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"Outbreak" - my 3-year-old project. (1 Viewer)

"OUTBREAK" - Six high school students take refuge in an abandoned High School in the aftermath of an outbreak of a virus that changes the living into undead man-eating creatures. On a survivor's radio, they hear word of a planned rescue operation. Will they survive long enough to be rescued?

Or will they succumb to the living dead...or worse, each other?
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A little background: I've been working on this script since the second semester of 7th grade (10th grade second semester sophomore now). I was lucky enough to have the first ever draft signed by George Romero (yes, you read correctly), and since then this script has been where I've been teaching myself the ropes of screenwriting. This is my tenth revision, spanning 57 pages in Final Draft. I hope you enjoy it!

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FADE IN:

INT - VIDEO CAMERA - MULTIPLE TIMEFRAMES

After several moments in the dark, there is an explosion of snowy STATIC. As soon as it starts, the static vanishes as we are greeted with the scene before us: a birthday party for a 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL. Family and friends surround her as they sing "Happy Birthday." With a grin, she blows out the candles, followed by tumultuous applause. A SMILING WOMAN behind the girl motions to the camera.

MOM
Matt, put down the camera and help cut the cake!

After some more static, the scene changes to a barbecue on the 4th of July. The same relatives sit outside at a small table, plates heaped with meat and vegetables before them. A FATHERLY FIGURE is at the barbecue flipping hot dogs and burgers.

Some more static, followed by beautiful fireworks. Cheering is heard behind us, as well as a GROUP OF TEENAGERS singing a badly botched version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

TEENAGERS
...what so proudly we hailed...at the twilight's last gleaming...

The familiar static brings forward a new scene, different from all the others. The cameraman is running down the hallway of a house to the living room, where a TEENAGE BOY WITH GLASSES is setting up a VCR. The boy has a sweaty brow and appears extremely stressed by the situation. A FAINT BANGING can be heard in the distance. This frustrated youth is MICHAEL ANDERSON, and our unseen cameraman is his cousin MATT DYER.

MATT
Mike, are you getting this?

MICHAEL
(stressed)
I'm trying!

The television abruptly turns on, startling Michael as he falls to the floor. He immediately gets up and sits on the La-Z-Boy behind him. On the TV is a NEWSCASTER, a tall man who appears just as stressed and worried as Michael. He looks at the slightly crumpled papers before him and uneasily speaks towards the camera.

NEWSCASTER
...Again, the rescue stations in Randall and Townshend are now inactive. United States Government officials have refused to comment, but it has been confirmed that the "superflu" epidemic reported earlier last week has been causing hundreds of deceased to...reanimate and seek the flesh of...

The newscaster is cut off as the television suddenly goes dark, accompanied by a loud THUD from Matt's right. The camera turns towards the source of the noise: four figures have burst through the front door. Their features are remotely visible, but there is a distinct feature among them: they are all covered in blood. They emit a loud snarling noise as they run towards Matt and Michael.

Michael jumps out of the La-Z-Boy and runs directly behind Matt, who turns and follows him. They run through the kitchen and down a hallway, circling their attackers. They run down the hall and through a set of doors to the GARAGE. There is a brief SMACKING SOUND of teeth sinking into flesh behind us, bringing a cry of pain from Michael off screen.

The angle changes in a flurry of static to a drastic vertical angle: the camera is on the garage floor. Matt is finally visible, but for a horrible reason: Michael is being pulled through the doorway to the garage by the attackers, and Matt is trying with all his might to pull him away from his death. A pool of blood is steadily forming on the floor inside.

MICHAEL
Matt!

Michael's hands, sweaty from his earlier frustration, quickly slip out of Matt's grip. He screams deafeningly as he is ravenously pulled inside. The door slams with a final BANG. As Matt tries to open the door, he crumples down as Michael's screams abruptly stop.

There is no time for Matt to grieve. The creatures inside are already pulling at his only barrier. He abandons his post and ducks to get the camera. It steadies as Matt pushes at the garage door button. It slowly opens with a loud whirring noise. Matt stoops down to get through the garage door's slowly opening passage just as his attackers get through the door.

He runs down the street and turns the corner just as the tape begins to static once more.

The OPENING CREDITS are intercut with snippets of Matt’s journey through the surrounding area: bodies lie in the streets that slowly start to get up, blood surrounds the opening of a nearby house, and other ominous and grotesque images that all culminate in static.

EXT - SCHOOL - MORNING

The blurry gray frame of the camera is rhythmically invaded by Matt's running feet. He breathes heavily, chased by unknown attackers. Pulling up the camera, the frame radically changes perspective...

...and Matt is greeted with the gray monolithic structure of REINIGER HIGH SCHOOL. Part castle, part prison, the school is a monument to the standardization of education. But let's forget about that: this prison is his future sanctuary.

Matt runs through the school's football field towards a set of tan portables.

Slightly hidden in the distance is a GLINTING METAL STRUCTURE- a small "cage" constructed of chain-link fence. We can almost hear Matt's lungs scream for air as he sprints to the cage.

As he makes it to the cage, the camera changes perspective again to a slightly tilted vertical position, then immediately to the "standard" horizontal angle.

We finally see our attackers: their skin still retains some of their original pinkish hue, but they have sporadic splotches of mottled gray derma, most of them around their wounds. Their fingernails, if not gone entirely, are heavily chipped and caked in dried blood. None of these grotesque details compare to the creatures' eyes: whatever eye color they had when they were still alive is gone, replaced by an oozy brown color specked with the dripping red of burst miniature blood vessels.

The attackers, two boys and a girl, barely notice their impact against the walls of the cage as they lunge and reach towards Matt. Suddenly, a faint but distinct voice is heard shouting behind Matt.

NICOLE
Fenton, someone's outside!

Matt rapidly turns to see a TEENAGE GIRL WITH YELLOW BINOCULARS standing on the balcony of the school cafeteria. Directly below her are a set of PURPLE METAL DOORS, sealed shut by the school's magnetized security system. A loud WHIRRING is heard, followed by a much less audible CLICK. The magnets have been disabled.

Matt sees his window of opportunity and pushes as hard as he can against the cage's entrance, thrusting back the mindless attackers. Again with lighting speed, he breaks into a run towards the school's entrance. He flings open the school doors and enters the entrance to the DUNGEON, the school's basement. He runs up the stairs directly in front of him, the zombies in direct pursuit.

Reaching the end of the mountain of stairs, Matt runs to the right towards another set of purple doors, this time with no handles. He pounds against the doors' lone GLASS FRAMES, hoping someone hears him.

MATT
Help me!

Meeting his aid is Fenton Miller (16-17), an imposing teenager wielding a slightly bloody metal baseball bat. The fire in his eyes is an almost identical match to those of the attackers, but his otherwise normal stature contradicts these grim thoughts.

FENTON
(calmly)
Are you one of them?

MATT
(pleading)
Just let me in, they’re almost here!

FENTON
(still calm)
I asked if you were one of them.

MATT
I'm not! Are there others with you? Please, let me in!

