Shut In

Synopsis: A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Director(s): Farren Blackburn
Production: EuropaCorp
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min



It's going to be okay.

Just tell me we're doing the right thing.

No, sweetheart,

I know you want to fix this.

It's what you do. But we've tried.

All right? We've been trying

and look where it's gotten us.

And I think the space

is gonna be good for him.

For all of us.

Besides, it's a good school.

He'll be home by the end of the summer.


I'll be okay. I promise.

I promise.

Love you.

Love you, too.

- Call me.

- Will do.

I love you.


Well done, Stephen.


Oh, stop, Mom!

- What's that? What's that?

- Huh? Oh!

One, two, three!

- Nice.

- Yeah!

He's pretty dead.

He's very dead.

Today my son has become a man.

Because of that...

I know you think we're probably doing

this to punish you, but we're not.

All right?

Your mother and I want the best for you.

You have no idea what she wants.

I don't know why you're doing this.

I'm not the one that got expelled, pal.

Well, she doesn't want me gone. It's you.

That's not true, Stephen.

Yes, it is. You're sending me away.

It's not true, Stephen.

Your mother and I had

a long conversation...

- About what?

- We need a break, Stephen!

- I don't want a break!

- All right?

- Both of us, okay?

- Shut up! I hate you!

- Just calm down. Calm down!

- No, don't touch me!

- Don't touch me!

- You just calm down!

- Don't touch me!

- Calm down!

Wakey, wakey.

Rise and shine.

You ready for your workout?


...significant snowfall likely

across all of New England,

when all is said and done.

So, as the storm approaches,

you'll want to make sure you take

the necessary precautions here

and plan on some very heavy snow

in your area for much of...

It's your turn.

How about a quick try?

Great job.


So I'd like to continue working

with him for another couple weeks.

It's not my decision.

They're moving him to Boston.

Some group home for deaf kids.

But we're making progress.

These things take time.

He's a great kid, we can...

He broke another kid's arm last week.

He can't stay at Sweetser.

I'm really sorry.

We're leaving.


Wait a second.

I guess it was like a...

I guess it was like certificates for all the

smart people, so basically I have nothing.

I... I did not...

I want you to have these.

Keep warm, okay?

Well, you can't take care

of every kid in Maine, Mary.

I know.


No one would judge you for needing help.


Hi, Dr. Wilson.

How are you? How's it all going?

Long day.

Long week.

Well, Stephen really keeps you

on your toes, doesn't he?

How's he doing?

I received the papers.

I'm moving him to Covington.

Physically, I can manage.

Just about, but it's not him.

It's just a body that I feed,

and wash, and clothe.

I lost him that day

I lost Richard in the car.

Mary, being a psychologist

doesn't make you a perfect parent.

There's no such thing.

You did what you thought was right.

I sent him away.

I sent my son away and now he's gone.

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird don't sing

Mama's gonna buy you

A diamond ring

911, what's your emergency?


Yes, this is Mary Portman

from 28 Delphi Lane.

I think there is an intruder in my house.

Okay, stay on the line.

Mrs. Portman, are you inside the house?

Can you hear me?

- Mrs. Portman, are you still there?

- Hello?

I'm sorry, my mistake.

It's just a raccoon.

Here you go. This will warm you up.

You okay?

Oh. Hold on. Hello?

Joan, hi. Thanks for calling back.

I'm sorry, I know it's late.

How did he even get here?

It's 15 degrees out.

I know it's not, but please, Joan.

I can help him.

He could just stay here.

Hang on a second. Is that necessary?

What? Let me... Give it a chance, okay?

I can help him.

What good could it do

to involve the police?

I'll take that chance. He's nine years old,

for God's sake, Joan, please!

Can you just let him...

Joan, I'll call you back.





You sure I can't get you another

before you head back out, Joe?

Thanks, Mary. I'm gonna press on,

start going door to door.

A young kid out alone won't survive

long in these temperatures.

...though on their company website

have much higher sales numbers

and conversion rates.

I just feel so helpless.

Yeah, I...

I've been out all afternoon

looking for him myself.

Oh, God, Joan.

I can't stand to think of him

out there on his own.

Yeah, okay, um...

Well, just promise me you'll call

as soon as you hear anything.



Okay. Bye.




Didn't you hear me? I was worried.

What are you doing in here?

I, uh... I was just...

I thought I'd make up

Stephen's bed in case...

In case Tom came back.


What time is it?

It's late.

Aaron Hart is waiting

for you in the office.

I mean, the kid's been

bouncing around foster homes

for, like, half his life,

but no one gave a sh*t then.

And now suddenly the whole town's

decided it's time to give a sh*t.

Do you know how many children run away

or go missing every year

in the United States alone?

I don't know.

Don't you see how f***ed up that is?

Besides, the kid's dead.

Everyone knows it.

Okay, Aaron, that's about

all we have time for today.

Whatever, sure.

Thanks a lot.

Is your dad coming to get you?


Teenagers, huh?

How's it going?

Does he hate me more or less than he

hates the rest of the world today?

No, he's just having a rough time

with the move and the divorce.

Sometimes it's hard to remember

he was just a cute little kid

who liked to throw a ball around

with his dad a few years ago.

He's so angry all the time.

He'll get through it.

It's just a difficult age.

You hear about this storm coming in?


If it turns into an ice storm, we could be

without power for at least a couple of days.


You probably shouldn't

be up here all alone.

Aaron and I are thinking of moving into

one of the hotels in town to ride it out.


If we do, maybe I could

take you for dinner.

I'll be fine. We'll be fine.

My son, he's sick,

so I can't really move him.

Oh. I'm sorry to hear that.

I didn't even know you had a son.

How old is he?

He's 18. Stephen's 18.

He's my stepson.

I didn't know that...

My husband passed away, actually,

so it's just Stephen and me now.

Well, maybe the four of us

can get dinner one day.

You know, you, me and our angry teenagers.

Look, it's not really appropriate.

Aaron's my patient, so...

And he's waiting for you in the car.

Sure, okay.

Uh, um...

Well, listen, thanks.

Sorry, I just...

I hope your son feels better.



Oh, sh*t.

It's okay.

I feel like I'm losing my mind.

Mary, calm down.

Look, listen to what you're saying.

I was there. It was real.

You're a rational adult.

There's no such things as ghosts,

and you know that.

Oh, God.

I think that you experienced

something known as parasomnia.

A sleep disorder that

can trigger night terrors.

I... But I saw him. I saw Tom.

Everybody's been saying he's dead,

and I kept wanting it not

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Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson is a screenwriter whose screenplays include Shut In (2016) and Bumblebee (2018). She has had three scripts on the Black List, an annual list of Hollywood's best liked unproduced screenplays. more…

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