EXT. CAMPSITE – CAMP FRANCIS, WEST VIRGINIA, 2009 – NIGHT

In the middle of the woods in an isolated part of the mountains, there is a small campsite. Two tents pitched with an extinguished campfire a few feet in front of them.

The only light in the whole camp is that of the moon. The soft sounds of the summer night can be heard looming in the background.

A head pokes out of the tent on the right. It looks around and off to the side where the other tent sits.

INT. RIGHT TENT – CONTINUOUS

There are two sleeping bags squashed together and a backpack at the foot of each. CHRISTOPHER CASSULIUS, 10, pulls his head back into the tent.

CHRISTOPHER

Okay, they’re asleep.

ARIEL SOLLAZO, 10, switches on his flashlight illuminating the small tent. He hands Christopher the flashlight and grabs his bag, rummaging through it.

He pulls out a DVD player and sets it next to him. He grabs out a DVD case of “Shrek.”

Ariel opens the case to reveal a DVD copy of “The Evil Dead.” Christopher gawks at it taking the case from him.

INT. LEFT TENT – LATER THAT NIGHT

BILL CASSULIUS, 39, lays beside his wife, MARY CASSULIUS, 39, in joint sleeping bags.

The soft sounds of growling and demonic chanting. Bill jumps up looking to his wife.

BILL

(Whispering)

Do you hear that?

There are the faint sounds of a scream and then the sound of the boys screaming.

Mary and Bill both jump to their feet and out of the tent.

INT. RIGHT TENT – CONTINUOUS

Christopher and Ariel both scream covering their eyes. The DVD plays in front of them showing the possession scene from “The Evil Dead.”

Bill and Mary unzip the boy’s tent and rush in, causing the two boys to only scream louder.

MARY

What’s going on in here?!

 CHRISTOPHER

Mom! Ariel brought a scary movie!

ARIEL

He made me!

CHRISTOPHER

Did not!

ARIEL

Liar!

BILL

Both of you quiet down!

Ariel and Christopher both go quiet. Bill looks to Mary and then back to the kids.

MARY

Christopher, I’d like to speak to you outside.

Mary exits the tent and Christopher pauses looking at Ariel and his father. Bill points to the entrance of the tent. Christopher exits.

Instantly there are the muffled sounds of Mary’s hushed angry whispers to her son.

Ariel looks to Bill expecting his punishment next. Bill picks up the DVD players and sighs, opening the tray to find that it was “The Evil Dead.”

BILL

Oh, Christ.

He closes the player and holds it close.

BILL

I’m going to have to tell your parents.

Ariel lowers his head in shame.

BILL

I’m sure they’ll have a say about this when you get back.

Bill exits the tent. His faint footsteps fade out the farther he gets. The whole campsite is silent.

Ariel stares out at the tent’s closed flaps and anxiety begins to kick in.

The silence becomes deafening.

ARIEL

Um, Chris?

There is the muted sound of movement outside. Ariel grabs his flashlight and slowly exits the tent.

EXT. CAMPSITE – NIGHT

The entire campsite is trashed – Blood and body parts scattered all over the grounds.

ARIEL (V.O.)

(Older)

I couldn’t help them.

Ariel drops his flashlight and looks straight ahead.

Mary is dead on the floor, her throat torn clean out.

She is missing her arm and most of her stomach.

ARIEL (V.O.)

(Older)

I couldn’t stop it.

Christopher is just a short distance away looking as if he had been given a similar treatment.

Ariel is petrified. He turns from the sight and looks off to his right, Bill laying dead on the ground looking back at him – a monstrous beast hunched over his body.

DORIAN (V.O.)

You’re losing yourself.

Ariel fumbles back towards the tent. His eyes fixated on the monster before him.

The monster changes from a grotesque beast to a cougar.

DORIAN (V.O.)

What’s the truth?

The monster changes again, back to the beast.

ARIEL (V.O.)

