Mad science is quite a field! To succeed, you'll need sharp wits, a strong stomach and maybe a mutant assistant or two. So let's stroll through the mad science hall of shame and see just how well you know these deranged masters and their blasphemous experiments.
In the beginning, Victor Frankenstein created man. Following death threats from the resulting monster, he also agreed to create woman. What happened to this do-it-yourself lady creature?
- She jumped to her death upon glimpsing the monster.
- He abandoned the project unfinished.
- Frankenstein kept her as his own bride.
David Cronenberg's 1986 "The Fly" remake is loaded with gene-splicing gore, crippling degeneration and deep social commentary. Unsurprisingly, the teleportation accidents in the original 1958 film are a lot simpler. Just how are Dr. Andre Delambre's body parts mixed around with those of a common housefly?
- swapped head
- swapped head and arm
- swapped head, arm and leg
H.G. Wells’ Dr. Moreau stands as one of the nastier mad scientists of the 19th century. Not only did he want to play god and create intelligent life, he aimed to do it by performing experimental surgeries on live animals. As of this writing, five separate films have brought this monsterpiece to cinematic life. Which of the following actors did not play Dr. Moreau?
- Bela Lugosi
- Burt Lancaster
- Marlon Brando
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a gaudy celebration of mad science, horror and cross-dressing. In the film, Dr. Frank-N-Furter succeeds in creating life, but he also demonstrates a device that turns people into nude statues. What is this wondrous invention called?
- The Sonic Oscillator
- The Medusa Transducer
- The Sonic Transducer
When mad scientists reach a certain age, their minds turn to cloning themselves so that younger versions of themselves can carry on their legacy. Take Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth of "Futurama" fame for example. What name did he give the cloned offspring of his own back growth scrapings?
Dr. Alex Zorka terrorized audiences in the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" with a host of fiendish mad science gadgets. They included a lumbering robot, an invisibility belt, exploding spiders and some sort of magical asteroid -- and he STILL failed to take over the world. Who played this incompetent madman?
- Bela Lugosi
- Boris Karloff
- Lon Chaney Jr.
And then there's Rotwang, the mad scientist villain of Fritz Lang's 1927 German Expressionist masterpiece "Metropolis." Old Rotwang had a masterpiece of his own in the form of the beautiful she-robot -- and he also rocked a robotic prosthetic. What was it?
- mechanical eye
- mechanical hand
- mechanical leg
Speaking of Dr. Strangelove, what neurological disorder does the ex-Nazi rocket scientist in a wheelchair have in the film?
- alien hand syndrome
- phantom limb syndrome
- body integrity identity disorder
In Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," our love-struck mad scientist requires a certain pilfered element to power up his freeze ray. What is it?
But speaking of oxypheromalkahyde, perhaps you remember a cult TV show called "Spaced”? Simon Pegg's character Tim writes a comic book in which the evil Dr. Mandrake tests the fictional substance on an orphan, turning him into a giant mutant what?
On Nickelodeon's "Invader Zim," Professor Membrane devotes himself to super science while occasionally parenting his children Dib and Gaz. Who is Membrane's sworn enemy?
- The Almighty Tallest
- Ms. Bitters
- Santa Claus
Mad scientists love their pets! On the TV show "Fringe," what manner of four-legged friend does Walter Bishop keep in the lab?
On FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum," the sadistic Dr. Arthur Arden conducts a host of vile experiments on his patients -- and was played by which actor?
- James Cromwell
- Zachary Quinto
- Joseph Fiennes
In the Christopher Nolan film "The Prestige," two rival illusionists wage war against each other -- and one of them enlists the aid of Nikola Tesla. What feat does Tesla's invention accomplish in the film?
- matter duplication
- time travel
Let's think about the letter E. Which of these three scientists invented the proton pack?
- Dr. Eldon Tyrell
- Dr. Egon Spengler
- Dr. Emmett Brown
Now let's think about the letter F. Which of the following men experimented on humans by forcing them to watch really bad movies in outer space?
- Dr. Gordon Freeman
- Dr. Jacob Freudstein
- Dr. Clayton Forrester
Randy Quaid played Frankenstein's monster in a 1992 TV movie, but he also got some lab work in as the twisted Elijah C. Skuggs in the 1993 comedy "Freaked!" Skuggs creates all manner of mutant monstrosities, including a bearded lady played by which long-whiskered actor?
- Willie Nelson
- Mr. T
- Brian Blessed
Let's talk Spider-Man. The heroic web slinger has earned the ire of numerous mad scientists. Which of the following eventually turned into a giant lizard?
- Otto Gunther Octavius
- Curt Connors
- Alistair Smythe
Mad scientist Herbert West made a name for himself in film and comics as a reanimator of the dead. Which horror author created him?
- Edgar Allan Poe
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Clive Barker
The 1978 film "The Boys From Brazil" revolves around a plot to clone Adolf Hitler and a fictionalized version of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious real-life Nazi concentration camp physician. Who played him in the film?
- Charlton Heston
- Laurence Olivier
- Gregory Peck