When someone first tells me about a movie that I think sounds interesting, one of the first places I go is to the IMDB plot keywords page. It’s a quick and dirty way to get a snapshot of the kind of movie you’re thinking about watching. Obviously, there are spoiler possibilities when you do this, but the editors at IMDB are considerate enough to conceal keywords until you click on an individual film’s keyword page. In other words, it’s only spoiled if you want it to be spoiled.
Some films have quite an impressive list of keywords. And by “impressive”, I mean “jacked up”. Let’s take a stroll through various films and their keyword highlights, shall we?
Let’s start with a film that I love to loathe, Cannibal Holocaust, which universally gets mentioned on “Most Disturbing Films” lists. What’s on the keywords page there? This is only part of the list, but here are some that jump out at me:
Actual Animal Killed
Pregnant Woman Murdered
Consider that my caveat emptor should you decide to watch it. You can find the full list here.
The Hottie & the Nottie
It got a 1.9/10 on IMDB and it stars Paris Hilton. Enough said. Here are the keywords, and this is the full list:
Los Angeles California
Repetition In Title
Box Office Flop
Male Female Relationship
Punctuation In Title
Ampersand In Title
You know it’s a horrible movie when “ampersand in title” is one of the most recognizable features, right next to yoga, fungus, and tooth decay. Don’t even get me started about “retardation”.
Lukas Moodysson’s A Hole in My Heart (and these don’t even begin to do it justice; the list is missing half of the chicanery, such as “urine” and “labiaplasty”):
Father Son Relationship
Odd as that list may be, I’m a fan of Moodysson. Just not so much this particular film.
The Wild World of Batwoman
I’ve never seen this but I’ve heard about it. In fact, hearing about it is what prompted me to head to the IMDB page.
I wonder if there are any other films out there that possess the amazing hat trick of bondage-soup-seance.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man
Again, I haven’t seen this but I found out about it from the same person who told me about The Wild World of Batwoman. There’s a scene involving a guy’s wang turning into a metal drill or something. I may wind up seeing this eventually.
Here’s the full list.
And last but not least, Attack Girls Swim Team vs. The Undead, a fun little Japanese horror that involves zombies and girls in swimsuits. Amazingly, this isn’t even the full list (found here). And when it says “Laser Gun”, it doesn’t point out where that laser is coming from- one of the girls’ special lady parts.
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