Here is the script from my zombie film OUTSIDE (visit the official website here). Don't read it if you want to see the movie, but I have omitted the most vital bits.
By Rajeev Mishra (2001)
A shot of the sunny afternoon sky as the camera slowly tilts down to show 2 figures in the distance running towards the camera. Chase music comes on in a sudden burst. Cut to a shot following behind. They are scared and give continual glances back. They approach a house and race down the driveway. They run up to the door. Cut to shot inside the house as the door is thrust open and the two rush in and slam he door shut with amazing force. The music cuts off suddenly. The camera slowly zooms in on the 2 guys as they drop to the floor out of shot. Cut to the exterior of the door as the camera zooms out – flash title over this. Cut to black (with one of those “swoosh” sounds).
fade in to the two characters sitting on the floor. They are exhausted. The
slowly begin to recover and one of them suddenly speaks.
What the fuck was that!!!
pause as they both look blank.
I don’t know.
pause. They both look blank and scared.
I... um… okay, I don’t know what’s going
on here, but we need to do something.
What are we going to do? We’re locked up in
your house with god knows what outside. What do we do?
We call someone.
Shot of hand picking up the phone. Cliff is about to dial, but stops.
no dial tone.
No dial tone. No fucking tone! Shit, what’ve
Fucking Zombie Vampire motherfuckers! What do
we do, oh god, oh god, oh god…
Okay, just calm down. We’ll be okay; we just
need to do a few things.
Montage of doors being locked, curtains being pulled. Come back to them. Ang is
holding Cole by the shoulders. They both look concerned.
we need that gun. That gun is our ticket outta here.
Look, I’m scared too, but that gun is like
the Holy Grail to us. It’s our salvation.
to zoom shot of shotgun in garage with holy music and rays of golden light
streaming onto it. Cut.
was just saying, I didn’t think it’s a good idea to go outside, that’s
You’re right, it’s not -
(interjects) What if they eat your brain?
(continues with a strange look) -It’s
not a good idea, but we’ve gotta do this.
Let’s move. You make sure the house is locked up tight.
part. Ang goes outside. He steps out of the door and walks out of shot. Then a 2nd
figure creeps in through the unlocked door. Cut to garage door as Ang approaches
and goes in. A shadow rushes past the camera with one of those shrill musical
sounds accompanying it. Cut.
see Cole walking through the house checking doors etc. Cut.
zoom in on the back door as Ang rushes in and bangs it shut. He brings the
shotgun into shot.
have cut the rest of this scene, so as not to spoil the good bits. You'll have
to see the movie!!!]
back in. To help with the excruciating pain, Ang has liquored Cole up real good.
Cole keeps drinking and becomes very inebriated.
they sit on the floor a 3rd figure appears (from before). He has a
gun and is freaked.
What the fuck is going on around here? Are you
going to eat my brain? (stutter stutter, mumble)
quickly grabs his gun (which was out of the 3rd persons view) and as
he does so, the 3rd man reaches behind himself and pulls out a 2nd
gun which he points at Cole. (all in Woo-mo of course).
There is a resulting Mexican standoff John Woo styles between the two.
Cole gets up says something drunkenly and falls flat on his face. The other two turn to look at him and then to each other as the scene fades to black.
Fade back in from Cole’s
perspective. He sees the other 2 talking and gets freaked.
He’s gotta gun and, and…
cool Cole. Dirk’s one of us.
just drink some more vodka.
like a plan to me (grabs a bottle)
how do we stop these things? What do we do?
seem to work.
Dissolve into flashback.
Upshot of Dirk as he shoots down out of shot and gets splattered with blood.
Okay, but what was it you say they did?
Oh yeah. I’ve seen it; they eat peoples’ BRAINS!
Dissolve into flashback of a zombie eating someone’s brain (don’t worry, I’ve figured out how to do this – involves crafty shots and strawberry instant pudding). Dissolve back.
Cole is by the window,
curtain drawn back a little.
Um, guys, look at this…
come over and look. Lined up along the driveway entrance are 5-10 (or maybe one
would be more ominous) zombies/monsters. They panic, but wonder why they
haven’t approached the house. Then one of them looks up and talks to Ang
You are us and we are you
Hey, hey! Listen! (trying to shut the
others up) They spoke to me I think. In my head. They
said, “You are us and we are you”. (slow zoom on Dirk as he says
this). What does that mean?
Just some nonsense to get us outside probably.
They look back again, but
they’re gone. Freaky. Close-ups of all their worried faces (Cole will have his
best-drunken expression on, then falls out of shot). Cut.
(Before the next scene starts, I’ll probably insert some zombie-vision looking at the house from outside to create a break here)
final scene has been cut. You'll have to see the movie!!!]