Top 10 Movie Concepts

October 1, 2006

Monday, August 21 2006 @ 04:05 AM PDT

Contributed by: Fred Stesney

It’s rare when a film’s premise is so compelling and original that you want to see the movie based on little else. Rarer still is a concept that will sustain multiple films. Snakes on a Plane hit the compelling and original bulls eye. Time will tell if the snakes have legs. In the meantime, here are the top ten eureka ideas.
This list excludes high-profile historical events, like D-Day and the sinking of the Titanic.

1. Explorers discover a sixty-foot ape – The idea that inspired King Kong, and moviemakers to enlarge all sorts of creatures, from insects to something that could destroy Tokyo.

2. Apes become the dominant species on Earth
– The Planet of the Apes franchise was launched in 1968, and is still going in the form of merchandising.

3. Woman gives birth to the Anti-Christ – That could describe both Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. And while we’re in league with Satan, let’s give a shout out to a teenaged girl who is possessed.

4. A giant meteor collides with the Earth – We were hit with two films, Armageddon and Deep Impact. The latter is the better of the two. Also in this category is every other disaster movie, like Volcano, The Towering Inferno, and The Day After Tomorrow.

5. Honey, I shrunk the kids – Like Snakes on a Plane, this premise became the title of the film. It also spawned Honey, I Blew Up the Kids.

6. A bus is rigged with a bomb that will detonate if it goes below 50 m.p.h. – We hadn’t heard that one before.

7. A rich guy offers a couple $1 million to sleep with the wife – When Indecent Proposal opened, the media had reporters outside movie theaters asking couples how they would respond to that offer.

8. A white woman brings her black fiance home to meet her parentsGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner pushed our buttons. Guess Who wasn’t nearly as provocative.

9. A guy lives the same day over and over again – You can watch Groundhog Day repeatedly too.

10. Little boy sees dead people – “I see dead people” is the most famous quote from The Sixth Sense.

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