Necrophobia

Necrophobia by Sarah New
27th October 2016-1st November 2016


EXT. COUNTRY LANES – NIGHT – 11PM
FADE IN.
We are situated in some country lanes. It is very dark, especially as there are no streetlights anywhere. The trees and bushes that line the road are untrimmed and spiky,
sticking out at odd angles. It is winter-it is very cold and misty.

A young woman (Poppy) is walking down this near abandoned country lane. She dodges stray twigs and cobwebs, walking slowly and carefully. A lone car drives by, its headlights a
stark difference to the darkness around it. The car drives slightly too quickly to the road, and Poppy slows, moving again once it has moved past. It is quiet, extremely dark and still. Poppy is now completely alone. There is a sense that something bad is
going that something bad is going to happen.

Poppy’s PHONE goes off. She checks it briefly; it is shown to be GEORGE, her boyfriend.

POPPY
Hey, baby. … Yeah, I’m just on my
way home. … Yeah. … Yeah, I
know you said not to walk this way
but- Georgie! Listen, there was a
massive accident on the main road,
it would have taken me hours!
Listen, I’ll be home soon. …
Promise. … Love you too, see you
soon.

She hangs up and keeps walking, smiling. Suddenly, she hears an odd growling noise.

GHOUL
>inhuman noises<

Poppy starts to walk faster, breaking out into a run as she hears the noises advance. Something tackles her from behind and she falls. She attempts to roll around and fight her
attacker but she struggles. When she finally is able to turn around, she sees an inhuman figure. She screams. She tries to fight back, but her hands go through the figure. The
figure sneers at her, and swipes her with its claw like hands. She screams; she is seriously injured on her abdomen. The ghoul seems to smile, before disappearing. Poppy is in shock, and manages to crawl a short way before collapsing. Shaking, she gets to her phone and manages to call an emergency number.

POPPY
Please, I need an ambulance…

The camera zooms out as Poppy goes faint. The scene grows lighter, until the entire screen goes white. The title comes up: NECROPHOBIA.

FADE OUT.
INT. HOSPITAL – DAY – MORNING
FADE IN.
George is sitting by Poppy’s hospital bed. She is pale and motionless, with IV’s attached to her. George has obviously been crying. Dr McCarthy walks over to the bed. He looks grave.

DR MCCARTHY
Mr Blackwell…

GEORGE
How is she?

DR MCCARTHY
The wound was quite severe, however, the ambulance got there very quickly, the blood transfusions have been very successful, and the wound hasn’t gotten infected. It looks like
she’s been very lucky.

GEORGE
Thank God!

DR MCCARTHY
If she keeps recovering this well, she should be able to go home in a few days.

GEORGE
Thank you, thank you so much.

Dr McCarthy smiles before walking away. George turns back to Poppy, a lot happier than before.

FADE OUT WITH SHARP CUT TO
EXT. HOSPITAL – DAY

George and Poppy are leaving the hospital. Their arms are linked and they look happy, although Poppy is very pale. They walk out of the hospital grounds, George attempting to
support Poppy.

FADE OUT
INT. POPPY’S BEDROOM – NIGHT – 8PM
It is very dark outside, due to the time of year. There is a laptop set up with an arrangement of DVDs scattered about on the bed. The camera sweeps over the bedroom. We can see that Poppy is a very sociable girl; her desk/dressing table has a giant mirror which is bordered by concert and theatre tickets and photos of Poppy with George or with friends. George is making the bed. It is very carefully overmade, shown by an excess of cushions and blankets.

CUT TO
INT. BATHROOM – SAME TIME

Poppy is standing in front of the mirror. She has an odd look on her face- resignation, maybe, or disappointment. She slowly lifts up her shirt and removes the bandages on the
wound on her abdomen. The wound is no longer bleeding but it somewhat severe. Her fingertips briefly brush over the wound, and Poppy’s eyes briefly flash completely white, but she seems not to notice.

She suddenly drops her shirt and looks at herself in the mirror, however, she is almost in a trance, and her eyes do not focus on her reflection. As she comes out of her mini trance, she holds her head, like she has a headache. Unsure of what she was going, she walks into the bedroom.

CUT TO
INT. POPPY’S BEDROOM – NIGHT – 8.10PM
George turns as Poppy walks out of the bathroom. He is smiling enthusiastically, as if he is trying to convince her everything is okay. He lightly kisses her, and she half smiles back.

GEORGE
Hey baby, I’ve remade your bed with
lots of cushions and I’ll set a
film up in a minute and-baby, did
you take your dressings off?

