Mohl & Rudy Altergott
Charles Mohl and Rudolph Altergott 2005. All Rights Reserved.
© Charles Mohl and Rudolph Altergott 2005. All Rights Reserved.
In the year 2016
the Lazarus virus was unleashed on earth causing most of the population to turn
into bloodthirsty zombies. Tom Evans and his crew are out to save the world one
step at a time.
Tom Evans: Played
by Charlie Mohl-a fun loving guy with a very serious side. Tomís family was
killed when he was 12. He and his friend have created an army but Tom never
wanted to be in charge. Lead Role.
Cade Matthew Gyves: Played by Rudy Altergott-Tomís life long friend and
partner. Cade is Kaitlynís boyfriend. Lead role.
13-15, any race-a girl with a fiery spirit. At first she rejects Tom thinking
that she can make it on her own but comes to accept him as a friend, perhaps
even more than that. Lead role.
13-15, any race-Cadeís right hand woman. Kaitlyn is the second in command at
the Safe house and Cadeís boyfriend. She is very strong willed and serious; a
perfect Match for Cade. Lead Role.
John Miler: 13-16,
any race-A lone mercenary until Tom takes him into his army. John is always
seeking the truth and though he may be funny at times, heís all business when
he sees a zombie. Lead Role.
News Report (The
screen buzzes and goes blank. Then a TV report comes on.)
Russian satellite B.O.R.I.S. crash landed in a small American town in
gentlemen. This just in. It appears that the radioactive substance causes the
recently deceased to come back to life. It appears these reanimated bodies have
an instinctive urge toÖ feed on the living. These ďZombiesĒ as many call
them have highly contagious tendencies. Anyone bitten will soon become infected
and die. Moments later the process will complete and they will become undead.
Please keep all doors and windows securely locked and bolted. Anyone bitten
should be isolated immediately. No panic is necessary, because military forces
all across the world are working to end this strange occurrence as soon as
(Tape rewinds and
repeats ďas soon as possible two or three times before blacking out)
is asleep in bed, tossing and turning. Flashes of zombies play across the
screen. He wakes up w/ a jolt.)
I donít know
why I woke up early that evening. Maybe it was to escape the terrible nightmares
that plagued my sleep, maybe I was just being proactive. Whatever the reason, I
was awake. I was sure that tonight was going to be different.
(Tom Walks towards
safe house and camera shows empty streets and the like while OPENING CREDITS
scroll across the screen. Tom walks into Safe house and credits stop.) Several
guards salute him and he salutes back loosely. He goes into dimly lit room and
plops onto chair and turns on T.V.
and debris litter the ground. Some of the bodies get up while others are already
walking around the scene.
boy approx. 14 is surrounded by zombies. He runs as one of the zombies reaches
him it is struck in the head by a baseball bat. Camera shows boy same age (Tom
Evans) in scene. Tom is fighting alongside boy.
Who the heck are you?
Hold on, Iím kinda busy.(smacks another zombie)
Who do you think you are anyway kid?
I think the question is who are you? Youíre being attacked by zombies
The nameís John Miler, boy genius.
Well, I donít mean to brag, but Iíve come pretty close to a vaccine.
A vaccine for what?
You wanna take a guess? Try the Lazarus virus?
The what-a-what virus?
No, Lazarus. At least thatís what I call it. Itís what makes all the
A vaccine? For this?
Well, duh. What else would it beÖ
Youíre coming with me.
John and leads him away)
Where are you taking me?!
What? Look buddy, you canít just kidnap someone like this! This is
against the law!
What are you gonna do? Call the cops?
Well, I uhÖ
Just shut up and come on.
Where exactly are we going?
My safe house. I and the rest of us are making it our job to destroy the
zombies. Weíre going to need your help Mr. Miler.
Iíll do what I can but I canít promise anything
Fine, now move it.
leave and zombies lurch slowly after them)
Alleyway (More debris and zombies. John and Tom are running down the
alley killing zombies. When they reach the end and are about to exit the alley
they meet General Cade and his team and his girlfriend Kaitlyn.)
Tom. Iím glad to see youíve made it. Whereís your team?
Oh come on. You know I donít like working with grunts. They cramp my
style. This is John. I met him about a half hour ago. Iíve got a feeling that
heís gonna be quite the addition to our cause.
Okay, if you say so. Where are you headed?
