Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
Sometimes, it's not enough for a horror movie to have a frightening premise. It has to scare its prospective audience right there in the title
! This mentality leads to a title with so many "scary" words or phrases that it becomes ridiculously redundant, a la Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000
. Often, the title doesn't even make sense when held up to scrutiny.
(Try to visualize some of the examples below...though it might be best if you didn't.) In brief, instead of frightening potential viewers, these titles provoke the reaction "Eww!" or "What the hell is this movie about
This trope was a hallmark of B Movies
, which used over-the-top gore and mayhem as a selling point, even when there was little to be seen. A subtrope of Intentionally Awkward Title
, where the over-the-top title is used but not necessarily with violence. Compare the Mad Lib Thriller Title
In practice, the trope usually inspires Squick
rather than fear. It also tends to involve the Department of Redundancy Department
. Related to Overly Long Name
and Overly-Long Gag
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Films — Live-Action
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who went through a phase of this during its "Hammer Horror" period when what had until then been fairly tame titles suddenly had 'of Evil', 'of Doom', 'of Death', 'of Blood', 'of Terror', etcetera appended to everything, with the most laughably redundant title being "The Deadly Assassin".
- Record company example: Crypt of Blood.
- Band example: Cannibal Corpse.
- Album example: What, "Cannibal Corpse" wasn't obvious enough?
- Another album example (from a band sophisticatedly named Death): Scream Bloody Gore.
- Death Metal bands in general love these. In addition to Cannibal Corpse, we have Dying Fetus, Carcass, Decapitated, Gorelord, Fleshgore, Rotting Christ, and many, many others. So much that Something Awful found a death metal magazine "some of the funniest stuff you’ll ever see" for bands with names such as Necrotic Disgorgement, 7000 Dying Rats, and The Christpunchers.
- The Japanese hardcore wrestling promotion FMW regularly featured insane, violent Gimmick Matches with descriptions that fit this trope.
- At the 7th Anniversary Show, May 5, 1996, Terry Funk and Mr. Pogo d. Masato Tanaka and Hayabusa in a "No Rope Explosive Barbed Wire Time Bomb Land Mine Double Hellnote Death Match."
- At the 8th Anniversary Show (held on April 29, 1997, instead of the usual date of May 5), Megumi Kudo defeated Shark Tsuchiya in a "No Rope 200 Volt double hell Double Barbed Wire Barricade Double Landmine Crushed Glass Electrical Barbed Wire Death Match" to win the FMW World Women's Title.
- At the 10th Anniversary Show, which was held on November 23, 1999 as their November PPV, FMW WEW Singles Champion Masato Tanaka d. Kodo Fuyuki in a "Loser Leaves FMW Electrical Thunderbolt Cage Death Match."
- Corpse Killer
- Mortal Kombat
- Slaughter Sport, a gratuitous rebranding of a game previously known as Mondu's Fight Palace and Tongue of the Fatman.
- Total Carnage
- Gore Screaming Show (Although, bizarrely enough, it's the name of a character. Does that disqualify it? Probably not.)
- Adal Ramones, in one of his monologues, mentions that every man's favorite option when choosing a movie to watch would be "Pesadilla en la Calle del Infierno 17: Freddy se Viene del más Allá" ("Nightmare in Hell's Street 17: Freddy comes back from the Afterlife")
- Pick a movie Calvin wants to see. Any movie. Samples include Attack of the Co-Ed Cannibals, The Cuisinart Murder of Central High and Vampire Sorority Babes.
Films — Live-Action
- Bloodbath at the House of Death (A Kenny Everett film, and worth watching if only for Pamela Stephenson's subtle charms.)
- Blood Sucking Pharaohs In Pittsburgh
- The slasher-based porno Camp Cuddly Pines Power Tool Massacre.
- Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death
- Grindhouse gives us some examples, such as Planet Terror and Werewolf Women of the SS.
- Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D and its sequel, Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3.
- Shriek if You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth
- Terror at Blood Fart Lake
- Parodied in The A-to-Z of Absolutely Everything with The Sex Devil from the Planet Blood.
- Neil Gaiman's short story Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire. Whoo.
- Sergey Lukyanenko once told a joke about an editor who tells a young author that a successful book nowadays needs to be about space, sex, gore, or demons. A month later the author brings Bloody Orgy in Martian Hell. Later Sergey actually wrote and published exactly that. It was a Stylistic Suck short story called an excerpt of the aforementioned novel, but still.
- Toxic Teen Lesbian Zombie Vampire Chainsaw Bitches from Outer Space 3, a film script made up for Zephyr Goza's The Tomato Soup Chronicles.
- Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)
- Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle trilogy: Slaves of the Volcano God, Bride of the Slime Monster and Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies.
- Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
- Parodied with the title of the recurring SCTV sketch "Monster Chiller Horror Theatre". Also parodied with the Show Within a Show's often-promised but never actually screened feature, Bloodsucking Monkeys from West Mifflin, Pennsylvannia. And Doctor Tongue's 3-D House of Meat!
- The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders brings us the wonderful children's book Doctor Blood's Orgy of Gore. It's about seven plump mice who got sweaters and lived happily ever after, mocking the fact that the movie they were MiSTing was a horror anthology awkwardly shoehorned into the role of a family film.
- Red Dwarf gave us Revenge of the Mutant Splat-Gore Monster and Die Screaming with Sharp Things in your Head. And those excellent cinematic treats, Revenge of the Surfboarding Killer Bikini Vampire Girls and The Attack of the Giant Savage Completely Invisible Aliens!
- In one episode of Leave It to Beaver, the Beaver tells his parents he wants to go see a double-feature with his friends. When they ask what movies they'll be seeing, he replies Massacre at Blood River and Voodoo Curse.
- Kill It Before It Dies from Charmed.
- The Kids in the Hall has a novelist whose second book is: There's a Spider on Your Back! That wasn't just the title — it was the whole book.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus has "Blood, Devastation, Death, War and Horror," which turns out to be an interview with a man who speaks in anagrams.
- Mr. Show had "Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost". The characters weren't sure if they should be afraid of the curse, the ghost, or the creature.
- In an episode of The Goodies,the Goodies are watching films made by Pinewood Studios after buying the studio. One of these films is called Kung Fu With A Bucket Of Blood And A Bath Full Of Giblets. Tim refuses to watch it.
- Death Metal band Blood Vomit and their album Up From The Grave, not to mention the song titles ("The Shredder", "Human Butcher", "Madman of the Woods", etc.). In fact, pretty much any death metal band.
- Thrash Metal band Lich King recorded a song titled "Attack of the Wrath of the War of the Death of the Strike of the Sword of the Blood of the Beast".
- Rose and the Arrangement's "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati."
- Weird Al's "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters from a Planet Near Mars."
- The House Of The Dead Overkill is already an example in its own name alone, the game being a deliberate send-up of its parent franchise by means of turning it into a seventies exploitation film, with level subtitles such as Papa's Palace of Pain and Jailhouse Judgment.
- Blood Crusher 2, complete with random subtitles (THE SPINEBREAKER FILES) to enhance the effect. Appropriate, as the game is a send-up of '90s shooters.
- Death: Dead Again, One More Time is the title of a fictitious Dean Koontz novel in Squidbillies.
- After The Angry Beavers eat themselves sick on junk food at the end of "Food of the Clods", they sit back to watch some TV, only to find the next movie on is The Oozing Flesh of the Rotting Hand. Cue Vomit Discretion Shot.