Poppy looks down. It appears she has completely forgotten about her actions in the bathroom.

POPPY
Yeah, it, uh, needed cleaning.

GEORGE
We should put a dressing back on,
sweetie, just in case it starts
bleeding again, okay?

POPPY
Yeah, yeah, probably.

George takes Poppy’s hand and leads her back into the bathroom.

INT. BATHROOM – 8.15 PM
George sits Poppy down and lifts up her top. He goes to affix a new dressing to the wound, but his hand accidentally catches it. Poppy’s eyes momentarily flash white. George
seems to notice this, but visibly attempts to dismiss it. He does appear somewhat shaken though.

GEORGE
Alright, love, that’s done, how about you go pick a film?

Poppy, slightly smiling, leaves the room. George follows, looking very worried and confused.

FADE OUT
INT. KITCHEN – DUSK

BEEP BEEP! Poppy’s alarm goes off. The screen is black.
CUT to Poppy in bed. She seems to wake up, and groans. The clock reads 4.30 pm. She makes an angry face and turns around in bed.

CUT TO
INT. KITCHEN -SAME TIME
Poppy walks into the kitchen. She is still very sleepy and is rubbing her eyes and yawning. She holds her hand out over her fruit bowl as she walks. She does not see any of this.
All the fruit in the bowl quickly decays and dies under her hand. She picks an apple without looking and bites into it.We watch her recoil and spit the bite of rancid apple into
her palm. She is shocked and confused.

POPPY
What the fuck?

FADE OUT.
EXT. CAFE – AFTERNOON
FADE IN
Sam, Dean, Lizzie and Poppy are having a late lunch at a cafe somewhere. Sam is talking about the short film they are working on, while Poppy is completely zoned out.

SAM
So, for this film we’re making…I
think the zombies really need to
rip her clothing.

LIZZIE
That’s sexist and exploitative.

DEAN
Put that scene in the trailer, get
a lot of buzz.

SAM
Male audience would love it.

DEAN
Exactly.

LIZZIE
You guys disgust me. Poppy, back me up here?

Poppy has not reacted to any of the conversation. Dean, Sam and Lizzie exchange confused looks.

LIZZIE
Poppy?

Poppy jerks and looks around startled.

POPPY
What?

DEAN
We were discussing the script.

POPPY
Yeah…sure. I’ll be back-toilet break.

Poppy gets up from the table and wanders away from them. Sam, Dean and Lizzie all look at each other confused.

SAM
What was all that about?

DEAN
I have no clue.

SAM
She’s been so annoying about this
bloody script, but no reaction
today?

LIZZIE
She obviously wasn’t listening.

DEAN
Really?

LIZZIE
She’s still recovering from that dog attack.

SAM
Dog didn’t attack her head.

DEAN
It happened like a fortnight ago, she needs to get over it.

LIZZIE
It must have been very traumatic for her.

SAM
Failing our final year project is going to be very traumatic for all of us. She needs to get her act together.

LIZZIE
I know, Sam, I know. I just don’t know what to do. Or say.

They stop talking and look towards Poppy, who is standing in the middle of the cafe, zoned out again.
FADE OUT

EXT. PATH – LATE AFTERNOON
FADE IN
Poppy is walking home after her lunch with Lizzie, Dean and Sam. She dances as she walks, not noticing the dying flowers she leaves behind her.

There is a cat sitting on a wall in front of Poppy. Poppy perks up when she sees this cat; it seems like this cat is familiar to her.

POPPY
Hey! Hey Fluffy!

Fluffy sits up, but warily backs away from her. Poppy walks towards Fluffy, but Fluffy runs into the closest house. Poppy is confused.

POPPY
Strange. Probably just isn’t feeling that affectionate today.

Poppy continues walking and dancing on, oblivious to the death she is leaving behind her.
FADE OUT

INT. BATHROOM – NIGHT TIME
FADE IN.
Poppy walks into her ensuite bathroom. She’s getting ready for bed-we are shown this by her pyjamas and dressing gown. she starts to apply a face mask. There is a window directly behind her, however, the camera is framed at the mirror. As Poppy applies the face mask, we see the ghoul’s face at the window behind her. Poppy DOES NOT notice the face.

As the face gets closer to the window, Poppy’s behaviour starts to change. She goes into a trance like state and drops the packet/bottle/thing she is holding. Her eyes glaze
over and turn white. Her veins begin to turn black and creep up her face.

