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  • [first lines; Norman is watching a ’70s zombie movie in his family room while his Grandmother is watching him]
  • Grandma: What’s happening now?
  • Norman Babcock: Well, the zombie is eating her head, Grandma.
  • Grandma: That’s not very nice. What’s he doing that for?
  • Norman Babcock: Cause he’s a zombie, it’s what they do.
  • Grandma: He’s gonna ruin his dinner. I’m sure if they just bothered to sit down and talk it through, it’d be a different story.
  • [Norman’s dad opens the family room door and calls to Norman]
  • Perry Babcock: Norman, didn’t I tell you to take out the garbage?
  • Norman Babcock: Yeah, coming, dad!
  • Grandma: Tell him to turn up the thermostat too, will you? My feet are like ice.
  • [as Perry enters the kitchen to take out the garbage]
  • Sandra Babcock: Hi, what you watchin’ in there?
  • Norman Babcock: Sex and violence.
  • Sandra Babcock: Oh, that’s nice.
  • Perry Babcock: Can’t you be like other kids your age and pitch a tent in the yard or have healthy interest in carpentry?
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry!
  • Norman Babcock: I thought you said kids my age were too busy shoplifting and joy riding.
  • [Norman returns to the kitchen after taking out the garbage]
  • Norman Babcock: Hey, uh…dad? Grandma says can you turn up the heating? Her feet are cold.
  • Sandra Babcock: Now, Perry…
  • Perry Babcock: How many times do we have to go through this, son?
  • [suddenly he shouts]
  • Perry Babcock: Your Grandmother is dead!
  • Norman Babcock: I know.
  • Perry Babcock: Then why do you keep on talking to her?
  • Norman Babcock: Because she talks back.
  • Courtney: OMG! You are such a liar!
  • Norman Babcock: God, I’m not making this up! I swear! She talks to me all the time!
  • Courtney: Oh, yeah? Prove it.
  • Norman Babcock: She said, it’s not very ladylike to hide photos of the high school Quarterback with his shirt off in your underwear drawer.
  • Courtney: Haa! I knew it! You’ve been sneaking around in my personal…
  • [Courtney screams in anger]
  • Norman Babcock: No, I haven’t. Grandma told me.
  • Courtney: You are the worst!
  • [Courtney turns in anger and walks off]
  • Sandra Babcock: Norman, I know you and Grandma were very close. But we all have to move on. Grandma’s in a better place now.
  • Norman Babcock: No, she’s not. She’s in the living room.
  • Perry Babcock: You’re Grandmother was old and sick and she died. That’s all there is to it!
  • Sandra Babcock: Okay. Perry, this is just part of the mourning process.
  • Perry Babcock: Oh, stop indulging him! I’m nothing if I’m not liberal, but that limp wristed hippy garbage needs to be nipped in the bud!
  • [Norman feeling dejected starts walking off as his parents continue to argue over him]
  • [he can still hear his parents shouting as he sits in his room]
  • Perry Babcock: This behavior might be okay with your side of the family, but I’m not putting up with it anymore! Not me!
  • Sandra Babcock: Oh, not this again!
  • Perry Babcock: This isn’t the West Coast, Sandra! People talk! They do!
  • Sandra Babcock: He’s just sensitive, Perry.
  • Perry Babcock: Oh, please! Sensitive is writing poetry and being lousy at team sports, not this! I won’t have him turn out like uncle of yours. If that crazy old tramp has been around here putting ideas in Norman’s head…!
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry, no one’s had anything to do with Uncle Prenderghast in years. I bet he doesn’t even know what Norman looks like.
  • [at the same time that Norman’s parents are arguing over him, we see Uncle Prenderghast looking and photos of Norman and muttering to himself]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Not much time. Not much time.
  • [next morning Norman gets ready for school with his various zombie-themed appliances, he then goes down to the living room where he sees his grandmother’s spirit sitting on the couch, he waves goodbye, as he leaves Courtney peaks into the room and sees nothing, Norman then walks to school exchanging hello’s with various dead spirits that we can’t see]
  • Norman Babcock: Good morning!
  • [he walks on and talks to another spirit]paranorman-1
  • Norman Babcock: Hey, Bruce, how’s it going?
  • [carries on walking and sees another spirit]
  • Norman Babcock: Not much. I’m kind of late for school. I need to go.
  • [as continues walking he runs into more spirits]
  • Norman Babcock: Hi, nice to see you guys!
  • [keeps passing dead spirits]
  • Norman Babcock: Good morning. Sorry, I’ve gotta run.
  • [as he starts to run he runs into another spirit]
  • Norman Babcock: Oh, excuse me! Pardon me! See ya!
  • [just then a man walks past Norman and gives him a look and Norman avoids eye contact and quickly walks on]
  • [as he continues to walk to school we then get to see what Norman sees, all the dead spirits floating around in the streets]
  • Norman Babcock: Hi, Mrs. Harmon. You look nice today. I like what you’ve done with your hair.
  • Hair Dryer Ghost: Does anyone smell burning?
  • [Norman passes the ghost of a floating hippy]
  • Hippy Ghost: Hey! Peace, man!
  • Norman Babcock: Totally!
  • [he passes the ghost of Civil War veteran on his horse]
  • Civil War Ghost: As you were, Soldier.
  • Norman Babcock: Sir. Yes, sir.
  • [Norman then passes the spirit of a 1960’s Greaser]
  • Greaser Ghost: Yoh, Norman! Playing hooky?
  • Norman Babcock: No, no! I’m just late for school. Sorry, I gotta go.
  • [he passes a spirit of a gangster]
  • Norman Babcock: How you doing?
  • Slob Guy: Hey! How you doin’?
  • [he then passes the spirit of a lady parachutist hanging from the tree]
  • Norman Babcock: Hi! How’s it hanging?
  • Parachutist Ghost: Oh, haven’t heard that one before.
  • [as Norman arrives at school we see he’s an outcast and the other students avoid him, when he gets to his locker he sees the word ‘FREAK’ written on it, he opens his locker and gets a cloth to wipe the word off, just then he notices another kid across the hallway is wiping off the word ‘FATTY’ from his locker, then the school bullies come up to Norman]
  • Alvin: Hey! Hey, ghost jerk, you know what?
  • Norman Babcock: What do you want, Alvin?
  • Alvin: Why don’t you see some more ghosts? Goober!
  • [Alvin’s gang laughs]
  • Alvin: Hey. Hey, Norman…
  • [Alvin squats the fly buzzing around them against a locker and kills it]
  • Alvin: Talk to that!
  • [his gang laughs again]
  • Alvin: Oh! That’s so Alvin! Right?
  • [turning to his gang of friends]
  • Alvin: That was good, right?
  • [he then pushes Norman out of the way and starts walking off with his gang]
  • Norman Babcock: Flies don’t talk.
  • [in drama class we see the drama teacher shouting at the children, who are all dressed up in costume]
  • Mrs. Henscher: Ah! You stink of illiteracy! Pilgrims! Don’t any of your know anything about the history of this town?!
  • [Mrs. Henscher lets out a frustrated sigh]
  • Mrs. Henscher: Puritans were strict and devout settlers who came here to bloom. A place without sin!
  • [one of the students, dressed in a stereotypical witch’s costume, puts up her hand up]
  • Mrs. Henscher: Oh, what is it now, Salma?
  • Salma: Why is the witch always a hideous old crow with a pointy hat and a broomstick? I don’t believe it’s historically accurate, Mrs. Henscher.
  • Mrs. Henscher: It’s not supposed to be! It’s supposed to sell postcards and keychains. So, let’s try it again! Top of page six, Norman!
  • [Norman, who’s dressed as a pilgrim, starts reading from his script]
  • Norman Babcock: The founding fathers of Blithe Hollow discovered and evil witch amongst them…
  • Mrs. Henscher: No! No, Norman! With gusto! Like this!
  • [she starts saying the lines over dramatically]
  • Mrs. Henscher: They put her on trial and hanged her! But the vengeful witch cursed her accusers, seven of them in all, to die a horrible and gruesome death and rise from their graves as the living dead! Their souls…their souls doomed to an eternity of damnation!
