EXT. 1985 - TRAIN TRACKS RUNNING THROUGH MIDTOWN
SACRAMENTO - AFTERNOON
Train speeds by, close to us, a blur of movement
sound. The horn of the engine wails, piercing the still afternoon air.
As we look through the gaps of the speeding train,
we see an empty sidewalk leading down a long street in Midtown
As the tail of the train whizzes by, a figure of an
old black woman
suddenly appears. She is dressed out-of-the-norm. Rather like a
homeless woman, but with menace in her eyes.
INT. RAILROAD MUSEUM
An older man and two teenagers admire an old steam
UNCLE MIKE, a docent at the Museum, is about sixty
years old. He beams with pride as he lovingly looks at the old steam
His nephew TODD stands close to his girlfriend
SHERRY. Both are
fresh-faced youths, about to embark on the exciting journey of life.
Gosh, she sure is a beaut, Uncle Mike.
(polishing the engine with a chamois)
If I had to pick any specimen in the place to be my
favorite, I’d have to pick Ol’ Sally here.
Why’s that, Uncle Mike?
Let’s just say she’s been good to me.
Todd, sounds like your Uncle has one of his stories
Well, we’ve gotta get goin’, Uncle
Mike! Don’t wanna miss the opening of the movie, ya know.
SFX The banshee wail of a passing train.
Uncle Mike shudders at the sound.
Wow! That sounded so close!
I haven’t heard a train whistle sound like
that since... since...
Since when? When?!?
Look, you two kids run along...I’ve got to
close up the museum, and
you...well, I know how you hate to miss the beginning of a movie, young
I guess we’ll have to wait till later for
that story, Todd.
Okay, Uncle Mike. I’ll see you later on at
Mom’s for dinner.
As Todd and Sherry leave, Uncle Mike follows them
with his eyes. He
turns to Ol’ Sally, and starts to polish her again. It seems as
he’s talking to her.
EXT. OLD SACRAMENTO - AFTERNOON
Todd and Sherry walk down the wooden sidewalk,
holding hands and slightly swinging their arms.
Your uncle sure started to act funny, Todd.
Yeah, well, he gets like that sometimes.
I know. Your whole family is nuts, but this time it
I don’t know... I hope he’s okay.
He’s okay, baby. Everything’s okay.
Todd stops and wraps his arms around Sherry. He
pulls her up to him and kisses her lovingly.
(as Todd nuzzles her neck noisily)
Todd! People... are watching... we don’t want
to miss the beginning of the movie... oh....
EXT. STOREFRONT IN OAK PARK - SAME
VERA VAUDOUN sits in front of a pan decorated with
She sways back and forth and in a slow circle, tranced out like a
fiend. She shakes her hands, holding something that rattles that we
Baron Samedi... Baron Samedi...no...no!
She throws the contents of her hands down into the
magical pan. BONES tumble over each other.
INT. CREST THEATRE LOBBY - SAME
Todd and Sherry stand in line for popcorn.
Sherry’s hair is noticeably mussed up.
Some other kids mill about the lobby, ashen and
One walks right into a pillar, as if he were
Todd runs over to help him.
Whoah, Buddy! Are you all right?
All... right... right...
(him Buddy to his feet)
Look, man, maybe you’d better sit down. Or go
(carrying a large bucket of popcorn and a large
Todd, all the other kids in here look really out of
I know, Sherry.
(starting to eat the popcorn)
Mmmm... good popcorn!
The Crest has the Best!
The other kids start to shuffle toward Todd and
PUNK ZOMBIE BOY
(reaching for the bucket of popcorn)
(pulling the bucket back)
Well, get your own.
A ZOMBIE GIRL grabs Todd’s arm and prepares
to take a bite out of it.
(shoving the zombie girl away)
Like I said, get your own!
She tried to bite me!
Oh my gosh, Todd...these kids are... zombies!
The throng of Zombie Teens growl and shuffle more
menacingly toward Todd and Sherry.
Sherry throws the bucket of popcorn on them as a
Todd and Sherry run away as the zombies start to
eat the popcorn and
pick it out of each other’s hair like chimps grooming each other.
Suddenly, they clutch their throats and begin to fall down, dying.
INT. HOUSE - DINNERTIME
TODD’S MOM sets a large platter of food down
on the table. Uncle Mike sits there, looking hungrily at the food.
He greedily reaches for it as Mom turns her back.
Don’t you even t’ink about eet, mon. We
will wait until Todd gets here.
Oh he’s probably not going to be here for
dinner, Mae. He’s out with Sherry.
Sherry or no Sherry, he will be here. At least we
will wait, come what may.
Todd and Sherry suddenly burst into the room.
