Sister Evalda’s Classic Summertime Sci-fi/Horror Movie Quiz – By Philip Smolen

All right class, come to attention and sit up straight! Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean that you good for nothing lazy things get to lollygag around and not use your brains. I can hear them atrophying right now. There shall be none of that at Rogue Cinema. So to keep your minds from getting fuzzy (and to keep you from thinking about those body parts below your waist), it’s time for Sister Evalda’s Classic Summertime Sci-fi/Horror Movie Quiz. Below are 25 questions based on the classic (and not so classic) fantastic films from the 1930s to the 1960s that we have studied this year. So, take out a clean sheet of lined paper and be sure to use a fresh and unchewed No. 2 pencil. DO NOT USE INK! INK IS PERMANENT! Write down your answers on the paper AND WOE TO YOU IF I CATCH YOU LOOKING AT ANOTHER STUDENT’S PAPER! Then scroll down the page to check your answers and tally up your score. Those of you who pass will be able to eat your lunch outside. Those who fail will immediately have to go to confession and beg the Lord’s forgiveness for your shortcomings. Now begin! And remember – Sister Evalda’s always watching you…

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1. In Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic “2001 A Space Odyssey” (1968), when astronaut Dave Bowman finally lands in the newly furnished bedroom that the alien intelligence has prepared, what words are being displayed on his space pod’s monitor screens?

a. Does not compute
b. Error 507
c. No data available
d. You’re boned!

2. In the Gillman wannabe movie “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” (1961) what does male lead Don Sullivan refer to the creature as?

a. A reptilian throwback
b. A member of the diplovertubron family
c. Homoerectus Pisces
d. One tough mother

3. How many times did American horror icon Vincent Price appear in a movie with British horror great Peter Cushing?

a. Four times
b. Two times
c. Six times
d. Three times

4. Which of the following is not a flesh-eating zombie movie?

a. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
b. “I Eat Your Skin” (1964)
c. “Zombie” (1980)
d. “Nightmare City” (1980)

5. British film director Terrence Fisher is most closely associated with directing Hammer horror films. However, he was equally capable of directing sci-fi. Which of the following British sci-fi films was not directed by Fisher?

a. “The Terrornauts” (1967)
b. “The Earth Dies Screaming” (1964)
c. “Island of the Burning Doomed” (1967)
d. “Island of Terror” (1966)

6. What are the final words spoken in the 1951 sci-fi classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still”?

a. “We shall be waiting for your answer.”
b. “We have a system and it works.”
c. “Gort, beringa!”
d. “Thanks a lot for shooting me.”

7. Low budget sci-fi director Edward Bernds never came across a movie prop that he wouldn’t reuse in his films. Which of these films did not reuse the hilarious giant spider prop from 1956’s “World without End”?

a. “Space Master X-7 (1958)
b. “Queen of Outer Space” (1958)
c. “Valley of the Dragons” (1961)
d. “Return of the Fly” (1959)
e. a and d

8. In MGM’s classic sci-fi movie “Forbidden Planet” (1956), what is the name of Dr. Morbius’s wife?

a. Julia Marsden
b. Kay Lawrence
c. Helen Benson
d. Becky Driscoll

9. Which of the following classic Jack Arnold sci-fi films was not made for Universal International?

a. “It Came from Outer Space” (1953)
b. “The Space Children” (1958)
c. “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)
d. “Revenge of the Creature” (1955)

10. Low budget effects artist Paul Blaisdell supplied monster costumes and props for a number of sci-fi and horror films in the 1950s, but in which American International movie did he actually have lines to say?

a. “It Conquered the World” (1956)
b. “The She Creature” (1956)
c. “The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow” (1959)
d. “Voodoo Woman” (1957)
e. None of the above

11. "Atomic radiation mutates a normal life-form causing it to grow to gigantic proportions and threaten the entire world" is a description for all of the following classic 1950s sci-fi films except:

a. “Tarantula” (1955)
b. “Them” (1954)
c. “Monster from Green Hell” (1958)
d. “The Black Scorpion” (1957)

