In the spirit of “Snakes on a Plane” and “Hobo With a Shotgun,” we hereby propose a corresponding parlor game for imaginative film buffs based on this newly emerging subgenre of popcorn movies in which the title says it all.
With both of these films, the brilliance is all in the moniker. Story is an afterthought. No big marketing campaign required. No detailed coming attractions trailers needed. All you need is a terse title and the public imagination will do the rest.
Venomous reptiles in a confined space; a deranged homeless man heavily armed. It’s enough to get your silly creative juices flowing to create your own pithy titles (never mind the dreary work of making a film to live up to the hype).
To start the game, we toss off a few suggestions:
“Snakes on a Plane?” How about “Maggots in the Boardroom,” “Flatulence in an Elevator,” “Lice in the Laundry Room,” or “Piranha in the Hot Tub.”
“Hobo With a Shotgun?” How about “Chihuahua with a Flamethrower,” “Debutante with a Machete,” “Chimp with an Uzi,” “Politician With a Meat Cleaver” or “Kitten With a Chainsaw” (with apologies to the rock band Chainsaw Kittens).
Make up your own and post them in the comments box below. Who knows? In this age of email and internet brevity and high-concept entertainment, title writing might someday be the new screenwriting.
- Dennis King