Screenplay ~~- Sanctum

Fire-Hail Pulverizes The Queen's Safe-Room

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The beautiful Princess remains standing with her back to the sacrificial altar. She huffs and puffs, aglow with the excitement of having mastered her spiritual powers.

PRINCESS SALOME
This feels GOOD.

Red glow pulses from the idol-image above and behind her. She smiles, enjoying the power she is beginning to master:

She sees Prince Neko at the back of Sanctum, lying comatose, (knocked out by a falling mummy).

PRINCESS SALOME
Brother's just another mummy now.

Princess Salome sees fury-faced Queen Nefertiri slowly struggle up from under the mass of crashed mummies.

PRINCESS SALOME
(eyes threatening)
Stay DOWN, mother.


QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(growls at Princess)
I can kill you, and make another daughter just like you... but pretty!

A RAT runs through the rubble of decayed dry flesh-dust around the mummies.

Queen Nefertiri whips out her hand, grabs the rat.
Princess Salome looks frightened.

Boil-faced Queen Nefertiri rushes at Princess Salome, wields the rat in the scared Princess' face.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
It's got RABIES!

{EEK!} Salome jumps out of the Queen's path.
The Queen slams the rat on the altar...

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Kill the pest; clean the nest!

... she grabs a knife...
...stabs the rat!

Princess Salome screams!

Princess Salome watches in horror as the rat wiggles in death throes, fighting in vain to escape from the knife.

PRINCESS SALOME
That animal didn't hurt you, I DID!

Queen Nefertiri pulls the rat off the knife, holds the rat up toward the idol on the wall above the altar.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Hail Isis, goddess of fertility!

Queen Nefertiri hurls the rat to the floor.
The rat bursts into FLAME!

Queen Nefertiri trails her knife in the rat's blood.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Trails of red, raise the dead

She wipes the knife-blood in a circle on her royal forehead.

PRINCESS SALOME
(gasps)
No.

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Teach my children I'm the HEAD!

Queen Nefertiri raises her head high to face the image of Isis on the wall above the altar...

Queen Nefertiri punctuates her own forehead-circle with a knife-dot in its middle.

PRINCESS SALOME
You can't control Osiris!

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Osiris, god of creature-spawn, enter me!

Princess Salome and the stirring Prince Neko watch in fascination as the Idol-Apparition above the altar stirs, morphing into the interchanging images of Isis and Osiris:

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
We pray you return peace to our land!

A light from Osiris beams into the knife-hole in Queen nefertiri's forehead.

PRINCE NEKO
Yahweh, Elohim of the Hebrews, yet vomits his ultimatum, β€˜Let My people go, so they can serve me instead of you.’

ISIS
So today we send all our plagues upon Yahweh's heart, and upon his officials, and upon his people.

PRINCE NEKO
(to Osiris)
Then Yahweh will see that there is no one like you in all the earth.

OSIRIS
(above on wall)
I stretch out my hand to strike Moses and his people with pestilence.

ISIS
I cut the rebels down from the earth.

OSIRIS
(on wall)
Queen, I raised you up to smash the Hebrews, to show my power by such a devastating blow that the Name of their god β€˜Yahweh’ will forever be cursed throughout all the earth.

ISIS
(on wall)
Yet knowing this, the Israeli-spawn still exalt themselves against my people, demanding Pharaoh release them to go die in the desert!

Boil-faced Prince Neko stalks forward to stand before the altar. He flanks his boil-faced mother...
...the Prince and the Queen turn to face the sweat-faced, scared Princess Salome:

PRINCE NEKO
(Osiris' voice)
So watch me make my sky rain a storm of huge hailstones β€” a storm greater than any storm seen in Egypt from the day it was founded until now.

PRINCESS SALOME
You fools!

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
(Isis' voice, to Princess)
Warn the Hebrews to send out their shepherds right now... to gather their cattle, to shelter everything and everyone they have in their fields.

PRINCE NEKO
(to Princess)
My hail falls to rain down upon every man and beast the Hebrews fail to bring home.

PRINCESS SALOME
No!

PRINCE NEKO
- then the Jews die in the dirt.

ISIS
Messiah Queen, stretch up your hand toward heaven.

OSIRIS
Then I'll throw hail over all Israeli land, upon man, beast, and every plant of the field, throughout all the slaves' camps.

Wide-eyed Princess Salome watches Queen Nefertiri (stationed before the idol-apparition) stretch out her staff toward Isis' image above.

The sky above resounds with the BOOMS and clashes of thunder and hail.

Fire runs along the marble floor of Sanctum.
Princess Salome jumps to keep her feet from catching on fire.

Hail-fire droplets fall all around the amazed Queen, Prince and Princess.

Princess Salome jolts into a trance.

Her spirit-vision flies up out of Sanctum.


THEN, OUTSIDE AT THE EGYPT IN THE DAYTIME:

IN PRINCESS SALOME'S VISION: Fire runs along the ground as hailstones rain upon the land of Egypt β€”
Not just hail, but firebombs β€” huge heavy incendiary hailstones never seen on earth! Literally, "fire chained to hailstones."

These fire-hail-bombs strike throughout the whole land of Egypt.

The explosions kill everyone and everything in the field, both man and beast.

The fire-chained hail kills every plant in every field.

Fire-hail smashes every tree in Egyptian country.

Hail-fire smashes a baby (Egyptian-branded) goat in a field.

But in the Goshen pasturelands, where the stunned Israelites live - the sky gleams clear and sunny. They watch hail fall on the pyramids on their horizon.


THEN, INSIDE THE SANCTUM IN THE DAYTIME:

BOOM! An explosion rocks Sanctum.

PRINCESS SALOME
(shakes Queen)
Relent! Your hail-curse is smashing our country!

PRINCE NEKO
(shouts)
The Hebrews will relent -
(growls)
- when we kill their babies!

{ BAM! } A small fire-chained hail stone blasts through the skylight.

Prince Neko, Princess Salome and Queen Nefertiri jump out of the way of the falling fire-stone.

Prince Neko wraps his muscular protective arms around Queen Nefertiri.

The fire-stone smashes down into the middle of Sanctum's floor, pounding it into a small but fiery crater.

The bed catches on fire.

Princess Salome runs to fill water bowls...
She pours water on the bed-fire...
Finally it calms.

Princess Salome, Prince Neko, and Queen Nefertiri look in terror to the ceiling as stones from outside bash giant dents into Sanctum's metal ceiling.
{BAM!}

The Queen, Prince and Princess jolt in fear:

QUEEN NEFERTIRI
Enough, Osiris!

{BOOM!}

PRINCESS SALOME
Eeekkk!

{SMASH!}

PRINCE NEKO
Agggh!