The Ward (2010) Script

[THUNDER]

[FOOTSTEPS]


[TAPPING]

Aah!

[CRACK]

[WHISTLING]


DISPATCH: All units, be on the lookout for a missing person.

Female, late teens. About 5'6", 7.

Last seen wearing a light skirt.

She is considered unstable and possibly dangerous.


What the hell?

I think that's her.


All right, little girl.

No! Get off me!

No! No!

Get her. Get her.

No! No! No!

Sweetheart, behave.

No!

In you go. Watch your head.

[GIRL GASPING]

Watch your head. No!

Cuff her.

Get the cuffs on her. No!

No! No!

No! No!

[SIRENS]


What's your name?

Kristen.

NURSE: She belongs in jail, not here.

2nd NURSE: They're taking her to the ward. She can't hurt anyone there.

I'm Roy.

Welcome to paradise.

So, I can be your buddy or I can be a thorn in your side.

It all depends on whether you're willing to follow the rules.


This is the ward, your new home.


Okay.

Kristen, huh?

All right. Come with me.

You're free to use the recreation room and the courtyard any time 8 A.M. to 10 P.M., but at night, we're locked down and you'll be confined to your room.

This will be your room.

Get some rest.


Kristen?

Most patients prefer the bed.

I'm Dr. Gerald Stringer.

I'll be treating you while you're here.

Good morning.

How did you sleep?

Who came in here last night?

What do you mean?

Somebody came in here and hid my blanket.

The door was locked all night, wasn't it, nurse?

Yes, doctor. Always.

Here. Take these.

No.

It's not a request.

What are they?

Something to help you get better.

You're right. I feel better already.

You would do well to follow the rules around here, young lady.

That'll be all for now, Nurse Lundt.

Yes, doctor.

Why am I here?

That's the $64,000 question.

[APPLAUSE ON TELEVISION]

MAN on TV: Are you ready?

WOMAN on TV: Are you a member of the theatrical profession?

MAN on TV: Yes.

Who is the new girl?

Some runaway.

We'll see how long this one lasts.

Who are you?

I'm no one.

Well, why are you here?

I'm not. I'm leaving.

Are you gonna save us?

From what?

[SING-SONG] # Oo-oo-ooh #

Come on, Emily. Knock it off.

Let's not scare off the new girl on her first day.

Hi.

My name's Iris.

It's Kristen, right?

I saw your name on the door.

Looks like Iris has herself a new girlfriend.

Jealous?

Well, you still make me throw up.

[GAGGING]

Blehhhh.

You two are disgusting.

Looks like it's time to see the doctor.

Right this way.

How are you feeling?

Have you met the others yet?

Why am I here?

I'm hoping we can get to the bottom of that mystery together.

Let's discuss what happened yesterday, Kristen.

What's the first thing you remember?

Fire.

And before that?

Tell me about this farmhouse, the one you burned down.

Why do you think you went there?

You had the address for the place written on the palm of your hand.

It must have some significance.

No.

Do you think you'd been there before?

I...

I don't know.

Burning down that house won't destroy those memories.

You've got to deal with them.

Let's deal with them together, okay?

No. No.

Often, the root of a problem like this lies with an emotional trauma.

There is no emotional trauma.

How do you know?

Look, why don't you just let me go?

I'll stay out of trouble, and then you never have to think of me again.

I'm trying to help you.

I don't need your help.

Yet, here you are, confused and disturbed.

I'm not crazy.

We don't like to use that word here.

Who's we?

Your friends behind the mirror over there?

That-a-girl.

Make you feel good.

ROY: Nighty-night.


Going somewhere, darling?

Let go of me! We could do this all night long.

Let go of me!

Get off me!


[THUNDER]

[FOOTSTEPS]


Got some clothes for you.


What is her story?

Oh, she's just crazy.

Like me... and you, and like all of us.

# Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy? #

Speak for yourself, lunatic.

[LOUDER] # Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy? #

Stop it.

You're gonna make my ears bleed.

[LOUDER STILL] # Boom, boom, ain't it great... #

Ow! You bitch!

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I hurt you?

Did I hurt your little hand?

Don't! You'll get us all in trouble.

Come on now.

