Stem Cell (2009) Script

(dramatic music)

(ominous music) (heartbeat thumping)

(screaming)

(gasping)

(dramatic music)

(eerie music)

(dramatic music)

(dial beeping)

(eerie music)

Hello? Dr. Time?

It's me, Rita.

[Doctor] Are you all right?

(eerie music)

I'm having the dream again.

The shadows.

The things. (eerie music)

[Doctor] Well, it was only a nightmare.

Have you been taking your pills?

I was thinking maybe I could come back to the clinic for a few days.

(menacing music)

[Doctor] Rita?

Yes?

(menacing music)

[Doctor] Have you considered maybe taking some time off?

You're probably pushing yourself too hard at school.

Not focusing on your writing.

You owe yourself a vacation.

I guess.

[Doctor] Rita, the clinic's done all they can.

You broke down because you were stressed and not dealing with your grief.

I can take you off the medication for awhile, see what happens, but you should really go somewhere alone and relax.

(ominous music)

(dramatic beat music)


(men chatting)


Campers.

Extremely bad for business.

Excuse me?

Oh, they play a flat fee for use of the camp grounds and the showers instead of rending a cabin.

Any other time of the year it wouldn't be a big deal but since it's the off season.

You okay?

I'm fine.

You just startled me is all.

(chuckling)

Sorry about that.

What can I do for you?

Yes.

I'm looking for

cabin 11.

I would've asked the main office but nobody was there.

There it is.

I was just making sure you had clean sheets, plenty of teepee, the usual.

It's all set.

I'm Ben.

I assume you're Rita.

That's me.

You picked an odd time of the year to come out here, Rita.

You're about a month early for ski season and about three months late for summer.

Place is deserted.

Trying to get away from it all?

You could say that.

So, you're the manager?

You could say that.

(chuckling)

My family owns he resort.

I'm sorta the one who got stuck running it.

No car.

I took a cab from the airport.

If you're looking for civilization, the nearest city's about 20 miles over those mountains.

Where's the rest of your stuff?

I packed light.

I wanted to bring as little baggage as possible.

Someone could interpret that in a variety of ways.

(chuckling)

That's the idea.

Look, I better get to my cabin, it's been a long ride.

Yeah, sure, if you need anything just call the manager's office.

I'll be around.

Thanks.

And thanks for the key.

(ominous music)


(foreboding music)

(sinister music)

(growling)

(somber music)

(phone dial beeping)

(dial tone ringing)

[Doctor] Hello?

This is Dr. Time.

Hello?

Hello, is anybody there?

It's Rita, again.

[Doctor] Oh, how are you doing, Rita?

I'm still have the nightmares.

They're shorter.

[Doctor] Shorter's an improvement.

But more detailed.

I thought that they'd go away.

[Doctor] It'll take time.

How's your blood sugar?

I'm keeping an eye on it.

[Doctor] Well you know it's important to prick every day and record the results.

Insulin shock is the last thing we need right now.

Everything makes me so jumpy.

Could I take something?

[Doctor] More drugs, I'm not sure.

Please?

[Doctor] Okay, fine.

I'll phone in a prescription and have them delivered to the resort.

Please reserve it only for emergencies.

Thank you, Doctor.

[Doctor] Now, Rita, back to the important stuff.

Are you focusing in on your work, are you writing?

That's what you're there for.

Yeah.

It's just kinda hard to focus.

[Doctor] It'll come.

You'll be fine.

I'll talk to you later.

Goodbye, Rita.

(wolf howling)

(somber music)

This camping trip is a bust.

Brad.

I'm serious, dude, there's nothing to do out here.

I'm sorry.

Must've forgot to pack our widescreen TV.

A stereo, a video game, I'm not asking for much.

We agree we are coming out here to get away from it all before practice started.

Yeah, well when we agreed that we were getting away from it all, I didn't know we were literally getting away from it all.

Tomorrow we can go fishing.