  • [Norman looks at her not sure what to do]
  • Mrs. Henscher: Now, I want you to try that again, but with conviction! My reputation is at stake here, and I won’t have this turn out like that wretched…
  • [at that moment Norman starts seeing the class-stage begin to burn and ghostly faces appear all around him, then Mrs. Henscher yells at him]
  • Mrs. Henscher: Norman! Are you listening to me, boy?!
  • [the other kids laugh at Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: Sorry, Mrs. Henscher.
  • Mrs. Henscher: So am I. Now, unless there’s any other issues, let us resume. They put her on trial and hanged her.
  • [just then Alvin sneaks up behind Norman and ties a rope round Alvin and Neil’s tree costume]
  • Neil: Ooh, this is my moment.
  • [as Neil steps forward, Norman gets pulled by the rope around him and falls over, the other kids laugh again with Mrs. Henscher screaming at them]
  • [Neil runs up to Norman as he walks home]paranorman-2
  • Neil: Norman, wait up!
  • Norman Babcock: I keep telling you, Neil, I…I like to be alone.
  • Neil: So do I! Let’s do it together!
  • [Norman doesn’t answer; referring to Alvin and his gang of bullies]
  • Neil: You shouldn’t let them get you down. They always do stuff like that to me,
  • Norman Babcock: Why?
  • Neil: Because I’m fat, and my allergies make my eyes leak, and I sweat when I walk too fast, and I have a lunch box with a kitten on it. Ooh, and I have irritable bowel syndrome. I guess there’s a whole bunch of stuff.
  • Norman Babcock: Doesn’t it bother you?
  • Neil: Nah. You can’t stop bullying, it’s part of human nature. If you were bigger and more stupid, you’d probably be a bully too. It’s called, survival of the thickest.
  • [as they continue to walk home, they pass a bronze statue of a witch]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Psst!
  • [whispering to Norman]
  • Neil: That statue just psst at us!
  • [they see a man hiding behind the statue]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Do you know who I am?
  • Neil: The weird stinky old bum, who lives up the hill?
  • Mr. Prenderghast: I was asking him!
  • [points to Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: Yeah. I know. I was told not to talk to you. Sorry.
  • Mr. Prenderghast: You know why you’re not supposed to talk to me?
  • [Norman shakes his head]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: I can see ghosts too! And I know that’s not all you’ve been seeing lately, is it? Bad omens, things you can’t quite explain. Strange faces appearing through the veil! And I’ll bet no one told you about the witch’s curse, did they?
  • [he takes Norman closer to the witch’s statue]
  • Norman Babcock: Actually, we’re learning about it in school.
  • Neil: Ooh! Ooh! I’m a tree!
  • [Prenderghast sighs with frustration]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: There’s something you really need to know. It’s the most important thing you will ever hear! The fate of everyone depends on it. Now listen close, the witch’s curse is real and you’re the one who has to stop it! You’ve gotta use your gift…of talking to the dead!
  • [suddenly Prenderghast starts coughing]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Because if you don’t, the witch will…paranorman-3
  • [he carries on coughing and choking]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Oh! Oh! This is the most…you’ve gotta…
  • [he coughs again]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: You’ve gotta…you’ve…
  • [he keeps choking and coughing, suddenly Neil throws something hard at his face]
  • Neil: Leave him alone!
  • [Prenderghast turns in anger at Neil]
  • Neil: Don’t make me throw this humus! It’s spicy!
  • [Prenderghast moves back in fear and turns to Norman]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: This ain’t done with. You’ll see it soon enough. Watch for the sign.
  • [he laughs then turns and goes away]
  • Neil: Jeez, what a dirty old creep?
  • Norman Babcock: He’s my uncle.
  • [Norman turns and starts to walk off]
  • Neil: So, is it true?
  • Norman Babcock: What?
  • Neil: Can you see ghosts, like, everywhere, all the time?
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…yeah.
  • Neil: Awesome! Ooh! Ooh! Do you think you could see my dog, Pug? He was ran over by an animal rescue van. Tragic and ironic. We buried him in the yard. Could you see him?
  • Norman Babcock: Maybe.
  • Neil: Sweet! Come on!
  • [as Neil takes Norman over to his house, Neil’s older brother is in the driveway, changing oil in his van]
  • Mitch: Neil, is that you?
  • Neil: Hey, Mitch. We’re gonna go play with the dead dog in the garden, and we’re not even gonna have to dig him out first.
  • [Mitch hits head on the car as comes up from underneath it]
  • Mitch: What?! What did you say?
  • [Mitch notices Norman and says quietly to Neil]
  • Mitch: Neil, isn’t he that weird kid? You know?
  • [mocking Norman]
  • Mitch: Look at me, ooh! I’m talking to ghosts so people will pay attention to me!

Neil: Can you stop doing that? It’s kind of stupid.

  • Mitch: Now, listen to me. You don’t need to be hanging out with weird people, okay? That’s a tip.
  • Neil: Don’t blow this for me, Mitch. This one’s not weird. He talks to dead people.
  • [Neil turns and takes Norman to his backyard]
  • [Neil takes Norman to his backyard where hid dog is buried]
  • Neil: He’s around here somewhere. So, does everyone come back as a ghost?
  • Norman Babcock: No. My Grandma told me it’s usually people who still have stuff to figure out, or sometimes it’s the ones who died suddenly or in a bad way.
  • [suddenly Norman hears a dog barking]
  • Norman Babcock: Pug?
  • Neil: Is he there? How does he look?
  • [Norman sees that the dog’s body is split in half]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…good. He’s happy to see you.
  • [to the spirit of his dead dog]
  • Neil: Who’s a good boy, huh? Good boy!
  • [the dog’s spirit keeps barking in excitement and running towards Neil, who can’t see him]
  • Neil: Can he feel if I pet him?
  • Norman Babcock: Yeah, I guess.
  • [Neil turns and starts kissing where he thinks his dog’s chin is]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…that’s not his chin.
  • [we see Neil has been kissing his dog’s butt, Neil then picks up a stick and throws it for his dog to fetch]
  • Neil: Go fetch it!
  • Norman Babcock: He can’t fetch it, you know?
  • Neil: Yeah, well, it’s still fun.
  • [Neil keeps playing fetch with his dead dog and Norma sits to watch them]
  • Neil: Go get it, Bob! Good boy!
  • [Norman pick up the stick that Neil just threw for his dead dog]
  • Neil: Why don’t you try?
  • Norman Babcock: Actually, I don’t really…um…
  • [he holds the stick up so Neil can take it back]
  • Neil: No! No! It’s fun. Try it!
  • [Norman keeps holding the stick up for Neil to take]
  • Neil: No, I don’t want to.
  • Norman Babcock: You throw it.
  • Neil: No. it’s okay. You can throw it.
  • Norman Babcock: I don’t….
  • Neil: Come on, it’s really fun.
  • [Neil forces Norman to stand, Norman not sure what to do with the stick, turns to Neil]
  • Norman Babcock: Here, you go first.
  • Neil: No, you try it. I already went, like, fifty times.
  • Norman Babcock: Okay, what do I do?

Neil: You…you get the stick, you pull back and you throw it.

  • [Norman pulls back hard and throws the stick, knocking Neil down in the process]
  • Norman Babcock: Neil? Sorry!
  • [Neil sits up, holding a stick between his mouth]
  • Neil: I fetched stick.
  • [they both laugh]
  • [Prenderghast returns to his home and enters his bedroom]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: I’ll show him and that scary little fat kid! Doesn’t he realize, we’re runnin’ out of…!
  • [as he grabs a book he suddenly keels over and dies with the book still in his hands, his spirit starts to rise and leave his body, but suddenly Prenderghast breathes and gets up]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: No! Not yet! Not yet!
  • [he suddenly keels over and dies again, still holding the book in his hands, his spirit leaves his body, he hovers over his dead body now realizing he’s a ghost]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Oh, nuts!
