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“Invitation to Dance - It’s a Dance. And sometimes they turn the lights off in this ballroom. But we’ll dance anyway, you and I. Even in the Dark. Especially in the Dark. May I have the pleasure?” --- Stephen King ::::::::::: MY CRITERIA FOR DISCUSSION ENCOMPASSES THE HORROR GENRE AND BEYOND, SO I USE THE TERM "NIGHTMARE MOVIES". SPOILERS CAN OCCUR WITH OR WITHOUT WARNING. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WIN A DOUBLE-PASS TO SEE BLACK SWAN!

January 19th 2011 06:12
Black Swan movie poster
The lovely folk at Icon Films in conjunction with Horrorphile have five double-passes to see this amazing horror-thriller during its Australian theatrical season. If you’re only going to see one movie this year, then it has to be Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan! To quote a friend; it’s like Roman Polanski and Dario Argento had a lovechild and it directed Black Swan. Now if that doesn’t entice you then I don’t know what will!

This competition has closed.

The first five answers that tickle my dark fancy will receive a double-pass in the mail!

This competition is only open to Australian residents, I’m afraid.

Black Swan Natalie Portman

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Poltergeist poster art
I’ve always wanted a job as the person who creates the all-important alluring tagline for a movie. There are so many memorable ones, like “In space no one can hear you scream”, or “They’re here”, or “A romantic comedy. With zombies”. So here's a selection, most of them perhaps not quite as easy as the ones I just mentioned, some perhaps easier.

How good are you at identifying the movie from the tagline?


1. Man is the warmest place to hide.

2. Imagine your worst fear a reality.

3. For God’s sake, get out!

4. It knows what scares you.

5. Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

6. If you’re not back by midnight … you won’t be coming home.

7. I told you not to go out tonight.

8. The monster movie.

9. Pray for daylight.

10. Welcome to your worst nightmare.

11. From deep space …

12. The one that goes all the way.

13. Enter ... if you dare, the bizarre world of the psychosexual mind.


13 … Brilliant! The Scarlet Severed Hand trophy for you!
9 – 12 … Well, well, well, very impressive, you know your horror schtick!
5 – 8 … You’ve spent some time in the Dark, good work, but no bloodied cigar for you!
1 – 4 … Best you stick to watching the daytime soaps.

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1. The Thing 2. The Howling 3. The Amityville Horror 4. Poltergeist 5. Se7en 6. Prom Night 7. Maniac 8. An American Werewolf in London 9. Near Dark 10. Hostel 11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 12. Cannibal Holocaust 13. Torso (AKA Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence)

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Horror QUIZ #29: Mastermind Series - V

November 2nd 2009 23:05
I've waited for you a long time
Another installment in the tougher line of my quizzes: the Mastermind Series. And this time around it's quotations. You need to identify two things. What movie is the line of dialogue from? What’s the full credited name of the character that said it? Sound like a walk in the park? You might stroll off okay, but trust me; the path gets rockier further down the track.

1. “I'm running this monkey farm now Frankenstein and I wanna know what the fuck you’re doing with my time?!
2. “It's got a wonderful defense mechanism; you don't dare kill it.”
3. “Beware the moon, lads.”
4. “Jesus wept!”
5. “I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”
6. “It was the boogeyman?”
7. “Just so you know... the words ‘just’ and ‘cramps’, they don't go together.”
8. “Pain creates character distortion, it’s simply not necessary.”
9. “I’ve waited for you a long time.”
10. “You must admit, you brought this on yourself.”
11. “I sure haven’t met any girls like you.”
12. “I can't exist by myself because I'm afraid of myself, I create my own evil.”
13. “Well, 4 out of 5 doctors agree that I am actually insane.”

13 … Brilliant! The Scarlet Severed Hand trophy for you!
9 – 12 … Well, well, well, very impressive, you know your horror schtick!
5 – 8 … You’ve spent some time in the Dark, good work, but no bloodied cigar for you!
1 – 4 … Best you stick to watching the daytime soaps.

To check answers right click and scroll cursor over black area directly below:
1) Day of the Dead - Captain Rhodes 2) Alien – Parker 3) An American Werewolf in London – chess player 4) Hellraiser – Frank Cotton 5) The Thing - Clark 6) Halloween – Laurie Strodes 7) Ginger Snaps – Ginger Fitzgerald 8) Dead Ringers – Elliot Mantle 9) Cat People – Paul Gallier 10) Funny Games (U.S.) - Paul 11) Near Dark – Caleb Colton 12) Possession – Anna 13) Hard Candy – Hayley Stark
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Know your Lucio Fulci well?

If you’re a screenwriter, or a real cinephile, you’ll know the term “logline”; the plot description or synopsis of a movie in usually twenty-five words or less. It’s usually written in a way as to lure the viewer (or to be more precise, a prospective producer), so it needs to be very straightforward, yet concise and dramatic.

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I recently was sent a link through to a true or false quiz. Twenty movie titles separated into ten true or false questions. You had to decide which was a real movie title and which was the fake one. The first and last ones were the easiest: Diary of the Dead or Cookbook of the Dead? Bed of the Dead or Document of the Dead? Providing you know your George Romero movies they were dead easy. The others were a tad more difficult as the question masters had dug up some very obscure, but very real, movie titles, such as Legion of the Dead, Orgy of the Dead, Cruise Ship of the Dead, and the clincher, Nudist Colony of the Dead. Yup, it seems a lot of fly-by-night filmmakers have been very keen to try and cash in on Romero’s seminal series of exploits of the zombie kind.

It gave me inspiration to concoct a new quiz (since I haven’t posted one in nine months!). A series of straight forward multiple choice questions. But with a twist: choose the real sub-genre movie title amidst the fake ones, or is it the fake sub-genre movie amidst the real ones? You decide


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Here's the score: name that flick. But the answers are a little more comprehensive than previous. I've raised the ante a tad: identify the movie from the still under its original language title (if it wasn't originally filmed in English), also the country of origin, the year it was released, and any major alternate titles it went under).

I don’t make it easy, but some of them might be a little more familiar than others. This is the quiz to sort the men from the boys, the women from the girls. So, get those visual memory gears grinding and see how you fare


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Here's an easy one for you. But the rule here is if it’s a title of a non-horror movie it doesn’t count, only out and out horror movies are in this selection (or not, as the case may be). So if there’s a romantic-comedy that happens to be called Pandora, don’t say “yes” to question 4. And the title has to be its original title, not the name it was given in South Africa. Savvy?

1. Cajo
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Horror QUIZ #24: True or False?

July 18th 2008 04:56
Hellraiser

1. Dr. Hannibal Lector’s sister’s name was Mischa.
2. The diabolical creatures in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser are known as Demonites


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Horror QUIZ #23: Odd Film Out

April 7th 2008 23:42
This one’s a little Sesame Street. You have to pick the movie that’s not like the others. I know there’ll be the smart alecs out there who’ll find something – anything – to differentiate one film significantly from the others, but I’ve carefully chosen these movies; three of them will share a quite specific similarity in subject matter, sub-genre, production statistic or credit, or a certain narrative element, or maybe something else entirely. So how clever are you at picking the odd one out?

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Horror QUIZ #22: Matchmaking - II

March 25th 2008 23:21
How well do you know your cast lists? More importantly, how well do you know your cast of characters, and which movie were they in? Well, now’s the time to put your supposedly astute human resources skills to the test.

1. Dick Laurent
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Horror QUIZ #21: True or False?

March 17th 2008 22:38
Halloween (1978) young Michael Myers
It’s one thing or the other, a 50/50 chance. How do you fancy your luck? Game for a gamble?

1. Michael Myers’ murdered sister’s name is Janet.
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Horror QUIZ #20: Matchmaking

March 7th 2008 22:15
crazy skull
How good are you at association? Or noticing the finer details within a scene? You think you’re hot shit? Go ahead then, link the character with the object.

1. Michael Myers
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Something to keep the undead brain cells ticking over. Pretty straight forward; fill in the blank, complete the title, and Robert’s yer dead father’s brother.

1. Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead _ _ _ _ _ _
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The third in my name-that-movie-from-a-single -still series. A quiz for the serious-minded horror movie buffs. You need to be on the money here; original complete title, or foreign title if the movie was originally released in a foreign tongue, any alternate titles (if it had any), and year of production and/or release.

Of course a couple of these might seem damn easy, but then, as my papa used to say "It's only easy when you know the answer." I suppose I could have made it tougher; name the director and country of origin as well, but hey, I’ll leave that for the next Mastermind level further down the track


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Horror QUIZ #17: Mastermind Series II

September 21st 2007 03:25
This is the second in my Mastermind Series where you must identify a movie from a still. No multiple choices for the lazy here folks, this is quiz for the serious girly-swat horrorphiles out there.

Name the movie’s original title (if it was in a foreign language then its foreign title), if it has an alternate title you need to name that too, and you need to state the year it was produced and/or released (these sometimes differ, either will do


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Horror QUIZ #16: Mastermind Series I

August 22nd 2007 01:12
I’m upping the ante with this one, the first in a series where you must identify a movie from a still. However this quiz is designed for the serious horrorphile. No multiple choice here folks. This will sort out the men from the boys, the women from the girls. Sure, some of you will find a couple of the stills easy-peasy, but then the next two will stump you cold. Ha!

Definitely a quiz for the geeks and completists: you need to name the movie’s original title (if it was in a foreign language then its foreign title), if it has an alternate title you need to name that too, and you need to state the year it was produced and/or released (these sometimes differ, either will do


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Of all the movie genres horror movies are the ones most likely to sport an absurd movie title. Some over the top, outrageously contrived title designed to lure its audience through the use of lurid, shlocky, or shocking words and themes. Personally I prefer the simpler titles, like Halloween or Alien, but the crazy ones are amusing.

Can you guess which of the following titles are real and which ones I’ve made up? Very straight forward this quiz: true or false, you decide


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I had so much fun with the first “name that figure” quiz that I’m straight into another one. So study that partial face, look closely into that eye, it’s a window to some dark soul … whose eye could that be? And you can't simply name the movie, you gotta identify the character!

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Horror QUIZ #13: Whose Eye am I?

July 6th 2007 02:59
Name that face! Identify that figure! Nail that killer! Thirteen iconographic, and semi-iconographic (can’t make it too easy), ocular images. Do you have the skill to complete the Pleasure of Nightmares’ Line-Up? How keen is your eye?


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hangman's noose
How well do you know your movie titles? Seem easy-peasy? Like the game of hangman the number of blanks indicates how many letters are missing. Feelin' lucky punk?

1. To the Devil a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


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