Alpha Wolf (2018) Movie Script

[crickets chirping]
[owl hooting]
[animal growling]
- [twigs snapping]
- Can't you be little more quiet?
How we gonna catch anything with
you clodding around out here?
- [twig snaps]
- Do you hear that?
I heard something.
Do you see it?
Wind, maybe.
[crickets chirping]
Uh, it-it's nothing.
Hey, gimme a beer.
[grunts] I don't know why I take
you on these trips, anyway.
You chase all the game away.
- I ain't no louder than you.
- What was that?
Nothing, Red.
I didn't mean nothing by it.
You're getting as bad
as my wife.
Maybe you need
an attitude adjustment.
[grunts] Ah, this beer
runs right through me.
[urine splattering]
[growling grows louder]
- [roars]
- [screams]
- [roars]
- [grunts]
[body thuds]
- [roars]
- [coughs, gasps]
- [squelching]
- [yelling]
- [animal grunts]
[animal growls]
[animal howling]
[howling fading]
[country music playing]
It's hard to fill the empty
places when you're lost
And your heart is aching
For something
that's too far away
The night is
calling out to you
The road is dark
and no one there is waiting
No one waits for you
And tonight,
you're back on a veering road
Where all the promises
you're owed are empty
And you're walking away
And every piece of past
that you steal
Like the fading dreams
you hold so dear are empty
When you're walking away
On and on
Walk away
You know it's time to turn
around and take...
[dog whines]
[music continues on radio]
- Mm.
- [beeping]
- Oh!
- [turns off radio]
- [woman on phone] Virginia?
- Hey, Aunt Delores!
I was just about to call you.
Oh, we can't thank you enough
for letting us use the cabin.
[Delores] Oh, don't mention it.
Nobody's been up there for years.
Glad I got a hold of you
before you lost reception.
Oh, actually,
no cell phones is part of
the charm for me and Jack.
A week with nobody to talk to
but each other
could do us some good.
[Delores] There isn't proper
electricity for the cabin,
but there is a little generator.
[voice blips]
Might nee... some gas.
- [static crackles]
- There's a country store n... far from the cabin.
- [static crackling]
- Good to know.
[Delores] All right, well, have a goo...
time, and you and Ja... really...
Looks like we're on our own now.
Ooh, yeah.
When you're walking away
On and on
Walk away
Hey, come on.
Good boy.
Good boy!
[indistinct chatter]
- [barks]
- [Virginia] Come on. Hello!
[door chimes]
Hey, I have a dog with me.
Is it okay?
- I won't bite if he won't.
- [Virginia laughs] Great!
- [John] Well, who do we have here?
- This is Larry!
Good boy!
Such a fine-looking dog.
And who are the lucky owners
of such a fine animal?
Oh, sorry, I'm Virginia.
- Pleasure to meet you.
- And this is my husband, Jack.
- I'm John.
- Nice to meet you.
Now that we have
the pleasantries out of the way,
- what can I help you with?
- Well, actually,
we're only gonna get
a couple of things today,
but we're gonna be
staying in the area,
so I wanted to see
what you have in stock.
Not just passing through?
Uh-uh, we have a cabin.
Actually, it's not
too far from here.
Uh, it belonged
to my uncle, Rand Marsden.
- The Marsden place, huh?
- Yeah.
Good ol' Rand.
Boy, I miss having him around.
We used to go hunting.
Delores still upright?
She was a looker
back in the day.
She's still kicking.
She lives in Florida now.
Good for her.
No more snow.
Her place is pretty isolated.
You might wanna keep
a eye on Larry here.
Lot of folks been losing
their pets here about.
- The livestock, too.
- Oh, no.
Just keep a eye on him until he gets
used to his surroundings is all.
Thank you, I will.
We take care of each other,
don't we, baby?
You probably already figured,
there's no cell phone
reception for miles.
But we have a landline
in the back if you need it.
That's so sweet of you.
- You like meat?
- Yeah.
It's fresh.
- [bumps]
- One of the boys just slaughtered it the other night.
- Am I in your way?
- Excuse me?
That's what I thought.
Let's just get outta here.
- [door chimes]
- Speaking of which,
what kind of dog food
do you have in stock?
We keep the dry in the back,
and the, uh, cans are on
the shelves over there.
I'll take the dry.
Make yourself useful.
It's right back here.
Hey, hey, hey!
Come on. Hold up, hold up!
- Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
- What?
We're on vacation.
I'm just trying to relax here.
Oh, by starting a fight?
I was just taking
in the scenery:
the trees, the mountains...
the nice butt.
You gotta admit,
it was a nice butt.
Okay, it was a great butt.
But you know what? There are,
like, three people for 100 miles,
and you leer at one
and start a fight with another.
Sorry, baby. I'm just an animal.
