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Tak sits holding a camera with his mouth hung open. Lesh nudges him.

DR. LESH
Dr. Casey!

Tak snaps out of it and looks down to adjust the lens setting just as two more flashes go off in the air.

DIANE
Gotta be quicker than that around here.

RYAN
Itís electrical...you can smell the charge.

DIANE
You were saying poltergeists...

DR. LESH
(rattled)
I was saying they are generally associated with an individual. In the general vernacular, hauntings seems to be connected with an area...a house usually.

TAK
Poltergeist disturbances are of fairly short duration. Perhaps a couple of months. Hauntings can go on for years.

Diane takes Steveís hand, suddenly frightened.

DIANE
Are you telling me all this could just end at any time?

DR. LESH
Unless itís a haunting. But as a rule, there seems to be no living person around whom haunting incidents revolve.

DIANE
Then we donít have much time, Dr. Lesh. Because my daughter is alive somewhere In this house.

69 INT. LIVING ROOM - DUSK

THE FAMILY AND INVESTIGATORS

Everyone is assembled around the console TV. Ryan has a Nakamichi cassette recorder on the coffee table and a pencil microphone taped to the television speaker. Tak has erected his Nikon on a small aluminum tripod aimed at the screen, plus two infrared heat seeking cameras and monitors which scan the entire living room. An electrostatic locator to measure ionization and a magnometer that me asures magnetic changes. Diane is holding Steveís hand.

Dana comes into the room with an overnight bag strapped around her shoulders.

DIANE
Dana, Iíd like you to meet doctor...

DANA
(clipped)
Itís getting dark, Mom. I gotta go. Iíll call you from Trudie's.

STEVE
She wonít stay in the house after dusk.

ROBBIE
(disgusted)
Sheís got brains!

Diane flips on the set. A loca1 news station is finishing the report when Diane turns to channel 27.

DIANE
We receive better on this channel but donít ask me why.

Dr. Lesh is thoroughly perplexed. She puts on her glasses as Steve turns out the lamp and lights a cigarette. Diane squeezes her husbandís hand. The CAMERA PUSHES IN to the TV screen and millions of particles of white air.

Diane turns the volume up and Ryan, wearing headsets, flinches, adjusting down the volume on his recorder.

DIANE
Iíll call her.

She says this so matter-of-factly that Dr. Lesh gasps. Diane walks to the center of the living room, folds her hands in front of her, collecting her thoughts, takes a very deep breath and calls to the ceiling.

DIANE
Itís mommy, sweetheart. We want to talk to you. Baby, please answer. Please talk to me, Carol Anne.

Dr. Lesh looks quickly to Tak and Ryan for their human responses to this. Tak shrugs unnoticed. Ryan adjusts in his chair and looks up at the ceiling.

E. Buzz prances into the room, looking up as if following on the heels of someone with a treat.

DR. LESH
(to Tak breathlessly)
Look at the dog.

He sits up on his hind legs and begs to no one we see.

DIANE
Are you with us now? Can you say hello to Daddy? Say hello to Daddy, baby.

CLOSE - RYAN

He tries hard not to smile. No matter. The surpressed laugh is slapped away by what he now hears. Ryan grabs his headsets in two hands, pressing them hard to his ears.

TAK
(tight whisper)
Good Lord...

Everybody turns away from Diane and back to the TV. They strain their hearing, leaning forward, watching...

VOICE
(softly, sweetly, far away)
hello, Daddy.

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69 CONTINUED: (3)

DIANE
Carol Anne. Where is this light?

DR. LESH
Tell her to stay away from it!

STEVE
Tell her, Diane!!

DIANE
Sweetheart, the light is dangerous. Donít go near it. Donít look at the light.

Tak speaks into Dr. Lesh's ear.

TAK
I canít believe it. Itís just a Zenith. But the voice could be C.B. broadcasting from somewhere in the house. Iím taking a look.

DR. LESH
Itís not a hoax.

TAK
Weíll see.

Tak takes off.

E. Buzz barks into the air twice and catches something in his mouth. No sooner does Dr. Lesh catch this out of the corner of her eye when several midair electrical discharges illuminate the room.

STEVE
Whatís that?!

70 INT. THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR - DUSK

From one of the flashes a number of tiny objects fall to the carpeting. Jewelry, cameos, broaches, coins, watches, both modern and pocket, along with many thin, wiry clips, sprinkle the f1oor.

71 INT. THE LIVING ROOM - DUSK

E. Buzz immediately starts to sniff whatever it is.

DR. LESH
(to Ryan)
Anything?

RYAN!
(checking readouts)
Nothingís registering.

TV VOICE
Mommy...there's somebody here.

STEVE
(holding his head in his hands)
Oh Jesus, this isnít happening.

TV VOICE
Mommy...is it you?

DIANE
(fear enveloping her)
Who is with you?

TV VOICE
(the voice is afraid)
Somebodyís coming!!

72 INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - TAK - DUSK

He goes room to room looking for pranksters. When he gets to the active bedroom he hesitates, listens through the door, pulls in his courage and turns the knob. Of course, the door is locked. Tak is never without a trick. He slips a file from his utility belt and starts to jimmy the door. The lock gives and Tak easily turns the knob, and lets out an agonizing SCREAM! He falls backward holding his side, rolling over and over until he is at the top of
the carpeted staircase.

