Can You Match These Killers to the Horror Movie?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

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The first horror movies were short silent films of the late 1890’s, and since then we’ve enjoyed the chills they send up our spines. If you’re a horror fan, do you think you can match all these killers to their movies from just one image? Take our quiz and find out!

Before shooting of the first film began, the young Jason character was named “Josh,” however, it was changed to the now iconic “Jason.” The film’s name was also changed from “Last Night at Camp Blood” – which had been the screenwriter’s original choice.

Actor Sean Connery was the original choice to play the role of Hannibal Lecter. After he turned down the role, it eventually went to Anthony Hopkins who later came up with the idea of having Lecter wear white. He thought it played well with people’s fear of doctors and dentists – who normally wear white.

Miko Hughes was just 3 years old when he played the part of Gage Creed in "Pet Sematary" (1989). A year later he was in "Kindergarten Cop" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the precocious son of a gynecologist.

"The Exorcist" made history as the first horror film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category. It did not win, but was successful in two of the other nine categories in which it was nominated.

The character of Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb is based on six real-life serial killers. They include Ed Gein, who made trophies from his victims’ body parts, and Ted Bundy, who faked injury to lure and kill his victims.

Although room 237 is the focus of many scary scenes in the movie, the room number in the book on which the film is based is 217. The hotel used as the film’s location requested that the number be changed to one that wasn’t actually there.

While English actor Gary Oldman received praise for his performance as Count Dracula, Canadian actor Keanu Reeves was not so fortunate. His portrayal of Jonathan Harker (especially his attempt at an English accent) was negatively reviewed by critics.

Clive Barker was both director and writer of this film. To calm any fears actress Clare Higgins (Julia Cotton in the film) might have had about her scene with maggots, he told her they wouldn’t harm her because she’s alive!

Tony Todd, who played Candyman in the original 1992 film, returned in both sequels, "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" (1996) and "Candyman: Day of the Dead" (1999). He has appeared in numerous other films, including four from the "Final Destination" franchise.

"Misery" (1990) is based on a similarly titled novel by Stephen King. In an interview with The Paris Review, King described his experience writing the book by saying: “Annie was my drug problem, and she was my #1 fan. God, she never wanted to leave.”

Drew Barrymore was the original choice to star in the first "Scream" movie (1996). When she backed out (only appearing in the opening scene), Reese Witherspoon was among the other actresses considered for the role. It finally went to Neve Campbell.

Both Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon auditioned for the role of Danielle Bowden – they were turned down. The part eventually went to Juliette Lewis who, for her efforts, received nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

The first "Blade" movie (1998) was a hit at the box office and the first big success for Marvel. It is often credited with leading to the major success Marvel films have enjoyed since.

Tobin Bell has played the role of John Kramer/Jigsaw in all seven movies of the "Saw" franchise. He and Shawnee Smith, who portrays Amanda Young, are the only two actors to appear in all the films.

Fictional Camp Crystal Lake is a fully operational Boy Scout camp in real-life. Its name is Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco and it is located in Hardwick, NJ.

Acclaimed actor Johnny Depp had his film debut in the very first "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movie (1984). The movie, which went on to become a classic in the horror film genre, was shot in just 32 days.

John Carpenter, director of "The Thing" (1982), has listed it as one of his favorite movies. It is part of what Carpenter calls his “Apocalypse Trilogy." The other two (unrelated) films in the trilogy are "Prince of Darkness" (1987) and "In the Mouth of Madness" (1994).

"American Psycho" (2000) was originally given an NC-17 rating for some of its sexual content. After the director, Mary Hannon, cut just 18 seconds from the film, it was given a less restrictive R rating.

Kevin Peter Hall who acts as The Predator in the first two movies was 7 feet 2 inches tall. His father and his six brothers are all over 6 feet 5 inches. His mother is the shortest in the family at 6 feet 2 inches.

"Halloween’s" director, John Carpenter, had initially named the film “The Babysitter Murders” but was persuaded to change it. The film marks the debut of acclaimed actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who appeared as Laurie Strode in a total of three of the films in the franchise.

Jennifer Aniston starred in the original "Leprechaun" movie in what was her debut film role. Among other stars who have appeared in the franchise, are Ice-T in "Leprechaun: In The Hood" (2000) and Debbe Dunning (Heidi from "Home Improvement") in "Leprechaun 4: In Space" (1997).

The character, Peter Vincent, is named for two of the horror film genre’s most iconic stars: Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. It is said Price was pleased with actor Roddy McDowall’s portrayal of Peter Vincent in the movie.

Jonathan Breck plays the role of The Creeper in "Jeepers Creepers" (2001) and its sequel, "Jeepers Creepers 2" (2002). The film was shot in hot and humid Florida which Breck had to suffer through while made up in an abundance of latex as The Creeper.

