Madhouse (1981) Script

Good morning.

Today is Thursday.

I want you to remember that November is the time for Thanksgiving.

Okay. What's the word? Boy.

Good. Continue.

Okay, what's the word? Boy.

Very good.

'These words are awake, awoke.'

Say the word. Awake. Awoke.


'Bend. Bent.'

Bend. Bent.

Well, I can see you're not counting calories.

Well, my boyfriend likes all of me he can get.

What have you got there?

Oh, a note from you-know-who.

Another one? Mm-hmm.

"Dear Miss Sullivan, my brother, Bill, is 14.

"Sometimes we argue and our mum gets mad.

"Yesterday, some big boys took my Frisbee and played keep-a-way.

"I couldn't get it back until Bill made them give it to me.

"He helped me, so I know he loves me.

"I think I'm lucky to have a brother like that."

What a doll.

Have him give me a call in a couple of years.

Well, honey, what is it?

My uncle called and... convinced me I should visit my sister in the hospital.

Why should that upset you?

I'm not sure.

There's always been a... a strange kind of bond between us.

It's taken me nearly seven years of being totally cut off from her to get over it.

Now, just the thought of a visit...

Uncle James. Julia.

It's been such a long time.

It's a shame it takes something like this to bring us together again.

This is very difficult for me.

I know. I know.

You're not still afraid of her after all these years?

The stories you used to tell.

They were not stories.

Julia, I want to prepare you.

You might not recognise her.

Of course I'll recognise her. We're identical twins.

Not anymore.

What do you mean?

There's no scientific explanation, but it seems a virus has been spreading on her for the last year.

The neurofibromatosis has deformed her features and the sclerosis causes massive skin eruptions.

It could be fatal.

My God.

I tried to contact you to let you know, but you didn't answer my calls until last week.

I'm sorry, Uncle James.

I just... I just couldn't.

You're sisters, Julia... the miracle from your mother's body and the seed of your father, whom you never knew, I realise.

But your mother, Martha, was a saint.

When she died, you chose to make a life of your own.

Now, Mary understood and accepted that, but I know she has missed you.

You really think so? Of course.

When I told her you were coming, she seemed very excited.

Now, she's held up remarkably well, but I know this has all been very hard on her emotionally, so please, be patient.

She's tried to leave this place three times already.

Now then, I think you two should have this moment alone.

Thank you, Uncle James.

Kind of makes you sick, doesn't it?


It doesn't feel so good either.

I know. "I know"?

How would you know?

You don't have it, not you.

Not Little Miss Prim and Proper. Mary, please.


Soon it will be our birthday again.


Remember how we used to celebrate, sister dear?


Remember how you'd hide from me, but I'd find you anyway.


Remember what I'd do, how it'd hurt?


Well, I will make it hurt again.

I'll make you suffer like I've suffered you.

Run, but you'll never get away from me.

Run! Run!

Julia, what is it?

I told you I shouldn't have come. I told you.

Now what is it? What's happened? She tried to...

She tried to do what? What are you talking about?

Just like our birthdays... when we were kids.

What she did to me.

Now Julia, calm down. Nobody's going to hurt you.

You don't know what she did to me.

Nobody knows.

Nobody knows what she did to me.


I got held up by a last-minute schizoid in emergency.

How are you?

Don't take off your coat yet.

Your shift's not over.

Oh, really? You want to play doctor?

Sam, this is serious.

I saw my sister Mary tonight. Your sister?

My twin.

I never even knew you had a sister.

How come you've never mentioned her before?

Because she really frightens me.

When we were children, we were identical in every way, but she was the mistress and I was her slave.

Everything wrong in her life she took out on me.

She's in the hospital now.


She's very ill, she's... horribly diseased.

And you are frightened. What of?

My birthday.

On our birthdays... she had this special ceremony.

She had a dog, a really vicious animal.

She could just lift her hand and he would obey.

I'd hear them come down the hall and into our room, circling around my bed as I hid under the covers.

