First, Indian food.
It's pretty obnoxious, actually, watching Roy gorge himself on Indian food, bits getting stuck in that awful goatee he wears; the reason he does it is because "dead-os" (the undead walking around earth pretending to be alive) have a reaction to Indian food that they can't hide; in other scenes, the dead-os sniff black pepper from a McCormick canister (yea, the kind you buy in the baking aisle at your local grocery store) and that reveals them to be dead. Why? Of all things, why Indian food and why black pepper? What do the two have in common?
The East India Trading Company.
|Why Boston? It's not a place where many films are made, so it's an interesting choice. Proctor tells Nick they have the third largest volume in the "dark forest" (a reference to The Wizard Of Oz?) and that's probably because the history of Boston is so pro-capitalist (even while they tend to be liberal politically and socially) AND, like Philadelphia in World War Z, a traditional monument of American independence due to the Boston Tea Party, SO instead of associating Boston with American freedom and resistance to tyranny, RIPD wants us to associate Boston with dead-os the way World War Z wants us to associate the birthplace of American Independence--Philadelphia--with the outbreak of a pandemic zombie infestation. Clever, aren't they?|