Eight Legged Freaks Movie Script
Writer(s) : Jesse Alexander, Ellory Elkayem
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ARAC ATTACK (Eight Legged Freaks) by Jesse Alexander & Ellory Elkayem July 2000 Draft FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY ARAC ATTACK! FADE IN: EXT. DESERT - NIGHT A rabbit hops across rough terrain. EXT. HIGHWAY (DESERT) - NIGHT Three trucks from Chemical Technologies carry barrels of toxic waste. They pass a sign: PROSPERITY, NEVADA, POP 454. INT. THIRD TRUCK (HIGHWAY, DESERT) - NIGHT A sleepy trucker called PIG PEN drives the third truck. SELF-HELP TAPE (V.O.) I will be self-assured and confident around women. PIG PEN I will be self-assured and confident around women. EXT. HIGHWAY (DESERT) - NIGHT The rabbit stops at the edge of the road. The first truck speeds past. Then the second. The rabbit crosses the highway in front of the third. INT. THIRD TRUCK (HIGHWAY, DESERT) - NIGHT SELF-HELP TAPE (V.O.) I will not fear the unexpected. PIG PEN I will not fear the unexpected. The rabbit appears in the road, frozen by headlights. PIG PEN Ahhhhhhhhhh! Pig Pen jams on his brakes and swerves to avoid the bunny. EXT. HIGHWAY (DESERT) - NIGHT The truck slews crazily. Missing the bunny by a whisker. 2. INT. THIRD TRUCK (BRIDGE, DESERT) - NIGHT Pig Pen sees a bridge ahead. If he doesn't regain control, he will crash. At the last second, he gets the rig together. EXT. BRIDGE (DESERT) - THIRD TRUCK - NIGHT The rim of a wheel tags the curb. One of those toxic waste barrels falls out of the back and plunges to the water below. EXT. DRAINAGE DITCH - NIGHT A biohazard warning label is legible as the barrel slips beneath the surface. Glowing toxic waste seeps from a gash in its side. Spreading through the pool like neon ink. EXT. DRAINAGE DITCH - DAY The ditch is littered with garbage. The DRONE of INSECTS. No visible traces of toxic waste. A butterfly net sweeps through the air to capture an oversized horsefly. JOSHUA TAFT (70s), scrutinizes the bug. This old codger is more comfortable studying bugs than socializing with people. JOSHUA Hey, Mike. Check this one out. MIKE PALMER (12) steps over for a look. Puberty hit hard and fast for this bright, little nerd. MIKE He's huge! JOSHUA They've been like this all week. Must be something extra tasty in the water. MIKE Like what? JOSHUA Dead coyote. Snake maybe. Back in the 'Nam we'd eat python with a dash of habanero sauce. Mighty satisfying. (CONTINUED) 3. CONTINUED: MIKE You ate snake? JOSHUA When you're thirty klicks out from the nearest firebase. Humpin' through the wake-up with your finger on the trigger. Charlie doesn't give you time to stop for cutlet. As Mike skims his own net over the water, he glimpses a familiar barrel at the bottom of the pool. The brightly- colored biohazard warning label is clearly visible. EXT. ROAD - JOSHUA'S HOUSE - DAY Two bicycles are parked outside a cabin in the middle of nowhere. INT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE - DAY The decor is an odd mix of Vietnam era war relics and homegrown scientist. Charlie the Parrot sits on a perch. CHARLIE (V.O.) Charlie, don't surf! JOSHUA Quiet, bird. We're working. Mike and Joshua stand near the spider tanks. A dozen aquariums on low shelves. Each glass tank replicates a specific environment: jungle, desert, cavern, pond, etc. JOSHUA (dims tank lights) The sun is going down, my nocturnal hunters. It's time to come out and feed. Mike watches Joshua deposit bugs into each spider tank. MIKE Yeah. They're definitely getting bigger. JOSHUA I've calculated a growth factor of twelve percent over the last forty-eight hours. But that seems to be accelerating. (CONTINUED) 4. CONTINUED: MIKE All from eating these bugs? Maybe I should try some. Mike pauses at the desert tank, watching a cricket search for food. A trap-door spider pops out of its camouflaged den like a jack-in-the-box. The arachnid yanks the cricket below and replaces the roof in a nanosecond. Mike looks in another tank where ogre-eyed spitting spiders shoot blasts of paralyzing goo at hapless insects. MIKE Run, little guys. JOSHUA They can't outrun the food chain. MIKE I could get away. JOSHUA Imagine yourself the size of that fly. A scytodes spitter would be as big as a Cadillac. You'd be spider chow, kid. Mike looks in a tank where jumpers chase fleeing crickets. He moves toward another tank that is covered with a towel. MIKE Are the new tarantulas in here? JOSHUA Took me forever to get a breeding set of Chilean reds. I must have bribed every customs agent from Vegas to Santiago. Joshua unveils the tank. Dirt floor. Several burrow entrances. Joshua pours in the bugs. A large, male tarantula comes out of a burrow. It pounces on a bug, then wraps its prey in webbing, turning the insect into a mummy-like bundle. MIKE That is too cool. JOSHUA Male tarantulas compete for the female's attention. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 5. CONTINUED: JOSHUA (CONT'D) Each one tries to bring her the best present. Bugs, rats, even the occasional parrot. CHARLIE SQUAWKS. JOSHUA The prey is cocooned alive so she can eat them in her nest. You know how women love breakfast in bed. Joshua leads Mike to the back of the tank. A network of subterranean tunnels is revealed. The male tarantulas scuttle through carrying their mummified offerings. JOSHUA Take a look, the female of the species is three times as big as the male. Mike peers into a large den. The female tarantula steps out of the shadows. This is Consuela, the Chilean red tarantula. JOSHUA Say hello to Consuela. Mike watches Consuela unwrap one of the mummified bundles. She begins to eat the paralyzed insect within. JOSHUA She fills her prey with digestive acid to liquify the internal organs. Now watch... She'll drink her victim from the inside out. While it's still alive! MIKE (looks queasy) And you wonder why my mom doesn't like me hanging out with you. JOSHUA Arachnids have been roaming the earth for millions of years. And they'll be here long after the human race is dead and buried. Suddenly Consuela lunges at the glass. Mike recoils. MIKE Bad! Bad Consuela! Consuela backs up, apparently she can be intimidated. 6. TARANTULA POV - MIKE The multi-eyed spider's PANORAMIC VISION. Mike looms large at the edge of the glass, wagging his finger. BACK TO MIKE Mike stares into the many eyes of Consuela. MIKE Do that again and I feed you to the parrot. CHARLIE SQUAWKS hungrily. The sound of a CAR HORN. JOSHUA There's your mom. MIKE See you tomorrow, Joshua! Mike heads for the door. EXT. DESERT - DAY The entrance to a mine shaft protrudes from a hillside. A pickup truck is parked nearby. The faded logo on the door reads: McCORMICK AND SON MINING COMPANY, PROSPERITY, NV. INT. MINE SHAFT - DAY Rotten beams. Chipped walls. A GENERATOR POWERS a string of lightbulbs. A lone figure works at the end of the tunnel. CHRIS McCORMICK (30s) has rugged good looks. Weathered clothing. Dirt-stained face. Ripped muscles. Chris chips at the wall with his pickaxe. As it makes contact, the occasional spark flies up. Chris pauses to scrutinize the target area with his helmet-light. Something sneaks along the floor of the mine behind him. Chris is oblivious to his unseen stalker. He chips away a section of stone to reveal shiny minerals. Reflections of silver and gold splash across his face. His smile fades... CHRIS Damn. (CONTINUED) 7. CONTINUED: Chris bends over, reaching for a bottle of water. A large rat scurries out of hiding dragging away Chris's sack lunch. Chris grabs his pick-axe and goes after the rat. The rodent dodges every hit. Sparks fly when the axe strikes rock. These ignite a vent of methane gas. A BRIEF EXPLOSION knocks Chris off his feet. He notices a small hole in the floor is lit like the burner on a stove. Chris pats out the flame as the rat scurries away with lunch. CHRIS Hope you like bologna! EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY A police car drives with a bicycle hanging out of the trunk. INT. POLICE CAR (HIGHWAY) - DAY SAMANTHA "SAM" PALMER (30s) is the sheriff of Prosperity and a confident, single mother. Mike is seated beside her. MIKE You should see them, Mom. Each one has a unique feeding behavior. The spitters fire poisonous snot. The tarantulas mummify their prey. The jumpers can... SAM Why does he have all those things? MIKE He studies them. NASA uses spider webs in outer space. And for medicine. They've been here forever, and they'll be here long after we're all dead. SAM You're givin' me nightmares. MIKE Nightmares are cool. (CONTINUED) 8. CONTINUED: SAM U.P.S. brought this to the station. Sam hands Mike a small package. MIKE It's from Dad! He didn't forget my birthday. I told you he wouldn't. SAM Better late than never. Mike tears open the box to reveal a Cassiopeia PDA. MIKE Rockin'! SAM Is that the one you wanted? MIKE Cassiopeia 2304 with 64 megs of ram. Integrated modem. Voice recording capability. This baby is tight. Mike can't turn on the gizmo. SAM What's wrong? MIKE He forgot to send the batteries. SAM (annoyed) I told him to send batteries. EXT. DESERT - DAY The ROAR of two off-road MOTORCYCLES tearing up the desert. BRET HALE (18) leads the way. A Kid Rock-punk with good looks and FU attitude. Seated behind him is ASHLEY PALMER (16). This milk-fed desert honey is a wannabe Britney Spears. LARRY (17) is the wiseacre on the other bike. BRET Hang on, babydoll! (CONTINUED) 9. CONTINUED: They GUN their BIKES onto the highway. Slalom the yellow lines. Wheelie for days. Ashley peeks over Bret's shoulder at a police car coming at them in the opposite lane. ASHLEY Oh shit. INT. POLICE CAR (HIGHWAY) - DAY Sheriff Sam watches intently as the bikes wheelie past. SAM Hang on. MIKE Why? EXT. HIGHWAY (DESERT) - DAY The police car does an impressive bootlegger 180. Lights ablaze. SIREN WAILING. The bikes pull over to the shoulder. EXT. SHOULDER OF HIGHWAY (DESERT) - DAY The motorcycles stop with the cop car behind. Sam's voice barks over the PA. SAM (V.O.) Party's over, gentlemen. Off the bikes. Sam exits the car and approaches. The bikers dismount. BRET There is something very sexy about an older woman in uniform. LARRY Her nine-millimeter gives me a stiffy. ASHLEY Don't antagonize her, you guys. SAM I told you not to act like kamikazes. Especially with Ashley riding behind. That is unacceptable, Bret. (CONTINUED) 10. CONTINUED: BRET I could always ride her from behind. Larry snickers. Sam steels her rage. SAM You just bought yourself a reckless. Sam begins to write up the ticket. ASHLEY Can't you give 'em a break? SAM Get in the car, Ashley. Now. ASHLEY But, Mom! Sam shoots his daughter an intimidating glance. BRET No sweat, babydoll. We'll hook up later. SAM (threatening) Over my dead body. INT. SAM'S COP CAR (HIGHWAY) - DAY Mike grins from the front seat as Ashley climbs in back. MIKE You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used... ASHLEY Shut up, dork. EXT. SHOULDER OF HIGHWAY - DAY Sam hands Bret the ticket. BRET Larry, do we know anybody at City Hall who can mark this go away? (CONTINUED) 11. CONTINUED: LARRY Your Dad is the Mayor. BRET Oh, yeah. (to Sam) He signs your paycheck. SAM The next time you put my daughter's life in danger, I'll show you exactly how little that means to me. Bret and Larry feel her resolve. BRET Relax, bee-otch. It's all good. The punks remount their bikes. SAM I want both wheels on the ground. The punks REV their BIKES and defiantly wheelie toward town. INT. POLICE CAR - DAY Sam climbs behind the wheel. MIKE I read her her rights. SAM I can always count on you, Mike. Sam STARTS the CAR and drives toward town. ASHLEY Do you get off on humiliating me? SAM This bad girl act doesn't suit you, Ash. ASHLEY I'm just trying to have fun. Don't you remember what it's like to grow up here? SAM That's what scares me. (CONTINUED) 12. CONTINUED: Sam reaches over and opens the glove box. She pulls out a stun gun. Mike passes it through the bars to Ashley. SAM I told you to keep this with you. Ashley slides the zapper into her backpack. ASHLEY You are so over protective. Mike and Ashley lip-sync along with Sam's response. SAM A mother's job is to protect her children. ASHLEY You need to start trusting me. SAM I'd like to. But you keep skipping classes to go to the dunes with Bret. ASHLEY Why do you hate him so much? SAM I don't hate him. I just want you to have a future. I thought you wanted to get out of town. Go to med school. ASHLEY Maybe I want to stay. I could get pregnant by nineteen. Then divorce with a couple of kids I can't handle. Slap on a badge and be a trailer trash sheriff. SAM (deeply hurt) Thanks for the flashback. They drive on in painful silence. Mike turns ON the RADIO. HARLAN (V.O.) ... listening to W.F.R.E. Freedom radio. We've put aside the U.F.O.'s and conspiracy theories... 