Friday, May 26, 2017

Chemistry Class


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In Chapter 35 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy hurriedly makes a new batch of the vaccine to give to Jool before she succumbs to the zombie virus. Meanwhile, Gaga and Nin have their last stand against the invasion ...


EXT. HUNTER COLLEGE BUILDING - NIGHT
Old. Stately. Carved in stone
above the door: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.
The SWAT truck pulls up in front. Stops.

Gaga sits the behind the wheel.
Nin rides shotgun. Rommy hops out.

Puts Jool over his shoulder.
SLAMS the door.

ROMMY
We won’t be long.
Just stay in the truck.
You’ll be safe.

Gaga and Nin nod.
Rommy races inside.

INT. HUNTER COLLEGE - CHEMISTRY LAB - NIGHT
A maze of beakers, test-tubes
and bubbling liquids have been set up
on a work table like
something out of Frankenstein.

Jool lies on top of
another table, fast asleep.

Rommy watches the chemicals working.
He’s exhausted. Spent. Eyes are slits.

Every muscle in his body is aching.
He looks at a tube that’s
dripping liquid into a beaker.

ROMMY
(reads the sheet of paper
with the formula)
Then add five cc’s
of contaminated blood.
(grabs a syringe, unwraps it)
We’re almost there --

He JABS the needle in her arm.
Fills the syringe with blood.

SQUIRTS it into the beaker.
Stirs it with a glass rod.

A door BANGS OPEN behind him.
He turns and looks.

It’s a late-stage INFECTED PROFESSOR.
Just about to turn.

He starts walking toward them.
Points at Jool. Licks his lips.

LATE-STAGE INFECTED PROFESSOR
Hungry --

Rommy GRABS a length of steel
tubing off the table --

ROMMY
Stay away from my GIRLFRIEND.

And SHOVES it in his eye with a CRUNCH.
He COLLAPSES to the floor, THWUNK.

Rommy DASHES over to the work table.
Starts filling a pair of
syringes with the vaccine.

INT. SWAT TRUCK - AT THAT MOMENT
Gaga and Nin sit in the truck,
watching for zombies.

NIN
I wonder what’s taking them so long?

GAGA
Dunno.

NIN
Are you okay?

GAGA
I miss my brother.

NIN
I’m sorry. What was he like?

GAGA
God, he was AMAZING.
He developed the vaccine, you know.

NIN
No, I didn’t.
(sees something)
OhmiGOD.

GAGA
(turns, looks)
What.
(sees)
Oh, NO.

EXT. SWAT TRUCK - NIGHT
A WILD, RABID PACK OF ZOMBIES
ATTACKS the truck.

Swarms all over it
like bees on a hive.
POUNDING on it, SCREAMING.

IN THE TRUCK
Gaga and Nin hug each other
for dear life.

GAGA
I can’t TAKE THIS ANYMORE.

NIN
Our father, who art in heaven --

The zombies BURST THROUGH the windows
and start RIPPING THEM TO SHREDS
and FEASTING ON THEM.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Women And Children First


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In Chapter 34 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Jool and Ginger fight their way through the zombie attack and escape off the roof onto the building next door ...


ON THE ROOF
Ginger closes the hatch. Examines it.

GINGER
It bolts from the inside.
It’s not gonna buy us much time.

ROMMY
We gotta figure out a way
to get over to the next building.

Ginger pulls a coiled length
of black rope off her belt --

GINGER
Check it out.

Holds up a black metal
rod attached to it.

She presses a button on the handle
and a GRAPPLING HOOK flies out.

She deftly TOSSES IT across to
the building on the other side.
It HITS the ledge with a CLANG.

Ginger pulls out a handle
with a snapped-hook.
Attaches it to the rope, CLICK.

ROMMY
So we grab onto that and
slide down to the other side.

Ginger nods. Ties the other end
of the rope to a chimney. Pulls it TIGHT.

GINGER
We’ll have to go one at a time.

ROMMY
Gaga, you go first.

GAGA
Okay.

She grabs the handle.
Pulls it along the cord
to the side of the building.

Looks at the other side.
Then at them.

GAGA (CONT'D)
Wish me luck.

And then TAKES OFF. She FLIES
down the cord with ease and LANDS
on the roof with a SLAP of her feet.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
The door starts to BUCKLE as
the screaming zombies BATTER it.

ON THE ROOF
Rommy looks at Nin.

ROMMY
Now you go.

Nin nods. GRABS the handle.
Look across to the other side.

NIN
Here goes nothing --

And FLIES down the cord.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
The steel door BURSTS off its hinges,
and the room quickly fills
with SCREAMING ZOMBIES.

