To Hell and Back: VHS Revival’s Bumper Halloween Quiz 2

Test your horror mettle with VHS Revival’s second annual bumper Halloween quiz


It’s that time of the year again; I can feel it in the air. Lanterns are burning, leaves are plentiful and everyone is feeling just a little devilish as they dust off their favourite costumes and prepare to embrace the darkness. Halloween is a time for fun and thrills, an occasion to bask in the opulence of candy-laced nightmares. More importantly, it is a time to celebrate the rich and wonderful annals of horror cinema, and what better way to prepare for your annual frightfest than with a little horror trivia?

Think you know your horror movies? Test your mettle with VHS Revival’s second annual bumper Halloween quiz.

Don’t get scared now!

 
1. Which of the following films was the first, post-silent era horror anthology?
Dead of Night
Correct!
 
Released a whole 17 years before Roger Corman’s Tales of Terror, this 1945 Ealing Studios classic would feature five deliciously dark tales contained in a memorable framing sequence involving several guests at a country cottage.
 
Coming in at number 11 on Martin Scorsese’s all-time scariest horror films, Dead of Night would prove hugely influential, even inspiring astronomer Fred Hoyle’s 1948 steady state model of the universe, which suggested that the universe could be eternally circling on itself without beginning or end.
 
A collaborative effort featuring filmmakers Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden, the film is most remembered for Cavalcanti’s The Ventriloquist’s Dummy, a supernatural tale about a troubled ventriloquist (Michael Redgrave) driven mad by his seemingly sentient dummy.
Tales of Terror
Sorry, Incorrect.
Black Sabbath
Sorry, Incorrect.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
2. Which of the following movies, directed by Val Lewton, was responsible for establishing a soon-to-be-ubiquitous horror technique dubbed the ‘Lewton Bus’?
Cat People
Correct!
 
Due largely to RKO’s budgetary restrictions, Lewton would forge a brand of horror that terrified by showing the audience very little, instead playing on the power of suggestion through the use of light and shadows.
 
In 1942’s Cat People, hands-on producer Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur would terrify audiences with the simple sound of a bus pulling into the frame. This followed a tense sequence in which Simone Simon’s Irena Dubrovna was seemingly being followed by an absent presence.
 
The technique of dissipating tension with an innocuous jump scare, one now essential to the horror genre, would thenceforth be known as the “Lewton Bus.”
No Man of Her Own
Sorry, Incorrect.
I Walked With a Zombie
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Leopard Man
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
3. Which of the following Cold War horror movies would not receive the 1980s remake treatment?
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Correct!
 
Philip Kaufman’s classic remake of Don Siegel’s original Jack Finney adaptation was actually made in 1978.
The Blob
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Fly
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Thing
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
4. Which of the following Alfred Hitchcock movies was shot in 3-D?
Dial M for Murder
Correct!
 
Though shot using Warner Bros.’ proprietary 3-D camera rig, the gimmick was quickly dropped by theatres after audiences began exiting in their droves. After only four showings, permission was given to switch to the flat 2-D version, marking the end of the era’s brief flirtation with primitive 3-D technology.
Rear Window
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Vertigo
Sorry, Incorrect.
North by Northwest
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
5. Which of the following films was the first to be subjected to slasher-related age-restriction?
Peeping Tom
Correct!
 
Peeping Tom‘s lurid depiction of sexually-motivated murder did not sit well with the censorship powers that be.
 
Though British director Michael Powell’s infamous proto-slasher is now considered a seminal classic, the backlash it inspired would have a colossal impact on his career, the director quickly ostracised from the filmmaking community.
 
In the first instance of slasher-related censorship, the Italian Committee for Theatrical Review rated the movie VM16: not suitable for persons under 16 years of age.
Psycho
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Sorry, Incorrect.
Twitch of the Death Nerve
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
6. To which Mario Bava film does the above poster belong?
Black Sunday
Correct!
 
This gorgeous slice of promotional art belongs to Bava’s Gothic horror debut, a film so graphic it was banned in the UK until 1968, an incredible 8 years after its release.
 
