Frozen Movie Script
FROZEN Written by Adam Green January 28, 2009 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - DAY 1 Peace. Fresh snow glistens in the sunlight and reflects off of the giant pine trees covering the serene mountain side. It's quiet. So quiet. HARD CUT TO: FROZEN HARD CUT TO: 2 EXT. THE CHAIR LIFT - DAY 2 Tight on a gloved hand as a lever is released. Tight on the cables at the top of a rickety chair lift as they kick into motion. Wider as an empty chair swivels around and beneath the asses of a threesome of SKIERS. Even wider to reveal a long line of Skiers and SNOWBOARDERS awaiting their moment to step up to the chair. The camera finds a group of three standing off to the side of the line, decked out in their winter gear. 3 EXT. SNOW BANK OVERLOOKING THE CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 3 Angle on DAN WALKER (college age, shaggy hair, holding a snowboard and a helmet in one hand) as he studies the situation. Next to him stands an impatient JOE LYNCH (college age, goggles on his head and a face full of fresh stubble, standing on skis). LYNCH I don't see her. DAN The shift change is late. Just wait. PARKER O'NEIL (college age, red hair, holding a snowboard) sighs and stares back at the lift lane. 2. PARKER Are you sure about this? DAN We've been doing this forever. Trust me. This lady loves Lynch. She always goes for it. Lynch smiles at Parker. LYNCH I'm cute. Just then, JASON (a ski mountain employee) approaches the front of the line and excuses the employee working the chair. PARKER Is um... is that her? DAN Shit. LYNCH Dude. DAN It's cool, it's cool. (to Parker) Look, all you have to do is smile real pretty and tell him- PARKER -What? Me? No way. This is your thing. DAN Parker, listen, listen. It's so easy. All you do is tell the guy that you and your friends- LYNCH -GIRLfriends. Say "girlfriends". DAN -you and your girlfriends forgot your credit card and you can't pick up your lift tickets. He grabs a wad of cash out of Lynch's glove and shoves it in Parker's hand. 3. DAN (cont'd) Start at $50. That's what we usually give the other lady. He'll take it. Trust me. PARKER Dan, no. You do it. I feel stupid. DAN You've got this. You can totally do this. LYNCH Parker, you've so got this. DAN The worst thing that happens is he says no. He won't say no. No one ever says no. PARKER Why me? LYNCH `Cause you're a girl. DAN A very beautiful girl with a very charming smile. (then) Just... He unzips her jacket a little bit, showing some more of her body. DAN (cont'd) There. PARKER My charming smile? Dan and Lynch smile back at her. She exits reluctantly towards the lift line. 4 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - CONTINUOUS 4 Parker pushes her snowboard forward and moves up the side of the line, passing all of the skiers who are waiting. She approaches Jason who is now running the lift. He lights a cigarette. 4. PARKER Hey. Jason looks up at her. PARKER (cont'd) Could I bum a smoke? She flashes an adorable but forced smile and he quickly obliges with a cigarette. PARKER (cont'd) Thanks. He lights her cigarette. PARKER (cont'd) I'm Parker. He looks around, not all that sure why a cute girl is talking to him for more than just to get a smoke. JASON Jason. PARKER Oh, cool. My brother's name is Jason. JASON OK. PARKER Yeah, so I don't want to waste your time and bullshit you cause you seem like a wicked busy guy and everything...but..this is gonna sound so stupid... Jason is all ears. PARKER (cont'd) My girlfriends and I drove all the way up here from Salem State, and I was sort of the dumbass who told everyone that I could cover the lift tickets on my Mom's credit card...but then I left her credit card at the gas station...and so... Jason totally sees where this is going. 5. JASON Right. PARKER No- but I mean, we totally have some cash and stuff. We just don't have enough to cover all 3 lift tickets, you know? Jason exhales two lungs full of smoke as the next group gets onto the lift. JASON How much? PARKER Like...fifty? Jason scoffs and starts the lift. JASON I could lose my job. He looks around. 5 EXT. SNOW BANK OVERLOOKING THE CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 5 Lynch and Dan watch Parker at work. LYNCH He's not going for it. DAN Will you shut up? He's gonna go for it. It's either stand there and do the job for minimal... minimal, what is it? LYNCH Minimum. DAN -Minimum wage or do it for minimum wage plus a little bit more. Lynch sighs, then changes the subject. LYNCH She had to come skiing with us? Dan looks back at him, offended. 6. DAN You said you didn't mind? LYNCH I don't. I don't mind. Don't mind at all. X A beat. LYNCH (cont'd) I'm just saying, you haven't done dollar pitchers at Fezziwigs with R us since last semester. You never come around for Monday night football, nobody has seen you at- DAN A -I watched the game with you last week! LYNCH For ten minutes, Dan. Football games are more than ten minutes. M They're lots of ten minutes-es, you know? DAN Dude, I have a girlfriend now. I love this girl. I don't know what you... D LYNCH No, no it's fine. I'm just saying, the Mount Holliston day trips were our thing, you know? She doesn't even know how to board yet. E DAN She's getting better. (then) Now I feel like a dick. You should have said something if it was a problem. LYNCH It's not a problem. It's not. Forget I ever said anything. They see Parker hand Jason something. He pockets it and she glides her way back to the end of the line. She looks up at the guys waiting on the hill and then excitedly waves. Proud of herself. 7. Dan smiles at Lynch. 6 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - CONTINUOUS 6 Lynch and Dan join Parker and slowly work their way up the line. X DAN Good work! See? They always go for it. R PARKER I did good, right? LYNCH You did great. A DAN Oh, so where's my change? PARKER There isn't any. M DAN You gave him the full hundred? PARKER He wasn't going for it at 50. DAN D So what happened to the other fifty numbers in between there? Like, I don't know, $51 or maybe even $75? PARKER E You gave me two 50's. What was I supposed to do, ask for change? LYNCH I would have asked for change. PARKER It's still way cheaper than paying for tickets, right? Dan is disappointed. LYNCH I would have definitely asked him for change. 8. They get up to the front of the line. Jason looks at Dan and Lynch behind Parker. JASON (scoffs at Parker) "Girlfriends"? X Parker gives him an apologetic smile. The three get in front of the chair. It descends under them and scoops them off of the ground into the air. R 7 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MOMENTS LATER 7 The threesome float high above the mountain as the chair slowly makes it's way to the top. A DAN Look at that. See? All these other idiots are paying top dollar to ski. Not us. All thanks to you, baby. M PARKER (teasing) Oh, now I'm "baby"? You never call me pet names. DAN I'm just not a `pet name' guy. D PARKER (to Lynch) He calls me "Parker." E DAN It's your name. PARKER Yeah but you're supposed to call me something affectionate, you know? Like "honey" or "sweetie". LYNCH I hooked up with a girl last semester that called me by my last name in bed. It was so weird. "Oh, Lynch! Your hair is so soft! Do me harder, Lynch!" It was like I was throwing it to Dan over here. Dan looks back to Parker. 9. DAN See? At least I don't call you "O'Neil". PARKER You don't touch my face enough either. X Dan laughs. LYNCH (to no one imparticular) R Third wheel. Parker reaches across and playfully taps Lynch. PARKER A Watch it, Lynch. LYNCH Hey, that's not fair. I'm not dating you, you don't get to make my life suck. M Parker shoots Dan a look: "Oh, really?" DAN Wha-? I never said that. I never said you make my life suck. (then, forced) Sweetie. D After a beat he awkwardly reaches out and touches her face. Nothing sweet or sensitive about it, but he's trying. PARKER E (sarcastically) Aww! LYNCH (to Parker) Dan tells me you're getting the hang of that board? PARKER I wouldn't say that. But last time we went I did pretty good, right? DAN You did awesome. I'm telling you, the first few times are frustrating but once you get the hang of it, it's like riding a bike. (MORE) 10. DAN(cont'd) (to Lynch's skis) Are you gonna trade in those ancient things for a board? LYNCH Please. Snowboards are too EMO for me. Give it ten more years and that fad will be dead. X DAN That's what they said about rap. Parker removes a cigarette and lights it. R LYNCH Mmm-mmm. Smell that fresh mountain air, huh? Kind of smells like... cancer. A PARKER You know what, I am so sick of potheads giving me shit about smoking butts. M LYNCH At least pot does something for you. Cigarettes are just gross. Especially out in the cold. It like sticks to you and then you smell like a mixture of ash tray and an old man's used floss. D DAN Used floss? Where do you come up with this shit. LYNCH E Have you ever sniffed your floss? It's nasty. Dan and Lynch both crack up at this, huge. DAN No, I have never- why would I ever sniff my floss? Why am I friends with you? Parker blows more smoke out. DAN (cont'd) Gimme a drag. He takes her cigarette from her. 11. PARKER What time do you think we'll get back? I have about 2 weeks worth of chapters to read tonight. LYNCH Oh no. She broke the rule. X (to Parker) Parker you just broke the first rule. PARKER R What? DAN No worrying about the bullshit of real life. The whole point of this A is to relax and have fun. Worry about school when you get home. PARKER But, I haven't read a- M The chair suddenly stops and lurches forward slightly. The sound of the chair lift cuts out. A deep silence takes over quickly, like the type of silence that used to suddenly happen in school when you were taking a test and the radiator that you never even noticed was on would suddenly shut off. D Random SKIERS and BOARDERS in the surrounding chairs express their disgust for the delay. Parker instinctively grabs Dan's hand. E DAN It's alright. LYNCH Uh-oh! Is someone afraid of heights? PARKER No. LYNCH So it doesn't bother you when I do this? Lynch rocks the chair back and forth. Parker grabs hold of the safety bar. 12. PARKER Quit it! Dan motions to Lynch to stop. PARKER (cont'd) I'm not afraid of heights. I just X don't like them. DAN Baby, in the whole history of time, only one chair has ever fallen off R of a lift. PARKER Points for calling me "baby" but you just made that statistic up. A LYNCH Yeah, statistics don't work on smokers. PARKER M (nervous laughter) Oh, shut-up. Lynch turns around and yells behind him. LYNCH OK, WHAT ASSHOLE COULDN'T GET ON THE CHAIR RIGHT? D Laughter echoes from the chairs behind him. He yells forward. E LYNCH (cont'd) COME ON, I PAID GOOD MONEY TO DO SOME SKIING! DAN Actually, I paid good money. LYNCH Yeah, but I'm gonna pay you back so it's like the same thing. With a lurch, the chair starts moving forward again and the whirring sound of the cables above them start up again. Applause is heard from all of the other chairs. 13. LYNCH (cont'd) THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! WOO! Dan lets go of Parker's hand and gives her a smile. She smiles back. X He playfully sticks his tongue out at her and she laughs as their chair moves forward exiting frame. 8 EXT. TOP OF THE CHAIR LIFT - LATER 8 R The three begin to get situated with their boards and skis. PARKER Why do I have to wear a helmet? A DAN Safety first. PARKER But you guys don't wear them. M She looks around. PARKER (cont'd) I only see little kids wearing them. DAN D Cause they're still learning, too. Come on, I'm not gonna argue about this. LYNCH E Even extreme boarders wear helmets. Nobody makes fun of them. She begrudgingly puts on her helmet. She's not happy about it. Dan and Lynch smile. DAN / LYNCH Awww. PARKER You're just doing this to make fun of me. Dan's laughing. 