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Title: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: OMGzombies on June 04, 2012, 01:14:26 pm
So what are the most annoying zombie cliches? The ones that tend to be overused and unoriginal. Is it when they use some military experiment to explain the plague? When people sit around talking about the things they miss in the old world? Slow movin zombies that somehow teleport to convenient places to jump out and bite people? Or the fact that some group is surviving just to get from point A to B, only to have very thing end at B. I'm sure there are many, but just wanted to see what people were tired of seeing or reading when it comes to Zombies.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 04, 2012, 10:58:05 pm
At this point in pop culture, zombies are annoying cliches. This comic is one of the few zombie things I pay attention to.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Ricky S on June 05, 2012, 06:55:17 am
Definately sick of the teleporting slow zombies. Seriously annoying. Land of the dead has this the worst.

Also shotguns being pumped everytime something happens.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: TheLastOutlaw on June 05, 2012, 08:20:43 am
Also shotguns being pumped everytime something happens.

This is just a bad action movie cliche period.  It's right up there with dubbing in the sound of a handgun cocking/the slide being racked every time it's pointed at a new target.

As far as zombies cliches go, the refusal to do a confirmatory headshot on a suspected dead zombie, nope, let's walk up to it and see whether or not it's really down for the count.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 05, 2012, 09:24:11 pm
Annnd, to keep in line with the topic, zombies that never have lips and zombies erupting from their graves wearing street clothes.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Cheez on June 06, 2012, 07:04:44 am
As far as zombies cliches go, the refusal to do a confirmatory headshot on a suspected dead zombie, nope, let's walk up to it and see whether or not it's really down for the count.

Well, that does make sense in a way. Ammunition is a finite resource, if a zombie's down you may as well make sure with a melee weapon rather than a bullet.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Ricky S on June 06, 2012, 10:46:43 am
This is just a bad action movie cliche period.  It's right up there with dubbing in the sound of a handgun cocking/the slide being racked every time it's pointed at a new target.

As far as zombies cliches go, the refusal to do a confirmatory headshot on a suspected dead zombie, nope, let's walk up to it and see whether or not it's really down for the count.

I watched wolverine origins and there is a scene where they are shooting at wolverine with a helicopter mounted minigun. The only problem is the sound they use is a .50 cal machine gun.

I reckon zombieland did it right. Double tap people!


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 08, 2012, 03:17:44 pm
I watched wolverine origins and there is a scene where they are shooting at wolverine with a helicopter mounted minigun. The only problem is the sound they use is a .50 cal machine gun.

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Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Yutrzenika on June 12, 2012, 05:07:32 pm
Your gif won't work.

Anyways, the cliche that Shotguns are the number 1 way of facing the undead, sending a powerful force of unstopabble godlike power in a single shot wiping out multiple zombies. Yeah they're versatile weapons, you can easily use a slug for range or buckshot for close, but it takes time to reload those things, not to mention they're pretty darn loud. The ammo (Assuming you have a 12 gauge) will take up a fair bit of space. I say .22 is the way to go, a box of 500 rounds of .22 is the size of a brick, fairly quiet, no recoil, it wont knock them on their ass, but as long as you make those headshots they should be down and out.

Also, malls. I mean it makes sense, but it always seems to be the malls people go for when looking for shelter.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Chipz on June 12, 2012, 05:18:23 pm
Definately sick of the teleporting slow zombies. Seriously annoying. Land of the dead has this the worst.

Also shotguns being pumped everytime something happens.

Oh yes that is the absolute worse for me but that goes for any movie that happens in.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Stan on June 12, 2012, 09:29:23 pm
not enough treadmills


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: sok on June 12, 2012, 09:51:04 pm
People splitting up where all of them know that they should not. But this goes for every 'horror' movie.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Yutrzenika on June 13, 2012, 03:47:08 am
People splitting up where all of them know that they should not. But this goes for every 'horror' movie.
Also the chicks get stuck with the weedy little pistol while the dudes get the chunky machine guns.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Outlander on June 13, 2012, 04:33:53 am
Worst yet, The rambo of the group hanging back with the big old machine gun and the mob approach him and hes like yep wall of lead suckers, hit every zombie with a head shot or or cuts them in half while unleashing his spam of .50 cal. Im sorry but if that happened and he is not laying down he might hit 1 or 2 then be looking at the sky.

Also girls in heels running away if it were me and im a dude id flick those bastards off and get my speedy feet happening.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Stan on June 13, 2012, 12:34:01 pm
...Not enough mad scientists. This is like, the opposite of a cliche, but still, man.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: TheLastOutlaw on June 13, 2012, 12:36:24 pm
The rambo of the group hanging back with the big old machine gun and the mob approach him and hes like yep wall of lead suckers, hit every zombie with a head shot or or cuts them in half while unleashing his spam of .50 cal. Im sorry but if that happened and he is not laying down he might hit 1 or 2 then be looking at the sky.

