Twice Dead (1988) - full transcript

The Cates family is thrilled to learn they have inherited the old mansion of the deranged, stage actor, Tyler Walker. They arrive to discover that the mansion has turned into a playground for a local street gang. But the gang is not all the Cates children have to worry about as Tyler's ghost makes it known he is not pleased with their intrusion.

I built this room for you.

This house.

You do love me, don't you?

Don't you?


Then fulfill that love or we both die.

Shall we dance?

♪ Dancing in the dark ♪

♪ Till the tune ends ♪

♪ We're dancing in the dark ♪

♪ And it soon ends ♪

♪ We're waltzin'
in the wonder of why we're here ♪

♪ Time hurries by, we're here ♪

♪I have you, love ♪

♪ And we can face the music ♪

♪ Together ♪

Open up, Tyler, I've got the law with me!

It's over, damn you, I've got a court order!

This house is mine!

♪ A new love ♪

♪ To brighten up the night ♪

♪ I have you, love ♪

♪ And we can face the music ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Dancing in the dark ♪

Unfortunate times, Mr. Cates.

Damned depression.

Plenty of these fellas has
taken the fall since the crash.

No offense, sir.

I'll try a shoulder on it.

This was once a show place.

He's been selling everything off bit by bit.

Come with me.

Open up, Tyler!

I know you're in there!

Break it.

Oh my God.

Look here.

Six antique chairs.

One gold frame mirror.

Three silver candelabras.

Hey, check this out.

We also get a 1961 Cadillac hearse.

Right, your great Uncle Harry Cates

turned the place into a
funeral home for a time.

Oh, great.

♪ All day long we'll just
sit around the house ♪

Hold still, Meow.

Look at all these mansions.

Ours is just as big.

Maybe a little bit older.

According to the probate report,
it was built in 1926.

Hey, Scott, there's our school.

It's only a few blocks from the house.

You could just walk there.

Maybe you could drive the hearse.


I'd be styling.

Pull up to campus in a hearse.

What do you think, Dad?

Theater Arts.

I still don't see what you want
with that stupid curriculum.

They gave me a scholarship.

Yeah and one in engineering.

Hope it's not on this block.

We're almost there, kids.

Neat, Mom.


Come on, now, give it a chance.

The whole area's under urban renewal.

It's starting to redevelop.

Is it safe?

I understand they have a very strong

neighborhood watch program.

Yeah, the neighbors watch you get mugged.

That's not true.

She's right, she's right.

Most of them participate.

♪ And I change my mind ♪

♪ Happens every time ♪

♪ I don't know why I can't get started ♪

Keep you up with the roosters.

Now get the fuck out of here.

Welcome to the neighborhood.


We got company.

Excuse me.

Hate to break up your little
party but we're moving in.

Hey, Crip.

These folks are moving in.

Get the shotgun out of the car.

Dad, no guns.

Damn it, Scotty, do as I say.

Okay, let's move it.

I'm warning you, Silk.

Stay away from these folks

or you're gonna do another six months.

She's not your type, Crip.

She hasn't murdered anybody yet.

Now get the hell out of here.

Bunch of animals.

Say, are you folks really gonna move in

to the old Tyler place?

Tyler place?

My uncle, Harry Cates,
owned this place for 50 years.

Oh yeah, well, some names just kinda stick.

It has to do with some old actor.

Nobody's wanted to live in this place...

Hey, hey, hey.

A lot of nonsense, really.

We haven't heard anything for years.

My family can take care of themselves.

Well that's good

because we got our hands full around here.

Yeah but don't hesitate to call us, okay?

Well that was reassuring.

Oh, God.

I see the decorators were here.


I thought I told the city
to turn on the electricity.

Did you mail the check?

I mailed it in.

There was a problem at the bank.

I'll get a flashlight.

Oh boy.


"To Myrna.

"Eternal love."

I couldn't find the...


Anything wrong?


Well I'm going out for some food.

You got any preference?


How'd I know you'd say that?

This is unreal.

Now they want to include this
inheritance in the bankruptcy.

We're gonna have to go
back for the court hearing.

Then that's what we'll do.

The chord on this blanket's all frayed.

Darn it.

Would've felt so good tonight too.


there's no electricity.

Future reference.

I can't believe how badly
I failed all of you.

Having to live in this monstrosity.

It's gonna work out.

Don't worry, Harry.

You're the best.


anybody home?


How about that?

I don't know,
I think we're gonna like it here.

I think so too.

It's so pretty.

When we get the house fixed up,

maybe Dad will let us have a party.


did you get that theatrical makeup course?

Uh huh.

You gotta see the special makeup effects

they can do down there.

