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Trivia Tuesday

September 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. In this 1988 dark comedy, high-school student Veronica Sawyer is pitted against a dominant clique of girls who all share the same first name.
  2. Sam Raimi has often cast his pal Bruce Campbell in his projects, including this little-known adventure/comedy TV series about an American spy working against Napoleon’s attempts to colonize the South Pacific.
    A) Tales of the Gold Monkey
    B) Jack of All Trades
    C) Tour of Duty
    D) Baker’s Dozen
    E) Code Name: Foxfire
  3. Beetlejuice ends with Lydia dancing in midair to Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line.” According to the song, when Senora dances Calypso, what is the tempo?
  4. The horror comedy John Dies at the End revolves around the use of a drug which gives the user non-linear perception of time and the ability to perceive alternate dimensions. What is the name of this drug?
    A) White Chrism
    B) Totally Awesome Sweet Alabama Liquid Snake
    C) ThreeEye
    D) Blue Nine
    E) Soy Sauce
  5. The “found footage” film What We Do in the Shadows follows the daily trials of a group of vampires sharing a flat in Wellington. One of the writers/directors/stars of the film is Jemaine Clement, who is also half of what musical-comedy duo?
  6. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a “mockumentary” horror/black comedy in which a journalist and her film team document the preparations of a local man who aspires to be the next legendary slasher villain. It features cameos by several veteran horror actors. Which of these actors does NOT make an apperance?
    A) Zelda Rubinstein
    B) Kane Hodder
    C) Scott Wilson
    D) Linda Blair
    E) Robert Englund
  7. In Zombieland, when the band of survivors reach Hollywood they hole up in the mansion of this famous actor, who likes to dress up as a zombie so he can venture out undetected and play golf.
  8. The Dracula spoof Love at First Bite starred George Hamilton as an unusually tan vampire, Susan Saint James as his love interest, and this actor as Renfield.
    A) Arte Johnson
    B) Richard Benjamin
    C) Dick Shawn
    D) Sherman Hemsley
    E) Henry Gibson
  9. Simon Pegg refers to Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End as the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy,” due to Cornetto ice cream references in all three films. The Cornetto in Hot Fuzz is blue and The World’s End is green. What color (or “colour,” if you prefer) is the one in Shaun of the Dead?
  10. In Young Frankenstein, the escaped monster encounters a blind hermit (a riff on a scene from the original Bride of Frankenstein) who is delighted to find a friend. What is the hermit’s name?
    A) Marvin
    B) Tim
    C) Harold
    D) Elmer
    E) Donald

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Trivia Tuesday

August 4th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. Instead of misty moors or gothic forests, the action of The Lost Boys is set in a California beach town called what?
  2. Long before he was an A-list actor, Liam Neeson starred with Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, and Peter O’Toole in this uneven comedy about a haunted Irish castle.
    A) Dead & Breakfast
    B) The Time of Their Lives
    C) Scared Stiff
    D) The Frighteners
    E) High Spirits
  3. David Tennant played reluctant vampire-hunter Peter Vincent in the 2011 remake of Fright Night. Who played the character in the original 1985 film?
  4. In Poltergeist, what is the name of Zelda “this house is clean” Rubinstein’s character?
    A) Esmeralda
    B) Lyuba
    C) Tangina
    D) Isabella
    E) Zabrina
  5. In order to open the gate for Gozer, Dana Barrett is possessed by Zuul, the “Gatekeeper.” Louis Tully is also possessed, by the “Keymaster.” What is the Keymaster’s name?
  6. In Aliens, Ellen Ripley returns to the planet where she encountered the alien which killed her crew. It’s now the site of a human terraforming colony called what?
    A) Callisto 3
    B) Hadley’s Hope
    C) First Landing
    D) Solace
    E) Xiang Yu
  7. Hellraiser is based on the novella The Hellbound Heart by what author?
  8. Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNiro starred in this voodoo-tinged film about a private investigator searching for a mysterious missing man.
    A) Angel Heart
    B) The Devil’s Hand
    C) Netherworld
    D) The Serpent and the Rainbow
    E) Bleeding Rose
  9. “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four,…” what?
  10. In Labyrinth, what is the name of Sarah’s dog?
    A) Oberon
    B) Bedivere
    C) Galahad
    D) Merlin
    E) Lancelot

