Sep 22, 2022
Inspired by the classic 1920s
Shudder Pulps, a mad scientist has captured a set of victims and
forces them to play his hideous game!
Warning: Mature themes and brutal violence- Seriously
Three men, chained in a dungeon! Beautiful women in peril! An evil genius doctor! Villanous minions!
Written and produced by Julie Hoverson
Garth Jenkins - Chris Stockett
Klaus Heinz - Lothar Tuppan
Luigi Marconi - David Collins-Rivera
Dr. Chnossos - Chris Stockett
Grace - Risa Torres
Nathalia - Tanja Milojevic
Amelie - Julie Hoverson
Susanne - Sara Falconer
Helga and Oda - Julie Hoverson
Mongrel Henchmen - Danar Hoverson & Reynaud LeBoeuf
With thanks to The Vault of Evil - where I encountered the dreaded Shudder Pulps!!!
Music by Conspiracy (via Jamendo)
Editing and Sound: Julie Hoverson
Cover Design: Brett Coulstock
"What kind of a place is it?
Why it's a dank dungeon room, sometime in the 1920s, can't you tell?"
Garth Jenkins, American athlete 25
Klaus Heinz, Prussian pilot 27
Luigi Marconi, Italian strong man 30
Dr. Chnossos - wheelchair nutjob 60
Amelie, French girl 20
Nathalia, Russian girl 20
Grace, British girl 20
Susanne, American girl 20
Helga, German girl 20
Oda, Swedish girl 20
MONGREL HENCHMEN [any age]
OLIVIA Did you have any trouble finding it? What do you mean, what kind of a place is it? Why, it's a dank dungeon room, in the early 1920s, can't you tell?
SOUND DOOR SLAMS
GARTH See if there's something to bar the door with!
AMELIE I can't see - it's too dim in 'ere!
SOUND [outside] YELLS! THUMPING ON DOOR
GARTH [grunts, holding door shut]
ODA They are right behind us!
NATHALIA We should kill them. Then they will never catch us.
GARTH We gotta try and stay ahead of them.
GRACE There's a box over here!
GARTH Can you move it in front of the door?
GRACE Help me, someone!
ODA [plaintive] Is it heavy?
GRACE It's big. Need to get it away from the wall.
ODA [uncertain] I'll help.
SOUND GRIND OF WOOD ON STONE
GRACE and ODA [grunt, pushing]
SOUND SWOOSH OF BLADE
ODA [SCREAM, gurgle]
GRACE [Scream of fear]
SOUND BODY DROPS
ODA [whimpers, expires]
GRACE [covering mouth, trying to stop screaming]
NATHALIA [excited, but not afraid] She is dead!
GRACE [hiccuppy gasp, gets control] That blade just came out of the wall when we pushed the box!
AMELIE [to Grace] You come with me. We will 'old the door and let monsieur look. [up to him] Je ne sais - eh - we do not even know your name!
GARTH Garth. Garth Jenkins.
AMELIE I am Amelie. [hinting] And this is--?
GRACE [almost composed again, but still sniffling] Grace. I can't believe it. [starting to lose it again] How could something like that... happen..?
AMELIE 'ere. Lean on the door with me.
GARTH Well... Stay back, ladies.
NATHALIA I can see perfectly well from here.
GARTH Ok. She's dead, all right. That blade must have been on a tripwire of some kind.
NATHALIA It cut her nearly in half.
AMELIE What is this tripwire you speak of?
GARTH A trap. He said there would be traps. I guess you need to know why we're here...
SOUND CHAIN, SCUFFLE, ECHO, DRIP
LUIGI [muttered, in pain] Mamma mia!
GARTH Wowsers. My aching head.
KLAUS [snort of indignation]
SOUND CHAINS RATTLE
LUIGI Hey now! This is an outrage! Who are you to do this-a to me!
GARTH Do what? I can't see a thing. What's someone doing?
KLAUS [calm, superior] Someone has locked us all in chains.
LUIGI It is an outrage!
GARTH [to doc] You should let us go. The American government won't like this one bit. No sir.
LUIGI [to doc] You watch yourself, funny guy! You come-a let us out now, and maybe we don’t-a kill you dreadful!
KLAUS Shut up! [they do] I wish to hear what this man has to say.
GARTH Specimen? I ain't no specimen!
LUIGI Mamma mia! Look no further! I am the strongest man alive! No one can stand before me!
