The Sandman (Vertigo)
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EXT. CHURCHYARD - NIGHT
a word carved in stone: 'DREAMS'.
PULL BACK to reveal the full inscription:
'FOR IN THAT SLEEP OF DEATH WHAT DREAMS MUST COME.'
It's carved on a large obelisk grave marker. Beneath the
inscription is a name: THIBAULT, and dates: 1861-1917.
PULL FURTHER BACK: Perched on the marker is a stone effigy of
the angel of death, wings spread wide, half-smile on her
AND FURTHER BACK: Ropes are wrapped around the marker. The
ropes tighten, and the marker is suddenly PULLED OVER, the
CAMERA taking off with it --
The marker is dragged along, through deep grass ... then with
a bump it's on a dirt road, then over a bridge. It's dragged
by a team of horses. Rain starts to fall. The marker pulls
away, continuing on toward --
Burgess Manor, a dark outline against the gray marble sky --
INT. BURGESS MANOR - GARAGE - CIRCA 1930'S - NIGHT
The garage was once the carriage house. Several luxury cars,
circa 1930s, fill the bays. The marker lies in an empty one.
Two men stand nearby.
One is RODERICK BURGESS. A commanding presence, radiating a
charisma both disturbing and mesmerizing. He is in his early
twenties, but his soul is much older -- and darker.
The other is SMITH. Middle-aged, face drawn, he peers out of
the garage furtively. He's worried, preoccupied. A white
clerical collar is almost hidden beneath his coat and scarf.
The rain will wash out the tracks ...
Burgess moves slowly to the marker.
I've found it. Crowley couldn't. Mathers
couldn't. Only I could.
I didn't see anybody on the
Burgess isn't listening to him; he's preoccupied with the
marker. He examines it gleefully, reverently.
Thibault had it stolen from the Vatican
Library -- that's common knowledge. But
then it disappeared. He told Yeats he'd
destroyed it. But he didn't. He couldn't.
And now -- I've found it.
Burgess finally looks at the man. C*cks his head, amused.
Don't worry, Vicar. No one saw you. No
one knows what you've done -- except you
and me. And God.
Just like your other little ...
The Vicar shuts his eyes in pain.
(looks at Burgess)
What they say is true. You are the most
wicked man alive.
He grabs up a sledge hammer, startling the other man -- as he
intended. He smiles, and SMASHES the hammer down on the
marker. Another blow. Another --
The marker is hollow. Hidden inside is a large oilskin
bundle. Burgess drops the sledge. Lifts out the bundle.
Burgess unwraps it carefully. Inside is a thick book.
The Magdalene Grimoire. Finally.
The book is heavy, leather bound, brittle with age. BurgessRate this script:0.0 / 0 votes
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