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They ought to make the day the time changes the first day of summer.
Well, it's eight o'clock and it's still light.
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.
I don't know that she can't. Is there any of that candy left?
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, five minutes to put the wreath on the grave and six 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?
Testing... Back on? Oh... Uh, ladies and gentlemen, we're coming back on the air after an interruption due to technical probl-
There's 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, and the caretaker or somebody takes them away.
Yeah, a little spit and polish, he can 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.
Hehe, 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." Haha. Remember that? Right over there. Well, you used to really be scared here.
You're still afraid.
Stop it now, I mean it!
They're coming to get you, Barbra.
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.
Ahh! No! Johnny! Help me!
It's all right. Don't worry about him. I can handle him. There'll probably be a lot more of them as soon as they find out about us.
The 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'd better take some food. I'll see if I can find some food.
I'll be just a second.
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 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?
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 until 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. Do you understand? Okay? Okay?
They're not that 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 ten-fifteen 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. The truck went right across the road. I 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 was like a moving bonfire. Didn't know if the truck was going to explode or what. I could still hear the man, screaming. This thing is just backing away from it. I looked 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. I 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 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! 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 had... he fought this man. And I got so afraid I ran. I ran... I ran... And...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! Please!
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!
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—misshapen monsters. Reaction of law enforcement officials is one of complete bewilderment at this hour. So far we have...been...unable to determine that any kind of organized investigation is yet 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. To 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 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. That's the extent of this latest bulletin. Repeating, [...] 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. So far, [...] 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 them 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 of some of the slayings. These eyewitness accounts variously describe 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, in their rural home near North Carolina. Since then, reports of such senseless killings began snowballing in a reign of terror which has hopscotched [...] Efforts to keep track of the murder reports, by the placing of markers on a map, seem to indicate a general spreading from the extreme southeastern United 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.
It was only late yesterday...
Oh, and these.
...that word became clear we were facing some kind of national emergency. When first reports began filtering in, newsmen and law enforcement agencies were of the opinion...
This place is boarded up pretty solid now.
...in nature. However, as these...
We ought to be all right here for a while.
...have been increasing dramatically, it was soon apparent that we were seeing more than the average run of lawlessness.
We have a gun and bullets, food and the radio.
...suspect an obscure kind of conspiracy.
Sooner or later, someone's bound to come and get us out.
...creatures from outer space. So, again, we join with law enforcement agencies encouraging 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, and 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, okay?
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, Maryland, 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 no one is safe from this wave of mass murder...
Hold it! Don't shoot! We're from town!
...Butler County, Pennsylvania, the Butler county sheriff has verified that reports of murder victims being partially eaten by their slayers is true. No further details available at this time, however...
How long have 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, okay? 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...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've got a million windows up here. All these windows—you're gonna...you're gonna make them 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 when 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!
Well, if there're that many, they'll probably get us wherever we are.
Sigh. 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, because 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 are a lot out back, too.
It's all right.
Harry, what's happening?
It's...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?
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...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 know, I won't open this door again. I mean it.
Mr. Cooper, with your help, we could...
With my help!
Let him go, man! His mind is made up. Just let him go!
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 them.
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?
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, upstairs, I heard a 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. There's mass murder everywhere, and...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? Ben found a television set upstairs!
Let's go up. Tom?
If Judy would come downstairs for a few minutes, Harry and I could come upstairs!
Okay! 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.
Okay, 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 fifteen 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!
Reports, incredible as they seem, are not the results of mass hysteria.
"Mass hysteria!" What do they think, we're imagining all this?
...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 and 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.
TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL
CENTRAL FIRE DEPARTMENT
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,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'll 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...
COOK MEDICAL CENTER
MAIN POST OFFICE
FAIRHOPE HIGH SCHOOL
It's obvious. Our best move is to try to get out of here.
How're you gonna get over to that pump?