KLAUS [musing] Fascinating.
GARTH I can hold my breath for three minutes!
LUIGI I snap you like a twig!
LUIGI Pilot, like the Red Baron?
KLAUS I see no point in denying it.
LUIGI Santa Maria!
GARTH You want us to... kill each other?
LUIGI I'm not-a that kind of feller.
KLAUS It could not be so simple.
KLAUS Of course.
LUIGI Dios mio!
AMELIE They 'ave stopped. At the door.
NATHALIA Should we open the door and look?
GARTH I don't think so. It could be a trap.
GRACE [cold] If what you say is true, this entire place is a trap. I for one would rather die than fall into their hands, if they're anything like the fellows I saw [falters] before... before--
AMELIE oh! Moi aussi!
GARTH Nobody's dying!
GARTH Nobody else!
SUSANNE [distant] [horrible screams!!! THEY GO ON A LONG TIME]
AMELIE Mon dieu!
NATHALIA We need weapons.
GRACE I wish she would stop!
GARTH Well, I've checked everything I can think of on this box. Looks like I can open it, though after what happened, I wish I had a good old pool cue or something to let me stay back.
AMELIE We will stay by the door.
GRACE Out of your way.
SOUND SLOW CREAK OPEN BOX
GARTH I just wish I knew what that crazy doctor wants with-- [breaks off in surprise] What the hay?
NATHALIA What is it?
GARTH The box is full of ... [a little worried] weapons.
GARTH Why in blazes are you doing this?
LUIGI Strength! That is what I have.
SOUND CLANK, CLATTER AS CHAINS FALL AWAY
SOUND NOISE TO INDICATE SPEAKING SYSTEM IS OFF
GARTH You! Fellows!
LUIGI Donchoo come-a no closer!
GARTH See here, we should work together. If there's danger here, cooperation will be the best thing for it.
KLAUS [considering] But this voice - he said that only one can win.
LUIGI And that one - its'a gonna be me, by all the saints!
GARTH That's all fine and dandy, but right now we're just three fellers in a dark room. Let's at least stick together til we find a way out. Or some light.
SOUND DOOR GRATES OPEN
KLAUS I think you get both of your wishes.
SOUND KLAUS WALKS
GARTH Hey, not so fast! It could be a trap!
KLAUS I think it is too early in the game for that. No. This is merely an opening move. I will make the first counter move.
SOUND LUIGI GETS UP
LUIGI I'm-a gonna wait and see what happens to that bosch before I step up. No sense a-both of us getting killed alla the same time, eh?
GARTH It looks safe ...so far.
NATHALIA Weapons? Guns?
GARTH No, no guns. Hold on.
SOUND STUFF BEING MOVED, JUST A LITTLE
GARTH Huh. [almost a chuckle] A good old pool cue. Stay back!
AMELIE Why? Should we not 'elp?
GARTH I saw something move. I'm gonna see what I can...
SOUND SOMETHING FLOPS ON THE FLOOR
NATHALIA A whip! I'll take that.
GARTH You know how to use it?
NATHALIA I had a very unusual ... boyfriend.
AMELIE 'Ow unusual?
NATHALIA [laugh] Oh! Your face! He worked with the circus. Trained animals.
GRACE I don't suppose there might be a riding crop in there? I'm a dab hand with close cuts.
GARTH Stay back!
SOUND THUMP ON THE DOOR
AMELIE 'Elp me 'old the door!
GRACE [grunt, she throws herself against the door] Find us something we can use - quickly!
SOUND THUMP ON THE DOOR
LUIGI I ain't-a no coward - donchoo say that!
KLAUS [from off] I think you had best come in here.
GARTH Come on.
LUIGI I'll a-go first.
GARTH Holy moley!
LUIGI Santa Maria!
KLAUS Most charming, are they not? Sleeping peacefully in their night shifts.
GARTH Look, here, you! It's all very well to challenge us fellows, but this--
LUIGI You ain't a-kidding!
GARTH Jumping jehosephat!
KLAUS [aha] Of course!
LUIGI That explains-a everything!
GARTH And the rest of the passengers and crew?
KLAUS What is the matter with the girls? Why do they not awaken?
LUIGI Game? This ain't-a no game!
GARTH Shh. Let him talk.
KLAUS You sound like you plan to start a master race.
LUIGI What do we -uh- do with the girl?
KLAUS Do you have to keep the same woman?
SOUND THUMP ON DOOR!
