Favorite kind of horror title?

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What's your favorite kind of horror movie title?

Poll closed Sep 3, 2010.
  1. "The [animal] with the [body part] of [noun]" [The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire]

    8 vote(s)
    9.6%
  2. "The [scary word]" [The Mutilator, The Beyond]

    10 vote(s)
    12.0%
  3. Lengthy titles asking a question [Who Saw Her Die?]

    2 vote(s)
    2.4%
  4. Lengthy titles issuing a warning [Don't Go in the Woods]

    7 vote(s)
    8.4%
  5. Lengthy titles describing the event [The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]

    7 vote(s)
    8.4%
  6. One word adjective/verb titles [Scream, Psycho]

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  7. Holiday titles [Friday the 13th, Prom Night]

    10 vote(s)
    12.0%
  8. The number of victims/villains followed by description [3 on a Meathook, 2001 Maniacs]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Common activity followed by the word "Massacre" [Slumber Party Massacre, Drive-in Massacre]

    7 vote(s)
    8.4%
  10. Time of day followed by description [Day of the Dead, Night of the Comet]

    11 vote(s)
    13.3%
  11. Big weird word [Suspiria, Phantasm]

    13 vote(s)
    15.7%
  12. "The [location/condition] of [killer's name]" [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Horror of Dracula]

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  13. Puns [Child's Play, Ginger Snaps]

    3 vote(s)
    3.6%
  14. Character's name [Carrie, Nosferatu]

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  1. NightAndFog

    NightAndFog New Member

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    Man, you stole the words right out of my mouth!
    Il Tuo Vizio E Una Stanza Chiusa E Solo Io Ne Ho La Chiave - how in the world could you go wrong with that title! It can't possibly be a bad movie if you took the time and effort to come up with a title like that!

    This is the best/most clever pool EVER!
     
  2. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Definitely a fan of the giallo titles.
     
  3. msw7

    msw7 Re-animated member

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    I'm not sure I have a preference, though I dislike names that seem derivative (so many titles with "Night of the" "Dawn of the " etc. won't thrill me). I like names that are original, powerful, and that fit the thematic elements of the movie - those are all more important criteria to me for a good title than its linguistic pattern.
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Puns. Love 'em. Great poll.
     
  5. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

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    Horror titles with big weird words are usually cool since they often stand out in the crowd of generic titles. Suspiria, Phantasm, Tenebre, and Phenomena are all good examples. I also like the lengthy titles describing the event, especially if they reference a location (since I love to travel). Texas Chain Saw Massacre is probably the best example with a geographic reference.
     
  6. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I'm always faster to the draw with things I dislike, so until I think of anything else- I know I'm actually not the biggest fan of titles with words like "Massacre" and "Slaughter" (etc.) in them (sound too much like Manson-type documentaries), or most titles with names in them (Henry, May, Rosemary, Jessica). Makes them sound like dramas.

    If... that is, I'm going to be superficial and nitpick something completely arbitrary. My favorite titles are things with a lot of mystery about them. Especially Friday the 13th. They could have made any kind of horror movie and called it that. Could have been a vampire movie, a zombie movie, werewolf, slasher, witches, killer robot... That's what I really like. A title that they could give to any kind of horror subgenre.
     

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