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John Carpenter's

THE THING II: THE END OF THE WORLD


A Screenplay – 1st Draft


BY STUART GOODACRE

 

 

Address available upon request

E. stuartgoodacre@hotmail.com


FADE IN
EXT. US ANTARCTIC BASE OUTPOST 31 NIGHT
A strong snow blizzard is blowing around several burnt out buildings. Everything looks dead. Smoke still rises from some buildings. In the middle of the camp are a few snow covered damaged helicopters and vehicles.

A snow vehicle drives past a sign that reads UNITED STATES NATIONAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE STATION 4 and pulls up. The side of the snow vehicle reads CCCP followed by a red star.

The front seat occupants stare at the wreckage. Two Russians disembark from the rear and begin searching the camp. All they find are burnt out buildings, with the recreation room having a corner only partially damaged.

INT. BURNT OUT MEDICAL ROOM NIGHT
The Russians search the room but it is very badly damaged. They pick up some damaged surgical tools and continue.

INT. BURNT OUT RECREATION ROOM NIGHT
Part of the room has not been totally destroyed. On a table lie various items, including a couple of books and a packet of cigarettes, whose contents have been spilled out. One Russian takes them and continues searching.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE BASE NIGHT
The search leads them outside. One goes back to the vehicle and speaks to a small man – around 4ft 6in - Vlassov. Another keeps looking outside.

1st RUSSIAN
Speaking Russian
Medical room is destroyed, sir. Just like the rest of the base. This is the only salvage.

Russian passes the tools, books and cigarettes to the officer.

VLASSOV
No medical facilities then?

1st RUSSIAN
That’s all that’s left.

2nd RUSSIAN
Over here.

1st Russian runs over to where there are two mounds in the snow.

2nd RUSSIAN
They’re alive. Quick. Get them in.

Each Russian lifts a mound out of the snow. One is MacReady – around 30 heavily bearded with long hair - the other is Childs – around 30 tall, black and strongly built - and carry them to the snow vehicle. Although both are well wrapped up, they are unconscious and look older through being frostbitten in the face.

VLASSOV
Get them in. Mind the commander.

MacReady and Childs are loaded back into the snow vehicle and are wrapped in silver foil and blankets. They are laid next to Russian commander whose face is covered with medical dressings.

VLASSOV
Call Babushka, tell them to be ready to move.

The vehicle starts up and heads away from the remains of Outpost 31. The driver repeatedly barks orders into a two way radio.

OTHER VOICE ON RADIO
In Russian
Babushka here. Over.

VLASSOV
Babushka. Vlassov here. Be prepared to move very soon. Rendezvous at point 12. Be prepared for four extra passengers. Three are wounded. We’re looking for medical facilities. Over

OTHER VOICE ON RADIO
Who is the forth passenger? Over

VLASSOV
Me. Over

OTHER VOICE ON RADIO
What’s our destination? Over

VLASSOV
Taking the radio microphone
South Georgia. Wait until we arrive before making radio contact as soon as possible.

The snow vehicle speeds through the blizzard crossing the Antarctic. Inside, Vlassov shows concern for his injured commander. Both MacReady and Childs are still unconscious.

EXT. ANTARCTIC DAWN BREAKING
The Snow vehicle approaches the coast. Ahead is the Antarctic ocean, in which sits a Soviet Foxtrot Class submarine. A boat is on the shore. The Russians take the three men out of the vehicle and into the boat. Vlassov and two other Russians get in with them and set off for the submarine.

INT. SOVIET SUBMARINE. DAWN BREAKING
In a very cramped environment, MacReady and Childs have been laid in separate small cabins. The wounded Commander is in the Captain’s cabin, with a crewman sat in attendance. Vlassov is stood in the communications area with the Submarine captain, who is on the radio.

CAPTAIN
In English
This is Soviet Research Station Novgorod calling South Georgia. Please respond, we have an emergency. This is Soviet Station Research station Novgorod.

EXT. GRYTVIKEN, SOUTH GEORGIA DAWN BREAKING
Grytviken - a small cluster of wooden houses and a disused whaling station. Around, the land is covered in snow and ice but there is also clear hard ground. Several hundred yards away there are large swathes of tough grass, partially covered in snow.

A damaged Argentine submarine lies in the harbour. Several hundred yards from Grytviken on higher ground over looking the sea is Grytcamp - a green metallic hut. It is long, with two doors and a couple of windows with external metal covers. There are four rooms inside.

INT. CAMP RADIO ROOM DAWN BREAKING
Two British soldiers: Sergeant Duncan – late 30s - is on the radio, wearing headphones, Lieutenant Gibbs – late 20s - stands next to a large wall map, showing the Antarctic region, with various bases marked.

DUNCAN
Sir! It’s some Russians! They need medical attention and we’re the nearest base.

GIBBS
Looking at the map
It’s probably just an excuse to spy on us.

DUNCAN
But they say it’s serious.

GIBBS
Tell them diddums. Don’t actually use that phrase.

DUNCAN
I’ll ask them their location.

GIBBS
Don’t! We’re not getting involved.

DUNCAN
This is Grytviken. Sorry but we can’t accommodate you.

Duncan listens to the reply

DUNCAN (CONT’D)
They say under that international law, we are required to give full medical assistance.

GIBBS
Bloody Communists don’t follow international law.

DUNCAN
Sir, are you authorised to refuse?

GIBBS
Permission refused by the acting commander. Anyhow, we don’t have medical facilities…don’t tell them that.

DUNCAN
I’m sorry but we can’t accommodate you. Repeat, we can’t accommodate you.
Transmission ends.

DUNCAN Cont’d
They say they’re coming in anyway.

Duncan reaches for a pencil and pad.

GIBBS
What are you doing?

DUNCAN
Logging the call sir.

GIBBS
Well don’t. It only creates more paperwork.

DUNCAN
Sir?

GIBBS
We’re not bloody pen pushers. Come on, breakfast and then we’ll go and see Jimmy.

Gibbs and Duncan walk out the radio room, down a corridor into a larger room, where a few soldiers are asleep on some beds, and then out through the door. Just before he leaves, Duncan gives a bed an almighty kick, waking the occupant up.

EXT. ANTARCTIC OCEAN DAWN BREAKING
The submarine carries on its journey

EXT. OUTSIDE GRYTCAMP DAWN BREAKING
Two Land Rovers, marked G1 and G2 respectively, stand outside. Two solders, Privates Redwood and Thompson are working on Land Rover G2’s engine. Another, Private Shaw is sat inside, working on the radio. All three have rifles.

GIBBS
How’s that engine coming on Thompson?

THOMPSON
Barely working sir. We could do with picking up some spare parts from Edwards, if anyone’s passing there?

GIBBS
We’ll see. Shaw?

Shaw looks up from the radio.

SHAW
Same here sir. The radio needs parts.

Gibbs and Duncan approach Land Rover G1.

GIBBS
G1 working fine?

THOMPSON
Yes sir.

GIBBS
When you do get that one working, take it back down to Gold.

THOMPSON
And walk back here sir?

GIBBS
Have some breakfast first, so you can walk it off.

THOMPSON
Yes sir.

GIBBS
Where the bloody hell is Prichard?

Prichard runs out of the hut towards Gibbs’ Rover, carrying a large Hessian bag and his rifle.

PRICHARD
Sorry sir.

All three get in the Land Rover and it drives off towards Grytviken.

EXT. EDGE OF GRYTVIKEN DAY
The ground is frozen and covered with a thin layer of snow. Prichard is sat in the parked up Land Rover. Gibbs and Duncan are walking to the edge of town, wearing thick warm coats.

DUNCAN
The Russians couldn’t possibly take off in that storm, sir.

GIBBS
Well they could have radioed whilst airborne. Flown ahead of the storm.

DUNCAN
But they must know we don’t have an airport. If they flew to the Falklands, all the radar points towards Argentine so they might get through.

GIBBS
Well their plane should be here in a couple of hours and then they’ll see there’s nowhere to land?

DUNCAN
It’s not too late to log that call sir. I really think we should.

GIBBS
Sarcastic
Hasn’t it sunk in yet Duncan? Command’s very busy. All those dignitaries and politicians flown half way around the world for a jolly beano. And we’re left here to guard the armpit of the South Atlantic. Did you get an invite to celebrate the liberation?

DUNCAN
No sir.

GIBBS
No sir. Neither did I. But most of the lads at Edwards did. The locals did.

DUNCAN
Except for Jimmy.

Obviously. But the rest all fucked off to East Falkland to get fat and pissed on a three day pass. And what do we get? Shitty tea bags. Well they can live without their bloody radio messages. And we can live without them. Eh?

Ahead of them stands Jimmy a fat local civilian in his 50s.
DUNCAN
I suppose so sir.

GIBBS
There’s Jimmy. Jimmy!

Gibbs and Duncan walk towards Jimmy and all three then walk off towards Grytviken.

JIMMY
Chilly will be here tomorrow.

GIBBS
We’re ready to load up at Hound Bay.

JIMMY
Too many people watching. Chilly prefers to pick up at King Edward’s point.

GIBBS
No good. Still a detachment there, and the BAS. Chilly might be seen.

JIMMY
Then they’ll meet you at Cumberland Bay West.

GIBBS
That’s a bit of a trek isn’t it?

JIMMY
Only for you. Chilly aren’t a taxi service. Do you want to get your stuff away or don’t you?

Jimmy walks off. Gibbs signals Prichard to come down, and they all follow Jimmy to his house where the back garden is covered by a large tarpaulin.

EXT. OFF SOUTH GEORGIA DAWN BREAKING
The Russian Submarine surfaces. Ahead are the icy mountains of the South side of South Georgia. Captain and Vlassov man the conning tower.

VLASSOV
There’s a landing place on the North side.

CAPTAIN into intercom
Follow the coastline heading east, proceed with caution.

Gibbs Land Rover is driving back from Grytviken when they see Private Old with a flashlight. The Rover stops.

GIBBS
See what he wants.

Duncan jumps out and runs to Old, then runs back again.

DUNCAN
Urgent radio message, sir.

EXT. GRYTCAMP DAWN BREAKING
Gibbs gets out the Rover and heads for the hut.

EXT. GRYTCAMP RADIO ROOM
Gibbs joins Shaw in the radio room. The wall clock says 4AM. Shaw is on the radio.

SHAW
Sir! They’re here.

GIBBS
Who? Chilly?

SHAW
Russians!

EXT. GRYTCAMP DAWN BREAKING
Gibbs and Shaw exit. Gibbs goes over to Duncan and Prichard’s Rover.

GIBBS
Move everything up to Cumberland Bay West. Use anything that moves as a shuttle if you have to, just get it up there. And if you have to do any more killing, use the knife, eh?

DUNCAN
Yes sir

Duncan drives the Land Rover off North. Gibbs goes to the other Rover.

GIBBS
Get in, I’ll explain on the way.

Shaw and Thompson get in the Rover with Gibbs.

THOMPSON
I can’t guarantee how long the engine will last sir.

GIBBS
We’ll risk it. Shaw, Thompson, you’re coming with me.

EXT. COLD BARREN DIRT TRACK DAWN
The light is very eerie. Gibbs, Shaw and Thompson get out of the land rover near the coast.

GIBBS
They definitively said Hound Bay?

SHAW
That was the map reference they gave. I’ve got – Sir, over there.

They see a flashlight in the distance, which they walk towards.

EXT. HOUND BAY DAWN BREAKING
A wild beach with snow covered mountains in the distance, across the water. There are many penguins and elephant seals dotted around the place. The Russian boat is on the shore, the acting commander stands in the surf carrying his wounded colleague. In the distance can be seen the submarine. Gibbs approaches the boat with a pistol drawn.

GIBBS
Where’s your aircraft? We thought…

VLASSOV
Saluting
Acting commander Igor Vlassov, from the Soviet research station Novgorod.

GIBBS
Returning the salute
Lt Gibbs, acting commander Grytforce. What the bloody hell-

VLASSOV
As we said on our radio, my Commander needs urgent help. He is burnt. We had a small fire and our medical room was damaged.

GIBBS
Are you armed?

VLASSOV
Only on there.

GIBBS
Why come here? We can’t be the closest to you.

VLASSOV
You are now.

GIBBS
This is not a field hospital.

VLASSOV
He needs help. And he is not alone

Russian crew carry MacReady and Childs out of the boat.

VLASSOV Cont’d
Americans!

GIBBS
Shaw! Duncan! Get them in the Rover.

The wounded are put in the Land Rover and the Russian crew return to the boat, except for Vlassov.

VLASSOV
We found them in the snow outside their camp. Burnt down.

GIBBS
What happened?

VLASSOV
We don’t know. Is not related to our small fire. That is why we come here.

GIBBS
Have they said anything?

VLASSOV
Not speaking. Frozen, but not dead.

The crew call from the boat.

VLASSOV Cont’d
The submarine comes back tomorrow night. I stay. My commander speaks no English.

GIBBS
Weighing the situation up
If you stay, you do what I tell you to.

VLASSOV
Yes.

Vlassov calls back to the boat who cast off and return to the submarine. Vlassov and Gibbs get into the Land Rover which drives off.

EXT. KING EDWARD’S POINT DAWN
A bay surrounded by icy mountains. The British Union Jack flies over the Army barracks and several other one story buildings. Duncan and Prichard’s G1 slows down on the road outside.

DUNCAN
Why are you stopping?

