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Dinozo
02-16-2012, 08:00 PM
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT: SYNOPSIS

Scarlett McTierney, a wide eyed Texan twenty-something with big dreams and an even bigger heart, moves to Los Angeles to appear in a low-budget horror film, only to discover that the film's slimy producer demands something in return. Also, her neighbor and newest friend Bonnie, another out of work actress, has secretly been using her box to hide incoming mail from her abusive and controlling boyfriend Jason. It's Scarlett's first week in LA and she's already reached an emotional breaking point. To make matters worse, her car breaks down and is forced to take work as a grocery store clerk. There, she meets charming young stockman Chris Resnik, an out of work screenwriter who shares similar ambitions and just as many heartaches.

As Scarlett begins her job at the grocery store, she quickly learns of the parking lot abduction of Assistant Manager Graciella Sanchez. Just weeks prior to Scarlett being hired, Sanchez was assaulted and taken in her own car.

Various suspects throughout the store include the tightly wound store manager Brad Ackerman and the dark and foreboding Nathan "Nate" Garcia, a frozen foods guy with a criminal record. Watching over them all is veteran L.A.P.D. Detective Dale "Coz" Coswell. After interviewing and questioning the staff, he retrieves overwhelming evidence which suggest that Chris is responsible for the abduction.

While Coswell continues his race to find the identity of Graciella's kidnapper, Scarlett begins getting strange phone calls in the middle of the night and hearing loud knocks at her door. Soon, she becomes convinced the same man is now stalking her.

As Scarlett's friendship with Chris grows closer, the phone calls also continue. With all the evidence pointing in Chris's direction, Detective Coswell warns Scarlett away. He all but convinces Scarlett that Chris had a secret obsession with Graciella and that she should break all ties with him. Chris refuses to lay off, believing that fellow employee Nate is the one making the phone calls.

After the police order him away from Scarlett, Chris conducts his own investigation into Graciella's abduction. When Chris's harassment of Nate causes an all out war between the two men, Brad has him fired and threatens his arrest if he ever steps foot in the store again.

Just as things return to normal for Scarlett, she returns home to find Bonnie waiting in her apartment. She is bruised and badly beaten. Bonnie explains that her and her boyfriend had just been in a horrible fight and that she is making provisions to leave town and return home.
Bonnie then shows Scarlett an envelope filled with three thousand dollars cash; money loaned to her by an ex boyfriend. Bonnie explains that this ex boyfriend has an unhealthy obsession with her and has been giving her money to leave her apartment and back in with him. After a brief argument, Scarlett reluctantly allows Bonnie to stay the night.

Later that evening, Scarlett awakens to a disturbing phone call. Scarlett consoles Bonnie after learning that her boyfriend Jason was killed in a freakish hit and run accident. But when the police question Bonnie's whereabouts at the time of her boyfriend's death, Scarlett questions her new friend's stability and suspects her for the murder. She also begins to wonder whether or not Bonnie may be her secret stalker.

That same evening, Scarlett has a near deadly encounter with a masked man she believes to be her stalker. Scarlett barely manages to escape and confronts Chris at gunpoint. Chris denies having anything to do with her attack and proclaims his innocence. This only fuels Scarlett's anger. As Chris fights for control of the weapon, Scarlett accidentally fires off a shot that kills him.

The following morning, Detective Coswell pays a visit to the store and discovers key evidence in Nate's locker, implicating him in Graciella's disappearance and possible murder. After Scarlett hears of Nate's arrest, she becomes sick by what she's done to Chris. An emotionally broken Scarlett decides it is time to head back home. She quits on the spot.

As Scarlett returns to her apartment and begins packing her things, she receives several eerie phone messages from Brad, practically begging her to return to work. Scarlett finds this a bit strange and immediately calls Detective Coswell to investigate. As Scarlett awaits his arrival, she becomes more and more impatient and fearful for her life.

As Scarlett steps outside to meet with Coswell, she discovers his body on the ground. His engine running and his throat slit from ear to ear. Scarlett is then chased and cornered by a masked man she believes to be Brad. After begging and pleading for her life, the masked man brutally stabs her to death, leaving her lifeless body in the street.

As Brad returns to his apartment, one door down from Scarlett's, he flushes a pair of bloody gloves while his cell phone rings uncontrollably. The name Bonnie appears on the screen -- Bonnie sits curled up in a chair, crying, staring at an old photo of her and dead boyfriend Jason. She is holding her cell phone to her ear, waiting for Brad. She stares down at the envelope full of money, looking guilt-ridden and sickened by what's happened. She hangs up and quickly dials 9-1-1 instead. She reports Brad to the police for murdering her boyfriend.

Eric Dickson
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