Dead on the Horizon Volume 1: Survival

The dead have started to rise from their graves. All across the globe, it's up to a small group of survivors to come together and find each other in order to protect themselves from the flesh eaters. Will they survive or will there only be the dead on the horizon?

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3. Demons

ALISON VO:

I love you. I love you. I love you…

 

INT – DEREKS BASEMENT

(DEREK sits in his basement. ALISON’S body is covered up by a blanket)

 DEREK:

Leave me alone. Please…just leave me alone.

(Silence)

DEREK:

Can’t you see I just want to be left alone?

(More silence)

DEREK:

Alison…don’t.

ALISON VO:

I love you baby.

DEREK:

DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE!

(We hear moaning from zombies upstairs)

DEREK:

Shut up. You all just shut your traps before I pop all your heads off like zits.

(DEREK crawls over to the body)

DEREK:

Why’d you do it, baby? I could have saved you.

ALISON VO:

There was no time…

DEREK:

There’s always time. There’s always time in this fucking house!

ALISON VO:

Goodbye Derek.

DEREK:

No. Don’t you dare say goodbye. You don’t get to say goodbye. Not like this. Don’t tell me goodbye. Alison? Speak to me…SPEAK TO ME!

(DEREK realizes he’s speaking to a corpse)

DEREK:

What the hell is wrong with me? I have to be going crazy.

(DEREK gets up and picks up a lamp)

DEREK:

Dammit!

(He smashes the lamp. DEREK leans against the table and starts to cry. Suddenly, the radio turns to life and we hear GHOST)

GHOST:

Hello? Can anybody hear me?

DEREK:

What the hell?

GHOST:

Can anybody hear me? If there is anybody out there, you are not alone. There’s a safe point in the middle of the town of Yield. I live at 3406 Chestnut Lane. There are others here. I repeat…you are not alone-

(The radio fizzles out)

DEREK:

Shit.

 

INT – GHOSTS ROOM

GHOST:

Can anybody hear me?

CHET:

What are you doing?

HUE:

He’s trying to make contact with other survivors.

BRYAN:

Is that possible?

GHOST:

Anything is possible in this day and age. Even the dead rising from the grave.

BRYAN:

But with the power failures we’ve had-

HUE:

I’ve tried to tell him. It won’t go through his skull.

GHOST:

It doesn’t hurt to keep trying. Be logical fellas.

CHET:

We’re being logical.

GHOST:

I concur. You should really consider strapping on a mic and-

CHET:

Why don’t you look around and consider your surroundings Ghost? How long have you been at that radio trying to reach a connection with somebody? Two days? Maybe three? I’d mark that up as a complete and utter failure. There’s my logic.

HUE:

Ease back, Chet.

GHOST:

All I’m doing is trying to save lives. Don’t you want to help others? I mean come on…we saved yours.

BRYAN:

That you did and we’re very grateful for that.

CHET:

I’m just saying. Try a different technique, smart guy.

(CHET exits)

 

INT – DEREKS BASEMENT

(DEREK buttons up his vest and puts on his baseball cap)

ALISON VO:

Where are you going?

DEREK:

I’m leaving.

ALISON VO:

Why?

DEREK:

There are others out there. Besides, I’m not going to stay boxed up down here waiting to die.

ALISON VO:

What about me?

DEREK:

That’s easy. You’re staying here. You’re dead.

ALISON VO:

But Derry-

DEREK:

Don’t call me that. Never call me that.

ALISON VO:

You’re just going to leave me here to rot?

DEREK:

What else am I going to do with you? You made your choice.

ALISON VO:

Please take me with you.

DEREK:

No. I’m leaving now. It’s my turn to say goodbye. Goodbye, Alison.

(DEREK checks his gun and heads for the stairs)

ALISON VO:

You’ll never make it out alive!

DEREK:

Is that so?

ALISON VO:

They’ll eat you alive and finish it all off by drinking your soul!

DEREK:

I’ll take my chances.

ALISON VO:

I thought you loved me. Now you’re going to leave me all alone…

DEREK:

Goodbye.