Don't you think that'd be fun?

If you and I went and saw a movie together, we could snuggle up real close in the dark.

Just be by ourselves.

I want to draw you.

Come on. It'll be fun.

Just... Just act natural.

Look up.

They've been here before.

Who are they?

Those are the sad people.

Always so sad.

He's a great doctor.

I overheard the staff talking about him.

Apparently the way he's dealing with us is some sort of experimental therapy.

Futuristic kind of stuff.

And what do I need to say to this guy to get out of lockdown?

I mean, you know, to get night privileges.

No one has night privileges.

I just saw this girl walking around the halls last night.

That's impossible.

And someone came into my room the other night.

# Someone came into my room #

Just ignore her. She never makes any sense.

# Someone #

# Someone #

Listen, don't let this place get to you.

You stay locked up long enough and you start to believe that you're nuts.

[THUNDER]


[POP-ROCK MUSIC PLAYS]

# Run #

# Run, baby, run #

# Run, baby, run #

# Run, baby, run #

# Run, baby, run #

# Oh, come back to me #

# Run, baby, run #

# Bring your kisses to me #

# Run, baby, run #

# Back into my arms #

# Run, baby, run #

# I need you, baby #

# Run, baby, run #

# I don't mean maybe #

# Run, baby, run #

# Back into my arms #

# And even though you hurt me #

# I still love you, it's true #

# Even though I know... #

[THUNDER]

It's okay.

I've got you.

I don't like the dark.

Bad things happen in the dark.

See, it's okay.

It's all right.


Ah!

[LAUGHS]

Did you need some help?

Just keep a lookout.

Why are they giving us all this stuff?

They don't know what they're doing.

Thorazine.

Mellaril.

Now they give us this!

[SNIFFS]

It's tasty.

Got anything for me?

You're not supposed to be in here.

Shut up.

You seem to be getting in the middle of things, new girl.

If I were you, I'd watch out.


Aah!

Aah!

What is it? What's the matter?

Something was in here.

KRISTEN: Listen to me.

Something was in there.

Something not right, not human.

It's going to be okay. We just need to calm you down.

Please, you've got to believe me.


Please.

Wait, please.

Wait, please.

Please don't do this to me.

Relax. It won't hurt you.

Call Dr. Stringer, please.

I'm here. I'm right here.

Please.

This is a bit.

Bite down on it or you'll bite your tongue off.

No, please.

[MUFFLED PROTESTS]

The medications aren't working as I'd hoped.

This treatment should be beneficial.


I thought they stopped using electroshock.

Just look at her. She was all riled up before.

Now she's docile as a lamb.

Hell, I wish they'd do it to all the patients here.

Just fry the crazy right out of them.

[DOOR CLOSES AND LOCKS]

Come on, sleepyhead!

It's time to wake up.

Come on. Come on.


So, since we have a new member, let's go over the rules.

Everyone gets a chance to talk.

No interrupting.

Just say what's on your minds.

Who would like to begin?

Emily?

What did you do to Kristen?

We had to have a little unscheduled therapy last night.

Is that what you call it?

It's nothing to be alarmed about, Emily.

Sometimes when you take people away, they don't come back.

Tammy didn't come back.

Who's Tammy?

She's the last one that got out.

What did you say?

Iris, you know we don't discuss people who aren't present.

Wait, why can't we talk about Tammy?

Who's Tammy?

Zoey, how do you feel about all this?

Zoey?

Okay.

Let's discuss what happened yesterday, shall we?

In the showers?

Kristen?

Well, I didn't see a thing.

I believe her.

[SCOFFS] Great. That's someone you want on your side.

Are you okay?

I don't know what's going on in this place.

It'll be okay.

I can tell, you are strong.

See you later, alligators.

I'm off to what should be my last session with Stringer.

What do you mean?

I mean I'm being released.

That's impossible. I've been here longer than you.

Stringer told you he was releasing you?

Not in those words, but he said I'm making great progress.

You're not going anywhere.

Yes, I am.

And how did you get him to release you, though?

How did you act? What did you say?

I didn't "act" cured, Kristen, if that's what you're getting at.

I am cured.

I'm ready.

