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In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the crew find themselves fighting for their lives.
X (2022)

X (2022)
Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Stars: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow

Plot: Set in 1979, adult movie actors and a small film crew arrive to a farmhouse occupied by an elderly couple in the desolate Texas countryside to film an adult movie. As the day shifts to night, the visitors slowly realize that they are not safe, and are being targeted by a nearby enemy.

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(CICADAS CHIRPING)

(FLY BUZZING)

EVANGELIST: (OVER TV) We come together today…

(EVANGELIST CONTINUES SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY OVER TV)

In dark times such as these, we must all remember to look to the Lord for guidance.

Submit yourselves, then, to God.

CONGREGATION: Amen.

Resist the Devil…

(CONGREGATION MURMURS)

…and he will flee from you.

I regret to say I know the powers of Satan firsthand.

Our very own daughter was taken by perverts and swindlers and let fall into a world of sin.

Sheriff?

I hope…

You ought to come take a look at this.

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

My God.

(WOMAN SNORTING)

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

(SNIFFLING)

(KNOCKING ON DOOR)

MAN: Go easy on that stuff, will ya?

You know what they say

about too much of a good thing…

(SNIFFLES AND SIGHS)

Give me some sugar.

(WOMAN CHUCKLES)

(WOMAN MOANS)

(WOMAN CONTINUES SNIFFLING)

You’re special.

There ain’t nobody else out there like you.

Now giddyup.

Time is money. Everybody is waiting.

(MAN WHOOPS)

You’re a fucking sex symbol.

(UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING)

(GULLS CALLING)

♪ In the summertime

♪ When the weather is hot

♪ You can stretch right up and touch the sky

♪ When the weather’s fine

♪ You got women You got women on your mind

♪ Have a drink, have a drive

♪ Go out and see what you can find

♪ If her daddy’s rich Take her out for a meal

♪ If her daddy’s poor Just do what you feel

♪ Speed along the lane

♪ Do a turn or return the twenty-five

♪ When the sun goes down

♪ You can make it Make it good and really fine

♪ We’re not bad people

♪ We’re not dirty We’re not mean

♪ We love everybody But we do as we please

♪ When the weather’s fine

♪ We go fishin’ or go swimmin’ in the sea

♪ We’re always happy

♪ Life’s for livin’, yeah That’s our philosophy ♪

(RADIO STATIC BUZZES)

MAN 1: Highs in the low…

MAN 2: America needs Jesus…

(DISCO MUSIC PLAYING OVER CAR RADIO)

(DISTORTED SPEECH PLAYING)

(SURF MUSIC PLAYING)

Maxine.

MAXINE: “The Farmer’s Daughters.”

Oh, hot damn. Look-it, there I am.

Wow.

Hollywood, here we come.

No, ma’am. We don’t need Hollywood.

These type of pictures turn regular folks into stars.

We’re gonna do it all ourselves.

Ain’t that right, RJ?

Yes, sir.

WAYNE: Finally, a level playing field for people like us.

I don’t know, Wayne.

Sounds an awful lot like what you said

about The Topless Carwash.

You remember that?

WAYNE: Yeah. And had the IRS not had

a goddamn personal vendetta against me,

that would’ve panned out beautifully.

WOMAN 1: Uh-huh.

Well, you know I’m always game.

My American Dream is not unreasonable.

I just want a paid-for house with a big ole pool,

so I can float around with my knees in the breeze

and tan these titties.

(LAUGHS)

What? I was dealt a good hand.

People spend a lot of money to look at what God gave me.

Be a sin not to take care of ’em.

MAN 1: Mmm.

Yes, it sure would.

(CHUCKLES)

What about you, Maxine?

What’s your American Dream?

Hmm.

(BELL RINGS)

(CHICKEN CLUCKS)

(CHICKENS CLUCKING)

(FOLK MUSIC PLAYING OVER VAN RADIO)

(CHICKEN CLUCKS)

(COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYING OVER TV)

WAYNE: Hurry it up, we aren’t gonna be long in there.

(VAN DOOR CLOSES)

If this kid I picked up from the university

can put it together like he says,

our days of struggling may soon be over.

We do even half the numbers of Debbie Does Dallas,

I’m outta the red for good.

Hell, let’s make a picture a week, then.

Patience, darlin’.

I’ve been being patient my whole life.

Well, that’s the thing about being patient.

I need to be famous, Wayne.

Mmm-hmm.

I’m ready for the high life.

I’m sick and tired of never gettin’ what I want.

Well, you help me keep those jokers in line out there,

I’ll make sure you get everything your heart desires.

