MUMMIES OF GUANAJUATO - Sample script pages ©1996 Wayne Bauer
EXT: ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY The Museum of the Mummies (Museo de las Momias) in the town of Guanajuato at the entrance to the PANTEON (Municipal Cemetary). INT: MUSEUM/ MUMMY EXHIBIT - DAY The distinguished, older, curator of the mummy museum, MR. ORTEGA, leads two retired couples, mid sixties, typical, tourist, into the next exhibit. MR. ORTEGA And this, ladies and gentleman is the face that the Guanajuato legend is made of. The group of tourists look on in wonder. CLOSE UP: THE MUMMY OF MARIE Her skin is dried and pulled taught over her skull freezing her expression into an eternal silent scream. They are eager to hear how Maria came to be the legend of Guanajuato. HARRY It says in the brochure that she cursed the Don Josef Del Cruz family to "burn in hell forever". MR. ORTEGA She did. Now I will tell you how a young girl damned such a powerful family. The group looks at him with drooling tourist expressions. Empty, but full of wonder. Mr. Ortega leans into the crowd as he continues his tale. ESTABLISHING SHOT 17TH CENTURY GUANAJUATO. INT. BARN - DAY Sounds of A FIESTA are heard outside. Sunbeams stream through the open loft door. Rolling in the hay are the partially clad bodies of a man and a woman. They are at the height of their lovemaking. MR. ORTEGA (V.O.) Maria was a peasant girl working for the influential Del Cruz family. She had an affair with the handsome, Francisco, the only son of Don Josef. It was nothing more than wanton sex. Two people consumed by the fire of passion. Fueled by the enthusiasm of youth. The heat from their bodies was enough to ignite the hay they were lying on. It was a perfect lust filled moment. The man and the woman tense up in a sweaty climax. EDNA (V.O.) Is it warm in here or is it just me? HARRY (V.O.) It's just you, Edna. Shut up. The couple finally relax in each others arms. The woman toys with the small medallion on a silver chain around the man's neck. INT: BARN - DAY The door of the barn opens and two figures step in. JUAN and EMILLIO, nicely dressed, handsome young men stand in the light. There is a burro in a small stall on one side. The door swings closed behind them as they step around a small cart of hay in the middle of the floor. JUAN Francisco. We know you are in here. And we know you are not alone! Juan looks about and goes under the loft where hay is falling through the cracks of the loft floor above. INT: BARN/LOFT - DAY In the loft Francisco and Maria scramble to put their clothes back on. EMILLIO C'mon out, Casanova. You are needed. It's time for the toast. Francisco looks over the edge of the loft to Emillio below. FRANCISCO Emillio! EMILLIO I knew it! If you want to find Fransisco, look were they keep the jackass! FRANCISCO Are you and Juan the only ones looking for me? Juan swings around the ladder from under the loft. JUAN Are you the only one in the loft? Juan charges up the ladder. FRANCISCO Juan! Stay down! Francisco pushes Juan off the ladder and scoots back to Maria. INT: BARN - DAY Juan falls and lands in the cart of hay. INT: BARN/LOFT - DAY Fransisco throws on his coat. As Maria buttons up her dress. FRANCISCO Maria, I must go. Francisco kisses her then crawls to the ladder and begins down. He stops and looks at the beautiful girl. FRANCISCO (continuing) I will call you. He throws her a kiss, grabs his boots from the hay and drops them. INT: BARN - DAY Emillio avoids one boot. The other lands in the cart on Juan. Fransisco jumps to the ground between his friends. He helps Juan from the cart. JUAN Look at you! Someone would think you were rolling in the hay. FRANCISCO Look at you. Someone would think we were rolling in it together. So, tell me how the fiesta is going. EMILLIO The brides maids are all naked dancing in the fountain. FRANCISCO Hmmm, the party is picking up. EMILLIO Your father in law is drunk and has fallen in the well. FRANCISCO Are you kidding? EMILLIO And your grandfather has lost the ranch in a poker game to someone in the brides party. FRANCISCO You are not serious. JUAN And your wife has run off to make love with the best man. FRANCISCO Now I know you are lieing. You are my best man. JUAN And don't forget it. Put on your boot. EMILLIO Tell me, Francisco. How can you take such risks? FRANCISCO It is the air I breath. What would life be without it's risks? EMILLIO (this should be a quote out of the bible that means the same as below) You know what they say? One day, Fransisco, you will pay. The men get to the barn doors as Fransisco makes last minute adjustments to his fancy clothes. FRANCISCO One day, maybe. But not today. It is my