Sunday, January 07, 2007

6.FROM DUSK TILL DAWN'1996


Screenplay by
Quentin Tarantino

Story by
Robert Kurtzman

Directed by
Robert Rodriguez


This script was transcribed, proof read and formatted by ueli riegg
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Cast List:
Quentin Tarantino Richard Gecko
George Clooney Seth Gecko
Brenda Hillhouse Hostage Gloria
Harvey Keitel Jacob
Juliette Lewis Kate
Ernest Liu Scott
Cheech Marin Border Guard, Chet Pussy, Carlos
Selma Hayek Santanico Pandemonium
Danny Trejo Razor Charlie
Ernest Garcia Big Emilio
Tom Savini Sex Machine
Fred Williamson Frost








"I earnestly wish an end would come to this bloody
race I am forced to run."

Countess
in: "La Comtesse Noire"
by Jess Franco








FADE IN:

EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DAY

A convenience store in a Texas Suburb. No other businesses
surround it.

CLOSE-UP: A light switch is flipped on.

The sign on top of the store lights up. It reads: BENNY'S
WORLD OF LIQUOR.

TITLE CARD:

BIG SPRING, TEXAS
109 MILES WEST OF ABILENE
345 MILES EAST OF THE MEXICAN BORDER

A Texas Ranger patrol car pulls into the parking lot and
a real live Texas Ranger, EARL MCGRAW, steps out. McGraw is
in full ranger uniform - button shirt, cowboy hat, boots,
mirrored shades, tin star and a colt revolver on his hip.

It's about an hour and a half before sundown and McGraw is
off duty for the day.

The only other car in the parking lot is a 1975 Plymouth


INT. BENNY'S WORLD OF LIQUOR - DAY

A young Hawaiian Shirt wearing man named PETE sits on a
stool behind the counter.

A few CLOSE-UP:STOMERS fiddle about.

A MAN wearing a black suit, black tie, and wire rim
glasses holds hands with a PRETTY BLONDE GIRL in cutoffs and
bare feet. They look through magazines.

Another black suit wearing MAN holds hands with a RED-HEADED
GIRL in a prep school uniform. They look through the
beer cooler in the back of the store. Both girls are around
seventeen.

MCGRAW enters the store.

MCGRAW
Hot goddamn day!

PETE
Haven't felt it a bit. Been inside with
the air conditioner blastin' all day
long.

MCGRAW
Not even for lunch?

PETE
I'm by myself today, ate my lunch
outta the microwave.

McGraw walks over to the beer cooler, as if done ritually
every night (it is), takes out a beer, pops it open and
joins Pete by the front counter.

MCGRAW
Jesus Christ man, that microwave food
will kill ya as quick as a bullet.
Those burritos are only fit for a
hippie high on weed. Pull me down a
bottle of Jack Daniels. I'm gettin'
tanked tonight.

PETE
Whatsamatter?

MCGRAW
(sighs)
Awww, it's just been a shitass day.
Every inch of it hot and miserable.
First off, Nadine at the Blue Chip
got some sorta sick, so that Mongoloid
boy of hers was workin' the grill.
That fuckin' idiot don't know rat shit
from Rice Krispies. I ate breakfast
at nine, was pukin' up pigs in a
blanket like a sick dog by ten
thirty.

PETE
Isn't there a law or something
against retards serving food to the
public?

MCGRAW
Well, if there ain't there sure oughta
be. Who knows what goes on inside
Mongoloid's mind?

PETE
You could sue the shit out of her, ya
know. That kid belongs under a circus
tent, not flippin' burgers. You could
own that fuckin' place.

MCGRAW
What the hell would I do with that
grease pit? Besides, Nadine's got
enough of a cross to bear just taking
care of that potato head. Then all
this Abilene shit happened. You
heard about that bank robbery in
Abilene, didn't ya?

PETE
That's all that's been on the box
all day. They killed some people
didn't they?

MCGRAW
Four Rangers, three cops, and two
civilians. And they took a lady bank
teller as a hostage.

Pete doesn't say anything.

MCGRAW
They'll probably make a run for the
border, which would bring 'em this
way. And if we get our hands on
those shit asses, we're talking
payback time. We'll get 'em all right.
I gotta piss. I'm gonna use your
commode.

PETE
Knock yourself out.

McGraw drops his last drip of beer, crushes the can and
exits in the bathroom.

The black suited man by the beer cooler turns around and,
with the prep school girl in tow, walks rapidly toward Pete.
We see that the girl is crying.

BLACK SUITED MAN #1
(to Pete)
Do you think I'm fuckin' playing with
you, asshole?
(points to the tearful prep
school girl)
Do you want this little girl to die?
(pointing to the blonde with
the other guy)
Or that little girl? Or your
bosombuddy with the badge? Or
yourself? I don't wanna do it, but
I'll turn this fuckin' store into the
Wild Bunch if I even think you're
fuckin' with me.

The two men in black suits are the notorious Abilene
bank robbers, SETH and RICHARD GECKO, "The Gecko Brothers."
And the other customers are all being held hostage. Seth
is the one with the prep girl. Richard is the one with
the blonde.

Everybody speaks low and fast.

PETE
What do you want from me? I did what
you said.

SETH
Letting him use your toilet? No store
does that.

PETE
He comes in here every day and we
bullshit. He's used my toilet a
thousand times. If I told him no,
he'd know something was up.

SETH
I want that son-of-a-bitch out outta
here, in his car, and down the road or
you can change the name of this
place to "Benny's World of Blood."

Richard, holding tightly the hand of the terrified girl,
leans next to Seth's ear and whispers something. Seth looks
at Pete.

SETH
Were you giving that pig signals?

PETE
What? Are you kidding? I didn't do
anything!

Richard whispers something else in Seth's ear.

SETH
He says you were scratching.

PETE
I wasn't scratching!

SETH
You callin' him a liar?

Pete controls himself.

PETE
I'm not calling him a liar, okay? I'm
simply saying that if I was
scratching, and if I did scratch, it's
not because I was signaling the cop,
it's because I'm fuckin' scared
shitless.

Richard speaks for the first time in a low calm voice to
Seth.

RICHARD
The Ranger's taking a piss. Why don't
I just go in there, blow his head off
and get outta here.

PETE
Don't do that! Look, you asked me to
act natural, and I'm acting as natural
-- in fact, under the circumstances, I
think I ought get a fuckin' Academy
Award for how natural I'm acting. You
asked me to get rid of him, I'm doing
my best.

SETH
Yeah, well, your best better get a
helluva lot fuckin' better, or you're
gonna feel a helluva fuckin' lot
worse.

The toilet FLUSHES.

SETH
Everybody be cool.

Everybody goes back to what they were doing.

McGraw steps back out of the back. He appears to be unaware
of the situation.

MCGRAW
Yeah, and I'm gonna be right back at
it tomorrow. So tonight I'm gonna sit
in front of the box and just drink
booze. How much is the bottle?

PETE
Six-fifty.

Out of nowhere Richard WHIPS out his forty-five automatic
and SHOOTS McGraw in the head.

McGraw goes down screaming.

Richard stands over him and SHOOTS him twice more.

Seth charges forward.

SETH
(to Richard)
What the fuck was that about?

RICHARD
(in a low monotone)
He signaled the Ranger.

PETE
(hysterical)
I didn't.
(to Seth)
You gotta believe me, I didn't.

RICHARD
(to Seth)
When they were talkin', he mouthed
the words "Help Us."

PETE
You fuckin' liar, I didn't say shit!

Richard SHOOTS Pete and Pete falls down behind the counter.

Seth grabs Richard and throws him up against the wall.

SETH
What the fuck is wrong with you --

RICHARD
Seth, he did it. You were by the beer
cooler with your back turned. I was by
the magazines, I could see his face.
And I saw him mouth:

Richard mouths the words, "Help Us."

While Pete lies on the floor behind the counter bleeding
from his bullet wound, he opens his floor safe and pulls
out a gun from it.

Seth releases his brother.

SETH
Start the car.

RICHARD
You believe me don't cha?

SETH
Shut up and start the car.

Richard walks away from Seth and crosses the counter...

...when Pete SPRINGS up, gun in hand, and SHOOTS Richard in
the hand.

Richard FALLS to his knees, howling.

Both Pete and Seth SPRAY the store with gunfire.

Seth DIVES down an aisle. He reloads.

Pete DUCKS behind the counter. He reloads.

Richard has crawled to safety behind an aisle.

The two girls have run out screaming.


SETH
(yelling)
Richie? You okay?

RICHARD
(yelling)
I'm not dead, but I'm definitely shot!
I told you that bastard said, "Help
us!"

PETE
(yelling)
I never said help us!

SETH
(yelling)
Well that don't matter now, 'cause
you got about two fuckin' seconds
to live! Richie!

RICHARD
(yelling)
Yeah?

SETH
(yelling)
When I count three, shoot out the
bottles behind him!

RICHARD
Gotcha!

SETH
One... Two... Three.


The two brothers start FIRING toward the counter.

They HIT the bottles of alcohol on the shelf behind Pete.

Pete is crouched on the ground as glass, debris and alcohol
RAIN down on him.

Seth grabs a roll of paper towels from off a shelf.

Richard keeps FIRING.

Seth douses the paper towels with lighter fluid, sets it on
fire with his Zippo, then tosses it.

The flaming roll of paper towels FLIES through the air.

The fireball lands behind the counter.

The entire counter area immediately BURSTS INTO FLAMES. Pete
screams from behind the counter.

Seth smiles to himself and stands.

Richard shakes his head in amusement and stands.

Pete runs out from behind the counter, ENGULFED IN FLAMES
still holding his weapon and FIRING.

Seth and Richard hit the ground FIRING their .45's.

Pete, the human torch, FALLS like a tree into the Hostess
Pastry display.

Seth and Richard rise from the rubble.



EXT. BENNY'S WORLD OF LIQUOR - DAY

They exit the store squabbling. The store is bursting into
flames.

SETH
What did I tell you? What did I tell
you? Buy the road map and leave.

RICHARD
What am I supposed to do, Seth?
He recognized us.

SETH
He didn't recognize shit.

Both Seth and Richard stand on opposite sides of the car.

RICHARD
Seth, I'm telling you, the way he
looked at us -- you especially --
I knew he knew.


They both climb in the car, Seth behind the wheel. Seth
starts it op. The souped up engine ROARS to life. We can
hear Seth mumbling under the motor.

SETH
Low profile. Do you know what the
words "low profile" mean?

CLOSE-UP: SETH'S FOOT PUNCHES GAS.

The Plymouth tears out of the parking lot backwards, hits
the street, and speeds off down the road.

We CRANE UP HIGH to see the car leaving a trail of dust
behind it, as the store burns out of control.

OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE.

Raunchy, honky-tonk MUSIC fills the theater.

CUT TO:


EXT. TEXAS PANHANDLE - DAY

The Plymouth tears ass across Texas plains. As TITLES PLAY
OVER, we see Seth and Richard enjoying their getaway/road
trip. Seth behind the wheel, pops open a bottle of
prescription pills, empties out four of the red capsules in
his hand, pops them in his mouth, and washes it back with a
slug of Jack Daniel's from a pint bottle.

Richard looks at Seth through the hole in his hand. Like a
boxer, Richard wraps his wounded hand with gaffer's tape.

The camera leaves the boys, as they woosh down the street,
and goes along the length of the car to the trunk. It hangs
on the trunk. Then we see through the trunk, like Superman:

AN OLDER WOMAN tied up and helpless in the trunk.

The rest of the titles play over black as the song
continues.

CREDIT SEQUENCE ENDS

CUT TO:

EXT. EMMA AND PETE'S GRAVY TRAIN - DAY

Emma and Pete's Gravy Train is a truck stop off of Highway
290.

SUBTITLE APPEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN':

FORT STOCKTON
238 MILES FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER


INT. EMMA AND PETE'S GRAVY TRAIN - DAY

Emma and Pete's PATRONS are made up of regulars, truckers,
cowboys and road-weary travelers. The CAMERA DOLLIES through
the maze of tables, patrons, and waitresses.

It stops when it gets to a table occupied by the FULLER
FAMILY. The Fullers definitely fall into the road-weary
category. The members of the unit consist of the father,
JACOB, age 44, an ex-preacher, a good man with rough edges,
and his two children, KATE, age 19, is a young beauty who
possesses what can only be described as an apple pie
sensuality. She is dressed like a nice Christian girl,
complete with crucifix. SCOTT, age 16, is a Jacob's
Vietnamese adopted son. Scott is a likable, long-haired kid
who always wears a T-shirt with the name of the heavy metal
garage band he plays guitar for, "Precinct 13." The three
of them are wolfing down a late lunch.

JACOB
We got about two more hours of day
light left. That'll get us into
El Paso, which is right next to the
border. We'll stop at a motel --

SCOTT
Stop? We're not going to actually
stop at a motel, are we?

Scott and Kate speak together, obviously repeating something
that Jacob has said about three hundred times.

SCOTT AND KATE
We've got a Winnebago. We don't need
those over priced roach havens. We're
self contained.

JACOB
Okay, Okay, maybe I was a little
overzealous, but give me a break, I
just bought it.

Scott and Kate continue the impersonation.

SCOTT
Why, just look at all this. You got
your kitchen --

KATE
-- you got your microwave --

SCOTT
-- you got your sink --

KATE
-- you got your shower --

SCOTT
-- see this, television!

KATE
Feel this, real wood paneling. That's
real wood, too, not that fake stuff.

JACOB
Unless you two wiseacres wanna be
introduced to the joys of hitchhiking,
what say we drop this?

SCOTT
(to Kate)
The truth hurts.

KATE
(to Scott)
It's the bitterest of pills.

JACOB
You two ought to start a stand-up
act, because you're just wasting your
humor on me.

KATE
Ain't it the truth.

SCOTT
Why do you want to stop?

JACOB
I'm exhausted.

SCOTT
Lie in the back, Dad, I'll drive us
into Mexico.

Jacob gives Scott a look that says, "You aren't touching my
new motor home."

JACOB
I just bet you would. Don't even thin
about it. Besides, I want to have one
night's sleep in an
honest-to-goodness bed. The beds in
the home are okay, but they're not
like a real bed.

KATE
Hey, if we go to a motel, we can
swim.

SCOTT
I'll be right back. I'm gonna go to
the bathroom.

Scott gets up from the table and walks out back to the
restroom.

Jacob and Kate are left alone. There's an awkward moment of
silence before...

KATE
Dad, when I called the machine to
check our messages there was one from
Bethel Baptist. Mr.Franklin said he
wouldn't permanently replace you until
we came back. He said when we come
home, if you still feel the same
way --

JACOB
That's very nice of Ted, but I'll
call him tomorrow and tell him not
to bother waiting.

KATE
I didn't want to talk about this in
front of Scott because he gets upset.
But you don't believe in God
anymore?

JACOB
Not enough to be a pastor. Look, I
know this is hard on you kids. After
Jenny's death, this is probably the
last thing you need. But I can't do
it any longer. My congregation needs
spiritual leadership. Well, they can't
get that from me anymore. My faith is
gone. To answer your question, yes,
I do believe in Jesus. But do I love
them? No. After Jenny died, I just
thought, what's the point?

KATE
(pushing him)
It's just, all our lives you've been
a pastor. For twenty years you've
preached trust in the lord. And then
one day you wake up and say fuck him?

JACOB
I didn't say fuck him. I'm just not
connected anymore.

KATE
That happens, you'll get it back.

JACOB
Kate, give your old man a little
credit. Every person who chooses the
service of God as their life's work
has something in common. I don't care
if you're a preacher, a priest, a nun,
a rabbi or a Buddhist monk. Many,
many times during your life you'll
look at your reflection in the mirror
and ask yourself, am I a fool? We've
all done it. I'm not going through a
lapse. What I've experienced is closer
to awakening. I'm not trying to shake
your faith. I've just decided not to
devote my life to God anymore.

KATE
What do you think Mom would say?

JACOB
Mom's got nothing to say, she's dead.

CUT TO:

CLOSE UP: COUNTER BELL. A hand slams down on it. RING.


INT. LOBBY - DEW DROP INN - DAY

Seth stands at the front desk of the Dew Drop Inn. A
standard issue Texas motel. Richard sits outside in the car.
Nobody responds to the bell. Seth BANGS it impatiently five
times.

TEXAS VOICE (O.S.)
Hold your horses!

An OLD-TIMER walks through a curtain behind the counter.
He's eating a BBQ rib.

OLD-TIMER
(rough)
Whatcha want?

SETH
Whatcha think I want, ya mean old
bastard? I wanna room.


EXT. COURTYARD - DEW DROP INN - DAY

Richard sits in the car listening to Merle Haggard on the
radio. He watches from his perspective, Seth taking the
walking outside and getting in the car. Seth starts it up,
and drives them to their room.

RICHARD
Do they have cable?

SETH
No.

RICHARD
Do they have an X-rated channel?

SETH
No.

RICHARD
Do they have a waterbed?

SETH
They don't have anything except four
walls and a roof, and that's all we
need.

Their car drives up to room #9, but they park backing up the
trunk close to the door.

The two brothers get out of the car.

SETH
(tossing Richie the motel keys)
Open the door. We gotta do this fast.

Richie opens the door.

Seth goes to the trunk, looks around the court yard. It's
empty.

CLOSE UP: KEY going into the trunk lock, turning.

TRUNK POV: Seth looking into the camera.

SETH'S POV: A WOMAN in her late forties is lying scrunched
up in the trunk.

She is the HOSTAGE BANK TELLER from Abilene. She's stiff,
scared and looks an absolute mess.

