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kill the Beast

a most discourse

Written by

Anthony Pittore

Based on True Events

AnthonyPittore@outlook.com © 2021
1 EXT. BEDBURG - DUSK (ESTABLISHING) 1

Storm clouds creep toward the setting sun over the rural
German town. The auburn and orange forests around it seem to
go on forever.

White text scrawls as we soar down:

A most true discourse,


declaring the life & death
of a most wicked sorcerer
who committed many murders,
devouring men, women, and children
in the town of Bedburg, Germany.

The text disappears to leave only “Bedburg, Germany.” Beneath it:

31 October 1578

2 EXT. MEADOW - SAME 2

A charming little pond sits at the edge of town near a grove


of trees. Just far enough away to feel like nowhere.

HILDE JÄGER (26) lies on the grass and watches the sun go down.
A medical text lies next to her. An intellectual spirit choked
by the corset of the patriarchy.

Her hands find her growing baby bump as she stares up at the
storm clouds looming closer.

HILDE
Boys, time to be off.

Hilde’s nephew NICKOLAUS SCHAFER (6), a waist-high ball of


mischief, is the first to run out of the trees.

NICKOLAUS
(whines)
But Aunt Hilde, why do we have to
go home already? ‘Tis early still.

HILDE
Because your cousin is not as
friendly with the dark as you are.

Nickolaus rolls his eyes and looks back at ANSEL JÄGER (5).
Ansel peers down at his feet. His shy face looks back into
the dark and scary woods.
2.

NICKOLAUS
Hear that, Ansel? We have to stop
playing because your mama thinks
you ascared of the dark.

HILDE
Alright, enough of that. Off we go.

3 EXT. TOWN CENTRE - DUSK 3

A modest Protestant chapel and a massive, half-built Catholic


cathedral mark the town’s centerpoint. Carved gourds alight
the businesses for the All Hallows’ faire. Green-flame
lanterns hang on the homes.

Hilde holds hands with both boys as they walk through the
town. The SHOPPE OWNERS shutter their windows against the
coming storm.

ANSEL
What are the green lights for, mama?

NICKOLAUS
They’re to keep away ghosts and
witches and ghoulies.

ANSEL
That’s not true! Mama, tell him to
stop the scary stories.

HILDE
(chuckles)
Actually Nickolaus is right. For once.
But ‘tis only a superstition that you
need not worry yourself over.

ANSEL
What’s a super station?

Nickolaus GROANS in older kid annoyance. He runs off toward


the residential area of town.

The green lanterns flicker a MAN’S SHADOW against a shoppe


door. He watches Hilde & the kids out of sight.

4 INT. ANSEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 4

A single candle lights a toy-filled room. A small bed sits in


the corner beneath a curtained window. A wardrobe in the
opposite corner.
3.

Only Ansel’s sweet & spooked face can be seen, the rest tucked
in under the quilt. Innocent eyes dart over the dim room.

HILDE (O.S.)
Boys! Are you in bed?

ANSEL
I am.
(mutters)
Nickolaus tisn’t.

Hilde steps into the doorway. She leans against the frame.

HILDE
And where is your precious cousin?

Ansel shrugs. Nickolaus leaps out of the wardrobe like a monster.

NICKOLAUS
Rawwrrr!

Hilde & Ansel STARTLE back. Nickolaus LAUGHS maniacally.

HILDE
Oh, you!

Hilde pushes Nickolaus over to the bed.

HILDE
We just spoke of this. Your cousin
needn’t go to bed in such a state.

NICKOLAUS
Not my fault he scares so easy.

ANSEL
Hey!

NICKOLAUS
Do you not?
(no answer)
Precisely.

Hilde sits on the side of the bed. She calms the boys.

HILDE
Did you say goodnight to your mother?

NICKOLAUS
(squirms)
She was crying again.

ANSEL
Why was Aunt Eva crying?
4.

HILDE
She just misses your Uncle Johan.

ANSEL
Like we miss papa?

This time Hilde squirms. Not everyone misses papa.

HILDE
A little bit like that, yes.

NICKOLAUS
But you don’t cry all day like she
does. She’s not even sick.

HILDE
That’s not true. There are some
sicknesses you just can’t see.

ANSEL
Like how Uncle Johan says our
souls can be sick.

HILDE
Your mind, you soul, whatever you
call it. She has a disease like
any other.

NICKOLAUS
(shrugs)
At least you can’t catch crazy.

HILDE
As usual, your sensitivity is
unmatched, nephew.

