FADE IN:INT. BOYíS BEDROOM - DAY
The bedroom is cluttered with posters of airplanes and outer space. A young boy with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing a blue&white stripped polo, walks through the room whistling. He stops, turns to face...
A MIDDLE AGED MAN, suburban father type, with a gag thrust into his mouth and encircled by ropes. He struggles to get free. He spits out the gag.
Danny, help me, please, come on...
The young boy approaches him cautiously. He stops and studies the man.
Before they come back.
The young boy takes out a pocket knife, he runs it across the manís face. Sweat perspires. The man goes quiet, closes his eyes. The young boy laughs, he turns to clean the knife.
Why are you doing this?
(matter of fact)
Getting ready? For what?
For Daddy. I want to make him proud.
Whoís your Dad?
The devil. One day, Iím going to be President.
CHILD REYNOLDS (Young Boy) smiles. Glances back at the man, holds out the knife.
Mr. Jacobs. You shouldnít have kept me off the playground.
Child Reynolds PLUNGES the knife into the manís right eye. The man SCREAMS IN AGONY.
INT. KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
Father Levi sits at the kitchen table opposite an attractive middle aged woman. He smiles as he places the newspaper onto the table.
He picked this one, builds a good sense of character.
The woman smiles and nods, she takes a sip from a cup of tea.
INT. BOYíS BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
Child Reynolds stands at a distance facing the man covered in blood gasping his final breaths. He grins then laughs as the man withers in agony.
INT. WHITE HOUSE - OVAL OFFICE - NIGHT
President Reynolds browses through his files. Secretary of Defense, Horseman War, FELIX enters.
You called me sir?
It's time, go get my son.
Right away, sir.
Felix leaves the the room. Reynolds eyes a family photograph of him and his son (who we will come to know as GRAYSON) standing over a dead body with a wide smile.END OF TEASERACT ONE
EXT. PARK Ė EVENING
A cheap sedan drives through a quiet park. Inside is a happy family, MOM, DAD and two LITTLE GIRLS. The radio plays ďZip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.ĒINT. CAR - CONTINUOUS
The Dad turns around to see his daughters staring out the window.
As soon as we get home, we need to get you little babes to bed!
LITTLE GIRL 1
Daddy! Itís too early!
Yes, but youíve been playing hard all day and we still have church tomorrow.
LITTLE GIRL 2
Can you read to us before we go to sleep?
Of course Ė
The Dad smiles, turns back to look out over the road. Notices someone out of the corner of his eyes. SLAMS on the breaks. The girls scream.
Oh my gó
We see a little boy about ten years old, GRAYSON, standing in the middle of the road just in front of the car. Hands are stained with blood.
The dad gets out of the car and walks over to the boy.
Hey, buddy. Are you okay? What are you doing out here alone?
I donít know.
Whatís your name?
Well, Grayson, do you know where your parents are?
The Dad notices Graysonís blood stained hands.
Oh no! We Ö we should take you to the police, okay? They can help you better than we can.
The dad helps Grayson get into the car, they drive off out of the park. On the side of the road, hidden from view is a dead mutilated cat with itís eyes popping out of itís ripped off head. Beside it, a bloody knife.INT. CAR - MOMENTS LATER
Grayson looks around at the family, smiling.
Do you want to play a game?
The Dad turns around to face Grayson.
Sure, what game do you want to play Grayson?
(Laughs, plays along)
The family is taken aback, Grayson laughs. Suddenly the Dad turns the wheel and speeds into a tree! The family begins to itch their skin, a serious rash, slowly they peel off their flesh! Blood spills. Grayson watches on, amused. ďWonderful feeling, wonderful day!Ē
EXT. ROAD Ė DAY
The Impala zooms past the screen which informs us of our location, DENVER, COLORADO.
INT. IMPALA - CONTINUOUS
Sam is reading a newspaper while Dean drives.
This is getting weirder all the time.
What is it now?
