My Worst Nightmare: Code Breaker's Run WARNING!!! "Halloween", it's characters and whatnot do NOT belong to me. However, featured characters like Jason Madison and any other original characters belong to me. Any guest appearing characters from film or TV shows are also NOT owned by me.... What did I say was owned by me again?


My Worst Nightmare: Code Breaker's Run
Written By Code Breaker


EXT.: MADISON SQUARE KEN'S BAR B Q - NIGHT


WRITING:
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
October 31st, 2001



INT.: KEN'S BAR B Q


We find the restaurant completely busy. There's a large group of truckers, appearing to be drinking excessively. We pan over to find DANIEL STRICKLAND (19) and DEREK BARFIELD (18) sit at a table in the far back of the restaurant, waiting for their order to be taken.


DEREK-
Man, this place is crowded.

DANIEL-
Tell me about it. So, anyways, how are things going with you and FSU?

DEREK-
Everything's fine. How about you?

DANIEL-
It's okay. I've been so busy, I haven't had much time to think.

DEREK-
Are you still writing those fan fiction stories?

DANIEL-
Yeah. But not as much as I used to. I'm working on original stories now. I finished a script called "The Last Six Hours" not too long ago.

DEREK-
That reminds me, how did things go with that fan fiction treatment you told me about, "Halloween: True Nightmare"?

DANIEL-
It went well. JH and I worked on the script. It got some good reviews. I HAVE considered doing the TV EDITED" version of the treatment, but it hasn't hit me as hard as the TV edit of "Halloween: Nightmare's Reality".

DEREK-
Don't have ideas for it?


Daniel chuckles.


DANIEL -
Yeap. Not much of ideas for it.

DEREK-
Do you have any other ideas for any Halloween fan fiction?

DANIEL-
I did think about doing one of the "My Worse Nightmare" fan fiction stories, but I can't do it.

DEREK-
Why not?

DANIEL-
I'm not funny enough.

DEREK-
You're not funny enough? Come on, you're pretty funny. Remember that three pregnant women joke? "I'm gonna have puppies"? That was funny.

DANIEL-
I picked it up from my dad. I can't make a joke to save my life.

DEREK-
Anyone can make a joke. I mean, look at me for example. I got into a fight a little while ago.

DANIEL-
You did?

DEREK-
Yeah. I went "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Negro" on their asses.


Daniel chuckles, shaking his head.


DANIEL-
Man, that's a reference to the MTV Movie Awards from summer of this year. Chris Tucker said that.


We hear the sound of an argument coming from the table of drunken truckers a few tables away, close to the doorway out of the restaurant. One of them throws a punch, knocking one of them over. Before we know it, there is a full blow brawl in the starting.


DEREK-
Let's get the hell out of here!

DANIEL-
Time to make like a banana and SPLIT!


The brawl starts as Daniel and Derek quickly head for the door. Daniel looks off to his right, noticing something. They are close to the door when...


DANIEL-
DEREK, LOOK OUT!!!!


Daniel shoves Derek hard, as a chair comes down and smashes over Daniel's head where Derek's was. Daniel drops to the floor, out of it. Derek grabs Daniel's shirt, slowly pulling him out the door while still low to the floor.


EXT.: MADISON SQUARE - KEN'S BAR B Q - NIGHT


Derek pulls Daniel out of the restaurant. We notice blood slowly pouring down the side of Daniel's head. Derek taps the side of Daniel's face.

DEREK-
DANIEL! DANIEL, TALK TO ME!! (off towards the direction of anyone who can hear him) SOMEONE CALL AN AMBULANCE!!!!!!!!


ANGLE ON: DANIEL'S FACE


We see that he is totally out of it.


FADE TO: WHITE


VOICE (MALE)- (taunting)
Breaker.....


FADE TO:


CLOSE-UP: DANIEL'S FACE


We see Daniel again still out of it. The next thing we know, we see water splashing against his face. It causes Daniel to wake up.


DANIEL-
ACK!


EXT.: STREET - NIGHT


Daniel sits up, finding out that he's in the middle of the road on a street that is unfamiliar to him. The person who splashed water over Daniel's face isn't anywhere in side. Daniel slowly gets up, rubbing the back of his head.


DANIEL-
Where's some Advil when I need it?


He does a full turn around, trying to figure out where he is. He notices something as he turns, causing him to stop with his eyes wide. He turns back to face what it was he saw.


DANIEL'S POV: MYERS HOUSE


We figure out that Daniel sees the Myers house from "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers".


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


Daniel sits there quiet for a moment.


DANIEL-
OH HELL NO!

VOICE (MALE)- (off screen)
Oh, hell yes.


We pan over to find JOE CHAPPELLE, a smile wide on his face.


JOE-
Hello, Daniel.... Or should I call you Code Breaker?

DANIEL-
Go away, Joe. You haunt me enough with your stupid films. I cringe each time I even hear about Halloween 6!

JOE-
I'm not going away. Not easily, anyways.

DANIEL-
What the hell am I doing here? Where is HERE anyways?

JOE-
We're inside your head, Daniel. You took that lick to your head very hard. And you're dying.

DANIEL- (not really surprised)
I'm dying? Bull shit. I have plenty of reasons to live.

JOE-
Well... Give me the "Top Ten List".


Daniel sits and thinks for a moment. The next thing we know, we see a small split screen action pop up, a black box with yellow writing. Across the top of the list it reads: "Top Ten Reasons For Daniel To Live". What he states pops up in the box.


DANIEL-
Number 10.... My Mustang. Number 9.... "Farscape". Number 8... Movies. Number 7... Being a film director some day. Number 5... Sex. Number 4... Writing. Number 3... Sex.

JOE-
You can't list that twice!

DANIEL-
Blow me, Joe. I can have whatever the hell I want on my list. Number 2... My family. And the number one reason I have to live.... I love my life.



The box disappears,


DANIEL-
So, I have PLENTY of reasons to live, Joe-Blow.

JOE-
Well, as long as you're in here...I rule.


Joe begins to walk away.


DANIEL-
No.... I RULE!