GRACE They're going to get through any second
SOUND WHIP CRACK
NATHALIA [vicious, excited] Let them.
GARTH Here's a knife, and - oh!
SOUND THUMP OF KNIFE INTO BOX
GARTH Got it!
SOUND THUMP ON DOOR
GRACE [gasp, strain] Got WHAT?
GARTH Something spidery. Probably poisonous - that's why I'm taking this kinda slow!
SOUND SPIKE COMES CRUNCHING THROUGH DOOR
AMELIA [gaspy scream] Be more quick!
NATHALIA Let it open.
GARTH All right. On three, both of you, move over there, quick! I don’t want to lose nobody else.
SOUND THUMP, CRASH!
GARTH What about the others?
GARTH The other girls. There's six of them and only three of us. What happens to the others?
GARTH You fiend!
KLAUS Very clever.
LUIGI You put this into our hands? You make-a this all our fault!
GARTH A fate worse than death!
GARTH Well, we won't leave any, will we? [beat] Will we?
KLAUS It will make it very difficult to succeed, herding a flock of women through a maze.
LUIGI I like-a the ladies, but they can be a little hard to manage.
SOUND GIRLS BEGIN TO WAKEN
GARTH You heels. [up, to doc] Hey! What if we don't leave any of 'em behind? What about that?
GARTH No, Six.
KLAUS [exasperated sigh, then "duh"] No. I will burden myself with only one. Easier to watch over.
AMELIE [waking, very French] Oh la la! Ou et la?
LUIGI But how do you propose to choose who gets a-which a-one?
GARTH We should make up our minds now - before they all wake up and start a ruckus.
NATHALIE [russian-sounding mutter]
KLAUS I have already decided. I will have this blonde one.
SUSANNE [waking up] Oh!!
GARTH Why's that?
KLAUS Simple. She is the smallest. Easiest to carry, should something happen. You, girl.
SUSANNE [gasp, American] What? Where am I?
GARTH Hey, you should leave her to me. She's from the good old U-S of A!
KLAUS Too late. Come with me, girl.
SUSANNE I don't want to--
KLAUS [threatening] Do not argue with me. This is a matter of life and death!
GARTH Holy cats! We better get a move on.
LUIGI But where a-do-a we go? There's the dreadful green door, and the way-a we came in, and then--?
SOUND GRATING OF STONE
KLAUS How convenient. Three doorways open. Come girl. I will keep you alive.
SOUND GRABS UP SUZANNE
KLAUS And we will make our exit, stage left.
SUSANNE But I don't understand!
KLAUS I will tell you all you need to know. [commanding] Come!
SOUND THEY LEAVE
AMELIE And 'oo will tell us all we need to know?
LUIGI French? Eh! I have always favored French girls. I'll take-a you.
AMELIE [defiant] Take-a me where? I do not think so!
LUIGI [getting mad] Don’t argue a-with-a me! You won’t-a getta better chance-a than this!
GARTH You better go, lady. Bad things are gonna happen here.
AMELIE Huh! And no bad tings will 'appen with thees fellow? Hah!
LUIGI Atsa your bad-a luck, then. You--
LUIGI Do notta speak. Just come.
SOUND HUSTLES HER OFF
AMELIE Hmph. Adieu.
SOUND MAN CHOKING
GARTH Leave off!
NATHALIA [with exertion] He would be doing worse to me, were our positions reversed!
GARTH We already killed three of them! We should keep him alive, make him tell us how to get out of here!
NATHALIA Very well. [lets up, then hissed] You! You will take us through the maze, or He will leave you to me again, and strangling you is NOT the most painful thing I can do with this whip.
SOUND CREAK OF LEATHER
GRACE Are we certain the others are dead?
GARTH Best as I can be.
AMELIA I want 'is spear. Anything to keep terrible things at arm's length.
GRACE I guess that leaves me the knife, unless you want to dig further into that box.
SOUND CREAK OF WOOD
GRACE The box! It's tipping forward!
GARTH Dang it! [to the captive] YOU! Where do we go from here?
MONGREL [gibbers in his language]
GARTH Don't tell me he don't speak no English!
AMELIA If he does not speak, then he is no use!
NATHALIA Da! Then he is mine!
MONGREL No! No!
GRACE There's an opening under the box - and the darkness! It's moving!
NATHALIA Bah! A whip is useless against such as those - we must leave here!