You're coming from a meeting regarding the explosion of the Venus probe, is that right?
Yes, yes, that was the, uh, subject of the meeting.
Do you feel there is a connection between this and the phenomenon that...
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 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, uh...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...will there be a...will there be a reply for the...
There will be a reply?
Later this afternoon?
Will there... There will be a...there will be a report this afternoon, sir?
Perhaps there will be a report later...
Will you close the window?
We are doing everything possible to solve this problem.
We hope we can get some further explanation of this...
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.
...is one of the world's foremost authorities on space science and technology.
WILLARD MEDICAL CENTER
Willard—I saw a sign that said Willard.
It's only about seventeen 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 up 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.
...being conducted for review for 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?
COUNTY FIRE HALL
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.
WBTF TELEVISION STATION
How bad has your kid been hurt?
Look. You go down there and tell... Is it Judy? Yeah, you tell Judy to come up here, and you stay with the kid, alright?
...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.
BRADY RECREATION CENTER
They want you upstairs. Did she ask for me?
She hasn't said anything.
I don't understand. Baby? It's Mommy.
I'll come back down as soon as I find out what they want.
Thank you, Judy.
...and the bodies should be disposed of at once, preferably by cremation.
MIDDLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL
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...
OAKLAND MEDICAL CENTER
No, you're right. It doesn't give them time to make funeral arrangements. The bodies must be carried to the street and...and...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.
ORMSBY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT.
Judy, I need you to find some bedspreads or sheets to tear up into small strips, okay? Is there a fruit cellar here?
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.
We can toss the cocktails from a window upstairs. In the meantime, a couple 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 hold up in there.
I found some fruit jars in the cellar. And there's a key on here that's labelled 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'll 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?
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, honey. 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.
And, yeah, 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'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...you sure are no use at all, are you? We've got work to do, honey. And you...you...
We'd 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.
You ready upstairs?
Okay, toss 'em!
Go ahead! Go on!
I'm going with him!
Get back in the cellar!
It's too late! It's too late!
Well, is she coming? Come on!
This key won't work!
Watch the torch!
We've gotta get away from the pump!
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! Let me in! Cooper! 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.
Oh. Only ten more minutes? We don't have very long to wait. We can leave. Or we'd 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. Do 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.
Who knows what kind of disease those things carry! Is she conscious?
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. Yeah, I know. But where is it?
...being monitored closely by scientists at all the radiation detection stations. 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.
FELLOWS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Our news cameras have just returned from covering such 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 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, Gus?
Uh, 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, 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 nineteen 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. We came over and beat 'em off, blasted 'em down.
Chief, as soon as you're finished, can I see you here?
Chief, uh, 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 will 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 ought to be able to wrap this up in twenty-four 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, WIIC-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? Karen? No.
Oh, baby! Baby!
No! No! No!
No! No! Help! No! No! No! No! Get out! No! No! Johnny! No! No! No! Oh, help me! Help me! Help...
Hey, Vince, now, 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're 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?
Now, Bill, I'm checking the office to see what's happening.
Alright, Steve, tell themem we're going to stay with it and, uh, everything appears to be under control.
They need you down there by the barn.
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, it 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.
Alright. Go ahead down and give 'em a hand. Let's go check out the house.
There's something there. I heard a noise.
Alright, Vince. Hit him in the head. Right between the eyes.
Good shot. Okay, he's dead. Let's go get him. That's another one for the fire.
Alright, send a wagon through, uh...
BEN: DUANE JONES
BARBRA: JUDITH O'DEA
There's more to burn!
HARRY: KARL HARDMAN
HELEN: MARILYN EASTMAN
Keep those dogs back off of those things!
TOM: KEITH WAYNE
JUDY: JUDITH RIDLEY
with KYRA SCHON
and BILL "Chilly Billy" CARDILLE
SAMUEL R. SOLITO
ELLA MAE SMITH
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Hey Randy, light these torches over here.