Within a blink of an eye, a brick wall pops up in front of Joe, him running into it face first. Joe backs up, his hand over his nose.


DANIEL-
Don't fuck with a Strickland, Joe. We Stricklands have had a long history on kicking ass. Even though I'm the only pacifist in the whole family, doesn't mean I can't kick your ass in my own head.

JOE-
I can kick your ass in your head too, you know?

DANIEL-
Joe, fuck off. Go continue your work in screwing up good films. I believe the last one you were working on was "The Skulls 2".

JOE-
Oh, no...You can't try to get rid of me. I'm putting you in one of the worst situations you can think off.

DANIEL-
What? You're going to make me fuck someone in the back of a Volkswagen?


Joe looks at Daniel oddly.


DANIEL-
Don't fuckin' tell me you haven't seen "Mallrats"?

JOE-
"Mallrats"? What the hell is that?


Daniel shakes his head.


DANIEL-
Great, Joe Chappelle is a fucking hypocrite with no sense of pop culture.

JOE-
HEY! I have pop culture!


Daniel looks at him and pulls out a needle. He sticks the needle in Joe's left eye, and his head explodes like a balloon popping.


DANIEL-
You're right, Joe. You do have POP culture down.


We see Joe's hands waving over the area where his head was. We see the body straining for a brief moment before a head pops out of the hole where the previous head was.


JOE-
Do you mind? I'm trying to be the freakin' bad guy here!

DANIEL-
Okay, Blow...I mean, Joe. Go ahead.

JOE-
As I was saying, I am going to put you in one of the worse situations as possible. I am going to give you five chances to save your own life. By then, you can either join me and write sucky ass sequels or die.

DANIEL-
And how do you suggest getting me to join you?

JOE-
By using him.


Joe points off behind Daniel.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL & THE SHAPE


We spot the Shape from "Halloween 6" right behind Daniel as he takes notice of Michael standing there. The Shape raises his knife high to stab Daniel, but Daniel jumps clear as Michael brings the knife down. Daniel staggers as he gets back onto his feet, running a little ways from Michael.


DANIEL-
Bring it on you chucky-ass pile of crap! YOU'RE THE WORST MICHAEL IN THE SERIES!!!


Daniel runs off, the Shape following after him in fast stride.


CUT TO:


EXT.: STREET


Daniel has run so hard and so far, Michael isn't anywhere in view. Daniel bends over to catch his breath.


VOICE- (male)
Looks like you need a little bit of something to drink.


Daniel jumps from the sudden scare. We find JACOB NORAD, from Daniel's "Farscape: Dreamer" fan fiction story "A Wrench in the Clockwork". In his hand is a 20 oz. bottle of Diet Coke, which he holds out to Daniel.


JACOB-
Here. This might be useful some.

DANIEL-
Thanks, Jacob.


Daniel opens the bottle and guzzles down on it some.


JACOB-
You're in a slight jam, don't you agree?

DANIEL-
Yeah. You know what's going on?

JACOB-
Yeah. You're dying. Joe Chappelle wants you to write sucky ass sequels and he has Michael riding your ass like a BMW driver doing 60 on a 35-mile an hour road.

DANIEL-
That's a good description.

JACOB-
Is Michael someone you want to get rid of?

DANIEL-
Jacob, please. Michael couldn't ever be rid of. Hell, they're still in post production on the eighth Halloween film. Do you have any ideas that can help me out?

JACOB-
Well, when it came down to it, Varla had Pilot send some DRDs after me, when I was in F2. I knew that if they had me pinned down, I'd be royally frelled. Michael's after you. So, I recommend you take yourself out of the situation.

DANIEL-
You mean, run?

JACOB-
Right. I mean, Michael is somewhat human. He has weaknesses and he has strengths. EVERYTHING has weaknesses and strengths. If you keep your ass moving, eventually, Michael will tire out.

DANIEL-
But he's relentless. He never tires out.

JACOB-
Not true. He tired out after being stabbed and shot in the first Halloween. If that slows him down, then running can also slow him down.


Daniel is quite for a moment. In the background, out of focus, we see something slowly creeping up towards Daniel. Daniel nods.


DANIEL-
That does make sense. That's a smart idea.

JACOB-
I've learned from the best. Coming to think about it, maybe you should try to use it right now.


Jacob motions to behind Daniel. Daniel turns around to find the Shape coming up. The Shape stops in surprise with a caught in the actstyle pose.


DANIEL-
SHIT!


Daniel turns and takes off, Michael speeding up after him.


ANGLE ON: JACOB


We see the Shape pass by ignoring Jacob.


JACOB- (calling after Daniel)
Run, Forrest, Run!!!!


ANGLE ON: STREET


We see Daniel's red 1965 Ford Mustang with "Trigger Hippie" in blue across the top windshield. He runs up and gets in, closing and locking the door. Not too far behind the car is an old pink motor scooter; a basket on the front of the scooter has a small sunflower on it. Michael is so slow that he knows he won't be able to get to the Mustang in time before Daniel takes off. Michael gets onto the scooter and starts it up, it sputtering and backfiring as he takes off after the Mustang as it roars off screen.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


We find a vast desert-like setting, almost like the old "Roadrunner" cartoons. We look at the road, seeing two things pass by quickly, only slightly slower than the other.


ANGLE ON: MUSTANG


We get a brief freeze frame, finding out that there is a cartoon version of Daniel. He is on top of the cartoon Mustang, almost as if it were a 4-wheeler, with a steering wheel sticking through the roof in front of him. We see writing pop up.


WRITING: "Trigger Hippie & Daniel Strickland"- Triggerairio Hippious & Codius Breakia.


The action begins again, the Mustang roaring off the screen. Entering into the shot is a cartoon version of the Shape, riding the cartoon scooter, trying to catch up with Daniel on the Mustang. We do another freeze frame shot, getting Michael on the scooter in mid-action. Michael is a bit chunkier like his live-action counter part.


WRITING: "Michael Myers"- Shapious Fattia Assia.


The action takes up again, Michael roaring off the screen.


