1,000 word Synopsis Knaptid
Background story: Two brothers much like Lenny and George from Of
Mice and Men receive an inheritance. The smarter brother, Sean,
however, devises a plan to get all of the money for himself. He
convinces his physically powerful but mentally handicapped brother,
Stevie, he should have his own reality television show. Marry a
Mountain Man will be about four women deciding which one should marry
Stevie. Sean convinces Stevie he will not get in trouble if he
knaps (kidnaps) women if he pays the losers $10,000 each as a
The movie opens with the stalking and kidnapping of the third young
victim, Gail. The next morning Gail wakes to discover herself
handcuffed to a cot in a shed with two other women, Margo and
Heidi. She also discovers she is wearing a radio dog-training
collar that will shock her if she goes to far away from the small
broadcasting tower, or put a bullet in her neck if she tires to take
the collar off.
Stevie makes his appearance, bearing a HI-8 camera and welcoming
Gail to his ÒtelevisionÓ show. Gail immediately foils an
attempt by Margo to crush Stevie's skull, reasoning he is far to simple
to devise the collars, etc.
Stevie asks Gail to unlock Heidi--Heidi's background, is explored, she
has been molested by her father for years. Her father's abuse of
both Heidi and her mother is covered in flashback. Heidi is
tormented by handcuffs.
Margo gets the others to attempt escape by jumping into a pond.
Stevie saves the women from assassination by the hidden Sean by
stopping them from shorting out their collars. He knocks Margo
out to do so.
Gail who has already begun
playing Stevie, convinces Stevie, when Heidi fights the handcuffs, to
let her handcuff Heidi later. Stevie leaves to fetch the final
Heidi reveals she has seen and felt someone watching them, someone with
a gun. Meanwhile, Heidi's Mom, finally, tells her child-abusing
husband, Joe, a detective, their daughter is missing.
The women search Stevie's cabin looking for a key to the
collars. They find, only, a handcuff key.
That night they begin a more ambitious attempt at escape. They
remove the broadcaster and battery and carry it with them in a
wheelbarrow. They only get partway down the mountain when they
see Stevie, far below on a lower road, returning. They hide the
wheel barrow and broadcaster--still in range of their prison--and run
back. Their plan is to wait for Stevie to drop off the new girl
then run again. The truck arrives playing loud music, but the new
girl is never brought in.
Meanwhile, at the police station, Joe overhears a profiler telling
another detective, that in the case of previously abused girls who have
been kidnapped, many reveal their abusers after the kidnapping
The next morning Gail discovers the keys are still in the truck. She
turns off the loud music and lights and takes the keys.
With Heidi they explore to see just where Stevie might be before trying
to escape in the truck. Heidi screams as they discover the body
of a dead girl on the side of the cabin.
Stevie runs up saying it was an accident. Telling Stevie to wait
while she gets help, Gail puts Heidi in the truck and then gets
Margo. The truck, however, won't start. The terrified girls
run for it.
Joe, interviews Heidi's coworker and soon is on Stevie's easy-to-follow
Soon after the women find the wheelbarrow, Margo decides to take off on
a shortcut, to find help sooner. Heidi tags along. Not long
after, Margo runs into Sean. Heidi hides. Sean has no
choice but to kill Margo as she's seen him. Heidi runs.
Stevie finds Heidi and soon both catch up to Gail. With Stevie
carrying the broadcaster the three abandon the road and run up a
mountainside. Sean is soon on the trail, but when Joe's jeep
shows up, Sean follows Joe instead, afraid Joe will go to Stevie's
Joe gets to Stevie's cabin and finds the body. On the way back he
runs into Sean. Acting as if he has no interest in Sean, Joe
gives Sean a story about looking for an escaped convict, then drives
off. He quickly parks and begins tracking Sean. Sean, convinced
Joe was harmless, is back on Stevie and the women's trail.
Stevie and the girls hide until they realize the broadcaster's
battery,charged by a solar panel at the tower, will eventually run out.
They chance going back to the cabin for a magnet Stevie tells them Sean
used to get the collars off.
Meanwhile Joe follows Sean until he realizes Sean has no idea where the
women are. Joe confronts Sean at the same time Gail goes into the
Gail finds the magnet, and gets
her collar off.
Sean, confronted, turns and shoots Joe in the leg. Joe
shoots Sean in the chest.
Stevie comes to the cabin door to tell Gail Heidi has run off.
Angered, Joe tortures the wounded Sean into revealing the entire plan
to have his brother arrested for kidnapping, then kills Sean.
Stevie and Gail have just caught up to Heidi and have gotten her collar
off, when Joe drives up. Heidi runs and hides. Joe
confronts Gail and Stevie with his gun drawn then spots Heidi in the
trees. As he aims to shoot Heidi Stevie steps in front of the
gun. Joe shoots Stevie and Stevie jumps on him. As the men
fight Gail tries to help Stevie but isn't strong enough to have
an impact. She runs, retrieves the collar they just took off
Heidi, and puts it on Joe. Gail then turns off the
broadcaster. Joe is shocked. When he tries to pull the collar
off, the bullet inside fires, and he is killed.
Stevie, Heidi and Gail are now free to drive off in Joe's