GARTH Gosh. I can't leave any of you girls here alone. That wouldn't be right.
AMELIE We can look after ourselves.
NATHALIA Speak for your own self! I want him to look after me.
ODA Someone tell us, please, what it is that is going on?
GRACE Yes. Can’t you fill us in?
GARTH Not here, not now. We gotta get moving - bad things are coming.
GRACE Bad things? Could you be a bit more vague?
AMELIE [troubled] That voice over the intercom - it said that. I think he is sincere.
GARTH We'll get a move on, and I can tell you as we go.
ODA You are taking her with you?
GARTH Darnitall, I'm taking all o' y'all.
SUSANNE [distant, still screaming and gasping, and sobbing]
KLAUS Verdammt. She must be behind the wall here, somewhere. [noise as he kicks the wall]
GRACE [distant scream]
KLAUS My apologies, miss America. But there remain other fish in the ocean.
SOUND HE WALKS AWAY FROM SUSANNE'S SCREAM
SOUND CALM OCEAN, DISTANT MUSIC
SUSANNE Gee, this is swell!
AMELIE You are recovered from your mal-de-mer?
SUSANNE One hundred percent! Gosh, even seasick sounds so much nicer in French, don't it?
ODA Oh, here is where you are! It is almost time for the curfew.
AMELIE I don't think it is so dangereuse, to steal a few more minutes of this lovely ocean air!
SOUND FEET APPROACH
GRACE Ah, I'm not the only one with a mind to an evening constitutional? Makes one sleep quite soundly.
SUSANNE Is that another boat out there?
AMELIE [shrug] Eh. There are innumerable boats in the ocean.
SUSANNE Yeah. I swear it's coming right at us.
ODA [a bit worried] Oh, come along, we must obey the rules!
SOUND THEY WALK INSIDE, DOOR OPENS
GRACE You'll forget all about strange boats once you get around some warm milk, and tuck up for the night.
HELGA I cannot move another step!
LUIGI [threatening] Ahhh! You know what-a will happen to you if-a you don't!
HELGA [stifled sob]
LUIGI Open that door.
HELGA My hand is still bleeding from the last door!
LUIGI So. You still have one-a good hand. [growl] Open it.
HELGA [sobbing breath]
LUIGI [warning noise]
HELGA [takes deep trepidacious breath, pushes door open]
SOUND DISTANT EXPLOSION
NOTE GIRLS HAVE BEEN DRUGGED, ARE GROGGY
SUSANNE What? What's going on?
SOUND STUMBLING TO DOOR
SOUND HUGE CREAK, THINGS SLIDE
SUSANNE What the - oh!! [stumbles, gasps for breath]
ODA Why is the world sliding to the window?
SUSANNE I'll try to [gasping breath] try to get to the door--
SOUND STAGGERING FEET
ODA Don't leave me! I cannot swim!
SUSANNE I'll just--
SOUND DOOR FLIES OPEN
MONGREL [evil laughter]
ODA What is it? Oh! [screams]
MONGREL [evil laughter]
SOUND WHIP CRACK
MONGREL [scream of agony]
NATHALIA [ecstatic gasp, laugh!, sound of effort as she brings her arm back for another slice]
SOUND CREAK OF LEATHER, CATCH HAND
GARTH [ugh as he stops her] Here, now, that's enough of that!
NATHALIA Hmph. That one will be of no help!
AMELIE We cannot merely stand 'ere in the corridor! Something will come!
GRACE She's right. We should keep moving along.
NATHALIA This one goes first. If he will not help us find the way, his only use is to find the traps before we do.
SOUND CLUNK, BEHIND A DOOR
GARTH Shh! There's something in that room up ahead!
NATHALIA Open the door, you beast!
MONGREL [negatory noise]
NATHALIA [intense whisper] You think I've hurt you already? You have felt nothing yet!
GRACE Here, now - that's quite enough!
NATHALIA Back off, limey! I have no wish to die!
AMELIE The only one 'oo wins, if we fight, is the monster 'oo put us 'ere!
NATHALIA If this thing is not going to open the door, it certainly will not be me!
GARTH [determined sigh] I'll open the door. You three, stand back. Keep an eye on him.
NATHALIA [muttered] Teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
SOUND DOORKNOB SLOWLY TURNS
LUIGI Get up.
HELGA No. I will not.
LUIGI You should be grateful I would even touch you - you sniveling thing.
