Exposure (2018) - full transcript

To reconcile the problems in their relationship, Myra (Anello) and James (Lawless) go to a cabin in the mountains where they encounter an ancient evil that haunts the land, capable of turning people into monsters.

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(low tense music)

(birds chirping)

(soft instrumental music)

- [Mira] This is an oldie.

- [James] Oldie but a goodie.

I love that picture.

- Do you keep this up
there all the time?

- I do.

Having that particular
picture up there

reminds me that no
matter where I go,

the most important thing
in life to me is us.

- [Mira] Those were
some good times.

- [James] And the
best is yet to come.

- [Mira] You're so corny.

- [James] Yeah yeah.

- Man, my ears are really
starting to pop now.

- Yeah, we still
have another thousand

feet or so to climb.

- [Mira] How high are we now?

- Over nine thousand feet.

- It is really
beautiful up here.

- It is.

The perfect place to start over.

♪ If the winds should
change your mind ♪

- So what do you think?

- It's amazing.

Now I know why
you liked to spend

so much time here as a kid.

- [James] Some of
the best memories

of my life were made here.

- Okay well.

I want to see the
inside, come show me.

(soft tense music)


- [James] Nice, right?

- Yeah.

It's cozy.

- I'm gonna flip on the power

and get the rest of our stuff.

- Okay.


- Oh shit!

- Guess we're not
breaking in the new bed.

- What?

- It's full.

- Well...

Oh my god.

- God, deal with it.

I think we broke something.

- Everything's working
fine on my end.

- Oh my god, no seriously!

Didn't you hear that?

It's a picture frame.

Be careful not to cut yourself,

you know how you
get around blood.

- Yeah, I get it.


- Well what is it?

- It's a picture
of my grandparents.

- What's the matter?

- Nothing.

- Nothing?

- We can talk about it later,

just not right now.

I got to get something
to clean this mess up.

- Babe?

I think I'm gonna try
painting a landscape.

I know I don't usually
do landscapes but

we have this perfect
view of the mountain peak

just right out front.

- I thought you preferred
more modern stuff.

- I do.

I just thought
something a little more

conventional might
be a fun change.

- Look at you showing
public access.

- Oh yeah?

- Yeah, like maybe get you
a nice little tree over here

and ooh a pleasant mountain
top here in the back.

- Is that supposed
to be Bob Ross?

- [James] Yeah.

- Yeah, I'll just paint
this happy little mountain

and put it over here by
my pile of dead bodies.

- You see a forest
fire start to arise

and a squirrel with a
jeep full of Quaaludes.


- What's wrong with you?


You're ridiculous.

So do you want to talk?

- We are talking.

- You know what I mean.

- No, I don't.

- The picture in the car,
the awesome foot rub.

I mean don't get me wrong,

it's really great, it's just--

- Too much?

- Well, I don't know I just--

- I understand.

- I don't, no that's just it.

It's just not the
James that I'm used to.

- That's good, right?

- It's good if it's sincere.

- Look, I don't want you to feel

like you're doing
anything wrong,

I'm loving the foot rubs but,

you don't feel like
everything's just a little off?

I don't know like, maybe it's
just the new environment,

or just coming out here or,

you know what?

I'm sorry.

- Don't be sorry.

I want to communicate better.

I appreciate you telling
me how you feel but,

I'm just trying
real hard you know?

- Yeah I can see that.


I just I think forcing
it is maybe the wrong way

to go about it.

- I'm not trying to
force anything but,

don't you agree we're
worth fighting for?

- Okay.

- Alright, you're right.

I will stop distracting you

and you can get back
to work on the feet.

- Okay.

- [Mira] So maybe do a
better job this time.

- Yeah, how about that?

- [Mira] Ow.


What is wrong with you?

- Yeah well.

- [Mira] Lightly harder.


- Hey, babe.

- Yeah?

- Have you seen the box
with my paintbrushes

and paint and everything in it?

