Barbarian (2022) | Transcript

A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.
Barbarian (2022)

Barbarian, a 2022 American horror thriller, marks the solo screenwriting and directorial debut of Zach Cregger. The film features performances by Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long.

The narrative centers on Tess Marshall, portrayed by Georgina Campbell, who finds herself in a rental house in Detroit’s dilapidated Brightmoor neighborhood on the eve of a job interview. To her surprise, the house is already inhabited by a man named Keith Toshko. Despite initial discomfort, Tess decides to spend the night, with Keith offering to sleep on the couch.

The plot thickens when Tess discovers a concealed passageway in the basement, leading to a room filled with ominous items: a camcorder, a soiled mattress, a bucket, and a blood-stained handprint. When Keith disappears after investigating the hidden passage, Tess follows him into an underground tunnel connected to the corridor, where she finds Keith wounded. Their argument about their next move is interrupted by a grotesque, naked woman, referred to as “The Mother”, who brutally murders Keith.

The film was well-received, earning commendations for Cregger’s script and direction, as well as the cast’s performances. With a production budget of $4–4.5 million, Barbarian raked in over $45 million globally.

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(RAIN PATTERING)

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

(THUNDER CRASHING)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(CAR APPROACHING)

(TORMENTED VOICES ECHOING)

Eight, eight, three, one.

(CELL PHONE VIBRATES)

(SIGHS)

(GRUNTS SOFTLY)

Eight, eight, three, one.

Okay.

Eight, eight, three, one.

Come on. Eight, eight, three, one.

Mother fuck. Okay.

(EXHALES)

(CELL PHONE VIBRATES)

Go away.

Eight, three, three, one.

Okay.

Eight, three, three, one.

Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding me.

Oh. Come on.

(LINE RINGING)

(OVER VOICEMAIL) Hi, you’ve reached Bonnie Zane with Greater Wayne Property Management.

I can’t come to the phone right now.

Oh, you gotta be fucking kidding me.

…but please leave a message, and I’ll call you right back.

(LINE BEEPS)

Hi. This is Tess Marshall.

I’m in town. I’m at the house on Barbary.

And I’m on the porch, and it’s pouring rain, and there is no key in the lock box.

So, please, could you just call me back on this number?

Thank you.

God damn it.

(EXHALES)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(GROANS)

(SIGHS)

(DOORBELL BUZZES)

Yeah?

I’m sorry, who are you?

What? Who are you?

(STUTTERS)

This is 476 Barbary, right?

Yeah, no. Yeah, yeah. I think so.

You don’t know?

No. I don’t live here. I’m renting this place.

It’s the middle of the night.

I don’t have it in the top of my head, the address.

No, I’m renting this place.

What?

(THUNDERCLAP)

I… I’m renting this place.

I… I booked it on Airbnb like a month ago.

I booked it on Home A way.

You’re fucking kidding.

Wait, wait.

Wait, are you sure you have the right place?

Yeah, I…

Yeah, my email says 476 Barbary. That’s here, right?

And my code works for the lock box.

I’m supposed to be in here.

(SIGHS)

(STUTTERS) Did you try and call someone?

Yeah. No one answered.

And you’re sure you have the right date?

Look.

Yeah. I mean, it looks right.

Fuck. This is unbelievable.

What am I supposed to do?

I don’t know. I don’t know.

Why don’t you… Why don’t you come inside?

And we’ll call these idiots.

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

(TORMENTED VOICES YELL)

Uh, would you mind if I…

Yeah?

I need to use the bathroom.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Of course.

It’s just down the hall, to your left.

Okay. I’ll be right back.

(THUNDER RUMBLING)

(SIGHS)

Would you mind pulling up your reservation confirmation, just so I can see it?

In case I’m some kinda weirdo, who’s broken in here to sleep?

Yeah, yeah. No, it’s fine.

Let me just find my phone.

(SIGHS)

(EXHALES)

Here.

(YELPS)

Jesus.

I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were back.

I was just getting my phone.

Sorry.

Here’s… Here’s the thing.

Right.

Yep. That looks right to me.

Great.

Maybe I have a different number through Home A way than the one that you called?

This is what I got.

303-5… 5…

303-509…

Yeah, that… That’s the same one.

Yeah. (CHUCKLES SOFTLY)

Listen, I don’t know what the protocol is for this.

Me neither.

BOTH: Um…

I guess I’ll just find somewhere else.

I mean…

Yep.

Guess I’m gonna do that.

Uh, I’ll let you get back to sleep.

I feel bad.

It’s clearly not your fault.

What are you gonna do?

Just go drive around, looking for a hotel?

I have my phone. Make some calls.

In your car?

Yeah, I don’t think that’s such a good idea.

I mean, I don’t know if you got a great look at this neighborhood, but it’s not…

I don’t think you should be sitting out there by yourself this late.

I mean, I wouldn’t do that.

Look, obviously, do whatever you want, but if you wanna hang out in here, where it’s dry, and there’s a lock on the door,

I’m totally fine with that.

Uh, here’s the Wi-Fi info…

Thanks.

…if you need it.

Oh, by the way, I’m Keith.

Tess.

Tess. That’s a pretty name.

Thanks.

Do you want anything?

I think there’s some tea in the kitchen.

Um… Want some tea?

I’m okay. Thank you.

Okay.

Um… Oh, shit, yeah. There’s…

Somebody left out a bottle of wine here.

With a ribbon on it, like a housewarming thing.

And there’s some nuts here, too.

I’m just saying.

I’m okay.

Yeah. Yeah. Okay, cool.

Um, I’m gonna have some tea.

I’ll just make you a cup.

(CUPS CLINKING)

Hi. Hi, I was just wondering, do you have any rooms available?

Yeah. For tonight, that’s right.

Really?

Okay, thanks.

Uh… Shit.

You know what I just realized?

The water is heating up, by the way.

You know what I just realized?

What’s that?

There’s a convention in town.

What?

Yeah, there’s, like, some huge medical thing.

I don’t think you’re gonna be able to get a room tonight.

(SIGHS WEARILY)

I can’t believe this.

(SIGHS)

All right. Here’s what I propose.

Why don’t you just crash here?

