Synopsis: Kalifornia is a 1993 American road thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, and Michelle Forbes. The film focuses on a graduate student (Duchovny) and his photographer girlfriend (Forbes) traveling cross-country to research serial killings, who unwittingly carpool with a serial killer (Pitt) and his childlike girlfriend (Lewis). The film was released in September 1993 in the United States, and received generally positive reviews from critics.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Production: PolyGram Video
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
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117 min


It's raining like hell. Flashes of lightning reveal momentary

glimpses of a decayed urban/industrial landscape. Far below

us, a mysterious glistening wet rock lies engulfed in the

drowning earth. We descend toward the rock. Sporadic flashes

of lightning distort our perspective of the stone. It looks

strangely beautiful, like a diamond stuck in the dark mud...

Closer... Closer...

Suddenly, STRONG MALE HANDS cut across the frame and wrench

it free from its muddy grave. Even closer... And we discover

that the underbelly of this beautiful rock is teeming with

every kind of slithering repulsive insect... FLASH!!*

Lightning obliterates the frame.

(* FLASHES OF LIGHT from lightning, car headlights,

photographic strobe units and flashlights are used throughout

the following sequences as recurring transitional devices.)


We can barely see the darkened street in a run down part of

an inner city -- what we can see looks half demolished.


Through chain link fencing, the blinding headlights of a

70'S CHEVY arc into frame. For an instant we see the fleeting

image of a PRETTY TEENAGE GIRL. On her feet a pair of bright

red high heeled shoes. The Chevy pulls up next to her.


FLASH!! An oncoming car's headlights streak across the beat

up Chevy's windshield... revealing... THE DRIVER, 45ish, as

he leans across the passenger seat and opens the car door.

The pretty teenage girl slides into the car. Dressed only in

a skirt and T-Shirt, she's soaked to the skin. Make-up runs

down her face and her hair sticks to her bare shoulders. She

seems nervous... scared even.



As she closes the car door the man notices that her hand has

been injured. It's bound with coarse white toweling and

stained with blood. In her other hand, she clings tightly to

a cheap yellow leather purse. He reaches forward and puts

his hand on the gear-shift, the back of his hand brushing

against her leg, she moves away. He slides the gear-shift

into drive.

Another car's headlights flare the windshield as he pulls

out into the night.


Suddenly... a powerful photographic strobe light ignites!

Revealing a decrepit warehouse interior. Silhouetted briefly

against the paint chipped walls are two figures: A man, BRIAN

KESSLER, 25, short chopped hair dressed in black on black,

and a woman, CARRIE LAUGHLIN, 25, short black hair and tight

black clothes. Carrie holds a 35mm still camera, an umbilical

cord runs to a strobe light. Brian holds a flashlight in one

hand, a tape recorder in the other. He begins speaking into

the tape recorder.


Her father worked the night shift

here. Most nights he'd bring her

with him.


She was eleven years old.

His flashlight scans the ominous environment. Carrie takes

flash photo.


Emerging from the blackness... The same strong male hands

that unearthed the rock now pulls his rain soaked jacket

clear of his torso. A crude bandage wrapped around one of

the fingers. The rock is slipped up under his jacket... up

against his bare chest. The jacket is pulled down to conceal

the rock and the faceless figure drifts away.


The beam of Brian's flashlight sweeps through the darkness,

revealing another room.


This is it. This is the where he'd

take her whenever he had the urge to

molest her.

The flashlight finds the corner in question. Flash!! The

warehouse lights up again, revealing a huge machine room.


Of course! Nobody would have heard

her cries over the noise of the


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