A few weeks ago, I clued you guys in to some of the horrible titles your favorite old TV shows almost got. They were truly awful and really made me appreciate what these shows were actually called… I know that sounds silly, but I’m very invested in pop culture, okay? Don’t judge me.
Anyway, TV shows aren’t the only things that almost got called something different – there are also tons of movies out there that were almost titled something else entirely. A few of these original movie titles make sense and would work, but most of them are pretty horrible. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that stuff gets edited in Hollywood and people changed their mind. The title of a movie can change everything! Here are 15 horrible original titles your favorite older movies almost got. Now go have an old-school movie marathon with these! I know I want to.
Scream Was Almost...Scary Movie. As I've already pointed out Scream was almost given the title of the movie that would later make fun of it so much that seeing the original as scary is almost impossible. That title would have worked though, to be honest.
Titanic Was Almost...The Ship of Dreams OR Planet Ice. Titanic is obviously a perfect title - short, simple, to the point - but I could easily see Ship of Dreams working as well. It's dramatic and brings up the love part, at least to me. But Planet Ice? God, no. That is AWFUL.
Bring It On Was Almost...Jump!That's just silly! Jump! is too boring, even with the exclamation point and sounds just too... I don't know, happy.
American Pie Was Almost...East Great Falls High. That's fine, it's just so boring. At least American Pie makes sense and totally captures the spirit of the movie. I'm assuming it was taken from one of the most infamous movie sex scenes of all time (do we really need to go into it?), which is perfect.
Back To The Future Was Almost...Spaceman From Pluto. Even though Back To The Future is kind of long, Space From Pluto somehow seems longer and more wordy. I think this was a great change.
Halloween Was Almost...The Babysitter Murders. Eek, that's just creepy! Plus, it sounds like a mix of The Babysitter's Club and an R.L. Stine book. Most of the time when it comes to movie titles, short and sweet is better. And, after all, this is a classic Halloween movie.
Final Destination Was Almost...Flight 180. If you've ever seen the beginning of this movie, then you would know that the original titles makes sense (don't see it if you're scared of airplanes), but Final Destination definitely has a better, creepier ring to it. It sums up the whole movie and just gives you the chills immediately. Or maybe that's just me because these movies are TRAUMATIZING.
Crossroads Was Almost...What Are Friends For? Aw, remember this adorable Britney Spears movie? It was so bad, but we all went to see it and pretended to love it because Britney was the star and we love her. Honestly, either of these titles could have worked, but I like the one they settled on best.
Drop Dead Gorgeous Was Almost...Dairy Queens. The original title is stupid. I don't have much more to add to that. Except now I REALLY want to watch this movie because it's so crazy and weird and I love it. And I LOVE the title Drop Dead Gorgeous. It's perfect.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Was Almost...A Boy's Life. This original title sounds like it's for a movie about a sweet boy going through the ups and downs of life. It doesn't sound like it should be the title of a movie that will give children everywhere nightmares because OMG E.T. is terrifying.
Friday The 13th Was Almost...Long Night At Camp Blood. Do I even have to say it? That original title is way too long and clunky. It just doesn't work. Friday The 13th is simple and makes it clear that this movie is going to be scary.
Not Another Teen Movie Was Almost...Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait To Be Kissed. Get it? Get it guys?! It's a combination of all the teen movies this movie is making fun of. I LOVE that original title idea but it's way too long to ever fit on anything and to even remember. As a side note, I own this on DVD but have never watched it. Should I?
Pretty Woman Was Almost...3000 That title kind of stinks. I love the title Pretty Woman! It's so perfect for the movie and so much better than boring 3000.
The Breakfast Club Was Almost...The Lunch Bunch. Oooooh, no. That title sounds so corny and lame. Somehow, The Breakfast Club sounds much cooler and better.
The Ring Was Almost...Static. I actually really like the idea of naming this movie Static. The Ring is good too, but the original one would have worked also. It's creepy, which somehow this whole movie was creepy even though it was basically the most stupid concept of all time.
Which of these original titles is your favorite? Which do you like better than the title the movie actually got? What did I forget? Tell us in the comments.