It's wild.

So, was it locked?

I don't know, it must've been jammed.

It's really bizarre.

There was this stage setting
up there from the 1930s.

Sounds demented.

Kinda ranks up there with biology.


We have to dissect frogs.

But it's okay.

We chloroform them fist.


I got it!

Watch out!

Hey, wanna play?

We need a fourth.

The old knee's acting up.

You can take my place.

I'll play for 10 minutes. Okay.

How're you doing? Petie.


Okay, our ups. Come on, you ready?

Here you go, watch it.

All right, good one!


Hello, Robin Cates.

Can we have the ball, please?


I like that.

Very polite.

Especially for some jambone motherfucker.

Why don't you just give us the ball?

What do you think, Melvin?

Should I give it to him?

Sure, give it to him.

Leave him alone!

That's enough!

Don't, he'll hurt you.

You know, it's only gonna get worse.

Have you ever considered moving out?

Let's go!

Come on, let's get out of here!

It's payback time!

Let's not tell Mom and Dad about this,
all right?

They got enough problems.


That fuck!

I want his fucking ass now!

No rush.

They're not going anywhere.


What's with the lights?

the electric company said they fixed them

but I can't get them on.

there's an old fuse box in the cellar.

Do you think you could?

I'll check it out.

Take the flashlight.

Be careful.

I will.

We better hurry up in case he
can't get the lights fixed.


He should be home soon.

Imagine working for someone after owning

your own company for all these years.

What's that?

I don't know.

Probably just some old pipes.

It's coming from behind here.

What's this for?

I don't know, I didn't even notice it.

It stopped.

This thing's pretty cool, huh?

An old dumbwaiter.

What's the matter, didn't the fuse work?

Haven't we got enough problems

without you scaring the hell out of us?

I'm sorry, it won't happen again.

Scott, are you on the third floor?!

Yeah, Dad.

It's almost midnight

and you've been spending
a lot of time up there.

There's some pretty
interesting stuff up here.

I thought maybe you were stashing a broad.

Not quite.

I'll be down in a minute.



Relax, relax, son!

That must've been some dream

to get you all tangled up like that.

It wasn't a dream.

I felt a presence in the room.

Damn it, Scott, you're doing it again.

You're right, you're right.

I guess it was just a dream.

All right, come on,
let's get you back to bed.

Come on, honey.

Come on.

Goodnight, son.


Goodnight, Scotty. Goodnight.


I guess she didn't hear me.

Hey! my man.

How're you doing, you all right?

Yeah, I'm fine.

Did you give that motorcycle
back to that mutant?

You bet,
I might be a little stupid but I'm not crazy.

I owe you one.

Forget it.

Hey, I need to look something up.

How can I get some help around here?

Hey, I'm the man.

Oh yeah?

unless the Lakers make me a better offer.

Now what do you need?

A stage actor from the 1930s, Tyler Walker.

Oh, that's easy.

You know, a lot of theater arts
students do reports on him.

That dude lived over there on Marlow.

So I hear.

The word is, that old Tyler place

is spooked.


Okay, come on, I'll show you the files.

I heard some family just moved in there.


Yeah, must be the Addams Family.

Here you go.

This is a reference only.

I had some files on him.

Some creep came up here and stole them.

Oh, this is great, thanks.


Hey, let's play hoops again sometime.

Hey, anytime.

Where'd you say you lived at?

2509 Marlow.

"In a macabre finish,
reminiscent of his many stage roles,

"renowned character actor,
Tyler Walker, took his life

"over the marriage of Myrna Robins,

"his leading lady for many years,

"to Harry Cates."

Oh my God.

So Tyler's lover was our
great aunt Myrna Cates.

She appeared in most of his plays

until she married Uncle Harry.

It was even rumored that she and Tyler

had an illegitimate child together.


What do you think?

A little family resemblance?

Not really.

Well, I don't know, maybe.


Cute, Scott, real cute.




I saw something in the mirror.

I shouldn't have shown you that picture.

It's okay, don't worry.


It's not safe in the streets

and now it's not even safe in this house.







Kitty, is that you?


Well, well.

Look what the cat dragged in.


No time for romance, Romeo.

Take her.

Dad, Robin's gone!


You bastards!

Scott! Robin!

Touch my kids again and you're dead!

You hear me? Dead!


Are you okay?

It's a good thing you woke up.


We have to have positive identification.

But I know who they are.

You said they were wearing masks.

It doesn't matter.

You drew these from memory?

That's a wonderful talent.

But it's nothing we can use in court,
I'm sorry.

That's it?

Well, we'll speak to them, of course,

but we have nothing to go on.