14. DAN No, I'm not. I swear. You look hot in a helmet. Off to the side, Lynch spots SHANNON (cute, brunette, 20's) struggling with her boot strap. She falls down on her ass. X Lynch nonchalantly maneuvers over to her side. LYNCH Need some help? R SHANNON (laughing) Do you think? Lynch puts out a hand to help her and pulls her up almost A directly into his face. Parker and Dan watch from afar as Lynch helps her with her boot strap. He has one hand innocently on the back of her knee and he is M fastening the strap with his other. PARKER Aww, check out Lynch. From their point of view, they watch Lynch helping the girl. DAN D See? Chick magnet. Almost as if on cue, RYAN (an enormous dude, 20's) stomps over and shoves Lynch down into the snow. E RYAN What the hell? Lynch tries to get up. LYNCH Woah! Shit, man! I was just trying to help! Instantly, Dan moves over to Lynch's aid. Parker follows slowly behind him. She's clearly not too good on her board. SHANNON Ryan, what the hell? RYAN He had his hands all over you! 15. SHANNON No he didn't. I can take care of myself! She shoves him back. Ryan just shakes his head at her and shoves off, away from the group. He waits for her down the hill a few feet. X Dan and Shannon help Lynch to his feet. SHANNON (cont'd) I am so sorry about that. He can R be such an asshole sometimes. LYNCH I was seriously just trying to help. I mean, how could I even A compete with a catch like that? He waves to Ryan. Ryan just looks away. SHANNON (laughs) M Are you OK? LYNCH Yeah, I'm fine. SHANNON Well, thank you for your help. I am so, so sorry about that. D (then) I'm Shannon, by the way. LYNCH Joe. E RYAN (calling to her) Shan! Shannon rolls her eyes. SHANNON Well it was nice to meet you. She takes off after Ryan. LYNCH (to his friends) I was like one second away from beating that guy's ass. 16. DAN I know you were, man. Come on. Don't sweat it. LYNCH Seriously, that guy was such a dick. X PARKER Come on boys. We can talk about how tough you both are at the bottom. R Lynch starts down the hill. DAN I'm tough. A PARKER I know you are. They push off out of frame. M 9 EXT. SKI TRAIL - LATER 9 Dan, Parker, and Lynch move down the mountain on their snow boards and skis. Quick cuts of Dan helping Parker learn. Lynch impatiently waits. D Finally, Parker comes to a stop on her own next to Dan and he claps for her. DAN E Look at you! See? Having fun? PARKER Are you kidding? We are totally doing this every weekend. In fact, if they were open during the week I'd say we should cut class, too. Lynch suddenly flies over the hill and sprays both of them down with powder. LYNCH Last one to the bottom is buying dinner! He eats it mere seconds later and lands on his ass. 17. Parker and Dan take off laughing while Lynch feebly tries to get back on his feet. 10 INT. SKI LODGE - EARLY EVENING 10 Parker gets herself some hot chocolate in the distance while X Dan and Lynch pick at what's left of a pizza on the table in front of them. DAN We gotta take a weekend trip up R North one of these days. Hit up Killington or Okemo and really do it up right. LYNCH A Why don't we just do it over Christmas. You and me. DAN Done. When I stayed with my cousin out West two years ago it was like M the stuff you see in commercials. We had to take like 3 lifts to get to the top and it was powder as far as you could see. LYNCH Well, speaking of good skiing... it's been cool doing the bunny hill D all day but do you think we could get one real run in before we leave tonight? Dan feels bad. E DAN Dude, you didn't have to stay with us. It's totally cool if you want to go off for a few. Parker is now walking back to their table behind Lynch and is pretty much right on top of them. LYNCH No, it's fine. I'm just saying let's step it up a notch at some point. It's been cool watching Parker fall on her ass all day but I would like to actually ski at some point. 18. Parker feels horrible. PARKER You know, I've probably had enough for today anyway. I can just stay in the lodge if you guys want to go- X Now Lynch feels horrible. LYNCH -no, no, no that's not what I meant. I didn't mean it like that. R Parker looks to Dan. PARKER I told you I didn't have to come. A LYNCH Parker, I didn't not want you to come. Dan tries to help. M DAN It was his idea that we invited you in the first place. LYNCH Exactly. Remember? I was like "Hey man, why doesn't Parker come D with us?" And you were like- DAN -I was like, "OK that would be cool". E Parker isn't buying it. She puts on a smile. PARKER It's OK, you guys. The last thing a girl wants to do is intrude on "guy time". I won't be offended. I've got stuff I could do anyway. (to Dan) Actually, can I have the key? I should check my messages. 19. DAN No. No locker key. I can tell you right now that every message on there is going to be from your Mom giving you more aggravation about whatever the hell. X Parker laughs. PARKER She does not. R Dan looks to Lynch. DAN Ready for this? Two nights ago we were watching a movie and her Mom A kept calling and calling. (to Parker) And what did she want? Parker laughs. M DAN (cont'd) She wanted to know if we wanted to have chicken soup or vegetable soup with Christmas dinner. Christmas dinner! Four weeks away, and she had to now right then and there what kind of soup we'd prefer. D LYNCH What did you say? You said chicken. DAN E Hell yes, I said chicken, but that's not the point. (to Parker) The point is you can go a few more hours without hearing from Annette. Parker looks to Lynch. PARKER I'm sorry if I ruined skiing for you today. 20. LYNCH You didn't! You didn't at all! You missed the part before you walked over here when I was all like, "Dude, this has been so cool...you know...doing..." X Parker and Dan are beaming at him. He knows he's beat. LYNCH (cont'd) (frustrated) What? R 11 EXT. FRONT OF LODGE - MOMENTS LATER, NIGHT 11 Parker, Dan, and Lynch come out of the lodge. A From their POV the chair lift is still moving but the line is empty. They start to move to the empty lift line when... M SHANNON (O.C.) Joe! LYNCH (to his friends) Wait up. Lynch walks over to Shannon while Dan and Parker move towards D the lift line. SHANNON Hey. I just wanted to apologize again. E LYNCH Oh, no big deal. He's just lucky he didn't make me mad. You know, I just look half your boyfriend's size. SHANNON Ex. He's my ex-boyfriend. We're, you know, trying to still be friends and everything but as you can see, that's not really gonna work. LYNCH (teasing) No way. 21. SHANNON A group of us all agreed to go skiing this weekend and well, whatever. It's a whole story and- She looks over at Dan and Parker. X SHANNON (cont'd) -I don't want to hold you up. But that was just really embarrassing. So I just wanted to say sorry. (then) R Are you gonna be here next weekend? LYNCH Where, here? Yeah, probably, yes. A SHANNON Cool. Well, my roommate and I come like every Sunday, so maybe I'll see you. LYNCH M That would be...a nice time. SHANNON OK. See ya later. She turns and starts walking away. Lynch walks away. He gets a few steps and then turns back D and jogs after Shannon again. LYNCH Actually, you know what? Would it be cool if I got your number or E something? That way I'll...know how to catch up with you and stuff. SHANNON Yeah, sure. Lynch pats his pockets. LYNCH Shit. Don't ski with my phone. It's in the locker with everyone else's stuff. Do you have a pen? She laughs and shakes her head no. SHANNON Don't ski with a pen. Sorry. 22. LYNCH Just shoot then. I've got a really good memory. I've only smoked pot like 500 times so I'm good. Shannon gets serious. X SHANNON You know it's a gateway drug right? Joe is nervous. R SHANNON (cont'd) Kidding. LYNCH Whew. You! That's so like you! A 12 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - MOMENTS LATER 12 Dan and Parker are in a heated debate with Jason the chair lift operator. M He puts a red flag on the back of a chair that heads up the mountain. DAN But we gave you a hundred bucks and we've only gotten like 4 runs! D JASON It's not my decision, man. They're closing early. DAN E You're only open three days a week. You can't afford to close early. JASON Why don't you write a letter? Lynch pushes himself up behind them. LYNCH (to Dan) Remember "429". DAN What? 23. LYNCH Just remember "429". (to himself) "5022". "5022." "5022." PARKER (to Jason) X Come on, just one more run. JASON Sorry. R DAN Honestly, I'd slide you some more money but we gave you everything we have. A LYNCH (to Jason) Hey man, do you have a pen? Jason ignores him. M JASON It's not about the money. They need to clear the mountain. We've got weather coming in. There's nothing I can do. PARKER What if we promise to run straight D down. Like the quickest run ever. DAN Wicked fast. E Jason struggles. He sighs and looks around. There are still plenty of skiers coming down. JASON Fine. But hurry. DAN PARKER Thank you! Thank you so much! DAN We'll be wicked fast. Like the wind! Jason sends them up the lift. He checks to make sure no one is watching. 24. 13 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MOMENTS LATER 13 Parker, Dan, and Lynch slowly move up the mountain yet again. LYNCH Seriously. For a hundred bucks X you'd think he could cut us some slack. DAN I know right? They're supposed to R stay open until 10 on Sundays. Whatever happened to night skiing? LYNCH Wachusett still has night skiing. A We should have gone there. It's kinda like Ward Hill but not as lame. (then) Hey, you remember the numbers I told you? M DAN "429". PARKER Good for you, Lynch. You got her number! D DAN What did He-Man have to say about that? LYNCH E That guy? Who cares? Steroids shrink your dick. (then) Wait, shit. What were my four numbers? "5022". Parker, will you remember "5022"? PARKER Nope. 14 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - CONTINUOUS 14 Jason reaches for his cigarettes. He's all out. Disappointed he tosses the empty pack in the trash. 25. A fellow employee (RIFKIN) approaches. RIFKIN Early night, huh? JASON You're not gonna hear me complain. X RIFKIN Pendergraft wants you to stop by the office. Something about next weekend's schedule. R JASON I'm not working next weekend. Rifkin gives him a look. "That's what you thought." A JASON (cont'd) Oh, come on. It's my brother's bachelor party. I put in for it two months ago. M RIFKIN Go talk to the boss. He's getting ready to leave. JASON I'm the best man! (under his breath) Shit. D Rifkin takes his place. RIFKIN Ready to shut down? E As Jason runs away he turns back. JASON There's three more on their way down. Wait for them, then it's all set. 15 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 15 The three continue to talk. PARKER I'm not waiting til we get back to campus to eat. I'm starving. 26. DAN Why didn't you have some pizza? PARKER You mean the cardboard with tomato sauce that you guys ate? That wasn't pizza. That was like, X `roller skating rink birthday party pizza'. LYNCH There's a Papa Gino's on our way R back. It's like 15 minutes down the road from the mountain. PARKER Sweet. I am gonna eat a whole real A pizza myself. Dan spies something. DAN Check it out! M They look down to see THREE SKIERS hit a huge jump, one after the other. DAN (cont'd) We are so hitting that jump. LYNCH D Last run. Gotta make it count. The wind blows the chair really hard. Parker holds on. E PARKER Jesus! The guys just laugh. DAN It's just wind, Parker. LYNCH Don't you mean, "baby"? Parker starts laughing. DAN (to Lynch) Who invited you? 27. 16 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - MOMENTS LATER 16 Rifkin warms his hands with his breath. The temperature is dropping fast. He checks his watch, dancing back and forth. X HEYMAN (another employee) runs by him on his way to the lodge. RIFKIN R Heyman! HEY, HEYMAN! Do me a solid? Heyman looks back him. His face already says "no." A RIFKIN (cont'd) I've gotta piss so bad I can taste it. Can you just take over for 2 minutes? Heyman points to his ears as if he can't hear what Rifkin is M saying to him. He keeps running. RIFKIN (cont'd) Asshole. 17 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 17 D A low, distant thunder roll echoes far away. PARKER Shit. Do you hear that? E DAN It's the mountains. It snows every night. Relax. The chair moves on in silence for a few moments. PARKER Seriously. I'm gonna eat a whole pizza. (a few beats) I'm not even kidding. 28. 