  • [the night of the school play and the kids are giving their performances, when suddenly Norman is swept into another vision]
  • Norman Babcock: No! No, I don't wanna go! I wanna go home! I don't wanna go!
  • Norman Babcock: Oh, no. Not again!
  • [Norman is in the middle of the woods and he starts hearing voices]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: This way! Over here!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: Witch! We know you’re out there!
  • [Norman steps back and his foot breaks a branch which makes a noise]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: There!
  • Norman Babcock: No!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: Witch!
  • [Norman, now frightened, starts running and then falls through space and gets caught by a tree who warns him]
  • Tree: The dead are coming!
  • [he then sees Neil’s face hovering over him]
  • Neil: Hey, buddy. Are you okay?
  • [Norman starts screaming and then we see him standing on stage where he was before, he suddenly shouts]
  • Norman Babcock: The dead are coming!
  • [he runs off the stage and falls down, Norman’s parents who are in the audience are shocked]
  • Sandra Babcock: Norman!
  • Mitch: Did he say the dead are coming?
  • Perry Babcock: No! No! No!
  • Norman Babcock: Yes! The tree told me!
  • [he looks behind him for the tree, but sees Neil standing on stage in his tree costume, everyone is shocked and Norman looks down in embarrassment]
  • [as Norman’s father drives them home after the school play incident]
  • Perry Babcock: This is where it stops! It’s one thing being a mental case in front of your family, but not the whole freakin’ town! There’s not gonna be any more talking to ghosts, or Grandma’s, or…or what is it now?
  • Sandra Babcock: I think it’s tree.
  • Perry Babcock: Aah! You are grounded! Do you hear me?
  • Norman Babcock: This is ridiculous. I wish everyone could see what I see. Didn’t ask to be born this way.
  • [Perry gets out of the car]
  • Perry Babcock: Funny, neither did we.
  • [as Norman’s father walks off]
  • Sandra Babcock: You know, sometimes people say things that seem mean, but they do it because they’re afraid.
  • Norman Babcock: He’s my dad. He shouldn’t be afraid of me.
  • [Norman gets out of the car]
  • Sandra Babcock: He’s not afraid of you. He’s afraid for you.
  • [Norman looks sadly at his mother and walks off]
  • [Norman runs into the school bathroom, shuts himself in a stall, unaware that Alvin is in the next stall, Norman then sees the stall coming to life, the toilet shakes and overflows, the wall close in on him, Norman crawls in top of the toilet tank and sees the toilet seat flip open to reveal the ghost of Prenderghast]
  • Norman Babcock: You…you died?!
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Yeah! But I got unfinished business here.
  • [Prenderghast leaps from the bowl and floats before Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: Oh. Couldn’t you use another stall?
  • Mr. Prenderghast: My ghost isn’t going anywhere until I pass my duty to another. And that would be you!
  • Norman Babcock: Me? No, no, no! You must have it wrong.
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Oh, it’s you alright! I’ve been holding back the witch’s curse for years, but now I’m dead! It has to be you!
  • Norman Babcock: But I…I don’t know what any of it means!
  • Mr. Prenderghast: It means, the past is coming back to haunt you! Time is running out. The anniversary of the witch’s death is tonight. Her ghost is going to wake up, and when she does, she’ll raise the dead.
  • [as Prenderghast’s ghost disappears, Norman sees toilet papers come to life as hands that start coming towards him]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Gotta keep her in her place.
  • Norman Babcock: But…but I’m just a kid! How am I supposed to stop it?!
  • [suddenly the hands go away and Prenderghast’s ghost reappears]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Read from the book at the spot the witch was buried.
  • Norman Babcock: What…what book?
  • Mr. Prenderghast: The one in my hands.
  • [Prenderghast holds out his hands, which are empty and Norman looks at him confused]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Not these hands! My other hands! The me that’s at home in my study, starting to smell a little funny. Get the book and read from it, before the sun sets tonight.
  • Norman Babcock: But…this…this is crazy!
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Do I look crazy to you?
  • [Prenderghast’s ghost smiles as he toilet paper hangs off all over him]
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Tell me you’ll do this?
  • Norman Babcock: I…I…
  • Mr. Prenderghast: Swear!
  • Norman Babcock: You…you mean like the F word?
  • Mr. Prenderghast: I mean, promise!
  • Norman Babcock: Okay! Okay! I…I promise.
  • Mr. Prenderghast: That’ll do.
  • [Prenderghast’s ghost starts to fade]
  • Norman Babcock: No! Mr. Prenderghast, wait! Sorry, kid, I’m done here. I’m free! I’m finally free!
  • [Prenderghast laughs and starts fading away]
  • Norman Babcock: Wait! No, you can’t leave now! Please! I don’t understand.
  • [suddenly Prenderghast’s ghost explodes brightly, sending the stall door, and Alvin, across the bathroom; to Alvin]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…yeah. You uh…might wanna give that a few minutes.
  • [Norman quickly flushes the toilet and runs out of the bathroom]
  • [as Neil sees Norman running out of the bathroom]*
  • Neil: Norman?
  • [Neil sees Alvin coming out of the bathroom after Norman, he stops Alvin]
  • Neil: Hey, what’s the big deal?
  • Alvin: Don’t get your bra in a twist, fat boy. This has nothing to do with you, so keep out of my way.
  • Neil: Or what?
  • Alvin: Or uh…I’ll punch you in boobs.
  • Neil: I don’t have boobs. These are pectorals.
  • [suddenly Alvin punches Neil in the chest and goes after Norman]
  • Neil: Ow! My boobs!
  • [Alvin loses Norman at the school entrance, so he starts shouting]
  • Alvin: You’re dead, freak show! Do you hear me? D-E-D! Dead! You’re gonna….you’re gonna be so dead that you’re gonna have to talk to yourself when you’re dead!
  • [we see Norman is hiding behind a tree, then he runs off]
  • [as Norman’s parents are getting ready to go out for the evening]
  • Perry Babcock: I really don’t think we should be leaving him…
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry, you promised me a meal that someone else microwaved.
  • Perry Babcock: He’s probably up there right now, fiddling with his Ouija, or his orbs, or whatever it is he’s got up there! This is not good!
  • [Norman hears his parents leave, he paces nervously round his room, getting freaked out by all his zombie themed toys and posters, suddenly he gets a text message, he freaks out by the ‘Halloween’ ringtone, the message reads ‘Come to the window’, so Norman looks out the window and he freaks out as he sees a figure with a white mask, Neil pulls the mask off his face]
  • Neil: Wanna play some hockey?
  • Norman Babcock: You know, I’ve kind of got other things on my mind right now.
  • Neil: Is it all that walking dead stuff again?
  • Norman Babcock: Mr. Prenderghast appeared to me in the bathroom.
  • Neil: Ew!
  • Norman Babcock: No! His spirit! He says the witch’s curse is real and I have to go up to graveyard and stop it, before the sun sets tonight.
  • Neil: So, you wanna come play a bit later?
  • Norman Babcock: Didn’t you hear what I just said?
  • Neil: Yeah, but I thought my idea was the less likely to get us in.
  • Norman Babcock: Just go home, Neil. I’m better off on my own anyway.
  • Neil: But…
  • Norman Babcock: Go home!
  • [Norman slams shut his bedroom window, Neil turns away sadly]
  • [after Norman getting rid of Neil, the ghost of his grandmother appears in his room]
  • Grandma: Jeez! Who rattled your chain?
  • Norman Babcock: No one.
  • [Grandma moves to the window and sees Neil climbing over the garden fence]
  • Grandma: Hmm.
  • Norman Babcock: Dad says I’m not supposed to talk to you anymore, Grandma.
  • Grandma: Jackass! If I were a poltergeist, I’d throw something at his head.
  • [she starts floating around Norman’s room]
  • Grandma: You know by rights, I’m supposed to be frolicking in paradise with your grandfather. But I’m not.
  • Norman Babcock: So why did you stay?
  • Grandma: I was never one for frolicking, but there’s no cable or canasta up there either. Besides, I promised I’d always look out for you.
  • Norman Babcock: So it’s your duty.
  • Grandma: Uh…in a manner of speaking.
