Story Idea: Generation – Z

I’ve had an idea that would have made a great movie but would in implementation probably have to start out as a comic book. Mainly because it involves children doing disturbing things.

The Idea is a cross between a Zombie movie and something akin to Children of Men, Basically at some point in the future a a contagion spreads that turns everyone under the age of 12 into a Zombie. The idea came to me after having a series of Zombie dreams last night, and I woke up with the name on my lips.

Generation Z.

It turns out that Generation Z is the term used for people born after 2001 [Wikipedia Link] so it seems appropriate that the comic should be set in 2013 (Note the relevance to tridekaphobiacs) Some vaugue connection to the Mayan belief that the world will end in 2012 could be worked in but I think it’s a tad cliche’d and by then I think that we’ll be sick to death of movies books and films who assert the end of the world will happen in 2012.

I’ve not got much more than my first scene mapped out in my head, it involves a childrens party and one of the kids who has always been a little wierd (Maybe was only invited becuase he was the only person in the class who left when all the invites are sent out so the parents of the kid who’s having a party invite him too) any way the kid starts biting the other kids, the kids get sent home the party ends, but the infection has begun. I imagine there will be a scene shortly thereafter where the birthday boy crawls into his mothers bed, daddy is away on a business trip and couldn’t make it to the party, and eats his mom.

The father will come home the next do to find the house a mess and his kid covered in gore, enter emotional scene of the father killing his own son, calling the cops, and getting put into prison for a double murder.

Shortly afterwards it will be noted that no children have been born for a while, lots of still births etc, another idea is that getting pregenant kills the mother as the zombie baby eats her from the inside, this is a bit Children of men or Aeon Flux or whatever other post apocalyptic film/comic/book that deals with us not being able to make any more people.

The Zombie baby in the womb idea would make using birth control an aweful lot more important. And if making babies kills you then you aren’t going to try, so even if there was a 1 in 1000 chance that the baby wasn’t going to be a zombie would you risk it?

I’ve got images in my head of packs of undead children running about the streets, terrorizign people (ala 28 days later zombies they become much faster and stronger and not slow corpses)

There are a few plot holes that need to be filled, mainly if the children can’t infect adults and adults don’t make new children for fear of dying then there are a finite number of zombies, however there are also a finite number of people…

One mechanism to get around this is possibly having the virus mutate midway through the plot so that adults turn into shambling zombies, the other slightly more disturbing idea would be for the older zombie children to mate, I don’t really like this idea very much… Having adults turned into child producing cocoons (Alien like) is another idea but not very viable unless the zombie children grow very quickly, which I assume is doable…

Main plotlines/themes will be something along the lines of:

  1. Getting the fuck away from the zombie children
  2. Trying to find a cure.
  3. The “Moral” dillema of killing children, when they are just sick.
  4. Trying to figure out a way to continue the human race.

I’d appreciate anyones toughts on this subject.

Author: Omar

Omar is the main/only contributor to He is a Computer Programmer based in Glasgow Scotland.

16 thoughts on “Story Idea: Generation – Z”

  1. I think it would be a good movie, but my only suggestion would be to make it pseudo-comedy (like Shaun of the Dead). The idea of some kid in a Boy Scout uniform trying to bite people makes me giggle.

    Some other random (and perhaps terrible) suggestions for the plot-holes:
    1. The Zombie Kids find a way to procreate without parents/adults
    2. Or, the Zombie kids, biting certain adults causes them to procreate whether they want to or not.

    Kids are scary. If you can incorporate some Japanese kid, like in any of the many Japanese horror films, I’d be pleased.

    Good luck!

  2. Yeah my initial idea was for the infection to start at a boy scout Jamborie…

    Much more children from round the world. and they all spread to the rest of the world.

    I think if it were to write it it would be a black comedy, scary but with funny moments thats how all zombie moments are…

  3. Sounds like a good idea to me. Lots of weird moral issues about the kids being zombies, but still being kids. Could you kill your own child if he was going to kill you type stuff.

    Zombies in the womb opens up all kinds of wonderful mindfuckery.