13. INT. PICKUP TRUCK (HIGHWAY) - DAY Chris drives into town with the RADIO ON. HARLAN (V.O.) ... for some down home talk back with our own mayor: Wade Hale. CHRIS Oh, great. WADE (V.O.) Thanks, Harlan. As I was saying, Chemical Technologies has been looking for viable storage sites. And Prosperity is lucky enough to be on that list. HARLAN (V.O.) Lucky? I think most of us are insulted that some outsiders think our town is a perfect place to dump toxic waste. CHRIS Right on. EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - DAY Chris's pickup approaches... The entire town is not much bigger than a few football fields. The kind of place where everybody has known each other since childhood. Some buildings date back to the 1880's gold rush. HARLAN (V.O.) Isn't this just your latest get- rich quick scheme? At one end is the Prosperity Mall. A huge windowless rectangle in the sand. Permanent signs tout the many outlet stores inside: Victoria's Secret, Home and Garden Supplies, Sport Chalet, etc. Hand-painted signs reveal: "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE. EVERYTHING MUST GO. FINAL CLOSE OUT." On the roof of the mall is a very tall radio antenna. HARLAN (V.O.) Your mall has more employees than customers. INT. PICKUP TRUCK (TOWN, MAIN STREET) - DAY Chris smiles as he listens to the RADIO. (CONTINUED) 14. CONTINUED: WADE (V.O.) I may have overestimated the need for 100,000 square feet of outlet shopping. EXT. BEVERLY'S HOUSE - DAY BEVERLY (40's) is tending to her garden as she listens to a transistor radio. HARLAN (V.O.) And your ostrich ranch? WADE (V.O.) If the government subsidies hadn't dried up, I'd still be rolling in cash. EXT. HARLAN'S TRAILER (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - DAY An airstream at the far end of town. Signs identify it as: "FREEDOM RADIO." A brand new humvee is parked out front. INT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - DAY Walls decorated with clippings about aliens, monsters, and conspiracies. Two men sit at a home built transmitter. HARLAN GRIFFITH (40s) wears an "Aliens Go Home!" T- shirt. He eats from a box of Frosted Flakes and drinks Jolt cola. WADE HALE (40s) is the mayor of Prosperity. A slick- haired dandy who looks more like a Vegas lounge singer than a Mayor. WADE With one phone call I could put together a deal that would make us all very rich. HARLAN They say money doesn't buy happiness. WADE They probably don't have any. 15. INT. POLICE CAR (HIGHWAY) - DAY Sam and her kids listen to the radio. WADE (V.O.) Money pays for kids to go to college. It pays the mortgage. INT. DINER (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - DAY An attractive waitress on roller-skates. A harried CHEF. Locals chow down. The RADIO BLARES in the b.g. WADE (V.O.) It puts food on the table. Haven't the people of this town lived hand-to-mouth for long enough? INT. BARBERSHOP (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - DAY FLOYD and LEROY are the Jurassic era barbers. Floyd cuts Leroy's hair. The two men listen to the RADIO. WADE (V.O.) We're all gonna die in this hell hole. FLOYD Yeah, of boredom. INT. POLICE STATION - DAY DEPUTY PETE sits with his feet up on the desk reading Playstation magazine. He listens to the RADIO. WADE (V.O.) Wouldn't it be nice not to worry about surviving retirement? Or taking a shot at that life-long dream? INT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - DAY WADE Think about it, Harlan, you could buy a commercial transmitter and start broadcasting to a national audience. HARLAN It would be nice to get the message out. Let people know the aliens walk among us. 16. INT. PICKUP TRUCK - DAY Chris slows to a stop in front of the McCormick and Son Mining Company. This stately edifice was once the driving force behind the local economy. WADE (V.O.) If Chris McCormick refuses to sell his mines. The rest of us are out of luck. Chris frowns. INT. POLICE CAR (HIGHWAY) - DAY WADE (V.O.) I don't think it's fair for one person to wield that much power. But he's just like his father. Selfish. Greedy. And more than a little bit nuts. SAM Uh-oh. Sam flips on the SIREN and accelerates. INT. DINER - DAY The locals stop eating and look toward the radio. WADE (V.O.) That family has been digging in those tunnels since the twenties. If there was something down there, don't you think they would have found it by now? INT. BARBERSHOP - DAY Floyd and Leroy stare at the radio. WADE (V.O.) Common sense does not apply to crazy people. INT. PICKUP TRUCK - DAY WADE (V.O.) Might as well be chasing a leprechaun's pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (CONTINUED) 17. CONTINUED: Chris is furious as he PEELS OUT and speeds toward Harlan's. INT. DINER - DAY The locals watch Chris's pickup speed by. WADE (V.O.) ... lunatics... INT. BARBERSHOP - DAY Floyd and Leroy watch Chris speed by. WADE (V.O.) ... certifiably nuts... INT. POLICE CAR - (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - DAY As Sam pulls into town. She sees Chris skid to a stop in front of Harlan's trailer. He leaps out of his pickup. WADE (V.O.) ... at the very least... INT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - DAY Chris yanks the door open in time to hear... WADE ... those McCormicks are just plain-old dumb. Wade stands up to protest. But it's too late. Chris punches him in the nose. The mayor tumbles back. CHRIS I've warned you not to talk about my family! HARLAN We have a surprise guest in the studio. Chris drags Wade to his feet, shoving him against the wall. CHRIS My family built this town! (CONTINUED) 18. CONTINUED: WADE Am I supposed to be grateful? Chris draws back his fist for another shot. Sam runs in and grabs him from behind. SAM That's enough! CHRIS Stay out of this, Sam! She manhandles Chris toward the door. EXT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - DAY Practically the entire town has gathered outside. Sam drags Chris through the door. Wade and Harlan are close behind. CHRIS Did you hear what he said? SAM I heard. WADE I want him locked up! SAM Let's all calm down. Wade tries to take advantage of the assembled audience. WADE We have no economy! People are barely scraping by! And now we've been offered the deal of a lifetime. You don't have the right to stand in our way! CHRIS Those mines are full of gas. One spark in the wrong place could blow this entire valley sky high. Do you really want to load that gun with toxic waste? WADE Chem-Tech did seismic analysis, vapor checks, groundwater reads, soil sampling. They found isolated methane pockets, but no benzene or hydrogen sulfide. (CONTINUED) 19. CONTINUED: CHRIS How could they run tests? I didn't give them permission to go into the mines. Wade retreats toward his shiny new Hummer. CHRIS I asked you a question, you greedy son of a bitch! WADE I'm greedy?! You're the one keeping us down so you can search for gold! Chris tries to go after Wade. Sam holds him back. SAM Don't take another step. Chris stares at her. CHRIS You're taking his side? SAM I'm trying to keep the peace. WADE You're crazy! Just like your father! Wade drives off in his humvee. The crowd begins to disperse. CHRIS (sotto) He wasn't crazy. SAM It's okay. Chris heads off to his truck. Sam watches him go. Her eyes drifting down his body. Ashley steps up beside her mom. ASHLEY Maybe you're not gay after all. SAM What are you talking about? (CONTINUED) 20. CONTINUED: ASHLEY You can't take your eyes off his butt. SAM Where did you learn that it's okay to talk to me like this? ASHLEY Relax, Mom. He's hot for an old guy. I can admit it. Why can't you? Sam watches Chris get into his truck. He gives her one last look before pulling out. Sam smiles with her daughter. INT. MINING MUSEUM (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - DAY Vintage mining gear. Walls covered with sepia-tone photos chronicling the history of the McCormick mines. GLADYS LAUDERBACK (50s) sits at a desk. She blows smoke from her Kool into the breeze of an air conditioner. Ignoring the signs behind her head: "NO SMOKING!", "DANGER GAS!" As Chris enters, Gladys hides her lit cigarette in a drawer. GLADYS Did you pop him one? CHRIS He had it comin'. But Sam Palmer... That woman abuses her power. GLADYS Why? Because she stopped you from givin' Wade another pop? CHRIS I'm not proud of it. Chris goes to a table and a map of the mines that honeycomb beneath the town. Many of them are marked "explored." Many aren't. Chris checks another tunnel off the list. He sniffs the air and glares at Gladys. Smoke rises out of her desk drawer. Gladys yanks it open and puts out the flame. (CONTINUED) 21. CONTINUED: CHRIS I thought you were trying the patch. GLADYS I am. She raises her sleeve to reveal several nicotine patches. Chris exits through a door at the back of the museum. INT. MUSEUM - LIVING ROOM - DAY Chris enters the family living quarters. The furniture was new in 1947. He continues to the adjacent kitchen. INT. MUSEUM - KITCHEN - DAY Chris takes a beer out of the fridge. Then he notices an odd CLICKING. He tracks the sound to a stove burner permanently on "light." Chris moves to a fuse box in the adjacent hallway. He removes the fuse for the stove. The SPARKING STOPS. Chris sits at the table and has a cooling sip of beer. Gladys enters with a stack of bills. CHRIS That burner's on the fritz again. GLADYS Oh something's broken? What else is new? (lays bills on table) You need to pay these by the end of the month. CHRIS (looks at bills) Today... For a split second... I actually thought I had it. GLADYS Another vein of iron pyrite? CHRIS Yeah... Then a rat stole my lunch. I practically blew myself up trying to get it back. (CONTINUED) 22. CONTINUED: GLADYS I'm glad you like my bologna sandwiches. (beat) Maybe you should talk to Wade. CHRIS What are you saying? GLADYS Honey, if he really does have a buyer... CHRIS You of all people know how much my dad wanted to find that mother lode. GLADYS Your daddy wanted to get rich. I don't think he cared how that happened. If he was still alive, maybe he'd sell those mines. Chris takes umbrage... CHRIS And maybe you didn't know him so well after all. A tense beat. GLADYS You're right... I'm just worried about how we're going to pay these bills. CHRIS Don't give up on me, Gladys. I promised him I'd find the gold. And I will. Gladys steels her fear, patting Chris on the hand. EXT. TOWN - ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAWN The sun rises. The town slowly comes to life. HARLAN (V.O.) Good morning, Prosperity, Nevada. It's another beautiful day on the frontier. Locals prepare their stores for business. 23. INT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE (DESERT) - DAY HARLAN (V.O.) No charges have been filed in yesterday's fracas between Chris McCormick and Wade Hale. And we've got... Joshua turns the radio down. He holds a tape measure to a glass spider tank, recording the size of an unseen arac. JOSHUA An exponential growth rate... That's impossible. CHARLIE Me so horny. Me love you long time. Joshua doesn't look back at the parrot sitting on its perch. JOSHUA Be quiet, bird! Charlie looks over at the tarantula tank. Watching curiously as the cloth cover moves slightly. As if one of the spiders is escaping. Charlie flies over to investigate. He lands on the counter and peers around the back of the tank. CHARLIE Charlie's in the wire! Incoming! Something yanks the parrot O.S. JOSHUA Stop screwing around...! Joshua looks back in search of the parrot. He notices several feathers floating down to the floor. He heads over to investigate. Joshua pulls the blanket clear to reveal the top of the cage has been pushed aside. No sign of any tarantulas. Joshua checks the back side of the tank. JOSHUA Where'd you go? Consuela? She's nowhere to be seen. Joshua spots something sticking out from under the table. Two parrot feet. Joshua pulls Charlie out from under the table. It's a horrible sight. The bird is wrapped in spider webbing. His body desiccated. (CONTINUED) 24. CONTINUED: JOSHUA Charlie... Semper fidelis. Joshua sees Charlie is attached to a web. He tugs on the webline. Something tugs back. Joshua leans down to look under the table. His eyes go wide at what he sees. Then a shadow looms over his head. Joshua looks up and... EXT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE (DESERT) - DAY SCREAMS and the sounds of BREAKING GLASS come from within. EXT. PALMER HOUSE (TOWN) - DAY Ranch style. Cop car in front. Chris's pickup cruises by. INT. PICKUP TRUCK - OUTSIDE PALMER HOUSE - DAY Chris drives past. He catches sight of a figure in a window. INT. PALMER HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY Sam is brushing her teeth at the window as Chris drives by. They make eye contact. Chris moves on. Sam looks at herself in the mirror. Bathrobe. No makeup. Messy hair. Mouth full of toothpaste. SAM Work it, babe. INT. PALMER HOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY Sam comes out of the bathroom dressed in her uniform. SAM It's all yours. Ashley and Mike exit their rooms. Mike is dressed for the day. Ashley in a robe. They race for the bathroom. Mike is first. Then Ashley hip-checks him out of the way, slamming the door in his face. ASHLEY (O.S.) Ladies first. (CONTINUED) 25. CONTINUED: MIKE What's your excuse!? Sam sticks her head out of a room at the end of the hall. SAM You still want a ride, Mike? MIKE I'm just going to the mall. SAM Have fun. Mike heads down the hallway