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Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 9:06pm

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Hey guys, just had a random idea to maybe make a "Silent Hill" style movie, with a ghost town, but i have a problem- i cant think of a good name for the town. any ideas?

here are some examples:

Silent Hill (Silent Hill)
Ravenholm (Half-Life 2)
Cloverfield (cloverfield- its the name of the monster but it would work too)

so yeah any help would be appreciated!
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 9:17pm

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Use a thesaurus to look up words that express the feeling you are going for. Re arrange them and include a suffix such as:
Hill, Town, ville, hollow, ridge, grove, -ton, bluffs, creek, woods, etc...

So, if you are looking for a place that seems deserted, you look up "deserted" at thesaurus.com you get:

alone, cast aside, cast away, cast off, deserted, discarded, dissipated, dropped, eliminated, empty, forgotten, forsaken, friendless, given up, jilted, left, left alone, left behind, neglected, outcast, passed up*, pigeonholed, rejected, relinquished, shunned, side-tracked*, sidelined*, stranded, unoccupied, vacant, vacated

By combining those things you can get things like:
Forsaken bluffs
emptyville


play around with it- look up "haunted" and you get:
apparitional, cadaverous, corpselike, deathlike, divine, eerie, eidolic, ghastly, ghostlike, haunted, holy, illusory, insubstantial, pale, phantasmal, phantom, religious, scary, shadowy, spectral, spiritual, spookish, supernatural, uncanny, unearthly, vampiric, wan, weird, wraithlike, wraithy

again, combine:
Pale hill
shadow creek
errieton
spectre ridge

look up some other words, like "dead" "scary" "lonely"

etc...

Have fun.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 9:21pm

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Grave Stone
Devil's Hollow
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 9:25pm

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Duskveil, Lonely Meadows, OakCrest, AmberField, Wilmington, etc...

I don't know, just the first things that came to mind. It might also be a good idea to go for a name that is sort of the opposite of spooky. Some sort of a name that implies a quaint little happy town... Almost, TOO quaint. You know? Or perhaps not, just a thought.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 10:03pm

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thanks for the replies, i thought of an idea,

aspen springs?

idk keep em' commin!
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 10:36pm

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Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. Who loves obscure pop culture references?
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 11:09pm

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Phantom48 wrote:

thanks for the replies, i thought of an idea,

aspen springs?

idk keep em' commin!
Honestly, that sounds like a nice place to live. smile Though I think sticking with "Springs" would be cool. I dug Spectre Ridge, though it might be a little too "hey guys, this place is haunted!" Maybe something less blatant.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 12:44am

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I find any remote US settlements named after biblical references and convictions, and geographical features creepy!!

'temperance hollow'
'chastity woods'
'temptation creek'
'wrathful falls'
'Abstinance hill'
'Atonement bend'
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 12:51am

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pdrg wrote:


'chastity woods'
'temptation creek'
I don't want to lower the tone but these also work as some of the clumsiest innuendo ever (a la Garth Marenghi).

INTERVIEW WITH MARENGHI AND LEARNER

Dean
I read modern writers and it’s: “screw this”, “he licked her”, “she sucked that”, “he bit the other”, you know… “someone put it there”, “he held it”, “it was a this frequency”. I mean, where’s the sensuality?

Garth
Well exactly! Where’s “He glided in liquid smooth”? Where’s her “wispy mound”?

Dean
Where’s her “sacred V”?

Garth
“Honeyed lining”?

Dean
Her “Mossy cleft”?
I'll go now...
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 3:13am

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Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 5:42am

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i used to live on a farm called "windy hill"....it sounds kinda eerie
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 10:35am

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Horrorville ...?
Not-so-nice-town ...?
Eville ...?
Nastyborrough ...?

... GRIMSBY!

Set it in Grimsby.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 11:55am

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Rawree wrote:

pdrg wrote:


'chastity woods'
'temptation creek'
I don't want to lower the tone but these also work as some of the clumsiest innuendo ever (a la Garth Marenghi)...
Heh, as unsubtle innuendoes go, they're right in that league, you're right! I didn't think of them quite that way at 2 this morning when I tapped them out, although I could see the level of suggestion in the name as a shortcut to the backstory of the settlement smile

Now if you want to really lower the tone with euphamisms, try getting a copy of 'rogers profanisaurus' available from bookshops and pulping mills countrywide smile Beware, it will lower the tone somewhat, but is rather funny in places too.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 2:10pm

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Arktic wrote:


... GRIMSBY!
Right for so many reasons! smile
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 3:05pm

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LMFAO @ GRIMSBY

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Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 3:17pm

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Agona
Bitter Springs
Climax Hill
Dead Cat
Experiment Drive
Fluffy Landing
Goodbys
Hope Town
Immorality
Jurious
Mephistophelean
Sinister
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 8:22pm

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Try a name that is the total opposite of your town.

Like, say your town is filled with psycopaths. Your town could be called 'Paxton', 'peace-town.' Or say your town is riddled with demons, and the town happens to be called 'Halifax', or 'Holy Cloak.' XD And as a joke, the demon's are there because of a gap that is 'wholly.'

But this may not be your story; the name, circumstance, and story is up to YOU! And it is up to your characters to fix it! ...or not. ^_~

^^ Sky's the limit, matey; be inventive and mix around.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 9:19pm

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Try spelling some words backwards smile

Payne (enyap)
Cinema (Amenic)
Murder (redrum)
Disable (Elbasid)
Monster (Retsnom)

Try it, good luck anyway.

B3N
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:24pm

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From my favorite band, King Diamond.

Black Hills (Black Hills Sanitarium)
Salem
Never Ending Hill
Emerencia

or

Coven County
Hells Bridge Road
Devils Point
Devils Creek
Devils Bend
Viperfang
La Fey
Burning Post
Daggers Edge (or Point)

All sorts of stuff can be combined to make a scary sounding town or city. Take horror films characters.

Voorhies
Meyers
Kreuger (although I still insist the elm street movies had to be more of a comedy than horror!)
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:48pm

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How about: Snook

thats the town that my moms house was broke into while she was slepping when she was like... idunno 7 ?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:05am

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ChristianFilmer 100001 wrote:

How about: Snook
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snuke


Brilliant.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:08am

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Nottingham. gun crime capital of the uk. and my home town.........gulp.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:15am

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Cape Fear

Terror Lake

Scream Ville
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:25am

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Doomland Heights
Nightmareington
Tearsville
Sadness Hollow
Gloomingdale
Shady Falls

Okay, so some of those are jokes, but others might give you some ideas biggrin
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 4:43am

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Garrison wrote:

Devil's Crotch
Ok, seriously. That's one of my top ten favorite FXHome quote. EVAR
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 8:31pm

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Climax Hill
Now I know where my next holiday will be.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 11:50pm

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Bryce007 wrote:

ChristianFilmer 100001 wrote:

How about: Snook
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snuke


Brilliant.
Ahahaha! That episode is great.

There's an addition a mile or two from here called "Whispering Meadows." I've always thought that would go great with a horror film.
Posted: Fri, 25th Jan 2008, 3:50am

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Was my town name good(scary) or bad(not scary) though?
Posted: Fri, 25th Jan 2008, 4:34am

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Whispering Meadows is badass. If topic creator doesn't call it, I got "dibs." wink
Posted: Fri, 25th Jan 2008, 8:06pm

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Sorry ChristianFilmer, but Snook is one of the funniest town names I've ever heard.
Posted: Fri, 25th Jan 2008, 9:24pm

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Woah, woah!

I came up with it, I have dibs if he doesn't use it! wink