Good Night Prometheus: The Tragedy of Frankenstein By James C. Durkis and Kaja E.
James C. Durkis 9601 Regal Ridge Drive, NE Albuquerque, NM 87111 (505) 362-1029 firstname.lastname@example.org
FADE IN: EXT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - NIGHT On the side of a mountain sits FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE. A waterfall pours into the gorge that separates the mountain from the surrounding land. Mist from the waterfall obscures portions of the castle and the drawbridge. DOCTOR VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (O.S.) (reading) ...so they fashioned a coffin of glass and kept vigil at her side. EXT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - COURTYARD - CONTINUOUS VICTOR (O.S.)(CONT’D) (reading) The Prince soon heard of the fair maiden in the glass coffin. INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - THE STUDY - CONTINUOUS Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Victor) sits on a large couch, reads to his son (Jason), 13. A dog (Zarya) on the floor. VICTOR (reading) While the little men kept vigil near the coffin, the Prince arrived and recognized his one true love. He leaned over and gave Snow White love’s first kiss, which woke her from her magical slumber. The Prince carried Snow White away to his castle. And they all lived happily ever after...The End. JASON (sleepily) Read me another story, Daddy. VICTOR It’s time for bed. I’ve got work to do tonight. JASON You work every night.
INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - JASON’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Jason gets into bed. Zarya jumps onto the bed, snuggles next to Jason. Victor’s stands in the doorway, shadow in the room. VICTOR (O.S.) Good night son. I love you very much. INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - VICTOR’S LAB - CONTINUOUS Victor feeds test animals in cages. Glassware, medical equipment, a large glass container with green liquid, potted plants, mosses clutter the LAB. Victor crushes leaves and minerals. A red powder is poured into a small red barrel atop the desk. Next to it is a small blue barrel. Victor tired, writes a few notes in a journal, falls into a restless sleep. Victor’s arm knocks over items on the desk. FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE INTO DARKNESS INT. MILITARY HOSPITAL - DAY (DREAM) FOG/MIST EVAPORATES A younger Victor places a cloth over the nose and mouth of a patient. Sounds of distant fighting. Patient falls asleep. VICTOR We’ll have to amputate. Nurse, can you help me here, please? A commotion. A badly wounded cavalry officer (Edgar) is carried in, placed onto a nearby bed. VICTOR Edgar! Victor rushes to Edgar, provides treatment. EDGAR (VICTOR’S OLDER BROTHER) Hey, little brother, don’t let me die, okay. Victor treats Edgar. Another commotion.
OFFICER You! You’re a doctor. Victor grabs his bag. He’s stable but will require further treatment once you get him to the hospital..CONTINUOUS (DREAM) A ruined military command center.) The General’s injured! I need a doctor immediately! The officer and a soldier approach Victor. I have patients right here who need my attention. Victor works on the head and face of a man on the ground.) Someone! Get that bleeding under control! INT. OFFICER (O. MILITARY OFFICER That was not a request doctor! You will come with me now! The soldier grabs Victor’s medical bag. The bleeding has been stopped.. Victor looks up at his escorts. Sounds of distant fighting. threatens Victor. MILITARY COMMAND CENTER .3. The officer draws his sword. VICTOR But he’s my brother! MILITARY OFFICER I have my orders. Move! Victor resists but is forced from the room. VICTOR (CONT’D) Am I free to go? The officer nods.
. You’ll have to. come with me! VICTOR I’m sorry. quickly leaves.S. VICTOR I’ve done all I can.S. VICTOR (O. Gasps of shock.
MILITARY HOSPITAL .) Daddy.DAY JASON (O. sits down next to Edgar.. hands over face. VICTOR Huh? What? JASON It’s time to wake up. several items on the floor.doctor... I’ll clean this up while you start breakfast.. The desk is a mess. Bloodstained bedsheets cover Edgar’s face. okay?
. elbows on knees. Victor.4. in grief. VICTOR No.not my brother.. FOG/MIST EVAPORATE Victor awakes with a start.S. Jason looks at the clutter. VICTOR What happened? NURSE I’m sorry. JASON (CONT’D) Made a mess again. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE ..CONTINUOUS (DREAM) Victor hurries in.
INT.VICTOR’S LAB . huh? VICTOR Yes.S.) Doctor. INT. We couldn’t stop the bleeding. FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE INTO DARKNESS NURSE (O.Daddy. Victor hangs his head. it seems so.
The blood replacement works in small doses. Daddy. not really. It can make muscles twitch or help a heart keep beating. VICTOR Thanks Jason. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . eat.5. Any new inventions last night? VICTOR No. you’ll see. If I
. JASON Good morning.KITCHEN .CONTINUOUS KITCHEN is cluttered. Zarya sits nearby. JASON What’s with the red and blue barrels? VICTOR Ahhhh. JASON Why do you need to replace blood? VICTOR During the war I saw too many people die because they lost too much blood from their wounds.
INT. JASON Does it work? VICTOR Sometimes. JASON (smiling) Sometimes? Like your other experiments? VICTOR I’ll find the answer to all the problems. Victor enters. just smaller. Like the lightning from a storm. the spark machine. When I combine different plants and minerals into each barrel I can create a spark. Jason prepares breakfast. Victor and Jason sit down.
I was unable to save your mother when your sister was born. JASON You work too hard. EXT. son.. VICTOR (somber.. I haven’t earned any playtime. run along the road.
. to the forest.and I was unable to save your sister when she was overcome by the consumption.. You need to go out and play..CONTINUOUS Two men (Beval and Carsen) kneel behind tall bushes. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Jason looks up. questioningly. EXT. actually..6. especially when the moss patches are used.. But I’ll fix that problem too. There’s so much I need to do. watch Jason and Zarya run down a forest path. softly) Adults don’t get to play. I can save a lot of lives. My work is important.. Zarya emerge from the mist covering the drawbridge.CONTINUOUS Jason.
VICTOR can figure out how to replace that blood.with minor side effects..I was unable to save my own brother. they do...I was not here when your grandfather died because I was forced into the war.. that’s all. JASON (laughing to himself) Do those work yet? VICTOR Yes.to make things right.. FOREST . VICTOR (CONT’D) A little skin discoloration.
CONTINUOUS Jason and Zarya enter large clearing near lake. CARSEN Come on. CARSEN It will be our necks if we’re caught. LAKE SIDE .
. A third man (Jonathan) joins Beval and Carsen. doesn’t help the sick in town. JONATHAN What’s the problem? CARSEN It’s the baron’s son and his dog. JONATHAN The baron? Don’t make me laugh! That useless excuse for a doctor does nothing but sit in his castle. We don’t want to be caught poaching on the baron’s lands. EXT. Zarya chases the ducks as they fly off. these are my lands now. Zarya snuggles up next to him. throws it at some ducks. Jason grabs a rock. At least I’m putting them to good use. The men watch Jason and Zarya run off into the forest. The three men fade back into the shadows of the forest. JONATHAN That brat probably scared off what little game there was around here. BEVAL Hunting has been poor all year. Jason sits down behind a large boulder. As far as I’m concerned. let’s try a different location.7. BEVAL It’s the Frankenstein boy. Carsen and Beval exchange looks of concern. He doesn’t take care of his land. The baron signed a warrant against poachers on his lands.
. Jason backs into the lake. Jason smiles. He’s a doctor. DEIRDRE Oh. DEIRDRE I’ve never seen you around before. The ball lands in the water. enters tossing a ball with two younger children. Zarya delivers the ball to Jason. sprays Deirdre. trying not to laugh) No. Zarya dives past Deirdre into the water. DEIRDRE Well. approaches Jason. The younger children laugh.not really. Dierdre falls into the water. pushes Jason over. DEIRDRE (CONT’D) There! Now we’re even. Jason loses his balance. Deirdre approaches. water splashes. DEIRDRE (CONT’D) Hi....
A girl (Deirdre). Deirdre chases the ball. I live in the castle with my father.it’s just water.. stops at the water’s edge. A splash. Are you new in the town? JASON No. Deirdre leans over. Jason backs away. extends a hand. DEIRDRE You threw it. Deirdre extends one finger. the same age as Jason.here’s your ball. shakes herself off. JASON (apologetic) Umm... I’ll show you funny. you go get it. The younger children laugh. helps Jason up. so you think it’s funny do you? JASON (smiling. Gasps of surprise. Zarya retrieves the ball.8. Deirdre angry.. JASON I’m Jason.
A picnic. JASON I had fun. D) Jason. haunted castle? JASON It’s not haunted. Zarya pants in exhaustion.... We have to get back. JASON Sure! MONTAGE A) Jason. Deirdre and younger children play keep-away... B) Jason. C) Jason.. Deirdre and younger children play tag. DEIRDRE (smiling) Don’t worry about it! Let’s play! It would be good to finally have someone my own age to play with.my father’s really busy.CONTINUOUS DEIRDRE It’s getting late. Deirdre and younger children play catch. but bring some food. waves. JASON See you tomorrow. Want to play again tomorrow? DEIRDRE Sure. LAKE SIDE . and.
.it’s just. END MONTAGE EXT.
DEIRDRE You mean the old. Deirdre and younger children chase after Zarya. perhaps? Deirdre and younger children leave.9. Jason smiles.
tail wagging. DEIRDRE You brought a picnic! How wonderful! Jason smiles.DAY Jason wakes up.VICTOR’S LAB .CONTINUOUS Jason looks into the LAB. blushes. Zarya pokes her head over the raised edge of the drawbridge. tosses it away. it’s about time. eats a turkey leg. Jason sleepily opens window. DEIRDRE Well. Jason and Zarya enter.. Daddy! Victor mumbles in his sleep.10. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .CONTINUOUS Jason carries a large basket.. barks. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . JASON I’ll be late! INT. The room is a mess.JASON’S BEDROOM . Jason holds the remains of the turkey leg. Zarya emerges from under the covers. LAKE SIDE . emerges from the mists over the drawbridge. EXT.
INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Victor is asleep at the desk.umm.LATER Deirdre picks flowers. JASON Come on girl. knocks an item off the desk. it’s a long walk from the castle. Zarya sprints after it..
. JASON Time to wake up.. Zarya rushes after Jason. EXT. JASON Yes. JASON Sorry.let me set things up.
Why are you throwing flowers into the water?
. DEIRDRE Okay. skip stones into the water.11.
MONTAGE A) Jason pulls out an elegant cloth (with the Frankenstein crest embroidered on it). but I have to get back home. F) Deirdre picks flowers.. END MONTAGE EXT. E) Jason and Deirdre walk along the lake shore. a picnic. JASON But. into the lake. Jason sets out the food. Maybe we can meet again in a few days. I have to help my Dad with chores and stuff. Jason blushes. She selects flowers from her bouquet and tosses them. Jason and Deirdre fold the picnic cloth.. JASON A. LAKE SIDE . The sun gets low in the western sky. JASON I had fun too. D) Zarya steals food while Jason looks at Deirdre. okay.CONTINUOUS DEIRDRE I had a wonderful time today. C) Jason and Deirdre sit down and eat. B) Jason and Deirdre play catch with Zarya. DEIRDRE A date.a what? Deirdre causally walks away. But you have to bring a picnic. one at a time. it’s a date.
Jason shakes his head. Jason runs.
DEIRDRE I don’t know. draws his bow. Jonathan moves his horse next to Beval and Carsen. Beval looks anguished. EXT. stumbling. atop a black horse. killing it. BEVAL May God have mercy on our souls. FOREST . I’ll take care of the witness. leaves. crouches. A gravely wounded deer staggers onto the path. They’re pretty and they look nice in the water.12. JONATHAN A boy who can cost us our lives! Get moving! Jonathan notches another black-fletched arrow. Zarya stops short. Jonathan. softly growls. JASON Poachers. Jason backs up to a tree. JONATHAN You two get that kill back to the cave. Jonathan? He’s just a boy. JASON Girls are strange. spurs his horse forward.CONTINUOUS Jason and Zarya walk along a dim forest path. BEVAL Why. Two black-fletched arrows protrude from its side.
. Sounds of movement. Jason stops. Carsen places his hand on his hunting knife. Jonathan’s shot misses. The deer staggers. two more arrows are shot into the deer. Jason steps backward as Beval and Carsen appear. Deirdre picks more flowers. Zarya growls. A black-fletched arrow flies into the tree right next to Jason’s head.
Jonathan looks up. boy. Zarya leaps at Jonathan’s leg. Zarya barks at the attackers. JONATHAN Come on boy. Jonathan spurs his horse forward. Jason. Hoof beats approaching. Jonathan spins the horse around. runs him over. lowers the bow. barking. A kick sends Zarya to the ground with a yelp. Jonathan raises his bow. Jonathan repositions his horse. Arrows strike the trunks of trees as Jason passes by. exhausted. Jonathan spurs his horse into a sprint over Jason’s body. smiles. Zarya runs at Jason’s side. Jason rolls over. Zarya runs towards the cart. JONATHAN Yup! The horse rears. badly injured. A cart with a lit lantern approaches. The horse overtakes Jason.CONTINUOUS Jason runs. tell them who sent you. Jonathan leans forward. JONATHAN When you get to hell.
. flails its front legs. Jason’s raises his arm defensively. pats the horse on the neck. Jonathan repositions his horse. Cries of pain. torn flesh.13. let’s have some fun. FOREST . The sound of broken bones. Jonathan sneers. The basket shatters beneath the horse’s hooves. a road in sight across a large field. back to the forest. Zarya fiercely barks. Zarya’s barking is heard moving away. Jason stumbles forward. dodges between trees. JASON Noooo! The horse pounds his front hooves down. breaks from the forest. silhouetted against the setting sun. pauses. The sound of broken bones. basket in hand.
EXT. JONATHAN Yup! The horse rears back. brings its front hooves down. Jason drops the basket. The sun sets. The sun begins to set.
