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Horror Movie Trivia

In this Halloween episode of Trivia Rewind I’m talking scary movies!  I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it.  It’s that time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia. 

When you think of horror movies, what movies come to mind? Many popular horror movies were adaptations from Stephen King novels. A few of the movies I’ll talk about this week are ones he is famously known for. This New York Times best selling author has been scaring people for years through his books and the successful films that have been adaptations from them. Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. King graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in English. Horror wasn’t his only genre. Did you know that he wrote the book that the Academy Award nominated movie The Shawshank Redemption was based on?

Then there’s Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and others that had their hand in the horror movie genre.

In this episode, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about horror movies. (One of the movies I discuss is more of a supernatural comedy just to lighten the mood a little.) After the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up in school.  Find out which movie one critic described as a “Blatant exploitation of the lowest order.”  After this episode, you may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. 

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – Horror Movie Trivia

Debi Jenkins 0:01
Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this Halloween episode, we’re talking scary movies. I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it. While I’m not the biggest fan of this genre of movies, this is the time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia.

Debi Jenkins 0:29
In our fun facts segment. Find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up at school. Find out which movie one critic described as a blatant exploitation of the lowest order. Before we get to the questions I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some interesting facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase?

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode?

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie?

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway?

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Question five. In the 1988 movie Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase?

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Anne say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night?

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die?

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Question eight. In then 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive?

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Question nine. A not quite so scary movie but in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what?

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of?

Debi Jenkins 3:15
Those are our questions. Let’s go back and review. I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The Shining is based on a novel by the same name written by Stephen King. Shelley Duvall plays the role of Wendy and Jack Nicholson plays the role of Jack Torrance. Jack Nicholson improvised one of the popular lines in this movie. The “here’s Johnny” line was famously known for being said by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Jack Nicholson’s use of the line landed it on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movie quotes. And here’s a questionable parenting move. The young actor Danny Lloyd who played the role of Danny Torrance, well, he wasn’t told he was working on a horror film. He was told by the director that they were filming a drama. Danny Lloyd didn’t see The Shining until he was 16. That’s probably a good thing.

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode? That actress is Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother Janet Lee, was one of the stars of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The family tradition continued in this movie when Jamie Lee Curtis joined the scary movie ranks. This was an independent feature, and Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown actress at the time. She was only paid $8,000 for her role. If the low pay wasn’t bad enough, most of the actors had to buy their own costumes for the movie. Supposedly, she bought all of her costumes for a whopping $100. Not a bad day of bargain shopping.

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie? Well, Freddy is powered by the victim’s fear. Did you know that Johnny Depp had his film debut playing character Glenn Lance in this film? Wes Craven, the writer and director of the movie based this movie on some of his childhood experiences. Guess what the name of the school bully was that once beat up Craven? Yep. Freddie. You never know what your actions may one day inspire. So be nice.

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway? The cat’s name was Church. The breed of cat that portrayed Church was a British Blue Cat. In an interview with Cinema Blend, the director Mary Lambert explains that they had to use a lot of cats in the movie. Everyone knows you can’t train a cat so no one cat was going to get the job done. Pet Cemetery was based on Stephen King’s book by the same name. Surprisingly, it was based on real events in his life including his daughter’s dead cat and an actual Pet Cemetery. In addition to being the author of the book, Stephen King was the screenwriter for the movie.

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Question five. In the 1988 movie, Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase? The answer is “Hi, I’m Chucky your friend till the end.” Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 80s? Well, Don Mancini the creator of Chucky had those dolls in mind when coming up with this movie. In an article on Mental Floss he said “I wanted to write a dark satire about how marketing affected children.” Well in the 80s it was nightmarish watching grown adults get into fights at the store over those ugly dolls. Speaking of dolls, there was no CGI used when filming Child’s Play. The Chucky doll who was an animatronic puppet in most of the scenes, it had to be controlled by eleven people. People couldn’t get enough Chucky. After the 1988 movie there were six sequels and a remake. If that’s not enough, supposedly a TV series is in the works.

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Ann say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night? She says “they’re here.” Heather O’Rourke, the young actress that played Carol Anne, well she was discovered by Steven Spielberg while eating at a restaurant on the MGM studio lot. He saw Heather having lunch with her mom and thought the little girl looked perfect for the role and offered her the job right on the spot. Sadly, Heather O’Rourke died at the age of 12 from complications of internal stenosis. Poltergeist was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Visual Effects. It lost to Spielberg’s other nominated movie E.T.

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die? The answer is… Jason drowns while at a summer camp. In the first movie, Jason didn’t really have much of a role. In the second film he wore a bag over his head. It wasn’t until the third movie that he donned the hockey mask he’s so famously known for. One popular actor had his big screen debut in this movie. Kevin Bacon appeared in Friday the 13th as the character Jack. In a review seen in The Hollywood Reporter in 1980, the movie was described as blatant exploitation of the lowest order, and the critic said, “there is nothing to recommend about this ghastly effort.” Movie critic Gene Siskel took it even farther, and called the director Sean Cunningham one of the most despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.

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Question eight. In the 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive? He was forced to write a novel. Do you remember the name of the new novel? It was titled Misery’s Return. In the film James Caan plays novelist Paul Sheldon. The person holding him captive is a character named Annie Wilkes, who is played by actress Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance in this film. The movie Misery was based on a Stephen King novel of the same name. In the American Film Institute’s 100 years 100 Heroes and Villains, character Annie Wilkes comes in number 17 on the villains list.

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Question nine. In the not so scary 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what? It’s called the Ectomobile or Ecto-1. The license plate of the converted car says Ecto-1. The Ectomobile was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex. The car was so popular Hot Wheels made a die cast version. Ghostbusters arrived in theaters the same weekend as the movie Gremlins. A few weeks later, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released. When it was all said and done, Ghostbusters was the second highest grossing film of the year right behind Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If you were around in 1984, you may have found yourself singing the song Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. That song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back on August 11, 1984. Ghostbusters was nominated for two Academy Awards. This is definitely one of the tamer movies on this week’s list.

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of? Well, Norman blames his deceased mother. This is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest movies. Do you know how they simulated the blood for the famous shower scene? It was Shasta brand chocolate syrup that came in a plastic squeeze bottle. Using the plastic squeeze bottle was revolutionary for 1960 according to makeup supervisor Jack Barron. Maybe they just splashed the chocolate on before. For a black and white movie blood doesn’t need to be red, so chocolate worked perfectly. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards. Actress Janet Lee won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. And speaking of Janet Lee, I mentioned earlier that she’s the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis who had her film debut in the horror film, John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Debi Jenkins 13:07
Well, that wraps up this ghastly episode of Trivia Rewind. You may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. Next time you squirt some on your ice cream or in your milk, think of the movie Psycho. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. And visit triviarewind.com to find links to both our Twitter and Instagram pages. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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2 thoughts on “Horror Movie Trivia

  1. I’m a little late, but just discovered you as I click down a WP rabbit hole.

    A few stumpers in there. Church the cat? Argh!

    Great stuff. Keep up the great work.

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