Untie Me by Carol Frome | Script Revolution

Untie Me

When a 17-year old finds murder evidence in her attic, she slowly realizes her father's a killer. To live, she must face an unspeakable moment--kill or be killed.

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Short Synopsis:
Latinas Sophie and her crush Isabella stumble upon murder evidence in the attic of Sophie's house, which is white with red and blue trim. Naively, they pocket some of it, which leads them with their friend Maria to poke around. Sophie's white father, Henry, a killer, takes action. He has murdered multiple Latinas; the first: Sophie's mother. In a rage one day, he kills Sophie's dog, but lies about it. Eventually, he knicks Isabella's brake line. She sails through a red light, is hit broadside, and killed. Devastated, alone, her relationship with her father tense, Sophie goes to stay with Maria's family. Henry demands she come home or he will report Maria's parents for kidnapping her. She gives in. At home, she realizes he killed her dog--and Isabella. He locks her in and nails the windows shut from the exterior. Her own death imminent, she hides in a closet with a hammer. He finds her, she knocks him out, takes the keys, takes his truck and speeds off. Henry gives chase through backyard shortcuts. He runs into the road, and she speeds into him, killing him instantly. In the final scene, she sits under an American flag, at her graduation party at Maria's house. In addition to her mother's lipstick and Isabella's earrings, she wears a Mona Lisa smile.

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A burly man in a diner surreptitiously watches a woman. When she leaves he follows.

In a suburban neighborhood, a man on a bicycle follows two girls, Sophie and Isabella. They notice.

In Sophie's attic smoking pot, the girls open a box and discover a handbag that Sophie says belonged to her late mother. It contains a slew of earrings, a lipstick, her mother's employment badge and a key. Sophie is delighted to find these items and keeps the photo badge, the lipstick, some earrings and, incidentally, the key.

Sophie's father, Henry, gets home from work, and Sophie's beloved little dog, cheerful Chi-chi, greets him. He calls her a runt and tells her, “shut up!” He goes up to the attic. He knows the girls were there smoking pot. He can smell it. When he deposits another pair of earrings in the bag, he also discovers that the key, lipstick and badge are missing from the handbag.

A newspaper reader, Sophie, frets about three missing local women, so she mentions the man on the bicycle to her father who angrily warns her not to talk to him and NOT to be NICE to him. He asks her, "You know what's wrong with women?" He answers his own question, scolding her, "They're too goddamned nice!" His tone and language scare her.

On cabbage night, the girls throw eggs at school outcast Maria "la Marveliosa's" car. Isabella's parents find out and ground her, and she has to clean up Maria's car. Sophie helps. While there, Maria watches from her window. Sophie flashes her a sheepish smile and a peace sign.

At school on Monday, Maria flashes a peace sign at Sophie and offers her a ride home. They bond, discovering they both have absent mothers. Maria is adopted and wants to launch a search for her birth mother.

Henry overhears some women at work saying what a dick he is.

When Sophie gets home, she looks everywhere for Chi-Chi and calls for her to no avail. Weepy, she texts home-bound Isabella, whose mom lets her go comfort Sophie. Together, they search for Chi-chi. Sophie, has seen the bike man more than once riding by her house and looking and is sure the bicycle man took her.

The next morning, Isabella and Sophie cruise the neighborhood. They come across the bicycle man. Sophie jumps from the car and charges toward him, loudly wanting to know if he took her dog. She wrenches his bike out from under him, he falls, and she proceeds to kick his ass. He doesn't fight back. They never do find Chi-chi.

Early in Act II, Isabella's brakes go squishy. She and Sophie go to Sophie's house. To lend a hand, Henry gets under the hood and adds brake fluid.

Sophie learns that the key she found goes to a storage unit. Hoping to find her mother's wedding dress, she and the other two girls go there and try the key. It works. When they open the unit, they don't notice, but a bicycle wheel is sticking out from among boxes and blue barrels. Something smells terrible, and because of it, the girls leave without investigating.

Henry gets a call from the storage facility. The unit emits a strong odor. He says he'll take care of it, saying that maybe a rat died in there. He goes there and retrieves a lawn bag with something dead weight in it. Knowing the girls have his spare key, he also changes the lock. He is furious.

At home that afternoon, Henry's seething anger shows when he takes Sophie's cat Mister Misty under his arm and sticks a needle in his eye. He watches himself in the hall mirror as he does it. The camera is angled so the audience can't actually see the deed, but knows what he is doing.

On their way to the mall, Isabella's brakes give out and at a slow speed, she crashes into a tree. She and Sophie are shook up, but okay. However, because Isabella didn’t tell her parents first about the squishy brakes, they forbid the girls to hang out together.

Maria is slowly progressing in the search for her biological mother, but not wanting to hurt them, she keeps it a secret from her adopted parents. When she finally tracks her down, she calls her to set up a meeting. The mother adamantly refuses.

