Burt's Horror Movie Trivia Vault




Welcome, fright fans to Burt's Horror Movie Trivia Vault...the place to go for answers to your scary movie questions as provided by my bud Burt.

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Burt knows his horror movie trivia! So, if you can't recall the name of that movie that once scared you out of your wits that you're looking for, Ask Burt! Even though I now live two states away, I still ask Burt my scary movie questions and he's agreed to try to answer your questions too!

It doesn't even matter if you know any of the actors/actresses in the movie...sometimes Burt can come up with the title based on the slightest bit of information! Perhaps you're just wondering if a horror flick at your local video store is worth renting? Solution? Ask Burt!

Things are taking off here in Burt's Vault and due to the increasing number of horror movie trivia questions, current turn-around time is averaging about 1-2 weeks now so please bear with us! To speed things up, all horror movie trivia Q&A will now only be posted here (Burt can't always promise a personalized email reply, sorry). So keep checking back to this page for your answer as I'll be archiving Burt's answers to your horror movie trivia questions right here in Burt's Horror Movie Trivia Vault quickly as I can.

As you'll see as you scroll through the questions he's already answered, you may sometimes find more here than just horror movie trivia...you may get a good laugh as well!



Question: This movie starts by a man and his children inheriting a glass house from his dead uncle. What's the name of this scary movie? -Kimberly


Burt's Reply: You're thinking of 13 Ghosts...originally made in 1960 and remade in 2001. The 1960 version was filmed in "Illusion-O" which required special glasses to see the ghosts, an element which added to director William Castle's reputation for the interesting gimmicks he employed to increase the buzz for his movies. Some people didn't like his gimmicks, but hey, anyone who would send skeletons flying above theatre patrons as they sat watching his movie to help scare 'em out of their wits is OK by me.

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Question: Hi Burt, I remember seeing a movie when I was young that had an alien type creature in it that was a sort of clear white colour. The seen I remember is the creature implanting sacs on this kids shoulders and I think there were snakes in them or in the room. I think the movie was called Xtro, can you tell me if I'm right.


Burt's Reply: Lee, you're right…there was a 1983 horror/sci-fi film called X-tro which is considered a "cult classic" by many. I do think this is the one you've described. Check it out and let me know what you think of it…is it still as scary and has it aged well in your view? It's generally considered a "B" movie, so one would expect the effects weren't the greatest even in it's day but, then again, this film is appreciated for being odd and scary in spite of it's low production values. And that certainly makes it notable in my book!

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Question: I saw a movie as a child...I'm 48 now. Only remember a woman who kept her youthful beauty by using a ring to puncture the base of the neck to get serum. She ended up turning old after murdering everyone and I believe she fell to her death onto a greenhouse. Kind of looked like a Joan Crawford type, got any clues? -Carol


Burt's Reply: Great question, Carol! I was having trouble with this one at first, but then went into my zombie trance and now I've got it! The movie you are seeking is Leech Woman, a 1966 Universal flick with Collen Gray playing the lead. She got the youth-preserving fluid from the pineal gland of all places! I mean whoever would've thought the fountain of youth would be right there in the good ol' pineal gland? Go figure!

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Question: hi, all i can remember about this movie is seeing people tied to stakes and then one of them was put into what looked like a very large mincemeat grinder. -Yazz


Burt's Reply: Yazz, that one sounds like it could very well be Motel Hell though I'd need to watch it fresh to be 100% certain. If it's not Motel Hell, it certainly has a similarity about it so you might want to check it out too just for kicks either way. :-)

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Question: Burt, are you a real person?? Are you dead and are you watching me? Is your real name Burt 'cause that is what my friend is asking. How old are you?? -Jodie


Burt's Reply: I'm as real as they come baby and old enough to be yo' daddy…or even yo' great, great, great granddaddy! Let's put it this way… do you know what the Cryptkeeper looks like? LoL.

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Question: LOOKING FOR A CAMP HORROR CALLED PSYCHOS IN LOVE OR SOMETHING. THEY HAVE A REOCCURING LINE ABOUT GRAPES.... -Tony


Burt's Reply: Tony, the movie you are seeking is indeed called Psychos in Love, a comedy horror flick from 1987.

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Question: Ok, if you know this you're a god! Years ago I watched a movie where these young kids went out on a raft in the middle of a lake and this blob thing tries to get them. -Sandra Dee


Burt's Reply: Well, Sandra Dee, you can just call me the "god"-zilla of horror I guess because I can tell you that what you saw and remember as being it's own movie was actually one of three vignettes featured in 1987's Creepshow 2. The one with the kids on the raft and the blob after them is the second one in the movie. Enjoy! -Burt

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Question: Okay, like at the beginning a barrel of toxic waste falls off a truck and spills into a carrot patch. Then some rabbits come along and eat the infected carrots and grow large and terrorize everyone and that's all I can remember. Can you tell me the name? Keep in mind that it's fairly old and probably isn't around anymore. – Cristal


Burt's Reply: Cristal, it sounds like it could be 1972's Night of the Lepus. Check it out and let me know if it's the one you're seeking. By the way, when watching this flick look for DeForest Kelley ("Bones" of the original Star Trek series) and also Janet Leigh of Psycho shower-scene fame.