Iím heading back to base.
If you donít mind, could you do a quick run through of grid three?
Itís on the way. Kaitlynís readings show a heavy concentration.
Alright than. Good luck.
Tom, just be in before midnight. You work too hard. Youíve missed your
birthday two years in a row and you barely make it back to base before lockdown.
Hey. Time flyís when youíre having fun.
Tom, this isnĎt a game and you know that. Plus I know why you really
stay out so late and trust me; revenge wonít make you feel better about what
happened. If youíll justÖ
What do you know; you canít even begin to understand the pain those
things caused me. Letís go John.
(Tom and John walk away and
General Cade shakes his head.)
What was he talking about, what happened?
I donít wanna talk about it.
: FADE OUT
Street (zombies surround a house, there is a crash and a piercing
(Cut to family-girl approx. 14 years old, father, mother and infant.
They are backed up in a corner with zombies advancing towards them. Show front
shot of zombie. It is about to strike but at the last second stops and falls
over revealing John holding Johnís pistol, shaking. A fight scene ensues. Tom
has supposedly killed all of the zombies but one is unknowingly sneaking up on
them. They notice but before either can react, a pan wielded by the girl hits
the zombie in the face and it immediately slumps over dead.)
We were perfectly alright. You didnít need to do anything.
no one asked you to help us either! My names Rachel by the way.
Iím John, this is Tom, weíre here to rescue you.
We were doing just fine on our own. Go away. We can handle ourselves.
fine! Go away!
I know, but if you would justÖ
(Rachel and family exit house.)
(Tom sighs and walks out with John)
: FADE OUT
Safe House Bar (Tom and John are sitting at the bar drinking sodas in
like her donít you
you do. You want to go out and save her and bring her back here.
I donít! Shut up!
Fine. (Awkward silence) You would make a cute couple though.
(Tom yells and moves to hit John but General Cade walks up with his
Howís it going boys?
Hello sir. Hey Kaitlyn
What can I get you babe?
Iíll just have a ginger ale.
(Bartender hands them two more glasses of soda.)
Yíknow, the only thing that keeps me goiní is Kaitlyn here. You just
canít live without someone you care about and who cares for you too.
Well, Whoop dee doodle doo for you Cade.
I told you, itís general in front of the men, and you seem a bitÖ
Distracted tonight. Did something happen at grid three that I should know about.
There was a girl that Tom likesÖ
No I donít!
John (To Tom)
you do. (To Cade again) But Tom here let her get away.
So thereís a girl. Well, there is a whole hour until lockdown. Plus I could
stall it for you.
are you saying? That I go out and look for this girl?!
do love her? Donít you?
not the point. Sheíll probably just die like all of my family and friends.
were the one who told me that we are starting over. We were gonna forget the old
times because they gave nothing to us but painful memories. No one lives forever
Tom and love is worth any risk.
(Cade takes a sip of his drink and lets it soak in.)
Iíll be back (Tom runs
out of the pub. John follows)
: FADE OUT
Outside (Family-mother, infant and Rachel, Father is nowhere to be seen.
Rachel is fighting zombies while her mother is standing nearby holding the baby.
Rachel is beginning to become overwhelmed and the zombies close in. Tom and John
ride in on bicycles taking out a few zombies on the way.)
getting really tired of saving you. Is everyone alright?
got lost. My father was bitten and refused to go on. We were too weak to carry
him so we left him on the front steps of the library.
We went right
by the library and we didnít see anyone. Iím sorry to say this but your
(The reanimated body of the father is lurching towards the group.
Rachelís mother puts down the baby and begins running towards him.)
(The mother is bitten by her husband and is also surrounded by a team of
zombies who cover her entirely. The motherís screams attract many more zombies
to the scene.)
Thereís too many,
we canít stop them. This is all my fault. If I hadnĎt let you go, we
wouldnĎt be here.
(Cade rides up with a gun and a bat and begins bashing and shooting
blindly. He creates enough of a distraction that all of the zombies turn to
(Rachel grabs the baby. John and Rachel grab two bikes and Tom goes to
the third but hesitates.)
be fine. Go!
John (puts her hand on Tomís shoulder)
now, fight later, okay?
(Tom grabs the third bicycle and the three ride away.)
