Room Full of Zombies

Don't dead open inside? I don't get it.

Almost every zombie film has a scene where the survivors goes into a house or building because it LOOKS safe. But there's that one room someone overlooked. They open the door and a swarm of zombies start to pour out. Usually this happens when people refuse to properly dispose of infected loved ones and they reanimate hours later. Or some refuse to kill their loved ones out of simple grief and decide to hide them in the basement, attic, closet, etc.

Overlaps with Safe Zone Hope Spot, Failed a Spot Check, Creepy Basement, and possibly Black Out Basement.


Comic Books
  • Shows up in The Walking Dead comics when Rick and the crew find a gated community. Also in the beginning of the series during the hospital scene.
    • Also again on the Hershel farm.

  • Happens in both The Zombie Diaries films, Twice in the sequel.
  • In Shaun of the Dead this happens when they venture to the pub.
  • The original Dawn of the Dead had a SWAT team raid a housing complex that had their basement filled with zombies. The trope also shows up at a refueling station.
  • Happens yet again in another Romero film, In Diary of the Dead the pool house has zombies at the bottom of the pool. They were corpses at first... but then they reanimate.
  • Discussed in-universe in the film Zombie Apocalypse.
  • In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, this happens when the team sent by the Umbrella Corporation unlocks the Hive below Raccoon City in the opening scenes.
  • In 28 Weeks Later, one of the Infected creates this by getting into a room of normal people during a lockdown.
  • Juan of the Dead: The padlocked basement shelter to which Juan leads his gang turns out be an example of this.

Live-Action TV
  • The Walking Dead:
    • In the series premiere, Rick is faced with a room that's been barred shut. Fortunately, the helpful sign on the door, as seen on the trope image above, helped warn him from unsecuring it and letting out the zombies that were behind it. Well as pointed out the sign is confusing — it was the chained door and the guttural snarling that frightened him off.
    • A variation of this also shows up in one of the webisodes on the series homepage.
    • Shows up again in season 3, where Andrea opens a door that leads to a staircase FILLED with the dead bastards.
  • In The X-Files episode "Millennium," there are zombies in a basement.
  • Angel has several rooms full in "Habeus Corpus", where the zombies swarm all over the Wolfram and Hart building.
  • The final episode of Deadliest Warrior has Zombies vs. Vampires, where the lair of three vampires is swarmed with zombies.

  • In World War Z South Korea was afraid that this might be the case with North Korea. The entire population of North Korea disappears after the zombie outbreak. It is theorized that the entire country disappeared into underground tunnels. It is left ambiguous whether they remain uninfected, in which case there's a highly militarized nation down there that thinks the entire surface is zombie-infested, or whether they were infected. No one wants to mount an expedition for fear of releasing nearly twenty-three million zombies.
    • This fanfic, appropriately named The Way is Shut after the Lord of the Rings quote, illustrates nicely how a first recon mission could have gone. It is not canon, but sure as hell feels like it could be.
  • This happens a couple of times in Zone One, once in the former HR department of an office building and once in the New York subway tunnels.
  • Happens in Galaxy of Fear: City of the Dead... because these zombies follow the orders of the man who turned them undead, and he was having his Not a Zombie lead the heroes to them.

Tabletop Games
  • Opening a door late in a Zombicide game generally results in this.

Video Games
  • Resident Evil 2:
    • Shows up where you open an unassuming door (in a save room, no less) and zombies shamble in.
      • Well, if you pay very close attention, you can be genrysavvy before opening it. Seeing as the room has a window to the outside, and it's been well established early on that all of outside is filled with zombies.
    • In one of the RPD's save rooms, there's a fuckload of them in HUNK's minigame, to the point that players have a margin for error of literally one half a second to get away from the entrance before the zombies swarm and inevitably kill them.
  • Past a certain point, every time you call the service elevator in the first Dead Rising, the doors *ding* open only to reveal that the car is packed with the undead. In order to use the elevator, you must melee like crazy until they all fall.
  • Because of the way zombies spawn in Left 4 Dead, an otherwise empty house might have a single room packed with zombies or be an area that a zombie horde spawns from.
    • The official comic featured a boat that the cast initially thought as a good means of escape, but was quickly declined since its cargo hold was full of witches.
    • Due to some Early Installment Weirdness, occasionally the original game would see zombie hordes spawning out of a bathroom stall.
  • Diablo III has a scene where your character must go in a room like this with a blacksmith in order to assist him in disposing of the infected, including his own wife.
  • Can happen in Minecraft, in dungeons and dark places. Even you can make one, providing other mobs won't get in the way.
  • Played with in The Last of Us: the group enters the sewers in order to take a shortcut to their destination (hopefully avoiding the raiders along the way), only to find the place home to hordes of Infected. They barely make it out the other side... where they see the entrance has been barricaded and has big, obvious warnings: "INFECTED INSIDE! DO NOT OPEN!"
    Ellie: Are you shitting me? Well, thanks for the warning on the other side, guys!