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* ''Film/DanceOfTheDead'': Features a version where the characters have to deliberately go into the room. The school gym gathers most of the zombies in town during prom, with all but a handful of students have been turned into the undead, after the group arrive too little too late. When they attempt to blow up all of the zombies, someone crawling through the vents accidentally drops the remote into the middle of the dance floor, with part of the climax involving trying to get to it without being eaten.


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* ''Film/BoyEatsGirl'': Discussed while Diggs, Henry and Cheryl are hiding in a broom closet.
-->'''Henry''': We’ve got to get out of here.
--> '''Diggs''' : Are you crazy? They’re out there, we’re in here, I don’t see the problem.
--> '''Henry''': The Problem is, if they open this door, we’ve nowhere to run.
--> '''Diggs''': Why are they gonna open this door? They’re flesh eating zombies, not cleaning ladies.
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** This fanfic, appropriately named ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut]]'' after the LordOfTheRings quote, illustrates nicely how a first recon mission could have gone. It is not canon, but sure as hell feels like it could be.

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** This fanfic, appropriately named ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut]]'' after the LordOfTheRings ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' quote, illustrates nicely how a first recon mission could have gone. It is not canon, but sure as hell feels like it could be.

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* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'': This is a common occurrence in the game, but the most notable one is right after getting the BFG9000, where you land in an area with about twenty Possessed. It's pretty much a testing ground for the aforementioned weapon.


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* A variation happens in ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/BlackTideRising'', when Faith is training a pilot (who has no personal combat training or experience) how to clear a ship of zombies, and the pilot isn't doing well. He enters a room which [[Main/FailedASpotCheck he thought was clear]] but which Faith knew had dozens of sleeping zombies. So this trope is played straight from his point of view, but not from hers.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Happens in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead''... because these zombies follow the orders of the man who turned them undead, and he was having his NotAZombie lead the heroes to them.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', South Korea was afraid that this might be the case with North Korea. [[spoiler: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.
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** This fanfic, appropriately named ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut]]'' after the LordOfTheRings 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 ''Literature/ZoneOne'', once in the former HR department of an office building and once in the New York subway tunnels.
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has several rooms full in "Habeus Corpus", where the zombies swarm all over the Wolfram and Hart building.
* The final episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' has Zombies vs. Vampires, where the lair of three vampires is swarmed with zombies.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Millennium," there are zombies in a basement.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has several rooms full in "Habeus Corpus", where the zombies swarm all over the Wolfram and Hart building.
* The final episode of Series/DeadliestWarrior has Zombies vs. Vampires, where the lair of three vampires is swarmed with zombies.


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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Millennium," "Millennium", there are zombies in a basement.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has several rooms full in "Habeus Corpus", where the zombies swarm all over the Wolfram and Hart building.
* The final episode of Series/DeadliestWarrior has Zombies vs. Vampires, where the lair of three vampires is swarmed with zombies.

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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', South Korea was afraid that this might be the case with North Korea. [[spoiler: 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 [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut]] after the LordOfTheRings 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 ''Literature/ZoneOne'', once in the former HR department of an office building and once in the New York subway tunnels.
* Happens in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead''... because these zombies follow the orders of the man who turned them undead, and he was having his NotAZombie lead the heroes to them.
* A variation happens in ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/BlackTideRising'', when Faith is training a pilot (who has no personal combat training or experience) how to clear a ship of zombies, and the pilot isn't doing well. He enters a room which [[Main/FailedASpotCheck he thought was clear]] but which Faith knew had dozens of sleeping zombies. So this trope is played straight from his point of view, but not from hers.

