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                                     THE VENUS CURSE

                        By: William Morroni (wga registered 2007)

               FADE IN

           1   INT. DRESSING/BATHROOM -- DAY                                  1   

               WEDDING MARCH THEME - TWILIGHT ZONEISH 

               CREDITS AROUND...

               JANET, undressing and taking a shower.  She dries, slowly 
               dressing in white stockings and white lace lingerie, then 
               sits at the vanity and artfully applies the white face, black 
               brows and pursed red lips of a Geisha girl, even though she 
               is non-Asian.  As she finishes...

               END CREDITS

               KNOCK AT DOOR (O.S.)

               The sound startles Janet, as if she was in a trance.  She 
               turns towards the door.

                                     JANET
                         Who is it?

           2   INT. HALLWAY -- CONTINUOUS                                     2   

               BRENDA, a pretty young woman in a peach gown stands outside 
               the bedroom door.

                                     BRENDA (CALLING)
                         It's me, can I come in?

                                     JANET (O.S.)
                         One sec.

               RUSTLING NOISES (O.S.)

                                     JANET (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         OK, I'm ready.

               Brenda opens the door revealing JANET in a beautiful satin 
               wedding gown and veil.  She's perfect except for the Kabuki 
               make up.

               WEDDING MARCH CRESCENDOS AND DISTORTS, THEN OUT

               Brenda is shocked.

                                     BRENDA
                         What's that?

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                                     JANET
                         What?

               Janet examines her wedding dress for defects.

                                     BRENDA
                         Your make up.

           3   INT. DRESSING/BATHROOM -- CONTINUOUS                           3   

               Closing the door behind her, BRENDA sweeps into the room, 
               shows JANET her reflection in the vanity mirror.  

               Janet's reflection.  She's shocked speechless.

                                     JANET
                         I... I... Ah...

               Brenda leans in.

                                     BRENDA
                         Your wedding day is a poor time for 
                         a practical joke.  Here.

               She hands Janet a towelette and together they start wiping 
               off the garish geisha make up.

               WEDDING MARCH - CLASSICAL - ORGAN ONLY

                                     JANET
                         No.  I'm not ready.

                                     BRENDA
                         You finish, I'll delay them.

               Brenda heads for the door.

           4   INT. HALLWAY -- CONTINUOUS                                     4   

               BRENDA steps out the bedroom door and shakes her head.

                                     BRENDA
                         Brides.

               PETER, the handsome young best man, rushes up the hall.

                                     PETER
                         It's time.

                                     BRENDA
                         Sorry, Peter.  She's not ready.

                                     PETER
                         Not ready?

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                                     BRENDA
                         It's a bride thing.

               Behind her, JANET is rushing to put on regular make up as 
               Brenda leads Peter off, closing the door as they go.

               WEDDING MARCH OUT

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

           5   INT. HOTEL ROOM DOOR -- NIGHT                                  5   

               The door is labeled "Honeymoon Suite"

               WEDDING MARCH THEME

               STEVE, handsome in his tuxedo, opens the door and carries 
               JANET, still dressed in her wedding gown, into the luxury 
               hotel room.

           6   INT. HONEYMOON SUITE -- CONTINUOUS                             6   

               JANET & STEVE slowly undress, the only thing said is...

                                     JANET
                         ...be gentle, it's my first time.

               They build to a mutual climax and just as they are about to 
               come, JANET suddenly freezes and her eyes go wide with 
               surprise and horror.  She screams...

                                     JANET (CONT'D)
                              (in Chinese)
                         BU!  ZUO BU!

               Then she collapses - out cold.  Steve is concerned and 
               confused.

                                     STEVE
                         Janet?  Janet!

               He tries to wake her, checking her breathing and pulse, then 
               he grabs the phone.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Hello,  I need help, the house doctor.  
                         My wife is... hurt.

               WEDDING MARCH THEME CRESCENDOS AND ENDS

           7   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                        7   

               (Red record light top right & day/date top left)

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               JANET, casually dressed, lies on a couch, apparently asleep 
               with one arm held straight up, behind her a PSYCHIATRIST 
               sits on a comfortable chair, a note pad in his lap.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         This is session one with patient...
                              (checks note pad)
                         ...Janet.  Patient reportedly yelled, 
                         "Bu, Zuo Bu", during her first sexual 
                         experience after which she passed 
                         out.  When revived she remembered 
                         nothing.  "Bu, Zuo Bu" turns out to 
                         be ninth century Chinese meaning "No 
                         Don't", a language Janet claims not 
                         to speak or understand.  I have placed 
                         the subject in a deep hypnotic trance 
                         and will attempt to retrieve her 
                         lost memories and hopefully discover 
                         the cause of her behavior...

