Horror Movies of the '80s Quiz
by Staff
This decade saw the introduction of some of the most famous (and scary) movies ever released by Hollywood. How much do you know about '80s horror movies? Take this quiz to find out.

How many movies in the "Friday the 13th" franchise were released in the 1980s?

  • four
  • five
  • eight

Which film's violence sparked changes to the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system?

  • "Poltergeist"
  • "Gremlins"
  • "The Beyond"

Who starred in 1980's "The Shining," a film adaptation of the Stephen King book?

  • Tom Selleck
  • Harrison Ford
  • Jack Nicholson

What role did famed director Steven Spielberg have in the creation of "Poltergeist"?

  • He edited.
  • He wrote and produced.
  • He directed.

Drew Barrymore made her feature film debut in which '80s horror flick?

  • "Altered States"
  • "Silver Bullet"
  • "Sleepaway Camp"

Which horror film did Sam Raimi write and direct?

  • "The Fly"
  • "Creepshow"
  • "The Evil Dead"

How many "Puppet Master" movies followed the original, which was released in 1989?

  • nine
  • five
  • three

In "Gremlins," what substance caused adorable "mogwais" to turn into terrifying, angry monsters?

  • blood
  • chewing gum
  • water

How does a devastated father bring his son back to life in "Pet Sematary"?

  • He hires a witch.
  • He buries his son in a pet cemetery.
  • He uses a defibrillator.

How many "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movies were released in the '80s?

  • three
  • five
  • six

Which city is the focal point of "City of the Living Dead"?

  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Sacramento, California

"Halloween II" was released in 1981, how many years after the first "Halloween" movie?

  • three years
  • four years
  • five years

In which movie does one of the primary characters proclaim "they're here"?

  • "The Deadly Spawn"
  • "Demons"
  • "Poltergeist"

In which of the "Friday the 13th" movies does psychopath Jason wind up at the bottom of a lake?

  • Part 2
  • Part V
  • Part VI

True or false: "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" is based on a true story.

  • true
  • false

"The Revenge of Michael Myers" is the subtitle for which "Halloween" movie?

  • "Halloween III"
  • "Halloween 4"
  • "Halloween 5"

"Critters" endured script changes so that it wouldn't seem to be a knockoff of what other Hollywood production?

  • "Gremlins"
  • "Day of the Dead"
  • "The Lost Boys"

Which franchise has earned the most money at the box office?

  • "Halloween"
  • "Friday the 13th"
  • "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

In which state was the story of "Poltergeist" set?

  • Iowa
  • New York
  • California

How does Kevin Dillon's character kill the monster in "The Blob"?

  • liquid nitrogen
  • bulldozer
  • flamethrower

Which movie was directed by John Carpenter?

  • "The Howling"
  • "Fright Night"
  • "The Thing"

In which '80s movie did horror writer Stephen King make his film acting debut?

  • "Carrie"
  • "The Shining"
  • "Creepshow"

Evil beings called Cenobites appear in which '80s film?

  • "Hellraiser"
  • "They Live"
  • "Night of the Comet"

Angela Lansbury stars in which '80s horror movie?

  • "The Fog"
  • "Bad Taste"
  • "The Company of Wolves"

Which actor plays the lead role in 1983's "The Dead Zone"?

  • Gary Busey
  • C. Thomas Howell
  • Christopher Walken

What sort of monsters plague Earth in 1987's "The Gate"?

  • aliens
  • demons
  • zombies

Which of the following actors did NOT appear in "The Lost Boys"?

  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Jason Patric

How does the creature named "Pumpkinhead" come into existence?

  • A priest loses his faith on Halloween.
  • A police officer sells his soul for power.
  • A grieving father digs up a corpse and takes it to a witch.

Which film had the tagline "Be afraid. Be very afraid"?

  • "The Fly"
  • "Child's Play"
  • "Fright Night"

Werewolves are the antagonists in which movie?

  • "The Howling"
  • "Rabid Grannies"
  • "Devil Fetus"