(Older)

I don’t –

The beast approaches, its red eyes seem to be glowing.

Changing again from beast to cougar like a flickering light, it keeps changing but the eyes maintain the same intense red glow.

The beast stands with a hunched, deformed silhouette.

ARIEL (V.O.)

(Older)

It’s gonna kill me.

Ariel screams falling back onto the tent.

EXT. BUS STOP – OXFORD COUNTY, MAINE, 2019 – MORNING

ARIEL SOLLAZO, 20, anxious and unnerved, sits on a bench and waits at the bus stop. He has headphones in and he is constantly looking from his phone to the street.

A MAN walks up beside Ariel and takes a seat on the bench. Ariel glances at him and sees he is wearing sunglasses. The man turns to Ariel and Ariel quickly looks away.

They sit in awkward silence.

Ariel taps his foot in a frantic manner looking at the bus stop sign and out to the street.

The bus slowly approaches and Ariel jumps to his feet. He looks to his right at the man still on the bench and watches as he reaches for his sunglasses.

Ariel stares intensely trying to catch a glimpse of his eyes.

BUS DRIVER

You coming, or what?

Ariel looks away from the man and steps on to the bus. He taps his fingers on the side of his messenger bag.

DORIAN (V.O.)

What is it you’re afraid of, Ariel?

INT. THERAPIST OFFICE – MORNING

The room is a clean area with a large bookshelf and a wooden desk. An alarm clock sits on the desk, facing towards the couch on the right. The room is windowless, giving the feeling of being captive.

DORIAN, 40, understanding and paternal. He is taking notes on the session.

DORIAN

I’m worried about you.

Ariel sits across from Dr. Dorian. He crosses his arms and looks to the clock on the desk.

ARIEL

It’s just a nightmare.

DORIAN

But this isn’t, is it?

Ariel’s foot begins to tap.

DORIAN

You lived through a real tragedy, Ariel. You can’t simply dismiss it.

ARIEL

I’m not dismissing it. I’ve just grown past it.

DORIAN

Two months ago you would have agreed with me.

Ariel uncrosses his arms and balls his fist.

ARIEL

That was different.

DORIAN

You’re not one to handle stress like this very well.

The two begin to talk over one another as Ariel’s temper flares.

DORIAN

We had this conversation when you started school. If you can’t handle the pressure then you shouldn’t be-

ARIEL

I’m staying in school! I’m fine!

DORIAN

We had a deal.

ARIEL

I know, but-

DORIAN

You’re a young man living with a very serious disorder.

ARIEL

Alleged disorder.

DORIAN

Ariel.

ARIEL

You’ve said it yourself, Dr. Dorian. It’s still the early stages and my diagnosis could change at any time.

DORIAN

Ariel.

ARIEL

I mean, I haven’t had a hallucination in like three weeks. This could have all just been a big misdiagnosis and maybe I really am –

Ariel looks to the clock and then back to Dr. Dorian.

Dr. Dorian’s eyes are now a haunting, glowing red. Ariel blinks hard but hides his reaction.

ARIEL

– normal…

I/E. BUS – MORNING

From the window, the beautiful isolated small town comes into view. The shops are few and far apart. The people are barely out, and the town is covered by the thick lush forest all around its borders.

The entire forest looks as if it grew around the town and trapped it, and its patrons, all inside.

The bus stops at a red light and Ariel looks out into the deep woods.

There he spots a figure that quickly moves ahead, too fast to be fully caught.

Ariel blinks hard and looks back to his phone, humming his tunes softly.

EXT. CAMPUS – AFTERNOON

Ariel arrives at the school’s front gates. He enters, listening to his music and humming to himself as he tries not to engage with any of the other students.

The school itself is old, with history to its name and pride towards its heritage. The entire college is isolated from the town, making it feel almost unrelated.

It’s the beginning of the semester and some of the students are out, but it’s clear there aren’t many of them.