                PSYCHIATRIST stops talking to the camera and talks to her.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (CONT'D)
                         ...Janet, your arm is no longer 
                         weightless.

               Janet's arm drops to the couch, as if lifeless.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (CONT'D)
                         ...Janet, I want you to remember 
                         yesterday.  Go back in time to last 
                         evening.  I'm going to count to three 
                         and on three it'll be last night.  
                         One... two... three.

               Janet's eyes pop open and she starts breathing hard, almost 
               panting as if running.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (CONT'D)
                         ...Janet, can you hear me?

                                     JANET
                         Yes.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         What are you doing?

                                     JANET
                         Running.

               JANET is breathing hard.

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                                     PSYCHIATRIST (O.S.)
                         Running where?

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

           8   EXT. CHINESE GARDEN (FILM) -- NIGHT                            8   

               GEISHA MUSIC

               KIM SU, running and breathing hard.  She is a young Chinese 
               girl in Geisha make up.

                                     JANET (VO)
                         To my lover.

               NEW ANGLE - DILAPIDATED GARDEN SHED

               It is lit by Chinese lanterns and the moon.  Kim Su, in full 
               geisha robes, throws open the crude shed door and sweeps 
               into her lover's arms.  CHAN is a handsome young chinese 
               peasant, the 9th assistant palace gardener's helper.  His 
               peasant rags and hovel like shed clash with her rich robes 
               and makeup.  They kiss, obviously in love.  

                                                             INTERCUT WITH:

           9   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                        9   

               (Red record light top right & day/date top left)

               JANET & THE PSYCHIATRIST in his office.  Use Janet's 
               expressions to do match dissolves.  In the office, Janet 
               duplicates what goes on in the shed, ripping off her clothes.  
               Janet narrates the scene, describing her lover ripping off 
               her clothes, then making passionate love in the lantern light 
               of the shed.  Janet explains that she is Kim SU, newest 
               concubine to emperor Kahn.  She is risking her life to be 
               with Chan, her childhood sweetheart.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          10   INT. CHINESE GARDEN (FILM) -- CONTINUOUS                      10   

               KIM SU & CHAN are embracing, about to orgasm, when behind 
               them the shed door bursts open revealing EMPEROR KAHN in 
               full ancient Chinese armor.  He pulls his sword and swings 
               it back to attack.  Kim Su sees him, sits up and screams in 
               horror...

                                     KIM SU
                         BU!

               GEISHA MUSIC CRESCENDOS AND ENDS

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

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          11   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- CONTINUOUS                11   

               (Red record light top right & day/date top left)  

               JANET sits up, eyes wide with horror and screams

                                     JANET
                         ZUO BU!

               Then she collapses - out cold.  

               The PSYCHIATRIST rushes over and checks her pulse and pupils, 
               then he grabs the pitcher of water from his desk and uses 
               his fingers to splash some in her face.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          12   INT. JANET & STEVE'S BATHROOM SHOWER -- NIGHT                 12   

               WEDDING MARCH THEME

               Water splashes in JANET'S face.  She lets it flow down her 
               body as she rinses off the soap then calls out so Steve can 
               hear her

                                     JANET
                         ...it was so real and so horrible.  
                         Like I was there.  And just as we 
                         were about to orgasm...
                              (a beat)
                         It was slow motion.  I could see the 
                         emperors sword flash in the lantern 
                         light...
                              (she shivers)
                         Then Chans' head just rolled off his 
                         shoulders.  I couldn't move, it 
                         happened so fast.  The sword flashed 
                         again...
                              (she grabs her neck)
                         It was awful.

               She steps out of the shower and dries herself.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Weird.  What the shrink have to say?

                                     JANET
                         He thought it was weird...

               She dresses in sexy red lingerie.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         That's all?

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                                     JANET
                         He called it "Spontaneous past life 
                         regression" brought on by the stress 
                         of the wedding and honeymoon.  He 
                         said it's very rare.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Is it contagious?

               Janet chuckles.

                                     JANET
                         No, Silly.  The doctor said it 
                         probably will never happen again.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Good.  Get out here and let's 
                         consummate this marriage.