Mom! Uncle Mike! You’ll never guess what
Everyone down at the Crest theatre was turned into
What?!? Zombies in Sacramento? For dees I left the
Mom goes to the kitchen noisily, flustered by the
It was like an old Michael Jackson video.
It was horrible!
Oh, no. I was hoping it wasn’t coming to this.
Uncle Mike, what are you talking about? If you know
anything about this, you’ve got to tell us!
Todd, maybe it’s time you knew...
Knew? Knew what??
Sherry, don’t say "no" now. If there is
something we need to know, we need to know it now!
Zombies...flesh eating zombies... it all started
back in 1965...
FLASHBACK - 1965
SAC CITY COLLEGE CAMPUS
Students mill about the Quad. YOUNG MIKE, a total
square, sits at the brick water fountain, surrounded by his friends.
I was at Sac City College. Just about to get my AA
degree. Soon, I’d be off to pursue my dream of becoming an
Young Mike looks at a book on TRAINS.
UNCLE MIKE (V.O.)
I was going to travel the rails. See the world.
Then suddenly, the world came to me.
An African-American girl walks slowly across the
quad. As if she
notices someone watching her, she turns her face toward the sunlight.
She stops and stares.
UNCLE MIKE (V.O.)
LeKeshia Mojo. That was her name. Her family had
just moved to
Sacramento. She moved in the sunlight like silk through water...
LEKESHIA MOJO suddenly gets caught in the spray of
sprinklers coming on.
UNCLE MIKE (V.O.)
We really fell for each other.
But Uncle Mike, I thought you were going with
another girl back at Sac City.
That’s the problem. I was.
VERA VAUDOUN storms up to Mike and LeKeshia, who
sit laughing at the
fountain on the quad. She pulls LeKeshia away from Mike by her hair.
UNCLE MIKE (V.O.)
And Vera Vaudoun wasn’t a girl you crossed.
Isn’t the Vaudoun family the one that owns
all those voodoo magic shops in town?
The one and the same. But the Vaudouns don’t
just sell voodoo paraphernalia. They practice it...
FLASHBACK: Vera chants while cuts the neck of a
chicken and lets the blood drip into a copper bowl.
Vera knew how much LeKeshia and I liked each other.
she’d never give me up to a negro girl. She called upon her dark
and summoned some mighty powerful black magic.
Several white kids circa 1965, pick up tomatoes and
throw them at LeKeshia.
I tried to stop Vera. But by that time it was too
LeKeshia who stands on the steps of a building,
covered in dripping red tomato juice and screaming silently.
Vera stands at the edge of the crowd of co-eds,
She’s a witch! A voodoo witch from New
Orleans! Do you want people like her coming here and taking our men??
Take her! Take her and destroy the witch!
LeKeshia is pulled from the steps by the crowd and
EXT. TRAIN CROSSING - NIGHT
The enthralled crowd has tied LeKeshia to a post in
the middle of the tracks.
Far down the tracks, the sound of a distant train
Young Uncle Mike fights his way through the
chanting, ravenous crowd. He is held back before he can reach the
LeKeshia! No! Vera, how can you do this?!? You have
to make them stop!
What did you expect, Mike? She’s a voodoo
witch! She’s getting what she deserves!
She’s not a witch! I know who the witch is.
The crowd is suddenly illumined by the brilliance
of the train headlamp. The whistle blairs, drowning out
Young Mike breaks free of the thralls and closes in
on Vera. With one punch, he knocks her to the ground.
The crowd stops its chanting.
Mike runs to LeKeshia and starts to untie her from
Michael... it’s too late. Save yourself.
It’s like these knots were tied by a sailor!
Michael! It’s coming!
The lamp of the oncoming train turns the night into
day. Mike jumps
out of the way in just the last minute. The train roars forward, the
world nothing but light and scream from the whistle.
And that’s how you lost your legs.
Oh, no, I lost these in Viet Nam. The strange thing
is, there was
never any trace of a body found. It was like the train just... carried
her away... I tried to save her...
And now you think LeKeshia Mojo is back?
Why? How? What to you think she wants?
To exact her revenge...
By turning all of Sacramento into blood-thirsty
Well, zombies are easy enough to kill. They move
slowly and they’re
allergic to salt and you can easily blow their heads off with a
shotgun. But the Mojo Woman...she can just make more zombies...
got to stop her!
But how? How?!?
There might be a way....
INT. VERA VAUDOUN’S VOODOO EMPORIUM - DAY
Vera Vaudoun sits in a smoke-engulfed atmosphere.
incense everywhere around a table/altar in the middle of the room.
