TREMORS 5: NEW BLOOD
[See sun rising over Nevada desert. Near silence shattered by engines of 3 black hawk helicopters. (Switch to 2nd helicopter)]
Pilot: All quiet on the western front.
Co-pilot: I’m not so sure about that!
Pilots of 1st chopper: My god, the graboid’s woken up! I thought they gave it enough drugs to make it sleep till we got to the research clinic!
2nd chopper pilot: every one better buckle up, we’re gonna have to do an emergency landing!
[All pilots’ press release buttons on board the choppers. graboid released from hooks and parachutes attached to its back open, the graboid floats safely to the ground. But the sudden release of so much of so much weight made the helicopters go out of control, the choppers crash after seconds of hanging in the air, spinning around. ]
Mike Read (guard on board 1st chopper): Anyone there, anyone else alive?
Mark Jackson (guard on 3rd chopper): Yep, are you ok?
Read: Sure anyone else back there?
Jackson: Yeah, Luke Taylor.
Read: I’m the only one this end and no-ones in the middle.
Jackson: We should suit up and get some help.
[The 3 men put 30-round magazines in their MP5SD6 sub-machine guns, making sure there were no other survivors, there wasn’t. They picked a direction heading towards a small place called Perfection that names rung a bell, of course! That was where there were 2 graboid fights! They set off at a quite fast speed. ]
TIME: 0330 HRS DAY: 1
[Jackson, Taylor & Read were walking through Cactus Flats, when a huge graboid appeared in front of them. They fired at it like mad, some of the bullets hitting it, some missing it. Eventually, the graboid went under ground, and they stayed totally still. It left. ]
Burt : Anyone just hear something in cactus flats , like a crash ?
Earl : I sure as hell did !
Val : Come on , you guys , nothing exciting happens here anymore !
Burt : Well , if you don’t care about that , you better care about this !
[ Burt points out of the window to 3 men covered in black military gear , half-crouching , half-running towards Chang’s Market . Jodi , Nancy , Burt , Val and Earl run out to meet them .
Taylor : I am Sergeant Luke Taylor of the U.S. Marines and these are my comrades , Mark Jackson and Mike Read . We were involved in a 3 helicopter crash earlier this morning . But ……
Burt : But what ??
Taylor : I am not at liberty to discuss this matter with civilians , but I do feel it my duty to protect the public at large , so …… Before the crash , we had to jettison our cargo of a graboid , a very large graboid !
Burt: We need to get everybody up on the roof now!
[Everyone ran for the door of Chang’s market, except Burt, who dashed across to his truck. He started grabbing all the weaponry he could handle, but then the huge graboid exploded from the ground. Burt picked up whatever he could, then ran. ]
Burt: everyone OK?
TIME: 1530 HRS DAY: 1
[Burt took stock of what they had in the way of weaponry and ammunition. He had his M-14 “ muzzle lite “ bullpup rifle, a Desert Eagle pistol, and 2 Beretta M92F pistols. Each of the Marines had an MP5SD6 sub-machine gun with 4 mags of ammo, plus they each had a SOCCOM pistols. The problem was, they had no explosives or high-penetration weaponry.
TIME: 2100 hrs DAY: 1
[ Val and Earl had started up a game of cards , to try and keep everyone’s minds off the graboids . Apart from the women ( Jodi and Nancy ) , everyone would take it in turns to do 30 minutes sentry duty with 1 of the sub-machine guns or Burt’s rifle . ]
TIME : 0600 hrs DAY : 2
Val : Guys , you better come and look at this !
[ Burt’s little pocket graboid monitor was going mental with 4 graboids buzzing about the little screen . ]
Earl : HOLY CRAP !!!!!! Those graboids are mental , but what about Burt ?????????
Burt : I’m not Really sure , but something big is coming , something very big is coming , and its going to be the graboid’s next meal !!!!!!
Burt : That’s it ! I’ve got to get to my weaponry !
[ Burt leapt over to the wall and prepared to jump into his truck , when he was grabbed by Val and Earl . ]
Val : You ain’t gonna make it , Burt .
Earl : Yeah it ain’t worth it . Someone’s gotta come along .