Fenton doesn't move. Matt turns around and confirms his suspicions: the zombies are almost through the metal doors. Their snarls echo through the empty hallway.

FENTON
I don't trust you. You'll let them in.

MATT
I don't even know what the hell's goin' on. Besides, you're the one with the baseball bat.

Fenton slowly starts to walk towards the door. There is an echoing CLANG as, down the stairs, the zombies break in.

FENTON
Move it!

Fenton opens the door and Matt barely dodges the grips of a zombie as they slam into the metal door. Pushing away, Matt runs inside as Fenton forces them back with the bat. When they are a few feet away, he pulls as hard as he can on the door, shutting it. There is a small CLICK as the door locks. He turns to look at Matt as he wipes blood off his hands.

FENTON
You're lucky that wasn't you. I’m Fenton.

He taps Matt's feet with the bat.

FENTON
Get up. It's time for social hour.

Matt unsteadily gets up and they walk into the main hub of Reiniger Jr. High.

INT - SCHOOL ENTRANCE - MOMENTS LATER

Matt and Fenton continue their trek down the hallway. Trash cans are tipped over, papers spilling out of them like a pile of snow. Matt pauses at the end of the hallway, looking at a display case: inside, among the photos of school life, is a painting of children playing in the shadow of a burning building.

FENTON
This way.

Matt starts up the nearby stairs, but stops when he notices a bloody handprint trailing off the main doors. Matt’s curiosity gets the better of him and he peers through the doors leading from the handprint. Inside is the body of a zombie, blood pooling from its head.

Whomever these survivors are, they’ve killed before. Judging from Fenton’s attitude, they’ll kill again. Matt slowly starts climbing the stairs, catching up with Fenton.

INT - HALLWAY (LIBRARY) - DAY

Fenton and Matt reach the end of the staircase and towards the school’s library. The library is a striking contrast to the hallways around it: an explosion of purple and orange amongst a field of gray. Several other teenagers are sitting in the library, reading magazines or novels. They are all huddled together.

TUCKER: A sci-fi addict with striking red hair and blue eyes. The person you'd find glancing through a manga at the local Borders. He carries two objects with him at all times: the first is a well-worn copy of The Zombie Survival Guide, decorated with several bite marks. The second is a small blue-and-black crank radio, which is quietly emitting nothing but static. These two small items might be the most important possessions in the group.

NICOLE: The girl you'd pass in the hallway on a day-to-day basis, but would never notice. Upon closer inspection, one would discover a oddly-striking beauty about her. She keeps her thoughts hidden among her flowing dark hair, her expression-filled eyes the only gateway to her mind. She longs to be independent, but feels like a child under the watch of Julie, her older sister.

JULIE: A slightly empowering authority figure sporting brown hair and blue eyes. Her usual moods are mellow and cynical, but it is barely obvious she is troubled on the inside. To compensate for the absence of their parents, Julie feels like she must act as both a mother and father figure to her younger sister, Nicole.

ALEX: Alex is to gaming as Tucker is to sci-fi. She is of medium build and always wears a bandana across her forehead. Her glasses are slightly hidden amongst her long brown bangs. Don't get mistaken by her casual, artistic appearance: she is a fighter, and will kick your ass if necessary.

FENTON (CONT'D)
We're all that's left.

INT - LIBRARY - DUSK

The eight kids sit in an 'information circle' of chairs.

MATT
Can somebody please...just explain to me what happened.

FENTON
You should already know what's happened. You're lucky to be alive this long.

MATT
Please, don't...Fenton, right? I've already lost my family during this.

NICOLE
You're not the only one.

FENTON
The news said it began in the air when people started getting sick. They called it a superflu. It took awhile, a month at most, for them to die...and get up again.
(beat)
Then it started to rain.

Images of News broadcasts flash by in the blink of an eye.

MELTDOWN IN WHITE SANDS.

MASS “SUPERFLU” PANDEMIC.

INFECTION.

While Fenton explains what happened, zombies scratch and snarl at the doors. With every swipe at the glass, a bloody handprint is made.

FENTON (CONT’D)
The rain made it worse. It escaped into the water system. It was all across the news. It spread across the cities like wildfire. Whoever drank the water became infected with the disease. The symptoms became worse. There was no escape...except for us. This school has a separate purifying water system, so this water is clean.

MATT
So wait...we’re all infected with it?

FENTON
Yeah...we must be. I guess it’s...only a matter of time.

MATT
Are they dead?

FENTON
Yeah, they’re dead. Dead as a doornail. If you drink contaminated water, or get a bite or scratch from one of those things, the virus speeds up and you become one of them.

MATT
Are we safe here?

FENTON
We could be. The magnets on the doors are holding them shut. At least it works.

MATT
You got the power restored?

FENTON
Emergency power. Besides the doors, lights and the security cameras everything’s dead.

ALEX
I've been hearing on Tucker’s radio that the National Guard was going to come through here. Shouldn't we make a sign?

JULIE
It's doubtful. They could be those things outside.

ALEX
I found some paint cans in the theater...and there's plenty of paper. It could work.

FENTON
Fine. Time’s a-wastin’.

EXT - SCHOOL ROOF - DAWN

The group makes the sign on a giant piece of paper. We time-lapse through this event and eventually it gets done.

EXT - COURTYARD/QUAD - DAY

Matt and Tucker are walking towards the Fine Arts building when Tucker stops. He walks up to a vending machine that carries different flavors of milk. He puts in a coin or two and presses a button. A can of chocolate milk comes out. He picks it up, opens it, and takes a swig. He spits it out after a few moments. He looks at the expiration date on the can and looks in disgust.

Matt starts laughing at him. Tucker wipes his mouth and proceeds to the next vending machine, which carries juice and soda. He makes a purchase and a soda comes out.

He takes a swig of it and swishes it around in his mouth. He swallows it.

TUCKER
Not bad.

In the background, we can see Alex get a water bottle from one of the vending machines. She pockets it and goes through a door offscreen.

EXT - SCHOOL - NIGHT

The undead continue to scratch and snarl at the doors.

INT - LIBRARY - NIGHT

The group of survivors sit around the library reading various books. Tucker has plugged a TV into a wall and flips through the channels, all displaying the words “Emergency Broadcast System.” Matt is reviewing footage on his camera.

Matt notices Alex in the corner, scribbling away in a medium-sized sketchbook. He turns off his camera and walks towards her.

MATT
Hey. Matt.

ALEX
Alex.

He looks down at the sketchbook.

MATT
So, what’cha doing?

ALEX
Sketching.

MATT
You an artist? It explains all your paint.

ALEX
I was on my way to the regional art competition when all this happened. Lucky I had all I needed to survive.

She points to her denim courier bag- it is filled to the brim with Mead journals and art supplies.

ALEX
Cut me, and I bleed paint.

MATT
So what’s your subject?

ALEX
Boredom. Tragedy.
(beat)
My parents get a real kick out of it.

Matt thinks, remembering the painting in the display case in the hallway, containing the painting.

MATT
So that was your painting outside? With the burning building?

ALEX
Yeah. It’s why I was going to the competition. Not that it matters right now.