Oh, no. I don’t… I don’t think that’s…

No, no, no. You take the bedroom, and I’ll sleep out here on the couch.

And then tomorrow, we’ll call these idiots.

Get our money back. Free stay for both of us.

(GROANS) Really can’t believe this.

I mean, I don’t know what else there is to do.

(SIGHS)

I can take the couch.

No, no, no.

Call me what you want, but there’s no way I’m sleeping in the bedroom while a young lady is sleeping on the couch.

Blame it on my upbringing, but it’s not up for discussion.

Well, no offense, but I kinda have a thing about clean sheets.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

You really didn’t have to do that.

Not even up for discussion.

Besides, I have a raincoat and you don’t.

No, no, I got it.

Oh. No, no, no.

You sure? You sure?

I can… Yeah.

Okay.

(CAMERA CLICKING)

You left this in the bedroom.

Oh, shit.

Thanks. Good eyes.

I’m gonna go wash up.

Yeah. Knock yourself out.

(WATER RUNNING)

Uh, hey.

Uh, the laundry’s still in the wash.

Um…

But I thought, well, I’m wide awake, so…

So I, um… It’s gonna be a bit now.

I thought I’m gonna have some of this here wine.

But I didn’t wanna open it

before you got out of the shower

because I noticed you didn’t drink your tea.

And, well, I totally get that, by the way.

I mean, you don’t know me, and this is a fucking really weird situation.

It makes total sense.

Um, but I thought that you might want some of this.

But if I opened it while you weren’t here, that… that…

Fuck, I’m sorry. I’m rambling.

Jesus Christ.

Um…

I thought you wouldn’t want any if you didn’t see me open it.

So, I waited.

I’m good, but you go ahead.

You sure?

Yeah.

Okay. Um…

(KEITH CHUCKLES)

Um, it’s… I’d say you have about

an hour and change till the bedding’s done.

You gonna make it?

I looked around for some clean ones, but I couldn’t find any.

What are you gonna do on the couch?

Oh, I’ll be fine. Yeah. I’ve slept on worse.

I’m really sorry about all this.

What, are you kidding?

It’s not your fault. You’re just as put out as me.

Do you want me to make you another cup of tea?

No.

(BOTH LAUGH)

You can watch this time.

I’m okay.

So, um…

What brings you to town?

Job interview.

Oh, yeah?

Is it tomorrow?

Yeah.

What’s the job about, if you don’t mind me asking?

Yeah. It’s okay.

Um, it’s a research position for a documentary filmmaker.

Really? Who’s the filmmaker?

Her name is Catherine James.

Catherine James?

I don’t know her.

Has she done anything I’d seen?

Uh, she made a movie about jazz last year,

called Blue Easy.

Oh, I saw that.

You saw Blue Easy?

I thought it was great.

Are you kidding? No one’s seen that movie.

About the makeshift brass band?

And there’s that scene with the kids on the rooftop,

playing the Coltrane stuff?

Yeah, it’s great.

I can’t believe you saw that.

I thought it was awesome.

What’s her new film gonna be about?

Oh, it’s gonna be about this place. Detroit.

Like Detroit music?

Oh, well, it’s gonna be about the artists

that have come here in the last ten years

and set up collectives and creative communities on the…

Well, the edge of…

Where the houses are basically free.

That’s pretty cool.

Do you know who you should interview for that?

Who?

Me.

Why is that?

Because I’m actually one of the founders of the Lion Tamers.

You’re kidding.

No.

I mean, I’m not, like, the guy,

but I’m one of the guys, yeah.

That’s insane.

It is insane.

(LAUGHS)

What are you doing in an Airbnb?

Don’t you guys, like, have a whole block or something?

No, yeah. No, we do.

But we’re looking for a new space.

So, I’m here for a week,

basically just scouring this side of town.

Looking for our next little nest.

Oh, my God.

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

KEITH: It’s not a cliche I’ve heard before.

TESS: Oh, come on. It’s such a cliche.

The guy who thinks love and control are the same thing.

And the girl who lets herself become,

I don’t know, some kind of pet or something?

Oh, my God. It’s so cliche and it’s so boring,

and I can’t believe it’s happening to me.

Is it still happening?

I mean, look at you.

You already got your new job lined up.

Mmm. Job interview.

I don’t have the job yet. I’m not home free.

Look. There’s always gonna be people

that project some kind of dynamic

onto us that serves them.

It’s up to us if we wanna play ball or not.

Is that my lesson?

I don’t know. I don’t know.

(CHUCKLES) I just need to stop going back.

I keep going back.

Maybe that’s it.

Or maybe my lesson is that

guys will walk all over you as long as you let them.

Yeah. That’s my lesson.

I take issue with that statement.

Oh, yeah. That’s ’cause you’re a guy.

(LAUGHS) I mean, the world’s different for you.

Guys get to blast their way through life making messes.

Girls have to be careful.

Elaborate.

Okay. Take tonight.

If I had been the one that checked in first

and you showed up late at night…

What, you wouldn’t have let me in?

Hell no. I wouldn’t have let you in.

Do you think I’m crazy?

But if I was dumb enough to let you in,

you wouldn’t even think twice.

You would just march on in.

Hey, you just marched on in.

Yeah, because I had to.

And it was scary.

What, do I look like some kind of monster?

Not my point.

I get it. I get it. I mean…

There’s a lot of bad dudes out there. And it sucks.

Look, are you gonna stay locked

into some fucked-up toxic dynamic

that somebody else picked for you?

Or are you gonna move on?

Maybe find someone else.

Even if that means that you may get your heart

ripped outta your chest all over again.

Hmm. Why is it always the girls

who get their hearts ripped out in these things?

Girls can rip. Trust me.

Okay, so now that it’s inside out…

TESS: Right.

Right? That’s the first step.

Yeah?

KEITH: Then, now you kind of go deep.

No.

You dive in.

(LAUGHS)

KEITH: Now, this… Trust me. This is the best way to do it.

No, you’re fucking with me. This is not how you do it.

KEITH: This is how you do it. This is the best way.

It never bunches up. It gets completely smooth.

You’ll thank me later when you’re lying

under a perfectly even duvet, here.

So, if, but…

Looks so dumb.

KEITH: So, here…

Right?

