NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
 
Beyond the distant trees, the last receding gray of dusk in surrendering to the black.The car continues. When the car stops, we feel the absence of its sounds...replaced by the crickets and the subtle wind. Even as the car is still rocking slightly form its stopping action, we cut to a shot through the driver window at the occupants of the car. The DRIVER is a young man in his mid-twenties, and his PASSENGER is a young woman, his sister. The man is in shirtsleeves with a loosened tie. His suit-coat is on the clothing hook over the back seat. The girl is wearing a simple but attractive summer suit, with the jacket removed and folded on her lap. She is fussing with her purse, while the man shuts off engine, lights, and leans back to yawn and stretch his legs. The girl closes a potato chip bag, brushes crumbs, fluffs her hair ... typical feminine gestures after a long ride. The man stretches again
 
 
JOHN
What?
 

JOHN
A lot of good the extra daylight does us. Now we've still got

a three-hour drive back. We're not going to be home until after midnight.

 

Well, if it really bugged you,

Johnny, you wouldn't do it.

 

You think I wanna blow Sunday

on a scene like this?

 

You know, I figure we're either

gonna have to move mother out here,

 

or move the grave into Pittsburgh.

 

She can't make

a trip like this.

 

Oh, I know that she can't.

 

- Is there any candy left?

- No.

 

Look at this thing.

"We still remember."

 

I don't. You know,

I don't even remember what the man looks like!

 

Johnny, it takes you five minutes.

 

Yeah! 5 minutes to put the wreath on the grave

and 6 hours to drive back and forth.

 

Mother wants to remember,

so we trot 200 miles into the country

 

and she stays at home.

 

Well, we're here, John, all right?

 

Radio: Testing... back on...

Ah, ladies and gentlemen... We're coming back

 

on the air after an interruption

due to technical problem...

 

Nothing wrong with the radio.

Must've been the station.

 

Which row is it in?

 

Well, there's no one around.

 

Well, it's late.

If you'd gotten up earlier...

 

Oh, look, I already lost

an hour's sleep in the time change.

 

I think you complain

just to hear yourself talk.

 

There it is.

 

I wonder what happened

to the one from last year.

 

Each year we spend

good money on these things.

 

We come out here, and the

one from last year is gone.

 

Well, the flowers die,

 

The caretaker

or somebody takes them away.

 

Yeah, a little spit and polish,

 

and clean this up, sell it next year.

 

Wonder how many times

we bought the same one?

 

Hey, come on, Barb,

church was this morning, huh?

 

Hey, I mean,

praying's for church, huh? Come on.

 

I haven't seen you

in church lately.

 

Well, there's not much

sense in my going to church.

 

Do you remember one time

when we were small, we were out here?

 

It was from right over there.

 

I jumped out at you

from behind the tree

 

And grandpa got all excited, and

he shook his fist at me, and he said,

 

"Boy, you'll be damned to hell."

 

Remember that?

Right over there.

 

Well, you used

to really be scared here.

 

Johnny.

 

- Well, you're still afraid.

- Stop it now. I mean it.

 

They're coming to get you, Barbara.

 

Stop it. You're ignorant.

 

They're coming for you, Barbra.

 

Stop it. You're acting like a child.

 

They're coming for you.

 

Look! There comes one of them now.

 

- He'll hear you.

- Here he comes, now.

 

- I'm getting out of here.

- Johnny!

 

Hold! No!

 

No! Johnny, help me!

 

It's all right.

 

Don't worry about him.

I can handle him.

 

Probably there'll be a lot more of them

as soon as they find out about us.

 

Truck is outta gas.

 

This pump out here is locked.

Is there a key?

 

We can try to get out of here

if we can get some gas. Is there a key?

 

I suppose you've tried this.

 

Do you live here?

 

We've gotta get out of here.

 

We have to get where there

are some other people.

 

Maybe we better take some food.

 

I'll see if I can find some food.

 

- What's happening?

- I'll be just a second.

 

What's happening?

 

Two of them.

 

There are two of them out there.

Have you seen any more around here?

 

- I can take care of those two.

- I don't know!

 

- I know you're afraid, but we have to...

- I don't know! I don't know!

 

What's happening?

 

They know we're in here now.

 

Don't look at it.

 

Get some more lights on in this house.

 

Why don't you see if you can find

some wood, some boards,

 

something there by the fireplace,

Something we can nail this place up?

 

Well, goddamn...

 

Look. I know you're afraid.

I'm afraid too.

 

But we have to try

to board the house up together.

 

Now, I'm going to board up the windows

and the doors. Do you understand?

 

We'll be all right here.

 

We'll be all right here

till someone comes to rescue us.

 

But we have to work together.

You'll have to help me.

 

Now I want you to go in and get

some wood so I can board the place up.

 

You understand?

Ok?

 

Ok?

 

That, that, that's strong.

 

Here, I want you to pick out some nails.

Pick out the biggest ones you can find.

 

There, this room looks pretty secure.

 

If we have to, we can run in here

and board up the doors.

 

Won't be long before those things'll

be back, pounding their way in here.

 

They're afraid now.

 

They're afraid of fire.

I found that out.

 

You know a place back down the road

called Beekman's? Beekman's diner?

 

Anyhow, that's where I found

that truck I have out there.

 

There's a radio in the truck.

 

I had jumped in to listen to it,

 

When a big gasoline truck came

screaming right across the road.

