Monday, February 07, 2011

We have a title!

Maybe it was the summer I spent working at a video store. Or perhaps my love of cheesy horror films. But whatever the root cause, I get such a kick from goofy movie titles! I used to cruise the horror aisles reading the boxes, giggling at the wordplay on display--even (especially?) on low-budget movies.

For example, SyFy (yes, I am annoyed that they now misspell their own name) Network's films Mansquito (about a man-mosquito hybrid monster), Caw (about evil crows), and Carny (obviously about Carnies, right? With the added tagline, "Death becomes the main attraction"). The other night I was flipping channels and came across Husk (yes, as in corn--a kind of Children of the Corn flick, with the awesome tagline: "Prepare to be stalked.)

Then there's the "classics"--Bride of Chucky, "Chucky gets lucky." Or Final Exam, "Some will pass the test, God help the rest."

Now that I'm writing, I appreciate these titles even more. Coming up with a great title is more difficult than I ever imagined!

How about you? Any favorite movie titles or taglines?


Anonymous said...

I swear that's how my husband picks videos to rent. The one with the most cheesey title always seems to make it home from Blockbuster.

He really gets a kick out of it. That is...annoying me.


Anonymous said...

I have always loved clever titles and taglines. Luckily, I get to come up with quite a few at my day job. Today I was laughing about how Khole Kardashian and Lamar Odom have their own combined scent perfume. I thought Jersey Shores should come up with a competing group perfume - "Juices of Jersey... Smells of the Shore". :)

shelly said...

The Posieden Adventure. The seventies movie where the big ship did a Titanic.

E.J. Wesley said...

The Dirty Dozen for me ... it conjures so many interesting images!

Also, thanks so much for the thoughtful comment on my blog (about libraries). I think you're dead right.


William Kendall said...



There's a really, really bad one that'll turn up on DVD at some point called the Human Centipede.

Annemarie Schiavi Pedersen said...

"With Six You Get Eggroll." When I was little I loved Doris Day movies. Good movie, weird title.