You nut.
Oh! Here,
let me get that for you.
Oh, gentleman. Here we are.
Load up!
[door opens, closes]
[engine starts]
Why'd you pick
a fight with that guy?
Did he remind you of someone?
No, and I didn't pick a fight.
I saw the way
he was glaring at you.
What happened?
There was never
gonna be any fight.
He got insecure all of a sudden.
It's an alpha male thing.
Fights only happen when
it isn't clear who that is.
Oh, I see.
And it's usually you?
It just seems to happen
a lot more to you
than to anybody else.
No, it happens
every time two men meet.
It's just a little more subtle,
- Really?
- Sure.
Maybe not a fight, but dominance is
clearly established every single time.
Who lets go of
the handshake first.
Who looks away during
a conversation.
Who stands up straighter
when a new guy enters the room.
Same game, different rules.
the guys that duke it out
are being a lot
more honest about it.
there's nobody for you to
fight with for miles around.
Except me.
Now, that's something
I am afraid of.
Come on.
We're supposed to be
better about this.
Maybe this trip into the woods
is exactly what we need
to get back on track.
Thank you for agreeing
to come with me.
It means a lot to me.
Sure thing.
Hey, look.
Oh, Jack!
It's perfect.
Come on!
Come on!
Come on, boy! Yeah!
Come on. You gotta... Come on.
[Virginia] Yeah, this is
our new home for a bit.
- Pick your bedroom.
- Go on.
[Virginia] You can pick
your bedroom. [laughs]
It's terrific.
I thought you said
you'd been here before.
Yeah, well, when I was a kid,
but back then,
it was all about
swimming and cookouts.
- I barely set foot in the house.
- Hmm.
Yeah, a little cleaning.
It's gonna be great.
Oh, babe,
there's a cute little stove!
Hey, look! This week's
paying off already.
Oh yeah, that's Uncle Rand.
He used to have jars of coins
laying around everywhere.
You should check it. There might
be some old coins in there.
You're right!
There's a silver dollar.
I told you.
We'll have to get
that to Aunt Delores.
- Why?
- Because they're hers.
This was Uncle Rand's place, so everything in
it belonged to him. Now, it belongs to her.
Yeah, of course. I, I just, uh,
I didn't want to have to
see Aunt Delores, you know?
Just found the bedroom.
- Oh, did you, now?
- Mm-hmm.
Well, it just so happens, that I
just read in this magazine from...
when I was 10 years old...
...that the bedroom can still be
the sexiest room in the house.
Is that a fact?
Oh, yes it is. Right next
to kitchen countertops,
- and hot tubs.
- Mmm.
Since, we'll be eating here,
I'd like to think
that Aunt Delores
- never read that magazine.
- [laughs]
- Good point.
- Mm-hmm.
Where's Larry?
- What?
- Larry!
He can fend for himself.
No! Jack,
that guy at the store
said that there are a lot
of wild animals here.
And why wouldn't there be?
There's a lot of
wild animals in here too.
- Oh. [laughs] Come on!
- Come on.
- Uh-uh. No, Jack, come on.
- Five minutes.
- Five minutes.
- I know you!
Five minutes turns into more.
- Come on. Larry.
- [sighs]
[clapping, whistling]
Here, boy!
Jack, take a look at this.
Wow, that's huge.
Do you think it's a bear?
What am I, a botanist?
The smaller ones could be Larry.
[leaves rustling]
[twigs snapping]
- [barking]
- Oh! Larry!
- Larry!
- Good boy.
[footsteps approach]
I think this is the last of it.
Hand me the little red bag.
- [grunts]
- I'm gonna get the candles out.
- You hungry?
- I'm starving.
Great. I wanna get supper
done before we lose light.
There's no lights?
Well, until we get
the generator started,
it's candles!
It'll be kinda fun, roughing it.
We'll have a nice,
romantic, candlelit dinner.
I'm gonna check
on the generator.
You never know when
we might need it.
[door squeaks open, closes]
All right!
All right!
- [crickets chirping]
- [distant howling]
I'm gonna have to put some
more gas in the genny, Jenny.
You didn't fill it up?
I, uh, I just started it
to see if it would work.
It'll run out any minute.
- Mm.
- Thank you.
So, what do you think those
other tracks were by the lake?
I don't know. Mountain lion?
Could be a bear.
No, bears have claws.
Probably a cougar.
That'd be so cool to see.
But I'm...
I'm worried about Larry.
I'd be more worried
about the cougar.
That dog weighs
almost as much as me.
I don't know.
Maybe this wasn't
such a good idea.
Come on.
We just got here.
Give it a chance.
We're just so remote.
Oh, good thing you
did the candles.
Like you said, give it a try.
[sighs] I don't know.
It's just kinda creepy.
