Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bigger Fish To Fuck


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In Chapter 37 of BLUE HOTEL, officers Bernie Keko and Danette Day continue their door-to-door search of the Starlight Hotel, looking for serial killer Holly Land, without success. Meanwhile, up on the roof, scared to death, Holly looks for a little comfort from hooker Alona Tal ...


INT. HOTEL STARLIGHT - CORRIDOR - NIGHT
Danette and Bernie stand in front
of Verne’s open doorway.

Verne stares at them,
very deer-in-the-headlights
in his Family Guy boxer shorts.

Which he’s just wet.

DANETTE
(hands him a photo)
Have you seen this woman?
She’s a guest at the hotel.

VERNE
(takes it, looks)
I think so. Maybe.
It’s hard to tell --
(hands it back)
Sorry.

DANETTE
(hands him her card)
She’s wanted in connection
with several murders.
If you see her, stay away,
she's very dangerous.
Call me right away.
Okay?

VERNE
Okay, thanks.
I will. Sure.
Good night.
(beat)
Uh, good morning.

He smiles weakly.
Shuts the door.

BERNIE
You see that?
Poor guy pissed his skivvies.

DANETTE
Probably thought we were
gonna bust him for possession.
Smelled like Cheech and Chong in there.
Lucky for him we’ve got
bigger fish to fuck.
(beat)
Uh, fry --

EXT. HOTEL STARLIGHT - ROOF - AT THAT MOMENT
Alona and Holly sit on the
front ledge of the building.
Look out at the ocean. Pensive.

HOLLY
I say we split,
get out of Dodge.
You snagged Beggar’s car keys.
Let’s vamoose.

ALONA
But there’s a dead cop
in the trunk.

HOLLY
Details.
We’ll dump him somewhere,
head down to Mexico.
(beat)
My head is vibrating.
You have another joint?

ALONA
Yeah.

She digs into her purse.
Pulls one out.

Fires it up.
Hands it Holly.

She takes a bit hit.
Holds it in. EXHALES.

Passes it back.
Looks over the ledge.
Strange smile flickering.

HOLLY
We could do a
Thelma and Louise.

ALONA
That’s not funny.

Holly takes another hit.
Stares at Alona intently.

HOLLY
Would you -- make love to me?

ALONA
Now?

HOLLY
Please?
(whispers)
I’ve got a feeling
this isn’t going to end well.

She breaks down.
Starts crying.

Alona takes her in her arms.
Soothes, comforts her.

ALONA
Shhhh, it’s gonna be okay.

Alona kisses her softly.
Holly responds.
She likes it.

They start devouring each other.
Licked by flames of passion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Barefoot In The Dark


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In Chapter 36 of BLUE HOTEL, realizing something bad must of happened to rookie cop Kenny Speed, homicide dick Bernie Keko and patrolwoman Danette Day start going door to door at the hotel looking for him. Meanwhile, now that they have a third dead body to hide, hooker Alona Tal and boozy writer Holly Land roll it up in a carpet and stick it under the bed ...


EXT. THE STARLIGHT HOTEL - VENICE BOARDWALK - NIGHT
Danette stands in front of the hotel.
Looks up at the windows.

Bernie appears at
the end of the side alley.

BERNIE
Went around the entire perimeter.
No sign.

DANETTE
So that rules out
a dead cell phone battery.

BERNIE
I’ve got an idea,
but I don’t think
you’re gonna like it.

DANETTE
Spill it.

BERNIE
I’ve got a hunch all our
answers are in the hotel.
We should search door-to-door.

DANETTE
We don’t have a warrant.

BERNIE
Probably cause.

DANETTE
An officer has disappeared.

BERNIE
At a building he was watching.
That we were staking out.

DANETTE
Let’s do it.

INT. ALONA’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - AT THAT MOMENT
Beggar’s body lies on the floor,
rolled up in the bedspread.

Alona holds his head.
Holly, his feet.

There’s a large bulge
where the lamp still is.

ALONA
Okay, ready?

HOLLY
(nods)
You sure he’ll fit?

ALONA
He’ll have to.
We’re running out of room.

HOLLY
Three bodies, no waiting.

ALONA
(rolls her eyes)
On three.
One -- two -- THREE.

They lift him up.
Carry him over to the closet.

Alona leading the way.
She motions to Holly.

ALONA
Okay, gently put down your end,
and help me over here.

Holly puts him down.
Goes to Alona.

ALONA
Help me lift him up straight.

She does.
Grabs ahold of the lamp
under the comforter.

