I'm happy to report that I am now a member of the Horror Writers Association. Readers may recall that this is the same organization that gives out the Bram Stoker Awards, the "Oscars of Horror Writing." Thanks is due to Jennifer Word of EMP Publishing for helping me out with this. I'm hoping that the HWA's programs and contacts, etc., will result in more publications and benefits.
Also, normally this time of year would see my blog attached to the Coffin Hop bloghop. Alas, as I mentioned in a post several months ago, this great hop, which connected 80-100 horror writers/poets/film makers/artists with each other and with their fans, was sadly discontinued. But, I'm still going to put up some Halloween-themed posts, in the form of more horror trivia. These aren't contests anymore, so readers will be getting personal satisfaction and/or bragging rights instead. If anyone wants to post their guesses at the answers, you can do so in the comments. I'll post the correct answers in the comments in a week or so. Check back on Saturday, October 31st for another round of trivia.
So, with that out of the way, let's get started. Oh, and for the purposes of this quiz, a horror "series" means three or more movies.
1) Legendarily brutal movies "I Spit on Your Grave" (1978) and "The Last House on the Left" (1972), aside from brief scenes in New York City and Long Island, were both shot in which state?
2) Staying on movie locations, the original "Friday the 13th" (1980) was shot in what state?
3) We just recently saw the date when Marty and Doc Brown went into the future in "Back to the Future Part 2." The actor who played Marty's dad George McFly, Crispin Glover, was a victim in what famous horror movie series?
4) Robert Kerman starred in "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980), "Eaten Alive" (1980), and "Make Them Die Slowly" (aka "Cannibal Ferox") (1981), and also appeared in movies such as "Night of the Creeps" (1986), "No Way Out" (1987), and "Spider Man" (2002). What is he also best known for?
5) Before he starred in the original "Star Trek" series as Captain Kirk, what horror movie, shot entirely in the constructed language Esperanto, did William Shatner star in? (In case you're curious, I was only able to discover a grand total of 4 Esperanto movies.)
6) Actors Lia Beldam, Billie Gibson, Lisa Burns, Louise Burns, and Danny Lloyd all were in only one movie in their careers, not counting television movies. (I'm not being too tricky with this--all of these roles were either substantial, or at least very memorable.) What famous horror movie was it?
7) The cannibal clan in the Wes Craven-made 1977 classic "The Hills Have Eyes" mostly have the same names as planets (or Roman deities). Which planets/gods are represented?
8) Due to the actions of a distant ancestor, Josiah Harlan, in the 1830's, the star of a horror movie classic is technically the Prince of Ghor, which is now a province in Afghanistan. Who is this?
9) One person wrote 1986's "Highlander," 1991's "Backdraft," and wrote and directed 1995's "The Prophecy." Who is this?
10) This actor appeared in "The Verdict" (1982), "Tootsie" (1982), "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "Goodfellas" (1990), "The Firm" (1993), "In the Line of Fire" (1993), and a "Seinfeld" episode before starring in a popular horror series. Name them.