  • Norman Babcock: And you’d do it no matter what.
  • Grandma: Of course!
  • Norman Babcock: Even if it was something really scary?
  • Grandma: There’s nothing wrong with being scared, Norman. So long as you don’t let it change who you are.
  • [she then disappears]
  • [Norman sneaks out of the house as Courtney is talking on the phone, and rides his bike to Prenderghast’s house, along the way, he nearly runs over Alvin, who’s trying to impress some girls with his break-dancing skills, Norman then arrives at Prenderghast’s house and goes inside]
  • Norman Babcock: Hello? Mr. Prenderghast?
  • [using his cellphone light as a guide, Norman makes his way to Prenderghast’s study, where he stumbles over Prenderghast’s corpse gripping the book, Norman tries to get the book but as rigor mortis as set in on the corpse Norman has to wrestle with Prenderghast’s body and eventually frees the book]
  • [after getting the book from Prenderghast’s place, Norman finds the burial site where he sees 7 gravestones arranged in a circle, as the sun starts setting Norman takes out the book]
  • Norman Babcock: Read from the book, stop the curse, go home and pretend this never happened.
  • [Norman opens the book and starts reading out loud]
  • Norman Babcock: Once upon a time, in a far off land there lives a king and a queen in a magnificent…castle?
  • [Norman suddenly realizes the book sounds like a fairy tale]
  • Norman Babcock: What? A fairy tale?
  • [suddenly Alvin appears and grabs the book from Norman]
  • Alvin: Ooh, what you got there geekyla?
  • Norman Babcock: No! Give it back!
  • Alvin: Oh, can’t wait to see everybody’s faces when they hear about this one!
  • [Norman tries to take the book back]
  • Norman Babcock: No! Don’t! Alvin!
  • Alvin: Hey, nobody makes me miss out on a possible date with a girl that almost had some interest in talking to me! Yeah? Thought so! You got nothin’ to say.
  • [Norman notices that time has ran out and the sun is setting]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh-oh!
  • Alvin: Damn straight, uh-oh! That’s what happens when Alvin gets around here.
  • [as the sun sets, darkness starts spreading, Alvin is oblivious to all this as he continues to mock Norman]
  • Alvin: Uh-oh, is that, Alvin! Uh-oh, Alvin is gonna make me run home to mommy!
  • [Alvin suddenly notices the sky looking weird and looks up]
  • Alvin: Uh-oh! What is that?
  • [dark clouds, with green lightning, erupt over the cemetery, suddenly one-by-one the tombstones crack and their occupants awaken, the zombies circle Norman and Alvin]
  • [as the zombies circle Norman and Alvin, Norman takes Prenderghast’s book and starts reading from it, hoping to stop them]
  • Norman Babcock: Once upon a time, in…in a far off…! Once upon a time, in a…!
  • Alvin: Make it stop, please!
  • Norman Babcock: It’s not working!
  • [one of the zombies speaks out loud to Norman]
  • Zombie: Stop! You must stop!
  • Alvin: What? Norman, what are you doing?!
  • [Alvin starts to run off]
  • Alvin: I think I peed my pant!
  • Norman Babcock: Wait!
  • [Norman runs after Alvin and the zombies start to follow them]
  • [Neil is sat in front of the TV eating when the front door bell rings]
  • Mitch: Neil, Will you get the door?
  • Neil: I’m busy!
  • Mitch: Are you freeze framing mom’s aerobics DVD again?
  • Neil: No!
  • [we see the TV screen as its freeze framing a woman doing aerobics, the doorbell goes again]
  • Mitch: Neil! Would it kill you to get off your butt and answer the door?!
  • Neil: Yeah…yeah…God!
  • [Courtney rings Neil’s front door bell, thinking that Norman snuck out of the house to be with Neil]
  • Courtney: Oh, I’m gonna kill them!
  • [Courtney peeks in through the doors letter box slot]
  • Courtney: I know you’re in there! Slumber party’s over, dorks!
  • [suddenly Mitch opens the door, only wearing a towel]
  • Mitch: Um…can I help you?
  • [Courtney looks tongue tied at seeing Mitch close up wearing only a towel]
  • Courtney: Hell, yeah! Hmm…oh! I…sorry to bug you so late. Um…does uh…Neil live here?
  • Mitch: Yeah. He’s my brother.
  • Courtney: Wow! That’s great! Your brother and my brother, are like, best friends. I’m Courtney.
  • [Mitch turns and yells to Neil]
  • Mitch: Hey, Neil! Will you come here a minute? There’s a girl asking for you!
  • [Neil pops his head through the living room door to take a look]
  • Courtney: Hey, there!
  • [in shock, Neil points to himself and mouths the word ‘me?’]
  • Courtney: How you doin’, little guy?
  • Neil: Neil.
  • Courtney: Yeah! Neil! Do you know where Norman is? He kind of disappeared.
  • Neil: Oh, no…idea! I have no idea where he is. Sorry, bye!
  • Mitch: Woh! Neil! Better start talking, buddy.
  • Neil: I…I didn’t really think he was serious about going up to old graveyard on his own.
  • Courtney: That’s so Norman!
  • Mitch: Oh, man! That place is bad news! It’s like a total slasher movie vibe. Why did he go up there?
  • Neil: I don’t know! Maybe we should go look for him.
  • Mitch: I told you he was trouble.
  • [to Courtney]
  • Mitch: Sorry, but I did.
  • Courtney: No, it’s fine. He sucks. But I gotta really make sure he doesn’t, you know, die or anything tonight.
  • [suddenly she turns to Mitch and puts her hands on his bare chest]
  • Courtney: Will you help me? Please?
  • Mitch: Okay. I guess, I should uh…go get some clothes on.
  • [Mitch starts walking off]
  • Neil: Uh…is Norman in trouble?
  • [after they flee the burial ground, Alvin and Norman go inside Prenderghast’s house]
  • Alvin: Are they gonna try eat our brains?!
  • Norman Babcock: I think you’re safe.
  • Alvin: Oh, thank God!
  • [holding Prenderghast’s book]
  • Norman Babcock: I don’t get it! Why didn’t it work?
  • [Norman opens the book and flips through the pages]
  • Norman Babcock: The story of Sleeping Beauty?! This doesn’t make any sense!
  • [Norman goes to Prenderghast’s study]
  • Alvin: Wait! Where you going?
  • [Norman walks towards Prenderghast’s dead body]
  • Norman Babcock: Mr. Prenderghast, I don’t understand! Just tell me what to do!
  • Alvin: Dude, what are you doing?!
  • Norman Babcock: He told me to read from the book to stop the curse! I thought it was like a spell or something, but…
  • [Norman goes to Prenderghast’s cluttered desk and starts looking around the desk]
  • Norman Babcock: Come on! There has to be something!
  • Alvin: Do you really want me here, cause I’ve got a seriously early curfew.
  • [Norman picks up an old looking picture]
  • Norman Babcock: Seven victims.
  • Alvin: My mom gets really upset when I…
  • Norman Babcock: Seven. No!
  • [suddenly they hear the door being knocked down]
  • Alvin: Okay! Um…we gotta defend ourselves. We gotta shoot them in the head with like some sort of silver bullet or something!
  • Norman Babcock: Seven victims. Seven graves.
  • [Norman realizes the seven people in the picture are the seven zombies]
  • Alvin: Norman, are you listening to me! We really gotta do something!
  • Norman Babcock: The witch’s grave! It wasn’t there! I was reading the book in the wrong place!
  • [suddenly the zombies breaks through the door]
  • Norman Babcock: Hide!
  • [as Mitch drives them to find Norman, Neil sits quietly as he watches Courtney flirt with Mitch]
  • Courtney: Do you use weights? Cause your deltoids are huge!
  • Mitch: I’ve never used deltoids in my life, I swear! You can test me.
  • [to himself]
  • Neil: Kill me, now!
  • [to Mitch]
  • Courtney: Thank you, for doing this, Mitch. He means an awful lot to me, you know. I love him like he was a brother.
  • Neil: He is your brother!