HELGA I have lost everything. My hand. My... dignity. And now this ... insult.
LUIGI [nasty whisper] Think of it as a compliment. One last chance to feel like a woman.
HELGA [hissed, angry] I might feel like a woman, if you felt anything like a man!
LUIGI You bitch!
LUIGI I am your only chance to survive. Once we get out of here, you can go to hell!
HELGA [fiery] You can go to hell right here!
SOUND SHE RUNS OFF, LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY
SOUND TAKES A COUPLE OF STEPS, RUSTLE AS HIS PANTS FALL, HE TRIPS
LUIGI [falling, ahhh! Oof!]
HELGA [distant - laughter is cut off by a shrill scream, in turn cut off in mid-scream]
SOUND HEAVY THUMP OF A BLADE, DISTANT
SOUND DOOR OPENS
GARTH It's dark.
AMELIE Do not go in. I'll light something off one of these flames.
GRACE What will burn well?
GARTH I'll open the door the rest of the way, see what I can see-- urk!
GRACE Oh god!
NATHALIA Bring it out into the light!
SOUND STRUGGLE STOPS
KLAUS [from within] Step back, ladies. We are coming out.
GARTH [half strangled] Why I oughtta....!
KLAUS Shh! This knife says you are now the quiet one. [up] I suggest you ladies all move over there. Unless you want your hero to have a very close shave.
GRACE Nathalia! Come here!
NATHALIA [angry noise]
SOUND CREAK OF LEATHER, HER ANGRY FOOTSTEPS
KLAUS Danke shoen. Let us be Civilized about this.
GRACE Go on then.
GARTH Civilized? Urk!
GRACE [low and intense] Do not anger the man with the knife!
KLAUS The ever practical britisher. Hah! I find myself without a companion.
KLAUS [cold, tinged with anger] She was snatched from behind me by one of the minions. I turned and saw her pulled through a door, which I could not open.
GRACE So, being practical, what are you doing here?
NATHALIA Is it not obvious? He needs a new woman.
KLAUS Ja. [wry] Have I a volunteer? Or must I resort to threats?
AMELIE You are not going to kill 'im?
KLAUS Not if one of you comes with me. We will walk down the hall, and he will accompany us as far as the intersection there.
AMELIE Why should we trust you?
KLAUS You have my word as a Prussian.
GRACE And the others?
KLAUS [matter of fact] Wait here. He will come back for you. He is such an honorable schoolboy. Is it a deal, my fine fellow?
GARTH [gasping a bit] Only if the ladies agree.
GRACE One of us will have to--
NATHALIA I will go.
AMELIE What, you want to go with 'im?
NATHALIA Perhaps I am this tired of boy scouts. Should I take my pet along with me?
SOUND FLOPPY FALL
GRACE Goodness, I think he's... dead!
SOUND TRICKLING, DRIPPING NOISES
LUIGI Dios mio! Such a mess. Stupid woman!
SOUND DOOR OPENS, DISTANT
LUIGI Too bad-a this blade is too big to take with me. I am-a left with the same club of wood. No more blades up above? [considering noise, scanning the ceiling] No. nothing else a-looks tricky.
SOUND CAREFUL STEPPING OVER, FOOTSTEP IN STICKY PUDDLE
LUIGI [ech! Disgusted noise]
SOUND DISTANT FOOTSTEPS, BOOTS
SOUND LUIGI WALKS QUIETLY OFF, STICKY FOOT
AMELIE What if 'ee does not return?
GRACE He can't get out without one of us. He must come back.
AMELIE [odd tone] But... 'ee can only leave with one of us.
GRACE We'll sort that all out when we get that far.
AMELIE [musing] Oui. We will.
SOUND SHUFFLING FOOTSTEPS
KLAUS There. Now, you must admit I have done you no more harm than I had to.
GARTH [angry sigh] Yes.
KLAUS And you swear you will count 20 before you move?
NATHALIA [cold] I do not see why you should not kill him, eliminate the competition now.
NATHALIA Garth, dear boy - you are adorable. But this is life and death, tovarisch.
KLAUS [furious hiss] I have given my word, woman!
NATHALIA [fierce, But backing down] Very well!
GARTH You should get a move on. For all we know that eyetalian fellow is already on his way out the exit.
MONGRELS WATCHING, ON THE LEFT, GENERAL CONVERSATION
MONGREL2 [babbling, slightly higher voice]
LUIGI [on right, whisper] Bastardos!