Here is where I kinda need your help a little bit.

Now that you’re here…

Oh, my God.

…you have to be my assistant.

Right.

KEITH: If you wouldn’t mind,

grabbing the duvet…

Okay.

…and you kinda give me the two edges

where my edges are…

Yeah, sure.

…where the two meet. All right, thank you.

Okay. You got it?

Thank you very much.

So, back up ’cause now it gets a little bit…

A little…

My God. (LAUGHS)

A little aggressive with the thing.

TESS: Oh, my God.

But that is how you get the duvet in.

(EXCLAIMS) So graceful.

That’s how you do it.

Are you usually this outta breath afterwards?

(PANTING) The final…

Grab that edge there, please.

Mmm-hmm.

KEITH: Okay, and… Yeah, yeah.

Wow.

Okay. Well, you are officially situated.

Yeah. I think that about does it.

KEITH: Yeah. (LAUGHS)

Okay, thank you for tonight.

Sorry for keeping you up before the big day.

Oh, no. It was fun. I…

I liked it.

Yeah. Me, too.

Okay, there’s a couch that needs to be…

Yeah. Yeah.

Put in gear here, so…

I’m so sorry.

Oh, don’t be. Don’t be.

I can sleep on anything.

Good night, Tess.

Good night, Keith.

(SIGHS)

(DOOR CREAKING)

(SCREECHING)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(KEITH MOANING)

(KEITH WHIMPERING)

Keith?

(KEITH YELPS)

(KEITH YELPS)

(KEITH GRUNTS)

Keith?

(KEITH WHIMPERING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

KEITH: (SOFTLY) Help me.

(KEITH CONTINUES WHIMPERING)

(SOFTLY) No. No.

Keith?

(BOTH SCREAMING)

The fuck!

Oh, I’m so sorry.

(STAMMERING) What are you doing?

Uh, I… Um…

My door was open.

And I didn’t open it, and I…

You…

And I didn’t know if you were up,

and you were, like, making noises and…

I was making noise?

I’m so… I’m so sorry.

I’m just gonna… I’m gonna let you go to sleep.

You scared the shit out of me.

Did you open my door?

No!

Yeah.

(SIGHS)

(GROANS) Oh, God.

(GRUNTS)

Shit.

Keith?

(FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

WOMAN: Tess?

TESS: Oh.

Hi, Catherine!

Hi!

So nice to meet you!

Nice to meet you, too.

Thanks for making the trip all the way out here.

Yeah.

(INAUDIBLE)

So, where are you staying while you’re in town?

Oh, an Airbnb.

Oh, that’s nice. Whereabouts?

Uh, it’s in Brightmoor.

You know where that is?

What?

Yeah. You know it?

(CHUCKLES) Are you kidding?

Well, I mean…

It seems a little rough, but…

No, you shouldn’t be there.

What do you mean?

That’s not…

An Airbnb in Brightmoor?

Yeah, I mean, like…

It’s a cute little house, but…

Yeah, I suppose the neighborhood is a little…

Tess.

Well, I did try and find somewhere else,

but there’s, like, a convention in town or something?

And I have a roommate, so…

It’s a little complicated.

I guess.

Okay, well, just be careful, okay?

Seriously.

I will.

I’m… I’m tough.

Good. Well…

It was really nice to meet you.

Yeah! No, I’m excited.

I’m gonna call you tomorrow, okay? This is gonna be great.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(ENGINE STOPS)

MAN: (YELLING) Hey!

Hey, little girl!

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

Hey!

Come here!

Hey, little girl!

Come out that house!

Go away!

Come out that house!

(PANTING)

Yes!

I don’t know what… I can’t see him anymore.

FEMALE OPERATOR: (ON PHONE) He left?

TESS: I don’t know!

Can you just send someone, please?

We don’t have any available units at the moment.

-What? So nobody’s coming? -Ma’am, calm down.

As I said, we don’t have any available units at this…

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(EXHALES)

(SIGHS)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(SWITCH CLICKS)

(DOOR CREAKING)

(DOORKNOB RATTLING)

Shit.

(SIGHS)

(SIGHS)

Fuck.

(OBJECTS RATTLING)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(MYSTERIOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

Nope.

(SIGHS)

(EERIE MUSIC PLAYING)

(SIGHS SOFTLY)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(SWITCH CLICKS)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(KNOCKING AT DOOR)

(SHRIEKS)

Keith!

Keith!

Keith!

(LAUGHS) What the fuck!

TESS: I’m… I’m stuck down here.

Uh, do you have the key?

It’s here, but I can’t open this!

KEITH: All right.

TESS: Right here.

(BOTH GRUNTING)

Okay, you pull and I push.

Okay.

KEITH: One, two, three.

(WINDOW CREAKING)

TESS: Okay.

Are you okay?

We need to go now!

What are you talking about? Why were you in the basement?

I got locked in the basement, and then there was this hidden area!

There was this room!

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

There’s a hidden room?

There is something bad going on here!

Tess! Tess! Relax! Relax.

You’re okay, you’re safe.

You’re safe, all right?

You’re safe.

Okay.

I don’t… I don’t think I am.

What’s down there? What did you see?

Okay…

I was in the basement.

And then I found this hidden passageway.

And there was this room, and it was like a…

Like a dungeon.

Like a dungeon? What was in there?

There was a bed…

Okay.

…and a camera,

and a bucket.

All right. Uh, so, there’s a bed and a…

What, a bucket and a camera?

Yeah.

I’m just gonna go look.

No, no, no, please don’t!

There was, like, a hand print on the wall.

Tess, calm down, calm down.

You’re not making any sense, okay?

So, there’s a room downstairs

with a bed and a bucket in it?

It’s a basement. It’s filled with junk, okay?

It doesn’t sound that weird.

If you wanna go and look, suit yourself but I’m going!

Right now?

Yes.

All right, Tess, no, no, no. Stop, stop, stop!

Just stop, stop!

Move!

Just stop!

Can you give me a moment, please?

Can you just give me a moment? Twenty seconds?

Okay, I’m sorry if I don’t seem like I’m taking

whatever it is that you saw seriously.

I just… I didn’t see it.

Okay?

