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OldBoy
03-13-09, 05:08 PM
I am always fascinated by titles of movies and listening for the title in the dialogue of the movie somewhere. usually a title is clear cut, but sometimes it may be hard to distinguish a title from the actual movie it is named for.

and please keep in mind, this is just our opinions on why it doesn't work, no need to argue the reasons why it does.

1. Primal Fear ...just think there could be a better title for this psychological thriller.
2. The Burning ...doesn't really portray what this stalker horror film is all about.

so what are some movie titles that just don't fit the plot of the movie?

devilshalo
03-13-09, 05:15 PM
Friday the 13th?

MoviePage
03-13-09, 05:27 PM
Snakes on a Plane

tommyp007
03-13-09, 05:31 PM
Naked Lunch

islandclaws
03-13-09, 05:37 PM
The Burning ...doesn't really portray what this stalker horror film is all about.


Ummm... you do know the killer is a deranged burn victim, right? I don't think it's that far off base.


Naked Lunch


"I can think of two things wrong with that title..."

My pick:

Man Bites Dog

Groucho
03-13-09, 05:39 PM
Burnt Offerings -- there are no offerings, burnt or otherwise, in the film.

Bride of Frankenstein -- a more accurate title would be Potential Fiancee for Frankenstein's Monster

PopcornTreeCt
03-13-09, 05:39 PM
There Will Be Blood

Groucho
03-13-09, 05:41 PM
There Will Be BloodThe movie delivered on that promise! Still, There Will Be Bowling would be a better title.

Rockmjd23
03-13-09, 05:50 PM
Future War - it doesn't take place in the future, and there's no war.
House of the Dead- they were in the house for like 2 minutes.
Krakatoa: East of Java - Krakatoa was west of Java.

NoirFan
03-13-09, 06:31 PM
Sorcerer

Brack
03-13-09, 06:40 PM
Beverly Hills Cop. He's from Detroit.

worrywort
03-13-09, 06:40 PM
pretty much any title that's a statement of hyperbole, like The Greatest Story Ever Told or Debbie Does Dallas

dino88
03-13-09, 06:50 PM
Beverly Hills Cop. He's from Detroit.

Really stretching it with that one...or was this meant to be another entry like Snakes on a Plane

Reservoir Dogs

Rockmjd23
03-13-09, 06:51 PM
Zombie Island Massacre - There are no zombies in the movie.

Ash Ketchum
03-13-09, 06:58 PM
Half the kung fu movies with "Ninja" in the title have no ninjas in them.

Also, there's a great old horror comedy from 1945 called "Valley of the Zombies." It has no valley in it and no zombies. The villain is a guy who drinks blood but he's not really a vampire, either.

Zen Peckinpah
03-13-09, 06:59 PM
Brutal Massacre

arminius
03-13-09, 07:06 PM
History of the world part 1

Mondo Kane
03-13-09, 07:11 PM
Eagle Vs Shark

NoirFan
03-13-09, 07:20 PM
From Time Out's review of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, a.k.a. Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary: Steckler's imagination seems to have stalled after thinking up the title(s), neither of which is especially valid. A few cheap masks don't transform lurching extras into creatures strange or zomboid; and the teenager isn't a psycho until he runs into 'Mary' who in any case is called Estrella.

visitor Q
03-13-09, 07:23 PM
Beverly Hills Ninja

Come on, Chris Farley = Ninja!!???

Brack
03-13-09, 07:24 PM
Really stretching it with that one...or was this meant to be another entry like Snakes on a Plane

Reservoir Dogs

half joking. though technically he was never a Beverly Hills cop.

dino88
03-13-09, 07:27 PM
half joking. though technically he was never a Beverly Hills cop.

lol..fair enough. But were you really watching the movie and wondering "man, what the hell does the title mean?"

Ronnie Dobbs
03-13-09, 07:28 PM
There Will Be Blood

Actually its from Sinclair's original book Oil! In the oil riggers had very dangerous jobs. As seen from the multiple deaths depicted.

Brack
03-13-09, 07:39 PM
lol..fair enough. But were you really watching the movie and wondering "man, what the hell does the title mean?"

nah.

though come to think of it, this made me think of a similar type of film, Rush Hour. it's catchy and all that, but doesn't seem to fit.

