Scary Town Names
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
Post 2 of 31
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:
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
look up some other words, like "dead" "scary" "lonely"
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 9:21pm
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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,
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,
idk keep em' commin!
Honestly, that sounds like a nice place to live.
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!!
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 12:51am
Post 9 of 31
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
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?
Well exactly! Where’s “He glided in liquid smooth”? Where’s her “wispy mound”?
Where’s her “sacred V”?
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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Set it in Grimsby.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 11:55am
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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
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
Beware, it will lower the tone somewhat, but is rather funny in places too.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 2:10pm
Post 14 of 31
Right for so many reasons!
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 3:05pm
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LMFAO @ GRIMSBY
Posted: Fri, 11th Jan 2008, 3:17pm
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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
Post 18 of 31
Try spelling some words backwards
Try it, good luck anyway.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 10:24pm
Post 19 of 31
From my favorite band, King Diamond.
Black Hills (Black Hills Sanitarium)
Never Ending Hill
Hells Bridge Road
Daggers Edge (or Point)
All sorts of stuff can be combined to make a scary sounding town or city. Take horror films characters.
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
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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Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:25am
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Okay, so some of those are jokes, but others might give you some ideas
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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Digerati Media wrote:
Now I know where my next holiday will be.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 11:50pm
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ChristianFilmer 100001 wrote:How about: Snook
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
Post 29 of 31
Whispering Meadows is badass. If topic creator doesn't call it, I got "dibs."
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
Post 31 of 31
I came up with it, I
have dibs if he doesn't use it!