[Scene opens with a prisoner (Lenny Reuben) sitting on his bed in his prison cell. He looks cautiously out of the cell and then retrieves a shank from beneath the mattress of the bed. Scene cuts to another shot of the prison cell. This time Lenny is rolling on the floor moaning and a security guard walks up and finds the prisoner. Scene cuts to the prison infirmary at night. We see Lenny lying in one of the beds. He appears to be sleeping but when the medical technician walks out of the room he opens his eyes and retrieves the shank from beneath the sheets.]
[Scene changes to a daytime shot of a 13 year old boy on a bicycle riding down the sidewalk in a small town (the boy is Andy). Andy pulls into the driveway of a house, ditches his bike, and runs to the front door. Andy rings the doorbell. A middle-aged woman opens the door.]
Andy – Hello, Aunt Kelly.
Aunt Kelly – Hi Andy. What brings you here?
Andy – I was going to the store to get a few things for Mom so I thought I’d stop by and say Hi.
Aunt Kelly – That’s very nice of you, Andy. Are ya’ll still going to Huntsville this weekend? [They walk in the house.]
Andy – Mom and Dad are but I’m not. I asked if I could stay home by myself since I’m a teenager now and because I’ve been to Huntsville a million times before.
Aunt Kelly – Well, that’s right. You’re thirteen years old now. I think you’re old enough to be left alone for one night.
Andy – Yea, and Mom says if anything happens I can just call you. Is that alright?
Aunt Kelly – Sure you can, Andy.
Andy – Thanks, Aunt Kelly. Mom said she’ll call you later. I better get going to the store.
Aunt Kelly – O.K., Andy. Be careful and I’ll see ya later.
Andy – Bye, Aunt Kelly.
Aunt Kelly – Bye, Andy. Love ya.
Andy – Love you too.
[Scene ends with Andy getting on his bike. He has a big smile on his face.]
[Now we cut to an aerial view above woods with a gravel drive running through them to a two story brick house. We see the small shape of Andy on his bicycle pedaling down the gravel road. As wee zoom down to the level of Andy, we see he has a grocery bag hanging on the handlebars. Andy arrives at his house just as his mother is checking the mail. Andy gets off of his bike and walks with his mother towards the house.]
Andy – Hi, Mom!
Sheila – Hi, Andy! Did you have any problems?
Andy – Nope. I got everything you asked me to get. [Andy hands the bag to his mother.]
Sheila – Thank you, sir. Did you stop by Kelly’s and ask her to check in with you Saturday night?
Andy – Yes, ma’am. [Andy dumps his bike by the steps as they arrive.]
Sheila – Andy, don’t drop your bike like that. Prop it on its kickstand.
Andy – Alright. [Andy obliges his mom and they enter the house.]
Sheila – You hungry?
Andy – Yes, ma’am.
Sheila – Alright, we’ll eat as soon as your dad gets home.
Andy – O.K.
[Andy runs up the stairs to his room.]
[We cut to a shot of Andy’s dad pulling in the drive-way in his car. He gets out and enters the house, sets down his briefcase and coat on the table, and enters the kitchen.]
Doug – Hi, Honey!
Sheila – Hello, Hansom! [They kiss.] How’s your day?
Doug – Another day at the grind.
Sheila – Tough day?
Doug – No, just busy. Trying to get everything prepared for Saturday’s presentation. What’s for dinner?
Sheila – How does spaghetti sound?
Doug – That sounds fabulous!
Sheila – Doug, do you think we should bring Andy along?
Doug – Sheila, he’s an intelligent boy, he’s old enough to spend one night alone, and besides, this means the world to him.
Sheila – I know, I know; but I worry about if something happens.
Doug – Relax, if Andy gets scared he can call Kelly and go spend the night there. She only lives a few miles down the road.
Sheila – Why is this such a big deal for him?
Doug – Come on, Sheila. He just turned thirteen and he feels like he’s growing up. Don’t you remember the first time your parents left and you had the house all to yourself?
Sheila – No, because Kelly was there and when my parents would leave she planned what would happen and it was usually her friends coming over to watch T.V. and drink. And that meant I wasn’t allowed to participate.
Doug – Well, I’ve had a talk with Andy and he assures me that there will be no parties that night. [Doug smiles.]
Sheila – Oh, Doug! I really don’t want him staying here alone.
Doug – Sheila, we have to trust him.
Sheila – Why don’t you just go and I’ll stay here?
Doug – Sheila, no! Andy will be fine. [As Doug says this the camera cuts to the doorway where we see Andy peeking around the wall. Andy enters the room.]
Andy – Yea, Mom. I’ll be fine. It’s just one night.
Sheila – Oh, Andy, it’s not that I don’t trust you, I just worry about you being alone. What if something happens?
