shitting me.

God's truest.

What do you think

goes on up there, huh?

50 loggers stuck up there

in the woods, all winter?

No women?

There's just so much

checkers a man can play.

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Castle Freeman Jr.

Castle Freeman Jr. (born Nov 26, 1944) is the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Go With Me, adapted into the film Blackway (2015) starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles. For 30 years he was a contributor to The Old Farmer's Almanac and is the author of four other novels, two short-story collections and a major history of a Vermont township. more…

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