ON THE ROOF
Ginger nods at Rommy.

GINGER
You go next.

ROMMY
You go. Women and children first.

The trap door FLIES OFF.
A pair of RABID ZOMBIES FLY OUT
onto the roof and start RUNNING at them.

Ginger pulls out her semiautomatic weapon
and starts SHREDDING THEM TO RIBBONS.

GINGER
GO, GO, GO -- I don’t know how
much longer I can hold ‘em off.

ROMMY
(nods, freaked out)
Fuck this hero shit --

He takes Jool in his arms.
GRABS the handle and goes
SAILING down to the other side --

Just as a dozen zombies EXPLODE
through the door and start EATING GINGER.
She SCREAMS as her body is TORN APART.

ON THE OTHER SIDE
They all watch in horror.
Jool wakes up again.

JOOL
What’s -- going on?

ROMMY
(turns her head)
Don’t look.

NIN
That poor woman.

GAGA
She saved us.

ROMMY
And now it’s time to save ourselves.
(to Nin)
Where can find a chemistry lab?
I need to whip up a batch of the vaccine.

NIN
Hunter college. It’s just a few blocks away.

ROMMY
Okay, great.
(to Jool)
Just hold on. Okay?
You think you can make it?

JOOL
Yeah.
(feels something)
Uh-oh --

And she VOMITS a GREEN-BROWN SPEW.
Closes her eyes.

Rommy wipes her mouth
with his sleeve.
Picks her up.

ROMMY
Stay with me, Jool.
(beat)
Stay with me --

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Great Escape


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In Chapter 33 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Brick, Gaga and the surviving revolutionaries try to escape the zombie invasion by racing up to the roof of the building. Meanwhile, up on the roof, Rommy tends to an increasingly infected Jool, and turns to Ginger to try figure out a way to escape ...


EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - NIGHT
Gaga and Brick RUN into the building.

INT. CARLING’S MANSION - FOYER - NIGHT
They SLAM the door shut.

BRICK
That’s not gonna hold ‘em long.

GAGA
(nods)
C’mon -- UPSTAIRS.

Gaga and Brick start RUNNING
up the grand staircase.

ON THE ROOF
Nin turns to Ginger.

NIN
We better go warn them.

GINGER
Uh, YEAH.

They RACE toward the trap door,
then BOLT down the ladder.

IN THE HALLWAY
Rommy holds Jool in his arms.
He sees the lesions.

There’s now more of them.
He kisses the top of her head.

ROMMY
You’re NOT gonna die on me.

JOOL
(opens her eyes)
Rommy -- ?

ROMMY
Hold on.
You’re gonna be okay.
You’re gonna be okay.

JOOL
Okay --
(eyes go glassy)
Need to -- sleep.

And she PASSES OUT again.

IN THE FOYER
The front door FLIES OPEN
and the pack of zombies RACES INSIDE.
Start FLYING UP THE STAIRS.

AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS
Gaga reaches the top.
But Brick, still really high,
TRIPS and FALLS. He groans.
Grabs the railing.

BRICK
My ankle --

The zombies RUN UP THE STAIRS
and ATTACK him. Start FEASTING.
Gaga SCREAMS. RUNS down --

THE HALLWAY
Where she sees Rommy
holding a lifeless Jool.

GAGA
They’re COMING THIS WAY --
(off his stare)
Is she okay?

ROMMY
(hoists Jool over his shoulder)
I don’t KNOW.

SCREAMING behind them.

GAGA
C’mon, LET’S GO --

They turn and RUN toward
the steel door, which FLIES OPEN,
revealing Nin and Ginger.

GINGER
Get IN HERE.

Rommy and Gaga FLY into the room.
Ginger and Nin SLAM the door.

Everyone looks at each other.
Breathing heavily.

ROMMY
Thanks. Holy shit was that close.

He carefully lays Jool
down on the bed.
Strokes her hair.

Looks up at them.
Sighs. Then realizes.

ROMMY
Hey. Where’s Brick?

GAGA
Didn’t make it.

NIN
(to Rommy)
Is she okay?

ROMMY
I think so -- for now.
But we gotta hurry.

GINGER
You’re the boyfriend.

NIN
(half-smile)
His name is Rommy.

ROMMY
Nice to meet you. Nin, right?
(off her nod)
Okay, listen to me.
I’ve got a vaccine.
We need to get out of here
so I can go make some.

She keeps going in
and out of consciousness --

GINGER
You’ve got a VACCINE?

ROMMY
Yeah, but it’s not going to
do us any good if we’re DEAD.

The zombies start BANGING
on the door. Everyone looks.
Horrified. Rommy turns to Nin.

ROMMY (CONT'D)
How strong is that door?

NIN
It’s -- pretty strong, but --
(gestures helplessly)
I dunno.

ROMMY
(sees the ladder)
That goes up to the roof?
(off her nod)
Then LET’S GO.

One by one, they start
going up the ladder --
first Gaga, then Nin, then Ginger,
then Rommy, carrying Jool.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Love Me Do


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In Chapter 32 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, after desperately searching the republic for her after they tragically got separated, Rommy finally finds Jool ...


EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - FRONT ENTRANCE - NIGHT
The SWAT truck is parked
in front by the curb.

Rommy, Brick and Gaga
stand on the sidewalk.
Look at the building.

BRICK
Nice digs.

GAGA
So this is how the other half --
(beat)
Uh -- lived.

ROMMY
I’ll go inside first.
You guys stay outside
and keep a lookout.

ON THE ROOF
Jool waves frantically.
Beaming. SO fucking excited.

JOOL
ROMMY. Up HERE.

ROMMY
Looks up. Sees her.

ROMMY
Ohmigod, JOOL. THERE you are.
I’m COMING UP.

JOOL (O.C.)
I’m coming DOWN --

IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING
Rommy RACES inside.

ON THE ROOF
Jool RUNS to the trap door.
FLIES down the ladder.

ON THE MAIN STAIRWAY
Rommy RACES up the stairs.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
Jool WHIPS the door open.
RUNS into --

THE CORRIDOR
Where Rommy RUNS toward her.
They FLY into each other’s arms.

ROMMY
I thought I’d lost you FOREVER --

JOOL
I KNEW you’d come find me.

They gaze into each other’s eyes.
Jool strokes his face.

JOOL (CONT'D)
You DID get infected.

ROMMY
It’s okay. We have a vaccine.

JOOL
You DO?

ROMMY
Yeah. It’s gonna be okay --
(studies her face)
You’re infected, too.

JOOL
I’m okay. Just feel a little --

She COLLAPSES in his arms.

JOOL (CONT’D)
Tired.

And goes out like a light.

ROMMY
JOOL.

ON THE ROOF
Nin and Ginger scan the horizon.
See something.

GINGER
Oh, no. The zombies in the park --

NIN
Are coming THIS WAY.

ON THE STREET
Brick and Gaga stand
in front the building.

GAGA
Do you hear that?

The sound of SCREAMING
gets nearer and nearer.

BRICK
(looks)
Oh, SHIT.

DOWN THE STREET
A pack of RABID SCREAMING ZOMBIES
is coming right at them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Signs Of Life


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In Chapter 31 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Brick, Gaga and the rest of the revolutionaries recover from surviving the zombie attack. Meanwhile, Jool searches the skyline for any sign of Rommy ...


INT. SWAT TRUCK - NIGHT
Rommy’s behind the wheel.
Grim. Determined.

Brick rides shotgun,
eyes bleary from too much weed.
Wasted.

BRICK
(sings)
'With their tanks and their bombs,
and their bombs and their guns --
zombie, zombie, zombie -- '

GAGA
So where to next?

ROMMY
First we go get Jool,
then find somewhere
to make the vaccine,
and THEN go to the media.
(turns, looks at them)
So no more Doobie Brothers, okay?

GAGA
I’m fine. Just have a mellow buzz.
Still fully functioning --
(looks at Brick)
Not like Zombie Garcia here.

BRICK
Chill OUT. Relax.
I’m just blowing off
some steam, okay?
Surviving a zombie
apocalypse is STRESSFUL.

ROMMY
Yeah, and so is having
your romantic rendezvous
FUCKED UP by ARMED GUARDS.

GAGA
That must of been rough.

ROMMY
Yeah, well the story’s
gonna have a happy ending.
(looks out the window)
We’re almost there --

Rommy pulls the picture
out of his pocket.
Sneaks a look.

It BLOWS out the window.
He tries to grab it --

ROMMY
Shit.

EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - ROOF - NIGHT
Jool, Nin and Ginger sit
on the ledge of the roof.

Look down below at the devastation.
Searching for signs of life.

JOOL
Look. Over there in the park.
There’s another pack of them.

GINGER
Zombies in the park.
That’s a LONG way
from the Globe Theater.

JOOL
(sees something)
Ohmigod. ROMMY. He’s HERE.
I KNEW he was coming.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blood Sucking Freaks


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In Chapter 30 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Jool discovers that her uncle Carling has been infected with the zombie virus during the invasion, then rescues her nanny in the nick of time, and then barely escapes into their panic room ...