You like fishing, right?

Yeah, as long as you clean them.

Where are you going?

Camp ground showers is just over that hill.

You're leaving me?

For like five minutes.

Can't be by yourself for five minutes?

In a swanky hotel suite, yes.

In the woods alone, no.

Try not to set the place on fire.

All right, knock it off.

(somber music)


(ominous music)

(heartbeat thumping)

(water trickling)


(eerie music)

(door creaking)

(heartbeat thumping)

(ominous music)

(menacing music)

Morning, Rita!

Sleep well?

Yes, thanks.

I was just headed out to do a little sight seeing.

Did I get a package?

Candy from an admirer?

(chuckling)

Something like that.

And you dropped this, your notebook.

Did you read it?

No, of course not.

Thanks.

I'm a writer.

Rita the writer.

(laughing)

I'd love to show you around these mountain paths but I'm sorta stuck here for the deration.

Well I appreciate it.

But I'm sure I can find my way around.

(somber music)


(sighing)

Is everything okay?

I think my tire's a little low.

I was down in the city running some errands and it was fine there but I just worry about it going out on me up here, you know?

Does that whole tire thing work on a lot of gals that you run into out in the woods or is this your first time trying it?

I'm that obvious, huh?

You don't appear to be local?

Neither do you?

I'm Pierce.

Rita.

You on vacation?

Yes.

What about you?

I'm a doctor.

I have a place up here in the mountains.

Like a vacation home?

Well it's my family's home but I run a small clinic out of it.

It's hard for locals here to make it down in the city so they come see me.

You're quite a Samaritan.

So... (chuckling)

What else does a doctor do out here in the middle of nowhere besides offering basic healthcare?

I'm doing stem cell research.

As in cloning?

Yeah but it's therapeutic cloning, not baby cloning.

What's the difference?

Well, what I do is I transplant a patient's own DNA into an unfertilized egg in order to create stem cells to cure diseases.

See, most diseases are just caused by damaged cells, so I create replacement cells and tissue to allow organs to function.

And because I used the patient's own DNA, the body won't reject it.

How does that work?

(laughing)

If you'd like, I could show you my place, it's not too far away.

Oh, I--

Come on, I love to show off my work.

Okay.

Thanks.

Sorry, I should probably.

Well.

In case you have a change of heart.

(heartbeat thumping)

(menacing music)

(wind howling)

(ominous music)


(eerie music)


Morning.

(laughing)

I'm sorry.

Hello.

I saved the best seat in the house for you.

Thank you.

I'm actually going out to do some hiking.

Sorry.

Oh no, that's okay.

But hey, I've been meaning to ask you.

Have you seen those two campers since you've been here?

You know, the two we saw the first say you showed up.

Brad and Logan, I think.

No.

I haven't seen anyone since I've gotten here.

Why?

They're supposed to stop by the manager's office yesterday but I haven't seen them either, so.

Just wondering.

Well, if I see them, I'll definitely tell them that you're looking for them.

Do you wanna maybe grab a drink later?

Get a beautiful view of the stars from here.

Okay.

Great.

Seven?

I'll see you then.

Okay.

(pleasant music)


(knocking)

Can I help you, miss?

Hi, I'm Rita.

I'm here to see Pierce.

You have a lovely guest waiting for you.

[Pierce] Welcome to my home, Rita.

Thank you for the invitation.

I see you've met my assistant, Dale.

Nice to meet you.

This is an impressive place.

Sure doesn't look like a clinic.

My parents were rich but they died when I was in high school.

I inherited a lot of money and this house.

It's nice and secluded out here so I converted a few rooms for research.

Why stem cells?

Well, in a lot of ways, it's the last frontier of medical research.

It got a bad rap at first because the way we had to harvest the cells by using fetal tissues, so the first trick was to find a way to harvest viable cells that didn't include the controversy.

But stem cells hold promise for people who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, brain damage, spinal chord injuries.

