Episode 18

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 »

Episode 17

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 »

Episode 16

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.

Episode 15

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 »

Episode 14

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 »

Episode 13

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.

Episode 12

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Gratuitous action shots are very important in zombie movies. One of the reasons people show up at the theater is to see victims devoured and zombies mutilated, so you have to have a few scenes of depraved violence sprinkled in throughout the story.

Episode 11

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The authorities, no matter how well equipped they may look, are never able keep the outbreak contained. I love this trope, because it speaks to a lot of people’s doubts in the competence of the powers that be. You simply can’t put your faith in the police or the government to put… Read more »