INT. CARLING’S MANSION - FOYER - NIGHT
Ginger and Jool tip-toe
across the marble floor.

Point their weapons.
Eyes scanning the room.

GINGER
This room is bigger
than my whole apartment.

Jool leads the way toward the study.

JOOL
This way --

Suddenly Carling appears down the hall.
He’s been INFECTED. Badly. Late-stage.
Skin mottled. Bloody. Eyes BLAZING.

JOOL (CONT’D)
(horrified)
NO --

He RACES toward Jool and Ginger.
They FIRE at him.
BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG.

His head EXPLODES
in a RED-BROWN MIST.

They lower their guns.
Jool looks at him sadly.

GINGER
I’m so -- sorry.

JOOL
(eyes tear up)
That -- wasn’t my uncle anymore --

GINGER
What about your parents?

JOOL
They were killed by infecteds
when I was seven --
(realizes)
NIN.

GINGER
Who’s that?

JOOL
My nanny.
(thinks)
Maybe she’s in the panic room.
C’mon, follow me.

She trots over to
the grand staircase.

Ginger follows her.
They RACE up the steps.

INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS
Jool BANG, BANG, BANGS on the
steel door to the panic room.

Ginger stands guard,
weapon pointed down the hallway.

JOOL
NIN, it’s ME, JOOL.
Are you in there?

GINGER
Maybe we should check
the rest of the --

The door OPENS.
Nin looks at Jool, then Ginger.

NIN
Thank god you’re okay.

JOOL
Thank god YOU’RE okay.

NIN
Your uncle --

JOOL
I know.

NIN
(sighs)
C’mon in.

INT. PANIC ROOM - CONTINUOUS
A very large room outfitted
like a studio apartment.

The best of everything.
Very comfortable.
Ginger looks around.

GINGER
Fanciest panic room
I’VE ever seen.
(looks at them)
Well, now that you’re both safe,
I should get going.

JOOL
Wait, could you stay a
little while and protect us?
I have to wait for Rommy.

GINGER
How is he going to find you
if you’re holed up in here?

JOOL
Oh, that’s no problem.
We can access the roof over there.
(points at a ladder up to a ceiling hatch)
Please? Just for a little while?

PUSH IN ON Ginger’s face.
Her face softens. She sighs.

GINGER
Okay. Let’s go up --

Friday, May 12, 2017

Flaming Creatures


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In Chapter 29 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, it's a fight to the death when Rommy, Brick, Monster, Gaga and Reno go head-to-head with a horde of screaming, mutant zombies ...


EXT. TIMES SQUARE - SUBWAY ENTRANCE - NIGHT
A disaster area.
Vehicles lie in ruins in flames.

A movie theater is on fire.
Zombies CHASE people in the street, SCREAMING.
Explosions BOOM. Scattered GUNFIRE.

Brick, Jag and Rommy carefully come up
the stairs to the mouth of the subway entrance.

Press themselves against the wall.
Carefully look around the corner.

BRICK
It’s like Resident Evil.

JAG
But without the hot chick.

ROMMY
(sees something)
Check out the SWAT truck across the street.

BRICK
That would work --

JAG
Think the keys are in it?

BRICK
Don’t need no stinkin’ keys.
I’ll run across the street, get the truck,
and come pick you guys up.

JAG
Better you than me --

BRICK
(sees something)
I’m gonna cover myself with that trash can --

ROMMY
Okay. I’ll go tell the others.

He turns, walks down the steps to --

THE SUBWAY EXIT STAIRS
Where Gaga, Reno, Hammer and Monster are waiting.

ROMMY (CONT'D)
There’s a SWAT truck across the street.
Brick’s gonna go get it and then pick us up.

MONSTER
Thank god. My leg hurts like a motherfucker.

RENO
(points at the spear)
Poor baby. At least YOU’RE not
skewered like a shish-ka-bob.

ROMMY
Put a sock in it.
We’ve gotta keep a cool head
if we’re gonna get outta this alive.
C’mon, let’s go --

RENO
Well, look who’s all mature
and shit all of a sudden.

OUT ON THE STREET
Brick turns over a trash can.
Gets under it.

Starts moving across the street.
Zombies FLY BY, but don’t smell him.

IN THE TUNNEL
The gang starts walking up
the steps to the street.

Suddenly, SCREAMING from down below.
They all turn and look.

ZOMBIES. Running up the stairs.
Rommy GRABS Gaga’s hand.

ROMMY
Let’s GO.

Rommy, Gaga and Hammer RACE up the stairs,
Monster and Reno right behind.

