THE ROOM 2: GUESS WHO’S BACK

By

Mike Horaney

BLACK SCREEN.  FADE IN THE FOLLOWING

"2003"

 

1. INT.  LISA'S APARTMENT.  DAY.

A MAN ENTERS

MARK

Hey, Babe.

LISA

                                                                  Mmmmmmm… Hey yourself. (pause) 
                                                                  Got anything for me?

MARK

   Not today. (briefly kisses LISA)

LISA

                                                                   (playfully slaps MARK on the chest)
                                                                   You!  (pause) I heard from the insurance

                                                                   company today.

                                                                                         MARK
                                                                   And?

LISA

                                           They said that they will pay Johnny’s insurance policy. 

           One (pause) million (pause) dollars.

MARK

                                                                  (sad and puzzled look) It’s only been two weeks since…

                                                                  (pause then a faint smile) I guess he would have wanted

                                                                   it that way.  You deserve it.

LISA

                                                                   We… deserve it.  You were his best friend and

                                                                   he loved me so much.

MARK

                                                                  Don't you feel the least bit guilty?

LISA

                                                                  (evil smile) We can finally be together and I have

                                                                   one million reasons for you to stay.

LISA AND MARK HUG. 

ZOOM IN: MARK HAS A LOST, SAD LOOK ON HIS FACE

                                                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO

2. PAN ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

                                                                                                                  DISSOLVE TO

3.  INT. LISA'S APARTMENT.  DAY.

A WOMAN ENTERS AND LISA GREETS HER

LISA

                                                                  Hi, Mom.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                  Hello, Dear.  How are you doing?

LISA

                                                                  I’m good.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                 (furled brow) Be honest. Tell me. 

                                                                  It’s only been two weeks since…

LISA

                                                                  Since Johnny’s suicide.  You can say it.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                  Oh, whatever. (wrinkles nose)

                                                                  Let’s talk about you.

LISA

                                                                  Mom, I don’t want to talk about it.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                   Come now.  Johnny was your fiancé. 

                                                                   You must work through this.  God knows that I have

                                                                   to work through my breast cancer.

LISA

                                                                   Mom, I keep telling you that you will be fine.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                   I need to go now.  I am meeting Harold at

                                                                   my lawyer’s office. (taps Lisa on the nose) 

                                                                   Keep your chin up.

CLAUDETTE EXITS

LISA

                                                                  Thanks, Mom.

                                                                                                                               DISSOLVE TO

4. PAN ACROSS the San Francisco skyline

                        
                                                                                                                              DISSOLVE TO

5.  EXT. ROOFTOP. NIGHT

A YOUNG MAN SITS ON A ROOFTOP WITH A BEAUTIFUL VIEW.  HE IS CURLED IN A BALL.  SHAKING.
 

DENNY

                                                                   I’ll get them…  by God, I’ll get them.

                                                                                                                               DISSOLVE TO

6.  ZOOM IN TO ALCATRAZ ISLAND.  A SHADOWY FIGURE BRIEFLY APPEARS ON A TOWER

DISSOLVE TO 

 

7. INT. LISA'S APARTMENT.  DAY

THREE MEN ENTER CARRYING LARGE CARDBOARD BOXES.  THE ROOM IS LITTERED WITH BOXES.

MARK

                                                                   Well that about does it. 

                                                                   Just need to unpack and I am home.

PETER

                                                                   Mark, this is pretty creepy.  

                                                                   I mean it is only been two weeks.

MIKE

                                                                   Peter, leave the man alone. 

                                                                   He is a big boy.  Err… man.

LISA ENTERS AND WALKS OVER TO MARK, KISSING HIM 

LISA

                                                                   Hey guys.  Thanks for the help.  I think that we

                                                                   can take it from here. (coy smile)

PETER DROPS THE BOX AT HIS FEET

 

PETER

                                                                   Yeah.  I’m out of here.  See ‘ya.

PETER WALKS OUT, LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN BEHIND HIM

 MIKE

                                                                   Yeah.  I’m out of here too.  Have fun.

                                                                   (awkward look on his face)                            

                                                                    I mean…

LISA

                                                                   (smiling) Goodbye Mike. 