12. In the 1950s, low budget film producers where able to incorporate the stock dinosaur footage from Hal Roach’s 1940 film “One Million BC” in their own movies. Which one of these films did not use footage from the Hal Roach movie?

a. “Robot Monster” (1953)
b. “The Neanderthal Man” (1953)
c. “Two Lost Worlds” (1950)
d. “Valley of the Dragons” (1961)
e. a, c, and e

13. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Universal International was one of the leading providers of sci-fi and horror movies in the US. Which one of these films was not a major Universal film and only went out as a second feature on double bills?

a. “Tarantula” (1955)
b. “The Land Unknown” (1957)
c. “The Monolith Monsters” (1957)
d. “The Leech Woman” (1960)
e. None of the above

14. Which of the following actors starred in the most sci-fi/horror films during the 1950s?

a. Kenneth Tobey
b. Richard Carlson
c. John Agar
d. Les Tremayne

15. Which of the following sci-fi films (all directed by Byron "Bunny" Haskin) was not produced by the legendary George Pal?

a. “Conquest of Space” (1955)
b. “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” (1964)
c. “The Power” (1968)
d. “War of the Worlds” (1953)

16. In the 1932 horror classic “Island of Lost Souls”, which of the following is not one of the “laws” that Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) instructs his creations to obey?

a. They must not live in the trees.
b. They must not spill blood.
c. They must not eat meat.
d. They must not walk on all fours.

17. When horror great Christopher Lee reprised his role as Count Dracula in 1966’s “Dracula, Prince of Darkness”, the count speaks no words throughout the film. Why?

a. Director Terrence Fisher felt it would make the Count seem more feral.
b. Dracula was still recovering from being revived.
c. Christopher Lee hated his dialogue so much he refused to speak it.
d. Screenwriter Jimmy Sangster was mad at Lee and refused to write lines for him.

18. Over his 35 year career, special effects master Ray Harryhausen is responsible for elevating stop motion to an art form. Which of the following of his films is among Harryhausen’s least favorites?

a. “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957)
b. “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” (1977)
c. “Mysterious Island” (1961)
d. “First Men in the Moon” (1964)

19. What classic Japanese “Kaiju Eiga” film was the first to feature both Godzilla and Rodan?

a. “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)
b. “Destroy all Monsters” (1968)
c. “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” (1966)
d. “Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster” (1965)

20. In 1958’s “Curse of the Demon”, how does Dr. Holden (Dana Andrews) transfer the curse placed on him back to his enemy Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis)?

a. He conjures up a demon even more powerful than Karswell’s.
b. He places the curse in Karswell’s dinner check.
c. He slips the curse into Karswell’s coat pocket.
d. He throws Karswell in front of a speeding train.

21. How many times did Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee act together in the same movie?

a. 12 times
b. 30 times
c. 7 times
d. 22 times

22. The quote “To die. To be really dead. That must be glorious.” Is from what classic Universal horror film?

a. “Dracula” (1931)
b. “The Mummy” (1932)
c. “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
d. “House of Frankenstein” (1945)

23. Which of the following films was not written by legendary British screenwriter Nigel Kneale?

a. “The Year of the Sex Olympics” (1968)
b. “Quatermass and the Pit” (1968)
c. “The Entertainer” (1960)
d. “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1962)

24. The wonderful character actor William Schallert has been acting in films and TV since the 1950s. Many of his early roles were in sci-fi movies. Which of the following 1950s sci-fi films did not feature Schallert?

a. “The Magnetic Monster” (1953)
b. “Gog” (1954)
c. “Port Sinister” (1952)
d. “The Man from Planet X” (1951)

25. Here are four sets of actresses and the names of their characters they played in classic sci-fi films. One of these sets is incorrect. Choose the incorrect set.

