Episode 25: Mothman

By Booser

Part One

 

Music cue: The Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter"

FADE IN: Point Pleasant, WV

OPEN TO:

EXT. SKY-NIGHT

POV. UNKNOWN

We are soaring high above the forests and can see where the land meets the sky far into the distance. We are flying gracefully, almost gliding on the sounds of the music. Slightly swaying from side to side but we can clearly see for miles ahead. The moon in the distance is full and round and the sky is pitch black save for a few scattered stars here and there

Eventually we look down slightly and see a car driving just up ahead on the road far below us. Slowly we begin making a descent, which takes us closer and closer to the vehicle below

INT. CAR

DAVID ELLISON (mid-thirties, blue-collor kind of guy) is driving home from the late shift, radio blaring out "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. David decides to quietly sing along

DAVID
(singing)
Storm is threatening, my very life today. If I don't get some shelter oh yeah I'm gonna fade away.

EXT. ROAD

We see David's car approaching us in the distance his headlights getting closer. As we PAN RIGHT slightly the dark figure of a person comes into frame. He appears to be wearing a long black raincoat but we only see a close up of his left arm and lower back, his hand in his pocket, stood still, simply watching as the car approaches

INT. CAR

David is still singing, merrily tapping his hand on the steering wheel to the music

DAVID
(singing)
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away-

Just then the radio begins to play up, giving off nothing but feedback and white noise

DAVID
The hell!?

He takes his eyes of the road for a second and leans forward trying to change the stations, tapping the radio panel

A quick glance at the road ahead and he sees the dark figure standing in the middle of the road, not moving or flinching

DAVID
Holy mother of-!

EXT. ROAD

We see a close up of the figure's eyes they give a bright red flash

INT. CAR

David slams on the brakes, hitting his forehead on the steering wheel as the car jolts to a sudden stop. He takes a moment to regain his composure, just then the radio begins working again

Music cue: Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter" resumes playing

David looks down at his radio for a beat then out of the front windscreen, but even with the headlights on he cannot see anyone out on the road

EXT. ROAD

Cautiously he steps out in front of the car

INT. CAR

We can see David through the windscreen looking confused and scared. There's is no one out here and no indication that there ever was. Puzzled, he begins to examine his car for dents, but, again there is no sign of denting or impact marks. He frantically look saround calling to see if anyone is injured or needs help

DAVID
Hello?

EXT. ROAD

DAVID
Is anyone there? Are you hurt? I-I'm sorry you just came outta' nowhere. Hello? Anybody?

POV. DAVID

We look around at the surroundings trying to see if anyone is out here

CLOSE UP on David as he begins mumbling to himself

DAVID
(scared)
I swear to god somebody was....right in front of me....oh god.

He tries calling out again, convinced that he almost hit someone

DAVID
(shouting)
Hello? Are you out there?

POV. UNKNOWN

We can see David and his car just below us as we begin to move upwards into the sky, our vision still focused on David as he gets further and further below us, out of view

DAVID (O.S.)
Is anybody out there?

FADE TO:

BLACK

"MOTHMAN"

FADE TO: EXT. ROAD-DAY

The Impala comes driving down the road on a dreary, rainy day.

INT. IMPALA

We CLOSE UP on a newspaper, our attention is drawn to a small article circled in pen and bearing the headline “Mothman Returns!”

SAM (O.S.)
I can't believe it

PULL BACK TO REVEAL SAM WINCHESTER is sitting in the passenger seat reading the newspaper article while DEAN is driving the Impala, concentrating only on the road ahead

SAM (CON'T)
I mean, the Mothman!

DEAN
(eyes still on the road ahead)
Yeah. Big whoop

SAM
It's been what? Over 40 years since anybody's last seen or heard from it?

DEAN
(disinterested)
Something like that

SAM
What do you suppose it wants?

DEAN
I don't know

SAM
(surprised)
What? No guesses? No theories?

DEAN
(threatening)
You're starting to annoy me Sam

SAM
(confused)
Sam?
(laughs)
What happened to Sammy?

DEAN
He's dead
(beat)
I killed him!

SAM
(Laughing)
Dean, what are you talking abou-

Dean, without warning, SLASHES Sam across the throat with a knife. One swift move, no hesitation (no remorse)

CLOSE UP on Sam's face against the blood splattered passenger window, eyes wide, mouth agape, bleeding out through the throat. Dean doesn't even bat an eyelid

JUMP CUT:

INT. IMPALA-NIGHT

Music cue: “Hush” by Deep Purple

Sam wakes with a start in the passenger seat, confused and scared.
Outside the weather is dark and stormy with lightning flashes in between the rolls of thunder
Dean is driving nodding along to the music

DEAN
(noticing Sam's current state)
Another bad dream?

Sam doesn't respond, he's still a bit confused, feeling along his throat for the knife wound

Dean reaches across

DEAN
Hey! Earth to Sammy

Sam's whole body jerks as he tries to back away from Dean, his back pressed against the passenger-side door

DEAN
(concerned)
Woah, Sam, What the hell's gotten into you?

