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
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…