HOLLY
Look.
He’s got a handle.

Alona stares.
Starts to smile. Stops --

ALONA
That’s sick.

Then giggles.
Holly smiles.

HOLLY
Weebles wobble but
they don’t fall over.

ALONA
C’mon, let’s just do this.

They maneuver Beggar into the closet.
Close the door.

ALONA
That’s one way to
get rid of a boyfriend.
(beat)
I’m scared, Holly.

HOLLY
Me, too.
(beat)
Could you -- hold me a sec?

Alona nods.
Fights back tears.

Puts her arms around Holly.
Holly closes her eyes.

Nestles her head
against Alona’s neck.

ALONA
What are we gonna do?

Soft voice are heard
outside in the corridor.

Then the sound of
KNOCK-KNOCK-KNOCKING next door.

DANETTE (O.C.)
This is the police.
Please open the door.
We need to ask you some questions.

ALONA
Holy SHIT.

She races to the door.
Looks through the peephole.

Freaks out.
Turns and looks at Holly.

ALONA
(loud whisper)
There’s two cops out there.
What are we gonna do?

HOLLY
(points at the window)
The roof.

Alona nods.
Grabs her purse.

They move over to the window.
Holly starts climbing out
on the fire escape --

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lights Out


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In Chapter 35 of BLUE HOTEL, Bernie and Danette start to wonder where Kenny is and decide to start looking for him, not know he's been kileed. Meanwhile, Beggar -- rushing on E -- get a little too 'up close and personal' with Holly and makes the deadly mistake of going a little too far with her under the sheets ...


INT. DANETTE AND BERNIE’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
Danette CLICKS the phone shut.
Looks at Bernie.

DANETTE
Voice mail again.
(beat)
I have a bad feeling about this.
Let’s go outside and snoop around.

BERNIE
Maybe he went home and crashed.

DANETTE
Never happen.
The kid LOVES being a cop,
believes in the sacred oath
of protecting citizens.

BERNIE
I have a dim memory of that.

She shrugs into her slacks.
on her jacket.

DANETTE
Just when I thought maybe
we could go for round two --

BERNIE
(getting dressed)
So the ice is thawing a bit --

DANETTE
Well, it IS ninety-five degrees.
Gives a gal ideas.

BERNIE
Well, why do you think
they call it 'in heat?'

INT. ALONA’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - AT THAT MOMENT
The lush, bluesy wail of Morphine’s
CANDY oozes it’s decadent moan
on the stereo over --

Beggar.
Lying on top of Holly.

Delirious from the ecstasy,
he’s caressing her slowly,
kissing her neck, her shoulders,
then down to her breasts.

Holly suddenly tenses up.

HOLLY
No, please -- don’t.
Not my --

BEGGAR
Ah, c’mon, honey.
You know you want it.
Go with the flow.

HOLLY
No, please -- get off me --

BEGGAR
I know it feels good --
I hear you moaning.

HOLLY
No -- not my -- my breast -- NO.

But he puts her nipple
in his mouth and starts SUCKING.

A hand reaches down to her crotch.
Starts exploring.

HOLLY
I said NO!

Holly reaches over,
GRABS the table lamp.
The shade FLIES off.

She CRACKS it over Beggar’s head,
KNOCKING him sideways.

BEGGAR
OW!

She JAMS the lamp into his eye,
lightbulb first.

A sickening CRUNCH.

He FLIES backwards against the bed.
His head CRACKS against the wall, THUNK.

Holly stands, takes aim, and
KICKS the lamp all the way
through his head, THWUCK.

The cord SPARKS. Fizzles.

HOLLY
Lights out, ASSHOLE.

Holly looks at him, wide-eyed.
A strange smile on her face,
rocking back and forth on the bed.

Whispers --

HOLLY
I said -- no.

Alona walks in the room,
blood on her hands.

Sees Beggar.
drops open.
RUSHES OVER to the bed.

ALONA
Holly?
What, what -- what HAPPENED?

HOLLY
I said no, and he --
wouldn’t stop.

ALONA
Ohmigod, Holly --
you shouldn’t have DONE that.
(beat)
Now we’ve got three bodies.

HOLLY
(quietly)
Are you mad at me?
Please don’t be mad at me.
(off her stare)
He started --
putting his fingers inside me.

Alona sighs.
Looks at Beggar’s body.
Shivers.

ALONA
Bastard didn’t know
who he was messing with.

HOLLY
(scary quiet)
When a woman says no,
it means NO.

PUSH IN ON Alona’s face.
Scared to death.