ANGLE ON: ROAD


We see Daniel on the Mustang, as he looks over his shoulder. The Shape is closer that he pulls out his butcher knife and takes a swing at Daniel. Daniel ducks, the knife passing over his head. Daniel applies more gas, flicking Michael a bird.


DANIEL-
Fuck off, you fat ass!


This only tempts the Shape, Michael swings at Daniel again. Daniel ducks again.


ANGLE ON: RAILROAD CROSSING


We see a railroad crossing, with Daniel and the Shape coming up to it not to far away.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL AND DANIEL


Michael has gone into an extreme berserk mode, swinging the knife like crazy trying to get Daniel. Daniel however is ducking and dodging the blade as quickly as he can trying to keep up with Michael. Before Michael can kill Daniel, the scooter he's on sputters out and the engine begins to bellow smoke. The Mustang picks up speed and outruns the scooter as it slows down.


ANGLE ON: RAILROAD CROSSING


The Mustang passes through, as the scooter stops dead on the tracks. Michael gets off kicking the scooter. The light begins to flash and the bell beings to ring, indicating that a train is coming. Before Michael can move and a fraction of a second later, a train shoots by like a bullet, plowing into Michael. Just as soon as the train shows up, it leaves just as quickly, Michael and the scooter no longer there. We pan over to catch the sign with a map. There is a big red X with a small print saws you are here. The sign itself reads: "The Bullet Train runs through here."


ANGLE ON: ROAD


We see the Mustang roar and go to a stop-on-a-dime stunt as it stops in view of the shot.


DANIEL-
God, I love Science Fiction!


He hits the horn twice, almost sounding like the Roadrunner's signature "meep-meep". And then he takes off again.


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE - LATER


CLOSE-UP: BOX


We find a box with the words "Acme Rocket Car Kit" on it. We pull back and pan over to find the Shape standing next to a completed rocket car, looking almost like the one that broke the first land speed record. He begins to climb into the rocket car; his stomach catches him for a moment as he tries to squeeze in. He inhales deeply, sucking his gut in so he can slide into the driver seat of the rocket car.


INT.: ROCKET CAR - SAME


It's awfully cramped in the cockpit of the rocket car. It's amazing that Michael is able to breathe since there is barely enough room to fit his fat self into the cockpit.



EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE - SOMEWHERE ELSE


We see the Mustang roar by with Daniel riding on top. He hums the chorus part of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Class of '99 as he cruises at high speed.


INT.: ROCKET CAR


We look at Michael as his head turns in the direction of Daniel as the sound of his humming catches his attention. He grabs a hold of the steering wheel, looking straight ahead.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


ANGLE ON: ROCKET CAR


We see the Mustang roar by the parked rocket car.


INT.: ROCKET CAR


Michael flips a switch, the engine coming alive.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


Fire shoots from the tail of the rocket car as it takes off. It gains massive speed, trying to catch up with the Mustang.


INT.: ROCKET CAR


Michael's mask (and maybe the face inside) begins to pull back hard, the G-forces pushing it back.


SHAPE'S POV: THE ROAD AHEAD


We can see the road ahead as it roars by. We are slowly catching up with the Mustang, almost to its tail.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


ANGLE ON: ROAD AND ROCK FACE


We see a sharp turn next to a rock face. The Mustang turns and continues moving. However, the rocket car can't corner worth a damn. It slams into the rock face and explodes. When the dust clears, the Shape stands, a very thin and charred figure. He walks off, hoping to come up with a new plan.


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE - LATER


The Shape stands before a flat rock face; almost similar to the one he slammed into. He has a bucket of "Ozme Imagining Paint" in one hand and a brush in the other. He jumps up and begins to paint down towards the ground as he slowly falls. He has painted a tunnel.


EXT. CARTOON LANDSCAPE - SOMEWHERE ELSE


BACKGROUND MUSIC: "Eastbound and Down" by Jerry Reed


We see the Mustang roar by, it cruising to the tune of the "Smokey and the Bandit" theme song.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


The Shape stakes a sign down, the sign reading: This way to Madison County, an arrow pointing at the painted tunnel. He runs off, hiding behind a rock to witness the destruction. Daniel brings the Mustang to a stop, spotting the sign.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


Daniel gets a happy surprised to his face.


DANIEL-
Woah!


DANIEL'S POV: TUNNEL


We look at the tunnel.


ANGLE ON: MUSTANG


Daniel turns the Mustang towards the direction of the tunnel and floors it.


DANIEL-
YEEEE HHHAAAA!!!!


ANGLE ON: ROCK FACE


We can see Michael peering around a rock to see the Mustang as it heads at the painted tunnel. But instead of crashing, the Mustang enters into it.


DANIEL-
TUNNEL!!!!!


Daniel's voice echoes throughout the tunnel as the sound of the engine fades away.


ANGLE ON: THE SHAPE


We look at Michael. To our surprise, his jaw (including the jaw of the mask) stretches and hits the ground. He reaches down, picks up his jaw, and moves it back into place. He disappears behind the rock.


ANGLE ON: TUNNEL


We see the Shape pull out on the pink scooter and charge at the tunnel. But instead of entering into it, he crashes against the rock face. He is pressed against the rock face. He slowly peels off and floats to the ground as if he were a sheet of paper. But he pops back into his normal shape before hitting the ground.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE - SOMEWHERE ELSE


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


Daniel looks from behind him towards ahead of him.


DANIEL-
Yo, Joe! Come out!


Joe pops into view and is hit by the Mustang. He is on the front of the car as Daniel continues to drive.


DANIEL-
Jacob was right, and you suck! Jacob was right and you ROYALLY suck! As long as I keep going, nothing can....


Before he can finish, he passes through a rock archway, a spider web catching him. He hangs there in the middle of the web, dangling helplessly as Joe lands sitting on a rock.


END BACKGROUND MUSIC


JOE-
As you were saying?


Daniel tries shaking his way free, but he can't get down. He hears something from above him. He looks up.


ANGLE ON: SPIDER SHAPE


We see a spider come out, with the Shape's mask on it. It carries a butcher knife. It hurries towards Daniel, swinging the knife wildly. Daniel screams in terror as the spider gets close and swings the knife at him.