You better have.

I don’t wanna worry no more, Wayne.

I deserve nice things. I have cosmopolitan taste.

Don’t I know it.

I mean it.

I want the whole world to know my name.

Like Lynda Carter or some shit.

Hey, everyone with a pulse

is gonna lust after a piece of Maxine Minx

once they see what you can do.

You know why?

Why?

‘Cause you got that X factor.

Fuckin’-A-right.

Now, mosey on over there

and grab us some Wonder Bread, Wonder Woman.

MAXINE: I don’t like his girlfriend.

WAYNE: You don’t like anybody’s girlfriend.

She hardly says a word. She just stares at everyone.

Well, she’s shy.

Probably ain’t never seen nobody like us before.

People who stare give me the heebie-jeebies.

Better get used to that

if you’re gonna be in the movies.

Your little boyfriend is cute.

You help him with all his films?

Sometimes, yeah.

GIRL: Is that your boyfriend?

Sometimes, yeah.

Hey, how come you don’t gotta film none of this in order?

Well, once I have it all in the can,

I can rearrange it however I want.

No shit.

I actually intend on experimenting

a lot with the film’s editing.

Giving it a certain sense of the avant-garde,

like they’re doing in France.

It’s classier that way.

And it’s a good trick to disguise the low budget.

All right, let’s slate it.

(CAMERA ROLLING)

And hit it.

All right, go ahead and fill her up.

You know,

if you tilt the camera up

from the nozzle…

(CAMERA STOPS ROLLING)

…it’ll look like he’s using his cock.

(GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

See? I got good sense, too.

MAXINE: How come we couldn’t do

any of this filming in Houston?

Ain’t they got plenty of farms?

Well, this county raised property taxes,

a little bit of cash goes a long way out here.

Most older folks can’t compete

with the bigger outfits no more.

Now, we’re not the only ones trying to make a buck.

EVANGELIST: (OVER TV) Kidnappers, murderers,

sex fiends…

All the result

of our increasingly secular society…

Besides, it ain’t exactly something

I wanna advertise around town.

You know how some people can get

when it comes to sex.

EVANGELIST: Remember what happened

in Sodom and Gomorrah.

Get what we needed?

Oh, I got it.

Thanks to help from yours truly.

Got my smokes?

WAYNE: Yes. God damn.

WOMAN 1: I’m just askin’.

Hey, if I’m gonna be having sex for you,

I’m gonna need cigarettes.

How’s the script?

I don’t know. It’s all right.

Does it matter?

Hey, I don’t wanna have to wear a hard hat

to make a livin’, do you?

No.

Then don’t you be bringin’ down the vibe

of my investments.

Negativity attracts negative results.

Winstons? You know I only smoke Old Golds.

All they had, Bobby-Lynne.

That’s it. I’m calling my agent.

Just get back in the dang van.

(VAN ENGINE STARTS)

BOBBY-LYNNE: Mmm-mmm!

EVANGELIST: That’s right.

The deviants are already amongst us,

waiting for our sons and daughters.

So, heed dire warnings,

and repent before it is too late.

He may be a forgiving God,

but every man has got his limits.

(COW MOOS)

(MAN SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY OVER VAN RADIO)

Must be a bad wreck.

MAN: (ON RADIO) Y’all stay safe out there.

I’ll be right back with some more golden oldies

right after this commercial break.

93.5, KBQB.

(CAR HORNS HONKING)

(COW MOOS)

…the 60th anniversary

…take place this Saturday.

Don’t miss your chance to tour the entire state…

(RETCHES AND GAGS)

What is it?

WAYNE: Oh, don’t look.

I hate blood and guts.

WAYNE: Just when you thought

you’d escaped the slaughterhouse.

BOBBY-LYNNE: Yeah.

WOMAN: (OVER RADIO) Now, that’s a bonanza…

BOBBY-LYNNE: Was that the…

(MAN 1 CHUCKLING)

WAYNE: This is it. Our own studio backlot.

BOBBY-LYNNE: Thank goodness. I’m horny.

RJ: You’re always horny.

BOBBY-LYNNE: No, not always.

It’s perfect.

It’s really gonna add a lot of production value.

(SONG CONTINUES PLAYING INDISTINCTLY OVER VAN RADIO)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(CROWS CAWING)

WAYNE: Y’all stay put while I go

and handle business right quick.

This wasn’t I had in mind

when I agreed to help out on your film.

Gotta start somewhere, Lorraine.

RJ, it’s smut.

When did you become such a prude?

I’m not.

I just don’t understand why you’re doing all this.

Because it is possible to make a good dirty movie.

