The Child (1977) Movie Script

Oh, no!
He won't hurt you.
He's just trying to be friendly.
It's just that I'm lost,
and he did sort of startle me.
I'm looking for the Norden house,
and I saw that one up over there.
- Is that the Norden house?
- That's my house.
That's my house,
and this is my dog.
Fortunately, the boy is on loan.
I was on my way to the Norden house,
and I thought I'd take a shortcut
through the woods.
Nordens, huh?
Well, you must be a relative.
The Nordens never have any visitors
except family.
No, actually I'm going to work for them.
I'm going to take care of Rosalie Norden.
Well, the Norden house
is about a mile further on.
I'm Alicianne Delmar.
| used to live around here.
| forgot how big these woods are.
| 'm Elizabeth Whitfield.
Yes, these woods can be a lonely place.
| used to keep boarders,
but they didn't like the isolation.
Say, Alicia, why don't you
come home with me and have some tea?
Yes, these woods are so lovely.
That's the reason why I stayed here
when my husband died.
I hope you don't mind
my cornering you like this,
but I have so few neighbors
and it does get lonely.
My husband always complained
I talked too much,
but I always complained
he didn't listen enough.
Actually, I was just sitting here
hoping I'll be invited back.
Consider my home a safe port
when the Nordens' seas get too stormy.
My, what a lovely clock.
Yes, isn't it?
I've had it so long, it's just like having
an old friend around the house.
What really did happen
to all of your boarders?
The woods made them nervous.
The woods?
Yes, they said something was out there.
What did they mean?
Well, Rosalie Norden used to play tricks
on a lot of my boarders.
I think she was trying to scare them off.
Oh, I know, it sounds as if I've got a thing
about Rosalie Norden,
- but it's true.
- What sort of tricks?
Oh, nothing I could ever
put my finger on,
but whenever anything happened,
she was always there.
Why would she want
to cause you trouble?
Rosalie regards these woods
as her own private property.
She's quite a little girl.
Her mother spent most of her life
in mental institutions.
Rosalie's always been strange,
worse since her mother's death.
The death of parents
when a child is rather young...
It leaves you feeling so alone.
I'm sure Rosalie and I
will get along just fine.
I can't blame her, really.
I love these woods, too.
They have changed
since you were a little girl.
Everything has.
No, not this way of life.
It's getting late. I'll call Norden,
have him come pick you up.
No, I'd like to walk.
You said it's less than a mile
through the woods.
You never did say
what happened to your car.
Um, I was little careless.
I drove off the road.
It gets dark in these woods very quickly.
Stay on the path,
don't wander off into the woods.
Are there any dangerous animals?
Why do you ask that?
Oh, I saw some claw marks on the trees.
There have been small animals
killed and eaten in the woods.
Jefferson thinks maybe it's wildcats.
I don't know,
but there is something -
I hear them calling to one another at night.
Stay on the path
until you come to an old cemetery.
The Norden house
is the other side of the cemetery.
Thank you for everything.
I hope to see you again soon.
Hurry, you'd better hurry.
Alicianne Delmar?
I am Joshua Norden.
You're late!
Oh, Mr. Norden, you startled me. I...
I saw someone wandering
around that old cemetery.
They sometime spend the night
in the old mausoleum.
Would you like to sit down?
Miss Waller recommended you.
Said you were real good with kids.
Won't you sit down?
Yes. When I lived in Osborn,
we were neighbors.
Then when I grew up,
we moved to Westmore.
How did you find your way here
through the woods?
Oh, I met Mrs. Whitfield.
She was kind enough
to show me how to get here.
I suppose she told you
a lot of stuff about us.
Not really.
You walked here from Osborn?
No, I had trouble with my car.
I had to leave it.
In fact, most of my things are still in it.
- This is my son, Len.
- Hello, Len.
He'll drive with you tomorrow
and pick up your things.
Hope you're not a nervous woman.
Can't stand nervous women.
Last ten years of her life,
my wife spent in and out of most
of the rest homes around here.
I'm sure Rosalie and I
will get along just fine.
Got to get to bed.
Just waiting up for you.
Farm is a lot of work.
Got to get in early and stay at it late.
They don't realize a farm is a lot more
than just a pretty place to live.
Don't hardly have time
to take care of my children.
Don't have time to take care of myself.
Your room's the last one down the hall.
Thank you, Len.
Well, good night.
We're not used to having people around,
Pa and I and Rosalie.
You'll have to try and understand us.
Who are you?
He certainly surprised me.
I am Alicianne, your new friend,
but if you like,
you can call me Lise.
That's my mother.
She had beautiful hair.
They say I have hairjust like hers.
Yes, you have very lovely hair,
and when I have a little girl,
I hope she looks just like you.
You must be very lonely.
Where is your mother and father?
They died years ago
when I lived in Osborn.