a. Margaret Sheridan – Nikki Nicholson (“The Thing”,1951)
b. Ann Robinson – Sylvia van Buren (“The War of the Worlds”,1953)
c. Dana Wynter – Becky Driscoll (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”,1956)
d. Faith Domergue – Ruth Adams (“It Came from Beneath the Sea”,1955)



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See answer key below for results…

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Answer Key

1. c
2. b
3. a (“Scream and Scream Again”-1969, “Dr. Phibes Rises Again”-1971, “Madhouse”-1974, and “The House of Long Shadows”-1982)
4. b
5. a (Montgomery Tully directed “The Terrornauts”-1967.)
6. c (Klaatu’s final words are to his robot.)
7. e
8. a (Morbius’s wife is discussed the first time the C-57D crew meet him.)
9. b
10. c
11. d (The scorpions are prehistoric and released by volcanic activity.)
12. b
13. d (It was released as the co-feature to “The Brides of Dracula”-1960)
14. c (Agar starred in 8 sci-fi/horror films in the 1950s.)
15. b (Aubrey Schenck was the producer.)
16. a
17. c
18. b (Harryhausen thought the film needed more time and effort to make it better.)
19. d (The film also includes Mothra.)
20. c
21. d
22. a
23. d
24. a
25. d (Ruth Adams was Domergue’s character in 1955’s “This Island Earth.”)


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Sister Evalda’s Official Holy Scorecard

Straight to Hell (0-5 correct) – Merciful heaven, you are a poison pill sent by God to poison me! Haven’t you been paying attention in class? There is no hope for you. Unless you immediately begin to watch at least two of these classic fantastic films per day, your soul will be damned forever. Now go! It’s off to public school for you!

Mortal Sin (6-10 correct) – You heathen, you’ve been playing with yourself immodestly again! That can be the only explanation for such a poor showing. You need to go back and re-watch these classic movies at once. That will push these evil thoughts of the flesh out of your mind and maintain your purity. Don’t you know that when you touch yourself, the saints cry?

Venial Sin (11-15 correct) – Oh, what a weak-minded individual you are! We have gone over and over these classic fantastic films time and time again. And still you forget. While you were able to recall some of the correct answers, you haven’t risen to your true calling yet. As punishment, you will write “Sister Evalda is always correct” 1,000 times in your composition notebook. And have it finished by the end of the day. Or else!

Rap on the Knuckles (with a Metal Ruler) (16-20 correct) – Well, I see that you were listening in class and paying attention to your guardian angel, but I’m still disappointed. You know quite a bit about these classic films, but you’re not as smart as you think you are. Now wipe that all-knowing smirk right off that face. Get up here and hold out your hand. (WHAP!) Now sit down. Remember, that was for your own good.

Sister Evalda’s Pet (21-25 correct) – Well, I can see that you were paying attention to every word I said. You have absorbed all the knowledge from watching these movies obsessively. Clearly there’s nothing wrong with you. And look at how clean and tidy your paper is! I’m so impressed that I want you to move your desk right next to mine. That’s right. Come on up. I want you to be as close to me as possible for the rest of the day!


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Selected References

Del Vecchio, Deborah and Johnson, Tom. Peter Cushing, the Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 1992.
Galbraith IV, Stuart. Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 1994.
Harryhausen, Ray and Dalton, Tony. An Animated Life. New York, New York: Billboard Books, 2004.
Jensen Paul M. The Men Who Made the Monsters. New York, New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.
Johnson, Tom and Miller, Mark A. The Christopher Lee Filmography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 2004.
Miller, Mark A. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 1995.
Palmer, Randy. Paul Blaisdell: Monster Maker. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 1997.
Warren, Bill. Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties (The 21st Century Edition). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 2010.
Weaver, Tom. Attack of the Monster Movie Makers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 1994.
Weaver, Tom. I Was a Monster Movie Maker. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. 2001.