PRICHARD
Pick some spares up.

DUNCAN
They’re still asleep. Come on, we’ve got work to do.

The G2 drives off.

EXT. HOUNDCAMP DAWN
A hut similar to Grytcamp stands near the entrance to Hound Bay. Another small hut stands close to it, outside it stand three mechanised Snow Shovels.

Gibbs’ Land Rover pulls up.

GIBBS
Get the back doors open, but don’t take them out yet. And keep an eye on him.

Gibbs gets out and knocks on the hut’s first door.

GIBBS Cont’d
Foster! Foster!

A man in his 50s opens the door.

FOSTER
Morning Lieutenant.

GIBBS
You’ve got some patients.

EXT. CUMBERLAND BAY WEST EARLY MORNING
The bay is full of penguins and elephant seals. The G1 Land Rover pulls up. Duncan and Prichard get out and walk to a large tarpaulin which covers a small mound. They remove some stones which weigh it down and remove it to reveal a pile of full body bags. They then go to the Land Rover, and begin unloading more full body bags.

INT. HOUNDCAMP EARLY MORNING
MacReady lies unconscious on a bed on wheels which has been placed in a small room. Foster is finishing wiping his face whilst Shaw is adjusting the blankets. Both finish and leave the room, which leads to a corridor and then into a larger room, where Foster’s unmade bed lies. They both leave the hut.

EXT. HOUNDCAMP EARLY MORNING
The landscape around Houndcamp looks bleak.
Thompson sits in the Land Rover, Gibbs stands outside and Gibbs stands some distance apart from them. Shaw returns to the Land Rover, Gibbs indicates to Foster to remain where at the door and Gibbs goes over.

GIBBS
Where are they?

Foster leads Gibbs down the outside of the hut to the second door. Inside, Childs lies on a bed on wheels.

FOSTER
I’ve cleaned Big Cyrille up as much-

GIBBS
They’ve got ID?

FOSTER
No. I gave them names. Makes it easier for me to do my work.

GIBBS
Well don’t!

FOSTER
You’re in my hut Mr Gibbs, and you’re not my superior.

Silent stand off.

FOSTER cont’d
As I said, he’s Cyrille Regis, that’s why he’s up front. The other yank is Jim Morrison. I put him down the other end.

GIBBS
What do you call the Russian?

FOSTER
I don’t.

Foster opens the door on the right revealing a toilet, in which the wounded Russian lies on a bed on wheels, which has been crammed in.

FOSTER Cont’d
I’ve changed his dressings and given him a sedative. That’s all I can do with what I’ve got. I’ll do the same to the Americans. They’re all alive and they’re warm so it’s just a case of them resting.

Foster closes the toilet door behind them. Gibbs tries the door on the left.

GIBBS
Locked?

FOSTER
Naturally.

They both look at Childs.

GIBBS
How old do you think he is?

FOSTER
I’d guess around 30 – both of them. The cold makes them look older.

GIBBS
We need to get the unharmed one housed.

FOSTER
The store hut?

GIBBS
Alright. Listen, Foster. When they come round, I don’t want the Americans to know that there are Russians here. Or even that they rescued them.

FOSTER
Why not?

GIBBS
Because we can’t want a diplomatic incident. So keep them separated, all doors locked at all times. I also don’t want any of my lads to speak to the Yanks. Or anyone else to know anything about this at all. Full stop.

FOSTER
Alright.

GIBBS
I’ll handle the Russians.

FOSTER
How long they staying for?

GIBBS
Apparently twenty four hours. I’m assuming they’ve got a set timetable to avoid our subs.
As soon those Russians comes back, These three are out of here. What ever condition they’re in.

FOSTER
You should have radioed ahead. I might have been able to prepare better.

GIBBS
Our radio’s broken.

FOSTER
Christ! Nothing works down here.

GIBBS
As soon as everyone comes back from that bloody Falklands party, it’ll all get sorted.

FOSTER
Everything’s always tomorrow isn’t it?

GIBBS
If you were in the Army Foster, you’d soon get used to it.

EXT. CUMBERLAND BAY WEST EARLY MORNING
The G1 Land Rover pulls up. Duncan and Prichard get out and walk to a large tarpaulin which covers a small mound. They remove some stones which weigh it down and remove it to reveal a pile of full body bags. They then go to the Land Rover, and begin unloading more full body bags.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP
Gibbs walks out the hut and over to the Land Rover G1.

GIBBS
Thompson!

Thompson gets out and they both stand a few yards from Vlassov sat in the G2.

GIBBS
What’s he said?

THOMPSON
The American base story hasn’t changed. But he’s told me more about Camp Novgorod. Basically the medical facilities are so badly damaged they need specialists flown in to repair them. And he hinted that there’s a lot else on the base that needs fixing. The same applies to most Soviet bases – unreliable in a crisis. That’s why they took a risk and came here.

GIBBS
Did he say when are the specialists are coming in?

THOMPSON
They’re not. All supplies come by parachute. No planes land, no overland visits. The whole infrastructure is a mess.

GIBBS
I don’t believe him. He’s got a submarine!

THOMPSON
No. Separate commands. Vlassov’s boss is a civilian somewhere near Moscow. That sub answers to an Admiral three thousand miles away in Vladivostok. And the Admiral’s strict orders are for it to patrol. Not to supply.

GIBBS
They’re in a worse mess than we are.

THOMPSON
It wouldn’t surprise me if he asked to defect.

GIBBS
Oh good God no. We’ve got enough on our hands. Lets get him out of sight.

Gibbs goes over to the G2.

GIBBS Cont’d
Good news Mr Vlassov. Mr Foster says there is room at the Inn. Thompson, would you escort our guest to his penthouse store hut.

THOMPSON
Yes sir. You! Come on.

Gibbs waits with Shaw, who has returned to trying to fix the radio. Thompson leads Vlassov to a separate metallic hut, a few yards down from Houndcamp, which stores warm coats jumpers, fatigues, body bags, etc.

THOMPSON
You can sleep here. Climb in under some of those and you’ll be warm enough. We’ll bring you some tea and something to eat in a while. You’re not to move from this area. Understand?

VLASSOV
Yes.

THOMPSON
Yes?

VLASSOV
Yes. In here yes?

THOMPSON
That’s right, make yourself at home.

Vlassov begins looking at the hut’s contents.

THOMPSON Cont’d
Mr Foster has an inventory, in case you fancy a spot of shoplifting.

EXT. THE LAND ROVER MORNING
Shaw has stopped working on the radio.

SHAW
Do you really want me to fix this, sir?

GIBBS
Of course.

SHAW
It’s just these visitors dropping in uninvited. If we could have one day of no-one wanting to borrow a cup of sugar or sticking their noses in… I blame that bloody radio in the hut, sir.

GIBBS
I’ve already lied to Foster that it’s broken.

SHAW
What if you weren’t lying sir? You know how clumsy I can be. It would be so easy to pull the microphone out by mistake.

GIBBS
Then we can’t talk to Chilly.

SHAW
Jimmy can. He’s got a Morse code transmitter. Tap, tap, tap.

GIBBS
What about Edwards?

SHAW
It’s Sunday sir. National stay-in-bed day. Besides, they’ll be preparing for when the main force coming back.

GIBBS
BAS?

SHAW
Scientists don’t get involved with military matters.

GIBBS
Well if the radio should get damaged, be clever about it.

SHAW
What about Mr Foster’s radio?

GIBBS
How would you get into Houndcamp?

SHAW
Holding up a set of keys.
I found his master set.

GIBBS
You’re a little sod.

SHAW
We need all the help we can get sir.

GIBBS
Gibbs looks thoughtfully over at Vlassov.
Do it later. I’ll be two minutes.

Gibbs makes his way to the store hut.

GIBBS
Is it okay?

VLASSOV
It’s good. Can I see my commander?

GIBBS
He’s resting. And so should you

Vlassov takes a cigarette out and lights it.

VLASSOV
Can I take a bath?

GIBBS
Of course, it’s en suite.

Vlassov begins to undress.

GIBBS
What are you doing?

VLASSOV
Snow bath.

GIBBS
No…no. Get dressed. Just get him inside.

Vlassov stops undressing. As Gibbs leaves, Vlassov salutes but gets no response. Thompson waits until Vlassov goes in the Store Hut and then locks it.

THOMPSON
You’ll get some food later. Daft bastard.

Thompson joins Shaw and Gibbs in the G2 Land Rover.

GIBBS
Grytcamp.

They drive off.

EXT. GRYTCAMP EARLY MORNING
Land Rover G2 is pulling in when they see G1 driving out of Grytviken. Duncan sees Gibbs et al, stops and gets out. Gibbs gets out of G2 and walks over to Duncan. The back of G2 is full of full body bags.

GIBBS
How’s it going?

DUNCAN
Just picked up the second batch sir.

GIBBS
Good. How’s Jimmy been?

DUNCAN
A miserable twat sir.

GIBBS
Par for the course.

DUNCAN
I just think we’d be a lot quicker if some of the other lads could give us a hand.

GIBBS
Well we need the G2 to keep an eye on the visitors. When it works.

Duncan gives a pissed off look.

GIBBS
Look, you know I can’t trust that lot to do anything without pissing about – they’re just so de-motivated. I can’t even trust them to keep their mouth shut. That’s why they’re in barracks.

Duncan gets back in the van.

DUNCAN
You’re right, sir.

GIBBS
Prichard? You managing?

PRICHARD
Yes sir.

Duncan and Prichard continue on their way.

INT. MACREADY’S ROOM HOUNDCAMP MORNING
Foster leans over MacReady, who suddenly grabs his arm.

MACREADY
Very groggy with a croaky voice.
Childs! Where’s Childs?

FOSTER
Steady, steady, you’re in good hands.

MACREADY
Where’s Childs?

FOSTER
Steady.

MacReady relaxes his grip and is still groggy. Foster takes his pulse.

MACREADY
Where’s Childs?

FOSTER
You’ve been shouting his name.

MACREADY
I..I just dreamed…

FOSTER
Do you remember what happened to you?

MACREADY
No.

FOSTER
Nothing at all?

MACREADY
No. Where am I? Are you a doctor?

FOSTER
Medical background. You’re in good hands.

MACREADY
So you’ve told me.

FOSTER
Open wide.

Foster pops a thermometer in MacReady’s mouth.

MACREADY
What the-

FOSTER
Easy, Easy. You were found in the snow. So was a black guy. Is that Childs?

MACREADY
Uh-huh.

FOSTER
Big Cyrille is Childs?

MACREADY
What are you fucking on about?

FOSTER
Your friend Childs, is asleep next door.

Foster takes the thermometer out and nods approvingly.

FOSTER Cont’d
You’re okay. Childs is okay – he’s under sedation. I was just about to do the same to you. Here, have a drink.

MACREADY
What is that?

FOSTER
It’s just water.

MacReady takes a drink.

MACREADY
Were you alone with him? We need to get help.

MacReady tries to sit up but struggles and falls back down.

FOSTER
Take it easy. You won’t be running around for a while.

Foster helps MacReady relax back down but he is still very groggy.

MACREADY
Where you alone with Childs?

FOSTER
No. What’s your name?

MACREADY
I said, were you alone with him?

FOSTER
No I wasn’t, Mr..?

MACREADY
MacReady.

FOSTER
First name?

MACREADY
Mac!

FOSTER
No I wasn’t alone with him, Mac. Is that important?

MACREADY
I..I don’t know.

FOSTER
There’s a few people down here. They were here when I was with Childs.

MACREADY
Are they doctors?

FOSTER
No. And don’t you try talking to them.
Only I am permitted to speak with you.

MACREADY
Guess my Visa don’t check out, huh?

FOSTER
You’re not supposed to be here. But you are.

MACREADY
I’m trying to remember what happened. I can’t.

FOSTER
That’s not so bad.

MACREADY
No?

FOSTER
No. Short term memory loss. It’ll come back. Also, experience shows that when people first come out of shock – and that’s you – they tend to talk…a load of bollocks.

MACREADY
A load of what?

FOSTER
Bollocks.

MACREADY
Sounds like a word a shrink would use.

FOSTER
I’m not a shrink. It’s English for bullshit.

MACREADY
I was right. Hey, what you doing?

Foster undoes the brakes on the bed and begins wheeling it out the room.

FOSTER
Let’s take you to a better room.

MacReady is wheeled down a narrow corridor.

FOSTER cont’d
MacReady. Irish American?

MACREADY
Great grandfather came over. What’s it to you?

FOSTER
The wife’s Irish. She never quits either. It must be in the genes.

MACREADY
Where is this place?

FOSTER
You’re in Georgia.

MACREADY
Georgia? Atlanta?

FOSTER
South Georgia. You heard of the Falklands islands? Well we’re downwind few hundred miles.

Foster wheels the bed into the larger room with a few chairs and tables and one window uncovered. Foster’s bed has been put away.

MACREADY
Not the US then.

FOSTER
Sorry no.

MACREADY
Well you don’t sounds like a Georgia peach. One hell of a pad you’ve got here. Military?

FOSTER
There’s nothing wrong with your eyes. British Army issue. The main base is a few miles away.

MACREADY
Down here for the war right?

FOSTER
So you can remember six months ago.

MACREADY
How many died?

FOSTER
British, about 250. And a thousand Argentines.

MACREADY
All for those piles of shitty rock, eh? It’s like two bald men fighting over a comb.

Foster stops the bed and begins resetting the brakes on the wheels.