                                                                   Say hello to Michelle for me.

MIKE

                                                                  Will do..

MIKE SCOOTS OUT, CLOSING THE DOOR BEHIND HIM

 

LISA

                                                                  Come here Loverboy.

                                                                  (grabs MARK by the collar and kisses him)

A PICTURE FRAME FALLS FROM A SHELF.  THE TWO LOOK OVER.  IT IS A PHOTO OF LISA AND JOHNNY

LISA

                                                                   I thought that I put that away.

                                                                   (picking up the frame and holding it to her chest)

MARK FOCUSES ON LISA GRASPING THE PHOTO CLOSE TO HER CHEST.  

 

          DISSOLVE TO
 

9.  STILL SHOT OF THE TRANSAMERICA BUILDING

                                  DISSOLVE TO

 

10.  INT.  UNKNOWN APARTMENT. DAY

 

MIKE WALKS IN.  DEJECTED.  A WOMAN ENTERS THE ROOM CARRYING A METAL PITCHER.

MICHELLE

                                                                  Mike.  What’s wrong.  You look terrible.

MIKE

                                                                   I…  I…  I lost my job at the candy factory.

MICHELLE DROPS THE PITCHER

MICHELLE

                                                                  Oh, Mike.  What happened?

MIKE

                                                                  Yep.  It was me thievery.  They have me

                                                                   on video stealing the “love chocolates”.

 

MICHELLE GASPS AND PUTS THE TIPS OF HER FINGERS TO HER LIPS

MICHELLE

                                                                  I tried to tell you. (growing angry)

                                                                  Was it worth it?  Was it?

MIKE GAZES INTO THE AIR FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN ETERNITY AND SMILES

 

MIKE

                                                                   Yeah.  It was worth it.  Remember the time

                                                                   when we were in Lisa’s apartment.

MICHELLE INTERRUPTS HIM

MICHELLE

                                                                   You mean the first time that we met Lisa’s mother

                                                                   even though we were friends with Lisa for

                                                                   years and years?  Even more odd is that

                                                                   her mother comes over all of the time and

                                                                   we never once crossed paths?  

                                                                   And you forgot your underwear?

MIKE

                                                                    No.  The time that you tried on that

                                                                    red dress of Lisa’s.

BOTH LAUGH

MICHELLE

                                                                    How about the time that you tried it on?

BOTH LAUGH HARDER.  MIKE SHAKES HIS HEAD.  MICHELLE BOUNCES HER BROW AND SIGNALS TOWARD THE BEDROOM.  THEY RUN INTO THE BEDROOM.

          DISSOLVE TO

 

11.  SAN FRANSCISCO SKYLINE AT NIGHT

                                  

DISSOLVE TO

 

12. EXT.  BACK ALLEY.  NIGHT

A THUG IN A KNIT CAP STANDS IN THE SHADOWS.  DENNY APPROACHES.

CHRIS R

                                                                   You got my money, Denny?

DENNY TRIPS A BIT ON SOME TRASH CANS

DENNY

                                                                    It’s… right here.

DENNY PULLS A LARGE WAD OF BILLS FROM HIS POCKET AND GIVES THEM TO CHRIS R.  CHRIS R COUNTS THE MONEY AND GIVES SOME BACK TO DENNY.

 

DENNY

                                                                    Thank you.  I don’t know what I am going to do

                                                                    now that Johnny is gone.

DENNY BEGINS TO TEAR UP.

CHRIS R

                                                                   (angry) Save it for your shrink. Here is your next job…

THE TWO HUDDLE UP. IT IS VISIBLE THAT CHRIS R IS GIVING EMPHATIC DIRECTIONS TO DENNY, BUT ARE NOT AUDIBLE.  DENNY NODS.

 

                                   DISSOLVE TO

 

13.  INT. LISA AND MARK’S BEDROOM. NIGHT

A BREEZE BLOWS THROUGH THE CURTAINS.  ANIMAL NOISES LIGHTLY ECHO IN THE ROOM.   A PICTURE OF LISA AND JOHNNY FALLS FROM THE WALL.  ALL IS CALM.  A GUNSHOT PIERCES THE SILENCE.  MARK, WHO WAS ASLEEP SITS STRAIGHT UP.  HIS FACE IN HORROR.