SETH
Don't say a word.

The two brothers, quick as lightening, yank the woman out of
the trunk and whisk her into the motel room. SETH closes the
trunk, looks around for any Johnny eye-witnesses, doesn't
see any, slams the door.


INT. SETH AND RICHARD'S ROOM - DAY

Seth turns from the door, sees the hostage woman standing.

SETH
You. Plant yourself in that chair.

She sits down in the chair.

HOSTAGE
What are you planning on doing with --

SETH
-- I said plant yourself. Plants don't
talk. You wanna get on my good side?
Just sit still and don't make a peep.

She shuts up.

Richard slowly takes off his jacket. He winces from his
wound.

SETH
Let me help you.

He helps him get his jacket off.

SETH
How's it feel?

RICHARD
How ya think, it hurts like a
son-of-a-bitch.

Richie goes over to the bed and lies down on it. Seth takes
the pillow and stacks them for Richie to prop his back up
against.

SETH
I got both rooms on either side of us,
so we don't gotta worry about
eavesdropping assholes. How's that
feel? You okay?

RICHARD
Feels good.

SETH
I'm gonna go get the money.

He heads for the door.


EXT. COURTYARD - MOTEL - DAY

Seth goes into the car, takes out a big suitcase. He scans
the perimeter with his eyes, goes back inside.


INT. MOTEL ROOM #9 - DAY

Seth comes back in, lays the suitcase on the bed. Richie has
the TV remote control in his hand and he's flipping
stations. Seth looks at his watch.

SETH
It's about five o'clock.
(to hostage)
What time does it get dark around
here?

HOSTAGE
About seven.

SETH
Good. I'm going towards the border to
check things out while it's still
daylight. Call Carlos and arrange the
rendezvous.

RICHARD
Hey, when you talk to him, see if you
can arrange a better deal than thirty
percent.

SETH
That's their standard deal, brother.
They ain't about to change it for us.

RICHARD
Did you even to try to negotiate?

SETH
These guys ain't spic fire cracker
salesman from Tijuana. They don't even
know the meaning of the word "barter".
You wanna stay in El Ray? You give
them thirty percent of your loot. It's
scripture. So it is written, so shall
it be done. You want sanctuary, you
pay the price, and the price is thirty
percent.

RICHARD
All I'm saying --

SETH
-- This conversation is over.

Richie shrugs and turns back to TV, Seth turns to the
hostage, grabs a chair and slides it up in front of her.

SETH
Now, we need to have a talk. What's
your name?

HOSTAGE
Gloria.

He shakes her hand.

SETH
Hello, Gloria, I'm Seth and that's my
brother Richie. Let's cut to the
chase. I'm gonna ask you a question
and all I want is a yes or no answer.
Do you want to live through this?

GLORIA
Yes.

SETH
Good. Then let me explain the house
rules. Follow the rules, we'll get
along like a house on fire. Rule number
one: No noise, no question. You make a
noise...
(he holds up his .45)
...Mr. 45 makes a noise. You ask a
question, Mr. 45 answers it. Now are
you absolutely, positively clear about
rule number one?

GLORIA
Yes.

SETH
Rule number two: You do what we say,
when we say it. If you don't, see rule
number one.

Seth takes the .45, places the barrel next to the woman's
cheek. She squirms and shuts her eyes. He pulls back the
hammer.

SETH
Rule number three: Don't you ever try
and fuckin' run on us. 'Cause I got
five little friends, and they all run
faster 'n you can. Got it?

She nods her head yes.

He takes the gun away and replaces the hammer.

SETH
Open your eyes.

She does.

SETH
Gloria, you hang in there, follow the
rules, and don't fuck with us, you'll
get out of this alive. I give you my
word. Okay?

She nods her head yes.

Seth rises.

SETH
I'll be back in a bit.

He exits.

Richard looks to the TV, then looks to Gloria sitting
across the room in the chair.


RICHARD
Wanna come up here on the bed and
watch TV with me?


You can tell she doesn't want to.

He pats the empty space next to him.

RICHARD
Come on.

She gets out of her chair, walks across the bed, and sits
next to him.


EXT. PHONE BOOTH - DAY

A phone booth outside of a gas station. Seth is in the
middle of a conversation with the party on the other end.

SETH
Things are real hot here. Crossing's
gonna be a bitch.
(pause)
Don't worry, we'll get across. But
when we do, where do we go?
(pause)
Can we make it as close to the border
as possible? Texas wants our balls.
The quicker we're in your protection,
the better I'll feel.
(pause)
Okay, where?
(pause)
The Titty Twister?
(he laughs)
I love it already. Okay, Carlos, I'll
see you and your men at the "Titty
Twister" tomorrow morning.
(pause)
Bye, my friend.

Seth hangs up the phone, lights up a cigarette with his
Zippo lighter and exits frame. After Seth exits, leaving
the frame empty, a subtitle appears:

EL PASO
5 MILES FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER
CUT TO:


INT. SETH AND RICHARD'S MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Richard lies on the bed by himself, propped up by pillows,
watching TV, taking on hits from a water bong in the
shape of a wizard.

ON TV

A local newscaster named KELLY HOUGE is reporting a story
about the brothers.

KELLY HOUGE
(talking to camera)
This bloody crime spree started just a
week ago today. The oldest of the two
brothers...

MUG SHOT OF SETH

KELLY HOUGE (V.O)
...Seth Gecko was serving time in
Rolling's Kansas State Penitentiary
for his part in the 1988 Scott City
bank robbery in which two law
enforcement officers lost their lives.

BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
Having served eight years of his
twenty-two year sentence, Seth Gecko
was brought to Wichita Municipal court
house for his first parole hearing. It
was while at the court house that this
man...

MUG SHOT OF RICHARD GECKO

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
... his younger brother Richard Gecko,
a known armed robber and sex offender,
pulled off a daring daylight escape...

BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
...resulting in the death of four
Wichita law enforcement officers, and
this woman...

PHOTO OF WOMAN SMILING

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
...Heide Vogel, sixth grade teacher
who was run over by the Geckos during
a high speed pursuit through downtown
Wichita.

MAP OF AMERICA

A red line travels from Wichita to Oklahoma.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
From there the brothers traveled
from Kansas through Oklahoma...

The red line enters Texas and the camera moves into Texas.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
...into the great state of Texas, and
then finally...

WE ZOOM in on a red-circled Abilene.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
...into Abilene.

We hear GUNFIRE and SCREAMS.

CUT TO:


EXT. THE CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING - DAY

Kelly Houge walks down the courthouse steps of the criminal
courts building of Abilene. She talks to the camera. Cops,
lawyers and citizens bustle in the background.

KELLY HOUGE
The list of the dead climbed up three
more notches since our last telecast.

CUT TO:

PHOTO: OFFICER SHERMAN GOODELL in full police uniform.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
Officer Sherman Goodell, who was in
intensive care following the gun
battle outside of the Valley Federal
bank building...

CUT TO:


EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY

Kelly Houge standing on the court house steps talking into
the camera.

KELLY HOUGE
...died about forty-five minutes ago
at Hopkins General hospital. And about
six hours ago, during a daylight
liquor store robbery in Big Springs,
The Gecko Brothers killed another
Texas Ranger...

CUT TO:

PHOTO: EARL MCGRAW in uniform.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
...Earl McGraw...

CUT TO:

PHOTO: PETE in a Hawaiian shirt holding up a big fish.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
...and liquor store clerk Pet
Bottoms.

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VIDEO FOOTAGE: Of Benny's World of Liquor burning down.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
Then they proceeded to burn the store
down to the ground.

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VIDEO GRAPHIC: Picture of The Gecko Brothers with a tally underneath:

THE GECKO BROTHERS

WICHITA JAIL BREAK
VALLEY FEDERAL BANK ROBBERY
BIG SPRINGS CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

DEATH TOLL
13

TEXAS RANGERS - POLICE OFFICERS - CIVILIANS
4 7 2


KELLY HOUGE
That changes the death toll to fifteen.
(It changes under "Death toll")
Five Texas Rangers...
(it changes)
Eight police officers
(it changes)
Three civilians.
(it changes)

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BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
And one hostage...

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PHOTO: GLORIA HILL

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
... bank teller and mother of four,
Gloria Hill.

KELLY TO CAMERA

KELLY HOUGE
Heading the case to bring these
fugitives to justice is FBI agent
Stanley Chase. We talked with agent
Chase earlier this afternoon.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW

Kelly Houge interviewing STANLEY CHASE of the FBI.

STANLEY CHASE
For the time being we are very
confident we will apprehend the
fugitives in the next forty-eight
hours. The Bureau, local law
enforcement and the Texas Rangers
have all joined forces in forming a
dragnet to snare Seth and Richard
Gecko.

KELLY HOUGE
Agent Chase, does it appear that they
are heading for Mexico.

STANLEY CHASE
Yes, it does, Kelly. We have already
alerted the Mexican authorities. They
intend to cooperate every way possible
in bringing these fugitives to
justice.

KELLY HOUGE
Are you optimistic about the safety of
the hostage they took in Abilene,
Gloria Hill?

STANLEY CHASE
We've received no news one way or the
other. We can only hope for the best.

KELLY HOUGE
What about the report from an
eyewitness at the liquor store who
said one of the brothers was shot?

STANLEY CHASE
This can't be confirmed at this time,
but we do believe it to be true. We
have reason to believe it was the
youngest brother Richard, and he was
shot in the vicinity of his neck and
shoulders by the store's clerk.

KELLY HOUGE
Is it safe to assume that because the
death count involved and the loss of
life of law enforcement officers, that
the Bureau, the Rangers and the police
force are taking this manhunt
personally?

STANLEY CHASE
I would say that's a very safe
assumption.

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RICHARD SMILES.

RICHARD
(Newscaster's voice)
Is it safe to assume since the law
enforcement authorities in the great
state of Texas are homosexuals of a
sick and deviate nature, that they
will be too busy fucking each other
up the ass to actually catch The
Gecko Brothers?
(in an FBI voice)
I would say that's a very safe
assumption.

He changes a channel on the television. We see a Casper the
Friendly Ghost cartoon on the screen.

CASPER
Would you play with me?

A big burly COP turns around.

COP
Sure, little boy... A GHOST!!!

The cop heads for the hills. Casper cries.

Seth enters the room carrying a six pack of beer and two
take-out bags of Big Kahuna burgers.

RICHARD
Shit, I started to get worried. Where
the fuck ya been?

SETH
Sight seein'.

RICHARD
What'd ya see?

SETH
Cops.

RICHARD
Didya look at the border?

Seth dumps the burgers on the bed. Both men pop open beers
and Richard goes to town on a hamburger. Seth flips off
the TV

SETH
Yeah, I saw the border. Through
binoculars from on top of a high
building. That's about as close as I
risked getting. What's the TV say?

RICHARD
They're going to apprehend us in
forty-eight hours.

Seth sits down and takes a hit off his beer.

SETH
(to himself)
I gotta figure a way to get across
that goddamn border. Longer we fuck
around El Paso our lives ain't worth
a shit.

RICHARD
Look, fuck the border. Let's just dig
in and wait for things to cool down.

SETH
Richie, it's gonna get a lot fuckin'
worse before it gets any fuckin'
better. We showed our ass in Texas. We
killed Texas fuckin' Rangers. They
ain't gonna stop lookin' till they
find us, and when they find us,
they're gonna kill us. Texans take it
very personal when ya kill their law
enforcement officers. The El Paso
police have already started a motel
and hotel search for us.

RICHARD
How do you know?

SETH
I heard it on the radio. We gotta get
our asses into Mexico tonight. Carlos
is gonna meet us tomorrow morning at a
rendezvous on the other side, then
Carlos and his boys will escort us to
El Ray and --

Seth stops talking and looks around.

SETH
Where's the woman?

RICHARD
What?

Seth's out of his chair.

SETH
What'd ya mean, what? The fuckin'
woman, the hostage. Where the fuck
is she, Richard!?

RICHARD
She's in the other room.

SETH
What the fuck is she doin' there?!

He goes to the door of the adjoining room.

RICHARD
Seth, before you open the door, let
me explain what happened.

Seth stops and looks at his brother. He knows what he means.
He can't say anything, only point at his younger sibling.
Then he BURSTS open the door.

The dead, naked body of Gloria Hill lies on the bed. It's
obvious Richard raped her and killed her.

Seth covers his eyes with his hands. He slowly enters the
room with the dead body.

SETH
(to himself)
Oh, Richard, what's wrong with you?

Richard rises from the bed.

RICHARD
Now, Seth, before you flip out, let me
just explain what happened.

Seth slowly turns to his brother, then walks toward him.

Richard backs up.

SETH
Yeah, explain it to me. I need an
explanation. What's the matter with
you?

RICHARD
(low and calm)
There's nothing wrong with me,
brother. That woman tried to escape
and I did what I had to do.

SETH
No.
(pause)
That woman wouldn't of said shit if
she had a mouthful.

RICHARD
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong,
wrong, wrong! Once you left, she
became a whole different person.

SETH
(slowly approaching)
Is it me? Is it my fault?

RICHARD
It's not your fault, it's her fault!

Seth grabs Richard and THROWS him in the corner of the room,
holding tightly to his wrist.

SETH
Is this my fault? Do you think this
is what I am?

RICHARD
What?

SETH
This is not me! I am a professional
fucking thief. I steal money. You try
to stop me, god help you. But I don't
kill people I don't have to, and I
don't rape women. What you doin' ain't
how it's done. Do you understand?

RICHARD
Seth, if you were me --

SETH
Just say yes! Nothing else, just say
yes.

RICHARD
Yes.

SETH
Yes, Seth, I understand.

RICHARD
Yes, Seth, I understand.

Seth hugs his little brother. Tight.

SETH
(whispers in Richie's ear)
We get into Mexico, it's gonna be
sweet Rosemary, hundred-proof liquor,
and rice and beans. None of this
shit's gonna matter.


INT. MOTOR HOME - NIGHT

Scott and Kate are in the front seat of their parked motor
home. The motor home's parked in front of the Dew Drop
Inn's front office. We see Jacob inside getting a room from
the Old-Timer.

KATE
I can't believe he's stopping here.
This place looks totally cruddy.

Jacob walks out of the office. Kate yells from the motor
home.

KATE
Dad, why are we stopping here?

He opens the meter home door and climbs in.

JACOB
There's nothing wrong with this
place.

KATE
It's a flop house.

JACOB
It's not a flop house. It's basic
and simple. That doesn't make it a
flop house.

KATE
If it doesn't have a pool, we're
looking for a new place.

Starting the huge car and slowly maneuvering it through the
courtyard.

JACOB
It has a bed. That's all I care about.

KATE
Other places have beds, they also have
cable TV, a gym, room service...


EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT

Seth walks out of room #9 with a beer in his hand. He's
thinking about how he's going to get over the border
tonight. Lost in thought, he steps out in the path of the
Fuller's motor home.

Jacob slams on the brakes. Seth jumps back, startled. Both
Kate and Scott are TOSSED out of their seats onto the floor.
THUD... THUD...

KATE
Owww, my head.

Jacob (pissed) honks his horn at Seth and yells out the
window.

JACOB
Watch where you're going!

THROUGH WINDSHIELD

Seth just stands right in their way without moving, gazing
up at the giant motor home.

JACOB BEHIND THE WHEEL

Kate and Scott join him up front looking at this weirdo.

SCOTT
What's this guy's problem?

JACOB
I have no idea.

Seth continues standing in their way, making no attempt to
move. Not threatening, just looking at them.

HONK!

JACOB
Anytime, man.

The horn snaps Seth back to this world. A smile breaks out
on the escaped fugitive's face and he politely steps to one
side to let them pass.

Pass they do!

KATE
Creepy guy.

SETH

The Sword of Damocles is lifted from above Seth's head. He's
just solved a problem that a mere thirty seconds ago seemed
unsolvable. He knows exactly how he's going to cross the
border. Whistling a happy tune, he turns and walks back into
room #9.


INT. FULLERS' MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

The Fullers are in room #12. It's identical to the one that
the Gecko boys are in, except that the paintings above the
beds are different. Jacob has fallen asleep in his clothes
on the bed.

Scott sits in a chair, headphones on, playing an unplugged
electric guitar. Kate is nowhere in sight.

KNOCK... KNOCK... KNOCK... on the door. Scott doesn't hear
shit but his music. Jacob stirs a bit, but doesn't wake up.
POUND... POUND... POUND... on the door. Jacob SPRINGS UP.
He looks over at Scott, who, lost in guitar heaven, is
oblivious of the knocker, then to the door.

JACOB
(yelling)
What?

From the other side of the door comes a friendly voice.

VOICE (O.S.)
I'm your neighbor in room 9, I hate to
disturb you, but I'd like to ask a favor.

Jacob swings his feet to the floor, stands up and walks to
the door. As he passes Scott, he says, in his direction --

JACOB
I hope none of this is disturbing you.

Scott can't hear him, but when he sees his dad look at him,
he smiles.

Jacob opens the door and sees...

... Richard Gecko standing in the doorway, looking like the
nicest guy in the entire world.

RICHARD
Hi there, I'm from room 9, my name is
Don Cornelius. No, not the Don
Cornelius from Soul Train. Me and my
lady friend need some ice and we don't
seem to have an ice bucket. Could we
possibly borrow yours? I'll bring it
right back.

JACOB
(still partially asleep)
Sure.

We follow Jacob as he turns to the dresser to get the motel
ice bucket. He grabs it, turns back to the door, takes a
couple of steps towards it, then stops: in his tracks.