. EXT. Zarya whines repeatedly. EXT. Zarya lays next to Jason. VICTOR (CONT’D) Oh. barks again.COURTYARD . He’s all I have left. VICTOR Spencer. runs back along the road. Zarya barks. Victor. The mist condenses into a ghostly image of the face of Edgar. Zarya runs next to Jason. FOREST . Spencer climbs down. why the commotion? Victor sees Jason in the back of the cart. VICTOR Not my son. reaches a hand toward Jason. Spencer stops his cart. Victor staggers. Mist forms near Victor’s head. SPENCER What do you want girl? You’re a long way from home. barks at the driver (Spencer). FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . SPENCER Saints protect us.NIGHT . Zarya leads Spencer to where Jason lays.CONTINUOUS Zarya reaches the cart. steadies himself against the stone banister of the castle steps. steps down the stairs using the banister for support. Something attacked him. God no. Victor turns ashen. As the cart gets close. Zarya’s muzzle touching Jason’s hand. sees Jason. stops.14. SPENCER I’m sorry sir. Victor’s face a mask of despair. in grief. I don’t know what happened. lays down next to Jason. SPENCER Doctor Frankenstein! Baron! Come quickly! Spencer dismounts as Victor opens the castle doors. A storm brews over the mountains.NIGHT Spencer’s cart enters the COURTYARD. squints. barks.
. VICTOR I’ve lost everything. VICTOR No. The ghostly image fades. don’t let me die. in a trance. in tears. lifts Jason into his arms. it fades away. carries him slowly up the entry steps. KATHERINE’S (VICTOR’S DEAD DAUGHTER) IMAGE Daddy. sir? Victor. reforms into the ghostly image of the face of a young woman (Deborah). Victor turns from the misty image. Deborah’s eyes close. wet with sweat. DEBORAH’S (VICTOR’S DEAD WIFE) IMAGE You take good care of our daughter. little brother. shifts. okay. The door closes with a low. I don’t feel very good. VICTOR (whispering) I failed you all.15. SPENCER Is there anything I can do.
EDGAR’S IMAGE Hey. Victor carries Jason through the open door of the castle. VICTOR Please. SPENCER I’m sorry. disheveled hair. the ghostly image fades. echoing thud. Victor. reforms into the ghostly image of the face of a very young girl (Katherine). Zarya follows. looking ill. sir. I love you very much. no.
with renewed energy. A flash of lightning. falls to one knee. D) Cloth wraps applied to keep the moss patches in place. A weak. applies them to Jason’s wounds.CONTINUOUS Victor places Jason on a large table next to the desk.
.16. VICTOR Jason? Victor checks for a pulse at Jason’s neck.not like the others. lifts Jason. MONTAGE A) Victor tosses off his coat. mechanical steps. Victor grabs a listening tube from his desk. thunder. in a trance. Jason makes a weak but audible gasp.CONTINUOUS Victor. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Victor stumbles. cradles Jason’s body. Zarya follows Victor. irregular heart beat. Victor listens to Jason’s chest. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . B) Victor uses scissors to remove Jason’s clothing. C) Victor soaks pre-prepared moss patches in a bucket of water. works furiously on Jason. (beat) .. Books and other items tossed to the floor. thunder. The storm grows. VICTOR (CONT’D) I won’t fail you! I won’t let you die! Victor carries Jason up the castle main stairs. Lightning. VICTOR I won’t lose you. Lightning. VICTOR (CONT’D) You’re alive! Victor stands.. back against the castle door.. Victor carries Jason with slow.ENTRY HALL ..
INT.VICTOR’S LAB . a roll of thunder. INT.
I’ll give you something for the pain. The heartbeat is strong. I’m going to have to set them. A sharpened quill the needle.
. Jason’s body twitches. steady. Victor listens to Jason’s heart. touches them to the sides of Jason’s chest. no. VICTOR No. unsteady. The heart beat is weak. Victor adds large jars of red and blue powder then water to the barrels. Lightning. A small spark. Victor leans forward. VICTOR (CONT’D) The blood replacement! Victor prepares a transfusion. MONTAGE ENDS INT. The large. The flow adjusted to a slow drip. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .17. Victor grabs the wires coming from the barrels. A large spark. Jason’s body arches. thunder. Quill inserted into Jason’s arm. The storm rages.
E) The storm rages outside. The wires are touched to the sides of Jason’s chest. thunder. glass container filled with green liquid is seen.CONTINUOUS Victor presses the listening tube to Jason’s chest. The heartbeat is weak. Lightning. Lightning. a loud clash of thunder. Zarya whines.VICTOR’S LAB . Victor sighs. VICTOR No! A flash of lightning illuminates the red and blue barrels on the desk. images of scissors. whispers. VICTOR You have a lot of broken bones son. Victor listens to Jason’s heart. moss patches and cloth wraps blur together and continue until Jason is covered from head to toe in moss patches and cloth wraps. unsteady. faint. stops. no. with a stopcock on the desk controlling the flow. VICTOR You’ve lost too much blood. A roll of thunder.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED Animals? SPENCER None that I saw..S.. smiles. Bones broken. I just found the boy’s body on the side of the road. Not seen anything like it since the war. Spencer? The Bartender places a filled mug in front of Spencer.my eyes. I don’t know of any forest animals that trample people.) What do you mean trampled? Magistrate Aldred stands at the entrance.NIGHT Spencer enters. cloaked from head to toe. SPENCER Magistrate! Yes. It was dark. Trampled. sir. in the distance. Jonathan leans forward. crushed. In the far corner.and that dog was barking like crazy. BARTENDER Late night. sir! The boy looked like he had taken a very bad fall.
. The Frankenstein boy died today. BARTENDER What happened? SPENCER I don’t know. a hood covers his head partially concealing his face. bloody. a table partially hidden in shadows.
INT. A storm outside. The right side of the Magistrate’s face is covered by a leather mask.18. TOWN TAVERN . SPENCER Yes. And a very bad night too. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (O. Muted gasps of surprise. It was getting dark and you know my eyes don’t work like they used to. Behind Magistrate Aldred stands a patrolman (Jerald)..
sir. BEVAL Sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED (sternly) Jonathan’s stallion. Rain falls outside. Patrons nod. Why did Jonathan have his horse bathed at night?
. The Baron was overwhelmed with grief.19. INT. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Freshly washed. Magistrate Aldred. where is it? BEVAL Stall three. quickly hides items behind a post. Magistrate Aldred walks to and opens the stall door. BEVAL Magistrate. The Magistrate closes the stall door. Jerald leave.CONTINUOUS Beval. Spencer. voice agreement. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Thank you. surprised by the sudden entrance of Magistrate Aldred and Jerald. SPENCER So much death and tragedy around the Frankenstein family. returns to Beval. leans back into the shadows. what can I do for you? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jonathan’s horse. looks over Jonathan’s horse. I may wish to talk to you again tomorrow.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED And the body? SPENCER Delivered to the castle. Jonathan smiles. TOWN STABLE . sir. Must be a curse.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) Bucket. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) Yup! Jonathan’s horse positions itself. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) The good captain was very proud of that trick during the war. the horse stands at attention. Sergeant?
. don’t you agree. Magistrate Aldred empties the water. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jerald? JERALD Yes. Magistrate Aldred turns to Beval. Magistrate Aldred makes a clicking sound. walks back to the stall. the horse’s ears perk-up. JERALD Yes. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Unless its been trained. BEVAL Jonathan loves that horse. sir. shatters it. Magistrate Aldred tosses the bucket into the stall. rears up. sir. Beval hands the bucket to Magistrate Aldred. That’s what they say. Beval looks uncomfortable. sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED They say there aren’t any animals that would trample a man. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Better than his family.20. BEVAL Sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Kindly hand me that bucket you placed behind the post. He takes very good care of it. brings its front hooves crashing down on the bucket.
Beval lowers his head.VICTOR’S LAB . I hope that loyalty doesn’t get you into trouble. VICTOR As the young maiden approached. whispers to himself. BEVAL (feigning surprise) That’s. MAGISTRATE ALDRED The Frankenstein boy? Beval looks pale. General.. Jason is covered from head to toe in patches and cloth bandages. You’re a good.. Victor reads to Jason. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I see.21. BEVAL Sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED The Frankenstein boy was killed today.that’s terrible.. Magistrate Aldred and Jerald leave the stable. steadies himself. sir! What happened? MAGISTRATE ALDRED I was hoping you would tell me.
Beval looks down to the ground. Yes.I mean Magistrate.. the Prince recognized her right away despite her ragged clothes. loyal man Beval. very proud. The
. BEVAL Yes. sir? I don’t know anything. sir. INT. How could I? Magistrate Aldred sighs in frustration. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .NIGHT LAB in disarray. in shame. BEVAL A good man. BEVAL Me.
. They were married and lived happily ever after. held out the slipper and placed it onto Zezolla’s foot. fade. VICTOR (CONT’D) Oh.The End. sparkle. tired. opens. The storm has passed. FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE INTO DARKNESS EXT. dressed as he was when he fell asleep. "HEAVEN" (DREAM) FOG/MIST EVAPORATE White mist. VICTOR (CONT’D) (whispering) I love you very much. slowly. close around Victor’s hand. The green liquid gurgles. flows. The fingers of Jason’s bandaged hand. Victor sets the book down. goes to sleep at the desk. my beloved. Points of light appear. Victor’s arm pushes outward knocking items on the desk. DEBORAH Victor. and they rode back to the castle. how I’ve missed you!
. The Prince took Zezolla by the hand and walked her to his awaiting carriage. and put it on as well. what are you doing here? VICTOR Deborah? Victor embraces Deborah.. beautifully dressed. The stopcock lever is hit. VICTOR Prince knelt. It was a perfect fit. Less than a third of the blood replacement has been used. clouds. Victor rests his hand on Jason’s hand. turns off the stopcock. VICTOR Good night son. Victor enters.22. Victor sleeps restlessly. gently. Zezolla took the matching slipper out from her pocket. Deborah enters. A distant sound of rolling thunder. looks ragged.
but you’re not supposed to be here. VICTOR (CONT’D) Why are you here? And. It’s his time.g.
.. I’ve saved him. a shadowy image of a hulking figure appears. He should be here. It can’t be. Deborah turn to the image..where is here? DEBORAH We’re here for Jason. In the b. it’s not his time.
DEBORAH It’s good to see you my love.I’ve lost you and Katherine.. KATHERINE Jaaaaason.23. it’s not your decision to make. KATHERINE Jaaaaason. DEBORAH But.I can’t lose him too. KATHERINE Come play with me Jason! VICTOR No. KATHERINE Daddy’s here! Daddy’s here! Katherine rushes to Victor. VICTOR No. stands up. Victor releases Katherine. Victor knees to embrace her. skips from the mist.. Katherine moves closer. Victor. looks around.. Katherine.. The image raises its arms slightly with a muffled yell... looks into the distance. Where is he? Katherine skips to the right.. 4 years old. VICTOR It’s so good to see you both again.
Sounds of tearing cloth. hoarse) Daddy! Help me! Daaaaddyyyyy! INT..what have you done? FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE INTO DARKNESS JASON (O. Jason’s body is swollen. Victor grabs scissors.. clearly in pain.24. VICTOR Jason! No! You’ll reopen the wounds! Spots of dark green spread on the bandages. VICTOR (CONT’D) The patches. Tears well-up Deborah’s eyes. breathe.
. no! Victor removes the transfusion tube from Jason’s arm. Victor tries to restrain Jason. Jason’s skin is light green.S. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . VICTOR (CONT’D) Dear God. Jason stops struggling. bloated. VICTOR (CONT’D) Breathe son. reverberating scream is heard.VICTOR’S LAB . seeping dark green blood. holds the cloth over Jason’s nose and mouth. The large glass container is empty. There are no moss patches left..I’ve used them all. in pain.
KATHERINE Jason? The image raises its arms higher.CONTINUOUS FOG/MIST EVAPORATES QUICKLY. Sounds of splintering wood. AS IF BLOWN AWAY Victor awakes to Jason’s screams. Wounds have reopened. removes the cloth bandages. Victor pours chloroform onto a cloth. Victor.. A muffled. DEBORAH Oh.) (screaming.
H) Victor carefully re-wraps Jason’s wounds. puts one end over his ear. INT.VICTOR’S LAB . D) Victor sews Jason’s re-opened wounds closed. resonating "booms". Victor grabs the listening tube. leans forward over Jason’s chest.CONTINUOUS Victor places his hand on Jason’s forehead.VICTOR’S LAB . C) Victor tosses several old moss patches aside. F) Victor hastily creates a pasty mix of water and powders.
. places the cloth on Jason’s forehead. exhausted. leaves. resonating "booms". END MONTAGE INT. VICTOR You’re running a nasty fever. Victor. I) Splints re-fitted. Victor confused. VICTOR I’m sorry. wide leather straps around Jason to secure him to the table.I am so sorry. sits down.25. Zarya gets up. E) Victor grabs moss from ceramic pots in the LAB and GREENHOUSE. Victor wipes Jason’s forehead with a wet cloth. wood replaced... son. Three loud.DAY Jason sleeps restlessly. J) Victor places three large. G) Victor soaks clumps of moss into the mixture. applies the new patches (black in color) to the wounds that reopened. Three loud. Jason’s hair comes off in large clumps. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .
MONTAGE A) Victor removes cloth bandages. looks concerned. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . B) Victor threads a thread through a sharpened quill. Victor gives Jason an injection.
wagging her tail. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . in a panic. Spencer hands a large cloth to Victor. yes sir. Zarya sits near the castle doors. SPENCER Oh. Spencer. Victor gasps. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .) Baron Frankenstein! Victor opens one of the doors. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (O.) (in the distance. grabs his coat.I wasn’t expecting visitors.
. A patrolman (William) at the far end of the COURTYARD.I haven’t slept... Magistrate Aldred on the landing.CONTINUOUS Three loud. Victor enters.ENTRY HALL .S. My deepest sympathies over the loss of your son. shades his eyes. please? Victor.S. rushes from the LAB. muffled) Baron Frankenstein? May I speak with you. INT..26. Baron. dazed. in the COURTYARD.CONTINUOUS Victor blinks. VICTOR Afternoon? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Yes. near cart. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Spencer. I am very sorry to disturb you. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Good afternoon. doctor..COURTYARD . with two horses. Victor steps out into the COURTYARD INT.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED (O. Blinding daylight. resonating "booms". VICTOR My son.
