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The Scariest Movies Quiz
by Staff
"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?

  • "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
  • "The Exorcist"
  • "I Spit on Your Grave"

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 Conjuring"
  • "Saw 3"
  • "The Grudge"

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

  • "The Shining"
  • "A Clockwork Orange"
  • "Killer's Kiss"

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

  • "The Evil Dead"
  • "The Cabin in the Woods"
  • "Night of the Living Dead"

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

  • "The Exorcist"
  • "The Shining"
  • "Silence of the Lambs"

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

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Springwood, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio

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

  • "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
  • "Silence of the Lambs"
  • "I Spit on Your Grave"

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

  • "Ringu"
  • "Ghost Theater"
  • "The Complex"

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

  • "Blair Witch Project"
  • "Cube"
  • "The Thing"

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

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • hangs herself
  • overdose
  • hand bag

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

  • "Carrie"
  • "Psycho"
  • "Rosemary's Baby"

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

  • "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
  • "Poltergeist"
  • "Alien"

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

  • "The Conjuring"
  • "The Babadook"
  • "The Orphan"

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

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • "The Witch"
  • "Salem"
  • "Craft"

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.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • "The Sixth Sense"
  • "Signs"
  • "The Village"

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

  • "Scream"
  • "The Serpent and the Rainbow"
  • "The People Under the Stairs"

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

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • "Cloverfield"
  • "The Conjuring"
  • "Poltergeist"

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
  • FALSE

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

  • "Piranha"
  • "Deep Red"
  • "Jaws"

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

  • Carrie crucifying her mother
  • the "Psycho" shower scene
  • the chest bursting scene from "Alien"

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

  • "From Dusk Till Dawn"
  • "Fright Night"
  • "Twilight"

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

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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.

  • "Paranormal Activity"
  • "Insidious"
  • "The Orphan'

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

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

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

  • the sheriff
  • the TV reporter
  • the school janitor

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

  • Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho"
  • John Doe in "Se7en"
  • Dr. Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs"