I've been digging into Netflix's thriller archives lately, and I've almost caught myself renting the same movie twice because the names are all so similar.
Which got me thinking, there's a formula to choosing an appropriate title for a thriller movie. Here's my idea:
Choose any single noun but make sure it's vague. These words seem to fall into a few categories...
Architectural. Choose a location that's in the house, a part of the house, an item in the house, or the house itself. But make sure it's only one word. (You can use "the" if you absolutely must.) Have fun with it! Here are some off the top of my head:
- The Corner
- The Eaves
- What happened in the playroom that whispers of secrets and creepy toys that aren't even Tickle-Me Elmo?
- Does the stench of death surrounding the hamper include more than just your husband's balled up socks from his IM baseball team?
- Time-Out Chair
- Lumpy Sofa
- Streaky Windows
- Gunky Fridge
- Attic of Too Many House Centipedes.
In fact, now I think about it, I can't believe no one's used house centipedes as the main feature in a major horror flick. Freddy and Jason versus Centipedo. I wouldn't sleep for days.
Neither would Freddie. (He can dish it out, but he can't take it.)
But I digress. Aside from selecting a one-word, centipede-free architectural element, you also can go with a -tion word. Try words like:
(Come on, dentition can be scary! Would Steve Buscemi be the same after braces? Do you not feel a chill run down your spine when Gary Busey smiles?)
You can also choose a title that's directional:
- The Plummet
And you seem to be allowed to break the one-word rule as long as you include time and/or a number:
- Two Minutes to Die
- Five Days and Three Hours
- 40 Miles Per Hour
- Six Feet
- 27 Toes
(Well, okay, 27 Toes might have to be about a girl in a '30s carnival freak show, but I still think it could work.)
So, tell me, using the system above, what's your new thriller movie title? Just whatever comes to mind, please. :)