And I can’t just be running off in a panic

because there’s a room downstairs

with a bed and a bucket!

Tess? No, Tess! Tess, wait, I’m sorry!

I just… I just want to see it.

You don’t even have to come with me if you don’t want to.

I’m not going back down there.

That’s fine.

That’s fine.

Can you just…

Can you just wait up here

in case I get locked inside, too?

Can you?

I’ll wait.

(SIGHS IN RELIEF)

Just 30 seconds, okay? Just wait here.

(KEITH EXHALES)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

Do you see it?

KEITH: Yeah.

TESS: Okay, well, come back up now.

Keith?

Keith?

(DOOR CREAKING)

Keith!

(UNSETTLING MUSIC PLAYING)

Keith?

(DOOR CREAKING)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

Keith?

Keith?

KEITH: (FAINTLY) Tess!

Keith!

KEITH: (FAINTLY) Help!

(WHIMPERING) Come up here, Keith!

KEITH: (FAINTLY) Help me!

Please!

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

Please!

(BREATHING SHAKILY)

Keith!

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

KEITH: (FAINTLY) Hey!

(GATE RATTLES)

(TESS WHIMPERING)

(EERIE MUSIC PLAYING)

(WHIMPERING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

Keith!

Answer me, Keith!

(RUSTLING)

(EXCLAIMS)

KEITH: Tess…

Keith! Keith! Keith!

Why did you come down here?

Someone else is down here.

No, why?

Why did you come down here?

There’s someone…

(WHISPERING) Someone else is down here.

What?

Someone bit me.

Okay. Okay. We need to go.

We need to get out of here!

No, don’t go near there.

That’s where they were!

No, that’s the way out!

Come back this way.

No, please, stop it!

Come this way!

Stop it!

We have to come this way!

Let go off me!

We have to come this way!

That’s the way out!

Someone’s down…

Please stop!

I’m not going back there! I’m not going…

(SCREAMING)

(THUDDING)

(FLESH SQUELCHES)

(CREATURE GRUNTING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(BODY THUDS)

(SCREECHING)

(UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING ON CAR STEREO)

♪ Better get into what you gotta get into

♪ Better get into it now No slacking, please

♪ United Nations ain’t really united

♪ And the organizations

♪ Ain’t really organized

♪ Rikki-tikki-tavi mongoose is gone

♪ Rikki-tikki-tavi mongoose is gone

♪ Everybody who read The Jungle Book

♪ Will know that Rikki-tikki-tavi’s a mongoose who kills snakes

♪ When I was a young man

♪ I was led to believe there were organizations

♪ That would kill my snakes for me

♪ I.e. the church

♪ I.e. the government

♪ I.e. school

♪ But when I got a little older

♪ I learned I had to kill ’em myself ♪

(PHONE RINGING)

Yello!

WOMAN: (ON PHONE) Hey, AJ. I have David Stern

and Melissa Herberts for you.

Love it.

Guys, you’re on with AJ.

Yo, what’s up? MELISSA: Hi, AJ.

DAVID: Hey, AJ. Uh, we need to discuss something

that’s just come through.

Cool. What’s up?

MELISSA: So this is a bit of an awkward conversation,

but there’s been a troubling development.

Okay, what?

MELISSA: Apparently, Megan Maddox has contacted

the network through her lawyer

and she’s made a very serious accusation against you.

Really? What’d she say?

She’s claimed that you were sexually aggressive

during the filming of the pilot,

and she no longer wants to move forward if you’re involved.

She… What?

The network is taking this very seriously.

What does that mean?

That means that at this time, they’re gonna start an investigation.

Wait, wait, wait. What about the pilot?

Hold on. Wait a minute. This is crazy.

So, are we not picked up anymore?

Well, like I said,

they’re going to conduct an investigation, and then decide how to proceed.

An investigation?

DAVID: AJ, I think, honestly, the most likely outcome of all of this

is that even if the show does go forward…

Yeah?

…it’s very unlikely that you will be involved.

MELISSA: No.

I’m fired?

DAVID: I think, essentially, that’s the most likely outcome.

That fuckin’ bitch.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

Wait a minute, you guys. Wait, wait, wait.

This is totally blown out of proportion.

MELISSA: Okay, I think it’s important to say

that it’s not in your best interest

to go into details on this call.

The fuck does that mean, Melissa?

DAVID: Okay, AJ, I think you just need to calm down,

honestly, buddy. You can just relax.

This can’t be real. Just like that, I’m out?

Are you fucking kidding?

I was the first to be attached to that!

She came on after me!

DAVID: Okay, I…

I recommended her.

DAVID: AJ, I think, honestly, you just need to calm down.

MELISSA: David, I think we should tell him the other thing.

DAVID: No, I think right now he just needs to cool down…

What other? What other?

DAVID: It’s not important, AJ. You just have to relax.

No, no, no, fuck that. What other? What else?

MELISSA: There is gonna be a story tomorrow

in the Hollywood Reporter about this.

About what? About me?

Are you kidding?

MELISSA: The allegations are very serious.

Yo… (SCOFFS) What’s she saying I did?

Is she saying I raped her or something?

DAVID: AJ, why don’t you just calm down, okay?

No. What the fuck is she saying?

MELISSA: Yes. She’s saying that you raped her.

DAVID: AJ, are you there?

I gotta call you back.

(SEAGULLS SCREECHING)

MAN: (SIGHING) So, let’s assume

that the income we have for the year

is what we’re gonna have at year’s end.

No new money coming in.

I think that’s pretty safe to say.

What do you anticipate your legal expenses to be?

So, I talked it over with my lawyer,

and, um, we’re looking at two separate cases here.

There’s the defense against the charge,

which is 100% not true, by the way.

So, there’s that, and then there’s the counter suit for defamation,

which I’m 100% gonna win.

I’m gonna ruin this fuckin’ bitch.

How much?

They said it’s probably gonna be, like, around 70,000 each.

So, 140,000.

What does that do to me?

Well, with your current rate of spending,

that’s gonna put you at zero in…

Three months.

Oh, fuck me.

(LAUGHS) Oh, my God.

You’ve got some small income from your Michigan properties…

But it’s your mortgage here that’s killing you.

Are you saying I have to sell my house?