          DISSOLVE TO

14.  DAY.  FROM A DISTANCE PAN DOWN THE CROOKEDEST STREET IN THE WORLD, SWEEPING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

                                DISSOLVE TO

 

15.   INT. LISA AND MARK’S APARTMENT. LIVING ROOM. DAY.

PETER

                                                                   So that’s when I said, “It not that you are not crazy.    

                                                                    I just don’t want to see you anymore!”.

PETER AND MARK LAUGH

MARK

                                                                   Oh Peter.  I do not know how you can stand

                                                                    to be a psychologist with those people.

PETER PAUSES AND BECOME SERIOUS

PETER.

                                                                                 It pays well.

THE TWO LAUGH.  ACROSS THE ROOM A FRAMED SPOON FALLS FROM THE ENDTABLE.  PETER, STUNNED, LOOKS AT MARK.

MARK

                                                                   Yeah, now you have seen it too.  This place…

                                                                   some weird shit has been going on.

PETER GULPS

PETER

                                                                   Mark.  What’s… going on?

MARK

                                                                   It all started just after Johnny’s “incident”. 

                                                                   After the Cleaners finished in the bedroom. 

                                                                   Cold breezes at first.  Then moaning sounds. 

                                                                    The latest is shit flying around.  I don’t know.

MARK IS FRUSTRATED AND VIOLENTLY SHAKES HIS HEAD

MARK

                                                                   I don’t know, man.  But it is really starting

                                                                   to creep me the fuck out.

MARK AND PETER LOOK AT EACH OTHER FOR MANY SECONDS.  THE SILENCED IS PIERCED BY A POUNDING AT THE DOOR.

DENNY

                                                                   Mark!  Mark!  Please let me in!

MARK RUSHES TO THE DOOR AND OPENS IT.  DENNY BREATHING HEAVY, FLOPS IN AND ENDS UP DOWN ON HIS KNEES.  MARK KNEELS AT DENNY’S SIDE.

MARK

                                                                   Denny.  What’s wrong?!

DENNY GASPS FOR AIR.  MARK LOOKS UP AT PETER.

DENNY

                                                                   I think that I killed Saul.

MARK

                                                                   WHAT?!  WHERE?!  WHEN?!

DENNY

                                                                    Last night.  In the alley.  I was there to…

MARK

                                                                   To what?

DENNY

                                                                   To sell him drugs.  He has been

                                                                   really depressed since Johnny’s party. 

                                                                   He blames himself.  After the party,

                                                                   if he hadn’t talked Peter out of going up

                                                                   and seeing Johnny, then Johnny wouldn’t have…

                                                                   (voice trailing off) killed himself.

PETER KICKS A CHAIR

PETER

                                                                    Bastard.

MARK

                                                                    What are you two talking about?

PETER

                                                                    It doesn’t matter now.

                                                                    Denny, what happened?

DENNY

                                                                    Like I said, Saul was buying drugs. 

                                                                    He got nervous.  Which made me nervous. 

                                                                    I was fumbling with the stuff and he reached out. 

                                                                    I didn’t know what he was doing, so I reached

                                                                    in the bag, pulled out the gun and shot him. 

                                                                    After that, I don’t know what happened.  I just ran.

MARK GOES TO THE WINDOW AND LOOKS DOWN.  NEXT TO A SMATTERING OF BROKEN GLASS IS A BODY.

MARK

                                                                   Yep.  Looks like Saul.  DAMN!

PETER

                                                                    I’m out of here.  Saul was an asshole. 

                                                                    I want none of this.

PETER RUSHES OUT.  MARK AND DENNY LOOK AT EACH OTHER.

             DISSOLVE TO

16.  EXT.  ROOFTOP.  NIGHT

IN THE DARKNESS, A CAR ENGINE STARTS.  HEADLIGHTS SHINE ON THE DOOR LEADING DOWNSTAIRS.  A SHADOW IS CAST ON THE DOOR.  A HUMAN (?) SHADOW.

