Zombie Cliché Lookout: In movies car keys will be available depending not on what is most logical in that situation, but what the plot needs. If the characters need to stay on foot, they’re unlikely to be able to get away thanks to a fortuitously located vehicle.
Zombie Cliché Lookout: Watch out for the early alpha male. Often, the character who postures themselves as a tough guy is going to end up being the most vulnerable of the bunch… eventually. These characters can always be counted on for a while, but they will almost always fall apart at some important moment down… Read more »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: The audience isn’t stupid, and they expect that the characters they’re watching have more than two brain cells to rub together too. That means when someone comes up with an obvious bad idea, another character needs to call them out on it. Since the writer wants the characters to make the stupid… Read more »
About this Episode: If you pay attention to the background you’ll see some lovely drop-cloths my wife sewed together for me. Thanks honey! Zombie Cliché Lookout: Transportation and communication are problems for horror writers. It’s hard to build and maintain tension when your protagonists can just hop in their car and drive away from the… Read more »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: People in front of the camera are always insanely insecure. They need constant validation from outside sources just to get by. So what’s the best way to placate an entertainer? Just talk about all the adulation he’s bound to receive after completing whatever task you’re asking of them. It works every time.
Zombie Cliché Lookout: In certain professions (police officers, fire fighters, doctors, etc.) there is supposed to be an overiding sense of duty and purpose that supersedes all concerns. News anchors, for instance, are expected to put aside worries about the safety of their loved ones and make sure that the public is well informed about… Read more »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: America used to get its televised news from trusted anchormen instead of twenty-four hour news channels. These anchors were staunch and unflappable; no story was so horrific as to rob them of their professional poise. Anchors losing their cool on camera is zombie-movie shorthand. This shows the audience just how serious the… Read more »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: The fake out is another horror story trope that will never die. Luckily, there are a lot of different directions one can take. Fake outs can kill characters or save them; it all depends on how safe they think they are.