THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT: A short film script


EXT. RADIO STATION – NIGHT

A lonely radio station sits atop a hill overlooking a small city.

The station is smallish, white walls (paint beginning to peel) and a large picture window at the front, covered with bars to prevent break in, and with the curtains pulled.

Near it is a large radio tower with the call letters WLKM.

There are no cars.

BOBBY (O.C.)

And hello there lovely and local listeners and all those not listening as well. I’m not proud and I make no distinctions.

INT. RADIO STATION – NIGHT

The front reception room. Plain, the furniture not that new or impressive. There is a large desk and couch, some chairs. The walls white, the floor carpeted.

There is also a shopping cart.

There is a certain quietness here. There’s no one else to see and no signs of having seen anyone recently. Perhaps just a bit unsettling is the best way to explain it.

BOBBY (O.C.)

This is Bobby Morgan, the Doctor of Long Ago and Far Away, reaching out and touching, touching you, but only respectfully.

HALLWAY

The somewhat worn carpet leads down a unremarkable hallway.

Posters on the wall perhaps of rock stars and pictures of past and present DJ’s (that means Bobby) interacting with famous and marginally famous people.

BOBBY (O.C.)

I’m ready to put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up to cure what ails you at the flick of the switch.

HALLWAY DOOR

The hallway passes a room that has a somewhat mysterious hum. As the room is passed, four or five deep freezers are seen.

BOBBY (O.C.)

We are starting the final hour of the Doc Bobby show and we’ll keep playing all the oldies, but goodies,‘til the devil comes down to Georgia.

DJ BOOTH

The booth is a typical one with all the gimmicks and doodads that fill such a location.

At the microphone sits BOBBY, a bit chubby and a bit shlubby if truth be told, with a beard. He wears lumberjack chic unironically.

At the present time, he is giving his radio show all the gusto he can.

Across from him is a window showing the producer’s booth. There is no one there. It also seems eerily empty.

BOBBY

So everyone out there, there’s still time to make a request. So Ricky, do not lose that number, but give me a call. If I got it, I’ll play it and dedicate it to the one your love, if you are so inclined. In fact, up next are the Mamas and the Papas with Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass’s cool melody of that very name.

Bobby begins the song. He then looks at the phone, but it doesn’t ring.

He puts his feet up on the console and leans back, closing his eyes and letting the music waft through him.

After a moment, he opens his eyes and looks at the telephone. But still it doesn’t ring.

The song ends and Bobby goes back on the air. He looks at the clock which is almost midnight.

BOBBY

And so my listeners, as well as those who aren’t, we have reached the end of Doctor Bobby’s Golden Oldies radio hour. It is now the midnight hour. The party’s over and it’s time to call it a day. So until six tomorrow evening, this is the Doc, or Doctor Bob or Doctor Bobby, call me what you April come she will, just don’t call me late for dinner, playing all your favorite songs from yesterday when all my troubles seemed so far away, and as usual, I will conclude with that Beatles classic.

And with that Bobby starts the melancholic sound of the Beatles hit.

Bobby plays the song as he cleans up the booth, throwing away the trash, putting all the music away, making everything perfect.

He wipes everything down, including a picture of a woman and young boy.

As the song ends, he looks at the phone once more, picks up his coffee cut which says “Jesus is coming, look busy” and leaves the room, mechanically flicking off the lights.

HALLWAY

He is met by a silence that seems at odds with the music playing. The only noise is the slight hum of the five deep freezers.

He pauses at the freezer doorway, then goes into the…

FREEZER ROOM

…and opens the nearest one and removes a sirloin steak. He goes into the…

KITCHEN

…and puts the steak in the sink to thaw.

He empties his cup of coffee, rinses it out and sets it on the counter.

He then prepares a Cup of Noodles and grabs a couple of beers out of the refrigerator.

He then goes down the…

HALLWAY

…and stops outside a room with several monitors connected to cameras that watch the outside. Bobby goes inside the…

MONITOR ROOM

…and watches a moment. Hoping, maybe. But then sighing and heads to the…

GREEN ROOM

Inside is perhaps the largest flat screen TV that could possibly fit into the space with the most comfortable lounger imaginable facing it.

