The Halloween Shadowplay Impossible Film Quiz

1) FATAL SHOTS

Four opening shots from four classic films. Name the films.

2) WHOO-OO-OO SAID THAT?

[a] “She does not come peeping with messages from beyond the fucking grave!”

[b] “I’ve not had any macaroni since Wednesday.”

[c] “You don’t have any secrets from the Department of Health, Henri.”

[d] “You put me right off my fresh fried lobster, do you realize that?”

3) SOMETHING HAIRY THIS WAY COMES

[a] What was Lon Chaney Jnr’s wolfman face-fuzz made from?

[b] What did Ray Harryhausen use to coat his woolly mammoth?

[c] Later, how did he solve the problem of fur showing the animator’s finger-indentations?

4) TWO-FACED

Each of the following pairs of JEKYLL/HYDE-inspired movies have something that makes them the exception to usual practice in these sort of things. What’s the exception? (Example: DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE and DR JEKYLL AND MS HYDE both use the sex change idea.)

[a] ALTERED STATES and DR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES

[b] THE TWO FACES OF DR JEKYLL and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

[c] THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN and VAN HELSING

[d] THE UGLY DUCKLING and DER JANUSKOPF

5) MAD SCIENCE!

Name the films and explain what you’re looking at.

6) IT’S MONUMENTAL!

Here are some monuments — which monster movies used them?

[a] Westminster Abbey

[b] The Colisseum

[c] Jardine House

[d] Big Ben

7) CAST ASUNDER

Which films feature all of the following cast members?

[a] Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, John Carradine, Richard Dreyfuss?

[b] Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski, Yul Brunner?

[c] Ringo Starr, Dennis Price, Shakira Caine?

[d] Bernard Bresslaw, Catriona MacColl, Patricia Quinn?

8) WHERE WOLF?

Here are four representative types of wolfman. From which movies do they originate?

9) CONJOINED!

What slightly abstract things connect the following groups of films ~

[a] MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS, THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT, SATAN’S BED.

[b] PRETTY POISON, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS

[c] EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC, THE RETURN OF DR X, THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (1941)

[d] DRAG ME TO HELL, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (remake), GIALLO, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (remake)

10) THE MANY DEATHS OF SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE

Here are the deaths, what are the films?

[a] Set on fire and dropped into an acid bath.

[b] Skewered onto a church lectern.

[c] Falls through hole in ice.

[d] Dymanited in castle.

And which is the odd one out?

BONUS QUESTION

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79 Responses to “The Halloween Shadowplay Impossible Film Quiz”

  1. 4 (a): The process of becoming Hyde requires full-body immersion.
    4 (b): Jekyll is ugly, Hyde attractive.
    8 (c): Abbott & Costello Meet the Monster.
    9 (d): In each of these films, Levi Stubbs out of the Four Tops voices a different carnivorous non-human monster.

  2. 4a, NOT the answer I was looking for, but a damned good one. Bonus point!
    4b, correct,
    8c INcorrect, alas.
    9d Beautiful! Wrong, but more beautiful than wrong. Bonus point!

  3. 2d) Altman movie, I know that. MASH?

  4. Yes to 2d, Mark. M*A*S*H it is. Hawkeye to Hotlips.

  5. 1 (d) is killing me, because I know it really well but can’t place it. See also 5 (c).

  6. Oh yeah, it’ll kill ya alright.

  7. 2c) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    4a) Jekyll and Hyde played by 2 different people
    4c) Hyde is considerably taller and larger than Jekyll

    6d) Konga

    7b) Magic Christian

    10a) The Curse of Frankenstein
    10c) Dracula, Prince of Darkness

  8. 10d) The Virgin of Nuremberg?

  9. 2a) Donald Sutherland in Don’t Look Now
    2c) Is also the Don

  10. 5c) Curse of the Fly – Yet another teleporter mishap

  11. 1b) M!
    2a) Donald Sutherland in Don’t Look Now (Such a wonderful movie)
    3a) Yak hair
    3b) His mother’s fur coat
    6a) The Quatermass Xperiment
    6b)20 Million Miles to Earth.
    6d) Konga

  12. 3c) He didn’t exactly. He just decided to pass it off as the wind rustling the fur.