FOSTER
Well it was America’s fault.

MACREADY
Hey, we didn’t invade your damn colony?

FOSTER
No, but you gave the world the idea of self determination. When we see an Argentine flag on British soil, we don’t like it. People on the Falklands want to stay British. That’s why we fought.

MACREADY
Guess I walked into that one.

FOSTER
Even better, you did it lying on your back. I’ll be back in two minutes and we’ll get you sat down with some food.

MACREADY
You going to see Childs?

FOSTER
Outside toilet. Mine’s currently in use.

MACREADY
Good. Last thing I want to see is a mirror.

FOSTER
You don’t look too bad considering. The frostbite will leave a few marks here and there. You could call them duelling scars.

Foster walks to the doorway.

FOSTER Cont’d
And don’t get all tongue tied on me. Sometimes there’s nothing to do down here but talk.

MACREADY
Hey Peach.

FOSTER
Yes Mac!

MACREADY
Does this part of the Empire have a bar?

INT. JIMMY’S HOUSE, GRYTVIKEN MORNING
Jimmy sits at home, tapping away on a Morse code machine. Having finished, he walks outside and looks out at the sea through his binoculars.

EXT. CUMBERLAND BAY WEST MORNING
The G1 Land Rover pulls up, Duncan and Prichard get out and repeat their unloading with a fresh batch of body bags.

INT. HOUNDCAMP MORNING
MacReady is sat at a table with a coffee and is finishing a plate of cold food. Foster just has a coffee.

MACREADY
How did I get here?

FOSTER
You were found in the snow and brought here. That’s as much as I know.

MACREADY
Well how do I get off this rock?

FOSTER
Do you mean is there a regular bus service to civilisation?

MACREADY
That’s exactly what I mean.

FOSTER
Lets see. There’s the Royal Navy. But they’re at Port Stanley for a big celebration. Took most of the garrison and the islanders as well.

MACREADY
But it’s the Navy. They have ships going everywhere.

FOSTER
Yes, and they also have Navy psychiatrists. Who might just put you in a straight jacket for a few months.

MACREADY
Hmm! Any other way off?

FOSTER
There’s Chilly Willy. And that’s it.

MACREADY
What’s Chilly Willy?

FOSTER
Old fishing trawler from Santiago. Drops anchor now and then, but only when they feel like it.

MACREADY
Selling fish?

FOSTER
Shall we say contraband? That’s where we got this from.

Foster gets a bottle of whisky from a cupboard.

FOSTER Cont’d
This is the highest quality. Crates of the stuff were stolen from Stanley when the Argies landed. Don’t’ know where it all went but Chilly got hold of some. Here, celebrate your survival.

Foster pours a bit in MacReady’s coffee.

MACREADY
Raises Coffee cup.
To Chilly.

FOSTER
To Chilly.

MACREADY
Does Chilly deal in human cargo?

FOSTER
If you’re thinking of hitching a lift, don’t.

MACREADY
No?

FOSTER
No. Royal Navy stops and searches, in case of arms shipments. They’d let whisky go but not humans?

MACREADY
You got any scientists here?

FOSTER
British Antarctic Survey. Again, Royal Navy ferries them around.

MACREADY
So I’m stuck then.

FOSTER
Put it another way, you’re safe.

Foster gets a folder of papers out of a drawer.

FOSTER Cont’d
Now if you get some rest, I can get on with some work. I’ve got some visits to make later.

MacReady gets up slowly.

MACREADY
Thanks for that. You got anything for nightmares?

FOSTER
Time.

MacReady goes off to his room, Foster opens the file and begins some paperwork.

EXT. GRYTCAMP AFTERNOON
G1 pulls up and Gibbs gets out. Duncan and Prichard drive off up to Hound Bay. Shaw and Redwood are sat on G2, talking. Redwood salutes, and then slowly, does Shaw. Gibbs returns it. Gibbs goes into the Radio room and sees the microphone has been ripped out. The wall clock says 3pm. Gibbs goes through to the barracks, where the soldiers are sat around talking. In comparison to the Houndcamp building, the middle two rooms have been knocked together.

GIBBS
Right, a quick update. Jimmy’s been on the old Morse code to Chilly, pick up point is now Cumberland Bay West. They’re coming early tomorrow morning, 1AM.

OLD
But the bodies are at Hound Bay sir.

GIBBS
So we take them from Hound to Cumberland. And, because Chilly don’t like anything running around in the hold, we’ve also got a bit more killing to do.

Soldiers groan.

OLD
While you’re all sat there moaning, it’s Sergeant Duncan and Prichard who are doing all the work. They’re on their way to Cumberland right now.

GIBBS
But the…but! But because we don’t move about when we’re told not to…Chilly say they will take us. We’re getting out lads.

All cheer loudly.

OLD
A leaving party!

THOMMO
Sir! Where are we going to?

GIBBS
Santiago until it all dies down. It’s a cheap place to live in luxury. The money we make from this will keep us going for a bit.

THOMMO
You sure the Navy won’t clock us?

GIBBS
They only search Chilly on its way here. Not on the return trip.

OLD
What about the Yank, sir?

GIBBS
We’ll deal with him later. Same as his fellow visitors. Same as Foster. All that matters is that we’re getting out of here. And when we do, I just hope that you show a bit more get up and go than you’ve shown whilst you‘ve been here. Frankly, you’ve been an embarrassment to command.

A short silence.

STAINSBY
Sir! Can we still have a leaving party?

GIBBS
Get packed first.

Gibbs smiles and leaves. Some soldiers begin packing their gear into their backpacks, others bring out crates of beer. Stainsby begins opening a can of beer.

THOMMO
Hey Stan! That’s Swanny’s stash. Save some for him.

EXT. GRYTCAMP AFTERNOON
Gibbs goes over to Shaw and Redwood.

GIBBS
Prichard killed a few up near Houndcamp and I want you to go and see if he’s left them up there.

SHAW
But I’ve just seen him and Sergeant Duncan driving that way.

GIBBS
They’re going to Hound Bay and I don’t want them pissing around here and there looking for the odd body. So once you’ve checked Houndcamp, drive on and let Prichard know and then you come straight back here. Can you manage that?

SHAW
Yes sir.

GIBBS
What about radio?

SHAW
I did it.

GIBBS
I mean Foster’s radio.

SHAW
Oh yeah. I’ll do it.

GIBBS
The word is Yes! And we’ll have one of his Snow Shovel’s as well.

SHAW
Yes sir.

GIBBS
Today please Shaw.

Shaw and Redwood get into G2 and drive off.

INT. HOUNDCAMP AFTERNOON

MacReady lies asleep in his room. He hears a fast whipping noise which grows louder and louder. He opens his eyes and sees long thin tentacles flailing in front of him. He sits up and sees they come out of his stomach.

MACREADY
ARRGH!

MacReady wakes from his dream and holds his head in his hands. Foster’s voice comes from the other room.

FOSTER
You okay? Mac! You okay?

MACREADY
Yes. I’ll come through.

MacReady walks into Foster’s room. Foster is searching a drawer.

FOSTER
Nightmare?

MACREADY
Yeah, a bad one.

FOSTER
What was it?

MACREADY
Something grew…couldn’t make out what it was.

FOSTER
I’ll get you a coffee. Something grew what?

MACREADY
You’d only put it down to shock.

Foster gives MacReady the coffee.

FOSTER
Maybe it feels claustrophobic in there.

MACREADY
Maybe. You lost something?

Foster continues searching.

FOSTER
I’ve mislaid my keys. Means I cant lock the front door.

MacReady gingerly makes his way to a chair by the window.

MACREADY
Sorry Peach, haven’t seen them. Haven’t seen that for a while, either.

FOSTER
What’s that?

MACREADY
Grass. Earth. No twenty foot snow drifts.

FOSTER
A bit warmer than your old place then. Flaming December. How long had you been at the base?

MACREADY
Over a year…I think.

FOSTER
It’ll all come back in time. Once the shock goes.

MacReady sees a fly buzzing on the window. MacReady swats it which makes the window bang, then turns to Foster

MACREADY Cont’d
First one I can remember seeing for a while.

There is a second bang at the window making MacReady jump back.

MACREADY
Woah! What the…

Both look out and see a white reindeer stag’s face pressed up against the window. MacReady looks very warily at the stag.

FOSTER
He thinks you’re playing. Don’t worry, they’re just curious.

MACREADY
They live here?

FOSTER
Lt Gibbs has his men feed them, trying to tame them I think. There’s a few thousand running wild.

MACREADY
Bit far away from home aren’t they?

FOSTER
They’ve been here sixty years.

MACREADY
Yeah?

FOSTER
Brought here by Amundsen, on his way to the Pole.

MACREADY
That’s the guy who beat the Brit, right?

FOSTER
Captain Scott. Yes. Died in the snow on the way back. Like you nearly did.

MACREADY
Where was Amundsen from?

FOSTER
Same place as the reindeer. Norway.

MacReady stands up and carefully backs away from the reindeer at the window

FOSTER Cont’d
So you don’t like things that come out of Norway?

MACREADY
More like things that come out of Norwegians.

MacReady collapses into a seat.

FOSTER
You okay?

MACREADY
Yeah. Yeah. Memory’s coming back I think

FOSTER
And?
MacReady breathing heavily

MACREADY
All I know is something bad happened. And I can sort of feel it now. Feel that I’ve got to get away.

FOSTER
How bad?

MACREADY
Very bad, Peach. Very bad. I want to see Childs.

FOSTER
As I said. He’s in a room at the other end just like yours. Other end. He’ll still be sedated.
MacReady gets up and staggers to his feet.

MACREADY
Take me to Childs.

FOSTER
Until I find the keys, only access is through this next room. If you’re up for it.

MACREADY
Just take me.

MACREADY
Okay, I just hope you’re not too squeamish.

Foster leads MacReady through the next room – a mortuary. The room is cold but there is still a putrid air. There are many metal units with shelves on which bodies are stacked. The bodies are black and bloated, the faces show many died in agony.

Foster checks the thermostat on the wall. MacReady sees all the bodies and starts to feel sick, clutching his stomach and staggering backwards.

FOSTER
Mac! Mac!

Foster takes hold of MacReady and Guides him in to a chair. All the time, MacReady is caught between shock and retching.

FOSTER
Childs can wait. You’re not well. Come on, you need rest.

EXT. BETWEEN GRYTCAMP AND HOUNDCAMP AFTERNOON
As Shaw and Redwood drive G2, it begins snowing.

REDWOOD
I’m not going after Prichard. He should remember where he’s left things.

INT. HOUNDCAMP AFTERNOON
MacReady still sat in the chair.

MACREADY
You got any of that whisky?

FOSTER
Just a shot.

Foster pours a small measure into a cup, MacReady takes the bottle.

MACREADY
Taking a swig
Yeah. What the fuck is that room?

FOSTER
It’s a mortuary. A lot of ships went down in the war. That means a lot of bodies floating out there. You can see what time and being in the freezing water’s done to them.

MACREADY
Beginning to calm down.
So why are they here?

FOSTER
They wash ashore or they’re found and bought here. In theory for identification. In practice…well it’s a diplomacy card. Once everything’s calmed down, we hope to send them back to Argentina.

MACREADY
And you?

FOSTER
I’m a civilian mortician. I didn’t tell you because, well…

MACREADY
It’s not just those bodies…I know something bad happened. And I’m starting to think it didn’t get finished.

FOSTER
You need more rest, Mac. You’ve had more shock than any man should be expected to take.
Foster does his coat up as if to leave.

FOSTER Cont’d
I’m cutting my visit down to the one. Appointment with some scientists working near Mt. Sugartop, just a bit inland. I’ll ask if they’ve noticed anything strange. Okay?

MACREADY
Okay.

FOSTER
Okay?

MACREADY
Okay.

FOSTER
And you’ll rest until I come back?

MACREADY
You weren’t alone with him were you?

FOSTER
No. Go easy on that whisky.

Foster leaves. MacReady puts one chair against the front door, and falls asleep on another chair.

EXT. HOUNDCAMP AFTERNOON
The snow is falling. Foster looks up at the darkening sky in frustration and Foster sets off on one of the Snow Shovels to the Shore Hut. Foster starts the engine which makes a whirring, whipping sound.

FOSTER
Mr Vlassov! I’ll get you some food later. I can’t open your door at the moment. Food later. Okay?

VLASSOV
Yes.

Foster drives the Snow Shovel and sets off inland.

INT. HOUNDCAMP LATE AFTERNOON
MacReady, sat in a chair, is woken by a scream of pain. He gets down on the floor and watches the door handle turn. Clutching the whisky bottle, he makes his way up the corridor and hides just around the door in his room. After a short while he hears the door opening and the chair being pushed back. He hears footsteps and a breaking noise. In the distance, a Land Rover can be heard. Mac then hears the footsteps leave, and he carefully makes his way back to the bigger room.

MacReady takes a table and lifts it so a leg hangs over the door handle. He then takes a heavy torch and stands next to the door.

The engine has stopped. The door handle turns but the table stops them from opening the door. MacReady stays alert in his room, he hears the far door being opened. After a few seconds, he hears another door being unlocked. Again, a few seconds and then the sound of two doors being closed and locked.