OLD MAN: Who’s that?

Yes, sir. It’s Wayne Galleroy. We spoke on the telephone.

(DOOR OPENS)

WAYNE: Uh…

Howard, right?

HOWARD: You from the county?

This here’s private property.

Didn’t you see the signs down at the end of the drive?

WAYNE: Oh, easy, partner.

(BOBBY-LYNNE GIGGLING)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

Somethin’s wrong.

What’chu talkin’ ’bout?

HOWARD: You’re trespassing. The law says I can shoot.

Sir, I ain’t from the county.

I’m from Houston.

We spoke on Tuesday. You remember?

About y’all’s boarding house.

HOWARD: Oh, that’s right.

You’re looking for a place to stay.

Well, you never can be too careful with strangers.

You had me pretty nervous there.

HOWARD: It ain’t even loaded.

Most of the times,

just wavin’ it around is all it takes.

Oh, yes, sir.

I keep the same thing in my glove box.

MAN 1: Wow, that’s one ugly sumbitch.

(LAUGHS SOFTLY)

What? (CHUCKLING)

He is.

(VAN DOOR CLOSES)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(VAN DOOR CLOSES)

WAYNE: Hell of a spread you got here.

HOWARD: We like it. (COUGHS)

(HOWARD COUGHING AND WHEEZING)

WAYNE: You all right there, old-timer?

HOWARD: I’m fine.

(HOWARD GRUNTS)

She ain’t much.

She’s gorgeous.

Building was for soldiers during the Civil War.

They never saw any action though.

What about you?

You serve?

Flat feet.

MAN 1: I did. Two tours in South Vietnam.

Had enough farmers

tryin’ to shoot me for one lifetime.

Know what I mean, Pops?

Oorah.

(BOBBY-LYNNE GIGGLES)

Oh, careful, Howie.

Hot damn, that’s my future fiancee

you’re eyeballin’ there.

Been a while

since you seen anythin’ that nice?

I don’t recall you mentioning

you’d bringing all these others.

Now, about that…

See, your ad said $30, but…

I threw in a little extra to sweeten the deal.

I hope that’s okay.

I don’t think I like you, Wayne.

In fact,

I don’t much like the looks of none of y’all.

Now, my wife is next door,

so I would appreciate a little discretion.

I give you my word.

You won’t even know we’re here.

(WAYNE SIGHS)

That was some stellar negotiating.

You really do have a knack for business.

You keep jawin’, towhead,

I’ll pull you off the main stage for a month.

Oh, but then, honey,

you won’t make no money neither.

MAXINE: How could you just stand there

and let him talk about us like that?

WAYNE: Oh, calm down.

Ain’t no need to harsh the mellow.

It’s harmless. He’s just old.

His pecker ain’t probably been hard

since before you were born.

I’d hate people like us then, too.

He don’t know what we’re doing, does he?

So, church mouse, you do speak.

No.

He sure doesn’t.

And I intend to keep it that way.

Now, I don’t wanna give the old codger a heart attack.

Would you?

It’s better to beg for forgiveness

than ask for permission.

You know what I mean?

(CAR ENGINE STARTS)

All right.

That’s enough jabberin’.

I reckon it’s about high time we cut to the chase

and we give the people what they wanna see.

What do you say?

Fucking finally!

(MOANS)

(GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

(MAN KISSING)

(MOANING)

(GASPS)

(MOANING LOUDLY)

(BED CREAKING)

(BOBBY-LYNNE MOANING AND GASPING LOUDLY)

Okay. Now… Now flip her over.

BOBBY-LYNNE: Ooh!

(BOBBY-LYNNE MOANING)

(BED THUDDING)

(MAN MOANING)

BOBBY-LYNNE: Oh, yeah. Fuck me.

Yeah.

MAN: Fuck.

That’s great.

Just scooch your chin up for me.

All right, now slow it all down.

I wanna see the passion.

Hey, kid.

How about you just point the camera

and stay in your lane.

Let me do the screwing here.

(BOBBY-LYNNE LAUGHING)

(MOANING LOUDLY)

Yeah!

Yes!

(MUFFLED BOBBY-LYNNE MOANING)

BOBBY-LYNNE: Oh, my God.

(BOBBY-LYNNE AND MAN CONTINUE MOANING)

(DISTANT CROW CAWING)

(WATER SLOSHING)

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(BIRD CALLING)

WAYNE: (EXCITEDLY) Now, I may not know shit from Shinola

when it comes to filmmaking,

but I know for damn sure people are gonna

wanna see what I just saw in there.