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Trivia Tuesday

June 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. Thirty-six years after the publication of The Shining, Stephen King published a sequel which follows Danny Torrance as an adult. What is its title?
  2. In Egyptian mythology, god of the afterlife Anubis is the son of Set and this goddess, who helps usher people through the “death experience.”
    A) Taweret
    B) Hathor
    C) Isis
    D) Nephthys
    E) Bastet
  3. What is the name of the seaside resort town terrorized by the great white shark in Jaws?
  4. The (named) fairy servants of Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Moth, and who?
    A) Cobweb
    B) Snug
    C) Flute
    D) Quince
    E) Starveling
  5. John Bellairs’ The House with a Clock in its Walls begins with a newly-orphaned boy moving to the town of New Zebedee, Michigan, to live with his mysterious uncle. What is the boy’s name?
  6. The films The Innocents (1961), Presence of Mind (1999), and In a Dark Place (2006) all tell the story of a governess to two orphaned children who comes to believe that they are being haunted by the house’s former servants. What novella are these films all based upon?
  7. This gothic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne follows the fortunes of the Pyncheon family in the gloomy New England mansion which gives the book its title.
  8. Restless, vengeful ghosts are a staple of legends worldwide. What was the name given to these malignant spirits in ancient Rome?
    A) Keres
    B) Lares
    C) Fides
    D) Vejovis
    E) Lemures
  9. What animal is the house mascot for Hufflepuff?
  10. Which of these is NOT a clan from Vampire: The Masquerade?
    A) Ravnos
    B) Gangrel
    C) Dhampir
    D) Ventrue
    E) Tzimisce

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Trivia Tuesday

June 2nd, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. The Discworld is balanced atop four elephants, who in turn balance atop Great A’Tuin the giant star turtle. Which of these is NOT one of the names of the elephants?
    A) Tubul
    B) Great T’Phon
    C) Jerakeen
    D) Cori Celesti
    E) Berilia
  2. In 1982 Tim Burton wrote and directed an animated short film which was a tribute to an actor who served as a lifelong idol and inspiration for Burton. The actor in question also narrated the film. Name it.
  3. Ed Wood, affectionately known as the worst director of all time, began his moviemaking career with this 1953 film (in which Bela Lugosi served as the narrator):
    A) Glen or Glenda
    B) Bride of the Monster
    C) Plan 9 from Outer Space
    D) Night of the Ghouls
    E) Jail Bait
  4. An enduring maritime mystery involves the fate of this ship, which left New York in November 1872 and was found floating deserted off the Azores Islands a month later. It inspired a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle entitled “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement,” which did much to encourage paranormal myths about what was most likely an unfortunate case of a panicked crew abandoning ship after mistakenly believing it was about to sink.
  5. In TV’s Bewitched Samantha’s mother is named Endora, a reference to the Biblical Witch of Endor who was consulted by which Israelite king?
    A) Solomon
    B) Rehoboam
    C) Ishbaal
    D) David
    E) Saul
  6. Ray Parker, Jr. was sued over the “Ghostbusters” theme song by this popular 80s band, who claimed it was plagiarized from one of their previous hits.
  7. Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October follows various Victorian gothic archetypal characters as they fight to keep the Great Old Ones from coming through a portal on Halloween. The title is taken from a line in which poem by Edgar Allan Poe?
    A) “The Bells”
    B) “Ulalume”
    C) “Lenore”
    D) “Annabel Lee”
    E) “The Raven”
  8. In the Resident Evil series of video games, the mutated monsters and zombies roaming around were originally created by the release of the T-virus, a biological weapon created by this corporation.
  9. The TV series Supernatural began with a “monster of the week” format in which brothers Sam and Dean Winchester encountered a different supernatural being in every episode. What creature did they fight in the series pilot?
    A) Woman in White
    B) Hook Man
    C) Rawhead
    D) Bloody Mary
    E) Wendigo
  10. At the end of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the Baker “softly and suddenly vanished away” because the Snark was actually what?