EXT. HOUNDCAMP DAY LATE AFTERNOON
Swan steps out of the far door. He is about to lock it when he notices the Store Hut door is open. Forgetting to lock the main hut door, he walks to the store hut and finds the room is covered in blood. Shaw takes a box of body bags from a cupboard. He turns around and finds a naked Vlassov stood at the door carrying a doe’s head and a knife. Shaw raises his rifle one handed.

SHAW
You sick bastard.

VLASSOV
No one brings me food, so…

SHAW
Put it down.

Vlassov throws the head down and then the knife.

SHAW
Where you get that knife?

VLASSOV
There.

Vlassov points to the hut.

SHAW
Back away.

Shaw puts down the box, Vlassov backs off.

SHAW Cont’d
The body. Where is the deer body? The body?

Vlassov points to a deer body in the snow about twenty yards away.

VLASSOV
You smoke? I have cigarettes in here.

SHAW
Not on duty.

VLASSOV
No smoke?

SHAW
I’m kind of busy right now.

VLASSOV
No. You smoke now.

Redwood leans out of the Land Rover and Vlassov sees him and put the cigarettes away.

REDWOOD
Oi! Stop pissing about, it’s freezing.

Shaw points to the deer and Redwood drives over, gets out and puts the deer body in the back of the Land Rover.

SHAW
Get back in your hut. Did you open that door?

VLASSOV
Yes. I can open. No key.

Vlassov makes a ‘turning key’ hand motion.

SHAW
Pass me that rope. Rope. There behind you.

Vlassov passes some rope from inside the store hut which Shaw wraps around a metal knob protruding from the hut.

SHAW Cont’d
If you break out this and freeze to death, that’s your choice matey. Right!

Shaw closes the door, loops the ropes round the door handle and tightens it then ties it, securing the door closed.

VLASSOV
From inside
Is my commander okay?

SHAW
He’s fine. I don’t have any food to give you.

VLASSOV
A man says food will come later.

Shaw picks the box of body bags up again and puts it in the back of the Land Rover.

REDWOOD
Did you check inside Foster’s for any more?

SHAW
Door’s fucked.

REDWOOD
Sod this, let’s get back.

SHAW
Yeah.

Shaw gets on the Snow Shovel and follows Redwood in the G2 back to Grytcamp.

INT. MACREADY’S ROOM DAY
As he hears the engines fade, MacReady carefully removes the table from the door.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP DAY
MacReady leaves the hut, and slowly walks down to the second door. As he approaches it, he looks beyond the Store hut and sees a trail of blood. Following it he finds a large patch of blood in the snow. There are two other large patches further on. MacReady returns to the second hut door, walking as quiet as possible. He opens the door and sees an empty bed on wheels.

INT. RUSSIAN COMMANDER’S ROOM
MacReady tries the door to the left which is locked. He tries the door to the right which opens, revealing the Russian Commander on a bed crammed into the toilet. The face is still swathed in dressings, the body under blankets.

MACREADY
Childs! Childs! It’s MacReady. Childs! It’s Mac. You hear me?

Childs goes to feel the body’s pulse, and pull a glove back, revealing white skin.

MACREADY Cont’d
Son of a bitch. Who are you?

MacReady looks at the dressings, and then pulls the blanket down, revealing Soviet insignia. The Commander begins murmuring, which startles MacReady.

RUSSIAN COMMANDER
Murmuring in Russian
Thule…Ultima Thule…Ultima Thule…

MacReady stands up in some shock

MACREADY
Whispering to himself
Ultima Thule.

MacReady leaves and staggers off in the direction of Grytcamp. MacReady stops and heads back to the hut, goes in, and emerges with the bottle of whisky. He then sets off walking to Grytcamp.

EXT. BETWEEN HOUNDCAMP AND GRYTCAMP EARLY EVENING
MacReady is making his way along the snow and ice when he hears Prichard’s Land Rover.

PRICHARD
Want a lift?

MacReady gets in the back.

INT. LAND ROVER DAY
MacReady is sat in the back with a mean stare on his face, swigging his whisky.

PRICHARD
I take it you’re the white American.

MACREADY
The other guy’s having a sleep.

PRICHARD
We’re under orders not to speak to you…but circumstances and all that.

MACREADY
I just want to speak to your officer.

PRICHARD
That’s Lieutenant Gibbs. I’m Private Prichard. And you are?

MACREADY
Mr MacReady.

PRICHARD
How are you feeling?

MACREADY
Just get me to your officer.

PRICHARD
If it’s alright by you, I’ll drive into a glacier first.

MACREADY
What the hell for?

PRICHARD
I thought Americans liked ice with their drink

MACREADY
Funny bastard eh?

EXT. GRYTCAMP EARLY EVENING
Prichard pulls up at Grytcamp. He and MacReady go to the radio room, where Gibbs meets them.

PRICHARD
Sir, Mr MacReady would like a word.

GIBBS
Wait in the G1 Prichard. I won’t be long.

Gibbs passes Prichard a flask. Prichard goes out to sit in G1.

GIBBS Cont’d
Come in Mr MacReady. What can I do for you?

MacReady sits down, clutching his whisky bottle and briefly string at Gibbs’ broken radio.

MACREADY
There is something pretty fucking weird going on.

GIBBS
And what exactly is going on, Mr MacReady?

MACREADY
That’s what I’m asking you. All those piles of blood I’ve seen.

GIBBS
Around the mortuary?

MACREADY
Yeah.

GIBBS
We’ve killed a few animals.

MACREADY
Is that right?

GIBBS
Yes, and if you toured the wider area, you’d find a few more. Maybe you’re even seen some of the men with blood on them. That’s why.

MACREADY
You’ve got an answer for everything Gibbs haven’t you?

GIBBS
When there is an answer, yes. Let me guess your next questions. What happened to your base? What happened to the others who were there?

MACREADY
Good guess.

GIBBS
From what I can gather, your base had some kind of accident-

MACREADY
It wasn’t a damn accident!

GIBBS
– which is still being investigated. You were bought here by a rescue ship, and we are looking after you as best we can. Please give us some credit for that.

MACREADY
Alright, answer this one. What the fuck is some Goddamn Commie doing in a British war zone?

GIBBS
Resting?

MACREADY
He’s the enemy. Weren’t you all trained to one day fight the Russians? I was.

GIBBS
That is the basis of the Cold War.

MACREADY
I heard this Russian talking. He was delirious but I heard him good. Saying Ultima Thule, Ultima Thule. That means the end of the world.

GIBBS
So you’re a language expert? Tell me, is it Latin or is it Greek?

MACREADY
Well I know it ain’t Swedish.

GIBBS
Oh good!

MACREADY
Listen it doesn’t matter what language it’s in, you’ve got a Soviet Officer in your shed down there talking about the end of the world. In the middle of all this shit. Don’t you think that’s at least strange?

GIBBS
I’m intrigued in how you know what Ultima Thule means. Doesn’t really fit your profile. No offence.

MACREADY
None taken.

GIBBS
I did read that ex-President Carter once said he saw a flying saucer. So maybe Americans have the monopoly of wisdom with unearthly matters.

MACREADY
Okay, you want to know? I used to work with this freak called Palmer. Spoke a lot about that Alien Cosmology bullshit. All fucking supposedly running around in space. Well he used to bang on about Ultima Thule. The end of the world.

GIBBS
And you believed him?

MACREADY
Don’t you jerk-offs listen? I’m just saying where I knew the words from.

GIBBS
And where is your friend Palmer now?

MACREADY
He’s dead, I think.

MacReady takes a swig of whisky.

GIBBS
Mr MacReady. Next time you come telling me scare stories, try to be sober.

Gibbs takes a mirror from a drawer and lets MacReady see himself for the first time.

GIBBS Cont’d
You don’t look like an all-American hero.

MacReady is temporarily taken back at his appearance.

MACREADY
Never mind what I look like. Will you just goddamn listen!

GIBBS
Standing up
Are you an expert on Antarctica?

MACREADY
I just fucking work there.

GIBBS
Thule is an island a few miles from here. Part of the British Sandwich Isles. To be exact, its called Southern Thule as opposed to the Thule off Greenland. It was named because it seemed to be the end of the world. The Russian was probably talking about his destination.

Pause as MacReady gives Gibbs an incredulous stare.

MACREADY
You’re lying, Gibbs.

GIBBS
No I’m not. Look at the map. There.

MacReady jumps up and almost grabs the wall map that Gibbs is pointing to. He sees the island of Thule clearly marked.

GIBBS Cont’d
See? The Argies had a station there and we bloody well kicked them off it. And if they come back, the Navy will make them wish they’d never left their mummy’s womb.

MACREADY
Okay Gibbs, so there’s an island called Thule. But what about the Reds? They’ve got something planned. Something which ain’t on the Pentagon’s list of incoming.

GIBBS
Down here Mr MacReady, Argentinians are the enemy. Not Russians. You’ve probably had bad dreams. I’m very sorry for what you’ve been through but we have our own mundane yet busy little world to live in.

MacReady looks at the radio again.

MACREADY
Couldn’t call for help anyhow, eh?

GIBBS
There’s a new one on its way. Fortunately, I’ve no urgency for it. Unlike my work. Now if you’ll excuse me. Duncan? Take Mr MacReady to the barracks as our honoured guest.

Duncan comes in and takes MacReady through, where the soldiers are drinking. Gibbs pulls Duncan back for a quiet word.

GIBBS
Get him so drunk he passes out. When he wakes up, we’ll be gone.

MACREADY
Yes sir.

Duncan rejoins the barracks where everyone is staring at MacReady who uneasily returns their stare.

DUNCAN
Lads, this is Mr MacReady. Make him feel at home, and remember, no questions.

SHAW
Hey MacReady! Have a seat.

MacReady sits on a bed next to Shaw.

MACREADY
It’s Mac.

EXT. JIMMY’S HOUSE, GRYTVIKEN EVENING
Gibbs and Prichard are loading up G1.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
The barracks party is under way.

THOMMO
We can’t ask what you’re doing on this shit hole, but I bet you can’t guess our story.

MACREADY
Staring ahead
It’s none of my damn business.

SHAW
Why are we here?

MACREADY
I need the can.

THOMMO
A can? Here.

Passes a beer can.

MACREADY
No the can. I need to take a piss.

THOMMO
Anyone on the bog?

STAINSBY
Shouting from the toilet
Stainsby!

THOMMO
Sorry MacReady, there’s a queue.

MACREADY
It’s Mac!

SHAW
Come on Mac. Do you know why we’re here? Us Brits. Here on Georgia and not at that big party in Stanley? Know why?

MACREADY
Disinterestedly
No?

SHAW
Punishment. Because we’re they reckon we’re whingers. They. The top. The bosses.

THOMMO
They think we’re barrack room lawyers, troublemakers. Shit stirrers.

MACREADY
Why?

THOMMO
Because we were honest. Because when we had to fight with shit equipment, we said so. When things were done on the cheap, we said so.

MACREADY
Such as?

SHAW
We’ve got Sea Dart – supposed to shoot down the enemy. Doesn’t work. We’ve got shit radar systems – don’t pick up the enemy bombers. We told them and they treated us like shit.

MACREADY
That’s the Army for you.

SHAW
Nah! Not just the Army. We’ve got ships made of aluminium. Yeah! The Royal Navy has ships made of fucking aluminium. Why? Cos’ it’s cheaper. Even these huts are part aluminium.

THOMMO
That’s aluminium to you.
MacReady nods.

SHAW
And you know what that does? Eh? Eh MacReady? How does aluminium react to being struck by a missile?

MACREADY
It burns. How’s that queue coming on?

Redwood gets up, opens the door and goes through to knock on the toilet door.

REDWOOD
Stan!

SHAW
Too fucking right aluminium burns. It burns bright and very quick And it burns sailors, and it burns soldiers waiting to disembark. Burns them very badly.

REDWOOD
Banging on the toilet door.
Stan! Stan!

SHAW
Getting emotional.
I could go on. I could. I’m not getting at you, MacReady. I’m not. I know I’m shouting. I know I’m pissed.

THOMMO
To Shaw
You okay Jase?

SHAW
Sound matey, I’m sound as a pound.

REDWOOD
Banging on the toilet door.
Stan! Stan! You okay?

SHAW
I used to sometimes wonder what we fought for. What we watched our mates die for.

MACREADY
Trying to look through to the toilet.
For a better future. Is he okay in there?

SHAW
But we’re sorted. Eh MacReady? We’re sorted. We’re striking out, just as you say.

REDWOOD
Kicking the toilet door.
Stan! Stan!

THOMMO
A better future? Where we live back home, our families our mates, there’s no work. Mines closed, factories shut. No jobs. And it’s going to be like that for a few years. That’s not me saying it, that’s official.

OLD
Sometimes you got to strike out on your own.

REDWOOD
Kicking the toilet door very hard.
Stan! Stan! Stan!

MACREADY
Nervous but alert
Is that man okay? Hey soldier, is he okay?

MacReady looks around at the soldiers who are all too pissed to care, then at Redwood who has nearly kicked the door open.

THOMMO
Strike out? You mean get on our bikes, eh? That’s what the government said.

SHAW
Strike on a bike.

Redwood kicks the door open and lets out a blood curdling scream. MacReady jumps up and picks up a heavy torch as a weapon. Even the soldiers stop and look towards the toilet, a look of fear on their faces. A brief silence descends. Redwood slowly backs into the barracks.

REDWOOD
Its Stainsby…Stainsby…

MacReady brandishes the torch. Then he grabs a rifle.

MACREADY
What is it? What about Stainsby?