A rabid zombie GRABS Reno by the spear,
YANKS her down and starts EATING HER.
She SCREAMS.

Monster pulls out his squirt gun to shoot,
but gets GRABBED by zombies who
BITE INTO HIM and start EATING.
He SCREAMS.

UP ON THE SURFACE
Brick makes it to the truck.
He THROWS off the trash can and JUMPS IN.
Starts working on the wires on the steering column.

AT THE SUBWAY ENTRANCE
Rommy, Gaga and Hammer RUN out of
the subway and onto the street.

Zombies from all directions smell,
then see them, start RUNNING toward them.
SCREAMING.

Hammer adjusts his flamethrower. Turns it ON.
A GIANT SPRAY OF FIRE SHOOTS OUT.

HAMMER
Flame ON --

He slowly spins in a circle,
SPRAYING the zombies with FLAMES.

As he HITS each one, they EXPLODE
into SCREAMING FIREBALLS OF BLACK SMOKE.

IN THE SWAT TRUCK
Brick watches them destruct. Gets back to work.
The wires SPARK. The engine ROARS.
He starts driving toward them.

OUT ON THE STREET
Hammer keeps ROASTING the zombies as they
SNAP, CRACKLE POP. They all cover their mouths.

THE TRUCK
Roars up alongside them. Brick leans out the window.

BRICK
Get in, GET IN --

Everyone JUMPS IN. SLAMS the doors shut.

ROMMY
Holy fucking SHIT was that close.

GAGA
I think just peed my Hello Kitties.

BRICK
(realizes)
What about --
Rommy shakes his head sadly.

BRICK
God-DAMMIT.

Zombies start SLAPPING against
the sides of the vehicle,
the windows. SCREAMING to get in.

ROMMY
What are you WAITING FOR? GO, GO, GO --

Brick HITS the gas, and the truck ROARS AWAY.

EXT. TIMES SQUARE - FORTY SECOND STREET - NIGHT
The truck FLIES through the pack of infected.
CRUSHING them. Zombies SPRAY into the air.

But a few still hang onto the sides,
climb onto the roof.

INT. SWAT TRUCK - CONTINUOUS
Brick sees an intersection up ahead.
Gets ready to turn --
and SPINS the steering wheel, HARD.

EXT. SWAT TRUCK - MOVING - CONTINUOUS
The truck CAREENS around the corner,
SHAKING OFF the zombies clinging to the sides.

But there’s still one on top.
He starts SCREAMING and POUNDING on the roof.

IN THE TRUCK
They all look up. Freaked.
Gaga pulls out a book of matches. Lights one.
Touches it to the pack. It EXPLODES in flames.
She leans out the window. TOSSES it up.

ON THE TRUCK
The matches hit the zombie. It EXPLODES IN FLAMES.

IN THE TRUCK
Gaga smiles. Pulls a joint out from behind her ear.

GAGA
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

Lights up. Takes a big hit.
Holds it in. EXHALES.

ROMMY
Where the fuck did you get THAT?

GAGA
Times Square? Hello?

ROMMY
Gimme some of that.

GAGA
(hands it to him)
No woman, no cry.

BRICK
You think you should be smoking that NOW?

ROMMY
Excuse ME. After that shit back there,
I need to take the edge off.
(beat)
And besides, in my condition it’s medicinal.

Brick stares at him, taking a big toke.

BRICK
Fuck it. Gimme a hit of that --


Monday, May 8, 2017

End Of Days


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In Chapter 28 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Brick, Gaga and the rest of the revolutionaries make their way uptown through the subway tunnel ... until they come across a wall of bricks. Meanwhile, newscasters Brock Landers and Nobu Stevens have a complete meltdown on the air while reporting on the zombie invasion ...


INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL - NIGHT
The hand cart continues going north.
Everyone stares ahead silently.

Gaga turns, looks at Rommy.
He stares at the picture.

Sighs. Puts it away.
Sees Gaga looking at him.

GAGA
How you feeling?

ROMMY
Like I’m swimming in a
big vat of fuck you.

GAGA
(feels his forehead)
You’re burning up --

ROMMY
I’ll be okay.
I just need to see Jool.

GAGA
We’ll find her. I promise.
Then we’ll make some more
of the vaccine --

JAG
SHIT.

MONSTER
FUCK ME.

Rommy and Gaga turn and look.
The tunnel ahead has been
WALLED UP WITH BRICKS.

BRICK
End of the line.
Guess we’re gonna have
to go above-ground.

ROMMY
Where are we?

BRICK
Forty-second street.

JAG
Fucking GREAT.