I have lost track of all the shitty action movies where someone fires a machine pistol like an Ingram Mac 10/11 or Uzi on full auto one handed and there is NO barrel climb.   :eyeroll:


Title: Re: Annoying Guns in movies cliches
Post by: Stan on June 13, 2012, 12:45:34 pm
or when the slides dont fly back when they shoot big bad pistols all one-handed, like that wont break your wrist.

or when EVERY SHOT IS A DEFINITE HEADSHOT, UNLESS ITS THAT ONE TIME WHERE ITS THEIR LAST BULLET (BECAUSE ITS CONVENIENT FOR A MAGAZINE IN A GUN IN A MOVIE TO RUN OUT OF AMMO AT THAT EXACT MOMENT) AND THE SHOT GOES OFF SOMEWHERES ELSE.

or when they shoot an oil drum ONCE it dun blows up.

Or when it gets to a point in the movie where its like "okay zombies really arent a big deal anymore now we have to worry about food or some shit" but then THE ZOMBIES ARE ALL OF A SUDDEN LIKE, GO HULK AND BECOME THE PROBLEM AGAIN, JUST SO THEY CAN MAKE AN ENDING TO THE MOVIE.

And when all the music is like, weird industrial techno... Burping.

Shaun of The Dead both perfected, and destroyed the zombie movie genre. (Zombieland was good too, dont get me wrong, but just... Go watch Shaun of The Dead again and youll see what I mean.)



Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Yutrzenika on June 13, 2012, 02:03:55 pm
Shaun of the Dead was satire, just saying.

Another annoying gun cliche, whenever somebody draws a gun from their holster it sounds like the slide is being racked and a round chambered.

Zombie cliche, nobody ever thinks to curb stomp the crawlers. Yeah good idea, just let them nibble your legs. Dummy.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Outlander on June 14, 2012, 10:55:11 pm
Found another one in a french Zombie film "La Horde" there is a guy that fist fights 2 zombies and yeah its pretty bad ass other then when he goes to kill them by stabbing them in the back. He wins eventually but in the time it took him to hamburger mince the zomies spin e could ave removed the head just as easily.

Rant over :)


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Synaster on June 15, 2012, 01:42:08 am
Zombies that burst like bloody balloons. Especially when they're being run over in "Grindhouse". Wtf.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: TheLastOutlaw on June 15, 2012, 03:31:06 am
Talking zombies.  Sure, everyone loves the "send more cops" zombie from return of the living dead but talking zombies are annoying and I hate them as a rule.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 15, 2012, 06:10:11 am
Zombies that burst like bloody balloons. Especially when they're being run over in "Grindhouse". Wtf.

In grindhouse, the zombies were pretty much turning into walking bags of goo, so you've gotta give them that one.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: AmadeusMaxwell on June 15, 2012, 06:37:02 am
I've been meaning to watch Grindhouse for a long time...

Annoying zombie cliche: "Brains". This is more often used by people trying to make a zombie reference than it's used in writing/movies. Because really, I don't think a zombie would even be capable of getting to the brain of a victim. Of course, maybe that should make it all the more terrifying that your death is gonna be messy.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 15, 2012, 07:34:51 am
I've been meaning to watch Grindhouse for a long time...

It's.... Eh. Very eh.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Synaster on June 17, 2012, 03:52:40 pm
In grindhouse, the zombies were pretty much turning into walking bags of goo, so you've gotta give them that one.
I didn't see the beginning, and my dad kept changing the channel at some parts.

I've been meaning to watch Grindhouse for a long time...

Annoying zombie cliche: "Brains". This is more often used by people trying to make a zombie reference than it's used in writing/movies. Because really, I don't think a zombie would even be capable of getting to the brain of a victim. Of course, maybe that should make it all the more terrifying that your death is gonna be messy.
At IMDB.com, I saw that it's rated NC-17. From what little I saw, it was kinda cheesy.

As for "zombies eat brains" part... it doesn't make sense. To kill a zombie, you destroy the brain. Yet, zombies are supposed to be all "braaaaaaiiiiiiins", so how can they, um, reproduce? Zombie goes for someone's brain, it misses and bites the person's arm and the person gets away to turn into a zombie minutes/hours later?

Future zombie cliche: bath-salts?


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Cheez on June 18, 2012, 11:45:47 am
As for "zombies eat brains" part... it doesn't make sense. To kill a zombie, you destroy the brain. Yet, zombies are supposed to be all "braaaaaaiiiiiiins", so how can they, um, reproduce? Zombie goes for someone's brain, it misses and bites the person's arm and the person gets away to turn into a zombie minutes/hours later?