wedding day! With that Fransisco pushes open the doors to reveal a huge wedding reception in progress. The men stride to the crowd. Fransisco waves to friends and family as he joins the bride at their seats. IN THE LOFT: Maria lays dreamily in the hay basking in afterglow. She rolls over and looks at the reception as DonJosef leads the guests as they raise their glasses to toast the newlyweds, Fransisco and his new bride. EXT. FRANCISCO'S CASA - NIGHT The winds blow angrily about as Maria, with a modest cloak about her, makes her way to the big wooden gate. She rings the bell. A man opens the gate. She speaks to him briefly. He backs up and closes the gate leaving Maria standing there. Francisco comes out and Maria talks to him. MR. ORTEGA (V.O.) When Maria discovered she was carrying Francisco's baby she went to him for help. He was outraged. Francisco could never bring this shame on his family. Francisco pushes away from Maria and disappears inside the gates. Maria pounds on the gate. The gates fly open and Maria steps aside as a buggy drawn by a black horse pulls harshly up beside her. MR. ORTEGA (V.O.) (continuing) So to hide his indiscretion he takes Maria to an abandon shack on a hill on the outskirts of town. Inside the buggy Francisco holds out his hand to her. She takes his hand and her place in the buggy. Francisco aggressively heads up the horse and they race away into the threatening night to a shack on the hill silhouetted by the March full moon. INT. MUSEUM PRESENT - DAY Mr. Ortega waits for questions or comments Every one is silent. The women stand consumed by the story. The men are standing unimpressed. DICK That's it? That's the legend? This girl gets knocked up by a rich kid and he has to hide it from his family? That was on Melrose Place. ADELE Dick, shut up. HARRY We came all this way and paid paid 12 bucks to boot to find out mummy here was a slut? MR. ORTEGA Francisco didn't let it end there. He used his influence to convince the townspeople that Maria had gone mad and wasn't to be trusted. DICK In case she talked. No one would believe her. HARRY Smart guy. ADELE The bastard. EXT. 17TH CENTURY GUANAJUATO - NIGHT The streets are filled with fiesta people doing fiesta things in fiesta clothes. Francisco and his wife look on from a balcony on high in their villa. Francisco's father and other people are there. MR. ORTEGA (V.O.) Months later, On the night of the FIESTA DE LA MORTE, the FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD, Francisco and his father Don Josef Ricardo Del Cruz, watched the town from their villa over looking the city. Screams of agonizing pain shriek from the hills choking out the sound of the fiesta. It went straight to the soul of every man and woman in Guanajuato that night. Especially to the tortured soul of Francisco. He knew. He knew that Maria was giving birth to Francisco's bastard son! A tipsy, distinguished, older looking man comes on to the balcony. MARTIN Josef. Fransisco. So this is where you've been hiding! DON JOSEF We're not hiding Martin. We just stepped out for some air. Martin looks down at the town. MARTIN It seems the fiesta is not very festive. People don't know how to celebrate the dead anymore. Fransisco jumps up. He is very agitated. FRANSISCO It's that woman on the hill! Wailing from the gates of hell! Martin and Josef look at Fransisco. The women and others go in the house. Martin slowly breaks the awkward silence. MARTIN Come inside now. Your man Pepino has made a piñata that looks like Crazy Maria. She is pregnant with good things for the children. They are waiting to whack at it. DON JOSEF Very good Martin! MARTIN I may take a swing at it myself. Martin swings his arm and staggers a bit. Josef steadies his friend. DON JOSEF Tell the children to begin without me. But don't you do anything until I get there. Josef shuttles Martin into the house then turns his attention to Fransisco. DON JOSEF (continuing) Why do you seem so tortured tonight, Fransisco? Even our guests have noticed. FRANSISCO Don't you hear her, Father? She has chilled every bone in Guanajuato tonight. DON JOSEF I understand she is giving birth. You should have heard your mother wail when you were born. You could hear her in the next arroyo. Because you were so big she swore never to have another. FRANSISCO Her cries echoing everywhere have ruined the entire fiesta. DON JOSEF The painful joy of birth my son. INT. MARIA'S SHACK - NIGHT In her sparsely furnished shack Maria lays on her bed tearing at her sheets, and scratching the bed posts. She wails as another searing pain shoots through her in what is obviously a difficult labor. EXT. DEL CRUZ HOME/BALCONY - NIGHT DON JOSEF