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Titles of the definite-article + gerund format, i.e. "The [verb]ing". Therefore, a Definite Article Title Sub-Trope.

The use of this format for titling Horror Films is sometimes parodied, and is usually a good indicator that the film is very definitely a B-Grade one. It's also a very easy way to give your sequel a memorable subtitle.

Compare Verbing Nouny. See also Stock Subtitle and Magic Ampersand.

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The Listing

    Anime & Manga 


    Fan Works 
  • Evershade: In "Reforming", when picking what movie to watch, one call "The Shaping" is mentioned, and as this trope implies, it's a horror movie:
    "Horror one. A story about an evil, possessed house?" I raised an eyebrow. "Sounds a bit cliche."



    Live Action TV 

  • An in-universe example occurs on iCarly: Carly, Sam and Freddy help some friends make a trailer for a movie called... The Blowing.
  • The Killing

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 


    Web Video 

    Western Animation 


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