And she'd whisper, "Why should I have to share my life with you?

"I'm going to punish you for ruining my birthday."

And I could feel the hot breath of the dog.

He'd bite me if I moved or made any sound.

And she'd strike wooden matches and blow them out and jab me with the smouldering end, or she'd stick me with a needle again and again until I'd bleed.

And you never mentioned this to anybody? You never resisted?


I can't explain it.

I was...

completely under her power.

It's almost as if...

I were doing it to myself.

It'll never stop.

I know now that I can't get away.


Leroy? Come on, kitty.


There you are.


How are you doing, hmm?

It hasn't been a very good day.


Are you hungry? Yes?

Let's go get some dinner, huh?


You're such a good little kitty, aren't you?

Yes, you are. Yes, you are.

Come on, I'll get you some milk, okay?

How about that?

Okay, come on.

There you go. There you go.


Who's there?

Mr Kimura, what are you doing?

Oh... borrowed key to your apartment.

Miss Amantha say Kimura always to fix everything.

First fix your place real pretty, then across the hall.

Now, Miss Amantha say, "Kimura make more apartments second floor and third floor."

Very busy. Too much work.

What are you doing with the lights?


New fuse box.

Get parts real cheap from my son-in-law at the Sears.

Mr Kimura, please don't come into my apartment when I'm not home.

You can use the outside door to the basement. You understand?

So sorry, but this easiest way.

Outside door too stiff.

Make my back hurt to open door.

Then maybe you should fix that first and then worry about the other things.

Okay. Okay...

Miss Amantha make Kimura work too much.

I hate this goddamn house.

You afraid of ghosts, Miss Julia?

No, not really.

It's not the dead that scare me. It's the living.





'Remember what I'd do, how it would hurt, huh?

'Well, I'll make it hurt again.

'I'll make you suffer like I've suffered you.

'Yes, run, but you'll never get away from me.'

We're going to try something new.

I want you to close your eyes and listen.

Close your eyes.


Okay. Close your eyes.

Mmm. Not quite.

Try again.

Very good. Okay.

Now the hard part.

Close your eyes.

'Miss Sullivan to the office, please.

'Miss Sullivan to the office.'

What is it?

It's about Mary.

She's dead? She's escaped from the hospital.

Huxsie, would you like to use my tickets for the game on Saturday night?

No, thank you, Dr Edwards, I have a date.

Uh-huh, you sure? Positive, sir.


Listen, what's my schedule for Monday?

On Monday, you have class all morning, senior interns at 1:00, neuroengineering conference at 5:00, then on-call till midnight.

And on Tuesday, you have a luncheon... Nothing on Tuesday.

I want to keep it clear. It's Julia's birthday.

Well, I guess we can cancel...

Everything, Huxsie, please. Everything. Yes, Sam, cancel everything.

Why thank you, Jack. You'll be in San Francisco.

What? San Francisco.

You know, you're the world's worst driver.

The world's worst driver!

You're a fool. Get out of here.

You're hired to move this stuff. Come on.

Oh, this is too much work.

I can do it. Leave it alone. I can do it.

You can't do nothing.

Pitiful. What's the matter?

You're not even big enough to move.

There's only one more.

Don't talk. Just move.

What's the matter with you? Crazy?

Now you get in the truck and go. But, but...

Goodbye. Goodbye.


Oh, crazy people. Nothing but...

Oh, they drive me up the wall.

God Almighty, nothing but crazy people.

You'll be another guest at our party.

Oh, I have to be back at the hospital in four hours.

I worry about you, you know.

You do?

You're up all night, sleep for a couple of hours and then you're back at it again.

How do you keep doing it?


One of your more endearing qualities.


Oh, I love you.

You know what I wanted to ask you about?


How are you doing with my favourite pupil of yours?



Well, I'm going to have to be careful with him.

He's becoming more than just a pupil.

I just might have to adopt him.