The possibilities are really endless.

I see you're diabetic.

Type 1 or 2?

Type 1.

Juvenile diabetes.

I went through onset at eight, so it's safe to say I'm sick of needles.

See, if my research pans out then you'll never have to take a needle or check your blood sugar again and part of my work is to create new cells that contain disease so that we can actually study these diseases and find out how they develop.

I'm curious, did you say that you plant stem cells into human eggs?

Yes, correct, however I use unfertilized eggs, so there isn't any implantation or pregnancy involved.

See, that's the different between cloning to create a human being and cloning to treat disease.

Wow, that's cutting edge science.

You know, a lot of religious scientists actually believe that stem cells are the key to the human soul?

It's amazing, all the superstitions I've had to overcome just to study one of the biggest medical miracles of our time.

And how did you decide to divide your time between this and treating the poor locals around here?

Rita, I have to explain.

I use volunteers.

Desperate people.

Many are homeless or drug addicts, juvenile delinquents, people with nowhere else to go and obviously no health insurance.

And they'd probably die on the streets if I didn't help them.

But this experimental research is already curing sickness and saving lives and I feel that if I can prove it here, on these people, then everyone will have to listen.

(dramatic music)

Rita, why did you really come here?

What's your interest in stem cell research?

Maybe I have personal reasons.

(dramatic music)

(heart monitor beeping)

Gus, this is Rita.

Gus, here, is my primary test subject.

His parents first brought him in a couple years ago after a boating accident.

He lost all oxygen to his brain for almost seven minutes.

When they brought him here, he was in a complete vegetative state.

But I've been using my stem cell therapy on him since then and he's really coming along.

They're not helping me.

Gus, come on, now.

Help me, Rita.

Please.

Gus. Please.

(suspenseful music)

Dale! Dale!

Get the restraints!

(suspenseful music)

(thudding)

[Demonic Voice] We're coming for you, Rita.

(menacing music)

(heartbeat thumping)

Hello?

Somebody?

(ominous music)

[Pierce] Hey, hey.

Hey, hey, hey.

It's okay.

(Pierce shushing)

Come on.

(Gus mumbling)

Gus, come on.

Please, help me, Rita.

Please.

(dramatic music)

Sorry about that.

He's normally very docile but he's still trying to regain full use of his brain.

I better go.

Whoa, who, wait, wait, wait.

Let me take care of this and I'll walk you out.

(heartbeat thumping)

(dramatic music)

(crickets chirping)

Hey, you're late.

I know, I'm sorry.

I guess I got held up.

It's okay.

How was your day?

Interesting.

Really?

What'd you do?

Just the typical tourist thing.

You want a drink?

Oh, I haven't had a drink in so long.

Not since...

Hey, you wanna go for a walk?

I could show you a place that isn't on any tourist brochure.

Come on.

Completely safe with me.

Okay.

[Rita] Do you like to travel?

I used to but I discovered there's no better place than here.

I like to be close to my family.

Oh, you have kids?

No, no. (chuckling)

I never had kids.

Never been married.

I got the resort and that's a full-time job, so.

I was in love once.

With a girl from the city.

I brought her out here and she thought it was beautiful but not quiet beautiful enough to stay.

I felt the same way about the city.

Enough about me.

Come on, it's up here.

(thunder rumbling)

(somber music)

She's a healer.

Reflex and mind-body therapy.

Incantations, natural remedies, you name it.

She does this ritual every night, whether anybody's watching or not.

If no one's watching, how do you know?

You don't have to whisper, you know.

Sorry about that.

Hello, Benjamin.

(pleasant music)

So, did you bring your girlfriend here to watch or to learn?

Oh, I'm--

Actually, I brought her here to meet you and see if you can help her.

Well, hopefully I can.

You have a darkness within you, child.

Both physically and emotionally.

What does that mean?

Oh, it just means you energy is imbalanced.