Around it are a series of bookcases that hold a seeming never ending number of movie discs.

Bobby chooses one, Duck Soup, and begins playing it. He then gets in the lounger, pulls the lever back, and begins to eat, the movie starting.

ABOUT EIGHT HOURS LATER

Bobby jumps up from his slumber. The TV only showing a blank screen.

KITCHEN

Bobby enters drying his hair from taking a shower. Again, all that is heard is the hum of the freezers.

He takes the ingredients from the refrigerator to make an omelet with tomatoes, cheese and mushrooms.

LATER

He finishes washing his dishes.

LOBBY

From the desk by the entry door he grabs some empty bags and a plastic bottle for water and puts them in the shopping cart along with a half bag of chicken feed.

He also adds a rifle.

Just before he leaves, he takes an iPod that is plugged in by the huge picture window and puts it on. The music is Edith Piaf.

EXT. RADIO STATION – DAY

Bobby then takes the bag of feed and goes…

BEHIND THE STATION

…where there is a chicken coop as well as chickens. Bobby takes a moment to throw them some feed.

EXT. ROAD LEADING DOWN FROM THE STATION – DAY

The day is clear and warm.

But quiet, so quiet. All that is heard is the occasional squeaking of the cart, as well as some music from birds.

EXT. A LARGE SUPERMARKET – DAY

Bobby reaches a large parking lot that is completely empty. The slight wind pushes some paper and detritus around.

He wipes his brow with a handkerchief. It’s a bit warm.

INT. A LARGE SUPERMARKET

The lights are out as Bobby goes down the aisles. The supplies are starting to diminish, but he picks up some spices and a few canned goods.

When he reaches the back, he wipes his head again from the heat. He then enters the…

BACK FREEZER

…which is still working. Bobby basks in the cold air a moment.

SUPERMARKET

Bobby finishes collecting some beer and wine and a nice amount of cup of noodles.

He then goes by the empty cash registers and goes outside.

He stops a moment. All around him is silence. No one is sight, the city seems totally deserted.

EXT. COMMUNITY GARDEN – DAY

Bobby gets some tomatoes and lettuce from a well kept community garden.

Before he leaves, he does some weeding and, after filling the jug from a faucet, he does some watering as well.

EXT. STREET OUTSDIE COMMUNICTY GARDEN – DAY

As Bobby walks away from the garden, he hears a noise, like a trash can being overturned.

There down the street, Bobby sees a wolf calmly turning a corner. When the wolf sees Bobby, it stops.

Bobby carefully takes the rifle out of the cart and shoots over the wolf. The wolf runs off.

INT. HOUSE – DAY

Bobby is in a room inside a house that is overrun with mushrooms. He takes a few.

INT. ANOTHER HOUSE – DAY

He looks through a collection of DVDs and takes quite a few.

EXT. RADIO STATION – DAY

Bobby has pushed the car back to the station and begins unloading and taking things inside.

EXT. ROOF OF RADIO STATION – DAY

Bobby comes onto the roof carrying a book and his iPod. He looks over the empty city standing by a fire escape.

There is an inflatable plastic chair with an umbrella by it.

Bobby sits, adjusts the umbrella to keep out the sun, puts on his iPod and begins to read.

INT. BOOTH – NIGHT

Bobby is all up and ready to go. He turns on his mike.

BOBBY

And welcome once again all my fans and those who aren’t. It’s time again for the Golden Oldies Radio Hour with Doctor Bobby under a starry, starry night. This is a full request show, so call in and let me know what you want to hear and if I have it, I will play it. Let’s being with one of my personal favorites, Ewan McCall’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, as sung by the late, great Roberta Flack. 

And as Flack’s soothing and aching voice fills the air, Bobby looks at the phone and waits.

EXT. STREET – DAY

Bobby leisurely walks down a street pushing his cart. The cart is only partly filled.

As he passes a side street he looks down it, but keeps on going.

Then almost immediately he backs up and seems astonished at what he sees. Down the…

SIDE STREET

There, a LITTLE GIRL, maybe 8, maybe 10 sits. She obviously hasn’t had a bath in some time, her blond hair dirty and uncombed, her clothes ragged and her tennis shoes falling apart.

