Bloodletter

 

Blessed be Itzakh, who has given a dwelling-place to his peo­ple accord­ing to all that he has promised.” –Blood­let­ter: Hand of Itzakh.

 

A post-Armageddon priest leads the rem­nants of human­ity in a rebel­lion against their vam­pire overlords.

 

An excerpt from the script:

 

                                   Bloodletter                             

                                       By                                  

                                   Ben Andrews
                                    Ben James
                                 Vincent Orduna                            

                   Inspired by Lucien Flynn and David Barbosa              

          Copyright: 2010               Ben Andrews
                                        253-861-7755
          FADE IN:                                                         

          CAPTION ON BLACK SCREEN:
                    "And in those days the sun will be
                    turned to darkness and the moon to
                    blood."  -Revelation 6:12                              

          EXT. RUINED AND BURNING CITY - SUNSET                      1     

                              LILITH(VO)
                    The apocalypse foretold by the
                    Apostle John came not at the hand
                    of god, but that of man.                               

          A burning city reflects in eyes of an infant ROAN. He is
          held in his mother’s arms as families flee with other
          refugees.                                                        

                              LILITH(VO)
                    Their inheritance lost, the remnant
                    of humanity that survived this
                    Armageddon emerged to a world no
                    longer theirs.                                         

          CAPTION OVER A BLOOD RED MOON:
                    "Blessed be Itzakh, who has given a
                    dwelling-place to his people
                    according to all that he has
                    promised." -Bloodletter: Hand of
                    Itzakh.                                                

          A shattered city, dead, covered by a cloudy, foreboding sky.     

                              LILITH (VO)
                    This darkened world became the
                    promised land for a race thought to
                    exist only in myth. But the
                    Bloodletter, their holy scriptures,
                    foretold dominance over more than
                    just the earth. In time one would
                    arise who would hold the key to
                    heaven itself.                                         

          CAPTION ON A BLACK SCREEN:                                       

                              2067
                                                                  2.       

          EXT. MASADA FORTRESS - NIGHT                               2     

          A strange fortress stands alone in the midst of a dead city.     

          Welded girders tie together the remaining buildings of the
          block. Sharpened steel on all sides resemble a massive
          square porcupine.                                                

          A large, floodlit killing field surrounds the fortress. A
          massive ramp of rubble leads to the entrance.                    

          A large sign covered in graffiti hangs above the entrance.       

          It reads: MASADA                                                 

          INT. MASADA FORTRESS - NIGHT                               3     

          The streets are medieval and bare. Dozens of soldiers
          prepare for battle. They are adorned in patch work leather
          and metal armor. Crossbows, crude swords and other weapons
          are dispersed.                                                   

          GIDEON, a heavily scarred warrior with crimson slashes
          painted across his pauldron, and DANIEL, a hardy hunter with
          an open face, stop and address a group of boy soldiers.          

                              DANIEL
                    Remember, reapers aren’t your
                    ordinary vampire. They’re mean,
                    fast and strong. They’re also
                    greedy. If they smell blood they’ll
                    go berserk. They’ll make mistakes.
                    Get in your ranks squires!                             

          The boys scatter to their lines leaving Daniel and Gideon
          alone.                                                           

                              DANIEL
                    We need sentinels for this battle
                    not squires.                                           

                              GIDEON
                    I know you get attached to these
                    boys, but you can’t mother em
                    forever.                                               

                              DANIEL
                    They’re putting us in camps,
                    Gideon. A victory here could keep
                    your children from growing up in a
                    blood farm.                                            

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              3.       

          COMMANDER CALEB, powerful, dark-eyed and grave, enters the
          compound followed by his entourage. The army gathers around
          him.                                                             

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    Brothers. Today we send a message:
                    We will not be their cattle. With
                    Jah at our side we cannot fail. We
                    shall send the spawn of the serpent
                    back to Gehenna. Today we take the
                    head from Goliath!                                     

                              HUNTERS
                    Praise Jah! Praise Jah!                                

          Daniel turns back to the boys.                                   

                              DANIEL
                    Remember your training. One to the
                    heart, one to the head.                                

          The hunters fall into ranks.                                     

          ROAN, fifteen, skinny, awkward, pushes to his place in line.
          He pulls a two foot wooden stake, with a sharpened point
          from his backpack. Nervous, he drops it.                         

          XAN, fourteen, tall and lean, too pretty to be a boy, sneaks
          up behind Roan.                                                  

                              XAN
                    You should leave it. You swing a
                    striker like my sister.                                

          Beside Xan is DEVON, 16, more rugged, imposing.                  

                              DEVON
                    Yeah, but she sucks harder than a
                    vamp.                                                  

                              XAN
                    True, but not as hard as your
                    auntie. Such a naughty auntie.                         

                              ROAN
                    What’s happening?                                      

                              XAN
                    Don’t know. Something about a sneak
                    attack on the suckers.                                 

