(A hand is shows grabbing an encyclopedia. It flips to the definition of Lycanthropy, which according to the Encyclopedia is "Lycanthropy (Werewolfism): A disease of the mind in which human beings imagine they are Wolf Men. According to an old legend which persists in certain localities, the victims actually assume some of the physical characteristics of the animal. There is a small village near CONLIFFE CASTLE that still claims to have had gruesome experiences with this supernatural creature")
(The encyclopedia page fades into an under head shot of several villagers overlooking what appears to be corpse, the caption "Dencuster, England 1912" The villagers all look frightened and disgusted, though only a glimpse of the corpse is in view of the audience. A man in black and purple priest's robes pushes through the crowds. he has long hair and a medium sized beard, and appears to be in his mid 60s. This is Father John Talbot, played by Gary Oldman.)
Father John Talbot: Make way, make way!
(Father John stares at the corpse in front of him, with a look of silent despair. He closes his eyes as if in pain. He is followed by his adviser, a priest in training named Matthew. He is meek, bald, and has a shorter brownish-grey beard.)
Matthew: You knew this man in life?
Father John Talbot (nodding): Yes, hard working young man by the name of Jim, Jim McNair. He was a good friend of the Church, an example could most definitely be set from such a honorable man.
Matthew: I'm sorry Father John. It is monstrous to lose someone at such a young age.
(Father John turns around, walking away from the corpse with Matthew)
Father John Talbot: That's not the half of it. Jim had the best of his life ahead of him, was engaged to a rich, aristocratic Gwen Conliffe.
(Cut to a hysterical, red haired woman pounces on the corpse, crying and screaming in despair and agony. She is dressed in all black. Her parents are behind her, sharing in this woman's tragedy, also dressed in black. This is Gwen Conliffe, played by Bryce Dallas Howard.)
Matthew: You have a son of your own, don't you?
Father John Talbot (nodding, turning to Matthew): Yes, Lawrence, he's a lawyer now and a rather successful one from what I hear. Haven't spoken to him for 22 years.
Matthew: Wasn't young Lawrence a friend of Jim's in life?
Father John Talbot: Yes, Lawrence, Jim and Mercutio were as close as I've ever seen too young boys
Matthew: Perhaps it would be best if Lawrence returned to Dencuster...One last time.
(Father John Talbot turns to Matthew nervously. The screen then goes black as the words "The Wolf-Man" appear on the screen, to a background of forest trees. The credits are shown under these tree branches, and a howl is heard to close out the credits. Cut to a ship where Lawrence Talbot, played by Elijah Wood, is standing, writing in a journal. He has little facial hair, an overcoat and a homburg hat. He looks in to the great beyond of the shores of England, with a look of detachment and fear. He appears to have been crying from the redness of his eyes)
Lawrence Talbot (narrating his Journal entry): February 2nd, 1912. I gaze upon the shores of my childhood like I'm entering the mouth of a hellish beast. There will lie my own Dante's Inferno of pain. There was nothing but death and tragedy here as a child, and no doubt my only reason for returning is to embrace the tragic fate of a dead friend. Why I was so devastated upon my father's dismissal of me...I'll never know.
(Lawrence once again stares at the shores of England. As two tears drop from his eyes, his gloved hands cover his face in shame of showing this weakness. He takes a deep breath, and walks of the boat)
(The camera moves upward to the greyish cloud filled sky, showing a descending sun, and then cuts into a classic taxicab taking Lawrence to Father John's Rectory)
Taxicab Driver: Father John's Rectory, Mr Larry.
(Lawrence Talbot, looks out the window, taking a deep breath as he re-enters a world he thought he had abandoned)
(Cut to Lawrence cautiously enters the Rectory, as if there was something here he was afraid to see again. The whole building is cloaked in darkness, as if it was hiding something terrible. The statues of gargoyles covering the walls give the Rectory a look of a cave where demons and monsters lay sleeping. He climbs the spiral staircase to the top, where he sees his father, praying at an altar. Father John Talbot turns around, and smiles incredibly uneasily at Lawrence)
Father John Talbot: Lo and behold, the prodigal son returns.
Lawrence Talbot: Hello father...It...It's been a while.
(Father John goes in to hug Lawrence, but instead recieves a mere handshake from his son. He smiles uneasily again, as he shakes his hand, tears in his eyes)
Lawrence Talbot (On the verge of tears): So...What happened...To Jim, I mean?
Father John Talbot (sighing): Your friend was found in a log cabin, deep in the woods. The wounds...It was like he'd been eaten alive. Half his face was gone when we got to him.
(Lawrence gasps in horror, covering his mouth as if not to scream,, barely bringing himself to say the next sentence.)
Lawrence Talbot: So...So, animal attack?
Father John Talbot: One would think so, but it doesn't appear that there's an animal roaming England today capable of such savagery. Such violence seems to be something only a man could commit.
(Lawrence, taking of his homburg and staring at the ground blankly. he looks back up at Sir John.)
Lawrence Talbot...Where are they keeping Jim's body?
To be continued...