Episode 752: Last Stand

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Mama Bear While today’s cliche lookout isn’t unique to the zombie genre, it’s certainly well represented there. I’m talking, of course, of the incredible heroics a parent can achieve in a horror story when their children’s safety is on the line. A normally timid or even cowardly person can step up to… Read more »

Episode 751: Good Luck!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Scrubs I’m going to get a little dark in regards to zombie fans in this write up. Please bear in mind that I’m not making a sweeping statement about all fans of the genre, but rather only a small subset of fan. Okay, that disclaimer out of the way, I have… Read more »

Episode 750: No Time to Stop

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Strength of Denial No one likes dealing with uncomfortable truths, but one sign of maturity is that person will prefer the ugly truth to the comforting lie, or at least have the ability to cope with those truths. Of course, any crisis is a crucible to test our coping abilities. Many… Read more »

Episode 749: Clear?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Clean Getaways When it’s time to sneak away from a horde of zombies, things rarely go easily for characters in fiction. After all, if they did, it really wouldn’t be much of a story, would it? No matter how careful and deliberate they are about killing or drawing away all the… Read more »

Episode 748: Go Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Women and Children First Anyone who has ever dealt with kids before knows that they can get stressed out really easily, and few things would be more stressful than the zombie apocalypse. If your group of survivors has some children in it, then you’ve got a whole new challenge you need to… Read more »

Episode 747: Time Passes

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Is It Safe? One classic trope in zombie fiction is when everyone assumes that and area is completely free, only to have one quiet zombie pop up and take a bite out of one of the survivors. The longer the scene is established as “safe”, the more effective the scare is when… Read more »

Episode 746: Draw Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Following the Leader Exfiltrating a building that has been surrounded by zombies is quite an undertaking. You certainly cannot just walk out the door and hope for the best. If you want to stand any chance at surviving, you have to thin the herd of zeds outside first. In order to do… Read more »

Episode 745: Attention Seeker

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pied Piper One of the big advantages of dealing with zombies is that their dogged single mindedness is very exploitable.Case in point, a horde of zombies can be diverted by a single person with more courage than good sense and willing to take a huge risk. Granted, it’s not a completely effective… Read more »