Monday, October 21, 2013

Horror film trivia quiz! Answers are after the cut. But it's helpful if you try to answer first, and post your responses as a comment.

1. Who was originally cast to star as the title character in 1931's Dracula?
a. Lon Chaney
b. Bela Lugosi
c. Boris Karloff
d. Claude Rains


2. Universal Studios did not want the scene where Dracula attacks Renfield in 1931's Dracula to be filmed because it reeked of homosexuality.
a. True
b. False


3. 1931's Frankenstein shows the monster being assembled out of numerous body parts and brought to life with electricity. But in the novel, the monster is created in a different way. The method used was:
a. He grew out of a vat of chemicals.
b. It was one large man's body; only the brain was different.
c. Ultraviolet, infrared and X-rays are used in the novel.
d. Frankenstein grew some parts, but the brain and organs had to be stolen.


4. The most-quoted line from 1931's Frankenstein is "It's alive! It's alive!" It was followed by another famous line. What was that next line?
a. You all called me crazy, but it's alive!
b. Now I know what it's like to be God!
c. No line, just maniacal laughter.
d. It's Fritz's line: "You are a god, master!"


5. Claude Rains is on screen almost all the time in 1933's The Invisible Man. But all his dialogue was dubbed later!
a. True
b. False


6. In 1933's The Invisible Man, the Invisible Man is actually never given a name.
a. True
b. False


7. William Alland, producer of 1954's Creature From the Black Lagoon, got the story from where?
a. He came up with it during a drunken, late-night story session with Orson Welles.
b. He read about it in an old book about sea monsters.
c. Trick question! William Alland didn't come up with the story!
d. It was a South American myth told to him by a Mexican cinematographer.


8. Walt Disney was so impressed with Fess Parker as the "craxy Texan flier" in 1954's Them! that he later cast him as Davey Crockett in the films and TV show of the same name.
a. True
b. False


9. RKO asked the U.S. Air Force for assistance in filming 1951's The Thing. But the Air Force turned the studio down. Why?
a. They were worried that Air Force flights in the Arctic might spook the Russians.
b. They thought it would undercut the government's claim that UFOs didn't exist.
c. A top general thought the idea of vegetables attacking the Earth was idiotic.
d. They disliked the unknown director, Christian Nyby.


10. During 1951's The Thing, a soldier is asked if he knows how to use a flare gun. He says yes, licks his thumb, and wiped the end of the gun's muzzle. Why?
a. He was removing a speck of dirt from the gun.
b. No reason, the actor thought it was just something to do.
c. This done in the film Sgt York to help York improve his aim, directed by producer Howard Hawks, and it is a tribute to Hawk's earlier film.
d. He's imitating a soldier who, moments earlier, was playing cards and licked his thumb before dealing.

Answers below in bold




1. Who was originally cast to star as the title character in 1931's Dracula?
a. Lon Chaney (but he died of throat cancer before filming began)
b. Bela Lugosi
c. Boris Karloff
d. Claude Rains


2. Universal Studios did not want the scene where Dracula attacks Renfield in 1931's Dracula to be filmed because it reeked of homosexuality.
a. True
b. False


3. 1931's Frankenstein shows the monster being assembled out of numerous body parts and brought to life with electricity. But in the novel, the monster is created in a different way. The method used was:
a. He grew out of a vat of chemicals.
b. It was one large man's body; only the brain was different.
c. Ultraviolet, infrared and X-rays are used in the novel.
d. Frankenstein grew some parts, but the brain and organs had to be stolen.


4. The most-quoted line from 1931's Frankenstein is "It's alive! It's alive!" It was followed by another famous line. What was that next line?
a. You all called me crazy, but it's alive!
b. Now I know what it's like to be God!
c. No line, just maniacal laughter.
d. It's Fritz's line: "You are a god, master!"


5. Claude Rains is on screen almost all the time in 1933's The Invisible Man. But all his dialogue was dubbed later!
a. True
b. False


6. In 1933's The Invisible Man, the Invisible Man is actually never given a name.
a. True
b. False (it's Dr. Jack Griffith)


7. William Alland, producer of 1954's Creature From the Black Lagoon, got the story from where?
a. He came up with it during a drunken, late-night story session with Orson Welles.
b. He read about it in an old book about sea monsters.
c. Trick question! William Alland didn't come up with the story!
d. It was a South American myth told to him by a Mexican cinematographer.


8. Walt Disney was so impressed with Fess Parker as the "craxy Texan flier" in 1954's Them! that he later cast him as Davey Crockett in the films and TV show of the same name.
a. True
b. False


9. RKO asked the U.S. Air Force for assistance in filming 1951's The Thing. But the Air Force turned the studio down. Why?
a. They were worried that Air Force flights in the Arctic might spook the Russians.
b. They thought it would undercut the government's claim that UFOs didn't exist.
c. A top general thought the idea of vegetables attacking the Earth was idiotic.
d. They disliked the unknown director, Christian Nyby.


10. During 1951's The Thing, a soldier is asked if he knows how to use a flare gun. He says yes, licks his thumb, and wiped the end of the gun's muzzle. Why?
a. He was removing a speck of dirt from the gun.
b. No reason, the actor thought it was just something to do.
c. This done in the film Sgt York to help York improve his aim, directed by producer Howard Hawks, and it is a tribute to Hawk's earlier film.
d. He's imitating a soldier who, moments earlier, was playing cards and licked his thumb before dealing.

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