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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sometimes, A Title Can Be Everything

So the word going around now is that Samuel L. Jackson signed on to do SNAKES ON A PLANE without opening the cover.

"I didn't even read the script - I just saw the title "Snakes on a Plane" and said "Okay, I'm there'" says Jackson.

(Of course, one assumes that there was probably a nice cash offer already attached).

Still, titles can be everything. I often go to my CD collection when looking for titles; skim a song list, and often something jumps out at you.

I'm having a problem with titling my supernatural thriller, though. No one really seems to like my current title, "Hiding Billy", and I guess I sort of agree.

While being vague about the plot to those who haven't read it, suffice it to say that it's sort of a cross between "The Sixth Sense" and "Sleeping With the Enemy".

Anyone have any ideas?

If I pick yours, I'll name a character after you....



99 Comments:

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Jacob said...

HIDING BILLY is a pretty bad title for a supernatural horror-it somehow sounds like a broad comedy to me, maybe because "Billy" is a name with a little bit of built-in goofball factor.

But "Hidden" is a good word in a thriller title. THE HIDDEN ENEMY, maybe? Or how about just HIDING ? Or THE SECRET ENEMY?

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Lucy said...

I love titles. It's one of the best parts of writing I reckon. I even like giving things titles WITHIN my screenplays - names of shops etc, like my sausage shop Scott ; )

Supernatural thriller hey...how about HIDDEN DEPTHS?

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Grubber said...

HIDDEN SENSES? No idea of what it is about though, just a guess. Best of luck.
cheers
Dave

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Yikes. Okay. No more titles riffing on the word "Hide".

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Steve Peterson said...

Is there a recurring visual theme in your story? If so that can make for a nice title ala THE RING.

I'm guessing the film involves a young boy as a main character -- so perhaps something that plays on childhood fears: THE SHADOWS IN THE HALL.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Actually, a woman is the main character; she's helping to hide a boy from his crazed father. There are ghosts involved.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

GHOST STALKER
MY DEAD PSYCHO BOYFRIEND

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

HEAVENLY RESTRAINING ORDER

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

ok... my dead stalker boyfriend doesn't work. so...

you could go with the one-word mystery like

FOSTER (as in, foster family)

or

THWARTED (for, thwarted efforts)

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Steve Peterson said...

Maybe something riffing on classic Dylan then: God said to Abraham, KILL ME A SON?

 
At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm... Not knowing the specifics is fun. Like I'm writing my own script in my head.

VANISH-ENVY

WHEN GHOSTS FEAR THE LIVING

VANISH OR DIE

A LIFE AND DEATH STRUGGLE

BECOMING A GHOST

FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRITS!!!!!!!!

And...i'm spent

Joel Thomas is a boring character name, but, heh, after that last one, you're stuck with it.

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous pd boy said...

CLINCH?

DEADLY VISITS?

HAUNTED?

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger mahlzeit said...

GHOSTS INVOLVED ;)

It's really hard to come up with a title without specifics, because the title really is a highly condensed version of the story, or at least something that spikes interest in it.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Joshua said...

Thicker Than Water
Blood bond
bound by blood
his eyes (as in, his father's eyes)
Dad
Woodshed (I don't know if there is a woodshed in your story, but I've always liked the title and you can have it if you wish)
Ties That Bind
&
The One Incredible Night Daddy Tried to Kill Me . . .

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Brett said...

SPECTRE VISION

AFTERSIGHT

SECRET WORLD

GUIDING SPIRITS

or

THE EYES OF MAURA LARS*
.
.
.
title wave B

* yeah, yeah, that would require a minor character re-badging for you, but COME ON, BAYBEE! That's gold! GOLD!

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

HAUNTED isn't bad... except there are 8 different movies in imdb with that title.

Maybe GONE.

Jeez, HIDING BILLY isn't looking so bad all of a sudden.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Leif Smart said...

Almost impossible to think of a title without knowing the story other then randomly lucking upon one.

All I could do is offer some sugguestions. Perhaps some play on Protectors or Guardians.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree that the title kinda completely bites. I think it's a problem of ... a buncha things, really. It doesn't flow trippingly off the tongue, and it isn't ironic or riffing on any well-known phrases.

I haven't read the script, but would alliteration help? In other words, if you want to keep HIDING in the title, would changing the kid's name to Harry or Hank help? HIDING HAROLD is a better title than HIDING BILLY.

The woman is protecting the boy, right? How about something like:

GUARDIAN
SALVATION
SANCTUARY

Or you could just name the movie after the kid: BILLY. Like Billy Madison or Billy Bathgate or Billy Elloitt ...