18 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - MOMENTS LATER 18 Rifkin kicks his feet around. He spies Jason's discarded cigarette box on the top of the trash and he inspects it for any left over cigarettes. X Nothing. He sighs. Just then, the three skiers that we saw taking the jump a few R minutes earlier come flying down the mountain and past him. A voice from the top lift cuts through the radio. VOICE (O.S.) A Last chair is through. Rifkin picks up the radio and calls the top of the mountain. RIFKIN Cool. Last three just hit. I'm M clear. VOICE (O.C.) Clear up here. He hangs up and moves over to the lever. Tight on the lever as he pulls it back towards him. D 19 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 19 The chair lurches to a stop. Once again, the comforting E white noise of the motorized cables goes away, leaving them in silence. The wind blows hard against them. DAN Oh, come on. Parker instinctively grabs his hand. The cold bites through their layers of clothing. PARKER Bur! 29. LYNCH (yelling to the sky) IT'S FRIGGIN COLD UP HERE! NO TIME FOR THIS CRAP! THANK YOU! They sit and wait in silence for a few seconds. X PARKER It's gonna start again, right? DAN (quickly) R Yes. (then) Anyone got any jokes? LYNCH A What did the fourteen year old girl from New Hampshire say to her father when she lost her virginity? DAN "Get off me, you're crushing my M Marlboros". Beat. LYNCH I told you that? CUT TO: D 20 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - MOMENTS LATER 20 From this distance the mountain looks like a giant night- E light of converging white strings. Even in this darkness, the menacing clouds are visible over the trees. CUT TO: 21 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 21 The three sit in the freezing chair. Lynch is really getting impatient. DAN What do you think the worst way to die would be? 30. PARKER That's not morbid. LYNCH Yeah, seriously. That's kinda spooky, Dan. X DAN I think getting eaten by a shark would be the worst way to go. (beat) Not if it was like one of those R surfers where they get hit from behind and they don't even know what happened. (beat) You know. Cause it like came up A from beneath them. (beat) Like on the Jaws poster. LYNCH The chick on the Jaws poster was M hot. PARKER She was? LYNCH I don't know. She was naked. Naked chicks are hot. D DAN But if you actually like saw the fin coming for you in the water. That would be worse than actually E getting eaten. Knowing that this animal is coming for you but you can't get away. And that it's going to eat you. Like you're gonna get eaten alive? Have you guys ever seen that footage of the great white jumping out of the water to eat that seal? LYNCH That's why I only swim in pools. PARKER I think burning to death would be the worst. 31. LYNCH Well yes and no. Because most people die of the smoke inhalation before any fire even hits them. PARKER I remember watching TV for like 3 X days straight after 9/11. That footage that they kept showing of all of those people leaping off of the top of the Trade Center? Can you imagine how bad it was inside R to know that jumping was a better way out? LYNCH But they say that when you jump A from that high up your heart stops before you hit the ground and you don't even feel it. PARKER OK, then Lynch. What is the worst M way to die? LYNCH (defensive) What? PARKER No, you have an answer for D everything. What's your biggest fear? Lynch has been waiting for this. E LYNCH Easy. The Sarlaac pit. PARKER The what? LYNCH The Sarlaac pit. From Return of the Jedi? Hel-lo...being slowly digested over 1,000 years? Worst. Death. Ever. DAN (teasing) "I don't know why I never have a girlfriend, you guys!" 32. LYNCH Shut-up. The wind starts blowing again and Parker nestles close to Dan. PARKER X Why hasn't it started again? DAN Give it a minute. R LYNCH This is nothing man. At Stowe last year, me and Solet were stranded for like 25 minutes. This big chick fell getting off up top and A twisted her leg. It was like- "move her to the side and keep the line going people". But no. They had to stop and celebrate it right there and we all had to- M BOOM. The lights go out. A21 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - CONTINUOUS A21 Across the mountain all of the trail lights go out, one by one. D B21 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS B21 They sit in darkness. E At first no one can speak. Dan reacts first. DAN (yelling) WHAT THE FUCK??! HELLO???!!!! LYNCH Come on now! This is messed up. PARKER HEY! TURN THE LIGHTS BACK ON! HELLO!!!! Dan tries to laugh in frustration. 33. DAN Are they fucking kidding? LYNCH I kind of just shat in my pants a bit, I'm not gonna lie. X DAN HE-LLO!!!!!!!!!!!???? Parker is starting to shake. R PARKER (quietly) No one knows we're up here. They forgot that we're up here. A DAN No they didn't. They couldn't have. I'm sure they have a system or something. There's probably security cameras on us right now. M He starts waving around his hands. DAN (cont'd) HEY ASSHOLES?! START THE CHAIR!!! WE'RE FREEZING UP HERE!!! PARKER What if they don't start it again? D What if everyone went home? DAN (angered out of panic) Will you stop?! E (recovering) They didn't go home. Stop freaking me out. (then) Remind me to knock down that fucking lift operator when we get down. This is horse shit. LYNCH What did you say to the guy? DAN Me? Nothing! LYNCH Well, clearly you pissed him off enough to do this. 34. DAN I didn't do anything! He knows we're still up here. PARKER Then why are the lights off, Dan? Is that part of their policy? Shut X off the lights and scare the customers? DAN They just lost power or something. R I'm sure it's gonna come back on any second. (then) They didn't go home. That's retarded. A After a few more moments. LYNCH This is so messed up. M DAN It's a power outage. They'll come up with a ladder if they have to. Parker is starting to whimper. In a few more seconds she may even be teetering on full-on panic. PARKER D We need to get down from here. We can't just sit up here. Why isn't the goddamn chair moving, Dan? What the hell?! E DAN Well you being all psycho about it isn't gonna make it move. Just chill out. Another few beats. PARKER Don't yell at me. DAN I wasn't yelling at you but you need to relax. This stuff happens all the time. Can you imagine the law suit if they left everyone on this lift up here all night? 35. LYNCH Free lift tickets. PARKER What other people on the lift? There was no one in front of us. X She made a good point. But still... DAN We won't be stuck here all night. R PARKER No. You're right. We won't be here all night. It's Sunday. (she starts crying) Its fucking Sunday and they aren't A open again until Friday. (sobbing) We'll be stuck here all week. Silence as Dan and Lynch take this in. M PARKER (cont'd) We're gonna die up here. Lynch tries to be the voice of reason. LYNCH We're not going to be stuck here. Parker. Parker, look at me. Even D if by some strange reason they really did forget us up here- we can jump. I see people jump off of chair lifts all the time. E DAN It's true. I've done it before. You just get tired of waiting, you wait for a spot with some serious powder and you just jump. It's actually kind of fun, but they can ban you from the mountain for it. Looking below them, it is way too far a drop to be jumping off of the chair. PARKER (hysterical) -HELP!!! SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US!!!! HEL-LO!!! HELP!!!!! She cries into Dan's shoulder. 36. DAN Shh. I know you're scared. I'm scared, too. But any minute now they're gonna turn the power back on and we're all gonna be laughing about this. X More moments pass in silence as they survey their situation. Finally... PARKER R I have to pee. They all share an uncomfortable laugh. PARKER (cont'd) A I have to pee wicked bad. LYNCH That makes two of us. PARKER M Ew, Lynch if you pull out your junk in front of me I'm gonna puke. LYNCH Well, what do you want me to do? I gotta go. PARKER D How am I supposed to go? Dan moves the safety bar a little. DAN E Well if we just lift the bar up you could probably just bend over if we hold on to you. Parker instantly starts freaking out with the bar up. PARKER Are you crazy! Put the bar down!!! LYNCH It's just the safety bar. It doesn't really do anything anyway. PARKER Well I like the safety bar and I like it down where it's supposed to be. 37. DAN Then how are you going to piss? PARKER I can hold it. LYNCH X For a whole week? Dan and Parker glare at him. LYNCH (cont'd) R Sorry. (then) She's the one who said we'd be here for "a week"! A Parker takes a deep breath. PARKER I can hold it. DAN M I'm telling you, five minutes from now we'll all be laughing. LYNCH I'm pissing. Lynch lifts the safety bar up, whips out his business and starts to pee off the side of the chair into the snow below D them. DAN I hope they catch you and throw you out. I hope they ban you from the E mountain. That's so nasty. LYNCH Ban me from the mountain? You couldn't pay me to come back here. Make me sit up here in below zero weather forever while they get their damn Fisher Price lift working? Sorry. Not coming back. Lynch finishes his business. LYNCH (cont'd) There. Much better. A low thunder clap rolls in across the trees and the chilling wind picks up. 38. DAN / PARKER / LYNCH HELP! / HEL-LO! / UP HERE! They continue to scream their heads off for a few moments until freezing sleet starts falling all around them, soaking them through to the bone. X Almost instantly, giant balls of hail stream down at them. "Ping-ing" off of the metal chair and pelting their faces. The wind blows hard as their flimsy chair swings back and forth in the foul weather. R Parker sobs quietly into Dan's shoulder. LYNCH SOMEBODY GET US DOWN FROM HERE! A HELP! DAN (quietly) Put the safety bar down, Joe. M LYNCH SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP US! DAN (louder) Put the bar down. LYNCH D SOMEONE- DAN PUT THE BAR DOWN! E Lynch pulls the bar down and sulks, looking away from Dan. The hail/sleet mixture keeps pelting against their skin as they sit together in silence. Another loud thunder clap hits. This time, much closer. CUT TO: 22 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - MOMENTS LATER 22 The sleet begins to ice over the leaves and vegetation below. Ski tracks fill in with the wet rain. CUT TO: 39. 23 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - MOMENTS LATER, WIDER 23 The entire mountain is covered in dark clouds. CUT TO: X 24 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MOMENTS LATER 24 The three stranded kids huddle together for warmth as the hail pours down around them in sheets. R Suddenly, a beam of light begins to shine up at them. Dan's head snaps up. A CUT TO: 25 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - CONTINUOUS 25 A Snow Cat slowly makes it's way down the hill towards the M bottom. It's headlights shine across the trees in front of it. CUT TO: 26 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 26 D Dan begins to cheer. DAN What did I tell you guys, huh? WOO- HOO! UP HERE! E PARKER Oh, thank God. CUT TO: 27 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - CONTINUOUS 27 The Snow Cat is now really close. It is literally coming right for them. CUT TO: 40. 28 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 28 Dan and Parker wave their hands in the rain. PARKER UP HERE! X DAN HELLO! CUT TO: R 29 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 29 The Snow Cat continues on right underneath them. It doesn't A look like it's going to stop. CUT TO: 30 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 30 M Panic sets in yet again. PARKER Why isn't he stopping? LYNCH HEY! WHAT THE HELL?!! D CUT TO: 31 INT. SNOW CAT - CONTINUOUS 31 E STEVE (the driver) concentrates on the path. The roar of his engine is almost deafening. His radio chimes in. VOICE (O.C.) Steve. Steve picks up his radio. STEVE Go for Steve. 