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Deathlife

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A zombie Iraq War veteran and his band of misfits cope with their decaying bodies as they hunt for unaffected survivors of a zombie apocalypse.
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A zombie apocalypse webisode pilot told from a sentient zombie viewpoint in a post-plague world where the infected--Deathlifers--struggle to survive as they slowly decompose. The main characters include an Iraq war veteran, his schoolteacher girlfriend, and a biologist feverishly searching for a cure for their condition by analyzing blood samples of Warmbloods--humans immune to the plague. A ragged band of living dead from all walks of life accompanies them. These are not murderous, mindless, brain-craving automatons, rather human beings with all their mental faculties and emotions, experiencing the terror of being dead and conscious of their impending doom.

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Favorable review, SimplyScripts
http://www.simplyscripts.com/2016/08/04/deathlife-short-script-webisode-...

Utilized as a teaching aid in a New Mexico university writing class.

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

It’s often said there are no new ideas under the sun. Or in Hollywood, at least. Nope, just the same old stories, again and again. A never ending go ‘round of recycled monsters. Sad and wrinkled. Past their prime. Not to mention the parade of cliché concepts and characters. In the horror genre, it’s particularly bad. How many times can one see demon possessions, vampires and living dead lurch across the screen – before there’s nothing left to say?

Yet, sometimes a script surprises you. Imbuing fresh blood into an old, rotting idea. The sub-genre in this case is – if you haven’t guessed – Zombies. With his webisode series Deathlife, writer Rob Barkan’s given it a whole new spin.

In the pilot episode, we meet Iraqi war veteran Sol, accompanied by a weary band of survivors. Yes indeedy: the Zombie Apocalypse has arrived. Pretty cliché stuff, right? We’ve seen this before. Or have we? There’s just one tiny detail. Sol and his friends are the Walking Dead. And not in any figurative way. They’re corpses. On the other side. But don’t starting grumblingDead Like Me. Cause there’s yet another twist in store. These zombies are intelligent. Sane. Acutely aware – trapped inside putrifying, rotted shells. In this zombie world, society has still collapsed. But it’s the zombies that have been forced to flee – the ultimate in social outcasts. They’re just trying to hold themselves together – literally – while seeking a cure to save their “lives.”

As is his daily routine, Sol leads a team of armed zombies into the woods in search of food (venison, not people!). His biologist zombie girlfriend Kate is on the hunt as well. For uninfected human blood. She needs several vials for medical experiments. Needless to say, there are no volunteers.

The group stumble across a mansion. Well lit, with generators. And scores of amenities. That fact’s suspicious enough. But it gets even more dubious when a truck pulls up to the door. With a struggling Warmblood (human) hostage inside.

Sol and his team zero in to investigate. It’s search – and possibly rescue. But will what they discover be too horrific to stand? Even for the Living Dead?

An honestly fresh take on the zombie genre, Deathlife’s a shock of fresh air. You like zombies, and want to make your directorial mark? Then get your FX team assembled – stat. Deathlife’s your ticket to something unique!

About the writer: A writer from the tender age of seven, Rob Barkan has had already seen publication with several of his prose horror and fantasy tales. Like Deathlife and want to find out more? Email him at robbybarkan “AT” yahoo!

Pages: 14

Budget: Not too low. You really want to do this right. It doesn’t have to be AMC level – but decent FX are a must!

Review by J.E. Clarke
Submitted: September 3, 2016
Last Updated: November 17, 2019
Times Downloaded: 6
Last Downloaded: March 15, 2020

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The Writer: Rob Barkan

Rob has been writing horror, fantasy and science fiction since the age of seven. He has placed several short tales in small press and online magazines like Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries, Dark Planet and Strange Fire. A more extensive collection appeared on his award-winning Deathlife Gravesite. He has taken a deep plunge into screenplay writing for the past few years, totally enjoying mastering the art of visual writing. He recently scripted segments for a Hollywood director's horror anthology project, showing a great ability working under time pressure to make required changes. His short scripts have received favorable reviews at Shootin' The Shorts. Rob's screenplays have been utilized as a... Go to bio

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