Burt : And the last person you saw come along here in a suitable vehicle , with the appropriate weaponry was !?!?!
Earl : OK , OK , so what’s your idea then , Burt ?
Burt : As long as this large noise making convoy keeps coming , we have 2 choices : 1 , We wait for this convoy , 2 , We use the noise as a distraction and all or some of us get to my place and get weaponry .
TIME : 0930 HRS DAY : 2
[ They voted on all of them going to Burt’s place , with Burt , Earl , & Read leading the convoy in Burt’s truck , then Taylor , Nancy and Val in Val and Earl’s truck , then Jodi and Jackson on a motorcross bike that was attached to the back or Burt’s truck . They speed off towards Burt’s place ]
Val : Jesus Christ , Burt ! This 1 hell of an amazing collection of weaponry !
Burt : Not really . This is my “ normal “ collection . This isn’t the anti-graboid stuff we need .
[ Burt walked over to his blue gun cabinet , took a key on a small chain from around his neck and unlocked the cabinet . Beyond the mirrored , bullet proof glass , was 1 Barret M82A1 sniper rifle , 2 elephant guns , 1 Big Boar grizzly breech loading rifle , and 20 small boxes . ]
Jodi : Hey Burt , what’s in the boxes ?
Burt : I’m glad you asked Jodi , in each of these boxes is a remote control tank , batteries for them , C4 plastic explosives , and a remote control / detonator .
[ Burt dealt this lot of weaponry out and assigned jobs to everyone . Burt had his Barret sniper rifle and his bullpup M-14 rifle , his job was to fire at any surfaced graboids . Earl had an elephant gun , his job was to drive the remote tanks . Val had the other elephant gun , his job was to detonate the explosives attached to the tanks , when swallowed by the graboids . Read ended up with the big boar grizzly , he would also fire at surfaced graboids . The other 2 soldiers gave Burt their weapons and took M16A2 assault rifles instead . They then rode / drove back to Chang’s market , as it had a bigger roof . ]
TIME : 1505 HRS DAY : 2
Nancy ( monitoring Burt’s laptop he got from his house ) OK guys , the 1st
Graboid is homing in on the tank sound
Earl : He’s taken it , he’s eaten the tank !
[ Val detonated the explosives on the tank , blowing the graboid up . This continued , but there was a problem . They were about to get some food , all 4 of the graboids , yep the graboids were reproducing faster than the gang could kill them . ]
TIME : 1900 HRS DAY 2 :
[ Switch to hang-gliders view . A group of 7 hang-gliders were flying around the west of America . They had picked a spot on the map , where there was a small concentration of boulders , to camp down for the night , before taking off for a small place called Perfection , to stock up on supplies , and see a few sights of The 2 time home of Graboids . ]
Hang-glider instructor : OK guys now we’ve landed , lets get over to those rocks and set up camp for the ………..AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH !!!!!!!!
[ A graboid had grabbed him and was doing the same to others , apart form 2 people . They got up onto the boulders ]
David ( hang glider ) : HOLY SH*T !!!!!! Graboids , We have to get help !!
William ( 2nd hang glider ) : Yeah , I’ll stay up on the rock , in case anyone comes along the road , ( looking along the dusty track ) …………
David : ( sighs ) , OK then , I’ll try and fly to Perfection and get help , then I’ll come back for you . ( takes off into the night sky . )
TIME : 2330 HRS DAY : 2
[ William was a selfish character . Why should he put himself into more danger by flying around at night ? He gazed around him . There was blood and gore everywhere . Then there was a crackling .He looked over to where the instructor had lost his life . Of course ! The emergency radio the instructor had carried ! There didn’t appear to be any graboids around , so he walked over to it and picked up the radio . Just as he did a graboid appeared and grabbed him . ]
William : AAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!! ITS GOT ME !!IT’S THE GRABOID !! ITS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy : What the HELL is that !?!?!
Burt : I don’t know , but someone’s just died .
Val : Come on guys , this is stupid . No-one’s ever come along……..
[ At that point , Val looked up and saw David , the hang-glider , David saw them too . David landed and explained what had happened and where and when . Val then came up with the idea of someone going off in the glider to get help from the nearest town , Bixsby . That idea soon went down the drain, because it was unlikely the glider could stay high enough with enough supplies , weaponry and ammunition . ]
TIME : 0100 HRS DAY : 3
Earl : Are you sure this will work ?