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL


Daniel bolts upright in a bed, everything now back to live action again. His face is covered in sweat. He wipes it away with his hand, taking notice of himself being back in live action again.

DANIEL-
Damn.


We hear the sound of the door opening, Daniel looking over toward it.

ANGLE ON: DOOR


We see DR. HANNIBAL LECTOR step in through the door, carrying a chart.


HANNIBAL-
Oh goody, you're awake.

DANIEL-
Dr. Lector?


Lector just nods as he moves over, pulling a pen out of the lab coat he wears. He writes down something on the chart.


HANNIBAL-
How are you feeling?

DANIEL-
I've got one hell of a headache.

HANNIBAL
I know. You took one awful hit.

DANIEL-
So, I take it you know what's going on?

HANNIBAL-
But of course I do, Mr. Strickland. You are dying. And Jacob's suggestion to run had a very bad recoil effect.

DANIEL-
Well, it was doing well for a small bit.

HANNIBAL-
Like all things in life, we can only sustain certain things for a certain amount of time. Even within the childlike safety of your cartoons, you eventually tire out.

DANIEL-
What do you suggest I do?

HANNIBAL-
Personally, I would suggest trying to reason with him.

DANIEL-
Are you insane?


Daniel stops for a moment, realizing what he just said.


DANIEL- (with an its clearly obvious voice)
Of course you are. You're a psychiatrist posing as a medical doctor in my own head. Look, Michael isn't the kind of person you can reason with, Doctor. Hell, he hasn't spoken a damn word since the 1960s. What makes you think he'll listen to a damn thing I say?

HANNIBAL-
Simple. Because he can hear you. It's obvious because in "Halloween II", he stalled out for a brief moment before Laurie shot his eyes out. Which means he can listen and understand you. Of course, I'd recommend you do that while using Jacob's advice in the process.

DANIEL-
Run and talk at the same time?

HANNIBAL-
Why not?


Daniel sits quietly for a moment. Then he nods, getting up off the bed.


DANIEL-
For a nut case who's a shrink, you have a fucking good point.

HANNIBAL-
I try. And I hope that you succeed by any means in order to stay alive. Now if you excuse me, I have dinner... with Clarice.


Lector leaves, leaving Daniel sitting there alone. Daniel gets up and leaves.


EXT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL


We see Daniel heading for the main doors out.


DANIEL-
Reasoning with the Shape. I hope the Doctor is right.


Daniel pushes the doors opens and exits out.


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


We see Michael once again painting a tunnel on a rock face. He quickly hides, just as Daniel comes up to the mouth of the tunnel.


DANIEL-
Hey, Michael! Can we talk?


Michael comes out from around the rock face, sporting a bazooka. Daniel looks at him with wide eyes.


DANIEL-
Guess not.


Daniel quickly floors the gas and the Mustang lurches hard into the tunnel like before. Michael stands there for a moment, as if shocked. He raises the bazooka high over his head and throws it down onto the ground, jumping up and down furiously. He walks over and sticks his hand on the rock face painting, only for his hand to go in. He soon realizes he can go after Daniel. He takes a few steps back and charges into the tunnel. Within a fraction of a second later, we see a large black figure pass by.


ANGLE ON: KITT


As it turns out, the Shape lying face down on top of the hood of KITT from "Knight Rider", his scanner light flashes back and forth. Without warning, KITT goes into Super Pursuit Mode.


KITT-
Michael, I think we hit something.


ANGLE ON: ROAD


Before they can stop, KITT kicks into SPM, shooting by within the blink of an eye.

CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


We find Daniel walking, looking for Michael.


DANIEL-
Michael!? Come on out, man! How about we play fetch the stick to calm you down?


Daniel comes face to face with what appears to be a shotgun. The shotgun in the hands of Michael.


DANIEL-
You're REALLY going to shoot me?


The Shape nods, replying to the question.


DANIEL-
I know this guy...

Daniel slaps downward on the shotgun, but instead knocking it out of the Shape's hand, it bends the barrel. The Shape grabs it and bends it back into place.


DANIEL-
Dr. Chuck...


Daniel does it again, this time bending upwards. The Shape bends it back down into place.


DANIEL-
Dr. Chuck Jones wrote the book on situations similar to this one.


The Shape doesn't care. He takes aim, ready to pull the trigger. Daniel grabs the middle section of the barrel with one hand, and turns it around to where it faces Michael. Michael grabs the barrel and turns it back towards Daniel. This goes on about three times. Until the Shape brings the shotgun right to Daniel's face. Daniel lets out a little yelp before the Shape pulls the trigger. There is a shot.... But it's right in Michael's face. Michael turns the barrel around and pulls the trigger again, it exploding in his face again. Daniel smiles and turns to walk off.


DANIEL-
Dr. Lector, you were right!


The Shape takes the shotgun and hits Daniel right in the head, knocking him to the ground. The Shape raises the shotgun over his head, Daniel screaming in shock as it comes down.


CUT TO:


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL


Daniel pops up in the same bed as he did before, everything in live action. He runs his forehead.


DANIEL-
Serves me right for listening to a man eating professional nut case shrink.


Daniel gets out of bed and leaves the room.


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM


Daniel takes a seat there, wondering what to do.


DANIEL-
Two chances down, three left. What can I possibly do?

VOICE- (female)
I say kill him.


Daniel looks over his shoulder to find MARY CUNNINGHAM from "The Report" sitting behind him.


DANIEL-
Mary, you always think killing someone is the solution. Trust me on this because killing Michael wouldn't work. He's been shot, stabbed, blown up, ran over at least three times all ready, he's been axed and his head has been chopped off. He won't die.

MARY-
Well, there are many tricks that haven't been used to killing him. Try acid for an example. That would turn him into a puddle of liquefied flesh. Another example is pushing him into the blades of a helicopter. I doubt that he'd continue to kill as a pile of beef, do you?

DANIEL-
Wouldn't really surprise me if he did.


Mary gets up and circles around the seats, taking a seat next to Daniel.


MARY-
So, how have things been with "Farscape: Dreamer"?

DANIEL-
Why do you want to know that?