- No I haven't.

Is everything out of the car?

- I thought so.

I guess I'll go look again.

- It should be unlocked, I left
the keys in the cup holder.

- Okay thanks.

- [James] Not a problem.

- [Whispering Voice] Mira.


You're alive.



(ominous whispering)

- [James] Did you find them?

- Jeez.

- Oh, you did.

What's the matter with you?

You look spooked.

- It's nothing.

Not used to the wide
open spaces I guess.

Seriously I'm fine.

- Are you sure?

(phone vibrating)

(thunder rumbling)

(thunder crashing)

(low tense music)

(building tense music)

(ominous whispering)


- Morning, Mira.

How'd you sleep?

- Great.

So did you know there's know
hot water in the shower?

- Oh yeah, there's a wood

water heater in
the front cellar,

I gotta figure it out.

I'll tell you what, later today

I'll chop some wood
and feed the furnace.

- That would be wonderful.

- Cool.

- I'm sorry I left you
on the couch last night.

You were out and I did
not want to wake you.

- Honestly it was fine.

I haven't slept
that well in ages.

- [Mira] Good.

- Must be the mountain air.


- [Mira] Yes please.

- Here you are.

There you go.

- Thank you.
- You're welcome.

- Did you go out
barefoot this morning?

- What, are you my mother now?

- James I was just asking.

- So sorry, I have no
idea where that came from.

- Are you gonna eat?

- Suddenly not all that hungry.

- Nice ax.

- Yeah it was all I could find.

I'm sorry for what
happened in there earlier.

- You know how familiar
that sounds, right?

- Look those times
are behind us.

- Look James,

we both worked really
hard to fix everything.

I mean, we're here
you know, I just

I don't even want
to catch a whiff

of going back there again.

- You won't, I'm sorry.

- Okay.

- [James] I love you.

- I love you too.

Alright, get your
ass back in gear.

If I don't get some
hot water soon,

I'm gonna turn that
hatchet on you.

(gentle ominous music)

- [Whispering Voice] Mira.


(soft ominous music)

- Hey Mira.

Whoa whoa, are you okay?

- My painting.

- What about it, it looks good.

- [Mira] No, it didn't look
like that a second ago.

- Yeah you've made
good progress.

- No, you don't get it,
it was different, it was

like a nightmare!

- Nightmare?

- Yes.

- Alright, calm down.

- Don't tell me to calm down,

I know what I saw!

- Alright, I'm just saying,

you've been out
here for six hours,

maybe you had a waking
dream or something.

- Six hours?

- Look at the sky, babe,
the sun is setting.

- Six hours?

- Six.

You looked like you were
really into what you were doing

so I didn't want to disturb you.

Hey, you've reached
a stopping point,

I have a surprise
for you inside.

Hey I'm sorry for
starting things off

on the wrong foot this morning.

I know we came up here to
start fresh and I hope that--

- It's perfect.

- You know I was thinking,

tomorrow we can go out
to this old fishing pond

my grandpa used to take me to.

It's gorgeous up there.

- Sure.

I might not do any fishing but

I can bring my camera along.


Do you think we can
talk about them now.

- About who?

- Your grandparents.

- I mean it's fair
of you to ask that.

Us staying here and all.

I don't know, it's just
a very sensitive topic.

- I know.

We don't have to talk about
it if you don't want to

talk about it.
- No no no.

I told you I'd tell
you about them.

So I will.

Each summer when
I was growing up

I would come up here and
spend some time with them.

It was always a
really good time.

I remember each morning,
grandma would cook breakfast

and grandpa would sit on
the porch and smoke a pipe.

I don't know it's just
one of those random

vivid memories.

That was until grandpa
had his incident.

- What happened?

- [James] My mom got a call
from the sheriff saying that

grandma called him
reporting grandpa missing.

Apparently he wandered off
into the woods one night

and he never came back.

