Robert Tobaccus is the timid, middle-aged owner of the ďSpace AvailableĒ
hobby shop specializing in model rockets. Robertís happy existence comes
to a halt when an x-con, Zal, recognizes Robert as an inmate who had
escaped years ago from the state penitentiary and demands blackmail money
or threatens to contact the police.
Seeing his world crumble, Robert grabs an Apollo model mounted on a rock
and strikes Zal violently in the head. Panic-stricken, Robert drags Zalís
body into the storage room. As he re-enters shop to clean up the blood,
the door opens and the shop fills with teens, who drag a confused Robert
out of the shop and down the sidewalk for the daily launch of his model
park, a nervous Robert launches the rocket to the applause of spectators.
Frantic, he rushes back to his shop. He realizes the need to get rid of
both Zalís body and his sports car. Robert drives Zalís car behind the
shop but finds the trunk too small to accommodate the corpse. Having no
other alternative, Robert hides Zalís body in the storage room, then
drives Zalís car across town, parking it in an abandoned area.
El-train back to the shop, Robert becomes panic-stricken when he realizes
he has left his keys in his shop door. Then, the trains stalls. Robert
claws at the doors, yelling to be let out. Eventually the train starts up.
train, Robert dashes back to the shop, where he finds his keys dangling in
the back lock. He enters shop. Zalís body is gone. Terrified, Robert
searches his shop. A knock at the doorĖa frequent customer has come to buy
supplies. Robert explains that heís closed, but the teen refuses to leave
without his model paint. Robert lets him in, hands him the paint, then
leads him back out the door, but not before the teen invites Robert to
attend a lecture on space travel being given that night at the local
planetarium. Robert declines and quickly shows him out.
alone, Robert searches for Zalís body. Suddenly, a monster appears from
isle. It is Zal, who has regained consciousness, his face and head mangled
and bloody. He grabs Robert by the neck. Robert struggles. On the verge of
unconsciousness, Robertís hand lands on a modeling knife on counter. He
plunges it into Zalís throat. Zal stumbles back, grabbing at the knife
protruding from his neck. Zal tries to escape, but Robert quickly pulls
him back to center of shop. Zal totters, then falls dead.
Minutes later, behind shop, Robert loads Zalís body into a station wagon.
Later that night, Robertís car parks in a wooded area. Under incandescent
moonlight, Robert drags Zalís body through the woods.
cuts to a planetarium, where a lecturer is speaking on the history of
space travel--the lecture Robert had been invited to by the teen earlier
that day. We cut back to Robert in the woods brushing aside leaves,
exposing a root cellar door. Robert pulls the door back and descends into
darkness, dragging Zalís body behind him. The lecturer (VO) explains that
the first attempts at space travel were performed not by the living but by
the dead, that the pyramids were constructed with the intention of
launching the deceased kingís soul out into space, there to join with the
stars forever. Robertís flashlight searches the dark cellar, landing on
hideous face after hideous face of the those Robert has killed and
collected in his make-shift sepulcher. We now realize Robert is a
psychopathic killer. He ascends the steps of the root cellar and looks up
at the stars. The thunderous roar of booster rockets.
2005 Howard Kingkade
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