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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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