The whole no cell phone thing
makes me feel naked.
Ooh, naked.
I'm sure you'll be fine
after a couple of days.
you got me to protect you.
That's all I've ever wanted.
Someone to make me feel safe,
and that I can take care of.
- Mmm.
- [giggles]
[Jack moans]
[owl hooting]
- [animal growling]
- [twigs snapping]
You're so jumpy.
You scared the crap outta me.
I woke up
and you weren't in bed.
Aw. Why'd you get all dressed?
I'm gonna go check
the genny again.
- Mm.
- Ooh.
Gotta stay hydrated.
Oh? This country life,
you're really loving it, huh?
Is that what the kids
call it these days?
- [laughs]
- Mmm.
- [roaring]
- [shouts, grunts]
- [screams]
- [snarling]
Oh! Oh my God! No!
- Jack!
- [growling]
Oh God...
- [growling]
- No!
- Larry!
- [barking]
Larry! No!
No, Larry! No!
[barking continues]
- What was that?
- I don't know.
- Jack, what was that?
- I don't know.
- Are you okay?
- I...
Yeah, I think I'm fine. [gasps]
Oh my God, you're bleeding.
We gotta get you to a doctor.
Come on.
- Where were you?
- I got lost.
Where were you?
I got lost! All right?
It was dark!
I-I ran outside,
and it was... it was...
I was looking for a stick
or something to fight it with,
and-and it was just so dark,
I got lost!
That doesn't make any sense.
Why would you go outside?
I-I ran to the car to get a
jackhammer or-or-or a flare!
You know, it bit me,
and I wanted to kill it!
So then, you just waited outside
until it left on its own?
No! I...
It was dark, I got lost!
- Where are you going?
- Back to the general store.
Maybe that big guy there knows
where the nearest hospital is.
- [grunts]
- And fucking stop screaming at me.
Hello? Please!
Please, come here! Please!
Oh yes. Yes, please.
Come on.
- We need a doctor!
- What is it? What's...
It's my husband,
he's been attacked.
- Please, he's hurt.
- Attacked?
Yes! Please! A doctor!
Right, right.
I'll get him right away.
Thank you!
It's not that bad, really.
Get back in the car,
I'm taking you to a doctor.
It's really not that bad.
- Jack. Don't.
- [John] I called the doctor.
- He's on his way over here.
- See?
You kids might get lost
trying to find his place.
Lord, look at you.
You got chewed up pretty good.
What was it?
I don't know, it was big, it...
Not as big as you, but...
Well, it was dark.
Well, come inside and lie down.
I got a place in the back
where I take naps
when business is slow.
- You have slow days?
- Heh. You'd be surprised.
- [knocking on door]
- Come in.
Dr. Howard. Howdy.
Ah. You must be the patient.
I'm Jack.
It's pumping strong,
that's a good sign.
- [Jack groans]
- [doctor] Oh.
- Was that a dog?
- No. No, it was, uh...
something bigger.
I'm not, not quite sure.
It was, uh, really dark.
Okay, well, let's get you cleaned
up and see what we're looking at.
That's an awful lot of blood,
but your color's good.
I don't think we hit
any main arteries.
Now, when did you
say this happened?
Uh, a couple hours ago.
Is something wrong?
No, no. Not at all.
In fact,
it's healing quite nicely.
But I'm still
gonna have to, uh,
keep an eye on you
for infection and rabies.
- Rabies?
- Yeah, you can't rule it out.
In fact, that might
be the reason why
a wild animal's gonna up
and attack you.
They typically try
to avoid people.
You sure this wasn't a dog?
Oh my goodness, Larry.
- Who's Larry?
- My dog.
Jack, we gotta go back
and find him.
Sweetheart, I know you love
that dog, but I am not...
- He's out there! He could be hurt.
- I'm not going back out there!
He's my dog. I've had him
longer than I've had you.
- Okay? He saved my life.
- I-I told you, I got lost.
- You got mixed up with all the other cabins out there.
- [doctor] Excuse me.
- Excuse me.
- I-I went out looking for a weapon.
We were in the kitchen
with all the knives.
- Excuse me!
- [both] What?
You said that the dog attacked the
animal that attacked you, right?
- Yes.
- Okay, so if you can find your dog,
then we can observe him,
and Jack here doesn't have to go
through all the rabies treatments,
unless it's absolutely
Otherwise, I say we get you
started on the meds right now.
it's my Larry.
Okay, we'll-we'll finish
up here and then...
we'll go back to the cabin
and look for Larry.
- We all done?
- Uh, just a few little things.
To get a jump start on an infection,
there's some antibiotics,
and a little
something for the pain.
- You wanna wait outside for a second?
- Sure.
I just... We really appreciate
you coming out here.
Getting you out of bed,
I'm sorry.