 

Well, there must have been

10-15 of those things chasing after it.

 

Grabbing and holding on.

 

Now, I didn't see them at first.

 

I could just see that the truck

was moving in a funny way.

 

And those things

were catching up to it.

 

Truck went

right across the road.

 

Slammed on my brakes to keep

from hitting it myself.

 

It went right through

the guard rail.

 

I guess... I guess the driver

must have cut off the road,

 

into that gas station

by Beekman's diner.

 

It went right through the billboard.

Ripped over a gas pump,

 

and never stopped moving.

 

By now it's like a moving bonfire.

 

Didn't know if the truck

was going to explode or what.

 

I can still hear the man, screaming.

 

This thing is

just backing away from it.

 

I look back at the diner to see

 

if there was anyone there

who could help me.

 

That was when I noticed that

 

The entire place

had been encircled.

 

There wasn't a sign of life left, except...

 

by now, there were no more screams.

 

I realized that...

 

I was alone.

 

With 50 or 60 of those things.

 

Just standing there,

 

staring at me.

 

I started to drive. I...

 

Just plowed right through them.

 

They didn't move.

 

They didn't run, or...

Just stood there, staring at me.

 

Just wanted to crush them.

 

They...

Scattered through the air, like bugs.

 

We were riding in the cemetery.

 

Johnny and me.

 

Johnny.

 

We... we came to put a wreath

on my father's grave.

 

Johnny and...

and he said,

 

"Can I have some candy, Barbra?"

 

And we didn't have any.

 

And...

 

Oh, it's hot in here.

 

Hot...

 

And he said, "Oh, it's late. "

 

"Why did we start so late?"

 

And I said, "Johnny,

 

"if you'd gotten up earlier,

 

"we wouldn't be late. "

 

Johnny asked me if I were afraid.

 

And I said,

"I'm not afraid, Johnny."

 

And then this man

started walking up the road.

 

He came slowly, and Johnny

kept teasing me and saying,

 

"He's coming to get you, Barbra."

 

And I laughed at him, and said,

"Johnny, stop it."

 

And then Johnny ran away.

 

And I...

I went up to this man,

 

and I was going to apologize,

 

Why don't you just keep calm?

 

And I looked up,

and I said, "Good eve..."

 

And he grabbed me!

 

He grabbed me!

And he ripped at me!

 

He held me and he ripped

at my clothes!

 

I think you should just calm down.

 

Oh, I screamed,

"Johnny! Johnny, help me! Oh, help me!"

 

And he wouldn't let me go.

He ripped...

 

And then Johnny came and he ran

 

And he... he fought this man,

 

And I got so afraid I ran.

 

I ran... I ran...

 

And Johnny didn't come.

 

We've got...

we have to wait for Johnny.

 

Maybe... we'd better go out

and get him.

 

We have to go out and get Johnny.

 

He's out there.

 

Please, don't you hear me?

We've got to go out and get him.

 

Please!

We have got to go get Johnny!

 

Please help me!

 

Look, don't you know what's going on out there?

This is no Sunday school picnic.

 

Don't you understand?

My brother is alone.

 

- Your brother is dead.

- No! My brother is not dead!

 

Radio: Because of the obvious threat

to untold numbers of citizens,

 

and because of the crisis

which is even now developing,

 

this radio station will remain

on the air, day and night.

 

This station and hundreds of other

radio and TV stations

 

throughout this part of the country

are pooling their resources

 

Through an emergency network hookup

to keep you informed of all developments.

 

At this hour, we repeat,

these are the facts as we know them.

 

There is an epidemic of mass murder

 

being committed by a virtual army

of unidentified assassins.

 

The murders are taking place

in villages, cities,

 

Rural homes and suburbs with no apparent

pattern or reason for the slayings.

 

It seems to be a sudden,

general explosion of mass homicide.

 

We have some descriptions

of the assassins.

 

Eyewitnesses say they are

ordinary looking people.

 

Some say they appear to be

in a kind of trance.

 

Others describe them as being...

 

So, at this point there is

no really authentic way for us

 

to say who or what to look for

and guard yourself against.

 

mischief or hostile.

Reaction of law enforcement officials

 

is one of complete

bewilderment at this hour.

 

So far, we have been unable to determine

 

with any kind of organized investigation still underway.

 

Police, sheriffs' deputies,

and emergency ambulances

 

are literally deluged

with calls for help.

 

The scene can best be described

as mayhem.

 

Mayors of Pittsburgh,

Philadelphia, and Miami,

 

along with the governors of several

eastern and midwestern states

 

have indicated the national guard

may be mobilized at any moment,

 

but that has not happened as yet.

 

The only advice our reporters have been

able to get from official sources

 

is for private citizens to stay

in their homes behind locked doors.

 

Do not venture outside,

for any reason,

 

until the nature of this crisis

has been determined

 

and until we can advise

what course of action to take.

 

Keep listening to radio and TV

 

for any special instructions

as this crisis develops further.

 

Thousands of office and factory

workers are being urged

 

to stay at their places of employment,

 

not to make any attempt

to get to their homes.

 

However, in spite of this

urging and warning,

 

streets and highways are packed

with frantic people trying

 

to reach their families,

or apparently to flee just anywhere.

 

We repeat: The safest course of action at

this time is simply to stay where you...

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

we've just received word

 

that the president has called

a meeting of his cabinet

 

to deal with

the sudden epidemic of murder

 

which has seized the eastern

third of this nation.