                                     JANET
                         Almost ready.

               She finishes dressing and checks herself in the mirror.

          13   INT. JANET & STEVE'S BEDROOM -- CONTINUOUS                    13   

               STEVE waits anxiously by the bathroom door, looking handsome 
               in his new robe.

                                     STEVE
                         Hey?  Does this past life regression 
                         stuff mean you're no longer a virgin?

                                     JANET (O.S.)
                         Only in my past life.  Ready?

                                     STEVE
                         Very.

               JANET comes out of the bathroom and into Steve's arms.  They 
               make love and again just as they climax Janet suddenly 
               yells...

                                     JANET
                              (in polish)
                         REFLEKTOR!  NIE!

               Then she almost flies off the bed, as if hit by something 
               and collapses on the floor as if dead.  Steve rushes to her, 
               scoops her up and lies her limp body on the bed.  He checks 
               her pulse and breathing.  While Janet lies unconscious, Steve 
               goes to the phone on the night stand and dials.

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                                     STEVE
                         Hello, I need the doctor.  Yes it's 
                         an emergency.

               WEDDING MARCH THEME CRESCENDOS AND ENDS

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          14   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       14   

               (Red record light & day/date in corners)

               JANET, hypnotized and casually dressed, lies on the couch 
               while behind her the DOCTOR makes notes at his desk.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         Session number two with patient Janet.  
                         She is apparently suffering from 
                         reoccurring spontaneous past life 
                         regression making this a case study 
                         for the Journal, again last night 
                         she yelled something before passing 
                         out.  "Reflektor, nie" Polish for 
                         "The searchlight, no"...

               Slowly tighten on Janet's profile.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (CONT'D)
                         ...Janet, when I count to three you 
                         will remember everything that happened 
                         last night.  Do you understand?

                                     JANET
                              (in a trance)
                         Yes.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         One, two, three.

               Janet's eyes pop open and glance around furtively.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          15   EXT. WOODEN PRISON BARRACK (FILM) -- NIGHT                    15   

               WAGNERIAN OPERA FROM A SCRATCHED RECORD OVER A P.A.

               ANNA, her eyes constantly on patrol, sneaks along the side 
               of the barracks, lit only by the moon and the reflection 
               from the constantly hunting searchlight, which she carefully 
               avoids.  She is a young women, pretty under the dirt and 
               stress.  Her ragged dress looks like prison issue except for 
               the star sewed on her sleeve.  She disappears around the 
               corner of the barracks.

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          16   EXT. CHAIN LINK FENCE -- CONTINUOUS                           16   

               Anna scurries out from behind the barracks and runs up to 
               the fence.  She is joined by MIKAL, a young man, also in 
               tattered prison issue with a star on the sleeve.  Separated 
               by the links, they kiss and touch as best they can, making 
               hurried, furtive love as best they can.

                                                             INTERCUT WITH:

          17   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       17   

               (red record light & day/date.)

               Again, JANET duplicates what goes on at the concentration 
               camp fence, taking off her clothes as she narrates the story 
               of Anna and Mikal.  They are childhood sweethearts from a 
               small polish village who are willing to risk all for love.  
               JANET's expressions match dissolve between the office and 
               the fence.  All during their love making they keep having to 
               stop and duck to avoid the searchlight.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          18   EXT. CHAIN LINK FENCE -- CONTINUOUS                           18   

               ANNA & MIKAL are about to climax despite the obstacle of the 
               chain link fence, they both close their eyes and are unaware 
               of the spot light as it move along the fence towards them, 
               finally settling square on them.

               ANGLE ON ANNA

               She opens her eyes.  Her dilated pupils contract from the 
               harsh glare of the spotlight.

                                     JANET (IN POLISH)
                         REFLEKTOR! 

               WAGNERIAN OPERA CRESCENDOS AND ENDS 

               MACHINE GUN FIRE

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          19   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       19   

               (Red record light top right & day/date top left)

               MACHINE GUN FIRE ECHOES & DISTORTS, THEN OUT 

               MATCHED ANGLE ON JANET

               Her eyes pop open in horror, again her pupils contract from 
               the light.  She screams in polish...

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                                     JANET
                         NIE!

               Then she flies off the couch as if shot by a 50 caliber 
               machine gun.  The Doctor rushes to her, gently slapping her 
               face in an attempt to revive her.

               CLOSE ON:

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         JANET?  JANET!