She sits quietly playing with a doll, a doll almost as dirty as she is.

She sits playing it as if there was no one else in the world.

At first the Little Girl seems oblivious to Bobby.

It’s not until Bobby’s shadow covers her that she stops. As she looks up, she grabs the doll and holds it closer to her as if for dear life.

After a moment, Bobby bends over a bit to take a closer look.

BOBBY

Well, hello, there. What’s your name?

But the Little Girl, terrified, says nothing.

Bobby stands up straight and looks around. He looks around and then stops.

About twenty yards away is the body of a man, about Bobby’s age, perhaps a little older.

His clothes are as dirty and torn as the Little Girl’s, his face as grimy. And he isn’t moving.

Bobby slowly goes over and there he sees that the man’s chest and stomach looked as if they had exploded from the inside. Flies have gathered.

Bobby covers his nose from the smell and almost throws up, but manages not to.

Bobby continues to stare when he hears the Little Girl speak, speak in a very calm and nonchalant voice.

LITTLE GIRL (O.C.)

They only come out at night.

Bobby turns to her.

BOBBY

What?

The Little Girl then takes a breath and shrugs her shoulders.

LITTLE GIRL

They only come out at night.

BOBBY

Who only comes out at night?

But the Little Girl says nothing and just keeps playing with her doll.

Bobby heads back to her whereupon the Little Girl again grasps her doll to her chest in fear.

BOBBY

It’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you.

Bobby thinks a moment then takes a bag of potato chips out of the cart and holds them toward her.

BOBBY

Are you hungry?

But the Little Girl doesn’t touch them. So Bobby lays them on the ground and backs away.

After a moment, the Little Girl hungrily grabs the bag and starts eating. She also feeds one to her doll.

After a moment…

BOBBY

Would you like to come with me?

But the Little Girl says nothing. When Bobby steps toward her, she pulls away in fright.

Thinking a bit, Bobby goes back to the cart.

BOBBY

Well, come along if you want.

Bobby then walks away.

After a moment, the Little Girl stands up and begins following him.

INT. STREET OUTSIDE DEPARTMENT STORE

Bobby is now pushing the cart, but the Little Girl is now in the kiddy seat, still withdrawn and playing with her doll.

After a moment, they reach a department store like Target. Again, the parking lot is empty.

Bobby considers a moment, then looks at the Little Girl.

BOBBY

How about some new clothes, huh?

The Little Girl just raises her arms and Bobby lifts her out of the seat.

BOBBY

Do you have a name, yet?

But still the Little Girl says nothing.

INT. DEPARTMENT STORE – DAY

The store is cool and dark, though a lot of light comes in through the windows.

Bobby grabs a shopping basket and he and the Little Girl make their way to the children’s clothing department.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

Bobby looks around then looks at the Little Girl.

BOBBY

See anything you like?

The Little Girl says nothing but does start looking around.

Bobby chooses a couple of dresses and pants. He holds them up against the Little Girl.

BOBBY

Close enough.

And he throws them in the basket.

BOBBY

Shoes next.

And the two walk off down another aisle.

CHILDREN’S SHOE DEPARTMENT

Bobby chooses a couple of pairs and throws them in the basket.

BOBBY

If they don’t fit we can always come back for more.

But when Bobby looks down, the Little Girl isn’t there.

Bobby, panicked, starts searching the aisles. He reaches a…

TOY AISLE

…and sees the Little Girl looking at something.

When Bobby reaches her, he sees she is staring at a plastic tea set, beige with a flower design. The Little Girls stares at it as if it were fine china.

BOBBY

Would you like that?

But the Little Girl just sort of shrugs.

BOBBY

Well, let’s see if we can afford it.

Bobby looks at the price as the Little Girl seems to hold her breath. Then he smiles and puts it in the basket.

BOBBY

Sure, we can. Let’s throw caution to the wind.

Bobby then sees something down the aisle. He grabs a couple of items, a princess doll dress and some other clothes.

BOBBY

Maybe your doll would like some new clothes, too.