41. VOICE (O.S.) We got a problem here. CUT TO: 32 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 32 X Below them, the Snow Cat slows down to a halt. The three kids cheer. R DAN / PARKER / LYNCH THANK YOU! / WOO! / YES!! CUT TO: A 33 INT. SNOW CAT - CONTINUOUS 33 Steve listens. VOICE (O.C.) M It's nothing but ice at the bottom of Wildcat so you're gonna have to cut over to the south hill and come around the side. STEVE That's gonna take me 20 minutes! D VOICE (O.C.) Sorry brother, but it's a frozen swimming pool down here. STEVE E 10-4. He puts the Snow Cat in gear and begins to back up. CUT TO: 34 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 34 Below them, they see the Snow Cat start to back up and turn to the right. LYNCH What is this asshole doing? The Snow Cat switches back into drive. 42. PARKER No! No! Quickly Dan and Lynch start to ball together the slush on the sides of the chair. They throw them at the Snow Cat, but keep missing by a few X inches. Desperately, Lynch throws his goggles at the Snow Cat. They land just shy of the driver's side window. R Parker takes off her helmet and throws it down. CUT TO: A 35 INT. SNOW CAT - CONTINUOUS 35 Steve turns the headlights in the opposite direction, just missing the helmet falling past his windshield. M Though we can briefly see the light shine off of the three kids, unless you knew they were there or were looking for them...you would have missed them, too. As the windshield turns the other way, one of Lynch's skis slams into the ground, just out of the headlight's view. CUT TO: D 36 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 36 The Snow Cat drives away. E Lynch throws one of his ski poles but doesn't even come close. Parker sobs hysterically. PARKER NOOOO!!!!!! HARD CUT TO: 37 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - LATER 37 It has stopped hailing. 43. The moon shines down on the mountain. It glistens like a block of ice. Silence. CUT TO: X 38 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 38 The three shiver uncontrollably. R Finally. PARKER My face is burning. A DAN The power is coming back on soon. PARKER No it isn't. M DAN It has to. The wind makes eerie sounds as it whistles through the frozen trees. DAN (cont'd) Anyone know what time it is? I D don't wear a watch. LYNCH Me neither. I use my phone. Hold on, let me just run back to the E locker real quick and I'll find out. No one laughs at his attempt at "humor". LYNCH (cont'd) OK, top 3 breakfast cereals of all time. Go. Silence. LYNCH (cont'd) I'll go first. PARKER Stop. 44. LYNCH Crunch Berries... PARKER Please, stop. LYNCH X Apple Jacks... DAN Dude, quit it. R LYNCH ...and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Lucky Charms pre-purple horseshoes. A Silence. LYNCH (cont'd) There's just something weird about eating purple horseshoes, am I right? M Silence. PARKER Everyone went home. They left us up here. More silence. D LYNCH Top 3 celebrities you'd do. (then) Me first again? Fine... E DAN Someone has to jump. They steal glances at each other. They are soaked through. Parker's hair is frozen. DAN (cont'd) We can't just sit up here until next weekend. We'll die. No one acknowledges him. He sighs and closes his eyes. Parker starts to cry. Neither of the guys even try to console her. 45. Finally, Dan puts an arm around her. DAN (cont'd) Shhh. It's OK. LYNCH SOMEBODY HELP US!! X His voice is getting hoarse. PARKER (aside to Dan) R I don't want to die up here. DAN (aside to Parker) You're not gonna die, baby. I A won't let you die. OK? I promise I won't let you die. Parker cries. PARKER M (aside to Dan) I'm so scared. DAN (aside to Parker) It's alright. It's alright. Snow starts to lightly fall around them. D DAN (cont'd) Hey. It's snowing. They shiver together. E LYNCH Great. (then) Best Christmas present you ever got? Go. Parker chimes in first this time. PARKER Shayna. My puppy. DAN Disneyworld in 8th grade. 46. LYNCH Hmm...guess that leaves me. I'm gonna go with...oh yeah...these skis! Get it? MY SKIS. How ironic, huh? Silence. X Parker takes off her glove to light a cigarette. As she struggles with the lighter, the glove falls out of her lap and lands on the ground below them. R PARKER Shit! LYNCH A See? That's where smoking gets you. PARKER Shut-up. M She keeps struggling with the lighter but eventually gives up. She throws the cigarette away and puts her exposed hand back in her pocket. The snow falls around them. Dan pushes the safety bar up. D PARKER (cont'd) -what, what are you doing? DAN I'm jumping. I'm gonna get help. E LYNCH Dan...woah. Let's talk about this. PARKER No. No, don't leave me up here. Dan takes her face in his hands. Tenderly. And probably for the first time...correctly. DAN Parker, I can do this. Even if I get hurt, as long as I can get to the bottom I....your skin is so red. You're getting frost bite. 47. LYNCH You can't get frost bite that fast. It's only been- what, like...how long has it been? A few hours, tops? Dan inspects Parker's face. It's tough to see in the dark, X but the tip of her nose and her right cheek (the side facing into the wind) is discoloring. PARKER (quietly) R Don't leave me. DAN I'll get help. Lynch is here. He'll be with you. A Lynch is looking down below them. It's far. LYNCH Dan, it's a far drop. I don't know. M DAN (heated) Do you have a better idea? I'm telling you, I've totally jumped off of a lift before. LYNCH D If we can wait `til morning I bet someone will come up here. Like a snow groomer or some shit. DAN E Really? And why would they come groom the snow on a day when they aren't open, Joe? A day when they still have a full work week before they open again? Lynch says nothing. DAN (cont'd) I can do this. He positions himself to try and jump off. Parker grabs his arm. PARKER No, no, no. Please don't jump down there, Dan. You'll get hurt. 48. LYNCH How are you going to find your way in the dark? DAN I'll stick to the trail. I'll ride to the bottom. X (then) You don't get a fresher run than this, right? Dan drops his snowboard down. R It lands sticking up straight in the snow. DAN (cont'd) OK. A Parker and Lynch look back at him. They don't know what to say. Lynch tries to grab on to Dan's arm. M LYNCH Walker, no. Dan shrugs free. He is determined. Concentrating. DAN One. D Parker's tears are freezing on her cheeks as the seconds tick by. DAN (cont'd) ...Two. E Lynch takes a deep breath. When enough time has elapsed to think Dan's gonna jump, he suddenly looks up at Lynch instead of jumping. DAN (cont'd) Remember when I was saying how I jumped off one of these things before? Lynch stares back at him. DAN (cont'd) I totally lied. I'm scared shitless right now. Lynch musters a laugh. It's forced, but it's a laugh. 49. Dan laughs back at him. He turns to face Parker. She tries to smile but is frozen with fear. Dan whispers to her... DAN (cont'd) (whispered) X You're gonna be OK, baby. ...and he is gone. From his point of view (the camera pointed down at his feet) R we drop (without cutting) from the chair all the way to the frozen ground below. CUT TO: A 39 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 39 CRACK! Both of Dan's legs shatter from the impact. Viscera protrudes out of his snow pants as his leg bones shoot out the top of his knees. M DAN AHHH!! OH MY GOD! AHHHH!!!! CUT TO: 40 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 40 D Parker calls down to him. PARKER DAN! DANNY? Oh my god! E Dan's cries turn to quiet breaths below them. It is tough for Parker and Lynch to make out what exactly is happening. LYNCH Dan, say something. Are you alright? More quiet breaths from below. Finally... DAN (O.C.) My legs. I broke my fucking legs. LYNCH Oh, shit. 50. PARKER Can you move? Dan? (she starts to panic) Hold on. Hold on, baby. Lynch stops her. X LYNCH What are you doing? PARKER I gotta...I have to get to him. R LYNCH You'll just get hurt, too. Stop. Calm down. A PARKER Calm down?! (to Dan) Talk to me, Danny! CUT TO: M 41 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 41 Dan struggles. DAN Stay there. Don't get off the D chair. PARKER (O.C.) How bad is it? E Dan can see that his legs are shattered and that he is bleeding. Bone protrudes from his bloody ski pants. DAN It's bad. It's really fucking bad. (starting to cry) SOMEONE HELP US! PLEASE! CUT TO: 42 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - CONTINUOUS 42 Dan's screams can barely be heard from this distance. The blanket of snow muffles all sounds of life on the mountain. CUT TO: 51. 43 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 43 Parker sobs into Lynch's shoulder. LYNCH OK. Alright. You gotta stay X strong for me, Parker. Can you do that? He looks every which way, trying to come up with a solution. R LYNCH (cont'd) If we go to pieces we're never gonna get through this, OK? PARKER A What are we gonna do? We're gonna die up here. LYNCH (to Dan below) Buddy, can you move at all? M CUT TO: 44 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 44 DAN I can't even stand up. D CUT TO: 45 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 45 E LYNCH You can't, like...I don't know, slide down the hill or something? CUT TO: 46 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 46 DAN My legs are shattered, asshole! I'm bleeding to death- NO, I CAN'T SLIDE DOWN THE FUCKING MOUNTAIN! LYNCH (O.C.) Alright, alright. Um...? 52. DAN ...so much blood. CUT TO: 47 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 47 X PARKER (to Dan below) Can you stop the bleeding? R DAN (O.C.) With what? PARKER Here... A She takes off her scarf and tosses it below. It blows away into the trees. It doesn't even make it halfway. M PARKER (cont'd) SHIT! Lynch removes his scarf and balls it up. LYNCH Here you go, Dan. I'm throwing mine down. D DAN (O.C.) I can't see. LYNCH E Just feel for it, OK? Here it comes... He drops the balled up scarf. CUT TO: 48 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 48 The scarf lands right next to Dan. DAN What do I do with this? 53. LYNCH (O.C.) Tie it over your leg. Tie it off above wherever it's bleeding. Like a tourniquet thing. Dan fumbles with the scarf and ties it just above his right knee as tight as he can. X DAN I'm so cold. CUT TO: R 49 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 49 Parker starts to take off her coat. A PARKER Here, take my coat. DAN (O.C.) No! Don't you take off your coat! M You need it! PARKER No, I'll be OK. I can huddle next to Lynch. Please- CUT TO: D 50 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 50 DAN -Parker, keep your coat on. E Dan takes off his snowboarding gloves and ties the elastic strings together. His fingers are so numb that it takes several tries. Once tied, he tries to stretch the gloves around his left knee, but it is useless. DAN (cont'd) Shit! LYNCH (O.C.) Dan, buddy. You gotta let us throw something down so you can stop the bleeding. 