He sees Richard and Seth both inside the room with the door
closed, both with .45's in their hands, both aimed at him.

JACOB
What is this?

Seth SLUGS Jacob in the mouth, KNOCKING him to the ground.

SETH
It's called a punch.

Scott suddenly becomes aware of what's going on around him
and instinctively stands. Richard shoves his .45 in Scott's
mouth.

RICHARD
Sit down.

Scott lowers himself back down onto his seat.

RICHARD
Good boy.

Jacob lifts his head off the floor and wipes blood away from
his lip. He looks at his opponent who stands over him.

SETH
(to Jacob)
What's your name?

JACOB
Jacob.

SETH
Okay, Jacob, get up and sit your ass
down on the bed. Make a wrong move and
I'll shoot you in the face.

Jacob rises and sits on the edge of the bed.

SETH
(to Richard)
Okay, move the Jap over there.

Keeping the gun in Scott's mouth, Richard makes Scott rise...

RICHARD
Upsy daisy.

...guiding him over to the bed by his father.

Richard removes the gun from Scott's mouth and stands next
to his brother, looking down at their two hostages.

SETH
(to his hostages)
What's the story with you two? You a
couple of fags?

JACOB
He's my son.

SETH
How does that happen? You don't look
Japanese.

JACOB
Neither does he. He looks Vietnamese.

SETH
Oh, well, excuse me all to hell.

JACOB
What's this about, money?

SETH
It's about money, all right, but not
yours. You see, me and my brother here
are in a little hot water and we need
your assistance.

The door to room #12 opens and a dripping wet, bikini clad
Kate walks in.

The brothers spin their guns in her direction.

Kate, startled, screams. Jacob and Scott get on their feet
and move forward. Seth spins back towards the two men, gun
ready to spit.

SETH
(to Scott and Jacob)
Stop!

Jacob and Scott freeze.

Richard moves like quicksilver, shutting the door and
positioning himself behind the terrified Kate.

KATE
What's going on?

RICHARD
We're having a wet bikini contest,
and you just won.

JACOB
(to Kate)
It's okay, honey. Everything's going
to be all right.

SETH
Just listen to daddy, sugar, and don't
do nothin' stupid.
(he turns to Jacob and Scott,
who are still standing)
You two, Simon says sit the fuck down!

They slowly sit.

Richard can't take his eyes off the dripping wet Kate.

Both Jacob and Seth see this and neither men like it. Both
for their own reasons.

SETH
(to Jacob)
Where are the keys to the motor home?

JACOB
On the dresser.

SETH
Richie, take the keys. Start that big
bastard up, and drive it up front.

Richard doesn't move from his position behind Kate. Kate
feels his eyes on her. She slowly turns and looks at him.

He looks in her face.

CLOSE-UP KATE

She smiles at him.

KATE
Richie, will you do me a favor and eat
my pussy?

CLOSE-UP RICHARD

RICHARD
Sure.


SETH (O.S.)
Richard!

Richard's eyes go to Seth.

Everybody is where they were. Kate never turned around.

SETH
Not when you get around to it, now.

Without saying a word, he takes the keys and leaves the
room.

SETH
(pointing at Kate)
You, Gidget, go in the bathroom and
put on some clothes.

She grabs some clothes from the floor and moves towards the
bathroom.

Seth GRABS her wrist.

SETH
You got three minutes. One second
longer, I shoot your father in the
face. Do you understand what I just
said?

KATE
Yes.

SETH
Do you believe me?

KATE
Yes.

SETH
You damn well better. Go.

She goes into the bathroom.

JACOB
Look, if you want the motor home, just
take it and get out.

Seth grabs a chair and slides it up to his two male
hostages.

SETH
Sorry, Pops, it ain't gonna be that
easy.

We hear the motor home "HONK" twice outside.

SETH
Get ready to move out, we're all going
on a little ride.

Jacob shakes his head "no."

JACOB
Not a chance.

SETH
Come again?

JACOB
If you're taking people, take me. But
my kids aren't going anywhere with
you.

SETH
Sorry, I need everybody.

JACOB
My children are not going with you,
and that's that.

SETH
(angry)
That's not fuckin' that...
(holds up his gun)
this is fuckin' this.
(he calms down and looks
at Scott)
Go sit over there.

Scott gets up and walks to the other side of the room,
leaving the two men alone. Seth speaks in a quiet,
conversational tone.

SETH
I ain't got time to fuck around with
you, so I'll make this simple. Take
your kids and get in the car, or I'll
execute all three of you right now.
(he cocks the gun and puts
it right in Jacob's face)
What's it gonna be, yes or no answer?

Jacob looks at him.

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Good.
(to Scott)
Your old man's all right, he just
saved your life.

Seth BANGS on the bathroom door.

SETH
Times up, Princess.

The bathroom door opens. Kate stands there, wearing a
T-shirt, jeans and bare feet.

SETH
Okay, ramblers, let's get to rambling.

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EXT. HIGHWAY - NIGHT

The motor home with the powder-keg interior drives through
the Lone Star night.


INT. MOTOR HOME NIGHT

Richard's in the back bed area with a gun trained on Kate
and Scott. The two scared siblings hold hands.

KATE
Excuse me.

Richard zeros in on her.

RICHARD
What?

KATE
Where are you taking us?

RICHARD
Mexico.

KATE
What's in Mexico?

RICHARD
Mexicans.

He doesn't smile.

In the front part of the motor home, Jacob sits behind the
wheel, driving into the night. Seth sits in the passenger
seat, going through Jacob's wallet and talking to him
calmly.

SETH
(reading his driver's license)
Jacob Fuller. Jacob, that's biblical,
ain't it? What am I askin' for, of
course it is.
(motioning behind him)
What are their names?

JACOB
Scott and Kate.

Seth repeats the names as he thumbs through the wallet.

SETH
Scott and Kate... Kate and Scott...
Scott Fuller... Kate Fuller...

Seth comes to a snapshot of Jacob and his wife.

SETH
Who's this?

JACOB
My wife.

SETH
Where is the little lady?

JACOB
In heaven.

SETH
She's dead?

JACOB
Yes, she is.

SETH
How'd she die?

JACOB
Auto wreck.

SETH
Come on, gimme some more details.
How'd it happen? Some fuckin' drunk
kill her?

JACOB
No. It was a rainy night, the brakes
on the car weren't great. She had to
stop suddenly. She slid on the road,
she crashed, she died.

SETH
Died instantly?

JACOB
Not quite. She was trapped in the
wreck for about six hours before she
passed on.

SETH
Whewww! Those acts of God really stick
it in and break it off, don't they?

JACOB
Yes, they do.

Seth looks back at the wallet. He sees Jacob's minister's
license.

SETH
Is this real?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
I've seen one of these before. A
friend of mine had himself declared
a minister of his own religion. Away
to fuck the IRS. Is that what you're
doing, or are you the real McCoy?

JACOB
Real McCoy.

SETH
You're a preacher?

JACOB
I was a minister.

SETH
Was? As in not anymore?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Why'd ya quit?

JACOB
I think I've gotten about as up close
and personal with you as I'm gonna
get. Now if you need me like I think
you need me, you're not gonna kill me
'cause I won't answer your stupid,
prying questions. So, with all due
respect, mind your own business.

SETH
I seem to have touched a nerve. Don't
be so sensitive, Pops, let's keep this
friendly. But you're right, enough
with the getting to know you shit.
Now, there's two ways we can play this
hand. One way is me and you go round
an' round all fuckin' night. The other
way, is we reach some sort of an
understanding. Now, if we go down that
first path at the end of the day, I'll
win. But we go down the second, we'll
both win. Now, I don't give a rat's
ass about you or your fuckin' family.
Y'all can live forever or die this
second and I don't care which. The
only things I do care about are me
that son-of-a-bitch in the back, and
our money. And right now I need to get
those three things into Mexico. Now,
stop me if I'm wrong, but I take it
you don't give a shit about seeing me
and my brother receiving justice, or
the bank getting its money back. Right
now all you care about is the safety
of your daughter, your son and
possibly yourself. Am I correct?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
I thought so. You help us get across
the border without incident, stay with
us the rest of the night without
trying anything funny, and in the
morning we'll let you and your family
go. That way everybody gets what they
want. You and your kids get out of
this alive and we get into Mexico.
Everybody's happy.

JACOB
How do I know you'll keep your word?

SETH
Jesus Christ, Pops, don't start with
this shit.

JACOB
You want me to sit here and be
passive. The only way being passive in
this situation makes sense is if I
believe you'll let us go. I'm not
there yet. You have to convince me
you're telling the truth.

SETH
Look, dickhead, the only thing you
need to be convinced about is that
you're stuck in a situation with a
coupla real mean motor scooters. I
don't wanna hafta worry about you all
fuckin' night. And I don't think you
wanna be worrying about my brother's
intentions toward your daughter all
night. You notice the way he looked
at her, didn't ya?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Didn't like it, did ya?

JACOB
No, I didn't.

SETH
Didn't think so. So, as I was saying,
I'm willing to make a deal. You
behave, get us into Mexico, and don't
try to escape. I'll keep my brother
off your daughter and let you all
loose in the morning.

JACOB
You won't let him touch her?

SETH
I can handle Richie, don't worry.

The two men look at each other for some measure of trust.
Seth sticks out his hand.

SETH
I give you my word.

Seth can't help but think about the last time he gave his
word.

SETH
(hand sticks out)
My words, my law. Better you not take
it, and that's just where we are,
then take it and not mean it.

Jacob takes his hand, but looks right into Seth.

JACOB
If he touches her, I'll kill him. I
don't give a fuck how many guns you
have, nothing will stop me from
killing him.

SETH
Fair enough. You break your word, I'll
kill all of you.
(calling to the back)
Kate, honey!

KATE
Yeah.

SETH
You must have a bible in here, don't
cha?

KATE
Yeah, we got a bible.

SETH
Get it and bring it up here, will
ya, please?

Kate goes into a drawer, pulls out a bible and brings it up
front.

SETH
Hold it right there, sweetie pie.
(to Jacob)
Put your hand on it.

Jacob does.

SETH
Swear to God, on the Bible, you won't
try to escape and you'll get us across
the border.

JACOB
I swear to God I won't try to escape
and I'll do my best to get you into
Mexico.

SETH
You best better get it done, Pops.

Seth places his hand on the Bible.

SETH
I swear to God I'll let you loose in the
morning. And your daughter will be safe. And I
also swear if you do anything to fuck me up,
I'll slit all your throats.

TIME CUT TO:


INT. MOTOR HOME - NIGHT

Richard's in the back with Kate and Scott. Richard,
expressionless, looks at Kate's bare feet.

SLOW ZOOM KATE'S BARE FEET

EX CLOSE-UP KATE'S TOES. They wiggle.

His eyes go to her hands.

SLOW ZOOM KATE'S HANDS

EX CLOSE-UP KATE'S FINGERS

His eyes go to her neck.

SLOW ZOOM NAPE OF KATE'S NECK

EX CLOSE-UP KATE'S ADAM'S APPLE. She swallows.

His eyes move up.

SIDE PROFILE OF KATE, SLOW ZOOM TO KATE'S LIPS

Back to Richard.

RICHARD
Did ya mean what you said back there?

Kate turns to him.

KATE
What?

RICHARD
In the room. Were you serious, or were
you just foolin' around? I'm just
bringing it up, 'cause if you really
want me to do that for you, I will.

KATE
Do what?

RICHARD
(in a whisper)
What you said to me in the room.

KATE
(whispers back)
What did I say?

RICHARD
(whisper)
You asked me if I would --

SETH (O.S.)
Richard!

RICHARD
(to Seth)
What?

Seth and Jacob.

SETH
I told you to watch those kids, I didn't say
talk to 'em. You guys ain't got nothin' to say
to one another. So cut the chatter.

Richard turns to Kate.

RICHARD
(quiet)
We'll talk later.

Kate still hasn't a clue what he means.

CUT TO:


EXT. THE MEXICAN BORDER - NIGHT

Automobiles are lined up, waiting one by one to go into
Mexico. Cop cars with their red and blue lights flashing
are all over the place. Border Patrol men and Police are
stopping all cars. Pulling up to the end of the line is the
Fuller's mobile home.


INT. MOBILE HOME - NIGHT

Jacob at the wheel, Seth in the passenger seat. Seth jumps
up and goes into action.

SETH
Okay everybody, it's show time.
Richie, take Kate in the bathroom.

Richard grabs the terrified Kate and drags her in the bathroom,

SETH
Scott, you come up front with your
daddy.

Scott does. Seth, keeping low, gets behind Jacob.

JACOB
I'm telling you, don't hurt her.

SETH
As long as you're cool, she'll be
cool. What're ya gonna say?

JACOB
I don't have the slightest idea.

SETH
Well, you just keep thinkin' of that
gun next to Kate's temple.

Seth disappears into the bathroom with Kate and Richard,
closing the door behind him.

Father and son are alone for the first time since this whole
thing began.

SCOTT
What are you gonna do?

JACOB
I'm gonna try and get us across the
border.

SCOTT
No, dad, you gotta tell 'em that
they're back there.

Jacob is surprised to hear Scott say this.


INT. BATHROOM - MOBILE HOME - NIGHT

The bathroom, which consists of a shower, a toilet and a
small sink, is a tight fit with three people in it.

Richard has his back against the wall, with his arm around
Kate, holding her in front of him. One hand is over her
mouth, the other holds a .45 against her head.

Kate's eyes are wide with fear.

Seth stands, .45 in hand, ready to fire if the wrong person
should open the door.

Everybody talks low and quiet.

RICHARD
This isn't gonna work.

SETH
Shut up. It's gonna work just fine,

RICHARD
I just want to go on record as saying
this is a bad idea.

SETH
Duly noted. Now, shut up.

Everyone's quiet for a second, till Richard breaks it.

RICHARD
(to himself)
They're gonna search the van.

SETH
(offhand)
As long as you don't act like a
fuckin' nut, we'll be just fine.

RICHARD
What does that mean?

SETH
(distracted)
What?

Richard lets Kate go, she quickly moves to the side.

RICHARD
You just called me a fuckin' nut.

SETH
No, I didn't.

RICHARD
Yes, you did. You said as long as I
don't act like a fuckin' nut, implying
that I've been acting like a fuckin'
nut.

SETH
Take a pill, kid. I just meant stay
cool.

RICHARD
You meant that, but you meant the
other, too.

Kate can't believe what she's watching. Neither can Seth.

SETH
(serious as a heart attack)
This ain't the time, Richard.

RICHARD
(his voice rising)
Fuck those spic pigs! You called me a
fuckin' nut, and where I come from,
that stops the train on its tracks.

SETH
(real quiet and violent)
Keep your voice down.

RICHARD
(quiet back)
Or what?

BACK TO JACOB AND SCOTT

JACOB
Have you forgotten about your sister?

SCOTT
They're gonna kill us. They get us
across the border, they're gonna take
us out in the desert and shoot us.

JACOB
If they get over the border, they're
gonna let us go.

SCOTT
Dad, I watch those reality shows.
They never let anybody go. Any cop
will tell you, in a situation like
this, you get a chance, you go for it.
This is our chance.

JACOB
What about Kate?

SCOTT
They're gonna kill her anyway. At
least now with all these cops we've
got a fighting chance.

JACOB
Son, I have this situation under
control. I know exactly what I'm
doing. You're going to have to trust
me on this.

SCOTT
If trusting you means trusting those
fuckin' killers, I can't do that. If
you don't tell the cops, I will.


Jacob grabs Scott by the front of his shirt, and yanks him
to him.

JACOB
Now, you listen to me. You ain't gonna
do a goddamn fucking thing, you hear
me! Nobody cares what you think, I'm
running this show, I make the
decisions.

SCOTT
He's running the show.

JACOB
I'm running the show. I make the
plays, and you back the plays I
make. Stop thinking with your fucking
balls. Kate in a room with a couple of
desperate men with nothing to fucking
lose ain't the time to "go for it."
I need your cover. Cover my ass.

There's a HONK behind them.

They both look out the window. It's their turn with the
BORDER PATROL GUARDS. JACOB takes the wheel and drives up.

A stern BORDER GUARD approaches JACOB'S window.

BORDER GUARD
How many with you?

JACOB
Just my son and I.

BORDER GUARD
What is your purpose in Mexico?

JACOB
Vacation. I'm taking him to see his
first bullfight.

BACK TO BATHROOM

RICHARD
I'm curious. What was the nuttiest
thing I did?

SETH
This ain't the time.

RICHARD
Oh, I know, was it possibly when your
ass was rotting in jail and I broke it
out? Yeah, you're right, that was
pretty fuckin' nutty. Not to mention
stupid. But you know what? I can fix
that right now.

SETH HAULS off and PUNCHES Richard smack in the head.
Richard HITS the floor, Guard, Jacob, and Scott hear
Richard fall in the bathroom.

BORDER GUARD
What was that?

JACOB
Oh, that's just my daughter in the
bathroom.

BORDER GUARD
You said it was just you and your son.

JACOB
I meant me, my son and my daughter.

CLOSE-UP BORDER GUARD

BORDER GUARD
Open the door. I'm coming aboard.

BACK TO BATHROOM

CLOSE-UP KATE

We can only see Kate's face. It's scared. We hear rustling
around the bathroom, but we don't know what it is.

Then it's quiet. Then we hear talking outside the door, but
we can't make it out. Then we hear a knock.

KATE
I'm in the bathroom.

BORDER GUARD (O.S.)
It's the Border Patrol. Open up.

KATE
It's open.

We hear the door open and see the light change on Kate's
face. She's looking up.

BORDER GUARD in the doorway looking in.