  • [they hear the noise of thunder and Mitch looks at the sky]
  • Mitch: Woh! Look at that sky!
  • [as Mitch is distracted by the sky, suddenly Norman and Alvin run in front of their as they try to get away from the zombies]
  • Neil: Look out!
  • Mitch: Oh, no!
  • [Mitch swerves the car and manages to avoid hitting Norman and Alvin]
  • Neil: That was Norman!
  • [then one of the zombies stands in the middle of the road, as Mitch tries to stop the car he hits the zombie in the process]
  • Mitch: Is everyone okay?
  • Neil and Courtney: No!
  • [after knocking down one of the zombies with his car, Mitch gets out of the car and walks up to the body lying still on the ground]
  • Mitch: Uh…hello, sir?
  • Courtney: Is he dead or what?
  • Mitch: I don’t know. He’s not moving.
  • [the zombie makes noise]
  • Mitch: He’s still breathing!
  • Courtney: So he’s okay?
  • [Mitch picks up the zombie by its head and suddenly the head snaps off its body]
  • Mitch: Uh…not exactly.
  • Courtney: What? What did you just say?
  • Mitch: Does anyone know uh…CPR or…?
  • [at that moment Norman and Alvin appear running towards them]
  • Norman Babcock: Run!
  • [Mitch looks down at the head in his hand and suddenly the zombie’s eyes open, Mitch screams in terror and kicks the head, he runs back into the car and turns to Courtney]
  • Mitch: Did you see that?
  • Courtney: That was insane!
  • Mitch: I know, right? I kicked that like a hundred yards!
  • [Courtney turns to Norman sat in the back seat]
  • Courtney: Norman, what just happened?
  • Alvin: Zombies, I swear! Okay? We saw them burst out of their graves, for real!
  • [pointing to Norman]
  • Alvin: Just so you know, I totally saved his life. And I could totally save yours.
  • Courtney: Sorry, who are you?
  • [Norman notices the zombies are getting close to them]
  • Norman Babcock: Um…guys, maybe we should actually drive away now.
  • Mitch: Right!
  • [Mitch steps on it, unaware that the zombie leader has latched himself to the back of the van]
  • [as they are speeding away from the zombies unaware that one of them is latched to car]
  • Courtney: I knew something like this was gonna happen tonight!
  • Mitch: You did? Wow! Cause that zombie bit really threw me.
  • [Courtney turns to Norman]
  • Courtney: Why did you have to go and get everyone involved in all your weird stuff?
  • Norman Babcock: Well, you weren’t supposed to follow me, were you!
  • Neil: Sorry, my fault. When I’m nervous I get mouth diarrhea.
  • Alvin: Woh! Diarrhea!
  • Courtney: Oh, my gosh! I think I’m having an aneurysm! Oh, this is so typical of you!
  • Norman Babcock: No! You don’t understand. I’m the only one who can stop this, Courtney!
  • Courtney: Oh, I understand! I understand that this is all getting completely out of…
  • [suddenly the zombie’s hand crashes through into the car from the roof top]
  • Courtney: Hands!
  • [everyone screams]
  • Neil: What do we do?! What do we do?! Mitch?!
  • Mitch: I don’t know! I don’t know!
  • Neil: You’re the oldest!
  • Mitch: Not mentally!
  • [as they are getting attacked by the lead zombie]
  • Courtney: Norman, how do we stop them?
  • Norman Babcock: I…I’m supposed to read from the book at the witch’s grave!
  • Neil: We gotta go back to the graveyard?!
  • Norman Babcock: She wasn’t buried with the others. I don’t know where else to look!
  • Courtney: Well, you better think of something quick!
  • Neil: Oh! Oh! I have an idea!
  • [as they are being pursued by the Sheriff whilst the zombie is attached to their van, Norman calls Salma]
  • Salma: So, Norman, let me get this straight. You guys all go on this big supernatural adventure, and you’re calling me in the middle of the night, because you need someone to help you do your homework?
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…yeah. Please! We need to find out where the witch is buried! I went to the old graveyard, her grave wasn’t there!
  • Salma: Well, duh! People found guilty of witchcraft weren’t considered people anymore. Norman, your witch was buried some place else. In an unmarked grave.
  • [back in the van, the zombie is now sat on the hood of their can, staring at them through the windscreen]
  • Courtney: Mitch, do something!
  • [the zombie seems to gets mesmerized by the windscreen wipers, then suddenly Neil screams as the detached zombies arm in his hand comes to life]
  • [as the high-speed car chase continues with the zombie latched onto the van, Salma continues her telephone conversation with Norman]
  • Salma: If you care to pay attention some of the time, you would know that we covered this in fifth grade history class.
  • [back in the car, Norman tries to pries off the zombies hand from Neil’s face]
  • Norman Babcock: Salma! Please hurry!
  • [Norman manages to get the zombie hand off Neil’s face, he throws it aside and the hand latches onto Mitch’s head]
  • Mitch: Oh, no!
  • [Mitch and Courtney scream and the car swerves frantically as Mitch manages to get the hand off of him and throws it behind him, landing on Alvin]
  • [back in the high-speeding van, Norman carries on his conversation with Salma over the phone]
  • Norman Babcock: You know, I would Google this myself if there wasn’t a three hundred year old dead guy trying to rip my face off!
  • Salma: Okay. Okay.
  • [reading from a website about the witch’s burial]
  • Salma: It says here she was tried in the Old Town Hall on Meade Street. There may be a record of her execution and burial in the archives.
  • [back in the van, Norman shouts to Courtney and Mitch]
  • Norman Babcock: Quick! She said go to the Town Hall!
  • [as Norman’s parents are driving back home from their dinner date]
  • Sandra Babcock: I really think it might help if you tried to see things from his point of view.
  • Perry Babcock: I don’t want to!
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry, not believing in the afterlife is like not believing in astrology.
  • Perry Babcock: I have no idea what you’re talking about. Seriously, where did you learn that?!
  • Sandra Babcock: Calm down.
  • [suddenly Mitch’s van speeds by past them, crashing into them and causing their car to swerve and stop, Perry gets out of the car and shouts in anger]
  • Perry Babcock: Delinquent drivers! Where are the police when you need ’em?!
  • [suddenly the Sheriff’s motorcycle crashed into their car, causing the Sheriff to land on top of Perry, knocking him out]
  • [as the zombie manages to enter inside the van, the van veers off the main road, rolls down an embankment, and miraculously lands in a parking space without hurting anybody]
  • Mitch: Oh, my gosh! I’m gonna be sick!
  • [Alvin holds on to the zombie’s arm as he gets out of the van]
  • Alvin: Yeah! Alvin the zombie slayer!
  • [suddenly the arm tries to grab Alvin again]
  • Alvin: Ow!
  • [Alvin drops the arm and the zombie arm runs off using it’s fingers]
  • Mitch: Baby, I’m so sorry. You’ll be alright. We’re gonna get through this together.
  • [Courtney turns and smiles, thinking that Mitch is talking to her, but then sees Mitch walking towards his van and the van suddenly falls apart]
  • [as Norman notices the clouds in the sky getting darker and weirder]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh-oh! Come on!
  • Neil: Oh, yeah!
  • [Neil, Alvin and Mitch follow Norman]
  • Courtney: Great. Now the geeks are in charge.
  • [she follows after them]
  • [back in town the seven Zombies have regrouped and they run across various townspeople and are frightened by their 21st century ways]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: See! I told you! Zombies! It’s the witch’s curse!
  • Blithe Hollow Kid: Mama?!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: What?!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: What shall we do?
  • [one of the townspeople taker a gun and shouts]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: Kill them in the head!
  • [suddenly the townspeople start attacking the zombies]
  • [as they reach the town]
  • Norman Babcock: Hurry, this way!
  • [they come across the townspeople attacking the zombies]
  • Courtney: Oh, this is awful! The zombies are like eating everyone!
  • [Norman sees the sign for the Town Hall]
  • Norman Babcock: Come on!
  • [Norman runs on and the others follow after him finally reaching the Town Hall]
  • Norman Babcock: Is everyone alright? Nobody got bitten?
