August 10, 2006

High On A Concept

The movie "Snakes on a Plane" is being released next Friday. Part of what people find so amusing about this movie is that its title is the high concept phrase used to describe it. When I say "high concept," I mean a catchy phrase that screenwriters use to pitch their movie to studio executives, which (a) describes the movie in a nutshell, and (b) sounds enticing to the studio execs, so they will want to make the movie. However, it is virtually unheard of for a movie's high concept description to be its title as well, as is the case with "Snakes on a Plane."

This leads one to wonder, what would some of the most beloved films in history have been titled if the "Snakes on a Plane" high concept method of naming them had been employed? Probably, they would have had titles along the following lines:

The Godfather
-- Horse Head on a Bed
Jaws -- Teeth on a Shark
Forrest Gump -- Retard on an Adventure
The Passion of the Christ -- Christ on a Cross
Star Wars -- Hair on a Wookie
Harry Potter -- Geek on a Broom
Gone With the Wind -- Curtains on a Belle
Austin Powers -- Fat on a Bastard
Citizen Kane -- Snow on a Sled
Pulp Fiction -- Zed on a Marsellus
Scarface -- Powder on a Nose
Taxi Driver -- Cabbie on a Rampage
Birth of a Nation -- Sheet on a Klansman
Terminator -- Skin on a Cyborg
Working Girl -- Mousse on a Hair
Boogie Nights -- Prosthesis on a Crotch
Breakfast Club -- TP on a Shoe
Easy Rider -- Stoners on a Bike


At 6:56 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

I know nothing about this movie, but WHARMAN recently wrote about taking a snake-skin purse on a plane. Is that just coincidence?

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Not a coincidence. This is a case of a B-movie attaining super-cult status before it is even released, because of the silliness of the concept and the title, and the efforts of one guy who started a website about the movie many months ago. If you Google it, you can probably get the whole story in 5 minutes.


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