Zombie Cliche Lookout: But First
When you tell a story – even an awesome zombie story – there are certain elements you need to establish at some point. Little things like characters names, where everyone is, and what sort of state they’re in need to be established to give the audience some grounding. And sometimes, you have to re-establish these things, like when new characters are added or after a major set piece. You can just dump all that information at the beginning to get through it as quickly as possible, or slowly sprinkle it in while you address other elements.
About this Episode:
Okay, that’s the last of the character introductions. Always boring stuff, which is why I tried to spread it out within some more interesting discussion.
As you can tell, I went with Brent on this one. I just thought it was really fitting with the character, and a normal enough name that it wouldn’t sound or look out of place.
Discussion Question: Hey! That’s Not Scary!
Recently in the comments, AC noted how he had recently watched a black and white zombie flick, but just couldn’t get into it due to the shoddy special effects. This got me thinking about how there are different fear triggers for different people, and there are also different things that can take us right out of the movie when we see them. Once we’ve lost that connection, it’s just not scary anymore.
So what does it for you? Bad effects? Terrible line delivery? Characters acting unbelievably stupidly?
For me, I’d probably say that it’s the over-dependence on tricky scare tactics in modern horror films. Instead of actually building up tension, we just get a bunch of sudden loud noises and jump cuts. Trick me into jumping at a cat one to many times, and I’m done trying to pretend this is a scary movie. I’m looking at you, The Grudge.