Well, we could always make it official and start growing a few of our own.

Then we couldn't take glamorous trips to San Francisco.

Why not? We could always get a babysitter.

I bet you'd like that.

Mmm, "I bet you'd like that."

Shame on you.

Oh, why did I go into medicine?

Because you're so good at it.

At what?


Mmm, you'd better go home.


There's a light on in the ruin.

Must have been Kimura.

Thanks, I'll get it.


Goodnight. Goodnight.

I'll call you tomorrow. Okay.

Kimura, are you still working?


But it is the family that creates, on this earth, the closest approximation to the perfect love of heaven, the love of man to woman, of parent to child, the exquisite love of brother to brother and sister to sister.

My friends, what could be closer, more understanding?

Persons of similar age, of identical background.

And how great a sin is it when that love is denied, when that comfort is held back?

"How great," might a wrathful God ask, "shall my love be for that sibling who has denied her sister

"the tender care of a friend or companion or nurse?"

How great can the love of the All-Knowing Deity be when the sister doth not repent her wrongdoing?

Or brother.

Or father.

I say unto you how terrible shall be his vengeance on those that do not confess their selfishness before He who is most giving of perfect familial love, for they have offended Him mightily.

And how great shall be His reward to those who honour familial love, for theirs is the Holy Spirit moving in them and making them to know they have done the will of the Father.

Julia, dear.

Quite a sermon.

I believe we can be a splendid example for others.

Well, how do you do?

Don't be afraid.

And what is your name, young man? Name?

Sacha Robertson, Jr.

Sacha Robertson, Jr.

You must be your teacher's favourite for her to spend Sundays with you.

Oh, you're my pal, aren't you?

Oh, Uncle James, I'm not going to be in town for my birthday.


Sam's going to San Francisco and he's invited me along.

Well, I can hardly compete with San Francisco, but if your plans change, I'm always available.

Okay. Thanks.

Goodbye, Sacha.

I'll see you again, I'm sure.

Oh, my favourite tenant. Come on in.

So nice of you to call. Could I get you some refreshment?

Oh, no, no. Thanks. I just saw your note.

My note? My note?

Oh, yes, I have been getting bad vibes and it's ruining my concentration.

The cards reveal, the stars impel, and I get this sinister, sinister presence.

It's the essence of male.

I haven't seen anything.

You know, dear, sometimes those of us with a sensitive temperament are often tried by the brutality of this world.

Nobody knows better than I do.

Would you believe that this old mansion used to be the most sought-after funeral parlour in the entire South?

Everybody that was anybody was buried by my family until my family buried my family and left me with this.

Have I told you this before?

Uh... I think so.

Erm, by the way, I've asked Mr Kimura not to come into my apartment when I'm not home.

He scared me last night.

That man.

Did you know my great-granddaddy brought his great-granddaddy and this elephant from Japan to Georgia in 1847?

Never did say thank you.

Now, stop me if I've told you...


Julia? Where are you?


Mary escapes from the hospital.

My favourite pupil is killed by a dog.

Coincidence. Terrible coincidence.

I know there was a dog in my apartment last night.

Are you sure it wasn't a nightmare?

Now, you know how you used to have those dreams about dogs attacking you, the way you'd wake up screaming.

She'd even have red marks on her arms and legs as if she'd been bitten.

Sweetheart, the idea that your sister would set her dog on your friends is a little bit off the wall.

That's what I tell myself, but I feel differently.

Julia, I think it's guilt that's inducing these wild accusations.

That's not true.

Sam, could a person in Mary's condition be out on the streets without any medical attention?

Oh, I don't know, Father.

I suppose she could manage if she could get her medication, yes.

But she was strong.

When she grabbed my arm at the hospital, I had trouble getting away from her.

Often what we imagine will happen, will happen.

Visions can seem very real.

Darling, you saw your sister in that bed.

Do you really believe that she could possibly manage to do all these things?

It's irrational, completely irrational.

No, Father, something's going on.

