Posts Tagged: Murphy


Zombie Cliché Lookout: The strength of a group  is extremely important to their continued survival. If they’re constantly at each others throats, or vying for leadership, that group hasn’t really come together.You can always tell when a group of survivors is starting to pull together when they start sharing a common history. When the group… Read more »

Episode 75

Zombie Cliché Lookout: What’s the easiest way to give a character depth? Simple, make him angsty and unable to sleep. You’ve instantly got a character with some sort of secret, but what? Perhaps they betrayed the group, maybe they’re hiding a bite, or perhaps they’re weighing a difficult decision that could have disastrous consequences down… Read more »

Episode 74

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The improvised barricade in a mainstay in the zombie genre. This hastily created blockade often serves as the only measure of safety between the zombies on the outside, and our heroes inside. The important thing about the improvised barricade is that it shouldn’t look too good. It must be haphazardly created out… Read more »

Episode 67

Zombie Cliché Lookout: One of the keys to surviving the zombie apocalypse is being able to rely on one member of the group to be a voice of reason. Generally speaking, this person has some sort of authority in the regular world; they might be a boss, or a policeman, or an officer in the… Read more »

Episode 66

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Whenever characters try to make a major decision, they’re always sharply divided into at least two camps with the most polarizing figures leading the opposed sides. In almost no time characters will be entrenched, committed to a particular course of action and unwilling to consider a single other option or even listen… Read more »

Episode 65

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Zombie stories are often separated into two distinct groups: siege stories and road stories. In the former, characters hunker down and try to secure a location against the onslaught of the walking dead. The classic example of the siege story is the original Night of the Living Dead, which set the standard… Read more »

Episode 64

Zombie Cliché Lookout: There comes a point when the protagonists in a zombie story come to the cold realization that no one is coming to help. So accustom to simple phoning 911 whenever the need should arrive, few are used to this level of independence. Often, this is the beginning of a big change in… Read more »

Episode 63

Zombie Cliché Lookout: In many zombie stories, the authorities reach a crisis point where they need to make a big stand and push back the ever-growing army of the living dead. Because the writers of zombie stories typically have a pretty negative view of the competency of those in authority, this big stand is almost… Read more »