54. DAN I...I've got it. PARKER Are you sure. Dan's left leg is definitely still bleeding. X DAN Yup. Thunder shakes the mountain side. R Moments pass with only their breathing. LYNCH (O.C.) Are you sure you can't try and get A down the hill, buddy? Dan falls onto his back, panting from the pain. He struggles to flip himself over, but it hurts too much. DAN M No, man. I can't move. I can't move. CUT TO: 51 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 51 D Lynch holds his head. LYNCH Alright. Hold on. E Once again, Lynch starts looking all around. Above, below. LYNCH (cont'd) Maybe...if I could climb up to the lift cable? Maybe I could like, scale across to the other chairs until I find one that isn't quite so high up from the ground? PARKER You think you can pull yourself across that many chairs? Lynch looks back at her. LYNCH I can't even do a pull-up. 55. DAN (O.C.) You never even tried to do a pull up you asshole. You had your Mom write you a note to get out of climbing the rope in gym cause you're a pussy. X LYNCH There was no reason to embarrass myself. I knew I couldn't do it. DAN (O.C.) R You can too. Remember Jenny Bluth? She fucking did it. You can do it. LYNCH Even if I made it across to the A next chair...how many more would it take before I found one closer to the ground? DAN (O.C.) Every lift pole has an emergency M ladder on it. They look forwards and backwards. The chair behind them is not near the pole. But the one behind that one is. D LYNCH OK. The chair that's two back. Does it look like it's near the pole? E PARKER I don't know. I can't see. LYNCH Shit, that's far. He and Parker just stare at it. LYNCH (cont'd) Just. Just give me a second. He starts taking deep breaths. Trying to psyche himself up. PARKER What if you fall, too? 56. LYNCH Parker...if we just sit here, we're gonna freeze to death. PARKER Maybe...maybe in the morning someone else will come up here. X Maybe, they'll need to do maintenance on the lift or something, you know? DAN (O.C.) R What's going on up there? You guys? PARKER We're right here, baby. A LYNCH Yeah, man. We didn't go anywhere. I think...I think I'm gonna try and climb back to the pole. If the chair is close enough, maybe... M maybe I can jump to it. CUT TO: 52 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 52 Dan is in agony. D DAN Do it. Please do it now. CUT TO: E 53 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 53 PARKER Just hang in there, Dan. It's gonna be OK. Lynch starts to maneuver himself in the chair. Slowly he pushes himself up so that he is sitting on the chair back and holding onto the connecting post. The chair swings back and forth in the wind. Above him it is a solid 5 feet before the chair arm connects to the wire. 57. LYNCH It's funny. But I was never afraid of heights, until like...right now. PARKER What can I do to help? X LYNCH Just hold on to my legs. You can't really stop me from falling...but it's, you know...psychological or something you know? R Parker maneuvers herself to hold Joe's legs.. Joe tries to move into a standing position, but panics. A LYNCH (cont'd) OK...OK...just give me a second. PARKER I think we should wait til morning. We can make it a few more hours. M LYNCH (quietly) Us? Maybe. (then) But not him. The gravity of this settles in. D As Lynch gets ready to try and stand again...we hear something in the surrounds. They freeze. E Again, a sort of "moan" rings in the distance. PARKER Baby, is that you? DAN (O.C.) What? LYNCH Shh! They listen again. CUT TO: 58. 54 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 54 This time, clear as day...a WOLF HOWL. DAN Oh, motherfucker. X CUT TO: 55 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 55 R Lynch tries to control the panic. LYNCH It's alright man. It's just a A coyote or something. They're scared of people. It probably won't even come anywhere near us, OK? DAN (O.C.) M That sounded like a fucking wolf. LYNCH Just relax. When's the last time you heard of a wolf attack in New England? CUT TO: D 56 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 56 Even in the pale moonlight, it is easy to see how white Dan E is becoming. DAN I read about one on-line somewhere last year. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. CUT TO: 57 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 57 LYNCH Wolves around here are pussies. They aren't even that big. They stop and listen...but there is only the sound of the rain. 59. PARKER It could be worse, right? DAN (O.C.) How the hell...could this be worse? Long pause... X PARKER It could be the Sarlacc Pit. They can't believe it...but Dan and Lynch both actually R laugh. It's uncomfortable and forced as hell. But it's a laugh. LYNCH Parker- coming through with the A tension breaker, look out! (to Dan) She's alright, Walker. Your girl is alright. He focuses on the task at hand again. M LYNCH (cont'd) OK...here we go. Slowly he pushes up on the back of the chair again. With one hand on Parker's shoulder and another on the back post of the chair, Lynch gets to his feet. Looking down at the drop, he instantly crouches down again. D LYNCH (cont'd) Holy shit, is that high up. PARKER E What can I do? LYNCH Nothing. Just be quiet. He psyches himself up again and starts to rise up. DAN (O.C.) You can do this, Lynch. You've got it. LYNCH Please stop talking. He puts one foot up on the top of the chair back...but it slips off to the side. 60. LYNCH (cont'd) Woa-! The whole back of this thing is ice. Together, he and Parker start hitting the chair back. CUT TO: X 58 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 58 Shards of ice fall down around Dan. He covers his head for R protection. LYNCH (O.C.) Hold on, down there. I think once I can stand on the back- I should A be able to reach the top. More chunks of ice shower down around Dan. Finally the falling ice subsides. M Dan takes his gloves away from his face...only to freeze in horror. Not even 10 feet away, stands a WOLF. Silently the wolf watches him from the bushes. Lightly growling. D DAN (quietly at first) You guys. The wolf gives a low growl. E DAN (cont'd) (really loud) YOU GUYS! CUT TO: 59 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 59 PARKER What? What's wrong? DAN (O.C.) There's a wolf down here. 61. Lynch and Parker look down. From their POV they can see that the wolf is standing right next to Dan, watching him. No fear. PARKER (gasps) Oh shit! X CUT TO: 60 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 60 R Dan doesn't take his eyes off of the wolf. He is shaking in fear. DAN A What the hell do I do? The wolf sniffs at the air and then growls again, this time baring it's teeth. It smells the blood. DAN (cont'd) M WHAT THE FUCK DO I DO??! The tension builds in the stand-off. Neither the wolf or Dan look away. When... SLAM! Lynch's other ski lands between the two of them. D PARKER (O.C.) (screaming) GET AWAY FROM HIM!!! The wolf steps back and snarls. E THWOCK! Parker's snowboard comes down and skids away into the trees, pushing the wolf further back. The wolf darts back into the bushes. Though it can no longer be seen, we can hear it moving away through the brush and back into the darkness. Growls come from the surrounding bushes as the wolf angrily retreats. CUT TO: 62. 61 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 61 LYNCH Are you alright man? DAN (O.C.) X Yeah. I'm alive. Lynch slides his remaining pole in between the bars on the chair back and rests it there. R LYNCH See? What did I tell you? They're more scared of you than you are of them. A DAN (O.C.) I don't know. I'm pretty scared, I gotta be honest. LYNCH It's just a dog. That's all it is. M He won't be back. PARKER Are you keeping warm down there? CUT TO: D 62 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 62 DAN As warm as I can. (then) E I can't feel my legs anymore. Is that bad? I mean, it doesn't hurt as much...but that's bad right? CUT TO: 63 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 63 LYNCH No, no. You'll be alright. (quietly to Parker) That's probably really bad. I gotta move, so I need you to- 63. He looks closely at Parker's face. The tip of her nose and the tops of her cheeks look as if there is black soot on them. LYNCH (cont'd) Hey...go like this. X He motions wiping his face. Parker follows suit, but winces in pain. PARKER R Ow! It feels like...like sunburn. Pieces of her chapped skin are stuck to her icy glove. LYNCH A I'm not an expert but I think that's frost bite. PARKER What? M LYNCH Look at me- is my face changing color anywhere? Parker looks as closely as she can. PARKER I don't..I can't see anything. I D don't know, it's too dark She starts rubbing at her cheek again. LYNCH E No! Stop touching it. Don't touch it. PARKER But it itches now... LYNCH I know- but if you keep touching your face it's gonna rub off. Parker is terrified. LYNCH (cont'd) Just try and cover your face. Try and stay warm. 64. Staying warm is absolutely impossible. Parker hides her exposed hand deeper inside her wet jacket. Icicles dangle from the bottom of the chair and their clothing. DAN (O.C.) X (winded) You gotta move faster up there. LYNCH I'm trying man, I'm trying. R Lynch slowly lifts himself up onto the back of the chair, which bends at an awkward angle. From above him we can see the long drop down, and as he A slowly starts to maneuver his body up to the top of the chair arm- the height looks `stomach droppingly' scary. PARKER Careful. M LYNCH Stop talking. DAN (O.C.) Lynch. I think the- LYNCH DAN, STOP TALKING. D Silence. Lynch gets his gloved hands around the top of the cable. It is frozen over with a thick layer of ice. E The distance to the next chair seems about 10 times as far now. LYNCH (cont'd) (to himself) I can do this. If Jenny Bluth could climb the rope, I can totally do this. Slowly, he wraps his arms around the wire, now with his full body weight on the back of the chair. The bolt holding the arm into place on the cabling starts to creak. It bends slightly, but seems to hold firm. 65. LYNCH (cont'd) OK. OK. OK. He starts to pull himself up onto the cable. PARKER Don't look down. X With one hand in front of the other, Lynch hoists himself about two feet off of the chair and into the air. LYNCH R (gritted teeth) Slippery. PARKER Do you got it? A LYNCH Shh. He slides out a little bit more, his feet dangling high above the ground. M The cable clangs somewhere to the front and back of Lynch. The noise is almost refreshing in the silent ice covered wilderness. With another deep breath, Lynch moves another two feet out over the sky. He is straining hard. D Another two feet out. He looks down for the first time. He sees something that scares the shit out of him. LYNCH (cont'd) E Oh god. PARKER What's wrong? LYNCH Please no. Please no... He starts to pull himself back to the chair, quickly. DAN (O.C.) Come on, Lynch! You had it! Lynch gets his foot on the icy chair back and tries to balance his weight on it. 66. SWISH! His foot slips off of it and he almost falls...but Parker grabs onto his coat. PARKER I got you. Lynch scrambles into the chair and huddles next to Parker. X PARKER (cont'd) What's wrong? He looks at her, icy tears in his eyes. His face is white. R PARKER (cont'd) What happened? Finally Lynch grabs her face in his hands. He gets close to A her. LYNCH Don't look down. PARKER M What? He grabs her head forcefully, trying to cover her ears. LYNCH Don't look down there, Parker. The camera booms up and above them. As it tilts down at D them...we reveal Dan splayed out on the ground below. Out of the darkness of the bushes...a pack of SIX WOLVES slowly and silently descends on him from all angles. E DAN (O.C.) Lynch? What's wro- CUT TO: 64 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 64 Dan hears the first growl. DAN Oh shit. Oh shit. The hungry wolves circle around him. The smell of his freezing blood makes them drool. 67. DAN (cont'd) (yelling up) LYNCH. CUT TO: X 65 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 65 Lynch doesn't look down. He just stares at Parker. LYNCH R (fighting tears) YEAH, MAN. DAN (O.C.) (crying) A DON'T LET HER LOOK. LYNCH I WON'T. DAN (O.C.) M DON'T YOU FUCKING LET HER LOOK. Lynch is trying to cover Parker's ears...but she can hear what they are saying. She forces her head free and steals a glance down. She sees Dan's untimely death approaching and instantly starts to scream and cry. D Lynch holds her head in a vice grip. He presses his forehead into hers. Her tears and snot overflow onto his gloves. LYNCH E Shhhh. Don't listen to it. Don't listen. Don't listen. As we push in tight on the two of their faces, below them we hear the wolves begin their attack on their defenseless prey. First one growl and a bite. Dan shrieks in pain. DAN (O.C.) Don't let her look! Below we can hear him put up a fight. But the attacks and bites get more frequent and his screams even more painful. 