She looks around the library.

ALEX
All of us waiting for rescue will only live until the infection takes hold of us. The only thing that will outlive us all is what we put on paper and canvas.

She laughs.

ALEX
And when we’re zombies, we won’t give a damn about any of it.

MATT
So why draw now?

ALEX
Because we’re great material.

Matt chuckles.

ALEX
That painting outside?
(beat)
I hate it.

She smiles, then continues drawing.

Fenton puts down a copy of “Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk and heads towards the exit.

FENTON
I'm goin' to bed.

NICOLE
Where are we going to sleep?

JULIE
Here's OK with me.

NICOLE
There's only one exit.

TUCKER
How about one of the two-door classrooms?

MATT
I agree with...um...

TUCKER
Tucker.

FENTON
OK.

Everyone gets up and leaves.

INT - SCHOOL OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

Fenton cracks open the door to the office using his bat. He quickly heads down the hallway, Matt in pursuit. He stops in front of the PRINCIPAL’S office. He pushes the door and meets no hesitation. Fenton and Matt enter the room.

INT - PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - NIGHT

The office is small but conveys an old sense of authority. Fenton steps behind the desk and breathes in the air heavily.

FENTON
For once I’m on the other side of this desk.

He chuckles to himself and tries to pull open the desk drawers, but they’re locked. He looks behind him at a bulletin board covered with papers advertising clubs and after-school events. In the middle, barely noticeable, is a small brass KEY.

He unlocks the top left drawer, inside storing a RING of various keys of different shapes and sizes. Keys to every door in the school, save the ones locked by magnets.

FENTON
Keys to the city.

EXT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Fenton finds the right key and unlocks the door to the two-door classroom. He steps inside.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

The multiple computers in the dark classroom are illuminated by the fluorescent lights of the hallway. The survivors walk inside and switch on the lights, revealing more of the spacious room...

The walls of the room are lined with Macintosh computers, powerless in this new world. Internet cables behind them useless, unavailable of contact with anyone still alive. The room itself has two smaller rooms inside it: one room with glass pane windows and one smaller “closet.”

INT - KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER

Fenton pulls out the keys and opens the school’s refrigerator, which is filled with food. Tucker scans his copy of the Zombie Survival Guide.

TUCKER
The book says we should take only perishables.

Everyone loads cans of food and miscellaneous items into several cardboard boxes.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

The boxes of food are stacked up in the closet among the various pieces of equipment. After they are finished, Fenton closes the door and locks it with the keys. He pockets them and taps his pocket with his baseball bat.

FENTON
I’ll be rationing out food until the National Guard gets here. Anybody wants something, come to me.

Upon hearing these words, Tucker looks at Matt with an uneasy expression. Matt doesn’t know how to return the expression and brushes it off.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Everybody is in a corner doing different things. Some read books from the library, some sit in desks, and some are on the floor, just waiting for sleep to kick in. Tucker gets up and leaves the room. Before he does, however, he glances at Matt. He gets up and follows him.

INT - HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Tucker and Matt walk down the dark hallway.

MATT
Is he always like this?

TUCKER
I guess so. I only met him yesterday after those people dumped me here.

MATT
What happened yesterday?

Tucker sighs and begins his tale.

TUCKER
My grandpa was an old military vet. Fought in Korea. After my parents died I lived with him. He taught me things you won’t find in any textbook.
(beat)
When the outbreak hit, we tried to take the bus out of here. He said planes cost too much and the highway was too “unsafe.”

He chuckles.
 
TUCKER
So, we headed to the town shelter and met up with some more survivors. We were safe then. All 20 of us headed to the Greyhound, destroying those things as we went. We got on the bus...and so did some of those things out there.
(beat)
Grandpa handed me his pack and beat them off with his old army rifle...the damn thing still worked after all these years. Then the bus started moving...and then grandpa was gone. Last thing I heard were rifle shots. Four of them.
(beat)
He always wanted to go out in a burst of flaming glory.

Faded sounds of rifle shots penetrate the empty silence.

TUCKER
Inside his pack was the crank radio, which is pretty much useless since all the stations must be gone now...and this.

He pulls out a well-sized 9MM handgun. Matt backs up rapidly.

TUCKER
Relax, the safety’s on.

MATT
I’ll keep my distance, thanks.

Tucker holds the gun tenderly before he hands it to Matt. He reluctantly accepts it, studying it.

TUCKER
I checked the magazine before I got here. There’s eight bullets left. It’ll be handy if you need a quick exit.
(beat)
Fenton doesn’t know.

MATT
He doesn’t?

TUCKER
Yeah...and I don’t think he should.

MATT
You didn’t finish.

TUCKER
What?

MATT
How you got here. You didn’t finish.

TUCKER
That group on the bus? They turned out to be more worried about saving their own skins than anybody else’s. They didn’t want to deal with a kid like me, so first chance they got they dropped me off here and drove off into the distance.

Tucker starts to walk off. Matt realizes he still has the gun in his hand.

MATT
Hey, Tucker!

Tucker turns back to face Matt.

MATT
You forgot the gun.

TUCKER
Keep it. You look like you’ll need it.

He walks off.

TUCKER
(yelling)
Not like your camera, is it?
(beat)
You know, shooting things?

Matt chuckles to himself before heading back down the hallway.

INT - CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Julie sits near an entrance to the classroom reading a book from the library: "Gil's All-Fright Diner." Suddenly, someone sits next to her: her sister, Nicole.

NICOLE
Julie?

JULIE
Hey, Nicole. Can't sleep?

NICOLE
I...want to be awake when the National Guard comes.

JULIE
Tucker's radio said they won't be coming until they take care of the surrounding towns. You were there.

She gets closer to her.

JULIE
It's Mom and Dad, isn't it?

NICOLE
Yeah...I'm just so scared. What if they're out there?

JULIE
Mom said she was going to get Dad at the station in Randall. They're all right.

NICOLE
I didn't mean Randall...I meant out there.

She points out the door and starts to cry. Julie tenderly grabs her by the shoulders.

JULIE
Nicole, they're all right! They must've already gone through there, so they have to be safe!

Nicole has broken down, crying. Julie pulls her into a hug, Nicole crying on her shoulder.

NICOLE
(crying)
It just seems that we're the only ones alive.

JULIE
We're not, Nicole. You have to know that.

They separate.

JULIE
But if one of us is attacked before the Guard comes, you have to run with the survivors.

NICOLE
(crying)
No. I don’t want to leave you alone.

JULIE
Nicole, you have to. Promise me that.

She pauses, sniffling.

NICOLE
(faltering)
...I promise.

They hug again.

JULIE
OK, go to sleep. You need to keep your energy up.

NICOLE
OK.

She goes over to Matt and lies down, using her jacket as a pillow. She falls asleep almost instantly.

Julie, pretending to read, looks up at her sister. She sniffles a bit, but then wipes away her tears with her sleeve and continues to read, brushing off the moment. She can't afford to show weakness.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - MIDNIGHT

Matt is now on guard, filming all the way.