MARY-
I'm just wondering. I mean, can't a fictional character wonder about another character that the actress she was modeled from is doing?

DANIEL-
I guess you could.

MARY-
You're dying. That really blows. When you die, everyone here dies with you. Including Joe.

DANIEL-
If I go to hell, at least I'm taking that bastard with me.


Mary chuckles.


MARY-
Good point. But you'll be taking a lot of good guys with you, you know?

DANIEL-
Like you care. I mean, you're a bad guy.

MARY-
Wrong. I'm a "bad girl". There is a difference.

DANIEL-
You get what I mean.

MARY-
Besides, I'm not bad. I'm just written that way.


Daniel laughs a little.


DANIEL-
Mary, you're not going "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" on me, are you?

MARY-
Well, I have to at least have a few laughs before expiring with you, Danny-boy.

DANIEL-
So, you really want me to try and kill Michael in ways no other has tried?

MARY-
Why not? It's worth a shot.

DANIEL-
But that would leave me with only two chances left.

MARY-
So what? Either way, you're going to be left with two choices weather or not you take my advice.


Daniel gets up and heads over to the mouth of the waiting room, turning around to face Mary.


DANIEL-
I guess your right. I mean, if you have any interesting tactics I could use, please feel free to let me know.


Mary notices something for a moment behind Daniel.


MARY-
Michael!


Daniel turns around, and finds Michael sticking his head from the stairwell. When Daniel looks at him, he slightly pulls back in, almost as if he were shy.


MARY-
Michael, could you please leave little Danny alone?


Michael scratches his head for a moment. He reaches behind the door and pulls out a sign that reads "NO!". Daniel quickly takes off for the doors with the Shape on his heels.


ANGLE ON: MARY


Mary as she looks at Michael and Daniel heading out the doors.



MARY-
GOOD LUCK, DANIEL!


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


We are back in cartoon land again. Michael is riding his pink scooter, trying to find out where Daniel is. Michael brings it to a stop, noticing a sign. It reads: "DO NOT ENTER! MINEFIELD AHEAD!" Michael tilts his head slightly, wondering what is going on. We can hear the sound of the Mustang's engine, seeing it coming to a stop about three inches behind Michael. However, he hasn't taken notice. Daniel hits the horn twice, again the signature sound of the Roadrunner. The sudden unexpected honks scare Michael, accidentally launching him forward past the sign and off screen. We hear multiple explosions off screen. The next thing we know, Michael is thrown back into the shot, charred like he was after crashing the rocket car, the scooter landing right on top of his head. Daniel smiles, and takes a detour around the minefield.


CUT TO:


Michael is walking, trying to find Daniel so he could kill him.


ANGLE ON: VERY HIGH CLIFF


We see a box marked "Acme Anvils, 5 per box". Daniel has all five-stacked one on top of each other, near the edge of a cliff. Daniel scratches his head and pretends to prop himself against them, causing them to fall over the cliff, one following after the other.


DANIEL- (playfully)
Whoops.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We see him come to a stop, taking notice of an envelop on the ground with his name on it. Michael picks it up and uses the knife to cut it open.


MICHAEL'S POV: LETTER


We see Michael open the letter. It reads: "Hey, Michael. Look up."


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


Michael tilts his head, wondering what it means. He looks up, just as head meets the bottom end of the first anvil. And one by one, they drive Michael flat like a pancake. Everything is silent for a moment. The stack all of a sudden pops up. We see Michael's legs sticking out of the bottom. He walks away, almost as if looking for medical attention.


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


We find a long chain length fence, with a sign that says "Government Rocket Testing Facility". Michael pulls up to it on the scooter, finding Daniel's Mustang parked on the other side. Michael hops the fence, hoping to finally get Daniel out of the way. We follow the Shape as he walks, trying to find out where Daniel is.


DANIEL- (far off screen)
Hey! Michael!


Michael turns and looks.


MICHAEL'S POV: DANIEL


Daniel is waving to Michael.


DANIEL-
Over here!


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We see Michael pull out his butcher knife, charging at Daniel at full speed.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL AND MICHAEL

We see Daniel standing there with a confident smile on his face as Michael is within stabbing range. Before he does so, something shoots by very quickly, taking the Shape with it.


ANGLE ON: ROCKET


We see a rocket roaring, with the Shape on top of it, almost like Major Kong from "Dr. Strangelove".


ANGLE ON: BACK OF MICHAEL


We get a shot of Michael's backside, seeing the landscape passing by. We notice a brick wall with a bull's eye painted on it.


ANGLE ON: ROCKET

We look at Michael as he gets closer and closer to us. The next thing we know, there is a big ass explosion.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


Daniel jumps up and down, in victory.


DANIEL-
Yesyesyesyesyes!!!! Ding dong, the Shape is dead! He's roast beef! Stick a fork in him, he's done! Mary, your idea worked!!!


Daniel turns to walk off, only to run right into Michael who has a piece of metal from the rocket raise above his head. Daniel screams as Michael brings it down.


CUT TO:


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL


Daniel bolts upright in the same bed as before. He grabs his head in pain.


DANIEL-
DAMN IT!


Daniel sits there for a moment, and then slowly gets off the bed.


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL - HALLWAY


Daniel comes out into the barely lit hallway of the hospital, standing there for a moment in thought.


DANIEL-
No running, no negotiating and no killing. What the fuck do I have left?


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL - CAFETERIA


Daniel enters into the cafeteria. He takes a seat at one of the tables, rubbing his forehead. From not to far off, Daniel can hear a small bit of giggling. He recognizes the giggling.


DANIEL-
Chiana? Is that you?


Without warning, CHIANA from "Farscape" pops up from behind the counter near the cash register, a grin wide on her face.


CHIANA-
Yeap!


She hops over the counter, making her way around to Daniel.


DANIEL-
Mind if I talk to you?

CHIANA-
Why not?


Chiana pulls Daniel's chair out a little bit more, straddled him as she takes a seat on his lap. Her face is about an inch away from his.


DANIEL-
Do you think I did a bad job at trying to kill Michael?

CHIANA-
Honestly, no. But I can say that it was worth the effort.

DANIEL-
You know what's going on, right?