Talk about being ahead of your time!
Black Sabbath
Sorry, Incorrect.
Blood and Black Lace
Sorry, Incorrect.
Planet of the Vampires
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
7. Which of the following horror movies featured the first instance of female orgasm to be passed by the British Board of film censors?
Repulsion
Correct!
 
Roman Polanski’s first English language film, Repulsion, was the first to feature a female orgasm that was passed by the UK censors, though the film used audio only.
 
The sounds were not made by protagonist Carol (Catherine Deneuve), but by her sister, Helen, (Yvonne Furneaux), her sexual antics contributing to Carol’s complete emotional breakdown.
Carnival of Souls
Sorry, Incorrect.
House of Usher
Sorry, Incorrect.
Hour of the Wolf
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
8. In Robert Aldrich’s 1962 psychological horror thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, which item did actress Bette Davis have installed on set to deliberately provoke long-time rival Joan Crawford?
A Coca-Cola machine
Correct!
 
Davis purposely had a Coca-Cola machine brought to the set as a thinly-veiled snipe at real-life enemy Crawford, who was married to the chairman of Pepsi.
 
No wonder the film, a macabre tale of an aging former actress who holds her paraplegic ex-movie star sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion, was so eerily effective.
An awards cabinet
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A noisy wind fan
Sorry, Incorrect.
A Confederate flag
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
9. Which of the following horror movies, released during the 1970s, performed best at the US domestic box office (initial run only)?
The Exorcist
Correct!
 
Though the first to be released and therefore the comparative victim of inflation, William Friedkin’s hugely controversial supernatural horror, The Exorcist, was the most financially successful of the four by some margin, grossing $193,000,000 domestically and raking in an additional $39,900,000 from two director’s cut releases in 2000 and 2010 for a total sum of $232,900,000.
 
The movie’s worldwide box office gross totalled a staggering $428,214,478
 
In second place is Richard Donner’s The Omen with a US domestic gross of $60,922,980. Halloween, which would become one of the most successful independent films, comes in 3rd with a US domestic gross of $47,000,000, though it did outdo The Omen internationally, managing a total worldwide gross of $70,000,000.
 
Last but not least is Tobe Hooper’s hugely influential The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which still did incredible figures for such a meagre production ($30,859,000 on a budget of approximately $140,000).
The Omen
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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Halloween
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
10. Which of the following slasher movies does the above poster belong to?
Alice, Sweet Alice
Correct!
 
The poster belongs to Alfred Sole’s anti-Catholic slasher film Alice, Sweet Alice, and what a striking image it is!
 
Alice, Sweet Alice was the feature debut of Brooke Shields, who was only 11 at the time of filming.
The Funhouse
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Just Before Dawn
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Alone in the Dark
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11. Which of the following 70s child actresses starred in Nicolas Gessner’s creepy, 1976 horror mystery The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane?
Jodie Foster
Correct!
 
Disney regular and future Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs star Foster puts in an incredible, against-type performance as a mysterious young girl with a deeply unsettling secret.
Brooke Shields
Sorry, Incorrect.
Kim Richards
Sorry, Incorrect.
Bonnie Langford
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
12. How much was Stephen King paid for the movie rights to his hit debut novel Carrie?
$2,500
Correct!
 
Speaking at a 2010 book event in Fort Myers, Florida, King admitted to receiving only $2,500 for the rights to his debut novel.
 
Adapted by screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, Brian De Palma’s split-screen classic would go on to make a not-too-shabby $33,800,000 on a budget of only $1,800,000
$25,000
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$250,000
Sorry, Incorrect.
$2,500,000
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
13. From which of the following exploitation movies is this line of dialogue taken? “Nothing happened? With your damn tit in his mouth, and you call that nothing? Lying bitch!”
The Baby (1973)
Correct!
 
This choice excerpt was taken from Ted Post’s mind-blowingly exploitative horror-thriller The Baby, the twisted tale of a man-sized baby who has his development suppressed through a harsh regime of emotional and physical abuse.
 
