EXT. STARLINER TOWERS APARTMENT COMPLEX -- MORNING
Starliner Towers is seen in LS through the windshield of a
moving car. The car approaches the complex and stops near
the main doors of the West Tower.
Out of the car climb Kresimir and Benda Sviben, a gawky newly
wed young couple. Kresimir elaborately opens the door for
Benda, his new wife, and they walk with hands intertwined up
the steps of the West Tower.
INT. LOBBY -- MORNING
As the Svibens approach the main doors, the doorman leaps up
from his chair beside the intercom switchboard and opens the
door for them. The doorman, like most security guards, does
not look capable of handling a serious crisis. He is about
fifty, of average height but slightly built, wears thick
glasses and seems almost embarrassed by the revolver on his
Morning, folks. Can I help you?
Yes, please. I... er, we... are
looking for the rental agent here.
We have an appointment.
OK, I'll just give him a little buzz
and he'll come out and show you the
The doorman presses a button on the intercom board. As he
turns back to the Svibens, he catches his holster on the
Do you ever use that?
This? No, never even had it out of
the holster. A rival company has
'em, so we gotta have 'em. Just an
INT. ANNABELLE'S APARTMENT -- MORNING
Dr. Emil Hobbes, a huge, florid, bearded man, is strangling
Annabelle Horsefield. Despite the difference in their sizes --
Annabelle is tall and slender, about seventeen -- Hobbes is
not having an easy time of it. Hobbes is wearing overlarge
blue jeans and a red plaid shirt; Annabelle is in a private
girls' school outfit -- white blouse, dark blue tie, blue
knee socks, pleated gray skirt.
Annabelle fights back fiercely; Hobbes has tears in his eyes.
The struggle takes them all over her apartment, which,
although sparsely furnished, presents enough objects in their
way to cause a lot of crashing around. At one point Annabelle
breaks loose and Hobbes has to chase her.
Annabelle slips and Hobbes manages to pin her to the ground,
where he has the advantage of leverage. He strangles her
quickly and with tremendous, crazy energy. Blood oozes from
her mouth. Hobbes places his hand over her mouth as though
trying to prevent her from speaking, or to prevent something
from leaving her body.
He reaches over to his leather doctor's bag, which has spilled
some of its contents on to the floor, finds a surgical clamp,
and clamps Annabelle's lips together. He then picks up her
body, carries it over to the dining-room table and sweeps
the few cups and bottles on it off on to the floor. He then
places her body with great tenderness on the table and begins
to undress it.