UPDATED 4/5/2017

             DISSOLVE TO

17.  SUNRISE OVER SAN FRANCISCO SKYLINE

                                  DISSOLVE TO

18. INT. LISA AND MARK’S BEDROOM. DAY

MARK IS SITTING ON THE BED READING A NEWSPAPER.  LISA IS TRYING TO MAKE THE BED AROUND MARK.

MARK

                                                                    Hmmmm…  Johnny’s old bank just

                                                                    filed for bankruptcy.  Evidently their funds

                                                                    were not managed properly and there

                                                                    was rampant embezzlement.

LISA

                                                                   Enough about Johnny.  Johnny’s job.  Whatever.

Mark

                                                                   Wow!  Listen to this.  The San Francisco area

                                                                   has had a serial killer for the past

                                                                   five or seven years. 

LISA

                                                                   That’s an odd set of numbers.  (deep in thought)

                                                                   Hmmmmmmmm…

MARK

                                                                   There has been a coverup at the highest levels of local                                                                                          government.  It says that the victims were all exsanguinated

 

LISA

                                                                   What does that mean?

MARK

      They were all drained of blood.

 

LISA

                                                                    (turns up nose) Gross.

MARK LUNGES AT LISA AND PROCEEDS TO FEIN BITING HER ON THE NECK.  LISA HAS A HAUNTED OH-SO-FAMILIAR LOOK ON HER FACE.

          DISSOLVE TO

 

19.  SHOT OF SEAGULLS FLYING OVER THE BAY

                                   DISSOLVE TO

 

 

20. INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY.

TWO POLICE OFFICERS ARE AT THE DOOR OF AN APARTMENT.  OFFICER #1 ONE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR.  DENNY ANSWERS THE DOOR.

OFFICER #1

                                                                   Are you Denny (cough)?

DENNY

                                                                   Errrrr… Yes I am.

OFFICER #1

                                                                   We have a warrant for your arrest.  On the charge

                                                                   of the Murder of Saul (cough).

OFFICER #2

                                                                    (TURNS TO OFFICER #1)

                                                                    You ought to have that cough looked at.

DENNY

                                                                   I don’t understand.

OFFICER #1

                                                                    We will explain down at the station.

DENNY IS CUFFED.  LISA AND CLAUDETTE APPROACH.

LISA

                                                                    What’s going on?

    OFFICER #1

                                                                   This young man is being arrested for murder.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    Murder?!?!

OFFICER #2

                                                                    Yes.  Now please step aside.

OFFICER #1 TRIES TO PUSH HIS WAY PAST CLAUDETTE.  BIG MISTAKE.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    Now you listen here.  You’re making a big mistake!

 

DENNY

                                                                   Wait.  Listen to me.

 

LISA

                                                                   (becoming upset) Denny, don’t say a word. 

                                                                   We will call Steven and get this all straightened out.

DENNY

                                                                   (crying)

                                                                   But I…

LISA

                                                                    (hysterical)

                                                                    Not another word!

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    (TO THE OFFICER)

                                                                    Who did he murder? 

                                                                    When did this happen? 

                                                                    How did it happen?

                                                                    (to DENNY)

                                                                    What is going on?  Was it an accident? 

                                                                    Were you angry?  Were you scared?

                                                                    I want some answers, young man!

DENNY

                                                                    You’re not my fucking lawyer!

THE OFFICERS TAKE DENNY AWAY

LISA

                                                                   (Crying) Oh, mom!

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    Who’s Steven?

          DISSOLVE TO

21.  SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT LIFE

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22. INT. LISA’S AND MARK’S BEDROOM.

THE ROOM IS DARK, SAVE FOR SEVERAL CANDLES.  MARK IS SHIRTLESS LYING ON THE BED.  LISA ENTERS.

MARK

                                                                    Hey, Babe.

LISA

                                                                    Oh, Mark.  It was so awful! 

                                                                    They arrested Denny for murder!

MARK

                                                                    Yeah.  What are you going to do?

LISA

                                                                    Mark, do you know something about this?

MARK GETS UP AND WALKS TO THE WINDOW.  HE GAZES AT THE STARS.

