What makes a good movie title? Sometimes it’s the pure simplicity of the title, something like The Thing or Alien, two titles that tell you all you need to know. Sometimes it’s just sheer coolness like There Will Be Blood or A Fistful of Dollars, titles that just make the movie sound really badass. But often the most memorable titles are the weird and crazy ones which both make you think what the filmmakers must have been smoking, but also makes you really want to see the movie, in the hope that it will be as wonderfully weird as the title or just simply to believe it was actually made.

This will not be a list of the ten craziest titles ever or the ten best movies with crazy titles but rather the ten craziest titles that make you want to see the movie for the title alone. Some titles are whack but a little too silly for you to really want to see the movie (Example: Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. It’s weird but mostly just stupid). But these ten titles below at least make me want to see the movie just for the title alone. These are not all good films by any stretch of the imagination, but they all have crazy awesome titles.

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Director Russ Meyer had great titles like Supervixens and Mondo Topless, but this is clearly his best title. The movie itself is bizarre and campy and a nice little guilty pleasure. Russ Meyer was infamous for making films starring girls with bulky chests, and this was no exception. The recently deceased Tura Satana is unforgettable as Varla, one of the most badass women in cinema history. Her performance alone is enough to make this movie worth seeing.



Killer Condom (1996)

This one I haven’t seen but some say it’s in fact as good as it’s title, which is a true rarity for movies with titles of this caliber. This movie is apparently set in New York but it was made by Germans and it thus in German, despite being set in New York(?). And it’s about a condom that kills people. It can’t be all bad, can it?



Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song (1971)

I have yet to see this film as well. It’s one of those films I’ve been meaning to see for years, the title alone was enough to get me excited. It has been called the first blaxploitation movie, but it didn’t just start an entire genre, as well as Melvin van Peebles’s career (though he never really got a lot of respect), it’s also the film debut of a then 13 year old Mario Van Peebles (Melvin’s son) who even gets his own sex scene! Melvin made this film for very little money and had a hard time getting it distributed, but eventually it became a cult classic, his son even made a film about the making of the movie, named Baadasssss!, with Mario playing his own father.



Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)

This infamous Troma film is actually pretty bad. Except for (SPOILER) the part when the hero Leroy gets killed and his mama seeks vengeance on him. Especially the very end when she puts a gun in the bad guy’s mouth, says “Let me give you a taste of mama’s home cooking” and then blasts the guy away! Awesome!

Pity about the rest of the film…



Snakes on a Plane (2006)

This movie was a bit of disappointment. The title is probably the most awesome title a big budget studio movie has ever committed to, but sadly the movie was just okay, occasionally it lived up to the title but mostly it was rather mediocre, buoyed mainly by Samuel L. Jackson’s presence and the sheer insanity of the premise. Oh well.



Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

Motherfucking Sam Peckinpah! This is possibly my favorite title of all time. The movie itself is very good but not quite as awesome as the title, nor is it Peckinpah’s finest hour (that would be The Wild Bunch). But it’s still a film well worth seeking out.



The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967)

While most of his films have a lot of black humor this was one of director Roman Polanski’s few attempts at pure comedy, and it’s still pretty funny even though it’s a little dated. The title is probably the funniest thing about the movie, though.



Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

I haven’t seen this one and hear it’s not really very good (and the trailer is not really helping, weird as it is). But the title alone is enough to make me want to see this film sometime before I die. On Wikipedia it’s described as an “erotic horror film” and it was inspired by a short story by Bram Stoker. One critic’s blurb probably sums this film up quite well: “if you like a little soft gore with your soft core, this is the movie for you.”



Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Not for the faint of heart (we see a man hammer a nail through his penis, among other things) but if you have the stomach for it this is actually a pretty terrific film. A fascinating portrait of what it means to be a masochist. Bob Flanagan also turns out to be a pretty likeable guy.



 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Another candidate for best title of all time and probably the weirdest title ever for a movie with a megastar in the lead. It’s also an absolutely brilliant film, one of the best of this century so far. It’s both as beautiful and as weird as its title. The world needs more movies like this one. If only Charlie Kaufman were more prolific…



Special mention:

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Of course I had to include this movie. We all know it and love it but this is still one hell of a weird title for a big studio movie made by a high profile director and starring a bunch of big stars. Hollywood needs to make more movies with weird titles like this one today (The Men Who Stare at Goats was a step in the right direction, even though it was a little disappointing).



Honourable mentions: Being John Malkovich, Caligula Reincarnated as Hitler, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?, The Man Who Loved Cat DancingKiller Klowns From Outer Space, Killer Tomatoes Eat France!, Tromeo and Juliet and Hobo With a Shotgun.

What are your favorite crazy awesome movie titles?

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  • http://prawnandquartered.wordpress.com Howlin’ Mad Heather

    I was always partial to “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead.”

  • Sverrir

    The omission of ‘Attack of the Killer Refrigerator’ is quite glaring.

  • http://dbmoviesblog.wordpress.com dbmoviesblog

    Somehow, for me, the movie title is a very important factor of whether to see a movie or not. As I am into ‘serious’ stuff, I guess it explains why I have not yet watched the critically acclaimed ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ )

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