Hugging the Hugger
SHED - NIGHT
see an old man’s hands tinkering with some cardboard and
knives; he is making something and cackling to himself. In the
background we get a hint of a body or corpse.
URBAN ROAD – NIGHT
crime scene is inside a fairly ordinary suburban house. It is a busy
scene with flashing police lights, police tape and several official
looking people going about their business. We see MARY LAMBERT pull
up in a squad car, she is the detective in charge. She walks
purposefully and is admitted to the crime scene. She walks into the
house to see the crime scene, donning a pair of latex gloves. The
victim is lying on the floor covered in blood. Kneeling next to him
is the forensic scientist DAVID TRAPP.
mid-twenties, died from multiple stab wounds, he was discovered by
the house-mate and reported straight away. I estimate time of death
as about twenty one hundred.
we have a suspect?
but there are signs of a struggle, it looks like the assailant was
let in through the front door by the victim, where he was overpowered
and then finally killed here.
leads on who it might be?
as far as I know. Best speak to the investigating officer, but as far
as I know this was a random unprovoked attack.
turns to leave.
more thing detective….
it’s odd. The man was stabbed a total of fifty-three times all
over his body, but every single wound is slightly different.
are you trying to say?
I won’t know for sure until I do an autopsy, but it looks as if
he was stabbed by fifty-three different knives.
never seen anything like it.
well let me know as soon as you have finished your report.
walks away, shedding the latex gloves.
DETECTIVE’S OFFICE – NIGHT
is at her desk trying to make sense of the evidence. We see she has
the autopsy report of the murder victim. TRAPP walks into the room
with CRAIG CLIFTON a cocky know-it-all detective.
just doesn’t make any sense.
looks like there’s been another victim.
hands LAMBERT another autopsy report.
cause of death, multiple stab wounds.
did this happen?
estimate two to two and a half hours after the original attack. And
both in the same area too. Apart from that I can’t find
anything to link the two victims.
like you’ve got a proper serial killer on your hands.
scans the report.
with multiple knives. We have to find out who has been buying all
how are you going to do that Sherlock?
I’ll just look on my computer won’t I.
hammers the keyboard
pulls a face and rolls his eyes.
has to be a way of tracing such a large collection of knives.
gets a flash of inspiration)
opens the door to a crazy old man (the MAD PROFESSOR) who gives her a
flyer and then walks away. The flyer has a title “Knife
Amnesty: Bring Your Unwanted Knives for Safe Disposal”.
takes out the flyer from her pocket, looks at it; it has an address
at the bottom, 153 Hedge Croft Avenue. She grabs her coat and runs
out of the room. The other two follow her.
DECREPIT HOUSE – NIGHT
TRAPP and CLIFTON are standing outside the door of an old decrepit
house. LAMBERT knocks on the door. There is no answer. It is cold,
dark and rainy.
because some old guy gives you a flyer, you think you’ve got a
got a good feeling about this.
oh well. Right, well as long as you’ve got a good feeling about
it I guess we’re all right.
killer man! Come out! I know someone out here with a good feeling
shut up you cock! You really can be such a shit sometimes.
hear some rustling.
What was that?
and TRAPP get their torches out.
hear some more rustling.
it is again.
and TRAPP start walking into a group of overgrown bushes and trees.
starts to follow them. They shine their torch lights around,
searching, but they can see nothing but brambles. They all hear a
noise, LAMBERT and TRAPP swing their torches around but see nothing.
guys. Do you think this is such a good idea?
you think we should call…
for the last fucking time will you just shut the fuck up! Argh!
fine! Yep fine! I’ll just leave you to it.
CLIFTON starts to walk away, back up the garden into darkness.
I’ve got a good feeling. Oh look at me, I’m a…
hear a stabbing noise. LAMBERT and TRAPP swing their torches around,
but CLIFTON is no longer there.
Clifton you twat! Stop it!
stare on for another few moments, but nothing. They decide to go
investigate. They find CLIFTON’s body lying in the brambles and
covered in blood and stab wounds. He is dead. TRAPP dives down to
Clifton! He’s… dead.
gets out her gun and starts sweeping the area.
out with your hands up! We are the police! Surrender yourself and no
one will get hurt!
Mary, I think it might be a good idea if we…
monster creeps up behind TRAPP, it is made of cardboard and covered
in an array of knives.
LAMBERT has time to respond the monster gives TRAPP a massive hug and
skewers him on his knives. TRAPP screams and then dies. The monster
where you are! Do not come any closer!
Can I have a hug? I won’t hurt you.
I just want to be your friend. Do you want to play football? I’m
not covered in knives really. I, I just want a hug.
monster keeps shambling forwards until it is too close for LAMBERT.
She shoots it twice and it falls over dead. The MAD PROFESSOR bursts
out of a garden shed.
Spikey! What did you do! My beautiful creature!
runs over to the monster and dives on it to give it a hug, and
accidentally stabs himself to death. LAMBERT puts her gun away and
wipes her brow, collecting herself.
D.C.Walliman © 2011