Halloweek is here again, and the preparations around this blog, as well as my other haunt, Fear of the Velvet Curtain over at Trailers from Hell, are well under way. I’m trying to fashion some good scare-themed viewing opportunities for myself and the kids this year to go along with running around the neighborhood and threatening the neighbors in exchange for candy, and what with the big night happening on a Saturday this week we might just be able to work some of my nefarious couch-oriented plans into the schedule. I wanted to take Emma for the great New Beverly Halloween night triple feature of Curse of the Demon, Carnival of Souls and Night of the Living Dead, which happens to be the very first movie I ever saw at the New Beverly way back in 1982, but she’s got her heart set on handing out treats at the front door this year. What can I say? Some annual traditions are more powerful than others.
Speaking of which, we have our own annual tradition around here which we shall now get to without further ado. The SLIFR Halloween Horror Screen Grab Quiz is back and, if this year’s brew is not better than ever (it might be!), then it’s certainly at least as challenging as these quizzes ever have been. Behold this year’s pumpkin patch crop of 31 judiciously farmed screen grabs from the history of the horror genre—all you have to do is tell me, or your best friends, or your way-too-patient spouse, or anyone else you can harangue into listening, from what film each frame cometh. Some are certainly easier than others to parse, especially if you’re well-versed in the cinema of fear. But there are a couple of shots that follow which may prove even more challenging to all but those who have slaked their thirst for the red corpuscles found coursing through the furthest reaches of the world of famous and not-so-famous monsters.
You can brag about your tally of correct guesses in the comments column below if you so choose, but in the interest of keeping the contest as fresh as a day-old anatomy lab corpse, please don’t give away any answers. You can send your complete list of guesses to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll let you know who claws their way out of the grave with the most answers next week.