HE SEES: Kate by herself, pants around her ankles, sitting
on the toilet.

KATE
Do you mind? Shut the fucking door.

BORDER GUARD
Excuse me.

He closes the door. Kate lets out a breath. We wait a beat,
Seth pulls back the curtain in the shower, we see Richie on
the floor of the shower knocked out.

Seth and Kate meet eyes.

He gives her the O.K. signal.

CUT TO:

BACK WINDOW MOTOR HOME

We see through the back window of the motor home, the border
getting smaller as we drive away from it.

Scott knocks on the bathroom door.

SCOTT
It's clear.

Seth BURSTS out of the bathroom.

SETH
Goddamn, that was. intense!

Seth goes to the back window. He sees the border getting
farther and farther away. No cars following.

SETH
(to himself)
We did it.
(pause)
We're in Mexico.

Seth throws his head back and SCREAMS for joy.

Kate, emerging from the bathroom, reacts to Seth's scream,
along with Scott.

Seth is so happy that he does a little jig in the back of
the van.

Everybody else is still tense as shit. But Seth lets go of
all his tension, and becomes a new man before our eyes. He
turns to Kate.

SETH
(loud and happy)
Come here, Kate!

Kate, nervous, takes a step back.

He charges for her. GRABS her, hugs her around her waist,
and spins her around. When he lets her go, she stumbles
dizzily onto the bed.

SETH
(to Kate)
You were magnificent! You told him to
shut the fucking door. I'm hiding in
the shower, and I'm thinking to
myself, "Did I just fuckin' hear what
I just fuckin' heard? And what does he
do -- he shuts the fucking door!

Kate kind of half smiles.

SETH
If I was a bit younger, baby, I'd
fuckin' marry you!

Seth goes up front and slaps Jacob on the back.

SETH
I gotta hand it to ya, Pops, you
raised a fuckin' woman.

Jacob doesn't share Seth's enthusiasm, but he is relieved.

JACOB
We did our part, we gotcha in Mexico.
Now it's time for your part, letting
us go.

SETH
Pops, when you're right, you're right,
and you are right.

KATE
(suddenly brightens)
You're gonna let us go?

SETH
In the morning, darlin', in the
morning, we are G-O-N-E and you are
F-R-E-E. Now, I know I put you guys
through hell, and I know I've been one
rough pecker, but from here on end you
guys are in my cool book. Scotty, help
me pick Richie up, and lay him down.
Jacob, keep going on this road till
you get to a sign that says, "Digayo."
When you get to Digayo, turn this big
bastard left, go on down for a few
miles, then you see a bar called "The
Titty Twister." From what I hear, you
can't miss it.

JACOB
Then?

SETH
Then stop, 'cause that's where we're
going.

He slaps him once again on the back, and leaves to attend
to Richard.

CUT TO:

CLOSE-UP RICHARD without glasses. Unconscious, Seth slaps
his face.

SETH (O.S.)
C'mon, kid, wake up. Don't make a
career out of it.

Richard starts coming to and opens his eyes. Seth sits at the
foot of the bed.

SETH
You okay?

RICHARD
(disoriented)
Yeah, I think so. What happened?

SETH
I don't know, you just passed out.

RICHARD
I did?

SETH
Yeah, we were just standing there. You
said something about your shoulder
hurting, then you just hit the ground
like a sack of potatoes.

RICHARD
Really?

SETH
Yeah, when you fell your head smacked
the toilet hard. It scared the shit
outta me. Sure you're okay?

RICHARD
Yeah, I guess. I'm just a little
fucked up.

SETH
Well, let me tell ya something, gonna
clear your head right up. We are
officially Mexicans.

RICHARD
What?

SETH
We are...
(singing)
"South of the border down Mexico way."

RICHARD
We are?

SETH
Yep. We're heading for the rendezvous
right now. We get there, we pound
booze till Carlos shows up, he escorts
us to El Ray. And then me and you,
brother, kick fuckin' back. How ya
like them apples?

Slowly shaking the cobwebs out of his head.

RICHARD
Far out.
(pause)
Where are my glasses?

SETH
They broke when you fell.

RICHARD
Oh, fuck, Seth, that's my only pair!

SETH
Don't worry about it, we'll get you
some glasses.

RICHARD
What dya mean, don't worry about it.
Of course I'm gonna worry about it,
I can't fuckin' see.

SETH
When we get to El Ray, I'll take care
of it.

RICHARD
Yeah, like a Mexican
hole-in-the-wall's gonna have my
fuckin' prescription.

SETH
It's not a big deal, unless you make
it a big deal. Now, I'm real happy,
Richie, stop bringing me down with
bullshit.

Jacob calls to the back.

JACOB
Guys! We're here.

CUT TO:

A neon sign that flashes:

THE TITTY TWISTER
Hiker/Trucker bar, Dusk till Dawn

Underneath the joint's proud name on the sign, and
on top of "Biker/Trucker bar, Dusk till Dawn" is a
well-endowed woman, whose breast is being twisted
by a neon hand.


EXT. THE TITTY TWISTER NIGHT
The neon sign sits on top of the rudest, sleaziest, most
crab-infested, strip joint, honky-tonk whorehouse in all of
Mexico.

The Titty Twister is located out in the middle of
nowheres ville. It sits by itself with nothing around it for
miles. A plethora of choppers and eighteen wheelers are
parked out in front. The walls almost pulsate from the LOUD,
RAUNCHY MUSIC within the structure. Signs cover the walls
outside reading things like:

"NUDE DANCING", "WHORES", "BEER", "AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD",
"BIKERS AND TRUCKERS ONLY", "OPEN DUSK TILL DAWN",
"THURSDAY COCKFIGHT NIGHT", "WEDNESDAY DOGFIGHT NIGHT",
"DONKEY SHOW MONDAYS", "EVERY FRIDAY BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT TO
THE DEATH, FEATURING THE LOVELY SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM",
"ATHENA AND DANNY THE WONDER PONY", and "THE SLEAZY TITTY
TWISTER DANCERS."

In the parking lot, a BIKER and a TRUCK DRIVER beat the shit
out of each other, one with a pipe, the other with a hammer.
A SECOND BIKER fucks a Titty Twister WHORE against the wall.
A greasy man, known as CHET PUSSY, stands in the parking
lot, soliciting customers through a Mr. Microphone.

CHET
Pussy, pussy, pussy! All pussy must
go. At the Titty Twister we're
slashing pussy in half! This is a
pussy blow out! Make us an offer on our
vast selection of pussy! We got white
pussy, black pussy, Spanish pussy,
yellow pussy, hot pussy, cold pussy,
wet pussy, tight pussy, big pussy,
bloody pussy, fat pussy, hairy pussy,
smelly pussy, velvet pussy, silk
pussy, Naugahyde pussy, snappin'
pussy, horse pussy, dog pussy, mule
pussy, fake pussy! If we don't have
it, you don't want it!

The Fullers' recreational vehicle pulls into the parking
lot and stops.


INT. MOTOR HOME - NIGHT

What's left of the Fuller family and the Gecko family look
out the windshield onto the sight that is the Titty Twister.

SETH
(to the group)
Okay, troops, this is the homestretch.
Here's the deal; this place closes at
dawn. Carlos is gonna meet us here
sometime before dawn. Which by my
guesstimate is somewhere between three
or four hours from now. So we're gonna
go in there, take a seat, have a drink
-- have a bunch of drinks, and wait
for Carlos. That could be an hour,
that could be three hours, I don't
know which. But when he gets here,
me and Richie are going to leave
with him. After we split, you guys
are officially out of this stewpot.
Let me just say I'm real happy about
where we're at. We got a real nice, "I
don't fuck with you -- you don't fuck
with me" attitude going on. Now, if
everybody just keeps playin' it cool
-- and I'm talking to you, too, Richie
-- everybody's gonna get what they
want. Comprende, amigos?

Everybody nods and mutters in agreement.

SETH
Okay hard drinkers, let's drink hard.
I'm buyin'.


EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
The camper door FLIES OPEN and the two brothers and the
Fuller family step out into the night.

They look across the parking lot at the Titty Twister.
It literally looks in some ways like the entrance to hell.

JACOB
Out of the stew pot and into the fire.

SETH
Shit, I been to bars make this place
look like a fuckin' 4-H club.

RICHARD
I gotta say I'm with Jacob on this. I
been to some fucked up places in my
time, but that place is fucked up.

Seth can't believe it.

SETH
(in a baby talk voice)
Aww-w, whatsa matter, is the little
baby too afraid to go into the big
scary bar?

The two brothers square off, not like strangers fighting,
but like brothers fight. They talk real quiet, but real
personal.

RICHARD
That's what you think?

SETH
That's how you're lookin', Richie.

RICHARD
I'm lookin' scared?

SETH
That's what you look like.

RICHARD
You know what you look like?

SETH
No, Richie, what do I look like?

RICHARD
You're lookin' green.

That's not what Seth expected to hear.

SETH
How?

RICHARD
Where are you right now?

SETH
What do you mean?

RICHARD
Where are you?

SETH
I'm here with you.

RICHARD
No, you're not. You're sippin'
margaritas in El Ray. But we're
not in El Ray. We're here --
getting ready to go in there.
You're so pleased with yourself
about getting into Mexico, you
think the job's down. It ain't.
Get back on the clock. That's a
fuck-with-you-bar. We hang around
there for a coupla hours, in all
likelihood, we'll get fucked with.
So get your shit together, brother.

SETH
My shit is together.

RICHARD
It don't look together.

SETH
Well, it is. Just because I'm happy
doesn't mean I'm on vacation. You're
just not used to seein' me happy,
'cause it's been about fifteen fuckin'
years since I been happy. But my shit
is forever together.

Richard believes Seth's response.

RICHARD
Okay, just checkin'.

They walk toward the bar's entrance. Chet Pussy talks into
the microphone.

CHET
(yelling into the microphone)
Take advantage of our penny pussy sale.
Buy any piece of pussy a tour regular
price, you get another piece of pussy,
of equal or lesser value, for a penny.
Now try and beat pussy for a penny!
If you can find cheaper pussy
anywhere, fuck it!

Chet notices our heroes, especially young Kate.

CHET
(in microphone, towards Kate)
What's this? A new flavor approaching.
Apple Pie Pussy.

SETH
Step aside, asshole.

Chet POKES HIS FINGER in Seth's CHEST.

CHET
Not so fast, Slick.

Seth GRABS HOLD of Chet's FINGER, BENDS it BACKWARDS till
the BONE SNAPS in two.

Chet lets out a SCREAM.

Seth VIOLENTLY brings his HEAD FORWARD PULVERIZING Chet's
NOSE.

Chet FALLS to his KNEES in front of Seth.

Seth HOOKS him with a powerful FIST UNDER his CHIN that
SNAPS Chet's HEAD BACK, and THROWS him on his BACK.

After HITTING the GROUND, Seth SENDS a SAVAGE KICK straight
to Chet's FACE, ROLLING HIM OVER.

Chet is OUT.

The whole altercation took two seconds.

Everyone's in shock and looks at Seth. Seth looks back at
everyone.

SETH
Now, is my shit together, or is my
shit together?

Richard and Seth laugh with each other.

RICHARD
(slappin' Seth five)
Your shit is forever together!

They head for the door. Richard stays behind for a second,
and gives the fallen Chet a few, swift kicks,


INT. THE TITTY TWISTER NIGHT

If the Titty Twister looked like the asshole of the world
from the outside, in the immortal words of Al Jolson, "You
ain't seen nothin' yet." This is the kind of place where
they sweep up the teeth and hose down the cum, the blood
and the beer at closing.

In the back, TOPLESS DANCERS do lap dances with customers,
while a SLEAZY SEXY STRIPPER STRIPS to RAUNCHY MUSIC, played
at ear drum-bursting level. TWO MEN are in a savage
BAREKNUCKLE FIGHT, surrounded by screaming customers of
bikers and truckers.

One of the dancers is a man with a saddle on his back, his
name is DANNY THE WONDER PONY. The woman on his back, in
the saddle, feet in the stirrups, hands on the reins, is
ATHENA, his rider. They dance around to the cheers of the
crowd.

Bikers and truckers play pool in the back. Fights break out
here about one every ten minutes. The customers may start 'em,
but the bouncer, BIG EMILIO, ends 'em.

Seth, Richard, Jacob, Scott and Kate walk through the door.
They each individually take in the sights and the smells.
Seth is the first to say something.

SETH
Now this is my kinda place! I could
become a regular.

The man behind the bar is RAZOR CHARLIE. He eyes the group
as they approach.

Their difference from the usual road waif nomads who
populate the Twister disturbs him. He exchanges a knowing
look across the room with Big Emilio, as the group bellies
up to the bar.

SETH
Whiskey!

RAZOR CHARLIE
(in English)
You can't come in here.

SETH
What dya mean?

RAZOR CHARLIE
This is a private club. You're not
welcome.

SETH
Are you tellin' me I'm not good enough
to drink here?

RAZOR CHARLIE
This bar is for bikers and truckers
only.
(points his finger to Seth)
You, get out!

Big Emilio almost magically appears behind Seth and places
HIS BIG BEEFY SAUSAGE-FINGERED HAND HARD on Seth's shoulder.

BIG EMILIO
(to Seth in Spanish)
Walk, Pendaho.

Seth slowly turns his eyes to the big hand on his shoulder.

SETH
(low)
Take your hand off me.

BIG EMILIO
(Spanish)
I'm going to count to three.

SETH
No, I'm going to count to three.

BIG EMILIO
Uno...

SETH
Two..

Jacob jumps in the middle.

JACOB
Now wait a minute, there's no reason
to get ugly. There's just a
misunderstanding going on here. You
said this bar is for truckers and
bikers, Well, I'm a truck driver.

Everybody looks at Jacob.

As Jacob talks he takes out his wallet.

JACOB
If you look outside your door, parked
in your parking lot, you'll see a big
ass recreational vehicle. That's mine.
In order to drive that legally, you
need a class two driver's license.
That is the same license that the
DMV requires truck drivers to carry
in order to drive a truck.
(he takes the license out
of his wallet and lays it
on the bar)
That is me, and this is my class two
license. This is a truck driver's bar,
I am a truck driver, and these are
my friends.

Everybody's a little stunned after Jacob's speech.

Razor Charlie picks up the license, looks at Jacob, looks at
everyone in the party and smiles.

RAZOR CHARLIE
(to Jacob)
Welcome to the Titty Twister. What
can I get you?

Seth BRUSHES OFF Big Emilio's paw.

SETH
Bottle of whiskey and five glasses.

Razor Charlie's eyes go to Seth. Even though he has a big
smile on his face, he looks like he's going to kill Seth.
But instead he just says,

RAZOR CHARLIE
Coming right up.

Razor Charlie goes for the bottle. Big Emilio gives the
party one last look and walks away. Richard gives Jacob a
buddy punch on the shoulder.

RICHARD
Good job, Pops.

Seth's still frying an egg on his head.

SETH
That's just fuckin' typical. Biggest
number one problem with Mexico, it's
not service oriented. I was feelin'
so good, and those fuckin' spies
brought me down.

Richard puts his arm around Seth.

RICHARD
Fuck 'em, shake it off.

Razor Charlie brings the bottle and the glasses. Seth looks
at the guy, still pissed.

SETH
You serve food, Jose?

Razor Charlie knows Seth's taunting him with a racial slur,
but he just smiles and says,

RAZOR CHARLIE
Best in Mexico.

SETH
I kinda doubt that. We're grabbin' a
table, send over a waitress to take
our order.

Seth walks away, and the group follows him.

We just hang on the evil wheels turning inside of Razor
Charlie's head.

The five of them move across the floor to a table. As they
walk, Kate attracts stares, wolf whistles and rude comments
from some of the patrons. Jacob keeps near his daughter.

The dancers do their sexy routines. A big-chested,
wild-haired blonde catches Scott's eye. She winks at him.

Richard leans over and whispers in Scott's ear.

RICHARD
Anytime you want a lap dance with that
broad, say the word. It's on me, kiddo.

He gives the boy's neck a squeeze. Jacob's eyes survey the
surroundings. Big Emilio and Razor Charlie quietly exchange
words about the party in Spanish.

RAZOR CHARLIE
(in Spanish)
They're not the normal road trash we
normally feed on. But it'll be okay.
No one knows they're here.

The five of them find a table and sit down.

Seth, still in a bad mood, takes the cork out of the whiskey
bottle and tosses it. He pours Richie and himself a glass.

SETH
Who else?

JACOB
Pass.

SETH
(picking a fight)
Why not, against your religion?

JACOB
(won't be baited)
No, I do drink, I'm just not drinking
now.

SETH
Suit yourself, more for me.
(to Scott)
Scotty?

Scott shakes his head no.

SETH
(to Kate)
How 'bout you?
(pointing at Scott and Kate)
are safer in here with us than
wandering around a Mexican border town
all night long. Just don't do nothin'
stupid and we'll all get along fine.
(to Scott)
Scotty, you sure you don't want a
drink?

SCOTT
Okay, I'll have one.

JACOB
No you won't.

Seth pours Scott a shot.

SETH
Sorry, Pops, but I'm drinkin' and I
don't like drinkin' alone. Bottoms
up, boy.

Scott takes the drink and he, too, experiences an
on-drinker's tremor.

Seth turns to Kate.

SETH
How about you, cutie pie? Ready for
round two?

KATE
Okay.

Seth just passes her the bottle. She pours her own shot and
knocks it back.

RICHARD
(to Seth)
Hey, Dr. Frankenstein, I think you
just created a monster.

Jacob turns to Seth and asks quietly.