Well, that’s ’cause I’m not treatin’ it

like pornography, but as cinema.

That’s what these other adult films are lackin’.

Whatever you’re doin’, you keep doin’ it.

People’s eyes are gonna pop out

of their damn skulls when they see this.

We’re gonna be rich.

Feel how hard my cock is.

(WAYNE EXHALES)

(GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

Oh, sorry, baby.

(SCOFFING)

Don’t be standing there

like you’re all proud of yourself.

I was born for this line of work.

Uh. You didn’t do nothin’, dummy.

It’s called actin’.

You good, but you ain’t that good.

(MOANING LOUDLY)

Fuck my pussy.

Oh, you make me so wet.

Oh, my God, you’re so big.

(STOPS MOANING)

Aw, don’t look so glum.

You did just fine. Come here.

I think I love you.

Bless your heart.

(DISTANT BIRD SCREECHING)

(PANTING)

RJ: And action!

Sorry to bother you, ma’am,

but my van broke down on the highway back yonder,

and I was hopin’

I could use y’all’s phone to call for help.

Oh, my goodness.

I’m afraid we don’t own a telephone,

but my daddy will be home soon,

and I’m sure he could give you a lift to town.

Would you like to come inside?

Much obliged.

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(CLOCK TICKING)

Hello?

Hello?

(FLIES BUZZING)

(WATER DRIPPING)

Lemonade?

(METAL CLANKS)

(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)

(EXHALES) Sure is hot out there.

You must be awful thirsty.

(CHUCKLES) Yes, ma’am.

(SIPPING)

It’s got a good taste.

(CLEARS THROAT)

I should probably get back now.

My boyfriend gets real fussy

when he don’t know where I’m at, so…

(WHISPERING) Come with me before Daddy gets home.

I was young once, too.

It was taken right before the first war.

Believe it or not, my Howard served in both.

He survived the trenches and Omaha Beach.

There wasn’t anything

he wouldn’t do for me back then.

That’s the power of beauty.

I was a dancer in those early years.

But then the war came, so…

Not everything in life turns out how you expect.

Such a special face.

Beautiful.

Look.

I don’t know what’s come over me.

I’ve never quite felt like this before.

If Daddy catches us,

there’s no telling what he might do.

What are you doing?

(VEHICLE APPROACHING)

You should go.

It will be our secret.

What will?

Shh.

(FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYING)

(HOWARD GRUNTING SOFTLY)

WAYNE: Watch out!

I’ve been looking everywhere for you!

MAXINE: Sorry.

The kid says we’re gonna lose the light!

Well, come on now, chop-chop.

MAXINE: You’re not good. Bluff it.

(SNORTING)

You’re a fucking sex symbol.

(SNIFFLES)

(SNIFFLES)

I will not accept a life I do not deserve.

(INHALES AND EXHALES)

WAYNE: Are you ready?

(GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

Let’s go to work.

WAYNE: Coast is clear.

RJ: Right…

LORRAINE: Sound speed.

RJ: Okay, we’re rollin’.

Farmer’s Daughter, take one.

Action.

I’m looking for the owner of this farm.

His daughter said I could find him in here.

You must have been talking to my sister.

Sister?

She didn’t mention you.

Not surprised.

She’s always been jealous.

I’m younger, get all the attention.

Daddy never lets her leave the farm anymore.

He’s very protective.

MAN: Well, I was hopin’ he could give me a ride

back to town before it got dark.

We shouldn’t disturb him.

It would only make him angry.

You wouldn’t like Daddy when he’s angry.

I could give you a ride.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(HAIR BRUSHING)

(GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

(MAXINE MOANING)

(MAN GRUNTING)

(CONTINUES MOANING)

(MUFFLED MAXINE MOANING)

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(MAXINE MOANING LOUDLY)

(TAPE STOPS ROLLING)

HOWARD: We talked about this.

OLD WOMAN: Howard?

Please.

You know I can’t.

My heart…

(HOWARD GRUNTING)

(FOLK MUSIC PLAYING)

♪ They’re gonna put me in the movies

♪ They’re gonna make a big star out of me

♪ They’ll make a film about a girl

♪ Who’s sad and lonely

♪ And all I gotta do is act naturally ♪

You were amazing out there.

Now I know why Wayne left his wife for you.

(SCOFFS) So do I.

Careful.

WAYNE: Told y’all she was somethin’ special.

X factor.

Thanks, baby.

MAXINE: What are you looking at?

WAYNE: Wait, come on now.

No, Wayne.

Anybody ever teach you not to stare?

It’s rude.

You got somethin’ to say to me or what?

No.

