Gothika script
Gothika (2003)
Synopsis: The life of psychiatrist Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) is derailed after she nearly hits a girl with her car one night. Later, Miranda wakes up in her own mental hospital under the care of her peer, Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.). Completely disoriented, Miranda is accused of killing her own husband, but she has no memory of anything after she encountered the girl. Slowly Miranda begins to uncover what happened, but she has to escape the asylum to solve the mystery.

FADE IN:

OPENING CREDITS OVER QUICK CUTS:

INT. MIRANDA AND DOUG'S BEDROOM - DAWN

PUSH in on a sleeping couple in the dark. The ALARM

CLOCK reads 5:
59 AM. The woman's eyes open a secondbefore the alarm beeps and turns it off. She grabs aglass of water on her bedside table and drinks it.

Climbs out of bed past typical bedside photographs(wedding, vacation, etc.). This is MIRANDA GREY: 30,

sharp and prettier than she knows.

INT. GYM SWIMMING POOL - MORNING

Miranda slides through the water. Swimming cap on,

goggles. Her STEADY BREATHING takes us in and out of the

water. Something unsettling about this sound. Somethingslightly unsettling too about her detached manner. A

person on autopilot, recognizing only the water and theperfectly aligned lap stripes leading her path. Like

graphic metaphors for her own conscience: flat. She

emerges from the pool and self-consciously wraps herselfin a towel.

INT. COFFEEHOUSE - MORNING

Miranda pays for a pair of coffees and a newspaper.

INT. KITCHEN - MORNING

Miranda's husband DOUGLAS GREY (older, a superficialanalysis would suggest a father figure) serves breakfast.

Miranda smiles thank you and goes back to studying a casefile. He sips from his takeout coffee and reads the

newspaper. A pleasant domestic scene. It's 8:00 AM.

EXT. ST. ANNE'S HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT - MORNING

Miranda's Volvo pulls in as students amble up the steps.

Doug kisses his wife and hops out. Exemplary carpoolers.

Students are already chatting him up as Miranda drivesoff.

EXT. WOODWARD INSTITUTE - ON A SURVEILLANCE MONITOR

Miranda's car at some sort of guard gate. A BUZZER lets

her in. As the car drives past we read the plate on thewall:

(CONTINUED)

2.

CONTINUED:

"WOODWARD FORENSIC INSTITUTE"

The gate shuts behind her with a certain finality as

we...

INT. WOODWARD INSTITUTE - MIRANDA'S OFFICE - EVENING

Stark walls. Simple decor. Bookshelves packed with theaccording psychiatric tomes and diplomas. Miranda faces

a troubled young mess of a woman, CHLOE: charismatic,

deranged and forever trying to provoke. Mid-session:

MIRANDA:

This is your stepfather who cameto visit you?

CHLOE:

My stepfather? No. He's dead.

(beat)

I killed him.

Miranda tries not to act surprised at this breakthrough.

Responds with the even keel of a trained psychiatrist.

MIRANDA:

That's the first time you admitit.

CHLOE:

So? There's a first time for

everything.

MIRANDA:

(jotting this down)

It means you're finally past thedenial stage. This is good,

Chloe.

CHLOE:

I never killed anyone who didn'tdeserve it.

MIRANDA:

You only killed your stepfather asfar as I know.

CHLOE:

I should've taken care of mymother. She knew all along. You

remind me of her.

(CONTINUED)

3.

CONTINUED:

MIRANDA:

I remind you of your mother?

CHLOE:

Always so put together. Like youiron your underwear. Like yourpussy is the apricot of thePromised Land and the bread of

the -

MIRANDA:

(getting her backon track)

Let's get back to your visitorlast night.

CHLOE:

The Devil.

MIRANDA:

Alright, the Devil. Why would theDevil visit you? It's alreadyhell in here, what would he have

to gain?

CHLOE:

He came to fuck an angel.

(giggles at that)

I'm his dirty angel.

Before Miranda can analyze that one, the room LIGHTS FLICKERAND DIE. Darkness. Miranda's breathing speeds up.

CHLOE:

He grabbed me by the hair while Isucked him and usually I lovethat, I just do -- maybe you cantell me why I love it so much -but

not this time, he was just toorough -

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Sebastian Gutierrez

Sebastian Gutierrez is a Venezuelan film director, screenwriter and film producer. known for writing the screenplays to the films Gothika, Snakes on a Plane, The Eye and The Big Bounce, and writing and ... more…

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