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Trivia Tuesday

May 5th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. What nationality is Abraham Van Helsing?
    A) Swiss
    B) Dutch
    C) German
    D) Hungarian
    E) Belgian
  2. There was a loose sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show which never achieved much success. What was its title?
  3. This water-dwelling monster with long, sinewy arms is said to inhabit marshes, bogs, and ponds in Yorkshire. It grabs and drowns children who stray too close to the water’s edge.
    A) Boggart
    B) Redcap
    C) Hobgoblin
    D) Barghest
    E) Grindylow
  4. Over the course of its run the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows featured werewolves, zombies, witches, and a host of other monsters, but its star was definitely the vampire played by Jonathan Frid. What was his name?
  5. Who owns the ice cream parlor in Diagon Alley?
    A) Newt Scamander
    B) Elphias Doge
    C) Florean Fortescue
    D) Sturgis Podmore
    E) Ludo Bagman
  6. In Macbeth, the three witches’ prophecy that he will be king has come true, but he feels that his power is insecure so he consults them again. They call forth horrible apparitions which, amongst other things, assure him that he will be safe until what happens?
  7. Sarah Brightman, who starred as Christine in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, played this ill-fated singer in Repo! The Genetic Opera.
    A) Amber Sweet
    B) Jessica Adams
    C) Marni Wallace
    D) Blind Mag
    E) Carmela Largo
  8. In Poe’s short story “The Black Cat,” the narrator’s downfall begins with his mistreatment of a cat, named after this deathly deity.
  9. Chris Sarandon provided Jack Skellingon’s speaking voice in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Who did Jack’s singing voice?
    A) Johnny Depp
    B) Danny Elfman
    C) Tim Burton
    D) Robert Smith
    E) Tim Curry
  10. Stephen King’s vampire novel ‘Salem’s Lot takes its title from the name of the fictional town where the narrative is set. “‘Salem” is a shortened version of the name; what is the town actually called?

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Trivia Tuesday

April 7th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. Although not as famous as Nessie, the lake monster Ogopogo has plenty of fans. The critter allegedly makes its home in Okanagan Lake, in which country?
  2. In the “Mecha-Streisand” episode of South Park, this goth music legend voiced an animated version of himself; he engages the evil Barbra Streisand in a giant robot battle and saves the world from her tyranny.
    A) Peter Murphy
    B) Andrew Eldritch
    C) Robert Smith
    D) Nick Cave
    E) Ian Curtis
  3. Armin Shimerman, who played Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also played which character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?
  4. Which of the following locations gained fame as “the most haunted house in England”?
    A) Raynham Hall
    B) Woodchester Mansion
    C) Chillingham Castle
    D) Salmesbury Hall
    E) Borley Rectory
  5. What is the license plate of the Ghostbusters’ vehicle?
  6. The Monster in Young Frankenstein was accidentally given an “abby normal” brain instead of the brain belonging to whom?
    A) Friedrich Wöhler
    B) Hans Delbrück
    C) Karl Stetter
    D) Gottfried Leibniz
    E) Julius Plücker
  7. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are War, Famine, Death, and Pestilence. In Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens Pestilence retired in 1936, “muttering about penicillin,” and was replaced by whom?
  8. One of the most famous cases of purported past life regression is that of Virginia Tighe, who claimed to recall a past life as a 19th century Irish woman named what?
    A) Mary Reilly
    B) Fiona Shaw
    C) Nora Barnacle
    D) Bridey Murphy
    E) Kate O’Brien
  9. Who lives at 1313 Mockingbird Lane?
  10. In the novel Dracula, which of these vampire-hunters doesn’t survive until the end of the book? (Um, spoiler alert for a 115-year-old novel, I guess.)
    A) Jonathan Harker
    B) Arthur Holmwood
    C) John Seward
    D) Abraham Van Helsing
    E) Quincey Morris