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          20   INT. JANET & STEVE'S HALLWAY -- NIGHT                         20   

               WEDDING MARCH THEME

               CLOSE ON STEVE

               Pleading outside the bedroom door.

                                     STEVE
                         Janet?  Janet!

                                     JANET (O.S.)
                         Go away.

                                     STEVE
                         I'm your husband, damn it.  Let me 
                         in.

                                     JANET (O.S.)
                         I want a divorce or an annulment

                                     STEVE
                         You're talking crazy.  What the hell 
                         is going on?

                                     JANET (O.S.)
                         I died.  And you died.

                                     STEVE
                         You're not making any sense.
                              (a beat)
                         I love you, Janet.

          21   INT. JANET & STEVE'S BEDROOM -- CONTINUOUS                    21   

               JANET, her make up running from her tears.  She sits on the 
               floor crying. 

                                     JANET
                         No.  You can't.
                                     (MORE)

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                                     JANET (CONT'D)
                         Everyone who loves me dies.  I'm 
                         a... a typhoid Mary, a plague, a 
                         black widow spider.  Fuck me and 
                         die.

                                     STEVE (O.S.)
                         Enough of this nonsense, open this 
                         door or I'll kick it in.

                                     JANET
                         Go away.

               CRACK

               Behind her the door slams open and STEVE rushes in, scoops 
               up a startled Janet and kisses her passionately.  She 
               struggles to break away, to talk...

                                     JANET (CONT'D)
                         No, Steve.  You have to...

               He silences her with kisses, restrains her with embraces 
               until they are making love.  And still she tries to stop 
               him, but he won't be stayed.  Then her desire gets the better 
               of her fear and she becomes a willing partner, until... 

                                     JANET (IN FRENCH) (CONT'D)
                              (Whispers)
                         So sucre.  Revanche.

               She spasms, convulses and collapses.

                                     STEVE
                         Janet.  Damn it, don't... shit.

               He grabs the phone, dials.

                                     STEVE (CONT'D)
                         Doctor?

               WEDDING MARCH THEME CRESCENDOS AND ENDS

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          22   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       22   

               (Red record light & day date)

               CLOSE ON:

                                     PSYCHIATRIST
                         Session three, patient Janet.  This 
                         time it was French, "So sweet.  
                         Revenge."

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               JANET, in a trance on the couch.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         Both the patient and her spouse are 
                         very agitated and disturbed by these 
                         reoccurring regressions, especially 
                         since they seem to be triggered by 
                         mutual sexual excitment.  This is 
                         definitely one for the Journal, maybe 
                         even a book.  Janet, do you hear me?

                                     JANET
                              (in a trance)
                         Yes.

               On her sleeping face.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (O.S.)
                         When I count to three you will 
                         remember everything that happened 
                         last night.  One, two, three.

               Her eyes pop open and she smiles.

                                     PSYCHIATRIST (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                         Where are you, Janet?

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          23   INT. MADEMOISELLE BONNET'S BOUDOIR (FILM) -- NIGHT            23   

               HARPSICHORD MINUET

               MADEMOISELLE BONNET smiles.

               She is a pretty red head dressed in fifteenth century 
               foundation lingerie.  She sits at her elaborate vanity being 
               powdered, made up and elaborately wigged by YVETTE, her young 
               maid.

                                     JANET (V.O.)
                         I'm in a beautiful boudoir doing 
                         makeup and being dressed.

               When the make up is finished the maid helps MADEMOISELLE 
               BONNET put on the elaborate gown of a Duchess then exits and 
               returns with JON, a handsome young Musketeer.  The Maid 
               discreetly exits as Jon and the Mademoiselle make themselves 
               comfortable on the chase lounge.  They take turns undressing 
               each other, both wear stockings, both have elaborate waist 
               coats, him a cod piece, her a dozen petite coats and a bustle.  
               The Maid returns with a tray of fresh strawberries and 
               powdered sugar which the lovers share.  The Maid sneaks one 
               strawberry, dripping with powdered sugar, then discreetly 
               sits in the corner watching.

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               Finally naked, the Duchess and the Musketeer make love.   

