A bit of a short article today. We’re crazy busy at the moment, so we’ll keep it short and to the point! Watching The Walking Dead and other zombie related productions, I’ve noticed the outfits worn by the characters are less than ideal in most cases. Wearing a sleeveless shirt and hot pants might look good on screen, but in any dangerous situation it just won’t do you any good. Let’s start with the biggest mistakes made in the Hollywood zombie scene regarding clothing.
- Short sleeves and/or pants
This is huge in Hollywood, male actors will be showing their guns, both the metal and the fleshy ones. While female actors are often seen wearing hot pants, high boots and a sleeveless shirt. How these people survive is something that escapes me every time. In a real world setting they would get cuts everywhere, that would get infected and end their lives in a very unpleasant way.
- No gloves
The lack of gloves in zombie movies is a detail a lot of people never notice. You use your hands for everything en they’re usually the first thing to get cut, burned, chafed or otherwise damaged. If you look at any profession where people work with their hands for physical labor, they’re wearing gloves. And for good reason! Imagine grabbing something that turns out to be sharp and rusty. Or pushing away a zombie. Would you like to push a walking corpse with your bare hands?
- No Eye and mouth protection
This comes to mind in the scene from World War Z, where Brad Pitt gets some zombie goo in his mouth. He leans over the edge of a building, so he’ll fall to his death in case he gets infected. Meanwhile in The Walking Dead, Rick carelessly smashes skulls, getting spattered in blood and manages not to get any in his eyes or mouth! Despite the fact you could get infected from zombie goo and blood getting in your eyes or mouth. The idea of having rotten human corpse in my mouth, is enough motivation to wear at least glasses and a scarf.
These are the three major clothing faults I see in most zombie entertainment. It’s advisable to wear clothing that offers good protection from the infected, weather and other dangers. Some good Kevlar gloves, shooting glasses, a scarf and of course a good jacket and cargo pants. Wearing this will give you an advantage over your Hollywood counterparts.