          An ornate pendant, multifaceted, heavy, with a single, blood
          red jewel, hangs around Roan’s neck.                             

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              4.       

                              XAN (CONT)
                    Dude, is that your mom’s necklace?                     

                              ROAN
                    My father gave it to me last night.                    

                              DEVON
                    Did he braid your hair too? Dude,
                    your dad’s fruity.                                     

          Xan clasps his hands together, simulating prayer.                

                              XAN (CONT)
                         (sarcastically)
                    Wait on god my children...He will
                    provide an answer...                                   

                              ROAN
                    Shut up.                                               

                              DEVON
                    Yeah, preaching that pacifist
                    Christian shite.                                       

                              ROAN
                    I said shut up!                                        

                              DEVON
                    Relax! Don’t get mad at me because
                    your dad’s a coward.                                   

          Roan shoves Devon. Xan steps between them.                       

                              XAN
                    Alright ladies...                                      

          Daniel and three intimidating hunters with crimson slashes
          on their armor pass by checking the ranks.                       

                              DEVON
                         (whispering)
                    Sentinels.                                             

                              XAN
                    Did you see that? He has seven
                    kills.                                                 

                              DEVON
                    Just wait, they’ll anoint me a
                    sentinel after my first battle!                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              5.       

                              XAN
                    More like anoint your arsehole.                        

          Daniel breaks off and approaches. The three straighten.          

                              DANIEL
                    Get along boys. You’re going to
                    need each other. C’mon.                                

          Xan and Devon follow Daniel.                                     

          Roan catches someone in his peripheral vision.  Standing in
          the shadows along with several old men, women, and children
          is ROAN’S FATHER, a priest in his mid fifties. He stares at
          Roan.                                                            

          INT. ANCIENT CORRIDOR - NIGHT                              4     

          ALEXANDRA, beautiful, unearthly and ageless, walks a
          torch-lit path. Several statues depicting pagan demigods
          line the corridor.                                               

          Two tall, powerfully built REAPERS with over-sized jaws and
          clad entirely in black stand at a massive oak door. They
          move to let her pass.                                            

          INT. ALTAR ROOM - NIGHT                                    5     

          The inner sanctum is lined with columns and tapestries aglow
          with the reflection of the fire burning in the center.           

          The idol of a pagan god dominates the room: A statue of a
          man, his arms outstretched to either side of a glowing
          brazier. Cuneiform writings cover the entirety of the idol.      

          An ancient vampire, MELEK, white haired and powerful, chants
          at a stone podium.  Attendants in sacrificial robes drape
          vestments upon his shoulders and prepare utensils.               

          A nod from Melek gives Alexandra a place at the ritual.          

                              MELEK
                    Itzakh is not a patient god.                           

                              ALEXANDRA
                    How long will you indulge his
                    greed?                                                 

          Alexandra kneels as Melek takes incense from an attendant.       

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              6.       

                              MELEK
                    Mighty Itzakh, giver of the
                    Bloodletter, bringer of night, we
                    praise your holy name.                                 

          The incense flares as he throws it upon the brazier.             

                              MELEK (CONT)
                    The reapers revere him. His
                    ambition is our salvation.                             

          Melek throws a dark liquid into the flame.                       

                              ALEXANDRA
                    Our ruin.                                              

                              MELEK
                    Enough!                                                

                              ALEXANDRA
                    Your reapers shall drink our
                    salvation dry.                                         

          Attendants bring forth a HUMAN WOMAN. Melek takes a
          sacrificial knife.                                               

          EXT. CITY STREET - NIGHT - PRESENT                         6     

          The hunters move in small groups, securing each street.          

          The landscape is a memory of the past: garbage, destroyed
          cars, collapsed buildings.                                       

          Roan observes all of this.                                       

          INSERT- NECKLACE                                                 

          The necklace hangs heavy on Roan’s throat. We hear VOICES.       

          RETURN TO SCENE                                                  

          INT. ROAN’S BEDROOM - THE PREVIOUS EVENING                 7     

          Roan’s room is sparse: A dresser and bed.                        

          Roan bites his lip.                                              

                              ROAN’S FATHER (OS)
                    Your mother bit her lip when
                    something was bothering her.                           

          Roan’s Father stands in the doorway.                             

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              7.       

                              ROAN
                    I knew you wouldn’t underst...                         

                              ROAN’S FATHER
                    They took her from my arms. They
                    just laughed.                                          

                              ROAN
                    At least you can remember her.                         

                              ROAN’S FATHER
                    I don’t know what tomorrow
                    brings...                                              

          Roan’s Father holds an intricate box.                            

                              ROAN’S FATHER (CONT)
                    Your mother felt that heirlooms are
                    the voices of our ancestors.                           

          He pulls a pendant out of the box.                               

                              ROAN’S FATHER (CONT)
                    Your mother was an angel. She would
                    have wanted you to have this.                          

          A picture of Roan’s mother sits on his dresser. In her late
          20’s, pretty, with a kind smile. She wears the pendant.          