The line is directed at Baby’s confused teenage babysitter after she’s caught breastfeeding him in a truly gobsmacking moment of depravity.
The Last House On the Left (1972)
Sorry, Incorrect.
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Sorry, Incorrect.
School of the Holy Beast (1974)
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
14. Michael Berryman would become a horror regular after appearing as a psychotic cannibal in Wes Craven’s hugely successful exploitation flick The Hills Have Eyes, but which of the following movies did he not appear in?
The Toxic Avenger
Correct!
 
Regularly cast for his unique appearance, Berryman would prove the stuff of nightmares for a generation, also appearing in his fair share of spoof and comedic roles.
 
With this in mind, The Toxic Avenger would have been the perfect role of him, but Berryman was a busy boy in 1984, starring in James Fargo’s absurd sci-fi musical Voyage of the Rock Aliens and Wes Craven’s made-for-TV supernatural horror Invitation to Hell.
The Hills Have Eyes Part II
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Deadly Blessing
Sorry, Incorrect.
Invitation to Hell
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
15. Which of the following movies features the classic line ‘There’s nothing like it on the market. Not at this price.’?
The Amityville Horror
Correct!
 
These were the words of estate agent Mrs. Townsend, who did a rather fine job of selling the notorious murder house to the Lutz’s, who clearly weren’t the slightest bit superstitious.
 
Townsend was played by bit-part screen veteran Elsa Raven, who you might remember as the ‘clock tower fund woman’ from Back to the Future.
 
Though probably not.
Amityville II: The Possession
Sorry, Incorrect.
House
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Changeling
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
16. Which of the following 80s slashers did not appear on the infamous ‘Video Nasties’ list?
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Correct!
 
Though one of the most explicit the sub-genre had to offer back then (at least in its full, uncut form), George Mihalka’s unique, coal mining slasher, dubbed the Deer Hunter of the genre, didn’t make the cut.
 
Absurd, one of two D’Amato films to make the grade along with 1980’s Anthropophagous, was most infamous for a rather graphic bandsaw kill and man’s decapitation at the hands of a child.
 
Thanks to Tom Savini’s finger-chopping magic, The Burning also qualified, as did Bloody Moon’s much fabled circular saw death.
Absurd (1981)
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The Burning (1981)
Sorry, Incorrect.
Bloody Moon (1981)
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
17. In which of the following countries has Dario Argento’s Tenebrae never been released uncut?
Germany
Correct!
 
Argento’s bloodthirsty giallo classic Tenebrae, one of 72 movies to qualify for the Video Nasties list in the United Kingdom, was released in a heavily cut form in Germany before promptly being seized by authorities.
 
In the 28 years since its release, it is still to be released in its full, uncut form, and according to German censorship body FSK, it never will.
Canada
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Spain
United Kingdom
Italy
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18. Which of the following horror movies did Drew Barrymore not star in?
Children of the Corn
Correct!
 
After making her name as Elliot’s adorable kid sister Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi smash E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a young Ms. Barrymore would land prominent roles in Steven King adaptations Firestarter and Cat’s Eye, playing multiple characters in the latter. She would also land a smaller role in Ken Russell’s sci-fi horror Altered States, playing headliner William Hurt’s fictional daughter, Margaret. Barrymore wasn’t cast in Children of the Corn, yet another Stephen King adaptation, but you’ve gotta think she would have been perfect for it.
Altered States
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Firestarter
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Cat’s Eye
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19. Which of the following Friday the 13th instalments features the highest death count?
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Correct!
 
Tom McLoughlin’s meta massacre features an incredible 19 deaths, including a triple kill which sees a trio of paintball douchebags decapitated with one swing of Jason’s machete.
 
Hot on its heels in 2nd place is the heavily cut but irresistibly goofy Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood with 16 cruelly censored deaths, though that sleeping bag kill worked beautifully as a single swing as opposed to several.
 