Actually, it does make ense if you think about it- zombies are always hungry because they can never actually get any brains. It's impossible for a human jaw to break through the skull due to their shapes, so the poor zombies would just chew on their victims' heads for a while. The victims would then turn, and you have a new generation of hungry zombies.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: sok on June 18, 2012, 11:57:30 am
Actually, this is the only way zombies could work! If they are hungry for flesh, they would eat their victims long before they could turn!


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Opus Fluke on June 27, 2012, 08:44:48 am
Actually, this is the only way zombies could work! If they are hungry for flesh, they would eat their victims long before they could turn!

Damn. You beat me to it. Also the whole "brains!" thing was explained in "Return Of The Living Dead" as the zombie explained they can feel themselves rotting and it hurts and brains are the only way to stop the pain. What I miss are the classic Mad Scientist/Zombie Nazis/Ancient Curse plot. If I see one more virus/toxic waste spill I swear I will get antediluvian on their organs.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: sok on June 27, 2012, 03:53:13 pm
Though 28(...) later had it right too- if the turning time is so short, they could spread fast too, and the horde would grow. But what i don't get in 28 later, is why arent the zombies figthing among themselves? If they are all mad/raging, they should be fighting all the time! Just when healthy people show up, they could present themselves as more attractive targets...


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: RiceGuard on June 29, 2012, 11:06:19 am
What about Zombies mauling someone to pieces, like literally tearing them apart. If this was the case we would either be facing a bunch of head attach to spine zombies, or crawlers at best.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 29, 2012, 06:24:41 pm
Eh, You only normally see that in scenes that feature regular dudes flying into moshpits of zombies.

Though 28(...) later had it right too- if the turning time is so short, they could spread fast too, and the horde would grow. But what i don't get in 28 later, is why arent the zombies figthing among themselves? If they are all mad/raging, they should be fighting all the time! Just when healthy people show up, they could present themselves as more attractive targets...

This might be something similiar to the L4D rage virus, where, once someone is turned, they begin to see non-infected people as horrifying demonic creatures instead of regular people.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Ricky S on June 30, 2012, 08:13:57 am
Eh, You only normally see that in scenes that feature regular dudes flying into moshpits of zombies.

This might be something similiar to the L4D rage virus, where, once someone is turned, they begin to see non-infected people as horrifying demonic creatures instead of regular people.

I do love the fact that zombies actually fight each other.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 30, 2012, 02:00:10 pm
...They don't, really. I mean, sometimes they punch each other, but they never actually fight.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Opus Fluke on June 30, 2012, 02:57:10 pm
Don't know if they count as zombies per se but the grunts in Doom (the game, not the film) were always fighting ewach other if you ust hung back out the way for long enough.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on June 30, 2012, 02:58:31 pm
Wasn't that more because they would start shooting each other in the back to try and get at you?


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Opus Fluke on June 30, 2012, 03:00:32 pm
Sometimes. At other times I'd wander past a chamber without having gone near it and they were already fighting each other. Scary thought that: zombies with firearms.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: TheLastOutlaw on June 30, 2012, 03:34:35 pm
Sometimes. At other times I'd wander past a chamber without having gone near it and they were already fighting each other. Scary thought that: zombies with firearms.
As far off canon as they eventually ended up (way to go Capcom) and cheesy/bad-tastic writing the Resident Evil novel series had zombies with firearms.  All these years later they are one of the only things I can actually remember from them.  Oh, and Jill dropped her car keys in her coffee cup because she was a klutz.


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Opus Fluke on June 30, 2012, 06:28:28 pm
Thinking about armed zombies reminds me of the "Zombie Ninjas" song from the excellent www.songstowearpantsto.com as the chorus starts, "We are ninjas who eat brains. We are zombies who wield swords. We are mostly invisible but we travel in hordes."


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: sok on July 01, 2012, 02:08:33 am
Eh, You only normally see that in scenes that feature regular dudes flying into moshpits of zombies.

This might be something similiar to the L4D rage virus, where, once someone is turned, they begin to see non-infected people as horrifying demonic creatures instead of regular people.
Yes, but the question is, how they can tell an infected from uninfected? All their higher brain functions are supposed to be stopped...


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Fiveofclubs on July 01, 2012, 06:46:56 am
zombie phermones?  Or they have to memorize all the other zombies during zombie orientation?


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Ricky S on July 01, 2012, 08:26:18 am
...They don't, really. I mean, sometimes they punch each other, but they never actually fight.

It could just be because of the limits of the game design?


Title: Re: Annoying Zombie cliches
Post by: Log! on July 01, 2012, 08:36:24 am
zombie phermones?

Probably something similar to this. You've just gotta give in to the story somewhere and throw them a bone. THE LOST FANS CAN DO IT, AND THOSE GUYS ARE FUCKING CRAZY.

It could just be because of the limits of the game design?

Nah, Monster infighting can be done pretty easily. They probably just don't want all the zombies too busy punching the shit out of each other to come after you.