David : It has to , it’s the only chance we’ve got !
Val : Yeah come on Earl , this has to work !
[ Val and David then took off in David’s glider , heading towards the large noise-making convoy . After 3 hours of tricky flying , Val and David made it to the convoy . ]
TIME : 0500 HRS DAY : 3
unknown voice on the radio : Is that you up in that glider Val , Over ??
Val : Why yes , it is , who is this I am talking to , over ?
Voice : Why don’t you recognise your old friend Heather !?!?! Over
Val : Seriously , this Heather , as in Burt & Heather !?!?!
Heather : Not exactly , me and Burt broke a long time ago now , over .
Val : Well any how , we have an urm , situation and we need to land ASAP , Over .
Heather : Well sure , you can land on 1 of our trucks , but why don’t you land on any of this open space ?
Val : Because the situation we have is a graboid situation !
Heather : God Damn it ! I thought they were all gone !
[ Heather talked to someone else on the radio , the convoy stopped and Val and David landed . They looked around themselves . It looked as though they were saved , because onboard the convoy , there were loads of armed troops . ]
[ They drove on for a couple more hours , before stopping for a break . ]
TIME : 0700 HRS DAY : 3
Burt : Val , David , come in ! The graboids have grown in number and size , there are now 7 of them ! Over .
Val : You sure about that Burt , cos you guys probably won’t be able to survive that long against them , so we’ll be as quick as we can getting back to you with the convoy . Over .
Burt : So you did find it do they have any weaponry ? Over .
Val : Yep , they’ve got quite a bit of weaponry ,over .
Burt : What kind of weaponry have they got ? 30-30. Rifles , shotguns , pistols , bolt-action rifles ? Over .
Val : More like assault rifles , C4 , grenades , machine guns , over .
Burt : Who the hell is that ?!?!? ( sarcastically ) Is it Heather ???
Val : As a matter of fact Burt , it is Heather .
Burt : Stop screwing with me Val , and I bet you’re screwing with me about the weaponry !!!!!
Heather : What’s this I here !?! THE Burt Gummer , without proper weaponry and equipment for a very dangerous situation !?!
Burt : That really you Heather ?
Heather : Sure is !
Burt : So I hear you have the correct “ tools “ for the job in hand , Heather ?
Heather : I sure do !
Burt : So how did you come up with all this weaponry ?
Heather : You’re not the only one with experience on fighting graboids , shreikers and ass blasters !
Burt : Seriously !?!?!
Heather : Well you see , other governments couldn’t wait for your services in this matter , so they tracked me down .
TIME : 1100 HRS DAY : 3
[ Back at Chang’s Market ]
Burt : While the graboids are going mental over “ convoy H “ , I think we should set patrols , to combat any shriekers that might appear , and search for any other survivors . Any one with me ?
Val : Yep .
Earl : Sure .
Taylor : Yeah .
[ The other 2 troops were keeping a close watch on the graboid monitor , so they didn’t hear , but they agreed . Nancy and Jodi didn’t think it was such a good idea . ]
Nancy : Come on Burt , why don’t we just wait for the convoy to get here , then we all just ride off to Bixby ?
Burt : You think that by the time the convoy gets here , we’ll just be able to ride off into Bixby !?!
Nancy : Sorry , Burt ! I’m not an expert on these kinds of situations !
TIME : 1200 HRS DAY : 3
[ Burt , Jackson and Read had split up and went off in search of survivors . Now able to reach Burt’s truck , they had more weaponry and ammunition . Burt was patrolling the East road out of town , by the old electricity pylons , where Edgar was found . He was armed with his M-14 bullpup rifle , and 3 of his home-made bombs . Read was patrolling the West road out of town , armed with a Mauser 86 rifle and 2 of Burt’s bombs , plus a hand grenade . Jackson was armed with 3 hand grenades and a SPAS shotgun . Jackson was walking along , when he heard the distinctive shriek of a shrieker , then a woman’s scream . Jackson ran round the corner of some large boulders , to see the back of 2 shriekers , quickly approaching a woman . Jackson fired at them . The 1st shrieker exploded with a splatter of guts and blood . The 2nd shrieker turned around and ran at Jackson , he fired 3 shots , then ran out of ammo . The shrieker jumped on him tearing him to pieces . Eventually , the shrieker dropped dead , riddled with shotgun pellets . ]
Rhonda Lebeck , the woman “ : Hello , is anybody there , over ?
