Never Have I Ever by Harker Jones | Script Revolution

Never Have I Ever

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When eight teens get texts instructing them to play Never Have I Ever, they don’t take it seriously. As they start being murdered, they realize it may involve a girl who disappeared the year before.
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Manchester, Michigan. Autumn. As the anniversary of Jessica Harding’s disappearance nears, eight teenagers (golden boy Johnny; rich bully Biff; boy-crazy Christa; tech whiz Kim; lovesick Beth; sarcastic Chase; misfit Scott; and boy next door Andy) get a menacing text: NEVER HAVE I EVER…

After Andy is murdered by someone in a scarecrow mask, the others get another text: YOU DIDN’T PLAY THE GAME. They come together and play Never Have I Ever, but nothing is revealed.

When Chase is killed by the scarecrow, they play the game again and Christa’s secret is revealed: she had an abortion. Later, Kim is arrested for Chase’s murder but soon let go.

Kim and Biff forge an uneasy truce and go to see the town’s “witch.” She’s not home but Biff finds a yearbook with Jess’ face scratched out. Later, he finds the latest text, THERE’S A LYING IN YOUR SILENCE…, is a lyric from a ’90s pop song called Yearbook, about missing children. He and Kim go back to the witch’s house to retrieve her yearbook and find she has been murdered.

Kim, Johnny, Beth and Biff get another text: AND THEN THERE WERE FIVE… Texts to Scott and Christa, who aren’t in school, go unanswered. After school, they go to Christa’s, where she’s been home sick. They find that Scott’s missing. That night, Christa is killed.

Beth and Kim tell Biff and Johnny the truth: Last year, all of them, including Jessica, were at a party. Jessica went driving with Kim, Beth and Chase and in a drunken mishap, Beth ran over Jessica, killing her. In a panic, the girls buried her in a cemetery. They fear Jess lived and wants revenge.

They suggest digging up her grave to see if the body is there. They trek to the cemetery and painstakingly dig up the grave to find that it is empty. The next day Johnny’s killed by the scarecrow.

Suspicious of Biff, Beth decides to lure him into revealing himself. She leaves a note condemning him should something happen to her. She calls him but gets his voice mail. As Kim gets ready to meet her family, the scarecrow mask lurks from her closet.

Beth is attacked by the scarecrow. Biff gets her voice mail and finding her place empty goes to the school hoping to get her and Kim’s friends’ numbers from the office computer to track them down.

Beth is buried alive in the cemetery. She digs herself out to find she’s not alone in the grave. Beside her is Jess’s body. She then finds there’s another fresh grave next to hers. Biff breaks into the school but has no luck finding Kim or Beth through their friends. The scarecrow breaks in but Biff escapes.

Beth finds Scott in the second grave and runs for the road, where Biff, in his car, chased by the scarecrow, almost hits her. The scarecrow emerges from the other car and reveals herself to be Kim.

Kim kills Beth and chases Biff into the woods. She explains that he and the others were the only ones to see her, Beth and Chase with Jess last year and could put the pieces together. He escapes and runs until he finally comes out of the woods to find help.

In a cruel twist of fate, the note Beth left incriminates him. He goes to prison and Kim goes free.…

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The Writer: Harker Jones

I’ve worked in publishing as a writer, editor, and critic for 15 years. I was managing editor of “Out” magazine for seven years where I also copyedited two novels. I have written two novels and six screenplays. I hold a degree in written communication and literature from Eastern Michigan University, am currently a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and am a card-carrying member of Mensa. Go to bio

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