68. DAN (O.C.) (cont'd) Don't look! Don't you fucking look down here! The sound of several wolves attacking in unison over powers his cries. X Lynch continues to hold his hands over Parker's ears and keep her eyes pointed at his as the sounds of Dan's demise echo through the night. The sounds of clothes being shredded, flesh being torn, and R bones popping from their joints creates a chorus of pain below. Dan doesn't scream as much as does cry out in pain and agony. A The camera never sees it. Only Lynch and Parker's faces. After what seems to be an unbearable minute...the sounds from below begin to dissipate. Eventually Dan's remains can be heard dragging away. M Silence once again. Finally, Lynch let's go of Parker's head. He sobs into his own frozen gloves as Parker hysterically screams out into the night. CUT TO: D 66 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - CONTINUOUS 66 Parker's screams echo across the dark wilderness. Somewhere E in the distance, birds take off in fear. DISSOLVE TO: 67 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MUCH LATER 67 Lynch and Parker sit on the frozen chair, shivering. They are now in the devastating silence that has fallen after what must have been endless screaming and crying. Only the occasional sniffle lets us know that they are even awake. Finally Lynch breaks the silence. LYNCH I should...try and... 69. He starts to try and sit up on the back of the chair again to continue his climbing effort. PARKER (emotionless) Why did you let him jump? X Lynch turns and looks at her in disbelief. LYNCH You can't be fucking serious. R PARKER It was too far. LYNCH He said he could do it. You didn't A try and stop him! (then) I can't believe this?! You're blaming me? PARKER M I'm not...I'm not blaming you. LYNCH You're his girlfriend! I didn't see you throwing yourself in front of him! PARKER D He wasn't going to listen to me. LYNCH Oh, but he would have listened to me? I said it was a bad idea! I E said it was too far a drop! But I didn't hear any better ideas out of you except for crying about it! Don't you fucking blame me! You've been his girlfriend, for what? A year maybe? I've known him my whole fucking life! PARKER But you... You should have... LYNCH What? Say it. Parker looks at him, uncertain. 70. LYNCH (cont'd) Say it! It should have been me? PARKER I didn't say that. LYNCH X But you want to! It's OK. I get it. It should have been me down there cause who gives a fuck about me, right? R Parker feels terrible. She puts her hand on his shoulder. PARKER No, no, I- A Lynch shrugs her hand off of him. LYNCH You know what? If we hadn't spent the whole fucking day on the bunny slope watching you fall on your ass M we would have gotten some real runs in and we could have just gone home! PARKER I'm sorry. LYNCH D You're sorry? Maybe if you hadn't fucked with our thing... maybe if you had just stayed home and not forced yourself into every aspect of his life... maybe my best friend E wouldn't be dead right now! PARKER That's not fair! LYNCH And it's not fair that my best friend is DEAD! Parker begins to sob. PARKER I'm sorry! I didn't mean it! I'm just- I'm just- LYNCH -Fuck you. 71. Lynch is numb. He sits expressionless. Seething. In her crying, Parker slowly keeps moving towards him. Like a puppy who knows they did something wrong and only wants you to love it again. Finally she gets next to him and buries her head in his X chest, letting it all out. Eventually, Lynch can't help but feel compassion for her. He puts his arm around her. R LYNCH (cont'd) (quietly) I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Parker. A A67 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - LATER A67 Snow has now almost completely covered any of Dan's remains that were left on the scene. Only the tip of a boot and a piece of jacket are visible. M B67 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS B67 Parker and Lynch are shivering together. After a beat, they begin to banter again. Everything is said in a monotone voice. They never even look at each other. D They only speak to be speaking. PARKER 429... E LYNCH 5...5...shit, what was it? 5520? 5020? PARKER 5022. LYNCH 5022. 429-5022. I'm so gonna call that girl when we get home. And you know what? I'm gonna marry her. No messing around. I'm just gonna be like "Hey Shannon, it's me Joe from the chair lift. Will you marry me?" And then we're gonna get a house and have 2 kids and a dog named Steve. 72. Parker's face is expressionless. PARKER Who's gonna pay for the house. LYNCH She will. Shannon's got a great X job. PARKER What does she do. R Lynch makes something up...but continues to have no expression in his words. Despite his talk, his spirit is shattered. LYNCH A She...an orthodontist. PARKER Orthodontists make a lot of money. LYNCH M Yup. PARKER I bet you guys will be really happy. LYNCH 429-5022. D 68 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 68 A wolf settles in the bushes and looks up at the two "pieces E of food" on the chair high above. Another wolf lays down in the snow by a tree. They wait like vultures. 69 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 69 Silence. Then... PARKER Who names their dog "Steve". LYNCH I will. 73. PARKER Steve's a "people" name. LYNCH Says who? PARKER X You don't like walk into someone's house and have them say "Here's my dog Steve." LYNCH R Why not? Steve's a good name for a dog. PARKER "Here, meet my cat Chris." A LYNCH No cats. Just a dog. Steve. Silence. M PARKER Shayna must be so hungry. Lynch tries to change the subject. LYNCH What kind of pizza should we get at Papa Gino's? D Parker doesn't hear him. As she continues, wet snow starts to fall around them and the icy wind starts to pick up. PARKER E The poor thing. She's just a puppy. She won't understand that I died. She's gonna think I left her. That I forgot about her. All she wants is for me to come home. She's probably waiting by the door for me right now. Every sound she hears in the hallway she's probably cocking her little head to the side, waiting to see if I'm going to walk in. But I won't. I won't ever walk in. And Shayna's going to starve to death. The poor thing is gonna wither away and die waiting by the door for me and it's all my fault. 74. LYNCH She won't starve to death and you're not going to die. PARKER No one else has a key to my place. X LYNCH The neighbors will break the door down if she doesn't stop barking. Someone will figure it out. She'll be fine. R (beat) And so will you. So will we. He puts an arm around her and huddles closely trying to shield the wind. A PARKER I would have had Shayna for a year this month. I got her a year ago for Christmas. M LYNCH I know. But you'll see her again. PARKER Dan and I were spending Christmas with my parents this year. We won't be there though. (then) D I want to see my Mom and my Dad. (then) I want to open presents in the morning and then wait for my grandmother to show up so we can E eat. She's always late. But she brings all of the desserts. And she makes this special hot apple cider thing with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's so good. And after dinner my Dad always passes out on the couch `cause it's his one day off and he's had too much eggnog. And my sister, my Mom, and I watch A Christmas Story until the marathon is over. And that's how you know Christmas is really over. When Ralphie gets his Red Rider carbine-action two-hundred-shot range model air rifle that last time and they go back to their regular programming. (MORE) 75. PARKER(cont'd) It's kind of sad because then you know you have to wait another year for Christmas again. (then) It's the same routine every year. (then) I just want to see my Mom and Dad. X The camera pulls back wider and wider until their chair is lost in the wet snowfall and darkness. Slowly we fade to black as the wind howls and thunder gently rolls... R FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN: A 70 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - THE NEXT MORNING 70 Dawn is breaking over the trees. Lynch and Parker are still. Their bodies are huddled M together, but neither is moving. In fact, at a first glance, one might think they are both human popcycles. The dark splotches of frost-bite on Parker's nose and cheeks have now grown to what almost looks like patches of black fungus on her skin. D Lynch has the start of his own frost-bite on his ears and nose. Slowly, Parker's eyes flutter and she awakens. E Her eyes search around as the realization that this was not all just a bad dream sinks in. She adjusts in her seat and feels something pull. She winces and looks down. Slowly the camera follows her stare down to reveal her bare hand, gripping the icy safety bar. She pulls...but her skin is stuck to the frozen metal. Beginning to panic, she jerks her hand hard, taking the bar up about half an inch with it. PARKER Uhh... 76. Painstakingly slow, she begins to peel her hand off of the bar. A sound that resembles `jeans slowly tearing' can be softly heard as she moves her arm forward and separates her hand from the skin that is attached to the metal. X After what feels like an eternity, she gives her hand one last jerk, freeing it from the safety bar. PARKER (cont'd) Ruuugh! R Her movement startles Lynch awake, and he bolts upright as if from a `falling nightmare'. Discombobulated, Lynch turns back and forth frantically A trying to get his bearings. Parker is crying and holding her bloody hand, PARKER (cont'd) Shhhh. M Lynch, bug-eyed, takes in the world around him. A fresh coat of snow has covered everything in several inches of peaceful white bliss. Below them, the snow has completely covered Dan's remains. There is nothing left to show that there was ever even a D struggle. Parker hides her bloody hand back inside of her coat, away from Lynch's eyes. E LYNCH I...thought I was dreaming. This. I thought this was a dream. He turns to look at Parker. It takes everything he has to not jolt back in horror at how bad her face looks. PARKER What? LYNCH Your frost-bite. It's getting...worse. She starts to touch her face. 77. PARKER Really? How bad is it? Lynch stops her. LYNCH Don't. It's bad. X PARKER It's not as itchy any more. LYNCH R Just don't touch your face, OK? When we get out of here, we'll get you to a doctor right away and they'll fix it. A PARKER You have some dark spots on your face, too. LYNCH They'll fix me, too then. Just M don't touch it. He looks around, front to back. In daylight it's easier to see the other chairs. His breath blows out of his body in huge plumes of mist. LYNCH (cont'd) D Well, it's morning. Maybe someone will come up here now. PARKER For what? E LYNCH I don't know. Mountain maintenance. Besides, when none of us show up for class people are going to start looking for us. PARKER No one's gonna look for me. I skip class all the time. By the time anyone notices I'm gone I'll be dead. LYNCH Can you please just think ONE positive thing? Please! 78. PARKER Besides. No one knows we're here. LYNCH (to the sky) HEL-LO!!! WE NEED HELP!! HELP!!! X His voice echoes off of the frozen trees, almost as if taunting him. He turns around to look at the chairs behind him. R LYNCH (cont'd) Alright. Look. If I can get to that chair...two back...I could make it to the ladder on that pole. I think I could make it down. A Parker doesn't speak. LYNCH (cont'd) Help me. M PARKER Are you sure you don't just wanna give it a few more hours? What if you're right? What if someone is going to come up here, even though they're not open today? Lynch doesn't respond. The look on his face says that "no D one is coming" but he decides there's no harm in waiting just a little while longer. Lynch tries to yell for help again, though his soar throat is making it almost impossible to scream. E LYNCH UP HERE! SOMEONE HELP US! Once again...only echoes. He re-settles in his chair. PARKER I just wish I could stand up. Get out of this position for a minute. LYNCH If you want, you can stand on the chair and I can hold onto you. 79. PARKER No. I can't. LYNCH Well, if anything's gonna get you over your fear of heights, it's this. X PARKER (quickly, sternly) No. I'm fine. R LYNCH Alright. CUT TO: A 71 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - LATER 71 The bottom of the mountain looks like it has been abandoned. Empty ski racks. M An empty lodge. An empty parking lot. A still chair lift. All covered in white, still snow. D CUT TO: 72 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - LATER 72 E Lynch is sleeping. His head is leaned to one side in a position that is sure to give him the worst stiff neck he's ever had. Parker is ancy. She looks all around. Thinking. Finally she squeezes her eyes shut...embarrassed. Her snow pants turn dark around her bottom. Slowly a puddle of urine forms on the chair between her and Lynch. Below them, the urine falls into the snow and disappears. Parker's eyes swell as she begins to cry what's left of her tears. She is emotionally degraded and devastated. 