The IoS Halloween quiz
Not got the brain for our creepy quiz? Then, do a Victor Frankenstein and steal someone else's (answers below)
Spooky tales: Name the book and author from the synopsis, for 10 points each (200 max).
1 A couple travel to Venice in an attempt to recover from the sudden death of their only child.
2 A scarred composer seeks refuge underground in Paris.
3 A man found dying on an Arctic ice floe has a fantastic tale to tell.
4 A young female FBI agent seeks out a cannibal sociopath to help her track down a serial killer.
5 A writer gets a job looking after a snowbound hotel.
6 A governess realises the two children in her care have a terrible past and are at risk from an evil presence.
7 A young solicitor arrives in an old castle to help facilitate a client's move to Yorkshire.
8 A scientist discovers a way to unlock a monster within us all.
9 A writer rescued from a car crash by a former nurse becomes her prisoner.
10 A beautiful young man leads a life of decadence, but he's got a secret in the attic.
Pop horror: Name the artist, song and year, for 10 points each (150 max).
"I was working in the lab late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie sight..."
"If there's something weird, and it don't look good …"
"I hear hurricanes a blowing / I know the end is coming soon/ I fear rivers overflowing / I hear the voice of rage and ruin..."
"You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it..."
"If I gotta be damned you know I wanna be damned / Dancing through the night with you..."
The missing link: Answer five questions for 10 points each, then guess what links them for a bonus of 16 points (66 max).
Who played Sonny Corleone in The Godfather?
Who played Professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code?
Who played Olive Oyl in Popeye, also had roles in Annie Hall and Time Bandits. She now lives as a recluse in Texas?
Which tall baby-faced US actor married Susan Sarandon in real life?
Who was most famous for playing Dr Frank-N-Furter?
Bonus question What do all of the above have in common?
Ghouls and spectres: Five questions, 10 points each.
The ghost of which former queen is said to have appeared in Windsor Castle, all dressed in black?
The ghost of which Carry On star is believed to haunt the Sunderland Empire theatre?
Who is said to haunt the precincts of St Thomas' Hospital in London?
Liam Gallagher and Sir Paul McCartney both claim to have seen this person's ghost. Who is it?
Who is said to haunt the Tower of London, carrying her head under her arm?
Trivia: Ten points for each right answer.
1 Which Victorian author wrote the short story, "The Signal-Man"?
2 Which zombie TV drama has just returned for a third series?
3 Who had a chart hit in 1976 with "Devil Woman"?
4 In which Shakespeare play does the ghost of Banquo appear?
5 Which ship was found in December 1872 in fine weather, under full sail, and completely undamaged but with none of the seven-man crew on board?
6 World War Z is a zombie blockbuster due out in 2013 starring who?
7 In which city did the infamous grave robbers Burke and Hare ply their macabre occupation?
8 In Harry Potter, what is Dumbledore's first name?
9 Stanley Kubrick, director of The Shining, is said to have had the actors shoot the infamous baseball bat scene a record number of times. How many?
10 What is a lycanthrope?
Round One. 1. Don't Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier; 2. The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux; 3. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; 4. The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris; 5. The Shining, by Stephen King; 6. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James; 7. Dracula, by Bram Stoker; 8. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson; 9. Misery, by Stephen King; 10. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.
Round Two. 1. Bobby "Borris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers, "Monster Mash", 1962; 2. Ray Parker Jr, "Ghostbusters", 1984; 3. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon on the Rise", 1969; 4. Michael Jackson, "Thriller", 1983; 5. Meatloaf, "Bat Out of Hell", 1977.
Round Three. 1. James Caan; 2. Tom Hanks; 3. Shelley Duvall; 4. Tim Robbins; 5. Tim Curry. Bonus: They have all starred in film adaptations of stories by Stephen King.
Round Four. 1. Queen Elizabeth I; 2. Sid James; 3. Florence Nightingale; 4. John Lennon; 5. Anne Boleyn.
Round Five. 1. Charles Dickens; 2. The Walking Dead; 3. Cliff Richard; 4. Macbeth 5. The Mary Celeste; 6. Brad Pitt; 7. Edinburgh; 8. Albus; 9. 127; 10. A werewolf.
How did you do?
0-150 Pumpkin head
451–665 Frightfully good
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