Bobby thinks a moment, then…

BOBBY

I think it’s time to check out and go home and get something to eat, don’t you?

This time, the Little Girl takes his hand. As they walk toward the front, Bobby grabs a large children’s boat.

BOBBY

We may need this. All I have is a shower.

And with that, they leave the store.

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

Bobby is making dinner for the two of them while the Little Girl sits in a bubble bath in the toy boat.

The Little Girl also gives her doll a bath talking to her in low tones that Bobby can’t understand. 

LATER

The Little Girl sits at a table with Bobby eating dinner, though she sits on a large book on her chair to reach her plate.

Her hair is clean and she is wearing her new clothes. She pretends to feed her doll, that is also sitting at the table, now clean and in new clothes as well.

The two eat in silence.

After a moment, it looks as though Bobby is going to cry, but he catches himself.

As they finish, Bobby speaks.

BOBBY

Well, it’s almost show time, huh?

The Little Girl looks at him a moment, but then returns her attention to her doll.

BOBBY

Tough crowd, huh?

Bobby begins cleaning up.

LOBBY

Bobby comes in followed by the Little Girl who holds her doll. He goes to the curtain and opens it with an almost dramatic flair and looks out, the sun going down.

When Bobby sees the Little Girl, he picks her up and they look out together. It’s quite a view.

But after a moment, the Little Girl points to the door.

BOBBY

Do you want to go outside?

But the Little Girl furiously shakes her head and points at the door.

Bobby walks over to the door still holding the Little Girl.

The Little Girl points to the locks.

BOBBY

You want me to lock the door?

And the Little Girl nods her head.

BOBBY

But there’s not really a point. I mean, there’s no one…

But the Little Girl just keeps pointing, so Bobby locks and bolts the door.

Bobby goes back to the window with the Little Girl.

After a moment, Bobby gets an uncomfortable look on his face and he closes the drapes.

BOOTH – LATER

Bobby gets ready for the night’s program with more pep than usual, whistling a ditty.

The Little girl is sitting peacefully on the floor playing with the plastic tea set.

Bobby jungles a few CDs for the Little Girl’s amusement, but she just looks then goes back to playing with her doll.

BOBBY

That killed in Poughkeepsie.

Bobby sits down and starts the show. He flips a switch and leans into the microphone.

BOBBY

Hello to all my listeners and those not listening. It’s Doctor Bobby, or the Doc, if you are so inclined, coming at your again from WLKM, ready to spin you some oldies, but goodies. I have a special feeling about tonight, friends. Tonight, there is something special in the air. And so to begin, I have something different ready to go. Something old, but something even I have never played before.

And with that Bobby starts the music. It’s Thank Heaven for Little Girls, sung by Maurice Chevalier.

Bobby then leans back into the microphone.

BOBBY

Tonight, as always, is an all request show. You request it, if I’ve got it, I’ll play it. Just call D R B O B B Y.

And with that Bobby leans back as usual, feet on console, hands behind his back.

He listens to the music wafting through the air until after a moment…

The phone rings.

Bobby slowly lowers his feet to the ground. He looks at the Little Girl, but she continues playing as though the phone hadn’t rung.

Bobby suddenly rushes for the headset and puts it on, pushing the blinking button on the phone.

BOBBY

Yes? WKLM, your request is my command.

But there is no voice at the other end, only static. After a moment Bobby hangs up.

Again, he looks at the Little Girl, but she just continues playing.

And then the phone rings again.

And again it’s only static.

After a few seconds, Bobby speaks.

BOBBY

Who is this? Please, talk to me.

Then the Little Girl speaks and Bobby looks at her.

LITTLE GIRL

They only come out at night.

BOBBY

Who, who only comes out at night?

But the Little Girl just shrugs her shoulders and sigs.

LITTLE GIRL

They.

Bobby hangs up. But then he hears a faint noise coming from the front of the station. He gets up and slowly goes into the…

HALLWAY

…and goes into the…

LOBBY

There he sees the doorknob being turned as if someone trying to come in.

Bobby quietly goes to the door and is about to unlock and open it when behind him he hears the Little Girl screaming and screaming.

He turns to see her pointing at the door and shrieking.