ALONA
Remind me not to piss you off --

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kiss Me Deadly


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In Chapter 34 of BLUE HOTEL, deep inside the bowels of the Starlight Venice beach dive motel on the boardwalk, drug dealer Beggar Leck, Hooker Alona Tal and boozy wannabe writer Holly Land rush on ecstasy as they take turns cutting up agent Oscar Goldman's dead body, having a surprisingly good time ...

INT. ALONA’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
The woozy, sax-drenched cocktail swoon
of Morphine’s WHISPER bleeds its
drunken promises of sex, sin
and salvation over --

Alona.
Drinking a bottle of water on the bed.
Holly does an interpretive dance.

Rushing on the E.
High as a dozen kites.

ALONA
(sings)
'Don’t worry, I’m not looking at you --
gorgeous, and dressed in blue.'

HOLLY
(dreamy)
This is Fucking AMAZING.
I feel -- so GOOD.

ALONA
See what you’ve been missing, baby?
Why do you think they call it
'the love drug.'

HOLLY
I want some more vodka.

ALONA
No, no -- just water.
Booze ruins the purity of the high.

BEGGAR
Comes into the room.

Blood-splattered.
Holding a HUMAN HAND.

BEGGAR
Guys.

They turn and look.

BEGGAR
Can I lend you a hand?

He ERUPTS into peels of
MAD LAUGHTER.

ALONA
Whoah.

HOLLY
(stares, cocks her head)
It’s -- vibrating.

BEGGAR
I need a break.
I’ve filleted Oscar
the waist up,
if I have to saw through
one more bone,
I’m gonna puke.
Somebody’s gotta take over.

ALONA
(nods at Holly)
She’s cresting.
I’ll go next.

She walks over.
Reaches for the hand.
He SLAPS it in hers.

BEGGAR
Wanna SHAKE on it?

ALONA
(squeezes)
Pleased to meet you.

BEGGAR
Read my palm?

ALONA
(holds the hand up to his face)
Uh, the life line
looks kinda SHORT.

BEGGAR
'Cold hands, warm heart.'

They both ERUPT WITH LAUGHTER.
Alona leaves the room,
waving the hand ‘goodbye.’
Holly drifts over to Beggar.

HOLLY
Let’s lie down together.

BEGGAR
(smiles)
Look who’s all uninhibited now.

HOLLY
Me. Me. Me.

Beggar leans in.
Kisses her on the mouth. Deeply.

They move toward the bed,
FALL onto it.

Hands all over each other.

BEGGAR
C’mon, baby -- kiss me deadly.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bad Lieutenant


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In Chapter 33 of BLUE HOTEL, drug dealer Beggar Leck makes it back to the motel room with the ecstasy and tells hooker Alona tal and boozy wannabe writer Holly Land about killing Kenny Speed, the inquisitive cop that wanted to search the trunk of his car. Meanwhile, homicide dick Bernie Keko and patrolwoman Danette Day bask in the afterglow of getting it on, and then wonder where Kenny is ...


INT. ALONA’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
Alona and Holly sit on the couch,
sharing a joint.

Holly looks lost, scared.
Like she’s about to cry.

HOLLY
I think there’s something --
wrong with me, Alona.

ALONA
Don’t be silly.

She puts her hand
on Holly’s bare knee.
Rubs it gently.

Holly looks, shy. Likes it.
Cheeks turn red.

HOLLY
I did a -- bad thing, Alona.
A really bad thing.

ALONA
That was an honest mistake, honey.
You thought I was in danger --

HOLLY
No, not that.
Back at school --

Alona leans closer.
As if to kiss her.

ALONA
Shhhhh --

The door OPENS.
In walks Beggar.
Freaked out.

ALONA
(looks)
What’s wrong, baby?

BEGGAR
We’re fucked.
I’M fucked.

ALONA
What happened?

BEGGAR
This cop came up to me
while I was opening the trunk --
and he got suspicious
of what I was doing, and I -- I --
(beat)
Killed him.

ALONA
WHAT?

HOLLY
(strange smile)
Did you like it?

BEGGAR
What?
NO, of COURSE not.
I didn’t mean to kill him.
I was -- trying to stop him
from finding the E --

ALONA
But you got it okay?

BEGGAR
(pulls out the envelope)
Yeah, yeah, I got it.

ALONA
Thank god.
(realizes)
What did you do with the body?

BEGGAR
He’s -- in the trunk.

ALONA
Holy shit.

BEGGAR
Yeah.
Tell me about it.
(beat)
A fucking COP.
(to Holly)
And what the fuck
is up with you?
'Did I like it?'