Do you really think she's getting out of here?

[LAUGHS]

DR. STRINGER: How have you been feeling?

Better.

I've been drawing a lot, and I'm getting along with everybody, even the new girl.

I have some of your latest work here.

Where did you get those?

You really managed to capture her essence.

I was just fooling around.

You're really quite talented, Iris.

I'm practically cured, don't you think?

That's an old one.

I'm not like that anymore. Really.

You're making considerable progress.

So I can go?

Let's see how things go today, hmm?

The others didn't believe me.

They don't think that I'm better.

Why are you doing that?

I'd like to try something a little different this time.

What is that?

It's a metronome.

[TICK-TICK TICK-TICK TICK-TICK]

Listen to the rhythm.

It will help you to relax.

Okay, close your eyes.

I haven't had any problems in a while.

I'm feeling better.

Healthier.

Focus on your home.

Imagine it.

Imagine your parents there waiting for you.

I'm starting to get sleepy.

Can you describe your home for me?

What color is your house?

We live in a little white house.

I have to... go to sleep.

It's September 3, 1958.

It's nighttime.

You are asleep in your bedroom.

She's asleep in my office.

Where did she go?

Find her.

Where are we going?

No.

No. This isn't right.

No! No! No! No!

No! No!

No, no!

Please! I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry.

I just want to go home. I just want to go home!

No! Oh, my God, no! Please!

Please don't do this! Please! Please! Don't!

No! No!

Aaaah!


It's all right.

Where's Iris?

She's not back yet?

Okay, time for bed.

Where's Iris?

Come on. Time for bed.

Go to sleep.


Anyone see Iris today?

Maybe they let her go home.

No way.


Nurse Lundt.

Please, Nurse Lundt!

Where's Iris?

If she went home, why didn't she take her sketchbook?

You can't get them to tell you anything around here.

Trust me, I've tried.


Kristen, tell me what's bothering you.

Did you treat a girl named Alice?

Where did you hear that name?

That's who attacked me in the showers.

You aren't going to answer me, are you?

What happened to Iris?

How many girls have disappeared at this hospital?

Nurse Lundt was wiping someone's name off the door when I got here.

Well, you were heavily sedated.

I'm sure you believe you saw what you say.

It happened.

What happened to them?

To whom?

To Iris. Alice. Tammy.

Are they dead?

Why would you think they're dead?

There's a ghost in here.

A ghost?

What does it look like?

A girl.

The girl that attacked me in the shower.

The one I see in the halls.

Same with the other girls.

I know they've seen her, too.

So, please... tell me what's going on here.

Please.

I can't give you the answers, Kristen.

You have to find them for yourself.

Damn it! Tell me!

Take Kristen back to her room.

You just don't give up, do you?

Let go of me!

Who's Alice?

You all know she's here, so why won't you answer me?

Look at me! Sorry.

I don't converse with loonies.

Don't you ever call me that!

Don't do this.

Tell me who Alice is.

Alice Hudson was here.

She was one of us, but she's gone now.

Gone?

Where?

She got out. They let her out.

I'm getting out of here.

Tonight.

I'm gonna find Iris.

Really? Really.

You can't get out.

Watch me.

You're coming with me? How?

Zoey, give me your penny.

She won't let us leave.

[TELEPHONE RINGS]

DR. STRINGER: Hello?

Leonard? Yes, thanks for calling me back.

I need a consult.

Still the same lost causes, yes.

The problem is that things have begun to escalate.

All right, let's see.

We need to shove this in here like this so it seems locked, but you can still open it from the outside.

Okay.

And then you're gonna get into bed.

Make sure you have all your clothes on, but hide it with the covers.

And then I'm gonna come and get you after bed check.

Then what?

Then we get Iris and we get out of here.

Why do you care so much about Iris?

I care about getting us all out of here alive.

Open.


All right, we've got to go now.

Come on.


[DOOR OPENS]


I don't think this is the right way.

Oh, in here.

The morgue.

[DOOR OPENS]

MAN: Who turned on the lights down there?

Hide.


MAN: Someone's been in here.

Come on, let's take a look around.


Emily?

[RATTLING, BANGING]

Emily?

Is that you?