Earl : Yeah there is . May I ask who I’m talking to , over ?
Lebeck: This is Rhonda Lebeck, the geologist . 2 of the shriekers have been killed , but this man who killed them has been killed . Over .
Taylor : Mam , I am sergeant Luke Taylor of the U.S. Marines , can you approach the man ? Over .
Lebeck : Yeah . His name tag says Mark Jackson on it , if that’s any help . Over .
Taylor : Thank you mam , if you just sit tight we’ll come and get you . Over .
[ Lebeck gives Taylor the coordinates of her position . A rescue mission is planned . ]
Taylor : Burt , we’ve got a new problem . 1 of the graboids has metamorphosed into shriekers . 2 of them have been killed by Jackson , except Jackson is also dead , over .
Burt : Damn it !! I had hoped to be able to get rid of them while they were in the their 1st life stage !! Over .
TIME : 1505 HRS DAY : 3
[ Burt was still patrolling west , ever more vigilant now there were shriekers out there . He briefly glanced back to check where he had travelled . When he turned around , he saw a shrieker 20 metres or so off . He laid down, levelled his rifle, and shot. BANG, BANG BANG! The shreiker had just spotted Burt and was about to shriek, when it exploded in a 3 round burst of fire. Burt quickly made his way to Lebeck. ]
Lebeck: Thanks for hurrying!
Burt: Sorry, sorry, but I had a small problem on the way, but I took care of it.
Lebeck: Good. Now lets get going. I think we’re being watched.
[She was right. A single , strange shrieker was hidden in between some rocks . This one was different from the others . It was as white as El Blanco . It somehow knew when to attack , rather than just sensing heat and going mental . Burt and Lebeck quickly returned to Chang’s market . ]
Earl : We’ve gotta get some better weaponry , Burt , can we get to your place again ?
Burt : I don’t know . I think we should wait until we have Val and David back , so we have more people to pull an attack of .
Earl : OK then . Val , David , anybody …..
Val : Yeah Burt , what’s up ? Over
Earl : Some of the graboids have turned into shriekers . And they got 1 of the marines . Beware . There are 3 left about , and the other 6 graboids could turn into them as well . Over .
Val : OK Earl , we’re coming back , so we can fly around and shoot the things if we have to . Over .
Earl : You 2 watch yourselves out there . Over
TIME : 1855 HRS DAY : 3
[ The new mission was planned . There were now 8 of them : Burt , Earl , Val , Nancy , Jodi , Taylor , Read & David . Burt & David would use Burt’s truck to speed over to his compound and get new weaponry . Read and Taylor , both trained snipers , would cover them with the Barret and the big boar rifles . The other 4 would be keeping right down on the floor , so the shriekers wouldn’t see their heat and try to climb up there . ]
Nancy : Good luck .
Jodi : Yeah , be careful out there .
[ Burt and David set off for Burt’s house in his truck ]
Burt : So kid , how’d you end up out here in the middle of nowhere ?
David : I was on a hang-gliding holiday with 5 of my friends .
Burt : So they sent you to get help , while they sit up on a rock somewhere ?
David : No , they all got eaten , but …………….
Burt : But what ?
David : There was 1 left , William , but I think he’s probably dead as well .
[ Just then . Bang . A white shrieker , unlike any other jumped on the hood of the car . 2 other shriekers ripped the passenger door of and dragged David out and started eating him . Burt fought them all off , killing the 2 normal shriekers , but the large , white 1 , Burt’s 9mm rounds weren’t penetrating it . He got into his impressive new compound , and went into the basement . He grabbed a customised uzi , just in case the shriekers got through . ]
Nancy : Burt , what’s going on over there , it sounds like shriekers . Over .
Burt : Yeah ….(panting)….There were shriekers , I managed to kill 2 more , but they got David first . Over .