Don't even mention it.
It's the life of
a country doc, you know?
- Well, we're... we're all done then?
- Yeah.
You mind if I get
a quick minute?
Listen, life for you is
about to change, okay?
[echoing] You're gonna start feeling
some weird things going on, okay?
What was that all about?
[Jack] I don't know, he was trying to
get me into some cult or something.
Let's get outta here.
- I'm gonna check in the house.
- Okay.
Here, boy!
He's not here.
What are we gonna do?
I don't know.
- We can put some food out.
- Okay.
[Virginia sighs]
What a mess.
I should board up the windows.
I saw some planks outside.
I'll see if I can
find some nails.
Could you, um,
could you grab me
some bacon first?
Thanks, babe.
He's gonna come home soon.
While I'm at it,
maybe I'll make some eggs.
- Now, you're talking.
- [laughs]
Here, dog!
- [metal clanging]
- [Virginia] Larry!
- [clanging]
- [Jack] Larry, here, boy!
Wish I would've thought when
we were at the store to ask
if we could put up
a sign or something
that said if you
see a stray dog...
Yeah, 'cause the people here,
they'd eat him.
Nice! You're so insensitive.
You can see that I'm upset.
I'm sorry. You're right.
- It was just a joke.
- An insensitive one.
Not to mention
judgmental and superior.
Jesus, it was just a joke.
And I am superior!
Have you looked at
these backwood hicks?
The way they live out here?
This is no use for a life.
You know, you make these
sweeping generalizations
that anyone who isn't living
their lives just the way
that you think they should
be is wasting their life.
We need to go back to the store
anyways. We're out of ice.
Is there anything else we need?
Is there anything
else they have?
Oh, okay, great!
Because you would know that
if you would've been checking
out what was on the shelves
instead of checking
out that girl's ass.
You're impossible.
- Oh good, you're up.
- Yeah.
What time is it?
Lunchtime. How do
you want your steak?
[sighs] Oh, wow.
I must've been really tired.
It's been an intense
couple of days.
I'll go set the table.
Oh, and well done, please.
Do you want any veggies?
Well, I guess I was hungry.
You're not eating.
I had a little
something earlier.
Oh, well, you know what?
I can put this out on the porch,
and maybe Larry will smell it,
and it'll help him
find his way home.
So, what do we do now?
I don't know.
How's your arm?
You know,
that door over there
doesn't close all the way,
and it scares me.
Could you try to do
something about that
while I do the dishes?
But I think we got off
to a good start last night,
before that animal broke
through the window.
Why don't we pick
it up from there?
How about you fix
the door first?
[mockingly] How about
you fix the door first?
Hey! Hey!
Excuse me?
Sorry, honey.
This thing's pissing me off.
[crickets chirping]
Are you okay?
I'm fine.
I'm fine. I'm just hungry.
Okay. That makes sense,
you didn't have any lunch.
No. No, I didn't.
I can make us some burgers.
Great. Good.
Rare, okay?
I'm sure that he'll be
able to find his way home
if he's not too hurt.
I'm just worried that he
won't be able to, you know?
- Larry?
- Yes, Larry.
He'll be fine.
I'm sure he'll be
home any minute.
I hope so.
It's just
that fight was so vicious.
You saw the kitchen.
And my arm?
Yes, and your arm.
I'm sure he'll be fine.
- But what if he's not?
- [sighs]
You know, we should be
out there looking for him.
He can follow his nose.
Right? We should be here
for when he gets back home.
I guess you're right.
It's just, this is the longest
he's ever been away.
Would you stop talking
about the damn dog?
He saved my life.
- I saved your life!
- No, you ran out the door!
- I went out for a weapon!
- Oh, you mean, like,
a chair,
or a sharp pointy thing?
It was dark!
- I'm outta here!
- What?
I'm going out for
some fresh air,
- and look for Larry.
- I'll come with you.
You just stay here for
when he comes back.
[door opens, closes]
You're killing me.
I better not have rabies.
[tires screeching]
[animal growls]
- [squelching]
- [groaning]
[groaning, roaring]
- [clattering]
- [whimpering]
- [whimpers]
- [gasps]
Oh my gosh.
Hello? Hello?
Here, let me help you.
It's okay.
We're just gonna go right here.
Let's set you down.
There you go. Cover you up.
You're okay.
There you go.
[sighs] Shit.
All right. My husband Jack,
he has the car right now,
but he'll be back any minute.
We'll get you some help.
What's your name?
- [gasps]
- That's okay. That's okay.
Don't worry.
It's gonna be okay. [sighs]
Oh, come on, Jack,
where are you when I need you?
What was that?
See? I told you there was
some wildlife out here.
Cool. Did you bring
your dad's gun?
No, but it's dark,
and we have a fire.