Sam takes a second to gain some composure, realizes that he was having another nightmare

SAM
Sorry I, uh...had a bad dream

DEAN
How bad?

SAM
(beat)
Very

Silence for a beat

DEAN
You want to talk about it?

SAM
Do you even need to ask?

DEAN
(sighs)
I'll take that as a 'no' then

Sam pick ups the newspaper (same as in the dream, the Mothman article is circled)

SAM
(staring at the newspaper)
How far are we from Point Pleasant?

DEAN
About 40 miles. I reckon we should be there within the hour.
(glances at Sam, worried about him)
We'll check into a motel, get some rest and make a start first thing in the morning

Sam leans on his hand against the window

SAM
(frowning)
I really don't feel like sleeping

DEAN
(looking at Sam concerned)
Must have been one hell of a freaky nightmare

SAM
(smiles weakly)
That's an understatement

DEAN
Do you think it was a vision?

SAM
(laughing bitterly)
God I hope not

Dean looks puzzled, glancing at Sam, then at the road, then at Sam again then finally settling his gaze on the road

DEAN
(beat)
Was I in it?

SAM
(tired)
Dean I've told you, I don't-

DEAN
(cutting through Sam's evasion tactics)
Was I in it?

SAM
Yes, Dean
(letting it all out)
You were in my dream. You were sitting right where you are now, we were talking and then you just slit my throat for absolutely no reason!

DEAN
(taking this in)
Man...that's twisted

SAM
Yeah. So you can understand why I'm feeling a bit freaked out at the moment

The two of them are quiet for a beat

DEAN
Sam...you know I would never-

SAM
(nods)
I know

Dean stares at Sam nodding with him to reinforce his own belief that he would never do such a thing to his own brother

DEAN
Good
(beat)
Good

The two of them sit in awkward silence, only the music providing any relief from the tension

EXT. ROAD

The Impala speeds past a sign. PAN ACROSS to the large road sign. It reads: “Next Exit: Point Pleasant” and underneath it someone has added, in spray paint, “Home of the Mothman”

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MOTEL

ANGLE DOWN to see the Impala pull into a motel parking lot. the rain has stopped for now

PAN DOWN to CLOSE UP on a neon sign the word “Vacancies” lit up

INT. IMPALA

Dean parks the car and takes the keys from the ignition

DEAN
I'll go and book the room. You wait here

SAM
Why?

DEAN
Because you look like crap and I don't want you scaring the locals

SAM
Jerk

Dean smiles and shuts the door

INT. MOTEL-RECEPTION

Dean walks in and looks around the area. The walls and check in desk are made from the same rich-looking oakwood, on the walls are various pictures of the surrounding area including one of the Silver bridge spanning the Ohio river, before it's collapse.

WOMAN (O.S.)
Can I help you?

Dean turns around and sees a woman in her early thirties, stood behind the counter. She is also, we notice, clearly pregnant. This is JANE MARCELLAS

DEAN
Oh, sorry. I was just admiring these pictures

JANE
(nods)
Beautiful, wasn't it?

CLOSE UP on the photograph of the Silver Bridge: It's an old black and white still photo

JANE (O.S.)
But that was before the accident of course

Dean looks at Jane

DEAN
Yeah, I heard about that. Pretty horrific from what I can remember

Jane stares at the photo of the bridge

POV. JANE

Looking at the picture

(As we CLOSE UP on the photo again, we can hear background noises: a mixture of people screaming and metal structures collapsing)

JANE (O.S.)
To think of all those people who died on there...

She looks at Dean, smiles

JANE
Sorry. As human beings, I believe we spend too much time dwelling on the past

DEAN
(laughs)
Yeah, I guess so

JANE
(beat)
Anyway, I'm assuming you didn't come here to talk local tragedies

DEAN
(off-hand)
Not entirely

JANE
How many nights are you planning on staying?

DEAN
A couple of weeks

JANE
(smiles)
Sure

Just then she grips her stomach in pain

DEAN
You okay?

JANE
(nods)
Yeah, I'm fine
(beat)
Not even born yet and already he's giving me grief

DEAN
(laughs)
Yeah, kids are like that I guess. So when's he due?

JANE
About a month and a half from now
(rubs stomach)
but I think he's getting impatient

Dean hands over his credit card

JANE
Thanks
(looks at the card)
Mr. Campbell

DEAN
(beat)
So, you heard about the Mothman sighting?

JANE
(running the card)
Yeah, but if you ask me the whole thing's pretty far fetched
(hand Dean the receipt)
Sign here please

DEAN
So I take it you're not a believer?

JANE
I didn't say that
(takes the receipt)
Thanks
(beat)
Is that why you're here?

DEAN
(nods)
Yeah. Me and my brother we're fascinated by this kind of stuff

JANE
Well, best of luck chasing shadows
(hands over the key)
Enjoy your stay

DEAN
(smiles)
Thank you

EXT. PARKING LOT

Dean walks back to the Impala, sees Sam leaning back against the trunk staring up at the dark night sky.

DEAN
Sammy?

No answer

Dean moves next to Sam and looks up at the sky

DEAN
Dude, what is it?

