FADE IN: EXT. A RIVER CLEARING - DAY -- PAST A SOUTHERN BAPTIST BAPTISM in progress. GOSPEL CHOIR MUSIC PLAYS. A ROW OF CHILDREN wait to be baptized in the river. People sing, dance and sway to the music - hypnotized, feverish. We zero in on: A BOY, 10 or 11, as he moves up the line toward the water. He looks over at-- A MAN in his late fifties. It is the boy's FATHER, singing proudly with the choir. He gives the boy a big wink and nod. The boy returns a timid smile. He then looks over at his MOTHER, who is singing with her eyes closed - totally enraptured. CUT TO: EXT. THE TOWER DANCE HALL - DAY -- FLASHFOREWARD A slowly decaying edifice with a counter on one side, tables on the other and a spacious dance floor in the middle. The place is dark and empty, except for... THREE MEN at the counter. THE MISFIT, nmid-thirties, coarse and sweaty, wearing a white T-shirt with a pack of MARLBORO'S rolled up in the sleeve. Hair slicked back, clean shaven, heavy eye - the kind that say "not too close." Next to him is BOBBY LEE, a handsome but corrupted looking soul in his late twenties, and HIRAM, a dumb-looking okie also in his late twenties. The three men eat sandwiches in silence - old static filled Souhtern Music plays - BILLIE HOLIDAY. HIRAM These sure are good barbecues. BOBBY LEE Shut up Hiram. Hiram and Bobby Lee look over at the Misfit as if they asked him a question. The Misfit stares placidly ahead. MISFIT
They have a car? BOBBY LEE They have a broken down rust bucket out back. MISFIT We're going to need to get ourselves another one then. HIRAM What do you want to do with THEM? MISFIT Finish eating, then take'em out back. BOBBY LEE (smiling) You want to hang around this dump and do some dancing tonight? HIRAM Yes sirree, that would be a dandy time! Get us some women! MISFIT Just finish your damn lunch and get busy before it's too late. The Misfit plops the last bite of sandwich into his mouth, walks back into the kitchen. INT. THE TOWER RESTAURANT KITCHEN - DAY -- PRESENT RED SAMMY, over-weight and bald in his late fifties, and his wife, DAISY, a skinny, unattractive woman in her mid-forties, sit gagged and tied to a chair. Both are sweating profusely, scared and intense. The Misfit walks methodically up to them. He squints - his face pressed against Daisy's. MISFIT Tell me something. (beat) How does it feel to know this is the last few moments of your life? I mean, did you all live yourselves a decent life? Some things you would have done differently?
The couple stare back wide-eyed and panicky. MISFIT (continuing) I thought as much. Bobby Lee and Hiram come from behind the Misfit and drag Red Sammy and Daisy outside. The Misfit looks around the kitchen. He picks up a PLAQUE that hangs from the wall. CUT TO: EXT. A RIVER CLEARING - DAY The baptismal ceremony continues. The boy is submerged under the water.
- Spring '14