It'll probably stay a million
miles from us right now.
we got all the wildlife
we need right here.
- [growls]
- [screams]
- [slurping]
- [growling]
All right.
- [whimpers]
- It's okay.
- [whines]
- Shh. Take it easy.
[sighs] It doesn't seem
to be life-threatening
'cause you're breathing
fine, so just, um,
- try to rest.
- [whines]
- [panting]
- [growling]
[scream echoing]
[gasps] Jack.
Oh my gosh, are you hurt?
I'm, I'm okay. I, uh...
I wrecked the car.
You're bleeding.
Are you sure you're okay?
I think I hit my head
on the steering wheel.
That medication that
the whack doctor gave me...
I'm gonna sue him.
Well, let's just clean you up
and see if you need stitches.
Are you hurt?
No. Um,
that was the naked guy.
Excuse me?
There was this guy.
He had a really bad neck wound.
He was stark naked.
- And you let him in the house?
- Jack!
He was so badly hurt,
he could barely stand.
He was probably attacked by
the same thing that mauled you.
You sure you're not
just dreaming this up?
You were asleep
when I came in here.
Where'd that blood come from?
Okay? He was here.
I was gonna take him to
the doctor when you got back.
Where is he now?
I don't know.
Are you sure you
didn't see somebody?
I'm pretty sure a naked guy
would've caught my attention.
I don't know. Maybe he was so
delirious, that he wandered off.
I mean, he lost a lot of blood.
- Speaking of blood loss.
- Oh.
Sweetheart, I'm so sorry.
Come on. Let's get you
upstairs. Get you into bed.
Take your shoes off.
Let's get cozy.
Well, it doesn't look like
you need any stitches.
There aren't many cuts.
I think this blood
might be from your arm.
Oh, it's healing nicely.
Doesn't look bad at all.
Jack, you just had an accident.
I'm fine.
You might have a concussion.
Ooh, then you should
examine my head.
- [whining]
- [gasps] Larry!
Where have you been, boy?
Mama was so worried about you.
It looks like he's okay.
- Good boy!
- [barks]
Where have you been?
- He's okay!
- Yeah, Larry.
Great to see you. Hey!
Now, he's back, I don't have
to get the rabies shots!
Oh, and we can leave
this miserable cabin.
Hey, we were just in the middle
of something! Thanks a lot.
Oh, are you serious, Jack?
This has been a disaster.
- We were going to...
- Oh, yeah.
Since we've been here,
we've been attacked
by a wild animal,
you wrecked the car,
we've racked up I don't know
how much in medical bills,
now we have to deal
with vet costs.
Not to mention the naked guy.
Tell me again, why was he naked?
- Oh, he didn't say.
- Uh-huh.
We came here for a calm
weekend to work on ourselves.
This has been
anything but calm.
Yeah, I'll grant you that.
Yeah, and besides,
that guy was really hurt.
You know, he could be out there,
roaming into a lake
and getting drowned.
We should call the police,
or the forest ranger,
or something.
Wait, your aunt
owns this property,
and we are in residence.
Does that make us liable at all?
You would think of that.
Okay, it's a fair point.
All the more reason why
we should get out of here.
Yeah, I guess so.
We can't, I wrecked the car.
Oh no, Jack.
What are we gonna do?
Hey, hey, it's okay.
I'm here, and I'm gonna
take care of everything.
I guess we should start walking.
Wait, what? No.
We should get
a good night's sleep.
That way, we can get
up in the morning,
and we can see if
the car's even drivable.
Plus, I'm ravenous.
I forgot about that. I should
get you something to eat.
I'll go make something.
Good boy. I don't want
anymore surprises today.
I got a surprise for you later.
Cock block.
Get outta here.
Get outta here!
[footsteps approach]
[door creaks]
Come on, boy.
[urine splattering]
Be right there.
Okay, should we go?
Do we have to?
Jack, snap out of it!
We gotta call the police and
tell them about the naked guy.
We gotta get our car fixed.
There are things we have to do.
We don't have
a cell phone signal.
We have jobs!
This could take
a week to sort out.
I know. I, I don't know what
I was thinking. I just...
It's just so nice out here.
You didn't even wanna come
out here in the first place.
After all this has happened,
what are you talking about?
I know, I just...
feel so relaxed now...
at home.
Well, you've certainly
changed your tune.
Larry! Let's go, baby.
- [chuckles]
- Put his collar and leash on.
I don't want him running off
every time he sees a squirrel.
I don't wanna put his leash on.
His neck's been
through so much stress.
Hey, you baby him too much.
Well, someone's gotta.
Come on, baby. Let's go.
Here it is.
Wow, you didn't get very far.
We've only been walking
for a little bit.
We should sue that
country doctor.
There was no "Do Not Operate Heavy
Machinery" warnings or anything.