I’m saying you’re gonna have to make some tough choices.

I could sell the Michigan properties.

Some of those make money, right?

Yeah, but some don’t. You could sell those.

Buy yourself some time. But no more than a couple of months.

Those aren’t exactly hot properties.

I can’t fuckin’ believe this.

This is nuts.

Listen, AJ, I gotta tell ya.

What?

At the end of this week, I’m gonna give you your files back.

Cool. What’s that mean?

I’m going to suggest that you find alternate wealth management.

(CHUCKLES)

Oh, my God.

You’re dropping me, too?

(INDISTINCT PA ANNOUNCEMENT)

Oh, fuck me.

(SIGHS) Fuck.

It’s AJ Gilbride for Robert.

Gilbride. Thank you.

Robert, hey.

You see the article?

Oh, it’s out. Yeah, insane.

Feel like I’m sittin’ on the sideline,

just watching this thing spiral out of control.

Robert, hang on. Wait, wait, wait.

I’m just gonna put you on speaker.

Getting in a rental. Hold on.

You hear me?

ROBERT: (ON PHONE) I hear you.

Uh, I was just saying, if I could just have,

like, a conversation with her,

I could probably nip this whole thing in the bud.

Absolutely not.

Under no circumstances are you to contact her.

(SCOFFS)

If I just call her and just be like…

Listen to me.

There’s zero chance, at this point,

that you calling her is gonna bring about

anything but more problems for you.

Do you hear me?

Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm.

Any communication goes through us from now on…

Wait, I’m sorry.

What do you mean you’re getting into the rental? What rental?

Uh, I’m in Detroit. I rented a car.

You’re in Detroit, Michigan?

Yeah. What?

AJ, you aren’t supposed to leave the state.

(SCOFFS) Why not? I’m not under arrest.

I’m allowed to travel.

This is not advisable.

You really need to be here

in case there are developments.

“Developments?”

You think they’re gonna arrest me?

I think that is a very distinct possibility.

I think that flying off to another state

is not a good look right now.

Well, Robert, I don’t know how to say this,

but, um, unless you plan on taking me on pro bono,

uh, I’m gonna have to scrape up some money.

You know, I’m not here on the I am.

I’m not here on vacation.

I’m here to do some fucking liquidating.

(AJ CLEARS THROAT)

May I help you?

Yeah, I’m an owner. I’m here to pick up a set of keys.

Name?

AJ Gilbride.

Oh, yeah. Bonnie said you’d be coming.

Um…

476 Barbary.

Fuck.

(CAR LOCKS)

(SIGHS)

The fuck?

Fucking shit is this?

(URINATING)

The fuck, dude?

Hello?

BONNIE: (ON PHONE) Greater Wayne Property Management.

Hey. Yeah, yeah.

Bonnie, it’s AJ.

AJ?

Gilbride from…

Oh, AJ. Hi.

Right. Um…

Is someone staying here at the moment?

I don’t think so.

Well, someone’s here.

There’s a suitcase, and clothes, and shit.

Yeah, no. People are staying here.

I don’t… I mean…

We haven’t rented it out in a couple of weeks.

Well, do we know when the last tenants checked out?

Do I have squatters? This…

I mean, are you saying that no one’s come by

to look at this place since the last tenants?

Like, no maid or anything?

The maids come to prep the houses

before the arrival of the next tenants.

No new renters, no maid service.

That’s nuts. What if somebody trashed the place?

How… How would I know?

Is the place trashed?

No, Bonnie. The place isn’t trashed.

That’s not the point. The point is it’s…

What kind of system is that? It’s fucking idiotic.

I also don’t know why you’re so calm.

Have a nice day.

So, who the fuck is staying in my house?

Hello?

Dude.

WOMAN: (ON PHONE) AJ, I can’t hear you.

It sounds like you’re in a race car.

AJ: I’m washing my face.

What?

I’m washing my face.

Well, could you stop, please?

Happy?

Of course I’m not happy.

I don’t know what to tell people.

What do you want us to say?

I don’t know, Mom.

Just say she’s a lying fuckin’ bitch.

Oh, don’t talk… Don’t talk like that.

What? She is.

That’s not nice.

“Nice,” really?

Ruining my career and reputation isn’t “nice,” either.

I think I’m well within my rights to call her a “fuckin’ bitch.”

I know, sweetie.

I know you wouldn’t do those things.

When are you coming back home?

It’s only a four-hour flight to Detroit.

You father and I want to see you.

Really? Dad wants to see me?

Did he say that?

Oh, you know how he is. He’s just…

He’s upset.

(CELL PHONE VIBRATES)

Mom, I gotta go. I’m getting an important work call.

Okay, baby. I love…

(LINE DISCONNECTS)

What up, faggot?

Guess who’s back in town.

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

Could we just, like,

real-talk for a moment, though?

Could we real-talk?

Fuck, yeah, dude.

Okay, like, just,

what the fuck actually did happen with you guys?

No, dude. I’m saying, like, you’re my boy, obviously.

I’m gonna believe whatever you tell me.

Right, right.

I gotta hear you say it.

No, I know, I know. I feel you.

‘Cause I read the website.

I know what the fuckin’ Internet says,

but, like, man-to-man, real-talk,

what the fuck actually happened?

Dude, I’ll be real with you, okay?

That’s all I’m asking for.

Yo, yo, let me be…

That’s the only thing I’m asking.

Let me be real with you.

We fucked. We did fuck. Okay?

Right.

She just took some convincing, is all. That’s it.

Okay, but what the fuck does that mean, though?

Like, I mean, was she like… Did she say no?

Was she like, “No, stop?” I mean, at first.

But, like, I wasn’t like…

“Come here, bitch. I’m gonna rape you.”

Right.

It was like, in the beginning,

she was like, “No…” Whatever.

But, like…

Then we started foolin’ around more,

and then she was down.

Like fuckin’ really down.

Right.

I’m a persistent dude, right?

I’m like fuckin’ Eye of the Tiger.

Yeah. Right.

You know?

And she came around, and that’s it.

That’s what happened, straight up.

(DOOR UNLOCKING)

(LINE RINGING)

(OVER VOICEMAIL) Hi, this is Megan. Please leave a message.