MacReady slaps Redwood.

MACREADY Cont’d
Tell me!

Redwood turns to face MacReady.

REDWOOD
He’s blocked the toilet.

All the soldiers burst out laughing. MacReady pushes past Redwood and looks in the toilet where Stainsby kneels having vomited heavily. MacReady breathes very deeply.

REDWOOD
How are we going to take a dump now?

The other door bangs open and MacReady jumps again. Duncan enters. He sees MacReady and takes the rifle off him, putting it back against the wall.

DUNCAN
Just calm it down.

All soldiers are laughing.

SHAW
We’re telling MacReady here about our business idea.

DUNCAN
Shaw!

SHAW
A cracking idea.

DUNCAN
Shaw, you’ve had enough.

SHAW
We’ve not even started. Mac! Guess what the business is. Go on guess.

DUNCAN
Shaw!

SHAW
Oh, you’ll never guess. We’re exporting meat.

DUNCAN
Shaw!
SHAW
Reindeer meat.

MACREADY
Reindeer? Those patches of blood really were…

SHAW
We’ve slaughtered hundreds of them.

MACREADY
To himself
So Gibbs wasn’t lying…

DUNCAN
Shaw I’m ordering you to be quiet.

Gibbs puts his head around the door.

SHAW
And later tonight, we’re putting them on Chilly and we’re fucking off to Chile.

Laughs out very loud and drunkenly.

SHAW Cont’d
Chilly to Chile. We’re off. Fuck the army. Fuck the government. We’re going to start a new life. Just like they told us to.

The room falls silent as Gibbs walks in.

GIBBS
Looking at Shaw and Thommo and speaking sarcastically.
Well if you didn’t get all that Mr MacReady, I’m sure Privates Shaw and Thompson can put it down for you it writing.

SHAW
I’m sorry sir.

THOMMO
Sorry sir.

GIBBS
I’m helping Prichard to finish moving everything up to Cumberland. Duncan’s going to bring you all up for 1AM. So you better start sobering up. Especially you Shaw. And get Stainsby to clear that mess up. Duncan! 1pm.

DUNCAN
We’ll be there sir.
Gibbs leaves.

EXT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
Gibbs goes outside and gets in the G1 with Prichard.

GIBBS
Straight to Jimmy’s to pick up the last load. Duncan’s going to join us later.

PRICHARD
Will Jimmy be in bed?

GIBBS
He’s gone to Cumberland? Going to pretend he’s Harbour Master and charge Chilly £100 for landing fees.

PRICHARD
Will they pay?

GIBBS
Hopefully they’ll harpoon the fat bastard.

They drive off.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
The party continues.

SHAW
Hey MacReady, come on. Have a drink.

MacReady is passed a bottle of JB Whisky which he opens and swigs.

SHAW Cont’d
It’s our leaving party have a drink.

DUNCAN
No you don’t, get a coffee instead.

THOMMO
Oi! There’s more of us than you. Sit down and shut up.

Duncan sits down.

THOMMO Cont’d
Does MacReady know who the party’s guest of honour is? I’ll give him a clue, it’s an early Christmas party.

SHAW
Yeah! Not long to go so we’ll have a Christmas party. Tell you what Mac, when you find out who the guest of honour is, it’ll bring tears to your eyes.

THOMMO
Tears! You’ll be crying your eyes, out, begging for mummy.

MacReady gives a cold stare to those mocking him.

REDWOOD
Reckon he will?

THOMMO
Yeah. He’s like us. Been away from home, living just amongst men for so long, I bet he’s feeling really in need of a bit of emotion, a bit of love. Eh MacReady?

SHAW
Reaching out to stroke MacReady’s hand
Our pretty guest of honour.

MacReady pulls his hand away and glares. All the soldiers burst out laughing.

SHAW
Has Stainsby finished yet? Fuck it, I’m off for a piss.
Shaw gets up and goes outside.

MACREADY
So am I.

MacReady follows Shaw, putting the whisky in his pocket.

DUNCAN
Redwood, go with them. And Shaw, not too near the hut, eh?

Redwood staggers outside, follows the other two for a few yards then veers off towards a grassy area.

REDWOOD
Come on my pretty. Where are you…ah, there you are. The most beautiful guest of honour in the world.

Redwood is face to face with a cute white haired doe.

EXT. SEVERAL YARDS DOWN FROM GRYTCAMP EVENING
Shaw and MacReady stood having a piss.

MACREADY
How can someone contact this Chilly boat?

Shaw gives a drunken blank look.

MACREADY Cont’d
To get off this fucking madhouse.

SHAW
Radio, I suppose.

MACREADY
Do you Brits only get self destructing ones?

SHAW
What?

MACREADY
Yours is broken, so is Foster’s

SHAW
Ohhhh bugger! I forgot.

MACREADY
Forgot what?

SHAW
Did you break Foster’s radio?

MACREADY
No.

SHAW
I was supposed to. After I broke Gibbs.

MACREADY
You broke Gibbs’s radio?

SHAW
Yeah, pulled the mic out. Put it back in and the radio still works.

MACREADY
So it works.

SHAW
Works with the mic, yeah.

MACREADY
Where’s the mic?

SHAW
I hid it. Stroke of genius really. Your black mate, up at Houndcamp.

MACREADY
Childs. What about him?

SHAW
I hid it on his body. Well, he would have been blamed anyway.

MACREADY
You did what?

SHAW
I hid it in his clothes. And then I hid him in the dead room.

Shaw laughs just in time to feel MacReady’s fist pile into his face. MacReady looks around and there are no other soldiers around. He runs towards Grytcamp and onto a Snow Shovel which he gets on and drives off.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
Duncan hears Shaw shouting and swearing, so he grabs his rifle and gets up to investigate. He passes Redwood leading the doe inside the barracks.

THOMMO
Where’s he gone?

REDWOOD
Sod them lot. Lads! Meet Bambi.

(shouting like Noddy Holder.)
Ittttsss Christmassssssss!
The Doe looks very uneasy.

EXT. OUTSIDE GRYTCAMP EVENING
As an angry Shaw gets on the other Snow Shovel, Duncan exits the hut.

DUNCAN
Shaw! What the hell are you doing?

SHAW
Going Yank hunting. Either get on board or fuck off.

Duncan runs and jumps on the back of the Snow Shovel as Shaw drives after MacReady.

DUNCAN
Where’s your Armalite?

SHAW
Don’t need a rifle. Going to run him over.

EXT. EN ROUTE TO HOUNDCAMP EARLY EVENING
MacReady drives as the snow falls.

EXT. HOUNDCAMP EARLY EVENING
MacReady pulls up and gets off the Snow Shovel landing badly and badly hurting his ankle. He gets up and limps to the second door. MacReady opens the second door to find the bed empty.

MACREADY
He said the Dead room.

MacReady starts banging on the door to the mortuary.

MACREADY
Childs! Childs! It’s Mac. There’s a radio microphone in there with you. Childs! You hear me Childs? It’s Mac.

MacReady goes out and round to the main door.

MACREADY
Foster? You back yet? Foster?

INT. HOUNDCAMP TOILET EVENING
In the toilet, the Russian Commander stirs.

INT. HOUNDCAMP EVENING
MacReady is in the main room. He checks Foster’s broken radio but the mic is also broken. Looking at the door to the dead room, he takes a swig of whisky and puts the bottle inside his coat and opens the door.

INT. DEAD ROOM EVENING
MacReady approaches the first set of bodies lying on shelves.

MACREADY
Childs! It’s Mac. You there?

MacReady carefully puts his hand inside a body bag and rummages but finds nothing. He repast this for another body. On the third body, he discovers that there is no body bag. Looking ahead of him, he sees that many body bags have been taken.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING
Shaw and Duncan have arrived on their Snow Shovel. Duncan gets off and approaches the hut holding his rifle. Shaw, still drunk, stays in his seat.

DUNCAN
Remember Shaw, we only need to bring him back.

SHAW
Pointing to the two doors on the hut and then the store hut.
Three doors! We try that one, then that one, then that one.

Shaw revs the Snow Shovel up and rams the first door

INT. HOUNDCAMP DEAD ROOM EVENING
MacReady feels the hut shudder and he staggers further into the room, holding on to the metal shelving units.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING

SHAW
Ding Dong! Avon calling!

He reverses and rams it again.

INT. HOUNDCAMP DEAD ROOM EVENING
The second ramming causes MacReady to falls over and bodies begin falling on him. The lights go out. MacReady gets the torch out and turning it on, sees that he is face to face with a bloated corpse.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING
Shaw rams it a third time.

SHAW
Anybody home?

DUNCAN
Shaw! Stop!

Duncan tries to pull Shaw off but is beaten away. Duncan falls and gets up again without realising he’s dropped his rifle.

Shaw buckles himself into the seat, reverses and rams the hut again.

INT. HOUNDCAMP DEAD ROOM EVENING
More bodies fall on MacReady. His torch shows that many putrefying corpses are on top of him. He begins gagging and is unable to move.

The hut is rammed again and moves the bodies, Another corpse rolls towards MacReady. He shines the torch on it to reveal Childs, who has been shot in the head.

MACREADY
Childs! No! No!

MacReady searches Child’s clothes, gagging all the time, but there is no radio mic.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING

SHAW
Come on Mac, I’ve got other homes to visit.

DUNCAN
Shaw! I’m ordering you to stop.

SHAW
Oh shut up.

Shaw reverses the Snow Shovel and waits. Duncan runs to the 2nd door and opens it.

INT. HOUNDCAMP EVENING
Duncan goes into Childs’ former room and opens the toilet door. He reaches for the emergency light and it comes on, revealing the Soviet Commander, murmuring. As Duncan leans over him, the hut is rammed again, violently pushing Duncan onto the commander. Duncan gets off and shouts.

DUNCAN
Shaw! You’ll damage the emergency lights!

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING
Shaw turns the engine off.

INT. HOUNDCAMP DEAD ROOM EVENING
Duncan tries the door to the dead room which opens. Duncan can only see the pile of corpses, under which MacReady has now frozen in fear, having seen the light come through the door.

INT. HOUNDCAMP TOILET EVENING
The commander’s body begins shaking and out of his stomach, burst a set of tentacles, making a whipping whirring sound.

DUNCAN
Shaw. Turn that bloody engine off.

INT. HOUNDCAMP CHILDS ROOM EVENING
As the tentacles reach higher, other appendages reach out from the body and there is a painful moaning sound.

INT. HOUNDCAMP DEAD ROOM EVENING
MacReady recognises the moaning sound.

MACREADY
Oh no! Oh no! You bastards aren’t getting me here.

MacReady summons all his strength and pulls himself up. He manages to get to his feet by grabbing some metal shelf units and heads for the door.

INT. HOUNDCAMP CHILDS ROOM EVENING
Duncan turns around and sees the body begin to split all over. As Duncan stares in fear, several tentacles wrap themselves around him and a thick appendage with a putrefying dog’s head on it rushes towards him and smashes into his chest.

INT. HOUNDCAMP MAIN ROOM EVENING
MacReady falls into the room, shuts the door behind him and gulps the fresh air in.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING
Shaw can hear the screams.

SHAW
Duncan! Sarge! Sarge!

INT. HOUNDCAMP CHILDS ROOM EVENING
The mottled body of Duncan is covered by slithering tentacles.

INT. HOUNDCAMP MAIN ROOM EVENING
MacReady takes a swig of whisky, then opens the hut door.

EXT. OUTSIDE HOUNDCAMP EVENING
He crawls outside and rubs his face with snow. Looking up, he sees Shaw staring at Duncan who has walked out, looking normal except for a huge claw-like hand. Duncan opens his mouth and a long, hollow moan comes out. Behind him walks a naked Russian commander, still emitting several tentacles.

SHAW
Snapping out of his shock
I can’t be that pissed.

Shaw starts the engine up and raises the scoop, just in time to prevent a tentacle reaching him. Another one, however, does wrap itself around Shaw. As he shouts, he sends the Snow Shovel forward.

MacReady runs towards Duncan’s rifle and aims it at the Commander, shooting him. The Commander staggers forward into Duncan who is now changing into a Thing. The scoop catches Duncan and drags both him and the Commander along with the Snow Shovel, even as more tentacles envelop Shaw. MacReady begins firing at a fuel can on the back of the scoop, which catches fire and engulfs Shaw, Duncan-Thing and Commander-Thing. As the Things scream, the Snow Shovel crashes over the cliff edge and into the freezing sea. The screams and moans fade and stop. MacReady carefully makes his way to the edge and looks down at the burning Snow Shovel and all on board being extinguished by the sea. There is no life left.

MacReady hears a thumping noise. He goes to the Store Hut and realises it is someone banging on the door, MacReady cuts the knot lock with his axe then quickly covers the door with his rifle. The door opens and to reveal Vlassov.

MACREADY
What the…?

VLASSOV
Saluting
Acting commander Igor Vlassov, from the Soviet research station Novgorod.

MacReady stares at Vlassov and then indicates.

MACREADY
Soviet? Are you with him? Was that Russian in there with you?

VLASSOV
Vlassov nods
My commander.

MACREADY
Were you alone with him?

VLASSOV
What happen? What was the noise?

MACREADY
I said were you alone with him.

VLASSOV
Me? No. Doctor with him yes. Me? No.

Vlassov points to the store hut.

VLASSOV Cont’d
The door is locked.

