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Text Message Stalker (05/01/2007)

released: May 01, 2007

description: At the NASA base in Houston, Texas, Davis notices a strange disturbance and calls over Jones. Jones writes it off to sunspots. Suddenly, Jim Adams enters the control room, to the shock of his co-workers. He explains that he was struck by lightening and his cell phone melded to his face. As Jones begins to suggest he take some sick leave, all the NASA workers are suddenly overwhelmed with convulsions. Adams quickly realizes he is the one causing these, as indicated by the text friendly abbreviations everyone is uncontrollably spewing. Adams flees the base, striking down all the employees of NASA and approximately ten thousand civilians along the way.

Three years pass, and Adams has made a new life for himself secluded high in the mountains. He has only the wildlife for company, and LoAnn, a woman who drops off groceries for him once a month. She herself was inexplicably abandoned in the mountains, and she has taken a shine to the only other human she has ever seen. Through the protection of the cabin's door, LoAnn tells him about the world outside as Adams sneaks through the window into the woods, knowing danger is near.

Meanwhile, three generals meet to discuss the still-pressing problem of Jim Adams - they have not been able to locate him after three years, and fear more lives will be lost. General Thomas receives a call informing her that Jones has finally emerged from his coma after the attack at NASA three years before. The generals rush over to the hospital, where they discover Jones can communicate with Adams via psychic text messaging. This extends into a complete psychic connection, and Jones leads the military men to Adams' abandoned cabin. They are too late, but Jones senses Adams moving towards a small town nearby, and they quickly follow - with LoAnn sneaking onto the back of the military vehicle.

In the small town, Adams hovers near a playground filled with children. The innocent play is interrupted when the children begin to viciously seize. Adams flees through the town into the forest, leaving a trail of convulsing citizens behind him. Jones and the generals arrive to find only carnage. LoAnn is equally disturbed, and emerges from the shadows to confess to the generals that she is responsible; they should stop their pursuit of Adams and take her in. Jones calls her out on her ruse, but tells her that she can help, and the two follow Adams into the woods together.

They come across a clearing where all life has been destroyed. They coax Adams out from behind a tree stump, and when he attests that he is possessed by Satan by way of cell phone, Jones attacks him. LoAnn, meanwhile, falls prey to the effects of Adams' powers and falls in a seizure. High above, the generals instruct a sharpshooter to take aim. Jones tells Adams to stop and look at what he is doing to LoAnn. Adams pauses in the fight. He is appalled by LoAnn's pain and tears the cell phone from his face. LoAnn recovers immediately, and as Adams takes her in his arms, the sharpshooter fires. Jones sees and pushes the two out of the path of the bullet, taking it himself. Adams becomes enraged again at his friend's death, and picks the cell phone back up. He sets his sights on the four men, and before the sharpshooter can fire again, they have all been overcome by seizures. Adams gathers up LoAnn, and the two walk down the deserted road in the direction of the setting moon.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
 
Child on Playground #1 . . . Colleen Breen
Child on Playground #2 . . . Kristen Studard
Child on Playground #3 . . . Mel Evans
Davis . . . Mel Evans
General Casey Thomas . . . Kristen Studard
General Eilang . . . Rob White
General Ross . . . Amy Verdon
Generic Soldier . . . Mel Evans
Jim Adams . . . Jorin Garguilo
Jones . . . Sean Kelley
LoAnn . . . Colleen Breen
NASA Worker #1 . . . Amy Verdon
NASA Worker #2 . . . Colleen Breen
New Mother #1 . . . Amy Verdon
New Mother #2 . . . Kristen Studard
New Mother #3 . . . Mel Evans
New Mother #4 . . . Rob White
Newborn . . . Michael Johnson
Sam . . . Michael Johnson
Sharpshooter . . . Michael Johnson
Trucker #1 . . . Kristen Studard
Trucker #2 . . . Mel Evans
Trucker #3 . . . Michael Johnson
Trucker #4 . . . Sean Kelley

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  • General Eiling is the same name of the DC Comics supervillain The General. General Ross is the same name as Marvel Comics General ''Thunderbolt'' Ross, who pursued the Hulk for many decades (his daughter Betty is married to Bruce Banner.)
  • Loosely based on the general story of the comic book, The Hulk.

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