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger taZ said...

I think it's impossible to set a title unless you know a detailed plot, but do I've got to lose.

Releasing the Boy.

Releasing Billy.

Hide Away.

Punish.

Time of Punishment.

Against Punishment.

Permanent Inheritance.

Of course, if you're in need of something really good, you have to tell us more.

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Home Secluded Home
Lost and not to be Found
Unfounded
5150 Jr.
Daddy's weekend

It's really hard knowing so little, but I know being too close causes problems as well. Play around with titles from the dad's POV or an outsider's POV. Maybe something to do with the surroundings, something only Billy can see.

Good Luck

 
At 4:02 PM, Anonymous D said...

Between the Shadows

?

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

What the hell, one more... Grounded.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Julie O. said...

Riffing here...

(THE) HIDDEN CHILD

(THE) INVISIBLE CHILD

(THE) GHOST CHILD

(THE) GHOST GUARDIAN

GUARDIAN OF THE GHOST

RUN(NING) FROM SHADOWS

(Leaning toward something closer to the last few, because it's her story, not Billy's...)

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Titles are interesting things too, because often titles that just seem dumb, wind up working once you have seen the movie.

Lethal Weapon is sort of a dumb title. The Shawshank Redemption. Sleeping With the Enemy. The Sixth Sense is even kind of generic and basic. Pretty Woman. Working Girl. Say Anything.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

The Invisible

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

David Goyer is currently directing a movie by that title.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger taZ said...

If you ask me, I like titles that don’t have any particular meaning in the movie. Maybe it's something a character says or what starts it all up.

 
At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post begs the question, which came first, "Snakes on a Plane" or "Alligators in a Hellicopter?" Forgive me if you've already explained...I'm new to your blog!

How bout

NOT BY BLOOD
ENTITY
RIVER GHOST
THE HIDDEN
GHOST HAUNT
SLIVER
ON MY WATCH

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

My blog title is an ironic riff on Snakes in a Plane, of course. Though blog titles are tough too.

The Hidden and Sliver were already movies. Getting closer, though.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Julie O. said...

Another couple came to me:

IMMORTAL DANGER

HINDERED SPIRITS

Warmer? Colder?

I'm trying to think of something that feels like that awesome chase scene... I think that's the tone you want to capture in the title.

(LOL!!! The word verification I just had to type was "xohorno" Snort!)

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Colder. Colder. Ice cold.

 
At 6:47 PM, Anonymous cwmagee said...

The only "ing" words worth even considereing for a title are "king" and "ring".

Mind you, without knowing the story I can't really help that much...

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE UNHOLY...

SOUL DECEPTION

SPIRITUAL DENIAL

WHOLE, IN THE WALL

THE BRATS IN THE WALLS

and, of course.

BILLY GO GRUFF

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Tom said...

The first thing I thought of was SHELTER. I haven't read the script, but it seems easily modified to make a better fit.

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger CW said...

To riff on the last, DEAD SHELTER.

 
At 8:30 PM, Blogger Naila J. said...

MAKING THE NIGHT (or whatever time period you feel is appropriate)

BILLY'S SECRET
or
(FEMALE CHARACTER)'S SECRET

depending on the images used, something like
BEHIND THE BROKEN DOOR
or
DANGEROUS EYES/ DANGEROUS LIES/ DANGEROUS LIVES
or
BROKEN GLASS/SHATTERED GLASS

I like the image of broken, because of broken families, dreams, hearts. If anything breaks prominently in the script, I'd use that in my title. Like "broken vase" or something.

ESCAPING DAD(DY)

PERFECT PRISON

NEVER GOING BACK

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

THE GHOST WITHIN /THE SPIRIT WITHIN

HIDING IN THE SHADOWS

(The)SHADOWS IN MY MIND/HEART

SHADED SANCTUARY

DEFENDING THE BOY / DEFENDING BILLY

It's really hard to do this without knowing if it is the woman or the boy who's at the center of the story... :(

A few more:

GHASTLY GETAWAY/DELIVERANCE

DADDY'S WRATH/DADDY'S WRAITH

SPECTRAL SALVATION

ONE WAY TRIP/ROAD/PATH/VOYAGE

I bolded my favorites, to make it easier to read. Sorry if my ideas are crap :(
I'll take any feedback though!

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger writergurl said...

Ok, this is just what popped into my head...

THE SCION (or just SCION)

MATERNAL INSTINCTS

LEGAL GUARDIAN


They probaby suck, but, hey you asked!

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Joshua said...