Taylor : Hang on , sir , we’re coming to get you . Over .
Burt : No ! Don’t do that ! There were 3 shriekers , but 1 of them was an albino shrieker . It was stronger than the others . My 9mm rounds wouldn’t penetrate it . We should wait until the convoy gets here .
TIME : 0630 HRS DAY : 4
[ Burt was down in his basement preparing for an escape . In a large , black sports style bag , were 2 M16A2 assault rifles , 360 rounds of ammo for them , 1 M79 grenade launcher , 1 box of M79 grenades , a box of 50 hand grenades , 4 Beretta M92F pistols , and 1500 9mm bullets . Outside the bag , Burt had a secret weapon inside a large gun case . ]
Val : Burt , you OK over there , over ?
Burt : Yep , I’m fine over here , how are you lot over there , over ?
Val : We’re fine . we’re planning a rescue mission right now . Over .
Burt : I thought we were waiting for the convoy to arrive . Over .
Val : The convoy is here Burt , and the other reason for us getting you out is on your infra red monitor now , over .
[ Burt turned and looked at the screen he used to track shriekers on . 60-70 heat sources were glowing in Buffalo ridge . ]
Burt : Jesus Christ , I’m gonna need something bigger !!!!
Earl : What ????
Burt : No , no , don’t worry . Listen , don’t bother picking me up . just tell me when the route from my place to Chang’s is clear , over .
Earl : You got it , over .
TIME : 0900 HRS DAY : 4
Earl : Come in Burt , Over .
Burt : Burt here , over .
Earl : Yeah Burt , the coast is now all clear , over .
[ Burt got in another of his black trucks , but this one had a large shape covered under olive green cloth on the back of it . He drove down to Chang’s market . ]
Jodi : Hey Burt , what’s under the cloth ?
Burt : Just the correct tools for the job .
Jodi : What’s that meant to mean ?
Burt : Are you coming to cactus flats ?
Jodi : I don’t see what effect it has , but yes , yes I am . Why ?
Burt : Because then you’ll get to see what’s under the cloth .
Jodi : Damn you , Burt .
Heather : Burt , Val , Earl , everyone , can you come over here for a moment ?
[ Heather showed everyone the battle plans for eliminating the shriekers . They drove off for cactus flats . ]
Burt : Here , Jodi now you can see what’s under the cloth .
[ Burt climbed onto the back of his truck then pulled off the cloth , revealing a double M2 50 caliber anti-aircraft machine mount . ]
Jodi : Jesus Christ , Burt , that’s like a cannon !
Earl : Yeah , Burt ! Yet again I am forced to say , you put a whole new shine on the word over-kill !
Val : Yep , I think we’ll only be needing Burt over here , Heather.
Heather : Are you sure about that , Val ?
[ Heather then told her troops to show themselves . 45 Desert gear clad ‘soldiers’ appeared from hiding places around the convoy . Then Heather ordered the vehicles to be shown . 6 Abrams tanks , 12 SUVs and 7 pickup trucks . They drove 30 minutes until they got to their chosen killing grounds , Cactus flats . The vehicles were lined up , in a shallow semi-circle . The tanks were on the ends of the semi-circle , so that their fire could be directed inwards at the shriekers . ]
Burt : Everyone ready for this ? We’ve got 60 odd shriekers coming to attack us as soon as we light this distraction fire , OK ?
Val ( holding an MP5A4 sub-machine gun ) : Yep .
Earl ( armed with an M16A2 assault rifle ) : Sure am .
Taylor ( Fingering an M16A2 assault rifle with an M203 grenade launcher ) : Yes sir !
Read ( armed with an elephant gun ) : Sir yes sir !
Heather’s team : YES !!!!
[ At that point , Burt unzipped his large gun case , revealing a minimi light machine gun , with a bipod attached . Also inside the gun case was at least 3000 rounds of ammo . ]
Val : Hell Burt , why do you even need those cannons on the back of your truck ? Won’t that beast deal with them all ?
Burt : You’d be surprised at the amount of firepower needed to kill a large concentration of shriekers such as this one . ( Looking over his shoulder at the place where the shriekers were holed up . )
……TO BE CONTINUED……