When discussing films it is helpful to have a set of terms in common usage to describe certain elements, techniques or aspects of a film that recur. During the history of Double Feature many of these terms have arisen naturally as part of the conversation, and are sometimes referenced in later episodes with little to no indication of the original meaning. With no common language, meaning breaks down. If the audience of Double Feature could easily know and understand these terms, then the hosts can better communicate their analysis to the audience.
To that end, we present a full lexicon of film terms coined by the hosts of the Double Feature podcast (unless otherwise specified). Feel free to use these terms in your own conversations about film and to direct people to this page for clarification.
Double Feature Lexicon
A-B-C Method [ay bee see meth-uhd]
1. a technique where a film sets up a situation where something obvious (and brutal) may happen (option A), and in most cases something banal happens instead (option B), but instead the film presents a more surprising and creative option that was not expected (option C) which exploits the false dichotomy of options A and B
Trick r Treat
Cheese Wheel [cheez weel]
1. a device where something is introduced at the beginning of a film as potentially important, but is never revisited
2. an unrealized Hamster Style
Silent Night Deadly Night (Killapalooza)
Double Sleepy Naptime [duhb-uhl slee-pee nap-tahym]
1. a placeholder for any discussion regarding the book upon which a film is based, directing the conversation to an analysis of the film on its own merits rather than any differences from its source material
2. an imaginary “other podcast” where the hosts discuss books
Flying Tom Tom [flahy-ing tom tom]
1. a technique where the film presents a major character at the beginning of the film in a dangerous or compromising situation, and then cuts to the beginning of the events leading up to that situation, eventually brining the viewer back to the original scene, now in context
The Million Dollar Hotel
1. respect or reverence paid or rendered: In this scene the director pays homage to The Maltese Falcon.
2. a word often mispronounced by Americans when trying to sound intelligent
Meat Cart [meet kahrt]
1. the use of a narrative device where an event is shown from one perspective, then an element is introduced that shows that the audience’s perception of that event was incorrect
Man vs Lamp [man vur-suh s lamp]
1. a theme commonly found in horror films where man must face off against the supernatural
2. a stand-in for the theme ‘man vs machine’
Amityville Horror 4: The Evil Escapes
Photos of You [foh-tohs uhv yoo]
1. a song used in a film that sounds like a popular song, but that has been altered to avoid paying royalties
2. an alteration of the The Cure’s Pictures of You
Leprechaun 2 (Killapalooza)
1. A warning indicating that the following conversation will reveal facts about the film being discussed that may ruin any surprise or otherwise interfere with the enjoyment of an unfolding narrative.
2. Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time
12 Monkeys + The Singing Detective
Three Sentence Dream Theory [three sen-tns dreem theer-ee]
1. theory put forth by M. Koester that one only gets three sentences to describe one’s dream before it becomes completely uninteresting to anyone else
Eyes Wide Shut
Three Point Scale [three point skeyl]
1. the system of rating a series of poor films on their relative merits, rather than against the body of film as a whole
2. from the IMDB 10-point ratings system, within which all the Children of the Corn films have ratings that fall between 3.0 and 3.9
Children of the Corn (Killapalooza)
Whatever Device, The [thuh wuht-ev-er dih-vahys]
1. a device that is introduced through dialog for the sole purpose of conveniently addressing a plot hole or other narrative oversight
2. in science fiction, also known as “technobabble”
Thank You For Smoking
A huge thanks to Seth for doing a ton of work compiling these terms. We endeavor to be as accurate as possible, but should you notice an error or omission please contact us.
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