Something now seems to be trying to push the door in from the outside. After a second, Bobby quickly moves the desk and couch in front of it and piles everything he can on top.

Bobby slowly backs away and then with great urgency picks up the Little Girl and races into the…

HALLWAY

…and then into the…

MONITOR ROOM

And on the screen there he sees them. Figures of some sort, shapes that twist and turn as if they are tornadoes.

Then suddenly they turn corporeal, appearing as hideous and frightening beings, monstrous and terrifying, and then turn back into the violent tornadoes in a chaotic manner.

Then he hears a noise in the back, as if someone trying to break in.

With that he picks up the Little Girl and takes her down the…

HALLWAY

…to the room with the freezers.

BOBBY

It’s going to be all right. It’s going to be all right.

FREEZER ROOM

He sits the Little Girl down. But she is whimpering and crying. She doesn’t have her doll.

Bobby runs back out into the…

HALLWAY

…and sees her doll. He picks it up and takes it back to the…

FREEZER ROOM

…and gives it to the Little Girl. He leaves, closing the door behind him.

HALLWAY

He runs to the…

LOBBY

…and grabs the rifle and finds some extra shells.

EXT. ROOF OF RADIO STATION – NGHT

Bobby climbs out and goes to the edge of the roof.

He looks down and sees the creatures. He shoots at them, but the bullets go through them.

But when they turn solid and are hit with a bullet, they seem to break up into thousands of pieces, explode like they are made of glass.

He continues to shoot at them, taking many out. But when the creatures realize where the shots are coming from they head to the fire escape and being climbing up.

Bobby, realizing he can’t win, falls back. As he climbs down the opening, the creatures get on the roof and head to him.

But Bobby closes the opening in time.

INT. ROOF OPENING

Bobby locks the roof door. The creatures can’t seem to open it.

Bobby hurries down and runs down the…

HALLWAY

He passes a door. He hears noises inside.

He opens the door to the…

BASEMENT

Some creatures are getting in through a small window that they have broken.

Bobby takes out a couple of them, but then closes the door.

HALLWAY

Bobby runs to the…

FREEZER ROOM

Inside he pushes a freezer in front of the door and sits against it with his rifle.

There is noise at the door as if something trying to get it.

The noise continues.

Bobby looks at the Little Girl who clutches her doll in terror.

MORNING

Bobby is asleep. He suddenly jerks awake.

There is no noise at the door.

Bobby sees the Little Girl now calmly playing with her doll.

Bobby listens against the door, but hears nothing.

Bobby pushes the freezer away and opens up a bit of the door.

He sees nothing. Everything is calm again.

HALLWAY

Bobby comes out with the rifle, but there is nothing to see.

He goes by the basement door and looks in. There is broken glass, but no creatures.

LOBBY

Bobby looks out the window, but sees nothing except that it is a beautiful, calm, bright sunny morning.

He then slowly and carefully removes the desk and couch and other items from in front of the door.

EXT. RADIO STATION – DAY

Bobby slowly opens the door and peaks out.

He then comes out and looks around. It looks as if last night didn’t even happen.

LITTLE GIRL (O.S.)

They only come out at night.

Bobby looks at her a moment.

BOBBY

Yeah?

And the Little Girl nods.

Bobby thinks a moment, takes another look around the empty quietness, the empty city down at the bottom.

BOBBY

Well, in that case…

(beat)

Tonight we’ll be better prepared for them, won’t we?

The Little Girl remains silent.

Bobby quickly goes back inside and comes out with the chicken feed and speaks to the Little Girl.

BOBBY

Would you like to help me feed the chickens?

Bobby reaches out her hand to her.

The Little Girl has a quick, whispered conversation with her doll, then says to Bobby…

LITTLE GIRL

She wants to know if she can come, too?

BOBBY

She certainly can. In fact, it wouldn’t be the same without her.

Bobby leans in closer to the Little Girl.

BOBBY

So, do you have a name yet?

LITTLE GIRL

Emily.

And she takes Bobby’s hand.

BOBBY

Well, Emily, I think the chickens are getting cranky.

And with that the two of them head to the back of the station.

FADE OUT

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