Skinwalker

 

Act I

 

FADE IN

 

INT. HINDU TEMPLE - MIDNIGHT

 

A couple hundred people of ALL ETHNICITIES, most dressed in Indian garb CELEBRATE a Hindu festival, and most sit legs crossed CHANTING and SINGING kirtan, some in MEDITATION. KIDS run around. A man with DREADLOCKS plays the hand drum, while an INDIAN GUY with a red streak down the middle of his forehead plays the harmonium and sings the LOUDEST. An endless stream of INDIAN FAMILIES and the occasional HIPPIE crawl up on their knees to the shrine to touch the deities foot, HANUMAN, the monkey god. Marigolds strung everywhere. Around the edges people drink chai and eat naan.

 

EXT. HINDU TEMPLE - MIDNIGHT

 

GROUP OF SIX smoking marijuana out of a wooden chalice from India called a chillum near a small stream 50 yeards from the TEMPLE. It's a cold but clear and starry night, with lightning in the distance. The sound of BELLS and SINGING can be heard coming out the windows of the TEMPLE, and coughing from the marijuana as THE GROUP OF SIX pass the chillum around, exhaling huge PLUMES of smoke that mixes with the STEAM of their hot breath into the cold air.

ROXANNE (40s) head shaved, sassy, wearing a snowsuit and chain-smoking her last cigarette decides to go get more.

 

ROXANNE

(walking away)

I'm going to get cigarettes, you guys better

                                   not see a UFO will I am gone.

 

A few moments later KEVIN (30s) a thin, long dreadlocked HIPPY, wearing flip-flops in the subzero temperatures HANDS the chillum to Cory (30s) the shaggy blonde haired author of this story, and he INHALES deeply and turns his head to my left and EXHALES the smoke into the sky. A large GLOWING ORB hovers just in the above, no more than 50 feet above the temple. 

 

CORY

(pointing to the sky)

What the fuck is that? Look at that, it's

                                       just hovering over the temple.

 

EVERYONE looks up at the GLOWING ORB and it slowly begins to FLOAT toward them and then directly OVER their heads.

 

KEVIN

(with a stoner chuckle)

        What the fuck, haha, it's a UFO. Awesome! 

 

Then it continues to move out over the field, with TAOS MOUNTAIN as a backdrop.

TAOS TRADER CHUCK, (60s) a scruffy but lean and muscular old man RUNS out into the filed full of enthusiasm.

 

TAOS TRADER CHUCK

(with enthusiasm) 

                                        Would you look at that!

 

ALL FIVE follow THE GLOWING ORB and EACH OTHER out into the field, but it SPEEDS OFF at an enormous speed, not in a straight line, but in a ZIGZAG pattern directly toward the mountain.

MIRAGE (30s) an AFGANI, dressed as a HINDU PUJARI, kneels down and takes a BIG HIT off the chillum.

 

MIRAGE

(huge smile, exhaling a huge plume of smoke)

             Its baba, baba came to the festival to see us.

 

KEVIN

                                        Om Namah Shiva

 

MIRAGE

                                        Jia guru dai

 

The then GLOWING ORB comes to an immediate HALT just above the snowy peak of TAOS MOUNTAIN. Slowly, it LOWERS down onto the side of the mountain, DISAPPEARING behind the trees.  

 

TAOS TRADER CHUCK

              Look at that, it landed right on Taos Mountain

 

LARRY (70s) a scruffy grey-haired man in his early 70's looks over at me and SMILES.

 

LARRY

                                        That was sure something.

 

JESSE (20s) and HALEY (20s) his girlfriend, stood next to Larry, Jesse glossy eyed, Haley SMILING and GIGGLING while SHIVERING in the cold. 

 

JESSE

I am going to get my video camera,

       that son a bitch has to take back off the

         mountain eventually, I'm going wait for it,

                                         all night if it takes.

 

JESSE and HALEY walk away to get his camera. ROXANNE walks back up LIGHTING up a smoke.

 

CORY

                                                  We just saw a UFO!

 

ROXANNE

                                                  Of course, you did!

 

FADE OUT

 

ACT IIa

 

FADE IN

 

INT. CORY"S HOUSE - 5 am

 

Someone wakes CORY up KNOCKING on the door. CORY answers the door and it's JESSE. He is OUT OF BREATH with excitiment.

 

JESSE

 I waited for it all night and about an

          hour ago it lifted back from the mountain.

         We followed it in the car with the camera, 

        it floated right over Taos, but this time it

      wasn't a glowing ball, it was a disk with

         four different colored lights on each side.

 

JESSE comes in the house and REMOVES the memory card out of his video camera and HANDS it to CORY.

 

JESSE

                                         Let's play it on your computer.

 

The VIDEO is a BIT SHAKEY, but they play it OVER AND OVER, PAUSING and ZOOMING in. CLEARLY you can see the SILVER DISK ROTATING with FOUR different colored lights on each side.

 

CORY

                  That's amazing. It has such a strange energy

even though the video I can feel

        that strange feeling it gave us before.

 

 

Then Cory's computer makes a STRANGE SOUND and you can hear the hard drive come to a GRINDING halt and with a little puff of SMOKE, the computer is dead.

 

CORY

        It just fucking killed my computer man.

 

ACT IIb

 

FADE IN

 

EXT. CAMPGROUND - NIGHT

 

Later that night JESSE and HALEY are camping in a TENT next to a mountain river. Suddenly the CRYING of a COYOTE wakes them from their sleep.

 

JESSE

(sitting up) 

They are just looking for food,

                                           don't worry.

 

Now the COYOTE sounds more SINISTER, and ANGRIER.

 

JESSE

                                           Let's get to the car.

 

JESSE quickly UNZIPS the TENT door and pulls Haley out and they RUN for the CAR. From the safety of the CAR, they peak through the window for any sign of the COYOTE. 

Then the CAR begins to SHAKE violently. 

SCREECH: Haley covers her ears to the HORRIFIC sound of a BEAST and JESSE rolls DOWN the window an inch and SCREAMS back at the top of his lungs.

 

JESSE

                                          AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! 

 

And then there is SILENCE, as they HOLD on tight to one another.

 

FADE OUT

 

ACT III

 

FADE IN

 

EXT. CAMPGROUND - EARLY MORNING

JESSE POKES the coals under the bacon he is cooking for breakfast when a NATIVE AMERICAN guy (30s) in a black leather coat, long black hair, WALKS up out of NOWHERE.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN

                                        Good morning.

 

JESSE

                                        Good morning.

 

The NATIVE AMERICAN guy STROLLS over to the fire.

 

NATIVE AMERICAN

        Did you hear anything unusual last night?

 

JESSE

You mean like a rabid satanic coyote

                                       that can shake cars?

 

NATIVE

Yes, only it was no coyote, it was a

 shapeshifter, we call him Skinwalker.

 

JESSE shifts his stare from the NATIVE AMERICAN guy back to the fire and POKES the coals with a stick.

 

FADE OUT