MATT
I just started my shift...so far there's nothing. Alex is on the other side. I think there's like...30 zombies outside. At least we still have the six of us.

JULIE (O.S.)
Shh!

MATT
Anyways, it's almost...

Offscreen, he checks his watch.

MATT (CONT'D)
...4:30 in the morning.

Matt takes a big breath.

MATT (CONT'D)
...Nicole and Julie seem to be taking all this very well considering their parents could be out there, but we still have hope for them. Alex...seems to be going off the deep end: she's been spacing out alot. Fenton is already crazy. He never seems to leave the side of that baseball bat.

ALEX (O.S.)
(whispering)
Hey...Matt...

MATT
What?

Matt turns around to face Alex. She seems normal, but looks kind of nervous.

ALEX
I'll take care of both doors. You look tired.

MATT
Why?

ALEX
I was listening to what you were saying, and I kinda agree with you. Guarding these doors...seems like overkill. And I think they're going away now, 'cause there's less moaning. Besides, you need some sleep.

MATT
OK...I guess. I'm turning off the camera. See you in the AM.

He turns off the camera.

INT. CLASSROOM - MORNING

Tucker tosses an empty pudding cup in a bursting trash bag, which is pulled shut. Matt tosses it out the classroom window into the crowd of clamoring zombies.

EXT. SCHOOL - MORNING

Several reach down and tear at the trash bag, but they quickly realize there’s no food. They resume their actions, reaching skyward at the faces of the students in the window.

INT. CLASSROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Fenton shuts the window and turns toward the group.

FENTON
That was the last piece of food.

JULIE
So what now?

TUCKER
The human body lasts three days or so without food.

ALEX
There’s nothing to drink either.

MATT
There’s the school’s water...right?

ALEX
We ran out of water purifier yesterday.

Matt runs to the window and zooms in on something in the distance: a convenience store.

MATT
What’s always open whenever you need it despite when the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket?

He turns towards the group and they look out the window.

NICOLE
How do we get over there?

MATT
We need things. Things that hurt other things.

FENTON
I know what you mean.

INT. LOCKER ROOM - MONTAGE

Julie opens the door to the Girl’s locker room, which holds several lacrosse sticks.

INT. CAFETERIA - MONTAGE

Tucker and Matt get several large knives out from a metal drawer. They shine under the illumination of the fluorescent lights.

INT. CLASSROOM - MONTAGE

The room is almost factory-like as the various knives are duct taped and secured to the ends of lacrosse sticks.

BINOCULARS: THE CONVENIENCE STORE

MATT
Now we just need to get over there.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - DAY

He points his binoculars down towards the football field.

EXT - FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY

Surprisingly, it’s sparsely populated with zombies, the largest concentration around the main entrance.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - DAY

Matt looks away from his binoculars.

MATT
Fenton, c’mere!

He does so.

MATT
They’re mainly clustered around the entrance. Few of them are on the football field.

FENTON
What about the other exits?

Matt scans the field again.

EXT - FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY

Looking away from the school’s entrance, Matt spots two entrances near the school cafeteria. Both have only a few zombies that can easily be taken out.

INT - CLASSROOM - DAY

Matt lowers his binoculars as he and Fenton stare at the doors, lost in thought.

INT - SUPPLY CLOSET - DAY

Each of the survivors grabs a “deadly lacrosse” as they are passed out by Fenton.

EXT - FOOTBALL FIELD - TIMELAPSE

The sun sets on the football field, shrouding the zombies in darkness.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Matt is sitting in a desk, asleep. Out of nowhere, there is a loud WHOOSH, causing Matt to jerk awake. He surveys his surroundings:

There’s nobody else in the room.

Matt jumps from the desk and walks around the room, confirming what’s happening. Everyone’s just vanished.

There’s a noise from Matt’s left. He glances-

- there’s a single “deadly lacrosse” in the small corner next to the door...which is slightly ajar. He grabs it and exits the room.

INT - HALLWAY - NIGHT

The hallway is filled with a different kind of silence than before: where there was once sanctuary, there is now an eerie sense of isolation. Matt walks down the hallway, calling the survivors’ names. There is no reply.

As Matt begins down a set of stairs, he hears it: the cold, raspy moan of a zombie. He turns wildly and runs down a set of hallways and down a corner.

He comes out with Tucker’s gun and continues running down the hallways. At one point, the shuffling noise suddenly ceases. Matt breathes a sigh of relief and turns around to see Nicole, zombified. Matt screams in shock and raises the gun.

Nicole’s clothes are slightly torn, revealing a bloody bite mark on her neck, giving rise to a collarbone of dead gray tissue.

Matt aims the gun at Nicole, who shambles forward. He can’t bring himself to shoot. The gun shakes in Matt’s hands. Nicole is closer, emitting a moan.

Matt gives up, taking off in the opposite direction. He runs through a set of lockers and is knocked to the floor by zombie versions of Julie and Alex.

They lurch forward as Matt crawls to his feet and continues running down the hallway and down a set of nearby stairs.

INT - EXIT HALLWAY - NIGHT

Matt speeds down the stairs, taking a quick breath of air. Panic marks his face. Suddenly, there’s a BANG and a flash of metal as a zombified Fenton comes out of the restroom. A zombified Tucker rounds a corner. The other zombified survivors shuffle down the stairs.

Matt gets up and runs down the only available hallway, an exit at its end. The outside is pitch black.

Matt finally reaches the end of the hallway: a set of metal doors. Matt pushes the bars...and the doors don’t budge. They’re stuck.

Matt turns around and sees the zombies are still shambling closer. He presses his back against the doors...

...and a zombified Michael bursts through the doors, biting Matt in the neck. Matt screams in pain and falls to the floor, the gun sliding away from him.

The zombies are now several feet away from Matt. He backs against the wall, hand to his bleeding neck. He notices the gun next to his hand and grabs it.

He raises it to under his chin, closes his eyes, and pulls the trigger.

An empty click. No bullets.

Matt gazes up at the zombies in terror. He screams as the zombies reach towards him...

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - MORNING

Matt jerks awake in the desk, emitting a gasp of panic. Nicole stands next to the desk, a look of worry on her face. The other survivors wait outside.

NICOLE
Matt? It’s time for the raid.

He nods his head.

MATT
Yeah. Let’s go.

Nicole doesn’t move.

NICOLE
Matt, are you all right?

Matt wipes away the cold sweat on his brow.

MATT
Yeah...I’m fine.

NICOLE
You sure? You were muttering in your sleep and...

MATT
I said I’m fine.

He gets up and walks towards the exit when he sees it: the deadly lacrosse in the same place as his dream. He stops.

NICOLE
What is it?

MATT
Nothing. Come on.

She doesn’t move. Matt walks up to her.

MATT
Don’t worry, Nicole. I’m fine. When something’s wrong, you’ll be the first to know.

She smiles. Matt quickly grabs the lacrosse stick and exits the door with Nicole.

INT- STAIR HALLWAY - MORNING

The survivors slowly and silently run down the stairs, all wielding “deadly lacrosses.” Fenton makes hand gestures to guide them down the stairs and when to wait. When they’re all at the bottom of the stairs, Fenton readies his hand on the door handle.