In the original 1986 film, the role of John Ryder/The Hitcher is played by Rutger Hauer. In the 2007, remake it is Sean Bean who takes on the role. Both men were already accomplished actors by the time they played Ryder, but neither film was a hit with critics.

"The Ring" (2002) is a remake of a Japanese horror film titled "Ringu," and based on a Japanese novel of the same name. The film has two sequels which were released in 2005 and 2017.

"The Collector" (2009) was initially written as a prequel to the popular "Saw" movie, which by then had spawned a franchise of six movies. It, however, bears no relation to the franchise, and eventually went on to have a sequel of its own, "The Collection" (2012).

Stanley Tucci, who portrays serial killer George Harvey in this 2009 film, received several industry award nominations for his efforts. They include Best Supporting Actor nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Stephen King wrote the novel “It” in 1986 and Tim Curry’s portrayal of the evil clown, Pennywise, in the 1990 drama miniseries based on the novel has often been hailed by critics. In the 2017 feature film adaption (yet to be released), Pennywise is played by Bill Skarsgard.

Screenwriter David Seltzer had initially planned to use the name Domlin instead of Damien. Apparently, he actually knew a “total obnoxious brat” with that name. His wife encouraged him to change it!

"Last House on the Left" went through several name changes, including: "Sex Crime of the Century," and "Krug and Company." The chosen title actually has little to no bearing on the film itself since the featured house is on an isolated lane with no neighbors.

It was actor Kevin Spacey’s idea to keep his role as killer John Doe a secret. As a result, he was not shown in any of the advertising prior to the release of the film, nor is his name shown in the opening credits.

Two of the film’s stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., met for the first time on the set of the movie. Three years later, they began dating and were eventually married in 2002 and, as of this writing, are still together.

"Audition" (1999) wass a Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike. Apart from "Audition," Milke has directed a long list of films with controversial themes.

Kane Hodder portrays killer Victor Crowley in all three films of the "Hatchet" franchise, released in 2006, 2010 and 2013. While Tamara Feldman had the main female role of Marybeth in the first film, the character is portrayed by the Danielle Harris in both sequels.

"See No Evil" director Gregory Dark was named Gregory Hippolyte Brown at birth. He began his film career directing adult films, but has since transitioned into mainstream filmmaking.

Filmmakers had to use several cars in the role of Christine in this 1983 film about a jealous and vengeful 1958 Plymouth Fury. They included other Plymouth models such as the Belvedere and the Savoy.

The very first "Alien" film led to a very lucrative franchise. It also proved to be very beneficial to its lead actress, Sigourney Weaver. She was reportedly paid $35,000 for the first film, $1 million for "Aliens," $4 million for "Alien 3" and $11 million for "Alien: Resurrection."

Several horror movie stars made appearances in this 1997 film. They include Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in "Nightmare on Elm Street") and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th").

The voice of the narrator in the original 1974 film is that of 20-something John Larroquette. He would reprise the role again (uncredited) for two movies later in the franchise.

"Pumpkinhead" (1988) marks the directorial debut of Stan Winston, a visual effects specialist. He won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in the previous year for his work on "Aliens" and went on to win similar awards for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Jurassic Park."

At the time of its release, "Jaws" had the distinction of being the highest grossing movie of all time. It was also the first film ever to gross over $100 million at the box office.

"The Lost Boys" was the first film in which Corey Feldman and Corey Haim acted together. The pair of young actors would go on to star in a total of seven films, plus a reality series called "The Two Coreys."

The very first Chucky film was released in 1988 and led to five sequels, so far. Actor Brad Dourif portrays both Chucky and Charles Lee Ray, the Lakeshore Strangler, in each of the franchise’s installments.

The license plates on Stuntman Mike’s cars make reference to two other cars used in famous chase scenes. They are: Steve McQueen’s car in "Bullitt" and the Dodge Charger used in "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry."

The American 2009 slasher film, "My Bloody Valentine 3D," is a remake of a similarly titled 1981 Canadian film. The original film was given an X rating and had to be cut significantly to gain the desired R rating.

Beginning with "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990, actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have worked on a total of eight movies, so far. Along with "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), a couple of the others are "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010).

It is said that Michael Jackson called director John Landis to let him know how much he liked the film. Landis ended up directing the famous music video for Jackson's Thriller two years later.

Michael "Mike" Mignola is the creator of the comic book series on which the "Hellboy" films are based. He also co-wrote both screenplays – for "Hellboy" (2004) and its sequel, "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (2008).

In the 1994 film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s bestselling novel, The Creation is portrayed by Robert De Niro. Since the novel was first published in 1818, however, it has had numerous film adaptions, beginning with one in 1910.

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