LORRAINE: Well, I do have a question.

WAYNE: See, she’s interested, is all.

What’s on your mind, church mouse?

Isn’t it strange

watching her doin’ it with him?

It’s just business.

As long as the camera is runnin’.

LORRAINE: So the camera changes things?

That’s right.

RJ: It’s not real life, Raine.

It’s just a movie.

I know that.

Just sayin’.

What about love?

What about love?

Well, don’t y’all believe in it?

Of course we believe in love.

How can you love someone

and still be with other people?

You think we don’t have

no morals or somethin’, is that it?

No. No, I just…

Take it from me, letting outdated traditions

control how you live your life will get you nowhere.

I don’t know about you, but I got

better places to be than where I came from.

Amen to that.

MAXINE: And besides, it’s just sex.

You can decide who you wanna love,

but not who you wanna screw.

Attraction’s out of our control.

It ain’t healthy keeping those feelings locked away inside.

I seen you sneaking

a few long peeks at Jackson over here.

No, I… I wasn’t looking…

BOBBY-LYNNE: It’s okay.

He don’t mind none.

She’s right.

I don’t mind.

No offense.

BOBBY-LYNNE: Everybody likes sex.

It’s a gas.

We’re just not afraid to admit it.

Queer, straight, Black, white…

(SCOFFS) It’s all disco.

You know why? Because one day,

we’re gonna be too old to fuck.

And life’s too short, if you ask me.

Roger that.

BOBBY-LYNNE: The fact of the truth of the matter is,

we turn folks on.

And that scares ’em.

They can’t look away neither.

That’s right.

We’re like a foxy car wreck.

(WAYNE CHUCKLES)

WAYNE: Which is how I know

that this new home video market is set to explode.

Finally, people are gonna get to see what they desire

in the privacy of their own homes, free of judgment.

We’re gonna give that to them before anyone else.

Porn ain’t only gonna be

for perverts no more.

BOBBY-LYNNE: Aw.

Toast to the perverts.

They’ve been payin’ our bills for years.

Hear, hear! To the perverts!

To livin’ a life of excess,

being young and having fun till the day we die.

To the power of independent cinema.

To living life on our own terms.

And never accepting what

self-righteous naysayers have to say.

WAYNE: Right on.

I don’t know if I agree with all of that,

but I did like what I saw today.

I didn’t think I would, but I did.

WAYNE: Cheers to that.

JACKSON: You ready?

Yeah.

(PLAYING MELLOW TUNE)

(SINGING) ♪ I took my love I took it down

♪ I climbed a mountain and I turned around

♪ And I saw my reflection

♪ In the snow-covered hills

♪ Till the landslide brought me down

♪ Oh, mirror in the sky What is love?

♪ Can the child within my heart rise above?

♪ Can I sail

♪ Through the changin’ ocean tides?

♪ Can I handle the seasons

♪ Of my life?

(BOBBY-LYNNE HUMMING TUNE)

♪ Well, I’ve been afraid

♪ Of changin’

♪ ‘Cause I built my life

♪ Around you

♪ But time makes you bolder

♪ Even children get older

♪ And I’m gettin’ older too

(BOBBY-LYNNE HUMMING TUNE)

I wanna do a scene in the movie.

What?

I wanna be in the movie.

No.

Well, why not?

(SCOFFING) Well…

Because…

No.

Did y’all put her up to this or somethin’?

BOBBY-LYNNE: No!

Hey!

Take it easy. They didn’t do nothin’.

LORRAINE: Nobody put me up to anything.

I’ve been thinking about it all day.

And…

Well, I’m young.

And if we really are makin’ a good dirty movie,

then I don’t wanna just carry the equipment.

I wanna be in it.

Well, you can’t.

Says who?

It’s my film, Lorraine.

I mean, it wouldn’t make any sense.

We’ve already shot half of it.

The story can’t just suddenly change midway through.

Why?

Because it just isn’t done.

What about in Psycho? You love that movie.

Well, Psycho is a horror film.

And that plot was a MacGuffin to build suspense.

And I’m not making that kind of movie.

LORRAINE: Oh, come on, RJ.

Nobody’s comin’ to see this film for the plot.

They’re comin’ to see tits and ass.

And a big dick.

Lorraine!

(ALL SNICKERING)

It’s the truth.

Why not just give the people what they’re payin’ for?

Because I’m making something better than that.

When did you become such a prude?

WAYNE: All right, hold on.

I am the executive producer, which means I get a word.

So, why don’t we just take a step outside

before anythin’ gets said that someone might regret.

You gotta back me up in here, Wayne!

