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Noun vs. Noun

With the recent announcement of Zombies vs. Gladiators, Amazon Studios‘ upcoming Clive Barker project, it’s official: All you need to make a movie these days is a script whose title is composed of two nouns separated by a “vs.”

This approach to moviemaking might seem simplistic and/or lazy, but it has one major thing going for it — everything you need to know about the product film is in the title. And that’s a godsend to a production company’s marketing department.

Obviously, this strategy must work, because producers are returning repeatedly to the Well of Versus. To illustrate my point, the following is a partial list of “vs.” films:

Monsters vs. Aliens

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid

Dinocroc vs. Supergator

Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys

Eagle vs. Shark

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Alien vs. Predator

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Freddy vs. Jason

Strippers vs. Werewolves

Now, I’m not saying this is a bad thing (truth be told, I’ve seen most of the flicks above and enjoyed more of them than I care to admit); it’s just an observation.

While I’m not all that thrilled about Zombies vs. Gladiators — I’m currently kind of zombied out — there is one “vs.” film that I’m looking forward to. It’s called Go Go Girls vs. the Nazis. Starring Canadian horror queen Melantha Blackthorne, this hopefully soon-forthcoming indie epic features the sure-to-be-unbeatable combination of go-go girls and Nazis!!!

Of course, I didn’t have to tell you that, right? I mean, it’s right there in the title…

~Theron Neel

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