As Cowboys & Aliens saddles up the most genius title of the year, we pick out 10 more awesome movie monikers that simply have to be applauded...
1. I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her On A Meat Hook, And Now I Have A Three-Picture Deal At Disney (1993)
Before he got an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting and directed hardboiled crime thrillers Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Ben Affleck made this 16-minute short at college. That’s right, there are more words in the title than there are minutes in the movie. Respect.
2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Ripping into you like a tabloid headline, it caused the word "chainsaw" itself to be was barred from movie titles while writer/director Tobe Hooper’s horror shocker was banned in Britain. Ironic, given it’s also one of the greatest misspellings in cinema history: chainsaw is one word. To think that Hooper’s working title was ‘Headcheese’...
3. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
“It must be some kinda... hot tub time machine,” says Craig Robinson, starring dead at the camera with an expression that suggests he can’t quite believe he’s being paid to say those words. Frat To The Future? Amazingly, with genius cameos from Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase, this gross-out bromance actually pulls it off.
4. Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death (1989)
Amazing. Created by the screenwriter behind Pretty Woman and Under Siege, this B-movie pastiche follows the plot of Apocalypse Now to send former Playboy model Shannon Tweed and comedian Bill Maher on a mission to track down the Piranha Women in the uncharted Avocado Jungle.
5. Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
“I got a great title!” said screenwriter Frank Kowalski to filmmaker Sam Peckinpah. “And the hook is that the guy’s already dead!” That was enough for ‘Bloody’ Sam, who immediately wrote a script about a Mexican crime lord who offers $1 million for the severed noggin of the man who knocked up his daughter.
6. Mega-Shark Versus Giant Octopus
No need for a plot synopsis here. That magnificent B-movie title turned the theatrical trailer into a viral hit, scoring more than a million YouTube hits upon launch and racking up a stack of DVD pre-orders. Giant Octopus takes out fighter jets. Mega Shark chomps on the Golden Gate Bridge. Genius.
7. There Will Be Blood (2007)
There most certainly will. Upton Sinclair’s novel was called Oil!. Paul Thomas Anderson changed the title because “there's not enough of the book to feel like it's a proper adaptation”. Also? Because it’s awesome. Biblical, Byronic, ominous, prophetic... It could only have been bettered by: I Drink Your Milkshake.
8. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)
Camp-daddy auteur/pervert Russ Meyer claimed a movie has everything if it has speed, sex and violence. This title of his raging pre-feminist trash-fest has all three, as a trio of catfighting go-go dancers murder a boy-racer then scheme to swindle a handicapped sugar-daddy. Meow!
9. Dr Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
The longest (and perhaps bestest) title of all cinema’s masterpieces. The title character of Kubrick’s terrifying/hilarious comedy about the inevitability of nuclear holocaust is an ex-Nazi scientist who gets inappropriately excited about Big Bangs. Strange love, indeed. Based on a very serious Cold War novel called Two Hours To Doom.
10. Snakes On A Plane
Originally called Venom, the script was rejected by more than 30 Hollywood studios. Renamed with a working title of Snakes Of A Plane, it was suddenly a go. Samuel L Jackson signed on without even reading the script. Motherf*cking snakes. Motherf*cking plane. Internet geeks went wild. Until they actually saw the mother*cking thing, of course...
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