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* Opening a door late in a ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'' game generally results in this.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', South Korea was afraid that this might be the case with North Korea. [[spoiler: 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 [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6115555/1/The-Way-Is-Shut The Way is Shut]] after the LordOfTheRings quote, illustrates nicely how a first recon mission could
''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', we have gone. It is not canon, but sure as hell feels like it could be.
* This happens a couple of times in ''Literature/ZoneOne'', once in the former HR department of an office building and once in the New York subway tunnels.
* Happens in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead''... because these zombies follow the orders of the man who turned them undead, and he was having his NotAZombie lead the heroes to them.
* A variation happens in ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/BlackTideRising'', when Faith is training a pilot (who has no personal combat training or experience) how to clear a ship of zombies, and the pilot isn't doing well. He enters a room which [[Main/FailedASpotCheck he thought was clear]] but which Faith knew had dozens of sleeping zombies. So this trope is played straight from his point of view, but not from hers.
[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220390 "Cellar Door"]].



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* Opening a door late in a ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'' game generally results in this.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', we have [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220390 "Cellar Door"]].

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* Opening a door late in a ''TabletopGame/{{Zombicide}}'' game generally results in this.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', we have [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220390 "Cellar Door"]].

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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', we have [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220390 "Cellar Door"]].



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* A variation happens in ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/BlackTideRising'', when Faith is training a pilot (who has no personal combat training or experience) how to clear a ship of zombies, and the pilot isn't doing well. He enters a room which [[Main/FailedASpotCheck he thought was clear]] but which Faith knew had dozens of sleeping zombies. So this trope is played straight from his point of view, but not from hers.

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* [[spoiler:High Charity]] during ''Videogame/HaloWars2'' following the events of ''Videogame/Halo 3''. Though crippled, it still houses tens of thousands of [[spoiler:Flood]].

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* [[spoiler:High In ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'', [[spoiler:the ruined city of High Charity]] during ''Videogame/HaloWars2'' following is this on a gigantic scale, sealed under a solid dome by the events sentinels of ''Videogame/Halo 3''. Though crippled, it still houses tens the Ark and kept under heavy guard. Unfortunately, the Banished destroy most of thousands the defenses so they can salvage resources from the surrounding debris field, and one of [[spoiler:Flood]].

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their commanders decides to slice open a tiny passage through the shield so he can search for greater treasures. A few minutes later, [[spoiler:thousands of flood emerge from the breach, [[ZombieApocalypse overrunning the landscape and devouring everything they see]]]].


* Can happen in Minecraft, in dungeons and dark places. Even you can make one, providing other mobs won't get in the way.

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* Can happen in Minecraft, ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', in dungeons and dark places. Even you can make one, providing other mobs won't get in the way.


** At the end of ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', [[spoiler:Captain Rhodes]], while trying to escape from the semi-intelligent "domesticated" zombie Bub, gets chased to the end of a hallway with only a single door offering escape. He opens the door to find one these, then gets shot by Bub and DevouredByTheHorde.

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** At the end of ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', [[spoiler:Captain Rhodes]], while trying to escape from the semi-intelligent "domesticated" zombie Bub, gets chased to the end of a hallway with only a single door offering escape. He opens the door to find one of these, then gets shot by Bub and DevouredByTheHorde.


* The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' 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 ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' the pool house has zombies at the bottom of the pool. They were corpses at first... but then they reanimate.

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* Creator/GeorgeARomero, the godfather of the zombie movie, naturally used this quite a bit.
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The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' 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,
station, and towards the end with [[spoiler:Stephen's]] death when his elevator opens up on a floor filled with zombies.
** At the end of ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', [[spoiler:Captain Rhodes]], while trying to escape from the semi-intelligent "domesticated" zombie Bub, gets chased to the end of a hallway with only a single door offering escape. He opens the door to find one these, then gets shot by Bub and DevouredByTheHorde.
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In ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' the pool house has zombies at the bottom of the pool. They were corpses at first... but then they reanimate.



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* [[spoiler:High Charity]] during ''Videogame/HaloWars2'' following the events of ''Videogame/Halo 3''. Though crippled, it still houses tens of thousands of [[spoiler:Flood]].


*** 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.

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*** Well, if you pay very close attention, you can be genrysavvy GenreSavvy 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.

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