and out of the house. INT. PALMER HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY Ashley turns on the shower, drops her robe, and climbs in. INT. BATHROOM - SHOWER - DAY Ashley is surrounded by steam. She sings an edgy gangsta rap tune by NWA. Tres' bizarre, non? Shampoo lather cascades down her face. Her eyes close. She is oblivious to a small spider crossing a web in front of her. The spider gets clear as Ashley rinses off the soap. Ashley rubs conditioner into her hair. The lather builds. Covering her face. Forcing her eyes closed once more. The spider returns across its web right in front of her eyes. The water stops. Ashley reaches for the showerhead blindly knocking the spider off its web. She feels no water coming out, and fumbles for a washcloth. Reaching with eyes closed, she can't see the little spider has landed on top of the cloth. As Ashley retrieves it, the spider scurries onto its opposite side. Ashley wipes the soap off her face. The spider rides the washcloth and moves toward her hand. Before it can strike, Ashley gets her eyes clear and drops the cloth. The cloth lands on the floor atop the spider. As the beast stares out from under it, barefoot Ashley steps on the cloth. Crushing the spider without ever knowing it was there. (CONTINUED) 26. CONTINUED: Ashley turns her attention to the showerhead. She cranks the water handles, trying to get the water flowing again. The handles suddenly pop off. Dozens of tiny spiders pour from the holes onto the floor. Ashley shrieks in horror. Sam bursts into the bathroom and yanks open the shower door. She drags Ashley out and looks at all the little spiders. SAM Now what? Ashley just screams. INT. HANK AND EMMA'S HOME - DAY The SCREAM of a SAWZALL. A house in the midst of remodeling. Sections of wall are exposed. Sheets cover furniture. HANK (30s) is the Bob Villa-poseur. A cat sits near an open section of wall. Watching something intently. The cat charges into the wall after unseen prey. EMMA (30s) comes downstairs wearing her bathrobe. She clutches her ears in pain, screaming for Hank to stop. He can't hear. She grabs his shoulder and he STOPS CUTTING. EMMA Why do you need to do that as six in the morning!? Do you hate me that much!? HANK I want to finish before I go to work. EMMA You've been saying that for six months! HANK I can't finish if you keep interrupting! Hanks RESTARTS the SAW as Emma staggers into the kitchen. 27. INT. REMODELED HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY Emma makes herself a hangover helper. Egg, tabasco, lemon juice, and a shot of vodka. All of it goes into the BLENDER. She FIRES it UP. Competing with the noise of Hank's SAW. Then Emma notices a bowl of uneaten cat food. INT. REMODELED HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY Emma comes back in and UNPLUGS the noisy SAW. HANK If you're gonna keep pulling the plug... EMMA Have you seen Zeke this morning? HANK He was chasing something earlier. EMMA If he got into the wall again, it's your balls in the blender. They hear FAINT MEOWING. Hank traces the source. It's coming from behind a partially-dismantled wall. HANK Hey, Zeke. Breakfast is ready. EMMA I'll get the tuna. Emma heads back into the kitchen. Hank listens at the wall. After a beat he hears the CAT RUSTLING around inside. HANK Zeke? Emma re-enters with a can of tuna. She hears ZEKE HISS. EMMA What's wrong with him? Hank shakes his head. The CAT noises become more aggressive. The panicked couple tries to follow the cat's progress. They tracks the sounds of BATTLE along the wall. The noises become FRANTIC. SCRABBLING CLAWS. HOWLS of KITTY pain. HANK & EMMA Zeke!? Zeke! Zeke! (CONTINUED) 28. CONTINUED: They follow the cat's frenzied movement up the wall, across the ceiling, and down the other wall. Hank hurries over. He can feel his cat thrashing maniacally on the other side. A FELINE SCREAM. And then deafening silence. Hank tears open the drywall, reaching for his cat. HANK I've got him by the tail. He withdraws all that remains of the Zeker... a bloody tail. EXT. MALL - DAY Mike hops off his bike before it stops moving. Letting it crash in the dirt. He enters the mall through glass doors. INT. MALL (PROSPERITY) - DAY Mike passes NORMAN (18), a janitor polishing the floors. Norman listens to LOUD DEATH ROCK TUNES on a Sony WALKMAN. NORMAN (conspiratorial) Hey, dude. Yeah. You. Mike comes over to this goatee'd rascal. NORMAN Wanna buy some smoke? MIKE A pack of cigarettes? NORMAN Smoke to get high, not to die. My stuff is hydroponically grown in a top secret location. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. Just 110 percent homegrown. MIKE Where's this secret location? (CONTINUED) 29. CONTINUED: NORMAN I could have a dime bag for you toot sweet. But if I tell you where exactly, I'd have to kill you. MIKE Norman, you know my mom's the sheriff. NORMAN Oh yeah... Right on... (considers this) Does she get high? Mike walks away, deeper into the mall. A dozen stores line the hallway: Victoria's Secret, Electronic Boutique, Sport Chalet. Most of the stores are closed for good. A large atrium features a fountain and jungle gym. Skylights cover the ceiling. Mike enters the Home and Garden store. INT. HOME AND GARDEN STORE - DAY Mike goes up to the counter. The CLERK snaps at him. CLERK The bug spray is on aisle five! MIKE What? CLERK You want mousetraps!? Is that it?! Aisle five! Mike grabs some batteries and lays them on the counter. CLERK Oh. I thought you wanted... An OLD LADY walks past. OLD LADY Excuse me, young man. Where can I find the bug spray? CLERK Aisle five! The Clerk grabs the PA's microphone. (CONTINUED) 30. CONTINUED: CLERK (over PA speakers) All bug spray, rodent traps, ant poison and fly paper is on aisle five! He returns his attention to Mike. CLERK That'll be three fifty-two. Mike pays the man. MIKE Where's aisle five? The annoyed Clerk points. Mike heads over. He sees the aisle is crowded with locals squabbling over the few remaining cans of Raid, Black Flag and Off. EXT. BEVERLY'S HOUSE (TOWN) - DAY Beverly uncoils a hose, cranks a spigot. She sprays her vegetable garden with water. After a beat, a solid object is coughed up through the hose. Beverly continues watering. Two more unidentified objects are spewed from the hose. She reacts by cranking the spigot on full. The water sprays harder. Then inexplicably stops. Beverly checks the spigot. She looks into the opening of the hose. Puts it to her ear and listens. Sniffs. Now she puts the end of the hose in her mouth and sucks deeply, trying to siphon away the blockage. Beverly removes the hose. A FAINT RUMBLING sound. She puts it back in her mouth and sucks. A solid object comes through the hose and into her mouth. Then another. And another. A dozen things pump through the hose and into her mouth. Beverly yanks it out. Water spews from her mouth and out of the hose. Apparently the blockage has cleared. Beverly falls to her knees. Hunching forward. She vomits forth a stomach full of water... and small spiders. Mouth agape. Eyes wide in horror. She watches them scurry into the garden. Beverly tries to scream... but can only retch. 31. EXT. STREET (TOWN) - DAY Mike Palmer rides his bike through a puddle of water. He sees Beverly throwing up in her vegetable garden. Mike it thoroughly grossed out. EXT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE (DESERT) - DAY Mike rides his bike into Joshua's front yard. He dismounts before the BIKE stops. It CRASHES. Mike heads inside. INT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE - DAY Mike stops short in the doorway. An off-hook TELEPHONE BEEPS incessantly. WIND MOANS through shattered windows. Furniture is tipped over. Mike moves through the chaos. MIKE Hello? Joshua? Charlie? The spider tanks are shattered. No trace of their occupants. Mike pulls out his Cassiopeia PDA and starts recording. MIKE (into PDA) Captain's log. Stardate... Stops recording, PLAYS it BACK, listens to HIS VOICE. MIKE Cool! (records again) The house is deserted. No sign of Joshua Taft or his bird. The spider tanks are shattered. There is broken glass everywhere. Mike moves toward the back door of the cabin. It swings open and shut in the WIND. EXT. JOSHUA'S HOUSE (DESERT) - BACK YARD - DAY Mike comes out and notices hundreds of coin-sized footprints. He follows these tracks to a cluster of wooden barricades labeled: "McCORMICK AND SONS MINING COMPANY." Mike peers toward a vertical mine shaft behind the barriers. (CONTINUED) 32. CONTINUED: MIKE (into PDA) Animal tracks. Definitely too big to be spiders. Could be rats. Mike slips past the barricades. Following the tracks to the edge of the abyss. He can't see anything. It's too dark. Mike turns away and returns to the yard. Never realizing... Several feet down the shaft. Hidden under a rock... the shriveled and desiccated corpse of Joshua Taft. It hangs from the side of the shaft in thick sticky webbing. Grisly. Suddenly the corpse is tugged loose and dragged deeper into the shaft by some unseen creature. EXT. MINE SHAFT - DAY Chris's pickup is parked outside another mine shaft. INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAY Chris works with his pick-axe. He pauses, listening to a DISTURBING NOISE somewhere down the tunnel. A growl? A roar? Chris isn' t so sure. And then a new sound... a SCREECHING. The noise grows LOUDER. Something's coming. Chris shines his light into the darkness. Trying to see what's causing the unsettling crescendo... Suddenly dozens of RATS burst from the darkness. EXT. MINE SHAFT - DAY Chris runs out the mouth of the tunnel. The rat stampede is on his tail. He leaps into the back of his pickup. The manic rodents continue off into the desert. Chris looks back toward the gaping mouth of the tunnel. CHRIS What am I, the Pied Piper... 33. EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - BARBER SHOP - DAY Mike rides his bike. Floyd the barber stands out front chatting with an elderly couple. They hold a dog's leash in their hand. FLOYD I'm sorry. I haven't seen him. EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - DAY Mike rides on. He notices a guy taping a flyer to a lamp post. Mike glances over. It's a sign for a missing dog. EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - POLICE STATION - DAY Mike arrives at the local police station. Several cars are parked out front. The door is ajar. Locals are crowded inside. Mike lets his bike crash as he enters. INT. POLICE STATION - DAY Sam is behind her desk. The place is swarming with locals. SAM Quiet! Quiet please! The mob is not listening. BEVERLY They were clogging up my house! EMMA I want to know what killed Zeke! TRAVIS He was a good dog! He wouldn't just get up and go! Deputy Pete whistles at top volume. Everybody shuts up. SAM I had spiders at my house too. We need an exterminator not a sheriff. TRAVIS What about my dog? (CONTINUED) 34. CONTINUED: SAM I don't know, Travis. We're gonna keep an eye out. But we're not gettin' anywhere like this. You should go back out there and look for your animals. If they haven't shown up by tonight. I'll call Fish and Game. Okay? Pete ushers the grumbling mob out of the office. Mike avoids the crush and manages to stay inside. MIKE Mom! Mom! All Josh's spiders are gone! SAM I can't do this right now, Mike! Everyone's having pest problems! MIKE But Joshua is gone! SAM Maybe he's out looking for his spiders? MIKE Mom, I'm serious! You're not listening! SAM Mike... I've got missing pets. Spiders in the plumbing. Rats and mice coming out of basements. And your sister's about to end up on a milk carton. I can't have you losing... The PHONE RINGS. Sam answers it. SAM Hello? Wade... wait a second... your ostriches? OFF Mike's look. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - DIRT DRIVEWAY - DAY Prosperity is clearly visible just a mile away. The police car drives down a long road lined with fences. 35. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - RANCH HOUSE - DAY Wade's new Hummer is in the driveway. A CATTLE DOG BARKS as Wade leads Sam and Mike around the side of the house. WADE Came out to feed my birds this morning. SAM Coyotes? WADE Hell no! The trio steps to the fence. Only three mangy ostriches are there to greet them. WADE My flock had fifty birds! Where'd they go, dammit! Who the hell steals fifty birds that can't even fly!? SAM All this happened last night? WADE I guess. And we didn't hear a thing. Sam gestures toward the BARKING DOG. SAM What about him? WADE Not a peep. Mike notices some ostrich feathers on the ground. He heads over for a closer look. The DOG watches his progress. BARKING excitedly. Sam talks to Wade. SAM How's the ostrich business? WADE Not so good lately. SAM You've got that new Hummer. You must be makin' enough to pay for it. (CONTINUED) 36. CONTINUED: WADE (annoyed) You like it? I'll take you for a ride. SAM These birds are insured. Right? WADE I didn't kill my birds, Sam. Is that what you think? Mike looks back to see his mom confronting Wade. WADE (in the distance) ... reject... absolutely not... Mike scrutinizes what appear to be more of those tracks that he found at Joshua's. But this time they are larger: MIKE (into PDA) I've found more tracks. Even larger now. Mike follows the trail toward another mine entrance. This one is plugged with concrete. The tracks don't go there. They stop at what appears to be a normal patch of ground. Several ostrich feathers are scattered nearby. Mike takes a closer look. Something doesn't seem right. An odd demarcation in the soil. His fingers trace the edge of a thin film of material. It is a lid of sorts. A sheath of sticky webbing coated with dirt. Mike is able to lift it. Mike peers into a deep dark burrow three feet wide. INT. UNDERGROUND BURROW - DAY Twenty feet down the shaft. A shape moves. TRAPDOOR SPIDER POV - MIKE A MULTI-EYED SPIDER'S VIEW of Mike at the top of the burrow. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - OSTRICH PEN - DAY Mike squints into the burrow but can't see anything. 37. INT. UNDERGROUND BURROW - DAY A dark shape inches up the burrow toward Mike. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - OSTRICH PEN - DAY Mike is oblivious as he peers into the dark. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - RANCH HOUSE - DAY The BARKING CATTLE DOG SNAPS its TETHER and charges Mike. Sam and Wade see this and run after it. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - OSTRICH PEN - DAY Mike doesn't see the dog. He's too busy looking in the hole. INT. UNDERGROUND BURROW - TRAPDOOR SPIDER POV - MIKE The kid is FRAMED IN the burrow opening just a few feet away. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - OSTRICH PEN - DAY Mike senses something approaching in the darkness. Suddenly he's grabbed from behind. Sam drags him away as CLYDE the cattle dog continues BARKING. WADE (to Clyde) Now you're on the job?! What the hell were you doin' last night?! SAM Come on, Mike. Let's hit it. Sam leads her son toward the house. Mike glances back. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - DIRT DRIVEWAY - DAY Mike and Sam are in the cop car. Wade is at Sam's window. WADE I need to know what happened to my birds! (CONTINUED) 38. CONTINUED: SAM If I find anything I'll let you know. (a beat) So you can fill out that insurance form. Sam drives down the driveway. Wade takes off his hat and wipes his brow. He watches Clyde run parallel to the accelerating police car. INT. POLICE CAR (DIRT DRIVEWAY) - DAY Sam eyes the road ahead. Mike is lost in thought. MIKE We have to go back. SAM Mike? MIKE That was a trapdoor spider's burrow. SAM What are you talking about? MIKE Joshua was feeding his spiders bugs from the creek. And they were getting bigger. Mike glances out the window at the dog running nearby. MIKE (agitated) What if they didn't stop growing? What if they broke out of their tanks. Ate Joshua. And went into the mines? Sam looks at him like he's out of his mind. MIKE That could be why the other species are coming out into the open. They're trying to get away from the giant spiders. (a beat) The ecosystem is out of balance. (CONTINUED) 39. CONTINUED: SAM Have you been overdosing your Ritalin? She checks him for a fever. EXT. WADE'S RANCH - DIRT DRIVEWAY - FENCE LINE - DAY CLYDE runs next to the car. Suddenly he disappears underground with a YELP. Only still frame on a DVD player will capture the trapdoor spider's lunge from a camouflaged den. The dog's empty collar rolls to a stop in a cloud of dust. INT. POLICE CAR (DIRT DRIVEWAY) - DAY Mike turns from his mother and looks out the window. He is confused when he doesn't see any sign of the dog. MIKE Maybe I am losing it... He checks himself for a fever. INT. ABANDONED TRUCK STOP (DESERT) - DAY A dingy collection of buildings surrounded by dunes and rock. The structures have boarded windows. Graffiti on the walls. Teenagers hang out. Off-road motorcycles parked nearby. Bret Hale's monster truck does donuts in the parking lot. Ashley hangs out the passenger window shrieking with glee. INT. BRET'S TRUCK (TRUCK STOP) - DAY Bret smokes a Phillies Blunt as he donuts his TRUCK. Ashley laughs hysterically. Bret steers them around to the back of the truck stop. He SKIDS to a stop. ASHLEY Woo-hoo! Bret offers his stogie. Ashley refuses. Bret puffs away. ASHLEY Haven't you had enough of that? (CONTINUED) 40. CONTINUED: BRET No such thing. Norman's bud is da'kine. He coughs and they both laugh. BRET When I medal at the X-Games, Honda will give me full sponsorship. Then I'll take you with me on the Supercross tour. Ashley is silent. BRET Are you still thinking about going away? ASHLEY I don't know. I want to do something with my life, Bret. Help people. Maybe med school is still an option. BRET Not if you keep hanging out with me. ASHLEY Thanks, Mom. They kiss. Things head toward a serious level of "get down." Bret slides his hand up Ashley's shirt. Ashley gets into it. But then Bret slides his hand toward the buttons of her 501s. Ashley removes his hand. ASHLEY Slow down... Bret persists. Ashley climbs off of him. BRET I thought you loved me. ASHLEY I do! BRET Then what's the problem? You want to leave town. You don't want to make out. ASHLEY I don't feel... (CONTINUED) 41. CONTINUED: BRET What? ASHLEY I don't want to lose my virginity in the front seat of a monster truck. BRET Why didn't you say so? We can go outside. I've got a blanket in the back. ASHLEY No... I guess... I'm just not ready. BRET Tammy and Larry do it every night! ASHLEY Then call them! Have a menage a trois! BRET Come on, Ashley. Mommy's not around. You don't have to play the good girl. Let Daddy give you what you really want. Bret goes after her once more. Ashley's not into it. ASHLEY Please, Bret... Please don't... But Bret won't listen. Ashley isn't strong enough to fight him. She reaches into her purse and pulls out her stun gun. She rams it up in Bret's crotch and pulls the trigger. Bret howls like a baboon in a wood chipper. He spasmodically jerks off of Ashley and tumbles out the driver's side door. EXT. BEHIND TRUCK STOP - DAY Bret twitches on the ground. BRET My balls? Ahh! My balls! (looks down) I pissed myself?! Damn, bee-otch! (CONTINUED) 42. CONTINUED: Ashley watches from the truck. ASHLEY I told you to back off! Ashley closes the door of the truck and rolls up the windows. Bret is dazed as he gets to his feet. Then his eyes rack-focus to a nearby dune. A Rottweiler-sized jumping spider stands atop it. Two large eyes surrounded by six smaller orbs. Orange and black designs on its abdomen. Wiry hair. Dagger-sized fangs. Bret can't quite believe what he sees. Ashley STARTS the TRUCK. This snaps Bret back to reality. BRET Ashley, wait! ASHLEY Screw you, Bret. I'm going home. Bret sees the spider leisurely coming down off the dune. He runs over to the door of the pickup and tries to open it. BRET Please! Open the door! I'm sorry! ASHLEY I can't believe my mom was right about you. Do you know how embarrassing that is? Ashley starts to pull away. Bret keeps banging on the glass. BRET Open the door, baby! I love you! I want to marry you! Have my children! Please! Ashley flips him the bird and BURNS RUBBER. As the truck moves out of the way, Bret finds himself staring at several more jumping spiders that are methodically approaching. Bret sprints around to the other side of the truck stop. 43. EXT. TRUCK STOP - PARKING LOT - DAY Bret runs from behind the building. Larry Witzer and a bunch of other kids see him coming. LARRY Dude, did you piss in your pants? RANDY Ha-ha! Bret pissed his pants! All the kids start laughing and pointing at Bret. None of them see the approaching jumping spiders. BRET Get out of here! They're coming! RANDY The only one coming is you, dude. Larry and Randy high-five. A jumping spider lands on Randy's back, piercing him with its fangs, throwing him to the ground. Randy screams. The kids have a front-row seat as the spider's pincers mash their buddy into an edible pulp. Bret leaps onto his MOTORCYCLE and FIRES it UP. Several more jumping spiders bound across the parking lot. BRET Ride! The kids scramble, leaping onto their bikes. One rider is picked off by a spider. The others kick up rooster tails as they accelerate away. The spiders chase them into the dunes. EXT. SAND DUNES - DAY A wasteland on the outskirts of town. The sandy waves are "surfed" by the noisy MOTORCYCLES. The jumping spiders keep after them, leaping a dozen feet in a single bound. A biker is ripped off a motorcycle. The BIKE CRASHES. Larry ends up with a jumper on his bike. Another biker tries to kick it off, managing to knock the critter into the motorcycle's spokes. The spider gets munched. But then the courageous biker crashes and is set upon by a hungry jumper. Larry continues riding. But a spider lands on his back and sinks fangs into his spine. Larry yells bloody murder. (CONTINUED) 44. CONTINUED: Bret sees Larry go down in a cloud of gore and sand. Bret is the only human left. A jumper comes after him in mid-air. Bret does an X-Games style rocket air, kicking backward with booted legs. He knocks the spider away and keeps on riding. EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY Three familiar trucks cruise down the highway. This time they are devoid of any toxic waste cargo. INT. THIRD TRUCK - HIGHWAY - DAY Pig Pen stares fixedly at the endless road ahead of him. SELF-HELP TAPE (V.O.) I will live every moment of my life as if it were my last. PIG PEN I will live every moment of my life as if it were my last. Suddenly Bret Hale wheelies across the road. A jumping spider explodes against the windshield. Spider guts splatter everywhere. Pig Pen screams as he JAMS on the BRAKES. EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY The TRUCK jack-knifes into a line of telephone poles. Knocking them over and rolling multiple times before EXPLODING. Several jumping spiders are caught in the blast. Bret Hale rides on with several more jumpers behind. INT. PALMER HOUSE - MIKE'S ROOM - DAY The black and white classic: Tarantula, plays over an old TV and VCR. Mike is at his computer, downloading a spider encyclopedia into his PDA. A message flashes across the screen: CONNECTION LOST. Mike picks up the telephone. MIKE Hello? Hello? The line is dead. 45. EXT. DESERT - DAY Bret rides into a dead-end canyon with the spiders very close behind. Bret steers for the mouth of a hillside mine shaft. INT HORIZONTAL MINE SHAFT - DAY Bret speeds inside. He looks over his shoulder to check for his pursuers, they're gone. Bret looks relieved. He faces forward as... whack! A support beam knocks him from his bike. The bike continues on into the tunnel alone. From the sound of things it travels pretty far before crashing. Bret lies on the ground as dust settles onto his face. He looks up at a support beam which begins to crack. Bret moves clear just as the ceiling caves in, sealing him in the mine. EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - DAY Several locals put up more signs for missing pets. INT. DINER/EXT. MAIN STREET (TOWN) - DAY Harlan is kibitzing with Travis. Pete and Emma console each other over dessert. Wade sits alone at a table for two. The attractive WAITRESS on roller-skates give him a fresh beer. WAITRESS The phones went down for some reason. Maybe that's why Bret didn't call. Did you want to go ahead and order? WADE Just give me the usual. WAITRESS One ostrich steak, comin' up. Wade reacts glumly to the word "ostrich." INT. MUSEUM - KITCHEN - DAY Gladys smokes as she puts together the fixings for a large meal. She has a cookbook out. Pots and pans. Chris enters. Gladys quickly drops her cigarette in the disposal. (CONTINUED) 46. CONTINUED: GLADYS What are you doing home? CHRIS Need some rat traps. GLADYS Try the basement. CHRIS What is all this? GLADYS I wanted to surprise you with a special dinner. Turkey De La Gladys. CHRIS I'll have mine without Nicotine. GLADYS Not as good that way. Chris goes through a nearby door to the basement. INT. MUSEUM - BASEMENT - DAY Chris comes downstairs. He rummages through some junk. comes up with several rat traps. He turns around to discover an odd hole in the wall. He ventures over for a look. CHRIS Rats... Chris leans into the hole, his jacket restricts his entry. Chris pulls out of the hole, standing to reveal a large male tarantula on his back. Chris is oblivious as he takes off his jacket. The coat lands in a heap atop the spider. Chris gets back down and places one of the rat traps in the hole. He doesn't notice the jacket moving behind him. Chris backs out of the hole. He picks up his jacket. The spider is gone. He grabs his traps and heads upstairs. 