Zombie Cliche Lookout: Hiding in Vehicles
Zombies chasing you? Time to find shelter as quickly as possible. If you’re out on the street, the most expedient shelter available just might be an abandoned vehicle. And why not? They’re small and relatively easy to lock up from the inside. And, yes, the windows are glass, but automotive glass is pretty darn tough. It’ll hold up to a good deal of abuse. And, if you get really lucky, the keys might be inside, allowing you to take your new shelter with you. With all this in mind, is it any wonder how often characters in zombie movies end up trapped in cars?
Naturally, for every benefit an abandoned vehicle offers, it also has a trade off. For instance, the small space that’s easy to secure? It’s going to become suffocating very quickly. There’s also the fact that, unless you are uncharacteristically lucky, there’s no way that car is going anywhere. Even if the keys were left inside, the battery is likely long dead, and the gas in the tank turned to useless sludge (the shelf life of gas is much shorter than most people think).
About this Episode:
You have probably noticed the open stud on the side of the truck, directly behind the passenger cab by now. There is supposed to be a smoke stack there. It fell off at some point before I used the model in the strip, and I thought it looked kind of cool without it, so I didn’t repair it. My thought was that it made it look like the vehicle was heavily used and abused. Unfortunately, the more I use the model, the less I like that decision and wish I would have fixed it prior to shooting. Now I think it just looks a little out of place.
Discussion Question: Sell Me on Vehicles as Shelters
I’ve laid out some of the big drawbacks to using vehicles as shelters. Sell me on their pros.