I never knew why.

- Did they ever find him?

- Yeah.

Stark raving mad and naked.

He was babbling on some nonsense

about voices in the trees.

After spending a week in
the hospital for exposure,

they sent him home.

- Oh Jimmy.

- But he was never
quite right after that.

The following summer

was the last time I
ever came up here.

It was different
from the others.

Grandpa was distant.

And I'd often catch grandma
crying in her bedroom.

She told me she thought
he had a stroke but,

it was never diagnosed as such.

Anyway that picture
I showed you,

the last photo
ever taken of them.

I took it.

It was the last time
I ever saw them alive.

It was about a
month after I left.

Mom got another call
from the sheriff.

This time telling her that

grandma was found dead

and grandpa was missing again.

The police suspected grandpa but

I never believed that,
I couldn't believe that.

I don't know.

- Did the police ever find him?

- Never.

- My god, James, I'm sorry.

No wonder you never
want to talk about it.

- Yeah well, it feels good

to get it off my
chest I suppose.

- I think we need more wine.

- A lot more wine.

- Okay.


- Just about.

Need to go grab my fliers, okay?

- Fliers?.

- [James] I'll be quick.

- Okay.

(phone vibrating)

(blissful instrumental music)

♪ Still keep your picture ♪

♪ Hanging deep inside ♪

♪ I keep it where I
used to burn my eyes ♪

♪ Comes in handy when I
want to write a sad song ♪

♪ 'Cause looking in your
eyes can make me cry ♪

♪ I still have your picture
hanging on the wall ♪

♪ I put it right
beside your memory ♪

♪ Now every time I
look into your face ♪

I like this angle because it
looks like you have 13 chins.

Yeah, now you see why I
hate this shit happening.

Because every person puts
a camera under your chin

- And takes a picture?

Why I hate having photos taken,

they're always very unappealing

and it's not fun.

Can we just go now?

You wanna go?


Because I don't want to sit
here and talk to you about

Because I don't want to sit
here and talk to you about

your unappealing chins anymore.

Well good thing it's not the
pine needles up your ass.

You're gonna have to
pick these out, seriously

- Am I?

They are way up there.



Get up.

All right, let's look.

Their might be a pine cone too!

I'll catch up.



- [Whispering Voice] Mira.


He is the woods.


- Got that shoe tied yet?

- I.

You weren't there
and you thought I...

- [James] You gotta quit making

it a habit of
these spells, Mira.

I've been calling your name

for the past couple minutes.

- I'm sorry.

- Come on, just
over this bridge.

- Oh man.

This place is beautiful.


(camera clicks)

Got ya.

- You know I hate
having my picture taken.

- Yeah, I couldn't resist.

- Well the trout were
always biting at this spot.

It was like magic, you know.

You don't have to wait very long

before you snag something.

- So you're telling me we're
having fish for dinner.

- Hope so.

Oh damn!

- [Mira] What's up?

- I already got something.

- [Mira] Man, you
weren't joking.

- It feels like a big one, too.

- You need help?

- [James] No I got it.


- [Mira] Did you lose it?

- I snagged a
piece of driftwood.

What the hell?


- What happened?

- That damn thing moved.

- What thing?

- [James] That!

- This?

- Just leave it alone, Mira.

- Oh god you're bleeding.

No don't look at it.

- Oh.

- No no.


That fish did this?

- That fish, that
fish should got me.

- I don't know babe,
this looks pretty bad.

I think we need to
take you into town and

have a doctor look at it,

you might need stitches.

- Oh no no no, I'll be fine,

I'm fine, I'm fine.

- No, no it is really deep.

I think we should just
take you down there.

- Would you just put the
damn bandage on it, Mira?

- There.

Maybe next time don't
be such a dick about it.

- Hey wait.

Wait wait wait wait.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you!




- [James] What's
the matter, babe?

- I had a nightmare.

- [James] Nightmare?