You know, I've studied chiropractic medicine, kinesiology, homeopathy.

I know how the body works chemically and mechanically and I know the signs when it's not working right.

Imbalance?

No, I'm fine, really.

Well, I'm diabetic.

Well, I didn't necessarily mean that you were physically sick.

You see, when people get sick, it starts in their energy fields first and then filters into their mind and then into their body.

For example, why do placebos work for cancer patients or the power of prayer when chemotherapy doesn't?

Because their minds believe it will.

Diabetic, huh?

Yes.

Boy, those lancets can sure mess up the finger tips, can't they?

And unfortunately, I don't have a homeopathic remedy for that.

(sighing)

You did well to bring her to me, Benjamin.

Look, I really appreciate the hospitality but I don't really believe in faith healing.

Well this isn't faith healing.

My medicine is real.

My methods are real.

Okay.

Well, maybe I should.

You know, indulge me.

Now, I'm not going to try to hypnotize you.

I just want you to relax and then I'll tap into the part of you that knows what's wrong.

So, I want you to see this crystal as your heart dangling on a chain in front of your eyes.

And I want you to feel the crystal as your soul,

moving back and forth.

And when it's ready, it'll point us to the root of your problems.

Tell me your problems, Rita.

(ominous music)

(whooshing)

I know him.

(menacing music)

(heartbeat thumping)

(screaming)

(ominous music)

(suspenseful music)

(gasping)

Rita, hey! (screaming)

Hey, hey, hey, it's me, it's Ben!

It's Ben!

(ominous music)

Rita?

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hey! (Rita whimpering)

It's okay, it's me, it's Pierce.

Hi.

You okay?

I just stopped by to check in on you.

You didn't look so good when you left the place today.

Rita, hey, you okay?

Yeah.

Yeah, I'm okay.

Is he bothering you?

No, no.

I was just...

I just got scared.

Okay.

Let's get you inside.


Thank you.

It's the least I could do.

Look, before I go.

It's just a little something to help you sleep.

I think I've had enough pills for awhile.

It's nothing major, it's just some sleeping pills.

You need your rest, Rita.

(somber music)

Goodnight.

(birds chirping)

(pleasant music)


(birds chirping)


Feeling a bit better?

Yes.

You shouldn't get too friendly with the locals.

Around here, they tend to be very superstitious.

Good people but just uneducated.

I can take care of myself, Pierce.

I'm a grown woman.

I certainly see that.

Still, doesn't hurt to be careful.

Well thanks for the input.

You're welcome.

Do you wanna have dinner with me tonight?

I'm not a bad cook.

That would be lovely.

Okay, could you meet me at my place around nine?

Sure.

Okay.

Than I will...

I will see you later.

You stay out of trouble.

(engine rumbling)

(somber music)


(menacing music)

(eerie music)

Hello?

I saw you watching me.

I won't hurt you.

I just want to talk to you.

(somber music)


Is anybody here?

[Demonic Voice] We're coming for you, Rita.

(menacing music)

(suspenseful music)

(gasping)


(sighing)

Hold it together, girl.

Rita.

I meant to talk to you earlier but I saw that you had a gentleman caller.

That's one way of putting it.

Look, I'm truly sorry about last night.

I didn't mean to scare you.

Last night?

The Healer.

She means well.

And she's actually very good at what she does.

But sometimes she could be a little much for an outsider.

You look like you had a rough day, are you okay?

Yeah.

No.

I keep seeing things.

What?

People lurking about.

Like...

I don't know.

It's nothing.

(laughing)

I must sound like a paranoid schizophrenic.

Do you have something that I could wash these down with?

Wait, people lurking around?

What kind of people?

I don't really know.

Definitely odd.

Come on, let's get you inside.

(menacing music)

Rita!

(gasping)

Hey, hey.

Hey, you okay?

(gasping)

Hey.

It's okay.