Andy – Mom, we have a security system. I’ll lock the doors, I know the emergency numbers, I can call Aunt Kelly if I’m scared, you and Dad will be calling to check on me…
Doug – He sounds like a tape recording.
Sheila – Doug! This is serious.
Doug – Honey, Andy is a big boy now. [As he says this he puts an arm around Andy.] He knows how to handle himself.
Sheila – I know that. I just worry. [She smiles and hugs Andy.] I’m gonna have a nervous breakdown before this weekend is over.
Doug – Come on, guys, let’s eat. Andy, let’s help your mom set the table.
[Cut to a nighttime scene of Andy’s house. Andy dad knocks on Andy’s door to his room. We see Andy playing a video game.]
Andy – Come in.
Doug – Hey, Big Guy. Can I talk to you a sec. [Andy puts away the video game.] Andy, I trust you a lot, you know that don’t you?
Andy – Yes, sir.
Doug – Your mom does too but she worries a great deal about you. When you’re here by yourself it’s important that you keep the burglar alarm on. O.K.?
Andy – Yes, sir.
Doug – I’m gonna tell you something but you can’t let your mom know or she’ll kill me.
[Andy looks at his dad very interested.]
Andy – What?
Doug – I’m gonna give you the key to the gun cabinet but it’s only for emergency reasons. You got me?
Andy – Yes, sir. I promise I won’t open it unless I have to.
Doug – Good. That means you don’t open it unless someone is breaking in the house. Got it?
Andy – Yes, sir.
[Andy’s dad hands him the key.]
Doug – Keep up with it and don’t let your mom know you have it.
[Cut to a close-up of the medical technician in the prison infirmary. His throat has been cut. Cut to a backwoods shot at night of an old house. Sitting on the front porch is an old man in a rocking chair with a dog at his feet. All of the sudden Lenny climbs the porch and the dog starts barking. Lenny is brandishing a shovel and the old man yells. Cut to the inside of the cabin where we see an old woman washing dishes. We hear the sound of the shovel striking, the old man yelling, dog barking, and then the dog yelping.]
Old Woman – Cecil! [She walks through the house.] Cecil, is that you? Are you alright, Cecil!
[Standing in the doorway we see the silhouette of Lenny holding the shovel.]
Lenny – Cecil won’t be in tonight.
[The scene fades to black with the sound of the old woman screaming.]
[Cut to Andy’s house indoors the morning of the departure of Andy’s parents. The atmosphere is hectic with Andy’s mom and dad getting things ready to leave. A couple of suitcases are sitting by the door.]
Doug – Hon, where’s my briefcase?
Sheila – By the door! Andy can you help me with this bag?
Andy – Yes, ma’am.
[They all three come to the front door. Everyone grabs stuff and they walk out to the car. Doug loads the car as Sheila lectures Andy.]
Sheila – Andy, here’s twenty dollars. [She hands him the money.] Order a pizza with this. I put a list of numbers by the phone in the kitchen. Make sure that you lock the doors tonight and turn on the burglar alarm. And don’t forget to turn it off when the pizza boy comes but don’t forget to turn it back on when he leaves.
Andy – Yes, ma’am.
Sheila – Your Aunt Kelly will be here at lunchtime to take you out to eat lunch.
Andy – I know, Mom.
[Doug finishes loading the car and comes over to them.]
Doug – Andy, make sure you get the grass cut before Kelly gets here. After the presentation we’re gonna go out to eat with our client but we’ll call either from the restaurant or once we get to the hotel, depending on the time. O.K.?
Andy – Yes, sir.
[Sheila hugs and kisses Andy.]
Sheila – Goodbye, Sweetheart. And please be careful.
Andy – I will, Mom.
[Doug hugs Andy.]
Doug – Yea, Sport. Be good also. Love ya.
Andy – I love you too.
Sheila – I love you, Honey.
Andy – Love you, Mom.
[Doug and Sheila get in the car and as they back out they all wave and say goodbye. Just before they drive off, Doug rolls down the window and yells.]
Doug – Remember. [As he says this he makes a gesture of turning a key and winks to Andy. Then they depart.]
Sheila – What’s that about?
Doug – Just reminding him to lock up tonight.
[Change to Andy’s point of view. The scene ends with us watching the car drive down the gravel drive-way. When then see Andy stick his tongue out and make a kicking motion.]
Andy – Adiose, Losers.
[Andy goes into the house and shuts the door.]
[Cut to Andy cutting the grass. He is sweaty and near completion. Aunt Kelly drives up. Andy turns off the mower. Aunt Kelly get out of the car.]
Aunt Kelly – Hungry?
Andy – Starvin’
Aunt Kelly – Well, let’s go eat.
Andy – O.K. Let me go wash up and lock the house up.
[Cut to Andy and Aunt Kelly sitting in a Soda Shop eating.]