ZOEY: Alice?


Nice try.


Kristen.

Emily.

What happened?

Those orderlies caught me, and they hurt my arms.

Did you find Iris?

No. No.

She's gone.

She's not coming back.

Look, if we don't get out of here, we're next.

We're not getting out.

We have to try again.

Nobody gets out.

Hello.

So, Roy...

Not interested.

You didn't even hear me out.

Fine. Shoot.

Well, I know you've said you wouldn't date any of us inside the ward, but I just know I'm getting out soon.

And I thought maybe you could call me sometime.

There is no way I will ever, ever date you.

Got it?

But I know...

No! Not ever. Now leave me alone.

I'm swamped here, and I don't have time for this.

MAN on TV: Stop it, Vi.

WOMAN on TV: Tom Stewart killed me.

Tom Stewart killed me.

Tom Stewart killed me.

Tom Stewart killed me.

Tom Stewart killed me.

Tom Stewart killed me.

So, you and cuckoo bird have fun sneaking out last night?

[SIGHS] Go away.

You could have gotten us all in trouble.

We were looking for Iris.

And?

Couldn't find her.

Well, you probably weren't looking in the right places.

Not with Magellan over there.

What are you saying? Nothing.

I saw the two of you sneaking around last night.

Shut up! They're watching.

Well, can you blame them?

Just because I was brave enough to go through with it...

Well, maybe next time, you'll do us all a favor and get it right.

Oh, boo-hoo. Timid little Zoey.

Why don't you crawl into your shell and hide, just like a little turtle?

Why don't you leave her alone?

What's the matter? Daddy didn't pay enough attention to you?

Mind your own business.

Why don't you leave us all alone?

I mean, nobody likes you.

[GASPS]

Well, you're just jealous.

Of what? Of me.

[LAUGHS]

You've been jealous of me since I got here.

I'm tired of putting up with your pathetic behavior and your ridiculous...

[TURNS UP TV] I can't hear you!

They're all just jealous of me.

Let's see Roy say no to this.

Aah!


Aah!

No!

No! Please let me go!

Please let me out of here!

Alice, it wasn't my idea. I swear!

They made me do... aah!

No! Stop! No!

No! Please don't do this!

No! Just let me go!

Alice, no! Please don't do this!

No. Please don't do this.

No! No!

[ELECTRICITY CRACKLING]


Where's Sarah?

Sarah? No.

Where's Sarah?

If Alice got Sarah, she'll get us all.

No. No. No. No.

Alice Hudson.

This was hers?

I didn't touch her.

It was Sarah and the other girls.

What did you do to her?

I don't know what she's talking about.

Yes, you do. Just shut up, Zoey!

This isn't a game!

What did you do to her?

Why does she want to kill us?

What did they do to her, Zoey?

[SOBBING]

Look, please, Zoey.

I need to know.

Alice was bad.

She hurt us.

She hurt us all the time.

Tammy told us what to do.

Tammy was here before you.

She said she could make it stop.

It was her idea, So... we got rid of her.

Alice? What?

I know where your bunny is.

You found it? Yeah.

It's in Tammy's room.

That's mine! You can't have it!

[MUFFLED CRIES]

[MUFFLED CRIES]

[SILENCE]

We all helped, and now she's going to kill us all.

We had to.

She was horrible.

Then why is she after me?

What's it matter? We're all dead.

Emily.

[RUNNING FOOTSTEPS] Emily!

Emily!

We have to get out of here. Okay?

But what about Emily?

We'll get her.

All right? Come on!

Emily, what are you doing?

I'm not strong like you.

Put the knife down.

I can't.

We're going to get out of here.

[THUNDER]

Aah!

[CHOKING ON BLOOD]

Emily! [ZOEY SOBBING]

[SOBBING]

No, no, no, no, no.

This can't be happening.

Please don't let her get me. I don't want to die.

Zoey... do you trust me?

Open the door.

Where did you get that?

Open the door now.

Calm down. Don't do anything you'll regret.

We have an incident in progress.

Open the goddamn door!

[ZOEY WHIMPERING]

Hey... Hey, back up.

Easy. Back up.

Calm down.

Back up.

Go to the wall.

Back up.