FENTON
Ready?

They nod.

EXT - SCHOOL - DAY

The survivors open the door and start running across the pavement and to the football field. They catch the dismembered eyes of the undead who proceed to shamble towards their fast prey.

The survivors reach the football field, where they all spread out in a sprint. Zombies try to take a bite at our heroes, but they quickly lose a limb or a head as the lacrosse sticks twirl their silver blades in a blaze of fury.

After what seems like an eternity, the survivors reach the end of the field. Breaking through the fence at the opposite side, the group runs up a hill to the convenience store.

EXT - CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY

It is surrounded by zombies. The survivors raise their weapons...and go to town. Limbs, heads, organic matter fly through the air as the survivors make their way to the entrance.

Alex smashes the lock of the convenience store and pulls open the door.

ALEX
Get in!

The survivors stop the bloodbath and rush towards the entrance. As soon as everyone gets in, the door immediately slams and is barricaded shut.

INT - CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY

Aisles stocked with junk food (with a smattering of health bars) loom in front of the survivors. Realizing time is of the essence, they grab whatever they can reach and toss it into small shopping carts.

Matt and Tucker head over to the wall stocked with drinks. Most are lukewarm, but there are a few that are still fresh. The milk and dairy section has spoiled completely. Matt grabs forbidden fruit: a can of beer. He cracks it open, foam spewing everywhere.

He exchanges glances with Tucker before he swallows a gulp. He retches, spitting out the lukewarm liquid.

MATT
Who drinks this stuff?!

The moaning of the undead hasn’t ceased. Suddenly, it grows louder: they’ve pushed their way through the barricade. Alex, who was standing guard at the entrance, collapses under the mob. She is able to crawl out without a bite. However, the gods have struck her down: she has been scratched by infected nails.

Everyone rushes to her aid as she quickly conceals her wound. They grab hold of all the shopping carts and rush out the back entrance, where Julie stands guard.

EXT - CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY

Thankfully, most of the undead have congregated outside the front of the store. The survivors rush out of the back entrance and down the hill towards the school. The multitudes of zombies follow, shambling away.

EXT - FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY

Pushing the carts across the football field proves no easy task for the group. On more than one occasion a cart falls over, spilling its contents across the unkempt lawn.

What was a few zombies has grown into a mob on the field. Slicing their way through the crowd, the survivors are able to make it to their entrance unscathed and push 4 carts of food inside. Everyone makes it inside except for Nicole, whose cart has spilled over.

MATT
Nicole!

NICOLE
I’m trying!

She tries to collect her belongings and get inside, but there is no time as the zombies start to crowd around her. Matt outstretches his hand to grab her.

MATT
Nicole, come on!

Common sense prevails as she grabs her lacrosse stick and runs for Matt’s hand. She suddenly trips as the hand of a zombie grabs her leg. It lowers its jaw to bite her, but its head is sickeningly pierced by Nicole’s lacrosse blade.
She regains her balance and clasps Matt’s hand, who pulls her inside. She is safe.

EXT - SCHOOL - TIMELAPSE

Like the previous night, the sun sets over the school as the survivors bask in their accomplishment.

INT - EXIT HALLWAY - EVENING

Nicole carries a box of food down one of the hallways when she spots Matt at the end of the “exit hallway” from his dream. He is placing different obstacles in front of the door that would impede the average zombie.

NICOLE
Matt!

He turns around at the end of the hallway.

NICOLE
What are you doing?

MATT
I’m making it better.

He grins, eliciting a small, but nervous grin from Nicole. She picks up the box of food and heads up the stairs behind her.

INT - HALLWAY (LIBRARY) - EVENING

Nicole walks down the hallway towards the classroom when she hears a muffled cry of pain. She turns around, looking for the noise’s origin. She looks towards the girl’s bathroom and enters it.

INT - BATHROOM - NIGHT

All is not well. Alex is alone, tending to her newly-pustulating infected scratch. She pours a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide on it, hoping for relief. It brings only pain, eliciting a brief yell of agony from Alex.

NICOLE (O.C.)
Alex, are you alright?

She whimpers.

ALEX
Fine! I’m fine...
(whispering)
I think.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Alex walks into the classroom as everyone munches on the spoils of their victory.

MATT
Alex, you want some food?

ALEX
(put off)
No, nothing.

Matt looks at her questioningly.

MATT
Suit yourself.

He goes back to his sandwich as Alex slumps in a corner and goes to sleep.

Tucker gets up from his conversation with Nicole and walks over to Matt.

TUCKER
How you doing?

MATT
Pretty good.

Tucker’s voice drops to a whisper.

TUCKER
How’s “grandpa” doing?

Matt doesn’t know what he’s talking about at first, but then realization dawns on him.

MATT
He’s doing pretty fine.
(whispering)
It’s holed up in one of the closets.

Tucker smiles a bit, but then turns serious once more.

TUCKER
Good to hear he’s safe.

Fenton, sitting across the room near the supply closet, looks up from his shrink-wrapped sandwich at Matt and Tucker. Suspicion furrows his brow, planting the seeds of paranoia in his mind.

INT - LIBRARY - NIGHT

Matt wheels the TV cart to a couch and plugs it into the wall. Taking a cord from his pocket, he connects his video camera to the TV and begins to review the tape's contents. He takes a seat on a squashy couch in the library.

Each scene brings new emotion to Matt, but all reveal an underlying grief. His family is shown around the house. He hangs out with his friends around school.

Michael is attacked. Matt reaches to turn the tape off.

NICOLE
Don’t stop it.

Matt looks behind him to find Nicole, standing up from a chair. She's been watching the tape in secret.

NICOLE
...Makes me feel better. At least the happy parts do.

She gives a light smile and sits down with Matt as he quickly rewinds the tape and explains all the different moments to Nicole. At some she gives a brief chuckle, eliciting a small smile from Matt before he turns back to the screen.
 
INT - CLASSROOM - DAWN

Matt picks up the camera and surveys the scene. It is almost dawn and everyone is asleep.

STATIC.

Matt turns toward the doorway to the classroom and spots something: a water bottle.

MATT
No.

STATIC.

INT - HALLWAY - DAWN

Matt runs out of the classroom and sees Alex limping away. Suddenly he stops.

MATT (CONT'D)
Alex?

Alex runs toward Matt, snarling and growling. She is one of them.

Matt screams. The camera falls in a direction so we can see the front of the classroom. Fenton and the group runs out of the classroom and towards Matt's aid.

STATIC.

The classroom is a blur of panic and anger as Matt captures the aftermath of Alex's attack. Although everyone's voices are raised, the main argument is between Fenton and Matt. Fenton is sitting in a chair, cleaning what looks like blood off his baseball bat.

FENTON
What the hell did you do, Matt?! What did you do?!

MATT
Why are you accusing me of anything?

FENTON
You were the last one to see Alex!

MATT
I couldn't have been! I was at the library with Nicole!

Fenton whips around to face Nicole, who nods.