  • Neil: I bit my tongue. Does that count?
  • [Norman tries to open the Town Hall door but it’s locked, he turns to the others]
  • Norman Babcock: Does anyone know how to pick a lock?
  • [everyone turns and looks at Alvin]
  • Alvin: Sure! Picking locks is my thing.
  • [Alvin picks up a sign, throws it at the door, breaks the glass and puts his hand inside and unlocks the door]
  • Alvin: Boom!
  • [inside the Town Hall, Norman finds the Hall of Records]
  • Norman Babcock: This is it!
  • Neil: This is?!
  • Norman Babcock: Now we can find out where the witch was buried.
  • [Norman opens the doors to the Hall of Records]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh-oh.
  • [they see the room is filled with thousands of records]
  • Mitch: Woh!
  • Courtney: Great. I’m super psyched. This is turning into the most fun date ever!
  • Alvin: Man! Zombies take over the world and we lock ourselves in a library?! Are you kidding me?! There’s an adult video store across the street.
  • Neil: This will be a piece of cake, you’ll see.
  • [Neil reads from one of the books he’s picked up]
  • Neil: Page…one. Okay, page one.
  • Mitch: I really hate…books.
  • [Mitch picks up some books and starts doing weights with them, Norman starts looking through some books]
  • Norman Babcock: Come on! Oh, this is not it! Time is running out.
  • [as Norman’s parents drive the Sheriff into the town]
  • Sheriff Hooper: Would have been a quite night too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids. Hmm!
  • [suddenly she notices that all the townspeople have gone nuts are rioting]
  • Sheriff Hooper: Sweet baby Jesus!
  • [Perry stops the car in the middle of the riot, the Sheriff gets out and grabs the gun form an old woman as she’s shooting it]
  • Sheriff Hooper: What do you think you’re doing firing at civilians! That is for the Police to do!
  • Deputy Dwayne: No, no, no! It’s okay, Sheriff. We’ve only been shooting at the dead ones. It’s the living dead come to take us all to hell! We’ve gotta stop them before they get away!
  • [as the rioting continues in town, Norman and the others are having no luck finding the Witch’s burial information]
  • Courtney: We’re not gonna find it in here, Norman! This is useless!
  • Alvin: Yeah, I know. And it’s also really boring.
  • Mitch: I thought I was driving the van. No one told me I was gonna have to do this other dumb stuff.
  • Norman Babcock: If I’d known there was so much reading involved, I would have brought a completely different group of people that hate me.
  • [suddenly Neil bursts through from under a pile of papers]
  • Neil: Yes! Book number one finished! That is right. Twenty six pages. Oh, yeah!
  • [everyone sighs in dismay at they look at Neil]
  • Courtney: I can’t believe this is your plan. I’m gonna get bitten and start eating people’s brains. I’m supposed to be vegan!
  • [Mitch hears a noise coming from outside and opens the door]
  • Mitch: Guys! There’s something moving out there. I think it’s the zombies.
  • [Alvin screams]
  • Alvin: Hide!
  • Mitch: Oh, no, it’ not. It’s just grownups.
  • [Alvin screams even louder]
  • Alvin: Hide!
  • [the townspeople start attacking the Town Hall]
  • Mitch: That sound, you know what that is? That’s not awesome things.
  • [as they hear the townspeople breaking into the Town Hall]
  • Norman Babcock: Guys! Come on!
  • Alvin: Just give it up, you weaner!
  • Norman Babcock: No! We have to keep trying!
  • Courtney: Oh, we tried! And look what happened! I’m scared, Norman, and I can’t listen to this anymore.
  • Norman Babcock: You never listen. No one ever listens! I’m scared too, but I’ve still gotta do this!
  • Courtney: I do too listen! Whatever it was you just said, it’s not working. You think you’re gonna go out there, you’re gonna do your talking to the dead thing and this is all gonna be okay?! It’s uh…! What are you gonna do, huh?! Ask the zombies not to eat you?
  • Norman Babcock: I should have known you wouldn’t understand. No one ever does!
  • Courtney: Norman, you need to stop all this weird stuff and start living in the real world.
  • Norman Babcock: Everyone in the real world thinks I’m a freak! And you know what? Maybe they’re right, maybe I am a freak! But I never asked for your help! Just go! Get out!
  • Mitch: Jeez! That was dramatic.
  • [to the others]
  • Courtney: Oh, come on!
  • [Courtney turns and walks out, Alvin follows her, Mitch grabs Neil’s arm to take him]
  • Neil: I’m not going anywhere. You can’t make me.
  • [Mitch picks up Neil and carries him out under his arm]
  • Mitch: Dude, you’re really heavy.
  • Neil: I’m not speaking to you and you can’t make me.
  • [Norman is left all on his own in Hall of Records]
  • [as they move towards the doors, they hear the townspeople outside trying to break in]
  • Courtney: Um…excuse me? Hello?
  • [suddenly the townspeople break through the windows, one of them grabs Neil, he turns to the other townspeople]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: They’re in there alright! I can feel its clammy flesh!
  • [Norman hears a noise as the zombies break into the Hall of Records]
  • Norman Babcock: Hello?
  • [he sees the zombies coming towards him and grabs Prenderghast’s book and makes a run for it]
  • Norman Babcock: Help! Somebody help me!
  • [Norman runs onto the building’s roof and starts climbing the rickety ladder leading to the Town Hall’s tower]
  • [On the ground, Norman’s parents look around them as the rioting gets worse]
  • Sandra Babcock: Oh, my gosh! Do you think that it’s got anything to do with Norman?
  • Perry Babcock: Of course not!
  • [they see Norman climbing the Town Hall tower as dark, swirling, evil clouds appear over the town square]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: Everyone, look!
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry! It’s Norman!
  • [Perry shouts]
  • Perry Babcock: Norman! Get down from there this instant! You’re supposed to be grounded!
  • [suddenly a witch-like face materializes within clouds, Norman looks shouts at it]
  • Norman Babcock: Is this what you want?
  • [as the witch-like face appears in the clouds, Norman recites the fairy tale story from Prenderghast’s book]
  • Norman Babcock: Once upon a time, in a…in a far off land, there was a king and a queen in a magnificent castle.
  • [the witch starts doing a cackling laughter]
  • Norman Babcock: Why won’t you listen to me?! Why are you doing this?
  • [the witch produces green lightning bolts which hit the leather-bound book in Norman’s hands, frying it, Norman, gripping the book, screams as he falls from the tower]
  • [after falling from the tower, Norman finds himself transported to a vision from the past, where the seven puritan pilgrims are alive and acting as a judge over an accused witch]
  • The Judge: Agatha Prenderghast, of his majesty’s province of Massachusetts. On this day you have been arraigned for the horrible crime of witchcraft, witnessed by those whose testimonies have been heard. You have, by this court, been found guilty!
  • Norman Babcock: No!
  • The Judge: And it is passed on you, according to your grievous crimes, execution!
  • [Norman hears someone crying, he turns and sees a young girl is the one they are accusing of witchcraft]
  • Aggie: No! No!
  • The Judge: Do you have anything to say for yourself?
  • Aggie: I was only playing.
  • The Judge: Aye! With fire! You were speaking with the dead!
  • Norman Babcock: Wait! No!
  • The Judge: I’ll not put damnation on these good people.
  • [the townspeople start walking towards the girl]
  • Norman Babcock: No, you can’t do this!
  • Aggie: I didn’t do anything wrong!
  • The Judge: You are to be taken to the place of execution, where you will be hanged by the neck, until you be dead!
  • [the townspeople surround her]
  • Aggie: Stop! Leave me alone, or I’ll make you sorry! I’ll make all of you sorry!
  • [Norman awakens back inside the Hall of Records in the Town Hall, and sees the seven zombies looking at him]
  • Norman Babcock: How could you? She was just a little kid. She was no different than me.
  • [the lead zombie moves towards Norman and points at him]
  • Norman Babcock: Keep away from me!
  • The Judge: You must stop the curse.
  • Norman Babcock: What?! You don’t wanna kill me?!
