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Title Recall: Like it like that

Lazy post, I know, but I have vary limited access to my film collection – and my laptop gets too hot to plough through the DVDs I did bring with me.

Not much profound to say except that I like these ones.


A.K.A. House of Death, I like the little sound-wave thingy that spikes as some doomed girl shrieks her last.


Simple and straightforward, much like Final Exam itself.


Quite why it was renamed so grandiosely for the UK I do not know…

hn2The almost-frat comedy undertones of Hell Night (and Hellego Night) are evident in the way the wavy font shimmers on to the screen as we pan across a raucous campus party.

prom2aAbout the best moment in this soggy sequel – I love titles where the suffix and prefix are switched, and diggin’ those fonts, Hamilton High!

sndn1aWay to ruin Christmas! Even if it wasn’t crashed by an axe wielding psycho, odds are there’d be some huge family row instead [Review].

spm1aI just like the fontage here [Review].

someguy2So much happiness and colour! How could it possibly go wrong? The slight ‘forced enjoyment’ here is indicative of themes in the movie, which is pretty damn good [Review].

tt2The drama! The orchestral crescendo! The beautiful train! OK, a little overwrought for a slasher film, but one so high up the rankings deserves nothing less [Review].

tcm03aPart of why I enjoy this yet-to-be-reviewed remake more than most is that they tried to be scary, rather than just hoping what they threw at the wall would stick. It’s mostly successful. This works.

Title Recall: Serial Slashers

More of those loveable title cards, this time from some of the series we love the most. And maybe not so much.


THE slasher franchise of the 90s (and also 2011), Scream fell into a consistent fontage after the first movie (which oddly had the regular typeface on all the artwork), in 2 and 3, the part number was slashed across the screen after the initial double murder which kicks off each and every film and, in the 4th, it kind of morphs out of the ‘A’ – thus the film is really called Scre4m, which is stupid, but at least we haven’t yet have 5cream


Stephen King probably hasn’t bothered watching most of the Corn sequels (maybe that horrendous 2009 remake). Where are parts IV thru eight? On VHS or not owned at all. I don’t like III but it came in the box with the first two. What to say? Hmm… nothing much really. They’re quite dull, aren’t they?


The original slasher movie, Psycho‘s shrieking-string opening credits end with the title card cracking up as per the sequels we see here, albeit in 1960-era editing simplicity. The ‘cracked up’ (oooh, clever!) logo remained unchanged all the way up to the 1990 final entry in the cannon, shortly before Anthony Perkins’ death.


Despite being one of the more memorable body count franchises, Final Destination has always been a bit of a flawed title concept. Yes, it works with the plane crash-centered first one, but can there be more than one ‘final’ destination? Turns out, yes. And even when they tried to end it by sticking a giant ‘THE’ in front of it, the sequels kept coming… 3‘s tarot cards only serve to remind me that none of the idiots in any of these movies have ever consulted a psychic, and 5 looks a bit boring here, though a second later is explodes, like, totally in 3D!


What have we learned from this batch? That some franchises are better managed in terms of their brand continuity than others. But nothing else.

Title Recall: Freeze Frames

Yet moooore title cards, this time of the ‘freeze frame’ variety, which, as you can see are fairly random at times…


Love this film as I do, I never really got the purpose of this bizarre flashback scene concerning a child’s party and a scary jack-in-the-box, and this particular shot is an odd place for the title to sweep in… [Review]


A car coming down the road. About as interesting as Bloody Murder, possibly re-fonted for the UK release here, gets.


Chucky lives! Sort of. He’s very burned. [Review]


An en-blurred panning shot from this little-seen reality show slasher flick with Edward Furlong (phnrrrr!). The font tells us all we need know.


Another cheapo DVD film, though this one has a low-bud 80s appeal (despite being made in 2000), and the title has a sort of here-comes-the-night sense of foreboding.


Also known as Fear, a freeze on the main character’s face as he acts in the cheeseball slasher film he’s starring in before the horror begins.


Everybody waaaants to be a winner! [Review]


The crazed eyes of sexy psycho ‘Ray’ from He Knows You’re Alone. All sweaty and intense, the title kind of floats out of his eyes.


I always thought this was an odd shot to bring the almighty title to screen, seconds after the names of stars Nielsen, Curtis and Stevens come up in over-quick succession. Poor little Robin, she just wanted to play ‘Killer’ with the big kids… [Review]


A flash-forward moment from Christopher Smith’s amusing comic-slasher, he spins the frame and we get a sleazy executive hanging upside down now bleeding upwards. Cool. [Review]


He boarded right into a wire. Ouch.


Valerie’s still having bad dreams about the Driller Killer from the first Slumber Party Massacre film when the girly, pink title pops up here for the shoddy sequel.