MACREADY
Okay Red, had on your head. Get them up. Now over there, against that wall.

Vlassov follows MacReady’s orders and is stood next to the Hound Camp hut. MacReady checks the store hut is empty, then re-focuses his attention on Vlassov.

VLASSOV
I save you.

MACREADY
Sit down!

VLASSOV
I pulled you and your friends out of the snow. At your base.

MACREADY
Down! Arms to your side!

Vlassov sits down.

VLASSOV
I saved you.

MACREADY
What you talking about? I got you out that damn hut.

VLASSOV
I saved you. Now we work together. Détente. Work in together for peace. Détente.

MACREADY
Fuck Détente! Reagan’s in charge now. You and me enemies, Red. Understandski?

VLASSOV
I go soon, and you come. I help you leave. Then you go to America. And I join you.

MACREADY
Listen. Listen Red! Your friend said Ultima Thule. He said Ultima Thule. What do you bastards have planned?

VLASSOV
My friend, was my commander. He was burnt in accident.

MACREADY
I don’t give a shit. What do you have planned?

VLASSOV
We came to you for help, but…no good. So I save you and we come here for help.

MACREADY
I’m asking you for the last time.

VLASSOV
Your American base was burned. Very damaged. Helicopters broken, snow truck broken. Everyone dead. You and black man outside.

MacReady begins to remember. He has brief flashbacks to the Antarctic base camp.

VLASSOV Cont’d
Why you outside? I don’t know. And I save you.

MACREADY
The Things…it was there…your friend was one of those Things.

VLASSOV
In your eyes, I see you want to go home. Yes?

MACREADY
Ever since I woke up. Never knew why, but now I remember.

In the near distance, a whirring whipping noise is heard. Vlassov turns his head towards where the noise is coming from.

VLASSOV
So now I go.

Vlassov gets to his feet. MacReady stands up and moves backwards but goes over on his bad ankle. Vlassov runs behind the hut. MacReady gathers himself gets some distance from the hut and looks around the back of it where Vlassov ran to. Vlassov isn’t there. MacReady carefully moves forward, again no-one is there. MacReady checks back on himself, and then looks up and sees in the distance Vlassov running away down towards Hound Bay.

MacReady goes back to sitting by the hut, staring hard at from where the noise is approaching. As it gets into view, MacReady sees it is Foster on the Snow Shovel.

Foster looks aver the cliff and sees the burnt out Snow Shovel in the water. He then looks at MacReady who has got to his feet, axe in one hand, rifle in the other, whisky bottle sticking out of his pocket. MacReady looks long and hard at Foster, then takes a very deep breath.

MACREADY
That Commie…the wounded one you had in there. He was one of those Things. Two British soldiers turned up. It got them. And then I got them all. Then that little Russian…

Foster looks around but there are no bodies.

FOSTER
What Things? Where are the soldiers? MacReady, what the hell is going on?

MACREADY
There are Things…no…there was this Norwegian camp a few miles from us. Back there on the ice. They dug something out of the ice and it came alive. It takes over living organisms and it’s not picky. You, me, the tiniest mosquito – we’re all on its fucking menu.

FOSTER
I’m sorry I don’t quite follow you.

MACREADY
Back at the base. I saw those bastards in the same room, both disguised as humans. One went native, the other stayed human. Even when the first fucker was ripping people to pieces. Just went along with his little game, and he was real convincing until we found him out. It imitates living beings and then they take over other living beings until everyone is…is a Thing. It gets them when they’re on their own. Or to defend themselves. They just attack…like they did here.

MacReady aims the rifle with one hand at Foster. He still clutches the axe.

MACREADY Cont’d
That Russian Commander was a Thing. You were alone with him. Weren’t you?

FOSTER
No.

MACREADY
Yes you were, damn it!

FOSTER
When he came in, there were others with me. After that, I lost my keys. Couldn’t get to him if I wanted to. Besides, I’ve been alone with you.

MACREADY
Who did you just go and meet?

FOSTER
I told you. BAS. For what it’s worth, they hadn’t seen anything.

MACREADY
How many? How many scientists did you meet?

FOSTER
Just the one. Poddy.

MACREADY
You were alone with him?

FOSTER
Just one scientist, yes. And he was alone with me, Mac! Is that a problem?

MACREADY
No one else around?

FOSTER
No. Podogrocki came on his own.

MACREADY
Podo-what? Another Russian?

FOSTER
Podogrocki. British with Polish parents. On our side.

MACREADY
But you were alone with him, weren’t you?

MacReady stuffs the axe in his coat and raises the rifle with both hands.

FOSTER
Come on MacReady. How much have you drunk?

MACREADY
That’s nothing to do with it.

FOSTER
No? Since you woke up, you’ve been drinking. You tell me all these stories when you’re drunk. And now you’ve trashed my hut.

MACREADY
I told you, it wasn’t just me.

FOSTER
Hell you were pretty much hammered when you were bought in.

MACREADY
Talk shit, Peach. I was out of it…I was unconscious.

FOSTER
Your blood test showed you were way over.

MACREADY
Slightly lowering the rifle
You took my blood?

FOSTER
Yes.

MACREADY
And you took Childs’ blood?

FOSTER
Yes. Why?

MACREADY
Where’s the blood?

FOSTER
I asked you why?

MACREADY
If Childs was infected, then the blood is one of those Things?

FOSTER
Blood is blood. How can it be a Thing or whatever?

MACREADY
We did a blood test! I stuck a hot wire in a dish of infected blood and the little Thing bastard jumped higher than the moon and ran for its life, looking for someone else to imitate. Those Things wiped out my base and my colleagues and if it get off this island, it’s going to wipe a load more people out. Until maybe we can’t stop it. But wherever they may be, those Things don’t realise how much they’ve pissed me off. And I am going to destroy them for what they did. Doesn’t matter to me who they’re imitating, I’ll destroy them. And that includes you Foster. So where’s that blood?

FOSTER
I’m not one of those Things.

MACREADY
Where’s that fucking blood? Are you protecting it?

FOSTER
Pointing to the hut.
It’s in there.

MACREADY
Your generator.

FOSTER
What about it?

MACREADY
How do I access it?

FOSTER
Round the back.

MacReady points to the Snow Shovel.

MACREADY
Now get that fuel can off.

Foster removes the fuel can.

FOSTER
You going to burn the hut down?

MACREADY
I might just be planning on doing that. It’s my favourite way of checking nothings waiting inside. You got a light?

FOSTER
Don’t smoke.

MACREADY
I didn’t ask that.

FOSTER
There are matches in my desk.

MACREADY
Alright. Put the can down. Very slowly open that door.

Foster moves to the door and opens it.

MACREADY
I said very slowly. Now, inside where I can see you. One move and I’ll splatter your skull.

Foster looks worriedly into the room and inches inside the room. MacReady also looks very anxious. Foster opens the top drawer and brings out a box of matches. He puts his other hand in the drawer.

MACREADY
What you doing? I said what you doing?

Foster very slowly brings out another bottle of whisky.

MACREADY
Out.

Foster moves out of the hut and closes the door.

MACREADY
Now back off a bit. Throw the matches to my feet.

Foster throws the matches, and as MacReady picks them up, Foster throws the whisky as well. MacReady picks it up and throws it back.

MACREADY
Don’t pull a stunt like that again. Now take a swig.

FOSTER
What for?

MACREADY
I said take a swig.

Foster takes a swig.

MACREADY
Those things can infect through the tiniest of contact.

FOSTER
So if I wasn’t infected before, I might be now. Good thinking Mac!

Foster throw the bottle back. MacReady leaves it in the snow.

MACREADY
Okay, let’s find that generator.

Foster leads a wary MacReady round the back of the hut, where there is an access panel.

MACREADY
Open it.

FOSTER
What with?

MACREADY
Your fucking head if you have to.

FOSTER
Pointing to MacReady’s axe.
Isn’t that more appropriate?

MACREADY
Stand back…where I can see you.

MacReady smashes the access panel open.

MACREADY
Where’s the oil pipe?

FOSTER
I don’t know.

MACREADY
Where is it?

FOSTER
I don’t know Mac!

MacReady repeatedly smashes the generator until oil runs out. MacReady backs away.

MACREADY
Now fill that can.

Foster puts the can over the fuel leak.

MACREADY Cont’d
They hate fire. The cold…well they even can survive a deep freeze. You just don’t dig them out of it. That’s where the Norwegians fucked up. But these Things hate fire. Do you like fire, Peach?

FOSTER
It’s full.

MACREADY
Okay. Put the can down and back off.

Foster puts the can down and backs off.

MACREADY Cont’d
Give me some paper. Come on!

Foster gets a notebook out his jacket.

FOSTER
Will this do?

MACREADY
On the floor then back away.

Foster throws it down and backs off. MacReady picks it up and, using his lighter, sets it alight.

MACREADY
Right, now when I walk, you follow me.

MacReady lights the oil which makes its way back to the generator, MacReady walks back around to the front of the hut, with Foster following.

FOSTER
You not using the can?

MACREADY
That’s my back up. Okay, that’s close enough.

MacReady walks to the Snow Shovel with Foster following. Smoke billows from the generator.

MACREADY Cont’d
Get in the scoop. Get in! Lie down.

Foster lies down in the Snow Shovel’s scoop. MacReady gets on the Snow Shovel, starts it up and begins driving, pistol still in hand, axe across his lap. After getting away from the now burning hut, MacReady stops.

MACREADY Cont’d
Listen.

Foster strains to hear.

FOSTER
Can’t hear anything.

MACREADY
Listen! No shrieking. No screaming noise. I’m sorry Childs.

MacReady starts up again.

FOSTER
Where we going MacReady?

MACREADY
I’m going to get some help. Some firepower.

FOSTER
Grytcamp?

MACREADY
Shaking his head
They’re as drunk as I am. I’m going to hold up somewhere until the main Army comes back. Where’s that other barracks?

FOSTER
King Edward’s Point.

MACREADY
Across the water from the Hut, Right?

FOSTER
Right. Has the Snow Shovel got enough fuel?

MacReady checks the petrol gauge which is low.

FOSTER Cont’d
You could always use that can.

MACREADY
You’d like that wouldn’t you? Saw a truck being fixed. I’ll take that.

MacReady drives on.

EXT. HOUNDBAY EVENING
Vlassov see the sub landing with flashlight, he makes his way down to it.

EXT. EN ROUTE TO GRTYCAMP EVENING
MacReady drives with Foster still in the scoop.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
The soldiers are drunkenly singing to the tune of Bread of Heaven.

SOLDIERS
Argentina, Argentina, what’s it like to lose a war? What’s its like to lose a war?

Bambi is dressed up in tinsel and red ribbons.

REDWOOD
It’s your leaving do as well. Come on Bambi, eat up, you’ve got a long journey tomorrow

There is a loud bang, which startles everyone. They look at the window, through which Rudolph the Stag looks.

THOMMO
It’s Horny Rudolph. Hey Bambi. Your boyfriend’s turned up

Bambi makes a bleating noise.

OLD
He’s not just her boyfriend. Prichard said Rudolph had knobbed half the deer he killed.

REDWOOD
Before or after?

Old laughs.

REDWOOD Cont’d
Oh deer!

More laughter from Old.

REDWOOD Cont’d
He could teach Thommo a few things

OLD
Dad! Dad! I’ve got me head stuck!

THOMMO
The dirty sod!

OLD
What’s up? Jealous? You jealous of a stag?

THOMMO
I just can’t remember last time I got laid.

REDWOOD
Well give Bambi a biscuit and she might let you

Thommo throws a can which misses Redwood and hits Bambi. This antagonises the Stag which butts the window and forces his head and antlers through the window.

OLD
See! You’ve got the boyfriend all riled.

THOMMO
Fuck me there’s a draught. Old! Get its head loose and chase it away.

OLD
Why me?

THOMMO
Just bloody move it and get the window covered up.

EXT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
Old goes outside.

OLD
Hey Rudolph. Move. I said move.

REDWOOD
How can it move if it’s got its head stuck?

OLD
Like this.

Old kicks Rudolph, which now beings to turn into Rudolph- Thing, with tentacles making a whipping noise as they come out of its back. Old stands there mouth agape and the tentacles get him and he screams in pain.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
The soldiers cant see what happening but can hear Old’s screams and the whipping noise.

REDWOOD
Old?

Redwood gets up and goes to the door. He carefully puts his head round and sees Old wrapped in tentacles, one of which is Rudolph’s penis, now firmly planted in Old’s mouth.

Redwood is frozen in fear for a few seconds, before he regains enough composure to get back in the hut.

Thommo goes to look through the window but Rudolph’s head turns Thing and Thommo jumps back, and tries to close the inner window batch, but the head is too far inside so he scrambles away and gets a rifle.

Redwood has slammed the door closed and walks slowly backwards away from it.

REDWOOD
No! No! No!

Redwood steps on Bambi’s foot, which makes Redwood jump. He swings around and, seeing Bambi, punches it out of reflexive fear. Realising what he’s done, Redwood drunkenly sits down and gives Bambi a hug.

REDWOOD
Crying
I’m sorry…I’m sorry

Bambi gives an agonising cry and begins turning in a Thing, its tinsel covered head monster-fying and the neck stretching with the head now high above Redwood. As Redwood looks up in fear, the head crashes into Redwood’s own.