Aunt Kelly – There’s supposed to be a bad storm moving in tonight. You sure you’ll be O.K.?
Andy – I’ll be fine. It’s really no big deal. I just didn’t want to go sit through another boring business outing.
Aunt Kelly – [Snickering.] I can understand that. But if the weather does get too bad I would feel a lot better if you would just come over to my house. For me.
Andy – O.K., Aunt Kelly. But only if the weather gets real bad.
Aunt Kelly – Good. Now tell me about your girlfriend.
Andy – I don’t have a girlfriend.
Aunt Kelly – What? A good looking guy like yourself?
[Andy rolls his eyes. As they are talking and laughing the camera pans over to a T.V. in the store. On the T.V. a news reporter is standing outside of the old couple’s cabin covering the murder story. In the background are cops and cars with sirens and a small crowd of people.]
Reporter – …Authorities are saying that Lenny Reuben should be considered armed and dangerous. The search will continue throughout the night but with the coming storm the search could prove to be difficult. We will show you again his picture. [His picture appears on the screen.] Lenny Reuben has a tattoo of an eagle on his right arm. If you have seen or do see this man call the number on the screen and please beware. This is a very dangerous individual. We are advising people to lock their homes…
[Cut to the outside of Andy’s house at night. It is raining heavily with thunder and lightning. Camera moves up to the house and through a window we see Andy in the glow of the T.V. light and talking on the phone. The camera moves inside.]
Andy – …Mom, it’s barely raining. It sounds worse than it really is. [Pause.] Yea, I’m about to order it as soon as I get off of the phone with you. [Pause.] I know, I know. Yes, I’ll call and check in with Aunt Kelly after I talk to you. [Pause.] I miss you too. [Pause.] Really, I’m fine. [Pause.] I love you too. And tell Dad I love him and goodnight. [Pause.] Yes, ma’am. [Pause.] Alright. Love you. Goodnight. [Andy hangs up the phone.] Geez! Relax, will ya?
[Andy picks up the paper with the phone numbers that his mother left and dials the phone.]
Andy – My number is 555-3287. [Pause.] That’s right, Singer Dive. [Pause.] I’ll have a medium pepperoni and mushroom with thick crust. [Pause.] Thank you. [Andy hangs up the phone then dials again. He listens for a few moments, hangs up, and then looks at the time. We see a close up of the microwave oven’s clock reading 7:38. Andy walks to the living room, sits down on the couch, and starts watching T.V.]
[Cut to car headlights shining through rain pulling in the drive-way. Andy notices and checks the clock. It says 7:53. Andy looks puzzled.]
Andy – That was quick.
[Andy goes to the window and sees his Aunt Kelly sprinting through rain to the front door. The doorbell rings. Andy goes to the front door. Beside the front door is the burglar alarm control panel, which he disarms and then he lets Aunt Kelly in. She enters dripping from the rain.]
Aunt Kelly – Hello, An. How are things going?
Andy – Things are going just fine.
Aunt Kelly – This weather is horrible. Have you heard from your parents?
Andy – Yea, they called about 7:30. They were out eating with Dad’s clients. I’ve been watching T.V. and they said that the storm should pass pretty quick. It’s just a thunderstorm; no tornados or nothin’. I tried to call you.
Aunt Kelly – I went to eat with some friends. I just I’d stop and check on you before heading home for the night. Besides, if there was a party going on I wanted to be included too. [She smiles.]
Andy – Aunt Kelly!
Aunt Kelly – I’m just teasin’. Did you eat?
Andy – After I got off the phone with Mom and Dad I ordered a pizza but it hasn’t got here yet. It should be here any minute though.
Aunt Kelly – Well, alright. Listen, you take care and if you need me just call.
Andy – Alright.
[Aunt Kelly kisses Andy on the cheek and they say goodnight to each other. Aunt Kelly sprints through the rain back to her car and leaves.]
[Cut to Andy getting off of the couch and going into the kitchen. He glances at the clock, which reads 8:21. Andy goes to the refrigerator and retrieves a soda, gets a glass from the cupboard, and pours himself a drink. Cut to a view of Andy from outside of the house through the window above the sink. We see through the window Andy drinking his soda.]
[Cut to Aunt Kelly pumping gas at a gas station. She replaces the nozzle and goes in to pay. As she’s standing in line to pay behind another customer we see the cashier ringing up the register but paying attention to a small T.V. beside the register.]
Cashier – [Talking to the guy in line ahead of Aunt Kelly.] They just said that the guy who escaped from prison has been spotted around here. Can you believe that? If he shows his face here I got something for him. They said that he was seen just over on Morgan Road.
[Camera cuts to Aunt Kelly’s face. Upon hearing the cashier say this an expression of realization dawns upon her face.]
