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They say you can contact spirits with a store-bought Ouija board. But what happens if you make one yourself? Will it have greater power? Will it be able to unleash the very entities you are trying to contact? If it can, what happens when a friend of yours releases one that is the embodiment of evil and he cannot stop it?

Chris Johnston makes a Ouija board to prove to his friends that he can contact the dead. Only, something goes horribly wrong, and he comes to realize that he has taken on a bit more than he can handle.

His friends are too busy with their own lives to realize what is happening: Kevin has just returned after running away from his past. Dan is still pissed at him. And Michelle, Dan’s girlfriend, is trapped in a struggle between keeping her boyfriend and reestablishing a friendship with her former best friend.

But when the spirit starts affecting them all, and their friends begin to die, they realize they must team up in order to stop the spirit before it becomes too powerful and it is too late.

*The Game is one of Vincent Bivona's earlier works. It is a screenplay*

Chapter 1

FADE IN:

Text: Parker Brothers produces over 20,000 Ouija boards in their factories per year.

FADE IN:

Text: None of them are made by human hands.

FADE IN:

EXT. GRAVEYARD— NIGHT

Four teenagers push aside branches as they make their way to a fence. Their faces are not shown, just their legs and their heads (one of which is wearing a hat with the Mercury car symbol on it). They hop the fence. Their feet drop down on the other side and they continue their walk. They pass gravestones so worn that the names and dates have been erased by a combination of the elements and time.

Spliced in with the above are shots of one of the teens building a Ouija board in his garage. Saw blades spin, sanders sand, and the teen blows sawdust off the finished board.

The group moves through the graveyard, trudging through overgrown weeds and bumpy ground. It begins to drizzle. They pass newer graves, names and dates now becoming visible as if they are moving through time.

LARRY
Are we there yet?

CHRIS
Not yet. A little further.

ROCCO
C’mon, I don’t think it’s gonna
make a difference where we do this.
Besides, it’s starting to rain.

CHRIS
(stubborn)
I said, a little further.

BRANDON
Where are we going anyway?

CHRIS pushes aside a branch and points.

CHRIS
Right there.

It’s a little clearing between a bunch of old gravestones where they can sit.

 LARRY
(sitting)
So tell me again, why are we doing
this?

CHRIS
Because you guys don’t believe me.
I know something will happen.

BRANDON shakes his head.

BRANDON
Man, the only thing that’s gonna
happen is that we’re gonna get
caught. We’re trespassing.

ROCCO
Unless we wake the dead, I don’t
think anyone’s gonna care.

LARRY looks troubled.

LARRY
That’s what I’m afraid of . . .

CHRIS and ROCCO laugh. CHRIS pulls a Ouija board out of his backpack. It’s not like the ones at the stores. This one is different. Its edges are rough, its letters are uneven, its paint is blistery, and it bares the distinct quality of having been made by a pair of unskilled hands.

ROCCO
What kind of Ouija board is that?

CHRIS
A special one.

BRANDON
Why’s it so special? It looks
pretty shitty to me.

LARRY laughs.

CHRIS
(angry)
It just is, okay?

ROCCO
Where’d you get that thing anyway?

CHRIS
EBay.

LARRY
That settles it. They’ve got
everything on there.

BRANDON
They really do. I just bought this
sick—

CHRIS
(interrupting BRANDON)
All right, we’re losing focus.
Let’s do what we came here to do.

LARRY
And that is . . . ?

CHRIS
To prove to you guys that Ouija
boards really work.

LARRY and BRANDON exchange a doubtful look.

CHRIS
Okay, I need everyone to put their
hands on the piece.

BRANDON sighs and puts his hand on the planchette. LARRY follows suit. The only one not to join in is ROCCO.

CHRIS
Rock, come on.

ROCCO
I’ll pass. I stopped playing board
games when I was five. I just came
along for the ride.

He takes a few steps back and leans against a gravestone, where he can watch.

CHRIS
(shrugging)
Whatever.
(turns to the others)
Okay, put your hands on the piece
and keep them still.

They do. CHRIS looks up into the dark sky.

CHRIS
Are there any spirits with us?

POV: Someone or something hiding behind a tree watching the teens. They’re sitting in a circle around the Ouija board and ROCCO is leaning against the gravestone.

ANGLE ON:

The planchette moves to the word "No."

CHRIS
(angry)
Uggh! I said keep your hands still!

LARRY
We did.

CHRIS
What are you talking about? I just
felt you push it.

LARRY and BRANDON laugh.

BRANDON
Hey, you dragged us into this. The
least we can do is try to have some
fun.

CHRIS
Well, I’m not having fun, okay?
Right now you guys are just wasting
my time.

BRANDON
What, like you actually expect
something to happen?

CHRIS
It will. Do it again. And this time
close your eyes.

LARRY and BRANDON put their hands back on the planchette and reluctantly close their eyes. When they do, CHRIS follows suit.

CHRIS
Are there any spirits with us.

ANGLE ON:

The three boys’ heads form the points of a triangle around the board. In the center is the planchette with their hands on it. Slowly, it begins to move.