  4. @Miss America
    Zed, The right way, I’m sure it’ll be pronounced Zee in America though…

    I was thinking of an Alien like effect with the Zombie fetus’s… Making being pregenant a fatal STD would really make you want to use birth control…

  5. I prefer Zee to Zed (Not the least because I was brought up with it), but every time I hear someone say ‘Zed’, I always think of Pulp Fiction ‘Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.’

  6. I still think Zed is better Zee sounds silly, altough I guess that part of the inspiration for the name comes from the book World War Z, in which I guess Z is supposed to sound like three…

  7. I’m not sure if all children suddenly become zombies, or if the zombies particlaury go after children, I don’t really want too many adult zombies though… What are peoples thoughts?

  8. The womb-zombie (Wombies? Too much like Wombles?) thing is a good plot device for a sequel, or even the super special unlockable boss at the end of the movie/comic/MMORPG.

    What I do like, is the idea that puberty is what saves you from becoming a zombie. There’s a great sexual awakening story to be told there, where the process that changes us into child-bearing “adults” is also what prevents us from becoming corrupted, child-zombies (Chombies? Too much like a shit pun?).

    On the flip side of that, you’ve got the idea that these kids will now never be able to mature and properly procreate which perfectly explains away the idea that we’re running out of humans for two reasons:

    1. we can’t breed (oh noes, no more sex – for maximum risky and darkness, a small foray into the very real frustrations no sex brings to an entire population could be good. And I mean rape as much as masturbation)
    2. those humans that are left are either turned (the kids) or eaten (the adults who can’t be turned because they’re too old – some pun on old age being a good thing is due at some point during the script).

    This can have some science fiction attached to it where a certain hormone needs to be present that indicates whether kids are vulnerable to the virus. Specifically pubescent teens though, where the idea that clinics have been set up to screen every child of a certain age range (say 9 – 14) to test for it. Those that do have it are safe and can be squirrelled away 200 floors below sea-level, in a bunker. Kudos to whosoever gets that reference.

    Mean time, you’ve also got the frankly horrifying mid-movie sequence of a kindergarten or primary school class turning on their teacher, slowly stalking this poor, fairly pretty looking young woman – who in real life at least, would more likely be a model or an actress or something to do with environmental, social or language studies; just not a teacher in a zombie horror movie – across the school, trapping her in a class room and approaching her with great inquistive menace on their faces.

    I mean seriously – these are young kids who have never really had to face any real emotions before, and now they’re filled with the traditional zombie greats of anger, rage and hunger. They don’t really know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They just know they want to get to her and aren’t quite sure how to facially communicate it, so they look questioningly at their new quarry as their viral instincts take over and slowly, almost politely, they tear the poor woman to shreds. I want to see that scene in this movie – music fades out, all we hear are the footsteps of the kids approaching, the frantic motions of their prey trying locked doors, her hurried panting, her final scream. Her actual death should be off camera, leaving us instead to look upon the face of a young girl, pretty but still undead, looking quizically on at the scene before her before she moves forward past the camera to join her feasting classmates. Fade to black.

    Did I think too much about it?

  9. Graham says:
    is that just comical?
    Omar – m(o,O)m says:
    I just use live as a chat mechanism
    Graham says:
    i didn’t wanna make much of the teacher, i don’t see her as ever having been a main character in the movie
    Omar – m(o,O)m says:
    it shows that deep down they still have the childish instincts
    Graham says:
    just some fodder we can use as plot to show the horror of it all
    ah i see
    Omar – m(o,O)m says:
    even if they are blood thirsty killer zombies
    Graham says:
    yeah, i get where you’re coming from there
    i suppose that’s what i was getting at with the solitary girl standing staring
    maybe she’s holding a doll or something
    and when/if we see her again, we can use the doll to relate the audience to her throughout
    so she’s not just another zombie
    she’s _that_ zombie
    Omar – m(o,O)m says:
    a signature zombie
    Graham says:
    only when we do see her next, the ragdoll is blood soaked
    i think the doll is a great way of making her a signature zombie

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