 

The meeting is scheduled

to convene within the hour.

 

Members of the presidential

cabinet will be joined

 

by officials of the FBI and the

joint chiefs behind closed doors.

 

A White House spokesman,

in announcing this conference,

 

says there will be

an official announcement

 

as soon as possible

following that meeting.

 

This is the latest dispatch

just received in our newsroom.

 

Latest word also from national

press services in Washington, D.C.,

 

now tells us that the emergency presidential

conference which we've just mentioned

 

will include high-ranking scientists

from NASA.

 

All radio and TV stations across

the eastern part of the country

 

including the one

to which you are listening

 

have joined their facilities

in an emergency network

 

to bring you this news

as it develops.

 

We urge you to stay tuned

to radio and TV

 

and to stay indoors at all costs.

 

Late reports

reaching this newsroom

 

tell of frightened people

seeking refuge

 

in churches, schools

and government buildings,

 

demanding shelter

and protection

 

from the wholesale murder

which apparently

 

is engulfing

much of the nation.

 

Law enforcement officials

are at a loss to explain or,

 

even at this hour, even to theorize

 

about the reasons

for this wave of murder...

 

Chief T.K. Dunmore of Camden, North

Carolina, is quoted as saying, quote,

 

"Tell the people, for God's sake,

to get off the streets."

 

"Tell 'em to go home and lock

their doors and windows up tight."

 

"We don't know what kind of murder-happy

characters we have here." End quote.

 

That's chief Dunmore of Camden,

North Carolina.

 

So far the only descriptions,

the only clues,

 

anyone has of the killers

come from frightened witnesses.

 

These eyewitness accounts

variously describe

 

the murderers

as "ordinary looking people,"

 

"Misshapen monsters."

the murderers

as "ordinary looking people,"

 

"Misshapen monsters."

 

"People who look

like they're in a trance."

 

And "things that look like

people but act like animals."

 

Some eyewitnesses tell

of seeing victims

 

who look as though

they had been torn apart.

 

This whole ghastly story

began developing two days ago

 

with the report of the slaying

of a family of seven...

 

Since then, reports

of some senseless killings

 

began snowballing

in a reign of terror

 

which has hopscotched...

 

...keep track of

the murder reports

 

by the placing of markers on a map

 

seem to indicate

a general spreading

 

from the extreme southeastern

and states north and west.

 

Our newsmen,

who have been on the telephone

 

talking with officials

of other cities

 

have determined that none

of this kind of mass murder

 

has yet been reported west of

the Mississippi river,

 

except in the extreme

southeastern portion of Texas.

 

Similar killings

have been reported

 

around the Houston

and Galveston areas

 

but nothing like the...

 

I found a gun

and some bullets out there.

 

Oh, and these.

 

This place is boarded up

pretty solid now.

 

We ought to be all right here

for a while.

 

We have a gun and bullets,

 

Food and the radio,

 

Sooner or later, someone's bound

to come and get us out.

 

So again, we join

with law enforcement agencies

 

in urging you

to seek shelter in a building.

 

Lock the doors and windows

securely.

 

Hey, that's us.

We're doing all right.

 

Be cautious

of any suspicious strangers,

 

and keep tuned to your

radio and television

 

for survival instructions

 

and further details

of this continuing story.

 

Look, I don't know

if you're hearing me.

 

But I'm going upstairs now.

 

If anything should try to break in,

I can hear it from up there.

 

I'll be down to take care of it.

 

Everything is all right for now.

 

I'll be back to reinforce

the windows and doors later.

 

But you'll be all right

for now, ok?

 

Ok?

 

Radio: Civil defense

officials in Cumberland

 

have told newsmen

that murder victims

 

show evidence of having been

partially devoured by their murderers.

 

Consistent reports from witnesses

to the effect that people

 

who acted

as though they were in a kind of trance

 

were killing and eating

their victims.

 

Prompted authorities to examine

the bodies of some of the victims.

 

Medical authorities in Cumberland

have concluded that in all cases

 

the killers are eating the flesh

of the people they murdered.

 

Repeating this latest bulletin just

received moments ago from Cumberland.

 

Civil defense authorities

have told newsmen

 

that murder victims show evidence

 

of having been partially

devoured by their murderers.

 

Medical examination of victims' bodies

shows conclusively that

 

the killers are eating the flesh

of the people they kill.

 

And so this incredible story

becomes more ghastly with each report.

 

It's difficult to imagine

such a thing actually happening

 

but these are the reports we have been

receiving and passing on to you,

 

Reports which have been verified

as completely as is possible

 

in this confused situation.

 

It is happening!

 

It would appear that

nobody's safe this way of business...

 

- Hold it!

- Don't shoot. We're from town.

 

A radio!

 

Radio: Pensylvania's the Butler county sheriff

has verified that reports

 

of murder victims being partially

eaten by their slayers is true.

 

How long you guys been down there?

I could've used some help up here.

 

That's the cellar.

It's the safest place.

 

You mean you didn't hear the

racket we were making up here?

 

How were we supposed to know

what was going on?

 

Could've been those things

for all we knew.

 

That girl was screaming.

 

Surely you must know what

a girl screaming sounds like.

 

Those things don't make any noise.

 

Anybody would know

somebody needed help.

 

Look, it's kind of hard to hear

what's going on from down there.

