Film Quiz Friday: From The Mind Of Stephen King

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With The Boogeyman still in cinemas, this week’s film quiz peeks through its fingers at the many movies based on Stephen King stories.

From Host director Rob Savage, The Boogeyman uses Stephen King’s 1973 short story of the same name as a springboard for a solid PG-13 (or 15 in the UK) studio-backed horror film with a lot more to chew on than some other films for the same market – you can read Kat’s 4-star review here. As last week was all about the Spider-Men both at the cinema and in our film quiz, this week’s batch features a round on other King adaptations, spooky or otherwise, sandwiched between the two general movie knowledge rounds.

Once you’ve completed all 30 questions, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and leave us any other lovely feedback. We all float down in the comments section…

ROUND ONE– This Week In Movie History

This round is about UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!

  1. 2016 – Which neo-noir comedy stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as its title characters?
  2. 1972 – Born this week, who plays Dr “Bones” McCoy in 2009’s Star Trek and its sequels?
  3. 2004 – What is the full title of the third Harry Potter film?
  4. 1988 – Tracy Turnblad is a character in which comedy, back in cinemas this week for its 35th anniversary?
  5. 2014 – “They’re not 21 anymore” is the tagline to which comedy sequel?
  6. 1997 – Who plays former US Army Ranger Cameron Poe in Con Air?
  7. 2023 – Also in cinemas this week! Complete the title – Transformers: Rise Of The… what?
  8. 1964 – Clint Eastwood directed the classic western A Fistful Of Dollars – true or false?
  9. 1981 – Also born this week, Natalie Hershlag is the real name of which Oscar winner?
  10. 1969 – What type of vehicle teeters over a cliff edge in the literal cliffhanger ending of The Italian Job?


ROUND TWO – The Stephen King Round

Stephen King On ScreenNext, 10 questions about films adapted from the works of Richard Bachman and/or his millionaire friend Stephen King – the good, the bad, and the weird… 

  1. What is the name of the demonic clown in the It movies?
  2. Which director connects The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist?
  3. Which Stephen King title connects a 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore and a 2022 remake starring Ryan Kiera Armstrong?
  4. Who plays Ben Richards in 1987’s The Running Man?
  5. Rob Reiner’s production company Castle Rock is named after the fictional town in which 1986 coming-of-age film?
  6. Who plays gunslinger Roland Deschain in 2017’s The Dark Tower?
  7. “Sometimes, dead is better” is a quote from both the 1989 and 2019 adaptations of which King story?
  8. Who plays Wendy Torrance in 1980’s The Shining?
  9. Urban Harvest, The Gathering, and Fields Of Terror are all direct-to-video film sequels to which King adaptation?
  10. Which year of the 1980s saw the King adaptations Christine, Cujo, and The Dead Zone released in US cinemas?



Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!

  1. What comes next in this sequence: The Dark World > Ragnarok > …?
  2. Who plays Tony Montana in 1983’s Scarface?
  3. Which 2007 teen comedy has main characters named after screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?
  4. What profession connects the main characters in Blow Dry, Shampoo, and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan?
  5. Who was born earliest – Kevin Smith or Will Smith (no relation)?
  6. What word goes before Crime, Identity, and Romance to make the names of three different 1990s movies?
  7. Who plays Alfred Hitchcock in the 2012 biopic Hitchcock?
  8. Which 2022 horror movie connects Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long?
  9. In which US city does Ferris Bueller enjoy a day off in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
  10. And finally, which pop-culture retail chain takes its name from a 1956 sci-fi film “starring” Robby the Robot?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong.

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