          INT. ROAN’S BEDROOM - LATER THAT EVENING                   8     

          Roan sits on his bed, drawing. He sketches the face of an
          angelically beautiful woman.                                     

          The pendant rests against his chest. VOICES fill his head
          and build in intensity.                                          

          Roan throws the pad. The VOICES go silent.                       

          EXT. COVEN ENTRANCE - NIGHT                                9     

          Caleb’s unit stops in front of a massive doorway that is
          anachronistic, yet strangely fitting: a portcullis of a
          medieval castle.                                                 

          From the side street a secondary detachment appears.             

          Daniel, Roan, Xan and Devon pull up, yards from the
          entrance.                                                        

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              8.       

                              LILITH (VO)
                         (whispers)
                    Roan.                                                  

          Roan turns to Devon.                                             

                              ROAN
                    What?                                                  

                              DEVON
                    I didn’t say anything.                                 

          Caleb signals.                                                   

          KABOOM!                                                          

          The sound echoes like a thunderclap. Smoke fills the air.        

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    Go! Go!                                                

                              HUNTERS
                    Move! Move!                                            

          A dozen men disappear into the opening.                          

                              LILITH (VO)
                         (whispers)
                    You’re in danger.                                      

          Spinning, Roan looks around.                                     

                              ROAN
                    You hear that?                                         

                              XAN
                    The massive explosion? No I missed
                    it, moron.                                             

                              DANIEL
                    Keep your heads down and your eyes
                    wide. Go!                                              

          Roan’s team disappears through the smoking hole.                 

          INT. COVEN - NIGHT                                        10     

          Moving through corridors, they approach a large hall. Two
          huge doors hang inward. The room is massive.                     

          Commander Caleb, Daniel, and SAMPSON, a hulking sentinel
          approach a table. A small package sits with a note attached.     

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                              9.       

                              SAMPSON
                    "For the one called Caleb."                            

          Caleb grabs the box and rips it open. There is another note.     

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    "When the shepherd is away...."                        

          They look at each other in confusion.                            

                              DANIEL
                    Defensive positions!                                   

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    Masada!                                                

          A SCREAM, followed quickly by another.                           

                              DANIEL
                    It’s a trap!                                           

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    To arms!                                               

          SOUNDS of battle erupt all around.                               

          EXT. STREET BATTLE - NIGHT                                11     

          Chaos reigns. Men FIRE at rooftops and into the darkness.        

                              COMMANDER CALEB
                    Fall back to Masada!                                   

          Shadowy Figures rip hunters into the darkness.                   

                              DANIEL
                    Form up! Tighten that line!                            

                              ROAN
                    Look out!                                              

          Roan grabs Daniel.                                               

          A black-armored Reaper swings where Daniel was.                  

          Devon charges.                                                   

                              DANIEL
                    No!                                                    

          The reaper lifts Devon from his feet.                            

          Daniel attacks but is batted aside.                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             10.       

                              ROAN
                    Leech! Is this what you want?                          

          Roan makes a cut near his throat. Blood trickles.                

          The reaper drops Devon and lunges.                               

          Roan ducks and thrusts his striker into it’s heart.              

                              DANIEL
                    Come on! We have to move.                              

          Stunned, Roan stares at his hand. The pendant pulses.            

                              DANIEL (CONT)
                    Roan! Snap out of it. Move!                            

          EXT. STREET BATTLE - MINUTES LATER                        12     

          Flames from Masada reach into the night sky.                     

          Pressed on all sides, the hunters flee towards Masada.           

          EXT. MASADA GATE - NIGHT                                  13     

          The gates are torn open. The city has been razed. Hunters
          rush through the gates.                                          

          Roan enters, followed by the survivors of the raid.              

                              ROAN
                    Father...                                              

          Hunters call for their families.                                 

                              SAMPSON
                    They’re all gone.                                      

                              DANIEL
                    Where is Caleb?                                        

          Daniel puts a makeshift bandage on Roan’s neck and eyes him
          curiously. The blood spattered PENDANT shines.                   

                              SAMPSON
                    I saw him fall.                                        

                              XAN
                    Now what?                                              

                                                           (CONTINUED)
          CONTINUED:                                             11.       

                              DEVON
                    Daniel?                                                

          LUCAIN, a lean, intimidating vampire in magnificent black
          armor emerges, dozens of Reapers behind him.                     

                              LUCAIN
                    I did knock.                                           

          More reapers surround them.                                      

                              LUCAIN (CONT)
                    I have no qualms slaughtering you
                    cattle, but there are those who
                    view it as wasteful.                                   

          Daniel aims his crossbow.                                        

          With supernatural speed, Lucain beheads Daniel. Blood
          splatters Roan’s face.                                           

                              LUCAIN (CONT)
                    Do you wish to see your families
                    again?                                                 

          Lucain locks eyes with Roan.                                     

                                                         FADE TO BLACK