Completely Unrelated News:
So I do a bit of web design on the side. I recently donated some time to rebuilding Zombie Walk Detroit’s (they do charity zombie walks every year) official site. I think it came out pretty well, but please check it out and let me know if I’m completely full of shit.
Zombie Cliché Lookout:
Living in an undead world means keeping on your toes all the time. To survive, you’re probably going to have to get used to shooting first and asking questions later, if at all. Zombie stories love to use the jumpy guy to demonstrate the potential folly in this. Generally this happens when another character comes back into camp without announcing himself, sometimes even with the intent of scaring the pants off someone. They’re very nearly killed, and the jumpy character is left even less sure of himself.
Sometimes this trope returns later in the film. The jumpy guy tries to play it cool and not freak out when he hears a strange sound. Of course this time around his gut was exactly right and a zombies eats his face off. The lesson? Life is cruel.