 

We thought we could hear screams,

but for all we knew,

 

that could have meant those things

were in the house after her.

 

- And you wouldn't come up and help?

- Well, if there were more...

 

The racket sounded like the

place was being ripped apart.

 

How were we supposed to know

what was going on?

 

Now wait a minute.

 

You just got finished saying you

couldn't hear it from down there.

 

Now you say it sounded like the

place was being ripped apart.

 

It would be nice if you'd get

your story straight, man.

 

All right, now you tell me.

 

I'm not going to take that kind of a

chance when we've got a safe place.

 

We luck into a safe place,

and you're telling us

 

we've gotta risk our lives just because

somebody might need help, huh?

 

Yeah. Something like that.

 

- All right, why don't we settle this...

- Look, mister!

 

We came up, Ok?

We're here.

 

Now I suggest

we all go back downstairs

 

before any of those things

find out we're in here.

 

They can't get in here.

 

You got the whole place boarded up?

 

Yeah, most of it.

 

All but a few spots upstairs.

They won't be hard to fix.

 

You are insane.

The cellar's the safest place.

 

I'm telling you,

they can't get in here.

 

And I'm telling you, those

things turned over our car.

 

We were damned lucky

to get away at all.

 

Now you tell me those... things can't

get through this lousy pile of wood?

 

His wife and kid's downstairs.

The kid's hurt.

 

Well, I still think

we're better off up here.

 

We could strengthen

everything up, Mr. Cooper.

 

With all of us working, we could

fix this place up in no time.

 

We have everything we need up here.

 

We can take all that stuff

downstairs with us.

 

Man, you're really crazy,

you know that?

 

You got a million windows

up here.

 

All these windows.

You're gonna...

 

You're gonna make 'em strong enough

to keep these things out, huh?

 

I told you, those things

don't have any strength.

 

I smashed three of them

and pushed another one out the door.

 

Did you hear me, what I told you?

They turned over our car.

 

Oh hell,

any good five men can do that.

 

That's my point...

 

Only there's not going to be

five, or even ten.

 

There's gonna be twenty, thirty,

maybe a hundred of those things.

 

And as soon as they know we're here,

 

this place

is gonna be crawling with them.

And as soon as they know we're here,

 

this place

is gonna be crawling with them.

 

Well, if there're that many, they'll

probably get us wherever we are.

 

Look, the cellar.

 

The cellar.

There's only one door, right?

 

Just one door.

That's all we have to protect.

 

Tom and I fixed it so it locks

and boards from the inside.

 

But up here, all these windows,

 

Why, we'd never know where

they were gonna hit us next.

 

You got a point, Mr. Cooper.

 

But down in the cellar,

there's no place to run to.

 

I mean, if they did get in, there'd be

no back exit. We'd be done for.

 

We can get out of here

if we have to.

 

And we got windows

to see what's going on outside.

 

But down there, with no windows,

 

if a rescue party did come,

we wouldn't even know it.

 

But the cellar

is the strongest place.

 

The cellar is a death trap.

 

I don't know, Mr. Cooper.

I think he's right.

 

You know how many's out there?

 

I don't know,

I figure maybe six or seven.

 

Look. You two can do

whatever you like.

 

I'm going back down to the cellar

and you better decide,

 

'cause I'm gonna board up that door,

 

and I'm not gonna unlock it

again no matter what happens.

 

Now wait a minute, Mr. Cooper.

 

No, I'm not gonna wait! I've made

my decision, now you make yours.

 

Now wait a minute!

Let's think about this.

 

We can make it to the cellar

if we have to.

 

And if we do decide to stay down there,

We'll need some things from up here.

 

So let's at least

consider this a while.

 

If you box yourself in the cellar

 

and those things get in

the house, you've had it.

 

At least up here,

you have a fighting chance.

 

Yeah, looks like about

eight or ten of them now.

 

That's more than there were.

There're a lot out back, too.

 

Harry?

Harry, what's happening?

 

It's all right!

 

Now take it.

 

We've gotta fix these boards.

 

You're crazy!

 

Those things are gonna be at every

window and door in this place!

 

We've got to get down

into the cellar.

 

Go down into your damn cellar

and get out of here!

 

- I'm... I'm taking the girl with me.

- You leave her here.

 

Keep your hands off her,

and everything else that's up here too.

 

Because if I stay up here,

I'm fighting for everything up here,

 

and the radio and the food is

part of what I'm fighting for.

 

Now if you're going down

in the cellar, get.

 

The man's insane.

He's insane.

 

We've... we've got to have food

down there. We've got a right.

 

- This your house?

- We've got a right.

 

- You going down there with him?

- Well...

 

Yes or no? This is your last chance.

No beating around the bush.

 

Listen, I got a kid down there.

 

She can't possib...

I couldn't bring her up here.

 

She can't possibly take

all the racket from those things

 

smashing through the windows.

 

Well, you're her father.

 

If you're stupid enough to go die

in that trap, that's your business.

 

However, I am not stupid enough

to follow you.

 

It is tough for the kid

that her old man is so stupid.

 

Now, get the hell down

in the cellar.

 

You can be the boss down there.

I'm boss up here.

 

You bastards!

 

You know, I won't open

this door again. I mean it.

 

- Mr. Cooper, with your help...

- With my help.

 

Let him go, man.

His mind is made up.

 

Wait a minute.

 

Judy? Come on up here, honey.