(LINE BEEPS)

Hi, Megan. This is AJ. Uh…

I’m guessing you probably don’t wanna talk to me but I, um…

I just wanna say I’m really, really sorry

if I did anything that night that might’ve like…

Offended you or… (SIGHS)

‘Cause you know, people can have

different versions of the same thing.

And… I’m actually not even mad at you about it.

And I hope you’re not mad at me, ’cause I really…

I really am sorry.

And if you call me back, I’ll apologize to you again.

So…

Please call me back,

and I’ll apologize to you again.

Okay.

(GROANS)

(VOMITING)

(SIGHS)

(TOILET FLUSHES)

Oh, shit.

Who the fuck are you?

Oh, yes.

Okay.

“Tess.”

All right.

Fuck.

(GRUNTS)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

Hello?

Fuck.

Somebody here?

Hello?

(THUDS)

Okay, here’s the deal.

I have a gun.

And I’m gonna come down there and just

open up on whoever I see in about 30 seconds. All right?

Or you can just come up here now, and I’ll let you go.

I’m not fuckin’ around! Who’s down there?

(SCOFFS) Squat in my fuckin’ house?

Huh? Hide in my basement?

I’m a fuckin’ man. I’ll fuck you up.

Yes.

Last chance!

All right, bitch. Get ready to get fucked.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

What the fuck?

(LOUD THUD)

What the fuck?

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC BUILDS)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC STOPS)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES)

Oh, my God.

“Can underground rooms be listed as square footage

“when selling home?”

Uh, “as for rooms in the house that aren’t finished,

“like basements or attics they should not be included

“in the total square footage.” Fuck.

“Below-grade spaces, basements, dens, etc.,

“do not usually count.”

Okay, “usually.”

“Even a finished basement can’t be counted

“toward the home’s gross living area, GLA,

“but it can be noted separately

“in the listing’s total area.”

Oh, hell, yeah.

Yeah, bitch.

Okay.

(GRUNTS)

Okay.

All right.

This comes in at 9 by 12.

Oh, gross.

Ten by 12, that’s 120. Three by 9, that’s…

(DOOR THUDS)

Shit.

(DOOR CREAKING)

Oh, shit.

Yeah. Nice and easy.

Okay.

Okay.

Oh, baby.

(LAUGHS) Oh, my God.

Nine feet.

Oh, my God.

(LAUGHS)

Jesus.

Yo, yo! Anyone here?

Okay.

(CHUCKLES)

Okay.

What the fuck is this?

Okay.

Yeah.

Here we go.

Oh, boy. (CHUCKLES)

Well…

(CHUCKLES)

Ten… 10 feet. Oh, my God.

What the fuck?

Uh… Hello?

Hello?

Hello?

WOMAN: (ON RECORDING) …by looking for indicators.

I like to let my baby determine

how long he likes to nurse.

-Oh, God. -It’s important

that this process is relaxing.

Not just for the baby, but for me as well.

-What the fuck? -This is a…

(MEASURING TAPE RATTLING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

Hey!

(KNIFE CLATTERS)

Shit! Shit!

Who’s there?

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(EERIE MUSIC PLAYING)

Oh, shit!

Oh, shit.

Okay. Please. Oh, please.

Fuck! Come on. Not again.

Oh, shit!

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(CREATURE GROWLS)

(YELLS)

(GRUNTS)

Fuck. Oh, fuck. Oh, fuck.

(WHIMPERS)

Shh! Shh!

(SOFT MUSIC PLAYING)

(BICYCLE BELL DINGS)

(CHILDREN LAUGHING)

(ENGINE STARTS)

MAN 1: (ON RADIO) Chief of Staff James Baker

says that the Reagan administration

has inherited the worst economy in 50 years.

This is Craig Tolliver, NTWN News.

WOMAN: (ON RADIO) Getting your kids to love

brushing their teeth is important, but it’s not easy.

And there’s so many name brands to choose from.

But how do you know which ones aren’t motivated…

MAN: (OVER PA SYSTEM) Manager to checkout four for price check.

You findin’ everything okay?

Plastic sheets?

Plastic sheets? We have some on seven.

Diapers and baby stuff?

Infant needs are this way. Come on, I’ll take you.

So, how old’s your little one?

Not here yet.

Oh, well, this is an exciting time.

Gonna take her to Mercy for the big day?

Home birth.

Bless your hearts.

Plastic sheets.

What else do you need?

You’ve got a midwife, right?

She should’ve given you a list.

No, it’s just me.

Oh, my word.

Diapers.

You are gonna want these.

The other ones, too big.

Do you have latex gloves?

Yeah, I think, maybe.

Here.

Ah.

Now, some wet wipes.

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MAN 3: (ON RADIO) Are you in the market for a used car

but don’t have good credit?

Detroit’s number one used car emporium, Martindale Motors,

is here for you.

Bad credit or no credit,

Martindale Motors will make sure you walk out of our lot

with a new set of wheels and we won’t bend you over a barrel.

Martindale Motors is the Motor City’s

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(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(KNOCKING ON DOOR)

DWP, ma’am. Sorry to bother.

No bother.

We’ve got some outages in the neighborhood

and I’m just checking to make sure everything’s up to par.

(WATER RUNNING)

(LOCK CLICKS)

Thank you for your time, ma’am.

Sorry for the intrusion.

So, everything’s okay, then?

Looks fine to me, but do give us a call

if you get any issues.

Of course. Thank you.

You have a nice day now.

Hey, Frank.

How goes it, buddy?

Doug.

Listen, pal. I, uh…

I just wanted to tell you before you saw it for yourself,

but, uh, there’s gonna be a sign in our yard tomorrow morning.

Sign?

A “For Sale” sign.

We’re movin’, Frank. Yeah.

I hate to do it. You know?

But the wife thinks if we don’t do it now

we may not be able to get out this time next year

’cause, you know, neighborhood’s goin’ to hell, Frank.

You, uh…

You plan on stayin’?

I’m not goin’ anywhere.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES)

(DISTANT SCREAMING)

Okay. Who knows you’re here?

Where the fuck are we?

Does anyone know you’re here?

No, no. Where the fuck are we?

I don’t know.