(DEREK starts up the stairs)

ALISON VO:

We’ll meet again, Derry. Soon enough…we’ll meet again.

 

INT – DEREK’S GARAGE

(DEREK starts up his car and raises the garage door. The open door reveals a dozen moaning zombies but DEREK drives forward and zips past them)

DEREK:

Okay. Now to find that address. Where is that-oh shit!

(All of a sudden, the car crashes into an overturned ambulance)

 

INT – BEDROOM

(DEREK opens his eyes)

DEREK:

Ugh. Where am I?

FREEMAN:

It’s okay. You’re safe now.

DEREK:

Where the hell am I?

FREEMAN:

You’re in my spare guest room.

DEREK:

Who are you?

FREEMAN:

My name is Freeman. I live down the street from you Mister…Joseph is it? I just moved in the other day.

DEREK:

How’d I get here?

FREEMAN:

I’m afraid you were in a terrible car crash. It was so dark out you didn’t see the overturned ambulance. Thank Heavens you were wearing your seatbelt or else you would have snapped your neck.

DEREK:

Did…did you save me?

FREEMAN:

I did. I came to your aid with my trust shotgun and took down as many corpses as I could to make sure you were okay.

DEREK:

Why?

FREEMAN:

I haven’t seen a living soul in the past few days. The Lord knows I wasn’t going to let one slip through my fingers this easily.

DEREK:

Where’s my gun?

FREEMAN:

It’s downstairs in the kitchen. You had a few cuts and bruises I had to mend too.

DEREK:

How long was I out?

FREEMN:

For a few hours. You were quite banged up.

DEREK:

I can’t believe that I crashed my car.

FREEMAN:

It’s okay. The important thing is you’re alive.

DEREK:

But listen, there are others. We have to get out of here.

FREEMAN:

What do you mean?

DEREK:

I heard on the radio. There was a voice…there’s a house not too far from here. There are others who can help us.

FREEMAN:

You mean other survivors?

DEREK:

Yes.

FREEMAN:

Oh happy day. Do you know where it is?

DEREK:

The house? I should. Do you have a car?

FREEMAN:

I have a convertible.

DEREK:

Pretty much the same thing.

FREEMAN:

Let me just go get Jeremy.

DEREK:

Who’s Jeremy?

FREEMAN:

He’s my son. If you know where there are others, we’re all going.

(FREEMAN leaves the room)

FREEMAN:

Jeremy! Everything is going to be okay.

(DEREK sits up)

DEREK:

Ah, shit that hurts.

FREEMAN:

Come on Jeremy, daddy needs you to cooperate.

(DEREK gets up and exits the room. He follows FREEMAN’S voice into a bedroom)

FREEMAN:

Please, just put your jacket on. That’s all daddy wants you to do.

(We hear growling and the rattling of chains. DEREK enters the room to find FREEMAN standing next to a zombified child chained to the wall)

DEREK:

Holy shit…

FREEMAN:

What are you doing in here!?

DEREK:

What am I doing? What the fuck are you doing with that thing chained to the wall?

FREEMAN:

This is my son!

DEREK

That’s not your son. That’s one of those things.

FREEMAN:

He’s not a flesh eater. He’s perfectly normal. He’s just a little testy.

DEREK:

Freeman…look at yourself. You’re trying to put a straightjacket on the thing. It’s dead.

FREEMAN:

He’s my son, dammit! Look into his eyes.

DEREK:

What eyes? He has no goddamn pupils, left. They’ve filmed over.

FREEMAN:

He comes with us. It’ll be safe. I have his jacket.

DEREK:

I’m sorry Freeman but there’s no way I’m leaving here with that thing in our company.

(DEREK picks up a baseball bat)

DEREK:

Move aside, Freeman.

FREEMAN:

Put the bat down, kid.

DEREK:

No. I gotta do what I gotta do.

FREEMAN:

I’m not going to let you kill my boy!

(FREEMAN draws his shotgun on DEREK)

DEREK:

You’re really going to shoot a living person over a rotting mess?

FREEMAN:

He’s all that I have.

