Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Silence of the Lambs, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Blair Witch Project

Every few years there is a film title that is so compelling that sub-editors in newspapers cannot help but use it as the source for pun-based headlines. The movie needs to be infamous. The combination of words needs to be distinctive, or even odd. Once a few writers make such puns, others turn to the same source:

Raiders of the Lost Dollar, Sex, Lies and Negotiation, The Silence of the Unions, Four Debates and a Funeral, The Sarkozy Witch Project

It looks like the next candidate for this treatment is There Will Be Blood. I’ve already seen There Will Be Backstabbing, and it seems there are plenty of opportunities for further headline puns based on that title.

What other film names have headline writers turned to over the years? Maybe your script needs a distinctive title too.


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