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Untitled Zombie Movie - Roadkill

This is my favorite scene from a zombie movie script I've been working on for a couple years. The characters are
1. GUY DOWAN, on the run after losing his more competent comrade to a zombie/creature/thing. I'm imagining him as kind of a combination of Edward Norton in Fight Club and a straight Jon Stewart (if you can imagine such a thing).
2. STEVE THE DRIVER, who first appears in this scene. He is named after Steve Buscemi, who would be my first choice to play the character.
3. BLEARGH, a zombie named for his single line in a previous scene.

I use an element in this script that I call CALM TIME, from something Sam Raimi said in the director's commentary from Evil Dead 2. The idea is that a horror movie should have points where the viewer is allowed to calm down - points that aren't as scary or visceral. So that's what that signifies. Anyway, I could go on forever about this, so just read it and lemme know what you think.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - DAYTIME

CALM TIME

Typical highway shot, we see a car zoom past from under the camera. It's driving in the
middle of the road, maybe swerving a little. As it nears the end of the shot,

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INT. CAR

DRIVER's POV. After a few seconds, he looks to his left. After another second or two, he
passes a couple zombies eating a deer.

END CALM TIME

For a split second,

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EXT. FIELD

The poor deer's face, it's eyes whited out and it's mouth open. We hear the gruesome sounds
of the zombies.

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INT. CAR

An over-the-shoulder shot. The DRIVER continues to look behind him at the zombies for a
while, then we see the DRIVER turn his head to look forward. Immediately, he gets
scared/shocked. He tries to brake, but whatever it is is too close for him to stop
completely. He hits it, and we hear a thud. He stops and waits for a little bit, trying to
calm down. Then he reaches over to grab something from the passenger seat.

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EXT. BACK ROAD

We see a close up of the driver's-side door. Slow pull out as it opens and the DRIVER gets
out of his car. We now see that he's a thirty-something yuppy type, wearing a polo shirt and
darkish slacks. His name is STEVE, after the actor I wish would play him. He's carrying a
large, somewhat old-fashioned revolver. The camera continues to pull back as STEVE steps
forward, until we start to see the person who was hit. Try this shot in wide-angle and see
how it looks.

CALM TIME

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The person who was hit is GUY. He's lying face-down. It's a medium shot from behind GUY, we
can see STEVE lifting the pistol and cocking it, getting ready to shoot GUY.

GUY
FUCK!

STEVE jerks in surprise and drops his pistol. It discharges upon hitting the ground, shooting
him through the left shin. He drops.

STEVE THE DRIVER
SHIT!

GUY
Mmlahh! FUCK!

We watch them writhe in pain for a bit, poor bastards. They continue groaning and swearing.

STEVE THE DRIVER
(yelling)
I thought you were one of them!

GUY
(after a short pause, also yelling)
You hit me with a car!

STEVE THE DRIVER
(still yelling)
I fucking shot me!

GUY
(more yelling)
Ffffffffuck you!

They lie there for a while.

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Eventually, GUY starts to get up.

GUY
There were some of those things following me, I-

STEVE sees something.

STEVE THE DRIVER
Fuck's sake!

GUY looks behind him.

END CALM TIME

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BLEARG and the other zombie from outside the barn have apparently followed GUY. BLEARG still
has the BOARD WITH A NAIL IN IT on his face. They shuffle towards GUY and STEVE, BLEARG in
the foreground to the right and the other zombie in the distant background to the left.

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GUY
Shoot it!

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A shot similar to the one where GUY punched through the zombie in the opening scene, but
centered a bit to the side and with more distance between actors. BLAM! The pistol blows a
big honkin' hole through BLEARG's chest. STEVE freezes, shaking and still holding the gun.
BLEARG drops, apparently dead again.

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GUY's face. He sees something. Could it be the other zombie, perhaps?

GUY
Um.

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The zombie bites down on STEVE's shoulder.

STEVE THE DRIVER
FUCKING DAMMIT!

He struggles with the zombie a bit, trying to club it with the empty pistol, missing each
time.

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GUY starts to get up. He's pretty shaky, but he reaches down and, putting his foot on
BLEARG's neck, pulls the BOARD WITH A NAIL IN IT out of it's forehead.

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Medium close up. STEVE is still trying to get the zombie off of him. We can hear GUY
shuffling past, and STEVE's eyes follow him. He looks like he wants to yell something, but
he's unable to. We see GUY move behind them, and then POW the BOARD WITH A NAIL IN IT sinks
into the zombie's forehead. GUY yanks on it, causing the zombie to release it's death-hold on
STEVE as it's pulled upwards. GUY pulls the zombie back a bit and stomps on it off-screen as
we pull the shot back to STEVE. He's trying not to look at his shoulder. Slowly, he tries to
get up, clutching the side of the car with his good arm. All the while, there are the sounds
of GUY stomping the zombie off-screen, with occasional zombie bits finding their way into
frame. After a number of tries, STEVE finally makes it to the car.

CALM TIME

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INT. CAR

STEVE slowly and painfully moves over to the passenger seat and opens the glove compartment.
He shifts through the items until he finds what he's looking for: Advil. He fumbles with the
Advil's child-proof cap for a few seconds before just ripping it off with his teeth. He
carefully pours about four pills into his mouth. He tosses the Advil back into the glove
compartment.

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Close-up of the glove compartment. The bottle spills, and STEVE's hand reaches into the
compartment again and grabs a thing of wet naps. Wait for a beat, then

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STEVE starts squeezing the alcohol out of the 'naps into his shoulder wound. He winces as the
stuff bubbles, trying in vain to fight the impending infection. He looks at his leg

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The leg's bleeding pretty badly.

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EXT. BACK ROAD

Close-up on GUY's face as he stomps the zombie a bit more. Finally, he stops, exhausted and
still not recovered from the hit he took from the car. After panting for a bit, he walks over
to the car. He picks up the revolver STEVE dropped and gets in.

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INT. CAR

STEVE's wounds appear to be covered in wet naps and he's used his belt as a turniquette on
his leg. GUY closes the door and puts the pistol under his seat. He looks at STEVE, who's
panting. Wait a beat.

GUY
So...

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STEVE glances at GUY then looks away, a scowl of pain on his face.

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Same shot as before.

GUY
You okay?

STEVE THE DRIVER
(quietly, maybe wheezing)
Of course I'm not... fucking okay.

Wait a beat.

GUY
Right.

Silence.

GUY
Where were you going?

STEVE THE DRIVER
Away.

GUY
You have any idea...

STEVE THE DRIVER
Where these things are coming from? No.

GUY
Dead people.

STEVE THE DRIVER
Yeah, dead people. Fucking dead people. CHRIST my shoulder hurts!
Those things have gotta be crawling with diseases and shit.

After a bit, GUY starts the car.

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EXT. BACK ROAD

They head out.

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One hopes that's not really

One hopes that's not really the end for Blearg. =)

This does seem like it would be a pretty good scene in a zombie movie. My only trouble with it is, not having seen other scenes, it's hard to put this one into context.

One thing I was wondering at the end was if Guy knew enough by this scene to realize that Steve is probably going to become a zombie (assuming it works that way in your movie). If he does, then maybe he would attack Steve, rather than get in the car with him? Just a thought.

Yeah, it's hard to put it in

Yeah, it's hard to put it in context, so it's never going to seem quite right. I don't like the rest of the script as much as this scene though, so this is all I'm posting for now. Despite (or because of) it being 90% swearing, I enjoy it, and the scene in general makes me chuckle.

And no, Guy hasn't seen anything like that.

Thanks for the comment!