Say Anything is one of my favorite titles ever -

Original title of Shawshank was Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

I still like Thicker Than Water (as in blood is) -

why not just DADDY?

or IRRECONCIABLE?

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

I like the one-word title thing. Try some of those.

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Lost Shelter

Or: Family Sucks.

How about: Fuck Off, Dad!

I got it: Untitled Scott The Reader Project

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

If a woman is the main character, perhaps titles pertaining to a woman's maternal instinct would be more apt.

MATERNAL is about as straightforward as you can get.

Or you could go the very 70s/80s route and pick a declarative statement like:

HE'S MINE

I think it's a good instinct to get away from the gerunds. Titles with -ing verbs are passe, eh? I've had whole conversations with people about this. We (my mysterious "people") have decided that gerunds are out, and clever plays on words are out (like "Crossing Jordan" and "Judging Amy")

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger Noah Brand said...

It's about screwed-up family dynamics with a supernatural twist, so my inclination is UNSPOKEN CURSES.

Or, of course, it's about concealing a child so he won't be killed, so perhaps something along the lines of FATHER HEROD.

Or if the ghosts are in some way monitoring the kid, I like the ring of THE WATCHFUL DEAD.

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous Norm said...

Hiding a child (who presumably sees ghosts no one else can) in one word:

Unseen.

Also, potentially thematic regarding family secrets and all that stuff. Hope you find a title. Or one finds you.

-Norm

 
At 3:43 AM, Blogger taZ said...

Here are some one-worders.

Crawl

Captivation

Possession/ed

Preoccupied

Of course you can use them in two-worders too.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger Danny Stack said...

How about:

Haunt

Crazed

Father

Atonement

Fiend

Or am I just using tags...?

 
At 4:09 AM, Blogger mahlzeit said...

julie o. said: "Warmer? Colder?" I think that's actually a nice title: WARMER COLDER. As in: ghosts are cold, humans are warm. Or just: COLDER (though that's also the name of a recent short). Or, staying with the ghost thing: DISEMBODIED. Or: SOULLESS. Or: TWO COINS. Or (eek!): THE ETERNAL NOCTURNAL. From Atari Teenage Riot: TOO DEAD FOR ME. From Evanescence: MY IMMORTAL. Lots of good stuff in my playlist, actually. A hint of at least the theme of the story would be helpful. ;)

 
At 4:23 AM, Anonymous pd boy said...

HAUNTED LIVES

DEADLY VISITS?

 
At 4:40 AM, Anonymous pd boy said...

FLIGHT

PANIC

WHISPERS

DEADLY WHISPERS

FLIGHT, FIGHT OR DIE

LULLABY

 
At 5:04 AM, Blogger Justin James said...

A Shadow's Whisper
Shades of Fear
Shattered Shadows
A Shattered Shadow
Forgotten Fears

 
At 6:36 AM, Blogger Belzecue said...

"Actually, a woman is the main character; she's helping to hide a boy from his crazed father. There are ghosts involved."

OK, I'm not going to read the bazillion suggestions preceding mine, so apologies to other posters if I duplicate.

First, the goofy titles:

Crazed and Confused
Paternity Blues
Father Knows Beast

Now, my not so goofy titles:

Mine
Hold Harmless
Blood Between
Outlive the Son
The Reach (hmm, enough 'The ...' titles already!)
Visiting Rites

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Naila J. said...

For 1 word titles:

SANCTUARY
SHADOWS /IN THE SHADOWS
RUN
HIDE
(RUN/HIDE)?

BEWILDERED
MORTIFIED
MISGUIDED
UNHINGED

MYSFIT
DISUNITY

ACCOMODATIONS

TOUGH
TOUGH LOVE

BREACH
RUPTURE

TURMOIL

WANTED

DEPRIVED

PRECOGNITION

BREATHE
BREATHLESS

DEPARTED
DEARLY DEPARTED
BITE THE DUST

PUTREFIED
CURDLE AND CRUMBLE

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger screamwriter said...

How about...

Dance with the Devil
Deliver From Evil
Little Boy Blue

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Julie O. said...

Ha! Naila beat me to it -- I just came in to suggest:

RUN

HIDE

RUN AND HIDE

Although I think the first two are closer to nailing the right tone.

Or... Maybe--

HIDE FROM SIGHT

--leveraging the dual meaning of "sight."

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Lucy said...

I LOVE "Deliver From Evil"

How about PARTI PRIS

It means "hidden agenda" in Latin (I think). Plus it kind of sounds like the child and woman can't be PARTED or PRISED apart...

Or is that just grasping at straws??

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Wow this is hard (and thanks for all your efforts. Don't give up now).