73 INT. LIVING ROOM - DUSK

TV VOICE
Help! No, no, no, no...

The little voice hidden behind all the static SCREAMS.

DIANE
(screaming back)
Run Carol Anne! Run away!!

CLOSE - RYAN
His eyes light up.

CLOSE - MONITORS AND READBACKS

Come to life arid start registering wildly.

Diane canít stand the screams. She holds her ears, in tears now, imploring Dr.. Lesh with her eyes.

DIANE
Carol Anne! Oh God!!

Steve holds Diane to him, she pushes away and SCREAMS at the ceiling.

DIANE
You fucking bastard, sheís just a baby!

TV VOICE
Mommy! Mommy!

DIANE
(screaming through tears to Dr. Lesh)
Help her! Can't you hear what's happening?!

We HEAR soft FOOTSTEPS running across the ceiling and down the wall. Two lamps are turned over and smash to pieces on the library table.

We next HEAR colossal FOOTFALLS BOOMING in pursuit. A gust of interior wind races through Dianeís clothes and hair. She SCREAMS in combined joy and horror.

DIANE
She just moved through me. My God, I felt her. I can smell her! She went through my soul!!

Diane runs back to Steve and grabs his shirt, pulling him to her.

DIANE
Smell my clothes. Itís her. Itís her all over me.

Steve smells and canít believe it.

STEVE
It is her!!

The footsteps in pursuit grow louder, Diane turns to face the sound. Dr. Lesh turns. Steve and Ryan turn. A perfectly foul smell precedes an implosion of displaced air. Almost the sound of thunder, the impact is so great. Lesh, Diane and Steve blow backward, their clothes flapping in the gale as the force passes through each one of them and out the picture window that. cracks in a dozen places but does not, shatter.

DR. LESH
(picking herself up)
Have you ever heard of the term ďteleportationĒ?

DIANE
Carol Anne!

ROBBIE
Thatís like when Mr. Spock beams up Captain Kirk on ďStar TrekĒ.

DR. LESH
Just about. In a recent case, objects which disappeared from a house would be seen much later falling to the ground outside.

DIANE
Carol Anne doesnít answer. Steve?

DR. LESH
(to Steve)
Where exactly do you suppose Carol Anne was playing before she vanished from sight?

DIANE
Her bedroom closet. And she wasnít playing.

DR. LESH
Letís go up there.

STEVE
It wonít let you in.

DR. LESH
Weíll just see about that.

Lesh practically rolls up her sleeves and heads for the stairway, the rest following.

74 INT. BOTTOM OF THE STAIRCASE - DUSK

As they come around the corner they run smack into Tak, just coming down the last step, rubbing his side.

DR. LESH
What happened to you?

TAK
I was just about to check out the locked bedroom when ...I donít know...something took a bite out of me.

Robbie gets very scared.

ROBBIE
You got bit?

TAK
That or the worst muscle spasm in the world.

DR. LESH
Roll up your shirt. Letís have a look.

Tak turns to face the hall light and untucks his shirt, rolling it up. Then rolling up his T-
shirt. Everyone crowds in to see.

ANGLE - TAKíS SIDE AND STOMACH

Teeth marks bear out Takís story. The unusual thing is, the bite wraps all the way around his side from kidneys to navel. A pink and partially bruised eleven-inch crescent impression.

CLOSE - ROBBIE

Eye level with it, his little mouth hanging open.

ROBBIE
Wow!

Dr. Lesh takes a tentative step up the stairs then turns back demonstratively.

DR. LESH
Letís everybody spend the night down here.

STEVE
Honey, I want you and Robbie to come with me. Weíll sleep in town and tomorrow...

DIANE
(firm and quick)
Iím not leaving Carol Anne.

ROBBIE
I donít want to stay here any more. This placeís got jaws.

DIANE
You take Robbie into town.

STEVE
Iím not leaving you alone in this house.

74-A INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Dr. Lesh has returned to the living room. She bends over and grabs the apron off the couch and pulls. It folds out. A convertible bed.

DR. LESH
Blankets, pillows, sheets. Letís have a slumber party.

DISSOLVE TO:

75 INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

LATER THAT NIGHT

Robbie and Diane are curled up together in the convertible bed. Steve has put two chairs together and sleeps fitfully. Dr. Lesh 1ooks over Tak's shoulder at the oscilloscope and electro hygrometer that is used for measuring changes in the humidity.

75-A HALLWAY - RYAN

Ryan sits in a chair facing the staircase and the upper level of rooms.

His spectroscopic camera equipment is aiming directly up the stairs. Lesh pats Ryan on the shoulders, he nearly jumps out of his skin. They speak in whispers so as not to disturb the others.

RYAN
Jesus, my heart.

DR. LESH
(whispering)
Shhh. More thrills than grading papers, wouldnít you say?

RYAN
(whispering)
I can leave here any time, you know. This isnít the Army and youíre not my mother.

DR. LESH
(whispering)
If push comes to shove, I bet Iíll beat you to the door.

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