The campus is covered in signs reading:

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: STUDENT SAFETY ASSEMBLY / MEMORIAL

As Ariel walks outside, he spots a memorial at the side of a dorm building. There are flowers, notes, and gifts surrounding it. At the center is a large picture of a boy, ANTHONY SCOTTO, 20 – a student from Ariel’s year.

The whole campus has been on edge since the death of Anthony.

The tone of which remains somber, but all very hushed.

INT. AUDITORIUM – EVENING

Ariel sits at the end of a mostly empty row in the back. He is seated amongst nearly the entire student body.

The headmaster stands at the head of the stage, speaking into a microphone. Behind him, a memorial slide show is being projected onto a large screen. It is a slide show displaying all the photos they could gather of Anthony’s life and achievements.

A soft instrumental song plays throughout the auditorium as the students quiet down to listen.

HEADMASTER

Anthony will be remembered as the bright young man he was, always with a smile on his face . . .

Ariel looks around the room as the assembly goes on. He spots a head turn to look at him from the front row. Ariel quickly looks away.

HEADMASTER

. . . a star athlete, a successful student, and a loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.

THERESA (O.S.)

Aren’t they being generous?

Ariel turns aside him to see a bright-eyed THERESA MARLEY, 20, as bubbly as ever, standing in the aisle.

THERESA

Hello, sweetheart.

Ariel stirs in his seat, taken aback by her presence. He avoids her eyes.

HEADMASTER (O.S.)

We encourage you to grieve as you feel fit, but remember this…

THERESA

(To Ariel)

Move over.

Ariel shifts himself over to the next seat, giving up his previous spot to Theresa.

HEADMASTER (O.S.)

…you are lucky to be alive. There is no gift like your everyday life.

THERESA

Well, that’s a little distasteful.

Ariel taps his finger on the armrest.

Theresa leans in giving Ariel her full attention while he is staring up at the headmaster.

HEADMASTER (O.S.)

His death was a true tragedy . . .

THERESA

I heard Public Safety found him half eaten alive.

Ariel freezes.  He looks to the screen and locks eyes with the photo of Anthony.

HEADMASTER

 . . . an unfortunate incident outside of our control.

Distant and inaudible, voices akin to demonic muttering begin to echo in Ariel’s head.

THERESA

Hello?

Theresa waves a hand in front of his face. Ariel blinks, falling back to reality. He looks at her.

THERESA

With all the radio silence I’ve been getting from you, you’d think you were the one who died.

ARIEL

Classy, Theresa.

HEADMASTER (O.S.)

. . . And now, for a moment of silence.

A pause as a hush falls over the room.

Ariel closes his eyes tight, concentrating on keeping the chaos in his head silent as well.

EXT. CAMPUS – NIGHT

Ariel is walking alone to his dorm, visibly upset. He pulls out his phone. The screen remains black. Unable to start it he shoves his phone back into his pocket.

It is a quiet night. There are no other students in sight and the night only seems to be getting darker now.

Ariel turns, looking to the woods just a short distance away. Between the shadows of the trees, he catches the glint of red eyes.

The inaudible whispers return and Ariel bites his lip, forcing himself to look away.

The whispers grow progressively louder. Ariel looks around again, but there is still no one but him.

Ariel breaks into a sprint and rushes to his dorm building, enveloped in terror.

INT. DORM BUILDING – NIGHT

In a booth at the entrance is a security guard watching a movie on his phone. He doesn’t even glance up as he waves Ariel through.

The halls are clear, the place seems almost entirely abandoned.

Ariel walks into the building and frantically looks to the window down the hall.

His eyes catch a figure outside as it moves just out of sight. Ariel, terrified, bolts to the stairs and runs his way up.

At the front door of his dorm room, he fidgets with his keys.

INT. ARIEL’S DORM – NIGHT

The door opens and Ariel is immediately greeted by the howling and snarling of a werewolf.

Ariel screams and throws a punch. It misses and the werewolf laughs.

ARIEL

Are you insane?!