Oh yeah, yeah, sure,
speak to them by all means.

I know this must make you angry but...

You're damn right I'm angry!

If this is all the police have to offer,

believe me, I'll protect my
family any damn way I see fit!

Here you go, Scott, give it a try.

No thanks.

Come on, with a little practice

you could be an expert with this.

Dad, guns get people killed, remember?

Not that piece, here.

Now here's some serious artillery.

Here you go.

No, really, I'm trying to quit.

How the hell do you
expect to defend yourself?

I'll manage.

And Robin?

What the hell kind of kid did I raise?

What're you chicken shit or
are you just plain stupid?

All right, looking good, Rambo.

Heard it was open season
on Japanese imports.

Look, Scotty,
that court date's in four weeks.

Do me a favor, will you?

Promise me you'll keep
this shotgun by your bed

while we're back in Boulder.

It's gonna start this time, I can feel it.

Forget it, that old thing's
gone away with the dinosaurs.

Come on, baby.


So much for the pep talk.

We could use a car when
Mom and Dad are gone.

Yeah right, a car.

What's this?

An old circulating pump.

I use it to suck a lot of the crap

and condensation out of the gas tank.

Wasting your time.

I thought you were gonna build me a kiln

so I can fire up some of
these masterpieces of mine.

I will as soon as I get this started.


God damn!

Look, I hate to sound like
some paranoid parent but...

There's nothing to worry about.

It's been two months
since anything happened.

Besides, I have midterms.

And I get car sick.

It's just that we've got
to get to that hearing.

We can't let them take everything.

Don't worry.

Give your mom a kiss.

I love you.

I love you too.

Good luck up there.


Now you think about what I said.

I will.

All right, bye.

"Count Dracula desires the
pleasure of your company.

"And a trip to the crypt."

Nice accent, Count.

Just call me Dracy.

You ride in the place of honor?

Sealed inside, of course,
for your maximum comfort.

God, you are really sick.


People are dying to get inside these things.

Didn't you know that?

We'll drive down near the beach.

It'll be great in this hearse.



Roll up your window.

Come on, kids.

Don't you wanna be friendly?

Why don't you just leave us alone?

We come here to be nice.

To forgive and forget.

What do they do?

Get the hell out of here.

Lighten up.

We're just being playful.

Playful as kittens.


So beautiful.

Open up or we'll drag
your asses out of there!


Think you can drive this thing?

I can try.

Come on, I got an idea.

♪ Rock n' Roll is my kingdom of faith ♪

Hey! Look out!


You all right?


Keep it floored!

♪ Born to rock ♪

♪ I'm born to roll ♪

♪ I was born to rock ♪

♪ To rock ♪



That should hold them for awhile.

Good driving.

Fancy footwork.

maybe I should get you out of the house.

At least till Mom and Dad get home.

No, damn it!

They're not gonna push us out!


Oh hi, Mom.

Mhmm, we're fine.

Another week?

No, we'll manage.

He's fine.

We locked all the doors.

I know, 9-1-1.

Okay, well I'll talk to you tomorrow.

Don't worry, we'll be fine.

I love you too.


How're they doing?


They're gonna stay another week.

Did they go to court yet?

Uh uh.

She's beautiful.

A vision.

She's nothing, she's just a little girl.

Okay, okay.

I belong in there.

Silk said to wait.

Fuck Silk!

Crip's inside.

He's been gone two hours.


He's probably inside holding a seance.

No, he's in trouble.

Somebody better go in.

Excellent idea, Melvin.

Why don't you go?

Don't you fucking tell me what to do.


What kind of shit is this?


Ah, man, that ain't no fucking ghost.

My sentiments exactly.

Come on, fucker!

That's it.

Stony, let's go.

I'm coming.

So what're you waiting for?

Engraved invitation?

I'll check out the basement.

♪ Dancing in the dark ♪

♪ Till the tune ends ♪

♪ We're dancing in the dark ♪

♪ And it soon ends ♪



You guys?

Is it you?

♪ To brighten up the night ♪

♪ I have you, love ♪

♪ And we can face the music ♪

♪ Together ♪

♪ Dancing in the dark,
in the dark, in the dark ♪

♪ in the dark, in the dark ♪

Nice piece of artwork.

The nose is a little off.

Here, take it.

I'll get rid of her.

I can't believe it really worked.

I mean, it worked.

I think you overdid it with the blood.

Scott, come on, we gotta hurry.

Just a second.

We're running out of chloroform.

He will not be waking up for awhile.

What about the ketchup?

I got something I think
would be a little better.

Oh, what is that?

It's from the special effects lab at school.

