Film Quiz Friday: Instant Sequels

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Upcoming sequels Twisters and Lords Of War are onto something with their titles – just add an S! This week’s film quiz follows suit…

James Cameron notoriously pitched Aliens to 20th Century Fox by writing the title Alien on a whiteboard and adding an S, then turning that into a dollar sign. Since then, we’ve had Predators and Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid, and we have to imagine Twisters and the newly announced Lords Of War came about the same way. It’s 100% effective, (Jaws 2 should have been called Jawss!) and we’ve had a go at coming up with some instant sequel pitches in this week’s Round 2. Hollywood, call us.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds, 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. If this goes down well, this might be called “Film Quiz Fridays” starting next week…

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. 2010 – Who plays Robin Hood in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood?
  2. 1992 – Which erotic thriller famously features a scene where Sharon Stone crosses and uncrosses her legs?
  3. 1989 – The Dream Master is the fourth instalment in which horror movie franchise?
  4. 1948 – Born this week, who plays Miss Trunchbull in Danny DeVito’s 1996 version of Matilda?
  5. 2023 – In cinemas now! Which 2018 comedy has a sequel subtitled The Next Chapter?
  6. 1990 – Who won an Oscar for playing Annie Wilkes in Misery?
  7. 1970 – Complete the title of the Hammer horror movie: Taste The Blood Of…?
  8. 1959 – Also born this week, who connects the 1990s films Con Air, Mission: Impossible, and Pulp Fiction?
  9. 2002 – “A bitch of a werewolf movie” is the tagline to which British horror film?
  10. 1974 – Who directed the rock musical Phantom Of The Paradise?


ROUND TWO – Just Add S

Keanu Reeves seeks revenge by DIY shopping in… John Wicks? Well, no, but we’ve come up with sequels to movies that don’t have one by adding an S to the title – can you identify our sequel pitches from their phoney plot synopses and the year the first one came out?

  1. Jack Black’s new teaching gig focuses on petrology and mineralogy. (2003)
  2. Tom Hanks recalls his eco-friendly commutes to various prisons. (1999)
  3. Dustin Hoffman is back, and this time, he’s got some curtains to hang up. (1991)
  4. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn mime looking for hidden money without speaking to each other. (1963)
  5. Steve Carell and colleagues capitalise on some oversized summer-wear. (2015)
  6. Humphrey Bogart is surprised when the lead singer of the Strokes walks into his bar. (1942)
  7. Ben Affleck mounts an audacious rescue under the pretence of shopping. (2012)
  8. Robert De Niro spends a night struggling with an upset tummy. (1988)
  9. Paul Walker and Jessica Alba pivot from surfing to jazz and folk music. (2005)
  10. Edward Norton is both narrow-minded and narrow-waisted. (1998)



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 name connects the star of The Great Escape and the director of 12 Years A Slave?
  2. Owen Grady is a major character in which film franchise?
  3. Who plays Eurovision hopeful Lars Erickssong in the 2020 comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga?
  4. What job connects the movie characters Korben Dallas, Max Durocher, and Travis Bickle?
  5. Which director was born earliest – Carl Reiner or Rob Reiner?
  6. In which century is The Social Network set?
  7. What surname connects the actors Jaime, Joey, and Regina?
  8. Which British TV series was adapted into a live-action 2004 adventure film starring Bill Paxton as Jeff Tracy?
  9. In the news! Which prehistoric species is “Meg” short for in The Meg and its upcoming sequel?
  10. And finally, which fictional country name connects Duck Soup, Jabberwocky, and Despicable Me 3?

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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