In 3rd place is 1984’s mooted series closer Friday the 13th Part IV: A New Beginning with 13 deaths (14 if you count Jason, but we all know how that turned out). The Final Chapter is followed by 1981’s Friday the 13th Part 2, which comes in dead last with only 10 deaths, but Jason was still something of a rookie back then, so let’s cut him some slack, eh?
 
Friday the 13th Part III
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Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
Sorry, Incorrect.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
20. Jack Sholder’s A Nightmare on Elm Street sequel Freddy’s Revenge famously ditched Charles Bernstein’s original score, but which of the following composers replaced him?
Christopher Young
Correct!
 
Christopher Young, perhaps best remembered for his doom-laden Hellraiser score, would replace Bernstein, who was busy working on Wes Craven’s first major studio film, the commercial and critical disaster, Deadly Friend, as well as Paramount’s gimmicky holiday slasher April Fool’s Day.
Jerry Goldsmith
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Harry Manfredini
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Jack Nitzsche
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21. Which of the following pop songs did not feature in Lamberto Bava’s grisly meta-horror Demons?
Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
Correct!
 
Bava’s gore-laden affront to horror movie censorship had something of an MTV punk aesthetic, and a fairly decent soundtrack to boot, though there was no room for Benatar’s scintillating pop flourish.
We Close Our Eyes by Go West
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White Wedding by Billy Idol
Sorry, Incorrect.
Night Ranger by Pretty Maids
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
22. Which of the following slasher movies, released in 1989, provided an early role for future Oscar winner Brad Pitt?
Cutting Class
Correct!
 
Heartthrob Pitt was just the ticket for Rospo Pallenberg’s blackly comedy slasher Cutting Class (get it?).
 
Pitt’s character, Dwight Ingalls, manages to get out alive too, even after spending much of the movie as the main suspect. He even has his head shoved in a vice and almost succumbs to what would have been a rather nasty death by drill.
 
I suppose fortune favours the pretty.
Slash Dance
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Heavy Metal Massacre
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Death Spa
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23. 1991’s Critters 3 featured which future Hollywood headliner as punchy protagonist Josh?
Leonardo DiCaprio
Correct!
 
The direct-to-video sequel to New Line Cinema’s low-key smash Critters was a then 16-year-old DiCaprio’s debut feature.
 
Working with the likes of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Taranatino, Leo would go on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s epic western The Revenant.
 
We all gotta start somewhere.
River Phoenix
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Jake Gyllenhaal
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
24. In Mick Garris’ 1992 Stephen King adaptation Sleepwalkers, the house of the Sleepwalkers was the same house used in which American TV show?
The Waltons
Correct!
 
A house inhabited by one of TV’s most nauseatingly moral families was later home to an incestuous pair of vampiric shapeshifters.
 
Good night, Jim Bob!
 
Mwah ha ha!
Blossom
Sorry, Incorrect.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sorry, Incorrect.
Bates Motel
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
25. Which of the following horror movie directors did not have a cameo appearance in John Carpenter’s middling horror anthology film Body Bags?
George A. Romero
Correct!
 
Starring Carpenter himself as a (admittedly brilliant) Tales From the Crypt style host named The Coroner, Body Bags would feature Cameos from Craven (Pasty Faced Man in ‘The Gas Station’), Hooper (Morgue Worker #2 in ‘The Morgue’) and Raimi (Dead Bill in ‘The Gas Station’). And it wouldn’t end there.
 
Body Bags is full of familiar faces in roles of all kinds, including The American Werewolf in London’s David Naughton, The Omen’s David Warner, Prolific movie producer Roger Corman, Mark Hamill, Stacy Keach, Tom Arnold, Debbie Harry, Sheena Easton and Twiggy.
 
Luckily for Romero, he wasn’t involved, though I’m sure the wrap-up party was a total blast.
Wes Craven
Sorry, Incorrect.
Tobe Hooper
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Sam Raimi
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
26. Wes Craven’s self-reflexive slasher, Scream, features a janitor named Fred who looks an awful lot like the director’s most famous character, Freddy Krueger, but who plays him?
Wes Craven
Correct!
 