: FADE OUT
Safe House (The doors are closing and Kaitlyn is staring out at the
street. As the doors are about to close she turns to the gatekeeper)
there are still people out there.
sorry Miss Lancaster but rules are rules. They should have been in before
me a rifle with a scope and a team of shades.
canít be serious.
(Three people dressed in black come over [shades] one hands Caitlin a
gun and they walk out. The door closes and locks behind them.)
: FADE OUT
Campfire (Tom, John, Rachel and the baby are seated by the campfire.
The baby begins to cry softly.)
keep him quiet please? We are at the heart of zombie territory. This was the
most populated area of the city beforeÖ
start from the beginning. My name is Tom Evans. I lived around here a few months
: FADE OUT (Tomís flashback.)
Tom walks up to his front door (night, door ajar)
I lived with my
mother and father and two sisters. I had just returned from a weekend at my
friend Cadeís lakehouse. We were friends before all of this. Part of me
I walked into my house and saw that the door was open slightly. The
lights were off so I assumed everyone was asleep. I walked in but my sisters
werenít in their beds and neither were my parents. I thought that maybe they
were hiding and were going to spring up and welcome me home. So I went upstairs
and opened my door. (Tom opens door to his room.) I smelled something like
rotting meat. I flipped on the lights (lights go on) and saw my family lying on
the floor. They had been killed and partially eaten, by what I wasnít sure. I
heard moaning coming from the closet. I opened the door and something jumped out
at me. I was on the floor before I knew what happened. Then I saw it. It was a
man standing over me. But it wasnít a man. His eyes were glazed over and he
had blood stains on his shirt and face. I tried to run but another one was on
the stairs. I saw a baseball bat on the floor and I swung. The thing just
slumped over and stopped moving. I flew down the stairs and burst out the back
door. They were everywhere. A Cadeís cousin drove up. He was human, I could
tell. Cade was in the back seat. We were taken to a building where there was hot
food and water waiting. We were safe. Eventually they moved on but Cade and I
stayed. We knew there were people who still needed our help. Of the people we
rescued we took the able bodied for our makeshift army. Those too old, frail or
young we take care of as well. But those who were bitten. Well, we had no choice
but to quietly execute them.
For what. You
couldnít have prevented or stopped this in any way. Weíre in the same boat
you and I. No parents and an instinct to survive.
: FADE OUT
Morning, the area where we last saw Cade(Kaitlyn is at a vantage point
without her team of Shades. She sees Cade in a tree surrounded by zombies. She
takes them all out with her rifle. She walks towards the tree with Cade clinging
to a high branch. He looks down with a smirk.)
You saved my
lifeÖ Does this mean weíre going steady?
Get down here before I
shoot you myself.
So thatís it? You came alone?
Of course not. I had
help. (Kaitlyn whistles and a number of shades pop out of bushes and trees.) By
the way if you ever do anything crazy like that again, I swear IíllÖ
Hold your horses. We have
more important matters to attend to. We have to find Tom and his girlfriend.
Tom got a girlfriend?
Itís been a long night for
all of us. I think I know where they might be.
You mean if theyíre still alive.
Tomís a tough old bean, he
can take care of himself but this girlfriend of his might cloud the issue.
Do I ever cloud your
Constantly, but in the best
: FADE OUT
Encampment (John is standing guard, Tom is dousing the fire and Rachel
is watching the baby.)
get back to the safe house. We need toÖ
about last night, do you really care about me as much as you said?
just say, youíre the first person Iíve truly cared about since the incident.
Now as I was saying, we have to get to base beforeÖ
(There is a long silence that is broken by the baby fussing.)
We should go before the baby gets hungry and really starts crying.
Tom (to John)
Thatís exactly what
I was gonna say.
let her get to you man.
: FADE OUT
(Cade and Kaitlyn are walking through a forested area. A Shade pops up
and salutes. Cade salutes back.)
Sir we have
located Mr. Evans and his friends. They are headed this way now.
(Another Shade comes
barreling out of the bushes. He stops to catch his breath.)
I was patrolling the central wood as you instructed with unit 3 but we came
across a Squad of Undead. There must have been one hundred zombies there. And
that was just a minor group.
One hundred?! And you
say it was just a minor set?
maíam. We heard the footsteps of the Primary group. It sounded like they were
headed in the direction of the safe house.
had a feeling they were up to something. How many do you think there were in
judging by the footsteps I assume, 1000 zombies. Unit 3 went to investigate.
