Don't Be A Chicken! Try The Horror Movie Quiz

It might not be horror movie season, but if you’re a fan of the genre, any night is a good night to pop in a horror movie. Much like comic book films, horror movies inspire a passionate following, who often flock to the theater to watch the latest installment of their favorite franchise or a new film that’s been hailed an instant classic.

Though horror movies rarely get the recognition they deserve — with The Exorcist and The Silence of the Lamb being the last few notable horror films to win major awards — this past awards season Get Out was actually nominated for multiple Academy Awards. Not to mention that the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It went on to become the third highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

While most people enjoy going to the movies for a bit of an escape, why anyone would be infatuated with horror movies — a genre that literally brings your worst fears to life before your eyes — remains a mystery. So if you’re someone who avoids horror movies at all costs or averts your eyes whenever one is on, this might not be the quiz for you.

But if you have a strange addiction to watching something that makes your palms sweat and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, then it’s time to put your horror movie knowledge to the test!

Question 1

Name the movie.

If you can’t name this horror movie then you should probably just turn back now, because you’re clearly not someone who watches or follows horror films on any type of regular basis. This film was released just last year and took a scathing look at race relations in present-day America. It achieved widespread critical acclaim for using the horror genre to explore cultural issues, and even went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay just earlier this year.

Question 2

Match the villain to the franchise.

While most horror villains are a specific individual or group of people, this antagonist from the popular horror series is actually just a disguise that has been donned by a number of killers throughout the original movie and each of the three sequels. The character was based on a famous painting by Edvard Munch — but if we told you the name of the painting we would surely be giving the answer away. So can you match Ghostface to the respective horror franchise?

Question 3

Match the final girl to the film.

The concept of the final girl is a typical horror movie trope which implies that one female — usually a seemingly innocent virgin — will be the only one who’s able to outsmart and escape the killer by the film’s end. Jaime Lee Curtis played this iconic final girl, though that might not be much of a help considering that Curtis starred in a number of classic horror films earlier on in her career — though this movie was certainly one of the few standouts.

Question 4

What type of weapon does Leatherface use?

Though this horror villain may be one of the most terrifying to look at, the director of the original film actually stated that Leatherface only ever kills out of fear and that he is actually under the control of his more deranged and cannibalistic family. However, in the later films of this series, Leatherface takes on a more hostile and antagonistic role — seeking out his victims rather than having them stumble upon to him. So do you remember what iconic weapon this character usually wields?

Question 5

Where do the survivors hold up in Dawn of the Dead?

Originally released in 1978 as the second installment of George A. Romero’s revolutionary Dead series, this film was remade in 2004 by director Zack Snyder — though the location that the survivors hide out in remains the same in both films. As far as remakes go, this one proved to be a surprisingly decent reimagining of the ‘70s film — though it in no way topped its predecessor. While each installment of the Dead series found the characters hiding out in some place distinct, do you remember what the primary location was in Dawn of the Dead?

Question 6

Name the movie.

Released in 2014 to critical acclaim, this slow-burning horror film follows college student Jay after a date goes horribly wrong and she finds herself being followed by a mysterious supernatural force. She’s told that the only way to get rid of it is to pass it on to someone else by having sex with them, though she can’t help but think that the whole thing is happening in her mind. Though the film was made on a measly budget of $2 million, it went on to gross over $23 during its box office run.

Question 7

Match the villain to the franchise.

pinhead from hellraiser

Despite being one of the most human-looking villains as far as horror movies go, this character is no less unsettling to look at. The villain, known as Pinhead in the film series, was original conceived to be highly intelligent and well spoken after horror novelist Clive Barker was tired of seeing slasher movie villains portrayed more as supernatural beasts with little resemblance to being human. That being said, this character is actually descendant from an otherworldly race known as the Cenobites.

Question 8

Name the movie.