- You okay?

- I had a bad dream.

- Want to talk about it.

- No.

I think I just need
some fresh air.

- Mira.

Are you sure you're okay?

- Not really.

- What'd you dream about?


- You weren't you.

You were something else and

you were trying to kill me.

- [James] It was just a dream.

- [Mira] A terrifying
dream, alright?

It just felt real.

- You know I would never hurt
you, Mira.

- You have before.

- You just had to
bring that up again.

You just had to go there.

Is that why the dream
scared you so much?

Because you think I'm going to.

So that's it then.

A fucking dream is
worth forgetting

all the progress we made over
the past year, is that it?

- No.

- Well then what is it?

- It's just, god
it's this place!

Ever since we came
here, everything feels


- [James] This place?

- [Mira] Yeah.

- This place is the best
thing that's happened to me

in quite a long time

and here you are digging
up ancient history

instead of looking
into the future.

- I can see your future.

Enjoy the fucking couch.

(soft ominous music)

(phone vibrating)





Car keys are in the car.


Dammit James this isn't
funny, where are you?

No, I don't know
when he disappeared,

I was in bed.

No, he's gone now,

what do you mean 24 hours?

No, I don't need 24 hours

to know that something's wrong!


Dammit where have you
been all fucking day?

I was scared out of my mind!


I even called the cops,

I've been looking
for you everywhere!

What have you been
fucking doing all day?

- Feeling.

- What?

Oh my god James,

what have you done to yourself?

- Do it.

I've done nothing.

As a matter of fact
I feel fantastic.

- You don't look fantastic.

We need to get you out of here,

you need to see a doctor!

- I'm fine!

- No,

no you're not.

Something wrong is going on here

and I think we just need
to get you away from here.

- I'm not going anywhere.

- Baby, your hand
looks really bad.

I think we should just
have somebody look at it

and then we'll come right
back here, I promise.


Just right back.

- Just let me take
a shower first.

- [Mira] Yeah.

- Oh wait.

Car keys.

- Oh.

Better get going.

We gotta take off soon.

- [Distorted Voice] Mira!

What's the matter Mira?

- Oh my god.

- Do I not do anything
for you anymore?

- [Mira] What?

- I will always love you?

I thought you said he
was out of the picture!

- He is, he's gone I promise.

- Don't lie to me!

- James, I'm telling the truth,

he won't leave me alone!

James you have to believe me.

I love you.

- I love you too, Mira.

- We have to get
you to the hospital.

- No.

- [Mira] But you said--

- I said no!


- [Mira] Ow!


(James yelling)

- [Distorted Voice] Hello, Mira.

- [Mira] What's happening James?

- I'm not James.

Not anymore.

- What has this
place done to you?

- It's made me better.

I am evolving into
something greater

than the flesh that contains us.

- What?

- I am theirs, I am them.

- No,

James, I now you're
still in there,

you just have to fight
whatever this is.

You have to try.

- You all know!



- Hey,

hey you!

Can you hear me?

Please, please I don't
know what's going on.

(distant roaring)

- Why, why are you doing this?

Come out of the shadows, Jimmy

come out of the shadows Jimmy,

and let me see you.


Aw, Jimmy.

Jimmy, look at me.

Oh Jimmy.

Jimmy look at me, look at me.


Jimmy we've been together
since we were 16 years old.

And we promised each other

that we would be
together, even in death.

(blood gushing)

(electric sparking)

(heavy breathing)

- There you are.

- No!


- You're gonna have to
do better than that!




We should've destroyed you
when he told us about you.

- Then why don't you?

- That's what we do.

- What?

- We must propagate.

- Fuck you!

(loud roaring)


James, James remember.

Remember this?

Remember us?

Look at it!


You keep it in your car always.

You want it to remind you that

no matter where you are

the most important
thing in your life,

the most important thing was us.


I love you.

I've always loved you.

But this isn't
going to work out.