SAM
(beat)
There are no stars

POV. SAM

Looking up at the dark, starless sky

DEAN
Okay, so it's an overcast night

SAM
(shakes his head)
You remember when you said, you believed mom was up there watching out for you?

DEAN
(nods)
Yeah

SAM
(looks back to the sky)
Whenever I look up there I just feel...alone

Dean doesn't know quite what to say

DEAN
Ah, come on, Sam
(beat)
You got me
(beat)
What more do you need?

Sam smiles

SAM
Thanks, Dean

DEAN
What are big brothers for?
(taps him on the shoulder)
Come on, it's getting late and I have a real craving for a good night's sleep

Dean moves away while Sam continues to stare at the sky. ANGLE DOWN on Sam as we quickly PAN UP from his face to the dark sky above.

ANGLE BACK DOWN TO:

EXT. WOODS-NIGHT

Music cue - “Left Behind” by Slipknot

The Music comes blasting out of a stereo as we PAN ACROSS the dark woods to see a small pick up truck pull up onto the side of the dirt road. Inside are three teenagers: JOEL, DALE, KATIE. All are around 16-17 years old. Dale is in the driving seat

DALE
(turns off the engine, the music stops)
Well, this is the place

Katie leans forward

POV. KATIE

Looking through the front windscreen at the old abandoned TNT plant out in the distance

KATIE
Oh, there is no way I am setting foot in that creepy old place

JOEL
(looking at the TNT plant, excited)
Oh hell yeah! Now that's what I'm talking about

DALE
Just chill, Joel.
(to Katie)
You can stay here if you want, me and Joel will go ourselves

KATIE
(shakes head no)
No, I can do this
(beat)
You got them?

DALE
(nods)
Yep. You sure you can handle one?

Dale takes a handgun from his jacket. Hands it to Katie

JOEL
I bet she shoots like a girl

KATIE
(picks up the gun, expertly loads a clip and cocks the weapon)
Could be worse, dork, I could shoot like you

Joel looks on in disbelief

JOEL
Whatever, let's just get this over with. I just want my name to go down in history as the guy who killed the freakin' Mothman

DALE
Don't worry, Joel, we do this and we'll all be rich and famous
(beat)
Ready?

Katie nods

KATIE
Yeah, I think

EXT. OUTSIDE THE WOODS

The three of them exit the truck and run off down the dirt road into the vast woodland

EXT. WOODS

We TRACK the three of them as they charge through the woods

DALE
Just up ahead!

POV. DALE

We can see the TNT plant building getting closer

INT. TNT PLANT, MAIN ENTRANCE

The three of them burst through the door and find themselves in a large empty area filled with nothing of interest or value. The room, indeed the plant itself, is completely empty

KATIE
(nervous)
Okay, my “creep-o-meter” just went off the scale

POV. UNKNOWN

From the rafters we can see the three teens far below, milling around, we can still hear them talking

JOEL
I say we split up

KATIE
Are you crazy!?

DALE
she's right. We stick together

BACK TO SCENE

JOEL
Oh man, you two are wusses. You're forgetting
(flashes handgun)
We're packin' heat. Mothman ain't gonna' stand a chance

POV. JOEL

We see a look of horror on Katie and Dale's faces as they stare at him

JOEL
What?
(scared)
What is it?

PULL BACK TO REVEAL a large shadow building behind Joel's back

Joel turns around and SCREAMS!

Dale aims his gun, but the Mothman is too fast. Before he can get off a single shot the Mothman has taken Joel and lifted him kicking and screaming up into the darkness of the rafters

DALE
(shouting)
Joel! Joel!

POV. DALE

Looking up into the darkness above him we can hear Joel's screams then-

Silence

Katie meanwhile has dropped her gun and slowly backs away, afraid. Dale moves towards her

DALE
We have to run

KATIE
J-Joel?

DALE
Katie we need to run, now!

KATIE
(distraught)
We can't just leave him!

DALE
(clearly scared)
We'll get help! We'll get to town and we'll get the cops
(grabs her arm)
Come on!

POV. UNKNOWN

We watch from the rafters as we see the two of them run out, terrified

Music cue - “Left Behind” by Slipknot resumes playing

EXT. WOODS

We TRACK Dale and Katie as they frantically make their way through the woods

Dale trips and falls, Katie stops

KATIE
DALE!

Dale looks back

POV. DALE

All the trees are shaking violently. Something is coming

DALE
(turns to Katie)
Katie...

Katie stands on the spot, crying. Just then something grabs Dale's ankle and begins pulling him back towards the Plant

KATIE
(Screams)
Dale!!

DALE
(shouts)
Katie, run!!

Katie watches on, terrified as Dale is dragged off into the darkness

KATIE
(sobbing)
...Dale

CIRCLE AROUND Katie as she starts to hear the sounds of wings flapping, coming from all directions

She runs

She gets so far and then-

Stops

POV. UNKNOWN

We ANGLE DOWN to see Katie staring up at us, afraid. The surroundings are lit up with a reflection of red light

DISTORTED VOICE (O.S.)
Do you see?

Katie SCREAMS and the red light engulfs the screen

Continue...

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