Cleaning Henry's truck, Sophie comes across an earring pushback and luminol. She doesn't know what luminol is, so looks it up and then asks Henry why he has it. He concocts a story about Chi-chi having been hit by a truck. He didn't want to tell her because it was a bloody mess and he knew it would upset her. He bought the luminol, he says, to make sure the blood was all cleaned up. He takes her to see Chi-chi's little grave in a pasture. His deceit and the gruesome death of Chi-Chi devastates her.

Isabella sneaks over to comfort her. While there, she tells Sophie that she likes Maria but is also irritated by her because she's so damn nice, "there's no fight in her!" She’s actually a bit jealous--she and Sophie have a secret lesbian relationship (that is incidental to the story).

Isabella’s parents finally let the girls see each other again. They make another trip to the storage unit, but find the key no longer works. Not realizing that Henry knows they have a key, Sophie wonders why her father would change the lock and feels uneasy.

At home alone, Sophie tries on her mother’s lipstick. She watches herself in the hall mirror as she rolls her lips in and back out.

On another visit to Sophie's, Henry encourages them to go buy some big bins to pack their things in for college. He gives them a credit card and loans them his truck to haul them back. While they are gone, he opens the hood to Isabella's car and nicks the brake line with a box cutter.

When Isabella is on her way home from the shopping trip, the brakes give out. She shoots a red light and is hit broadside on the driver's side and killed immediately.

At the funeral, Sophie meets Maria's parents. They sense something is not right about Henry and encourage Sophie to visit or spend the night anytime.

Sophie remembers that she saw the luminol in the glove compartment before Chi-chi disappeared, even though Henry said he bought it to clean up the mess from Chi-chi's demise. She also remembers that Henry "fixed" Isabella's brakes before they hit the tree, and she suspects he had something to do with the accident that killed Isabella.

She doesn’t accuse him, but she puts on a pair of Angel’s heart-shaped earrings and her mother’s lipstick, and she and her father argue. Their relationship is increasingly hostile.

Meanwhile, Isabella's parents are suspicious about the accident. At the behest of Isabella's parents, two detectives who have been investigating the cases of the missing women show up. They casually question Sophie. On another visit, they question Henry.

After the police detectives’ visit, she is shook up. She goes to Maria's to spend the night. Maria's parents encourage her to stay longer. She does, until Henry finally calls and orders her home. If she doesn't cooperate, he will call the police and get them in trouble for keeping his underage child. Sophie goes home.

Still deeply depressed by Isabella's death, after Sophie comes home, Henry nails the windows shut and from the outside, boards them up from inside, and locks her in the house. Now Sophie is really scared. They argue and he explains that she has been good cover all these years, but now...

While Henry is at work, she sprays luminol around the house and finds blood stains. It all comes together for her. She throws up then hatches a plan. She gathers up some of Henry's tools and plants them in two closets. She is a skinny girl and arranges the two closets so that she can hide behind the clothes if she needs to.

Shortly thereafter, she and Henry have a tense confrontation. She circles him as he sits in an easy chair. The air is thick with anger, but there's very little yelling. She goes upstairs to the bathroom. She never comes back down. Henry looks for her. When he opens one of the closet doors, with a hammer in her hand, Sophie's waiting for him. She hits him with it, takes his keys, let's herself out and thinks she's safe. But Henry has arisen. He chases her to his truck. But she takes off in it. On foot, he runs through backyards to cut her off where she will have to stop to get through the neighborhood gate. He dashes out from behind a parked van as Sophie approaches in the truck. After finding one of his victims alive, the police are just entering through the gate. She slams on the brakes, but apparently, too late. The screeching truck slams into him. The blow kills him and sends his body flying.

At Sophie and Maria's graduation party in Maria's backyard, Sophie greets Isabella's mother in a touching reunion. She settles in a lawn chair and watches as Maria discloses her search for her biological mother, who is at first distressed, but then forgives her. She wears a Mona Lisa smile, her mother’s lipstick and Isabella's heart-shaped earrings. A dreamy (and now profoundly creepy) version of “I Love How You Love Me” by the Paris Sisters plays over the credits.
She still wears her Mona Lisa smile as the Paris Sisters' version of the dreamy and now profoundly creepy "I Love How you Love Me" plays over the final shot and credits..

Submitted: April 23, 2021
Last Updated: July 11, 2021

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The Writer: Carol Frome

Carol Frome is a poet and screenwriter. Her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines, and her book, Lives & Mortalities, is available for sale. She taught college writing courses at Purdue University, SUNY-Plattsburgh, and at Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Dannemora NY. She's also been a private tutor, a real estate broker, a Tupperware lady, and a farm wife. To supplement the household cash flow, for a while, she wrote content articles--until out of the blue one day, she looked at her husband and said, I am not writing anymore crap. That's when she started writing screenplays. She currently has three screenplays to offer: A thriller, Untie Me, with a... Go to bio

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