Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Murky Darkness
Our eyes are pretty darn amazing. While we’ve evolved to operate during the day, with a little adjustment, we’re still quite capable at night. During my college years, I would as a night security guard, and was often amazed at how well I could see at night once I got used to the lack of light.
That’s all well and good, but how does that play into zombie and horror tropes? It’s all about light and shadows, and taking people out of their comfortable environments to get them all riled up. In the movies, people’s eyes don’t really adjust, at least not very quickly. The darkness remains an impenetrable veil, hiding all sorts of unknown dangers. These are usually played up in two ways: as a fake out, or as a very real danger. Often, these are done back to back. The character is frightened by nothing, relaxes, and is then attacked by the real threat. Cats are frequently involved.
About this Episode:
It’s probably hard to tell, but I’m inching Sam forward bit by bit here. If I’m in Sam’s shoes, I’d be going pretty slowly and carefully (and probably need a clean pair of shorts by now), so this bit of discussion on his side is more or less a way of buying time.
Discussion Question: Why Do You Like to be Scared?
A lot of us here are fans of horror in general (with a few notable exceptions, of course). When it comes to fans of horror, there are a few different things that bring people to the table. Some like the survival aspect, some like analyzing the “rules” of the genre, some like the gore, and many of us just like to be scared.
I know I’m a fan of all of the above with the exception of gore, although I do appreciate good practical effects. Being scared is a big one. It’s just fun. It gets the blood pumping and my brain imagining all manner of creepy stuff on the periphery of my vision.
That’s me, so why do you like to be scared? Or why don’t you, if you’re one of the people who don’t like scary movies?