It is Craven himself who makes a brief cameo as the character who changed his life forever.
 
How fitting!
Kevin Williamson
Sorry, Incorrect.
Henry Winkler
Sorry, Incorrect.
Robert Englund
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
27. Which of the following director/screenwriters made uncredited script changes to 1998’s Halloween: H20?
Kevin Williamson
Correct!
 
After penning the screenplay for the slasher-reiving Scream and the hugely successful I Know What You Did Last Summer, Williamson was hot property in Hollywood, and was approached by Dimension Films to pen a treatment for H20.
 
So enthusiastic were Dimension to have a talent of Williamson’s stock on their marquee they even offered writer Robert Zappia more money to share the writing credit, though Zappia refused.
 
Williamson ultimately went unaccredited in accordance with Writers Guild of America (WGA) rules, which state that additional writers must be responsible for at least 33% of a script to receive an on-screen credit.
 
Carpenter was originally scheduled to direct until money issues and the refusal of a three-picture deal saw him pull out.
John Carpenter
Sorry, Incorrect.
Wes Craven
Sorry, Incorrect.
Guillermo del Toro
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
28. Which late 90s horror remake does the above poster belong to?
House on Haunted Hill
Correct!
 
The above image was the promotional poster for William Malone’s House on Haunted Hill, an underwhelming remake of William Castle’s 1959 movie of the same name.
 
Thirt13n Ghosts, an effects-heavy remake of Castle’s 1960 movie of the same name, was actually released in 2001.
 
1999’s The Haunting, directed by Die Hard cinematographer Jan de Bont, was a reimagining of Robert Wise’s 1963 supernatural horror.
 
Jamie Blanks’ 1998, Post-Scream slasher, Urban Legend, wasn’t a remake at all, though it was sure familiar.
Thirt13n Ghosts
Sorry, Incorrect.
The Haunting
Sorry, Incorrect.
Urban Legend
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
29. Which of the following horror movies was based on true events?
The People Under the Stairs
Correct!
 
Like A Nightmare on Elm Street before it, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs was inspired by real-life events, in this case the story of a suburban family who were prosecuted after alerting the police to an attempted burglary at their home.
 
Instead of finding the perpetrators in question, the cops discovered a series of locked doors containing children who had never been allowed to leave the house, a grim sub-narrative that typifies the movie’s unholy matrimony of genres.
In the Mouth of Madness
Sorry, Incorrect.
Devils Advocate
Sorry, Incorrect.
Flatliners
Sorry, Incorrect.
 
30. Mary Harron’s sublime adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho was future Batman Christian Bale’s breakthrough film, but who almost stole the part of the inimitable Patrick Bateman out from under him?
Leonardo DiCaprio
Correct!
 
So determined were Lion’s Gate to cast DiCaprio they went as far as announcing the Titanic star’s involvement at Cannes in the summer of 1998, which came as a shock to both Bale and Harron.
 
So convinced was Harron of Bale’s suitability for the role that she purportedly refused to meet with DiCaprio after he was offered the lead without her knowledge.
Tom Cruise
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Tim Robbins
Sorry, Incorrect.
Tobey Maguire
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31. Finally, in 2003, two of horror’s most indomitable figures were pitted against each other in a delirious death match for the ages, but when was the idea of a Freddy vs Jason crossover movie first proposed?
1987
Correct!
 
In 1987, Paramount Pictures approached New Line Cinema with the idea of uniting two of horror’s most iconic figures, but the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement.
 
Friday the 13th Part VII, a Carrie rip-off pitting Jason against a final girl with telekinetic powers, was released a year later under the sub-heading The New Blood, which would prove the company’s poorest instalment to date.
 
That same year, New Line Cinema would release A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, which would remain Freddy’s most successful instalment until the release of Freddy vs Jason a whole 15 years later.
1985
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1992
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2001
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