Friday, September 14, 2012

Vile from New York, it's Saturday Night!

Roger Smith's new horror novel is called Vile Blood, but Evil Blood  and Live Blood would make good horror titles, too, and if Blood Veil has not been written yet, you can be sure that some Scandinavian crime author is working on it as we speak.

Sure, blood goes well with anything when it comes to horror or crime, but I'll ask you anyhow: 

Does any four-letter combination yield more suggestive words for crime and horror writers than i, v, e, and l? What are your favorite evocative anagrams?

© Peter Rozovsky 2012

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Max Wilde said...

Well, since you have already discussed my evocative anagram, I'll go a little off-topic and share some useless information: the most commonly used word in horror movie titles is "dead", followed by "night" and "blood" with "evil" coming in at #8. BTW the most commonly used word in adult movie titles is (drumroll) "sex."

September 15, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I thought the most common word in horror-movie titles was II, as in Friday the 13th, Part ....

September 15, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Evil Night is good, but I like Dead Blood better. Night Blood and Evil Dead are all right, but Dead Evil sounds a bit like an action movie rather than horror.

Sorry, but I can't do much with just sex.

Where did you find that ranking of words in horror-movie titles? Or did you compile it informally yourself?

September 15, 2012  
Anonymous Max Wilde said...

Bloody Night of the Evil Dead?
Can't take the credit. Found the movie title info here:
http://amorphousblog.com/2010/most-common-words-in-movie-titles-by-genre/

September 15, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

OK. I'll take one more shot at posting a coherent comment, then I'll go to sleep.

I see that "big" made the comedy and adult lists. "Little," however, makes just one of those, but it does make the romance list.

Damn, I may never sleep again.

September 15, 2012  
Anonymous solo said...

Roger Smith writes horror novels now? Gee, from crime to horror: things must be getting pretty bad in SA. Or maybe it's the writing career that's not working out.

On the other hand, shooting dead mining workers is more horror than crime, isn't it?

I'm a Mario Bava fan. But more so of his earlier athmospheric horror movies than a later gore-filled one like Ecologia del delitto. The film you mention, Friday the 13th II borrowed two scenes directly from Bava's film.

That film has many titles, some of them relevant to your discussion here. After the lame original title they gave it an even lamer one: Reazione a catena (Chain Reaction)

English language titles were better: Bay of Blood, Twitch of the Death Nerve. And the English didn't take any chances: when Blood Bath didn't seem to do the trick, they went with Blood Bath Bay of Death.

It's probably Bava's most influential movie. But nowhere near being one of his best ones.

September 15, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, I don't know. Smith set this book in the U.S., so maybe America is the country he things is pretty horrible.

September 15, 2012  

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