                                                             INTERCUT WITH:

          24   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       24   

               (Red record light & Day/date stamp in corners)

               JANET'S expressions match as she duplicates what happens in 
               the boudoir, undressing couch.  Behind her the PSYCHIATRIST 
               watches and listens, fascinated.  Rather than describe what 
               is happening, she explains how she met the Musketeer at a 
               concert, but their love is doomed because they are from 
               different strata, different social classes.  He is a Musketeer 
               and so they can never marry, just steal an occasional 
               afternoon of bliss.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          25   INT. MADEMOISELLE BONNET'S BOUDOIR (FILM) -- CONTINUOUS       25   

               MADEMOISELLE BONNET and the MUSKETEER are about to climax 
               while the MAID watches.  Suddenly Mademoiselle Bonnet spasms, 
               convulses and collapses - dead.  Then the Musketeer spasms 
               and convulses, but he is strong and clings to life.  The 
               Maid steps up to the tragic couple, smiling she takes a 
               strawberry, ploughs it through the powdered sugar and studies 
               it.  Then she pulls off her elaborate wig and shakes out her 
               own blonde hair.

               The Musketeer, in the throes of death, recognizes the maid 
               for the first time.

                                     MUSKETEER
                         Yvette!

               Then he dies.

               Yvette smiles down at him, bits the strawberry then spasms.

                                     YVETTE
                              (gasps)
                         So sucre...

               THE MINUET CRESCENDOS AND ENDS

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          26   INT. PSYCHIATRIST OFFICE (VIDEO) -- DAY                       26   

               (Red record light & day/date in corners)

               JANET convulses.

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                                     JANET
                              (whispers in French)
                         ...Revanche.

                                                             MATCH DISSOLVE

          27   INT. JANET & STEVE'S BEDROOM -- NIGHT                         27   

               WEDDING MARCH THEME 

                                     JANET
                              (Whispers)
                         Revenge.

               Include STEVE, sitting next to her.  It dawns on him...

                                     STEVE
                         You were the maid.

               Janet is excited because he understands.

                                     JANET
                         Right.  I poisoned my mistress and 
                         my lover and myself.  We all died.  
                         But I wasn't killed,

                                     STEVE
                         This time you were the killer and 
                         that means that history is not 
                         destined to keep repeating itself...

                                     JANET
                         ...and we can make love and not be 
                         afraid.  This isn't ancient China or 
                         Nazi Germany or anywhere dangerous.  
                         There are no other men in my life.  
                         Isn't it great.  We have nothing to 
                         fear.

               They kiss, they make love.

               WEDDING MARCH THEME CRESCENDOS, THE LAST CHORD HOLDS AND 
               BUILDS...

               Behind her, PETER, the best man, steps in the bedroom door 
               and sneaks up to the couple.  He has something in his hand 
               and as he gets closer he holds up a hypodermic needle.  Steve 
               sees Peter but ignores him, watching as Peter quickly stabs 
               the needle into Janet's arm, driving the plunger home, then 
               pulling the hypodermic from her arm.

               Janet is startled, surprised then confused.

                                     JANET (CONT'D)
                         What?

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               Steve and Peter restrain her, holding her arms to her side.

                                     STEVE
                         That was 50 cc's of air, in a minute 
                         it will reach your heart and cause a 
                         massive heart attack.

                                     PETER
                         You were scheduled for a sailing 
                         accident, but then you started having 
                         seizures and seeing a shrink.

                                     STEVE
                         It was too good an opportunity.  The 
                         Doctor will confirm that you've had 
                         three previous incidents and everyone 
                         will believe that your forth 
                         "spontaneous past regression" was so 
                         horrible it scared you to death.

                                     JANET
                         Why?

               Steve hugs Peter.

                                     STEVE
                         Peter and I love each other, 
                         unfortunately for you, we also love 
                         to travel and love the good life.  
                         Your trust fund provides the means.

               They kiss

                                     JANET
                         Fuck you, both.

               Her eyes bulge and she convulses as the air hits her heart, 
               then her eyes close.

               BY NOW THE LAST CHORD IS THUNDERING

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               BLACK 

               THE LAST CHORD SEGUES INTO A HEARTBEAT 

               ROLL TAIL CREDITS

               The BLACK is pierced by a pinpoint of White light that swells 
               until it forces the LAST CREDIT off the frame.

               THE HEARTBEAT SUDDENLY STOPS 

               SLAP - A BABY CRYING 

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               FADE IN - CLOSE UP:

               A surgically masked DOCTOR.  He's looking straight at the 
               camera holding something up over the camera.

                                     DOCTOR
                         It's a girl!

                                                                    CUT TO:

               BLACK 

               THE END





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