(ominous music)

(heat monitor beeping)

I want you to prepare the procedure for tomorrow.

[Dale] Are you sure, Doc?

No more time to waste.

I need results I can start showing investors.

But we-- I want it done!

Do it!

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, you have a good night.

See you in the morning.

Have a good night, Doc.

(heartbeat thumping)


(ominous music)

[Ben] You really shouldn't do that, you know?

What?

Please don't take any more pills.

(somber music)

What is this?

It's a gift from the Healer.

Your own crystal.

Supposed to wear it around your neck.

Focus your energy.

It'll keep you safe.

Safe from what?

Homeopathic medicine has been around for thousands of years.

How long have those pills you been taking been around?

A few months?

Five years?

Modern medicine is just as mysterious as wearing crystals or mixing herbs.

One day, the experts tell you something's good for you, the next day, it'll kill you.

Nobody knows anything.

So you're telling me that this little rock can?

I'm just telling you that it's a matter of what you believe in.

(somber music)


I'll leave you alone.

Evening, Pierce.

(knocking)

Pierce.

You missed our date.

Oh my God.

I'm sorry.

Something unavoidable came up.

Come in?

I was a bit worried.

Did you have dinner?

No, no, of course not.

Well I can still cook for you, if that sounds good.

Listen, Rita, it is obvious that something is bothering you.

Okay, we all get stressed a bit but a beautiful woman like you does not go on vacation by herself out in the middle of nowhere unless she's trying to escape from something back home.

Yeah.

Okay.

Dinner sounds good.

Just a little something to help you relax.

Take them when we get to my place.

My truck's outside.

Okay.

(thunder rumbling)

[Pierce] Did the pills help?

Oh yes.

See?

I know what I'm doing.

Thank you for dinner, Pierce.

Well, you gotta eat.

You can't let your blood sugar get too low.

Hey, what's your take on natural healing?

What do you mean by natural healing?

You know, new age stuff.

Herbal remedies, hypnosis, crystals.

Sounds to me like your pal, Ben, has been filling your head with a lot of nonsense.

Well, I don't know.

He made some sense to me.

Okay, have you ever seen a fire and brimstone preacher laying his hands on someone and curing their cancer?

No.

I mean, if you think that stuff actually worked, we'd waste our time with radiation or antibiotics or surgery?

Well, it's been around a lot longer than contemporary medicine.

My work's cutting-edge.

Rita,

I am in this to save lives.

And did you know that only 100 years ago the average life expectancy was 37?

Now?

77.

What does that tell you?

(classical piano music)


It's been a really long day.

I should probably go home and get some sleep.

I really should make sure that you're okay.

Goodnight, Pierce.

I'll call you tomorrow.

Sleep well.

Thanks.

(engine rumbling)

(birds chirping)

Hey.

You busy?

Just writing.

I'd offer you a shot but...

Okay.

I'm glad to see you're returning to old medicine.

(laughing)

Are you seeing that doctor, Pierce?

We had dinner last night.

Do you know him?

Yeah, some trust fund kid playing Frankenstein in Mommy and Daddy's mansion.

(laughing)

He's doing research.

Yeah, stem cell research, I know.

But why do it out here, up in the mountains?

Why not?

The United States and Europe regulate stem cell research for a good reason.

Why doesn't he get corporate funding?

Why not do it legitimately?

Well, maybe he doesn't want to be bothered.

Please, he damn near runs a free clinic out of that place.

What are you saying?

What I'm saying is that maybe what he's doing is illegal.

Maybe that's why he's not doing it in a real lab.

Is he the one giving you those pills?

I have a prescription for those.

Okay.

I'm just saying that what he is doing is a dangerous area of medical research.

Do you know anything about stem cells?

No.

They're self-replicating.

You monkey around with their genetic makeup, maybe marry them to a virus or something, and then a sudden accident in a lab quickly becomes an epidemic.

Even out here in the middle of nowhere.

Okay.