I'm pretty sure I passed
out at the wheel.
Wow, you really
did a number on it.
Surprised you didn't get hurt.
I don't know, I just think
the bumper's damaged.
I don't think the frame...
I think the frame of
the car is still intact.
- [dripping]
- [sighs]
I don't know, Jack.
There's a lot of stuff leaking,
and it smells like gas.
Do you think that's safe?
We won't know unless we try.
And I'm willing
to take the risk.
[door clanging]
[speaks softly]
[engine chugging]
It was worth a try.
Did you really
mean what you said
about it feeling like home here?
I really like it here.
It's very peaceful.
Oh, yeah. Trees and stuff.
Well, what did you mean?
Wild. Not wild crazy,
but wild like natural.
I can really be myself here.
I guess that's true.
There are very few people
to give you a hard time.
- [barks]
- Larry!
Told you this would happen.
Anybody? Hello?
We need a ride!
No keys.
- [handle clicks]
- It's locked!
- Larry!
- [barking]
- Larry!
- Larry!
Here, boy!
- [barking]
- [Virginia] Larry.
- Hey!
- It's a mess, Jack.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Stay back.
Hold it right there.
Just hold it.
All right, it's really bloody,
but there's nobody home.
Looks like it could've
been some animal.
Possibly a bear.
Or what attacked us.
Oh, Jack! The naked guy!
This is probably
where he was camping.
We gotta get to a phone.
Maybe his keys are in the tent.
Crap, for crap's sake! Larry!
Larry, wait! Larry!
- [gasps]
- [flies buzzing]
What the hell is going on!?
How the hell should I know?
We need to call the police.
There's still no signal.
- [barking]
- Larry, please wait!
Come here, boy. Come here, baby.
It's not what you think.
Stay away from me.
Sweetheart, it's not
what it looks like.
This is your shirt!
Stay away from me!
You don't understand.
It's wonderful.
You're insane.
I can explain.
- I...
- No!
- [barking]
- [grunts]
- [growling]
- [groaning]
- Larry! Aah!
- [snarling]
- [barking]
- [groaning]
[yelps, whimpers]
- [barking]
- [grunts]
That's what you can do
with opposable thumbs.
- [bird hooting]
- [hammering]
Ms. Lupo?
Ms. Lupo,
I'm a friend of Dr. Howard's.
He asked me to
come check on you.
Dr. Howard... wait!
Please, don't go! Please.
Hi, Ms. Lupo.
- Where's your car?
- I just live down the road.
No, we gotta get outta here!
Look, ma'am. Just calm down.
Everything's gonna...
No, no, no, I won't calm down!
My husband's out there!
He's gone crazy, and he's gonna
be back here any second.
Actually, I do understand,
and that's why I came to speak
with you and your husband.
Everything's gonna be okay.
I promise. Mind if I come in?
Okay, just close the door.
He did this?
I did this.
But he's the one
that went crazy?
Ms. Lupo, were you
bitten as well?
Uh, my Larry, he scared off
whatever it was that
was trying to attack us.
Larry's a dog?
How'd you know?
Oh, just a hunch.
Well, it's actually
my husband, Jack.
He's gone completely crazy.
I think he killed somebody.
Has he ever killed
anyone before?
No, of course not!
Then, let's not
jump to conclusions.
Oh yeah, sure,
that makes it all better!
Actually, it does.
'Cause I'm gonna wait
right here with you
for Jack to come back.
And then, I'm gonna have
a little chat with him.
And I guarantee you, nothing bad
can happen to you while I'm here.
Got a witness.
That doesn't matter!
Jack has gone crazy!
He doesn't wanna chat!
He's in full-rage mode.
I've known him for 20 years,
and he's never acted this way.
Ms. Lupo, please.
Would you mind if
I had a cup of coffee?
I just... It's been
a long night, I...
could really use
a cup of coffee.
[engine chugging]
Thank you.
You're, um,
Randy's cousin?
Randy's niece, am I right?
- Ah.
- How'd you know that?
Did Doc Howard tell you?
Right. Small town.
Everybody's got their noses up
each other's business, you know?
No, I knew your
uncle really well.
Good man. Was a good neighbor.
And that counts
for a lot out here.
I was with him when he passed.
It was tragic.
I didn't know that.
It was a hunting accident,
Well, pretty much.
Yeah. Aunt Delores,
she was letting us
have the cabin for a week.
Jack and I were supposed to be
working on our marital issues.
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that.
Turned out to be
a total disaster.
I mean, look at the place.
I don't know how we're
gonna pay Aunt Delores back.
When you asked me if Jack
had ever killed anyone...
were you serious?
Well, you gotta
understand that, um,
you're not in the city
anymore. I mean...
We live a little closer
to the land out here.
