Where the heck is the hyphen? The movie is about mutant spiders, obviously, so the title should be Eight-Legged Freaks, which would refer to freaks who have eight legs. The makers of Eight Legged Freaks may want to consider changing that tagline from "let the squashing begin" to "let the hyphenating begin."
Eight Legged Freaks bugs me (pun intended), but it isn't alone. I'm pointing my movie-critic finger at you, The 40 Year-Old Virgin. You went 1 for 2 in hyphen usage. Where's the one between 40 and year? Without it, your movie is about 40 virgins who are a year old!
It takes a team — a big team — of talented individuals to make a movie, so it always surprises me when something as straightforward as a punctuation error goes unnoticed. All it takes is one person to say, "Um, the title of our movie really needs a hyphen." I'd be happy to move to Hollywood and be that person.
As the end credits roll during today's post, I'll leave you with a few honorable mentions in the "titular trouble" category. Here goes...
- Two Weeks Notice (What I notice is that the apostrophe is absent.)
- Law Abiding Citizen (Yet another case of the missing hyphen.)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Unless Who is the name of a person, this title desperately needs a question mark.)