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.
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.
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 »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: The checkpoint can only be maintained for so long. As soon as the walking dead show up in force, it’s going to crumble. A lot of times the checkpoint fails by allowing the few healthy people running away from the horde to get through, leaving far too little time to close the… Read more »
Zombie Cliché Lookout: “Remove the head or destroy the brain.” We all know that’s the only way to re-kill a zombie, but in moments of panic one character will invariably forget. Thank goodness we’ve got friends to remind us.
Zombie Cliché Lookout: At some point in every zombie movie, our characters need to grab their (often improvised) weapons and start kicking ass. If the story starts sometime after the outbreak began, our heroes are generally ready at a moment’s notice.