 

You're gonna let them

get her too, huh?

 

It's all right, honey.

Go ahead.

 

If we stick together, man,

we can fix it up real good.

 

There's lots of places

we can run to up here.

 

Mr. Cooper?

We'd all be a lot better off

 

if all three of us were working together.

 

Hey.

Hey, kid.

 

He's wrong, you know.

 

I'm not boxing myself in

down there.

 

Well, we're safe now.

It's boarded up tight.

 

What about Tom and Judy?

 

They wanna stay up there.

Let 'em.

 

There are... two other people upstairs.

A man and a girl.

 

We heard the screaming.

 

Yeah, but I didn't know

who they were,

 

and I wasn't about to take

any unnecessary chances.

 

Of course not, Harry.

 

- Is she all right?

- I don't know what it is.

 

She feels warm.

Maybe it's shock.

 

Where'd you get the bandage?

 

Some laundry in the basket.

I tore a sheet.

 

Let them stay upstairs.

 

Let them.

 

Too many ways those monsters

can get in up there.

 

We'll see who's right.

 

We'll see, when they come begging me

to let them in down here.

 

- That's important, isn't it?

- What?

 

To be right.

Everybody else to be wrong.

 

What do you mean by that?

 

Does anyone up there

know why we're being attacked?

 

Whatever it is,

it isn't just happening here.

 

It's some kind of mass murder.

It's going on everywhere.

 

- The radio said to stay inside...

- Radio?

 

Radio, upstairs.

I heard the news bulletin.

 

There's a radio upstairs

and you boarded us in down here?

 

- I know what I'm doing.

- What did it say?

 

Nothing! Nothing.

They don't know anything yet.

 

The... there's mass murder

everywhere, and

 

people are supposed to

look for a safe place to hide.

 

Take the boards

off that door.

 

We are staying down here, Helen.

 

Harry, that radio is at least

some kind of communication.

 

If the authorities know

what's happening,

 

well, they'll send people for us,

or they'll tell us what to do.

 

How are we going to know

what's going on,

 

if we lock ourselves in this dungeon?

 

We may not enjoy living together...

 

But dying together isn't

going to solve anything.

 

Those people

aren't our enemies.

 

Mr. Cooper!

 

Mr. Cooper? They found

a television set upstairs.

 

Let's go up.

 

Tom?

 

Yes?

 

If Judy would come downstairs

for a few minutes,

 

Harry and I

could come upstairs.

 

Ok. Yeah. Right away.

 

Will you do it?

 

Do I have to?

 

Look, honey. Nothing's gonna get done

with them down there and us up here.

 

- Do this. For me.

- Ok.

 

Ok, open up.

 

I'll take good care of her, Helen.

 

She's all I have.

 

Why don't you go upstairs now?

 

Her brother was killed.

 

Hey... give me

a hand with this thing.

 

I gotta go help Ben

with the television.

 

Don't be afraid of me.

 

I'm Helen Cooper. Harry's wife.

 

This place is ridiculous.

Look at this.

 

There's a million weak spots up here.

 

Give me one of those.

 

Her brother was killed.

 

And they talk about these windows.

 

I can't see a damned thing.

 

There could be 15 million of

those things out there.

 

That's how much good

these windows are.

 

Why don't you do something

to help somebody?

 

Here, I have it. Drag a couple

of those chairs together.

 

There's a socket over here.

 

Now, you'd better watch this and try

to understand what's going on.

 

I don't want anyone's life

on my hands.

 

Is there anything

I can do to help?

 

I don't want to hear any more

from you, mister.

 

If you stay up here,

you take orders from me!

 

And that includes

leaving the girl alone.

 

It's on! It's on!

 

There's no sound.

 

Play with the rabbit ears.

 

{...i1}Reports,

incredible as they seem,{...i0}

 

{...i1}are not the results

of mass hysteria.{...i0}

 

"Mass hysteria." What do they think,

we're imagining all this?

 

Shut up.

 

In all parts of the country.

 

The wave of murder which is sweeping

the eastern third of the nation

 

is being committed by creatures

 

who feast upon the flesh

of their victims.

 

First eyewitness accounts

of this grisly development

 

came from people who were understandably

frightened and almost incoherent.

 

Officials and newsmen

at first discounted

 

those eyewitness descriptions

as being beyond belief.

 

However, the reports persisted.

 

Medical examinations

of some of the victims

 

bore out the fact that they

had been partially devoured.

 

I think we have

some late word just arriving

 

and we interrupt

to bring this to you.

 

This is the latest disclosure in a report

 

from National Civil Defense

headquarters in Washington.

 

It has been established

that persons who have recently died

 

have been returning to life

and committing acts of murder.

 

A widespread investigation of reports

from funeral homes, morgues & hospitals

 

has concluded that the unburied dead

are coming back to life

 

and seeking human victims.

 

It's hard for us here to believe

what we're reporting to you,

 

but it does seem to be a fact.

 

When this emergency first began,

 

radio and television was

advising people to stay inside,

 

behind locked doors, for safety.

 

Well, that situation

has now changed.

 

We're able to report a definite

course of action for you.

 

Civil defense machinery has been

organized to provide

 

rescue stations with food, shelter,

 

medical treatment and protection

by armed National Guardsmen.

 

Stay tuned to the broadcasting

stations in your local area

 

for this list of rescue stations.

 

This list will be repeated

throughout our news coverage.