NICOLE
How was she infected in the first place?

Fenton is at a loss for words. He doesn't know.
Then Matt remembers: he saw Alex in the background in his footage. He sets his camera to "play" and begins to review the footage.

He notices it. Alex takes the water bottle.

The same bottle outside.

Fenton is boiling with anger.

FENTON
Turn it off.

MATT
Wha--

FENTON
Get that camera out of my face!

The camera falls as he tackles Matt and begins punching him in the face.

FENTON
You...knew...and didn't...do...anything!

Matt is dragged out from under Fenton by Julie, Nicole, and Tucker. He leaves the classroom with the metal baseball bat as Matt picks up the camera. As Fenton leaves, he yells:

FENTON
You're cut off from the food.

The door to the classroom slams.

MATT
Why the hell do you support this guy?

JULIE
He's just tense. We've been in this room without much sleep, so it's natural for some people to get claustrophobic.

MATT
Tense? He's insane!

JULIE
We don't have much of a choice.

NICOLE
Come on, Julie. You're older than him! Why are you bowing down to this guy?

JULIE
Nicole, please.

NICOLE
Please, what? Matt's right, he's gone off the deep end!

JULIE
I’m just trying to insure your -our- safety.

NICOLE
I don’t need to be controlled!

MATT
Everyone just SHUT UP!!!

Total silence.

MATT
If we can just keep our heads clear, we can be OK. Just chill. Fenton obviously needs to be dealt with, but we can’t do anything now. Wait ‘til he comes back.

NICOLE
What about Alex?

He winces as he touches his bloody nose.

Picking up the camera, Matt turns to the GLASS-PANELED room, which is now covered in blood.

MATT
There might be a cure for her. We just have to wait.

INT - GLASS-PANELED ROOM - DAY

A ZOMBIFIED ALEX lies bound by duct tape on the tile floor. Brown-colored blood spits out the air pockets of the tape on her mouth as she snarls loudly.

EXT - SCHOOL - DAY

A zombie, looking for a way in, stumbles upon the power generator. The HIGH VOLTAGE sign is knocked away as the zombie gets closer and closer. The zombie brushes against a wire and...

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Suddenly, the power goes out. Panic ensues.

INT - HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Fenton wanders the hallway, hitting the walls with the baseball bat in grief. The eerie silence of the hallway is punctuated with the hard SMACK of drywall.

Fenton slumps down and sobs, bringing his hand to his face. However, something’s wrong: two of his fingers have changed hue to a MOTTLED GRAY. The virus is starting to take over in its airborne form. This is the only thing that can get under his skin.

Fenton is infected.

In the midst of his fear, the hallway is suddenly plunged into darkness.

INT - SCHOOL ENTRANCE - MOMENTS LATER

There is a whirring “click” and the doors to the school open. Multitudes of zombies pour in and flood every corridor. All of this is caught on the school’s video surveillance network.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Fenton comes running back in, terror on his face.

FENTON
They got in!

Fenton is almost cut off as Matt smacks him in the head with the same chair he was sitting in earlier. Fenton falls to the floor, unconscious. Tucker runs to Matt’s side and pulls out his duct tape.

MATT
Nicole, go look out the window.

She rushes to the door to look out the little window.

NICOLE
The magnets must have failed when the power went out.

INT - CENTER STAIRCASE - DAY

The zombies continue to pour into the school. They can sense their prey kept from them, creating a mood that Tantalus must have felt eons ago.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - DAY

Nicole continues to look through the glass panel.

MATT
Nicole, move!

Matt pulls her back just as a zombie passes through the panel’s view. Everyone ducks to hide as they try to conceal their location.

MATT
Looks like we're stuck here.

TUCKER
Yeah, thanks to Alex the infected psychotic.

JULIE
We don’t know how she was infected. Besides, it wasn’t her fault.

NICOLE
He's snapped just like Alex.

MATT
We don't need this right now.

Silence.

MATT (CONT'D)
We just need to figure out how to get those zombies out of here.

NICOLE
We don't have any weapons.

Another pause of silence.

MATT
What do you mean, “we don’t have any weapons?”

NICOLE
They’re all in the locker room.

MATT
Why don’t we have any up here?

NICOLE
We were supposed to be safe, but I guess we were wrong.

She glares at Fenton.

JULIE
It doesn’t matter anymore if we can’t get outside.
(sliding down the wall)
We'll have to wait it out.

A pinging noise is heard.

TUCKER
What’s that?

Matt fumbles with something.

MATT
The batteries are almost dead.

Another fumbling noise and the screen goes black.

INT - CENTER STAIRCASE - NIGHT

Many zombies are walking around in search of prey. They wander through hallways aimlessly, without direction, seeking for the prey that is not there.

INT - CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Fenton, bound with duct tape, is in the far corner of the room in front of a door. He slowly wakes and realizes his predicament.

FENTON
Let me out of this!

The others sit in the middle of the room, ignoring him. Matt holds the baseball bat.

FENTON
Traitors! You were safe with me!

They remain silent. Fenton turns his head to look at Matt.

FENTON
It’s all your fault, Matt! I shouldn’t have let you in in the first place! You should have died and become one of those things out there!

He looks at Tucker.

FENTON
You too, Tucker! Like I didn’t see you and Matt conspiring behind my back. It took me a while, but I did some looking and now I know.

Matt and Tucker turn their heads in shock.

FENTON
Grandpa? You told me about your Grandpa whenever you came here, Tucker! Where are you hiding the gun?!

Matt and Tucker continue to stare.

FENTON
Yeah, the gun. You think this can hold me? I’m going to break out and grab that bat and feed you to them!

Matt gets up and walks to the door next to Fenton.

MATT
There’s no point in your shouting. Now if you don’t shut up, Alex will get a hearty meal in the next couple of minutes.

He shuts up. Matt, feeling justified, goes back to the center of the room. He throws a sandwich to Fenton, which is opened.

MATT
Eat.

He begrudgingly begins to eat.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT

The six survivors have no lights on as to not attract the zombies. The only way we are able to see is through night-vision on Matt's camera.

Julie and Nicole stand guard over the two doors of the classroom.

Fenton sits in one of the corners wide-awake and holding his trusty baseball bat.

Matt is in another corner filming them through the camera.

He is joined by Tucker, who sits to his left.

TUCKER
Hey.

MATT
Hi.

TUCKER
How’s “grandpa”?

MATT
You keep asking me that. You know Fenton doesn’t really know where it is.

TUCKER
How do you know?

MATT
Even idiots can bluff.

Tucker notices Matt is filming.

TUCKER
What are you doing?! Couldn’t he be looking at this later?!

MATT
I’ll edit it out later.

TUCKER
When?

MATT
After we get out.

TUCKER
If we get out, Matt. Fat chance with those things right outside our door.
(beat)
I’ve always wondered why, Matt. Why do you film everything? Our conflict. Our grief.
(beat)
All this.

