Horror and Thriller Script posted January 28, 2020


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The twist

Twenty Minute Warning Part 10

by Jm4805

SFX:
Stumbling around, feeling in the dark.

Voice: (Intercom)
I'll ask you one last time Ashley. Who will you vote for?

Ashley:
Where am I?

Voice: (Intercom)
It's not a hard decision. Any of the names.

Ashley:
Why are you so interested in what I do?

Voice: (Intercom)
What's the point to an experiment without a control?

Ashley:
That's what John was saying. (Pause) No one voted for John. No one paid him any mind until he started figuring things out. Is he a part of this?

Voice: (Intercom)
No more than you are.

Ashley:
I won't vote. (Pause) I'm sorry. But choosing to kill someone is still wrong!

Voice: (Intercom)
Too bad, I was looking forward to seeing you break down. You had quite the list of people to choose from. The lawyer who's losing his family, the doctor who doesn't care about her patients. Suicidal vet, homicidal teenager. They wouldn't think twice about killing you. Throwing you to an early grave, just to save themselves.

Ashley:
That's what it's all about? What I would do to save myself?

SFX:
Slow clapping.

Voice: (Intercom)
Bravo... I was a little surprised you gave the hardest resistance. Usually parents are the first ones to break under pressure. They have a life to worry about back home.

Ashley:
If I went home with my hands covered in someone else's blood, what kind of example would I be setting?

Voice: (Intercom)
So, let me make you a counteroffer. (Pause) If you can convince everyone to see things the way you do, then... I'll let everyone go.

Ashley:
Why does that sound like a wager with the devil.

Voice: (Intercom)
As you can tell... I don't have a lot of faith in people Plenty of scientist before you have tried to understand the nature of humanity. Jung and his Archetypes, Freud and his Iceberg. Zimbardo and roles, Milgram and authority. Asch and conformity. The list is endless. You're predictable little rats in a maze.

Ashley:
Why is it so dark in here?

Voice: (Intercom)
Because a rat needs to start from the beginning. If you want to go home...

Ashley:
Where is everyone?

Voice: (Intercom)
You'll have to show me that there's more to humanity.

Ashley:
Why do you keep saying, you? Like you're not one of us.

Voice: (Intercom)
Is it a deal?

Ashley:
I don't have a choice, do I?

Voice: (Intercom)
You do, you can choose to die, or vote for someone else to.

Ashley:
Maybe those are choices to you. (Pause) You have a deal.

SFX:
Footsteps echo slowly, touching the wall, far off distance sounds.

Voice: (Softly, closer, twisted)
That's it, head towards the abyss. The darkness will be a suitable ground for what you're trying to prove. Don't you know, the brighter the light, the faster it burns? Can your naivete stand the test of the primordial forces that drive your species?

Ashley: (Calling out, echo)
Hellooooooooo? (Echo) Neil? (Echo twice) Henry? (Echo once) Lena? (Pause) Gabby?

Gabby:
I'm right here!

Ashley:
Where are you?

Gabby: (Softly)
I'm right behind you...

SFX:
Footsteps stop. (Pause) Slowly soft footsteps.

Ashley:
I can't see you!

Gabby:
But I can see you.

Ashley:
I can't tell how big the room is! It's so dark, I can barely breathe.

Gabby:
It'll be over soon.

Ashley:
Gabby? What do you mean?

Gabby:
The voice he told me that if someone dies... I can see mommy.

Ashley:
Gabby, you can't listen to him!

Gabby:
I'm sorry. You were a really nice lady.

SFX:
Running, screaming, slashing cloth, hand grab.

Gabby:
Stop fighting! JUST DIE!

Ashley:
Put down the scissors!

Gabby:
Don't you get it? If you just die, this ends!

Ashley:
I'm starting to miss the view of that dark room- (Pause) We weren't in the game shop. They moved us! That's why no one found us. Gabby, where are we?

Gabby:
It doesn't matter. Once I- (Pause, grunt) I can goooooo home!

SFX:
Struggle.

Ashley:
What would your mom say?

Gabby:
She'd say...

Ashley:
What would your dad say?

Gabby:
He's just going to leave us anyway.

Ashley:
Is this the way you want to be remembered?

Gabby: (Sobbing)
No...

Ashley:
Drop the scissors.

Gabby:
I can't...

Ashley:
I'm not asking.

Gabby:
I just want my mommy...

SFX:
Slash, punch, blood drips, crashing against a wall.

Ashley:
You little- (Pause, screaming in agony) Gabby? Gabby? Are you alright?

Voice: (Intercom)
You're doing a stellar job.

Ashley:
I don't want to hear it from you right now! (Pause) There you are... (Pause) Oh she's out cold. (Pause) Why did you do this honey?

SFX:
Brushing hair, stroking her cheek.

...

Voice: (Intercom)
Cal... How are you feeling?

Cal:
What did you do to my body?

Voice: (Intercom)
We figured it wouldn't be fair if you still had all those injuries.

Cal:
Hey, I'm not complaining.

Voice: (Intercom)
The deal is if you kill everyone... We'll expunge your record. It'll be as if that car accident never happened.

Cal:
And?

Voice: (Intercom)
Well you'll get to have fun with it, right?

Cal:
You know me so well.

SFX:
Blade pick up, slashing the air.

Cal:
I take it this is a gift?

Voice: (Intercom)
Of sorts.

Cal:
I won't look a gift horse in the mouth. (Pause) Where am I? The walls look all funny. Like this low hanging blue light, this bed barely even seems like a bed. I feel like I'm somewhere that I shouldn't be.

Voice: (Intercom)
If you win, we'll tell you everything.

Cal:
So there is a 'we.'

Voice: (Intercom)
Of course... Now get moving, your prey is on the move.

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