Saturday, May 15, 2021


Here's a macabre Saturday Night Special concept for you, a list of scary movies with one word titles, and no "The's" invited.
To choose a one word title for a horror film, you need a strong word, a single word that invokes terror, dread, confusion, or somehow gives you the creeps just thinking about it like "IMPULSE" is a good place to start. The added daggers in this title card are just frosting on the cake combined with one of the creepiest characters William Shatner ever played!

And speaking of "MACABRE," the Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as "Dwelling on the Gruesome," and I'm pretty sure that's what Schlockmeister William Castle had in mind when he made this 1958 monsterpiece of horror!

"ROPE," it's a simple word really, but when it's the title of an Alfred Hitchcock film, then it takes on multiple new meanings. Hitchcock must have liked one word titles, because quite a few of his films fell into this category, starting with his most famous, "PSYCHO," and  including such titles as "NOTORIOUS," "SPELLBOUND," "SABOTAGE," "SUSPICION," "BLACKMAIL," and...

......."VERTIGO!" I get dizzy just thinking about it!

Then it just starts getting weirder and more psychologically difficult like
"TORMENTED" from 1960.

This 1977 Mario Bava movie has been released as more than one title like "Beyond the Door II," or "The Demon Is Nuts," but this is the simplest and  most shocking one,
Then there are titles that just scream fun like Freddie France's "HYSTERIA" from 1965.

Here's another one-word masterpiece from Alfred Hitchcock in 1972, that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, "FRENZY!" 

 "SEIZURE" from 1974 is another comforting title because after all, 
"It's a children's story!"

After the seizure, the "DEMENTIA" sets it!
This 1955 classic was also known as "Daughter Of Horror."

Then you end up in this happy place from 1946.

Let's see, then there's "SUCCUBUS," another fun family film from Jess Franco in 1968, that is literally defined as
 "a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men!"
So let's take a little "DETOUR," and "Get back on track, Jack," because in 1945, what was better than going to movie that you had no idea where it was headed?
Next is the "Are These Really Even Words?" Department, where they just made something up, and you had to go to the movies to find out what it even was, like "GOG" from 1954.

Believe it or not, "KRONOS" is still not a word some 67 years later!

Nor is the title of the 1962 film "ZOTZ!"
Some one word titles are very descriptive, like with 1982's "PIECES,"
 what else do you need to know?
Or how about "RATTLERS" from 1976? That title pretty much says it all!

 Now this 1966 title has charisma and plenty of mystery to it, because anything could happen in matter of  "SECONDS!"
For one word, it just doesn't get much more ominous than "QUICKSAND,"
and Mickey Rooney just sinks deeper and deeper into it in this 1950 film.

From 1968 we have "CORRUPTION," which is defined as "Dishonest or Fraudulent Conduct by Those in Power," so you immediately know this film's going to be a barrel of laughs!

I'll leave you with Argento's "CREEPERS" from 1985, because why not?
You're sure not going to expect sunshine and lollipops with a title like that!
Interestingly enough, this film was originally released as another single word title,

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