I get your point but why would he do that?

He's doing this out of his house.

It's not exactly the CDC in there or something.

If something went wrong, he'd be the first to be infected.

Okay, two years ago, scientists created Polio in a lab.

It's a lot easier to create than destroy.

So we could accidentally create a fatal new disease and not even know it until it's too late.

And nobody knows what old Pierce and his assistant are doing up there.

Well he's hiding nothing.

Believe me, he is.

Just because his methods are new--

Rita. Doesn't mean--

Rita.

If you had the handle on a medical breakthrough, you might be willing to turn a blind eye to a lot of danger to get there.

Some crazy old doctor up in the mountains, playing God with the common folk.

(ominous music)

Hey, what's wrong?

I shouldn't have had that drink.

It messes with my blood sugar.

I just need to lie down.

Okay, well let's get you back to the cabin.

No.

Thanks.

(ominous beat music)


(foreboding music)

(gasping)

Oh my God!

Oh my God!

It's Pierce.

It's Pierce.

What are you doing here?

I told you I'd come check in on you.

You didn't answer and the door's unlocked, so.

I'm fine.

No, you're not, Rita.

Please, tell me what's wrong.

I'm a doctor and it's obvious that you've had some recent trauma.

(somber music)

Well, my brother was killed.

He was only a year younger than me.

It was my fault.

(sniffling)

I'm sorry.

I had a nervous breakdown.

I came to this resort to grieve.

Look, I want you to come back to my place for the afternoon so I can keep an eye on you.

I'll even fix up a guest bedroom for you so you can have some privacy.

[Ben] What'd you do to her?

Me?

I might ask you that question.

Get away from her right now.

No, she needs medical supervision.

Well, we'll call a doctor, a real doctor.

All right.

Don't you dare touch me!

(ominous music)

I warned her to stay away from your backwoods insanity!

This is the last thing she needs!

Let go of her!

You have no idea what she's going through!

Ben, it's okay!

He's going to watch me.

(foreboding music)

(engine rumbling)

(ominous music)

Dr. Time.

(phone dial beeping)

[Voice Message] You have reached the McCain Psychiatric Facility.

At this time our offices are closed.

(ominous music)

(birds chirping)

(clock ticking)

(eerie music)

(computer beeping)

Is everything prepared?

The stem cells may be contaminated.

They not replicate normally.

You have no idea what I went through to get those samples.

We don't have time to wait for another shipment.

We'll have to make do.

But we don't know what we're dealing with.

What if we can't control it?

The patient is restrained to his bed, for God sake!

Worst case scenario, we can't stabilize his brain function.

I can't do that, Pierce.

Yeah?

Then I'll do it.

Go prep the subject.

(ominous music)

(heartbeat thumping)

(eerie music)

(wind howling)

(eerie music)

(whooshing)

(menacing music)

(suspenseful music)

(menacing music)

Rita!

Hey!

Hey! Ben!

I think I'm hallucinating!

What did Pierce do to you?

What?

(menacing music)

Do you believe me now?

(ominous music)

Why did you bring us here?

Come on, we'll receive protection inside.

(foreboding music)

[Healer] I wish you had come back under more pleasant circumstances, Benjamin.

Me too.

Your friend, here, has suppressed a very great and horrible sadness

and it's finally manifested itself in the real world.

You think that I caused this to happen?

I think you're the last piece of the puzzle.

This misery that you're harboring, it's feeding them.

I can hold the monsters off for awhile.

Monsters?

No.

No, there's no such thing as monsters.

There's no such thing as magic either.

Rita, we both saw them.

They're very real.

And it's not magic.

That's a common misperception.

It's sensitivity.

You have a very powerful gift.

You can see things that other people can't.

Some people will call it your imagination.

I would say you have the gift of sight.

I believe her.

I trust her.

She's my mom.

[Demonic Voice] We're coming for you, Rita!

They know you're in here.