MATT
Why? Because when you press record, the world changes. Your best friend becomes your enemy. A horrible act becomes a scene of triumph. And you choose to stop recording. It’s a self-contained world...and you’re God.
(beat)
In my world, we aren’t hiding. Alex isn’t in that room. We’re at home with our families and friends. We’re happy.
(looking at Tucker)
It just makes everything feel better, you know?

Tucker gets up and begins to go to the other side of the room.

TUCKER
You might want to turn it off. Aren’t your batteries running out?

Matt does so.

After awhile, everyone starts to fall asleep. In a couple minutes, Julie, Fenton, and Matt are the only ones awake. Julie stands at one door while Fenton is at the other.

Suddenly, there is a BANG at the door. Everyone wakes up. Matt bolts up from his slumber and grabs the camera, turning it on. The camera goes to eye level and looks at everybody. There is another BANG. A TEARING NOISE: Fenton is free. Before he can round on the group, however, there is another BANG. Fenton goes to see what is outside through a little wired glass window in the door. Suddenly he tries to run away, but to no avail. The door opens and Fenton falls down. Several zombies run inside the room. Fenton hits the zombies attacking him with his baseball bat.

NICOLE
Fenton!

Nicole tries to save Fenton but she loses contact with him as Tucker pulls her away.

Julie backs up in shock against the glass paneling where the zombified Alex lies in wait. With a loud SHATTER, she breaks the glass and grabs Julie’s arm, sinking her teeth into it immediately.

She pulls back, the sinewy flesh slowly ripping away from the creature’s jaws. The wound oozes wine-colored blood.

As the undead fill the room, the survivors run towards the opposite door. Julie tries to run away at the last minute but pauses, looking down at her bitten arm. She realizes what she must do. She turns to Nicole, tears forming in her eyes.

JULIE
Say “hi” to Mom and Dad for me.

She pushes the remaining survivors out the other door and shuts it.

Nicole runs to the door screaming for her sister, who is hidden by the tremendous amount of zombies in the room.

Tucker pleads for her to get up.

NICOLE
Let go.

She wipes away tears, and, still sobbing, follows Matt and Tucker as they run down the hallway.

INT - HALLWAY - NIGHT

The remaining four survivors run for their lives down the dark hallway. Many zombies chase them as they go. As the trio rounds a corner, a zombie manages to grab hold of Nicole’s ankle. She falls, screaming.

The zombie’s legs are impaired as it crawls up to bite Nicole. Suddenly, the zombie’s head becomes a BLOODY PULP...as it is destroyed by Fenton’s bat. Nicole’s face is spattered with blood.
Fenton stands over Nicole and outstretches a bite-covered hand. His eyes are becoming increasingly glossy. However, the living dead still consider him edible.

FENTON
Get up.

She uses his arm as support as she gets to her feet. Fenton points the bat to all of them.

FENTON
What are you lookin’ at?! Run!

They run off down the hallway as numerous zombies come lunging for him. Fenton readies himself. With baseball bat in hand, he screams out his final words:

FENTON
Come and get me.

The event is a blur: Fenton beats a few zombies away with his bat, crushing their skulls with a sickening spurt of gray matter. For every zombie dead, however, three more appear in its place. Fenton is quickly overpowered and he collapses to the floor as the zombies feast on the treasure trove of organs within their reach.

Fenton screams in pain and fear as his intestines are ripped from his body, hastily becoming the sustenance of the undead. A zombie munches on a finger, ripped from Fenton’s “good” hand.
Eventually the screams stop as Fenton’s torso is dragged away, leaving a trail of blood in its wake.

INT - CENTER STAIRCASE - NIGHT

The three survivors arrive at the main staircase, unsure of where to continue. They look down at the entrance: it is packed with zombies. One of the zombies spots Nicole and starts up the stairs, a large group following her.

They back away from the staircase and start down the left hallway, almost clear of zombies. The trio looks down the opposite way: it’s the same thing.

MATT
Which way?

NICOLE
I don’t know.

Suddenly, as if spurred by an unknown force, Tucker runs down the left hallway and down a corridor filled with lockers.

NICOLE
Tucker!

Tucker turns around.

NICOLE
Good luck.

He smiles and continues running. Matt and Nicole are left deciding which way to run as the undead lurch closer. They look at each other, exchange a hug, and run opposite ways.

INT - HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Nicole, continuing down Tucker’s hallway towards the classroom, runs through a set of double doors to a small set of stairs. She speeds down them and runs down the Fine Arts hallway.

Instead of going further down the hallway, she makes a quick right and down the stairs to the dungeon, the school’s basement. As she rounds the stairs, the zombies appear running down the fine arts hallway. Nicole reaches the dungeon doors. In a blur of panic and fear, she manages to open the door to the section of the school and gets inside. She locks the door behind her.

Nicole runs inside and breathes a sigh of relief. Then she opens her eyes to see...zombies. She runs forward at them, trying to get to the exit on the opposite side.

She runs through the “sci-tech room”, picking up a power drill as she escapes the zombies’s grasp. She gets to it, but it is barred shut, locked from the outside.

She turns to the numerous zombies running towards her. She fires up the power drill. As one zombies comes closer, she sticks the power drill inside its head, a putrid red liquid oozing from the wound. She does the same to other zombies. Suddenly, she loses power. She looks over at the drill’s battery gauge, which reads EMPTY.

She tries the door again, but to no avail. As she inhales to scream, we...

INT - JANITOR’S CLOSET - MIDNIGHT

Cut to Tucker, who has decided to hole up in a closet. He is breathing erratically. He gropes around in the dark and finds a lone flashlight. As he turns it on, he spots the handgun. Matt’s hiding place.

INT - HALLWAY - SAME (MIDNIGHT)

Matt, still behind the camera, is running towards an empty classroom, first closing a set of big metal doors behind him, keeping out numerous zombies. He eventually gets inside a classroom and shuts the door. The camera is set down, so we only see Matt's legs in a crouched position. We can see a little bit of his head, his ears being covered by his arms. He is freaking out. We cut to him back out in the hall when he hears another BANG and a WHINING. He turns around to see the zombies chasing after him. He runs towards the very end of the hallway when he stops to turn around again. The zombies are closer. In front of him is another set of purple doors.

Matt wrenches them open to find a set of stairs. Hearing the zombies getting closer, Matt sprints down the stairs. However, he accidentally trips, causing the camera to go flying to the linoleum floor.

Matt quickly gets up and runs back for the camera, but on second thought decides to continue fleeing. A wise choice.

He speeds down stairs and turns a corner. As the film slowly runs out, the snarling of the vicious zombies grows louder, as well as the sound of footsteps coming ever so closer.

INT - FINE ARTS BUILDING - NIGHT

The zombies run towards Nicole, who screams in terror. However, a HAND grabs Nicole’s shoulder and pulls her outside.

EXT - SCHOOL - NIGHT

Nicole looks up at Matt, her savior.

MATT
You OK?

NICOLE
Yeah.

MATT
There’s more coming. We have to leave!

As he pulls her hand to run off, she pulls him back.

NICOLE
What about Tucker?!

INT - JANITOR’S CLOSET - MIDNIGHT

Tucker is still holding the handgun in his sweaty palms. He clicks off the safety and slowly raises it. He places his finger near the trigger...

