Posts Tagged: Zombie

Episode 752: Last Stand

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Mama Bear While today’s cliche lookout isn’t unique to the zombie genre, it’s certainly well represented there. I’m talking, of course, of the incredible heroics a parent can achieve in a horror story when their children’s safety is on the line. A normally timid or even cowardly person can step up to… Read more »

Episode 747: Time Passes

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Is It Safe? One classic trope in zombie fiction is when everyone assumes that and area is completely free, only to have one quiet zombie pop up and take a bite out of one of the survivors. The longer the scene is established as “safe”, the more effective the scare is when… Read more »

Episode 746: Draw Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Following the Leader Exfiltrating a building that has been surrounded by zombies is quite an undertaking. You certainly cannot just walk out the door and hope for the best. If you want to stand any chance at surviving, you have to thin the herd of zeds outside first. In order to do… Read more »

Episode 745: Attention Seeker

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pied Piper One of the big advantages of dealing with zombies is that their dogged single mindedness is very exploitable.Case in point, a horde of zombies can be diverted by a single person with more courage than good sense and willing to take a huge risk. Granted, it’s not a completely effective… Read more »

Episode 744: Keep Calm

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Take a Deep Breath I’m going to need you guys to bear with me a little bit on this one, because I’m fleshing it out in my head as I type. The short version is that, in horror fiction (not the zombie sub-genre in particular), there seems to be a correlation between… Read more »

Episode 743: Getting Started

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reliable Unreliability Today’s cliche is by no means exclusive to zombie fiction. Rather, it’s a mainstay in modern horror in general. I’m talking, of course, about vehicles that stubbornly refuse to start when a character needs to use it to get away. That car might have worked flawless in every other scene… Read more »

Episode 742: Any Port in a Storm

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… Read more »

Episode 740: Give and Take

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Keeping the Pressure On Surviving the zombies apocalypse is all about balance. It’s about balancing risk and reward. It’s about balancing your stress. You have to balance the added security of joining up with others with the added stress of having to keep them fed. The survival pressure is absolutely relentless, which… Read more »