Temple Hill Entertainment
Based on Laura Hasn’t Slept by Parker Finn
Jessie T. Usher
Cristobal Tapia de Veer
At a psychiatric ward, stressed and overworked psychiatrist Dr. Rose Cotter meets with Laura Weaver, a PhD student who had several days earlier witnessed her art history professor die by suicide. Laura claims that an entity taking the form of smiling people is stalking and telling her she is going to die. Soon thereafter, Laura begins screaming hysterically and has a seizure. After Rose calls for help, she sees Laura standing up and grinning. With a shard of a broken plant pot, Laura commits suicide by slitting her throat. Rose sees her manic patient Carl grinning and shouting she is going to die. Rose calls for nurses to restrain him, only to see he was asleep the whole time. Concerned for Rose’s mental well-being, her supervisor Dr. Morgan Desai gives her a week off. The following days, the hallucinations continue, making Rose seem unhinged and dangerous to people around her, including her fiancé Trevor and sister Holly. At her nephew’s birthday party, Rose’s gift has somehow been replaced by her dead cat, horrifying the children. She sees a party attendant grinning at her and curses, then falls onto a glass table, ending the party in chaos. She visits her former therapist, Dr. Madeline Northcott, who suggests that her problems stem from her abusive and mentally ill mother, whose death from an overdose she witnessed as a child. Upon learning Laura’s professor was grinning at her before his death, Rose visits his widow Victoria and learns he was affected after witnessing a woman die by suicide. Rose asks her ex-boyfriend Joel, a police detective, to go through police records. They find several cases where someone witnessed a suicide, then a few days later died by suicide in front of someone else, who continued the pattern. Rose visits Holly, attempting to patch things up, but only makes it worse. The entity takes the form of Holly as she leaves, terrifying her. Joel calls her, revealing that he discovered all the witnesses died by suicide within a week. The exception was Robert Talley, who instead murdered someone, and the key witness to the murder continued the suicide chain. Rose and Joel visit Talley in jail, where Talley claims the only way to escape the entity is to kill someone in front of a witness, and do it in a brutal fashion to cause major psychological trauma, off of which the entity “feeds”. Rose angrily rejects the option and leaves. She is confronted at home by the entity in Madeline’s form telling her it is “almost time”. Rose impulsively drives to her hospital with a knife and hallucinates murdering Carl in front of Desai to pass on the entity. She snaps out of it and hastily drives away, though not before Desai spots the knife and alerts the police. Rose drives to her abandoned family home. Attempting to deprive the entity of witnesses, Rose confronts it in the form of her dead mother. It is revealed Rose had actually found her mother shortly after overdosing; she witnessed her mother’s death throes but did not intervene. Rose sets the entity on fire and leaves as the house burns down. She drives to Joel’s apartment and he comforts her. When Joel starts smiling, Rose realizes everything that happened from the moment she entered the old house was a hallucination. The entity confronts the now despairing Rose, reveals itself as a giant skinless creature with mouths nested within its mouth, then overwhelms and forces itself inside her body. Joel, having tracked Rose’s phone, enters the house and sees a smiling Rose set herself on fire as he watches helplessly, with the curse passing onto him.