80. As her nose begins to run, she instinctively wipes her hand across it...taking a small piece of the dead flesh off of her cheek with it. She doesn't even feel it. DISSOLVE TO: X 73 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - LATER 73 They both sleep. R Finally, Lynch stirs and checks Parker to see if she is still breathing. It appears she is not. A LYNCH Hey...hey Parker... He lightly shakes her. M Nothing. LYNCH (cont'd) Parker wake up. He shakes her harder and she comes to with a gasp. PARKER D What? LYNCH Shit, I thought you stopped breathing... E He notices her skinned cheek. Her ear tips are now completely blackened. PARKER What's wrong? LYNCH Nothing. She studies his eyes. Clearly something is very wrong. LYNCH (cont'd) How about you help me up again and we try and get out of here? 81. PARKER Yeah. 74 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - LATER 74 From beneath the chair we see shards of ice and snow fall X onto the ground. Lynch is once again trying to maneuver himself up onto the chair back as Parker holds him steady. R LYNCH OK. 1...2...3- He hoists himself up onto the cable briefly, but after just a few seconds, he returns his feet to the chair back. A Parker holds onto his legs tightly. LYNCH (cont'd) I feel like I gained about 100 pounds overnight. M PARKER It was all that pizza talk. LYNCH I have no strength. PARKER D Then don't do this. Lynch tries again. He hoists himself up, but bails instantly...like a trainer giving up on his 100th pull up. E LYNCH Damn it. He settles back down into the assumed position on the chair. PARKER Maybe later. LYNCH What? Like I'm gonna feel better if I wait a little longer? I should have done it last night while I still had some strength. 82. PARKER There's more snow fall on the ground and it's all fresh. Maybe the jump won't be as bad now. LYNCH Even if it was a foot deeper- it X wouldn't break that fall. I should have just climbed across last night. I had strength. I had adrenaline. R PARKER What do you want me to do? LYNCH Nothing. Let's sit and do nothing. A She reaches into her pocket and removes her cigarettes. The box is damp, but the cigarettes inside are still dry. She starts to remove one but her gloved left hand and her numb right hand make her fumble the pack. M CUT TO: 75 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 75 The pack of cigarettes falls into the snow. D PARKER (O.C.) AHHHH! HARD CUT TO: E 76 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - LATE AFTERNOON 76 The two are bundled together as the evening winds start to pick up. Again, they speak without emotion. It's conversation just to let themselves know that they are still alive. PARKER How come you never have a girlfriend? LYNCH How am I supposed to answer that? 83. PARKER I mean, you're a decent guy. Girls dig you. But you never stay in a relationship. LYNCH I had a serious girlfriend once. X PARKER High School doesn't count. LYNCH R No, post-high school. Freshmen year. PARKER Who? A LYNCH This girl Annie. I met her at orientation. We emailed all summer and when we started school, it was like we were already going out. I M totally just felt it with her, you know? We were into a lot of the same stuff, which was cool. She was way into Aerosmith. I had seen them fifteen times, she had seen them twenty. How cool is that? PARKER D What happened? LYNCH She um... same favorite movie as me. E.T. It was like soul mates E and that stuff you read about. PARKER So then... what happened? LYNCH Same old shit. (then) No. You know what happened? She liked another guy. This fucking fraternity douchebag named Dean who kept sending her flowers and stuff. I don't know who it was exactly, but every time I'd go to her room some guy named "Dean" had left her notes and shit. 84. PARKER Why did she keep it? Was she trying to make you jealous? LYNCH I don't know. I think she just liked getting attention. X PARKER So she dumped you for a frat guy? LYNCH R No. I dumped her. We were in the cafeteria, right? And I was sitting facing her, facing the wall...and she was facing everyone in the cafeteria behind me. And I A kept seeing her smiling at someone behind me and like, almost laughing. So I was like, "who are you laughing at?" You know? Like "what the hell is going on?" And she's like, "Dean's making fun of M you." (beat) So I turn around, and I'm like ready to kick the shit out of this guy. And all I see is a sea of fucking random people. Just all of these faces. This guy could see me and was making eyes with my D girlfriend...but I couldn't see him. PARKER That's messed up. E LYNCH I've never felt so stupid and bad in my life. (then) So I left. PARKER You just walked out? LYNCH Yup. Told her to go laugh with "Dean the Frat guy". I was out. PARKER That sucks. 85. LYNCH Maybe... maybe I shouldn't have been so quick to walk out. Maybe I needed to have a thicker skin and not be such a sensitive bitch, I don't know. Sometimes I think I was just insecure and maybe I X screwed up. PARKER You should call her. When you get home. You could tell her that. R LYNCH I can't. (laughs) She's dating Dean. A Emotion has fought it's way to the surface again. Parker and Lynch share a nervous laugh together. She turns away from him. M After a few seconds, her laughs turn to tears. PARKER I should have done something. LYNCH There was nothing either of us could have done. D PARKER I sat here and let him die. LYNCH E No, you didn't. We didn't let him die. There was nothing we could have done. He jumped down there to try and save us, OK? PARKER He was the one. He was the boy I was gonna marry. LYNCH Funny story. First grade, we all get left there for the day by our mom's. You know, alone in real school for the first time without our folks around. And Dan... Dan was this sort of chubby kid when he was little... 86. Parker laughs. LYNCH (cont'd) Nah, fuck it. He was a fat ass. Parker laughs harder. X LYNCH (cont'd) And all the mom's left and he just wouldn't let go of his mom's hand. He just stood there after she left, at the front of the room, crying R like a total pussy. PARKER Sounds like Dan. A LYNCH You have no idea. But then, the teacher... Mrs... What was her name? Mrs. Schifrin? She was trying everything to get the fat kid to stop crying. And so she M says, "Well Dan, is there anyone else in the class that you know?" You know, like, "Maybe there's a friend you'd like to sit with?" And the fucker points right at me and says "him"! I had never seen this kid before in my life, you know? But for whatever reason, he D points right at me. PARKER And so he had to sit with you? E LYNCH For a week! For my whole first week of school I'm sharing my little cubby desk with his fat ass! Parker laughs through her tears. LYNCH (cont'd) Douchebag. I never let him forget it. PARKER I loved him so much. Lynch is determined. 87. LYNCH But if he died only for you and me to give up and die up here, that's bullshit. PARKER Yes. X LYNCH So I need you to pull it together, and we're gonna get out of this shit. We're gonna get out of this R for Dan. Alright? PARKER Yes. A Lynch bites his severely chapped lips. LYNCH Help me up. CUT TO: M 77 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MOMENTS LATER 77 Lynch feebly climbs up on the chair back and reaches up for the cables. LYNCH D OK....let's try this again. He steadies himself on the chair, which sways in the wind. TIGHT ON the bolts connecting the arm to the cables. The E metal is bending with a light squeaking sound. PARKER Are you OK? Do you have it? Lynch just grunts as he reaches and tries to steady himself on the chair that is swinging at an odd angle under his weight. The camera swivels up to reveal his shaky feet trying to find footing on the chair back and the ground far below him. LYNCH Rrruh! He pushes off hard and grabs on to the cabling. 88. As his foot pushes fast on the chair, it swings at an impossible angle. TIGHT ON the connecting bolts as one of them SNAPS! PARKER Oh my god! X The chair leans hard to the right side, forcing Parker to slide down into what is now the bottom corner of the chair. The chair is still in place, but it is now hanging by one R bolt and at a severe angle. PARKER (cont'd) Joe! JOE! A Joe tries to look back over his shoulder, struggling to keep himself on the cable against his own body weight and wet clothing. LYNCH Shit! Hold on, just hold on! M Another grunt and Lynch makes another big move forward. The camera booms up above him, shooting straight down at the distance between his dangling body and the frozen ground. Tight on his gloved hands as they slowly slide forward on the metal cable. D Lynch squeezes his eyes shut and takes another reach forward. Behind him, Parker looks on in agony. She is holding her breath and whispering... E PARKER (whispered) Please God...please God....please God... The metal arm above her groans under the pressure that the one remaining bolt is under. Looking at the arm in this state, it is especially eerie to imagine how these metal chairs even stay attached to the cables in the first place. Lynch takes another move forward. LYNCH Rrrugh! 89. PARKER You can do it. Please do it. Lynch reaches forward again...and his hand slips on the icy cable. He momentarily hangs by one arm. LYNCH X Arrrrr! PARKER JOE! R He reaches up and grabs hold again...his strength is weaning. LYNCH (through gritted teeth) Got it. A Another few quick reaches forward and he is more than halfway across to the next chair. From Lynch's point of view we can see his feet floating above the earth and hear the sound of his own heart beat. His own M pained breathing fills his ears. It's only now that he sees two of the wolves watching him from the bushes. LYNCH (cont'd) Motherfucker. D The wind blows hard against him, swaying his body back and forth as he momentarily rests. LYNCH (cont'd) I've got an audience. E Parker looks down, just in time to see one of the wolves duck back into the bushes. Her movement makes the chair groan harder. The cable twangs loudly between Lynch's shaky movements and the twisted metal that holds the arm in place. PARKER The chair is gonna fall! LYNCH No. No it's not. Slowly he makes his way the remaining distance and positions himself over the other chair. 90. He drops down onto it, sending shards of ice cascading down into the snow below. He quickly sits down, breathing heavy and clutching the sides of the chair. LYNCH (cont'd) X Take that Jenny Bluth! PARKER You made it! R LYNCH Not yet. Halfway. He looks behind him at the next chair. Just a few feet back from it is the giant green lift pole... and a ladder! A LYNCH (cont'd) Please. He stands up on the chair and reaches up to the cable. He is weak. M Very weak. LYNCH (cont'd) Parker. I want you to throw my extra pole as far as you can this way. D She can't quite hear him. PARKER What? E LYNCH I said THROW MY POLE AS FAR AS YOU CAN THIS WAY. When I get on the ground I'll need some defense. Parker nods. She takes Lynch's ski pole and tries to throw it as far as she can back at him. The action forces another terrifying metallic groan from the arm above her, and her chair swings back and forth from the motion. PARKER Oh shit. 91. The pole lands under the second chair, splitting the distance between where she is and where the tree is. PARKER (cont'd) Sorry. LYNCH X Hey. Halfway to me is better than up there with you, right? (to himself) Shit. R He starts to pull himself up again, but turns back to Parker one more time. The chair has settled down. A LYNCH (cont'd) Stay perfectly still. I'm gonna get you home, OK? He pulls himself up, straining hard. M LYNCH (cont'd) Rrrrugh! This gets the wolves attention. In the bushes their ears and eyes perk up to the sky, watching their potential next meal grapple with the high wire cable. D With reserved strength, Lynch shimmies across the cable as quickly as he can. Back at Parker's chair, she eyes the bending metal bolt that E is keeping her from plunging to the ground. Tears stream down her face again. PARKER (whispered) Please god, don't let me fall. Don't let me fall. He stops once to catch his breath, but begins moving as quickly as possible. Finally, he reaches the second chair behind them and drops down into it. Looking at the lift pole from this position, he can clearly see that it wasn't as close to the chair as it looked. 