Just as Scream had held a mirror up to the horror genre over a decade before, this 2012 horror comedy also sought out to parody a genre that is often plagued with various tropes and cliches. The film follows a group of college kids who end up going on a remote vacation, only to find themselves haunted by supernatural forces that are beyond their control. But the movies also explores the forces who are actually pulling the strings behind these horrific acts.

Question 9

Match the final girl to the film.

First appearing in the 1984 film, this final girl was played by American actress Heather Langenkam, who would go on to reprise the character of Nancy Thompson in two more installments into the classic horror series. In the original film, Nancy is a high schooler who finds herself being stalked by a supernatural force that preys off its victims’ fears. Though she eventually goes on to take on the villain in subsequent films, at the end of the original, it’s actually ambiguous as to wether or not she actually escape the villain’s evil clutches.

Question 10

Which one of these horror movies was NOT based on a Stephen King story?

Know as the modern day master of horror, Stephen King has written nearly 100 novels to date with an impressive number of them being turned into horror films ever since his career as a novelist began. While everyone knows that last year’s It was based of King’s massively popular 1986 novel — with plans for adapting the second half of the book currently in the works — let’s see if your knowledge of King’s works runs deeper than what’s currently trending in popular culture.

Question 11

Name the movie.

Another film that North American audiences might have missed simply due to its British origins, this 2005 horror film was amongst one of the most praised films of the year of its released. It follows a group of six women as they venture into an uncharted cave system, only to find that it’s inhabited by a group of cannibalistic humanoids who have evolved to live underground. However, the film is still extremely terrifying before anything supernatural comes into play, as the women begin to turn on each other after getting lost amongst the uncharted caves.

Question 12

Match the villain to the franchise.

This supernatural villain first appeared in this 2001 film, which follows a brother and sister as they make their way home from college through the rural Florida countryside. The villain has since popped up in two sequels — the most recent one debuting just last year. He is a legendary demon that is set free every 23 years to feed on humans in order to sustain his life. His real name is not known, but telling you his popular moniker would be giving away the answer.

Question 13

Name the movie.

Though this movie is often credited with creating the “fast zombie” craze that has since become a staple of many contemporary films, the concept of fast-moving zombies had actually shown up decades before. However, the film is still considered one of the most influential installments to the genre of the 2000s. The movie was directed by Danny Boyle and follows a small group of survivors across the United Kingdom after a rage virus has swept across the country, leaving the infected in a zombie-like state.

Question 14

How did Jack Torrence die in The Shining?

Horror novelist Stephen King has been very outspoken about his distaste for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. Much of the disagreement seemed to stem from the character of Jack Torrence — who slowly succumbs to his addiction in the novel, but is portrayed as a loose canon pretty much from the get-go in the film. The fate of the character is also drastically different in both versions, with Jack somewhat redeeming himself in the novel. But do you remember how he died in the film?

Question 15

Match the final girl to the film.

The character of Sidney Prescott has actually been the final girl in four films of this popular horror franchise, which all began with the 1996 film. The character is played by Neve Campbell in each movie, though the role was originally offered to Drew Barrymore — which the actress had to decline due to scheduling conflicts and was given a smaller role in the original film as well. In the films, this final girl is often stalked not because some supernatural force is drawn to her, but because the killers simply want to use her to achieve fame.

Question 16

Name the movie.

After making three back-to-back Spider-Man movies, writer/ director Sam Raimi returned to his horror roots with this 2009 film, which follows a young loan officer who evicts an elderly woman from her home only to discover that the woman has cast an evil spell upon her that will eventually lead to her death. The film stars Alison Lohman as Christine Brown and Justin Long as her boyfriend, Clay Dalton. The film was met with largely positive reviews for its enjoyable blend of horror and gross-out comedy.

Question 17

How many members of the Losers Club are killed in IT?

Last year’s It went on to become the highest growing horror movie of all time, meaning that if you’re taking this quiz, there’s little chance that you haven’t seen this movie. As you probably well know, the Losers Club is the name the group of seven outcasted children living in the town of Derry, Maine, who find themselves being subjected to the terror of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. But do you remember how many of these children don’t make it out of the film alive?