MARK

                                                                    See for yourself. (motions toward the window)

LISA APPROACHES AND LOOKS OUT OF THE WINDOW.  STARTING AT THE STARS, SHE EVENTUALLY LOOKS DOWN.  IN THE ALLEY IS A CHALK OUTLINE OF A BODY.

LISA

                                                                    Denny pushed him off the roof?

MARK

                                                                    (somewhat amused) No. 

                                                                    Remember the gunshot the other night. 

                                                                    That was Denny.  He killed Saul.

LISA

                                                                    (hysterical) WHAT?!?!  No!  No!!  NO!!!

MARK PULLS LISA TO HIM AND HUGS HER.  LISA CRIES ON HIS CHEST. 

LISA

                                                                     (sobbing) Oh, Mark.

THE TWO HOLD EACH OTHER TIGHT THEN RELAX.  THEY ARE FACE TO FACE.  TEARS STREAM FROM LISA’S EYES.  THEY KISS SOFTLY.  THEN HARDER.  THEN HARDER.  CAMERA PANS TO CLOSEUP OF HOT CANDLE.

23. GRATUITOUS SEX SCENE


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24. LISA AND MARK ON THE BED EXHAUSTED.  THE CAMERA PULLS BACK AND POINTS TOWARDS THE WINDOW.  CAMERA ZOOMS OUT THE WINDOW AND UPWARD.  A BRIGHT, VERY LARGE SHOOTING STAR (?) ZIPS HORIZONTALLY ACROSS THE SKY.

UPDATED 4/7/2017

DISSOLVE TO

25.  EXT.  ROOFTOP. DAY.

LISA, DENNY, CLAUDETTE AND A MAN ARE IN A CIRCLE, DEEP IN DISCUSSION.  THE VIEW IS QUITE SPECTACULAR.

LISA

                                                                    Steven, what is Denny’s next move?

Steven

                                                                    (TO LISA) Well, it was good that you had

                                                                    the one million dollar bail to get him out of jail. 

                                                                    He would have been eaten alive.

                                                                    (TO DENNY)  Now that I know your side,

                                                                    I can best represent you.

DENNY

                                                                    I’m scared.  Chris R is a bad dude.  He is gunna get me.

LISA

                                                                    No, Denny.  We will protect you. (looking around) 

                                                                    We all will.

STEVEN

                                                                    The most important thing for you to do is lay low. 

                                                                    Is there someplace for you to stay?

LISA

                                                                    He can stay with me.  Denny lives in the same building,

                                                                    so that is the last place Chris R will look.

DENNY

                                                                    I can’t endanger you, Lisa.  What if you get hurt? 

                                                                    I will never be able to forgive myself.

LISA

                                                                    Denny, we are family.  (HUGS DENNY). 

                                                                    Everything will be alright.

A CROW CAWS IN THE DISTANCE AND FLIES AWAY

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    That was strange. (TO LISA) Where did you get

                                                                    that kind of money and why was this the first

                                                                    I have heard about it?

LISA

                                                                    Don’t worry about it, Mom.

CLAUDETTE

                                                                    Oh, alright.  Nobody tells me anything. 

                                                                    Denny, Lisa is right, we will protect you.

THE FOUR WALK TOWARD THE DOOR THAT LEADS DOWN INTO THE BUILDING.

          DISSOLVE TO

26.  PAN ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE: NIGHT

                                DISSOLVE TO

27. INT. LISA AND MARK’S LIVING ROOM.  NIGHT.

THE ROOM IS DARK, SAVE FOR A SINGLE CANDLE.  DENNY IS CURLED UP ON THE COUCH.  THE DOORBELL RINGS.  A VOICE CAN BE HEARD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR.

UNKNOWN PERSON

                                                                    Pizza delivery.

DENNY PAUSES THEN GOES TO THE DOOR.  HE PEEKS THROUGH THE PEEP HOLE AND SEES THE DELIVERY PERSON WITH THE PIZZA THAT HE ORDERED.  DENNY COUNTS OUT HIS MONEY AND OPENS THE DOOR.  THE PIZZA DELIVERY MAN IS PUSHED ASIDE AND FALLS TO THE GROUND.  IN THE DOORWAY IS CHRIS R.