I just looked through all my CDs, as well as the list here, to see what resonates.

It's tough because it needs to be something that suggests the tone and genre of the story, without being too on-the-nose.

This is my short list. I'm not married to any of them yet, but maybe it'll give the idea of the tone I'm looking for....

SHELTER
DISAPPEAR
SALVATION
DAYLIGHT FADING
THURSDAY'S CHILD
HAUNT
GONE

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

By the way, I like THURSDAY'S CHILD a lot, because it resonates (the full quote from the poem is "Thursday's child has far to go").

Unfortunately, I'm not the first person to think of this, and there seem to be at least several novels with the same title.

I'm wondering how much title-duplication-worry should be a concern, particularly if the title is in another medium.

 
At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, if THURSDAY'S CHILD is taken, you have six other days to choose from ... :-)

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bout THE HIDING PLACE? spooky, kind of menacing.. doesn't really imply ghosts though. HIDING IN CASKETS? Where does she hide him? ATTIC? Other words that mean hidden? SECRETED, or SECRETED AWAY? (too close to Spirited Away?).

So far the best title I've seen in this list was in the first post, HIDING.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Naila J. said...

Probably the wrong tone, by

CURTAIN CALL
NIGHTFALL

DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT (or some paraphrase)

HOME

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

This is like picking lottery numbers.

In Plain Sight
Away From Here
Under the Sun
Run Away
Seek and Find
Olly Olly Oxen Free
Holed Up
Chasing Dawn
Chasing Shadows
Someplace Else
The Hide Out
Side of the Road
Free Run
The Hunting/Hunter

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

i'd just warn you against two-word titles, because to me, they bring to mind images of Lifetime or USA movies. titles like CRUEL INTENT or DEADLY SECRETS, stuff like that.

why not look at some list of the Top 100 Thrillers of all time and see what kind of titles they used?

maybe look at scarier song lyrcis. some of the Rolling Stones old stuff is sort of weird and freaky.

MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER, too bad that doesn't work. that's a great title. better for a horror movie though.

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

And no animals in the title, ever!

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger CW said...

SPECTER

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Danny Stack said...

Sticking with one words:

Faded

Trace

Clemency

Absolution

Condemned

Chide


I'll get my coat.

 
At 5:27 PM, Anonymous pd boy said...

HUSH

HUSH... LITTLE BABY

RUN

LAST LEG

PIECES

RUNNERS

SURVIVE

FOR SURVIVAL

NATURAL LAW

FAMILY TREE

ENDURE

UNSTABLE

EXIST

EXISTENCE

WINNER TAKES ALL

RACE

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous emily blake said...

SLEEPING WITH SIX SNAKES ON AN ENEMY PLANE.

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Leif Smart said...

Concealment

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Soem interesting titles getting thrown around, and some god-awful ones.

I like Shelter. I suggested Lost Shelter.

Or try Broken Shelter.

Or Broken.

Or Ain't No Thing But A Chicken Wing.

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Portia C. said...

Play up the female protective nature towards children:

MATERNAL INSTINCT

MOTHER TIGER

HELL HATH NO FURY

(IN)SECURE

~Portia C.~

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger mahlzeit said...

All I can think of right now (it's early!):

HIDEAWAY
HIDEOUT
NO CHILD OF MINE
NO DAY TOMORROW

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger s.warren said...

"The Quiet Place"
"fadeaway"

Both are titles that I've had for a while, but have never quite figured out a story for. Hope they can be of use to you.

I do this quite a lot. I come up with what I feel is a strong title and then figure out a story later. Sometimes I also try and imagine a poster for the movie. I guess I have a little bit of Samuel Arkoff in me.

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SHELTERING SUN
FADING SUN
THE WANING
VENOM
UNSEEN
HARBOR
HARBORING SUN

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

S Warren,
I've done that, too. I've come up with a kick-ass title and then said, okay, what's the story now?! I wrote a post about it too. doesn't always happen that way, but sometimes it does.

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

His Father's Shadow

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

How about AEGIS?

Forget the fact that 75% of the nation will have no idea what it means. (I wouldn't know if it hadn't been my high school yearbook name.) It just sounds creepy.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Naila J. said...

I really like AEGIS.

It's catchy, and the fact that no one knows what it means is even better!

I had to look it up ;)
But yes... Aegis would be my choice

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Portia C. said...

BLOOD TIES

GONE

HIDDEN

KEEP AWAY

DADDY'S LITTLE SECRET

HIDE AND SEEK

HIDE AND GO SEEK

HIDE AND GO SECRETS

~Portia~

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Recycling my own material: "Lizards in The Lexus"

Half-serious: "Cold Eternity"

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Not that mine are any good, but 88% of these sound like bad cable soft-porn movies.