Broken bones.. no claws.. VICTOR But. Regrettably. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Baron. I can’t. in panic) No! I mean. But I need proof.. the storm destroyed any evidence. VICTOR No bite marks.There’s nothing to see.. sir. I can’t. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Baron. Where I found your son last night.is in no condition... VICTOR Magistrate. You more than anyone. we both saw all types of injuries and atrocities during the war. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I went to see if I could find out what happened to your son.. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I don’t think your son’s death was an accident. The torn. Can you tell me anything? Victor leans against the door for support. VICTOR I see. my son.
SPENCER (CONT’D) We found this.the body...27. I need to see what happened to him. my son..
. please. muddied cloth has the Frankenstein crest. VICTOR (with new energy. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I’d like to see the body. Victor wipes tears from his eyes.
You saved hundreds during the war...not when it mattered.not my brother.. You can give that gift to others. but you allowed me to see my daughter’s wedding and my granddaughter growing up. VICTOR (CONT’D) I have no idea what might have caused this. Magistrate Aldred takes a few steps down. Magistrate. there is nothing to see.
.I don’t know. I’ve already prepared his body for burial... MAGISTRATE ALDRED What will you do now? VICTOR I don’t.28. MAGISTRATE ALDRED You’re wrong. I may have lost an eye...not my wife. using the door for support.. You could help a lot of people. You saved me. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I can’t thank you enough for what you did. I’m very sorry to have bothered you.so many broken bones. VICTOR No... Victor looks up toward the windows of his third floor LAB. MAGISTRATE ALDRED We could use a doctor with your skills in town.. turns back. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I understand.. And.. Victor straightens up.. but I’m alive. I remember. VICTOR (CONT’D) . General.I have work to do here. VICTOR Yes. I’m not very good at helping. My scars run deep and the pain still lingers.
With an old castle like that.
VICTOR (softly) You’re alive.. reach the road. I just need time. the mind plays tricks.CONTINUOUS Magistrate Aldred.29. WILLIAM I guess so. I will think about what you said. WILLIAM Good to be away from there. That’s all that matters. watches the three men leave.. VICTOR (CONT’D) Thank you General. Victor looks up to the windows of LAB. VICTOR Thank you Magistrate. ummm. leaning against the door. VICTOR You’re alive. smiles. Victor turns to Magistrate Aldred. William and Spencer emerge from the mist on the drawbridge. William?
. Magistrate. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Baron Frankenstein has endured a great deal of hardship over the years. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . MAGISTRATE ALDRED Get some rest Baron. sir. I’ll have Spencer come by tomorrow to see what you need for the funeral. sir. upkeep of the castle is the least of his concerns. Victor. You hear things. That castle gives me the creeps. EXT.that’s all that matters. MAGISTRATE ALDRED How so.
Jason’s left eye flickers open. VICTOR Jason. VICTOR I’ll get you something. I could have sworn I heard ghosts. VICTOR You’re running a fever.. JASON I don’t feel well. replaces cloth on Jason’s forehead. Do you remember anything? A tear in Jason’s eye runs off the side of his face.
. JASON No. INT. son.CONTINUOUS Victor wets.I can’t move..30. The right side of Jason’s face is covered by black moss patch.it’s. bandages. JASON (weakly) Daddy? VICTOR Jason. real soon. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .... I’m hungry..it’s just that when you were talking to the Baron. Victor grabs the listening tube. WILLIAM Oh..I hurt all over. I had to strap you down so you wouldn’t hurt yourself.. or someone in pain. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Ghosts? During the day? WILLIAM Well. you were badly injured. sir.VICTOR’S LAB . JASON Daddy.. William shivers. maybe it was just the wind.. It sounded a lot like moaning. nothing.
. Jr. Spencer hammers copper pins along the edges.". Victor hands a note to Spencer. "Deborah Frankenstein". D) Victor reads to Jason by lantern-light.. bishop and attendant follow.
. fills three large bags with dirt from the STABLE. daytime. MONTAGE A) Spencer delivers a coffin and supplies to the COURTYARD. C) Victor by lantern-light. The bishop blesses the coffin. son. names on some of the stone work of other vaults are seen: "Edgar Frankenstein. read to me. Coffin lifted by patrolmen. VICTOR Of course. "JASON FRANKENSTEIN This is my beloved Son.. around the coffin.Matthew 3:17" J) Victor stands alone in the CRYPT. Spencer leaves. E) A small gathering. F) One vault in the crypt stands open. Victor places them in the coffin. Patrolmen leave. Jerald and William lift a cover stone. Spencer nods. hammers nails to seal coffin.
JASON Daddy. "Katherine Frankenstein" H) The coffin slid into vault. in whom I am well pleased. at waist height. Victor smiles. closes the lid. drives away. G) The coffin is carried towards the open vault.31. Victor. B) Victor feeds Jason soup. CLOSE ON cover stone. carried into CRYPT.of course. I) Spencer finishes sealing the edges of the cover stone.
Jason awakens. just vegetables. Jason larger.
END MONTAGE SLOW DISSOLVE TO: INT. Victor exams Jason. JASON Daddy? VICTOR Awake again? JASON I’m hungry. VICTOR What? JASON No meat.
. VICTOR How about soup? JASON No meat. VICTOR (sarcastically) My son.32. VICTOR (CONT’D) Its only been three weeks. then I’ll get you some more food. Victor works at desk. taller.VICTOR’S LAB . VICTOR Again? Let me see how your doing. Jason Frankenstein. clean. JASON I’m really hungry.DAY The LAB organized. wants vegetables? JASON The meat upsets my stomach. Zarya close to Jason. I can’t believe how quickly you’re healing. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .
. The lack of game has nothing to do with the castle. On my mark.no bear. We’ve been hunting for weeks and found nothing until today. not a mother and her fawn.nothing. I say we take them and that’s final! CARSEN I wish we could figure out what’s scaring away all the game.. At the edge Jonathan. deer.DAY A doe and fawn in a clearing... BEVAL Jonathan. please. The men take out a black-fletched arrow from their quivers. raise slightly and notch the arrows in their bows. casts his eyes downward.. eating. JONATHAN All right then.no rabbit. FOREST . BEVAL The forest is as creepy and haunted as that old castle. BEVAL Yes.
.. JONATHAN Enough! I will not listen to any more of your superstitious dribble. We were having a hard time even before the Frankenstein boy’s unfortunate accident. sir.33. Vegetable soup coming up! EXT. Carsen and Beval kneel behind tall bushes. Have I made myself clear? Beval hangs his head. I’ll take the fawn.
VICTOR I’ve tried for years to get you to eat vegetables. You two take down the doe. JONATHAN Quiet fool.
Sounds of hoofs approaching.. The men take aim. smiles. wounded.VICTOR’S LAB . whistles. Two cries of pain. JONATHAN (CONT’D) Two.NIGHT Jason eats vegetables. Jonathan runs back into the woods.34. JONATHAN You missed again Beval! I’ll have to track her down. bandages removed. JONATHAN Get moving you idiots! Carsen and Beval slowly walk to the fallen fawn. VICTOR You’ve done nothing but eat the past month. You two take care of the fawn. Some patches. Jonathan rides past Carsen and Beval. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . What do you say we try to get you into your own bed?
.this isn’t good. JONATHAN (CONT’D) Three! The men fire. JASON (noticeably deeper voice) Any more? Victor looks up from the microscope. The doe runs. Victor works at a microscope.. BEVAL A mother and her child. bread. The men draw their bows.
JONATHAN (CONT’D) One. Beval upset. The fawn falls. INT. Zarya eats scraps Jason drops.
Victor and Jason bang into tables and chairs along the hallway. groans in pain as he moves. INT. VICTOR (CONT’D) Let’s go..stuck. Jason’s right arm and both legs are in splints. The last thing we want is an infection.. Jason frequently loses his balance. Victor helps Jason to the edge of the table. son.. supports Jason under his left arm. Some of them seem. mechanical. crash to the floor.. Jason looks depressed. VICTOR Not much further. Jason has grown considerably. Jason grimaces. really bad. well. eases Jason’s feet to the floor. until I find out what the problem is.CONTINUOUS Victor and Jason come down the last stair between the second and third floor. son. Jason’s walk is slow.35.walk carefully. JASON The patches. VICTOR (CONT’D) My.
JASON Okay! Victor helps swing Jason’s legs to the side of the table. Items fall off tables. VICTOR Well. they itch.SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY . Victor reaches for the lantern on the desk.
. JASON When will all the patches come off? VICTOR They should have already come off. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . please try not to scratch them. you’ve grown quite a bit.
. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . examines the black powder.DAY Heavy winds. Jason scratches the black moss patch on his face. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .36. you’re almost completely healed. Victor examines Jason’s face and head. Victor grabs a magnifying glass. pillows support his back and neck. INT. Swirling. VICTOR I’ve never seen anything like it. Victor removes bandages. Victor wipes away more of the black moss patch. VICTOR Nothing to worry about son. moans and crashes.
EXT. WAGON DRIVER Haunted they say. Shifting lights seen through the mists. The wagon pauses. Victor looks into his medical bag. red and yellow leaves. Let me take a look at the patch.JASON’S BEDROOM . JASON (nervous) Daddy? Jason holds out his hand. the cart moves forward. WAGON PASSENGER Let’s get out of here. Jason sits in bed. which is covered in black powder. Splints on Jason’s right arm and both legs. Jason’s body is a patchwork of green and brown skin. I don’t want to deal with no ghosts.CONTINUOUS Two travelers in a wagon ride past FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE. Course black powder falls off. Muffled bumps. with black moss patches. Jason’s skin underneath is black. JASON (CONT’D) (apologetic) It itches. The driver snaps the reins. Aside from the color of your skin.
37. I have good news and bad news. JASON But. JASON Can I eat first. Your hair is growing back! Jason smiles.
VICTOR Does it hurt? JASON No. VICTOR Yes.you’re going to fix it. JASON What is it? VICTOR The good news is. I’m hungry. son. arms and legs. runs his left hand over his head. Also. then back to Victor. we can rub off what’s left of the moss patches. right? You promised. examines the top of Jason’s head. Jason looks at his chest. I promised. JASON I can feel it! VICTOR Now. VICTOR Well. JASON And the bad news? VICTOR The skin under these patches has also changed color.. It just itches! Victor gently removes more of the black moss patch.
. one more piece of good news. I’ll find a way to fix this.. let’s see how these bones are healing.
VICTOR You ate an hour ago! JASON I’m sorry. Daddy.no problem. I’m really hungry. VICTOR Alright. VICTOR Thank you. Spencer reads it.38. sir. VICTOR We have plenty of those too.DAY Victor and Spencer in conversation. JASON Some water too. Victor gathers used bandages from the floor. Vegetables. cloth. EXT. we have plenty of water. SPENCER That will do it for this week.. Snow on ground. leather. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . sir. JASON And a story later? Victor turns back.COURTYARD . Spencer places items from the cart onto ground. smiles. cloth. nods. Victor turns to leave. Next week then. please. Spencer. VICTOR Of course. more vegetables. You sure you don’t need any help getting those supplies into the castle?
. Let me see what I can find. This is what I’ll need next week. SPENCER Vegetables. if possible. Victor hands Spencer a small note. near the STABLE.
Spencer climbs onto his wagon. Jason dressed in poor fitting.
VICTOR I’m sure. wagging her tail. adult voice) Daddy? Jason peeks his head around the corner of the STABLE. it’s becoming very hard to come by. JASON Come on.S. poorly sewn. VICTOR Well. Daddy! I came out to help.39. Jason taller than Victor. Victor watches the cart pass through the mist over the drawbridge. JASON Let’s measure! Measure me!
. Spencer leaves. Zarya arrives. turns back toward Jason. Some say the woods round the castle are haunted. SPENCER Good thing you don’t ask for much meat anymore. thank you again. Does anyone know what the problem is? SPENCER No. thank you.. Spencer. Jason’s hair very short. sir. black. VICTOR What do you want girl? JASON (O. VICTOR These woods have always been filled with game..) (very deep. clothes. what are you doing out here? If someone should see you. VICTOR You’re growing like a weed. Victor looks towards the drawbridge. No one’s around. It’s amazing. VICTOR Jason.
tries to put on a patchwork shirt. Jason and Victor depressed. Jason enters. proudly. Victor applies a paste to Jason’s arm.KITCHEN . Jason turns to see. Victor uses knife to mark the wood at Jason’s height. C) Jason sits on a chair in Victor’s lab. Victor steps on footstool to measure Jason. JASON Measure me. Victor steps down.
VICTOR Okay. which tears as he puts his arm into a sleeve. running his hand through his hair. smiles broadly. Victor prepares a meal. JASON I’m tall! E) Jason sits in the LAB. END SERIES OF SHOTS INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Daddy! Measure me! Jason stands in doorway. I need to sew you some new clothes. JASON What are you doing? VICTOR I’m baking a special cake. Jason smiles. wraps Jason’s arm. but help me with the supplies first. JASON Daaaaaddyyyyy! B) Jason looks at his image closely in a mirror. Victor washes off a paste from Jason’s arm. Jason much taller than Victor. SERIES OF SHOTS A) Jason wakes up.
. D) Jason enters KITCHEN. No change.DAY Victor cooks.40. son.
VICTOR Now. JASON Carrot cake! Sounds delicious! VICTOR I hope you’ll like it. get out of here and go set up the dining room. JASON . Fine china..it’s my birthday! VICTOR Then it must be a birthday cake! JASON What flavor is it? VICTOR I’m trying something new. no experiments. Jason stands tall. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . VICTOR Are you finished. you never make a cake unless it is someone’s birthday and.DINING ROOM . Daddy.
JASON You’re baking a birthday cake! VICTOR What makes you think that? JASON Well.41. I found a recipe for something called carrot cake. Jason sit at a large table.. no ointments.. JASON Thanks. son?