There is a sudden KNOCK at the door. The ghoul disappears and Poppy’s face returns to normal. She shakes her head, like she was daydreaming.

GEORGE
(muffled)
Baby? You okay?

POPPY
Yeah! Yeah I’m coming right now.

Poppy turns and leaves the bathroom.

POPPY
(muffled)
Must have just zoned out for a minute.

The ghoul starts to appear in the window again.

POPPY
(muffled)
Wait, I forgot to put the other half of my mask on.

Poppy walks back into the bathroom and applies the rest of the mask. When she leaves, the face in the window is gone.
FADE OUT.

INT. POPPY’S MUM’S HOUSE- KITCHEN – LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING
CUT TO
Poppy and George are at Poppy’s mum, Angie’s, house. Angie has a lot of pots and pans on the hob; she is cooking a family dinner. George and Angie are talking in the kitchen, while Poppy is playing with the cat in the other room. Angie is visibly concerned about Poppy, and although George is turned away from Poppy, they keep turning to look at her.

ANGIE
I can’t believe that she’s doing so well. When they said they thought vicious dog attack I thought the worst, you know? I was convinced she’d be in hospital for weeks.

GEORGE
I know! I was so surprised. Four days, I couldn’t believe it. Relieved though.

ANGIE
Definitely relieved. >pause< I was so convinced I was going to lose her.

GEORGE
Ange…

ANGIE
My only daughter, and I thought I was going to lose her walking down a road I had warned her about driving down.

Angie starts to tear up and George hugs her.

GEORGE
Don’t cry Angie, it’s okay now. It’s all okay now.

There is a pause.

ANGIE
She seems different now. I don’t know why. I don’t even know how, but something’s off. Do you see it?

GEORGE
Yeah, I’ve noticed. I’ve been trying to kid myself that it’s nothing, and its not like she’s acting particularly different. There’s just something off.

ANGIE
Could just be that shock the doctor was talking about.

GEORGE
It’s probably a bit late for shock, isn’t it?

ANGIE
It could probably still be a possibility though? I’ve been looking it up on the internet.
Delayed shock and all that.

GEORGE
Suppose so.

The cat makes a screechy noise and goes to scratch Poppy. Poppy goes to but does not hit the cat.

POPPY
Bitch!

ANGIE
Poppy!

POPPY
She tried to scratch me!

ANGIE
You probably provoked her-that cat’s never scratched anyone before.

POPPY
Oh, so you’re going to just assume it was my fault?

ANGIE
I’m just saying it’s very odd-she’s never even growled at anyone before.

POPPY
I can’t believe you’re taking the cat’s side over mine.

ANGIE
I can’t believe you’re being so childish.

POPPY
I can’t believe you’re being such a bitch!

ANGIE
Poppy Anne!

GEORGE
Hey, that’s enough-

POPPY
Oh look, and you’re taking her side again, what a surprise!

GEORGE
I think you need to calm down?

Poppy walks up to George and gets uncomfortably up in his face.

POPPY
I think you need to grow some balls, mate.

Poppy turns and leaves the house. Angie is in tears.

ANGIE
Get out! And don’t come back until you’ve got control of yourself!

The door SLAMS. George turns to Angie, who is full on sobbing, and hugs her.

ANGIE
You were right. There is something very wrong with her.

There is an atmosphere that something has irreversibly
changed.
FADE OUT.

EXT. CAR – SAME NIGHT – NIGHT
FADE IN
George and Poppy are driving home. There is an angry tension between the two of them.

GEORGE
That was really out of order of you.

POPPY
I know.

GEORGE
She’s just worried about you. You were attacked at night in a country lane, for God’s sake.

POPPY
I know.

GEORGE
Honestly, I would have expected you to realise that your mother would be keeping an extra eye on you right now.

POPPY
I know! I know.

GEORGE
So why did you go off on her then? She didn’t deserve that!

POPPY
I don’t know, I just couldn’t help it! It was like there was something else talking over in me, making me say it. It’s true, George!

GEORGE
All I know is that you really hurt your mum tonight.

POPPY
I’ll fix it. I’ll phone her tomorrow, and I’ll apologise and I’ll take her out shopping one day,
she’ll love that.

George is silent.

POPPY
I know I was really out of order tonight. I promise I’ll fix it. Friends?

Poppy looks sadly at George. George sighs.

GEORGE
Fine.

POPPY
Friends?

GEORGE
Friends. But you’re phoning Angie first thing tomorrow.

POPPY
Promise.