Oh, it is so gross.

Glue on the stomach to hold it.

Wait, it's loose.

Don't touch it.

Come on, Scott, hurry.

I got one finishing touch waiting.


Oh, Jesus.

Just let her go.


Hey, where is everybody?

I could've sworn they all left.

I'm gonna go get the hearse,

let's get them loaded.

I think we already did.

My buddy works in Beverly Hills,

he lookin‘ through the trash,

he find a brand new golf
club and brand new golf bag.

In the trash, believe that?

Brand new fucking clubs.

Well I don't under stand it because

all I ever see when I look around

is nasty, old smelly shit.

Nasty old shit.


Silk, is that you?

Was that a "Penisourous?"

What're you doing, beating it off?

Melvin's dead.

Someone cut off his head.

Shut the fuck up!

Nobody is dead.

Nobody but those two kids.

Then where's Melvin?

Some performance, huh, Tyler?

I hope we didn't detract
from your reputation.

who're you talking to?

No one.

Watch out for Aunt Myrna.

Aunt Myrna?

What're you talking about?

Tyler used to pretend that
mannequin was Aunt Myrna.

Come on, Scott.

I'm serious.

In a fit of passion he signed

the deed to this house over to her.

Then she went and married Uncle Harry.

Poor Tyler.

No wonder he looks so mean.

If it's any consolation,

Aunt Myrna died in a Swiss
sanitarium about a year ago.

She never got over the
death of her first love.

Have you guys git any
idea of what you've done?

We thought we could scare them off.

This ain't Dubuque,
Iowa or wherever you're from.


We'll be fine.

You guys just don't get it, do you?

Don't answer it.


Pizza's here.

We didn't order one.

2509 Marlow?

That's our address but we
didn't order any pizza.

Oh, shit.

These fraternity jerks call in pizza orders

and they think it's funny.

Sorry, bud.

This is my last run of the night.

This stuff's just gonna
end up in the garbage.

How about five bucks?

Want some pizza?


It's a large pepperoni with mushrooms

and a free quart of Coke.

I mean, can't beat that.

What do you say?

Hey, sounds good to me but I gotta jam.

Sure, we'll take it.

Smells good.

Box is still warm.

Looks good to me.

Appreciate it.

Pack of savages out there ready to kill

and you develop a taste for pizza?

Thanks for the warning.

Goodnight, Petie.

Goodnight, Robin.

See ya. See you later.

Petie's right.

You better keep that shot
gun with you all the time.

It's right over there.

Is it loaded?


I'll do it.


I'm gonna double check all
the doors and the windows.

Oh, will you wait up for Mom's call?

No problem.


We'll be all right, don't worry.

Are you sure you don't want any pizza?

It's been a long weekend.



Keep your mouth shut.

Now get out of here.

Do you see what I see?

Sucker's gonna ruin it.


He's dead.


You gotta choose your friends wisely.

♪ Dancing, yeah ♪

♪ At midnight ♪

♪ Yeah ♪


Let's rock and roll!

♪ Watching me ♪

♪ And try to find a way
to be a part of the play ♪

♪ Stopping you ♪

♪ What can I do ♪

♪ This ain't the first
time it's loving you ♪

♪ Loving you ♪

Potent shit.

Liquid lose.

Where's my sister?

You heard me!

Where is she?


You're sick!

All of you!

Handsome couple.

Don't you think?

Let her go or he dies!

I mean it!

My bet is

you don't have the balls.

Don't make me do it!

Let her go or I'll blow
his fucking head off!

I swear I'll do it!

A regular hero.

Let's see how you hold up on the other end.


That's enough.

Please, don't hurt him.

I'll do anything you want.

Leave him alone.


The lady said don't hurt him.

All right.

I won't hurt him.

Robin, no.

Robin, no!

I lied.

You think we're that stupid?

That's enough, you've made your point.

Mind your own business.


the fun's just begun.

♪ Dancing all midnight ♪

I ain't gonna be a part of this.

He's cute.

Come on, let's go upstairs.

Two beers?

We'll be up there longer than that.

♪ Talking all the time ♪

♪ Pushing too many lines ♪

♪ It's nothing new ♪

Here you go, Melvin.

She's more your speed.

Brain dead.

You know, that was a bad move, preppy.

Thinking you could fake us
out with that ghost bullshit.

Nobody fucks with us.

What the fuck?

Another one of your fucking stunts?!


I swear.

Where are the lights?

You must've blown a fuse.

In the basement.

You wanna go check it out?

This is for you.

Put it on.

They're yours.

They always were.

We need a clip

for your hair.

It's like all of a sudden cold.

