Synopsis[edit | edit source]
What is scurrying around inside the closet of the upstairs room that grad student Gail Aynsley rents from veterinary school dean Dr. Fenner? Gail doesn't know, but she is determined to find out and Dr Fenner isn't telling.
Cast[edit | edit source]
Plot[edit | edit source]
Act I[edit | edit source]
A symphony is playing as you see the inside of a posh house. A knock comes at the door. When there is no answer, there comes another knock. As the knocking continues, a man closes his book and goes to answer the door.
The door is opened and a young female college student is there. She greets Dr. Fenner and tells him that she called him earlier. He remembers and addresses her as Miss Aynsley and she insists on simply Gail.
Dr. Fenner lets her in and she enters the house, looking around. He mentions to her that he has the last available place in town. Gail drops her books and mentions that she should have been looking for a place earlier. She mentions that she is a fine arts graduate student and Dr. Fenner mentions that he teaches veterinary class.
As Gaile picks her books up, Dr. Fenner tells her there is a reason the room is available. He is, in fact, a very strict landlord. He needs to be quiet and he wants no television, radio, or boyfriends. Gail mentions she only has a slide projector and only runs it at night. After she assures him that she does not have a boyfriend, he takes her to the third floor and lets her know it is all for herself.
Dr. Fenner tells her about the rent and that the room used to be his daughter's. Gail sees a small door and asks him if it is a closet. He says that it was once a closet but it is locked now. He lost the key but lets Gail know that if she does not have enough room that she can keep her things in a downstairs closet. He leaves as Gail asks why the door is so small. The assumption is that he approved the room.
Gail is seen putting her things away in her room. She plugs in a nightlight and then hears a sound on the other side of the door. It sounds as if something is moving around in there. Dr. Fenner turns the lights off downstairs and kicks a box in anger. Gail is tossing and turning in bed.
ACT II[edit | edit source]
Gail comes downstairs as Dr. Fenner is getting ready to leave. She tells him that he never gave her keys and he tosses them to her. He lets her know they are labeled and he has to get to his office. She tells him there was a rat in her room, but he lets her know that the only rats in the house are the ones he keeps in formaldehyde. Gail insists it was alive and he assures her that there are no rats in his house and leaves.
Gail goes up to her room and tries to see if one of her keys will work in the lock. She gets a mouse trap, opens the door, and puts the trap in the room. While watching her slides, Gail hears the trap go off in the closet. She tries to open the door but it will not budge.
As Gail is sleeping, her nightlight goes out. Something opens the closet door from the other side and comes out, scampering around the room. The sound wakes Gail up and she takes a flashlight from under her pillow and looks around. Approaching the closet, she finds the door open once more. She opens it but is unable to see anything. Gail heads back to bed and lays down with her eyes open. The camera moves downward and the eyes of the thing in the closet are seen under her bed.
In the morning, Dr, Fenner knocks on Gail's door. Upon opening it, he offers her a ride to campus if she wants it. Gail tells him that there is a rat in the closet and she managed to get the door opened. When he asks Gail how. Gail says the bedroom key works on the door also. She attempts to open it and it does not work. Dr. Fenner assures her that the closet door has not been opened in years, but she tells him that she put a mouse trap in the closet.
For the first time, Dr. Fenner looks concerned. He asks what she caught with the trap, but she tells him nothing. Dr. Fenner asks her if she thinks the rat appropriated the trap for its own uses. He tells her that rats are not raised on rutabagas and Gail does not understand this. Dr. Fenner explains that they are brain food. Rats can avoid traps, he tells her, but they cannot move furniture. Gail continues to try to convince Dr. Fenner that something is in the closet, but he dismisses her and they leave.
Once the room is empty, something pulls Gail's luggage under her bed.
ACT III[edit | edit source]
Gail enters her room, reading her mail. She hears the closet door unlatch and she runs over to it. Upon opening it, she see lots of clothes for a little girl in the closet. She feels around and the mousetrap snaps on her hand. Gail runs from the closet and the door closes on its own as blood drops onto her white shoe.
Gail's telephone is ringing as she is once again trying to open the closet door to no avail. She begins to get very frustrated as she hears the professor's car door slam.
Dr. Fenner tells Gail that the room was his daughter Margaret's room. She moved away and married a man who paints rooms even though he put her through college and graduate school and now lives in Montpelier, VT. He tells her that his wife had a lump in her breasts and two mastectomies, and the chemotherapy killed her.
When Gail tells Dr. Fenner she cannot get the closet door open, he tells her that is why he put the standing wardrobe in her room. She is adamant that something is living in the closet. He gives her a look as if he thinks she is crazy.
Later that night in her room, Gail hears the closet door unlatch and she immediately sits up with her flashlight. As the door creaks open, she gets up and makes her way over to it, crawling on the floor. Shining the flashlight in the closet, Gail finally sees the creature that lives in there. She screams as the creature kills her and then pulls her into the closet.
The next morning Dr. Fenner is on the phone with Gail's mother. He tells her that he saw her but is not sure what happened. Dr. Fenner is not willing to look at her things or try to find her, because he is only her landlord. To get off the phone with her mother, he tells the lady that he is having a root canal.
Dr. Fenner cries out and pain, and upon looking down, sees the creature hugging his legs, moaning at his touch. He talks/cuddles with the creature that is his daughter. He picks her up and tells her that he is going to tuck her in bed and tell her a nice story. He takes the creature up stairs, speaking baby talk to her. His daughter cuddles affectionately against her daddy!
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Director Tom Savini and crew nicknamed the creature "Lizzie"
- "Lizzie" is the same creature that appears on the cover for the DVD Collection
- Most episodes on the DVD have altered music. This episode is the only one that contains the original theme.