Fee Simple – Supernatural Psychological Thriller
Anna Maria Elisa Manalo
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Logline: An insecure young woman finds strength when the spirit of her cop husband saves her from a serial killer whom he chokes, skewers and burns with bleach – the very M.O. the killer always uses.
Synopsis: KATIE HOLLANDER, a young petite brunette in her 20’s becomes a real estate agent a year after the shooting death of her husband EDWIN, a policeman. Katie has learned to deal with firearms and to keep close to her only remaining relative, her mother, LOUISE.
Lonely and unsure of herself, Katie starts to date. On her way home from showing a house, she meets WES GREEN at a neighborhood 7Eleven. Wes is wanted in another state for several gruesome murders that have the mark of bleach poured on the dead body. Having sold most of her electronics to make ends meet as a new widow, Katie does not realize Wes is all over the television news when he poses as a potential buyer. Attracted, Wes stalks her, but observes in anger that Katie is dating Edwin’s best friend and fellow realtor, JIM. Eager to begin a new life, Katie invites Jim to her house against Louise’s wishes who felt her daughter needed more time to mourn.
Tell-tale signs of Edwin’s presence in the house make itself known as Katie sees his cologne bottle appear in her bathroom, the scent unmistakable. Edwin begins to haunt the house, showing himself at the front door as his footsteps bend the hardwood floors upstairs. His visits intensify Katie’s loneliness and as she reaches for Jim, she discovers his own insecurity and neediness. Stronger now, she rejects him at her mother’s advice. One night, Jim visits. Feeling rejected despite his constant overtures of affection, he pursues her through the house and attempts to kill her, confessing to her horror that he was Edwin’s murderer. Katie dashes out of the house and encounters Wes. Wes kills Jim with a barbecue fork, embedding it on his back as he pours bleach on the wound.
Grateful for Wes saving her life, Katie invites him only to find that Wes was attracted to her as well. Now having gained a measure of confidence and feeling more sure of what she wanted in a relationship, Katie rebuffs Wes’ advances. Thwarted and enraged by the rejection, Wes enters Katie’s backyard one evening and stabs her mother Louise to death. After Louise buys her daughter a TV set and Katie sees Wes is wanted for several murders, Wes decides to kill Louise.
One night, as Katie prepares for bed, Wes breaks into the house after killing the policeman assigned to watch Katie. In a harrowing confrontation, Katie fights for her life as she dashes out onto the roof of the house. As Wes attempts to grab her feet, gunfire rings out and Wes, taking cover, descends back into the bathroom. He reenters the house and is inexplicably skewered by a barbecue fork. As he attempts to remove it, something chokes him. As he wrestles with an unseen foe, his terror mounts and he jumps out of a window where he hits his head on a rock. As he turns, he sees a boulder descend on his head, breaking it open. He dies on the grass and the last image he sees is Edwin leaning over him, pouring bleach on his head.
The front door opens. Outside, an exhausted and emotionally depleted Katie looks down to find a sole tea rose her husband Edwin used to give her. As she picks it up, she smells his cologne waft in the open breeze and whispers with confidence that love survives after death.