Tell Us if These Horror Movies Are Actually Scary and We’ll Guess Your Age

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By: Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The "horror" film genre is badly misnamed. There was a time when horror movies were mostly about horror, but in recent decades, horror movies have become about terror, not horror. The difference is important: terror is sometimes defined as the dread before something awful happens, but horror is the feeling you get when you see something scary happening — these two perspectives on fear appeal to very different priorities.

That said, what scares us changes with time. The young do not fear the same things as the old, because with age comes the decay and loss that the young fear, and with those injuries, such fears are softened — or, at least, the shock is taken out of them. The young fear the loss of their parents, but the old fear the loss of their children. Renters fear the price of real estate going up, and homeowners fear the price of real estate going down.

Using this perspective, we believe it is possible to accurately guess one's age by dint of their taste in horror films. So turn off the lights, pray the killer doesn't know where you are, and put our skills to the test ...

"It" did it for many, but did "It" do it for you?

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"Get Out" gets at something deeper. Does it shake you to your core?

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"Psycho" is a classic "real horror" movie. Does it make you crazy?

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Did "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn" make you laugh or scream?

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"Halloween" made Jamie Lee Curtis' career, but does it scare you?

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Is "The Cabin In The Woods" scary enough to keep you from building that cabin in the woods?

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"Alien" was a breath of fresh space vacuum. Does it take your breath away?

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Does "The Birds" scare you, or is it for the birds?

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Could "A Nightmare on Elm Street" keep you from moving to Elm Street?

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Was "Us" enough to make you run screaming from the theater?

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Sometimes less is more. Does "A Quiet Place" make you want to clam up?

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Some like classical music, and for them, there is "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror." Are you more rock and roll?

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Seen "Saw"? Did it terrify you?

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"Jaws" scarred plenty of people for life! Does it scare you enough to keep you out of the water?

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"Frankenstein" (1931) is iconic, but does it hold up for you?

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"Misery" makes us want to finish that novel we're working on! But does it scare you?

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Did "The Fly" make you want to fly from the theater?

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"Cannibal Holocaust" is a niche horror movie with a scary premise. How does it make you feel?

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Does "Invasion of The Body Snatchers" still freak you out?

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Does the original "Carrie" frighten you enough to make you rethink prom?

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Did watching "Rosemary's Baby" make you rethink having kids?

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Could you look at "Don't Look Now"?

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"Night of The Living Dead" is the perfect midnight movie. Can you sleep after seeing it?

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Given how many times we scream during "The Silence of The Lambs," maybe they should rethink the name. How does it make you feel?

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"The Twilight Zone" movie was not the same as the TV show, but it was still pretty frightening. Were you made afraid by it?

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"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" made some people want therapy, and others never go to it! Does it still frighten?

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"Hellraiser" remains a classic, but did Pinhead do it for you?

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A member of the early graduating class of horror films, was "King Kong" (1933) made scary enough for you?

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"The Human Centipede" is almost unwatchable for us. How do you react to it?

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Did "The Dead Zone" make you not want to shake hands?

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