Then I moved to Westmore
to live with my aunt and my uncle.
Then I decided to come back.
I guess Ijust missed Osborn.
Good night.
My Lord!
What has got into that dog?
All this racket for a rabbit.
Rambler! Rambler!
I talked to your father this morning
about a Halloween party,
and he thought it would be a good idea.
But he said there weren't too many children
your own age around here.
Ah, they're all dumb.
You just wait and see -
we'll have a lot of fun.
- Ready Lise?
- Just a minute,
I want to finish cutting this grapefruit
for Rosalie.
Then I'll go upstairs and change.
Where are you going?
Len's taking me to the Johnsons' stables.
We're going riding this morning.
Hurry up, I'll meet you outside.
I don't want you to go.
Oh now, Rosalie, don't be like that.
I'll only be gone
for a couple of hours.
When I get back,
we'll play anagrams.
Now eat your grapefruit.
I hate grapefruit.
What's all that racket about?
I thought she was supposed
to be taking care of me.
She'll be back.
But, Iwant her here! Now!
You can't have everything in life
you want, little girl.
This I declare that he alone
is my refuge, my place of safety.
He is my God and I have trust in him,
for he recuses you from every trap
and protects you from the fatal plague.
He will shield you with his wings.
They will shelter you.
His faithful promises are your armor.
Now you don't need to be afraid
of the dark anymore,
nor fear the dangers of the day,
nor dread the plagues of darkness
nor disasters in the morning,
for the Lord says,
"Because he loves me, I will rescue him.
"When he calls on me, I will answer.
"I will be with him in trouble
and rescue him and honor him.
"I will satisfy him with a full life
and give him my salvation.
You hypocrite, pretending you're sorry!
Silly old woman!
God bless you, my son.
'Mommy, I know Daddy's sorry.
'I promise you that old Mrs. Whitfield
will be sorry, too
'for what she's done to you.'
Alicianne doesn't have any mother either,
and she is a lot nicer
than those other funny old ladies.
Didn't like 'em, huh?
I'll show you how to make donuts.
My aunt always used to make them special
for Halloween.
Sure, you want to learn
how to bake stuff.
When you get married, you want to be
a good wife for your husband, don't you?
Erm, is the dinner all right?
We're going
up to the hill tomorrow.
Yes, there are some
beautiful wildflowers up there.
Watch out for those little white ones,
They're poison.
Once a whole bunch of them Boy Scouts
was camping around here,
and they cooked themselves up a stew.
Broke off a twig of oleander
and stirred the stew.
Seems some of the sap got in the food,
poisoned them all.
My goodness, were they very sick?
Killed every one of them.
Damn little fools!
Every one of them croaked.
Imagine them red-cheeked little things
there scouting outdoors,
not knowing about oleander.
Killed every one of them.
Died like flies.
That Whitfield woman,
what does she want?
What's all the shouting about?
You having a fit or something,
Mrs. Whitfield?
It's just that I'm in a hurry.
Have you seen Rambler today,
Mr. Norden?
- Rambler, your dog?
- Yes.
Have you seen him?
No, how would I see him? You keep him
tied up at home all the time, don't you?
He got away.
Some of the folks and I
are out looking for him.
Well, maybe he's up there
in the hills somewhere.
He's not that kind of a dog
to just wander away.
You haven't seen him, have you?
Why do you think
Rosalie might have seen him?
Well, talk about wander,
she was over to my place
about two days ago,
and it was later than this.
You should stay closer to home
after dark, young lady.
I'll take care of my own daughter,
Mrs. Whitfield.
You'd better head on home,
Mrs. Whitfield.
It's getting late, and you wouldn't
want to be out after dark.
Just like her ma!
Now she'll be all alone.
Yes... chill in the air.
Mrs. Whitfield's poor dog will freeze
if he stays out tonight.
I sure hope she finds him.
Don't worry about Mrs. Whitfield.
Anytime something happened to her,
she used to come running over here
to blame Ma.
What did happen
to your mother?
She was robbed and killed.
They think some tramps did it.
She's buried right over there
in that old cemetery.
Oh, Len, I'm sorry.
Your father said your mother
would often wander off alone.
Ma spent a lot of time alone.
She used to read books
about the mind.
She said... She said
the mind was a secret world,
a place nobody had explored yet.
And Rosalie
is like her mother, isn't she?
There seems so much inside her.
What was that?
Some animals in the woods here.
No one's even seen them,
but when they hear that noise,
they lock their doors and stay inside at night.
Good evening, Mrs. Whitfield.
I brought my friends with me tonight,
Mrs. Whitfield.
They want to meet you.
You go away, Rosalie!
Go away and leave me alone.
Oh, God! Oh, God!
Let me go!
Mr. Norden?
Oh, Mr. Norden,
may I talk to you a moment?
It's about Rosalie.