GAGA
Why did they wall it up?

BRICK
Fucking KAPPS like to keep out
illegal immigrants.

ROMMY
Oh, YEAH?
(raises his fist in the air)
Gimme your tired, poor, huddled
masses yearning to KICK ASS.
(off their looks)
What. What you looking at?

INT. NEWS STUDIO - NIGHT
Brock and Nobu sit at their news desk.
Look scared. Brock absently shuffles papers.
Nobu sips from her coffee mug.

BROCK
This just in, the republic is now
in a state of complete chaos.
We urge everyone to STAY INSIDE --

NOBU
Fuck it, Brock. What’s the use?
It’s Armageddon. Judgment day.
The end of days.
(hiccups)
You know? Fuck it.
We might as well jump off the roof --

Brock GRABS her mug. Smells it.

BROCK
(sharp whisper)
What were you told about

DRINKING on the job?
Nobu GRABS the mug back.

NOBU
It’s the END OF THE FUCKING WORLD, Brock.
And I’m gonna have a FUCKING COCKTAIL,
so DEAL with it.

She drains it.
Reaches under the desk.

Brings up a bottle.
Pours some more.

rock stares in the camera.
Blinks.

BROCK
We now go to Paul David Brazill,
our man on the street, who --
(listens to his ear piece)
He’s dead -- ?
(looks into the camera)
We’ll be right back after
this word from our sponsor.

He exhales.
Assumes the camera is off.
But it isn’t.

BROCK
You fucking LUSH --

NOBU
Can it, pretty boy.
Don’t think I don’t know about
your Columbian BOOGER SUGAR.
(beat)
Hey. Gimme a bump of that --

Brock turns red.
Looks to his right, then his left.

Pulls a snifter out of his pocket.
Hands it to her.

BROCK
Here.
Maybe this will help even you out.

Nobu grins maniacally.
GRABS it. HONKS a hit. Then another.

NOBU
WHOO, that’s good shit.
I feel like DANCING --

Friday, May 5, 2017

Panic Room


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In Chapter 28 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, after Jool's father gets eaten by zombies during the invasion, she escapes to the roof of her building, where she gets help from a surprise ally ...


INT. CARLING’S STUDY - DAY
Carling picks up the phone on his desk.
Tries to dial a number.
SLAMS it down. Looks at Nin.

CARLING
Phones are down.

NIN
What are we going to do?

CARLING
The panic room --

They look at each other. Realize.
They RACE out of the room.

INT. JOOL’S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
Carling and Nin RUN into her room.
Stop. Look around.

NIN
Where IS she?

CARLING
I don’t know. She’s GONE.

Loud SCREAMING downstairs.

CARLING (CONT’D)
We gotta GO --

NIN
But JOOL --

CARLING
We don’t have TIME.
(looks up)
Please god, forgive me --

He DASHES out of the room,
Nin trailing behind him.

INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS
They RUN toward a steel door
at the end of the hallway,
just as A PACK OF ZOMBIES
reaches the top of the stairs.

They see them.
Carling TRIPS and falls.
Nin makes it to the door.

NIN
(turns, sees)
CARLING --

But it’s too late.
The zombies LEAP on top
of him and start FEASTING.

Nin FLIES into the room.
SLAMS the door shut.

EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - ROOF - NIGHT
Jool makes it to the top.
Climbs onto the roof.

Looks over the edge.
Sees dozens of zombies
storming into the building.

JOOL
Can’t stay here.

She goes to the other side.
Looks at the chasm between
her building and the one next door.

JOOL
I can’t jump across THAT.

Jool finds a long, wooden plank.
Picks it up. GROANS.

Her head starts spinning.
She takes a deep breath.

JOOL
C’mon. You can DO this.

Brings the plank over to the ledge.
Carefully pushes it out until
it reaches the other side.

But it just barely makes it.
She’s gonna have to be very careful.

Suddenly a SCREAMING ZOMBIE
appears on the roof.

Jool pulls out her gun.
SHOOTS it in the head.
BANG. BANG. BANG.
It EXPLODES with a POP.

She turns around, gets down,
then starts crawling out across
the board toward the other side.

JOOL
Don’t look down, don’t look down --

But she does.
Almost passes out.

She takes a deep breath.
Keeps on going.

Just then, SCREAMING behind her.
MORE rabid infecteds
are on the roof.
She’s gotta HURRY --

She SCRAMBLES across
the board on all fours.

The zombies RACE over to
the side of the building,
get to the board,
just as Jool makes it
to the other side.

She KICKS the plank --
And it FALLS over the side.