Girly slo-mo pillow fight as the camera cruises through the titular house, which will soon become a hotbed of murder and mayhem. [Review]


About the most innovative moment from the fifth Wrong Turn outing; good job it wasn’t part six…

Title Recall: Simple and Effective

Pardon the pun, but the title tells it all for this round. These are my favourite title cards – not necessarily those that belong to my favourite movies, but they just tick ‘that’ box, y’know?

Underwhelming though it may be, the colonial-like fontage of All the Boys… makes for prettiness, before it’s then splattered with BLOOOOOOOD, a bit of which seductively drips from the ‘Y’ in the titular character’s name.


Here we are again with cutesy lettering design, like that beautiful calligraphy we all wish we were capable of. [Review here].


I’m weirdly entranced by the swirly hypnotic end-of-film credits sequence of Darkness Falls. I actively dislike this whole credits-at-the-end thing, but the sexy graphics, coupled with the awesome Vixtrola song ‘Gunboat’, make me think it was intended for use at the opening and then shoved to the back because some exec thought the pacing wasn’t tight enough.


Simple n’ striking, just like the film itself.


Much-laughed-at sequel, largely disowned even by Wes Craven, but I like this title card, it’s rough n’ rustic looking, completely at odds with the comedic marathon that follows: blind and psychic final girl, dog capable of flashbacks, Sherry Palmer from ’24’… It rocks. [Review]


It’s all about the misaligned text, oooh chaotic right? Nah… not very, Last Summer is so straight it could march with one of those wackadoo churches at an anti-everything parade.


…And speaking of churches, more nice fonty action, but it doesn’t really go with the whole Prom Night ‘brand’ if you will. [Review].


Dig those shoes. Bet they were comfy. Another rubbish film with a nice and neat title card. Very 80s when you think about it, ‘specially those white socks with jeans. [Review]


And lastly, a film that’s as simple and effective (though not massively) as it’s postcard title card. Dull font, but the locale is all picturesque and purty – just the place you’d expect a psychotic loon to show up dressed as The Tooth Fairy. I can’t actually remember who the killer was or if they were a supernatural entity or not.

So there we go, some nice title cards. Bye.

Title Recall: Budgetary Constraints

The old adage goes, “Never just a book by its cover”. We already know that any cheap-ass slasher movie can be glossed over with some expensive looking artwork for the DVD. Or someone who is better with Photoshop than most.

However, most of these good-box-shame-about-the-movie ploys can be quickly spotted when the title card zaps on to screen. Or can they…?


A good example of this film’s “quirky” cheapness. Did anybody get this far and seriously think: “Wow, this is going to be some high-quality, tension-fueled horror film!”? [Review]



I couldn’t consciously tell these two apart when I added the screencaps here. Titular similarities aside, both were evidently disappointing to the point where their combined memory has blurred into one repressed blob of also-ran slasher shite. [Dark Fields review]


All are equally naff looking, suiting the ensuing ocular-molesting 90 or so minutes down to the ground. These films may have minimal camp appeal here and there but none of them are ever going to be hailed as unsung classics. The Blood Sisters one even ‘quivers’ as the camera pans over the leaves. Scary.

However, proving that we should never groan too early in a film…


The UK DVD release of Bloody Murder 2 was retitled for unknown reasons (considering it bears no obvious connection to the first one, which, itself was renamed Scream Bloody Murder). While everything about this film is cheap and unoriginal, BM2 is surprisingly pretty decent: It’s bloody and nostalgic for us fans of the summer camp slasher sub-sub-sub-genre.


Another vile font adorns the cheery no-budget throwback, Bikini Girls on Ice, which may perhaps over-promise to audiences who think they’re going to be served topless chicks getting cut to pieces for 90 minutes, but is still a lot of fun for the less discriminating body count fan. Like the above example, it packs a Friday the 13th-tinted stroll down memory lane.


Blood-spatter elevates this crud-looking title card a little from dull old white-on-black. While not as good as its predecessor, Sleepaway 3 should not be written off before it gets going just because of this minor faux pas.


And neither should Happy Hell Night, the title card of which seems to support my unproven theory that the film was simply titled Hell Night until somebody realised there was already a collegiate prank-based slasher film of that title. In the UK, the rental VHS was issued as just Hell Night, confusing me way back in the 90s when I picked it up and wondered when Linda Blair was going to show up…


A bona fide minor classic with a crappy title card making it look cheap and nasty. Again, it’s possible multiple re-titlings foiled a perfectly presentable opening. While the font is nice and straightforward enough, the placement and scene make it look dull. [Review]


Now, this looks ultra-crap. And the film probably is crap to every other set of eyes, but I kinda dug what was going on in it.

Same here: Boring. Boring. Boring. Film – starring Leah Pipes from Sorority Row – is pretty decent fare.

The UL fontage is nice and ‘serious’, then cartoon lettering for the suffix. One might think Bloody Mary is going to be some backgrounder from Count Duckula.

And finally, proving the big franchises sometime screw up too:

Christ on a bike. This and Busta Rhymes. [Review]

What does all of this teach us? Nothing. Sorry.

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