47. INT. MUSEUM - DAY Chris passes through the kitchen. He eyes Gladys warily. CHRIS Have you been smoking? GLADYS No. Smoke pours out of her nostrils. CHRIS Gladys... GLADYS Get back to work. I'll see you tonight. Chris starts out. GLADYS Sam called for you. Chris hesitates. GLADYS She wants you to come by the station. CHRIS She really has it in for me. GLADYS Oh please. CHRIS What? GLADYS You two should just sleep together and get it over with. CHRIS Me and Sam... Hook up... GLADYS I may be older than electricity, but I used to be a nice-looking piece of tail. CHRIS Too much information. (CONTINUED) 48. CONTINUED: GLADYS I'm not kidding. I got more action than those chicks on VIP. So when I tell you Sam thinks your butt is U.S.D.A. choice... CHRIS This is where I throw up. GLADYS Don't tell me you don't think she's a fox. Chris mulls this over. Testing his own feelings. He opens his mouth to ask another question. And then heads out. GLADYS See you for dinner. Gladys doesn't notice the basement DOOR CREAK open slightly. INT. POLICE STATION - DAY Sam is on the phone at her desk. SAM Nothing yet. I'm sorry. We're still trying to get... Chris enters. SAM Let me call you back. (hangs up) This has been one crazy day. We've got missing pets, dead ostriches. God only knows what's next. CHRIS I'm sorry about yesterday. Wade is... He knows how to push my buttons. SAM I wanted to ask you... CHRIS On a date? Sam freezes for a second. Chris laughs. (CONTINUED) 49. CONTINUED: CHRIS I'm kidding. What did you want to ask? SAM Have you noticed anything strange in the mines? CHRIS Define strange. SAM I had spiders in my house. Hector had roaches in his basement. Some mice... CHRIS How about stampeding rats? SAM Were they running away from something? CHRIS Could have been. Never saw them do that before. I guess it qualifies as strange. Sam thinks this over. CHRIS Sam... Do you want to go out sometime? SAM (taken aback) Are you asking me out on a date? CHRIS Only if you're going to say yes. Sam smiles slightly. INT. MUSEUM - KITCHEN - DAY The basement door is wide open. Gladys mixes food in a bowl. A cigarette with a massive ash hangs off her lip. A male tarantula moves across the ceiling. The creature is the size of a pit bull. Two quivering palps flank dart-sized fangs. Multiple eyes the size of quarters. Hair all over. (CONTINUED) 50. CONTINUED: Gladys is oblivious to the ominous threat above her. As she works, the spider shadows her. Every time the spider is about to strike, she goes another direction to get spices, utensils, a pan. Gladys places her bowl on the stove. Suddenly the tarantula drops onto the stove right in front of her. Gladys shrieks. The tarantula lashes out at her. Gladys grabs a frying pan and smashes it across the face as she stumbles backward. The spider reels, striking the burner knobs, turning on the gas. Gladys registers the sound of ESCAPING GAS. She looks back toward the fuse box and makes a run for it. As she goes, the tarantula fires a webline at her. Gladys gets the fuse off the top of the fuse box, but the webline prevents her from slotting it home. Gladys strains with all her might, finally slots the fuse. She turns toward the kitchen just in time to see the broken burner spark to life. The gas ignites. The tarantula is engulfed in flame. Gladys is knocked down by the blast. She lies on her back when a second male tarantula nails her with a webline. Gladys screams as she's dragged across the floor toward the basement door. The fire grows more intense, spreading quickly. INT. POLICE STATION - DAY CHRIS So that's a 'No.' SAM My kids are the world to me, Chris. When their dad left... it really took a toll. On all of us. I can't go through that again. I won't. CHRIS No... I understand... I don't know what I was thinking... (laughs) Gladys has some crazy ideas. I'm gonna kill her. Deputy Pete throws open the door. (CONTINUED) 51. CONTINUED: PETE The museum's on fire! OFF Chris's look. EXT. BURNING MUSEUM - DAY The museum burns. The volunteer fire department attacks the conflagration. All the locals are there to help. Sam's COP CAR SKIDS to a stop. Chris leaps out. Stares at the fire for a beat. And then he charges toward the inferno. Sam tackles him from behind. Pinning him to the ground. CHRIS No! Let me go! Gladys! Let me go! The museum collapses. Chris watches it burn to the ground. EXT. MUSEUM - DAY (LATER) The fire is out. The once-proud building is now a smoldering pile of rubble. Locals stand in small groups. Chris wanders through the ruins as firemen mop up. He picks something out of the char. The map of the mines. Almost completely burned. Soaked with water. He stares at it for a heavy beat. All that remains of his legacy. Sam steps up. SAM Maybe she got out. Sam puts a comforting hand on his shoulder. CHRIS (devastated) She was cooking. The stove was broken. SAM Why don't you come home with me? We'll get you cleaned up. Chris hesitates for a moment. And then he lets the map fall. He walks out of the ruins with Sam. (CONTINUED) 52. CONTINUED: Mike stands off to the side. He spots something near the edge of the ruins. He goes over to pick it up. It's a piece of arachnid exoskeleton. A spider's leg. Big. Very big. Travis the fire chief warns him away. TRAVIS Get away from there, Mike! Mike hurries clear with his prize. He puts it on the ground, sketches the outline of a spider to fit the scale of the leg. MIKE Holy God... Mike looks around for his mom. He sees her driving off in the cop car with Chris. MIKE Mom! Wait! EXT. PALMER HOUSE - DUSK The sun hangs low in the sky. Sam's cop car parks beside Bret's monster truck. INT. PALMER HOUSE - DAY Ashley watches TV. A doctor resuscitates a dying patient with CPR. The doctor counts as he pumps the man's chest. TV DOCTOR (V.O.) One... two... three... Ashley watches intently. The patient is revived. TV DOCTOR (V.O.) Helping people never gets old. Ashley hears KEYS in the front DOOR. She quickly switches channels to MTV. Sam enters with Chris. SAM Is Bret here? ASHLEY No. SAM Then why is his truck out front? (CONTINUED) 53. CONTINUED: ASHLEY Don't worry about it. SAM What do you mean? What happened? ASHLEY Nothing. Ashley starts crying. Sam goes to comfort her daughter. Chris stands by in shock. Watching, Upset. ASHLEY Nothing happened, alright! Ashley runs off to her room. Sam follows. Chris stands alone for a beat. He walks to the kitchen and pulls a bottle of Vodka from the freezer. He puts the cold bottle against his head and neck. Trying to cool off. Mike bursts into the house carrying his piece of exoskeleton. He sees Chris opening the bottle of vodka. MIKE Spiders shed their skins when they grow. Chris looks at Mike for a moment. MIKE Like snakes. CHRIS Gladys is dead. Chris drinks vodka straight from the bottle. MIKE Maybe not. That got Chris's attention. MIKE This is a tarantula's leg. Or it was. It's an exoskeleton, to be scientific. CHRIS It's a little large. (CONTINUED) 54. CONTINUED: Chris has another gulp of vodka as Mike holds up his Cassiopeia full of spider data. He shows Chris a video of a male tarantula mummifying its food. Chris watches in amazement. MIKE See! Male tarantulas wrap their prey in webbing. Tight like a mummy. The food stays alive so they can eat it later. Sam enters the room in time to overhear this. SAM Mike, please. Now isn't the time. Chris looks up at Sam. CHRIS They keep their food alive. Mike hands his mother the new piece of exoskeleton. SAM What is this? MIKE A spider's leg! Sam flinches, dropping the object to the floor. MIKE Careful! SAM No. That's a piece of cactus. Look... It's covered with spines. MIKE Those are quills! Tarantulas can flick them at you like darts! Mike does an odd flicking motion. Kind of like a dog scratching a flea. SAM Giant tarantulas? MIKE Tarantulas! Wolfs! Trapdoors! Joshua had a ton of exotics! (CONTINUED) 55. CONTINUED: CHRIS If there were giant spiders roaming the desert, don't you think somebody would've seen them by now? MIKE The jumpers hunt in daylight. But not the others. They only come out when the sun goes down! The group looks to the window, the sun hangs low in the sky. EXT. TOWN - DUSK Prosperity is bathed in sunset. The mine shaft entrances are clearly visible. Like black holes of malevolent promise. INT. PALMER HOUSE - GARAGE - DAY The garage is cluttered. Old station wagon. Bikes. Skis. Sam leads Chris to a bag full of her ex-husband's clothes. SAM I guess I should watch more 'Oprah.' It must be a textbook 'no-dad' kind of thing. Chris shifts awkwardly. In shock. Sad. Sam holds up a flannel shirt. CHRIS That one looks kind of scratchy. Sam holds up a shirt that Chris approves of. He takes it and proceeds to take off his old soot-stained shirt. SAM All Jason cared about was getting out and starting over. I guess that included buying a new wardrobe. Sam turns to pass Chris a pair of Levis. He's buttoning up the new shirt. Chris takes the pants. He doesn't register Sam ogling his exposed chest. (CONTINUED) 56. CONTINUED: CHRIS Gladys thought I should sell... but you know... I never wanted to get rich. If it was about the money, I would have sold out to Wade a long time ago. Chris moves behind the car and takes off his pants. CHRIS I think I just wanted to prove the gold was down there. That my family wasn't crazy to keep looking. Even after we'd lost so much. And now... she's gone, too. SAM I'm sorry, Chris. CHRIS Do you know what I'm trying to say? SAM It wasn't about spending the gold, it was about finding it. CHRIS That's right. That's exactly right. Sam glimpses Chris through car windows. The poor guy's struggling to pull on some 501s. Sam turns away, but catches sight of him in a propped-up glass door. CHRIS Remind me never to let you do my laundry. She turns, only to see him in a mirror. He steps out from behind the car. Sam stares at him. SAM They look great. INT. ASHLEY'S ROOM - SUNSET A melancholy N'SYNC ballad plays over a BOOM BOX. Ashley sits on her bed with her back to the open window. The sun setting in the distance. She rips up the photographs of Bret. (CONTINUED) 57. CONTINUED: Ashley doesn't notice the Great Dane-sized spitting spider crawling in through her window. It is striped like a jungle predator. It comes all the way into the room and then lingers among Ashley's stuffed animal collection. INT. MIKE'S ROOM - DUSK Mike checks the phone. Still dead. He types at his computer, entering the specification of the piece of exoskeleton. A digital representation of a spider grows on his monitor screen. Showing Mike exactly how big the spider would be after shedding this skin. Mike is distracted by the LOUD MUSIC coming from Ashley's room. MIKE Can't you turn that down?! INT. ASHLEY'S ROOM - DUSK MIKE (O.S.) I'm doing spider research! Ashley stops ripping. She goes to the pile of animals, oblivious to the spider. The beast doesn't move. Ashley grabs a pink teddy bear with a heart on its belly. She returns to bed and cuts the bear's heart out with scissors. The spitting spider sneaks up behind Ashley. As it moves, so does Ashley. She scoops up the torn photos and mutilated bear, dumping them in the trash. She turns around to find the giant spider on her bed. She freezes momentarily. ASHLEY (sotto) Spider... Mike... Spider... Ashley sees her stun gun is on the dresser. She lunges for it. She's almost got it. The spider squirts two lines of gummy web at Ashley. The glop hits her int he chest, carries her backward. Glues her to the wall. INT. GARAGE - NIGHT Chris finishes dressing. He faces Sam. There is an odd moment as they find themselves standing close. If the circumstances were different they'd probably end up kissing. And then they hear ASHLEY'S bloodcurdling SCREAM. 58. INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT Mike pops out of his door. Sam and Chris run down the hallway. Sam yanks open the door to Ashley's room. INT. ASHLEY'S ROOM - NIGHT Sam, Chris and Mike stand in the doorway staring at a giant spider menacing Ashley. The spitter fires another webby blast, sticking the girl's legs to the wall. MIKE Wow! A scytodes spitter! Chris pushes past Sam and Mike. He grabs a chair and shoves it at the spitter like a lion tamer. The spider backs off. Sam takes off running down the hallway. ASHLEY Where are you going? INT. SAM'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Sam runs up to find a gun case. She tries to get a shotgun, but finds it locked. She doesn't have the key. Sam grabs objects in the room and smashes the gun rack to pieces. INT. ASHLEY'S ROOM - NIGHT Chris has the chair in one hand to fend off the spider. With the other hand he tries to get Ashley out of the webbing. Mike stands nearby reading from his Cassiopeia. MIKE The scytodes spits a gooey discharge to immobilize their prey. ASHLEY No shit! The spider hits Chris's chair with a blast of webbing. The chair is blown from his hand, and stuck to the wall. Chris stands weaponless before the spider. ASHLEY Use my stun g... Ashley is nailed in the face with another blast of goo. Mouth sealed shut. Chris reaches under the bed and pushes it over on to the spitter. The spider leaps clear onto the wall. (CONTINUED) 59. CONTINUED: MIKE (reads) Watch its fangs! The spitter's fangs move from side to side as it fires! CHRIS I'll keep that in mind. Chris grabs the spitter from behind and drags it off the wall. The spider turns to fight. Chris wrestles it to the ground. He sees the fangs begin to move from side to side and rolls clear of a point-blank web shot. INT. SAM'S BEDROOM - NIGHT Sam takes a purposeful step back and launches a spinning roundhouse kick that snaps the shotgun out of its binding. She grabs the bang stick and runs from the room. INT. ASHLEY'S ROOM - NIGHT Chris puts himself between Ashley and the spider. He looks for