I gotta get outta here.

This is very, very important.

You need to stay calm.

You cannot freak out around her, okay? Trust me.

Okay?

I don’t wanna be here.

Do you think I wanna fucking be here?

(CREATURE GRUNTS)

Okay.

You cannot get upset.

If you get upset, she gets upset.

“She?” Who’s “she?”

(METAL CREAKING)

What the fuck is that?

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

What?

Drink it.

Just fucking drink it.

What the fuck?

(CREATURE GRUNTS)

(GROANING)

Do it.

Drink it.

Just drink it! Get up!

Don’t you see?

She just wants you to be her baby.

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(CREATURE GRUNTS)

(METAL GRATE OPENING)

Oh, fuck.

(TESS BREATHING HEAVILY)

(CREATURE MOANS)

CREATURE: Baby.

(EXCLAIMS)

(GROWLS)

(BABBLES INCOHERENTLY)

(BABBLING CONTINUES)

Oh, God!

(CREATURE GRUNTS)

Help me! Please!

Fuck!

Wait, wait. No. Wait.

(AJ GRUNTING)

WOMAN: (ON RECORDING) A healthy baby

will generally need to…

No! No.

(GRUNTS AND WHIMPERS)

Fuck! No!

This is perfectly natural.

CREATURE: Boop.

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(GRUNTS)

Okay. Okay.

Okay. Okay.

(BREATHING DEEPLY)

(GRUNTS)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(GRUNTS)

Oh, God.

WOMAN: (ON RECORDING) It can soon become

a pleasurable experience for the baby, and for you as well.

A little practice, you’ll find…

(AJ SCREAMING IN DISTANCE)

AJ: Oh, fuck you!

WOMAN: (ON RECORDING) You can anticipate

when it may be getting hungry…

(AJ STRUGGLING)

AJ: Oh, God. Fuck!

This is a time for us to bond.

To share this tender,

intimate moment.

(CREATURE BABBLING)

-(AJ COUGHING) -Your little one knows

how much they need

more than you do.

(AJ CHOKING)

Don’t worry if feeding only lasts…

No!

(MEASURING TAPE RATTLES)

(CREATURE GRUNTS)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(PANTING)

No! No! No!

Oh, come on! Oh, come on! Oh, please!

Okay! Okay! Okay!

(CREATURE SCREAMS)

(TESS GRUNTING)

(GRUNTS)

(BOTH BREATHING HEAVILY)

TESS: There’s someone else in there.

MAN: You’re free now. Come on.

There’s someone else in there.

I know it. I know she’s in there.

No, no, no. She has someone else in there. We have to help him.

(FLY BUZZES)

(AJ COUGHS)

You wanna go back in there? Ain’t no helping him.

(PANTING) We can’t leave him.

You listen to me now.

You’re safe. You got out.

You should count yourself as lucky, you hear?

You should a never went in that house to begin with.

That’s a bad place.

And she ain’t even the worst thing that’s in there.

Listen, you need to worry about you.

Now, I stay by the water tower.

It’s safe. Come on.

Wait, wait, wait! No, no!

We can’t leave him. We have to call the police.

I ain’t got no phone.

She will kill him! I need to help him!

And how you gonna do that?

Come nighttime, she’s gonna come outta there,

and she’s gonna come lookin’ for you.

She comes out at night.

So, if you wanna get goin’, then go.

But don’t you come back.

And don’t you be around here when it gets dark.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(DISTANT SCREAMING)

(GASPS)

Fuck! Fuck!

(CREATURE GROWLING IN DISTANCE)

(AJ MUMBLES)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(RADIO PLAYING)

Do you have a phone?

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYING ON RADIO)

Fuck.

(CAN RATTLES)

(CRUNCHING)

(AJ GRUNTS)

Jesus Christ.

Oh, my God.

(MAN COUGHS)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYS, FADES)

Oh, fuck. Okay. Okay.

(COUGHS)

Jesus Christ, man.

You scared the shit outta me.

You okay?

Oh, my God.

Hey! Hey! Oh, my God.

Officers, thank God!

Ma’am.

Take your hand off the door, please.

There is a man that is being held in a…

Ma’am, take your hand off the door.

Are you the one that called us?

Yeah. I have been held prisoner for…

I don’t even know how long, at a house near…

(POLICE RADIO CHATTER, STATIC)

This is 72, go.

OFFICER: (ON RADIO) We have a situation at the Center Board.

Copy that. Give me 10.

You have any ID?

No.

Are you listening to what I’m saying?

I have been held prisoner.

So, you don’t have ID?

I don’t have anything!

I am not a crackhead. I am not a crazy person.

I am a woman who’s been held prisoner and has escaped.

And I’m telling you that there is a man in serious danger.

(COUGHS)

What do you want? You want something?

Over there.

You want…

(COUGHS)

Okay, okay. Okay.

Um…

(COUGHING CONTINUES)

Water?

Water.

Okay, yeah?

Good.

(EXHALES)

Fuck.

Listen, man. We’re gonna… We’re gonna get out of here. Okay?

I mean, I’m gonna get outta here.

I’m gonna get out, and I’m gonna get help.

Gonna let everybody know what’s goin’ on down here.

That fuckin’ thing is gonna pay for what it did.

Don’t worry, okay?

There are gonna be fucking cops

swarmin’ this place real fuckin’ soon.

Trust me, man.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

What do you want? You want somethin’ else?

I don’t know what you’re sayin’.

What are you saying? What do you want?

Well, this is trash.

I don’t know what you want.

Man, you know what?

Okay. How’s that?

Yeah. This right here, okay?

I don’t know what you’re saying.

Where’s my goddamn phone?

TESS: You’re… You’re gonna have to get this open.

Ma’am.

If you don’t have keys, you don’t live here.

We’re not goin’ in.

But just break it down.

There’s someone trapped in there.

Come on!

Hey, hey.

What are you doin’? Get away from there. Get down here.

Can you… Can you hear what I’m saying?

This is a crime scene.

She has killed a man already,

and there could be someone down there getting murdered right now.

Ma’am, there’s no one in this building.

No one’s being murdered.

And the only crime that I’ve seen so far is you breaking this window.

(SCOFFS) What am I supposed to say to get you to listen to me?