. leaves. silverware. Jason smiles. just for you. your first birthday present today will be no lab work.NIGHT Victor. By the way. proud. INT..
sets down one cloth-wrapped bundle. VICTOR (softly) One wish at a time. JASON Lots of frosting? VICTOR Yes. Now.S. VICTOR You can open your eyes now. JASON Books! Thank you!
.one wish at a time. Victor grabs the plates. Jason closes his eyes. Jason closes his eyes. son. thinks. carries a cake with fourteen. JASON I wish I could leave the castle again. Victor looks sad. sets the cake down in front of Jason. make a wish. VICTOR (CONT’D) Time to open your present. Jason opens his eyes..
JASON Yes. son. Victor points to the wrapped bundle.. leaves. Jason hastily unwraps the gift. VICTOR (O.. Victor leaves. Four leather-bound books. Jason blows out the candles. lots of frosting. Victor enters.42. with a bow on top. Victor enters. opens them again. small. VICTOR I’ll take care of the plates. lit candles..) Close your eyes now. smiles.and live happily ever after.
DAY Jason basks in the morning sun. Two birds land on parapet nearby. smiles. you’re old enough to read these on your own..43. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . opens.
. and then we need to run some tests. but only after we have some cake. should keep you busy. VICTOR Are you feeling okay? JASON I feel great! VICTOR When was the last time you ate a full meal? Jason shrugs. The access door to the roof rattles. The birds fly off. JASON Read me one! Tonight! VICTOR Jason.ROOF BATTLEMENTS . VICTOR There you are! It’s time for breakfast. JASON I’m not really hungry.but it’s my birthday! Pleeeeease! Victor sighs. I’ll eat later. Jason stretches. yawns. Victor enters. one bird flies next to Jason. JASON Deal! EXT.. VICTOR Very well. VICTOR These. JASON I know. along with the others in the library.
JASON Okay. follow Jason. sighs. VICTOR Jason. It’s a solution of lye and sour milk.
JASON Yesterday. Come see me in the lab. Victor wets a cotton ball with the white liquid.I think. Victor applies a small drop to the cloth. I want to try something new. Watch this. come here. JASON It smells funny. Victor takes out a piece of brown cloth and a bottle containing white liquid. VICTOR Alright. The cloth turns white where the drop lands. Jason sits down.. Animals in their cages stop their activities to watch.VICTOR’S LAB . JASON Wow! Will it work on me? VICTOR That’s what we’re about to find out.44. VICTOR (CONT’D) I have a solution that is being used to remove the color from cloth. JASON Ow! It hurts! It hurts! Get it off!
. Daddy.. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Zarya follows. INT. VICTOR It should. Victor dabs the wet cotton ball on Jason’s forearm.CONTINUOUS Jason enters. We’ll try just a small spot on your arm.
45. The glow subsides. Victor goes to the bookshelf. searches for a book. How? JASON It doesn’t hurt anymore. looks confused.
. VICTOR You’ve been burned. shouts. JASON I have no idea. in thought. Let me get some medicine on that. An audible. leaves. JASON (O. VICTOR Go down to the well and fill the bucket there. Jason grabs the bucket.) Daddy! The pipe is clogged again! Victor turns. long sigh from Jason. Victor grabs a cloth. Victor creates a paste. VICTOR (CONT’D) It’s completely healed. Victor thinks. VICTOR Jason. Zarya follows. turns back to Jason. VICTOR (CONT’D) It’s gone! Victor grabs a magnifying glass. Victor examines Jason’s forearm. will you refill the water bucket? JASON Sure. examines Jason’s forearm. VICTOR What was that light? Jason shrugs. Victor sits back. Jason’s forearm glows green/white.S. wipes Jason’s forearm.
I need to draw some blood. accidentally knocks the lantern into the well. INT. surprised.WELL ROOM . As the quill touches the finger tip. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .
JASON Yes. Jason retrieves the bucket. Zarya enter. places the lantern on the stone ledge of the well. Victor pulls back.
. Give me your finger. JASON How much do you need? VICTOR Just a drop or two.CONTINUOUS Jason. Victor turns back to the book shelf. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .46. Jason lunges. have a seat. JASON Here’s the water. Jason sits hesitantly. sir. Jason carries lantern and water bucket. the finger tip glows green/white. JASON What’s that? INT. The lantern illuminates a metal ladder. Jason opens the well covers. catches the lantern. JASON Why? VICTOR Ointments and lotions are not working. I need to try something different. Victor grabs a sharpened quill. lowers the bucket with the rope. Jason extends a finger.VICTOR’S LAB . VICTOR Jason.CONTINUOUS Jason. Zarya enter.
but we found the tunnel blocked by a huge boulder. JASON And it goes nowhere? VICTOR Well. told Edgar and I to stay away from the ladder and the tunnel. JASON What did you find? VICTOR Nothing.. Your uncle and I found that ladder when we were kids. VICTOR Let me get that blood. we snuck down there and decided to have a look. hand and forearm. Lucky your grandfather never found out what we did. Victor puts slide onto microscope. The blood is dark green. JASON In the well. It was a dead-end.it goes nowhere. that. What’s it for? VICTOR Oh.. Of course.there’s that light again. A brief glow from the spots touched. your grandfather. the finger tip glows softly. Victor brings quill to touch Jason’s finger tip. The ladder leads to an underground waterfall and a old tunnel. Two drops of blood fall onto a circular glass slide. in no uncertain terms.. He would have whipped us for sure. JASON The tunnel goes nowhere? VICTOR I’m sure at one time it lead somewhere.
VICTOR What the. I saw a ladder going down. Your grandfather told us it was an old escape tunnel. being boys. Victor pricks Jason’s finger tip.47.
slides lenses in and out. Jason gets up.. VICTOR Everyone in the town thinks you died.
JASON Does it really matter how I look?
. VICTOR (concern in his voice) Yes. son? JASON Why can’t I leave the castle? Victor turns to Jason.I mean. They may hurt you.48.. I’ll be busy for a while. JASON I know. Bigger I find people try to VICTOR isn’t the point.. Until a cure for the way you look won’t accept you. we’ve discussed this before. Jason stops at the doorway. VICTOR You can’t!. You don’t remember what happened to you and the Magistrate doesn’t think it was an accident. but. Zarya follows. son. JASON Can I go now? VICTOR Sure. I can protect myself. does not turn toward Jason. JASON But I’m bigger now.
Victor examines the blood. JASON Daddy? Victor a look of deep concern. looks up from the microscope..
places his elbows on his knees. The only light comes from the lantern Jason carries. Zarya looks at Jason. INT. Jason.
. The Magistrate owes me a favor. I will ask his help to explain to the town that you’re still alive. Jason picks up items from the floor.DAY Jason.. "The blood is not human. hands to his forehead. I promise you. Jason leaves. sad) Okay.49. Jason moves items out of the reach of Victor’s arms.VICTOR’S LAB . FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Zarya enter. JASON (to Zarya) This doesn’t look very safe. CLOSE ON journal.. JASON (whispers) You work too hard. Victor asleep at the desk. it shouldn’t be a problem. Victor writes in a journal.WELL ROOM ..okay? JASON (eyes down. yes. I’ll explain that it took a long time for you to heal. Victor sighs. I will go to Magistrate Aldred and tell him I faked your death so that whoever tried to hurt you would not get another chance. You better stay here.but Jason. VICTOR Unfortunately." SLOW DISSOLVE TO: INT. Zarya enter.. moves several lenses. I’m going to go exploring. CLOSE ON the last written entry. Zarya leave.. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE ..or something. Victor uses microscope.. once we get rid of the staining on your skin.I’ll go read. Zarya follows. his sleep restless. looks down.. Jason lifts the well covers.CONTINUOUS Jason. whines softly.
scratches the well. A metal sconce on wall nearby. Zarya sighs. A waterfall pours into the well. A splash of water. Jason places into wall sconce. near the waterfall is a small stone platform. pushes the boulder. falls. tinder boxes. JASON Yes!
. knives. uses both his hands to push the boulder. just like Daddy said. Jason. Jason grabs torch and tinder box. lays down. Jason’s foot slips. Jason gasps for air as he surfaces. Jason loses his grip. INT. Jason backs the boulder slides back into place. holds the lantern. Jason’s glow fades. A tunnel leads into the darkness. Jason glows green/white. looks sad.CONTINUOUS Jason carefully walks through the crudely carved tunnel. An audible click. swords. Lanterns.50.
JASON I’ll be right back. lights torch. Sounds of rushing water. raises her paw. TUNNEL . climbs up. The boulder moves. A very large. JASON Blocked. JASON Adventure time! Jason heads into the tunnel. rope fill the niches. Jason swims to the platform. Jason notices his glow.CONTINUOUS Jason climbs down. of stone against stone. slips. just at water level. Jason reaches the end. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . The light fades. Jason rubs his together. It does not move. Jason torch hands Sound away. darkness. INT.WELL . Jason smiles. climbs down. round boulder completely blocks the tunnel. torches. climbs into the well. JASON Wooooowwwww! Several nooks carved into the tunnel wall. Jason’s glow illuminates the scene. okay? Zarya sits down.
g. looks at them. Light ahead. The deer staggers. In b. An audible click. reveals wider tunnel behind. killing it. looks frightened. it rotates out of the way.
. Fires spread. bows and black-fletched arrows in far corner. Jason’s breath becomes labored. INT. RETURN TO SCENE INT.51. cooking utensils and two small fires. FOREST . Torch falls from Jason’s hand. torch in front of him. Jason passes a stack of deer pelts. Jason walks forward. Bear pelt catches fire. Jason panics. Two black-fletched arrows protrude from the side of the deer. knocks a pelt frame into fire. two more arrows are shot into the deer. JASON The poachers. Jason cautiously moves into the cave. Hooded cloaks. A large cave filled with stacks of animal pelts. Jason grabs bear pelt.
Jason pushes boulder. another stack of pelts catch fire. Jason glows. Animal hides stretched on frames. trips. drying in front of fires. Back of cave blocked by flame. FOCUS ON the deer pelts. Jason grabs torch. Jason peeks around the corner.CONTINUOUS Tunnel twists. sets stack of pelts afire.CONTINUOUS Jason breathes heavily. A blaze starts.DAY (FLASHBACK) JASON’S POV A gravely wounded deer staggers onto the path. Jason stumbles. POACHER’S CAVE . boulder rotates back into place. EXT. Jason coughs. Jason tosses pelt away. tries to put out fire. rushes out cave entrance. turns. POACHER’S CAVE .
Jason starts to throw again.
. starts to throw at ducks. creature resembling a centaur. a human torso and head. Jason runs.. EXT. sleeps. Jason grabs a stone. FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE: EXT. Jason rests against large boulder.CONTINUOUS Jason enters. suns himself.CONTINUOUS Cave entrance well hidden behind outcropping of rock and thicket of bushes. "DREAM WORLD OF FIRE AND MISTS" (DREAM) Jason. Skunk..52. LAKE SIDE . watch. Jason looks around..stay away. fiery hooves. A demonic laugh. prior to his transformation. Smoke pours out cave entrance.poachers. Sun high in sky. FOG/MIST OBSCURES SCENE TO DARKNESS: EXT. LAKE SIDE .. including a skunk. Jason backs away. Jason stands up. POACHER’S CAVE . deer and rabbit stop. JASON Poachers. JASON Poachers. glows softly. with a bear’s body.. Skunk follows. From the fiery mists emerges a immense. Jason screams. nearby. hesitates.
EXT. Skunk walks past deer and rabbit. Someone help me! The creature leaps.CONTINUOUS Jason wakes up breathing heavily. Ducks in lake. Jason runs. Skunk moves forward. drops the stone. runs.. chases Jason..good skunk. through a field of dark mist and flashes of fire. Several animals. JASON No.. deer and rabbit follow. no. glowing fiery eyes. gasps for breath. The creature laughs. talons for hands. toward Jason. pauses. toward the woods.
Jason crashes into Beval. looks back. Vision clears. Beval peeks out. notches a black-fletched arrow. BACK TO SCENE Beval. Skunk runs away.
EXT. Beval hides. chitters. sees Jason’s back running away. Beval slowly withdraws his hand from the bow. BEVAL’S POV Vision fuzzy. Jason gone. distant) Go away. Beval knocked into air. Beval reaches for his bow on ground nearby. Sounds of running. stares at him. Movement is heard. Jason pauses.CONTINUOUS Beval walks slowly. sprays Beval. in pain. Skunk cocks its head.. Jason looks at skunk. Heavy footsteps. JASON Why are you following me? EXT.CONTINUOUS Jason walks quickly. skunk stare at each other. JASON (O. Dirt.shoo! Movement gets closer. sees nothing. BEVAL Don’t do it. Skunk pivots.S. JASON Oh no. gasps. Jason runs. Jason dodges behind a tree.) (muffled. Skunk. standing over his bow. Beval coughs. The skunk runs after Jason. listening. bow and arrow scatter. Beval stands up.. FOREST . at Beval. FOREST . leaves fly at Beval. Beval looks around. stalking. BEVAL No! The skunk kicks at the ground with its hind legs. Beval stunned.
. lands heavily. readies his bow. stops.53. peeks around the tree.
EXT. then we can talk about it tonight. VICTOR We’ll see. sneaks across the drawbridge. Victor enters. Daddy. there you are. VICTOR (O. VICTOR It will be okay. A story with a happy ending. into the mists.) Oh.. Food first.
. okay? Jason smiles half-heartedly.
BEVAL This is. INT. followed by Zarya. not really. Let’s get started on dinner. I’ve got a new ointment I want to try. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . eats hungrily. VICTOR Something wrong? JASON No. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .not good. JASON As long as you read to me afterward. Jason grabs several vegetables.LATER Sun begins to set.KITCHEN . VICTOR (CONT’D) I’ve been looking for you. Let’s get some dinner.54.S.. son. JASON (dejected) Sure thing.NIGHT Jason enters. Jason looks around cautiously. Story later.
we need to talk. Jonathan finishes his drink. Jonathan sets down his drink. Carsen enter. stands close to Carsen. JONATHAN (to the woman) If you’ll excuse me a second. Jonathan.55. right away.
