The Big Sick
Finds that laughter-through-tears sweet spot, often in the unlikeliest of places.
The funniest movie title of all time is "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies."
That's the verdict of readers who responded to a recent Movie Answer Man discussion of funny movie titles. Reader Matt Sandler of New York started the discussion by nominating "Dracula: Dead and Loving It." I asked for suggestions from experts Leonard Maltin ("Ski Lift to Death") and Steve Friedman ("Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama"). My own candidate: The egotistical "God Is My Co-Pilot."
Then the readers got in on the act. In addition to "The Incredibly Strange creatures," etc., which was nominated by more than a dozen readers, here are some of the candidates:
Niki Wurster, Stuttgart Germany: Carl Andersen's Austrian z-grade flick entitled "I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing" (alternative title: "I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing and the Incredible Lusty Dust-Whip from Outer Space Conquers the Earth versus the Three Psychodelic Stooges of Dr. Fun Helsing and Fighting Against Surf-Vampires and Sex-Nazis and Have Trouble with This Endless Titillation Title"). Jada Genter, Conyers GA: "In the Land of the Owl Turds." (Learned while playing the game Balderdash, and yes, we looked it up and it DOES exist.)
I didn't believe you so I looked it up. It was directed by Harrod (cq) Blank, son of the great documentarian Les Blank. Bob Westal, Los Angeles CA: "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini," "Vampires on Bikini Beach," "Dr. Goldfarb and the Bikini Machine," and "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad."
Bob Terrill, Ft Collins CO: "Mexican Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy."
Itai Pines, San Jose CA: "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" and, more recently, "Dude, Where's my Car?" Both were funnier than the movies.
Richard Nikonovich-Kahn, Atlanta GA: "I Dismember Mama" is funnier than any of those you mentioned.
John Hobson, Bolingbrook IL: "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo."
Gilbert Hernandez, Lubbock TX: "976-EVIL".
Rob Frye, Redlands CA: " "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death," a hometown favorite from J.F. Lawton, the man who went on to write "Pretty Woman" and "Under Siege."
Bob Koelle, Newark DE: "Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator," which had the tagline, "Don't throw your love away. Burn it." Peter Sobczynski, Chicago: "The Neverending Story II." That reminds me of "The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2," which logically should have been titled "This Side of the Mountain."
David Vernon, Los Angeles: "Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness," "House 2: The Second Story."
Brett Campbell, St. Catharines ON: There's no funnier movie title than "Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid".
Joe Nonneman, Maple Park IL: "A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell."
Chris Galdieri, Arlington VA: "Mars Needs Women."
Erik Goodwyn, Cincinnati OH: "Surf Nazis Must Die," "Attack of the 100-foot Centerfold," "Star Wars -- Episode II: Attack Of The Clones."