ANSEL
What does that mean?

HILDE
It means good night.

Hilde blows out the candle before the boys can protest further.

5 EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT 5

Hilde places a thin log onto a tree stump. She raises a dull
bronze axe over her head. It wobbles before she SWINGS down.

The wood SPLINTERS in half. Hilde clears the wood and sets
another. She raises the axe over her head.
5.

Something in the forest catches her eye. A white dress flits


between trees. It disappears just as quick.

HILDE
Hello? Who’s out there?

A haunting LADY IN WHITE appears. She beckons to Hilde from


deep in the woods. Her face obscured.

Hilde steps forward toward the forest. Hesitant to enter. She


thinks better of it and returns to the firewood.

6 INT. ANSEL’S ROOM - SAME 6

Ansel’s eyes dart around the room. Nickolaus wears a wicked grin.

NICKOLAUS
You’re not scared about your mum
being out there all alone?

ANSEL
Mama’s a grown up. She’s not
scared of the dark.

NICKOLAUS
It’s not the dark I’d be scared
of. It’s the Beast.

Ansel looks at Nickolaus. The shadows behind him hold a


sinister ballet on the wall.

ANSEL
Mama says not to listen to your stories.

NICKOLAUS
Alright then. G’night.

Nickolaus turns over, his back to Ansel. He waits for it.

ANSEL
Fine, tell me.

NICKOLAUS
(spins back over)
There’s a killer in Bedburg! Our
moms call it “the Beast of Bedburg.”

ANSEL
Was it a monster?
6.

NICKOLAUS
The town killed all the wolves and
bears that could have done it. It
just kept killing.

ANSEL
Then what is it?

7 EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT 7

The storm blows life into the dense forest behind the house.
Hilde fights the stirring wind to CHOP a thick log.

The entire winter’s firewood stands behind her against the shed.

NICKOLAUS (V.O.)
‘Tis a monster.

The axe head SWINGS down. It JAMS into the wood. Stuck.
Hilde pulls and tugs on the axe handle.

HILDE
Get out of there, you cursèd--

She YANKS the axe with a GRUNT of strength.

HILDE
-- thing!

The axe pries free as Ansel’s high-pitched SCREAM sirens from


the house. Hilde looks back at his window.

8 INT. ANSEL’S BEDROOM - SAME 8

The bedroom door SWINGS open. Hilde storms in.

HILDE
What’s happened?!

Ansel SCREAMS at the sight of the axe in Hilde’s hands.

HILDE
Alright, enough.

Hilde puts the axe out in the hall. She sits to comfort Ansel.

ANSEL
I had to get you back inside! The
Beast of Bedburg is going to get
you if you’re out there! Look!

Ansel points out the window at full moon between the clouds.
7.

ANSEL
(cries)
The moon is a circle so the beast
is out there.

Hilde’s eyes narrow at Nickolaus.

HILDE
And where did you hear that from?

9 INT. EVA’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 9

Hilde pulls Nickolaus by the ear toward the front bedroom.

EVA SCHAFER (24) curls in the fetal position on the bed, back to
the door. Her small frame SHUDDERS as she sobs in her sleep.
Nickolaus stands firm against Hilde. Both stubborn.

NICKOLAUS
I don’t want to sleep with her.

HILDE
That is your mother. Go lie down and
make her feel better. Understood?

NICKOLAUS
(hangs head)
Yes, Aunt Hilde.

HILDE
Good. Now off with you.

Nickolaus climbs into bed with a SIGH. Hilde SNAPS the door shut.

Hilde breathes an exasperated sigh against the bedroom door.


Her hand starts to shudder with nerves.

HILDE
Oh!

The baby kicks and Hilde grabs her belly.

HILDE
Must all the children act up tonight?

10 INT. POWDER ROOM - NIGHT 10

Hilde opens the apothecary chest. She runs her fingers over
glass containers of various powders & liquids.

She stops at one tincture with Laudanum on the label and


takes it out.
8.

11 INT. LIVING AREA - NIGHT 11

Hilde grabs a tunic from the laundry She shakes it out then
folds it. She grabs another then grabs her stomach in PAIN.

HILDE
Oh!

Hilde clenches from the pregnancy pain. She puts the shirt
down and pulls a tincture from her dress. She considers it
for a moment, unsure.

She recoils again, worse pain. She POPS the cork and takes a
bit of powder onto her finger. Then--

THREE... SLOW... KNOCKS sound from the back door. Hilde looks
toward it. Who could it be at this hour?