PopcornTreeCt
03-13-09, 07:47 PM
Reservoir Dogs

Got this from a screenwriting forum I visit:

In raindance writers' lab: write + sell the hot screenplay, which is a pretty good book about how to write and sell the hot screenplay (exactly what it says on the tin), Elliot Grove says:

Reservoir Dogs had a very different meaning for us farmboys growing up in America. You city slickers, or Europeans, probably thought that this title was a cutesy arty title. And it is. But to me it had a different meaning which summed up the movie in two words.

As a kid we were told never to go into a dry reservoir. They did a lot of open quarry mining for gravel near where I grew up. There were two types of quarries - some quarries would hit a spring and fill up with water. We used to dive off the sides of these in the summer. Other quarries were dry quarries. There would just be a puddle in the bottom after a rain shower. Dogs and rats would fall down into the quarry, and be unable to get up. The only way they could survive was by eating each other. And every summer there would be a sad story about some kid who went down into a dry quarry and was ripped to shreds. Knowing that now, isn't that the story of Reservoir Dogs?

Groucho
03-13-09, 08:56 PM
pretty much any title that's a statement of hyperbole, like The Greatest Story Ever Told or Debbie Does DallasNumber of people in Dallas that Debbie does: 0. The movie is about her raising money to get there.

How about Troll 2. There are no trolls, and it's not a sequel to Troll.

Torchur317
03-13-09, 09:03 PM
Ummm... you do know the killer is a deranged burn victim, right? I don't think it's that far off base.
:up::lol:

Cardsfan111
03-13-09, 09:17 PM
The Naked Gun is an easy one. Though if you're familiar with the show Police Squad, that was one of the staples--the bizarre titles.

inri222
03-13-09, 09:28 PM
http://img129.imageshack.us/img129/170/pornostar1998dvdripxvidik8.jpg

Geddlo
03-13-09, 11:04 PM
I'm suprised no one's said the Never Ending Story yet.

kevinlord190
03-13-09, 11:21 PM
midnight meat train

bunkaroo
03-14-09, 12:56 AM
Naked Lunch

http://www.primeraplana.cl/jl105/images/Fotos_pp/Actualidad/nelson_muntz.jpg

"I can think of at least two things wrong with that title."

DJariya
03-14-09, 01:00 AM
midnight meat train

It's a ridiculous title, but it did fit the movie since:



Vinnie Jones was essentially butchering humans and preparing them as Meat to be delivered to the Underground dwellers or whatever the hell they were. And of course everything took place on a train.

RagingBull80
03-14-09, 01:02 AM
In raindance writers' lab: write + sell the hot screenplay, which is a pretty good book about how to write and sell the hot screenplay (exactly what it says on the tin), Elliot Grove says:

Reservoir Dogs had a very different meaning for us farmboys growing up in America. You city slickers, or Europeans, probably thought that this title was a cutesy arty title. And it is. But to me it had a different meaning which summed up the movie in two words.

As a kid we were told never to go into a dry reservoir. They did a lot of open quarry mining for gravel near where I grew up. There were two types of quarries - some quarries would hit a spring and fill up with water. We used to dive off the sides of these in the summer. Other quarries were dry quarries. There would just be a puddle in the bottom after a rain shower. Dogs and rats would fall down into the quarry, and be unable to get up. The only way they could survive was by eating each other. And every summer there would be a sad story about some kid who went down into a dry quarry and was ripped to shreds. Knowing that now, isn't that the story of Reservoir Dogs?
That's freaking awesome.

Thanks for posting PopcornTreeCt!

riotinmyskull
03-14-09, 01:03 AM
I'm suprised no one's said the Never Ending Story yet.

why doesn't that fit? the book gets passed on from person to person and they each "experience" the story....hence neverending.

emachine12
03-14-09, 01:03 AM
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

DJariya
03-14-09, 01:09 AM
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer



Agree since the sequel took place 2 summers later.

calhoun07
03-14-09, 02:00 AM
Attack of the Clones. I mean, the clones didn't really attack, did they? They played a much more defensive role...they weren't on the attack.

fmian
03-14-09, 08:50 AM
I always thought The Shawshank Redemption should have been called Hope Springs Eternal. It would have done much better at the box office.

Palaver
03-14-09, 09:44 AM
Attack of the Clones. I mean, the clones didn't really attack, did they? They played a much more defensive role...they weren't on the attack.

Almost exactly what I was going to say.