Aunt Kelly – Oh my God, Andy!
[Just after she says this lightening strikes followed by a loud clap of thunder and then all the power goes out. Aunt Kelly runs from the gas station and gets in her car.]
[Cut to Andy in the kitchen. Andy looks out the window into the woods. Lightening strikes and we see the back yard and woods briefly illuminated. Cut to a view of the house from the woods. We see Andy clearly in the window. Cut back to Andy’s point of view. This time when the lightening strikes we see Lenny standing at the edge of the woods looking at the house. Thunder booms and we see the house from Lenny’s point of view as the power goes out. Cut to Andy panicking in the house. He backpedals and trips over something in the dark and falls. Cut to a close-up of Andy’s face, eyes wide, breathing heavy, and lying on the floor. He scrambles to get up and gropes his way to the front door while stumbling and tripping as he goes. The door is closed and he locks it. He then tries to set the burglar alarm but there is no power to it. He then crawls to the kitchen and picks up the phone but it is dead. Andy groans in panic and slams the phone down. Andy now makes his way to his mom and dad’s room to the gun cabinet. He scrambles to open it but it’s locked. He checks his pocket for the key but is unable to find it. Cut to an extreme close-up of the key sitting on his dresser in his room. Cut back to Andy now making his way from his mom and dad’s room to the living room in order to go upstairs. When Andy gets to the living room we see car headlights pulling into the driveway with an illuminated “pizza” sign on the roof of the car.]
Andy – Thank God! It’s the pizza delivery guy!
[Andy goes to the front door and opens it. He runs from the house to the car and upon arriving at the car he pounds on the window screaming for help. No one answers so he opens the door only to find the pizza delivery guy dead with his throat cut. Andy screams and turns to run back towards the house. We see Lenny standing on the porch illuminated by the open front door. He has a knife in one hand and the car keys in the other. He is laughing as he swings the car keys. Andy turns and runs towards the woods. Lenny takes off after Andy. Now we see disjointed camera angles and close-ups of their feet running to add drama to the chase scene. Cut to Aunt Kelly pulling up into the driveway. She gets out and goes to the pizza delivery car to find the dead pizza delivery guy. Aunt Kelly screams and runs toward the house calling for Andy. Cut to Andy and Lenny running down a trail in the woods. Lenny stops running when he hears Aunt Kelly yelling. Lightening flashes and we see Andy hiding in some brush not far from Lenny. Lenny turns and starts running back down the trail. We see Andy get up and start running towards the house. Then we see from Lenny’s point of view Andy running towards the house. Lenny starts chasing Andy. Cut to Aunt Kelly in Andy’s room. She turns and Andy burst into the room. She screams.]
Aunt Kelly – Andy! Are you alright?
Andy – Come on! We gotta get out of her!
[Andy grabs her hand and pulls her. They get to the top of the stairs and already Lenny is half-way up the stairs. They frantically shut the door to Andy’s room and lock it. Lenny begins banging on the door. Andy and Aunt Kelly shrink back against the far wall. Lenny bursts the door open. He advances into the room baring the knife. Andy grabs the key to the gun cabinet while Aunt Kelly throws a heavy object at Lenny and it glances off his head. Andy manages to get by Lenny but Aunt Kelly catches Lenny’s knife in the shoulder as she tries to get by. She scrambles down the stairs with Lenny right behind her. At the bottom of the stairs he tackles her and they struggle on the ground. Cut to Andy frantically trying to open the gun cabinet. Cut to Lenny grabbing Aunt Kelly by the hair and pulling her to her feet. She screams as Lenny puts the knife to her throat. Cut to Andy standing with a shotgun pointed at them.]
Andy – Let her go!
Lenny – Put the gun down kid or she gets it like the pizza guy.
[Andy hesitates and then throws the gun down. Lenny picks the gun up as he shoves Aunt Kelly down in front of Andy. He then points the gun at them. Aunt Kelly and Andy hug each other.]
Lenny – Which one of you should I kill first? Maybe I’ll kill the brat before I pay you back for hitting me in the head, bitch!
Aunt Kelly – Noooo!
[Aunt Kelly places herself in front of Andy.]
Lenny – Move it, bitch! I’ll get to you next!
[Lenny kicks Aunt Kelly and she collapses to the ground. Then Lenny points the gun at Andy and pulls the trigger but all we hear is a loud “click”. Lenny’s eyes widen and we see Andy pull a revolver from behind his back. Andy shoots Lenny in the chest and he falls dead. Scene ends with Andy and Aunt Kelly hugging each other.]
[Cut to outside of Andy’s house. Police cars, ambulances, and lights flashing. It has now stopped raining. Camera pans over to an ambulance and we see Andy standing beside a stretcher with Aunt Kelly on it. Her shoulder is bandaged.]