INT. JONATHAN (CONT’D) This better be important! INT. Jonathan growls in frustration. Jonathan talking to. TOWN TAVERN . TOWN STABLE . Beval stands up. JONATHAN Fine! Jonathan turns to the woman. Jonathan.CONTINUOUS Door opens. JONATHAN (CONT’D) Some other time perhaps. Can’t this wait? CARSEN No. JONATHAN (CONT’D) (to Carsen) What is it? CARSEN You need to speak to Beval. it can’t. drinking with a woman. turns. Jonathan catches his breath. approaches Jonathan. waves his hands in front of him. looks around. CARSEN Jonathan.NIGHT Carsen enters. JONATHAN (indicting the woman) I’m busy.
. it ran on two feet. It attacked me. Huge.... JONATHAN Phew! What’s that smell? CARSEN It’s Beval...brown. sir... Jonathan. Glowing red eyes.
.I was lucky to get away. JONATHAN What did it look like? BEVAL Green.. This was from a skunk. JONATHAN What? And it smelled liked this? BEVAL No.fast..56.. I saw it..the one that’s been scaring off the animals.I’m not drunk. sir. JONATHAN (to Beval) Well? What’s so important? BEVAL I saw it. The monster appeared out of nowhere. JONATHAN What are you talking about? BEVAL A monster. JONATHAN (angry) You brought me here for this? CARSEN No. At least eight feet tall! Jonathan pauses. sir. Listen to Beval.claws. JONATHAN It? What is it? Are you drunk? BEVAL No.
This monster has affected our hunting for over two years now. EXT. And do it standing down wind. looks around. I probably have Beval’s stink all over these clothes. Get yourself cleaned up and have the horses ready for first light tomorrow. Jonathan and Carsen walk off in separate directions. JONATHAN Tell us what happened. Beval. the creature came out of nowhere. Jonathan takes a deep breath. so we’ll hunt it down. Ground fog. CARSEN Tomorrow morning then. Carsen searches. Carsen dismounts.
. Jonathan and Carsen leave. Jonathan and Carsen ride up. BEVAL (CONT’D) (pointing as he speaks) I was on my way to the cave. sir. Time to head home. sir. Maybe we’ll get a reward when we drag its carcass to town. FOREST .57. We can’t do anything tonight. JONATHAN Yes. I might as well spend some time with the wife and kid. Carsen. TOWN STABLE . BEVAL This is the spot. Beval rides ahead.DAY Jonathan. Beval ride on horseback in early morning.CONTINUOUS The stable door swings closed. I thought you were supposed to clean yourself up? Beval moves away from Jonathan. EXT. Everything will be ready. dismounts. BEVAL Yes. JONATHAN All right.
We’ve been smelling him all morning. We need to get ready for our delivery. CARSEN Jonathan. Carsen looks around. grabs Beval by the collar. that’s Beval. I can’t find anything around here.S. JONATHAN Alright. looks around. CARSEN No.) It’s ruined! Carsen and Beval approach cave entrance. The men dismount. Jonathan stands in the saddle. CARSEN Jonathan. JONATHAN (O. JONATHAN (CONT’D) (screaming) What did you do? How did you let this happen? Carsen tries to separate Jonathan and Beval. it smells like smoke. walk through bushes. not with this fog. He attacked me then fled to the south.
BEVAL (CONT’D) there. I heard him. POACHER’S CAVE . CARSEN Do you smell that? JONATHAN Yes. let’s head to the cave. Carsen sniffs the air. Carsen and Beval on horseback approach the POACHER’S CAVE. EXT. there. stop!
.58. from the north. Jonathan leaves cave. but couldn’t see him. yells in anger. Carbon soot blackens cave entrance. Jonathan rushes into cave.LATER Jonathan.
Beval and Carsen restrain horses.. BEVAL The monster! It’s here! Horses panic. points down. The horses are nervous. The men look at each other. scans forest.59.
BEVAL (frightened) I didn’t do anything! I never made it back here yesterday! JONATHAN Ruined! At least half of everything we worked for is gone. walks away. Jonathan. burned! Jonathan pushes Beval out of the way. Sounds of horses panicking. JONATHAN (CONT’D) How did this happen? Carsen stands near the cave entrance. moving restlessly.. bow drawn. Sounds of movement. guttural growl resonates. JONATHAN The horses! The men rush to the horses. Fleeting shapes.that’s one big monster. A low. CARSEN There’s more than one of them!
. Carsen’s foot stands next to an enormous shoe print. CARSEN Beval was right. JONATHAN What? CARSEN Beval’s monster. JONATHAN And how do you know that? Carsen motions others to come closer. looks down. CARSEN I know.
Movement heard. POACHER’S CAVE . Carsen. JONATHAN Well. We’ll take care of the goods and the horses. BEVAL If there’s more than one. JONATHAN It’s getting late. your monster seems to have run off again. CARSEN Yes..
.60. fleeting shapes move away. JONATHAN (CONT’D) I’ll post guard. Jonathan fires an arrow. Beval. JONATHAN Then there will be more than one reward when we kill them. Beval nervously looks around. but are still nervous. We hunt again tomorrow. sir! EXT.. secure the horses then go help Carsen.
BEVAL What will we do? A low guttural growl. The horses calm down. Beval. sir! BEVAL Yes. what’s the Major going to say? JONATHAN (angry) I’ll worry about my brother! You worry about what we can salvage! Jonathan angry. on foot. get to the cave.LATER Carsen and Beval tie pelts and bundles into the horses. CARSEN Jonathan.
FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . CARSEN Jonathan? JONATHAN Yes? CARSEN I’ve been looking at the footprint. tail wagging. raises her paw.
.it’s not a footprint at all. Zarya whines. You’ll get me in trouble! Zarya sits down.. I just realized something. Zarya stands at the foot of the drawbridge. JONATHAN (impatiently) What is it. JONATHAN What? What are you getting at? CARSEN It’s a shoe print. Jonathan and Beval mount. looks around in the early morning sun. We can’t kill these things and control the horses at the same time. so we go on foot. Jonathan looks confused.61. CARSEN (CONT’D) What type of monster wears a shoe? EXT. JASON (whispering) No! Stay! You can’t come Zarya. BEVAL Why on foot? JONATHAN The horses got spooked and panicked. looks sad. Jason turns. Carsen looks concerned..DAY Jason peeks out from the mists over the drawbridge. Carsen? CARSEN The footprint.
birds follow Jason as he moves. tail wagging. fog. human torso and head. "DREAM WORLD OF FIRE AND MISTS" (DREAM) Jason stands amidst mists. Forest animals approach Jason as he sleeps. Jason sits behind large boulder. talons for hands and glowing. Large creature resembling a centaur. Zarya crawls to end of drawbridge. circles Jason. Zarya. kindly) You’re a bad girl. Zarya. with a bear’s body. Zarya enters. FOREST . sleeps. Zarya gets up. fiery eyes. The forest comes alive as Jason passes. Zarya peeks out from mists. JASON (softly. The animals lay down. JASON (whispering) Stay! Jason sneaks along drawbridge sidewall. tail wagging.CONTINUOUS As Jason walks past. EXT. JASON (CONT’D) (whispering) Now stay! Jason gets up. scratches Zarya behind her ears. fire. sprints after Jason. peeks out. Sound of paws on drawbridge. LAKE SIDE . Echoing laughter. lays next to Jason. peeks around edge. EXT. Jason pets Zarya. eyes focused on Jason. fiery hooves. looks over drawbridge sidewall. Jason looks around. MIST/FOG OBSCURE SCENE TO BLACK: EXT.CONTINUOUS Jason enters. looks around. Squirrels. Jason smiles.62. JASON (whispering) Bad girl! Get back! Zarya backs up into the shifting mists.
. sneaks into the forest. animals look up and follow him with their eyes.
Zarya grabs ball. ball in mouth. walks to the side of the boulder. Ball is thrown. The creature circles.
. peeks around.63. Its eyes and hands are now human. DEIRDRE Hey! That’s our ball! Zarya runs. echoing) Tell them. bounces into water. FOG/MIST OBSCURE SCENE INTO DARKNESS: EXT. echoing. Distant. running. unattached laughter. CREATURE Tell them. The creature circles. Distant. Deirdre jumps out of the way as Zarya splashes into water. unattached laughter. echoing. listens. Stallion’s front hooves come down with a crash. echoing. Creature looks like a centaur. LAKE SIDE . tell them who sent you. Jason’s sleep is restless. looks at Deirdre. unattached laughter. Sounds of children at play. Its body now that of a horse. Silence. Birds fly off. Horse and rider transform into shadowy image of Jonathan atop his stallion. Deirdre stops at waterline. Distant. Zarya bolts after ball. Unattached laughter.
CREATURE (distant. Zarya stands up. JONATHAN When you get to hell. Stallion raises up. boy. playing catch. tail wagging.CONTINUOUS Deirdre and three young children enter. Creature now a horse and rider. Zarya raises her head. behind the boulder. flails front hooves. JASON (defiant) Tell them what? The creature circles. forest animals scatter.
Deirdre petrified. Jason walks up to Deirdre. DEIRDRE Hey! Give us our ball! JASON (O.
. Darkness..Where? Deirdre struggles to breathe.. pets rabbit. holds ball out in front of him.
JASON (O. CHILD #1 Monster! Help! CHILD #2 Monster! CHILD #3 Mooommmyyyyyy! Jason looks around behind himself.. Jason walks around boulder. chest and head above boulder’s top. deer nearby. Jason towers over Deirdre. Jason’s shadow covers Deirdre.S..) Deirdre? Are you okay? EXT. blocks the sun. Jason sits. details grow shadowy and fuzzy. flee. Zarya sits beside Jason.. falls backwards.64. ten feet away from Deirdre. legs crossed. Jason stands. toward Deirdre. sun behind him.Where’d you get this. JASON (O. blurs. Deirdre faints. girl? Deirdre. JASON Monster?. takes a step back..S. The younger children scream..sorry.. Jason looks at deer.) (sleepy) Huh?. A rabbit in Jason’s lap. to blurry. Gray.I’ve got your ball..LATER Deirdre’s vision goes from black to gray. trips. JASON Umm. children approach boulder. ball in hand. Fear on faces of children.. Deirdre’s vision wavers.S.sure. then into focus.) Umm. Jason extends his arm. LAKE SIDE .
to deer) Shhhh. DEIRDRE Kill you? Why? How? Jason pauses. Jason gently pets the deer. My father’s a doctor. Deirdre sits. Jason Frankenstein died last year. he saved me. licks Jason’s fingers. JASON (softly. Jason. it’s okay. Deirdre frightened. Jason reaches his hand out. JASON That was my father’s idea. DEIRDRE That’s not possible. pulls his hand back from the deer. The deer takes a step forward. JASON I’m not dead. Deer moves away from Deirdre. Jason Frankenstein. so until I got better it was best to have people think I was dead. I won’t hurt you. rabbit sits up nervously. Why would I do that? DEIRDRE How do you know my name? JASON It’s me. DEIRDRE There was a funeral. He said someone tried to kill me. a look of wonder on her face.65. Deirdre. kindly. JASON (smiling) Of course not. JASON (softly) I don’t remember much. DEIRDRE You won’t hurt me either. right? Jason looks at Deirdre. but it has something to do with the poachers
. looks anguished.
Rabbit and deer flee. I need to be sure you’re really you. pets the rabbit.. JASON It’s okay. DEIRDRE That’s terrible! Jason looks downward.66. Make me look normal again. Jason. they’re my only friends.but I’m glad they do. Awkward silence..I may have seen them. I have no one to talk to. pets Zarya.. Except for Zarya. laughing.. Deirdre gets to her feet. head down. JASON My Dad says he’ll find a way to fix this. I remember someone chasing me on a horse.and the horse hurting me. Jason raises his head. looks at his arms and hands.
JASON on our lands.. smiling broadly. I didn’t mean to scare them.
. DEIRDRE You look different. DEIRDRE I’m still your friend. JASON Really? You mean it? DEIRDRE Of course! However. DEIRDRE Why is that? JASON I don’t know. DEIRDRE Sorry. They’ll come back later. Jason lifts his arms. The animals seem to like me..
I can’t wait to tell the town your alive! JASON No! Don’t!... would you throw me into the water? JASON No way! You’d push me into the water if I did. Jason gets up to his knees. DEIRDRE Okay. I promise.Please. JASON You’d pick the pretty ones and toss them into the water. DEIRDRE I promise.not until I look normal again... Deirdre jumps. It’s really important..67.if I had a bunch of flowers. gives Jason a hug. JASON A picnic! You asked me to bring a picnic. Soft green/white glow on Jason’s cheeks. what did you bring? Jason thinks. JASON Thank you. DEIRDRE And..
JASON How? DEIRDRE When we last met. I understand.
. Please promise. what would I do with them? Jason thinks. DEIRDRE Okay. smiles. DEIRDRE It is you! You scared me.
I would like that very much. Awkward silence. Would like that? Deirdre smiles. Mr. JASON I really liked being able to talk to someone again. Deirdre grabs the ball. MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE . Three children sit in chairs in front of the Magistrate’s desk.68.
. William stands nearby. JASON Okay. parents of each child stand behind the chairs. INT. DEIRDRE As long as the fairy tales have happy endings.. How nice of you. stands up.thank you.
JASON Would you like to meet here tomorrow? DEIRDRE Sure. JASON That’s how my father said people would react if they saw me. DEIRDRE Why. JASON (CONT’D) I could bring a book. I could read you a story. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Now. I promise. let’s go over this again.NIGHT The Magistrate sits behind his desk. I’ll bring a book of fairy tales.. Frankenstein. Looks like he was right. You saw how they acted. But no little kids.
69. MAGISTRATE ALDRED I suspect your right. with black fur and big wings.. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) (to the parents) I will look into this matter and add additional patrols in the forest. Then it yelled at us and tried to eat us. It had big fangs and glowing eyes. WILLIAM It was probably just a bear.and it stole our ball..
