Family Portrait

SYNOPSIS

While cleaning out a closet, a wife (CHERYL) discovers a box that her husband (THOMAS) has long forgotten about. In it is a dark secret from his childhood that haunts him to this day. But will his wife believe his story?


A much newer idea than those written and posted in the past two weeks. But arguably one of the more “old school” as well. The cheese factor alone is reason enough to think this one wouldn’t fly in any context other than a blatant throwback to old EC horror comics or The Twilight Zone.

Be sure to join me each night over on Twitch to chat along as I type like a monkey at a keyboard. 


INT. SUBURBS – DAY – ESTABLISHING

A quaint, middle-class suburb.

INT. HOUSE/OFFICE – DAY

CHERYL discovers a box in the back of a closet that belongs to her husband, THOMAS. He hasn’t seen it in years, having long forgotten about it, blocked it out of his memory. In the box are several albums, including photographs of a young girl, KELLY--his sister that no one, not even his parents, can remember.

INT. HOUSE/OFFICE – LATER

Thomas details the events that led up to Kelly’s disappearance to the completely unsold Cheryl.

FLASHBACK:

EXT. SANDLOT – DAY

He details how he, Kelly, and the local children had been playing baseball in a sandlot when Kelly broke a man’s window.

EXT. MAN’S HOUSE – DAY

After their FATHER forces them to apologize for breaking the MAN’s window, he informs them of their punishment. In order to repay the money for the window, Thomas and Kelly were both forced to help their great aunt EUNICE clean out her garage following the death of her husband, ALFRED.

INT. EUNICE’S HOUSE/GARAGE – DAY

As the children sort and clean out the garage--filled with boxes upon boxes of old clippings, trinkets, and assorted garbage collected by Alfred during his travels for work--they come across a strange mirror that seems to record and mimic their appearance.

INT. EUNICE’S HOUSE/GARAGE – LATER

The children play with the mirror, much to their amusement.

But when Eunice catches them playing instead of working, she is taken aback by what she sees in the mirror.

INT. EUNICE’S HOUSE – DAY

Eunice takes the mirror and the children chase after her, begging her to give it back. That it’s just some toy.

Eunice and Kelly argue and struggle over the mirror.

And then...

It crashes to the ground.

Aunt Eunice is upset about the children breaking her husband’s things and not doing their work.

And then...

Eunice notices that Kelly is freezing in place, turning to glass, and then shattering into a million pieces. Just like the mirror.

INT. EUNICE’S HOUSE – LATER

After panicking, Thomas and Kelly’s parents return. But they’re only there for Thomas. They make no mention of Kelly, much to the shock of Thomas and Eunice.

FLASHBACK ENDS:

INT. HOUSE /OFFICE – DAY

Cheryl is still not sold on the story, on Thomas having some sister who was magically erased from everyone’s memory. But Thomas is firm about this, insisting that he spent his youth trying to find a way to save his sister. Years wasted, left with only the knowledge that only he and his now-deceased aunt remembered Kelly.

He opens the box to prove this to Cheryl, revealing the shattered glass from the mirror. Each piece containing an image of an eternally young Kelly screaming, begging for help. Unable to hear or see Thomas or Cheryl.

FADE TO BLACK:

THE END

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