Zombie Cliche Lookout: Shh! Shh! Guys! Be Quiet!
There’s a lot of common knowledge out there about zombies. You gotta shoot ’em in the head, et cetera, et cetera. One classic example is that zombies are drawn to loud noises, especially gunshots, like a moth to a flame. Depending on the story, the zombies can be drawn in from quite a distance, which suggests that the zombies have some sort of super-human hearing that allows them to triangulate the position of a gunshot.
This is one that kind of bothers me, because I like to think of zombies as basically human in ability, with the exception of not being susceptible to pain and severe trauma beyond something that would destroy their brain. That’s enough super power for me. If I’m out in the woods and hear a few gunshots in the distance, I might be able to figure out a general direction. That’s about it. If it’s just the one shot, I doubt I’d be able to do that much. Now maybe my hearing is below average, but I sincerely doubt many people could track down the source of a gunshot over any appreciable difference, and in my mind, that means zombies can’t either.
About this Episode:
I’m hoping this is one of the last episodes inside the darkened store. It’s just been a pain to shoot in. The darkness is one thing, but it’s also kind of tough to get decent angles. I get bored of shooting from the same handful.
Discussion Question: Zombie Hearing
You probably saw this one coming, right? So here it is: how well should zombies be able to track loud noises over a distance? About the same as a regular person? A little worse because of damage and decay? A little better because they’re freakin’ zombies?