SERIES OF SHOTS A) Child #1 CHILD #1 It was green and brown and ten feet tall with huge claws. and it chased us all the way home. However. and twelve feet tall. Hopefully. we will find what your children saw before anyone gets hurt. you were very brave to come here and tell me what you saw. C) Child #3 CHILD #3 It was really big.. Magistrate Aldred stands. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. B) Child #2 CHILD #2 It was brown with black stripes.and it grabbed our ball and ate it. Well. END SERIES OF SHOTS MAGISTRATE ALDRED (to the children) I see. The parents usher children from office. Everything will be alright. we have to keep the fine citizens
. whines. faces Zarya. scratches door. Jason walks. Zarya runs over to the door. Jason looks in his left hand. EXT. JASON (O. so we’ll double the regular patrols in the eastern forest for the next week. WILLIAM Yes. Zarya. book in hand. which one should I take? Zarya sits. looks at Jason. reaches into his pocket. Stag and doe follow Jason. JASON Okay. FOREST . whines. Zarya bolts after the food. Jason returns the other book to the shelf.LIBRARY . then raises her right paw. no dogs today. pulls out a piece of food. Zarya scratches door. INT. Ask if they have seen or heard anything unusual.DAY Morning fog. In the distance. Jonathan. You stay here. holds one in each hand. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Jason sneaks out.70.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED happy. Zarya. You get a treat! Jason raises food high and tosses it into a corner. closes door behind him. I’ll see to it. sir.DAY Jason looks for a book. JASON (CONT’D) Good girl. chews. JASON (CONT’D) This one it is. shallows it. Jason selects two books. Carsen and Beval kneel in shadows.) Sorry girl.S. Talk to people whose homes are in the outlaying areas. Zarya follows Jason. finds.
Doe flees as an arrow misses it. look around. Jason jerks back.71. In a break in the trees. kneels. Stag cries out. JASON It’s them! The poachers! Jason softly glows green/white. He reflexively yanks arrow out from stag. Jason flees into woods. Jason turns as stag falls. Jason tries to pull out arrow. Jonathan draws his bow. grabs arrow. tries to get up.
CARSEN (whispering) I hear something. falls to the ground. A black-fletched arrow hits Jason in the right shoulder. BEVAL (shouting) It’s the monster! CARSEN Where did it come from? JONATHAN (angry) It’s after our kill! Jonathan draws his bow. screams in pain. Jason dodges behind a tree. Jason rushes to stag’s side. The three men cautiously move forward. shoulder glows green/white. Three black-fletched arrows hit the tree. Stag flees.
. Stag calls out in pain. tries to turn. reaches for his shoulder. A black-fletched arrow hits stag in shoulder. Jason drops the book. JONATHAN (softly) The stag’s mine! Carsen the doe! Stag and doe pause. Carsen and Beval rush from their cover. All three men slowly raise up. stag and doe come into view. raise their ears. Jonathan. The three men aim at Jason.
JONATHAN There.72. BEVAL What’s a monster doing with a book? Jonathan puts the book in his pouch. I doubt it belonged to the deer. BEVAL I found a print. Beval and Carsen search. They find nothing. CARSEN Her birthday was last week. JONATHAN Where did it go? BEVAL It just vanished! Beval nervously looks around. CARSEN I found something. Besides. Carsen hands a book to Jonathan. I think it may be her birthday soon. it will make a nice gift for my daughter. JONATHAN We’ll ask it when we kill it. but the underbrush is thick. Daddy got her a special present. Jonathan looks at it curiously. CARSEN (CONT’D) I found that book over where we shot the deer and the monster. just for her!
. Carsen and Beval cautiously approach tree behind which Jason was hiding. JONATHAN Check for tracks.
EXT. we’ll never track it. FOREST . you see.CONTINUOUS Jonathan.
falls.CONTINUOUS Jason runs. Horse panics. clumsily draws his sword. shaking in fear.73.
. falls. takes an awkward step backward. JASON (O.) (in pain) Noooo! OVERLAP CUT TO: EXT. Jonathan smiles. A horse. Kirby. ground becomes uneven. Arrow in Jason’s shoulder dislodges. FOREST . JASON Leave me alone! Jason runs. FOREST . he vanishes into the shadows. The horse flails its front legs. rears up on its hind legs. flails its front legs in the air.
CARSEN You’re a real prince. Kirby falls. on his knees.DAY (FLASHBACK) JASON’S POV Jason looks up from the ground. slaps Carsen on the back. JONATHAN I know. I know. Kirby. EXT. EXT. silhouetted in the setting sun. Glow fades. Jonathan. looks up at Jason. One of a kind.S. holds it with both hands. rears up on its hind legs. right in front of a patrolman (Kirby) on horseback. stunned. Jason scrabbles to his feet. FOREST . Jason stumbles onto a forest path. Horse flees.CONTINUOUS RETURN TO SCENE JASON (screaming) Noooo! Jason glows green/white. trips. Arrow from stag falls.
B) Deirdre picks wild flowers. Magistrate Aldred sits at his desk. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Have you told anyone about this yet? KIRBY No.DAY MONTAGE A) Deirdre waits in the grassy clearing. sir. KIRBY Sir! I’ve seen the monster! MAGISTRATE ALDRED What? Shut the door. Kirby bursts into room. holds two arrows. LAKESIDE CLEARING . Kirby sits. END MONTAGE INT. MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE . back to a boulder. looks around. E) Deirdre slowly leaves the clearing.74. Sit down.
EXT.DAY Magistrate Aldred and William in conversation. sad. I barely escaped with my life. a tear on her eye. D) Deirdre stands. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) Are you alright? KIRBY Yes. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Okay. breathing heavily. bouquet in hand. tell me what you saw. I came straight here. sir. head down. C) Deirdre selects flowers from her bouquet and tosses them one at a time into the lake.
KIRBY Well. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Possibly. Anything else Kirby? KIRBY Well. it attacked my horse. threw me to the ground.
. just louder. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Those look like poachers’ arrows. Green and brown in color. sir. examines them. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Tell me about the monster. sir. It howled viciously. Kirby holds up the two black-flecthed arrows. WILLIAM Like a wolf? KIRBY Umm.. Like a ghost. KIRBY I found those when the monster fled. we have a problem. KIRBY (CONT’D) I found these. meaner. KIRBY It was about ten feet tall. William takes the arrows. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Glowed? KIRBY Yes.it glowed. Claws and fangs. I fought it off and it fled into the forest.. Came out of nowhere! My horse spooked.sure.75. sir. WILLIAM That might explain the wolf howling some have been hearing.. sir.
.. KIRBY Yes. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . shows red-stained cloth.it must be a demon! MAGISTRATE ALDRED Enough! Don’t go spreading rumors...LATER Jason and Victor prepare dinner. Magistrate Aldred thinks.. sir. nothing unusual. WILLIAM Blood looks to be from a deer or bear. INT. William rubs another corner of cloth on second arrowhead. sir. knock at castle doors. WILLIAM Green.
William grabs white cloth from his belt. Nothing I know of has green blood. I’ll speak to no one. Maybe he has some ideas. Zarya close to Jason. sir.KITCHEN . Sunset twilight.looks like we have a monster to deal with.
.76. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Kirby. MAGISTRATE ALDRED William. KIRBY That glow. go and ask the bishop to see me. Jason and Victor look at each other in surprise. please. sir.. (beat) . rubs one corner of cloth on first arrowhead. We’ll offer a reward and deputize volunteers. KIRBY Yes. shows green-stained cloth. gather the other patrolmen and send out a message to every able-bodied man to meet tonight at the town hall. We’re not sure what we’re dealing with.
but the Magistrate has asked every able man to meet in town later tonight. Ten feet tall. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .what does this monster look like? JERALD Well. sir. locks. upset. Victor waits until supply room door closes. No. JERALD Sorry to disturb you Baron. Brown.ENTRY HALL . Victor opens castle door. The Magistrate is offering a reward and will deputize volunteers to hunt for the creature. sir. nothing like that.CONTINUOUS Jason hides in supply room.77.
VICTOR (whispers) Hide! Now! INT. Zarya follows... VICTOR What’s this all about? JERALD Monsters. like a ghost. claws.. Victor pale. VICTOR What. fangs.and some say it glows. sir? VICTOR Ten feet tall. the descriptions vary. VICTOR What? JERALD Yes. Green. Jerald stands on the landing. with claws and fangs.. There’s been a monster spotted in the forest over the past couple of days. Maybe black.
. JERALD Have you seen anything like that out here. sir. Knock at castle door.
sir. I would not be much help.
JERALD Very well. Victor stays at door. VICTOR Thank you. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .S.) You heard the patrolman? JASON Yes. Jason steps back. Victor looks over Jerald’s shoulder at drawbridge. for your own safety. Good night.S. VICTOR That won’t be a problem. patrolman. Zarya behind him. INT. watches Jerald leave.STORAGE ROOM . I will immediately secure the castle. JERALD I understand. JASON No. sir. closes and bolts the castle door.
. In fact. A knock at the door. head held down. ear pressed to door.CONTINUOUS Jason stands. VICTOR (O. I’m merely a doctor.) Would you like to come out so we can talk about this. JERALD Very good. I won’t even know how to hold a bow or a sword. then back to Jerald. JASON Yes? VICTOR (O. Will you be able to make it to town tonight? VICTOR I’m sorry. Good night. In that case. ashamed. the Magistrate asks that you stay indoors. sir.78.
but I was bored. JASON I’m sorry. now! JASON Yes. sighs. didn’t I? Jason raises his head.79. wants to kill you. VICTOR And I told you what would happen.CONTINUOUS Jason. head bowed. VICTOR Didn’t I tell you not to do that? JASON Yes. out of fear. sir.S. Jason hangs his head. enters. INT.
. VICTOR Follow me.ENTRY HALL . VICTOR You went outside the castle? JASON Yes.) Get out here... looks at Victor. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . VICTOR And now the whole town. Victor shakes his head. I just wanted someone to talk to. VICTOR People saw you? JASON Yes. JASON Yes.
echoing boom. hands on winch handles. looks sad.. Victor grabs two large wooden handles. I could use your help. prepares himself.80. Victor reaches out to grab the handles. Victor steps back. Victor amazed as Jason casually moves handles. winch rotates quickly. depressed. No movement. Massive winch dominates room. no one can get out. A thunderous.
. VICTOR That was quite impressive Jason looks sad. (beat) .
INT. JASON Yes.. VICTOR If you try to lower the drawbridge.CONTINUOUS Victor sets down lantern.WINCH ROOM . and.. Jason stands head down.promise me you won’t lower the drawbridge. VICTOR Jason. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . JASON I promise. Jason slowly walks to the other set of handles. We’re going to raise the drawbridge. eyes lowered. raises drawbridge.. more importantly. sir. takes a deep breath. Jason close by. tries to pull down. effortlessly. Winch does not move. I’ll hear it. VICTOR (CONT’D) With the drawbridge up no one can get in. JASON What are we doing here? VICTOR We’re going to do something that hasn’t been done since the war. Drawbridge raised. Victor tries harder.
only partially seen. Deirdre (Jonathan’s daughter) is seen. whispering) I don’t feel very hungry right now. Jason motionless. DEIRDRE My birthday was last week. INT. JASON (sad. Sit down. JONATHAN I’m home! ELIZABETH We heard you. JONATHAN I’m home. Dinner is almost ready. Jonathan pulls a book out from his pouch. As Elizabeth brings meal to Jonathan. Elizabeth pauses. Elizabeth (Jonathan’s wife) preparing dinner.81. JONATHAN Deirdre. Jonathan’s daughter helps with meal.
. ELIZABETH Yes. sighs. Room darkens. Deirdre prepares two dinner plates. Elizabeth brings plate and mug to Jonathan. Victor sighs. Victor grabs lantern. Blazing fire in fireplace. let’s have dinner. Jonathan sits down at the table. Behind Elizabeth.NIGHT Jonathan enters. your dinner is ready. means my dinner should be be ready. leaves. dear. waiting for me. dear. come here and see the present I got you for your birthday. Deirdre focuses on the two dinner plates.
JASON I understand. JONATHAN’S HOUSE . VICTOR Okay.
looks through it. DEIRDRE It’s a book of fairy tales.It attacked patrolman Kirby today.. Deirdre shocked. the monster
. I’ve been working very hard. too.
JONATHAN Don’t take that tone with me young lady. ELIZABETH What happened? Jonathan takes a drink. clears his throat. Deirdre remains standing. Where did you get it? JONATHAN (with pride) I took it from that monster in the forest. JONATHAN The monster the whole town has been talking about. It tried to attack me. JONATHAN I was in the woods when I saw a deer.. JONATHAN (food in mouth) Well. The one I was just deputized to help kill. DEIRDRE Thank you. Deirdre brings plates to table.82. looks at the book. don’t I get a thank you? Deirdre sits at table. nervous) What monster? Jonathan looks up from his meal. Jonathan tosses book across table. ELIZABETH The monster? DEIRDRE (shocked. Deirdre picks up the book. Elizabeth concerned. Out of no where.
ELIZABETH You certainly are brave! Deirdre looks at the book. and my arrow hit the monster. looks sad. JONATHAN I asked you a question.your birthday present. it’s very tall.I just heard. JONATHAN And how would you know that? Deirdre stands silent.
. JONATHAN What’s wrong with you? DEIRDRE (softly) No one got attacked at the lake. Deirdre gasps. young lady. what did the monster look like? Jonathan finishes his meal. it dropped this book.. burps. DEIRDRE Daddy.
JONATHAN appeared and savagely attacked it. Green and brown. How do you know what happened at the lake? DEIRDRE I. dear. that’s all.. tears in her eyes. I got my bow out. leaves table. Deirdre picks up book.. JONATHAN (CONT’D) The monster ran towards me and I fought it off.83. When it fled into the forest. JONATHAN Well.. The same monster they say attacked those children at the lake. to defend the deer. Jonathan slowly rises.