a weapon. Lunges for the scissors, but the spitter nails him with a blast of glue. Chris is flung across the room and stuck to the wall by the sleeve of his shirt. He shrugs out of it and makes another grab for his scissors. He gets them. MIKE Get under it! Stab it in the abdomen! They don't have any armor down there! CHRIS How am I supposed to do that!? The spider leaps at Chris... and EXPLODES in midair. Bits of gore shower Chris. He stands to see Sam in the door with her shotgun. Chris is covered in spider guts. CHRIS I'm gonna need some new pants. INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT Sam finishes loading new shells into her shotgun and then pops a fresh clip into her 9mm. Chris comes out of the garage wearing clean clothes. Sam chucks him the pistol. (CONTINUED) 60. CONTINUED: SAM Ever used one of these? CHRIS I'm a fast learner. Chris tries to put the gun in his pocket. And then his waistband. But these damn pants are too tight. Ashley uses scissors to cut web out of her hair. MIKE I told you! I told you all! But nobody ever listens to Mike! Still think I'm crazy, Mom? SAM I'm sorry I didn't believe you. Ashley is about to hyperventilate. SAM Calm down, baby. ASHLEY There aren't enough wine coolers in the world to calm me down! SAM I won't let anything happen to you. Sam ka-chacks a fresh round into her shotgun. CHRIS What other spiders did Joshua have? MIKE Spitters, jumpers, orb weavers, tarantulas... CHRIS Why couldn't he keep goldfish like a normal person? Sam checks the phone. It's dead. SAM We need to warn people. CHRIS How about the radio station? (CONTINUED) 61. CONTINUED: SAM Good one. We'll go to Harlan's. ASHLEY Outside? You want to go outside? EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - PALMER HOUSE- NIGHT Chris and Sam open the front door of the house. Sam looks one way. Chris the other. No giant spiders lurking about. Chris and Sam continue onto the lawn. Mike and Ashley watch from the safety of the doorway. They listen to the comforting SOUNDS OF a SUMMER NIGHT. SAM It's okay... Mike and Ashley move out of the doorway. Joining the adults. They move toward the cop car. EXT. STREETS (TOWN) - NIGHT The cop car cruises. The occupants peer out the windows. Everything appears normal. Although no people are visible. EXT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - NIGHT Sam, Chris, and the kids move away from the cop car to the door. They are at the far end of town. All appears to be normal. INT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - NIGHT Harlan is broadcasting. HARLAN ... I'm saying the invasion has already occurred. The aliens are among us. But they've taken common forms. They hide in plain sight. Harlan is startled as Sam and the others enter with guns. SAM We need to make an emergency broadcast. (CONTINUED) 62. CONTINUED: HARLAN What happened? MIKE Giant spider invasion. Harlan's jaw drops. Sam takes the microphone. CHRIS What are you going to say? You can't tell them the truth. SAM (into microphone) Is this thing on? Hello? This is Sam Palmer. We have an emergency situation. EXT. STREET (TOWN) - NIGHT SAM (V.O.) A pack of rabid coyotes is loose in town. Wolf spiders crawl across rooftops. Spitters scale buildings Tarantulas lurk in the shadows. Jumpers scuttle out of the mineshafts. Trapdoors prepare their burrows. INT. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT This funky old couple relaxes in their LaZee-Boys. SAM (V.O.) They are extremely dangerous. The forelegs of a tarantula reach over the top of the man's recliner, yanking him clean out. The woman is oblivious as her husband is dragged away across the floor. EXT. HANK AND EMMA'S HOME - NIGHT Emma bursts out of the front door, screaming hysterically. Hank is behind her with the SawzAll. A wolf spider crawls after them from inside the house. SAM (V.O.) Arm yourselves with any weapons you can find. Hank raises the saw, overextending the power cable. He loses power. Drops the saw and runs for his life. 63. INT. BARBERSHOP - NIGHT Floyd and Leroy use brooms to fend off several wolf spiders. SAM (V.O.) Stay together and head for the mall. INT. DINER - NIGHT A spider eats the chef. The waitress roller-skates away from an arachnid. She jumps through the window into the street. EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT A family piles into their mini-van. Oblivious to the jumper hiding in the "way back." They close the door and drive off. INT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - NIGHT Harlan has donned a vintage football helmet and pads. CHRIS The mall? SAM The walls are concrete and the exits have steel gates. We could hold an entire army of giant spiders from inside. ASHLEY You just said giant spider on the air. Sam sees the microphone is keyed. HARLAN Now that's great radio! SAM Not giant spiders! I meant to say... Harlan notices long spider legs passing the window. HARLAN The aliens! 64. EXT. HARLAN'S TRAILER - NIGHT Sam and the others spill out of the trailer. They head for the cop car. As they get closer, a wolf spider climbs onto the car's roof and gnaws on the light bar. Sam raises her gun to blast it. MIKE Wait, Mom! The noise will attract more of them! CHRIS Let's try for the mall. Sam leads the others toward town. EXT. MAIN STREET - NIGHT Chris and Sam hang onto the panicked kids. Harlan brings up the rear. The place is chaos. People are chased by spiders. Dragged by spiders. Killed by spiders. Eaten by spiders. CHRIS My truck's at the museum. SAM Your keys? CHRIS In my other pants. MIKE Look out! The group flees a trio of goo-firing spitters. Suddenly a familiar mini-van races past. HARLAN Stop! Take us with you! Harlan tries to flag down the speeding ride but sees... The van's occupants are locked in combat with a jumper. The beast is inside their vehicle and tearing them to pieces. The van crashes. EXT. POWER LINES (MAIN STREET, TOWN) - NIGHT A group of orb weavers scurry across power lines. They hit a transformer, shorting it out. The entire town is suddenly plunged into darkness. Headlights. GUNFIRE. Moonlight. Spotty illumination for the arachnids' feeding frenzy. 65. EXT. ALLEY (TOWN) - NIGHT A dumpster. The lid rises slightly. Wade Hale peers out from within. He lifts the lid higher, oblivious to the wolf spider on top of it. The spider reaches down at him. WADE No! Please! The spider is suddenly BLOWN AWAY by Sam and Chris. Wade climbs out of the dumpster. WADE Thank you! Chris and Sam move on with the kids. Wade runs after them. Mike looks at garbage-covered Wade. MIKE You stink. WADE (to Ashley) Have you seen Bret? ASHLEY He was out at the dunes. SAM Go ahead. I've got your butt. CHRIS What? SAM Your back! I've got your back! Chris gives Sam a funny look. Maybe Gladys was right... EXT. MAIN STREET - NIGHT Sam leads her group down toward the mall. Other groups of survivors do likewise. As they get closer to the mall the groups coalesce into one large pack. We recognize Deputy Pete. Fireman Travis. The roller-skating waitress. Floyd. Leroy. Hank. Emma. And many other locals. EXT. DESERT (NEAR MALL) - NIGHT Sam and Chris are at the front of the mob with their kids. (CONTINUED) 66. CONTINUED: Suddenly a trapdoor spider pops out of the ground. It grabs Travis the fire chief, and pulls him under, quickly replacing the roof of its den. TRAVIS SCREAMS underground. MIKE Trapdoors! They're all around us! SAM How can we spot them? Mike consults his Cassiopeia. MIKE I didn't download that part! ASHLEY You dork! The group wheels at the MUFFLED SOUNDS. They see nothing. They hear another MUFFLED SCREAM, and the top of the spider's den pops up. Travis drags himself out of it. TRAVIS Help... me... please... He is dragged back underground. The group continues toward the mall entrance. Suddenly a gun-toting hunter is grabbed by a trapdoor. He goes cyclic, madly FIRING his GUN into the air as he's dragged under. More beasts rise out of their dens. Reaching for the humans. CHRIS Keep going! Chris and the others flee toward the mall. Some of them SHOOT at the spiders as they run. Leroy is grabbed by a trapdoor. Floyd tries to help but the spider plunges its fangs into poor Leroy, dragging him under. The group clears the trapdoor minefield. But some of the spiders have vacated their dens and are coming after them. 67. EXT. MALL ENTRANCE - NIGHT Chris and Sam and the kids lead just fifteen other survivors to the glass doors. The doors are locked. Wade pulls out a ring of fifty keys and fumbles with them desperately. ASHLEY There's someone inside! The group sees Norman the dope dealer janitor approaching out of the gloom. He's staring at them all curiously. NORMAN We're closed. Sam points her gun at him. Norman raise his hands in shock. NORMAN Wait! I have a prescription! It's for my glaucoma! SAM Open this goddamn door! NORMAN Yes, ma'am. Norman unlocks the door and lets the group in. INT. MALL - NIGHT The survivors hustle inside. They lock the glass doors behind them. The spiders are still coming. MIKE Get away from the doors! NORMAN Be cool, little dude. They're locked. MIKE Glass won't stop them! The spiders begin smashing through the glass doors. Chris and Sam SHOOT to keep them back. People flee into the mall. SAM The gates! Close the gates! (CONTINUED) 68. CONTINUED: Wade and Norman proceed to lower the slotted steel security gates. Only problem is: Sam and Chris are on the other side. ASHLEY Mom! MIKE Hurry up! Sam and Chris see the gate coming down. They run for it and slide underneath just as the gate comes down. A massive trapdoor slams up against the metal. But the metal holds. SAM Shut the other entrances! Norman and Chris run toward the opposite end of the mall. INT. MALL - SOUTH ENTRANCE - NIGHT Chris and Norman arrive. Spiders are SMASHING through the GLASS. Chris and Norman bring the gate down. They back away as more spiders slam against the steel. NORMAN Trick or treat. Chris and Norman head back to join the others. They find... INT. HOME AND GARDEN STORE (MALL) - NIGHT The survivors gather makeshift weapons. Floyd take a chainsaw off the wall. Norman practices swinging a heavy sledgehammer, accidentally toppling a stack of paint cans. Hank stands before a display of circular buzz saws. Chris goes to where Sam doles out the few firearms. CHRIS We're sealed up at both ends. Sam hands Chris a shotgun. He tries to get the feel of it. SAM You pump the slide to jack in a fresh round. Point at your target and squeeze. (CONTINUED) 69. CONTINUED: Chris tries it out, pumping the slide. A shell flies out the slide of the weapon and hits Wade in the head. WADE Watch it! CHRIS Like that? Sam shakes her head and takes the gun back. She pulls a machete off the wall and hands it to Chris. SAM Try not to cut yourself. INT. MALL - NIGHT The place has the feeling of a fortress under a siege. Separate groups of townspeople are stationed at the entrances to watch the spiders' every move. INT. MALL - NORTH ENTRANCE - NIGHT WADE Why didn't we see them earlier? MIKE For the last time! They can't handle the sunlight. They were waiting in the mines for the sun to go down! CHRIS Then at daybreak they'll go back inside. We can walk out the front door. MIKE We won't make it that long. ASHLEY They're gonna come in after us? MIKE They're growing very fast. They need food to sustain that kind of development. HANK Someone should go out and get help. (CONTINUED) 70. CONTINUED: EMMA You go, Sam. SAM Me? WADE You're the sheriff. SAM I don't have that many handcuffs. PETE What about the police radio? SAM You're not goin' back out there, Pete. None of us are. CHRIS Radio Shack is full of cell phones. WADE But the signal won't get out of the valley. That's why we couldn't sell any of the damn things. HARLAN My antenna... The group looks up. The moon-cast shadow of the antenna is visible on the skylights that run the length of the mall. HARLAN I could climb up to the top. I bet I could get a signal out. WADE Great idea. You should do that. CHRIS I'll cover you, Harlan. INT. MALL - NIGHT Wade leads Chris and Harlan toward an access door. Sam stands with her kids. Watching. Chris looks over his shoulder for one last look. Sam runs up to him, gives him the shotgun. (CONTINUED) 71. CONTINUED: SAM Are you sure you can handle this? CHRIS (re: pants) While I'm gone, do you think you could find me a size 32? SAM I'll do my best. (a beat) Uhh... Do you want to go out sometime? Dinner? Maybe a movie? Chris takes her in his arms and plants a kiss on her lips. Wade holds open the nearby access door. WADE Hey, loverboy... you've got a town to save. Chris and Harlan head out. Sam watches them disappear through the door and then returns to the survivors. ASHLEY You're not really going to get him bigger pants are you? SAM No way. INT. MALL - ACCESS STAIRS - NIGHT Wade leads Chris and Harlan up a tight staircase. The door at the top is identified as "Roof Access." Wade reaches the door. The others bunch up behind him. CHRIS Don't even think about locking this door. WADE I'll be right here waiting. Wade slowly opens the roof door. EXT. MALL - ROOF - NIGHT Chris and Harlan step onto the roof with their gear. No sign of any