1 INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 1
EXTREME CLOSE-UP - TELEVISION SCREEN
The National Anthem resounds over the precision maneuvers of
the Navy’s Blue Angels. When Old Glory fills the frame the
local announcer identifies the station, signifies the
megahertz and signs off for the morning. Transmission ends
and a BLAST of disturbing static rules the airwaves. It is
30am on a Sunday morning.
CAMERA SLOWLY WITHDRAWS
The TV set appears. A fireplace is off to the right, trophies
of outstanding achievement in annual home sales on the
mantel; STEVEN FREELING asleep in his convertible chair, an
open briefcase on his lap, real estate maps and lease
contracts spread out on the floor by his stocking feet.
CAMERA CONTINUES TO WITHDRAW until we are moving out of the
living room of this suburban two-story home and up the
2 INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT 2
CAMERA MOVES along the hallway, past the guest bath and over
to a partially open door. We explore this room, if only for
an instant, to catch DIANE FREELING, 32, tossing in her
sleep, a tangle of hair covering her face.
3 INT. DANA’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 3
CAMERA moves away and slithers into another bedroom. DIANA
FREELING is sixteen, very beautiful, and snoring unevenly.
She is surrounded by potato chips and homework.
4 INT. CHILDREN’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 4
The SOUND OF TELEVISION STATIC leaks as the CAMERA moves into
the last bedroom. ROBBIE FREELING is just a seven-year-old
lump under the covers. With the sheets tucked around him, he
looks like a ghost and where his head should be there is a
Dodgers baseball cap. The closet light is on and the closet
opened only a crack to let in the safe night light as we pass
beyond Robbie to CAROL ANNE FREELING. The STATIC SOUNDS from
the O.S. TV seem to arouse this pert six-years-old from a
sound and regular sleep. Her eyes snap open. She listens, .
flicks some sleep from her eyes, and rises out of bed.
CAMERA TRACKS AHEAD OF HER as if drawing her OUTSIDE the
safety of her bedroom and roommate brother.
5 INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 5
The STATIC crackles louder and a BLUE GLOW dawns across Carol
Anne. She could be sleepwalking. Her eyes are riveted and her
breathing quickens. The STATIC BOOMS now and Carol Anne stops
at the TV set in front of her sleeping dad. She stares into
the white snow, trying to see beyond the color dots. Carol
Anne opens her mouth until we are certain she is going to
Hello! Hell-ooo! What do you want!
Hello! Who are you! Hell-ooooo!
ANGLE - STEVEN FREELING
His eyes open.
6 INT. MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT 6
Diane starts and sits up quickly.
CAROL ANNE (O.S.)
Who are you!! Hey!
7 INT. DANA’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 7
She is already swinging her legs out of bed and moving into
CAROL ANNE (O.S.)
I can’t hear you!!
8 INT. CHILDREN’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 8
Robbie looks over to see Carol Anne’s bed empty.
9 INT. LIVING ROOM - HIGH ANGLE - NIGHT 9
The entire family gathers and watches their youngest child
yelling through the static at 2:35 in the morning.
What do you look like! Hello! Can I
10 EXT. CUESTA VERDE ESTATES OVERLOOK - DAY 10
Anyone outside of Manhattan is familiar with this setting.
Sunday in suburbia. A neighbor mows his lawn, another washes
his car, and a group of kids play soccer in the street. The
middle America World War II bought and paid for.
10-A EXT. FREELING FRONT YARD 10-A