EXT. MEDIEVAL VILLAGE - JUST BEFORE SUNSET
We see an Italian village at the height of the plague. Funeral
processions, decrepit houses with their windows boarded up...
the stench of death all around.
EUROPE. THE DARK AGES
Through the filth a KNIGHT walks his horse. He is weary but
not so dingy as his surrounding; a stranger in these parts.
He comes to an inn, where a boy takes his horse round back.
He enters the inn.
INT. INN - SAME TIME
The inn is dark and almost empty. A couple of patrons drink
silently at tables. Behind the bar stands a slovenly BARMAID,
dark-haired and lazy. She scratches at her shoulder, on which
we see a birthmark. The knight approaches the bar, throws
A tankard of ale, wench.
The barmaid pours him a cup of ale. He drinks deep, stands a
Some plague we're having, huh?
INT. INN - UPSTAIRS HALL/BEDROOM - NIGHT
The barmaid leads the knight, by candlelight, upstairs to his
room. The door opens inward. The knight stands in the doorway,
places a hand on the barmaid's hip. She pauses a moment, then
breaks free of his grasp, starts down the hall. He laughs a
bit, resignedly, and closes the door.
A VAMPIRE stands behind it. Not two feet from the knight,
grinning at him. His eyes are skull-hollow and dancing in his
head, his bloody smile full with teeth. His skin is gray, and
peeling. The knight turns slowly and sees him.
Oh, my god...
The vampire licks his lips.
He is on the knight in a second, pushing him backwards into
the middle of the small room. The knight struggles but is no
match for the vampire, who buries his face in the knight's
neck. The knight screams.
ANGLE ON DOOR:
It suddenly flies open, the lock shattered.
The vampire turns like a frightened animal. In the doorway
stands the barmaid, a SLAYER. In her hand is a wooden stake.
The vampire drops the knight, who crabs backwards into a corner.
The Slayer and the vampire come at each other. The Slayer
spins and kicks; the vampire flies back. Snarling, he comes
back at the slayer. They struggle; he slips free and is out
For a moment, the Slayer remains still, crouched on the floor.
The knight watches her. She seems to be making a decision --
perhaps even knows what is going to happen.
She runs at the window.
EXT. IN FRONT OF THE INN - SAME TIME
The vampire comes running out the front door. Before he is a
few feet from the front of the inn, the Slayer SMASHES through
the upstairs window and lands on him. They both hit the ground,
and she plants the stake right in his heart.