  13. 7c) Son of Dracula (the one from the 70′s)

  14. 8c) Face of the Screaming Werewolf

  15. David Boxwell Says:

    Question 1: all produced by Val Lewton.
    In order: THE LEOPARD MAN; THE GHOST SHIP; CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE; ISLE OF THE DEAD.

  16. Chuck:
    2c correct, and a pattern emerges…
    4a and 4c correct

    6d, correct according to the famed still, but does BB appear in the film? There’s another possible answer here, but I give you one + bonus for surprising me.

    7b correct

    10a & 10c correct

    3a Yak hair is right

    5c correct Return of the Fly. Should’ve made the whole film about this guy.

    1b INcorrect, not M.

    2a Correct, Donald Sutherland, and the pattern deepens.

    3b correct

    6a & b correct

    3c INcorrect — O’Brien passed it off as windswept look, but Harryhausen later SOLVED it…

    7c correct

    8c correctimundo, as they say down Mexico way.

  17. Re: 6a) Is my memory so bad? I’d swear (on someone else’s life) that BB isn’t just in the still. What about Gorgo? I haven’t seen it for such a long time, but I’m sure that BB made an appearance (or was that only on a poster or a comic cover?)

  18. David B, correct on 1a, 1b, 1c & 1d, WIPEOUT!

    Howlin’, correct on Gorgo. I seem to remember Konga’s rampage is mostly on a modest London shopping street, but I wouldn’t put it past them to defy geography and shoehorn Big Ben in somewhere. I think there might be a third answer to this one too…

  19. What about my guess on 10d) Virgin of Nuremberg?

    I’m getting pushy in my old age.

  20. 10d — INcorrectimundo — unless I’m wrong and you’re right… Lee has died so many times… can you confirm, by ocular proof, that this is how he meets his fate? I do recollect that he’s killed at the start of the film, and in a non-explosive manner, but then I guess he comes back… don’t recall any explosions, just a shameless swiping of Corman’s Pit and the Pendulum climax.

  21. Now that you say that, I think you’re right, there is no explosion. However, Lee isn’t killed at the beginning of VoN, the real bad guy is (apparently killed anyway). Lee actually plays a good guy, although since he’s hideously scarred (and Christopher Lee) he’s pretty suspicious throughout most of the flick.

    Hmmm… The Satanic Rites of Dracula is precisely the sort of film that should have ended in an explosion but I don’t think he hangs out in a castle in that one.

    Hmmm…

  22. 1d) Le Corbeau

  23. Re: 6a) Okay, I guess you’re fishing for Queen Kong? Please don’t tell me there might be a fourth answer. What kinda fiendish quiz is this?

  24. 6a, yes, the film Robin Askwith feared would end his career, Queen Kong.

    Sorry, nd, David B got the right answer.

    Satanic Rites ends with the Count falling out of a limo and getting wrapped in hawthorns, as I recall.

  25. 8d – THE UNDYING MONSTER.

  26. 8b – THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON.

  27. 8a – WEREWOLF IN A GIRL’S DORMITORY.

  28. 5d – what’s left of the FIRST MAN INTO SPACE.

  29. 5b – THE NEANDERTHAL MAN.

  30. Would 10d be ‘The Vengeance of Fu Manchu’? I’m guessing it’s the odd one out because he’s not playing a supernatural character.

  31. 10b – THE FOUR MUSKETEERS.

  32. 10d – THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.

  33. Experimento –
    8a, 8b, 8d — correct!
    5b, 5d — correct!
    10b — correct!

    JHendrie — You’re very close, but I’m not sure the detonated building in Vengeance is a castle. And no, the reason for there being an odd one out is not that.

  34. 10a is the odd one out ‘cos Chris only played the Frankenstein monster once but played Fu, Drac and Rochefort multiple times!!

  35. Yes! I was thinking in terms of, “He rose from the dead as all those other characters.”

  36. 2b – FELLINI’S CASANOVA?

  37. Christopher Says:

    1
    2)The Ghost Ship
    3)Curse of the Cat People
    4)Isle of the Dead

    3
    a)yak hair

    5
    2) The Neandrethal Man

    8
    1)Werewolf in a girls Dormitory
    2)Werewolf of Washington
    3)Lon Chaney…but not sure..Route 66?
    4)The Undying Monster

  38. bonus question – the Chris Lee-featuring HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (aka HERCULES IN THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH). The lighting screams “Bava!”