Question 18

What weapon does Michael Myers usually use?

One of the most iconic horror villains of all time, Michael Myers made his debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 film Halloween. Unlike previous horror antagonists, Myers was different in that he had no supernatural powers and largely had no motive, which terrified the audience on an entirely new level with the realization that sometimes seemingly everyday people can commit horrific crimes with little to no warning. So do you know what weapon this character usually wields in most of the franchise's films?

Question 19

Name the movie.

Released in 2014, this Australian film follows a single mother, Amelia Vanek, as she struggles to raise her increasingly difficult child. But things grow exponentially worse when she reads her six-year-old a creepy children’s story named “Mister Babadook.” Though the film may not have been seen by mainstream audiences, it was an instant classic amongst horror buffs, earning the film a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and eventually grossing over $7 million against a modest budget of only $2 million.

Question 20

Match the final girl to the film.

Much like Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver is another actress that often ended up getting cast in horror films — which is likely the reason why she ended up playing the all-knowing “Director” in the 2012 horror parody The Cabin in the Woods. But for this question, we’re turning all the way back to this classic 1979 sci-fi horror classic, which found Weaver tackling the role of Ellen Ripley — a character that was originally conceived to be played by a male.

Question 21

Match the villain to the franchise.

If you’ve seen this sci-fi horror film, you know full well that the story’s villain takes on various forms — though this particular incarnation is one of the most disturbing throughout the entire movie. The film follows a group of scientists and one pilot who is stationed out in the frozen Antarctic wilderness when they stumble upon a UFO buried deep in the ice. However, they soon discover that the alien creature on board wasn’t dead, but actually hiding amongst them the entire time.

Question 22

Name the movie.

For whatever reason, it seems like movies where characters have to be absolutely silent is a new trend in the horror genre — which is most recently seen in the newly released A Quiet Place, written, directed and starring The Office’s John Krasinski. However, just two years ago this equally creepy and clever horror movie hit theaters, which follows a deaf writer trying to desperately survive a deranged killer who wants to play a deadly game of cat and mouse at her remote house in the woods.

Question 23

Which one of these horror films is NOT based on a true story?

Going to a horror movie that you already know is based on a true story certainly adds a whole other layer of suspense to the situation, as you try to imagine what it must have been like to the real people who were subjected to such horrific events or supernatural occurrences. Even if you’re a skeptic who doesn’t readily believe in otherworldly events, there are still a number of terrifying horror stories that are undeniable — particularly the ones that focus on real-life serial killers.

Question 24

How was Marion killed in Psycho?

It’s a sad fact that many modern day audience members cannot make themselves go back and watch a black and white movie, regardless of how critically acclaimed it may be. In this instance, we’re talking about one of the most iconic horror movies — not to mention one of the most memorable horror movie kills — of all time. In this classic masterpiece, Alfred Hitchcock stretched the limits of what was considered acceptable content to show in a movie. So do you remember how Marion was killed?

Question 25

What is Jigsaw’s real name in the Saw franchise?

Though the original film in the series was made on an extremely low budget of just $1.2 million, it went on to gross over $100 million at the box office and spawn an 8 film series. The franchise revolves around the killer Jigsaw, who kidnaps people whom he believes need to be more grateful for the lives they’ve been given. Thus, he subjects them to extreme forms of torture in order to determine who should be given the chance to continue to live. So do you remember Jigsaw’s real name?

Question 26

Name the movie.

Not much happens throughout the first three-fourths of this 2009 indie horror film — but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying. The story follows a broke college girl who takes a late night babysitting job. Except the baby is actually an older couple’s grandmother and the night happens to be that of a lunar eclipse. The film is set during the 1980s and is a simplistic homage to horror films of decades past, relying on slow-burning tension rather than gore or jump scares.

Question 27

Match the final girl to the film.

