There's also the scene wherein Hurley gets a violent case of the shits.
According to showrunner Damon Lindelof, when they went to ABC with the volcano idea, they responded that while they were allowing the show to end, "we can't let you bankrupt the network in the process." Meaning that they had to scrap plans for a "big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil" with "[m]agma spewing everywhere!" and settle instead for Batman's enchanted grotto.
The "Rules" For Zombies Stem From Night Of The Living Dead's Budget Problems
Jaws ruined beach vacations, Psycho ruined leisurely showers, and Night Of The Living Dead ruined fucking around in a cemetery like a total asshole.
Unless you're into threesomes with foul-smelling old dudes.
The late great George Romero's horror classic defined what we now think of as the modern zombie story. He set the rules for what we'd later see in The Walking Dead, Shaun Of The Dead, the United States Senate, etc.
Originally, Though ...
The first concept Romero and co-writer John Russo (aka the guy who would later ruin the movie's home video release) had was a horror comedy about teenage aliens "hotrodding" to Earth to hang out with human teens. The movie was also going to co-star an inept cop named Sheriff Suck and an alien pet that "looked like a clump of spaghetti."
Eventually, the idea morphed into cannibal aliens, and then into just cannibals. Who happened to be dead. The idea of having zombie-ism be an epidemic, that the recently dead would rise, and their bite would turn people into zombies was unique to the movie -- and it we owe it all to its slim budget. According to Russo, they "couldn't afford special effects like people coming out of their graves en masse," so they "came up with the idea that it would only be the recently dead that came back and the others couldn't."
To save on makeup, they asked everyone to stay up late the night before.
So a lack of money for special effects and an unwillingness to enlist more friends to stagger around in a graveyard formed an entire genre. It's amazing that they didn't also parse out rules that zombie movies should be 20 minutes long and are allowed to pay the actors in peanut butter sandwiches.
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