  39. Christopher Says:

    is 1 a THe Leopard Man?

  40. Yes, Christopher, but I’m afraid David B got there first.

    Experimento, yes, that’s Procrustes on the right.

    Unanswered: 3c, 4d, 5a, 6c, 7a, 7d, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d, 10d (although we’re basically there with that one).

  41. Oh, isn’t 10d CASTLE OF FM then?

  42. 9b) The prominent use of shots through distorting glass. (There must be a more elegant way I could put that.)

  43. 9a – innocents?
    9b – ladders?
    9c – hair?
    9d – dental kit?

  44. 9c) Shots from the viewpoint of non-humans

  45. 9d) Things that emerge from the earth to clutch, grab and drag

  46. 7a) Terror in the Aisles???

  47. Christopher: sorry, somehow missed this. All correct, but all previously guessed. Lon Chaney comes from Face of the Screaming Werewolf.

    Chuck V and Experimento — alas, you’ve hit the wall now.

    9 really is a tough one. Well, the first three sets are to do with cast members, and the last one is to do with the directors.

  48. 9d) Each film contains a cast member from Casablanca. Respectively, Paul Henreid, Humphrey Bogart, Peter lorre, Ingrid Bergman.

  49. 9d – directors who’ve all done cameos in John Landis movies?

  50. 9 a) Beatles Wags! Jane Asher, Barbara, Pattie Boyd, Yoko Ono

  51. Barbara Bach, that is.

  52. 9a – actresses who shagged a Beatle?

  53. Beat me to it, jhendrie!

  54. 9b – actresses who shagged Dud?

  55. 9b rephrased – Dud Wags?

  56. Now we’re getting somewhere.

    Experimento, 9d is correct, but you can get even MORE specific. Which Landis film contains them all?

    9b, bang on!

    Jhendrie, correct on 9a. And on 9c, Casablanca, although you called it 9d.

  57. I’ll plump for INNOCENT BLOOD. Franz Oz is very funny in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON though.

  58. 5a) Die Nackte und der Satan??? And we’re looking at just another damned experiment.

  59. Shouldn’t that be DIE NACKTE… UND HOW TO GET IT?

  60. Oy.

    OTOH, since DIE NACKTE means THE NUDE, how has that title never been used for a German sexploitation film?

  61. Experimento, correct re Innocent Blood, which makes good use of Dario Argento’s very particular screen presence. A real “What was THAT?” moment for those unfamiliar with the man.

    The damned experiment isn’t from Die Nackte (AKA The Head, with Michel Simon playing a disembodied head nestling in his rolls of neck-fat), I’m afraid. If I’d gone with Nostradamus’s noggin you’d have all got it, I bet…

  62. 5a – FRANKENSTEIN 1970?

  63. 6c. Is it THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN?

  64. Hmmm… so, my guess (THE HEAD) was actually relatively close.

  65. Yes, right sub-genre alright.

    Last answers: 3c — Harryhausen solved the problem of animating furry characters without leaving fingermarks by coating them in UNBORN CALF SKIN.

    4d The Ugly Duckling (Hammer, with Bernard Bresslaw) and Der Januskopf (Murnau, with Veidt) are both lost films.

    7a is Michael Winner’s dire but star-studded The Sentinel.
    7d is Hawk the Slayer.

    Obviously no Bresslaw fans here!

  66. I haven’t seen THE SENTINEL in more than 20 years and have apparently managed to block it out nearly completely. I vaguely recall Carradine in it though.

  67. The others are tiny walk-ons. Do yourself a favour and continue to forget the film!

    Chuck V and Experimento deserve prizes of some kind. Thanks to everyone else who participated!

  68. Wow, thanks.

    I blame society.

  69. I fear that last comes off overly sarcastic. My apologies. I was going to thank the academy but decided that was too cheesy a joke.

  70. Both are perfectly good answers. Have a think about what you’d like as prize! Anything featured here on Shadowplay is probably available to you.

  71. Ooh, thanks!! Will email you in a sec, David C.

  72. Bah. Completely missed this. Oh well, also 4c) Both swing around Paris in a nod to another work (Rue Morgue and Notre Dame {and by extension LOEG} respectively)

  73. Nice observation!

    Next quiz will be around xmas time!

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