 

Look for the name of the rescue

station nearest you,

 

and make your way to that

location as soon as possible.

 

So we have that truck. If we can get

some gas, we can get outta here.

 

- There's a pump out by the shed.

- I know. That's why I pulled in here.

 

But it's locked.

 

...called this afternoon

by the President.

 

Since convening, this conference

of the presidential cabinet,

 

The FBI, the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

the CIA

 

has not produced

any public information.

 

Why are space experts

being consulted

 

about an earthbound emergency?

 

So far, all the betting

on the answer to that question

 

centers on the recent explorer

satellite shot to Venus.

 

That satellite, you recall,

started back to Earth,

 

but never got here.

 

That's the space vehicle

which orbited Venus

 

and then was purposely

destroyed by NASA,

 

when scientists discovered

it was carrying

 

a mysterious,

high-level radiation with it.

 

Could that radiation

be somehow responsible

 

for the wholesale murders

we're now suffering?

 

Newsman Don Quinn in Washington

 

has posed those questions.

 

It's obvious. Our best move is

to try to get out of here.

 

How're you gonna get

over to that pump?

 

Look!

 

You're coming from a meeting regarding

the explosion of the Venus probe,

 

is that right?

 

Yes, yes, that was the subject

of the meeting.

 

Do you feel there is a connection

between this and the phenomenon...

 

There's a definite connection.

A definite connection.

 

In other words, you feel that the

radiation on the Venus probe is enough

 

to cause these mutations?

 

It was a very high

degree of radiation.

 

Well, just a minute. I'm not sure

that that's certain at all.

 

I don't think that has been...

It's the only logical explanation

 

that we have at this time.

 

In other words, it is the military's

viewpoint that this...

 

the radiation is not

the cause of the mutation.

 

I can't speak for the entire military

at this time, gentlemen.

 

I must disagree

with these gentlemen presently,

 

until we, until this

is irrefutably proved.

 

Everything is being done

that can be done.

 

We'll have to hurry

for our next meeting.

 

Professor, you feel that there is

a definite connection between...

 

A definite connection as far as

Dr. Keller and myself...

 

Doctor, please. I thought we decided

that is not proved yet.

 

Was it... was the satellite...

 

- When the satellite was exploded...

- It was an unusual amount of radiation,

 

enough to cause mutation

under certain circumstances.

 

Could have happened

to have a bearing on it.

 

It does seem to have a bearing on it.

 

- Will there be a reply for the...

- Later.

 

- There will be a reply?

- Yes.

 

Later this afternoon?

 

There will be

a report this afternoon.

 

Perhaps there will be

a report later...

 

Will you close the window?

 

We are doing everything possible

to solve the problem.

 

We've heard all we need to know.

We have to try to get out of here.

 

He said the rescue stations have

doctors and medical supplies.

 

If we can get Karen there,

we can get help for her.

 

The world's foremost authority

on space science and technology

If we can get Karen there,

we can get help for her.

 

The world's foremost authority

on space science and technology

 

Willard. I saw a sign.

That said Willard.

 

It's only about 17 miles from here.

 

You know this area.

Are you from around here?

 

Judy and I are both from around here.

 

We were on our way

to the lake to go swimming.

 

Judy had a radio, and we heard

the first reports about this.

 

So we knew the old house

was here and we came in,

 

And found the lady upstairs, dead.

 

Then these other people came.

We went down into the basement

 

and put a bar across the door,

and it is pretty strong.

 

How could we possibly

get away from here?

 

We've got a sick child, two women,

one woman out of her head,

 

three men, and the place is

surrounded with these things.

 

- ... Neil, from NASA.

- Dr. Grimes, your entire staff, I know,

three men, and the place is

surrounded with these things.

 

- ... Neil, from NASA.

- Dr. Grimes, your entire staff, I know,

 

has been working very hard

to find some solution to...

 

these things that are happening.

 

Do you have any answers at this time?

 

Yes, we have some answers.

But first let me stress the importance

 

of seeking medical attention for anyone

who's been injured in any way.

 

We don't know yet what complications

might result from such injuries.

 

How bad has your kid been hurt?

 

Look. You go down there and tell...

Judy?

 

Yeah, you tell Judy to come up here

and you stay with the kid, all right?

 

Destructive action taken

with regard to the Venus probe.

 

In the cold room at the university,

we had a cadaver.

 

A cadaver from which all four limbs

had been amputated.

 

Sometime early this morning,

 

it opened its eyes

and began to move its trunk.

 

It was dead, but it opened its eyes

and tried to move.

 

They want you upstairs.

 

- Did she ask for me?

- She hasn't said anything.

 

I don't understand.

 

Baby? It's mommy.

 

I hurt.

 

I'll come back down as soon as

I find out what they want.

 

Thank you, Judy.

 

The bodies should be disposed of

at once, preferably by cremation.

 

Well, how long after death, then,

does the body become reactivated?

 

- It's only a matter of minutes.

- Minutes?

 

Well, that doesn't give people time

to make any arrangements...

 

No, you're right. It doesn't give them

time to make funeral arrangements.

 

The bodies must be carried

to the street and burned.

 

They must be burned immediately.

Soak them with gasoline and burn them.

 

The bereaved will have to forgo

the dubious comforts

 

that a funeral service will give.

 

They're just dead flesh.

And dangerous.

 

Judy, I need you to find

some bedspreads or sheets

 

to tear up into small strips, Ok?