I just don't think it's the way Julia thinks it is.

There is nothing rational between Mary and me.

It's much different than that.

You can't understand.

I feel what she feels.

I know what she knows.

To some extent, I am what she is.

Well, she'll be found soon, and then we can lay all this to rest.

Bah. Bah.

Very good.

We'll go three times fast.

Bah, bah, bah. Bah, bah, bah.

Very good.

Okay. Quiet, please.

Thanks, Miriam. You're welcome. Bye-bye.

Children, pay attention.

Sometimes terrible things happen

that we don't understand, and they make us very sad.

One of those things happened today.

Our friend, Sacha, had a bad accident and won't be with us anymore.

He's dead?

Yes, Todd.

Sacha is dead.


Now, I think it would be good if we talk about Sacha and why we liked him and why he was our friend.

He helped me with my math.

He told funny stories.

Even though he was deaf, he wasn't afraid of new things.

I liked to play Frisbee with him.

I thought he was sweet.


What are you doing here?

I thought you might need a hug.

I do.

How are you feeling?

I can't go on the trip.

You can't?

Mr Jackson doesn't want me to take the time off now for the children's sake.

He's right.

Yeah, he's right.

I understand.

Are you sure I can't change your mind?

Please don't. It'd be too easy.

Are you sure?


While I was waiting, I saw something interesting.


Do you know what this is?

I haven't noticed that before.

What does it look like to you?

Claw marks like the claws of a dog.

Now you know I haven't been making everything up.

I checked inside and everything seems okay.

But I want you to promise me something.

I want you to promise to lock your door and call me if anything strange happens, all right?

Sam, can't you stay with me?

I'm sorry, darling. I can't.

I'm still on the night shift and I couldn't get anybody to switch with me.

I'm sorry.

I'll be all right, I guess.

Of course you will.

Don't worry.

Call me if there's a problem.


Who is it? Sam.

Come on in.

Hi. Hi.

Listen, I'm in a rush on the way to the hospital, but I'm worried about Julia.

Do you think that you could go over and stay over with her tonight?

And the worst part is...

I just feel so alone.

I know Sam cares about me.

Uncle James has always tried to be like a father to me, but... they don't really believe me.

They keep acting like... like I'm seeing things, like I'm making it all up, like I'm crazy.

Look, honey... Do you think I'm crazy, Helen?

All these strange things happening just to me.


Julia, stop it.

Look, you've had a terrible day, and it's not going to be easy to forget it.

Besides, about being crazy... well, people told me I lost my marbles years ago, and we both know that's not true, right?

Look, the best thing for you is to get some rest and don't worry about anything.

If anything goes on around here tonight, I'll look after you.


Whatever you do, don't open the door.

Huh! Now you're making me nervous.

Kitty, kitty.

Kitty, kitty.

Some friend you are.





Oh, shit.

Kitty, kitty, kitty.

Here, kitty.

Kitty, kitty.

Good boy!

Sam, what are you doing?

Looking for you.

Hi. Good morning.

Hi, darling. Did you sleep well?

Mmh, I took a couple of sleeping pills.

I had a terrible time waking up.

Happy birthday. Thanks.

Where's Helen?

I don't know. I guess she went home to change for school.

Would you like some coffee?

No, thanks. I'll get some in a minute.

You're the one who sent her over here, right?


Good deed for the day? Yeah, something like that.

So what's the plan of action?

Well, I thought I'd work on my speech for a while, then take a nap here and then grab a cab to the airport around 3:00.

Do I get to read your speech?

Absolutely. Your own personal copy.

I'm going to miss you.

And what time do you have to be to school?

I'm really running late. I've got to go.

Hey, can I help you with something?

Oh, well, hello.

Yes, well, I'm just trying to get this bag out of here and down the stairs.

Oh, you must be Julia's uncle.

I'm her landlady, Amantha Beauregard.

Oh, I see.

Well, how do you do, Miss Beauregard?