SOUND ROCK SKIPS ACROSS FLOOR
MONGRELS [gasp to a stop]
SOUND WEAPONS COMING TO READY
MONGRELS [shushing each other]
LUIGI [whispered] Now for the bait.
SOUND JUICY DRAG NOISE, FLOP
LUIGI [whispered] Look at that a-shapely leg, boys. How can you resist?
MONGRELS [murmur - excited - wolf whistle]
LUIGI [high pitched gasp, mimicking a girl]
SOUND STICKY FLOPPY NOISE, PULLS SEVERED LEG BACK
MONGRELS [nasty chuckle]
LUIGI Just a few... more... steps...
SOUND WALKING, TAPPING AHEAD WITH A STICK
GRACE How will we know the exit when we find it?
GARTH I guess, from what he said, I assumed it would be obvious.
AMELIE Do not pester 'im. 'ee is doing the best 'ee can! [to Garth, warm] I trust you, completemente!
GARTH [a little uncertain] Well. They went thataway, so I figure we should try this direction.
GRACE Perhaps he knew something?
GARTH I don't think so.
AMELIE Whichever way you wish to go is fine. I am right behind you, [sexy] always.
GARTH Come on, then.
SOUND THEY TAP AND WALK OFF
SOUND SCUFFLE, SWOOSH, THUMP, CREAK OF LEATHER
KLAUS [heavy breathing] That was too close!
NATHALIA My God! That would have cut me in half!
KLAUS You look much better in one piece.
NATHALIA If we do not escape-- [leaves it hanging]
KLAUS This doctor says we will be sealed in here. Do not worry. I will kill you quickly. And then find a way to end myself as well.
NATHALIA Before you do that, we must find a place where we can ...enjoy one last minute together.
KLAUS If it was only a minute, I would call it an insult to both of us.
NATHALIA [ecstatic deep breath]
KLAUS [Deep breath] [clipped, cold] But for now - Let us try still to win, before we plan to celebrate defeat.
MONGREL [squeal, ends in gurgle, dies]
LUIGI Hah! That's-a for you.
SOUND BODY DROP
SOUND SMACKS HANDS CLEAN
SUSANNE [muffled gasp, behind wall]
LUIGI Where are a-you?
SUSANNE Who - who is it?
LUIGI [low chuckle, then muttered, satisfied] It’s-a someone who needs him a woman.
SOUND WALKING APPROACHES, STOPS
NATHALIA Borje-moi! Another dead end!
KLAUS [furious!] Gott in Himmel! [deep hissed breath, calming himself] Pah! At least going this direction, we know where the traps are.
SOUND DOOR GRINDS OPEN
SUSANNA [hoarse shriek] No more! Please!
LUIGI Come out of there. We need to move along!
SUSANNA [whimper] You're not one of ...them?
LUIGI I am one of-a me. And I need one of-a you. Come now, girl, or I will leave you to their mercies.
LUIGI Come out!
SUSANNA But I-- [whimpers, sniffles] They took my clothes!
LUIGI You can-a walk naked, can’t you?
LUIGI Fine. I take-a you something from these-a dead fellows, eh?
SUSANNA Just anything. Please.
SOUND TAPPING, OFF TO THE LEFT
GRACE I know what you're about!
AMELIE Whatever do you mean?
GRACE This helpless act, and agreeing with everything poor Garth says. He won’t be fooled.
AMELIE I am fooling no one. I truly agree with 'im. Is it so bad that I wish to survive?
GRACE I shan't play this game.
AMELIE She 'oo does not play cannot 'ope to win!
GARTH [coming in] Seems clear up ahead. Come on.
SOUND THEY STOP
SOUND DISTANT DOOR OPENS
KLAUS [whispered] stay close!
SOUND QUIET STEPS
KLAUS [whisper] This way.
GARTH [whispered] Big open room ahead. Stay right here, and keep an eye out behind, got it?
AMELIE [fervent] Absolutment!
GRACE [clipped, a bit sour] Yes.
SOUND HIS FOOTSTEPS, THEN A GRATING NOISE
GARTH A gate! Quick! Come on!
AMELIE It's coming down too fast!
SOUND GRATING STOPS
GARTH [grunts - effort - holding up the gate] Come... On! Quick! Get under!
SOUND DISTANT MUTTER OF MONGRELS
AMELIE They are coming!
GRACE Move your shapely posterior!
GARTH [lots of effort] Quickly!