The final girl, Sally Hardesty, first appeared in this classic 1974 slasher film as a young woman who encounters a family of backwoods cannibals. At the start of the film, she is on a road trip with a group of friends and her paraplegic brother, who have plans to visit the grave of their grandfather after hearing that a number of graves have been robbed in the area. Of course, this doesn’t go according to plan, and one by one, Sally’s friends are knocked off by a gang of sadistic killers before Sally is ultimately able to escape.

Question 28

What type of weapon does Jason usually use?

Despite Jason Voorhees long being the face (or, rather, mask) of the long-running Friday the 13th franchise, this villain actually doesn’t do most of the killing in the original 1980 film — leaving that honor to his deranged mother. Though this character may have started as a human, he has gone on to achieve supernatural status, acquiring the powers of superhuman strength and immortality. In other words, he can’t be killed. But what weapon does he usually use to do his killing?

Question 29

Who kills Ellison in Sinister?

While plenty of horror movies seek to gross out their viewers, Sinister was known for downright disturbing its audience, courtesy of the number of grotesque snuff films that the character of Ellison stumbles upon throughout the course of the film. But while researching these murders, Ellison comes to believe that the killer is not a singular human after all, but rather a string of events carried out by the legendary demon known as Bughuul, who often infects the minds of various children before snatching them up and carrying them to his dimension.

Question 30

How does Casey Becker die in Scream?

Before she was cast to play Casey Becker in this 1999 film — a character who solely appears in the movie’s opening scene — Drew Barrymore was actually sought out to play the film's protagonist, Sidney Prescott. But although the scheduling ultimately didn’t work out, Barrymore did a great job of starting off this classic slasher parody on the right note by playing the playful (and eventually terrified) Casey Becker, who comes face to face with Ghostface during a night alone at her parents’ house.

Question 31

Name the movie.

Released back in 2000, this massively underrated Canadian horror film follows two death-obsessed sisters as one of them is bitten by a werewolf and begins a slow transformation into becoming one herself. The film is the perfect blend of horror and dark comedy while it hilariously draws the comparison that going through puberty is tantamount to transforming into a hairy beast. Though the film was met with largely positive reviews and currently holds an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it was a box office bomb after its original release.

Question 32

What type of weapon does the Candyman usually use?

Though he may go by the name of the Candyman by his victims, this horror antagonist’s real name is actually Daniel Robitaille, who first appeared in the short story The Forbidden by horror novelist Clive Barker before being adapted for this 1992 film. Unlike a number of classic horror villains, this character is far from animalistic, and can actually be quite charismatic in a number of scenes. But that doesn’t stop the Candyman from enacting horrific acts in a twisted attempt to avenge his own death.

Question 33

Where is Dalton trapped in Insidious?

Released in 2010, Insidious was directed by renowned horror director James Wan, who previously brought audiences the equally terrifying Saw and Dead Silence films. However, where those films relied on largely gross-out scares, Insidious was actually more terrifying while still maintaining a PG-13 rating — which is no easy feat. In the film, a family of four is despondent when their one son inexplicably falls into a coma and won't wake up. But do you remember where Dalton Lambert actually goes?

Question 34

What is the name of the demon that posses Regan in The Exorcist?

Often considered one of the scariest movies of all time, The Exorcist achieved critical acclaim for going to great lengths to ground the supernatural story in reality. That means that the first half of the film is largely absent of any otherworldly scares -- so that when this demon eventually rears its petrifying face in the film, the shock is all the more unexpected. Though you probably remember the name of the girl and the young female actress who played her, it will take a true horror buff to actually recall the name of the demon that possesses her.

Question 35

Match the villain to the franchise.

One of the most distinguished horror villains of all time, this character first reared his ugly head in this classic 1984 film where he stalks children while they’re sleeping. The character has appeared in numerous sequels since and has been the subject of plenty of pop culture references, including his most recent appearance in this year’s Ready Player One. The character is most often portrayed by British actor Robert Englund, however, he was played by Jackie Earle Haley in the 2010 reboot.

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