Holly stares at Beggar.
Blank look on her face.

ALONA
Beggar, chill.
Holly’s in shock.
It’s been a rough night
for all of us.
We’ll deal with
Bad Lieutenant later.
First we have to dispose of
our friends under the bed.
It’s going to be light
in a couple of hours,
and we gotta jam before they
start stinking the place up --
got it?

BEGGAR
Yeah.

ALONA
So let’s do our drugs
and get to work.

Beggar pulls out the envelope.
Opens it.

Dumps a small mound on the mirror.
Starts chopping it up.

HOLLY
(eyes grow wide)
I’ve never done ecstacy --

BEGGAR
A virgin?
(beat)
We’ll have to see about THAT.

HOLLY
Promise me you’ll be -- rough?

INT. DANETTE AND BERNIE’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - AT THAT MOMENT
Danette lies on the bed, smoking.
Bernie sits near the window,
looking out at the ocean.
Sips from a flask.

BERNIE
Damn, woman.

DANETTE
I know.

BERNIE
Damn.

DANETTE
I know.
(beat)
Damn.

BERNIE
Maybe we could give it another --

DANETTE
No. We’ve done that. Twice.

BERNIE
Yeah.

Pause.

DANETTE
So what’s going on out there?

BERNIE
(looks out the window)
Body’s been taken away.
Techs are almost done.
(beat)
I thought you said the kid
was gonna be out in front.

DANETTE
(sits up)
He’s supposed to be.

BERNIE
He’s not now.

DANETTE
Maybe he went to go take a leak.

BERNIE
Call him.
With all the shit that’s
been going down tonight,
you never know.

DANETTE
(reaches for her phone)
Thanks for scaring me --

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Strip Search


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In Chapter 32 of BLUE HOTEL, drug dealer Beggar Leck goes out to his car to get some ecstasy, and runs into officer Kenny Speed, who makes the fatal mistake of asking to search the trunk. Meanwhile, homicide dick Bernie Keko and patrolwoman Danette Day check into their hotel room and start playing 'stop and frisk.'


EXT. HOTEL STARLIGHT - REAR ALLEY - NIGHT
The back door to the hotel opens.
Out walks Beggar.

He looks around.
Walks over to his car.
Sticks his keys in the trunk.

MALE VOICE (O.C.)
Excuse me, sir.

Beggar turns, looks, sees --

KENNY
Standing at the end of the alley.

BEGGAR
Officer.

KENNY
(walks over)
Can I ask you a question?

BEGGAR
Sure thing.
What's up?

Kenny pulls out a picture.
Shows it to him.

KENNY
Have you seen this woman tonight?

ANGLE ON --
The PHOTO.
A grainy still capture
from the liquor store robbery.

HOLLY. Holding a gun.
Face a rictus of death.

BEGGAR
Feigns nonchalance.
Studies the picture.
Shakes his head.

BEGGAR
No, sorry.
Looks kinda dangerous.
What did she do?

KENNY
You don’t watch the news?
She held up a liquor store,
then shot some dude on a bike.
three people tonight.
Maybe more.

Beggar tries for a smile.
Doesn’t quite make it.

BEGGAR
Guess I’d better be careful, huh?

Kenny studies him carefully.

KENNY
You a guest at the hotel?

BEGGAR
Yeah.

KENNY
It’s kinda late, isn’t it?
What were you getting
out of the trunk?

BEGGAR
Ran out of smokes.
Just grabbing another pack.

KENNY
People don’t keep
cigarettes in the trunk.
They’d be on the seat,
in the glove compartment.
But not in the trunk.

Beggar’s heart starts racing.
This is NOT going well.

BEGGAR
You want me to show you?

KENNY
Please.

He turns the lock.
Opens the trunk.

It’s empty, except
for the spare tire.

A couple of tools.
Emergency gas can.

BEGGAR
That’s funny.
I could have sworn --

KENNY
I’m going to have to ask you
step away from the vehicle, sir.

BEGGAR
But I --

KENNY
Step AWAY from the vehicle, NOW.

Beggar stares.
Wheels spinning.

All the coke, booze and pot
working their strange magic.

BEGGAR
Okay, officer.
I’m sorry --

He feints to the side, then
GRABS Kenny around the waist.

SLAMS him against the car.
His head CRACKS against the
edge of the trunk
with a sickening THUNK.

BANG, he goes down,
face first in the gravel.

BEGGAR
(whispers)
Holy SHIT.

Beggar gets down.
Feels his pulse. Nothing.

