Episode 758: Skin of Your Teeth

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dwindling Threat At the beginning of a zombie breakout, every single zombie is a huge threat to a person’s survival. But it doesn’t last very long. Soon, survivors become capable of handling themselves against single zombies, and even small groups. It’s probably not worth taking the risks to face off against them… Read more »

Episode 757: Clarify, Please

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Details, Details When you say that a character “didn’t make it” in a zombie story, that can mean a few different things, and the distinction can be important. Are you saying that they were attacked and killed by zombies? Completely devoured by the zombies, leaving nothing to reanimate? Were they bitten and… Read more »

Episode 756: Some Bad News

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pulling it Out Today’s cliche has nothing to do with zombie fiction. Rather, it is simply a truism from life. It can be hard for us to admit unpleasant things, and infinitely more so when we are directly responsible for those bad things. This difficulty is, naturally, twofold. First, simply voicing a… Read more »

Episode 755: 1 of 4

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Obvious Questions In zombie movies there is often a moment when the characters have figured out some ugly truth, but refuse to believe, or even acknowledge it until another character spells it out for them. The classic example being, of course, “Where is everyone else?”. The answer being “They didn’t make it.”… Read more »

Episode 754: Checking In

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Slow Reveal Once again we’re not sticking to the zombie genre here, or even horror in general. No, stalling a bit before a big reveal has been a time tested storytelling technique since time immemorial. Back when stories were told by traveling singers? They stalled a bit before revealing some big… Read more »

Episode 753: The Signal

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Communication Limitations When we’re not dealing with a large-scale zombie outbreak, we have an incredible variety of ways to communicate with one another. We can call on the phone from anywhere, text message, social media messaging and tagging, video chat, radio… I could go on and on. But when society starts shutting… Read more »

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 »