Film Quiz Friday: Scary Questions To Answer In The Dark

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Four more days ‘til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween – and now that’s stuck in your head, have a horror-themed film quiz, with 30 scary movie questions…

As Roddy Piper doesn’t say in They Live, I have come here to ask 30 horror-themed movie questions and chew bubblegum – and I am all out of bubblegum. Halloween’s not until next week, but Goth Christmas has come early with rounds on John Carpenter movies, horror facts that may or may not be true, and all sorts of ghosts, ghouls, and nightmare monsters on film.

There are 30 spooky questions in total, and 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 give us any other lovely feedback. I’m off to buy more bubblegum…

ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

First up, the mighty John Carpenter turned 75 earlier this year – he may just want to play video games and watch basketball, but he’s a master of horror filmmaking!

  1. What is the real name of “The Shape” in Halloween and its sequels?
  2. Which actor co-stars with her real-life daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in 1980’s The Fog?
  3. In The Thing, what animal’s form does the shapeshifting alien take on its first appearance?
  4. Ancient sorcerer Lo Pan is the villain in which Carpenter movie?
  5. Which rock band play themselves in the 2022 horror comedy Studio 666, featuring an original score and a cameo appearance by Carpenter?
  6. Complete the title of the 1994 film starring Sam Neill: In The Mouth Of… ?
  7. In 1983’s Christine, who or what is Christine?
  8. Which actor connects the films Halloween, Escape From New York, and Prince Of Darkness?
  9. What type of movie monster does James Woods hunt in the 1998 neo-western of the same name?
  10. Complete the modern Halloween trilogy that Carpenter scored: Halloween > Halloween Kills > …?


ROUND TWO – Trick Or Treat?

Next, a TRUE or FALSE round, themed around spooky doings in the movies – but which facts are too terrifying to be true and which are too frightful to be false?

  1. Winston Zeddemore is a character in Poltergeist.
  2. Chocolate syrup was used as blood in Night Of The Living Dead.
  3. During the filming of Jaws, George Lucas got his head stuck in the mechanical shark.
  4. In Candyman, the Candyman appears when characters say “Candyman” three times.
  5. Actor Leigh Whannell plays the invisible man in 2020’s The Invisible Man.
  6. A musical version of The Evil Dead has toured theatres around the world since 2003.
  7. Director Peter Jackson was born on Halloween.
  8. 1973’s The Exorcist is based on a true story.
  9. Final Destination was originally going to be an episode of The X-Files.
  10. Tobin Bell is the only person to have acted in all ten Saw movies to date.


ROUND THREE – Bobbing For Answers

Lupita Nyong'oFinally, a big bucket of scary movie trivia to dunk your head in  – who will survive and what will be left of you? Good luck…

  1. In which horror franchise did Wes Craven direct more entries – A Nightmare On Elm Street or Scream?
  2. Which family-friendly spooky movie has a 2004 sequel subtitled Monsters Unleashed?
  3. Whose screen characters include Darkness, Pennywise, and Dr Frank-N-Furter?
  4. What disembodied body part features prominently in 2023’s Talk To Me – a hand, a head, or a heart?
  5. Which Disney film did the BBFC deem too scary for unaccompanied under-16s upon its original UK release in 1937?
  6. In which 2019 film does Lupita Nyong’o play Adelaide Wilson and her doppelgänger?
  7. In cinemas now! Eddie Izzard plays the title character in which new Hammer horror film?
  8. Who connects the 1990s films The Addams Family, Casper, and Sleepy Hollow?
  9. Complete the title of the 1988 horror spoof starring George Clooney – Return Of The Killer… what?
  10. And finally, paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of which horror movie franchise title?

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, check out Issue 46 of Film Stories Magazine, a bumper edition featuring a brand-new set of 50 film questions. You can also 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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