Hey, let's say we turn this on.

We'll get nice an toasty.

Hey, baby, we don't need no extra heat.


Hello, down there!

Anybody down there?


Who's up there?

It's me, Candy.

What you doing up there, asshole?!

Drop dead, Stony.


This place gives me the creeps.

Did you hear that noise?

It came from downstairs.

Maybe we should check it out.

Why don't you do that?


I'm gonna go find Stony.

Watch him.

I kept this room waiting for you.

You love me, don't you?

Don't you?


Now, fulfill that love

or we both die.

May I?

♪ Dancing in the dark ♪

♪ Till the tune ends ♪

♪ We're dancing in the dark ♪


Tina, I'm getting shocked!

Oh yes, baby, yes.



11 Adam, 12.

Urgent call from parents
requesting drive-by at 2509 Marlow.

That's the Tyler place.

Let's roll.

Open up, this is the police!

Open up!

What the fuck?

Drop it!

Drop it!

I can't!

It's not loaded.


My sister, come on!

Open up, you bastard!

Shoot the lock!

This guy is crazy!

He's gonna do something to her!

Don't just stand there, come on!

Police, open up!

Come on, what're you waiting for?!



♪ Together ♪

♪ Dancing in the dark ♪

We're coming in!

Help me break it down, hurry!


Are you okay?

I had this dream.

It's all over now.

It was an awful, awful dream.

Everything is gonna be okay.

Well it's a good thing they're all dead.

Oh, Harry, please.


It saves me the trouble.

I still don't understand how it happened.

Old Tyler's ghost, Mom.


Police found a reasonable
explanation for all the deaths.

All at once?


With the psychos hopped
up on drugs and booze.

Hell, anything could've happened.

Come on, now, take a little credit.

Cops talked about you
two like you were heroes.

Petie was the only hero.

This all of it?



I don't want any reminders.

I'm sorry.

It wasn't your doing.

Crip never had no family life.

I kinda kept him company.

He was always drawn to this place.

I never knew why.

I think I do now.

Cops had me go through his family stuff.


His old man ran off a long time ago

but I remember Crip saying
that his father as adopted.

"Born to Myrna Robins the
16th day of December, 1934."

That would make Crip's father.

That's right.

Crip's father was...

Tyler's illegitimate son.


I kinda miss old Tyler.

Two months and not a peep.

I guess he's found peace.

I don't wanna talk about it.

Hey, I need that.

So do I.

Beauty before safety.

You don't believe any of it?

Not a bit.

Just because some guy gets jilted,

he decides to hang around
and haunt people for decades?

No way.




Scott, help me, please!

Hello, Robin.

Did you miss me?

It's okay, it's okay.


It's okay.

He's after me.

It was just a dream.

No, he's here.

He's after me.

Tyler wouldn't hurt you, he loves you.

Not Tyler.


Crip's not after you, he's dead.

Believe me,
this time it was a dream, I promise.

Wanna go downstairs and
get something to eat?


Come on.

Well I've been thinking about it.

There was a logical reason
for each of those deaths.

You're right, Scott.

There's always an explanation.

Now you're talking.

♪ Shadows in my mind ♪

♪ And I'm dark in my brain ♪

♪ Rushing through the world
is driving me insane ♪

♪ You gotta find a way to escape this race ♪

♪ Falling too far out of God's grace ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪

♪ You fall in love and
one day you're undead ♪

♪ Save my soul from twice dead ♪

♪ Twisted in my mind for a love that burns ♪

♪ Frozen in time as the moment turns ♪

♪ God doesn't care,
he just looks the other way ♪

♪ After you're dead I can learn to stay ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪

♪ Blaming our sin, we're undead ♪

♪ Sinners beware, we're twice dead ♪

♪ Reaper is coming for
the soul of your crimes ♪

♪ Passion and possession
for the other side ♪

♪ The hand of God is a judgment clay ♪

♪ We'll break his laws or you will stay ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪

♪ One moment you're in
love then you're undead ♪

♪ Save my soul from twice dead ♪

♪ Shadows in my mind and
its dark in my brain ♪

♪ Rushing from a world
that is driving me insane ♪

♪ Gotta find a way to escape this race ♪

♪ Running too far, out of God's grace ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪

♪ One moment you're in
love then your undead ♪

♪ Start with a prayer
and kiss at your feet ♪

♪ Save me from this agony ♪

♪ I've been looking for a
lover to ease my fears ♪

♪ Waiting for this place for 50 years ♪

♪ Don't leave me ♪

♪ In agony ♪

♪ Do not give me ♪

♪ Don't wanna be ♪

♪ Twice dead ♪