Zombie Cliché Lookout:
Two words: Boom, Headshot. As we’re all aware, zombies can only be dispatched by removing the head or destroying the brain, which means either blunt force trauma to the head, or some careful use of firearms. As this necessitates a high percentage of gory headshots, zombie enthusiasts have to up the ante a bit to keep things interesting. This generally involves a high-caliber weapon vaporizing a zombie’s head at point blank range, resulting in a violent-but-cathartic shower of gore.
Making headshots is a lot more difficult than they make it look in the movies, which is why soldiers and law enforcement officers are trained to shoot you in the chest. That training is invaluable in normal times, but when the dead start to rise, it can prove to be dangerous as one has to force themselves to go against their well-honed instincts and training. In Max Brooks’ zombie opus World War Z, a soldier even talks about the difficulty of overcoming what has been drilled into their heads since the first day of boot camp:
You think that after being “trained” to aim for the center mass your whole military career you can suddenly make an expert head shot every time?