Jonathan twists her wrist again. ELIZABETH Jonathan. Elizabeth rises. Stop! JONATHAN I’ll stop when you tell me about the monster! Elizabeth sits. Jonathan rushes around the table. and I want that money! DEIRDRE (screaming. cringes. Deirdre sobs uncontrollably. Were you there? Deirdre walks away. Deirdre gasps in pain.84.
JONATHAN You play with those children all the time. Jonathan grabs Deirdre’s wrist. girl! DEIRDRE (in pain) I promised! Jonathan twists Deirdre’s wrist again.
. stop it! Jonathan slaps Elizabeth. twists it. JONATHAN Don’t interfere woman! They’re offering two hundred gold sovereigns for the monster. ELIZABETH Jonathan. Deirdre cries in pain. crying in pain) He’s not a monster! He’s just a boy! JONATHAN That thing is no child! DEIRDRE You’re hurting me. crying. JONATHAN Tell me what you saw. Deirdre cries in pain. arms up in defense. no! Deirdre turns. Elizabeth cries in pain.
You get her to a doctor. You two stay here and not a word of this is anyone. understand? ELIZABETH Jonathan. JONATHAN I’m busy. I know that for a fact! DEIRDRE (crying) His dad.. she’s hurt. He was going to read to me today.saved him.
JONATHAN Talk child! I’m losing my patience! DEIRDRE (crying) The boy’s name is Jason. Jonathan rips the book from Deirdre’s hand. clutching her left wrist. comforts her. JONATHAN This book? The monster was bringing this book for you? DEIRDRE He’s not a monster! Jonathan throws the book into the fireplace.. JONATHAN I’m going to go handle some official deputy business. Elizabeth rushes to Deirdre.85.
. Deirdre falls. in tears. this was an accident! Understand! Elizabeth and Deirdre nod. We have to get her to a doctor. Jonathan sneers. he lives in the castle. But. JONATHAN Jason Frankenstein is dead. Jonathan pushes Deirdre away.
CONTINUOUS Jonathan rushes out. JONATHAN Aldred! What are you doing out here? MAGISTRATE ALDRED We’re on patrol.86. JONATHAN Why? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Why? Do I need a reason? JONATHAN No. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Elizabeth. is everything okay? Elizabeth looks away. You know how clumsy women can be. just a little kitchen accident. holding her left wrist. Elizabeth. MAGISTRATE ALDRED The doctor? What happened? JONATHAN Nothing serious.
EXT. Magistrate Aldred. of course not. hooded cloak hides her face. appear in doorway behind Jonathan. JONATHAN We were just leaving. Elizabeth is taking Deirdre to the doctor.
. JONATHAN’S HOUSE . William and Robert ride up. Thought I’d stop by and see my granddaughter. Jonathan. and Deirdre. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Leaving? I specifically asked people stay indoors. Perhaps some other time. Where are you going? JONATHAN I’m going to meet with a few of the other deputies.
ELIZABETH Yes, father, everything’s fine. Deirdre just hurt her arm. Jonathan smiles. JONATHAN You see, Aldred, nothing to worry about. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jonathan, you must have the most dangerous kitchen in the kingdom. My daughter has had quite a few kitchen accidents over the years, and now my granddaughter. JONATHAN It’s none of your concern, Aldred. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Captain, this is my daughter and granddaughter we’re talking about, it certainly is my concern. Jonathan walks over to Magistrate Aldred, looks at patrolman, then at Magistrate Aldred. JONATHAN Aldred, the war’s over. I’m no longer a captain, you’re no longer a general. Remember that. Jonathan walks off. Elizabeth and Deirdre, looking down, slowly walk off in opposite direction. Robert dismounts his horse, walks toward Elizabeth. INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - VICTOR’S LAB - DAY Jason peeks into LAB. Victor asleep at desk. Notes and books litter LAB. INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - LIBRARY - CONTINUOUS Jason, with Zarya behind him, selects a book.
INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - WELL ROOM - CONTINUOUS Jason, carrying lantern, climbs into well. Zarya raises her paw, scratches well wall twice. JASON (whispering) Hush, Zarya! Sit! Zarya sits, whines softly, stares at Jason. JASON Don’t look at me like that. I’m not breaking my promise. I said I won’t touch the drawbridge and I’m not. Besides, I made a promise to Deirdre and I have to keep that promise, don’t I? Zarya looks questioningly at Jason. Jason climbs down. Room grows dim. Zarya raises her paw, whines, looks sad, scratches well wall. Light in WELL ROOM fades away. INT. JONATHAN’S HOUSE - DAY Deirdre, left wrist and forearm wrapped and splinted, sneaks out of house. EXT. JONATHAN’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS Deirdre exits front door, silently. Sun rises over mountains to east. To west, a storm gathers. Deirdre rushes off. EXT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE - DAY Sun rises over mountains to east. Jonathan, Carsen and Beval sit hidden in forest across road from FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE. CARSEN We’ve been here all night. Nothing. JONATHAN We’ll sit here until the monster appears. While the rest of those fools search the forest, I know the monster will come from the castle. This is the only way in or out. Beval sighs, looks bored. To the west, a storm gathers.
EXT. LAKESIDE CLEARING - DAY Deirdre looks around. DEIRDRE (whispering) Jason...Jason JASON (O.S.) (whispering) Over here. Jason sits under large tree, surrounded by forest animals. Deirdre walks over to Jason. Animals nervous at her approach. JASON (whispering) Sorry I couldn’t make it yesterday ...I...something came up. I brought the book. Jason holds up book. Deirdre looks around. JASON (CONT’D) (whispering) Why are we whispering? DEIRDRE You have to go. They’ll kill you if they see you. JASON Why? A distant flash of lightning, an echoing roll of thunder, the storm builds. Animals look up, slowly move/fly off. DEIRDRE The whole town thinks you’re a monster. They’ve offered a reward to whoever kills you. JASON I haven’t hurt anyone! DEIRDRE It doesn’t matter! You have to get back to the castle and stay there. Rain falls. Deirdre, Jason look up. Heavy rain approaches.
Jason. In b. flashes of gray. Victor leaves. Deirdre exit.) (shouting) Jason! I need you in the lab today! Zarya’s muffled barks. Jason and Deirdre cautiously move through bushes concealing cave entrance. looks concerned. VICTOR (O. distant thunder.
JASON You’ll never get home through that.90. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Above the mountains. DEIRDRE I’m not supposed to be out here. Deirdre approach cave. Victor wakes. POACHER’S CAVE . stretches. INT. but hurry. several flashes of cloud-to-cloud lightning. looks at his notes. stands up. Come with me. Deirdre rubs her bandaged forearm. Distant lightning. Jason.DAY Light rain. The storm approaches. You can leave as soon as the storm passes. Rainfall.DAY Victor asleep at the desk.VICTOR’S LAB .g. DEIRDRE Okay.
. I know a secret cave where we can stay dry. JASON The cave’s not that far.S. thunder. Heavy rain. Sounds of movement. Lightning. VICTOR Going to need Jason for some tests today. EXT. My father will get angry if he knows I left the house. Glimpses of movement. a second storm builds over the mountains.
DEIRDRE What about your father? JASON Well. Nothing happens. Deirdre and Jason scan walls of cave. follows Jason. He’s really nice.91. Jason takes a step back. leans his shoulder against boulder. just really busy. Jason tries to push it.he should understand. it acts as a switch to let the boulder move. INT. You can dry off there. DEIRDRE My dad is going to be furious.. JASON It opened this morning! This is how I got out. TUNNEL . Jason tries to pull it. Deirdre looks at her wet clothes. JASON Come on! Deirdre shrugs. Nothing happens. Jason uses both his hands to try to pull boulder. POACHER’S CAVE . Nothing happens.
INT.CONTINUOUS Jason lights lantern. Jason sighs.CONTINUOUS Jason and Deirdre reach the boulder. Nothing happens. Jason hands lantern to Deirdre. JASON I forgot about the switch. DEIRDRE What switch? JASON On the other side of the boulder there is a torch holder.
. Let’s look around here.. Jason walks to the back of the cave. JASON Let’s go to the castle.
Lightning. VICTOR Jason! Come out! I don’t have time for hide and seek! Victor looks at Zarya. INT. wags her tail. DEIRDRE So. VICTOR Jason! END SERIES OF SHOTS INT. Zarya follows.
. find Jason! Go get him.ENTRY HALL . JASON There is no Plan B. Zarya jumps up. Zarya follows. D) Victor opens roof access door.CONTINUOUS Victor enters. Victor smiles. Zarya sits. Zarya follows.
JASON (CONT’D) Nothing.92. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . C) Victor looks in the kitchen. Zarya follows. VICTOR Jason? B) Victor looks in Jason’s room. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .DAY SERIES OF SHOTS A) Victor looks in the library. I can’t get back home. VICTOR You want to play? Zarya. looks outside. girl. what’s Plan B? Jason look of despair. runs to entrance of WELL ROOM. We raised the drawbridge. thunder.
. Deirdre holds her left arm across her chest. Deirdre stands. bites and tears her dress as Deirdre steps back and screams. Deirdre kneels. Zarya runs to well.93. Second wolf leaps at Deirdre. sits. JASON Well. bites his leg. Victor enter.WELL ROOM . No wound is seen. Jason kicks first wolf off. A low growl echoes. DEIRDRE You’re hurt! JASON I’m fine. POACHER’S CAVE . sends it flying. Jason’s leg glows green/white. Jason hurries to cave entrance. A distant roll of echoing thunder. A second wolf steps toward Deirdre. stop. Lightning. into cave wall. scratches well wall. looks outside. Deirdre gasps.
.it bit you. lifts her paw. First wolf stalks toward Jason.
INT. thunder. DEIRDRE My father will kill me when he sees my dress. looks at Jason’s leg. But we’re trapped here.DAY Jason and Deirdre enter. these don’t. tears in eyes. looks down at her dress. Both wolves limp out of cave. Victor looks down the well. Jason kicks second wolf.CONTINUOUS Zarya. right hand massaging the bandages. yelping. A large wolf sniffs the ground just inside the cave. DEIRDRE But. VICTOR Jason! Come out of there! Now! INT. I saw it! JASON I heal quickly.. DEIRDRE I thought animals liked you. First wolf leaps at Jason. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE .
carries a lantern. thunder. MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE . No movement. A knock on door. Bruise on her face. ELIZABETH Deirdre is missing. B) Victor walks through the escape tunnel. VICTOR Where is he? END SERIES OF SHOTS INT. ELIZABETH She may have gone to warn it. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Come in. pushes.94. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Elizabeth. head hung low. MAGISTRATE ALDRED What?
. she must have left early this morning. tries to move boulder repeatedly. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Where would she go? There’s a monster out there. moves his feet. Victor puts shoulder against boulder. C) Victor reaches boulder. looks over papers.
SERIES OF SHOTS A) Victor descends the ladder. Lightning. His feet come out from under him. I need your help. silhouetted in light of the lantern. What can I do? Elizabeth closes door. Victor slides down. ELIZABETH Dad. Elizabeth enters. lowers her hood. hooded cloak covers her face. back to boulder to a sitting position. Rainfall. sets lantern down. of course.DAY Magistrate Aldred sits at his desk.
ELIZABETH Deirdre. DEIRDRE The light’s going out. Muffled clank. EXT. wears heavy cloak and large hat. They watch the drawbridge lower. JASON If we leave. POACHER’S CAVE . My guess is he’ll lead us right to the monster. follow Victor. emerges from mists on drawbridge. you can head home. helps Elizabeth sit down.
. JONATHAN I knew it! Get ready boys! Victor carries lantern.DAY FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE sits clouded in mists and rain. fades. BEVAL That’s the doctor.DAY Light from lantern waivers. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . What’s he doing? JONATHAN I don’t know.Deirdre says it’s not a monster.. When we get to the road. thunder. but we’ll follow him. She says it’s just some boy from the castle. drawbridge lowers slowly. tell me what you know. The men gather their weapons. Lightning. Jason hands book to Deirdre. CARSEN The drawbridge! Jonathan and Beval join Carsen. INT.. I don’t want to be trapped in a cave in the dark. Magistrate Aldred stands up. we can stay along the edge of the mountains. walks toward forest.95. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Elizabeth. Distant roll of thunder.
Deirdre follows. Jason tears branch off. Lightning. Jason and Deirdre move on. EXT. Light rain. move closer. Light from lantern flickers. Jason and Deirdre step backwards against fallen tree.crawl under.CONTINUOUS Jason and Deirdre walk cautiously. Thank you very much. A small crawl space under tree close-by. a large branch sticks out. wolves flee. Deirdre holds book to her chest with her right hand.. Wolves growl. EXT. get out of here. Wolves appear. guttural growl. run for your life. A very large branch on the ground. Jason picks it up. Pack Leader a deep. Movement is heard. move forward. Jason throws a rock. It misses. JASON Run. Lightning. A low. guttural growl. The wolves dodge. thunder. Sounds of movement increase. Wolves dodge. thunder. Jason grabs a rock.
. as a gift. Glimpse of a wolf.CONTINUOUS Jason steps out of cave. Jason throws a rock. effortlessly throws it. branch lands with a crash. dies. take this. JASON Deirdre. throws it.
JASON Here. I’ll hold them off. Thunder. DEIRDRE What about you? Jason looks at the tree. FOREST . Lightning. The wolves pause. Two wolves appear. POACHER’S CAVE . then another. DEIRDRE Thank you..96. The Pack Leader much larger than other wolves. Deirdre puts book in large pocket of her dress. An enormous fallen tree blocks their path. the wolf Pack Leader enters. Jason grabs two large rocks.
JASON Bad doggies! Pack Leader attacks. runs with a slight limp. gets stuck. against open palm of left hand. Deirdre. what are you doing out here in the forest? VICTOR That’s none of your concern. Jonathan walks up. pulls. FOREST . What do you think you’re doing?