(rumbling)

(ghostly moaning)

(gurgling)

They can only harm you if you allow them to.

Stay strong in that knowing.

My will will hold them off for now.

(somber music)

(Healer chanting)

I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am the only source at work here.

I am, I am, I am, I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am, I am, I am, I am the only source at work here.

I am, I am, I am, I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am, I am, I am, I am the only source at work here.

I am, I am, I am, I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

(ominous music) (heartbeat thumping)

I am the only source at work here.

I am, I am, I am, I am safe, I am secure.

I am, I am, I am, I am protected.

I am the only source at work here.

(Healer whispering chant)

(humming)

I am, I am, I am the only source at work here.

I hope that this is all a nightmare.

It's real.

I'm sorry.

At least I know I'm not going crazy.

Whoa, hold on, I locked this place up last night.

Hey.

Someone's been through here.

Yeah, this doesn't look like you.

(chuckling)

I was gonna sell the resort and move to the city.

Business hasn't been very good.

My mother.

My father raised me growing up.

I didn't even know she was a live until I was in high school.

Dad moved to the city and I took over the resort.

I've tried to reach out to her but you've seen her.

Dad said she was a real hell raiser before I came into the picture.

Her mother, my grandmother, was also a healer.

She sorta brought her into the fold after I was born.

I'm sorry.

No, don't be.

She's a highly educated woman.

She's just different.

I guess I kept the resort going as a way of stay close to her.

I try to visit her as much as I can but most of the time she's just alone or working.

I stay here and pretend to have a normal life.

A lot of ways, it's probably no different than how most people get along with their parents.

There's something else.

What?

My brother.

(somber music)

He died a year ago.

We were out drinking and I shouldn't have been driving.

I certainly shouldn't have been drinking, not with my diabetes.

I crashed my car.

I just got a couple of bruises.

He got the worst of it.

Brain damage

and they couldn't fix it.

He was in a comma and they knew that he was never coming out.

I'm sorry.

(dramatic music)

I keep seeing him.

(menacing music)

Here, at the resort, out in the woods.

That's okay.

He's probably protecting you.

Death shouldn't be feared.

It's just the next step.

For all of us.

(rustling)

(somber music)

No.

No, don't.

You're normal.

They didn't get to you yet.

I've seen you before, you live around her, don't you?

Yes.

My name is Max.

They killed my whole family.

I was gonna hide up in the cellar but it was locked up and I didn't have enough time to get the door open.

And then, and then everybody they killed started coming back to life.

Where did they go?

I didn't see.

I hid here all night.

Your mom is the Healer.

Yes.

Does she have something to do with this?

No.

We need to get back--

You're bitten.

Yeah.

One of those things got to me when they attacked my family.

Well, we should get you bandaged up.

Do you have maybe some bandages, some alcohol?

Yeah, I've got some over here.

(ominous music)

(heartbeat thumping)

Are you okay?

(eerie music)

(eerie music)

He's gone.

(foreboding music)

The bite.

That is what turned him into one of those things.

We need to end this.

Whatever's happening, it's getting worse.

It's spreading.

We need to talk to Pierce.

(ominous music)


(water dripping)

(ominous music)

Everything's destroyed.

What did you do?

Me?

Everyone knows about your mother up there in the mountains, Ben.

Why don't you go ask her?

She had nothing to do with this!

Whatever it is, it's like a virus.

My research has nothing to do with creating viruses!

Oh come on! Stop!

We don't know what caused this.

We better stay here tonight.

No, that's not a good idea.

The place has been destroyed.

The security system's down, there's no phones, the power's out.

We gotta get to the city.

What about your truck?

Not running.

What about your SUV?

They wrecked it last night.

Great.

We're trapped then. We could walk.

We'd get attacked the minute we left this place.

Then you're coming with us.

What is this place?

It's the only place we're safe right now.

(somber music)

I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am the only source at work here, I am.