DEREK:

It’s okay Freeman. I lost someone too. I know the feeling-

FREEMAN:

Never say that to someone! Never say that to someone who is going through this pain! It’s bullshit! It’s fucking bullshit! Just because you lost someone doesn’t mean it’ll soften my blows. I’m not going to feel any more chipper over the fact that we’re all human. Because when you look at the big picture, we’re all destined to fail. It’s like God is laughing at us. He’s pointing at me…laughing at me.

(FREEMAN drops his gun)

FREEMAN:

Why did he take my boy away from me?

DEREK:

I’m sorry.

FREEMAN:

He was just playing ball. That’s all he was doing…minding his own business. I was mowing the grass like any other Tuesday. I even saw the son of a bitch who bit him. He walked up to him and just grabbed at him like it was nothing. “Help me! Help me!” I cried out Jeremy’s name but it was too late. I bashed the fuckers face in but he had done his damage. I can’t imagine what else I could have done to of stopped it. Letting him go is just too painful…

DEREK:

But he’s not here anymore. What you’re holding onto is just a demon.

FREEMAN:

I can’t do it.

DEREK:

You can’t do what?

FREEMAN:

I can’t get rid of him. I’ve tried but…

DEREK:

Here, I’ll do it.

(DEREK picks up FREEMAN’S gun)

FREEMAN:

Jeremy?

DEREK:

He’s not here, Freeman. Now we might want to back up. This might get a little messy. Don’t want to get any of its blood on us…

(DEREK cocks the shotgun)

FREEMAN:

I love you son.

(Gunshot goes off)

 

INT – GHOSTS BASEMENT

(HUE is drinking some alcohol as CHET and BRYAN walks down the stairs)

CHET:

Thought we’d find you down here.

HUE:

Jesus! Never sneak up on me like that again.

BRYAN:

Sorry. What you drinking?

HUE:

Found a bottle of booze over in the pantry over there.

CHET:

Ah, so you planning on getting hammered and leaving us out of the party?

HUE:

Frankly I was hoping to get away from Ghost and his technical mumbo jumbo. That shit was starting to give me a headache.

BRYAN:

Pass the bottle over here friend. It’s going to be a long night.

CHET:

What were you before this whole thing happened, Hue?

HUE:

Nothing really. I was kind of a wanderer.

CHET:

A loner?

HUE:

I guess you can call me that. No steady paycheck, no real home, nothing. But I worked real hard all my entire life.

BRYAN:

But that got you nothing?

HUE:

Not really.

BRYAN:

Shit. Take another sip, you earned it.

CHET:

My old man always told me to keep your shoulder to the mill; hard work will one day pay off.

HUE:

I guess all that can go right out the window considering the world is nothing more than a living cemetery.

CHET:

Hey, you’re still alive aren’t yah?

BRYAN:

Stand proud.

HUE:

I guess.

CHET:

This isn’t the time to guess. Every minute is dire.

BRYAN:

You waste just one precious second and you could end up dead.

HUE:

Well I’m not going to end up dead. I got this far and with all my hard work paying off, I’ll-

CHET:

Ahem…we’ll.

HUE:

We’ll survive this thing.

CHET:

Here, here. I’ll drink to that.

 

INT – FREEMAN’S KITCHEN

FREEMAN:

Are you sure that’s where the voice on the radio said the others would be?

DEREK:

Positive. It’s been ringing in my head for the past hour.

FREEMAN:

That’s not that far from here.

DEREK:

I know. I’m just not that sure how easy it’ll be to get there.

FREEMAN:

What do you mean?

DEREK:

Think about it: If we take a car, we’ll attract all those lame brains and make them follow us to our destination.

FREEMAN:

So what are you saying? Should we make a run for it?

DEREK:

Possibly. It’s a risky choice though.

FREEMAN:

I only have fifteen shells left.

DEREK:

I don’t want to waste any more myself. You got anything else we could use?

FREEMAN:

I got something but it’s loud.

DEREK:

I’ll take the chance.

FREEMAN:

I have a chainsaw in the garage next to a canister of gasoline I use to fill the lawnmower.

DEREK:

I’ll tell you what…bring the chainsaw with us but douse the inside of your car with the gasoline.