Here's an idea, change the kid's name and call it the name of the 1st person who posted on this topic:

JACOB

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got it!

I've got it!

You should call it;

Sleeping with Six Enemies

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

ANONYMOUS

That's what Billy needs to become and that's how the dead father feels. Yup. That's the title. Done deal. End of thread. No need to improve upon it.

 
At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Joshua said...

admit it.

This was just a clever game to see how many folks were reading your blog.

 
At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LEGACY

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why don't you have an RSS feed? I keep spelling alligator with one 'l,' and getting the dreaded 'not found' page. Argh.

If you use my title -- LEGACY -- then instead of a char name, get an RSS feed, k?

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger PJ McIlvaine said...

Blood Guide

Guarded

Rest In Piece (sorry, I couldn't resist)

Hidden Instincts

Ghostly Influences

Shattered

Abandoned

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger mstarr said...

Can't See Me
Swayze
Trapper John, MD
The Ghost that ate the Sandwich
The Third Trinity
The Thrill is Gone
The Wraith of Crazy Sam
Ocean Spray Cran-Grape Juice

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great discussion. It absolutely proves that getting the right title is a big fat hairy bitch in heat.

To Kristen: I am absolutely stealing MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER and writing a horror movie around it. Deal with it. You're correct - it's a great title. Hell, I can even see the poster ...

Scott, I promise to read your script and come up with the perfect title for you. Happy Birthday.

-danny boy

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous kristen said...

You can use MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER, that's fine. I'll just work my way through the rest of the Stones songs. Maybe I'll start with NINETEENTH NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.

I'm glad somebody likes AEGIS, and I second Pat Rodio's last comment.

 
At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THERE'S NO SENSE IN SLEEPING WITH 6 ENEMIES.

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of starting a blog called Salamander In A Spaceship and I'm hoping Samuel L. Jackson will read it.

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"THE OSCAR once was given for title writing. By 'once' I mean one time only. Joseph Farnham won it in 1927 for "Wings," among other films."

-from the Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/05/PKGU9GILVC1.DTL

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Well I think titles there refers to the ones on the screen during silent movies... ir am I wrong?

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

no, you're right. it's titles writing for silent film. screenwriting's predecessor.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You can use MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER, that's fine."

Thanks, Kristen!

If I sell it, I'll ... uh ... send you a postcard that says "Thanks, Kristen!"

-danny boy

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Well I think titles there refers to the ones on the screen during silent movies... ir am I wrong?"

My bad, I didn't cross-reference it.

 
At 12:12 AM, Anonymous mbyrne said...

The correct answer for what to title your project is "Eight."

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Milehimama said...

How about:

DADDY'S BOY

MAMA'S BOY

WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME -oops,that's not a title, that's what I'm currently yelling at the kids.

FATHER'S DAY (oops, that should be a slasher flick)

Go ahead and name a character Mom anyway.

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Some of these might be repeats-

I SHELTER
SHELTER ME
COVER OF DARKNESS
SHELTER MY SOUL
SHELTERING ARMS
TWILIGHT SHELTER

SALVATION'S CHILD (tongue twister!)
TWILIGHT & THE CHILD
SHELTER & THE CHILD
THE DISAPPEARED (tho it might conjure up images of S. Amer political prisoners.)
STAY HIDDEN
WHAT'S HIDDEN
SAFETY
INVISIBLE SHELTER (back to shelter again... yeeesh.)

I really really like...

FADEAWAY by S.Warren. It's evocative w/o being too on the nose. It alludes to Billy's situation of hiding from his dad, & at the same time, ghosts, death & all that. An alternative would be the even shorter--

FADE
or...
FADED

And to riff on that--

ASTRAY
DISSLOVE
WANE
WITHER
DIMMER
DIMINISH
PERISH
VANISH

OPAQUE
OBSCURE
TRANSLUSCENT
LUMINESCENCE (I think this is a brand of lipstick.)
LUMINOSITY
IRIDESCENT
IRIDESCENCE

I cheated & used a thesaurus on the last dozen. :-)

Good luck w/ that title thing!

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger suzbays said...

How about...

AFTER BILLY

? It has a play on words and everything!

 
At 11:06 PM, Anonymous James Patrick Joyce said...

In keeping with your comment that, “often titles that just seem dumb, wind up working once you have seen the movie”

Restraining Prayer

I Know

Father Kills Best

What You Don’t Know

A Curse and A Prayer

Ghosts

 

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