Yes, well, it's Julia's birthday, and I'm throwing a surprise party for her.

Mr Kimura said I could use the basement. I hope you don't mind.

Oh, certainly not. Let me help you.

How very kind of you.

Just call me Santa.

You're so amusing. I had wanted to invite you to have tea someday.

I've been looking forward to meeting you.

How very thoughtful, Miss Beauregard.

I think this is your chance.

Oh... phew!

Slowly now. Slowly.


Let's put her right up here, huh?

Here we go.


Oh, my. That feels just like a body in there.

Oh, it is.

They say I have a weird sense of humour.

Oh, no, you're very perceptive.

Here he is.

I met him when he was a guard at the hospital.

He's dead. He's dead.

Yes. He was the friendliest fella you'd ever want to meet.

Oh, my God.

I've got to be going now.

Oh, no, you can't. You're invited to our party.

Oh, I couldn't.

My horoscope says I shouldn't engage in social activities today.

I simply won't take no for an answer.


Oh, so we're going to play games.


I just love to play games.

# Ring around the rosie

# Pocket full of posies

# Ashes, ashes

# All fall down


Help me!

# Old King Cole was a merry old soul

# And a merry old soul was he

# He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl

# And he called for his fiddlers three

# Old King Cole was a merry old soul

# And a merry old soul was he

# He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl

# And he called for his fiddlers three #

Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Cinderella, Cinderella?

It's been such a lovely game.

I'm sorry it's over.

Oh, no.


Yeah, I need a cab in 15 minutes to the corner of Habersham and State Street.

Right. Thank you.


Oh, hello.

I didn't know you'd be over so early.

Oh, I had to get everything ready.

I just came up to see if I could borrow a knife.

I really appreciate your watching out for Julia while I'm gone.

I was afraid to ask.

Well, it was the least I could do considering what today means.

I'm sorry you can't stay. Me too.

But work before pleasure.

I'm sure Julia wouldn't mind if I cut you a piece of cake to take with you.

Can't. Taxi's waiting.


Save a piece for me.

Nobody likes to celebrate anymore.

Sorry. Forgot my speech.

Can't get along without this.

"It has come to my attention throughout the length of my practising career

"that the coordination of physiological and psychological attributes of most disorders

"can be greatly improved upon only if we strive."

# Happy birthday to you #

I'm full of surprises today.

You are.

Julia, 25 years ago, you and Mary were brought into the world.

As you were then, you shall be again.

I'm afraid that's impossible.

"All things are possible through Christ which strengtheneth us, Philippians 4:13."

So I've got a wonderful surprise ready for you.

Where? Trust me.

Here we are.

Oh. This way, this way. Come on.

Why are we going in the basement?

That's where I've set up for the party.

It's all right. I cleared it with Amantha first.

I didn't know you were going through so much trouble.

Now, now, nothing's too good for my best girl.


Just so you don't peek, I'm going to cover your face with this scarf.

Oh, Uncle James... No, no, no.

You don't want to spoil the surprise, do you?

Of course not. That's my good girl.

There you are. Now you watch your step.

Oh, I almost forgot the cake. I almost forgot the cake.

It's up at the car. I'm going to go get it, okay?

Now you be careful. Okay.

You stay right here till I get back.

Don't you peek. Okay.

Here we are. Ready?

And step.

Here we are.

That's it. You're doing fine.

Just hold these for a minute. Got it?

With both hands. That a girl.

Okay. I'll take them back.

Here we go.


Over. That's it. That's it.

Isn't this fun?

Okay. Through the doorway.

You're doing fine.

Another doorway.

That's it.

You're doing fine.

Now, stand right here.

I won't be a second.

I want everything to be just perfect.

# Hi-diddle-diddle

# The cat and the fiddle

# The cow jumped over the moon

# The little dog laughed

# To see such a sight

# And

# The dish

# Ran away with the spoon #


is what gives meaning to our lives.

It's one of the few things we can count on.

