Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Callback
When a story starts getting more complicated by interweaving multiple, semi-independent plots, the audience has a tendency to get stuck within a particular arc. The answer? throwing in some simple callbacks. It doesn’t have to be much, or even very direct. A character can mention something from the other story arc, or perhaps there can be something in the background that recalls what else is going on. Perhaps something that was left behind by another character? Or maybe a few really recognizable zombies.
About this Episode:
LEGO® minifigs are a lot of fun to use to make comics, but there are a number of drawbacks. You don’t get a lot of expression, they tend to naturally look amusing, and then there’s the fact that the lack of articulation can make posing quite difficult at times.
Discussion Question: Scariest Movie
So we’ve been dancing around this one quite a bit already, so let’s just cut to the chase. What movie do you consider the scariest, and why? How does it avoid the pitfalls we talked about earlier? And how does it use those frightening techniques? I’ve got two examples: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Alien.
The first is an absolute masterpiece of creating an unsettling atmosphere. It stuck with me ages after I watched the film. One of things that I really, really liked about the movie is that most of the victims aren’t terribly likable, especially the brother in a wheelchair. It’s like the film is almost daring you to root for him to die. The villains are also extraordinarily creepy. The film (and terrible sequels and prequels) are known for Leatherface, but the rest of his family is even creepier.
Alien, on the other hand, relied on incredible lighting, set construction, and shot framing to do a lot of the fear building. While the titular monster was indeed scary, seeing only parts of it at a time added to the tension in incredible ways. You were never quite sure where it was, what it wanted, or what its capabilities could be.