Well, two days ago that family was mysteriously killed in their car on their way home. Police said it looked like an animal did it, but all their doors were locked from the inside. Yesterday, another family was killed in their house. Mom, dad and four kids. Police said their hearts had been ripped out of their bodies.
Sounds like a werewolf.
I donít think so. This article said it looked like they did it to themselves. Each member of the family was holding their own heart in their hand.
Dean makes a disgusted noise.
What kind of a sick person would do that?
Some sort of spirit?
I donít know. Maybe someone like me?
Donít even go there, Sam.
But you know itís possible.
Like some nut job just told those guys to rip their hearts out and kill themselves?
Okay Ö maybe.
Thereís the police station.
EXT. POLICE STATION - CONTINUOUS
The Impala pulls into the parking lot and Sam steps out.
Wait here. If we go in together they might recognize us.
Whatever you say, little bro.
Dean watches as Sam ENTERS the police station, then takes out a bottle of alcohol. He doesnít drink, he turns the bottle around, looks at it, then tosses it in the backseat.
Dean reaches inside his jacket and takes out a syringe, looks back and forth between the police station and the syringe.EXT. CHURCH - NIGHT
Child Reynolds nails a kid to the ground, stabs him repeatedly. Grotesque, blood sprays everywhere. Parents and parishioners try to pull him off, theyíre shoved aside by a projectile force shield. Father Levi hurries over.
What the hell is going on?!
He, he called me a freak.
Child Reynolds lets down his guard, Father Levi pulls him away. They quickly get into a black car and drive away.
INT. BLACK CAR - MOMENTS LATER
Father Levi looks over at Child Reynolds.
The world, everyone is counting on you. Do you want to let them down?
Child Reynolds shakes his head.
Your Dad, they banished him because they called him different. But if we are ever going to see his empire rebuilt - you need to be careful. Itís perfectly okay to kill someone, but do so when there are no people around to pay attention. Remember we want them to look up to you. Do you understand?
And who took him from you? Who must die?
(Beams with pride)
Child Reynolds and Father Levi share a smile.
INT. POLICE STATION - MOMENTS LATER
Sam stands at the SECRETARYíS desk, flashing a badge.
Agent Worthington. Please could I speak to the officer in charge of the Forsythe family killing?
One moment, please.
The secretary dials the phone.
Someone from the FBI to see you, sir.
The secretary hangs up the phone and points down a hallway.
SECRETARY (CONT.) (CONTíD)
Fourth door on your left.
Thank you very much.
Sam walks down the hallway and knocks on the door.
Sam opens the door to a neat and tidy office. A policeman in his mid thirties sits at the main desk working on a computer. This is OFFICER GENNINGS.
Thank you for seeing me, officer.
Well, we canít refuse the FBI, can we? Iím actually surprised they havenít sent anyone sooner.
You probably know which case Iím here for.
The Forsytheís and the Lynnís, Iím guessing.
Yes. Frankly, these are very disturbing cases. Do you have any leads?
Nothing, except that we know they are connected.
We have a witness to both of the murders. The Forsytheís and the Lynnís were neighbors. It appears that the Lynn family were on their way home when they picked up a kid who somehow managed to escape the bloodbath. He isnít talking much. He was the one who called 911. He says he saw the Forsytheís dead in their house as well and called 911 for them. All we got out of him besides that was his name and his age. Grayson, ten years old.
My God Ö
Way too young to have seen something like that. Iíll never forget walking into the Forsytheís home that day. Iíve done some time in Iraq, but Iíve never seen anything like that.
Do you think I could talk to Grayson?
Good luck with getting anything out of him. Heís in the office down the hall. Go ahead. Let me know if he says anything.
INT. ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Grayson sits at a desk drawing a picture. A female police officer is at another desk working on a computer. Sam ENTERS.
Hi! You must be Grayson.
Sam sits in the chair opposite the desk.
The boy looks up.
Iíve been waiting for you.
Grayson smiles, Sam takes a step back.END OF ACT ONE