No. No...

I invited all our friends, but Sasha's mummy wouldn't let him come.

# Hi-diddle-diddle, the cat and the fiddle #

Oh, have you met my friend?

He's from the hospital.

Of course, I had to embalm him.

Had you noticed that?


No one can come in.

I've locked all the doors.



I told you you'd never get away from me.

Mary! No! I told you.

I told you, Little Miss Perfect. No!

Oh, you found each other.

But you spoiled my surprise.

Come, ladies, it's time to cut the cake.

Well, now, look what we have here.

We mustn't forget our little pal.

He's the one that delivered all the invitations.

Come away.

# Hi-diddle-diddle, the cat and the fiddle

# The cow jumped over the moon #

This won't take but a couple of minutes, sir.


I mean, I don't want to rush you, you know?

I can understand that. But I have to get to the airport.

I understand, sir.

"And so I believe that this...

"continuum by medical judgement serves to underline

"the dual nature of social responsibility.

"Empirically we might speculate that..."

How we doing?

Just about through, sir.

Would you give me a hand with that spare tyre, sir?

Yeah, all right.

We'll be on our way.

You couldn't have picked a dirtier place to get a flat tyre.

It is kind of bad here. Yeah.

Oh, Jesus, my speech.

Oh, man.


I got to go back and get another... get my other copy.

I can't...

We've got a lot of catching up to do.

Mary, please help me. Don't do this.

You changed your hair colour.

You've got to be careful or people won't even know that we're twins.

Mary, untie me.

You used to do anything that I asked.

Now I have to rely on Father James for everything.

Help me. Let me go.

But I'm not one to hold a grudge.

Mary, please, help me get out of here.

We can start over, just the two of us.

Our party is just beginning.

You can't leave yet.


I know I've been selfish.

I'll make it up to you, I promise.

"I'll make it up to you, I promise."

What are you going to do... give me two aspirin and put me to bed?

Take a good look, sweetheart.

How would you like to run into that every morning before breakfast?

Most people's nightmares end when they wake up. Mine begin.

But I didn't do it.

Nine lonely months in that little hospital bed, I had one thought to keep me warm:

Why me and not you?

Mary, I can't help it if I'm well and you're not.

But I can.

You can't make me well, but I can make you into a pretty close imitation of me.

Twins again.

Twins... again.

Twins again.

Oh, it is so good to hear you two laughing together again.

Uncle James, why? Why?

Tell her why.



There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead, and when she was good,

she was very, very good, and when she was bad, she was horrid.

But you killed them.

Why is everyone so afraid of dying? Why?

It's not that bad.

I mean, that's basically my business, isn't it?

Don't tell me you're afraid.


Yes, I am.

It's easy.

A piece of cake.

A piece of cake.


There's nothing to it.

There was a mad man, he had a mad wife, and they lived all in a mad lane.

They had two children, all at a birth and they too were mad, every one.

The father was mad, the mother was mad, the children were mad, beside...

Upon a mad horse they all of them got and madly away they did ride.

Hi-ho, Silver.

What in hell's name?

Hi-ho, Silver, away! Sam!

Sam, he did it.

Sam, I thought you couldn't come, but it really means something that you made the effort to be here.

He did it. He did it.

Would you like a piece of cake?

Oh, Mary.

Mary's sleepy.

Time for Mary's nap.

Goodnight, Mary.

Nap time.

# Sandman's coming

# Sandman's... #

Excuse us.

# Sandman's coming #

What's he doing? Get me out of here.

Get me out! Sit still. Sit still!

# In the treetop

# When the wind blows the cradle will rock

# When the bough breaks

# The cradle will fall

# And down will come baby

# Cradle and all #

Sweet dreams, my pet.


Are you all right? Sam.

Are you hurt?

Huh? Are you hurt? No.

You can't possibly think of leaving.

That's crazy.

The best is yet to come.



That's the spirit.

Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry.

When the boys came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away.




You'll never be free.