The Scariest Movies Quiz


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"Here's Johnny!" It's not a line from The Tonight Show -- it's from one of the scariest movies ever made. Take the quiz to see if you know the film.

What movie was deemed so fearful, some theaters passed out barf bags?

In the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist," Linda Blair is possessed by the devil, turning her head completely around and turning some stomachs as well, prompting some theaters to pass out "Exorcist barf bags."


When it comes to gore and torture, it's hard to beat this film, which includes a rib cage torn apart, a pig-gut-induced drowning and limbs twisted until they snapped.

The third of the installment of Saw films, this scary flick includes plenty of gratuitous torture scenes.


What Stanley Kubrick movie stars Jack Nicholson as crazed novelist Jack Torrance?

Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance in "The Shining."


This evil movie from director Sam Raimi has enough murder and mayhem that it's rated NC-17.

Even the trees kill the teens in "The Evil Dead," who've traveled to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.


This scary movie became only the third movie in Academy history to win "Big Five" Academy Awards for producing, directing, acting and screenwriting.

"Silence of the Lambs" took home five Oscars in 1991, including Best Picture.


What town is the setting for "A Nightmare on Elm Street?"

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is set in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio.


This thrasher movie about a psycho cannibal attacking a group of kids debuted in 1974.

Like every psycho thriller, a group of teens in rural Texas pick up a hitchhiker in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and, well, you can imagine how well this story ends.


This 1998 psychological thriller was adapted from the novel by Kôji Suzuki.

"Ringu" (later remade as "The Ring" in the United States) is the highest-grossing horror film in Japanese history.


The dialogue for this terrifying film was totally improvised by the actors.

The script for the "Blair Witch Project" was simply an outline because the film's writers wanted the dialogue to be improvised by the actors.


True or false? "The Night of the Living Dead" was remade in 1990.

George Romero's 1968 black-and-white classic was remade in color by director Tom Savini.


How does the nanny kill herself if the 1976 classic "The Omen?"

Damien's nanny jumps off the roof and hangs herself at his 5th birthday to bring about the end of days.


This psychological thriller was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.

Rosemary's Baby has earned rave reviews from film critics, won numerous awards, including an Oscar, and is considered one of the greatest American horror films ever made.


Ridley kicked some you-know-what in this 1979 film that had viewers on the edge of their seats.

The movie was essentially a horror film set in space.


A children's book character comes to life and haunts a widowed mother and her young child in what surprise hit?

The Australian film was a crowd favorite at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.


True or false? Stephen King's first film adaptation was "The Shining."

It was actually "Carrie," which was released in 1976. "The Shining" wasn't released until 1980.


What terrifying historical horror-thriller is about a New England family's descent into religious madness?

"The Witch" is Robert Eggers' directorial debut that mixes religious faith and maximum terror.


True or false? In Halloween, Michael Myers escapes from Smith's Grove Sanitarium, where he'd been hospitalized at age 6 for stabbing his mother to death.

He was actually hospitalized for killing his sister.


What 1999 American supernatural horror-thriller film was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan?

"The Sixth Sense" was a super creepy film about Cole Sear, played by Hayley Joel Osment, talking to the dead.


What hit Wes Craven thriller was set in the fictional town of Woodsboro, Calif.?

"Scream's" smart-mouth, pop culture-fluent teenagers live in the fictional town of Woodsboro, Calif., where they're being knocked off one-by-one by Ghostface Killer.


True or false? There have been 13 Friday the 13th films.

There have actually only been 12; the first was 1980's "Friday the 13th" and the most recent was 2009's "Friday the 13th."


This supernatural film series centers around the Freeling family, which is stalked and haunted by a group of ghosts after their young daughter.

In the "Poltergeist" trilogy, supernatural ghosts are attracted to Carol Anne and communicate with her through the television.


True or false? A study of 10,000 people using heart rate monitors determined the "Here's Johnny!" scene from "The Shining" is the scariest in cinematic history.

True! The iconic "Here's Johnny" scene, in which Jack Nicholson's character peeps through a hole he just made with an axe, made pulse rates rise more than any other scene in the study.


What 1970s thriller put the fear of the ocean in all summertime beachgoers?

It's hard to forget the massive teeth and that hypnotic score of "Jaws."


What iconic death scene is one of the most studied montages of film editing ever made?

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene is one of the most studied of film editing ever; there are at least 70 edits in a total of just 45 seconds.


George Clooney fought sexy vampires in this horror flick written by Quentin Tarantino.

The vampires' green blood was more odd than scary.


True or false? Drew Barrymore won a Saturn Award for "Scream."

Thee award actually went to Neve Campbell for Best Actress.


Supposedly when Steven Spielberg screened this film at home, he had to stop watching the film halfway because he was too scared to watch the entire thing.

Spielberg was supposedly so spooked by "Paranormal Activity," he had to turn it off halfway through and finish watching it during daylight hours.


True or false? Rod Zombie directed the 2007 release of "Halloween."

Rob Zombie was actually the writer and director for the 2007 release of Halloween.


Wes Craven makes a cameo in "Scream" as what character?

Craven appears as the school janitor, and he's dressed exactly like Freddy Krueger.


Who said it? "I took a souvenir: her pretty head."

Said by John Doe in "Se7en," the film about the murderous character obsessed with the seven deadly sins.


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