Late last night, I looked out my window
and I saw her going into the cemetery.
She likes to visit her ma's grave.
At night?
She could go in the daytime.
It's not only dangerous,
it's downright morbid.
You told me there were tramps
living around the cemetery.
Yeah, I guess you're right.
Well, I'll speak to her
for all the good that'll do.
Drawing your teddy bear?
That's very good, Rosalie.
I draw him a lot.
I draw all my friends.
I'll draw you sometime.
I'd like that.
Rosalie, what other friends
do you draw?
Oh, just friends I meet.
In the cemetery?
I guess I'll go get breakfast.
These drawings of your friends,
I'd like to see them.
Oh, they're not so good.
I'd like to see them anyway.
Maybe... sometime.
They're back in my room someplace.
I don't think
I'd like your friends very much,
not if you have to meet them at night.
That is why you go into the cemetery
at night, isn't it?
To meet these people, your friends.
No, | go to visit my mother.
Darling, your mother isn't there.
She's gone.
Gone where?
Where did you get that?
Len bought it for me.
It certainly is weird-looking.
I love it.
You enjoying your party?
Yeah, it's kind of fun.
- Where are all the other children?
- Outside.
We're going to play one more game,
then Daddy's going to take them home.
Don't stay out too late.
I'm not afraid of the dark.
Alright, who's in here?
Rosalie, stop it.
It was the dining room.
The Jack-o-lantern...
dining room light didn't work,
and the Jack-o-lantern frightened me.
Probably a fuse.
Look, I'll take a look in the cellar.
Hey, look what I've got -
some of Tom Harkin's
home-made hard cider.
I could sure use some of that.
Go easy. I had some over at Tom's -
it's really hard.
Look I'll check the fuse.
That's my mother's!
You killed my mother!
You killed my mother.
Norden tell me kill.
Mama crazy. Mama crazy.
You didn't obey me when I told you
to stay out of that cemetery at night.
I guess maybe we'll just have to lock you up
in your room after dark.
No, I want to be with them,
they need me.
"They"? Who's "they"?
Alright, that settles it.
You'll be locked in your room after dark.
I'm not going to worry about you night
after night the way I did with your mother.
You shut up!
Oh! Now, Rosalie...
You killed my mother!
Now, you stop that, Rosalie.
And Alicianne thinks she's my mother.
I want to know who you're meeting
in the cemetery. Answer me!
I don't have to tell you anything!
Who is in the cemetery?
You'll find out.
They're gonna come and hurt you both.
Hurt you bad!
Rosalie, come back here.
No, I don't listen to you
any more, old man.
| find you here
after what I told you today?
Come on, let's get out of here.
I can't.
My friends are expecting me.
What friends?
I have friends. They like me.
Why do they like you so much?
Why do they like you so much?
Everyone else is afraid of them,
but I'm not.
I like them.
They do favors for me.
What kind of favors?
You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.
'You'll find out.'
Len! Len, there's something there,
there's something in there.
Wait here.
Stay right here. I'll be right back.
- Go find out if Rosalie's at the house.
- But Len, can I...?
Just go! I'll be there.
let's get out of here!
Let's try and get help
Come on!
Let's go! Come on!
Come on!
Len! Len!
Oh, God!
Come on, let's get out of here.
Come on, let's get going.
It won't start.
Come on, baby!
Let's go, let's go!
Come on, come on.
Get this thing started!
Come on!
Watch it!
Let's go, let's go! Hurry up, let's go!
Let's get started!
Look, the horn!
It's working.
Come on,
let's get to the shed.
Hurry up! Hurry up!
Come on, come on.
Find me something, find me something.
I got it, come on, come on!
Come on! Come on!
Hurry up!
Come on.
Come on, come on.
- What's wrong?
- It's cutting me.
Let me help.
Can you move it?
Come on, pull.
- Hurry up.
- Oh...
Come on!
Give me something to block it up with.
Hurry up!
Hurry up, Alicianne.
Hurry up!
Come on!
Hurry up, Alicianne!
Come on.
It's gonna be OK.
Give me the hammer.
Come on.
- It's gonna be OK.
- No.
It's gonna be light soon.
We're safe in here.
Come on now.
Everything's gonna be alright.
But Rosalie...
She's out there with them.
Lise, we both know.
I've known for a long time.
These creatures are Rosalie's friends.
What happened tonight
happened because of Rosalie.
Stay here.
Stay right here.
- Don't move.
- Oh, Len!
- No, don't move.
- Oh, God.
It'll be alright.
It'll be light soon.
Stay right here.
Alicianne, I found a gun.
Where are some shells?
There have to be some shells.
Hey, I found a shell.
Get the door!
Hurry up.
- Help me! Help!
- Len! No!
Help me!
They got my leg!
I can't get loose.
Hold on to my arm.
It's pulling!
I can't...
I can't get loose!