BEGGAR
I’ve just been fucked.

He reaches into a side
compartment in the trunk.

Pulls out a small white envelope.
it in his pocket.

Picks up Kenny’s body.
Puts it in the trunk.
Quietly closes it.

CLICK. He looks around.
No one. Whew.

BEGGAR
I can’t believe --
I just did that.

He looks down.
Sees blood on the ground.

Starts kicking gravel
over it with his foot.

BEGGAR
My momma warned me
not to date hookers.

INT. DANETTE AND BERNIE’S HOTEL ROOM - AT THAT MOMENT
Danette walks into the room.
Then Bernie.

He shuts the door.
Walks up to her.
They stare at each other.

BERNIE
Shitty room.

DANETTE
It’ll do.

BERNIE
Been too long, Net.

DANETTE
(throaty)
Way too long.

She GRABS him.
They go at it,
hot and heavy,
fall onto the bed.

Start RIPPING each
other’s clothes off.

BERNIE
Time for your strip search.

DANETTE
Better not be shooting blanks.

BERNIE
Why do you think they call me
a PIECE officer?

DANETTE
Shut up and fuck me.

BERNIE
Now you’re talking.
(whips out handcuffs)
Assume the position,
and spread ‘em.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Your Vice Is My Command


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In Chapter 31 of BLUE HOTEL, Alona returns with a hacksaw she got from the front desk, and then the gang has to make a grisly decision: who's gonna start cutting up the dead bodies. Meanwhile, moments later, homicide dick Bernie Keko and patrolwoman Danette Day check in to start their surveillance of the joint ... and 'get busy' ...


INT. ALONA’S SHITTY HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
Alona comes in the room.
Quietly shuts the door.

Looks at Beggar and Holly
sitting on the couch, sharing a joint.
Holds up the hack saw.

ALONA
Ta-daaa --

BEGGAR
Look at the size of THAT.
Good job, babe.

ALONA
Thanks, but I’ve got some bad news.
Gill fell off the roof,
or he jumped, I don’t know --
but he’s dead in the alley,
and now the joint’s swarming with cops.

BEGGAR
Fuck.

HOLLY
Holy shit.

ALONA
Tell me about it.
(beat)
So we gotta take care of
Oscar and Lief, fast.
I say we take turns.
Who wants to go first?

They both stare at her.

HOLLY
How about Beggar?
He’s a GUY.

BEGGAR
How about Holly?
She’s the KILLER.

HOLLY
Shut up.

ALONA
(sighs)
Okay, okay -- I’ll go first.
(beat)
Gimmee a hit of that joint.
I’m gonna have to be REALLY
fucking buzzed to start
cutting up a dead body.

BEGGAR
Wait a minute.
I just remembered something.
I’ve got uncut ecstacy in the car.
THAT can make the job go MUCH better.

HOLLY
Uncut?
But I thought it came in a pill.

BEGGAR
The pills are bullshit,
there’s all kinds of
other shit in them.
Back in the day,
you bought E by the gram,
pure powder, baby.
Snort it, lick it, pour some
in your cocktail --
(wistful)
Those were the days.
Couldn’t believe I
could still find it.

ALONA
How much do you have?

BEGGAR
Ten grams.

ALONA
So go down and get it.

BEGGAR
Your vice is my command.

He gets up.
Goes to the door.

ALONA
Be careful.
There’s cops all over the place.

BEGGAR
Don’t worry.
I’m just your
average tourist insomniac,
going out to the car
for a pack of smokes.

PUSH IN ON Alona’s face. Amused.

ALONA
If you’re an 'average tourist,'
then I’m Taylor Swift.

INT. HOTEL STARLIGHT - FRONT DESK - AT THAT MOMENT
Bunky looks at Bernie and Danette,
standing at the counter.

BUNKY
Sorry, we’re all full up.
(brightens)
Wait, I forgot --
you can take the jumper’s room.
It’s empty now.

BERNIE
We’ll take it.

BUNKY
So you’re doin’ a stakeout?

DANETTE
Yeah.

BUNKY
Hot dog.
Is there something
I can do to help?

BERNIE
Yeah.
Call us if you see
anyone suspicious.
(hands him his card)
My cell phone number.

DANETTE
Or if you see that girl, Holly.

BUNKY
You got it.
Good luck.

They nod.
Start up the stairs.
Bunky watches them go.

BUNKY
Sugar magnolia, blossoms bloomin’ --
a real stakeout,
right here at the Starlight.
(beat)
So why do I have this funny feeling
them two are gonna bone?