I guess being livestock people
gives us more of
a sanguine view of death.
Animals die, people die,
you know?
Sometimes it's okay,
sometimes it isn't.
Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of.
Jack, he's always had a temper.
That's actually how we met.
- Really?
- Yeah. Um,
right after college.
I was at this bar,
and this guy, total creep,
he was hitting on me.
And I was trying to let him
know, like, I'm not interested,
and then he raised his hand up,
like he was gonna hit me.
Well, that ain't
any kind of man.
There's more.
When he raised his hand up,
another hand grabbed his,
and turned him around.
And then he looked at me,
and it was Jack.
And he said,
"Is this guy bothering you?"
And while he was looking at me,
the guy sucker punched him.
Jack didn't move.
He kept eye contact
for a second.
And then he snapped, and just
beat the crap out of the guy.
But I'll bet
he didn't kill him.
In retrospect, it just...
kinda scares me.
The guy hit the ground.
- Didn't see it coming.
- Mm-hmm.
Well, there's a difference
between having a bad temper,
and, uh,
killing someone. You know?
That takes
a different kind of man.
Uh, Jack let him go,
am I right?
I guess I was real impressed.
I gave him my number.
So, him...
sticking up for you, that, uh,
that attracted you to him.
Well, I went home with him.
We've been together ever since.
Well, isn't that
a beautiful story?
The point is that,
Jack, he's not
afraid of a fight.
Well, all it takes is one
primal event like that
to rip the civilization
right outta you,
and then you see
who the man really is,
And some people,
you know, they can keep it
buried their entire lives,
and some of us just, uh,
just don't have that choice.
What are you getting at?
I'm just talking about
the duality of the world.
The Chinese call it
yin and yang.
Western psychology, they
call it masculine and, uh,
feminine, but...
the Native Americans
that lived right here,
they called it,
the spirit brother.
I'm just talking about
the animal nature
that lives in all of us.
Probably what's happening is
Jack's getting in
touch with his, uh,
spirit brother
for the first time.
That's something you
can't do back home.
That's funny. He said
something similar to that.
He said that out here,
he felt like he could be free,
and be himself.
Well, there you have it.
You know, I say that
you're both crazy.
Jack can't hold anything back.
I mean, he went nuts.
I think he killed someone.
Are you gonna help me
get out of here or not?
Do you have any evidence at
all that he killed somebody?
You have something to tell me?
About two miles from here,
there's a dead woman.
And her body's all mangled up,
like an animal attack.
And I found Jack's
shirt beside her.
that changes things a might.
- [Jack] Virginia!
- Jack!
- Hey, hey, hey, hey, what'd I tell you?
- [gasps]
Nothing bad can happen
to you while I'm here.
Okay, that's fine,
but I'm gonna keep the knife.
- [Jack] Virginia!
- I'm inside!
Give us a second.
The naked guy.
- Who's this guy?
- Hey, Jack.
My name's Reed. Reed Oliver.
I'm a friend of Dr. Howard's.
He sent me because he said
you might need some help.
You okay, sweetheart?
Yeah, I was just
a little shook up.
Well, I got some things to, uh,
explain to the two of you.
Ms. Lupo,
your husband has
received a gift.
A great gift.
Now, normally, we have a whole
month to explain and prepare,
but this has been a bit unusual.
You think?
You don't mind if I call
you Virginia, do you?
I'm speaking directly
to you because, um,
I don't have to
explain myself to Jack.
He knows exactly what
I'm talking about.
And as fantastic and crazy
as it might sound,
what attacked you a couple
of nights ago was, um,
what you might call, a werewolf.
- He's crazy too.
- Wait.
Let's hear him out.
[owls hooting]
So, there's a physical
Oh, yeah.
Something happened.
And it's a wolf?
My ancestors believed
that the spirits of wolf and man
were very closely united.
I mean, when you think about
it, we've been sharing
the same hunting grounds
for thousands of years.
And the fact that wolves
were domesticated at all,
kinda supports the idea that
we've been kindred spirits
since the beginning.
So, there's a physical change?
Dr. Howard thinks
the gift is a, uh,
straight-up disease.
I'm a little bit more
on the metaphysical tip.
I mean, all you have to do is
witness the transformation
under a big, beautiful moon,
and you would probably think
that something a little
supernatural is going on.
Where were you bitten?
Jack. That was...
It's gonna be okay.
Is he dangerous?
Well, that depends
on his nature.
If he's a good man,
if he has a, uh,
a peaceful soul,
when the gift takes effect,
he might sleep out on
the porch at night,
wag his tail,
scratch some fleas,
chase a squirrel.
And, what if he's
ordinarily aggressive?
now we get to the matter of the
dead girl you say you found.
You say Jack here has some
anger issues?
What have you said to this guy?
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Relax, Jack.