Chiana sits back some.


CHIANA-
You're dying. Jacob suggests running your ass off. Dr. Lector says try to negotiate with Michael and Mary suggests trying to kill Michael. But so far, none of them have worked.

DANIEL-
Yeah. No running, no hiding, no negotiating and no killing. Come on, Chi. You are the princess of survival. What can I do?


Chiana sits quietly for a moment, thinking. Then it comes to her.


CHIANA-
Be smarter.

DANIEL-
Be smarter?

CHIANA-
Yeah. Michael keeps making his kills complicated. Use that against him. Outsmart him and screw him at his own game.


Daniel sits there for a moment, thinking about what Chiana is saying. He has a smile on his face


DANIEL-
That can work.


Daniel gets Chiana a small kiss on her cheek, helping her off him.


DANIEL-
Thank you, Pipster Fweak!

CHIANA-
See ya later!


Daniel quickly heads for the door. Chiana playfully waves at him as he leaves.


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


ANGLE ON: BOX


We see a box that reads "Ozme High Explosives". We pan over to another box, a long and thin one that reads "Acme Shovel". We continue to pan, finding Michael with the shovel, digging a big hole. He runs over, picking up a pile of dynamite. He drops it into the hole, quickly filling it back with dirt. He jumps up and down on the pie, flatting it out. He quickly runs off screen.


ANGLE ON: ROAD


We see a big white X painted on the road, where there are other piles of dirt with a few sticks of dynamite sticking out, like the one Michael had just finished filling in. He runs into the frame and jabs down a sign into the middle of the road.


ANGLE ON: SIGN


We see what it says: "STOP! Enjoy this pizza and Diet Coke, compliments of the Haddonfield Clown Cops. (For Speed Nuts Only)"


We see Michael place out a freshly delivered pizza and a can of Diet Coke, quickly running off screen and out of view in order to pull off his plan. We look out at a distance, seeing the Mustang trail of dust behind it. It comes to a stop on a dime right on the X. Daniel looks down at the pizza and Diet Coke. He gets off, and picks up a slice of pizza and opens the can.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We see Michael striking a machine against the rock, lighting a fuse. He lets go and plugs his ears with his fingers. Without warning, we see a hand from behind Michael light a Zippo and run the lighter over the hair of the mask. They begin to burn light small fuses themselves. Michael notices this, turning to find Daniel closing up his Zippo lighter. He points at Michael's head and then scratches his own innocently. Michael pulls out his butcher knife, about to strike. The hairs all burn down into the mask. And without warning...BOOM! It's almost as if Michael had exploded, smoke filling the air.


CUT TO:


EXT: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


ANGLE ON: BIG ASS CANNON


We discover that Michael has been using his "Acme Catalog" to order one big ass cannon, with seat, targeting system and platform. Michael sits in the seat, looking at the screen.


MICHAEL'S POV: TARGETING SYSTEM


It runs, passing by Daniel twice before coming to a lock on him. Daniel has a calm face about this.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


Michael pulls the trigger, firing the cannon.


ANGLE ON: CANNON


We see the cannon fire, jumping backwards. It appears Michael forgot to bolt it down.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We look at Michael as he looks at the screen


MICHAEL'S POV: TARGETING SYSTEM


The targeting system screen shows smoke clearing from the end of the barrel, it targeting system still scanning for a target. Daniel is nowhere to be seen.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


Michael claps cheerfully, almost glad that Daniel is dead. He takes another look at the screen and stops in shock.


MICHAEL'S POV: TARGETING SYSTEM


Daniel is in view again, the targeting system locked on him again.


DANIEL-
You missed!


ANGLE ON MICHAEL:


He is furious, grabbing the trigger again.

ANGLE ON: CANNON


We see the cannon fire, jumping backwards again. It appears that it's getting dangerously close to a cliff.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We look at Michael as he looks at the screen again.


MICHAEL'S POV: TARGETING SYSTEM


Like before, the targeting system screen shows smoke clearing from the end of the barrel, it targeting system still scanning for a target. And like before Daniel is nowhere to be seen.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


Michael slaps his hands together, almost as if trying to pat off dust on his hands. We quickly pan down to the end of the barrel, finding Daniel sitting right in front of the targeting sight, but right above the mouth of the barrel. He is bent over out of the view of the sight and sits up back into its view.


MICHAEL'S POV: TARGETING SYSTEM


Daniel is in view again, a smile on his face. Daniel wiggles his eyebrows in victory.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


He appears to be mad, steam bellowing out of his ears. He grabs the trigger.


ANGLE ON: CANNON


We see the cannon fire, jumping backwards one last time. It is over the cliff's edge, hovering in mid air. We look at Michael and Daniel. Daniel waves down towards the Shape.


DANIEL-
Hey, Michael!


Michael looks down at him. Daniel points down over the side.


DANIEL-
Look down!


Michael does so, realizing the truth of the matter. His eyes pop out of their sockets, right through the eyeholes of the mask in shock. Daniel hops off the end of the barrel onto the cliff, as the cannon begins to fall.


DOWNWARD ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We look at Michael in a "Roadrunner" angle as the cannon begins to fall towards the ground down below.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


Michael jumps off the seat of the cannon, and pulls a ripcord. A parachute pops out, Michael apparently having to have been prepared for this. He lands on the ground, appearing to be safe. We see a small shadow come over Michael. He looks up realizing the truth. Before he can move, he looks back down towards us, holding a sign that reads "SHIT!" The cannon comes down on him, front of the barrel first. It plows itself into the ground, leaving only the end sticking out. It pops open, with Michael slowly climbing out. He goes to get down, but his parachute is caught. He turns around and pulls on it, trying to get free. It snaps free like a rubber band, but it causes the cannon to fire, launching it back into the air. As it heads up, Michael quickly pulls in the slack of the parachute. As it begins to head down again, this time, rear end first. Michael jumps clear as the cannon disappears from view. Michael slowly glides down as we hear the impact of the cannon hitting the ground. Michael runs his hand across the forehead of the mask, almost as if trying to wipe the sweat from his brow. We follow him, and soon see him drift down into something. It's the barrel of the cannon, sticking up out of the ground like a smoke stack. We see him pull out a sign that reads "Double shit!", showing it a moment before entering. Before we know it, the cannon fires again after a moment or so of Michael entering into it. The blast destroys the parachute. Michael slowly climbs out, slightly charred from the blast. He slowly stumbles away.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


We see Michael into the frame, appearing to be dizzy. There is the sound of hissing from off screen, which causes Michael to snap out of it. He looks off towards both sides of the screen, trying to place the sound.


