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What's wrong with calling a film, Untitled 3D Shark Thriller?

02.08.2011

What's wrong with an obvious and honest title?

SNAKES ON A PLANE director David Ellis favors such a title. Why come up with something when you can just go for simplicity? Ellis' next movie was being sold overseas as SHARK NIGHT 3D, but in America the title is UNTITLED 3D SHARK THRILLER. Apparently Relativity Media does not care for the title of SHARK NIGHT 3D so the marketing department is trying to think of something better.

Ellis agrees, “I hated the original title [Shark Night 3D], too, so at our weekly production meetings, I made everyone on the crew come up with names — Chums, Fins, Terror on the Lake — but they all seemed kind of cheesy. And so until I hear a better name, I like what we’ve got right now: Untitled 3D Shark Thriller. The title says everything you need to know: 'We’ve got sharks.' 'It’s in 3D.' and, 'It’s a thriller.'”

Rival studios think the current American title is great. One studio said this, “These days, there are two routes to take. It’s either titles like Snakes on a Plane or Hot Tub Time Machine — or you can try for highbrow and say, ‘From the people who brought you Avatar, comes … ’ — but neither seems to have any real effect; I don’t think anything matters anymore, so why not Untitled 3D Shark Thriller?”

Heather Menzies-Urich, the star of Joe Dante’s PIRANHA and a snake movie from 1973 titled, Sssssss thinks that a title could make or break a film. This is what she said about Sssssss, "Everyone looked at it as kind of a joke. I think it hurt the movie. I mean, don’t you feel funny just saying it? 'Sssssss.' How many people would go around saying, ‘Have you seen Sssssss?’ I wound up calling it the ‘S-movie,’ which may have been a better title for it." Then the actress had this to say about the PIRANHA title, “People are so scared of piranhas. Just the word sends chills up spines. That, and the fact that we couldn’t really call it 'The P-movie.'" But what does she think that UNTITLED 3D SHARK THRILLER would work? "Absolutely."

Roger Corman on the other hand has mixed feelings and feels like the title may be a little "too hip for the room". Here's what he had to say:

“In the last couple years, I’ve done a couple of pictures for the SyFy Channel: Dinocroc and Dinoshark. They both got very high ratings. Then SyFy Channel called me and said, 'You’ve come with these titles, and they’ve done well. We’ve come up with one, and wanted to know if you wanted to make it.'"

"So I said, 'Let me hear it.'"

"They said, 'Sharktopus.'"

"I said, ‘No way. Not interested. My theory is this: You can go up to a certain level of insanity with your titles. Dinocroc and Dinoshark are within those limits. Go over it, and the audience turns on you.’ But [SyFy] wore me down, and I agreed to make it. What happens? Sharktopus got the highest rating of any original movie on the channel in five years. Which shows that the level of insanity is higher than I thought it was, and that even at my age — and I’m 84 — you can learn something. They want titles that I would not have considered almost a year ago. I just agreed to make a movie called Piranhaconda, which goes above the limit of what I previously thought was the limit of insanity. We shoot in March."

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Does it matter if the film is titled, UNTITLED 3D SHARK THRILLER?
Source: Vulture

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11:38AM on 02/09/2011
on a certain level i do think it could work, but i highly doubt that it will be released with that title.

with titles suggested below (for example buddy cop movie) you have to be careful not to get mixed up with awful seltzer/friedberg spoof movies such as disaster movie, epic movie etc
on a certain level i do think it could work, but i highly doubt that it will be released with that title.

with titles suggested below (for example buddy cop movie) you have to be careful not to get mixed up with awful seltzer/friedberg spoof movies such as disaster movie, epic movie etc
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11:35AM on 02/09/2011
Sharks in a Bottle.*



*Disclaimer: This film may not contain scenes of sharks in a bottle.
Sharks in a Bottle.*



*Disclaimer: This film may not contain scenes of sharks in a bottle.
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9:01AM on 02/09/2011

Don't care what it's called

It's got sharks. In 3D. I'll be there OK studio folks, as I'm a sucker for creature flicks
It's got sharks. In 3D. I'll be there OK studio folks, as I'm a sucker for creature flicks
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2:30AM on 02/09/2011

3D Shark Thriller

Skip the "untitled" cause it is titled...

