Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Land Of Celluloid Dreams
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In Chapter 26 of DAZED, BEAUTIFUL & BRUISED, teenage serial killer Sparkle Plenty prepares her trap to ensnare homicide detective Carrie Love and her ex-husband/partner Bernie Keko at the Bargain Clown Mart deep in the heart of Hollywood ...
EXT. CIRCUS OF BOOKS - NIGHT
A little red store on Santa Monica Boulevard
with apartments above.
A TRANNY HOOKER walks by,
stumbles in her platforms.
CAMERA PANS UP, focuses on a window, ZOOMS INTO --
INT. SPARKLE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Bonnie’s being played on a pink Barbie stereo
in a tiny room in a child-like explosion of clutter.
Movie posters and photos cover the walls.
AMERICAN PSYCHO. HEATHERS. CARRIE.
RE-ANIMATOR. LOVE STORY.
Head shots of Karen Black. Crispin Glover.
DeNiro in TAXI DRIVER. Bugs Bunny.
Sparkle sits at her Sears workstation.
Works a pink I-Mac, clack-clacks on the keyboard.
Download this, hot stuff.
Gig me on a gaga-byte.
CLOSE ON --
The bulletin board behind the computer.
Covered in news clippings.
FEMME DETECTIVE FOULS OUT,
with a glam shot of Carrie.
GOLDEN COP COUPLE HITS THE SKIDS,
with a photo of Bernie and Carrie
getting a medal from the Mayor.
HOLLYWOOD HACK BOILED LIKE TURNIP.
VIDEO CLERK HUMAN PIN-CUSHION ON VINE.
TRUST FUND FILLY FILLETED.
TEN-PERCENTER POPPED IN TREACHEROUS TRYST.
goes to the stereo.
Puts on a CD.
The sunshiny, super-pop of
A-Ha’s THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV starts --
And, in her own little private disco,
she dances to the music with complete abandon,
lost in the sugary synthesizers.
Hold me -- believe in me -- touch me --
the sun always shines on T.V. --
Sparkle strikes a pose --
somewhere between Travolta in
'Saturday Night Fever'
and the Olsen twins on ecstasy.
It was destiny. Fate.
The Gods pulled up my skirt
and gave it to me good.
I had a vision. A mission.
A poison pen pal from hell.
I realized that Carrie Love
and Bernie Keko were the
parents I could never have.
I knew it the minute they
walked in the store --
and into my heart.
All of a sudden it became like,
so clear what I needed to do.
I had to bring them together again.
So I could tear them apart.
INT. SPARKLE’S APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DUSK
Sparkle is now vision in
dayglow fuschia battle fatigues.
Giant pink ten-inch moon-boot platforms.
Centerfold makeup, fake lashes.
Some kinda Spice Girl on acid
from 'Taxi Driver' hell.
She pours a shot of Jaegermeister, raises it.
You’re very good.
Come on, ma!
I’m trying to do my thing down here.
I got a big show to get ready for.
She BURSTS into hysterical laughter.
Opens the medicine cabinet,
takes out a bottle.
Shakes out a handful of pills. GULP.
Pours another glass.
What’s so fuckin’ funny? Huh?
What’s so fuckin’ funny about me?
What -- do I make you laugh, huh?
Do I a-muse yoo?
What am I, some sorta clown?
Make you fuckin’ laugh? What.
What’s so fuckin’ funny about -- me.
The psychette GIGGLES.
Then remembers something.
Takes a red Bozo nose out of her pocket.
Pops it on.
(at her reflection)
But Mommy, I don’t want to go the circus,
the clowns are scary.
They make me cry.
She GRABS a set of hair clippers,
FLICKS it on -- BUZZZZZ.
Well, then -- take me to the big top.
And starts shaving the side of head,
long, beautiful blonde hair cascading in waves,
floating like feathers --
scrapes off foam with a pink razor, revealing --
A big, beautiful blonde mohawk.
IN THE MIRROR
You talkin’ to me?
You -- talkin to me ?
Me? You talkin’ to -- me?
(raises gun, sticks it in her mouth)
‘Cauhz tha no-uhn elth heah.
EXT. HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD - PAWN SHOP - DUSK
You know Hollywood is actually
a pretty shitty part of town.
A crappy, bile-green 1970
Dodge Dart Swinger pulls up, parks.
It’s nothing but pawn shops, guitar shacks,
tourist shit, strip joints, star maps,
sleazy bars, street trash
and hustlers of indeterminate gender.
Sparkle gets out.
Locks the car.
No one notices, no one looks.
A far cry from 'the
land of celluloid dreams.'
We follow the young woman
marching down the sidewalk.
No one looks at her twice.
Not only is it a mecca for the
sea of humanity yearning to be famous --
it’s also a vicious black hole of hell,
sucking in a staggering array of psychotic,
self esteem-challenged social misfits,
driven by rage, sin --
and a pathetic desire to be famous.
Almost none of them make it, of course.
So the town is strewn with the litter
of faded dreams, broken hearts,
and a hell of alotta whores.
Sparkle reaches a store.
An old, original facade.
THE BARGAIN CLOWN MART.
She smiles devilishly.
Well, alrighty then.
Let’s check out what’s
under the big top --