JACOB
Why are you so agitated?

SETH
I'm still stewing about that ape
laying hands on me. And that fuckin'
bartender sticks a weed up my ass,
too.

JACOB
He backed down.

SETH
He's smilin' at us. But behind his
smile, he's sayin', "Fuck you Jack."
I hear that loud and clear.

JACOB
What are you going to do?

SETH
(picking up the whiskey bottle)
I'm gonna just sit here and drain
this bottle. And when I've drunk the
last drop, if I still feel then, the
way I feel now, I'm gonna take this
bottle and break it over his melon
head.

JACOB
Before we stepped in here, you told
all of us to be cool. That means you,
too.

SETH
(tossing it off)
I never said do what I do, I said do
what I say.

JACOB
Are you so much a fucking loser, you
can't tell when you've won?

Richard, Kate and Scott both turn to Jacob. Nobody can
believe what he just said. Neither can Seth who calmly lays
down his drinking glass.

SETH
What did you call me?

JACOB
Nothing. I didn't make a statement. I
asked a question. Would you like me to
ask it again? Very well. Are you such
a loser you can't tell when you've
won?
(pause)
The entire state of Texas, along with
the FBI, is looking for you. Did they
find you? No. They couldn't. They had
every entrance to the border covered.
There's no way you could get across.
Did you? Yes, you did. You've won,
Seth, enjoy it.

Seth looks at Jacob, then picks up the bottle.

SETH
Jacob, I want you to have a drink with
me. I insist.

Jacob slides his empty glass over to Seth. Seth pours booze
in Jacob's glass and his own. Both men pick up the glasses.

SETH
To your family.

JACOB
To yours.

They both knock 'em back and slap the empty glasses down.

JACOB
Now, is your shit together?

SETH
Forever together.

Seth turns to Scott.

SETH
In that camper out there I saw a guitar. I take
it that's yours.

SCOTT
Yeah, it's mine.

SETH
Go out and bring it in. I feel a song coming on.

CUT TO:

Seth sitting at the table, playing guitar, singing Mexican
songs. Some bikers, truckers, and whores have gathered
around their table. Everyone's groovin'. Seth finishes the
song. Everybody applauds.

Razor Charlie behind the bar grabs the greasy microphone
that he uses to announce dancers.

RAZOR CHARLIE
(announcer voice in Spanish)
And now for your viewing pleasure. The
Mistress of the Macabre. The Epitome
of Evil. The most sinister woman to
dance on the face of the earth. Lowly
dogs, get on your knees, bow your
heads and worship at the feet of
SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM!

The lights go down low. A light hits the stage. The opening
notes of the Coaster's "Down in Mexico" fills the room.

The crowd hushes up.

And on the stage steps SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM.

This Mexican goddess is beautiful, but not the beauty that
Stendhal described in "As the Promise of Happiness," but
the beauty of the siren who lures men to their doom.

She dances to the raunchy music, not like she owned the
stage, but like she owned the world.

And if the patrons of the Titty Twister are her world, the
world is proud to be her possession.

All activity in the bar, save Santanico, stops. Even the
Fuller/Gecko table falls under her spell. Especially
Richard, Scott and Kate. Seth knows this song and
accompanies from the table with the guitar.

When the music builds to its explosive section.

Santanico LEAPS from the stage, LANDING in the middle of the
room.

She does an eyes-closed voodoo dance in perfect step with
the beat. As the music continues to play, a very fucked-up
looking Chet Pussy walks in. He goes over to Razor Charlie
and points at Seth's table, describing what happened.

As the last verse plays, Santanico, like a snake, comes up
from the ground, on top of the Fuller/Gecko table.

Richard, Kate and Scott are enraptured.

Santanico scans the table, zeroing in on our boy Richard.
She STANDS OVER him.

While moving her body to the music, she lifts up the whisky
bottle from the table, and pours the whiskey down her leg.

She lifts up her foot, with the whiskey dripping from her
toes, and sticks it in Richard's face.

SANTANICO
(to Richard in Spanish)
Drink up.

Richie, mesmerized, sucks the whiskey off her toes. The
CROWD GOES WILD. Santanico smiles, master of all she
surveys.

Jacob and Scott are embarrassed.

Kate, oddly enough, is turned on by the controlling power
this woman has over a man she's deathly feared.

Seth laughs out loud a Mexican "yi yi yiii" laugh, keeping
the beat with his guitar.

Across the room, Razor Charlie, Chet by his side, motions
over Big Emilio. He begins explaining with pointing what
Seth and company did to Chet.

Richard continues to suck her toes.

The song ends, Santanico extracts her foot from Richard's
mouth. Steps off the table. Takes a drink of whiskey. Looks
down at the seated Richard.

She GRABS the back of his hair, YANKS his head BACK. His
mouth OPENS because she's hurting him. She LEANS her FACE
OVER his like she's going to kiss him. Then let's the whiskey
from her mouth fall into his. They never touch. The crowd
applauds. She lets go of Richard's hair. Except for Jacob
and Richard, both for their own reasons, the table applauds,
none louder than Seth.

SETH
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Now that's what
I call a fuckin' show!

One of Santanico's FLUNKIES brings the naked woman a robe,
which she puts on.

Richard, still in a daze, looks up at his new friend.

SETH
(snapping his fingers)
Earth to Richie. Don't you wanna ask
your new friend to join us?

RICHARD
Yeah.

SETH
Well, then ask her, dumb ass.

RICHARD
(looking up at Santanico)
Por favor, Senorita. Would you care to
join us?

SANTANICO
(to Richard)
Muy bien, gracias.

Santanico sits down next to Richie. Seth pours her a drink.

SETH
Richie, you lucky bastard!
(to Santanico)
Now, little lady, you could of just as
easily done that to me. Who a Nelly!
You got my dick harder 'n Chinese
arithmetic.

The table laughs.

SETH
Which reminds me of a joke. Little Red
Riding Hood is walking through the
forest and she comes across Little Bo
Peep, and Little Bo Peep says:
"Little Red Riding Hood, are you
crazy? Don't you know the Big Bad Wolf
is walking these woods and if he finds
you he's gonna pull down your dress
and squeeze your titties?" Then Little
Red Riding Hood hitches up her skirt
and taps a .357 Magnum she has
holstered on her thigh and says: "No
he won't."

As Seth tells his joke, Jacob notices Razor Charlie, Big
Emilio and Chet moving rapidly towards their table.

JACOB
(to himself)
Oh, shit.
(to Seth)
Seth --

Seth waves him away.

SETH
Not now. So finally she comes across
the Big Bad Wolf and the Big Bad
Wolf's laughing and says: "Little Red
Riding Hood, you know better than to
be walking around these woods alone.
You know I'm just gonna have to pull
down your dress and squeeze your
titties." Then Little Red Riding Hood
whips out her .357, cocks it, sticks
it in the Big Bad Wolf's face and
says: "No you won't. You're gonna eat
me, just like the story says."

Seth starts laughing at his own joke uproariously. Richard,
Kate, Scott and Santanico join in too. Before Jacob can say
anything --

The Titty Twister trio stand over the table.

RAZOR CHARLIE
(to Chet in Spanish)
Which one?

CHET
(pointing at Seth)
This piece of shit broke my finger
and my nose...
(pointing at Richard)
then this fag kicked me in the ribs
while I was down.

That's all Big Emilio has to hear.

BIG EMILIO
(to The Gecko Brothers)
Up!

RICHARD
Fuck off, ape man!

Big Emilio leans in with his beefy hand, GRABS Richard by
the shoulder. Richard lets out a howl as blood pours from
his wounded shoulder.

Santanico steps back from the table.

Seth jumps to his feet and FIRES a round from his .45 into
Big Emilio, sending his bullet-ridden body to the floor.
Razor Charlie whips out a straight version of his name sake
and SLASHES Seth across the face.

Seth SCREAMS at the top of his lungs as his hand goes up to
his laid open cheek.

Richard, who has fallen to the ground holding his wound,
brings up his .45 and starts BLASTING.

Razor Charlie takes a bullet in the head, chest and belly
before he hits the floor.

Jacob and his children have hit the floor as well to stay
out of gunfire.

The bikers, truckers, waitresses and whores all stop what
they were doing.

The music continues to play, though the dancers stop
dancing.

Santanico, who's closest to the two brothers, smells
something.

Her NOSTRILS FLARE.

Richard moves to his brother, who takes out a handkerchief
and puts it to his face.

RICHARD
How are you?

SETH
Scarred for life, that's how I am!

Seth looks up and sees Chet still standing there.

SETH
You thought it was pretty funny,
didn't you?

Both brothers FIRE on Chet. Chet's blown left... right...
left... right... then drops, pointing their guns towards
the crowd.

SETH
Everybody be cool, or you'll be just
as dead as these fucks!

SLOW MOTION: Blood drips down the side of Seth's face.

SLOW MOTION: It splatters to the floor.

The CAMERA scans the crowd. The patrons are scared, but the
waitresses, whores and dancers lick their lips.

SLOW MOTION: Blood drips from Richard's shoulder. It falls
to the floor, splattering.

WE MOVE INTO SANTANICO'S FACE. A special aroma fills
her nostrils. Her eyes lock on Richard. The look on her face
could easily be read as intense sexual desire.

CLOSE-UP KATE ON FLOOR

Looks up and watches, eyes wide with fear, Santanico's
transformation.

Her NOSE RECEDES INTO her face like a rodent's. The whites
of her eyes turn YELLOW. The FANGS of a beast PROTRUDE from
her mouth. Kate yells from the floor.

KATE
(yelling)
Richie, look out!

Before Richie can turn around.

SANTANICO LEAPS ACROSS THE FLOOR, LANDS on his BACK and
SINKS her FANGS into Richie's wounded SHOULDER.

Richard LETS LOOSE with an agonizing SCREAM.

Seth turns to his brother's cry.

He sees SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM, like a mongoose attached to
a cobra, legs wrapped around Richard's waist, fangs buried
deep in his shoulder, and Richard screaming and slamming
about, trying to knock her off.

Richard screams to Seth:

RICHARD
Shoot her! Shoot her! Get her off!

Seth tries to aim his gun, but there's too much movement. He
can't get a clear shot.

Jacob and his children can't believe what they're seeing.

Richard can't take it anymore, his knees buckle. Santanico
rides him down to the floor.

Seth gets a clear shot, he takes aim and FIRES, hitting the
vamp in the head, blowing her off his brother.

Richard, who's on all fours, tries to stand and gets about
half way before he stops, saying:

RICHARD
(with his dying breath)
Fucking Bitch!

He tumbles over, a corpse.

SETH
Richie.

Suddenly, the eyes of Big Emilio, Razor Charlie and Chet
Pussy pop open. The "dead" men sit up with evil grins on
their faces.

The patrons scream.

A WHORE locks the front door (which is a complicated lock
with steel rods going into the ground), turns toward the bar
and yells:

WHORE
Dinner is served!

The bikers and truckers who have been transfixed, watching
the impossible, realize that the waitresses, naked dancers
and whores who they were pawing just five minutes ago, have
turned into yellow-eyed, razor-fanged, drool-dripping
VAMPIRES.

The vamps attack.

What follows is a shark feeding frenzy. Whores, who had been
sitting on customer's laps, sink their teeth into unshaven
necks.

Naked strippers and bikers wail the shit out of each other.
Truckers get their heads caved in by women half their size.
The patrons use what ever they can find to fend off the
monsters: chairs, chair legs, broken bottles, switchblades,
anything.

Jacob, Kate and Scott make a dash and dive behind the bar.
They hide and watch.

Seth stands where his was, limp dick of a .45 in his hand,
too freaked, scared and stunned to do anything. He stands
motionless, watching what he can't believe.

Behind him, Santanico, who lies next to the dead Richard,
eyes POP OPEN.

She RISES in her snake/dance way.

Seth feels her and SPINS in her direction, gun raised.

SANTANICO
Let's see if you taste as good as your
brother.

She approaches Seth, who FIRES at her. BAM... BAM... BAM...
CLICK... CLICK... CLICK... CLICK. She laughs and gives her
hair a toss back. Seth, moving backwards, is terrified.

Santanico gives Seth a SWINGING ROUND HOUSE PUNCH to the
JAW, that sends him FLYING over a table, SLIDING ACROSS the
FLOOR and INTO the WALL.

A bad-ass biker named FROST, with a hideous burn on the
side of his face, stands on top of a pool table, swinging a
pool cue, left to right, fending off vamps.

Big Emilio picks up a biker who stabbed him with a
switchblade and throws the poor bastard from one end of the
bar to the other.

The biker-winner of the bare knuckle fight, SEX MACHINE,
goes head to head with a stripper.

The vamp might have superhuman strength, but Sex Machine has
close to superhuman strength, and he's matching the
vamp bitch blow for blow.

Then he GRABS her by the waist, LIFTS her up over his head
and BRINGS her DOWN HARD on an upturned table, IMPALING her
on the wooden leg.

FROST is still swinging his POOL CUE, when Razor Charlie
appears, straight razor in hand.

Frost JUMPS off the table to meet the challenge. Razor
Charlie SWINGS at him, Frost LEAPS back, SWINGING his pool
cue at him. They do this dance, till Frost CRACKS Charlie
UPSIDE the HEAD with the pool cue, breaking it in half.
Charlie FEELS the HIT. Frost PLUNGES the splintered end of
the cue in Razor Charlie's heart.

Green blood comes out of his chest, as Charlie screams the
vampire's death scream.

Seth comes to and finds Santanico standing over him. He
tries to rise, but Santanico places her bare foot on his
chest, pinning him down to the floor. He tries to move, but
the pressure of her foot is equivalent to an engine block
placed on his chest.

SANTANICO
I'm not gonna drain you completely.
You're gonna turn for me, You'll be
my slave. You'll live for me. You'll
eat bugs because I order it. Because
I don't think you're worthy of human
blood, you'll feed on the blood of
stray dogs. You'll be my foot stool.
And at my command, you'll lick the dog
shit from my boot heel. Since you'll
be my dog, your new name will be
"Spot". Welcome to slavery.

SLOW MOTION: A WHISKEY BOTTLE FLIES THROUGH the AIR, sailing
end over end.

CLOSE-UP SANTANICO

looking down at Seth, her face contorts to FEED MODE, when
the bottle HITS her SQUARE in the HEAD, SHATTERING.

We see that Jacob behind the bar threw it.

Santanico, bathed in whiskey and broken glass, is
momentarily dazed. She looks down at Seth.

Seth sits up, .45 in hand, and fires.

Santanico is HIT in the CHEST. The bullet from the gun makes
the liquor-soaked robe ignite.

Santanico SCREAMS as she GOES UP IN FLAMES.

Big Emilio sees Santanico's fiery death. He lets out a cry.

BIG EMILIO
Noooooo!

He turns his hateful gaze on the two humans.

Seth and Jacob see Big Emilio zeroing in on them, then they
see him move his big frame in their direction. Seth turns to
Jacob.

SETH
We may be in trouble.

Big Emilio walks steadily through the bar like Godzilla
walks through Tokyo. Tipping over tables, knocking fighting
vamps and humans alike on their asses on his way to stamp
out Seth and Jacob. A TRUCKER JUMPS in his path to attack
him, with a QUICK SWING of his hand the trucker is brushed
aside, receiving a broken neck for the effort.

Big Emilio never breaks his stride or takes his eyes off
Seth and Jacob.

Seth and Jacob both grab pieces of wood, holding it like a
weapon, but the wood looks puny compared to their opponent.

Big Emilio stands in front of them. The two men hold their
wood tight. Fangs grow in Big Emilio's mouth that make him
look like a huge walking shark.

Just when Big Emilio's ready to strike, he hears behind him,

VOICE (O.S.)
Hey, you, monkey man!

Big Emilio turns and sees Sex Machine across the room.

SEX MACHINE
Anything you gotta say to them, say
to me first.

Both Seth and Jacob ATTACK Big Emilio from behind. He
effortlessly knocks them away.

They both hit the ground.

Sex Machine gestures with his hand to Big Emilio to "come
ahead."

Big Emilio CHARGES towards Sex Machine, like a runaway
locomotive.

Sex Machine stands his ground waiting for IMPACT. The two
huge men COLLIDE. What follows is literally a war of the
Gargantuans. The two mastiffs POUND each other till one
buckles. Finally, the one who buckles first is Big Emilio,
who HITS the floor.

Once on the floor, Seth and Jacob, stand over the huge vamp,
BEATING him with clubs and pipes, like L.A.'s finest. The
vamp can do nothing except SQUIRM on the floor from the
savage beating.

SEX MACHINE
That's enough.

Jacob and Seth stop.

Sex Machine holds a pool cue in his hand. He SNAPS off the
end tip, making it jagged, and like a spear, STICKS it into
big vamp's fallen body. Big Emilio, SCREAMS, TWITCHES and
dies. The pool cue sticks out straight up from the dead
vamp.

Chet Pussy spies Ms. Apple Pie Pussy herself, Kate. He
breaks into a lecherous grin and licks the blood from
around his mouth.

Kate and Scott are cowering behind the bar when Chet appears
over the top. They both let out a scream. Scott goes to
protect his sister and receives a punch in the face for his
trouble. Chet dives at Kate.

CHET
You know what everybody says about me?
I suck!

Chet goes to bite Kate, grabbing at her t-shirt, and sees
her crucifix. HE recoils backwards. Scott grabs hold of
his head from behind. Kate jumps up from the floor, rips
off her cross and grabs Chet by his beatnik beard, opening
his mouth. She SHOVES the cross inside. Chet's eyes roll
up back into his head. Scott SLAPS Chet hard on the back.

