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