FREEMAN:

Why?

DEREK:

How attached are you to your convertible?

 

INT – FREEMAN’S CAR

(FREEMAN and DEREK drive out of FREEMAN’S garage and into the street)

FREEMAN:

Now what?

DEREK:

Tuck and roll!

(The two open their car doors and jump out. The car drives into a mound of zombies)

DEREK:

Did you take the lighter out like I told you?

(Suddenly the car explodes)

FREEMAN:

Yes, I did!

DEREK:

Good. Now we move!

(FREEMAN and DEREK get up and start running for their lives through the backstreets of the neighborhood)

 

INT – GHOSTS LIVING ROOM

GHOST:

What was that?

HUE:

I don’t know but it sounded like thunder.

BRYAN:

Could it be an oncoming storm?

CHET:

Calm down guys. That’s what it probably is. It’s probably a storm.

GHOST:

No, look out the window! There’s smoke in the distance! There’s been some sort of explosion.

 

EXT – NEIGHBORHOODS

(FREEMAN runs ahead of DEREK)

FREEMAN:

Keep up, son!

DEREK:

I’m hurrying!

ALISON VO:

Oh Derry…

DEREK:

Huh?

ALISON VO:

Derry…

FREEMAN:

Hurry!

(DEREK stops running)

ALISON VO:

I’m so lonely, Derry. Why don’t you come back home?

DEREK:

Alison?

FREEMAN:

Behind you, Derek!

(DEREK turns around to see a moaning zombie. He shoots it)

FREEMAN:

What’s the matter with you, son? You were almost eaten by that corpse!

DEREK:

I’m sorry. I guess I just got distracted.

FREEMAN:

Distracted? There’s no times for distractions! Now keep up!

(The two start running again)

 

INT – GHOSTS HOUSE

CHET:

What are you doing?

GHOST:

I’m going out there to see what’s going on.

CHET:

Like hell you are!

BRYAN:

Are you crazy, man? We don’t know how many of those things are out there.

GHOST:

I have to see what made that signal. It could have been another survivor!

HUE:

Maybe we should listen to them, Ghost-

GHOST:

There’s no time! If there are survivors out there now, they could be dead by tomorrow morning!

CHET:

Fine. Go out and get yourself killed. But I’ll tell you this, I won’t hesitate to put a bullet in your skull if you come back as one of them.

GHOST:

Thank you for being honest with me, Chet.

CHET:

Now go on, leave. We’ll take care of your house for you.

HUE:

Be careful out there.

GHOST:

I’m not the strongest fighter but I can run really fast. Remember that gentlemen.

(GHOST goes to open the door when a loud pounding comes to it)

BRYAN:

Shit!

CHET:

Hue, hand me the rifle. The dead are trying to get in.

GHOST:

Not on my watch!

(The sound of a chainsaw revving to life behind the door fills the air)

HUE:

What the hell?

GHOST:

Holy Hannah. They’ve learned to use tools.

DEREK:

Open the door!

GHOST:

My God, a survivor!

CHET:

Hold it!

(CHET pushes GHOST out of the way)

GHOST:

Chet, what are you doing?

CHET:

How many of you are out there?

FREEMAN:

Just two of us. Please let us in!

CHET:

Are any of you bit?

DEREK:

No!

CHET:

How did you know to come here?

GHOST:

Let them in, Chet!

CHET:

How did you know to come here!?

DEREK:

We heard the voice on the radio!

(Pause)

GHOST:

It worked…

BRYAN:

Chet?

CHET:

I don’t think we should let them in.

GHOST:

This is my house. We’re letting them in.

CHET:

They could be dangerous.

GHOST:

Who says you aren’t?

(Slight pause)

FREEMAN:

Let us in!

(The chainsaw stops)

DEREK:

Awe shit!

GHOST:

I’m opening the door!

(GHOST pushes CHET aside and unbolts the door. DEREK and FREEMAN rush in and GHOST slams the door behind them)

DEREK:

It’s about time…

GHOST:

Gentlemen, welcome to your safe house.

(Fade out to “Demons” by Imagine Dragons)

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