Zombie Cliche Lookout: Timing
Surviving against zombies simply cannot consist of equal parts running and fighting. As human beings, we have a number of essential needs that must be fulfilled regularly (eating, sleeping, etc). There is also the question of certain tasks that simply must be completed in order to continue on. Finding the key to a door, reloading your gun, helping an injured compatriot. These are the weaknesses we’re cursed with, and one of the most fearsome strengths the zombies claim. For zombies do not tire. They do not stop to eat, or use the bathroom. If a fellow zombie falls into a ditch, the rest of the pack continues on, oblivious.
And because zombies do not tired, survivors are often pressed to rush, but constant hurrying without addressing other need is as fine a recipe for disaster as you are likely to find. Making a mistake is easy enough, even when doing simple tasks that you’re used to. Up the stress factor by reducing sleep and food, and adding in the constant threat of being eaten alive, and people are going to be bumbling through damn near everything until they can adapt to the new way of life. Most won’t survive the adaptation process.
About this Episode:
The episode title is an allusion to Jurassic Park (the film, not the novel), specifically when the Tyrannosaurus is chasing several characters in a jeep, and Jeff Goldblum’s character makes several quips about the speed of their escape.
Jurassic Park is one of my favorite action/horror films (second to Aliens). I think that it finds a perfect balance of action, horror, and fantasy that you rarely see in movies. It has its flaws, of course, but I think one can glean much of how to tell a light horror story from this film.
Discussion Question: Influences
What non-zombie stories have influenced your take on the genre? Like George Romero being influenced by a vampire story, we should also be looking for ideas beyond just this narrow