Zombie Cliche Lookout: Gratuitous Violence
One thing that people tend to really love about the zombie genre is the amount of violence and gore it features. Generally speaking, more is more when it comes to gore in a zombie story. People love it, and the more over-the-top, the better. That’s the reason people get upset when a new zombie movie is shooting for a PG-13 rating instead of an R. That means the gore is going to be limited, or perhaps even non-existent.
Knowing this, a smart storyteller knows to not go too long between outbursts of violence in their story. Sure, you have to move the plot along, develop the character, explore the setting, and establish the theme, but in between doing all those things, you’re also going to need to spill gallons and gallons of (fake) blood.
About this Episode:
One of my biggest complaints about The Walking Dead has been the way characters so easily dispatch zombies by stabbing them in the head, particularly with folding pocket knives. It’s as if the zombie skull is made out of cardboard when you consider how easy it it to penetrate it with a small knife. So how do I act on these complaints? By doing the same damn thing in my comic, which is purposely ridiculous.
Discussion Question: Gore in the Zombie Genre
I made some pretty broad declarations in the Zombie Cliche Lookout, particularly that people love gore. I did that for the purpose of outlining that particular trope, knowing all the while that it is more certainly not a universal belief. After all, I know several commenters here have expressed their dislike for gore on multiple occasions in the past. This naturally leads to a good discussion question: what do you think about gore in zombie stories? Is it a must have? How much is too much (can there be too much)? Do you like things to be more realistic, or over-the-top?