spiders. (CONTINUED) 72. CONTINUED: Wade closes the door behind them and locks it. Chris and Harlan aren't happy to hear that LOCK TURN. They sneak across the roof toward the base of the antenna. CHRIS It looks clear. Harlan starts climbing. Chris stands guard at the bottom. Neither of them sees the horde of spiders climbing up the side of the building toward the roof. INT. VICTORIA'S SECRET - MALL - NIGHT Mike collects perfume. Packing it into his pockets like grenades. Ashley is nearby, checking out the lingerie. ASHLEY I didn't know you wore cologne. MIKE I don't. It's spider repellent. Sam steps in through the door. SAM Let's stay together, guys. ASHLEY (holds up a teddy) Can I get this? SAM Move it! The kids run out to join their mom. After they go... The grill of an air vent is pushed open. A huge spitting spider pushes its way through. Dropping to the floor. Another spider follows. EXT. MALL - ROOF - ANTENNA - NIGHT Harlan is high up on the antenna. He has a cell phone in hand. It still indicates: "NO SERVICE." He keeps climbing. EXT. MALL - ROOF - NIGHT Chris sees spiders flood onto the roof. (CONTINUED) 73. CONTINUED: CHRIS We've got company! He tries to COCK the SHOTGUN. Ejecting a shell out the side. CHRIS This always looks so easy on TV! Chris gets it figured out just in time to BLAST an attacking spider. He fades back toward the antenna. SHOOTING. EXT. MALL - ROOF - ANTENNA - NIGHT Harlan checks the phone. HARLAN I've got a signal! He dials 911. EXT. MALL - ROOF - NIGHT Chris is surrounded by spiders. He starts climbing up the antenna. CHRIS They're coming! EXT. MALL - ROOF - ANTENNA - NIGHT Harlan is on the phone. He hears... OPERATOR (V.O.) 911 Emergency. HARLAN I'm calling from Prosperity Nevada! We're being attacked by giant spiders! The entire town has been overrun! Chris yells up to him. CHRIS No! Don't say that! OPERATOR (V.O.) This is Emergency Services. Not dial-a-joke. (CONTINUED) 74. CONTINUED: CLICK. The LINE GOES DEAD. Chris climbs up beside him. He FIRES several BLASTS at the approaching spiders. CHRIS What happened? HARLAN They didn't believe me! CHRIS What a shock! Try again! The spiders are closing in as Harlan re-dials. OPERATOR (V.O.) 911 Emergency. HARLAN There was a massive explosion! Everybody's dead! OPERATOR (V.O.) Sir, your number has been flagged as a source of a crank call. I'm afraid I must terminate this conversation. CLICK. HARLAN She hung up on me! CHRIS Climb! Chris FIRES the SHOTGUN. The spiders are closing in. INT. MALL - NIGHT Sam gazes up at the skylight. She can see the silhouette of Chris and Harlan climbing the antenna. Pursued by spiders. SAM (sotto) Oh my God... Ashley screams in horror nearby. ASHLEY They're inside! (CONTINUED) 75. CONTINUED: Sam whirls to see Ashley pointing at several spiders coming out of Victoria's Secret. Sam runs over to fight them. WADE Over here! He faces off against more spiders coming through the Home and Garden store. EXT. MALL - ROOF - ANTENNA - NIGHT Harlan is at the top. Chris is a bit lower. The spiders are still coming. Chris SHOOTS at them. His GUN RUNS DRY. He flips it around and butt-strokes an approaching arac. A spider fires a web at Harlan. Nails the poor guy. And drags him off the antenna. Harlan falls off the antenna, back toward the spiders. Chris reaches out and grabs him. Holding Harlan's hand. CHRIS I've got you! Harlan makes eye-contact with Chris. They're both about to be killed unless... HARLAN Defend the human race! CHRIS No! Harlan jerks away from Chris's hand. He cannonballs down into the horde of spiders. Splattering several of the beasts along with himself. Chris throws the useless shotgun at an approaching arac and climbs even higher. He pulls out his machete and begins hacking at the guide-wires that hold the antenna upright. The spiders close in. Chris slices one wire. The antenna quivers. Chris slices another wire. The antenna shakes. INT. MALL - NIGHT Deputy Pete is standing with Sam and the kids when he's jerked off his feet and hauled into the maw of an arachnid. (CONTINUED) 76. CONTINUED: SAM Ashley! Mike! She sees Mike and Ashley avoid an arac by taking refuge inside the tunnels of the jungle gym. Sam FIRES the GUNS like Annie Oakley, putting spiders down left and right, trying to reach her kids. Floyd the barber confronts a spider with his chain-saw. FLOYD Having a bad hair day?! The spider charges. Floyd slices its legs off. FLOYD How about a little off the top! He slices another arac. EXT. MALL - ROOF - ANTENNA - NIGHT Chris dodges a spider's webline. Several more come at him. CHRIS You're going down! Chris cuts the last wire and hikes out over the skylight. The antenna keels over. Chris hangs tight as he drops toward the glass. INT. MALL - NIGHT Sam looks up to see Chris come crashing down through the skylight on the antenna. The antenna tilts in at a sixty degree angle. Chris hangs off the end. Orb weavers ride their weblines down to the floor of the mall. Mike peeks out from the top of the jungle gym. He sees a hundred spiders coming in on webs. Flooding out of the stores. The devil-spawned monsters are everywhere! MIKE Arac attack! Chris leaps from the antenna to a nearby web. He slides down it like a pole, squashing the orb weaver at the bottom. Sam runs to his side. (CONTINUED) 77. CONTINUED: SAM Did you get help?! Is anybody coming!? CHRIS We're on our own! Sam tosses him a gun and they head toward the jungle gym. The waitress roller-skates away from the spiders. She slaloms clear of several spitters. But gets tackled by a jumper. INT. MALL - JUNGLE GYM Ashley and Mike are hiding. ASHLEY I can't stay in here! Ashley starts to move out of the tube. She discovers the end has been covered with web. She pushes it. Something on the other side pushes back. Ashley scrambles back. Mike is already moving. The kids flee through the tubes to get away. ASHLEY What are they doing? MIKE (checks Cassiopeia) They're trapping us like ants in a log! Once they have all the exits blocked, they'll come in through the last one! They see a way out, head for that exit, only to find a spider coming through it. Mike tosses one of his perfume grenades at the spider, covering their retreat. Another spider comes after them through one of the tubes. Mike chucks another perfume bottle. The spider cowers. MIKE We've gotta go! Ashley finds a hole that leads to the slide. ASHLEY Here! She starts down with Mike close behind. A large spider looms at the end. Ashley tries to arrest her slide. But it's no use. At the last second Sam's boot kicks the arachnid clear. 78. INT. MALL - NIGHT Ashley and Mike pour out of the slide. Chris and Sam finish off the spider and then run with the kids. Emma runs parallel to them across the playground's sandbox. Only to be yanked under by a trapdoor spider. Hank sees this and goes after the spiders with all his tools. Getting revenge with a nail gun in each hand. HANK It's tool time! Floyd is still going crazy, slicing spiders with his chain-saw, he lets out a victorious yell until a hungry spider descends on him from above and knocks him to the floor. Chris passes a clothing store displaying Levi 501s. He stops for a moment to look at the jeans. SAM (O.S.) Chris! Chris continues on. All of the survivors meet in the middle of the mall and prepare for Custer's last stand. Spiders charge from all directions. Mike throws his perfume grenades. Sam and Chris SHOOT. Others use their make-shift weapons. Norman pulls out a joint and sparks it. Mike sees this and gets an idea. MIKE Where do you grow your weed?! NORMAN Dude, if I tell you, I have to kill you. Norman takes a hit on his reefer. MIKE They're going to kill us, you stoner! Norman sees the army of spiders closing in. NORMAN Over here! (CONTINUED) 79. CONTINUED: Norman opens an access door. Sam and the other survivors run over and crowd through it. Norman shuts the door behind them. The groups of pursuing spiders collide and begin ripping each other to pieces in a feeding frenzy. INT. MALL - ACCESS STAIRS - NIGHT Norman leads the survivors down the tight hallway. WADE Where are you taking us? NORMAN To Shangri-la. INT. MALL - BASEMENT POT ROOM - NIGHT Norman leads the survivors into a basement room full of pot paraphernalia. Hookahs. Weed growing in hydroponic units under battery powered lights. Psychedelic posters. NORMAN You aren't going to arrest me for this are you? SAM Not today. The group can hear SPIDERS BASHING at the upstairs door. WADE (to Norman) Oh great! Now you've trapped us! Chris moves to the bottom of the stairs. CHRIS We should be able to hold them off for a little while. Suddenly a loud BANGING ERUPTS on the wall behind them. ASHLEY They're coming through the wall! The group tightens up. Back to back. Ready for the end. Suddenly a human hand punches through the wall. CHRIS What the hell? (CONTINUED) 80. CONTINUED: Bret Hale rips through the drywall. Filthy but alive. Standing in a horizontal mine shaft. He sees Sam's gun pointed right at him. BRET I didn't touch her! I swear! Sam looks at Ashley. ASHLEY Don't waste your bullets. Wade embraces his son. WADE I thought you were a goner, boy! Chris steps to the opening for a closer look at the mine. CHRIS We can get out this way! ASHLEY Aren't the spiders in there? MIKE Not until daylight. The BANGING on the upper door gets more INTENSE. Norman grabs a flashlight and a bunch of battery powered grow lights from his weed farm. He passes them out to the group. Chris takes the flashlight and leads the way into the mine shaft. Bret is shocked as the others follow him. The group uses the grow lights, and flashlights. BRET You're going back in there?! Are you all crazy!? WADE Come on, Bret! BRET No way! I'm not going! Bret is alone in the room as the upper DOOR IMPLODES and spiders flood downstairs. Bret dives through the opening. 81. INT. MINE TUNNEL - NIGHT Bret runs past Sam and Chris. Sam FIRES her SHOTGUN at the first spider that enters the tunnel. Her GUN CLICKS DRY. She un-holsters her PISTOLS and FIRES. CHRIS Cover me! SAM What are you going to do?! Chris uses the machete to cleave into the tunnel's upper support beam. More spiders come into the tunnel. Sam FIRES desperately. Chris keeps on hacking. SAM Hurry! Sam's GUNS CLICK DRY. Spiders charge. Chris swings the machete hard. The ROOF COLLAPSES onto the attacking spiders. Chris and Sam leap back. Landing in a heap. Clouds of dust swirl around them. They are tangled up for an awkward beat. Their faces just inches from each other... SAM Hold that thought. They manage to disengage and move on. INT. MINE TUNNEL - NIGHT Chris and Sam move toward the bobbing lights of the few remaining survivors. WADE We're trapped again! CHRIS At least they can't follow us. SAM Which way do we go? CHRIS I think we're in one of the old tunnels. SAM Can you get us out of here? CHRIS Don't worry, Sam. Chris takes point with the others following nervously. 82. INT. MINES - JUNCTION - NIGHT A boarded-up shaft entrance. Suddenly the WOOD SPLINTERS. Chris and the others bash through. They file into a slightly more open area with two branching tunnels. The place is stacked from floor to ceiling with barrels of toxic waste. CHRIS I don't believe it... Mike recognizes the BioHazard warning label he saw on the barrel in the drainage ditch. MIKE I've seen one of these before! ASHLEY What are they? CHRIS Toxic waste. SAM Where did you see it, Mike? MIKE The creek where Joshua gets his spider food. There was one in the water. Chris starts toward the sloping tunnel. CHRIS We can get out this way! BRET No, we can't. (turns to Wade) Isn't that tunnel blocked off, Dad? Chris and the others look at Wade. WADE Uh... yeah... he's right. We can't get out that way. CHRIS You did this? WADE I knew you'd never sell... We're under my property so... (CONTINUED) 83. CONTINUED: SAM You put all of us at risk. WADE I didn't have a choice! I was broke! They gave me a hundred grand! Sam punches him. Knocking Wade to the ground. SAM I think our lives are worth a little more than that. CHRIS We're wasting time. Chris heads toward the only exit available. The others follow. Wade staggers to his feet. Stumbling after them. INT. MINE TUNNEL - NIGHT Chris leads the group down a tunnel. They come across bits of vintage mining gear. A string of old light bulbs runs along the roof into both tunnels. CHRIS One end of these lights should be connected to a generator. That'll be near the entrance. They continue down the tunnel. Entering... INT. MINES - TARANTULA DEN - NIGHT A large cavern. Animal carcasses litter the ground. Some human remains. Dead pets. Dead ostriches. WADE My birds! You see, Sam? I wasn't lying! That's what I can put on the insurance form... giant spiders! ASHLEY Ewww... what's that smell? The others are reacting strongly. (CONTINUED) 84. CONTINUED: CHRIS Methane. This cavern is full of gas. ASHLEY What does that mean? CHRIS One spark and we're all dead. Norman swallows his glowing joint. Chris shines his flashlight on a pile of mummy bundles. MIKE That's what I was talking about, Chris. Presents from the male tarantula to the female. BRET So the female's around here? Bret looks around nervously. The group