  • The Judge: You can speak to the dead. To us. To her. We need you to read from the book, to send us all back to the grave.
  • [Norman picks up the book]
  • Norman Babcock: But it didn’t work! It’s a fairy tale. Just a bedtime…story.
  • [as Norman realizes why a fairy tale is read to the witch at her grave]
  • Norman Babcock: That’s it, isn’t it? A bedtime story to keep a little girl asleep for another year. And now you need my help because I’m the only one who can read it to her?
  • [Norman turns and throws the book in anger at the lead zombie]
  • Norman Babcock: Here’s your book! Try reading it yourself! Why did you do it?
  • The Judge: We were scared.
  • Norman Babcock: Of what?
  • The Judge: Of her. I believed we were doing what was right. I was wrong. Now this is our punishment. We thought we knew our way in life, but in death we are lost. Please, help us.
  • Norman Babcock: Every year, someone reads the story at her grave. Before me, it was Mr. Prenderghast, and before him, there were others. But the curse doesn’t ever go away, nothing gets better. It’s not enough.
  • The Judge: What will you do?
  • Norman Babcock: Something nobody ever did before. I’ve gotta go talk to her.
  • [as the townspeople have set started setting the Town Hall on fire]
  • Courtney: Mitch! Mitch! If we die here tonight, this may be the last chance I get to tell you how I feel.
  • Mitch: Uh…well, not unless we come back as zombies and then technically we live longer.
  • [suddenly they see Norman walk out of the Hall of Records]
  • Courtney: Norman?!
  • [Norman instructs the zombies]
  • Norman Babcock: Come on, this way.
  • [the others watch in shock]
  • Courtney: You’ve got to be kidding me!
  • [as the townspeople are wrecking the Town Hall, suddenly the zombies start walking out of the Town Hall with Norman standing behind them]
  • Sheriff Hooper: You stand right where you are! You may be dead already, but I will still shoot you!
  • Norman Babcock: Wait!
  • Courtney: Oh, my gosh!
  • Perry Babcock: Son, step away from the zombies!
  • Norman Babcock: No, I won’t!
  • Perry Babcock: God, the little…!
  • Sandra Babcock: Perry, calm down! You’re gonna have a heart attack! And then what are you gonna do?
  • Perry Babcock: I’ll come back and haunt Norman! Maybe then he’ll start listening to me!
  • Norman Babcock: No! You don’t understand what’s happening here! I spoke to them, and it’s not what you think. The curse isn’t about the zombies hurting you, it’s about you hurting them. I figured it out! And…and I know a way to stop this.
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: He’s in league with them!
  • Deputy Dwayne: Let’s hang him!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: No, you can’t hang him, stupid! It’s the twenty first century!
  • Deputy Dwayne: Then let’s burn him!
  • Sandra Babcock: Can you stop being a mob for just one minute!
  • Norman Babcock: Listen to me!
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: Get him!
  • [the townspeople start moving towards Norman and the zombies]
  • [as the townspeople are ready to lynch Norman and the zombies, Courtney steps forward and shouts]
  • Courtney: Leave him alone!
  • [the crowd stops in surprise, Courtney takes Norman’s hand, nods her head and the others move forward and link hands with each other and Norman, Alvin comes up and stands next to Courtney and touches her inappropriately]
  • Courtney: Hand, Alvin. The hand.
  • [addressing the townspeople]
  • Courtney: Everybody, listen up! You all need to stop trying to kill my brother! You’re adults! So stop it! I know that this seems crazy, believe me I am with you on that. But I think he does actually know what he’s talking about!
  • Neil: All night he has been trying to save you from the witch’s curse.
  • Mitch: Yeah! Yeah! And all you wanna do is burn and murder stuff! Burn and murder stuff! Just burning and murdering!
  • Alvin: Yeah, shame on every single one of you! How dare you all?
  • [referring to the zombies]
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: So, they’re not going to hurt us?
  • Norman Babcock: No! Does it look like any of them are trying to hurt you? They’re just people. Well, at least they used to be. Just…just stupid people who should have known better. They did something unforgivable, because they were scared, and they were cursed for it. Now it’s happening all over again! Don’t you get it? They were just like you. But now it has to stop. For good!
  • [the townspeople start dropping their weapons]
  • [as the townspeople start listening to Norman, suddenly clouds swirl above them and sends down lightning and takes the bronze Witch statue at the center of the square]
  • Neil: Jeez! What is her problem?!
  • [the cloud cackles with hatred and shatters the Witch statue in center of the square, Norman’s mom runs up to him and hugs him]
  • Sandra Babcock: Oh, Norman!
  • [Neil joins in hugging Norman]
  • Neil: So what do we do now?!
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…I really don’t know.
  • Courtney: Yes, you do, Norman. You’ve got to get to that witch’s grave!
  • Norman Babcock: But…
  • Courtney: But nothing! You listen to me, buster. We didn’t turn away when Daleridge High was slaughtering our volleyball team, did we?
  • Norman Babcock: I thought we did.
  • Courtney: No, we didn’t. I’ve cheered the uncheerable, Norman. I’m not letting you give up now!
  • [Norman nods his head]
  • Norman Babcock: Dad, could I borrow the car?
  • Perry Babcock: Excuse me?!
  • [Norman’s parents drive Norman, Courtney, and the lead zombie through the town]
  • Courtney: Norman! Uhh! He’s on my side of the seat!
  • [to the zombie]
  • Norman Babcock: She wants you to move over.
  • [the zombie growls and moves closer to Norman]
  • Courtney: Um…I heard that! Mom, tell the zombie to stop saying stuff about me.
  • Norman Babcock: Can you quit using the Z word?
  • [Courtney mocks Norman by mimicking his voice]
  • Courtney: Can you quit using the Z word…
  • Perry Babcock: So help me I will stop this car right now if all three of you don’t quit it this instant!
  • [Norman, Courtney and the zombie all sit quietly and sulk in the back of the car]
  • [as they drive through town, the zombie growls, giving directions]
  • Norman Babcock: He says, take a left here.
  • Perry Babcock: We’ve already been this way! We’re going around in circles!
  • Sandra Babcock: Maybe we should pull over and ask someone.
  • Perry Babcock: Oh, right! You think maybe we should stop at a graveyard and dig up some other eighteenth century corpses?
  • Sandra Babcock: It’s not a bad idea.
  • Perry Babcock: If only I understood you.
  • [the zombie growls something again]
  • Perry Babcock: Please don’t tell me he needs to use the bathroom.
  • Norman Babcock: Turn down there!
  • [as they drive up towards the edge of the forest]
  • Sandra Babcock: Oh, my! Do you think that’s it?
  • [as they enter the woods]
  • Perry Babcock: So why are we here?
  • [the zombie growls something to Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: Someone’s gotta talk to her, dad.
  • Perry Babcock: Yeah, um…why’s that person you, exactly?
  • [as they carefully make their way into the woods, suddenly the trees crack and explode around them, barring all but Norman from entering the forest]
  • Sandra Babcock: Norman!
  • Norman Babcock: I’m…I’m okay, mom! Just wait for me here, don’t worry!
  • Sandra Babcock: Be careful!
  • [Norman walks deeper into the woods and sees the swirling cloud ahead]
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…hello!
  • [Norman sees a glowing bright yellow light and hears the voice of the young girl]
  • Aggie: You’re not welcome here. Go away!
  • Norman Babcock: Uh…I really need to speak with you.
  • Aggie: Who are you?
  • Norman Babcock: I’m…I’m Norman. Norman Babcock. You…you don’t actually know me, but I know you. We’re actually kind of the same, you and I.
  • Aggie: You’re not dead.
  • Norman Babcock: Well, no. Apart from that.
  • Aggie: And you’re a boy.
  • Norman Babcock: Oh, well, yes. That too.
  • Aggie: You’re not like me at all.
  • Norman Babcock: Well, I…I know how you feel.
  • Aggie: No, you don’t! you don’t know anything about me.
  • Norman Babcock: I know your name is Agatha Prenderghast.
  • Aggie: What?!