I mean, this situation is fixin’

to get outta control. It is awfully close.

Relax.

Hey, what is it they say, “Life imitates art”?

It’s the other way around.

Whatever, it don’t matter.

But you need to listen to me, okay?

Because you ain’t been 42, and I have been 23.

And I’m gonna explain somethin’ to you

about young women.

Now, if she’s serious,

which I suspect she is,

she’s gonna do it whether you like it or not.

Now, you try to stop her, not only is she gonna do it,

she’s gonna go on and do it with God knows how many people

in God knows how many other films,

and nobody wants that.

The way I see it,

you only got one good option here.

What, letting her get balled by some man whore?

Come on now, Jackson is a professional.

He ain’t got no diseases or nothin’.

You just want more sex in the movie.

That ain’t me, hoss. She wants it, you heard her.

Heck, if she does great,

she gets famous, maybe she’ll take you with her.

Wayne, you don’t get it.

Lorraine is not like the others in there.

She is a nice girl.

I beg your pardon?

No, I didn’t mean it like that.

Oh, I hate to be the one to tell you this,

but ain’t none of them nice girls.

(DISTORTED GROOVE MUSIC PLAYING)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(CRICKETS CHIRPING)

(WATER RUNNING)

(SOBBING SOFTLY)

(SIGHS IN FRUSTRATION)

To hell with this.

She can have it.

Let’s see how far they get without me.

(ENGINE STARTING)

Good luck finding

your own way out of here.

(MUSIC PLAYING OVER RADIO)

What the…

Ma’am?

Are you all right?

Sorry, I’m…

(OLD WOMAN MOANS)

Ma’am?

(OLD WOMAN MOANS)

(HESITATING)

What?

How come you just did that?

Why won’t you look at me?

Look at me like you looked at her.

What?

I can show you what I’m capable of.

Stop. I don’t wanna see it.

Maybe we should just go find your husband.

(GRUNTS)

(CHOKING AND GASPING)

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYING OVER VAN RADIO)

(CONTINUES CHOKING AND GASPING)

Help me.

(CONTINUES CHOKING AND GASPING)

(COUGHING AND GURGLING)

(OLD WOMAN GRUNTING ANGRILY)

(CONTINUES GRUNTING ANGRILY)

(WAILING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(TRANQUIL MUSIC PLAYING)

♪ Oui, oui, Marie

♪ If you’ll do this for me

♪ Then I’ll do that for you

♪ Oui, oui, Marie

(OVER VAN RADIO) ♪ Come on, baby Don’t fear the reaper ♪

(ROCK MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING OVER RADIO)

(DOOR OPENS)

(MUSIC STOPS)

RJ?

RJ?

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(GASPING)

Hey, hey, hey.

What’s goin’ on, church mouse?

(BREATHING HEAVILY) It’s RJ. I woke up, and he was gone.

I…

You don’t think he left me, do you?

Well, the van’s still here.

He’s gotta be around somewhere.

Oh, hey, it ain’t like your dog ran off.

He’s probably just processin’ things, you know?

Go on back to bed.

I feel bad if I hurt him. I don’t wanna break up.

Hun, you didn’t do nothin’ wrong.

He’ll get over it.

He just needs to toughen up, is all.

Come on. I’ll talk to him in the morning.

LORRAINE: Will you help me find him?

(EXHALES)

Please? I’m worried.

All right.

I ain’t gettin’ in the middle of no more of this shit.

WAYNE: (WHISPERING) RJ!

Are you in here, brother?

This ain’t the way to go about handlin’ this.

(DOOR OPENS)

(SOFTLY) Oh, no.

(HESITATES) I’m sorry if I disturbed you.

HOWARD: What are you doin’ out here?

I’m lookin’ for my boyfriend.

HOWARD: Have you seen my wife?

No, sir.

WAYNE: Two keys to keepin’ a healthy relationship.

Never let a good woman out of your sight.

Never mention her weight.

How do you think I’ve been surrounded

by so many beautiful females my whole life?

There’s an art to it.

Just like business.

(YELLS)

(COW MOOS)

Fuck! Son of a bitch!

(COWS MOOING)

(GRUNTING AND GROANING)

Oh, fuck me!

(COWS MOOING LOUDLY)

Oh, shut up, cheeseburger! Go wander into traffic.

(GROANING) Oh, fuck.

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

RJ, you in here?

I stepped on a nail.

Come on out and help me, for Christ’s sake!

I’m gonna catch tetanus from this shit.

(GROANS)

RJ?

Church mouse, that you?

(GROANING)

(GRUNTING)

HOWARD: There’s another light down in the cellar.