 

- Is there a fruit cellar here?

- Yes.

 

We need some bottles or jars

 

to make Molotov cocktails to hold

them off while we try to escape.

 

Hey! There's a big can

of kerosene down there.

 

- I'll see what I can find.

- I'll look for the bottles.

 

There's a big key ring down there.

 

There may be a key

to the gas pump on it.

 

I'll check.

 

We can toss the cocktails

from a window upstairs.

 

Meantime, some of us can go out

and try to get the gas,

 

then we can come back

for the rest of the people.

 

But that'll leave

a door open someplace.

 

Yeah, that's right.

It better be this door.

 

It's closer to the truck.

 

Before we go out, we'll put

some supplies behind the cellar door.

 

While we're gone, the rest of you

can hole up in there.

 

I found some fruit jars

in the cellar.

 

And there's a key on here that's

labeled for the gas pump out back.

 

I'm not really that used to the truck.

I found it abandoned.

 

I can handle the truck,

no sweat.

 

You're it, then.

You and I'll go.

 

We'll put whatever lumber we find

behind the cellar door.

 

You can go upstairs and toss

the cocktails from a window.

 

Tom, you and I will have to

unboard this door.

 

After you toss the cocktails,

 

you hustle back down here

and lock this door.

 

It's no good to board it up because

we'll have to get back in quickly.

 

After we get the gas

and get back into the house,

 

then we'll worry about getting

everybody into the truck.

 

Now, let's move it.

 

No place to flee for safety,

except for the rescue stations

 

which have been set up.

 

Indications are that

before this emergency is over,

 

we will need many, many more

such rescue stations.

 

You always have a smile for me.

 

How can you smile like that

all the time?

 

How many do you have done?

 

Come on, honey, we gotta move.

 

Tom, are you sure about the phone?

 

The phone is dead out.

All you get is a recorded message.

 

If I could only call the folks. They're

going to be so worried about us.

 

Everything will be all right.

 

As soon as we get to Willard, we'll

call them. They might even be there.

 

I know.

 

Tom... Are you sure we're doing

the right thing, Tom?

 

- What, about getting outta here?

- Yeah.

 

Well, the television said

that's the right thing to do.

 

We've got to get

to a rescue station.

 

I don't know.

 

Come on. You're starting

to sound like Mr. Cooper now.

 

But why do you have to go out there?

 

Look, I know how to handle that truck.

And I can handle the pump.

 

Ben doesn't know anything

about that stuff.

 

But we're safe in here.

 

For how long, honey?

We're safe now.

 

But there's gonna be more

and more of those things.

 

I know.

I know all that.

 

Come here. Listen. Remember

when we had the big flood?

 

Remember how difficult it was for us to

convince you that it was right to leave?

 

Remember? Remember we had

to go to Willard then?

 

This isn't a passing thing,

honey.

 

It... it's not like

just a wind passing through.

 

We've got to do something,

and fast.

 

I just don't want you

to go out there, that's all.

 

Hey... smile, honey.

 

Where's that big smile for me?

 

Why? You're sure

no one uses it all, right?

 

We've got work to do, honey.

And you... you...

 

We better get her downstairs.

 

We have to go downstairs now, Barbra.

 

She's right. You have

to go downstairs now.

 

Just for a little while,

until we get back.

 

- Then we can all leave.

- Oh, I'd like to leave. Yes.

 

- Good luck.

- Yeah.

 

- You ready upstairs?

- Yeah.

 

Ok, toss 'em!

 

Go ahead! Go on!

 

I'm going with him!

 

Get back in the cellar!

It's too late. Too late!

 

Well, is she coming?

Come on.

 

Get in!

 

- Come on!

- This key won't work.

 

Watch it.

 

Watch the torch!

 

We've gotta get away from the pump!

 

Hang on!

 

Stop! I'm telling you guys

to get outta the truck!

 

Let's get outta here!

 

Come on, come on!

 

My jacket's caught.

 

Let me in!

 

Cooper!

 

I ought to drag you out there

and feed you to those things.

 

Isn't it three o'clock yet?

 

There's supposed to be another

broadcast at three o'clock.

 

Ten minutes.

 

Oh. Only ten more minutes?

 

We don't have very long to wait.

 

We can leave.

 

Or we better leave soon.

 

It's ten minutes to three.

 

You know anything

about this area at all?

 

I mean,

is Willard the nearest town?

 

I don't know.

 

We were...

 

Just trying to get

to a motel before dark.

 

You said those things

turned your car over.

 

You think we can get it back on

its wheels and drive it? Where is it?

 

Seems like it was pretty far away.

 

Seems like we ran.

 

Forget it.

It's at least a mile.

 

Johnny has the keys.

 

You're going to carry

that child a mile?

 

Through that army

of things out there?

 

I can carry the kid.

 

What's wrong with her?

How'd she get hurt?

 

- One of those things grabbed her.

- Bit her on the arm.

 

What's wrong?

 

Who knows what kind of disease

those things carry?

 

- Is she conscious?

- Barely.

 

She can't walk.

She's too weak.

 

Well, one of us could try

to get to the car.

 

You gonna turn it over

by yourself?

 

You can't start the car.

Johnny has the keys.

 

You have a car?

Where? Where is it?

 

- You won't be able to start it.

- Yeah. I know. But where is it?

 

Good lord.

 

At this hour, they report the level

of the mysterious radiation

 

continues to increase steadily.