AMELIE [breathing heavily] Oh! Oh! I am clear!
GRACE My turn, I think.
GRACE Oh! Something's grabbed my foot!
AMELIE [quiet] oh no.
GRACE Help me! Amelie! Ahh!
GARTH [straining] I can't hold it much longer!
AMELIE [dithering] Oh... [decides] Oui. Give me your 'ands!
SOUND HANDS SLAP TOGETHER
BOTH WOMEN STRAIN
GRACE I'm loose! Quick, Pull!!
SOUND RIPPING OF FABRIC
GARTH It's slipping!
SOUND CLANG! PORTCULLIS DROPS
GRACE Good god - If my feet were a size larger, I'd be lost. Amelie. Thank you.
AMELIE [upset] pas du tout. It was nothing.
GARTH What are you talking about?
SOUND GRATING ACROSS THE ROOM, SCUFFLE AS KLAUS AND NATHALIA ENTER
GARTH Too late? Too late for what?
KLAUS And now what is to happen?
SOUND SPEAKING TUBE BEING CLOSED
KLAUS That door - Is that the exit? Do you know?
GARTH I guess I thought it was.
SOUND DOORS OPENING, ALL AROUND
SOUND FEET ENTER
MONGRELS [many] [laughing evilly]
KLAUS There must be dozens of them!
GARTH Quick! Circle up! Face outward.
NATHALIA No mercy!
GRACE Amelie, Come on!
SOUND MELLOW MUSIC PLAYS, CHAMPAGNE POURS
LUIGI So. What-a is it that I win?
SOUND MACHINE WHIRS, ENTERING
LUIGI I coulda told you that from-a the beginning.
LUIGI [shrug] You never asked for morals. You don't-a seem like the type.
LUIGI [scoffing] Scientist? A dried up old-a walnut of a fellow like-a you?
LUIGI I think-a we are past that. So? What do I win?
BACK TO OUTER ROOM
SOUND FIGHT HAS ENDED. HEAVY BREATHING ALL ROUND
KLAUS [grunt as he stabs the man]
GARTH That looks like the last one moving. Everyone okay?
GRACE I think Amelie is hurt. Her thigh.
AMELIE It's just a scratch.
GRACE Why don't you see if you can get the door open? I’ll see to this.
NATHALIA I will watch for any other ... enemies.
KLAUS So, [wry, but with humor] my fellow loser, do we go and take our prizes?
GARTH That sounds jake to me! Let's get that door open!
SOUND DOOR CRASHES OPEN
GARTH All we want to do is get the heck out of here, doc! You try and stop us, and we'll give you what for!
NATHALIA We are not going to find and kill this beast?
SOUND LIMPING UP BEHIND
AMELIE [whimpers, gasps]
GRACE We simply do not have that luxury. It is more important to get ourselves clear. [to Amelie] Come along.
KLAUS [to doc] I doubt that there is one of us who would want any prize that came from the likes of you!
GARTH [to doc] Just you stay out of our way! You hear?
SOUND CREAK OF BOAT
SOUND FEET APPROACH
GARTH All clear. And there's even some food in the galley.
KLAUS Get the ladies on board.
GARTH Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
KLAUS That leaving this ... villain... to roam at large is somehow dishonorable?
GARTH I just wanted to whup his fanny, but that sounds real reasonable.
NATHALIA [breathless, worried] You're not going back in there?
KLAUS Ja. And I am coming back out. [quiet, intense] You are fierce. That will give me the inspiration to return.
GARTH Is she... is she doing okay?
GRACE [resigned] She'll survive. Thanks to you. Now go on. Make the world safe for all of us.
GARTH Right. Come on, Klaus.
SOUND DOOR BROKEN IN
SOUND JUICY PLOPPY CUTTING NOISES
GARTH and KLAUS [react as they stumble in]
GARTH Holy Cow!
KLAUS Mein Gott!
GARTH I don't want it.
KLAUS But you, old man, must be stopped.
SOUND TWO MEN WALK BACK TO THE BOAT
SOUND BEHIND THEM THE PLACE BURN
KLAUS Mein gott. That could have been either one of us.
GARTH We can’t tell none of them girls what we saw in there.
KLAUS There is no reason they should need to know.
GARTH Good. You and me, Klaus old buddy, are the only ones who will ever know what the winner of this damned game was gonna get.
KLAUS ...Skinned and mounted as a trophy.