Mountain Biker
03-14-09, 01:42 PM
Die Hard
Sreeets of Fire

Rainet
03-14-09, 02:11 PM
The movie delivered on that promise! Still, There Will Be Bowling would be a better title.

There Will Be Oil?

milo bloom
03-14-09, 07:29 PM
Attack of the Clones. I mean, the clones didn't really attack, did they? They played a much more defensive role...they weren't on the attack.

They weren't yet...


People bag on Lucas for his (usually ham-fisted) writing, but occasionally he slips something in, that down the road, the title seems different than at first glance. The attack was really on the Jedi Order's self sufficiency. They became dependent on them and ended up regretting it.

DvdClon
03-14-09, 09:04 PM
Sweet Movie

TheySentYou
03-16-09, 12:30 AM
The King
21 Grams
Romance
Jesus' Son
Time of the Wolf

Rockmjd23
03-16-09, 12:53 AM
The Earthling

Palaver
03-16-09, 01:35 PM
The Breakfast Club

Numanoid
03-16-09, 02:05 PM
Bride of Frankenstein -- a more accurate title would be Potential Fiancee for Frankenstein's MonsterI think you are looking at the title character incorrectly.

Giles
03-16-09, 02:45 PM
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

- what? no cannibalism or oral sex?

covenant
03-16-09, 03:26 PM
As a kid we were told never to go into a dry reservoir. They did a lot of open quarry mining for gravel near where I grew up. There were two types of quarries - some quarries would hit a spring and fill up with water. We used to dive off the sides of these in the summer. Other quarries were dry quarries. There would just be a puddle in the bottom after a rain shower. Dogs and rats would fall down into the quarry, and be unable to get up. The only way they could survive was by eating each other. And every summer there would be a sad story about some kid who went down into a dry quarry and was ripped to shreds. Knowing that now, isn't that the story of Reservoir Dogs?

Sounds like BS to me.....we were told to stay away from open quarries because you could fall in and kill yourself.


When QT worked in a video store, he referred to the French film 'Au Revoir Les Enfants' as 'the reservoir film' because he couldn't pronounce the title. He combined this with 'Straw Dogs', a Sam Peckinpah film from 1971, to produce the title 'Reservoir Dogs'.

Mabuse
03-16-09, 06:06 PM
Brazil - Considering all the efforts the studio made to recut the film, it always surprised me that changing the title was never considered. The title alone kept me away from the film for years as a child. And when I try to recomend it to others the title is hard to overcome.

resinrats
03-16-09, 06:25 PM
Attack of the Clones. I mean, the clones didn't really attack, did they? They played a much more defensive role...they weren't on the attack.

They were attacking the trade federation forces. It wasn't like they just came with Yoda to help save Anakin/Obi/Padme.

Nicholas Vargo
03-17-09, 04:12 AM
Brazil - Considering all the efforts the studio made to recut the film, it always surprised me that changing the title was never considered. The title alone kept me away from the film for years as a child. And when I try to recomend it to others the title is hard to overcome.

Actually, you'll be surprised. While they were trying to recut the film, Sid Sheinberg actually was suggesting that his marketing execs would come up with a better title. About half of the suggestions (which were mostly created in haste) ended up being chapter titles for Jack Mathews' book The Battle of Brazil.

And most of them don't fit. You want proof? Here are the ones that became chapter titles for that book:

The Escalator Doesn't Stop at Your Station
If Osmosis, Who Are You?
You Show Me Your Dream...
Skylight City
Disconnected Parties
Can Anyone Here Play the Cymbals?
Sign on High
Arresting Developments
Blank/Blank
Chaos
Explanada Fortunada Is Not My Real Name
The Right to Bear Arms
Some Day Soon
Forces of Darkness
Gnu Yak, Gnu Yak, and Other Bestial Places
Fold, Spindle, Mutilate (The Smoking Moviola)
Lord of the Files
The Ball Bearing Electro Memory Circuit Buster

All in all, a list of three dozen titles were submitted and if you think about it, there would've never been a better title than Brazil.

Mabuse
03-17-09, 06:10 PM
Those are all awful and nearly all of them (if they were ever used) would top a list of worst movie titles.

Some Day Soon isn't bad

PopcornTreeCt
03-17-09, 06:21 PM
Those are all awful and nearly all of them (if they were ever used) would top a list of worst movie titles.

Some Day Soon isn't bad

I like Skylight City

NoirFan
03-17-09, 07:22 PM
Lord of the Files? Wow.