We been here for
hundreds of years.
We know how to handle
the occasional accident.
But what I need to know is
if you're gonna be
a danger to the pack.
Our friends in law
enforcement checked on you
the moment that
we suspected that
you might've received the gift.
Turns out, you have a fair
history of violence.
I mean, nothing too severe.
That is until you get
into the sealed record.
It was a long time ago.
It was juvie,
that's why it was sealed.
It... There was
really nothing to it.
I can explain everything
that happened, sweetheart.
Well, you're gonna have to
explain yourself to the pack.
Because we can't
exactly have a bloodbath
every full moon, now can we?
There's limits to how
much we can cover up.
I'm finally shedding
the restrictions of
a civilized life,
and you wanna add more
on top of the other
ones we already have?
You are crazy.
So, why were we attacked?
The alpha wolf might've
sensed Jack as a threat.
I mean, who knows?
Maybe he caught
something on the wind.
Are you threatening me?
I'll do whatever it takes
to protect the pack, Jack.
Sounds like a threat to me.
You arrogant little pup.
I knew you were trouble.
I smelled it all
over John's store.
It was you.
What are you, the alpha?
What do you think?
So, it's your rules,
until they get in your way?
That's right.
And if you don't like it,
we can wait till the moon rises
and settle this the ancient way.
Why wait?
[panting, groaning]
Every dog has its day.
He left me no choice, babe.
You heard him.
He was gonna trot me out
in front of some committee,
and have them put me
down like a mad dog.
And why would he
think to do that?
I can still fix this.
I can bury the bodies,
and no one will ever know.
But I need to know
you're with me.
It's gonna be dark soon.
Sure, babe.
Wolves mate for life, right?
[Jack yelling]
Come on, sweetheart.
You heard him, he had it coming.
They were gonna put me down.
You don't know that!
The pack might've understood!
They may've been in your favor!
You heard him!
He was gonna wait till
the moon came up,
and then he was gonna kill me
when he had the advantage.
And what about the dead girl?
Okay, you got me there.
- [grunts]
- Aah!
Jack, no.
Please. For better or worse,
It's gonna get a lot worse.
- [barking]
- No!
- [growling]
- [groaning]
[barking, snarling]
- [yelling]
- [barking]
Jack, stop it!
- [snarling]
- Larry!
Silver. Just like in the movies.
No! No! No! No!
- [snarls]
- [shrieks]
- [whimpers]
- [snarls]
[flames crackling]
So, Jack killed this guy,
and then he, he panics
and he runs away,
and he wrecked the car,
and he died in the crash.
The police should buy that,
- [heavy breathing]
- Easy. Easy, boy.
It's okay.
- [barking]
- [roars]
- [snarling]
- [whines]
- [growls]
- [whimpers]
- [sizzles]
- [whines]
- [barking]
- [growling]
[choking, whining]
Larry, no!
- Larry...
- [whines]
Larry? Larry?
Good boy. Good boy.
Good boy. Come on. Come on.
- [groans]
- Come on.
Oh, baby. Come on.
Let's get out of here.
[music playing on radio]
Well, hello.
You're getting to be
a regular around here.
Yeah, we try to come out
at least once a month.
I like having the business
and all, but...
I would've thought you
would never wanna
see this part of
the world again.
Least of all, that cabin.
After all that unpleasantness.
Yeah, that's all behind me now.
This place is actually
pretty special to me now.
I just meant...
being up there
all alone, is all.
I'm not alone.
What do you mean?
I don't think you've
met my little brother.
This is James.
He's the sheriff around here.
Little brother?
Hi, I'm Virginia.
You were saying,
you're not alone?
Yeah, Larry, my dog.
He's in the car.
Quite a lot of
unpleasantness out your way.
If you don't mind me saying so.
Actually, I do.
My husband died in that
accident, and his friend, Reed.
Well, that's kind of
what I was getting at.
Mr. Oliver was, uh,
kind of a community leader
around here.
Were they friends?
Jack had a lot of
secrets from me.
I only assumed they were friends
because they drove off together.
Some folks will be
missed more than others.
Mr. Oliver may have been
a leader in the community,
but not a good one.
Turns out, he had a record,
and a history of violence.
I'm sorry for your loss, though.
Thank you. Yeah.
And you don't have to worry
about any more unpleasantness
with me and Larry just
coming up every now and then.
We just like the quiet.
That's all I needed to hear.
- 13.50.
- Oh, yes.
- I got some change.
- [coin clatters]
We look out for
our own out here.
You know what?
- I'm gonna take these too.
- That's cool.
Tell Larry we say hello.
Thank you. I will.
You're one of us now.
- See you next month.
- Thank you.
[door chimes]
Did you miss me? [laughs]
I got you something.
I'm gonna teach you how to read.
Here we go.