This script was born purely out of budgetary restrictions as writers Whannell and Wan deliberately wanted to write a horror film as cheaply as possible. One that they could finance themselves. Inspired by low-budget movies such as Pi and The Blair Witch Project, they decided on the concept of two actors, one room, and one dead body. Easily one of the best screenplays to read for horror writers.
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"I don't remember the name of the movie (maybe the masters, Siskel and Ebert, remember) but I do remember that the main actor was Peter Fonda. I remember the plot clearly. It was about a group of brilliant Harvard students who raped a woman. She accused them in a public hearing and they responded that she was a prostitute. Their lawyer defended them by using their grades and good families. They're found innocent. The woman commits suicide. As adults, the 'juniors' look for stronger emotions and they dedicate themselves to hunting down vacationing couples on weekends... after the standard rape, the 'juniors' free the couple in the countryside and hunt them down with shotguns.
"Today, the real 'juniors' have found that they have a country to play with. One of them is at Los Pinos (the Mexican White House) and the other in Bucareli (The Governor's house in Chiapas), they get tired of playing DOOM and instead play at hunting down 'bad guys' in a game of real war in the countryside. They give their prey time to escape, and move their game pieces to surround them and make the game more interesting. But, the 'juniors' find themselves in a quandary, because the game grows longer and they can't catch the 'bad guys.' Then the US Ambassador, the lawyer from the first scene, tries to save them again: 'It was just a game' he says, 'the dead are not dead, the war is not a war, the displaced are not displaced, we always wanted to talk and we only sent thousands of soldiers to tell the 'bad guys' that we wanted to talk.' A pathetic argument for an 'efficient' Harvard government.
Virus (voiceover): "Pan-capitalism is a crack war of narco-colonialism which enframes the neo-liberal relaxation of exchange between the PRI party and nomadic investment communities. The War-on-Drugs is the main NAFTA artery of exchange for the Colombian cartels of coke and heroin into the urban markets. Drug-enforcement-economies must command and control body-rights and land-rights in Chiapas - this foundational drive of the hallucinogenic-State."
Arreolo (voiceover): "They commandeered my taxi, but it doesn't bother me - these people want to change the government, right? Well, I say I'm all for that! But, I'm afraid that the police will accuse me of collaboration. I don't want trouble with anybody, not with the masked ones, and not with the police. I just want to live here quietly."
"Mexican Civil Society has has called for a 'marcha virtual' to show international support for including the Zapatistas in national dialogues towards peaceful solutions to Mexico's crisis. Given the fact that members of the EZLN traveling to Mexico City are Mexican citizens, and are thus guaranteed by the Mexican Constitution the freedom to travel unencumbered anywhere in the Republic, and given the fact the Mexican government does not consider them criminals or terrorists, and that the San Andres Dialogue, and the agreements which govern it, although on hold, have not been broken, it is extremely important to pressure the Mexican Government. We are also asking that you forward this message to all lists, groups, and individuals liable to participate in the this march, in order to show that we in Cyberspace can mobilize to form 'war of the Internet' (Gurria dixit) in the service of PEACE."