Posts Tagged: Murphy

Episode 419: What Are You Gonna Do?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Him or Us One thing that zombie stories love to do is to push characters to see just how far they would go in order to survive. What’s interesting is that, depending on the story, sometimes characters who are willing to go to all lengths are the heroes, and sometimes they’re the… Read more »

Episode 418: Lou Who?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Off Screen Death There are a lot of reasons a story might choose to kill a character of screen. For movies and TV, budget might have something to do with that. Discounting practical issues, this is usually done to keep the audience in the dark about exactly what happened. Did that character… Read more »

Episode 417: You’re Probably Wondering…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: It’s a Long Story I’m borrowing this trope from another genre. That’s not to say it can’t make an appearance in a zombie story, but you’ll generally find this situation in a fish-out-of-water style comedy. A character will get him/herself into a ridiculous situation, and then complicate it and exacerbate it over… Read more »

Episode 415: Deus Ex Oldsmobile

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Off Screen Vehicular Zombicide In horror movies, there has always been a balance between showing too little and showing too much. When it comes to films with extremely low budgets, it’s usually best to err on the side of showing too little rather than exposing too much of your bad looking monster…. Read more »

Episode 414: What’s Plan B?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: What Now? In the best of times, it’s pretty frustrating when your plan falls apart. In the worst of times – like when there’s a couple of dozen zombies outside – it can be catastrophic. That’s why it’s so important to be flexible and creative. If you can remain calm and look… Read more »

Episode 413: Oops

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Collateral Damage You can’t just go and shoot a gun without worrying about the consequences. Seriously, don’t do it. Outside of the zombie apocalypse, you’re likely to run into some pretty serious legal problems. And that’s if you don’t accidentally hurt someone. Do that, and things are going to get really bad…. Read more »

Episode 412: Aftermath

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Patience Tested You can only push a person so far before their patience runs out. Some people, like myself, don’t have very far to go before that happens. Others seems to have an almost inexhaustible reserve, but don’t be fooled. Once you add stressors into a situation (lets say fear of zombies,… Read more »

Episode 409: If I’m Not Back…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Abandonment When the chips are down, sometimes heroes have to step up and take some big risks, which sometimes (often) leads to big sacrifices. This is true in zombie tales, of course, but also in pretty much every other kind of story. It probably even happened in Twilight. Heroes are heroes because… Read more »