moves closer. They sine their lights on a horrifying sight. Joshua's corpse is a deflated flesh balloon. Yellowed teeth sneer from a shattered skull. He's completely desiccated. Every ounce of liquid drained away. Mike hides his eyes. Ashley comforts him. SAM That one just moved! Chris runs over and slices it open with his machete. The web comes away to reveal a human hand. CHRIS There's somebody in here! Chris cuts away more web as the other survivors help. They finally reveal Gladys. CHRIS Gladys! The woman's body begins to spasm. CHRIS Gladys, please... (to the others) Can anybody help her?! (CONTINUED) 85. CONTINUED: Suddenly Ashley pushes her way forward. ASHLEY Her breathing is shallow. She's going into arrest. Ashley proceeds with CPR. Just like she saw on TV. Suddenly Gladys snaps out of it. Gasping for air. CHRIS It's okay. It's okay. Gladys starts to get a grip. Trying to focus on Chris. From this angle Chris look like he has a golden halo. GLADYS Am I... dead? CHRIS You're okay. GLADYS I'm not in heaven? CHRIS No... GLADYS Then what's with all the gold? Gladys points behind Chris's head to the wall of the cavern. The group turns their lights on it. The reflection is dazzling. Veins of gold criss-cross the cavern walls. WADE Gold! Gold! Look! It's everywhere! SAM Is it real? Chris checks it out. CHRIS Jesus... it's the mother lode... He was right. My dad was right... Chris helps Gladys to her feet. They share an emotional look of recognition. GLADYS So were you. (CONTINUED) 86. CONTINUED: Wade chips away at the gold. WADE Get as much as you can! Bret looks at Ashley. BRET Nice work, Doc. Ashley acknowledges him. Bret chips gold with Wade. Sam puts her hand on Ashley's shoulder. SAM You saved my life. Ashley smiles. Gladys leans over to Norman. GLADYS Have you got a smoke, kid? NORMAN The man says this cavern is full of highly flammable methane gas. I smoke to get high, not to die. SAM Spiders! The group sees a cluster of normal-sized tarantulas scuttling out of the shadows. NORMAN What's the big deal? Norman steps on the closest one, grinding it under his boot. He stomps around, crushing as many as he can. Mike watches this curiously. Taking a look at one of the squashed bodies. MIKE I think you should stop. NORMAN Why? MIKE They don't have hair. They aren't fully grown tarantulas. Chris and Sam look over. (CONTINUED) 87. CONTINUED: MIKE They're giant babies! Norman freezes. He hears SOMETHING MOVING around in the dark. And then a spine chilling... GROWL. Chris reacts to the noise. He can guess what's coming... The FEMALE TARANTULA steps out of the shadows. Consuela has grown to be as big as a Volkswagen MicroBus. By far the largest spider we've seen yet. Covered in hair. Massive eyes. Her two fangs are the size of machetes. Mike's eyes go wide at the sight of his old nemesis. MIKE Consuela. CHRIS Consuela? The fur on Consuela's back seems to undulate. There is something weird there. A lot of weird things. In fact... her entire back is littered with hundreds of baby tarantulas. As Consuela advances, she flicks several dart-sized quills off her belly right into Norman. A dark stain spreads across the drug dealer's shirt. NORMAN Bummer... Consuela pierces Norman with her fangs, holding him tight. Babies flood of her back and onto the doper, chewing him to pieces like ravenous piranhas. CHRIS Go! The group flees toward the opposite end of the cavern. A male tarantula drops down to block their escape. Sam BLOWS it away. Wade and Bret are still chipping away bits of gold. CHRIS Leave it! WADE So you can keep it all!? Hell no! Wade gets a nugget off the wall. He only has a nanosecond to admire it before Consuela suddenly looms behind him. (CONTINUED) 88. CONTINUED: BRET Dad! Bret reaches out toward his father. Wade reaches for him. Consuela's fangs suddenly protrude from Wade's chest and he's hauled backward. The tarantula flings Wade into the cave. CHRIS Bret, come on! Bret runs after the others. But he sees Consuela firing more quills at the group. Directly at Ashley. Bret leaps into harm's way. He's turned into a pin cushion. ASHLEY Bret! Ashley goes to his side. BRET I'm sorry I... Bret dies. Sam drags Ashley away from him. INT. MINES - NIGHT The survivors flee along the tunnel. Chris jumps up to rip down the string of light bulbs from the ceiling. SAM We have to get out! CHRIS This is our chance to kill them all. Chris smashes the bulb at the end of the strand. CHRIS When the power comes on, the bulb will ignite the methane and torch them! SAM Where did you get an idea like that!? Chris looks at Gladys. GLADYS I blew up the kitchen. (CONTINUED) 89. CONTINUED: CHRIS Keep going up the tunnel. There should be a generator at the exit. Start it up and await for my signal to throw the switch. SAM And the toxic waste... CHRIS Will be buried under tons of rock! Go! SAM What about you? CHRIS I need to set the fuse as close to the spiders as I can. That should give us time to get clear. Sam and Chris share a brief beat. And then Chris pulls down the lights, dragging them back toward the tarantula's den. SAM He has a cute butt. Don't you think? GLADYS U.S.D.A. choice. INT. MINES - TARANTULA DEN - NIGHT Chris comes through with his light bulb fuse. Consuela and her babies are feasting on the bodies of Bret and Wade Hale. Chris finds a vent in the ground. He sprinkles dust over it to identify a faint draft. CHRIS Bingo. He positions the shattered light bulb beside this gas jet. INT. MINE TUNNELS - NIGHT Mike helps Gladys up the tunnel. Sam and Ashley are behind. Suddenly a male tarantula steps out of the shadows, separating the groups. (CONTINUED) 90. CONTINUED: MIKE Mom! SAM Keep going! Sam and Ashley flee down another tunnel. INT. MINES - TARANTULA DEN - NIGHT Chris finishes preparing the booby trap. He gets up to leave. Only to find Consuela coming toward him. CHRIS I hate spiders. Chris runs out of the cavern. INT. MINE TUNNEL - NIGHT Chris bails out of the cavern and starts running. INT. MINE TUNNELS - NIGHT Sam and Ashley flee the male tarantula. Sam stumbles over something on the ground. It's Bret Hale's lost motorcycle. Ashley looks back and sees the tarantula coming after them. ASHLEY Hurry! Sam lifts the MOTORCYCLE upright and climbs on. She STARTS it and REVS the ENGINE. Ashley leaps aboard. Sam accelerates along the shaft, away from the spider. The bike's headlight illuminates their path. The male tarantula scurries after the bike. Sam rides the motorcycle along the shaft. Ashley hangs on tight. They've put some distance between themselves and the male tarantula. A dead-end looms before them. Ashley screams as her mom stops on a dime and does a 180. Sam rides back the way they came, heading straight toward the male tarantula. Ashley looks over her mother's shoulder at the giant spider coming in the opposite direction. ASHLEY Oh shit. (CONTINUED) 91. CONTINUED: Sam lifts the bike into a wheelie as the tarantula nears. SAM Banzai! With perfect timing, she brings the front wheel down hard onto the tarantula's back. Crunch! The spider is roadkill. Sam steers them down another tunnel. EXT. MINE TUNNEL EXIT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAWN Mike and Gladys gather at a generator just shy of the tunnel exit. Mike tries to start the generator. It won't catch. MIKE It needs gas! GLADYS There's a ranch! Gladys heads over toward Wade's ranch. INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAWN Chris runs along the tunnel. Consuela charges after him, Chris reaches up, smashing more light bulbs as he runs. EXT. MINE TUNNEL EXIT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAWN Mike is at the generator as Sam and Ashley ride up on the motorcycle. MIKE It needs gas! Sam tips over the motorcycle, trying to get gas out of the tank. It's clear this is not going to work. ASHLEY Hurry! INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAWN Chris runs. Smashing light bulbs. Consuela close behind. CHRIS Start the generator! 92. EXT. MINE TUNNEL EXIT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAWN MIKE He's coming! ASHLEY Hurry, Mom! Sam has dumped some fuel into the generator. She tries to start it. It won't turn over. INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAWN Chris ducks as Consuela fires quills at him. He keeps going. INT. MINE TUNNEL EXIT - DAWN Sam sees Chris at the bottom of the tunnel. She tries to start the generator again but it refuses to cooperate. CHRIS Throw the switch! SAM I don't have any power! ASHLEY Yo, Mom! Sam turns as Ashley throws her the STUN GUN. Sam catches it and brings it down to the light bulb cable... ZAPPING it. INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAWN As Chris runs, the light bulbs illuminate sequentially, traveling past him into the cavern. INT. MINE TUNNEL - DAWN A broken light bulb sparks. The filament ignites the gas-filled tunnel. A ball of flame spreads throughout the mines. INT. MINES - TARANTULA DEN - DAWN A huge column of flame blasts into the chamber. All the gold is illuminated. Consuela's babies are burned like popcorn. 93. EXT. MINE TUNNEL EXIT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAY Sam looks back to see Chris running toward her. Consuela is on his heels. The glow of a fireball is right behind them. SAM Come on! Chris looks over his shoulder at Consuela and the flames. SAM Chris! Chris makes it to Sam just ahead of the conflagration. EXT. DESERT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAY Sam and Chris dive out of the mine opening. A pillar of flame shoots out behind them. Ashley and Mike are nearby. The town is visible just a mile away. EXT. TOWN - DAY The spiders retreat from daylight. Scuttling back into the buildings. Heading down into the mine shafts. INT. VARIOUS MINE TUNNELS - DAY The chain reaction spreads through the mines. Jets of flame blast up tunnels. Torching any unlucky spiders looking for a home. Rupturing the very earth around them. EXT. DESERT - NEAR WADE'S RANCH - DAY The EARTH BEGINS TO SHAKE VIOLENTLY. ASHLEY Earthquake! CHRIS No! It's a chain reaction! The whole valley is going to blow! MIKE We'll never get out in time! Gladys drives up in Wade's humvee. Cigar in mouth. (CONTINUED) 94. CONTINUED: GLADYS Let's get the fuck out of here! The survivors pile into the truck as the town begins to BLOW UP in the distance. Chris is just about to climb aboard when... A webline shoots out of the nearby mine shaft. Consuela lives! The spider is charred and bloody. But she's primed for revenge. Chris is yanked off his feet and hauled toward her. He fumbles for his machete and hacks at the webline. Cutting himself free just before getting impaled on Consuela's fangs. Consuela knocks away Chris's machete and lunges down at him. Chris kicks her belly with both his feet. Consuela begins to shudder. Jagged cracks appear in her charred carapace. Chris kicks and tears at the failing armor. He thinks he's harming the tarantula, but he's actually helping it! Mike and the others watch from the humvee. MIKE Oh no... she's molting! Consuela's blistered shell cracks as she shrugs the damaged skin away from her body. Chris is amazed to see the spider has grown a full size larger and become totally rejuvenated! Consuela comes after Chris. He defends himself with the machete. Shining steel makes contact with the dripping fangs. Once again Consuela punts away the machete. She prepares the death blow. It looks like curtains for Chris. MIKE Consuela! No! Bad! Bad Consuela! The massive spider stops in shock. Chris looks back to see Mike has returned. TARANTULA POV The familiar multi-perspective spider vision. The tarantula seems to recognize Mike. 95. BACK TO MIKE He throws his Cassiopeia PDA at the spider's face... Chris uses this moment of confusion to grab his machete and drive it deep into the spider's unprotected abdomen... The tarantula screams. Chris leaps up and runs, scooping up Mike. They dive into the back of the humvee. Consuela tries to follow but is mortally wounded. She collapses in the dust. The TOWN EXPLODES in the b.g. The earth itself begins to collapse. INT. HUMVEE - DRIVING ACROSS DESERT - DAY Gladys accelerates as the town sinks in the distance. BUILDINGS EXPLODE. Jets of flame burst upward. The mall is sucked into the widening pit of collapsing earth. The humvee is just a cart length ahead of a wave of crumbling desert. EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY The humvee reaches open road. The survivors watch out the back as Prosperity disappears into a massive sinkhole. EXT. HIGHWAY/INT. HUMVEE - MOVING - DAY The group sits in a long beat of abject shock. And then Chris looks down to see his tight pants have finally ripped. CHRIS I really need some pants that fit. The group smiles. Happy to be alive. MIKE Look out! Everyone looks to the road ahead. A familiar bunny rabbit hops across the highway. Gladys HONKS and swerves to avoid it. EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY The bunny gets clear as the humvee drives away toward safety. (CONTINUED) 96. CONTINUED: The rabbit continues its trek for a moment, and then is grabbed by a large trap-door spider. FADE OUT. THE END?