Big brothers will always scare little brothers. Even after a zombie apocalypse.
If you’ve ever had an older sibling, chances are you’ve been the target of a prank, a butt of a joke, or even be falsely accused of a crime you didn’t commit. Big brothers and sisters will always have your back, but let’s face it, sometimes they can be real jerks.
Then, of course, there’s always urban legends specifically created to scare the crap out of unknowing, naïve little kids. You know, the ones that sound almost too weird to be true, but will still keep you awake all night shaking under your covers.
Such is the tale of the Zombie Chicken.
Our story begins at Creek Farms. Immediately, we know from the maximum security fences and guard towers that this is no ordinary idyllic rural landscape. And soon afterwards, we discover this is no ordinary world. Indeed.
Two young boys, Oscar and Michael, gather eggs in the chicken coop while they discuss a disturbing story about a man accused of stealing food and being fed to — zombies.
Could this be true, or is it just a legend created to scare people straight? Even if they doubt there’s any truth behind the story, Oscar and Michael aren’t brave enough to find out.
After their chores are finished, they encounter Michael’s younger brother Billy, and decide to scare him with their own urban legend about a hideous, undead creature known as the zombie chicken. Billy refuses to believe the older boys, but it’s too late – the seed has been planted in the young one’s impressionable brain.
Is the zombie chicken stalking Billy, waiting for a chance to peck him and turn him into one of the undead? Or is Billy the gullible victim of his brother’s vindictiveness?
Author Phil Clarke Jr. captures the innocence of childhood in a dangerous world. Even in the most deadly situations, kids will be kids. Even after the zombie apocalypse.
Zombie Chicken is that rare horror film which is both suitable for and stars pre-teens. Directors who enjoy working with young actors and are fans of the horror genre have an opportunity to make a truly scary family film. Just think about how much this one could stand out – and keep your audiences talking!
Budget: Small. A stock shot of a prison. A farm location complete with chickens. And, of course, the dreaded zombie chicken. Friends of guys like Rick Baker – should totally apply!
About the Guest Reviewer: David M Troop has been writing since he could hold a No. 2 pencil. He’s a contributor and award winner on websites such as the late lamented MoviePoet.com, WriterArena.com, and this here one.
About the Author: 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.)
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