Posts Tagged: Russell

Episode 301: Team Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Looks Dangerous; Let’s Split Up This one isn’t so much a zombie trope, as it is a horror in general trope. Whenever you have a group of survivors in a horror story, you know that only a couple are going to make it out alive, if that. The problem, of course, is… Read more »

Episode 300: Trust

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Repercussions Actions, as we are all well aware, have consequences. And when you’re living in a world where the dead get up and try to eat you, you can pretty much assume that those consequences are going to be dire. If you betray your fellow survivors in a cowardly attempt to escape,… Read more »

Episode 298: Plans A-B

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Appeals to Good Luck Being in a survival situation (zombie or otherwise) is a pretty downbeat affair. All those people dead, the total breakdown of society. Property damage, constant danger, never-ending hunger and thirst. And if there’s zombies, there’s that whole possibility of getting eaten thing. Long story short, it’s a real… Read more »

Episode 297 – Looting

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Desperation It’s hard to find a zombie story about someone who is actually prepared to survive. The reason for that is very simple: it’s a lot harder to put a prepared person into peril compared to a non-prepared person.

Episode 296: Shopping

Zombie Cliche Lookout: One Stop If you mention zombies in front of a group of guys who are between the ages of twelve and twenty-eight or so, odds are you’ll get a load of ideas for zombie survival. Mention fighting and you’re get loads of ideas about guns, katanas, molotov cocktails. Mention travel and you’ll… Read more »

Episode 295: No Guns

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Can’t Make it Easy Making things more difficult for survivors is a pretty essential element in horror stories. The characters have to be vulnerable, which means they can’t just bumble into easy solutions for things. It also means that they’ll have to struggle for everything they get, and that most of them… Read more »

Episode 292: A Rose By Any Other Name

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Zed Word People in zombie stories, at least historically, have tended to avoid calling all those cannibalistic shambling corpses “zombies” for one unexplained reason or another. This was even turned into a great joke in Shaun of the Dead, wherein the characters briefly discussed calling them zombies, then opted to “not… Read more »

Episode 292: Oh Yeah…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Callback When a story starts getting more complicated by interweaving multiple, semi-independent plots, the audience has a tendency to get stuck within a particular arc. The answer? throwing in some simple callbacks. It doesn’t have to be much, or even very direct. A character can mention something from the other story… Read more »