  • Norman Babcock: And I know you’re probably tired, right? Because, I mean, it’s…it’s really late and it’s been a long night. And we’re like only eleven years old
  • [suddenly Norman hears the girl whispering in his ear]
  • Aggie: I don’t want to go to sleep, and you can’t make me.
  • [suddenly, Aggie sends sharp roots out of the ground obstructing Norman’s path]
  • [after getting away from the sharp roots, Norman sees Aggie floating and glowing bright yellow with lightning coursing through her]
  • Aggie: I burnt the book into dust. Now I don’t have to listen to that stupid story anymore!
  • [she suddenly starts shooting lightning at Norman]
  • Aggie: Leave me alone.
  • Norman Babcock: No! No, I’m not leaving. Just listen to me! Uh…once upon a time, long ago, *there was a little girl…
  • Aggie: What?!
  • Norman Babcock: A little girl, who was different…who was different from the other people in her village.
  • Aggie: I’m not listening to this!
  • [she starts swirling around Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: She could see and do things that no one could understand, and that made them scared of her.
  • Aggie: I don’t like this story!
  • [she continues to swirl really fast around Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: She turned away from everyone and became sad and lonely and had no one to turn to!
  • Aggie: Stop it!
  • [suddenly her yellow light explodes and sends lightning from the ground, Norman continues telling her his story about her]
  • Norman Babcock: The more she turned away from people, the more scared they were of her! And they did something terrible! They became so scared that they took her away and they killed her!
  • Aggie: No!
  • Norman Babcock: But even though she was dead, something in her came back!
  • Aggie: Stop!
  • Norman Babcock: And this part of her wouldn’t go away in over three hundred years!
  • Aggie: Shut up!
  • Norman Babcock: The longer it stayed, the less there was of the little girl.
  • [Aggie starts screaming and lightning crackles around her sending it into the ground, tearing the ground apart]
  • [as Aggie breaks the ground apart in anger, she shouts at Norman]
  • Aggie: I’ll make you suffer!
  • Norman Babcock: Why?
  • [Norman falls off the edge of ground which has now risen]
  • Aggie: Because…because…
  • Norman Babcock: Because you want everyone to hurt just as much as you are! So whenever you *wake up, you play this mean game. But you don’t play fair!
  • [Norman starts jumping on the broken up ground to get closer to Aggie]
  • Aggie: They hurt me!
  • Norman Babcock: So you hurt them back?
  • Aggie: I wanted everyone to see how rotten they were!
  • [Norman keeps leaping on the broken up ground to get closer to Aggie]
  • Norman Babcock: You’re just like them, Agatha!
  • Aggie: No, I’m not!
  • Norman Babcock: You’re a bully!
  • Aggie: No, I’m not!
  • [Aggie sends another bout of lightning in anger and makes Norman fall of the tree trunk that he was holding onto]
  • [Norman manages to hold on to another tree trunk]
  • Norman Babcock: They did something awful, but that doesn’t mean you should too! All that’s left of you now is mean and horrible.
  • Aggie: That’s not true!
  • Norman Babcock: Then stop! This is wrong and you know it! You spent so long remembering the bad people, that you forgot the good ones. There must have been someone who loved you and cared for you. You don’t remember them?
  • Aggie: Leave me alone!
  • Norman Babcock: Look, you’re not alone! You have to remember!
  • Aggie: Keep away from me!
  • [Aggie turns from Norman]
  • Norman Babcock: Remember!
  • [suddenly Norman grabs hold of Aggie’s hand, then her light bursts around them and everything becomes white light]
  • [Norman and Aggie, now appearing as the girl he saw in his vision, stand in the middle of forest with the sun shining on them, she looks at her hands]
  • Aggie: Aggie. My name was Aggie.
  • [Norman smiles at her, she looks around her]
  • Aggie: I remember, my mommy brought me here once. We sat under the tree and she told me stories, they all had happy endings. And then those horrible men came and took me away and I never saw her again.
  • [she starts crying]
  • Norman Babcock: Sometimes when people get scared, they say and do terrible things. I think you got so scared that you forgot who you are. But I don’t think you’re a witch, not really.
  • Aggie: You don’t?
  • Norman Babcock: I think you’re just a little kid with a really special gift, who only ever wanted people to understand her. So we’re not all that different at all.
  • Aggie: But what about the people who hurt you? Don’t you ever want to make them suffer?
  • Norman Babcock: Well, yeah. But what good would that do? You think just because there’s bad people out there that there’s no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while, but there’s always someone out there for you, somewhere.
  • Aggie: I just want my mommy.
  • Norman Babcock: I’m sorry, Aggie. She’s gone.
  • Aggie: That story you were telling, how does it end?
  • Norman Babcock: I think that’s up to you.
  • [Aggie touches the tree that she’s buried under]
  • Aggie: Is this where they buried me?
  • Norman Babcock: It’s a pretty good place to sleep. And you can be with your mom again.
  • [Aggie sits under the tree, Norman sits next to her and holds her, Aggie closes her eyes and her spirit starts to float away, back in the town the zombie pilgrims appear as their ghostly selves and their spirits float away]
  • [Norman wakes up back in the forest and touches the tree]
  • Norman Babcock: Sleep tight.
  • [his parents and Courtney find him]
  • Sandra Babcock: Norman! Norman!
  • [Sandra hugs him]
  • Sandra Babcock: My brave little man! I thought I was gonna lose you.
  • [she starts kissing his face]
  • Norman Babcock: Mom! You’re embarrassing me!
  • Sandra Babcock: That’s my job.
  • Courtney: Good job, Norman.
  • Perry Babcock: Well done, son. You did it.
  • [back in town, as Norman walks around he hears how everybody is reacting, he walks past the Sheriff and the deputy]
  • Deputy Dwayne: So, uh…we’re gonna need statements.
  • [the Sheriff hits his hand, making him drop his notebook]
  • Deputy Dwayne: Ow! That’s my fingernail.
  • [Norman then walks past his teacher as she talks to two other townspeople]
  • Mrs. Henscher You know what it’s like, you join a mob and you say things. I was merely inhabiting the role.
  • Blithe Hollow Townperson: It was the other others, they pushed me into it.
  • [Norman walks past Alvin talking to some kids]
  • Alvin: Yeah, me and Norman are in a lot of the same classes. We’re pretty much inseparable, best buds. We do a lot of psychic investigations together. We have a blog actually, you should check it out.
  • [Norman rolls his eyes as he walks by, then walks past Courtney as she talks to Mitch]
  • Courtney: So I was thinking, maybe we could see a movie sometime. Nothing scary.
  • Mitch: That sounds great, Cathy. You know, you’re gonna love my boyfriend. He’s like a total chick flick nut.
  • [Courtney sighs in disappointment]
  • [Norman spots Neil, sitting, reading a book, Norman sits next to him]
  • Norman Babcock: Hey, Neil.
  • Neil: You did it! You stopped the witch’s curse and made the zombie’s go away, and saved pretty much everything!
  • Norman Babcock: I guess. I just wanted to say thanks. You stood by me, all the time.
  • Neil: Yeah, of course. Don’t go weird, or anything. So uh…you think now everything’s gonna go back to normal?
  • Norman Babcock: Well, as normal as it could be.
  • [last lines; at home Norman watches his zombie movie as his ghostly grandma sits on the couch behind him, his father enters the room and sits on the couch]
  • Perry Babcock: Son.
  • Norman Babcock: Hi, dad.
  • Perry Babcock: What are you watching?
  • Norman Babcock: A scary movie.
  • Perry Babcock: Oh, yeah. Um…you’re grandma here, is she?
  • [Norman smiles and nods his head]
  • Perry Babcock: Of course she is. Um…is she uh, is she uh…sitting next to me?
  • [Perry turns and looks at where the ghost of his mother is sitting]
  • Perry Babcock: Hi, mom.
  • [Grandma smiles, then Courtney and Sandra enter the room, and the whole family watches the movie, then Perry and Grandma speak out in unison about the zombie movie]
  • Grandma, Perry Babcock: So, what’s happening now?
  • [Norman laughs]
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