ANGLE ON: ROAD


We find out that Michael is standing on the white X he painted in the middle of the road, piles of dynamite still hissing from when he lit it only a few minutes ago, the fuses very shot. He pulls out two signs and flashes them: "OH FUCK!"


DOWNWARD ANGLE ON: GROUND DOWN BELOW


We can see the road far down below, and a major plum of smoke, the sound of the explosion coming up towards us. Michael's plan has failed again.


CUT TO:


EXT.: CARTOON LANDSCAPE


ANGLE ON: CLIFF FACE


We see Michael doing what he's done the last two times, painting up a rock face to look like a tunnel. We can hear the sound of the Mustang coming up and to a stop behind him as he finishes up. Daniel sits there for a moment, and then honks the horn twice. This startles Michael, sending him slamming into the rock face. He hits the ground hard. Daniel quickly takes the paint bucket and brush and paints a landscape over the tunnel, quickly jumping back onto the Mustang. Michael sits up and Daniel takes off into the painted landscape. Daniel turns around to face towards Michael. Michael hops up and charges at Daniel, but slams into the rock face, shaking like a symbol in an orchestra.


DANIEL-
Don't you get it, fat ass? Chiana was right! I can ALWAYS out smart you! You've got to admit. My tunnel does look a lot better than yours.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL


He holds up a sign in retaliation: "YOU DID NOT PAINT A TUNNEL!!!"


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


Daniel just smiles.


DANIEL-
Actually...


Daniel points behind Michael.


DANIEL-
I did.


ANGLE ON: MICHAEL IN FRONT OF ROCK FACE


We soon realize that Michael is standing in front of another rock face, a tunnel bigger than the ones Michael have tried to paint. We can see a pair of headlights come up from inside that tunnel. Michael turns around.


DANIEL-
B-bye.


Michael is hit by a semi truck, it roaring down the road into the distance. Daniel cheers in victory.


DANIEL-
YES!!! Looks like this writer's going home.


Daniel revs the Mustang and charges at his own tunnel.


DANIEL-
Lock up the scream queens and hide the fried brains!


Instead of Daniel entering into the tunnel, there is a massive explosion.


FADE TO:


EXT.: ROAD IN WOODS

We fade to wreckage of the Mustang, everything back in live action again. Various parts are scattered and a couple of them are on fire. We can hear Daniel cry in pain.


DANIEL-
I can't feel my legs!


We find Daniel, badly bruised and cut up, his face looking extremely bad. He is a few feet away from the wreckage of the Mustang. Daniel looks off screen at something.


DANIEL'S POV: MICHAEL


Michael is here, his butcher knife drawn. Daniel is now screwed, his cartoons not able to save him. Michael raises the butcher knife high, Daniel screaming in terror as he brings it down.


CUT TO:


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL - ROOM


Daniel is back in the room again, he bolts upright in his bed, grabbing his head and screaming in pain. He is in tears. The pain goes away, Daniel sobbing in pain.


DANIEL- (sobbing)
I'm fucked... I'm royally fucked.

VOICE- (off screen)
Of course you are. Quit stating the obvious.


We pan over to find JASON MADISON, from Daniel's story "Power Play". Jason is decked in the army jacket, Aerosmith "Eat the Rich" T-shirt, blue jeans and army boots like in the story. He sits comfortably in a seat next to the bed. Daniel wipes away the tears from his face.


DANIEL-
What the hell are you doing here?

JASON-
Hoping to help you save your ass from dying.

DANIEL-
Well, go away. You can't help me. The others weren't.

JASON-
The reason why the others weren't because you and them were focused more on Michael than the true enemy of the story.


Daniel is quiet for a moment.


DANIEL-
What are you not telling me, Jason?


Jason gets up, walking over to the window of the room, staring out of it.


JASON-
Michael isn't the enemy that you are facing. It's Joe who is the one you need to get rid of.

DANIEL-
Could you PLEASE explain it to me?


Jason turns and looks at Daniel.


JASON-
Think about it. Who was the first one you saw when you got in here? Who was the one to make you an offer to save your life? Who is the one who is causing all of this? I could give you three answers, but all you need is just one.


Daniel is quiet for a moment.


DANIEL-
You're right. Joe is the one responsible for this. He's the one who sent Michael at me.

JASON-
Not only that, he's the one who has been distracting you from how you feel. Ex Joe out, and you'll be able to live again.


Daniel nods.


DANIEL-
Why the fuck didn't you show up first to tell me about this before?

JASON-
You never asked.


Jason begins to head out the door.


JASON-
Good luck, Strickland. You're going to need it. Hit the nerve center with all your might.


Jason leaves, disappearing from view. Daniel smiles, climbing off the bed.


INT.: HADDENFIELD HOSPITAL - NURSE'S STATION


Daniel enters the nurse's station, picking up the phone.


DANIEL-
Joe? Joe I know you're there. I can hear you farting.

JOE-
Have you made a decision?

DANIEL-
Yes I have. Meet me at the platform.

JOE-
Platform? What platform?

DANIEL-
You'll see.


ANGLE ON: PHONE


We see the phone as Daniel slams the phone down on its carrier.