I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

Oh, Benjamin.

Who is this man?

He lives up in the mansion.

Pierce.

Oh, yes, I know you.

You're the boy who likes to play in God's sandbox.

(eerie music)

I know what these things are.

They're angry, unhealed spirits.

My will has kept them at bay but I can't go on much longer.

What do you need?

The source of their anger.

What does she mean?

Maybe you can tell us.

Once I break, they'll be in here.

Then well stay here, hold them off while you rest.

No.

You have to go find the source, now.

[Demonic Voice] We're coming for you, Rita!

(rumbling)

(growling)

(ghostly moaning)

(eerie music)

(ghostly moaning)

I am, I am safe.

You go ahead and tell me you didn't create all this.

(somber music)

I was using black market stem cells.

I had to, it was the only way I could prove my research.

I needed the genetic materials on the human test subjects.

So you implanted them into your patients?

That's why it spread so quickly.

Gus was the worst.

He was one a therapeutic stem cell regiment to reverse his brain damage.

And it was working too.

And I swear, I had no idea the cells I bought we contaminated and I certainly had no idea they could ever cause this.

So you lied?

About everything?

Could you imagine how many lives would be saved if I proven this could work?

What about your brother, Rita?

Your diabetes?

Oh my God.

Hey, how do we stop it?

We can't.

The stem cells apparently mutated and evolved into a spark virus that completely takes over its host.

It's a byproduct of the contamination.

The effects rapidly spread

through the subject

and from person to person.

Through being bitten.

Any blood contact.

So the cause of this is--

Stem cells.

Then that's what we need.

Got anymore?

They're all gone.

I used the last batch on Gus.

So we need to find him.

Sounds like our best shot.

I am, I am, I am safe, I am secure, I am protected.

I am the only source at work here.

I am, I am, I am.

(ominous music)

What if we can't catch him without being infected ourselves?

It's our only chance.

I have restraints in my house.

We can chain him up and extract a sample.

What makes you think that we'll find Gus out here?

When he was brought here, he was completely brain dead.

This is the only home he knows or remembers.

He's here.

(heartbeat thumping)

Looks like the coast is clear.

Okay, I'll get the restraints.

(heartbeat thumping)

(ominous music)

Ben!

Oh, hey, Gus!

Gus! Gus! Gus!

Come here!

(grunting)

Hey, hey, hey.

(shushing)

Hey, hey, hey.

(heartbeat thumping)

(ominous music)

(squelching)

(ominous music)

Are those the stem cells?

Yeah.

This should be enough.

(menacing music)

(gasping)

(menacing music)

(groaning)

(heartbeat thumping)

(foreboding music)

(gasping)

(groaning)

(gagging)

(sinister music)

(crying)

(sinister music)

(screaming)

(suspenseful music)

(heartbeat thumping)

(screaming)

(menacing music)

(gasping)

(heart monitor beeping)

(whimpering)

(sighing)

What do you think's wrong with her?

Well, it's hard to say.

She hasn't been very lucid since the police brought her in.

They seemed to think I could help.

Who found her?

Two campers back at my resort.

Last time I saw her, she seemed fine.

I know a doctor delivered some pills to her but next thing I know, Brad and Logan, the two campers, found her stumbling around the woods talking about hallucinations and crystals.

I guess she thought that she might have killed the campers and that they became phantasms or something.

Well, everyone I've consulted does feel that it is some form of schizophrenia or possibly even brain damage caused by a car wreck she had awhile back.

That's why she's here now.

I'm hoping that my new stem cell therapy will help her regain some brain function.

(whimpering)

(menacing music)

(Rita crying)

(whimpering)

Was there somebody in here with her?

She's hallucinating, Ben.

She's all alone in here.

(Rita panting)

(heart monitor beeping)

She's in good hands.

Rita.

(menacing music)

It was only a nightmare.

(eerie music)

(ominous beat music)


(dramatic beat music)