Zombie Cliche Lookout: Small Beginnings
The thing about apocalypses is that they rarely happen all at once. Sure, there’s often some giant turning-point moment, after which nothing will ever be the same. But before that? Before that there are a lot of little things that start building up. A mysterious illness. Weird stories on the news. Increases in government and police presence. People disappearing. There are plenty of warning signs out there if you’re paying attention and know what to look for.
A lot of zombie stories like to play this up, and none does a finer job than Shaun of the Dead. The film’s first act is just chock full of weird behavior in the background tipping genre-savvy viewers off to what was waiting in the wings.
About this Episode:
So with this flashback scene I wanted to play around a bit with color. When we first flash back to the relative safety of Sam’s office, we get a lot of nice, warm colors. He’s comfortable there, things are more or less normal, and his lovely wife just dropped by to give him some wonderful news. As he goes on, things get darker and colder, and now we find ourselves in this modern looking, grey on grey office (with some splashes of color, because otherwise it’s a little too drab), and things are worse than ever.
Discussion Question: Early Warning Signs
The zombie apocalypse is coming, and I know we’re all prepared with our machetes and stockpiles of toilet paper. But how are you going to get ahead of the pack and spot trouble before everyone else does? What sort of early warning signs are you on the lookout for? What sort of news is going to have you running for your panic room with your shotgun in hand?