Dead Drunk: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse... One Beer at a Time

Richard Johnson

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GENRE

HORROR COMEDY ACTION APOCALYPTIC

    Core Theme

    ZOMBIES, SURVIVAL

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    SHAUN OF THE DEAD, THE HANGOVER, ZOMBIELAND, THE WALKING DEAD

    CHARACTER LIST

    • CHARLIE CAMPBELL: 35. LEAD. SLOVENLY, WASHED UP, GOOD HEART.

    • BIG ROB - 35. BADASS, EMPATHETIC, FUNNY.

    • TRENT - 35. NARCISSISTIC, SECRETIVE, VILLAINOUS.

    • GAY MIKE - 34. CONFIDENT, DECISIVE, CHARMING

    Logline

    Dead Drunk is a comedy/horror about a group of middle-aged losers waking up after a wild bachelor party, and finding themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. They have to fight their own stupidity as well as outside forces to survive, all while their supply of booze and brain cells dwindle.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Chicago, Illinois

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Chicago Moonlight Publishing

    Year Published: 2013

    Starting Description

    Charlie Campbell has shambled through life one mistake after another, and his alcoholic friends are even worse. When the zompocalypse hits, these man babies remain trapped in an apartment, stuck in their old ways. Will they die horribly? Will they run out of beer? Or even worse, will they grow up?

    Ending Description

    Chicago is overrun by zombies and a surprise Chinese military invasion. Charlie and his surviving friends are forced to flee the city on ATVs. Several of the group are separated. Many of the main characters are dead. Those left have grown through introspection and sacrifice. Sort of.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-0615764825

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Nudity, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    ,Personal growth,Other

    Plot - Premise

    ,Other,Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Charlie Campbell is a balding substitute teacher that peaked in college. He has a beer gut, drinks way too much, and has generally given up on life. He does have a good heart.

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Funny, Insecure,Underdog,Complex

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Big Rob

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Badass, Empathetic, Funny, Uneducated,Naive,Selfless,Uneducated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Trent

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Narcissistic, Secretive, Villainous, Aggressive, Criminal, Manipulative

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mike

    Age: 34

    Gender: Lgbt

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Funny, Gracious, Aspiring, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Empathetic, Honorable, Charming,Modest,Decisive,Honorable,Leader

    Brief

    Following a drunken bachelor party, a group of alcoholic friends awake to find that the Zombie apocalypse has arrived, and they will have to band together to survive.

    What We Liked

    - Zombies!
    - Great dialogue;
    - Unique twist on popular genre;
    - Gory with a large body count;
    - Successfully combines comedy and horror;
    - Zombies are always a good bet at the box office. Adding in the antics of drunken man babies
    and a Chinese plot to take over the world cement this as an instant cult classic;
    - This could work as a limited series as it is currently written, or it could be expanded (similar
    to The Walking Dead) to see how things play out once the survivors make it to safety.

    Synopsis

    Charlie Campbell is down on his luck. He’s balding, 35, working as a substitute teacher, and not a very good one at that. He doesn’t have many prospects and he is usually drunk. The one thing he has to look forward to is a night out with his college friends as they prepare a bachelor party as a send-off to Blake, a stock broker and one of the gang.

    Comprising the bachelor party is Trent, a dirty cop; Smokey, an artist who is perpetually stoned; Gay Mike, who is most likely straight, but always couches things with gay overtones; Left Nut aka Matt Tucker, a wild card who was struck by lightning which turned his hair white and obliterated one of his testicles; Jim, Charlie’s mild-mannered married best friend who is expecting his first child with his wife, Cindy; Big Rob, a large mixed martial artist; Vidu, their Sri Lankan counterpart; Cliff, Blake’s overdressed friend, and some of Blake’s other work colleagues.

    Drugs, alcohol, strippers, and prostitutes are part of the evening’s antics.

    When the gang awakes from their wild night of partying, they are met with a harsh reality. The zombie apocalypse has arrived, and they are some of the only survivors. They hole up in an apartment, continuing to party endlessly and hope for survival. With no help coming for them, the guys have to figure things out for themselves.

    Meanwhile, Air Force One is flying high above the United States. Senator Sanders, the acting President, who was way down on the chain, took over after all the others were turned into zombies or killed. While in the air, he is getting briefed on the situation on the ground. He learns that a foreign adversary has created the zombie plague and let it loose in United States. China is most likely the culprit. The Chinese have lost their lands due to climate change so they want to kill the population of the United States and take over. President Sanders gives orders to evacuate all the deployed troops and they will annex part of Mexico as a command point.

    Several of the friends succumb to the zombie disease. As zombies overrun the city, and the Chinese military invasion ensues, the surviving friends are forced to flee. They leave the city on ATVs in an attempt to join up with other survivors in a nearby town.

    About The Author

    Author Richard Johnson grew up in small-town Galesburg, Illinois, during the 80s. He currently lives with his thriving family outside of Chicago.