You can tell a lot about a movie from a single word in its title, and that's lucky, because one is exactly how many words your potential audience is willing to remember. Some words in movie titles always fulfill your expectations. Words like "Rambo" or "anal." But there are certain words that make a promise of awesome and never, ever deliver. I went through every word and every movie that has ever existed and found the seven best examples.
Notes on Statistical Data:
These figures are based on the exact number of unique films a determined lunatic could own featuring specific words in their titles. Keep in mind that movie titling is not an exact science. Movies are constantly being renamed and redistributed, and 60 to 70 percent of all movie names are designed to trick idiots. As any kung fu enthusiast can tell you, one Bruce Li or Bruce Le film without vampires can be sold as Bruce Lee vs. Dracula, Fist the Vampire or Bruce Lee's Tits and Bats 2: None of Those Things. If you're really unlucky, you may end up getting all three of those same films in one box set.
In addition to duplicates being thrown out, I eliminated documentaries and short films. Japanese cartoons weren't included, since they were all named with a word blender and exist only to dissolve the viewer's genitals. In your face, already bullied innocents! I also left out titles that were intentionally silly. I didn't need wackiness clouding my data, and I was dealing with enough irony deciding whether a Steven Seagal film should be considered Awesome or Garbage. Speaking of, I of course accounted for the accidentally awesome in my data.
There's a reason there are 150 movies with the word "cop" in the title. They fight crime during the day and jump out of ladies' birthday cakes during the night. That should make a great movie, but look at these alarming "cop" title numbers:
For every insane idea any filmmaker has ever had, someone in Hong Kong has added the word "cop" to it and made it with a quarter of the budget and 30 times the stuntman casualties. As they said in Supercop, "Super cops in Hong Kong are cheap and plentiful like commodities in supermarkets." That's mostly because I don't think they know what that word means. Hardly any of their "cop" movies are about policemen. Shit, even my knockoff Zyprexa came with an instructional video called Laser Cop Precinct.
Oh, that makes sense. I guess in Cantonese the word "cop" really does translate to "Don't give a damn."
The problem with giving magical powers to cops is that cops have regulations to follow. And if for some reason they don't, then that is the focus of your movie. It makes no sense to have a cop that can turn corpses into puppets, be a dog ghost or teach kindergarten. They'd be fired the second the chief found out about it. This kind of dislogic leads to movies like Scanner Cop, where he can explode brains with his mind but fights the one guy whose brain can't explode.
Oh, you thought I was kidding?
With movie titles like The Beast With a Million Eyes and Attack of the Beast Creatures, the word "beast" never had a chance. They cast Frasier to play the superhero with that name, which was basically just an expensive way to call comic book nerds gay.
These numbers include all 34 versions of the most overmade film in history, Beauty and the Beast. Why did we need this movie 34 times? Well, the moral of the story is that women can see the good in an ugly man's heart and fall in love. But the other side of that coin, ugly ladies, is that even an actual donkey monster can do better than you. That's a truly insane moral to get pounded into our brains by so many different movies. My theory is that a vast conspiracy of ugly men control everything, and the fact that I have no proof can only mean I'm far too handsome to be let in on it.
Is there one that also includes the word "cop"?