There’s a lot in a movie title; producers and executives bank a lot of money on the few words that appear on a poster or trailer, and in effect they can contribute to making or breaking a film. If your title sounds cheesy and lame, it can deter audiences away from even an effective trailer that came before it, and similarly if it sounds too obscure, audiences just might not bite.
We’re not exactly short of terrible movie titles in mainstream cinema; I always had a soft spot for the convoluted Love Actually, but my research confirmed my worst fears, that in the grand scheme of things, the title of Richard Curtis’ cloying rom-com really wasn’t that bad at all.
I also considered including the overly wordy, even pompous Quantum of Solace, yet again, it just didn’t measure up on the level of awfulness in the end. Either through laziness or sheer misguided idiocy, these ludicrous and poorly thought-out titles ended up splashing themselves across posters and trailers for us to openly ridicule.
Here are the 10 worst movie titles of all time…
10. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
An incredulous and transfixing movie title for several reasons, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (with the additional “!!?” included in some versions) wants to ensure we don’t get missold on what the movie is, so it explains the focus in bizarrely intricate detail. It could’ve just been the creatures who stopped living, but no, they’re incredibly strange too, presumably thinking that these words are somehow going to put more butts in seats.
So, they stopped living and didn’t just become zombies but…mixed-up zombies? What exactly is a “mixed-up zombie”? Do they mean messed up? And aren’t all zombies pretty mixed/messed-up? Is this an attempt to distinguish the flick from a typical zombie film? And they actually thought it would succeed? If anyone has a clue, please do let me know.
This article was first posted on March 4, 2013