 

So long as this situation remains,

 

government spokesmen warn

that dead bodies

 

will continue to be transformed

into the flesh-eating ghouls.

 

All persons who die during

this crisis, from whatever cause,

 

will come back to life

to seek human victims.

 

unless their bodies are

first disposed of by cremation.

 

Our News cameras

have just returned

 

from covering a search and

destroy operation against the ghouls.

 

This one conducted

by sheriff Conan McClellan

 

in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

 

So now let's go

to that film report.

 

All law enforcement agencies

and the military

 

have been organized to search out

and destroy the marauding ghouls.

 

The survival command center

at the Pentagon

have been organized to search out

and destroy the marauding ghouls.

 

The survival command center

at the Pentagon

 

has disclosed

that a ghoul can be killed

 

by a shot in the head

or a heavy blow to the skull.

 

Officials are quoted as explaining

 

that since the brain of a ghoul has

been activated by the radiation,

 

the plan is, kill the brain

and you kill the ghoul.

 

- Want anything from the supply wagon?

- No, we're all right.

 

Hey, Cass, put that thing

all the way in the fire...

 

- ... We don't want it getting up again.

- All right, I gotcha.

 

Chief McClellan,

how's everything going?

 

Oh, things aren't going too bad.

Men are taking it pretty good.

 

You want to get on the other side

of the road over there.

 

Chief, do you think we'll be

able to defeat these things?

 

Well, we killed 19 of them

today, right in this area.

 

Those last three we caught trying to

claw their way into an abandoned shed.

 

They must have thought somebody

was in there. There wasn't, though.

 

We heard 'em making all kind of noise.

 

so we came over and beat 'em off,

blasted 'em down.

 

Chief, as soon as you're finished,

can I see you here?

 

Yeah, Ok.

 

Chief, if I were surrounded

by six or eight of these things,

 

would I stand a chance with them?

 

Well, there's no problem. If you

had a gun, shoot 'em in the head.

 

That's a sure way to kill 'em.

 

If you don't, get yourself

a club or a torch.

 

Beat 'em or burn 'em.

They go up pretty easy.

 

Well, chief McClellan,

how long do you think it'll take

 

until you get the situation

under control?

 

Well, that's pretty hard to say. We

don't know how many of 'em there are.

 

We know when we find 'em,

we can kill 'em.

 

Are they slow-moving, chief?

 

Yeah, they're dead.

They're all messed up.

 

Well, in time, would you say you'd be

able to wrap this up in 24 hours?

 

Well, we don't really know.

 

We know we'll be into it most of the

night, probably into the early morning.

 

We're working our way toward Willard

 

and we'll team up with the

National Guard over there,

 

and then we'll be able

to give a more definite view.

 

Thank you very much,

chief McClellan.

 

This is Bill Cardille,

WIC-TV 11 news.

 

Thank you, Bill, for that report.

 

Official spokesmen

declined to speculate

 

just how long it may

take to kill off all the flesh-eaters

 

so long as the heavy ra...

 

Is the fuse box in the cellar?

 

I don't know. I...

 

Is... isn't the fuse...

 

The power lines are down.

 

Helen?

I have to get that gun.

 

Haven't you had enough?

 

Two people are dead already,

on account of that guy.

 

Take a look out that window.

Look at...

 

Get over here, man!

 

Come on!

 

Go ahead. Go ahead.

You wanna stay up here now?

 

Helen, get in the cellar.

 

Get in the cellar now!

Move!

 

Karen?

 

Oh, baby.

 

Baby.

 

No!

 

Up!

Get out!

 

No... No!

Johnny! No!

 

No! No!

Somebody help me. Oh No!

 

Hey, Vince, Bill,

 

you wanna get about four

or five men and a couple dogs?

 

There's a house over here behind those

trees. We wanna go check it out.

 

You still here, Bill?

 

Yeah, chief,

we're going to stay with it

 

till we meet up

with the National Guard.

 

- Where'd you get the coffee?

- One of the volunteers.

 

- You're doing all the work, you take it.

Thank you.

 

We should be wrapped up here.

About three or four more hours,

 

we'll probably get into Willard's end.

 

I guess you can go over there

and meet the National Guard.

 

Nick, you and the rest

of these men wanna come with me?

 

Bill, I'm checking the office

to see what's happening.

 

All right, Steve, tell 'em

we're going to stay with it and

 

everything appears

to be under control.

 

We're going over there.

Let's start.

 

They need you down there

by the barn.

 

I think you guys can follow the wagon down.

 

I only need a few men

to check out the house.

 

- Somebody had a cookout here, Vince.

- Yeah, sure looks like it, Con.

 

He's a dead one.

Get up here!

 

Nick! Tony! Steve!

 

You wanna get out in that

field and build me a bonfire?

 

You. Drag that out of here

and throw it on the fire.

 

Nothing down here.

 

All right. Go ahead down

and give 'em a hand.

 

Let's go check out the house.

 

There's something there.

I heard a noise.

 

All right, Vince. Hit him in the head.

Right between the eyes.

 

Good shot. Ok, he's dead.

Let's go get him.

 

That's another one for the fire.

 

All right, send a wagon through...

 

Keep those dogs back off

of those things.

 

Come ahead with the motorcycle,

please. Let's go!

 

- Let's go back there!

- That's the way....

 

Hey Randy,

light these torches over here.

 

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