Zombie Cliché Lookout: Zombie Bait
Every now and then, the protagonists are going to need to distract the zombies somehow, and sometimes that means using zombie bait. Thankfully, there are a lot of alternatives that don’t involve sending one of your group to their likely demise. In Land of the Dead, an otherwise unremarkable film, they used fireworks to draw the zeds’ attention while they pillage nearby towns. In the original Dawn of the Dead, they simply made a bunch of noise to draw the zombies upstairs, and then quietly exited downstairs. A little quick thinking can really help to cut down on the risk.
Of course, sometimes all the fireworks and loud noises in the world won’t cut it. During those times you’ll need to resort to some sort of bait, be it human or otherwise. While some poor sucker (or a dog, or whatever) is dangling away, drawing in the horde, the rest of the group can quietly sneak out the back. It works out great for the survivor, but the guy stuck being the bait usually doesn’t pull through.
Discussion Question: What’s your Zombie Bait?
You need to get out of here, and quick. The only problem is that the zombies have you surrounded. What do you do to draw their attention away while you make your very courageous retreat? Sacrifice a member of your group? Dazzle them with pretty lights and noises? What is your zombie bait?
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