Thommo has his rifle ready and begins firing at Rudolph-Thing’s head, wounding it but not stopping it. Thommo looks at Bambi-Thing’s taking Redwood over and fires, again to little effect. Thommo puts his rifle under his chin and is about to pull the trigger when a Bambi-Thing tentacle pulls the rifle away, and another wraps around Thommo’s neck.

INT. GRTYCAMP TOILET EVENING
Stainsby comes to from his drunken slumber, hearing Thommo’s last screams, which are then replaced by the noise of the Things.

STAINSBY
Thommo? Thommo?

Rudolph-Thing’s head breaks off and the tongue stretches out for the toilet door handle, which it turns downwards
Stainsby sees the handle opening and grabs it with both ands, preventing the door from opening. He looks at the broken lock.

Rudolph-Head-Thing now swings, using the tongue as a pivot and the Head’s horns bang against the toilet door. It swings back repeatedly, gradually smashing a hole in the door.

Stainsby sees the door beginning to smash and falls down on his backside. As the door breaks and RudolphHead-Thing breaks through, Stainsby vomits on it. On the next swing, RudolphHead-Thing smashes straight into Stainsby’s face, and begins to assimilate him.

EXT. NEAR GRYTCAMP EVENING

MacReady’s Snow Shovel runs out of petrol a few hundred yards short of Grytcamp. They both get off with MacReady covering Foster with his rifle.

MACREADY
On your belly.

Foster gets on the ground. MacReady puts the whisky inside his jacket, and has the rifle in one hand and the axe in the other. Both now begin crawling.

As they approach Grytcamp, They see Private Old-Thing (in human form) posted on sentry duty. Ahead, Gibbs and Prichard are driving past Grytcamp in G1.

GIBBS
Good God, they’ve actually posted someone.

Old runs to attract G1’s attention.

OLD
Sir! Sir!

G1 stops and Gibbs looks out the window.

GIBBS
What is it? Where’s your rifle?

OLD
Slightly swaying
In the hut. Something you really need to see in the hut.

GIBBS
We don’t have time.

OLD
But sir, its inside. You both need to see it. It’s urgent. Sir.

Gibbs hesitates, thinks about going into the hut but stops himself..

GIBBS
Tell Duncan to be there at 1PM.

Gibbs drives off.

GIBBS Cont’d
Bloody drunks.

Thommo comes out the hut to see them dive off, swears and thrusts a rifle into Old’s hands, then goes back in.
MacReady and Foster are crawling on the ground, Foster being made to go ten yards ahead. As they approach…

MACREADY
Heavy whisper
Wait! Wait!

Foster stops and looks back at MacReady.

MACREADY Cont’d
Something’s wrong.

FOSTER
What?

MACREADY
When I left them, they were drinking heavily. Now they’ve suddenly remembered how to be soldiers. Putting someone on guard?

FOSTER
Maybe they heard the noise at Houndcamp.

MACREADY
Maybe they did. Or maybe that soldier’s acting out of instinct. Not really human.

FOSTER
We should go and check.

MACREADY
Hey, me and Childs’ had flamethrowers back on the base. Did you see who took them?

FOSTER
Didn’t see them on you when you came in. Maybe they’re in that hut.

MACREADY
We’re not going in that hut.

FOSTER
You want some firepower, Mac? Well it’s in there. You want to believe in monsters? Then stay out in the dark

Foster stands up.

MACREADY
Foster! Foster!

Foster walks up to Old who just stands looking at him.

FOSTER
I’m afraid there’s been an accident, and I think some of your men may be hurt

Old looks at Foster.

OLD
You better come in and tell the lads.

Foster walks to the hut door. As he opens it, he sees the inside is caked with blood.

FOSTER
No!

Foster turns towards Old and pushes him over. Foster runs towards where MacReady lies, but Old recovers his balance, aims his rifle and shoots Foster twice. Foster falls down dead.

MacReady instinctively tries to make himself as flat as possible.

MACREADY
Muttering disbelievingly to self
This is all bollocks.

Thommo-Thing in human form falls out the door drunk and stumbles into Old. They begin arguing.

MacReady reaches for the fuel can, and searches unsuccessfully in his pockets for some paper. As he has none, he looks at the body of Foster.

MACREADY
Muttering to self
At least you died a human.

MacReady carefully crawls up to Foster, and very gingerly, searches inside Foster’s coat. He eventually find some paper.

As the fists fly, both Old and Thommo turn to Things and Thommo absorbs Old making a larger Thing.

MacReady fashions a lit fuse to put in the can.

MACREADY
Muttering to self
‘Irish never quit. And MacReadies never quit’

MacReady hears a scuttling noise inside the hut. Bambi and Rudolph come tearing out of the hut and MacReady instinctively shoots them both. As they lie wounded and bleating, both Bambi and Rudolph begin reverting to Things.

MacReady stares open mouthed at the three Things now only yards away from him. He has to get to his feet to get the proper leverage to throw the can. As he stands, the Things hiss at him and prepare to attack. MacReady lights the can and throws it then throws himself down and begins firing his rifle at the Things, particularly at Bambi-Thing and Rudolph-Thing. The can spills its fuel and ignites. The Things burn and scream loudly but are not completely destroyed.

INT. GRYTCAMP EVENING
Redwood-Thing (still in human form but with Thing hands) is now cautious about coming out.

Stainsby-Thing comes out the toilet in full human form, with vomit on his face. Redwood-Thing looks at him as if to communicate. Stainsby-Thing picks up a rifle and fires through the window at MacReady, who fires back and wounds Stainsby-Thing in the hand. Stainsby-Thing snarls and goes to fix a bayonet to his rifle.

Still in human form, Stainsby-Thing staggers out the door ready to bayonet charge, as he picks up steam, MacReady fires, hitting Stainsby-Thing but then he runs out of bullets.

Stainsby-Thing begins to turn into a full Thing. Behind it, the other Things also emerge from the hut. With tentacles flailing and the does head coming out at him, Mac shouts ‘Just you fucking try it’. MacReady throws the axe which embeds itself in Stainsby-Thing. There is a burst of flame from another direction and the Thing catches light. MacReady turns and sees a group of Soviet submariners on skis, two of which are wearing MacReady’s and Childs’ flamethrowers. One of the Soviets is hit by a bullet as Stainsby-Thing gets a shot off. MacReady takes the flamethrower and starts burning the other Things, one of which retreats into the hut. MacReady drags the wounded submariner away and takes the flamethrower off him, and puts it on himself. Between MacReady and the other Russian, they torch the hut, which now begins to burn brightly as all the Things’ screams fill the air.

MacReady sinks to his knees in exhaustion, still looking at the burning hut. A Snow Shovel turns up with Vlassov and another Russian on board.

VLASSOV
Détente! Russia save the US.

MACREADY
Détente my ass! Using an American flamethrower. And a British Snow Shovel.

MacReady collapses through sheer exhaustion, Vlassov gets down from the Snow Shovel and crouches over him.

MACREADY Cont’d
Hey Red! Why did you come back?

Vlassov whispers in MacReady’s ear.

VLASSOV
I want to defect. To America. You are passport.

MacReady passes out.

VLASSOV
In Russian to the men
Put him on Babushka. He needs rest. The British fought for this island, they can clear this mess up.

The Russians on skis lift the unconscious MacReady onto the Snow Shovel. Vlassov and the wounded Russian get aboard and they all set off to Hound Bay.

EXT. CUMBERLAND BAY WEST NIGHT
The Chilly Willy is a few hundred yards off shore. Its name reads ‘WHILHELM’ with ‘SANTIAGO’ underneath.

A boat makes its way from land to the Chilly Willy. The boat is laden with body bags which are put into a net and pulled up on board. On the shore, another boat is also being loaded up with body bags by the crew, taken them from a pile which is almost gone, the boat being almost full of them. The tarpaulin has been removed.

Jimmy stands near the pile looking back up the road. Several sea lions look on curiously. One crawls down to the pile, but Jimmy shoos it away. Jimmy’s car is nearby. Gibbs’ Land Rover appears and drives down to the boat. Gibbs and Prichard get out.

JIMMY
Where the hell have you been?

GIBBS
Its only midnight. We’ve got the last ones in the back.

Prichard greets the boat crew who return the gesture. Prichard begins taking body bags out the back of the Land Rover straight to the boat as the pile is now loaded. Gibbs stands in conversation with Jimmy.

JIMMY
And what about the other lads?

GIBBS
They’re making their own way down. I told them 1pm.

JIMMY
As I said before, Chilly’s not a taxi service.

GIBBS
Looking at his watch.
Are you the captain?

JIMMY
No

GIBBS
Then don’t fucking well give me orders. We’re grateful for what you’ve done. You’ve been paid. Now shut up

JIMMY
You telling me to shut up?

GIBBS
We’ve bust a gut to get all this done. You’ve done precisely fuck all.

EXT. CHILLY WILLY NIGHT
On the bridge, the Captain and a crew member watch the argument.

CAPTAIN
In Spanish
I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it.

EXT. SHORE NIGHT
The boat crew are watching the argument between Gibbs and Jimmy, which soon escalates into pushing and then a grappling fight. Prichard jumps in to try to separate them.

Behind them all, the sea lion again makes it way to the Land Rover and begins nibbling on some meat hanging out of a body bag.

Prichard separates Gibbs and Jimmy. Whilst Gibbs brushes himself down, Jimmy sets off back down the path towards his car. As he passes the Land Rover, he looks down at the Sea Lion whose face is horribly contorting. As Jimmy stares on in horror, the Sea Lion-thing attacks him. Prichard and the crew stare on at Jimmy screaming as several Sea lion-thing tentacles wrap around him.

Gibbs only sees the crew staring. He turns just in time to see tentacles strike him in his face. Egged on by shouts from the boat, the crew push the boat out into the water and jump aboard. Prichard is also pulled in but falls awkwardly, winding himself and lying over the boat’s bow. All other sea lions on the beach are fleeing. The crew row the boat a fast as they can. The Sea lion/Jimmy /Gibbs thing fires a tentacle out catching Prichard’s leg and, as he clings on, the boat slows.

The shout from the bridge is ‘Don’t jump, the cold water will kill you. Keep rowing.’ A crew member runs to the giant harpoon gun on the front of the ship’s deck. The main body of the thing is the three victims fusing together whilst Prichard screams in agony as the tentacles bury into him. The harpoon is fired, striking the thing and causing it great pain, this weakens the tentacles which pull back. At this the boat surges onto the Chilly. The crew scramble out of the boat and onto the net lowered for them. Prichard-thing screams as it takes him over. The captain orders full speed and the Chilly pulls out the harbour. Prichard thing grabs the net, but the crew cut it and the net and Prichard- thing fall into the freezing water. As the Chilly pulls away, the rope on the harpoon begins dragging the three figure thing into the water, where it continually screams as it meets the freezing water.  The further out the Chilly goes, the less frequent the screams are. After it goes quiet, the crew cut the rope and the creature sinks in the cold waters.

EXT. SIT OF THE FORMER HOUNDCAMP NIGHT
Two BAS members in skis arrive at Houndcamp with torches. They stand in total bewilderment as they look at the melted hut.

INT. SOVIET SUBMARINE EARLY MORNING

On board Babushka. It is very cramped. MacReady awakes in a very small dark room. The Captain and Vlassov are arguing, MacReady recognises the latter’s voice.

MACREADY
Red! Red!

The door opens and a Russian submariner looks in. He speaks in Russian. MacReady can now see that he is in a very small hold in the Submarine. , his guard standing in the submarine’s main walkway preventing him from seeing the argument.

The guard speaks Russian again. MacReady shrugs his shoulders. The Russian makes a drinking motion with is hands and MacReady nods. The guard gives an order and another Russian brings a cup of coffee.

MACREADY
Red! Hey Red! I’m getting kind of cramped in here. The walls feel like they’re closing in.

Vlassov indicates to the Captain that he wants to talk to MacReady. As Vlassov talks to MacReady. The Captain barks orders in the background.

MACREADY
Red! What’s your captain said?

VLASSOV
I told him that you must get to America. Goodwill. I say go to British in Falklands, or a German science base but Captain says that this is a military zone, so you are his prisoner. That you go to Russian base and stay there.

MACREADY
For how long.

VLASSOV
He say a year.

MACREADY
And you?

VLASSOV
The same.

MacReady stares angrily at the Captain.

MACREADY
Tell that son of a bitch what I’ve been through.

VLASSOV
He knows about your base.

MACREADY
Everything?

VLASSOV
He knows it was a fire. Please, friend! Do not tell the story again, or he will put you in a smaller room.

MacReady looks around him sarcastically.  The Captain and Vlassov continue their argument in Russian.

CAPTAIN
That’s not my mission.

VLASSOV
The American must return home.

CAPTAIN
Vlassov. I am going to deliver the consignment and then return to Novgorod. Neither yourself nor the prisoner will see daylight until then.

VLASSOV
I have some information about the mission.

CAPTAIN
Don’t talk rubbish.

VLASSOV
Before all this, I spoke to Moscow from Novgorod. Had a little chat with the KGB.

CAPTAIN
I don’t believe you.

VLASSOV
So you’re willing to go over their heads?

CAPTAIN
Go on.

Vlassov looks at the crew.

VLASSOV
In confidence.

The Captain takes Vlassov into his cabin further down the submarine. As he passes MacReady the captain orders the guard to lock MacReady in.

After a short while, the Captain emerges from his cabin and orders two crew to ‘fetch the consignment’. And send the first mate in. The crew depart and the first mate enters the cabin.