GULP.

Chet has swallowed the crucifix. A SIZZLING sound is heard
moving down from his throat to his belly. He opens his
mouth and lets out a noise similar to a train whistle. He
jumps up from behind the bar, doing a wild dance from pain.
He jumps from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, screaming
all the while.

Kate and Scott watch him from the bar, mischievous grins on
their faces.

Chet is on his knees, arms stretched out, yelling at the top
of his lungs like a vamp King Lear.

CHET
I-AM-IN-AGONNNYYYY!

Chet breaks off a chair leg, muttering to himself.

CHET
Stop the pain, stop the pain, stop the
pain, stop the pain, stop the pain...

He plunges the stake into his own heart, but instead of the
vampire's cry that escapes from the others upon being
staked, Chet lets out a sigh of relief.

By this time there are not too many people left. Most of the
vampire have been killed by wooden stakes and most of the
customers have been butchered or drained.

All that's left on the vampire side are two naked dancers
and two whores. On the human side are Seth, Jacob and his
kids, Sex Machine and Frost. Aside from the children, who
are hiding behind the bar, all the humans are holding
wooden stakes.

The four human men group together. The four female vampires
charge, teeth exposed, snarling and dripping with blood.
Seth, Jacob, Sex Machine and Frost raise their weapons and
slam, almost simultaneously, the four vamps. All four
staked bodies hit the floor.

Kate and Scott run from behind the bar to their father's
side.

They all stand looking at the horrible carnage that has
taken place. The floor is littered with dead bodies.

FROST
Ain't they supposed to burn up or
something?

At that moment a bright flash ERUPTS, illuminating
everyone's face. The sound of quick burning flames fills
the air. Everybody shields their eyes from the intense
light, which lasts only a split second.

It vanishes, along with the bodies of the vampires. All
that remains is a smoldering mess of goo where the bodies
once lay.

They all stare at the mess for a few seconds and then RUN
for the door. It's locked. They BANG on the door, but it's
useless. It ain't budging, yet they all go on banging.

Except for Seth. He never ran for the door. He walks over
to his dead brother's body and kneels beside it.

He takes his dead hand.

SETH
Richie, I'm sorry I fucked things up.
You'd really like it in El Ray. We'd
find peace there. I love you little
brother, I'll miss ya bad.

Seth goes to kiss his brother's lips when, RICHARD 'S EYES
POP OPEN. They're YELLOW. Seth RAISES his head in surprise.

RICHARD
I'm glad you feel that way, Seth. I
love you, too.

Richard GRABS Seth by the front of his shirt and pulls him
down to him. Fangs are now exposed. Seth tries to pull away.
He SCREAMS for the others to help. Richard PULLS Seth down
to striking distance and opens his mouth to take the big
bite, when Sex Machine grabs Seth from behind and YANKS him
from Richard's grasp. Jacob, Frost and the kids have
surrounded Richard and proceed to KICK him and STOMP his
head. Sex Machine picks up a chair and SMASHES it against a
wall. He picks up one of the chair legs and walks over to
where the others are holding Richard down. Richard sees the
wood in the biker's hand. He knows what that means. Seth
whips out his .45 and points it at Sex Machine.

SETH
Touch my brother with that stake,
biker, and vampires won't need to
suck your blood, they'll be able to
lick it up off the floor.

SEX MACHINE
He ain't your brother no more.

SETH
That's a matter of opinion, and I
don't give a fuck about your's.

Jacob, Frost and the kids continue to hold Richard down to
the ground.

JACOB
Don't be an idiot, he'll kill us all!

Seth aims his gun at the group.

SETH
Shut up!

Richard's giggling.

RICHARD
Yeah, shut up.

Seth, still holding the outstretched gun, takes the stake
out of Sex Machine's hand. Seth lowers the .45.

SETH
Hold him down.

The smile evaporates from Richard's face.

SETH
Richie, here's the peace in death I
could never give you in life.

Seth puts the stake over Richard's heart. Using the butt of
his .45 like a hammer, he POUNDS the stake into Richard's
heart. Richard screams and dies. They all stand around the
body as it BURSTS INTO FLAMES and disintegrates into goo.
Seth breaks away from the group and walks over to the bar.
He grabs a bottle of whiskey and starts downing it. Kate,
of all people, walks away from the group and joins Seth at
the bar.

KATE
Are you okay?

SETH
Peachy! Why shouldn't I be? The
world's my oyster, except for the
fact that I just rammed a wooden
stake in my brother's heart because
he turned into a vampire, even
though I don't believe in vampires.
Aside from that unfortunate business,
everything's hunky-dory.

KATE
I'm really sorry.

SETH
Bullshit! You hate us. If you had half
a chance you'd feed us to them!

JACOB
Then why didn't I?

Jacob walks over to Seth.

JACOB
I saved your life. I didn't have to,
but I did. And I'm sorry you lost your
brother. I'm sorry he's dead. I'm
sorry everybody's dead. Now, if we're
gonna get out of this we need each
other. And we need you sober and
thinking, not drunk and...

As Jacob has been talking, a sound has started that has
grown LOUDER and LOUDER. Jacob stops in mid-sentence to
identify it.

JACOB
What the hell is that?

FROST
At first I just thought it was birds.

SEX MACHINE
No, it's more of a gnawing sound.
Birds peck, they don't gnaw. Rats
gnaw.

Seth puts the bottle in his hand down.

SETH
It's bats.


EXT. TITTY TWISTER - NIGHT

The outside of the Titty Twister is literally covered with
hats, CLAWING, FLAPPING, GNAWING, trying like hell to get
inside.


INT. TITTY TWISTER - NIGHT

Everybody listens to the bats SCRATCHING and clawing all
along the walls, the roof and at the front door. Everyone's
scared shitless and nobody has the slightest idea what to
do next. The door begins to crack and splinter, little
claws poke their way through.

JACOB
Give me a hand!

Jacob runs to a table top. He grabs it and covers the area
the bats are trying to claw through. The others grab other
items to help secure and barricade the door.

As the survivors are panickedly boarding up the door and
the windows, a DEAD BIKER that the vampires fed on, pops
open his yellow eyes. He sits up and sees all the furious
activity. Everyone's so busy they don't notice their new
friend. The dead biker vamp sets his sights on Kate, who's
putting a board into place. He springs to his feet and
POUNCES on her, just as Sex Machine turns from across the
room in her direction.

SEX MACHINE
Watch out, girly!

The biker vamp GRABS Kate from behind. She lets out a
scream. The vamp holds her close to him in a bear hug, but
she's moving around so much he can't get a clear bite. The
others hear the scream and look toward Kate. Sex Machine,
Big Emilio's baseball bat in hand, is halfway to the rescue.
As the biker vamp opens his mouth to take a juicy bite out
of Kate's shoulder, Kate RAMS her head back, hitting the
vamp in the mouth and breaking his fangs. He releases her
and spits out his teeth just as Sex Machine runs up and
SWINGS the baseball bat upside the vamp's head, breaking
the bat in two and sending the vamp to the floor. As the
vamp lies on the floor seeing stars, Sex Machine grabs one
of the broken ends of the bat and SHOVES it in the vamp's
heart. He dies and bursts into flames.

At that point, three other dead victims rise to a sitting
position. Sex Machine grabs a chair and THROWS it to the
ground, breaking it. He grabs the four legs.

SEX MACHINE
(mumbling to himself)
Goddamn fuckin' vampires.

The biker has turned into Captain Sex Machine, Vampire
Hunter. He stakes two of the vampires as they get to their
feet. Both SPEW green blood, scream, die and burst into
flames. The third, a trucker vampire wearing a cat cap,
SMACKS Sex Machine in the mouth, which sends the biker for
a loop.

As CAT CAP runs toward the fallen Sex Machine, Kate JUMPS
on his back from behind. Both of them go tumbling into a
stack of whiskey cases. Sex Machine runs over and grabs Kate
by the hand, pulling her up and out of the way. Cat Cap is
lying in a pile of broken bottles and whiskey. Sex Machine
raises his stake as Cat Cap dies and DRIVES it in the
vamp's black heart. Cat Cap dies and bursts into flames,
which hits the whiskey, starting a giant fire.

SEX MACHINE
Fire!

Frost and Jacob stop barricading and run to the fire.

FROST
(to Sex Machine)
We'll put this out. You stake the rest
of these fuckers.

SEX MACHINE
Way ahead of ya.
(to Kate)
What's your name, girly?

KATE
Kate, what's yours?

SEX MACHINE
Sex Machine. Pleased to meet'cha.
Kate, let's stake these blood-sucker
fuckers.

Kate and Sex Machine give each other a high five and go to
work STAKING the dead bodies.

Jacob and FROST beat down the fire with their jackets and
whatever else is at hand.

A hole begins to appear where a window had been plastered
over. Little claws scrape their way through. Scott stands
in front of the window.

SCOTT
(yelling)
We got a problem!

Seth, who is barricading doors and window, looks in Scott's
direction. The hole in the plaster cracks open and out POPS
a little, fleshy vampire bat/rat head. The bat/rat, which is
SQUEAKING and HISSING its head off, tries to SQUEEZE its
body through the newly formed hole.

Seth, gun in hand, RUNS to the window. He points the .45,
point-blank range at the head of the bat/rat.

The bat/rat sees this, makes an "oh shit" face, and YANKS
his head back through the hole.

Seth was ready to fire, he lowers his gun in bewilderment,
when...

WHAM !

The bat/rat BURSTS through the hole, like shot out of a
cannon, HITTING Seth in the gut and sending him FLYING,
LANDING HARD on his back.

Once Seth hits the ground, the bat-thing (which has the body
of a fat rat with a bat's large wingspan) lickity-split
RUNS UP Seth's body to his juggler. Seth's hand GRABS the
bat's neck, and tries to PUSH it away. But the bat-thing has
its CLAWS DUG in Seth's clothes. The bat-thing is just
inches from Seth's face. Its mouth is SNAPPING.

SETH
Get this bastard off of me!

Frost leaves Jacob with the fire, comes from behind and
GRABS the bat-thing and YANKS it off of Seth.

Sex Machine and Kate are a green, bloody mess from their
preventative staking of dead bodies. Sex Machine kneels by a
dead body, raising the stake in his hand to spear him. The
body SPRINGS UP and bites Sex Machine on the arm. Red blood
squirts all over. Sex Machine screams, then brings the stake
down in the body's chest. It dies, burns and turns into goo.
Sex Machine holds his bit arm and wraps it with a piece of
his shirt. He quickly looks around to see if anybody saw him
get bit. Nobody saw it, everybody was too busy.

Frost holds the FLAPPING, FIGHTING, SNAPPING bat-thing in
front of him at arm's length. He struggles with it for a
while, then...

BASHES its head against the bar. The first bash takes some
fight out of the little fucker, so... Frost BASHES his head
against the bar six or seven times. He then THROWS the
bat-thing on the bar, turns it over, garbs a pencil in a
cup next to the register, and RAMS it in the bat-thing's
heart. The bat-thing coughs and dies. There's a FLASH of
FLAMES, followed by a pile of goo.

Sex Machine and Kate have covered up a hole in the plastered
window with a table while Frost, Scott and Seth wrestle with
the bat-thing.

Jacob has put out the fire. Everybody comes together,
exhausted, and takes a breather. Outside, the bats continue
to try and claw their way in.

JACOB
Is everybody okay?

Everyone mutters "yeah."

JACOB
Okay, does anybody here know what's
going on?

SETH
Yeah, I know what's going on. We got
a bunch of fuckin' vampires outside
trying to get inside and suck our
fuckin' blood! That's it, plain and
simple. And I don't wanna hear any
bullshit about "I don't believe in
vampires" because I don't fuckin'
believe in vampires either. But I do
believe in my own two fuckin' eyes,
and with my two eyes I saw fuckin'
vampires! Now, does everybody agree
we're dealin' with vampires.

Everybody agrees.

SETH
You too, preacher?

JACOB
I'm like you. I don't believe in
vampires, but I believe in what I saw.

SETH
Good for you. Now, since we all
believe we're dealing with vampires,
what do we know about vampires?
Crosses hurt vampires. Do you have a
cross?

JACOB
In the Winnebago.

SETH
In other words, no.

SCOTT
What are you talking about? We got
crosses all over the place. All you
gotta do is put two sticks together
and you got a cross.

SEX MACHINE
He's right. Peter Cushing does that
all the time.

SETH
I don't know about that. In order for
it to have any power, I think it's
gotta be an official crucifix.

JACOB
What's an official cross? Some piece
of tin made in Taiwan? What makes that
official? If a cross works against
vampires, it's not the cross itself,
it's what the cross represents. The
cross is a symbol of holiness.

SETH
Okay, I'll buy that. So we got crosses
covered, moving right along, what
else?

FROST
Wooden stakes in the heart been
workin' pretty good so far.

SEX MACHINE
Garlic, holy water, sunlight... I
forget, does silver do anything to a
vampire?

SCOTT
That's werewolves.

SEX MACHINE
I know silver bullets are werewolves.
But I'm pretty sure silver has some
sort of effect on vampires.

KATE
Does anybody have any silver?

ALL
No.

KATE
Then who cares?

SCOTT
When's sunrise?

Jacob looks at his watch.

JACOB
About two hours from now.

KATE
So all we have to do is get by for a
few more hours and then we can walk
right out the front door.

SEX MACHINE
Yeah, that's true, but I doubt our
barricades, that door, those plastered
windows and these walls will last two
more hours with those bat fucks
fuckin' with 'em.

JACOB
Has anybody here read a real book
about vampires, or are we just
remembering what a movie said? I mean
a real book.

SEX MACHINE
You mean like a Time-Life book?

Everybody laughs.

FROST
(in a cowboy voice)
John Wesley Hardin, so mean he once
shot a man for snorin'.

JACOB
I take it the answer's no. Okay then,
what do we know about these vampires?

SETH
Aside from they're thirsty.

FROST
Well, one thing, they might got super
human strength, but you can hurt 'em.

JACOB
Yeah, that bottle upside the head of
Santanico didn't kill her, but it
didn't feel too good either.

SEX MACHINE
Another thing, you try and ram a
broken chair leg in a human, you
better be one strong son-of-a-bitch.
The human body is one rough-tough
machine. But these vamps got soft
bodies. The texture of their skin is
softer, mushier. You can push shit
right through 'em. Conceivably, if
you hit one hard enough, you could
take their fuckin' head off.

SCOTT
You could take their head off.

SETH
Actually, our best weapon against
these satanic cocksuckers is this man.
(he points at Jacob)
He's a preacher.

Frost and Sex Machine look toward Jacob.

SETH
As far as God's concerned, we might
just as well be a piece of fuckin'
shit. But he's one of the boys. Only
one problem, his faith ain't what it
used to be.

Jacob PUNCHES Seth in the mouth, sending him to the floor.
Jacob stands over him.

JACOB
I've had enough of your taunts.

Seth looks up from the floor.

SETH
I'm not taunting you. We need you. A
faithless preacher doesn't mean shit
to us. But a man who's a servant of
God can grab a cross, shove it in
these monsters' asses. A servant of
God can bless the tap water and turn
it into a weapon.

Seth rises.

SETH
I know why you lost your faith. How
could true holiness exist if your wife
can be taken away from you and your
children? Now, I always said God can
kiss my fuckin' ass. Well, I changed
my lifetime tune about thirty minutes
ago' cause I know, without a doubt,
what's out there trying to get in
here is pure evil straight from hell.
And if there is a hell, and those
monsters are from it, there's got to
be a heaven. Now which are you, a
faithless preacher or a mean,
mother fuckin' servant of God?

Jacob has to laugh at that. So does everybody else. Jacob
sticks out his hand and shakes Seth's.

JACOB
I'm a mean, mother fucking servant of
God.

The laughter and good humor passes quickly and the only
sound to be heard is that of the bats gnawing and clawing.
It immediately reminds the group of the deep, deep shit
they're in.

KATE
I don't know if I can take two hours
of that noise.

FROST
You can. You'll take it 'cause ya got
no choice. How'd ya like twenty four
hours of it, lying in a muddy ditch
with only the rotting corpses of your
friends to keep you company?

JACOB
What are you talking about?

FROST
Back in '72 I was in Nam, trapped
behind enemy lines, lying in a rat hole
with my entire squad dead. They
thought they killed everybody, and
except for me, they were right. But it
wasn't for lack of trying. A grenade
blew up right next to me, that's why
I'm so pretty.

They thought I was dead, so I played dead. They dumped all
the bodies in a ditch. All I could do was lie there playing
possum. Dead bodies under me, dead bodies on top of me,
listening to the enemy laugh and joke hour after hour after
hour...

As Frost goes into his monologue, the sound fades out and
the camera moves to Sex Machine. He's having a hot flash. He
can't hear anything. He's looking at Frost speaking, but he
doesn't hear any sound. Then he hears a deep, MALE VOICE
say:

MALE VOICE (V.O.)
Thirst.

"Who the fuck was that?" he thinks to himself. He turns
around: nobody's there. No one else in the group seems to
hear it, A FEMALE VOICE seductively says:

FEMALE VOICE (V.O.)
Thirst.

We hear Sex Machine's thought in a voice answer.

SEX MACHINE (V.O.)
Stop fucking saying that!

TWO MALE VOICES (V.O.)
Thirst!

SEX MACHINE (V.O.)
That bite weren't nothin'. It just
hurt like a son-of-a-bitch, that's
all. It barely punched the skin.

