Originally Posted by justinisfilming
So the stuffed lion is talking to him? Can you explain it a bit more?
No dialogue, it's pure mind games. It zips off into a more Twilight Zone scenario.
The father thinks the lion will help the son reconnect with his younger "better" self. The flashback can be the father's or son's; it's irrelevant. The action is when the 'innocent lion toy' seems to take on its own life. Not menacingly at first. The boy becomes very annoyed with it. Showing both a disdain for 'childhood' and family but also 'innocence'. It climaxes when he pitches it in the garbage. At that point, his 'imaginary friend' becomes a bit more real. We don't even have to see a real lion. As he's making dinner, he turns to see it setting on the floor looking up at him. Cut to the outside, hear the roars and screams and maybe a friend splatting blood up on the dining room window.
Now you could end it there. Or you can have him found dead with the stuffed lion on the couch. Or the father could return because he forgot his X, sees the stuffed lion on the couch and finds his son huddled in the kitchen with a bloody knife in his hand and stab wounds in his leg/"bad arm"/etc. either alive or dead. All sorts of endings to choose from. It depends on whether you want reconciliation, atonement, etc.
I do appreciate the drama of your original. Having seen various scripts, it seemed rather expected in my opinion. I'm suggesting that since he brings the stuffed lion that it be more key to the plot and its resolution.