. yelps. Deirdre yells. EXT. Jason grabs second wolf by scruff of neck. Carsen and Beval grab Victor. Jason glows green/white. releases its grip. JONATHAN Well. thunder. More wolves appear. Wolf grabs Deirdre’s foot. DEIRDRE Help! Help us! EXT. flashes of green/white light. DEIRDRE Ow! Help me! Help! Jason. A second wolf attacks Deirdre. I will do as I please. takes lantern from Victor. Wolves attack. doctor. snarls. Pack Leader steps forward. These are my lands. FOREST . once. twice.97. thunder. Sounds of battle. sound of tearing cloth.CONTINUOUS Deirdre emerges from under fallen tree. Victor’s hat falls. A yelp of pain. Second wolf. lifts it.DAY Small clearing on forest path. A wolf leaps at Jason. Jason knocks wolf away. Lightning. Deirdre screams. Deirdre dives under tree. taps it. throws it against a nearby tree. kicks second wolf. squeezes under tree. twists. Lightning. glows green/white. DEIRDRE Jason? JASON Go! Please. sets it down. stunned. move closer. Jason holds tree branch in right hand. hold him against tree.
Lightning. distant) Ow! Help me! Help! CARSEN Jonathan! That’s your daughter! The men look toward the scream.S. I have no idea what you’re talking about. pushes Victor hard up into the tree. loud thunder. JONATHAN We know it all. doctor. JONATHAN The reward for the monster. VICTOR You men are insane. thunder. looks pale. Jonathan leans close to Victor. JONATHAN I think we’re about to collect the reward money. Jonathan puts his left forearm into Victor’s chest.) (muffled. Victor stops struggling. after your son. Victor struggles against the men holding him.
. we know you’re going to tell us where it is. you created a monster in your lab. DEIRDRE (O. JONATHAN Oh. We know you even named it Jason.98. I think you will. The monster you created. sounds of battle. Lightning. smiles. We know after your son died. yelps. Flashes of green/white light in the distance. Snarls. VICTOR I’m not going to tell you thugs anything! Jonathan draws his hunting knife. VICTOR What reward money? Jonathan uses his left hand to press Victor against the tree. And.
Beval drops his bow. howls. Lightning. release Victor. Carsen and Beval draw their bows. Jonathan turns. Kirby and Jerald ride into clearing. tell them who sent you. Victor slides down tree. Magistrate Aldred. Robert. thunder. distant) Help! Help us! Jonathan turns to Victor. Carsen and Beval gasp. Jonathan pulls out knife.99. Deirdre stumbles into clearing. sounds of hooves. Deirdre collapses. William. JONATHAN Your monster is attacking my daughter! Victor struggles to breathe. Jonathan moves his forearm forcefully into Victor’s throat. Jonathan leans close to Victor. Lightning. rushes to Deirdre. Sounds of horses. Carsen lowers his bow. faints. blood seeps between fingers. DEIRDRE (O.S.
. DEIRDRE Help us. CARSEN We have company. doctor. JONATHAN When you get to hell. VICTOR (barely audible) No. why? JONATHAN I have my reasons! Yelps.) (muffled. A rumble of thunder. Victor holds stomach. gasps for breath. BEVAL Jonathan. Movement nearby. green/white flashes in the distance. JONATHAN I won’t let you make any more of those things! Jonathan stabs Victor.
JASON (O. Elizabeth dismount. Magistrate Aldred. Silence.S. Robert and Elizabeth carry Deirdre behind the other patrolmen. dragging. Beval steps back. dragging.100. distant) Deirdre!. vanishes. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Get the child back to the horses! Spread out! JONATHAN No! The reward money’s mine! A yell. DEIRDRE (weakly) Mom? ELIZABETH Everything will be okay.. green/white flashes in the distance. flanked by two patrolmen.) Deirdre! Deirdre gets to her feet. Heavy footsteps. Elizabeth and Robert rush to Deirdre. a yelp of pain. Robert. DEIRDRE Jason! Run!
. a sound of wood hitting flesh.S. thunder. thunder. JASON (O.) (muffled. Lightning. a flash of green/white light. Lightning.Deirdre! BEVAL It’s the monster! CARSEN It’s coming for the girl. we’ve found her! Elizabeth. Deirdre opens her eyes. The green/white light fades.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED (shouting over his shoulder) Elizabeth. Heavy footsteps. rides into clearing. Sounds of fighting. looks around her. shakes off her mother’s arms. A green/white glow approaches.. dear.
JONATHAN I’m not going to talk! Get away from my daughter. Heavier rain falls. JASON I. oh. Gasps of surprise.. Jason stumbles through bushes into clearing. thunder. arms wide. We’re just going to talk. Deirdre rushes to Jason. DEIRDRE Don’t hurt him! He hasn’t hurt anyone! MAGISTRATE ALDRED Deirdre. whispers of disbelief. A voice.. echoing in b.. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (to the patrolmen) Stand down. in tears. DEIRDRE Tell them. drops the carcass. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) (to Jason) Jason? Jason Frankenstein? JASON Umm.g. Magistrate Aldred steps forward.umm.. Deirdre looks up at Jason.. Carson lowers his bow.
. turns to face patrolman. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jason? What happened to you? Jason looks around. Jason nervous. slowly lower their weapons. lower your weapons. monster! MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jonathan! Enough! Back-off now! Jonathan takes a step back. Patrolmen draw their weapons. drags carcass of Pack Leader. Carsen raises his bow. it’s okay. steps backwards.101. Jonathan steps forward. Patrolman confused. of creature from Jason’s dream. Lightning.uh. yes.
Lightning. stumbles backward. Jason steps toward Jonathan. JASON (CONT’D) A man on a black horse chased me.they tried to kill me..) Tell them. JASON I remember you. Anguish in Deirdre’s face. Carsen and Beval. DEIRDRE Why? Jonathan steps forward.O. Jonathan raises his hunting knife.tell them. DEIRDRE Daddy? JONATHAN Lies! This demon is simply trying to trick us! Deirdre.102... The horse hurt me really bad. Thunder.. Carsen and Beval take a few steps backwards. JASON I saw poachers. CREATURE (V.
. JONATHAN You’ll pay for these lies.. JONATHAN Enough! Why are we listening to this thing? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Did you see the people that hurt you? Jason slowly points to Jonathan. in tears. Gasps of surprise.. JASON They’re right there. Laughing as you chased me.
lands hard against a distant tree. Jason turns. kneels next to Victor. Victor’s body sits against the tree. JASON I’m not a helpless little boy any more! My father made me strong! JONATHAN Your father can’t help you anymore. boy.
. a roar of thunder. glows softly. JASON What? A flash of lightning reflects off Jonathan’s hunting knife and the blood on it. Jason steps to the left. holds Victor by the shoulders. Jason’s head and shoulder glow brighter. Horses panic. Thunder. JASON Daddy? Daddy? It’s time to wake up. Jason reaches his hands out. JONATHAN No one is listening to you. Jason rushes to Victor. JASON Daddy? Jason’s skin flickers with intense spots of green/white light. Carsen looks at his shattered bow.103. The green/white light fades. illuminated by the lantern. Jonathan smiles. splinters over Jason’s head and shoulder. closer to Jonathan. Nearby lightning. tears in eyes. JONATHAN When you get to hell. straight through Jonathan. Jason. JASON Daddy! Blinding flash of green/white light. Everyone turns away or shields their eyes. Jason cries out. he’s dead. A bow crashes down. monster. say hello to your father. shouts. shakes him gently. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jonathan! Stand down! Jason steps over the carcass. Jonathan thrown backwards. in tears.
. throws his bow to the ground. Jonathan releases Deirdre. raises his arms. Lightning. WILLIAM Your orders. MAGISTRATE ALDRED No. remnants of bow and black-fletched arrows from his quiver scatter over the ground. DEIRDRE (O. Jason lifts Victor. The arrow misses. a flash of steel. takes aim at Jason. black-fletched arrow notched. Jonathan staggers forward.
JASON Leave me alone! Jason punches Carsen in the chest.104. lowers his arms. knocks Jonathan’s bow.S. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (coldly) I won’t do that if I were you. JONATHAN You little brat! Sound of well-oiled steel sliding over leather. sends him flying backwards. JONATHAN Aldred. Jonathan yells in frustration. what are you doing? You’re not going to let the monster get away? Magistrate Aldred lowers his sword to his side. Deirdre runs to Elizabeth’s arms. I have every intention of dealing with the monster. Carsen lands at feet of Magistrate Aldred. The point of a sword appears at Jonathan’s throat. bow drawn. escort my daughter and grandchild back to town. Jason flees. Jonathan smiles.) No! Dierdre rushes forward. thunder. stands tall. raises a fist. Jonathan. Jonathan slowly steps away. grabs Deirdre. sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED Robert. Victor’s cloak falls.
..105. JONATHAN What? What for? Jerald moves towards Jonathan. but it’s the only thing with fangs and claws I’ve seen today. KIRBY (embarrassed) Ummm. stunned. One patrolman approaches Beval. Magistrate Aldred motions towards carcass of Pack Leader with his sword. points his sword. sir. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Kirby. see to it the body of that creature is brought to town. Magistrate Aldred turns to Jonathan. Beval does not resist. Jason Frankenstein. you and the other patrolmen will immediately place Jonathan and his friends under arrest. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jonathan. The other patrolman lifts Carsen. from the ground.. JONATHAN You’ve got no proof! Nothing! MAGISTRATE ALDRED Murder and poaching are hanging offenses. You are under arrest for the murder of Baron Victor Frankenstein. sir! Robert moves Elizabeth and Deirdre to his horse. You are under arrest for the attempted murder of the boy. you are under arrest for poaching.yes. Magistrate Aldred turns to Beval.
ROBERT Yes. Jonathan struggles briefly against Jerald’s efforts to tie his hands behind his back. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jerald. It’s not ten feet tall.
Robert holds the reins. when you can’t threaten anyone. place Jonathan in solitary confinement. BEVAL (whispering) A good man. JERALD Yes.
MAGISTRATE ALDRED (CONT’D) I have all the evidence I think I need. Beval stands. I’m your son-in-law.. If I find out all those kitchen accidents weren’t really accidents. Remember? In the b. He’s to speak to no one. Elizabeth and Deirdre.General.. you’ll beg for the hangman’s noose before I’m done with you. Magistrate Aldred steps back.I’m a war hero. I’m going to have a nice long talk with my daughter and granddaughter... MAGISTRATE ALDRED Sorry. JONATHAN Aldred. walks the horse away. sir. the war’s over. MAGISTRATE ALDRED (very coldly) When you’re safely in jail. Captain.except me. Don’t do this. JONATHAN Aldred.yes..
. Magistrate Aldred steps next to Jonathan. head down. sir. William walks up to Magistrate Aldred...106.... please. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jerald. leans close. sit atop Robert’s horse.you can’t do this. hands tied behind his back. but I am sure I can find a good man who might be willing to exchange his testimony to avoid a date with the hangman..g.
distant) Jason!. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE ..S. WILLIAM I. Magistrate Aldred shouts. We have some more work to do. Magistrate Aldred nods.COURTYARD . I mean the Frankenstein boy. MAGISTRATE ALDRED William. Dark clouds obscure sky and mountains above castle.. MAGISTRATE ALDRED Jason! Jason Frankenstein!.CONTINUOUS MAGISTRATE ALDRED (O. points to the lantern. sir. EXT.107. Drawbridge is raised. How do we get across? Magistrate Aldred curses under his breath. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . will you get that lantern and ride with me.Frankenstein!
. sir. sir.) (shouting.
WILLIAM What about the monster.NIGHT Magistrate Aldred and William approach FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE. WILLIAM The drawbridge. WILLIAM Yes. MAGISTRATE ALDRED We can’t. sighs..We want to talk to you! EXT.. sir? MAGISTRATE ALDRED The monster is on his way to solitary confinement.
.after their adventures. in tears) Pinocchio had made many mistakes.. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . echoing) Frankenstein!.) (softly) Good night.
INT. FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE . Fog/mist begins to obscure scene Jason closes book.ENTRY HALL .CONTINUOUS MAGISTRATE ALDRED (O.CONTINUOUS Everything is dark. dead.S.... Daddy. INT.I love you very much. JASON (reading.so that he and his father would live happily ever after. JASON The End. Jason reads to Victor..Pinocchio prayed the Blue Fairy would come and turn him into a real boy. except for the dim light of a small fire in fireplace.to not tell lies.S. Zarya on floor nearby.. but he learned to be brave. cradled in Jason’s lap. Room goes dark..made it safely home.and kissed him good night..STUDY .) (reading. and to listen to his father... Fog/mist condense into words: "The End" The words evaporate back into fog/mist.S.108.Frankenstein! JASON (O.I love you....
.... Geppetto put Pinocchio to bed. Victor..... Room starts to darken. FOG/MIST OBSCURE SCENE TO BLACK: JASON (O.. in tears) Pinocchio and Geppetto.) (mufled... blood-stained.
not now.. Victor goes to one knee. smiles. Katherine looks disappointed. smiles. "HEAVEN" White mist and clouds fill the scene. KATHERINE But. sparkle. Deborah.. KATHERINE Welcome home. Daddy. hugs Katherine. Deborah smiles. He sees Deborah and Katherine. Deborah and Katherine appear. DEBORAH Welcome beloved! VICTOR Oh. KATHERINE We’ll wait for him. Katherine gives Victor a big kiss on his cheek. grasps Deborah’s hand. VICTOR Of course we will. Victor embraces Deborah. in fine formal attire. Deborah looks at Katherine. I want to play with my big brother again. right? Victor looks at Katherine and then at Deborah. I’ve truly missed you. enters.109. VICTOR Not now sweetheart. Victor. points of light appear.
EXT. DEBORAH It’s not his time. Is Jason coming too? Victor stands up. fade away. smiles. smiles broader. In b.g. DEBORAH We’ll never be apart again. Victor looks at his clothes.
Deborah and Katherine fade away into points of sparkling light. small points of light sparkle on their outlines as they move away. Backs turned. FOG/MIST OBSCURE THE SCENE TO BLACK: FADE OUT THE END
.together. VICTOR (O.110..S. turn and each grasp one of Katherine’s hands. they walk away into the mists.
Victor and Deborah release their hands.)(CONT’D) We’ll wait. Victor..