DAY OF THE DEAD
EXT. THE EMPTY STREET OF A CITY IN FLORIDA - DAY
No people. A FEW CARS and TRUCKS are parked at odd angles,abandoned. A TITLE FADES IN, one phrase at a time:
SINCE THE DEAD FIRST WALKED.
EXT. ANOTHER EMPTY STREET - DAY
It's AFTERNOON and the sun in bright. We HEAR THE SOUND OFSTRONG WIND. The sub-tropical PALMS bend from the push ofthat lonely sounding WIND and DEBRIS flutters out FROM BEHINDCAMERA (a yellowed sheet from a newspaper, a bit of clothtorn from an American flag) and blows away from us down thestreet.
Suddenly, with A WET, SCRATCHING SOUND, A LARGE ALLIGATORscurries INTO FRAME, stops in a patch of sunlight, and looksaround.
EXT. AN ABANDONED ALLEYWAY - DAY
Several MORE GATORS explore. One knocks over A GARBAGE CANand the thing rolls over the pitted pavement making A LOUD,ECHOING SOUND.
EXT. AN ABANDONED BANK - DAY
A GATOR crawls out through the open doors of a downtown bank.Some LOOSE BILLS are dragged along under the animal's bellyand tail. The WIND blows the money away.
EXT. AN ABANDONED DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY
THE GLASS has been BROKEN OUT on a department store DISPLAYWINDOW. MANNEQUINS lie about in bizarre positions. ANOTHERGATOR crawls through the tableau.
EXT. AN ABANDONED INTERSECTION - DAY
GATORS crawl over a '79 CADILLAC. A FEMALE SKELETON sitsslumped over the steering wheel. In the back, A BABY'S BONESare strapped into AN INFANT'S SAFETY SEAT. One of the gatorsTHUMPS its tail maddeningly against the windshield. ANOTHERTITLE APPEARS:
FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA. 1987