CHRIS R

                                                                    Hey Denny.

CHRIS R TAKES DENNY’S MONEY AND THROWS IT AT THE DELIVERY PERSON.

CHRIS R

                                                                    (TO THE DELIVERY PERSON) Now get out of here!

THE DELIVERY PERSON GETS UP AND RUNS AWAY.  CHRIS R PICKS UP THE PIZZA BOX AND SHOVES IT INTO DENNY'S GUT.  DENNY STEPS BACK AND CHRIS R ENTERS THE APARTMENT.

DENNY

                                                                    Hey, Chris R. (pause then begins to cry) 

                                                                    I didn’t tell them anything.  At least that you

                                                                    were involved.

CHRIS R THROWS THE PIZZA BOX BEHIND THE COUCH.

CHRIS R

                                                                    Come here Denny.  We need to talk.

DENNY TURNS AND RUNS.  HE TRIPS ON THE COFFEE TABLE IN THE DARKNESS AND CRASHES INTO AN END TABLE.  THE ITEMS ON THE END TABLE CRASH TO THE FLOOR.  CHRIS R STANDS OVER DENNY. DENNY SCRAMBLES, PICKING UP AN OBJECT AND GETS TO HIS FEET.  HE RAISES A SPOON AND POINTS IT AT CHRIS R.

CHRIS R

                                                                    (LAUGHS) You (pause) are (pause) dead!

DENNY REARS BACK AND THROWS THE SPOON AT CHRIS R.  BEFORE IT CAN REACH IT’S INTENDED TARGET, AN INCREDIBLY STRONG BLAST OF AIR SWOOPS IN AND CARRIES CHRIS R OUT OF THE OPEN WINDOW.  POV SHOT STRAIGHT DOWN AS CHRIS R CRASHES TO THE ALLEY BELOW.  THE SPOON HITS THE WALL. DENNY NOW HORRIFIED, LOOKS AT THE WINDOW.  DENNY IS ON THE VERGE OF A PANIC ATTACK.  THE BLAST OF AIR RETURNS BACK THROUGH THE WINDOW.  FROM THE DARKENSS, A LARGE FULL DUFFEL BAG IS TOSSED AT DENNY.  HE CATCHES IT, CONFUSED.  CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THE SIDE OF THE BAG.  IT READS “SAN FRANSICSO CITY BANK”.  A VOICE COMES FROM THE DARKNESS.

UNKNOWN PERSON.

                                                                    Oh, hai Denny. (pause)

                                                                    Now, leaf and nefur come back.

DENNY’S HORROR KNOWS NO BOUNDS.  HE TURNS TO THE DOOR AND RUNS OUT.  THE WIND BLOWS OUT OF THE WINDOW.  A FIGURE COMES DOWN THE CIRCULAR STAIRS.

LISA

                                                                    Denny?

 

          DISSOLVE TO

28.  ROOFTOP.  NIGHT.

IN THE DARKNESS, INCHES ABOVE THE ROOFTOP, THE CAMERA SLOWLY PANS ACROSS THE LOWER HALF OF THE PASSENGER SIDE OF A WHITE AUTOMOBILE.  THE MERCEDES BENZ LOGO CAN BE SEEN ON THE CENTER CAP OF THE WHEEL.  THE CAMERA STOPS AT THE FRONT PASSENGER DOOR.  FROM BELOW THE CAR, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AUTO IS ILLUMINATED.  BLACK COMBAT BOOTS CAN BE SEEN WALKING TO THE DOOR AND THE UNKNOWN PERSON GETS INTO THE CAR.  THE ENGINE IS STARTED.  THE CAR LIFTS EVER SO SLIGHTLY.

          DISSOLVE TO

29. INT. LISA AND MARK'S LIVING ROOM.

A CAR ENGINE CAN BE HEARD.  LISA LOOKS AT THE CEILING.  THE NOISE FADES AWAY.  LISA STANDS IN THE DARKNESS

LISA

                                                                    Denny?

More to come...