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Trivia Tuesday

March 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire” is a parody of Gothic literature which appeared in the anthology Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales. Who wrote this surely-classic work?
    A) Terry Pratchett
    B) Caitlin R. Kiernan
    C) Jim Butcher
    D) Neil Gaiman
    E) John Scalzi
  2. What is Mina Harker’s maiden name?
  3. In Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters can be warded off by a circle of what substance?
    A) Rosemary
    B) Ashes
    C) Salt
    D) Wolfsbane
    E) Gold dust
  4. The important Greek oracle at Delphi was dedicated to which god?
  5. The Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) is an infamous treatise on prosecuting witches, written in 1486 by this Catholic clergyman.
    A) Heinrich Kramer
    B) Tomás de Torquemada
    C) Konrad von Marburg
    D) Bernardo Gui
    E) Adrian of Utrecht
  6. “Something went wrong” for whom in the Rocky Horror Picture Show song “Science Fiction/Double Feature?”
  7. In Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit sends his gardener Bill into his house to evict the now-giant Alice. What kind of animal is Bill?
    A) Fish
    B) Lizard
    C) Mouse
    D) Lobster
    E) Guinea pig
  8. Philip Pullman’s trilogy of fantasy novels His Dark Materials takes its title from what epic work by John Milton?
  9. In the sequel to The Little Mermaid (called, not particularly originally, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea), the villainess is the sister of the deceased Ursula. What is her name?
    A) Titania
    B) Wanda
    C) Oona
    D) Vidia
    E) Morgana
  10. The Witches of Eastwick pits “witches” played by Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer against the devilish Daryl Van Horne, portrayed by what actor?

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Trivia Tuesday

February 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. This song by Siouxsie and the Banshees juxtaposes images of racial disharmony with mundane transactions in a Chinese restaurant.
  2. “The Two Bottles of Relish” is a short story about an ingenious way to dispose of a corpse…provided you can stomach it. Who wrote this classic tale?
    A) Ambrose Bierce
    B) John William Polidori
    C) Théophile Gautier
    D) Lord Dunsany
    E) Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Who ate a census-taker’s liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti?
  4. A candlelit dinner of rancid, moldy food, the stench of which allowed ghosts to “almost taste” it, was the centerpiece of a party which Harry Potter attended for whom?
    A) The Bloody Baron
    B) Nearly Headless Nick
    C) Moaning Myrtle
    D) Professor Binns
    E) The Grey Lady
  5. Persephone was doomed to spend half the year in the underworld because she ate the seeds of what fruit?
  6. This cheese-tastic 80s comedy/horror movie involves a man discovering a sweet, addictive substance bubbling out of the ground and marketing it as an ice cream substitute. Sadly, it’s actually a parasitic organism which eats its victims from the inside out.
    A) It’s Alive
    B) Bad Taste
    C) Love at First Bite
    D) Bio Zombie
    E) The Stuff
  7. In the movie Se7en, the victim representing the sin of Gluttony is force-fed what dish until his stomach explodes?
  8. Cannibal! The Musical! is a black comedy loosely based on the story of whom?
    A) Alferd Packer
    B) The Sawney Bean Clan
    C) Liver-Eating Johnson
    D) The Donner Party
    E) Boone Helm
  9. Stephen King (writing under his Richard Bachman pseudonym) penned this novel about a lawyer cursed by a Gypsy to lose weight no matter how much he eats.
  10. In the horror comedy Zombieland, the character “Tallahassee” (played by Woody Harrelson) is desperately seeking what junk food?
    A) Ho Hos
    B) Cheez-Its
    C) Twinkies
    D) Doritos
    E) Zingers