Come inside, Fransisco. Don't worry about the town people. And forget about that crazy peasant girl. She has nothing to do with you. Fransisco looks into his father's eyes then yells down to a farm hand below. FRANSISCO Pepino! Saddle my horse! Don Josef grabs his son's shoulders and holds him face to face. DON JOSEF Fransisco, what have you done? Fransisco breaks free of his father's grip and runs into the house. EXT: GUANAJUATO - NIGHT Francisco rides through the streets to the center of town gathering the people together. Supported by this scary witchy looking woman, the people move toward him listening to what he is saying. The scary woman makes him seem more convincing. As she screams her conviction and thumps her bible. The crowd gets restless. The men scowl. The woman cross them selves and do their rosary. MR. ORTEGA (V.O.) Francisco rode frantically through the streets inciting the towns people to form a mob. Working on their religious beliefs and spiritual fears. He convinces them that Maria is evil and is giving birth to the devil's spawn. The very spiritual matriarch of the town gets caught up in Francisco's frenzy. She agitates the crowd with talk of God's work fighting Diablo in all of his forms. Someone has brought the priest. He tries to talk sense to them but he is drowned out by another shriek from the shack on the hill. Even with his convictions he finds this night is unlike others. And when he cannot guarantee that Maria is not possessed by the devil hysteria and fear fuel mob mentality. The crowd heads toward the shack on the hill as Maria's cries of pain tear through the night air. INT. MARIA'S SHACK - NIGHT Maria is crazed with pain. No drugs. No help. Things couldn't be worse. Then the child starts coming out. It is a bloody mess. Maria reaches down to receive her baby. It is born into her own hands in one last screaming grunt and push. Just as the child clears the vagina, hands snatch the baby from her. Maria looks up very confused. WITCHYWOMAN You shall not give life to the devil's child this night! The old woman, unmercilessly, cuts the umbilical cord with her knife. Hands grab Maria and drag her outside. EXT. SHACK - NIGHT Men are furiously digging a grave. The priest is blessing the ground. FRANCISCO You have given birth to an unholy child. Now you will spend eternity in hallowed ground. MARIA It's your baby Francisco Del Cruz! If anyone is unholy it is you! I curse the day I ever laid eyes on you! WITCHYWOMAN This child is the result of a demonic coupling. MARIA Let me hold my baby! WITCHYWOMAN Diablo's attack on our souls stops here. The old lady cuts off the head of the child. Maria shrieks in horror. The men holding her, throw her in the hole. A priest gives the witchywoman a small jewel encrusted box, then starts throwing holy water on Maria. Blessing her in Latin. The witchywoman puts the head of the child in the jeweled box and the body in a small wooden box. WITCHYWOMAN (continuing) We must bury the child's head separate from the body and away from its mother to keep the evil at bay. Maria is in shock but she feebly speaks. MARIA My baby. Let me hold my baby WITCHYWOMAN You shall be buried alive with your sins! And at the gates of heaven you will find there is no mercy for your wretched soul. Men start filling in the hole with dirt. Francisco looks down at her. Maria's head flies up with hatred in her eyes. MARIA I curse you Francisco Del Cruz! You and all of your family to come. I will plague the Del Cruz family out of existence if it takes me a thousand years. And I Maria Conchita Rosita Margarita Gonzales will personally come back for the pleasure of killing the last of your family! Hear me Francisco! I curse you all! I will have my revenge! The last shovel of dirt blackens the screen. INT. 20TH CENTURY GUANAJUATO/MUSEUM - DAY The mummy of Maria seems even more saddened at hearing her story again. EDNA Has it come true? Did she kill the last of the Del Cruz family? MR. ORTEGA After decades of hardships and deaths the family left Guanajuato many, many years ago. No one ever knew where they had gone. ESTABLISHING SHOT The upper crust part of the LOS ANGELES SAN FERNANDO VALLEY EXT: CRUZ HOME - DAY A nice two story house in a nice upper middle class neighborhood. Groomed lawn. Nicely landscaped. A new SUV in the driveway. INT. FRANK CRUZ HOME - DAY In his home office Frank Cruz, a fit, good looking man in his 40's, talks to his friend and boss, Larry Weller, an older distinguished silver haired man, dressed in a very expensive suit. They are talking over some travel brochures scattered about the desk. FRANK I love Mexico!
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