Mr. Schultz’s Zombie Army
Two young friends are convinced their neighbor is building an army of the undead.
How well do we really know our neighbors? We say hello to them every day, we borrow their sugar, sometimes we even invite them over to dinner – but do we actually know what goes on behind closed doors?
Super screenwriter Phil Clarke’s script Mr. Schultz’s Zombie Army tackles this age-old question. It’s a clever homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window written in the style of a classic R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps book.
Bobby and Mikey, like most ten-year-old boys, enjoy reading comic books and watching sci-fi movies – and sometimes spying on their neighbor Mr. Schultz. Okay, mostly spying on their neighbor Mr. Schultz. It seems the mysterious man next door has been sneaking some odd-shaped boxes into his basement for the past month. And not your ordinary box of groceries or the occasional toaster. Schultzie’s loading up on test tubes and beakers, which can only mean one thing to Mikey. The diabolical Mr. Schultz is building an army of ten thousand zombies!
Okay, maybe there’s a reasonable explanation. Not when you’re ten years old. And besides, Mikey just saw the same thing happen in a movie. Case closed.
So, do the boys just sit idly by and wait for Mr. Schultz to take over the world with his army of the undead? Shucks, no! Mikey and Bobby wait for their dastardly neighbor to leave his house one evening, so they can get the proof they need to stop his evil plan. But, when Mr. Shultz returns unexpectedly, the boys suddenly find themselves trapped in the basement with their fiendish nemesis.
Mr. Shultz’s Zombie Army is in one word a hoot. A throwback to the 1950’s B-movies. A sly wink at the master of suspense. And just plain fun.
Directors who appreciate classic horror films should find this script a scream. Film in black-and-white, low angles, or add your own winks to famous monster movies of the fifties. The possibilities are endless.
Budget: Low to Moderate. No real FX. A dark, creepy basement. The real key to this film is the casting of the two boys.
About the reviewer: David M Troop resumed writing in 2011 after a twenty-five year hiatus. Since then, he has written about 50 short scripts, two of which have been produced. Dave would like to make it three. He is a regular, award-winning contributor to MoviePoet.com. Born on the mean streets of Reading, PA, Dave now resides in Schuylkill Haven with his wife Jodi and their two lazy dogs Max and Mattie.
About the writer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had multiple feature films optioned. Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand. More of his work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com. (IMDB Credits listed here.) Phil can be reached at dogglebe “AT” yahoo!!
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