Silly foreign movie title translations
‘The Dark Knight’ became ‘The Knight of the Night’
Spanish title ‘El Caballero de la Noche’ - while accurate - becomes a bit confusing when re-translated back into English. We do love an unplanned title pun…
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‘Grease’ became ‘Vaseline’
The Argentineans turned an iconic musical movie into a popular brand of petroleum jelly. With the Spanish translation of grease being ‘grasa’ we can’t quite work out how they plumped for the alternate title.
Literally hilarious... The Dark Knight and Grease international posters
‘Knocked Up’ became ‘Slightly Pregnant’
Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl’s hilarious comedy just got funnier! The film about an accidental pregnancy (what’s not to laugh at there?) has enjoyed a number of silly foreign titles. Peru’s Latin American translation ‘Slightly Pregnant’ is odd, but special mention must also go to China’s ‘One Night, Big Belly’ and Israeli moniker ‘The Date That Screwed Me’.
‘Lost in Translation’ became ‘Meetings and Failures in Meetings’
A possibly apocryphal example from Portugal here (though plenty of blogs insist this did happen). It’s included here because we dearly hope that that the title for Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson’s ‘Lost In Translation’ was indeed… lost in translation.
‘Die Hard’ became ‘Die Slowly’
The German title of action-packed ‘Die Hard’ took on a totally different meaning. In their version (‘Stirb Langsam’) Bruce Willis’ John McClane is seemingly doomed to an agonising death at the hands ‘European’ (blatantly German) terrorists.
Bizarre... Die Hard and Army of Darkness get the foreign treatment
‘Army of Darkness’ became ‘Captain Supermarket’
A classic here. This blisteringly odd translation of classic horror flick ‘Army of Darkness’ goes some way to explaining this movie poster. The Japanese renamed the film ‘Kyaputien supamaketto’ - or ‘Captain Supermarket’- because Ash (Bruce Campbell) worked in one, apparently. Notice how he’s standing on cans of Bruce Campbell Soup.