ByChris Johnson, writer at
Chris Johnson

I am a recreational gamer, and I like the L4D series so far. It has all of the elements that make a good 1st person shooter. Personally I think they should make an official movie, even though some of my friends think that Zombieland was good enough.

I like to look for ester eggs, and tie ins, and I noticed some of them that I have not seen other people writing about that tie into other "zombie media." So, here are the little ester eggs I saw in Left 4 Dead 2 that were in the game wither or not they intended to put them there.

1. The Mall

Now was it just me, or did this remind anyone of the mall in Dawn of the Dead? I personally thought this was a good way to start out the game. The original thinking behind the zombie in the original film was to model how far consumerism had gone and protest it.

Remind you of anything that happens in the game?
Remind you of anything that happens in the game?

This was shown in the film in aspects like the fact that all the zombies that ended up in the mall found it to be an important place as explained in the dialog. The mannerisms like everyone going crazy on Black Friday were also what was being shown when zombies charge. Who wants to go to the mall?

2. The Carnival

"Scary Clown!"
"Scary Clown!"

I know some of you might think that I will tie this into Zombieland, but you'd be wrong. You see, Left 4 Dead 2 was released on November 17, 2009. Zombieland however came out on October 2, 2009. Unless the designers of both were talking

Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls

I will say that I think this film is considered a zombie movie because of the directer Herk Harvey. (Spoiler) Basically the plot is kind of like Lost. The main character is in a car crash, and everyone does but her. She then starts having visions of a man. She then starts to become invisible to everyone else, and is in limbo between the living and the dead. She then becomes obsessed with a carnival pavilion. After the film progresses, she seeks help from a minister, and eventually gets spirited off to the next life. Yet it is teased that she has only been dreaming, or has been dead the entire time. It sounds to me like how some have described The Return of the King as having, "Too many endings."

3. The Plane

I made a point of saying that movie came out after this game before so I will wait for the comments about it being in World War Z. What some don't know is that WWZ was first a book, and personally would be interested in reading it since the writer has said that he would be interested in seeing his book as a movie if you get his meaning.

I think that it is interesting to note that the plane in the game is very similar to the plane that was in the film. The size and placement of the hole in the side are in exactly the same spot as in the movie. In WWZ, the plane even crashed in a swamp in the woods. Was this a take on the book?

4. The Plantation

This is actually based in the plot of a film that came out in the early 30's

White Zombie
White Zombie

On arrival in Haiti, Madeleine Short reunites with her fiancé Neil Parker, with imminent plans to be married. On the way to their lodging, the couple's coach passes Murder Legendre, an evil voodoo master, who observes them with interest and manages to grab Madeleine's scarf. Neil and Madeleine arrive at the home of the wealthy plantation owner, Charles Beaumont. Charles's love of Madeleine prompts him to meet Murder secretly in Murder's sugar cane mill, operated entirely by zombies. Charles wants to convince Madeleine to marry him and solicits Murder's supernatural assistance. Murder states that the only way to help Charles is to transform Madeleine into a zombie with a potion. Beaumont agrees and surreptitiously gives the potion to Madeleine. Shortly after Madeleine and Neil's wedding ceremony, the potion takes effect on Madeleine and she appears to die. After her funeral, Murder and Charles enter Madeleine's tomb at night and Murder revives her as a zombie. Drunk and depressed, Neil imagines ghostly apparitions of Madeleine and goes to her tomb. Finding it empty, Neil seeks assistance from the local missionary, Dr. Bruner, who recounts how Murder turned many of his rivals into zombies, who now guard his estate. The two men journey to Murder's cliffside castle to rescue Madeleine.

This just sounds creepy.

5. New Orleans

This has its roots in the film The Beyond.

Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond has amassed a large cult following over the years. Many hardcore horror fans believe it to be one of the best Italian horror films ever released. The story takes place in an old New Orleans hotel built upon one of the seven gateways to hell. Unfortunately, the gateway is accidentally opened by a plumber, who unwittingly unleashes a sinister force. If you have the patience for it this movie will stay with you long after the credits roll. The Beyond is a supernatural nightmare with plenty of retro-styled gore and zombies to make most hardcore horror fan smile.

Art by John Petersen
Art by John Petersen

With all the zombie books, films, and TV shows I am sure I have only touched the surface. Let me know what you think, now that I am off to a funeral.


What do you think? Are all of these parts of the game looking back on classic aspect of zombie media?


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