Seriously, what the fuck?

OFFICER 2: Hey, Matt?

We got shots fired on Midland.

Wait, wait. Wait.

Are you motherfuckers leaving?

Hey!

I’ve had enough of you.

You’re lucky we don’t bring you downtown to sleep this off in jail.

Sleep this off?

Are you fucking kidding me?

Joey, let’s move.

TESS: Wh… Where are you going?

(ENGINE STARTS)

Where… Where are you going?

Come on, please…

Please, please, don’t go! Just…

Come on! I need your help, please!

Hey!

Oh, fuck.

(GLASS BREAKING)

(WOMAN SCREAMING ON VIDEO)

(VIDEO STOPS)

What is wrong with you?

The fuck is wrong with you?

Hey!

Hey, I’m talking to you, you fuck!

Hey. Hey, hey, hey, okay.

(CAR BEEPS)

(ENGINE RUMBLING)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

No. No, no, no, wait! Wait!

(GUNSHOT)

(MUFFLED GASP)

(ROARS)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(ROARS)

(ENGINE SPUTTERING)

(GRUNTING)

(ROARS)

(CREATURE MOANS)

(GROANS)

(WHIMPERS)

(UNSETTLING MUSIC PLAYING)

(DOOR SLAMS)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(SMACKING FLASHLIGHT) Come on.

Hello…

(GUNSHOT)

(BODY THUDS)

AJ: Oh, fuck. Oh, my God.

Oh, fuck. I’m so sorry.

Hey. Hey, can you… Okay.

Okay. I’m so sorry.

Come on. We gotta get you outta here. Come on.

(SCREAMS IN PAIN)

I’m sorry,

I’m sorry, I’m sorry!

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

Okay, come on.

Looks like your car is fucked.

She’s not there.

What?

(PANTING) She’s gone!

What do you mean she’s gone? Where the fuck is she?

(WINCING IN PAIN) I don’t know.

What? What are we gonna do?

Do you… You don’t have a car?

Yeah, it’s right here, but the keys are in the tunnel.

I’m not goin’ back in that shit!

Okay. I know. I know where to go.

Where… Okay. Oh, fuck.

Okay.

How you holdin’ up?

I’m okay.

Okay. I think we’re almost there.

AJ: Okay.

Wait, what is this place?

He’s gotta be here somewhere.

Who?

ANDRE: Hey!

(AJ GASPS)

Come here.

(TESS GROANS)

Come on, man.

AJ: Come here. Okay.

ANDRE: Right here.

Okay.

ANDRE: So, what happened there?

Do you have any clean cloth or bandages or anything?

ANDRE: Ain’t much clean in here.

I can’t believe she let you get this far.

What the fuck is she?

She’s just a crazy lady livin’ in that house.

Since when?

She’s been living there some 40 years now.

She was born there.

What are you talking about?

I own that house. Nobody lives there.

Boy, you might own that paper, but that’s her daddy’s house.

And he ain’t never left there, and she never left there neither.

He used to bring women down there.

And then he started making babies with ’em.

And babies with the babies.

And you make a copy of a copy of a copy, and you end up with something like that.

She got you real good.

I did that.

It was an accident.

Doesn’t matter. We gotta get you help.

Which way to get her help, huh?

Y’all need to just sit right here and wait.

I… I can’t do that. This is my fault.

It don’t matter whose fault it is.

AJ: It does! I hurt somebody!

(SNIFFLES) That matters.

I don’t know if I’m a bad person.

But I might be.

I might be a bad person.

Or maybe I’m… I’m a good person who just did a bad thing.

I can’t… I can’t change what I’ve done.

I can just try and fix it.

And that’s what I’m gonna do.

I’m gonna fix it.

ANDRE: You ain’t gonna do nobody no help if you go out there and get yourself killed.

Now, right here, we’re safe.

And she’s gonna make it through the night.

Come morning time, then we can worry about takin’ her to town.

How do you know she can’t get in here?

Shit. I’ve been livin’ in this place more than 15 years, and she ain’t never came in this motherfucker.

(WALL CRASHES)

(CREATURE SCREAMS)

(ANDRE CHOKING)

(GROWLING)

(SCREAMS)

AJ: Shit! Oh, shit!

(GRUNTING)

Shit, shit, shit!

(PANTING)

Can’t get over the fuckin’ barbed wire.

(CREATURE SCREAMS)

(CREATURE ROARS)

(TESS PANTING)

Wait for me!

Fucking come on!

(TESS WHIMPERING)

(CONTINUES WHIMPERING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

Your gun!

Oh.

Fuck!

There’s nowhere to go.

There’s nowhere to fucking go!

(GROANS AND WHIMPERS)

She wants us, she’s gonna get us.

She’s never gonna stop.

(SOBBING)

I can get away.

But you’re gonna have to slow her down.

Hey!

Don’t.

(SNARLS)

Come get your baby!

(GASPS)

(SOLEMN MUSIC PLAYING)

(BREATH TREMBLING)

(AJ BREATHING HEAVILY)

Oh, fuck.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Are you okay?

I’m so sorry. I had no choice, you know?

She was gonna kill us both, and…

I had no time to think.

I fuckin’ panicked.

I didn’t… I didn’t even let go. You started to slip.

There was nothin’ I could do.

You get it, right? Okay.

You’re… You’re gonna be okay. I gotcha.

I’m saving you. Yeah, you’re okay.

(HISSES)

(CHOKING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(AJ SCREAMING)

(FLESH SQUELCHES)

(BLOOD SPLATTERS)

(BODY THUDS)

(BABBLES)

(BABBLING CONTINUES)

(WHIMPERS, BABBLES)

Ba-ba.

(TESS YELPS IN PAIN)

I can’t.

(BABBLES)

I can’t go back.

Ba!

I can’t go back.

(TESS EXCLAIMS IN PAIN)

(KISSES)

Baby.

Baby.

(GUNSHOT)

(UPBEAT TRADITIONAL POP MUSIC PLAYING)

(INSTRUMENTAL BREAK)

(UPBEAT TRADITIONAL POP MUSIC FADES)

(UNSETTLING MUSIC PLAYING)

(UNSETTLING MUSIC FADES)

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