When I heard the screams, I ran.
outnumber us ten to one. Even with superior weapons and intelligence weíll
still a chance.
(To Shades)Find Evans and Miler. Get them back to the safe house. Tell
him what you told me.
(To Kaitlyn) Youíre coming with me.
(Cade and Kaitly rush off and the Shades slink back into the trees.)
: FADE OUT
Safe House armory (soldiers are preparing for battle.)
our final stand here. We take all those unable to fight into the cellar. There
is a secret passage leading into the sewers. If we fail they should at least be
able to escape.
(To Rachel) Take the baby and go with them.
wonít leave you
Someone needs to take care of your brother.
baby to a passing woman with other children around her) Take care of him. Iíll
want him back after this is over though.
(The lady nods. Rachel turns to Tom and smirks)
I couldnít stand losing you. Itís too dangerous.
need all the help you can get. Besides, youíre going out there arenít you?
Someone needs to watch your back.
thatís my job.
Please, I canít
just sit in the dark waiting for this to end. I wonít.
Fine. Grab a weapon.
Just please; donít do anything foolish out there.
(A loud moaning is heard.)
here. Fasten your seatbelts.
: FADE OUT
Outside safe house (soldiers are nervously pacing or wringing their
hands. A lone zombie comes into view but is then followed by many more. A great
battle ensues. The army is surrounded. Everything seems hopeless. There is a
noise coming from the distance.)
It sounds like
cars. Lost of Ďem.
zombies canít drive.
Thatís because they
arenít zombies. Look!
(Cars full of people drive toward the zombies. In the lead car is Cade
and Kaitlyn. The cars stop and the people in the cars get out and begin tearing
through the zombies. When the zombies are all dead General Cade comes up to Tom
with a man who appears to be the reinforcement leader.)
Jacob! (Tom bring
Jacob over to Rachel.)
Rachel, this is my good friend Jacob. He was the one who saved Cade and
me and taught us everything we know. We all owe him our lives.
Donít thank me. We were
glad to help an old friend. The good general was the one who told us about your
plight. So we decided to lend a hand. Well, it seems like youíre doiní all
right now. We should get going.
donít you all stay? We have more than enough room and our soldiers can benefit
from your teaching.
dunno. We nomads get tired of staying in one place for too long. We have to keep
but could you at least stay for the party?
not celebrate? The mass of zombies in the area are gone, our supplies are
bountiful, and if Iím not mistaken, I have a few birthdays to catch up on as
forget your new girlfriend
(Rachel throws John a look.)
(Jacob thinks for a while and then turns to his men.)
have a scotch. Itís been a long night.
havenít changed a bit.
: FADE OUT
Bar (Tom, John, Cade, Kaitlyn, Jacob and Rachel
[Holding baby] are all sitting at bar drinking and laughing when the
radio fuzzes out and the same news reporter comes on. It is very soft and barely
up. Everyone, quiet.
(The radio becomes audible)
zombie invasion has reached full scale. Governments are in shambles. Their
militaries scattered. The world is at a loss as the undead rein supreme. There
seems to be no hope for humanity. Aside from small outpsts in different
countries, the only large population of surviving humans in the world is in
(The radio message fuzzes out. Everyone is silent. Tom looks at his
friends. They nod and he stands up.)
up for a road trip?
(The soldiers cheer.)
and children will be safe here. I am placing Lieutenant Romero in charge. You
are in good hands. However, I need soldiers to stay and guard base. Any
(No one volunteers)
You have courage. I admire that but we donít all have to fight. Think
of your loved ones. Who will care for them? So I decree that anyone with a
relation at this base who is unable to fight will stay here.
(Rachel looks disappointed but Cade turns to her.)
know, Mrs. McDurmond has grown quite attached to your brother. A few more months
in her care wonít hurt him.
(Rachel smiles and nods. The soldiers all get into vehicles. Rachel and
Tom get into Jacobs car with Cade and John. They are holding hands as they drive
off into the sunrise.)
As we rode off toward our final destination I began to wonder, would we
ever find a vaccine to this disease and would we be able to save the City?
Perhaps; with my friends at my side. A wise man once told me, that the word
friend is common and the fact is rare. I think that applies here.
: FADE OUT
© Charles Mohl and Rudolph Altergott 2005. All Rights Reserved.