Primal Tears (partial movie script - PG13 edition)

I have long been a fan of Kelpie Wilson's novel Primal Tears. To find out more about it click the link to the youtube video. I have included here, a sample of the theatrical version of a script for a Primal Tears film.

I will eventually post a sample of the R rated version on here as well.

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8. Sage Escapes

I/E. SARAH’S CAR - NIGHT W/ RAIN

Sarah, Kevin and Sage are all inside Sarah’s car with a few bags crammed into the way-back.

Kevin is driving with an angry look on his face, Sarah is riding shotgun looking scared, and Sage is in the back looking confused and nervous.

She looks out the window at fields rushing quickly by, and a sign saying come ‘Come visit the lovely Siskiyou Mountains,’ then looks back towards her parents.

SAGE:

“Where are we going?”

Kevin reaches a hand into the backseat.

KEVIN:

“Take it.”

Sage takes her father’s hand and Kevin smiles slightly.

KEVIN:

“Sweetie you remember when I told you that there are really awful people in the world?”

Sage raises her eyebrow ridge.

SAGE:

“Yeah.”

Kevin gives Sage’s hand a squeeze.

KEVIN:

“Well some bad people have found out about you and now we need to get you somewhere safe.”

Sage looks upset.

SAGE:

“How long do we have to be gone?”

Sarah twiddles her thumbs.

SARAH:

“Do you want the truth?”

Sage lets go of Kevin’s hand.

SAGE:

“Yes.”

SARAH:

“It could be a while.”

Sage looks very upset at this news.

SAGE:

“But I -”

All of a sudden a police car drives out into the middle of the road and blocks Kevin’s path, causing the whole family to yell in shock, Kevin to involuntarily swear,  slam on the brakes, and the car to come to a stop just in time.

Everyone breaths heavily and Sarah stares nervously.

The police car door opens, an OFFICER steps out and Kevin looks back at Sage.

KEVIN:

“Sage turn your head toward the window, and pretend to be sleeping.”

Sage nods and turns her head just as the officer gets to Kevin’s window.
Sarah looks terrified but Kevin calmly rolls the window down.

KEVIN:

“Is there a problem officer?”

The police officer leans over and although Kevin and Sarah smile at him, the officer remains quite as he looks towards the girl in the backseat.

Sarah suddenly looks nervous.

 

OFFICER:

“Is that the creature?”

Kevin slams his foot on the gas and the officer is hurled backwards into the mud as Kevin hightails it out of there.

EXT. MUDDY FIELD - NIGHT W/ RAIN

The officer grabs his gun from its holster and fires at the car’s tires, causing one of them to go flat, and the car to swerve in the mud and careen toward a fence.

It crashes into the fence.

The officer holsters his weapon and starts walking towards the car.

I/E. SARAH’S CAR - NIGHT W/ RAIN

Everyone looks shaken and Sarah clutches her heart.

KEVIN:

“Okay that might have been stupid.”

Sage looks out her window and sees a river on the other side of the fence.

Kevin and Sarah look behind them and can see the officer heading for them.

SARAH:

“How are we gonna get out of this?”

Kevin turns back to the front and frowns trying to think of something.

Sage looks at her parents, then at the river.

KEVIN:

“Okay what we’ve got to do is -”

Kevin is suddenly cut off by gunfire and he and Sarah duck.

KEVIN:

“Jesus Christ!”

Sarah turns to the backseat but Sage is gone.

SARAH:

“Kevin.”

Kevin turns and like Sarah looks at Sage’s empty seat with an expression of shock and fear.

Sarah closes her eyes as the tears come.

SARAH:

“Be safe.”

EXT. RIVER - NIGHT W/ RAIN

Sage is being pushed along by the raging current  struggling to keep her head above water.

This continues for a bit with various shots indicating how long she’s been in the water, until she is washed up on a muddy bank.

Sage crawls out of the water turns onto her back, and lies there breathing hard.

She squeezes her eyes closed, and the wrinkles around her eyes tighten.

EXT. SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS - NIGHT

A brief shot of the Siskiyou Mountains where Sage washed up.

EXT. FOREST PATH - NIGHT

Sage is struggling up the hill, for although the rain has stopped, her wet clothes are making it hard to walk.
She walks up to the trunk of a redwood and puts her head against it.

Her back is covered with mud.

She suddenly straightens up and slaps her forehead,  removes her shirt and throws it aside, and repeats this with her pants.

She stands beneath the mighty redwood in her wet undergarments, and she shivers a little, although her body hair will help keep her warm.

Then suddenly she stops and looks up, then at her hands with their extra long fingers, and a smile breaks out on her face.

EXT. REDWOOD CANOPY - VERY EARLY DAWN

Sage (who has taken off her shoes) is leaping from tree to tree  swinging off the branches like Tarzan.

She does a somersault through the air and grabs a branch with her apelike feet.

She swings down so she’s facing the ground, and plummets  towards the earth.

She then twists her body around so she’s facing right side up again, and grabs onto the bark of the trunk like a girl version of Spiderman, causing her dissent to stop immediately. 

SAGE:

“Well that’ll keep you warm.”

Sage looks towards the barely rising sun and takes off again, disappearing into the forest.

EXT. CLEARING WITH CABIN - DAWN

Sage is hanging by one hand and one foot in a tree above the cabin.

She watches for a few seconds, then takes a deep breath, and lets herself drop twenty feet to the ground below  landing on a soft patch of moss and twigs.

She approaches the cabin, walks onto the front porch,  approaches the front door, and raises her hand to knock.

She knocks.

She waits.

No one answers.

She looks around one last time, and then steps inside.
 

 

Well at least she's safe. Now what?

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