It’s not that I have full-blown coulrophobia or anything – your average, garden-variety jokester doesn’t bother me one bit – but the evil clown archetype really does unsettle me, which has always proven a bit of a problem, given how much of a pop culture staple it has become.
The recent global phenomenon of creepy clown sightings has only compounded my woes, so on the eve of the Halloween weekend – when I’m almost certain to come face-to-grease painted face with one of these monsters – I’ve decided to confront my fears and try to figure out just why it is that these characters designed to amuse children are able to chill the blood of fully grown adults.
Whenever a novel, comic book, video game or even theme park ride is made into a movie, invariably, changes are made in an effort to make it work better for cinema-going audiences.
Whilst most critics and fans tend to focus on the alterations made to plot, characters and themes when a pre-existing work is reimagined for the movies, it’s worth noting that the original titles of these stories also tend to fall by the wayside during this process too.
Titles might not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but they really are.
Not only do they pique our initial interest in a story and help form our decision whether or not to check it out, but they can also provide additional commentary around the work and its themes, creating a complete storytelling package.
Sometimes, titles are changed for the better – either because the original handle would be a hard sell, or was even just plain awful – but other times, the results are less successful.
Here, I’ve rounded up 10 examples of big screen adaptations that ditched the title of their source material, giving my verdict on which of these rechristenings work (and which most definitely don’t)!