HILDE
Hello? Who is it?
(no response)
‘Tis late. We are not taking
visitors. Please come back in the--

THREE KNOCKS on the front door this time. Hilde JUMPS in


fear. She KNOCKS the platter to the floor. It slides under
the wardrobe.

Hilde peeks out the front window’s curtain. No one outside.

HILDE
Who’s there?

Again, no response. Hilde regains her composure.

HILDE
(sotto)
Feel free to chop the wood while
you prance about.

BANG BANG BANG. The back door rocks on its hinges again.
Hilde SPINS around.

Hilde moves toward the door. This time, she opens it a crack.

HILDE
Please get away from my--
(eyes go wide)
No.

She swings the door open and runs outside.


9.

HILDE
NO!

12 EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT 12

Hilde runs outside to find a massive bonfire in place of her


entire winter’s worth of firewood stores.

HILDE
God, please. Stop!

Hilde looks around for something. She grabs a tarpaulin,


tries to smother the fire.

The dark figure of the Man from town crosses the yard behind
her. He GROWS in stature as he moves closer to Hilde’s house.

13 INT. EVA’S ROOM - NIGHT 13

Nickolaus snores slightly in peace. Eva tosses & turns next


to him, restless. She mutters in her sleep as she dreams.

Neither see the glow of orange outside their window.

14 INT. ANSEL’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 14

Ansel stares at the dark corner where the shadows twist into
scary shapes. He rolls over and sees the bright firelight
through the curtains.

ANSEL
Mama?

Ansel KNOCKS on the glass. Hilde doesn’t hear him.

The Beast creeps into the bedroom. A floorboard CREAKS under


its massive weight. Only the hulking shadow can be seen in
the dark.

Ansel’s eyes drift from the fire outside to a reflection in


the window. Two RED EYES glow from the dark behind him.

ANSEL
(squeaks)
Mama...

15 EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT 15

Hilde dumps bucket after bucket of water from the well onto
the fire.
10.

HILDE
Die, damn you!

The storm breaks. Soft rain falls over Bedburg. The fire
starts to abate. Just as--

Ansel’s SCREAM cuts through the night. Hilde look back at the
house. Ansel pounds on the window, crying.

HILDE
What hell are you raising this
time, Nickolaus?

Hilde extinguishes the last of the fire. She wipes her dirty
hands on her dress on her way back to the house.

16 INT. CORRIDOR - SAME 16

A red ritual symbol, a circle with an M-shape inside, glistens


in blood on the open back door.

HILDE
Ansel?

She hurries along a trail of mud that leads to a massive


pawprint leads into Ansel’s room.

A loud RUCKUS inside. Hilde tries to open the door. It’s stuck.

HILDE
Ansel?!

Hilde POUNDS the door. Inside, the sound of a SAVAGE attack.


She SLAMS her shoulder into the door. Can’t get through.

NICKOLAUS (O.S.)
Aunt Hilde?

Nickolaus rubs his eyes as he squints down the hall.

HILDE
Nickolaus, get your mother!

Hilde spots the axe by the door. She grabs it & CHOPS it near
the lock. Wood splinters everywhere.

NICKOLAUS
What? Why? Where’s--

HILDE
Now, damn it!

Hilde SLAMS the axe again near the lock. The door pops open.
11.

17 INT. ANSEL'S ROOM - SAME 17

The window inside SHATTERS as Hilde enters the room. She blanches
at the sight. Blood paints the walls, bed, window.

HILDE
No.

Ansel’s limp legs flap out through the frame, carried off by
something out of sight.

HILDE
Stop!

Hilde SLIPS on the blood as she crosses the room. She recovers
quick & LEAPS through the broken window.

18 EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT 18

The storm now RAGES outside. A dagger of broken window SLICES


down Hilde’s cheek on her way out. More glass showers over her.

HILDE
Ansel, come back!

She holds her stomach as she gets to her feet.

19 EXT. BEDBURG FOREST - NIGHT 19

Hilde races barefoot through the trees. Blood, rain, and


tears obscure her vision.

HILDE
Stop, please!

She runs with unbridled fear. Muddy water SPLASHES onto her
legs & dress.

HILDE
Give me my boy (back!)

Hilde’s barefoot STOMPS into a deep puddle.

20 EXT. BEDBURG FOREST - DUSK (29 OCTOBER 1589) 20

Hilde’s same foot SPLASHES out of a puddle.

HILDE (PRE-LAP)
(Back) now!

SUPER: Eight years later...