Laugh Till You Scream: It's a Horror/Comedy Quiz!

By: Mark Mancini  | 

Horror-comedies. They've made us giggle and gasp since the 1930s. Who could forget "Young Frankenstein" or "Shaun of the Dead"? We hope this quiz will tickle your funny bone (without dismembering it, of course).
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Question 1 of 10

Let's start out by going a little old school. Which classic Universal monster does *not* appear in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948)?
the Invisible Man
the Wolf Man
the Creature From the Black Lagoon
Bud and Lou would eventually go toe to toe with the amphibious beastie in a 1954 television sketch.

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Question 2 of 10

What future celebrity provided the voice of little Gizmo in "Gremlins" (1984)?
Howie Mandel
Mandel (of "America's Got Talent" fame) recounts using a deeper version of the same basic voice to prank doctors into thinking he'd inhaled too much helium at a birthday party.
Joel McHale
Jason Bateman

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Question 3 of 10

Fill in the blank: The high-energy theme song from "Ghostbusters" (1984) was accused of ripping off ____, prompting a lawsuit that was settled out of court.
"Heat of the Moment" by Asia
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
"I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News
Lewis felt that Ray Parker Jr., who wrote the theme, essentially copied the bass line from "I Want a New Drug." The controversy was discussed in a 2001 episode of "Behind the Music."

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Question 4 of 10

"Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) included several man-eating plant puppets. How many people were needed to operate the largest one?
36
45
up to 60
To synchronize the creature's lip movements with the up-tempo musical numbers it was expected to sing, some footage had to be sped up.

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Question 5 of 10

True or false: "Young Frankenstein" (1974) reused props from the original Universal "Frankenstein" movie.
true
Specifically, this Mel Brooks comedy recycled electrical gadgets that had been built by Kenneth Strickfaden for the mad scientist's laboratory scenes back in the 1930s.
false

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Question 6 of 10

"I'm not a crook!" If you listen closely, you can hear a clip from Richard Nixon's resignation speech in which of the following cult movies?
"An American Werewolf in London" (1981)
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975)
"America needs a full-time president," says Tricky Dick over the radio as Brad and Janet drive by Dr. Frank N. Furter's castle.
"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" (1978)

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Question 7 of 10

How do the underground monsters in "Tremors" (1990) and its sequels locate their human prey?
with parascopic eyeballs
with an acute sense of smell
by listening for vibrations
The film has a comedic tone overall, but its premise gave leading man Kevin Bacon literal nightmares.

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Question 8 of 10

"Snakes On a Plane" (2006) was almost saddled with a much duller title. What did Toby Emmerich, the president of New Line Cinema, want to call it?
"Pacific Air 121"
Its star, Samuel L. Jackson, fought to keep the name "Snakes On a Plane." "If you're coming to see this movie, you're going to see a plane full of deadly-ass snakes," he reasoned. "That's what it should be called."
"The Slithering"
"Flight of Fear"

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Question 9 of 10

The FX comedy series "What We Do in the Shadows" was inspired by a 2014 vampire movie of the same name. Where did that film take place?
Melbourne, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
A mockumentary in the vein of "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984), the original movie was directed by New Zealand native Taika Waititi, who went on to helm Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017).
Glasgow, Scotland

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Question 10 of 10

Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" (2004), "Hot Fuzz" (2007) and "The World's End" (2013) all prominently feature a specific kind of junk food. Do you remember what it was?
Cornetto ice cream
The films are all violently funny coming-of-age stories that (a) star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and (b) include Cornetto references. Hence, Wright calls them his "Three Flavors Cornetto" trilogy.
Oreo cookies
Twix candy bars

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