The two crew go to a far part of the submarine and from a locked room, bring out a canvas covered box. As they are half way to the Captain’s cabin…

RADAR OPERATOR
Captain! Ship heading this way. Captain!

The Captain leaves his cabin, followed by the first mate and Vlassov. The captain looks through the periscope, has a quick word with the radar operator.

CAPTAIN
British frigate. The garrison’s beginning to come back from the Falklands. We’ve still got time. Prepare to surface. Bring the American.

VLASSOV
I’ll take him.

Vlassov orders MacReady’s cabin to be opened and he almost falls out. The Captain and first mate climb the conning tower and open the hatch. Vlassov and MacReady follow. As they climbing the coming tower ladder…

MACREADY
Where are we?

VLASSOV
The end of the world. Thule.

EXT. OFF SOUTHERN THULE DAWN
Vlassov and MacReady look out from the conning tower to see the coast of Thule. It is a long mountain range with a bay containing a couple of small buildings. A flagpole flies the Argentinian flag. A party of twelve soldiers and a Commanding officer are visible near the buildings.

A collapsible boat is brought up from below whilst the captain sends a message to the soldiers using a flash lamp and a signal is returned. The captain issues orders in Russian and the boat is lowered into the water.

EXT. ON SHORE THULE ISLAND
The Russian Captain, First mate, Vlassov and MacReady step ashore from a boat attached to the submarine by a line, which then returns to the submarine. The Captain is greeted by the Argentinian Commander.

RUSSIAN CAPTAIN
Speaking Russian.
How’s your Russian?

COMMANDER
Speaking Spanish.
How’s your Spanish?

They converse in Spanish.

VLASSOV
I translate for you.

MACREADY
Why do you all speak Spanish?

VLASSOV
Free holidays in Cuba. Viva Fidel!

The boat returns with the canvas covered box which is brought ashore.

MACREADY
Hey Red, what’s the load?

VLASSOV
British radar set, so if it’s discovered, they say they found it on Falklands. Argentina and Soviet Union now know where the British navy are. The commander will send it to their Antarctic bases.

VLASSOV
Translating
The bases have no supplies or repairs since the war, so are not good.

MACREADY
Like yours.

VLASSOV
Hmm!

A shout comes from the crew on the submarine conning tower. The Captain relays the message to the Commander who passes it onto the end soldier in the party. He runs to the flagpole.

Vlassov continues to translate.

VLASSOV Cont’d
The British ship will be passing soon. The Commander says the submarine is not visible against the ship’s backdrop. But the flag can be seen.

The Argentine flag is lowered.

VLASSOV
British now permit the Argentines to fly every day for two weeks to make the bases good. So people and supplies come in and go out. The base send a boat here tomorrow, you go on it then you fly to Buenos Aries. And after that, US.

MACREADY
How long before I get there?

VLASSOV
Three days.

MACREADY
What about you?

VLASSOV
I follow you.

MACREADY
How the hell did you persuade your captain to allow that?

VLASSOV
I tell him I work with KGB. I am very good liar.

The boat with the radar lands and the radar is bought ashore and taken to the barracks. As it goes in, Argentinians bring out crates of whisky.

VLASSOV
They pay us for the radar. Come.

Vlassov and MacReady follow the Captain, First mate and Argentinian Commander into the barracks.

MACREADY
International currency eh?

VLASSOV
More whisky inside. Please take some for your travel. I must tell you when you go to US, no one will believe your monster story. So they will not listen to you about the radar?

MACREADY
Yeah well Ronald Reagan will listen to me. And he’ll believe it.

INT. BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
A sparse single storey building. There are twelve beds laid out in a main room, with a few ante rooms, one of which is the Commander’s room. All the rifles are stacked inside the main doorway, as are around twenty crates of whisky. Ten of the greeting return to the Barracks, leaving two as lookout.

COMMANDER
Still speaking Spanish
Of course, we’ll be keeping some whisky. We’ve got a little celebration. The entire garrison is due to be replaced on the next boat.

CAPTAIN
Can we have a quiet word?

COMMANDER
Of course.

The Commander leads the Captain and Vlassov to his room, and the door closes. MacReady is looking at the Whisky and puts a bottle into each of his front pockets.

EXT. ARGENTINIAN LOOKOUT EARLY MORNING
The two lookouts look out to see through binoculars. They see HMS Renown changes course to go away from the island.

LOOKOUT #1
Tell the Commander the British are leaving.

The private makes his way to the barracks.

INT. BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
The Commander’s door opens, and Vlassov calls out to MacReady.

VLASSOV
American!

MacReady makes his way to the Commander’s office, then briefly stops to read a wall map of the South Atlantics. MacReady runs his finger from Thule to the Antarctic, then to Buenos Aries and up to Washington. MacReady gives a smile of relief. Just as he gets to the door, the private arrives at the same time. MacReady lets him go first.

MACREADY
After you.

The private enters the office and at the far end, sees this Commander finishing his transformation from a thing to human form. The private looks at The Captain who stares back and then angrily transforms into a Thing, sending out a tentacle which impales the private.

MacReady runs back through the barracks.

MACREADY
Get out! Everybody get out!

Captain-Thing appears at the office door, followed by Commander-Thing (still in part human form) who now walks down to the Argentinian soldiers who are momentarily transfixed. Commander-Thing walks up to his sergeant and then transforms fully into a Thing, attacking the sergeant. Captain-Thing begins attacking as many soldiers as he can.

As MacReady gets the door, he passes the stacked rifles.
He grabs on for himself and throws another one to an Argentinian who is stood next to the First mate.

MACREADY
Hey! Catch!

The Argentinian raises it to fire at the Things but the first mate knocks it out of his hands. The Argentinian pushes the First mate away but before he can fire, the First Mate turns into a Thing and attacks him, as well as other soldiers trying to escape.

MacReady runs out to the beach. He looks at the Frigate and waves and shouts to no avail. He then fires the rifle in the air.

EXT. HMS RENOWN LOOKOUT EARLY MORNING
An officer and a lookout are watching Thule through binoculars. The lookout sees the gun flashes.

LOOKOUT
Sir! Can you see flashes?

LIEUTENANT
Where?

EXT. THULE ISLAND EARLY MORNING
MacReady runs to the flagpole and raises the Argentinian flag.

EXT. HMS RENOWN LOOKOUT EARLY MORNING

LOOKOUT
Spotting the flag through his binoculars
Bloody hell! Argies!

LIEUTENANT
Speaking into the comms tube.
Lookout to Bridge. Argentinian flag raised on Thule. Repeat Argentinian flag raised on Thule.

INT. HMS Renown BRIDGE EARLY MORNING
The ship’s Captain stands with several officers.

CAPTAIN
Briggs! Send up pigeon one with a party of four.

BRIGGS
Yes sir.

CAPTAIN
Gunnery, prepare for warning shots

EXT. DECK OF HMS Renown EARLY MORNING
The Frigate’s guns traverse towards Thule.
Two helicopter pilots and two Royal Marines board a helicopter.

OFFICER
To Pilot
Not too close in till we’ve checked for ack-ack.

PILOT
Roger that.

The helicopter takes off.

INT. BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
The soldiers are putting up a losing fight against the Things. Many of them lie infected, covered by tentacles etc. Vlassov leaves the Commander office and almost sneaks down to the door.

EXT. BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
Vlassov runs out the barracks and looks at MacReady. He shakes his head and runs to the boat which two Russian sailors are launching and jumps in. In their haste, the Russians haven’t launched it very well and it flounders.

MacReady turns to the remaining lookout who is panicking at the sound of screams coming from the barracks. MacReady grabs the lookout’s pistol and runs back to the entrance to the barracks. He looks inside and sees the soldiers are being assimilated.

The lookout jumps into the sea and begins swimming to the boat.

INT. BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
The first mate-Thing makes a move towards MacReady who throws one of his whisky bottles at its feet. The whisky runs out and MacReady begins shooting the concrete floor. A spark lights the whisky and the flame shoots up, which temporarily stops the First mate-Thing. MacReady fires into the crate and as the fire spreads, throws another bottle at First mate-thing.

MACREADY
Good health.

The fire takes hold and MacReady shuts the door.

INT. HELICOPTER EARLY MORNING
The crew spot the submarine in the bay. It is preparing to depart.

PILOT
They never learn.

OFFICER
Pigeon One. Submarine in the bay! Repeat, submarine in the bay! It’s not one of ours.

EXT. HMS RENOWN BRIDGE EARLY MORNING

CAPTAIN
Gunnery, teach the bastard a lesson. Open fire.

EXT. HMS RENOWN GUNS EARLY MORNING
Renown’s guns open fire.

EXT. OUTSIDE THULE BARRACKS EARLY MORNING
The barracks are on fire and the Things’ screams can be heard. Suddenly, shells rain down on the barracks, smashing it.

EXT. THE SHORE EARLY MORNING
MacReady turns to the boat. The lookout is trying to get on board but a crew member is pushing him off whilst the other crew has got the boat moving towards the submarine. The lookout pulls one crew into the sea and now grab Vlassov in an attempt to get aboard. Vlassov tries to fight him off but is too small. In his fury, Vlassov turns into a Thing, kills both the lookout and the other crew member. The boat has now reached the Submarine. MacReady watches all this from the shore. He raises his pistol to try to shoot the Thing, which is now making its way up the conning tower.

MacReady fires two shots off but with no effect. He reaches inside his jacket and pulls out the JB Whisky, takes a swig and aims again. As he fires a shot off, shells rain down onto the Submarine, hitting it and causing explosions, which envelope the Thing which screams in pain, and the Submarine sinks. MacReady sinks to his knees. Shells continue to rain down on the bay.

MACREADY
Trying to wave to the ship
Stop. Stop the firing!

MacReady crawls to the flagpole and lowers the Argentinian flag. The firing ceases and the helicopter begins its approach to Thule. MacReady lies exhausted next to the flagpole. The barracks are a total ruin, still burning.

As the helicopter nears, a marine furiously gesticulates at MacReady through the glass. The helicopter lands and two armed marines get out.

MARINE #1
Are all you Argies fucking thick? This is British soil. British! Understand?

Marine #1 cocks his rifle and aims at MacReady.

MACREADY
I’m an American! I’m an American! I’m an American! I’m an American! I’m an American!

MARINE #2
Get your hands up

MACREADY
Holding the whisky up.
MacReadies don’t surrender!

MacReady gets up in pain but defiant. The Marines search him but he puts his arms outwards. Marine #2 catches MacReady’s eye and gives him the ‘you’re okay’ look. Marine #1 returns to the helicopter and brings out a Union Jack which he attaches to and runs up the flagpole. All three then go to the helicopter.

INT. ROYAL NAVY HELICOPTER MORNING
The helicopter MacReady is sat between the two Royal Marines. The pilot and another officer are sat in front.

2nd BRIT OFFICER AT FRONT
So you said you were kidnapped from your base

MACREADY
I didn’t say that. I was taken hostage on Georgia…South Georgia.

2nd BRIT
I didn’t know you had a base on Georgia.

PILOT
Did the penguins kidnap you?

MACREADY
It was a British son of a bitch...and some commies…Russians. But another Brit helped me. Foster. Foster’s dead. Childs is dead. The Doc’s dead. Nauls. Palmer, Bennings. The lot. All dead…fuck…it killed them…took over them and killed them…

Pilot and 2nd Brit look at each other.

2nd BRIT
It sounds like a long story…and not a particularly nice one.

MACREADY
Damn fucking right.

2nd BRIT
Well don’t tell us now. You’re in shock.

MACREADY
So you think I’m talking bollocks, right?

MacReady sees a fly and desperately tries to kill it. 2nd BRIT gives the Marines besides MacReady a knowing look, to which they nod in respond and they gently restrain MacReady. MacReady looks out the window and sees down below, heading in a different direction to the frigate, the Chilly Willy.

MACREADY
What’s that?

2nd BRIT
No need to worry about Chilly Willy. We checked it before we came here.

PILOT
We changed routine just in case they tried to smuggle anything past us.

MACREADY
The Chilly? That’s the Chilly?

2nd BRIT
You know it?

MACREADY
It’s on board? It’s…what’s the cargo? What’s it carrying?

MARINE #1
Stocks of fish and some meat. What you Yanks call Surf and Turf. Mind you it’s more Bambi and Scampi. Reindeer meat. Euurgh!

MACREADY
Shouting wildly
Stop them! Stop them!

MacReady begins thrashing about wildly and the Marines restrain him strangely.

MACREADY Cont’d
No! No! Listen to me! Listen to me. The meat’s not dead. The meat’s infected. They’re Things…

PILOT
Pigeon One, Pigeon One calling nest. We’re coming in. Get medical crew ready.

MACREADY
Still shouting wildly
They’re Things…they’re Things…

The helicopter closes in on the frigate.

EXT. BRIDGE OF CHILLY WILLY EARLY MORNING
The captain and crew are arguing.

CREWMAN
We must signal them, sir. The British will know what it was on Georgia.

CHILLY CAPTAIN
They’ll think we’re mad. We might never get home.

CREWMAN
But sir-

CHILLY CAPTAIN
No buts! I just want a quiet life.

INT. CHILLY’s HOLD
In the hold, is a huge crate of the body bags bought on board. Nearby, with his back turned, a crewman is swabbing the floor clean. Behind him, one of the body bags begins leaking a large red globule…

END

 
     
     


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