INT. ILKA’S QUARTERS - DAY
Ana opens the curtains, letting in cold sunlight. Dunks a rag into a bucket of water and begins scrubbing the floor. Hums.
Ana stops. Sits up. Listens intently.
She turns to look behind her - nothing. The door is closed. Ana stares. Her hand comes up to the CRUCIFIX around her neck.
She turns back to her work. Bathory stands before her, smiling down.
INT. GUEST ROOM - DAY
The door creaks open. Mira enters, looks around. The bed unmade, the window open.
INT. CORRIDORS - DAY
Mira, fully dressed again. Searches the castle. Many locked doors. Those that aren’t open onto empty rooms.
Mira comes to the end of a long hallway. The doors here are rotten, nearly fallen away, in stark contrast to the rest of the castle. Mira enters--
THE EAST TOWER
In complete disarray. Thick cobwebs, broken stones, rotting furniture. Mira wanders through the bottom level - once a ballroom, perhaps.
She climbs the stairs.
Walks down a short corridor, doors hanging open on broken hinges. Thick silence all around, save for SKITTERING sounds behind the walls.
More stairs. Another corridor. The tapestry of the dragon biting its tail has been shredded. Mira passes an open doorway, then stops and steps back.
Erzsebet sits against the wall, almost hidden in the shadows. Her face obscured. Mira gingerly crosses to her, stepping around a DEAD RAT in front of the girl.
Beta. It’s me, Mira. Do you remember me?
Do you know where Dominik is?
He’s with Briccius.
Briccius. Saint Briccius is dead.
He died a very long time ago.
He is nailed up. Why? Is he a bad man?
One, two, three, four.
Very good. Dear, I’m looking for Dominik.
This is my tower. The other tower is his.
He makes his tower look nice.
Who? Are you talking about the Count?
INT. CASTLE - ENTRANCE TO WEST TOWER - DAY
Identical to the east tower, save it is still beautiful. Perhaps even more richly decorated than the rest of the castle. Mira enters, skittish.
Up the winding stairs. Down the hallways.
A SHRIEK from above. Horrible - great pain and even greater fear. Mira pauses, then runs up.
At the top of the last winding stair, two ajar doors - they lead into a room the circumference of the whole tower. Mira stops, peeks through.
Ana on her knees in the center of the room. Dress torn. Blood on her mouth. She sobs, screams - total terror.
Mira puts her hand on a door to enter when Bathory walks up behind Ana. Drops to his knees. He RIPS AWAY the crucifix around her neck. Grabs her hair to pull her head back.
SINKS HIS TEETH INTO HER THROAT.
Mira is frozen, staring. Her mouth open in horror.
Bathory drinks. Ana’s struggles become weaker and weaker. Finally, she goes still, her eyes pointed vacantly ahead, her body limp.
Bathory comes up for air. Blood on his mouth, his chin, down the front of his shirt. He tenderly strokes the side of Ana’s face.
Then he BITES HIS OWN WRIST. Lets the blood drip down into Ana’s mouth. A beat, and then she comes back to life. Swallowing, then reaching for Bathory’s arm.
Mira has seen enough. She flees.
Bathory smiles down at Ana as she feeds. Looks up at the open doors knowingly.
INT. CORRIDORS - DAY
Mira runs, her skirts billowing out behind her.
“Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life
to the bitter of soul, who longs for death, but it
comes not. For the thing that I fear comes
upon me, and what I dread befalls me, so
that I am not at ease, nor am I quiet.”
Ilka and Dominik sit in the front pew - she reads from the Bible.
“I have no rest, but trouble comes.”
They came to my house. Papa opened the door, but
they pushed their way inside before he could greet
them. They asked for meat but we had none. They asked
for bread but we had none. They hit my papa, and they
grabbed me. I fought, but I wasn’t strong enough.
The last thing I saw was Papa on the floor with blood on his face.
Why did they bring me here?
They brought you here for the Count.
For him to feed on. He’s a demon.
Are you all right? Dominik?
I’m fine. We were exploring the castle, me and Ilka.
What kind of mother are you, letting your son
run around the castle by himself?
The Count took me down to the dungeon. I was
locked up for...I don’t know how long. Then the door just opened.
One of his favorite games.
He’s not finished with me, is he?
You kept my son safe. Right now, that’s all that
matters to me. That Dominik is safe, and loved. Will you do that?
Will you keep him safe? Will you love him
as though he were your own?
Mira goes to Dominik, on her knees again. She takes the AMULET from around her neck and puts it around his neck.
My mother gave this to me. It will protect
you, and bring good fortune.
When she died, I put it away in a chest. I didn’t
want to look at it. Then one day, I don’t know why,
I found it and put it back on. Later that day your father
asked me to marry him. I have had no greater fortune
in my life than to love your father, and then you.
The Virgin. Look, the Virgin.
I don’t recall allowing you to leave, Mira.
Where is my husband?
What makes you think I know? Come.
I wish to speak to you.
You’re safe here, Mira. He cannot harm
you - he cannot enter! See how Janos has protected us.
I’ve allowed you your silly superstitions, Ilka. Do not try
my patience or I will tear this chapel down with my
bare hands. Come, Mira.
You can’t stay here forever. Come with me now,
or when you leave I will take your little boy and
throw him from the top of my tower.