Edit: Think I like "Shark Thriller 3D" more.

Edit Again: "Untitled Buddy Cop Movie", again, I think "Buddy Cop Movie" is better.
Skip the "untitled" cause it is titled...

Edit: Think I like "Shark Thriller 3D" more.

Edit Again: "Untitled Buddy Cop Movie", again, I think "Buddy Cop Movie" is better.
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1:35AM on 02/09/2011
I still think Cop Out should've still stuck with the title "Untitled Buddy Cop Movie".
I still think Cop Out should've still stuck with the title "Untitled Buddy Cop Movie".
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4:47PM on 02/09/2011
A Couple of Dicks was better, but despite the shitty-ness of the actual movie I dig Cop Out, a nice jab at the movie studio.
A Couple of Dicks was better, but despite the shitty-ness of the actual movie I dig Cop Out, a nice jab at the movie studio.
11:37PM on 02/08/2011
I would totally go see a movie called Untitled 3D Shark Thriller.
I would totally go see a movie called Untitled 3D Shark Thriller.
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10:57PM on 02/08/2011

It screams lazy.

@ Stillwater, those names are OK because they are frieking Syfy channel movies! They already are going to suck but on purpose!
Besides all of us hardcore movie people who get it, to the rest of average people it says we didn't care enough to come up w/a decent title. I think it's dumb but I get it, but to the average movie-goer they will pass. Even if it's a decent film, people won't go see it for the title alone. It doesn't have to be really original, but this just says "Screw you, come
@ Stillwater, those names are OK because they are frieking Syfy channel movies! They already are going to suck but on purpose!
Besides all of us hardcore movie people who get it, to the rest of average people it says we didn't care enough to come up w/a decent title. I think it's dumb but I get it, but to the average movie-goer they will pass. Even if it's a decent film, people won't go see it for the title alone. It doesn't have to be really original, but this just says "Screw you, come see my movie." This won't be the final title. NO way no how.
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10:49PM on 02/08/2011

Oh, Corman, you delicious old fart.

Why are DINOCROC and DINOSHARK okay but SHARKTOPUS is just sooooooo out there?
Why are DINOCROC and DINOSHARK okay but SHARKTOPUS is just sooooooo out there?
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9:43PM on 02/08/2011

title should be...

Sharkness
Sharkness
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9:15PM on 02/08/2011

How About...

Tiburón 3D
Tiburón 3D
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9:14PM on 02/08/2011

Piranhaconda

Dear SyFy, please co-promote this movie with Trojan to create Piranhacondoms. "Protect yourself. Because she has quite a grip."
Dear SyFy, please co-promote this movie with Trojan to create Piranhacondoms. "Protect yourself. Because she has quite a grip."
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8:05PM on 02/08/2011

name it...

SHARKS ON A PLANET

Always down for more killer shark movies... :)
SHARKS ON A PLANET

Always down for more killer shark movies... :)
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8:02PM on 02/08/2011
going with "Untitled 3D Shark Thriller" is plain lazy and stupid. Most importantly it's not funny. Snakes on a Plane and Hot Tub Time Machine are both funny catchy titles because of their ridiculousness. This is lame. They should go with something along the lines as "Sharks Eat Teenagers in 3D"
going with "Untitled 3D Shark Thriller" is plain lazy and stupid. Most importantly it's not funny. Snakes on a Plane and Hot Tub Time Machine are both funny catchy titles because of their ridiculousness. This is lame. They should go with something along the lines as "Sharks Eat Teenagers in 3D"
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