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Early 1900s, Night. An old church and adjacent cemetery is seen, intermittently illuminated by lightning flashes. As fat raindrops begin to splatter down we catch glimpses of something lumbering slowly out of the cemetery.
Early 1900s, Day. An old cabin is seen nestled in the pine forest with vines growing up the outside walls. A hired hand, somewhat sinister looking, is seen raking straw into a pile in the barnyard. While he gathers straw to be stored, a woman named RACHEL SPENCER around 30 years old comes out of the cabin carrying a bucket and begins to draw water from the well in the yard. As a gust of wind blows open the barn door she sets aside her water pail and heads to the barn. She enters the barn, at which time the hired hand drops his rake and follows her in. We hear the sounds of a struggle and suddenly the mans bloody body is thrown out the barn door! More sounds of struggle are accompanied by the woman screaming, No, NO! Leave me be!, and then there is silence.