She busies herself shaping a wax doll and sticking
things to it like
feathers and bits of black hair. Placing the newly-formed doll in a
large shallow bowl, she takes a chicken and holds it, fluttering, in
circles over the effigy.
She chants in low tones.
Baron Samedi... gimme the aid of your loa... Chacun
à son goût.. ma sangré à votre
sangré... à votre sangré... votre sangré!!
She takes a large ceremonial knife from the
table-altar in front of
her. Holding the bewildered chicken over the bowl, she slices
neck. Blood splatters all over Vera, and drips into the bowl over the
little wax figure.
The wax doll floats freely in the middle of a
little lake of blood.
EXT - SACRAMENTO TRAIN STATION
Zombies file into an old train on the tracks. It is
the one that whisked LeKeshia Mojo away decades ago.
Sherry, Uncle Mike and Todd hide behind a corner,
There are the zombies... but where is the Mojo
Mojo steps from behind from behind the engine of
the train. She gestures to the Zombies to continue to enter the Voodoo
One at a time! Single file! There’s room for
Uncle Mike is visibly moved by seeing her in person.
My god... LeKeshia...
Must be something to see her, after all these
years, hunh Uncle Mike?
She’s gotten so fat.
Baby’s got some back!
Don’t be jealous, Sherry. You know I like
your back, too.
Todd begins to put the moves on Sherry.
Todd, not now! We’ve got a voodoo priestess
You kids stay here. This is my job.
Uncle Mike steps out from the shadows of the depot
LeKeshia! LeKeshia Mojo!
Mojo stops directing the zombies. She turns to him.
LeKeshia... don’t do this...
You want me to stop, Michael? I must continue.
Why? Things have changed, LeKeshia. Why can’t
we forget the past, and move on?
I have moved on, Michael. That night in 1965, I was
forced to move on. Now I have work to do.
(running up to Uncle Mike)
So you’ve come back to turn our town into
zombies? Where will your revenge stop?
Todd runs to catch Sherry. His shirt is mostly
Mojo stops and looks at the two young adults. She
slowly crosses to them, staring.
This boy... Michael, this boy, he looks like you,
That’s right, LeKeshia. He’s black.
Bi-racial, thank you.
Is he...is he your--?
His mother married my brother, years after...after
what happened to
you...us... I tried to find you. I road the rails up and down the
coast... but then I was drafted, lost my legs, and then they
let me be an engineer any more. They stuck me in the Railroad Museum. I
So you see, you have to stop turning our town into
Vera Vaudoun walks up.
Yes, Mama Mojo. Stop what you are doing!
It was that one -- your resident voodoo priestess
-- who caused this
infestation. I am using my voodoo train to save these poor creatures.
When I felt your evil presence, I knew I had to do
something to bring you out of hiding! To stop you -- once and for all!
I forget... which is the good voodoo priestess, and
which is the bad one again?
You have come back to take Mike and his loa away!
You will never take him away from me!
I haven’t seen you in years either, Vera.
My powers have kept you close to me always, Mike!
Now, witch, I shall stop you once and for all!
You said that already. But I don’t see it
Yeah! You and what army?
Vera gestures wildly. She takes a small leather bag
from inside her
poncho and starts to spread it’s dusty contents on the ground in
By Setebos the Under-God, I command my army to
attack... attack them!
Vera’s the one who created the zombies.
Less explanation -- more running!
The trio begin to run away as the zombies shuffle
NO! These poor unfortunates will harm no one this
day! Arretez-vous, mortes-vivants! Arretez-vous!
The zombies stop.
No! My power is stronger than yours. My people are
You’re people are not worth the mud on the
bottom of my ancestors’
feet. Mortes-vivants! Attaquez-la! Emportez-la au train de vaudoun!
The zombies shuffle forward, grabbing at Vera.
No! No!!! Attack the evil Mojo! Noooo!
The train engine starts and steams begins to cover
the platform of the depot.
The zombies converge on Vera, pulling her up into
the train as she kicks and screams.
The voodoo train begins to move down the track.
LeKeshia Mojo turns to board it.
LeKeshia! Don’t leave!
My work here is done, Michael. I did what I came to
do. It’s time for me to go.
Uncle Mike stands facing LeKeshia on the platform.
He takes a couple
of steps toward her. She steps toward him. He pulls her to him and they
As they kiss,
THEIR BODIES ARE BATHED IN AN UNEARTHLY GLOW.
They are transformed briefly into the youths they
had once been.
When they break the embrace, they turn back into
present-day Mike and Mojo. She turns and boards the train.
Mike, Todd and Sherry watch as the train pulls away.
The train whistle sounds, getting lost in the
distance with the Voodoo Train.