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Trivia Tuesday

January 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “The Prom,” Buffy is given a special award as “Class Protector.” What is the item she receives?
    A) Golden Stake
    B) Plaque
    C) Necklace
    D) Umbrella
    E) Trophy
  2. The Tarot deck is divided into two parts: Suits (wands, swords, etc.) and trump cards (The Tower, Death, etc.). The two parts are commonly known as the Major and Minor _____.
  3. H.P. Lovecraft had a detailed genealogy of his Old Ones, and this “blind idiot god” was positioned as the progenitor of all of the others.
    A) Azathoth
    B) Nyarlathotep
    C) Yog-Sothoth
    D) Shub-Niggurath
    E) Cthulhu
  4. In Dracula, Mina is forced to drink the Count’s blood and becomes “unclean.” Van Helsing seeks to protect her by touching her forehead with this object, which instead burns and scars her.
  5. These days George R.R. Martin is best known for his Game of Thrones series, but his only story to win both a Nebula and a Hugo is this novelette about a wealthy playboy who likes to torment his alien “pets” and comes to a sticky end.
    A) Portraits of His Children
    B) The Skin Trade
    C) Nightflyers
    D) Tuf Voyaging
    E) Sandkings
  6. After her sister Charlotte’s success with Jane Eyre, Emily Brontë wrote this Gothic classic; her only published novel.
  7. In the Lord of the Rings series, Elrond rules the outpost of Rivendell. What is Rivendell called in Sindarin, Tolkien’s fictional Elvish language?
    A) Gondolin
    B) Imladris
    C) Lothlórien
    D) Elbereth
    E) Fanuilos
  8. Although he isn’t named until the third season, this demon is the primary antagonist in the first two seasons of Supernatural and was also (as eventually revealed through flashbacks) the entity responsible for setting the Winchester brothers’ adventures in motion.
  9. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman protagonist Morpheus commissioned two works from this writer in exchange for unlocking his writing talents.
    A) Edgar Allan Poe
    B) Charles Dickens
    C) William Shakespeare
    D) Mark Twain
    E) Rudyard Kipling
  10. Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr spent most of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire disguised as this teacher.

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Trivia Tuesday

December 2nd, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. Bob Clark, who directed the classic A Christmas Story, also directed this holiday horror movie about a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered over Christmas vacation by a killer hiding in their sorority house.
    A) Santa Claws
    B) Slay Bells
    C) Silent Night, Deadly Night
    D) Christmas Evil
    E) Black Christmas
  2. Telling “scary ghost stories” at Christmas is an old tradition, sadly less prevalent than it used to be, but still mentioned as one of the anticipated activities in this song popularized by Andy Williams.
  3. This story by H.P. Lovecraft, set at Christmastime, follows an unnamed narrator’s visit to his ancestral town and his discovery of its dark past.
    A) “The Dunwich Horror”
    B) “The Festival”
    C) “The Picture in the House”
    D) “The Cats of Ulthar”
    E) “The Colour Out of Space”
  4. The novelette “Overtime,” set in the horror/spy thriller “Laundry” milieu, details Agent Bob Howard’s fight to keep something which definitely isn’t Santa from coming down the chimney and into our reality. Who writes the “Laundry” series, which includes novels like The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, and The Apocalypse Codex?
  5. “The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.” Which classic ghost story begins with this sentence?
    A) The Turn of the Screw
    B) The Haunting of Hill House
    C) The Old Nurse’s Story
    D) The Poor Clare
    E) Green Tea
  6. This mythical being of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is somewhat akin to Father Christmas, granting children’s wishes and bringing them presents on Hogswatchnight.
  7. What is the name of the Grinch’s long-suffering dog?
    A) Rex
    B) Sam
    C) Brutus
    D) Max
    E) Spot
  8. “Boz” and (occasionally) “Timothy Sparks” were pseudonyms used by this writer of a very popular Christmas tale.
  9. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Christmas episode “Amends” marks the first appearance of this entity, which was the Big Bad of the final season.
    A) Glorificus
    B) The First
    C) Acathla
    D) Mayor Wilkins
    E) Kakistos
  10. In this novel by Christopher Moore, subtitled, “A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror,” an angel grants the wish of a child who had witnessed the death of a man dressed as Santa. In his inept attempt to bring “Santa” back to life, he raises everyone in the local cemetery as zombies.

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