Ariel exhales a sigh of relief and shoves the werewolf.

JULIAN BAUM, 19, Ariel’s roommate, removes the werewolf mask from his face and continues laughing.

JULIAN

(Laughing)

Oh man! You should have seen your face you were like-

Julian mocks Ariel’s expression and throws a weak, playful punch.

ARIEL

That’s not funny.

JULIAN

I would beg to differ.

Julian makes the same embarrassed expression as Ariel, exaggerating it.

Ariel removes his jacket and hangs it up. He turns back to Julian and takes in his whole outfit. It is a cheap looking werewolf costume with a neon mesh vest on top.

The vest has the school’s emblem taped on the front.

JULIAN

I got it for Tina’s party. Thing was like fifteen bucks online, but it looks so dope.

ARIEL

So what are you even supposed to be, the Wolf Man’s crossing guard?

JULIAN

Isn’t it obvious?

Julian puts out his arms, putting himself on display.

JULIAN

I’m the P. Safety wolf.

(Beat)

Better watch out, I got a real taste for nerds.

ARIEL

Now that’s really not funny, dude.

JULIAN

What? Come on. It’s not like you knew the guy.

Ariel shrugs, still not convinced.

JULIAN

People get all uptight just cause one kid decides he wants to go take a late night run alone in the woods.

(Beat)

Like did the dude ever see a horror movie or what?

Ariel levels a look at Julian, warning him that he’s taken it too far.

Julian playfully throws the mask at Ariel, who catches it.

ARIEL

You’re a dick.

Ariel stares down at the mask in his hands for a moment. He then crumples it and throws it back to Julian.

INT. ARIEL’S DORM – LATER THAT NIGHT

Ariel lies on his bed with his eyes closed, attempting sleep.

He tosses and turns, unable to get comfortable.

Ariel opens his eyes and finds that the room seems slightly distorted in the dark. Annoyed, Ariel closes his eyes tighter and rolls over to face the wall.

DREAM STARTS:

INT. RIGHT TENT – NIGHT

Once again, Ariel finds himself ten years old, alone in the tent with Bill.

BILL

I’m going to have to tell your parents. I’m sure they’ll have a say about this when you get back.

Bill exits the tent. The whole campsite is silent. Ariel stares out at the tents closed flaps.

It is all exactly as it was before.

ARIEL

Um, Chris?

Ariel grabs his flashlight and slowly exits the tent.

EXT. CAMPUS – NIGHT – CONTINUOUS

The campus is empty and eerie, there are no lights save for one flickering street lamp.

Ariel, now grown up, exits the tent and looks around at his new surroundings. He stops and stares out at the flickering light. There is something laying on the ground beneath it.

He moves hesitantly towards it.

Arriving at the light, Ariel looks down. The flickering spotlight illuminates the horror that is beneath it–Anthony’s mutilated body.

Ariel looks down at his hands. They are no longer hands but now beast-like claws saturated with blood.

He screams.

DREAM END.

INT. ARIEL’S DORM – NIGHT

Awoken in a cold sweat, Ariel jumps to his feet. He sways and desperately tries to catch his balance, hyperventilating as he goes.

Ariel stumbles through his dark room and makes his way to the bathroom door.

INT. BATHROOM – CONTINUOUS

The lights turn on and Ariel dives his hands under the rushing water of the sink, scrubbing desperately at them. He blinks, pauses, and stares down at them in disbelief.

Flexing his fingers, he assures himself these are only hands.

With a sigh of relief, Ariel shuts off the sink faucet and looks up to the mirror. Staring back at him is his own reflection, with violent red eyes.

FADE OUT.

Anastasia Campofiori’s script “Red Eye” won second prize in the Seventh Annual School of Visual Arts Writing Program Contest. She is a Screenwriting major who will graduate in May of 2019. Here is her motivation to write: “I can never find the specific type of story I want to read, so I decided I would just have to start writing them myself.”