But Jool SLIPS. GRABS the edge
of the roof with her hands,
legs KICKING WILDLY.

JOOL
Omigod -- HELP.

FEMALE VOICE (O.C.)
It’s OKAY. Let go.
I’ll CATCH you.

She turns, looks down, sees --

ON THE GROUND
Stands a FEMALE COMMANDO IN BLACK.

Meet Ginger Jones (27).
Elite black ops. Feral.
Menacing. And totally hot.

GINGER
Just let go.
I’ll catch you, I promise.

ON THE ROOF
Jool looks down. Freaked OUT.

JOOL
But it’s three stories --

Her hands SLIP, and she
PLUMMETS DOWN to the ground --

where Ginger deftly
CATCHES her in her arms.

JOOL
Holy shit.
(beat)
Thanks.

Ginger puts her down. Smiles.

GINGER
No problem, Miss.

JOOL
(stares at her uniform)
Who ARE you?

GINGER
If I told you,
I’d have to kill you.
(stares at her)
You’re infected.

JOOL
Please don’t shoot me.

GINGER
Relax. I’m part of a Mont
secret black ops cell.
We find and hide the infected
until we can find a cure.

JOOL
Wow. That’s -- great.
(closes her eyes)
I feel like I’m
going to pass out --

GINGER
C’mon. Let’s find a place
where you can rest.

JOOL
(eyes FLY OPEN)
NO. I can’t leave.
Rommy’s going to be here
any minute.

GINGER
Who’s Rommy?

She pulls out the picture.
Shows it to Ginger.

JOOL
My boyfriend.
(points at her building)
I want to see if my family is okay.
Would you come with me?

GINGER
Sure. Lead the way --

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Night Of The Living Dread


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In Chapter 27 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, out on her balcony, Jool sees the zombie invasion closing in on her building, so she escapes out the window and starts climbing up to the roof ...


EXT. GREENWICH VILLAGE - STREET FAIR - NIGHT - FLASHBACK
Rommy and Jool stand on the corner.
Now holding each other.

JOOL
Okay. Now I’ve GOT to go.

ROMMY
Yeah. I should go, too.

They stare into each other’s eyes.
Vibrating with unrequited lust.
He tucks her hair behind her ear.

JOOL
Then why aren’t we moving?

ROMMY
I dunno.
(beat)
Did the earth not move for you, too?

She smiles. They pull apart.

JOOL
Until we meet again.

ROMMY
Parting is such sweet sorrow.

JOOL
Oooh. Look who’s the poet.

ROMMY
It’s not -- original.

JOOL
It’s the thought that counts.
(blows him a kiss)
Bye.

She turns around. Hustles off.

PUSH IN ON Rommy. Watching her go.
Aching with longing.

ROMMY
(softly)
Bye.

INT. CARLING’S MANSION - JOOL’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Jool stands at the balcony railing.
Looks at the drainpipe leading up
to the roof that Rommy climbed up.

JOOL
Okay. Deep breath. You can do it.

She GRABS it.
Then hears MACHINE GUN FIRE down below.

Turns, looks down, and sees,
much to her horror --

EXT. FIFTH AVENUE - CARLING’S MANSION - NIGHT
A HORDE OF RABID ZOMBIES surrounding
the barricades around the mansion.

Carling’s PRIVATE SECURITY GUARDS
stand behind shields and FIRE at them.
But they’re WAY outnumbered.

JOOL
Watches. Freaks out.

JOOL
Ohmigod.

THE ZOMBIES
SMASH through one of the barricades
and STAMPEDE toward the guards,
SCREAMING AND CHATTERING.
The guards keep SHOOTING.

A few get HIT, their heads EXPLODING.
But they’re too many of them,
and they reach the guards
and start EATING them.

A ZOMBIE
CHOMPS on a guard’s neck.
Red goo goes FLYING.

ANOTHER ZOMBIE
LUNGES at another guard.
Buries his face in his stomach.

RIPS INTO his flesh.
YANKS out his guts with his teeth,
just as his head gets HIT and EXPLODES.

They keep advancing.
Start POURING into the house.

JOOL
Sees this. Her eyes BUG OUT.

JOOL
Holy fucking SHIT.

She RACES back into her room.
Goes to the door. Realizes.

JOOL
Panic room’s up two flights.
Too risky. SHIT. FUCK.
Races back outside to --

THE BALCONY
She goes back to the railing.

JOOL
If it held him, it’ll hold me --

Stops a moment. Feels dizzy.
Gathers her strength.

Climbs up on the railing.
GRABS onto the pipe.

And starts CLIMBING UP.
She turns. Looks down. Gulps.