The tension is lifted from the car and Poppy is smiling. George is not, and still visibly wary.
FADE OUT.

INT. POPPY’S BEDROOM – EVENING
FADE IN
Poppy and George are in Poppy’s bedroom. A random film is playing, there are takeaway boxes over the bed and floor. Poppy is going through her wardrobe. She holds a dress against her.

POPPY
I was thinking of getting rid of this one.

GEORGE
I wouldn’t. I like it on you.

POPPY
Because it’s small and my boobs don’t fit in it?

GEORGE
Exactly.

Poppy drops the dress and walks to George who kisses her. He slowly takes off her top, which exposes her wound. The wound is not covered or dressed, and while it is starting to heal, black lines are starting to come away from it. George looks very concerned.

GEORGE
Oh my god!

POPPY
What?

GEORGE
Poppy!

POPPY
What?!

GEORGE
What happened?! Haven’t you been cleaning it?

POPPY
I think you’re overreacting.

GEORGE
It’s infected, Poppy!

POPPY
It’s just…I just haven’t got around to cleaning it today!

GEORGE
We need to go to the hospital.

POPPY
No we don’t!

GEORGE
How long has it been like this?

POPPY
I don’t know-a couple of days?

GEORGE
Poppy!

POPPY
What?

GEORGE
We are going to A&E.

POPPY
It’s not that bad-
GEORGE
(shouting)
It’s very bad! This could kill you if it gets too bad!

There is an angry pause.

POPPY
I’ll call my doctor tomorrow morning. If I can’t get an emergency appointment, we’ll go to
A&E, okay?

GEORGE
Alright.

He gets up and starts to put on his shoes.

POPPY
George?

He gets up and grabs his coat.

POPPY
Wait, stop! George? I don’t understand why you’re leaving!

GEORGE
I can’t just stay to look after you if you’re not going to look after yourself. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

George leaves. Poppy does not move after him but just stares after him, in shock.
The black veins around her wound seem to pulsate.
FADE OUT

INT. FILM SET – LATE AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING
FADE IN
Poppy is helping set up a student film set with her classmates. There is all sorts of filmmaking equipment over the set, and Poppy is moving set dressing into place. The
set is somewhat chaotic; people are running around with mics and lights and it is generally disorganised. There is a lot of panicky chatter. Poppy is obviously annoyed.

LIZZIE
The boom is broken?

SAM
What do you mean the boom is
broken?!

LIZZIE
I mean that it’s not working!

DEAN
Have you tried turning it on and
then off again?

LIZZIE
Erm, it’s not my first time using
this equipment, of course I have.

SAM
What about another cable? Is there
a spare cable in the bag?

DEAN
The uni never give out spare
cables. You should have checked
everything at pick up.

SAM
I didn’t have time, I was busy!

DEAN
You should have made enough time!

SAM
I don’t remember you volunteering
to pick all the equipment up, by
yourself!

DEAN
No, ’cause you’re the director!

SAM
Poppy, instead of doing fuck all,
will you help me please?

POPPY
Will all of you just shut up!

Lizzie, Dean and Sam are stunned into silence.

POPPY
You’re all always just so loud! Why can’t you all just shut up and let
me think! You’re always all so self obsessed, nothing’s ever your
fault, it’s always someone elses! And I’m sick of it!

Poppy grabs the BOOM MIC and BREAKS IT IN HALF.

LIZZIE
What are you doing, Poppy?

SAM
You bitch! I’ve gotta pay for that!

DEAN
Calm the fuck down!

POPPY
Sort your own fucking problems out!

Poppy’s eyes flash completely white, and her voice takes on an inhumane quality. Veins of black travel from her wound up her body. Lizzie, Dean and Sam are scared into silence. They are almost thrown against the back wall. Sam hits his head and is knocked unconscious.

Poppy runs from the set, away from the house they are in and
towards a COUNTRY LANE.

CUT TO
EXT. COUNTRY LANES – NIGHT
The somewhat possessed Poppy runs into the country lanes. The lanes are completely abandoned, and although it isn’t late, it is pitch dark and misty. As Poppy walks in the
lanes, her body begins to mutate and change, resembling the creature that attacked her.

As she walks, we see the creature that attacks her standing in the foreground. She walks towards it, her body changing rapidly.

GHOUL
>inhuman screech<

POPPY
>inhuman screech<

Poppy’s reciprocal screech ends her transformation and she stands there, identical to the ghoul in front of her. They share a moment, before running further into the lanes
together.

THE END.

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