Can you go get it?

Please. My wife is not well.

It’s very dark,

and I’m worried she could fall and break her hip.

(DOOR OPENS)

HOWARD: Downstairs. You’ll see my workbench.

(FOOTSTEPS RUSTLING)

(LORRAINE SIGHS)

Found it!

Hey, I’m locked in!

Hey!

(DOOR RATTLING)

Hey! Hey! Open up!

(PANTING)

(SCREAMING)

(CRYING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

What is it, baby?

Thought I heard somethin’.

Probably nothin’.

Old habits die hard.

Go back to sleep.

Aye, aye, captain.

(FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

Everything okay, Pops?

My wife, she’s gone missing.

Missin’?

She gets confused.

It happens sometimes after dark.

Lot of firepower for a missin’ wife.

It’s for gators.

I found her once by the edge of our pond.

If she was to fall in…

Want some help?

Not for self but for country, right?

Let me go and get my skivvies.

(OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

JACKSON: I say we each take a side of the perimeter.

Cover ground quicker that way.

HOWARD: I only got the one light.

No offense,

but it’s been a while since you was deployed.

I spent three nights face down in a rice paddy

scanning for land mines and trip wires.

Once a marine, always a marine.

If she’s out here…

I’ll find her.

(HAUNTING MUSIC CONTINUES)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

I got nothin’, Pops.

Shit.

What you doing all the way in there?

Oh, no.

Pops, you okay?

You in here?

(BANGING)

LORRAINE: (CRYING) Help! Help, somebody, please!

Please help me!

RJ!

Help!

(LORRAINE SOBBING)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(SOBBING AND PANTING)

Oh, shit!

(PANTING) You scared me, Pops.

Once a marine, always a marine.

Well…

Your lady ain’t in there.

I can’t give her what she wants anymore.

You don’t understand what it’s like.

You can still do as you please.

Say what?

The last bohemian that stayed here was the same.

Traipsin’ around in barely any clothes.

Enticin’ my wife.

Yeah…

Okay, well,

we better get back up to the house

and find out what’s goin’ on.

I know exactly what’s goin’ on.

(FIRES GUN)

(WATER SPLASHES)

(GRUNTS SOFTLY)

(SCREAMING)

(GASPS)

(MAXINE CONTINUES SCREAMING)

(BOBBY-LYNNE GASPING)

(MAXINE CONTINUES SCREAMING)

Maxine?

That woman was in my bed touching me!

(CRYING AND SCREAMING)

HOWARD: You’re just makin’ things worse.

Help me!

Somebody! Please!

Nobody is comin’ for ya.

Get back down in that cellar and be quiet!

(SOBBING)

Shut up!

Help!

Hey! Somebody, please!

Kidnappers, murderers,

sex fiends,

lurkin’ where we least expect…

LORRAINE: Help!

Somebody, help!

…in good Christian homes,

right under our very noses!

(SNORTING)

(EXHALES)

(SNIFFLING AND SIGHING)

BOBBY-LYNNE: Jackson?

Wayne?

Where are y’all?

(SIGHS)

Oh, my goodness.

Ma’am?

Ma’am? Be careful!

Step away from the edge, it’s dangerous.

(OLD WOMAN MOANS)

It’s all right. Here, here.

You’re safe now, okay?

Are you hurt? I don’t see anything.

My nana gets confused sometimes as well.

I learned all about it.

Believe it or not, I’ve even thought

about becomin’ a nurse one day.

So…

Okay. Why don’t you come with…

Oh!

What the hell did you do that for?

I don’t need a nurse.

Why should you get to have it all?

What have you ever done except be a whore?

Okay, you know what?

You don’t want my help? No problem.

I was just tryin’ to be nice.

You don’t deserve to be able to just flaunt it

in my face like you do.

It ain’t my fault you didn’t live the life you wanted.

Now move out of the way, please.

Move! You mean old ugly b…

Bitch.

(SCREAMING)

(MUFFLED SCREAMING)

(SCREAMING STOPS)

Was that the one?

You know I don’t like blondes.

(GROANS SOFTLY)

Disgustin’.

Lorraine?

RJ?

(HOWARD WHEEZING)

HOWARD: Uh, place is empty.

What about that other fella, Wayne?

In the barn. Stuck like the pig he was.

Well, that’s three down.

Four.

And I got another kept up at the house for you.

I don’t want her.

This one was different.

She had something special.

Like I did.

Sick and tired of never gettin’ what I want.

You know I want to give it to you, Pearl.

But I’m tired, too.

I know.

(SIGHING)

Tell me I’m special.