INT.: PLATFORM


We see Joe enter onto a catwalk, through a doorway. Daniel sits at the other end on a platform; reading what appears to be a magazine on independent film, while smoking a cigar the size of a foot long sub from "Subway". Daniel is facing away from the doorway. Joe decides to sneak up on Daniel to scare him. He begins to creep towards Daniel, and without warning a rake pops up and slams right into his face. The rake had mysteriously popped into the spot right below Joe, causing it to pop up when he stepped on it. Joe tosses it off the catwalk, continuing on his way towards Daniel. Without warning, he slips and lands right on his back. We soon discover that he has slipped on a banana peeling. He kicks it off the catwalk, getting back up onto his feet. He begins to head towards Daniel again, when he begins to lose his balance. We take notice that now he has a metal bucket on his foot, appearing to have stepped into it. He begins to continue again. We hear a metal snapping sound, Joe screaming in pain. He's stepped into a bear trap with his free foot. Now he is walking funny towards Daniel, with the bear trap on one foot and the bucket on the other. He makes it to him, turning the chair around to face him. Daniel looks up.


DANIEL- (doing a Bugs Bunny impression)
Eh...What's up, Joe?

JOE-
What's up? I'll tell you what's up. I'M GOING TO HAVE MICHAEL SHRED YOUR ASS INTO BACON BITS!!


We take notice of a yellow leaver come up next to Daniel's chair.


DANIEL-
I doubt that.


Daniel grabs the leaver and pulls it back. Underneath Joe, a trap door opens. Joe stands there for a moment, in mid-air. Joe looks at Daniel in shock.


DANIEL-
B-bye.


Joe falls through.


OVERHEAD ANGLE ON: JOE


We see the live action Joe Chappelle falling into the cartoon landscape below. We see a small plume of smoke and the sound of a "FWOP!" as Joe lands hard.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL

Daniel laughs hard. Jason shows up next to him.


JASON-
Not bad, Strickland. You've got a big set of brass balls.

DANIEL-
What? This isn't over yet. It isn't over until the fat lady sings and she's about to go onto her encore. Quickly, hide.


Daniel turns the chair back around, facing away from the doorway again.


JASON-
Are you sure?

DANIEL-
Trust me, Joe will be most definitely surprised this time.


ANGLE ON: JOE


We see Joe pop up in the doorway again, royally angered. He charges down the walkway, quickly spotting everything he encountered the first time, kicking it out of his way and grabs the chair.


JOE-
That's it! Forget Michael killing you! I...


Joe spins the chair around, coming face to face with a dummy. It wears the exact clothes that Daniel is wearing. And in the dummy's mouth is a big ass stick of dynamite the size of the cigar that Daniel was smoking. The fuse is all ready entering the stick. BOOM!!!!
After the smoke clears, we find a big bloody mess where Joe was standing, the only thing left is his head. Daniel and Jason pop up from behind the chair.


JASON-
Impressive.

DANIEL-
Really?

JASON-
Most impressive.


They circle around the chair, Daniel picking up Joe's head by its hair. The jaw of the head hangs open. Daniel places a grenade into the mouth.


DANIEL- (into the head's dead ear)
How's THIS for an exploding head?


Daniel pulls the pin and throws the head far off as he can. It explodes, blood splattering everywhere, without even touching Daniel and Jason. Jason applauds.


JASON-
Bravo. Bra-fuckin-o!


Daniel turns and bows towards Jason.


DANIEL-
Thank you! Thank you! I'd like to thank the Academy. Where I lack in genius, I make up for in creativity.


Jason smiles wide.


JASON-
So, tell me something, Strickland. How do you feel?

DANIEL-
Alive again. Now that Joe's gone I can express my true feelings again. I...Love...My life.

JASON-
Good for you, Strickland.


Jason begins to head for the door, passing Daniel.


DANIEL-
Where are you going?


Jason turns towards Daniel.


JASON-
I got to go back to your creative mind. You're about to wake up.

DANIEL-
Jason, before I've got a question for you.

JASON-
What is it?

DANIEL-
The new ideas I've had for the revision of "Power Play"... What do you think?


Jason is quiet for a moment.


JASON-
It's doable.


Jason smiles warmly.


JASON-
If I don't see you around, Strickland, I'll see you in the next life.


Jason turns and leaves, leaving Daniel alone.


FADE TO:


BACKGROUND COLOR: WHITE


FADE TO:


EXT.: MADISON SQUARE - NIGHT


We find Derek holding Daniel as he slowly slips back into reality.


DANIEL-
Plufinogan.

DEREK-
Daniel?


Daniel sits up, rubbing his head.


DANIEL-
Tell the guy with the jackhammer to lie off.


Derek is surprised and glad that Daniel is okay.


DEREK-
Man, Daniel. I swear you scared me there for a moment.


Daniel rubs his hair, looking around.


DANIEL-What day is it?

DEREK-
That better be a fucking joke. It's still Halloween, Daniel.

DANIEL-
Oh...Yeah, that's right. (chuckles)


Daniel slowly gets up, heading sluggishly to his car.


DEREK-
Where are you going?

DANIEL-
To the hospital. I think I need it.

DEREK-
But an ambulance is on its way.

DANIEL-
Derek, an ambulance in Madison County is slower than a slug on molasses in winter.


Daniel gets into his Mustang, no signs of damage (of course not, the one in his head wasn't the real one).

DEREK-
I swear, I was afraid you were going to die.

DANIEL-
So did I.

DEREK-
You knew you were dying?

DANIEL-
Derek... I couldn't possibly explain what happened in my head while I was out.


Daniel puts the key into the ignition, starting up the engine.


DEREK-
Are you sure you're going to make it to the hospital?

DANIEL-
Yeah. It's about half a mile down the road.

DEREK-
Daniel... Thanks.


Daniel smiles slightly, nodding a little.


DANIEL-
No problem.


ANGLE ON: DANIEL


We look at Daniel as he pulls out by us, we discovering that the background is the cartoon landscape in which some of the story has taken place. We see the live action Mustang roar off down the cartoon road, honking its horn in the sound of the Roadrunner's famous "meep-meep".


FADE TO:


BACKGROUND COLOR: BLACK


FADE TO:

INT.: CARTOON TUNNEL


We see a "cartoon tunnel", almost like the one shown on the old "Loony Toons" ending. We see "Kickbutt Productions" symbol pop up. Joe Chappelle busts through it.


JOE- (impersonating Porky Pig)
Ep.Ep.Epepep, That's all folks!


Without warning, his head explodes.


FADE TO:


BACKGROUND COLOR: BLACK 1