Sex Machine looks at Frost, who's acting out his story. The
biker is pantomiming fighting and slashing. He's describing
all the while, but we can't hear anything. All we hear are
many voices, male, female, children saying:

VOICES (V.O.)
Thirst... Thirst... Thirst...

Sex Machine begins looking at the other members of the group
in a thirsty way. He stares at each of their necks, closer
and closer until he can see the veins on Frost's neck
actually pulsating, throbbing, beckoning to him. Sex Machine
has turned into a vampire.

The sound comes back as Frost finishes his story.

FROST
...and then when I came back to my
senses, I realized I had killed the
entire V.C. squadron single handedly.
My bayonet had blood and chunks of
yellow flesh on it like some cannibal
shish kabob. And to this day I don't
have the slightest idea how I --

Sex Machine lets out a hideous cry.

SEX MACHINE
THIRST!

Frost SCREAMS as Sex Machine grabs hold of him and BITES
into his neck.

The group tries to PULL the TWO men apart.

Jacob gets his arm around Sex Machine's neck and tries
pulling.

Sex Machine takes his teeth out of the biker's neck and
SINKS them in Jacob's arm.

Jacob SCREAMS and lets go.

Seth, Kate and Scott react to Jacob being bit.

Sex Machine GRABS Jacob and TOSSES him effortlessly over the
bar, CRASHING into a shelf full of liquor bottles.

Frost HOPS around the room, mad as a hornet, holding his
bleeding neck.

FROST
I been bit! He fuckin' bit me!

Sex Machine PUNCHES Seth in the face, dropping him like a
sack of potatoes.

He smacks the shit out of Kate. She goes FLYING into a
table.

Sex Machine turns, seeing Frost breaking off a big table
leg. Frost looks at the big vamp.

FROST
(to Sex Machine)
You're dead, mother fucker! You're
gonna bite me! You just turned me
into a vampire, asshole!

SEX MACHINE
What are you gonna do about it?

Frost, table leg in hand, RUNS, SCREAMING his head off,
straight at Sex Machine.

Sex Machine's nostrils flare. He raises his meaty fist and
pulls it back, so he can really haul off.

Frost, top speed, stake raised, screaming. Sex Machine lets
loose with his punch, Seth, Scott and Kate look up from the
floor. Jacob rises from behind the bar. Frost's face
COLLIDES with Sex Machine's fist. Sex Machine hits Frost so
hard it lifts the biker off the ground and propels him
through the air.

Seth sees where Frost is heading and says:

SETH
Oh shit!

Jacob sees.

JACOB
Good lord!

Frost, in mid-air, HITS the barricaded, plastered overwindow
and CRASHES through it.

Sex Machine lets loose with a maniacal laugh. Hundreds of
bat-things fly into the bar. Seth grabs the two kids by the
hand and runs for the backroom.

Behind the bar, Jacob grabs two pieces of wood from off the
ground.

Ten bat-things are in hot pursuit of Seth, Kate and Scott,
who are RUNNING for their lives. They get to the door of the
back room, whip it open, dive in and SLAM it behind them. An
ugly, fleshy bat-thing manges to get its head caught in the
door as it closes. Kate and Scott PUSH on the door as hard
as they can. The bat-thing's head, which is inside, screams,
howls and snaps in fury.

Seth turns toward the bat/vamp in the door. He sticks his
.45 in its big mouth.

SETH
You wanna suck something, suck on
this!

He FIRES four shots that blow the bat vamp's head all over
the wall.

Kate yells:

KATE
We have to go back for Daddy!

SETH
Daddy's dead.

KATE
Noooo!

She spins and grabs the door knob, ready to fling the door
and help her father. Scott grabs her and pushes her up
against the wall.

SCOTT
He's right, Kate. Daddy's dead! He was
too far away. If flinging that door
and filling this room with those
bat-things would save him, I'd fling
it. The only thing it'll do is turn us
into one of them.

SETH
He needs our help!

SCOTT
He's beyond our help. You saw him get
bit. I saw him get bit. We all saw it.
You can't help him. I've got no one
left to lose but you. I can't be alone
again. We're sticking together.

Just then they hear Jacob's voice BOOMING from the bar room.


INT. BAR ROOM - NIGHT

Jacob, holding a cross made out of two sticks and reciting
appropriate verse from the bible, is keeping the vampires at
bay. But, as Seth predicted, it is the shining power of his
restored faith that is his mightiest weapon. Jacob is making
his way through the vampires, toward the back door. A lot of
the bats have transformed into bat/devil/human creatures.

The creatures stand at the edge of Jacob's force field of
holiness. Many bat things fly around the bar like mad,
whirling dervishes. A cluster of bat-things over above and
in front of Jacob. They all growl and hiss at the man of
god. For every one step forward Jacob takes, the vampire
stake one step back. Jacob recites the verse from the bible
in a threatening, mean, mother fucking, servant of god tone.
As he speaks with authority and strength, he sees Frost
lying on the ground, bat-things on him like ants on a
candy bar. But Jacob is too much in control to let even this
repugnant sight trip him up.

Jacob has backed himself up by the door.

JACOB
Open the door.

The door FLIES open. Jacob jumps inside. The door SLAMS
shut.

Jacob hugs daughter and son. As he hugs them, we see his
bloody arm.

When he releases them, they can't help but notice.

SETH
Did he...?

JACOB
Yep.

Seth explodes, knocking over boxes, busting chairs, tipping
over tables and cussing a blue streak.

SETH
Fuck, piss, shit! Mother fuckin'
vampires! Mother fuckin' vampires!
Goddamn mother fuckin' vampires!

Seth runs over to the barricaded door and yells to the
creatures on the other side.

SETH
You all are gonna fuckin' die! I'm
gonna fuckin' kill every last one of
you godless pieces of shit!

JACOB
(to Seth)
You bet your sweet ass you are, and
I'm gonna help you do it. But we ain't
got much time.

Kate is crying, she knows what's happened to her father.

KATE
You're gonna be okay, aren't you,
daddy?

JACOB
No, I'm not. I've been bit. In effect,
I'm already dead.

Scott and Kate, crying, grab their father and hold on for
dear life. Jacob wants to cry, but if he breaks down, the
kids will never have the courage for what they must do.

JACOB
(to his children)
Children, listen to me. I love you two
more than anybody. And I just want you
to know you've made me proud all your
lives. But never more so than tonight.
And I wish we could sit here and cry
till I pass on, but we can't. Because
I'm not going to pass on. I'm going to
turn into a monster. And when I do,
I'm going to be dangerous. But before
that happens, just know I love you.
(to Seth and the kids)
Now, I'd say in the next twenty or
thirty minutes our friends outside
will bust in this door. And I'll
probably turn into a vampire within
the hour. Now, you have two choices.
You can wait for me to turn, then deal
with me, then wait for them to burst
inside here and the three of you will
deal with them. Or, we can kick open
that door and the four of us can hit
'em with everything we have, and carve
a path right through 'em to front
entrance. But if we're gonna go at 'em,
we gotta go at 'em now. I confused
them, I scared them, I took them off
guard. But they're going to get
unconfused, they're going to get
unscared, they're going to get
together and they're going to hit that
door like a ton of bricks. And when
that moment arrives, we gotta be
ready.

Jacob sees that the back room is pretty damn big and filled
with boxes and crates.

JACOB
What's this stuff?

SETH
My guess is that this little dive's
been feeding on nomad road waifs like
bikers and truckers for a longtime.
This is probably some of the
shipments they stole off the trucks.

JACOB
Well, I say lets tear this place apart
for weapons. So when they burst
through that door, we'll make 'em wish
they never did.

SETH
I don't give a shit about living or
dying anymore. I just want to send as
many of these devils back to hell as
I can.

JACOB
Amen.

MONTAGE

The survivors are opening boxes and prying open crates. A
lot of what they find is bullshit. Pantyhose, coffee,
teddy bears, etc. But a few of the boxes are just what the
doctor ordered. Cases from a sporting good supplier yield
a shipment of baseball bats. Meant to arrive at toy stores
are a shipment of Uzi replica squirt guns and a box of
balloons. And captured en route to a hardware store are
shipments of power tools, saws and jack hammers.

Seth and Scott saw the bats into wooden stakes.

Kate fills the Uzi squirt guns with tap water from the
backroom sink.

Jacob, with Seth's knife, etches a cross into every bullet
in the .45 automatic's last full clip of ammo.

Vampires all start converging on the back room door,
getting their courage back.

Kate makes water balloons.

Scott sharpens the stakes to a point with the tools. Seth
attaches a wooden stake to the end of a jackhammer.

Jacob blesses the water in the squirt guns and balloons,
turning it into holy water.

Our heroes work together, preparing for the battle to come.
The back room door, barricaded with crates and boxes,
begins to be pounded on by the undead on the other side.
The room tone is a combination of chewing, scratching,
pounding, squeaking and screaming.

Finally they're ready.

Jacob turns to his kids.

JACOB
Before we go any further, I need you
three to promise me something. I'll
fight with you to the bitter end,
but when I turn into one of them, I
won't be Jacob anymore. I'll be a
lap dog of Satan. I want you three to
promise you'll take me down, no
different from the rest.

The kids can't say the words.

SETH
I promise.

JACOB
Kate, Scott?

KATE
I promise.

JACOB
Scott?

SCOTT
Yeah, I promise.

Jacob doesn't believe them.

JACOB
Why don't I believe you?
(he picks up the .45)
I'm gonna ask you two again, then I
want you to swear to God that you'll
kill me. If you don't, I'm gonna
just kill myself right now. Now,
since you need me I think you better
swear. Kate, do you swear to God
that when I turn into one of the
undead, you'll kill me?

Kate doesn't answer. Jacob places the .45 barrel against his
temple.

JACOB
Kate, we don't have all day, so I'm
only gonna count to five. One...two...
three... four...

KATE
Okay, okay, I promise I'll do it!

JACOB
Not good enough, swear to God.

KATE
I swear to God, our father, that when
you change into one of the undead, I
will kill you.

JACOB
Good girl. Now, Scott, we have even
less time, so I'm only giving you the
count of three. One...

SCOTT
You don't believe in suicide.

JACOB
It's not suicide if you're already
dead. Two...

SCOTT
Okay, I'll kill you when you change,
I swear to God in Jesus Christ's name.

JACOB
Thank you, son.

SETH
Okay, vampire killers, let's kill some
fuckin' vampires.


INT. BARROOM - NIGHT

The vampires, bat-things and what have you, start BREAKING
down the door. They are in a mad frenzy. They burst through
the door.

Waiting for them are Scott and Kate holding Uzi squirt guns
and water balloons draped down their chests on a belt like
grenades. Jacob is holding a cross made of sharp wooden
stakes and the .45 with the cross bullets. Seth is holding
the jackhammer. The survivors walk out of the back room
into the bar. The vamps back up, letting them inside.

What we have here is a Mexican standoff, a la "The Wild
Bunch." A moment of peace before the battle. The vamps just
watch the humans. The humans just watch the vamps. Then,
like the bull in the china shop, Seth ends the peace by
starting up the jackhammer.

SETH
Kill 'em all!

Jacob holds up the cross, the vamps react.

The kids SPRAY the crowd with UZI fire, burning vampire
flesh.

The pack of vamps retreat while the Fuller squad walk
forward.

They are attacked on all sides, but they keep moving towards
the door.

Seth slams the stakes into several of the vamps, it speeds
in and out of vampire chests, each time spraying him in
green vamp blood.

Jacob shoves his cross stake into a vampire with one hand
and SHOOTS three vampires with blessed bullets with the
other.

Flame BURSTS from the vampires' chests when the bullets hit.

Kate and Scott both whip water balloons off their belts and
toss them into the crowd.

They burst and FRY several of the vamps, who fall, screaming
in pain.

From its perch on a wood ceiling beam, a bat-thing drops and
HURLS toward the group.

Jacob sees it, raises his gun and FIRES.

The bat-thing bursts into a ball of screaming fire.

Seth continues carving a path to the front door by slamming
the hammer stake into vampire chests.

The front door is barricaded again by a big table and other
junk.

SCOTT
(yelling)
Why did they block the door again?

JACOB
(yelling)
To keep the daylight out! This is
where they sleep! Get to the door!

Seth tries to get to the front door, when Sex Machine, now a
half bat, half devil vamp, about six foot seven, drops from
above in front of him. Seth RAMS the stake in its chest. The
Sex Machine-thing screams out, LIFTING the hammer and Seth
off the ground.

Seth is thrown from his hold on the hammer across the room,
he CRASHES into a table.

The Sex Machine-thing falls back with the jackhammer
sticking out of his chest, dead.

Kate, spraying Uzi fire like Rambo, sees Seth fall. She
screams:

KATE
Seth!

Seth quickly gets up to find himself surrounded by vampires
on all sides. With no weapons, he puts up on dukes.

SETH
Okay, dead boys, come on! Take a bite
and feel all right!

Kate clusters with her father and Scott.

KATE
(yelling)
I'm going for 'em!

JACOB
No!

KATE
Everybody goes home!

Kate turns into a squirt gun firing, water-balloon throwing,
one-woman army, as she breaks from her father and heads in
Seth's direction.

KATE
(screaming)
Die, monster, die! Die, monster, die!

Kate mows down the group by Seth, they lie on the floor,
burning in agony. Kate takes Seth's hand and gives him a
couple of water balloons and a stake.

KATE
(to Seth)
Watch my back!

SETH
Anytime.

Cutting through vampires, the two make their way across the
bar.

Jacob, firing the .45, takes out several more vampires in
fiery death.

Scott fires the Uzi and chucks more water balloons.

As Jacob fights, all of a sudden the sound goes out. He
can't hear anything. He wonders if he's gone deaf. He starts
to hear the words: "Thirst, thirst, thirst." He notices the
vampires have stopped attacking him. They look at him wit
happy smiles on their devilish faces. Fangs begin to grow.
His eyes are yellow.

Scott turns to his dad. He sees his father is a monster.

Jacob, with a devilish grin on his face, GRABS Scott and
sinks his teeth into Scott's forearm. Scott screams bloody
murder as his dad begins to drain him of blood.

Scott takes one of the water balloons he's wearing and
SMASHES it against Jacob's head.

The holy water melts half of Jacob's face away. He lets go
of Scott, screaming, and drops the .45 on the floor.

Scott drops to the ground, picking up the gun. He brings it
up to fire.

A totally evil Jacob, with only half a face, matches stares
with the boy he once called his son.

Scott's eyes turn to steel.

SCOTT
I swear to God, in Jesus Christ's
name.

He FIRES, sending a holy bullet into Jacob's forehead,
creating a hole from which fire shoots out. Jacob's entire
head bursts into flames, then explodes.

From across the room, Fate sees her daddy ignite. She
cries out. In the thick of the battle, Seth yells:

SETH
Fight now, cry later.

Kate takes his advice and hits a vamp square in the face
with a holy water balloon, which melts his head.

A bat-thing lands on the back of Scott's neck. He screams as
it bites into him. He drops the .45.

Kate sees Scott get bit.

KATE
Oh my god.

Another bat-thing lands on Scott's arm and takes a bite.
Scott screams.

KATE
You bastards!

She goes to spray them when her Uzi runs out of water.

Now seven bat-things are on Scott biting and sucking blood.
Scott is in agony.

SCOTT
Kill me, Kate!

Kate runs for her brother, does a DIVE and a ROLL, coming
up by the .45, SNATCHING it in one motion and FIRING three
times.

One... two... three bat-things are hit, shoot flames, then
all of them EXPLODE, BLOWING UP Scott.

The remaining vamps approach.

All the humans have left is a few bullets and one holy
balloon.

SETH
How many bullets left, kid?

KATE
Not many.

SETH
Well, when you run out of weapons,
just start cold cocking 'em. Make 'em
sing for their supper.

The two survivors are backed up against a wall. Two bat
things do a Kamikaze dive from the air toward Seth. Seth
throws the holy balloon at them. Direct hit. The two
bat-things burst into flames and spiral to the floor.

The two survivors look at the vampires, who stand before
them. A moment of stillness before the attack. Kate stands
holding the .45, arm outstretched.

KATE
(to Seth)
Should I use the last bullets on us?

SETH
You use 'em on the first couple of
these parasites that try to bite you.

The vamps begins to close in. Kate lines up the .45 sights
on the face of an approaching vampire.

Seth holds the Uzi like a club, ready to bash in the first
vampire's head that gets in swinging distance.

Beams of sunlight shoot through the holes that Kate shot
through the wall. Approaching vampires burn. The scorched
vamps scream like they've never screamed before.

SETH
Shoot more holes!

Kate turns away from the vamps and shoots holes in the wall
behind him, Daylight comes through, providing Kate and
Seth with a safe, lighted area.

The .45's empty.

The vamps hiss and scream at the frustration of not being
able to get at them.

The two survivors hold hands, when...

All of a sudden the door to the Titty Twister is pounded on
from the outside.

The vamps look towards it in horror.

From the other side of the door, we hear a voice with a
Spanish accent.

VOICE (O.S.)
(in Spanish)
I'm looking for my friend. Is Seth in
there?

SETH
(yelling)
Carlos!
(in Spanish)
Help us, bash the door. Bash the door
in!

CARLOS (O.S.)
(in Spanish)
Danny, Manny, knock down the door.
Hurry, hurry!

The vamps are totally fucking freaked out! They run and fly
around the bar in a panic. Crying, howling, grabbing onto
each other.

The front door is TORN apart from shotgun fir coming from
the outside, punching holes the size of basketballs in the
door.

The table in front of the door gives and FALLS forward.

The door caves in and sunlight invades the bar. Many vamps
are instantly fried, bursting into flames.

