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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Deathlife – Short Script Webisode for Review (Available for Production) - posted by wonkavite


A zombie Iraq War veteran and his band of misfits cope with their decaying bodies as they hunt for unaffected survivors of a worldwide plague in a desperate effort to reverse their fate.

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 grumbling Dead 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!





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4 Comments so far


KP Mackie
February 28th, 2015 at 11:28 pm

Lots of action.
Liked the one-liner, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Very clever.
Different spin on the zombie theme. Well done.


S.R.S. Jr.
March 1st, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Great action scenes.
I love the witty banter and the oddly funny meal time.
There are a lot of movies that show the zombie’s side of things (Deadheads, Ahh! Zombies!, Warm Bodies and my favorite… The Revenant), though all of these are strictly comedies and yours seems to be mostly action/drama. Definitely a breath of fresh air on the concept.
I am presently writing a zombie web series myself and am very interested to see how an “on the zombie’s side” series will present itself as it continues.
All in all, a great read and I can’t wait to enjoy this show.


KP Mackie
August 4th, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Still a terrific action script.
Would love to watch this one unfold onscreen… 🙂


Rob Barkan
August 4th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Thank to everyone for your enthusiastic comments. My continued gratitude to Janet for reposting her positive review.

S.R.S. Jr. take note, Deathlife actually started out as a black comedy short story I penned way back in the 1990s. The concept never left me, and I felt compelled to give it a redux with a seriously dark edge. No one is more anguished than I that’s it’s not a webisode or series yet. I’m bursting with ideas for future chapters, including bringing back Calhoun, suggested by another commenter over on the Deathlife discussion page.

Best to all,
Rob Barkan

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