Of course you are.

I’ve felt that way

since the first moment we met.

You were the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.

Oh, not anymore.

Always.

Tell me I’m yours.

That you still want me.

Make me feel young again.

What if my heart can’t take it?

It can.

(HOWARD AND PEARL KISSING)

(PEARL MOANING)

(HAUNTING MUSIC PLAYING)

(HOWARD GASPS)

(BED CREAKING)

(PEARL MOANING)

PEARL: Fuck me, Howard.

(HOWARD GRUNTS LOUDLY)

PEARL: Fuck me.

(PEARL MOANING LOUDLY)

Fuck me.

(MAXINE PANTING)

LORRAINE: (SCREAMING AND CRYING) Help!

Help!

Somebody, help me, please!

(SINGING INDISTINCTLY)

(PANTING)

(INDISTINCT SINGING ON TV CONTINUES)

(CRYING) Let me out of here!

Keep your voice down.

Don’t tell me to be quiet!

I was locked in a dungeon down there!

These old people are fucking crazy!

I have to get out of this house

before they kill me, too.

We need to find the keys to their truck.

I never should have listened to you.

This is all your fault!

Lorraine, we need to stick together.

I hate you!

I hate you all so much!

Lorraine!

(GUN FIRES)

HOWARD: I told her to stay in the damn cellar!

PEARL: That’s all right.

We don’t need her anymore.

We got each other again.

HOWARD: Help me drag the body inside.

If she’s in the house, that’s self-defense.

That’s the law.

(PANTING)

PEARL: You don’t really believe

anyone’s gonna come looking for ’em, do you?

HOWARD: We ain’t gonna risk it.

We need to play this smart, Pearl.

No sense in making a mess now.

If nobody shows up by tomorrow,

we’ll take the body and we’ll dump her

in the pond with the others.

Which reminds me, we’re gonna need

to get Wayne outta the barn

and sink him, too.

(BREATH TREMBLING)

(DOOR CREAKING)

(INDISTINCT SINGING OVER TV CONTINUES)

She’s heavier than she looks.

(GURGLES)

(GASPS)

PEARL: Howard. Howard!

Howard?

Howard?

Howard!

Where are the keys to the truck?

He’s having a heart attack.

I don’t give a shit!

Where are the fucking keys?

Well, now…

PEARL: In the kitchen…

…here we all are…

…under the lamp.

…together.

PEARL: Howard?

We have reached a crossroad.

With salvation…

Howard?

…or damnation?

You’re gonna rot when people find out what you’ve done.

EVANGELIST: (OVER TV) The time is now.

What I have done?

For if we do not take control

of our own fate, the Lord…

What about you?

…shall do it for us.

You don’t think I know who you really are?

I saw what you did in the barn.

You’re a deviant little whore.

We’re the same.

You’ll end up just like me.

Time to turn our backs on sin and make the commitment…

I’m nothin’ like you.

…once and for all.

You’re a kidnappin’, murderin’ sex fiend.

I’m a fucking star!

The whole world is gonna know my name.

EVANGELIST: I want to hear you all.

Say it with me now.

I will not accept a life

I do not deserve.

I will not accept a life

I do not deserve.

Hallelujah! (APPLAUSE ON TV)

Stop fuckin’ starin’ at me!

(GUN CLICKS)

(GUN CLICKING)

(INDISTINCT SINGING ON TV)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

Now, that’s what I call divine intervention!

The Lord smiles on those who accept Him. Praise his name!

Glory be to Jesus!

PEARL: My hip… (GASPING)

Help.

Shh!

PEARL: You whore!

You’re not innocent!

You’re not special!

(ENGINE STARTS)

It’ll all be taken from you!

Just like it was from me!

I’ll tell everyone what you are!

(ENGINE REVS)

(SCREAMS)

It’ll be our secret.

Divine intervention.

(SNIFFING)

Praise the fuckin’ Lord.

EVANGELIST: I hope that, through my own admission, others may find the light.

I wanna show y’all somethin’.

Get a shot of this.

There she is.

My beautiful little daughter Maxine.

Lured into a life of sin by the very deviants we warn of here on a daily basis.

From our lovin’ home into the hands of devils.

We pray, one day, she’ll find her way home to us.

CONGREGATION: Amen.

EVANGELIST: Bless you, bless you.

(CROW CAWING)

OFFICER 1: What do you reckon happened, Sheriff?

How the hell should I know?

OFFICER 2: Hey, boss.

One of the boys found this inside.

What do you think is on it?

Well, by the looks of everythin’… I’d say one goddamn fucked up horror picture.

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