The Mexican gangster CARLSO and his two henchmen, DANNY and
MANNY, are horrified at what they see. They cross themselves
in fright.

Vampires search for dark corners, but all is lost. Sunlight
hits a mirrored ball attached to the ceiling, sending
hundreds of beams of sunlight scattering through the room.
Vamps try and dodge the beams. No dice. All around the vamps
combust in fiery explosions.

The Titty Twister is now on fire, burning out of control.

Seth and Kate run through the building and leap through the
door into the parking lot.


EXT. TITTY TWISTER PARKING LOT - MORNING

Carlos, Danny and Manny help them to their feet and walk
them away from the blazing bar. They catch their breath by
Carlos's Mercedes.

CARLOS
(to Seth)
What the fuck was going on in there?

Seth signals Carlos to wait a minute while he catches his
breath. Then he hauls off and PUNCHES Carlos square in the
kisser. Danny and Manny aim their shotguns at Seth.

CARLOS
(in Spanish)
Whatsamatter with you? Are you crazy?

SETH
Why the fuck, outta all the god
forsaken shit holes in Mexico, did you
have us rendezvous at that place?

CARLOS
I don't know, one place's as good as
another.

SETH
Have you ever been there before?

CARLOS
No, but I passed by it a couple of
times. It's out in the middle of
nowhere. It seems like a rowdy place,
so there wouldn't be a lot of police.
And it's open from dusk till dawn.
You said meet you in the morning.

SETH
Well, because you picked that place
out of a hat, my brother's dead now.
And this girl's family's dead.

Carlos stands up again.

CARLOS
I'm sorry to hear that. What were
they, psychos?

SETH
Did they look like psychos? They
were fuckin' vampires. Psychos don't
explode when sunlight hits 'em, I
don't care how crazy they are.

Danny and Manny react to the vampire news by crossing
themselves again.

CARLOS
Oh, Seth, how can I ever make it up
to you?

SETH
You can't, but fifteen percent instead
of thirty for my stay at El Ray is a
good start.

CARLOS
Twenty-eight.

SETH
Jesus Christ, Carlos, my brother's
dead and he's not coming back, and
it's all your fault. Twenty.


They look at each other, then shake hands, saying in unison.

SETH AND CARLOS
(in Spanish)
Twenty-five.

Seth gets the suitcase and gives Carlos 25%. Seth walks over
to a red 1990 Porsche 911.


CARLOS
You like the car?

SETH
I said new, this is an '90.

CARLOS
It's hardly been used at all. I got it
from a drug dealer who only drove it 5
times in as many years. Swear to God.
That's like new.

SETH
So do I just follow you?

CARLOS
Yeah, follow us.


SETH
So let's do it.

CARLOS
(to Danny and Manny)
Vamanos!

Carlos, Danny and Manny pile into Carlo's white Mercedes.

Seth by his Porsche, looks back at Kate.

Kate stands alone.

The whole desert seems between them.

So much to say ... but no words.

SETH
I'm sorry.

KATE
Me too.

Long pause.

SETH
See ya.

KATE
Later.

Seth turns his back on her. Just as he opens the door, Kate
says behind him:

KATE (O.S.)
Seth.

Seth turns around.

KATE
You want some company?

Seth smiles.

SETH
Kate honey, I may be a bastard. But
I'm not a fuckin' bastard.

He blows her a kiss across the desert.

She blows one back.

Seth's in his car and GONE.

Kate turns around, faces endless desert before her, and
begins her long walk home.

THEME OF MOVIE BEGINS POUNDING

THE END


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From Dusk Till Dawn
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From Dusk Till Dawn

Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Produced by Robert Rodriguez
Quentin Tarantino
Lawrence Bender
Written by Story:
Robert Kurtzman
Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino
Starring George Clooney
Harvey Keitel
Quentin Tarantino
Juliette Lewis
Cheech Marin
Fred Williamson
Tom Savini
Salma Hayek
Music by Zz Top
Distributed by Miramax
Release date(s) January 19, 1996
Running time 108 min.
Language English
Budget $19,000,000
Followed by From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
IMDb profile
From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 action/horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez, and written by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, and Cheech Marin.

Contents [hide]
1 Plot
2 Deaths
3 Vampires
4 Labor issues during production
5 Cast
6 Trivia
7 Sequel and prequel
8 External links



[edit] Plot
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The movie opens with the fugitive Gecko brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie (Quentin Tarantino) fleeing the F.B.I. and Texas police after Richie has broken Seth out of prison in a bloody shootout. Seth Gecko is a cold, tough anti-hero, while his younger brother Richie is a homicidal sex-fiend who hears voices.

The film begins in a liquor store where Seth and Richie hold two girls hostage while attempting to get Pete Bottoms, the clerk, to get rid of Earl McGraw, an officer who has entered the store. Just as McGraw is about to leave, he is shot in the head by Richie, thinking that Pete has mouthed "help me." This leads to an argument between Seth and Richie (during which the hostages escape), and Richie shoots Pete in the arm. Enraged, Pete manages to pull out a gun he had hidden in a safe. Though he manages to shoot Richie in the hand, he fails to reload quickly enough and is set on fire by the two brothers.

The Geckos arrive at a motel, along with Gloria Hill, a hostage they had in the trunk of their car. Seth warns Hill not to talk or try to escape, than leaves to go get food, while Richie watches a news report on him and his brother.

The film then cuts to the Fuller family: Jacob (Harvey Keitel), the father and a former pastor who has experienced a crisis of faith, and his two children Scott (Ernest Liu) and Kate (Juliette Lewis). The Fullers are traveling to Mexico in their motor home.

Meanwhile, Seth returns and discovers that Richie has raped and killed Hill. This enrages Seth, but then he calms down and promises his brother that they will get to Mexico tomorrow.

The Fullers arrive at the motel, only to be kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to drive them to the Mexican Border. They manage to fool the border agent (Cheech Marin, in a triple role) and arrive at the "Titty Twister," a bar in the middle of a desolate wasteland, where the Geckos have agreed to be picked up by Carlos, their contact, at dawn.

At the "Titty Twister," the Geckos run into a few conflicts. First they encounter Chet Pussy, a bouncer (Cheech Marin again) whom Seth and Richie pummel to gain entrance. Then Razor Charlie (Danny Trejo), the owner and main bartender, refuses to serve them, stating that he only serves bikers and truck drivers. Though Jacob manages prove that he is a truck driver, Seth, nethertheless, gets angry when Big Emillio, a bouncer, puts his hand on him.

Exotic dancer Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), the main attraction at the "Titty Twister," appears. After her show is over, Chet the bouncer recovers from his beating and enters the bar with a group of people, looking to fight the Geckos. This leads to a fight, and Seth takes out his gun and starts shooting people. Meanwhile, Santanico morphs into a horrible creature and bites Richie, killing him. It soon becomes evident that everyone who works at the "Titty Twister" is a vampire.

In the ensuing chaos, nearly every biker in the bar is killed. Only, Seth, Jacob, Kate, and Scott survive, along with a biker named Sex Machine (Tom Savini), and Frost (Fred Williamson), a Vietnam War veteran. They manage to kill all of the vampires in the room (including Santanico Pandemonium, Razor Charlie, Big Emillio, Chet Pussy, and a vampire called "Mouth Bitch"), but their problems are not yet over. A host of vampires attempt to enter the bar, which is then barricaded. Also, the slain bikers are starting to rise again as vampires and must be destroyed before that happens. During the struggle, one of the vampires bites Sex Machine in the arm.

The survivors try to decide what to do next. Some of them suggest staying until dawn, but Frost disagrees with this, recalling an event that occurred to him in Vietnam. While he is telling this story, Sex Machine begins to develop vampire traits and when Frost finishes his story, Sex Machine bits him (non-fatally) on the neck. He also manages to bite Jacob and throws him against a wall, before being thrown into a door by Frost, causing all of the vampires to enter. Seth, Kate, and Scott quickly escape to a back room.

Meanwhile, Jacob manages to combine a baseball bat and a shotgun in the form of a cross and escapes into the back room where Seth, Scott, and Kate are hiding. They fashion weapons from items found in the storeroom, and prepare to fight the vampires. Jacob makes his children swear that they will kill him when he inevitably changes into a vampire.

The four then make their assault on the undead. Seth and Kate manage to kill Sex Machine (after he turns into a demon dog), and Jacob attacks Frost. However, Frost suddenly turns into dust and the other vampires stop attacking Jacob. Jacob has turned into a vampire. He bites Scott, who is then forced to kill him. Scott is then attacked by several vampires and Kate is forced to shoot him. The shot not only blows him up, but also the vampires around him.

Seth and Kate quickly get surrounded by the vampires. Just then Carlos (Cheech Marin, in his third and final role) attempts to enter the building, showing that it is now dawn. Seth and Kate quickly shoot holes in the building, through which sunlight pours in, killing all of the remaining vampires.

Seth and Kate leave the building and Seth berates Carlos for choosing the "Titty Twister" as their rendez-vous. Seth demands that now he will pay Carlos only 10% (rather than 30% as per their prior agreement). The two agree on 20%, only to have Carlos raise it to 25% at the last second. Seth leaves with Carlos. Though he is tempted to take Kate with him, he decides he is not evil enough to take her to a town of vicious criminals, where he will surely meet a bad end. He allows her to continue her journey without him, though she appears somewhat at a loss to continue her family's vacation after the events of the night.

As they leave, the camera pans back to reveal that the "Titty Twister" was actually built on the remains of an ancient Aztec Temple, presumably the home of vampires for centuries.


[edit] Deaths
Earl McGraw: Shot in the head by Richie.
Pete Bottoms: Shot in the arm by Richie, then is set on fire by the two brothers.
Gloria Hill: Raped and killed by Richie (off-screen).
Richie Gecko: Bitten by Santanico Pandemonium, later turned into a vampire and impaled in the heart by Seth.
Chet Pussy: Face melts after being hit with a cross by Kate.
Santanico Pandemonium: Impaled by a chandelier that was shot down by Seth.
Razor Charlie: Impaled by a pool cue.
Big Emilio: Heart ripped out by Frost, which is then impaled on a stake.
Sex Machine: Bit in the arm, thrown through the window of the bar (allowing the vampires to enter), decapitated by Seth, turns into a demon dog, and is finally killed by an arrow.
Frost: Gets bit by Sex Machine, becomes a vampire, is impaled by a shotgun, and dies when Jacob is about to become a vampire.
Jacob Fuller: Is bitten by Sex Machine, becomes a vampire, is killed when Scott hits him with a water balloon and shoots him in the head.
Scott Fuller: Jacob bites him, gets shot by Kate as vampires begin to rip him apart.

[edit] Vampires
Main Vampires.


Santanico Pandemonium's true formSantanico Pandemonium: Vampire queen and main attraction at the Titty Twister. She sparks off the vamps' feeding frenzy when she kills Richie Gecko in a spur-of-the-moment surge of bloodlust, triggered by his bleeding hand. She kills two charcters in the movie, most notably Richard Gecko. The other is featured in the Deleted Scenes section of the Laserdisc and DVD where Santanico (human form) sits on the lap of a dazed and wounded biker (played by Greg Nicotero of KNB Effects). Holding his gaze for a moment a second mouth (resembling a monstrous snake) erupts out of her mouth and bites his head off.
Razor Charlie: Apparent owner of the Titty Twister. Gruff, surly and untrusting, Razor Charlie is the main bar-tender and he is the announcer for the main show put on for the victims lured for the resident Vampire staff and dancers to devour at a certain point in the evening. Charlie is the one who wounds Richie's already-wounded hand which intitially is what causes the said 'feeding frenzy' mentioned before. He makes no notable kills but during his screen-time he rips a man's arm off and attacks Sex Machine twice- ultimately being staked by him the second time round.
Big Emilio: Bouncer of the Titty Twister. Big Emilio is as the name goes- he's a big guy. Seth immediately hates him due to a confrontation soon after first entering the Titty Twister due to his first encounter with where he puts his hand on Seth's shoulder as a threat. When Santanico is killed he makes a beeline for Seth, killing all the bikers and truckers stupid enough to attempt to stop him. He is killed by both Frost and Sex Machine. Frost rips his heart out and Sex Machine puts a pencil through it finishing him off.

"Mouth Bitch" in actionMouth Bitch: A resident vamp featured in the "Mexican Standoff" scene. The 'Mouth Bitch' originally had a much larger role when the frenzy starts. A gaping, blood-splattered hole is present in her stomach during the standoff but is never explained. The scene which show the origin of the hole had been cut but can be viewed in the deleted scenes of the Laserdisc and DVD. This vampire sits on a biker's lap on which previously held a beautiful waitress. In the scenes the biker looks away from the girl surveying the chaos surrounding them in shocked silence. A moment later, a horrifying realisation dawns on him and he slowly turns round to see a hideous gremlin-like vampire in place of the waitress. She toys with him by sticking her tongue into his screaming mouth as her form of "kissing". They are later encountered by Seth. Mouth Bitch takes notice of him and taunts him by standing up to face him with the biker in tow. Performing a strange sort of 'dance', Mouth Bitch pushes her victim down towards her belly and it rips open to reveal a large mouth which bites the man's head off. This vampire was a design of Robert Rodriguez's and was constantly refered to numerous times in the behind-the-scenes footage on the DVD.
The Rat Man: The demonic rat monster Sex Machine's body transforms into almost instantaneously after Seth "kills" him. Seth steals Sex Machine's bullwhip during a confrontation during the final onslaught of vampires and decapitates him with it. Dismissing him as another dead vamp, Seth continues fighting for his life, meanwhile a strange metamorphasis takes place in Sex Machine's still body. His limbs stretch out to an almost skeletal extent, his body splits apart and is revealed to have been given an animal-like quality with a arching spine and finally a monstrous head emerges out from the severed neck. The final form is like a demon rodent of sorts, hence its name, the "Rat Man". Seth tackles the rodent with his motorized stake but the Rat Man knocks him over and pulls him underneath its body pinning him. Seth fends off its snaping jaws but is fighting a losing battle. At that point, Kate takes aim at the Rat Man. Getting Seth's attention, he pushes the rodent's head upward and Kate shoots it in the head with crossbow. Gaining an upperhand, Seth plants his feet on the Rat Man's chest and kicks into a nearby fire where it is incinerated.
Spoilers end here.

[edit] Labor issues during production
From Dusk Till Dawn employed a non-union production crew, which is unusual for a production with a budget above $10 million dollars. Rodriguez, Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender defended this choice because it made for a more team-like atmosphere on the set instead of people having to stick to their certified jobs. Yet the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts targeted the production for strike action seeking to shut down filming, feeling that the film was a large enough production to warrant a unionized crew. Police were employed on set during some shooting days although no strike or rioting ever took place. This issue is covered in the making-of documentary Full Tilt Boogie featured on the film's DVD.


[edit] Cast

Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney are the Gecko brothers in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).Actor Role
George Clooney Seth Gecko
Harvey Keitel Jacob Fuller
Quentin Tarantino Richie Gecko
Juliette Lewis Kate Fuller
Ernest Liu Scott Fuller
Salma Hayek Santanico Pandemonium
Cheech Marin Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos
Danny Trejo Razor Charlie
Tom Savini Sex Machine
Fred Williamson Frost
Michael Parks Texas Ranger Earl McGraw


[edit] Trivia

The original poster for the film, by Frank Frazetta.Rodriguez originally commissioned one of his favourite painters, Frank Frazetta, to create the one-sheet poster for the film. Although the poster ultimately wasn't used, Rodriguez struck up a friendship with Frazetta and the two planned on working together. This almost came to fruition in early 2004 when Rodriguez was originally hired to direct John Carter of Mars and he brought on Frazetta as the film's production designer. When Rodriguez was forced to leave the film, Frazetta left as well.
The influence of the poster can be seen on the cover the "Dusk Till Dawn" behind-the-scenes documentary, Full Tilt Boogie. Copies of are sold on Frazetta's website.
The movie's storyline heavily influenced the music video for Rammstein's song "Engel".
Michael Parks's character Texas Ranger Earl McGraw later appeared in the first volume of Tarantino's Kill Bill, as well as both segments of Grind House.
Cheech Marin played multiple roles in the movie - the Border Patrol guard, Chet Pussy at the Titty Twister, and Carlos.
The film has many references to the John Carpenter film Assault on Precinct 13, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series.
The Gecko Brothers is an allusion to Edgar and Alan Frogg, the siblings from The Lost Boys.
The edited-for-television version of the film featured some of the highest-quality computer rendering and compositing work seen to date. Nude women were clothed and the bar magically became the "Kitty Twister" in all shots of the name, and all sayings of the original name have been dubbed.
Quentin Tarantino had been asked by Rodriguez to co-direct, but declined to focus more on acting.
John Travolta, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken and Michael Madsen were all offered the role of Seth Gecko. All five declined due to scheduling conflicts; Buscemi was filming five movies, Walken four, and the rest were filming three.
After declining the lead role of Seth Gecko, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth were both asked to portray Pete Bottoms, the liquor store clerk. Despite the small size of this role, both declined due to scheduling conflicts. Roth was filming three movies and Buscemi was filming five, including Fargo and Escape From L.A..
The Gecko brothers are trying to get to El Ray, Mexico, a reference to Jim Thompson's novel The Getaway where it is a fictional town filled with doomed criminals who have nowhere left to run.

[edit] Sequel and prequel
The film was followed by two direct-to-video follow-ups, a sequel, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money and a prequel, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter. Danny Trejo is the only actor to appear in all three, although Michael Parks appears in The Hangman's Daughter. Rodriguez, Tarantino and Lawrence Bender served as producers on all three movies.

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