Suddenly, the door flings open, Matt and Nicole running inside. Tucker screams like a bat out of hell.

MATT
Tucker. Tucker! It’s just me.

As he catches his breath, a LOUD BANG causes the group to look towards the doors. Zombies pour into the hallway as they slam the doors against the wall.

TUCKER
Oh, God.

Tucker grabs the gun and they all run off.

INT - HALLWAY/STAIRS - MOMENTS LATER

Matt, Nicole, and Tucker reach the end of a long stretch of hallway. Tucker turns and runs.

TUCKER
I know where to go! Follow me!

INT - CLASSROOM - NIGHT

Our three survivors reach the point of their destination: an empty classroom. Matt runs and locks the door. After sliding open a vertically-opening window, they go outside into the brisk night air.

EXT - SMALL BALCONY - NIGHT

The trio steps out onto a small balcony connecting two classrooms. They look down at their feet: the big banner that reads "Help Us!" has fallen from the roof, now worn by the elements. They snap back to their senses as a jarring BANG is heard. The window that separates them from the zombies is barred and they wait for the salvation of daybreak.

FADE OUT.
 
EXT - SCHOOL ROOF - DAWN

Matt, Tucker, and Nicole are still on the balcony. Matt is scanning the horizon for any signs of aircraft or land transport. There is nothing.

TUCKER
Anything yet?

MATT
No. Not yet.

NICOLE
But they are coming, aren’t they?

MATT
I hope. Are they gone yet?

Tucker gets up and looks through the window.

INT - SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING

The hallway is empty. The school is quiet and undisturbed.

EXT - SCHOOL ROOF - MORNING

Tucker turns to Matt and Nicole and nods. They move towards the window and lift it open. They climb through the window and enter the school.

INT - HALLWAY - MORNING

The trio walks down the hallway looking for anything that would be of help. As they walk towards their classroom, Matt spots something: his video camera.

The camera is heavily beat up, the lens cracked and missing the viewfinder. He checks the tape inside: it is undamaged. He pockets the tape and lets out a sigh. Whether it be from relief or exasperation, he is now visibly happier.

Suddenly, there is a faint sound of static emanating from inside their two-door classroom. It slowly dies, then starts back up again.

NICOLE
The radio!

She exits the classroom with a crank radio. She cranks it thoroughly and tunes the radio. She reaches a stable signal and the group listens eagerly.

RADIO VOICE (V.O.)
...Because of the seriousness of the situation, the city of Parker, Arizona has been quarantined and all rescue attempts by the National Guard have been cancelled. The area has been scheduled for demolition. Everything is under control. You are doing a service for your country. I repeat again: because of the seriousness of the situation...

While the message repeats, the impact of what the trio has just heard starts to sink in. Tucker mutters to himself. Nicole starts to cry. Matt holds her, a stony expression of disbelief on his face.

After a long while, Tucker raises his head.

TUCKER
So that’s it, then? We’re not being rescued?

MATT
I...I guess so.

NICOLE
So what do we do now?

Matt is troubled. He doesn’t quite know how he should respond to Nicole’s question. He takes a deep breath...but has nothing to say. He remains silent.

NICOLE
OK.

They turn and walk down the hallway. As they pass the bloody trail left by Fenton’s corpse, a FOUR-FINGERED HAND twitches with a quiet crunch. Tucker turns around, causing the others to do the same.

The hand moves forward, attached to a very bloody arm...belonging to Fenton, now ZOMBIFIED. A throaty MOAN escapes his bloody lips, flecks of blood spitting out. He pulls himself forward towards the trio.

Matt steps forward and holds out his hand. Tucker slowly hands him the handgun. Matt walks closer to Fenton and raises the handgun. His hands are shaking. Fenton lurches closer, his torso visibly torn.

EXT - SCHOOL - MORNING

The silence outside is penetrated by a loud GUNSHOT. In the aftermath, there is no other noise except the cold wind.

INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - LATER

Matt pushes the broken-lock door open as the trio enters the two-door classroom. Dried blood covers the linoleum floor. The door to Alex’s small room is wide open, the lock also broken. More dried blood marks where Alex’s body lay. Shreds of duct tape lie around the room. Matt pulls out the supply key and unlocks the door containing all the supplies. They are unharmed.

INT - HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

They each carry boxes of supplies down the hallway. Nicole is silently crying, sometimes letting out a quiet sniffle. Suddenly, she stumbles to the floor, causing her box of supplies to scatter.

She can’t take it...it’s too much. No hope.
Nicole crumbles to the floor, sobbing. She starts gathering her stuff, but Matt helps her gather her stuff as she looks up, still crying, but not as much. They both place miscellaneous items inside the box. Then, their foreheads press together as they both break down crying. Tucker stands several feet away, his face without expression but one can feel his sadness.

Then Nicole notices it: the milky gray blotch on Matt’s left hand. Matt looks up and looks at Nicole’s collarbone: a similar gray blotch has formed. Their expressions turn to horror. They look up at Tucker:

A few of his fingers have turned too.

TUCKER
Fenton was right. It was only a matter of time.

Tucker looks out a nearby window.

EXT - SCHOOL - MORNING

Several zombies remain outside the school. One or two dead bodies can be seen.

TUCKER
But we’ll be different. We can take them.
He turns back to Matt and Nicole.

TUCKER
Why not make the best of what we have left?

The two get up, knees shaking. They stare at each other, quiet. The silence sinks in.

INT - SCHOOL ENTRANCE - MORNING

The trio walks down the stairs of the school and towards the entrance of the school. They stop for several seconds and look back at their home.

Matt is the first to turn towards the entrance. He slowly starts walking and quickens his pace. Tucker and Nicole follow him. Nicole catches up to him and grasps his hand.

Tucker holds the gun.

Matt pushes open the door and they walk out, eclipsed by the morning sun. They walk into the sunrise, away from Reiniger High School. Escape from the prison.

Suddenly, we hear it. Silent at first, but growing louder until it reaches a deafening volume: the moaning of the undead.

As we remain on the entrance door, images of a military plane flying in the sky flash by in the blink of an eye. Something falls from the plane...very fast.

Suddenly, there is a rushing noise, followed by a SUDDEN FLASH OF WHITE...and then nothing at all.

ROLL CREDITS.
 

mammamaia

Senior Member
did you purposely plagiarize the original and remake of romero's 'dawn of the dead' and merely shift it from a mall to a school?
 
That wasn't quite the first comment I was expecting...:???:

Although I place an homage to Dawn of the Dead (Reiniger High School) and I am a big fan of Romero's films, I did not plagiarize his film in any way.

I'm pretty sure high-schoolers don't work at TV stations and fly around in helicopters.

Did you read it at all?
 
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mammamaia

Senior Member
sorry for the poor word choice... i should have just said, 'copied' or 'imitated' or something less illicit than 'plagiarized'...

i read your mini-synopsis, which would have sufficed for the 2 others' except for age of the characters and a school substituted for the mall... i don't help with work that has violent content, so didn't go any further...
 
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