Against the wall.

Come on.

Back up.

Back up! Back up!

You can't do this.

Watch me.

You're only hurting yourself.

What are you gonna do, Kristen? Where you gonna go?

Away from here.

Come on, drop the knife.

No! No! Let me go! You don't get it!

You don't get it!

Alice Hudson is trying to kill us!

Enough.

You can't be serious.

No! Please! Kristen, Kristen.

Kristen, I need you to calm down.

That girl is a hopeless case and you know it.

Luckily, that's not your call to make.

You honestly think you can cure her?

I have to try.

Just... I need more time with her. That's all.

You're as hopeless as she is.

You could spend a hundred years with her and she won't get...

Ow! No! No!

Please don't do...

Please just listen to me.

Get her in a straitjacket and lock her in her room.

Doctor. You don't understand.

[MOANS]

No.

Wait.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

NURSE: You need to get some rest.

Come on.

Mm. Mm.

Down the hatch.

There. Now, that wasn't so bad, was it?

Sleep tight, sugar.


[SPITS, COUGHS]


Uhh!

Unh!

Sleep tight, sugar.

Where are we going?

We're getting out of here.


Open this door now!


[ZOEY SCREAMS]

Stop!

Don't close this... Don't you close that...

Don't you close that goddamn door!

[POUNDING ON DOOR]

He's really mad.

[ELEVATOR BELL DINGS]

[ALARM BELL RINGING]

Hey! Get back here!

Uh!


ORDERLY: Wait!

We're trapped.

Maybe not. Here.

Come on. Come on!

Zoey, take this.

Okay. Come on.

All right. Come on.

Maybe this goes to the first floor, all right?

I'll go first. All right. Come on.

Send it back as fast as you can, all right?

I will.

[DUMBWAITER STARTS UP]

Hey! Open this door!

Fuck.

Come on.

[GRUNTING]


Zoey?

Zoey?

Zoey?


[MENACING GRUNT]

[PANTING]


[ROARING]

[MOANING]

Aah...

[MOANING]


What's going on?

Answers.

No lies this time, or I swear to God.

Now!

The truth.

Your name... is Alice Leigh Hudson.

May I?

You were abducted from your home the night of September 3, 1958.

I'm Kristen.

Not Alice.

I'm Kristen.

You were left chained up in the basement of an abandoned farmhouse for nearly two months, the same farmhouse you burned down.

You were only 11 years old, half-starved, sick with fever, trapped in the darkness.

It was a waking nightmare.

Your only escape was into delusion.

In order to survive the trauma, your psyche fractured.

You suffer from multiple personality disorder.

Each personality took a piece of this nightmare and locked it away from you for your own protection.

But the new personalities became so dominant, they completely overwhelmed Alice's own personality.

I know it hasn't been pleasant, but my techniques are helping you.

After several years of therapy, we've been able to isolate your different identities.

We'd just begun to single them out and eliminate them through some experimental techniques when you, Kristen, appeared.

I didn't just appear!

Your psyche invented Kristen to protect itself from having to relive this trauma.

[TICK-TICK TICK-TICK]

And now it's time to say goodbye.

Please don't kill me.

[ROARING]

Don't move. Don't move.

She's the last one who got out.

What did you say?

DR. STRINGER: Iris, you know we don't discuss people who aren't present.

She can't remember the rules.

Because she's the crazy one around here, you know.

MAN: That's enough.

Is she cured?

She'll probably need a lifetime of therapy, but she's no longer a danger to herself.

She is, essentially, your daughter again.

Can we please see her now?

MOTHER: Alice?

Honey, you okay?

We love you, sweetheart.

Mom? Dad?

Oh, honey.

I figured you'd want your things around you.

And I put this one back together for you, too.

Thank you.

I think I remember.

What do you remember?

Everything.

The old farmhouse.

This place.

The others.

Emily. Sarah. Iris.

Kristen.

You can forget all about them now.

When can I get out of here?

I really... I just want to go home.

Dr. Stringer says two, maybe three days.

I think that's enough visiting for today.

We'll let you get some rest.

Couldn't we stay just a little bit longer?

You'll have her all to yourself in no time.


[WHISTLING]