JOOL
Don’t look down, don’t look down --

And starts making her way
up the side of the building --

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Mission From God


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In Chapter 27 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Brick, Cosmo and the rest of the revolutionaries make their way through a subway tunnel under the Republic of Manhattan, but get accosted by a horde of homeless zombies ...


INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL - NIGHT
Most of the lights are out.
It’s eerie. Rats scurry about.
The hand truck rolls down
the tracks in the dim light.

ROMMY
(reads the number on the wall)
Thirty-fourth street.

BRICK
What street is she on?

Rommy closes his eyes.
Rubs them with his fists. Thinks.

ROMMY
Uh, seventy-fifth and fifth.
Right on the park.

BRICK
You feeling okay?

ROMMY
(looks at him)
Well, let’s see.
My eyes are watering,
I’m burning up with a fever,
and it hurts when I breathe.
(beat)
Just peachy.

JAG
(sees something)
We got a problem, chief.

BRICK
(turns, looks)
Shit.

UP AHEAD
Is a crude ROADBLOCK made of wooden crates,
trash cans and big piles of garbage.
A fire burns dimly behind it.

THE HAND TRUCK
Slows to a stop in front of it.

ROMMY
What the fuck do we do NOW?

ANGRY MALE VOICE (O.C.)
HALT. Who goes there?

BRICK
We need to get through.
We’re on a mission from God.

ANGRY MALE VOICE (O.C.)
There IS no GOD.

A FILTHY, BEARDED HOMELESS SKELL emerges
from the edge of the barrier carrying a spear.
Infected. Badly. About to turn.

FILTHY, BEARDED HOMELESS SKELL
If there was, we wouldn’t have been
cast out of society to die a living DEATH.

ROMMY
Okay, so you’re infected.
We get it. I’M infected.
But we’ve got a vaccine for the virus.

BRICK
That’s right. And we need to get through
so we can get the word out to the people.
Like you --

FILTHY, BEARDED HOMELESS SKELL
You have a VACCINE? GIVE IT TO ME.

ROMMY
My friends, uh -- used it all up.
But we’re gonna make a new batch. Promise.

FILTHY, BEARDED HOMELESS SKELL
I don’t BELIEVE YOU.

And right before their eyes, he TURNS
into a RABID, CHATTERING ZOMBIE.

He THROWS his spear -- which
WHIZZES THROUGH THE AIR and
HITS Monster in the leg.

MONSTER
OWWW --

BRICK
GET ‘EM.

Jag WHIPS OUT his Uzi.
SPRAYS him with bullets.

His skeletal body JERKS like
a puppet in a dance of death.

FALLS to the ground in a
gooey puddle of flesh and bones.

MONSTER
(YANKS the spear out)
Fucking homeless zombie piece of SHIT.

Brick hops off the truck.
Pulls a grenade out of his pocket.

BRICK
Stand back. I’m gonna blow
a hole in that rat-trap.

Just then, a GROUP OF INFECTED HOMELESS SKELLS
charges at them from around the barricade.

Spears go WHIZZING through the air.
One of them HITS Reno in the chest, THWUNK.

RENO
UH --

Jag OPENS FIRE on them in
a hail of MACHINE GUN FIRE --
SHREDDING them to ribbons.
He sighs. Checks the gun magazine.

JAG
That’s it for the ammo.

BRICK
Great. Just great --
(to Reno)
Are you okay?

Reno looks down at the spear
that’s gone right through her.

Feels around behind her
where it sticks out in the back.

RENO
I’m -- okay.
(looks down)
Just a little -- heartburn.

BRICK
Let me pull it out.

ROMMY
No, DON’T. Pulling it out might KILL her.

RENO
Well, that’s just great.
So I’m supposed to walk around
like a human pin-cushion?

BRICK
Zip it. You’re alive. Be grateful.
(beat)
Everybody take cover.

Everybody gets behind the hand truck, ducks down.
Brick HURLS the grenade at the barricade.

It EXPLODES, BANG. Debris goes
FLYING IN THE AIR, pelting the tunnel.

They get back up on the truck.
Hammer takes Monster’s place.

Monster wraps a rag around his leg.
Pulls it TIGHT. Grimaces.

BRICK (CONT’D)
Alright, let’s MOVE IT.

They start pumping the handles.
The cart starts moving.

ROMMY
(to Gaga)
How you holding up?

GAGA
Well, considering my family is dead,
we’re trapped in a subway tunnel,
and I just saw someone mow down
a pack of rabid zombies
with a semi-automatic weapon --
(beat)
Can I get back to you on that?