92. But it's possible. LYNCH Shit. Parker needs to yell to hear him now. X PARKER WHAT? LYNCH NOTHING. R He assesses the situation. It's going to take a big leap to try and get near the ladder and he is winded beyond belief. A PARKER WHAT'S WRONG? LYNCH NOTHING. I'M GONNA GO FOR IT, OK? M PARKER ... LYNCH (to himself) OK. D The two stare at each other from the distance. Both of their weather beaten faces are a mess. Parker is buried in the corner of the chair closest to the ground, holding on to the back of it to keep herself steady. E Stoically, Lynch turns away from her and takes a deep breath. He climbs up onto the chair back and looks down. Parker closes her eyes and prays. The wolves below do not break their stare. Their hungry eyes are willing Lynch to fall from the chair. It's now or never. LYNCH (cont'd) Yaaaaugh! He throws himself off of the chair and towards the ladder! 93. He lands and hooks his arm around a rung. With a SNAP his arm dislocates from it's socket, but he is hooked on to the ladder! LYNCH (cont'd) Rrrrugh! X PARKER YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! With his bad arm dangling by his side, Lynch works his way down the icy metal ladder. R Finally he reaches the ground and his body falls with a THUD into the snow. LYNCH A Oooof! The wolves' ears are at attention. They watch carefully from the safety of the bushes. One, the LEADER, takes a cautious single step forward and M waits. PARKER LYNCH!? LYNCH!!! (then) ANSWER ME!!! The wolf leader begins a dangerously slow and cautious walk D towards Lynch's body. One step at a time. CUT TO: E 78 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 78 As the camera tracks away from the approaching wolf and towards Lynch...it is revealed that he is only winded. He feels his body for damage, wincing at what can only be a broken rib or two. His right arm is twisted at an odd angle and by the look on Lynch's face, it must be either broken or fractured in addition to being dislocated. LYNCH PARKER. PARKER (O.C.) ARE YOU OK? 94. The wolf surveys the situation and stops in his tracks. The other wolves watch from the bushes. LYNCH I'M GONNA GO GET HELP. I'M GONNA GET RESCUE. X CUT TO: 79 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 79 R PARKER Hurry. Please. CUT TO: A 80 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 80 Lynch gets himself to his feet. His body is in massive pain, but his adrenaline is going strong enough for him to fight M through it. He moves quickly back up to the area underneath the middle chair. The leader growls. Drool drips down from beneath it's hungry mouth as it takes a step back. D PARKER (O.C.) NO! JOE! LYNCH I'M GONNA GET YOU HELP! E The wolf leader advances on Lynch. Lynch makes it to the ski pole just in time and brandishes it defensively at the creature. LYNCH (cont'd) Come on! Try something, fucker! The wolf stares back at him, growling. Their eyes are locked. Lynch swings the pole at it angrily. LYNCH (cont'd) COME ON! 95. The leader shies away but growls harder. LYNCH (cont'd) STAY AWAY! SNAP! X A second wolf rushes Lynch from behind and grabs his injured arm by the jacket and pulls back and forth. LYNCH (cont'd) ARGH! R The rest of the wolves quickly reveal themselves in the bushes and slowly saunter up towards the impending kill. CUT TO: A 81 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 81 Parker looks from Lynch to the ground way below her. M PARKER (crying) JOE! CUT TO: 82 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 82 D Lynch tries to fight off the wolf with his free arm. Finally, he is able to plunge the ski pole deep into the wolf's body. E The wolf SHRIEKS in pain and scampers away towards the safety of the pack. The impending wolves, stop their slow march and wait. This food still has some fight left in it. LYNCH AHHHHH! STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME! He moves as fast as he can towards the area under Parker's chair, swinging his weapon like a madman all the while. The wolves only stare. 96. Finally, he reaches the area and grabs Dan's snowboard, still sticking up in the snow. LYNCH (cont'd) Parker, I'm gonna go get help! Don't move and I'll be back as fast as I can! X Parker sobs. PARKER OK. R LYNCH Just don't move! I'm getting help! Without hesitation, Lynch throws down Dan's board and lays A his body on top of it. Pushing off he begins to slide quickly down the hill. CUT TO: M 83 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - CONTINUOUS 83 From Parker's POV, she watches him disappear down the hill. But mere seconds later, the pack of wolves gives chase and follow suit behind him over the horizon. Only the creaking of the strained metal chair arm can be D heard now. Parker sobs quietly to herself. DISSOLVE TO: E 84 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - EARLY EVENING 84 From a distance, Parker's broken chair dangles dangerously in the night air. Her body is slumped in the corner. Still. DISSOLVE TO: 97. 85 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - NIGHT 85 Parker is not moving in her chair. FADE TO BLACK. X HARD CUT TO: 86 EXT. CHAIR LIFT - MORNING 86 R The morning sun hits Parker's pale face. Is she dead? Parker opens her eyes. She must have drifted off for the night. She looks to the tree-line around her. A The sun is coming up. She tries to move her body to look back in Lynch's direction and the chair argues back at her with another loud groan and cable noise. M PARKER (to herself) Lynch. There is no sign of anyone or anything in the direction down the hill behind her. Slowly a look of great determination comes over her face. D She raises the safety bar. There is no more time to think. E She is going to die one way or another. Slowly, Parker turns her body around towards the seat of the chair. Holding on to the metal beams that make up the chair, she beings to lower herself, inch by inch, off of the side. CREEEEE-EEK! The lone metal bolt protests the movement and makes metallic threats to snap. Parker keeps lowering herself until her entire lower body is dangling below the chair. RRRRRUUUUUURRR! A gust of wind pushes against the chair, straining the arm. 98. Parker concentrates and slowly tries to hold up her weight as she inches her body even lower. Smoothly, slowly, almost there- SNAP! The bolt gives way! The chair lurches down at an even greater angle, sending Parker off of the side! X PARKER (cont'd) AHHHH! WHIRRR! WAP! No longer attached with the safety bolts, the R chair falls several feet and then stops. It is now hanging only by the one weak thread of cabling that was used to initially wire it to the main line. Parker's hands catch at the base of the chair, and she is A dangling fully beneath it. While it is still a long drop...her feet are now a good 10 feet closer to the ground, if not more. CREEEEEK! The metal wire will not hold for more than a few M seconds. The chair is going to fall! Parker closes her eyes. All sound cuts out except for her quick breathing and her heartbeat. The camera shows us how much the last flimsy wire does not D like this movement as it stretches and the chair sways in the wind. Slowly she looks down and prepares herself to fall. E The camera inches closer in to her face from below. Her heartbeat and breathing are all we hear until finally... She let's go. As her body falls from the chair, the flimsy wire finally gives way and the rickety metal seat plummets straight down to the ground after her. CUT TO: 99. 87 EXT. BELOW THE CHAIR - CONTINUOUS 87 THUD! Parker lands hard and sound instantly returns to her. She rolls to the side as the chair crashes down in her very spot. X She is in tremendous pain but feels the solid ground beneath her like a sailor who has found land for the first time in years. Surveying the damage- her ankle is badly broken underneath R the side of the chair that landed on it. Her boot is at an unnatural angle. Adrenaline overtakes her pain as she lifts the chair up and removes her foot from beneath it. A She looks around for her snow board, but with all of the fresh snowfall it is buried and gone. Parker lays her body down flat on her jacket and begins to push herself down the mountainside as quickly as she can. M CUT TO: 88 EXT. JUST OVER THE HILL - MORNING, CONTINUOUS 88 Parker comes down the hill, gaining some speed on her awkward coat/sled. D As she makes her way she spots a tree... with bright red blood splayed out in the snow around it. Cautiously she slows herself down. E PARKER (meekly) Joe...? From Parker's POV, the camera slowly reveals what is just beyond the bloody tree... But the look on Parker's face tells us everything we need to know first. There, in the brush on the side of the trail beyond the tree, is the pack of wolves. Some still feeding. Others resting attentively. They are circled around Lynch's bloody, half-eaten remains. 100. Quick shots of his jacket, his boots, and his gloved hand all flash before Parker's devastated eyes. She slows herself to a complete stop now. Not knowing what to do. One of the feeding wolves hears this and looks back to see Parker just a few feet away. It is the pack leader. Lynch's blood pools from it's jaws. It's ears go back and it growls loudly at Parker. R She makes eye contact with the beast, who stares back at her, almost daring her to try and take it's treasure. Others from the pack look up, distracted briefly, but then go back to feeding. Parker and the pack leader lock eyes. Finally, the leader turns away from Parker, back to his food. Back to his family. Though her face is emotionless, Parker's eyes are swollen with tears as she continues on her way down the mountain side. She is free. DISSOLVE TO: 89 EXT. MOUNT HOLLISTON - LATER 89 Parker continues down the treacherous trail as the snow falls around her. Occasionally she hits bumps and turns that cause her to spill from her awkward coat/sled...but she pulls herself back on and continues to make her way down the hill stoically. DISSOLVE TO: 90 EXT. CHAIR LIFT LINE - LATER 90 Parker reaches the bottom of the hill. Grunting and crying from the pain, she crawls over on her belly and begins to drag herself towards the parking lot. 101. 91 EXT. ROAD - MOMENTS LATER 91 Parker drags her devastated body into the street. Just as she gets there.... X BEEP! A HONKING CAR races past with it's windshield wipers blaring. Narrowly missing being splattered, she collapses in the dirty road. There are no more cars to be seen. She is alone. A All that she can do is clutch the ground. And then... Another car approaches in the distance. She holds her hand up weakly. PARKER Please. Stop. CUT TO: 92 INT. CAR - CONTINUOUS 92 A DRIVER (male, 50's) is cautiously driving down the wet icy road. He reaches down to adjust the radio. He looks back up to reveal Parker's body in the road in front of him. 93 EXT. ROADSIDE - CONTINUOUS 93 He swerves with a loud SKID! Partially off the road in a skid, his car comes to a stop. Instantly he jumps out and runs to the body on the road. DRIVER Hey! Are you OK?! Hello! Parker is not moving. 102. He runs over to her side. DRIVER (cont'd) Lady. Are you alright? Parker looks up at him and starts to cry with relief. X DRIVER (cont'd) Hold on, hold on- we're gonna get you help... He lifts her up into his arms and races her back to his car. CUT TO: 94 INT. CAR - MOMENTS LATER 94 The driver drives frantically, speaking into his cell phone. DRIVER (into phone) I don't know. I found her laying in the road alone. Looks like she was in some sort of accident. Right outside of Mount Holliston. I'm taking her to you now. 95 EXT. CAR, LOOKING IN - CONTINUOUS 95 Through the passenger side window we see Parker's blank face. If we didn't know better, we'd think she was a rotten cadaver at this point. Reflected in the glass are the lights of a PAPA GINO'S restaurant store front that goes past. Her eyes blink at the sign. DRIVER Hold on, Ma'am. The hospital is 10 minutes away. You're gonna be OK. The camera is tighter on her eyes. DRIVER (cont'd) You're gonna be OK. Tight on just one eye. 103. DRIVER (cont'd) (now in Dan's voice) You're gonna be OK, baby. Her eye closes. CUT TO BLACK.