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Question: It's a horror movie from the 70's or early 80's and the only thing I really remember about it is a girl is on the bed and somebody is hiding under it and takes a knife and tries to stab her. The knife goes in between her fingers and her thighs. She jumps out of bed and runs for the door only to find someone standing there. I think whoever is under the bed jerks her boyfriend under there and kills him also. I have been trying to figure out the name of this movie for years. -Terri


Burt's Reply: Terri, are you sure you're not talking about Nightmare on Elm Street? Johnny Depp, who plays her boyfriend, gets pulled INTO the bed, not under, and is killed. Thought I should confirm this detail with you as sometimes we remember things slightly different than the way they happened in movies we saw a long time ago. Let me know if that's it, if it's not, let me know that as well and we'll see what else I might come up with for you. -Burt

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Question: Can you really tell me how old you are and tell me if you are really dead or alive or can you see me right now?? Cause you should know if you are alive or not...do I know anybody named Kosmo or not? -Jodie


Burt's Reply: Jodie, I am neither dead nor alive...I'm somewhere in-between....caught between two dimensions...one of sight and sound and one of the imagination...a place where these two worlds converge...a place some refer to as...the Twilight Zone. Yes, I can see you right now reading this on the screen. Oh and tell Kosmo I said "hi". -Burt

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Question: What is the name of the movie about campers and twin hillbilly mountainmen killers? -Dan


Burt's Reply: Hmm…good question, Dan. There have been lots of movies with a similar premise. Sounds like the 1987 movie Backwoods, but in that one I do believe it is a father and son, not twins. But perhaps you just remember them as being twins instead of just pop and son? As time passes, our memories can alter the reality of the past just a little. I should know, I've been around so long that I'm always in a state of altered reality. :-)

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Question: What was that scary movie called where the guy drowns and now he's out to take revenge on the kids who are now grown up but were the reason he drowned? –Chelsea


Burt's Reply: Chelsea, that sounds like the original Friday the 13th movie. First two Friday the 13th = GOOD. The rest = not so good.

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Question: Ok, I saw this movie with an old man. He hunts people down or kills them or something like that. Close to the ending, he handcuffed this lady's hand and on the other part of the hand cuff he cuffed his hand so she wouldn't get away. So he was going to cut off her hand with a cleaver, but she pulled her hand and he cut off his own hand. The last part: he is on an air plane and this boy asked him for some of his food and the food was actually cooked brain of a human…well, I couldn't really remember. –Joanna


Burt's Reply: My friend, you are talking about Hannibal the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. Nothing like a little pickled brains with your mashed potatoes. -Burt

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Question: My Grandma told me about this movie that she saw a few years ago where it was April Fool's Day and there was this person killing everyone and at the end this girl went into this room and there were all the people who had been killed. And they all said: "April Fools!!!" Do you know what movie she's talking about?

Also, while I'm not a *big* fan of horror films, I do like movies that have a surprise ending. If you know of any please give me a list of about 5 and I might go to Blockbuster or somewhere and rent them. Thanks, Cody


Burt's Reply: I think you're right on target with the description. It's called April Fool's Day.

Here's some movies with twist/surprise endings you might try:

The Others

The Sixth Sense

Identity

Angel Heart

Jacob's Ladder

Start with those. They're all good movies. -Burt

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Question: Burt, that name reminds me of the guy in ROTLD named Burt. Man, I love ROTLD. Why do you not list that in top 100 scary movies, perhaps in funny/horror? Thanks, Burt.


Burt's Reply: Shayne, thanks for the suggestion. As always, our Top 100 Best Scary Movies list is regularly updated from visitor's suggestions like yours. So guess what? It's in there now…take a look under the Frightfully Funny category. :-)

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Question: This movie was started as a miniseries and is about a town where a woman finds a temple like thing in the forest behind her house that gives off a green light that is turning people crazy. -Cameron

P.S. I didn't think you'd get my question about Dracula's Dog and, if you get this, I will return with a harder question.


Burt's Reply: Sounds like The Tommyknockers, Cameron. Let me know if I'm wrong and I'll see what I come up with. -Burt

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Question: Is there more than one movie called Fun House? -Andrea


Burt's Reply: Andrea, I know of only one feature length movie called The Fun House. Made about 1981. Had a decent premise, but had a little too much cheese. -Burt

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Question: The new movie that just came out...The Omen…is it better than the old one and should i go see it? - Courtney


Burt's Reply: I have seen the original version several times and, after reading the reviews on the new movie, I would say your best best would be to see the original version. You could always see both, but I would recommend seeing the original before you see the new one. If you do see both, send us a review that compares them and we'll post it to the site. Thanks! -Burt

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Question: What was the killer of scream?


Burt's Reply: Sequels. No, just kidding. Actually, not sure what you're asking. If you want to know who the killer was in Scream, I can't just tell you and give away surprises!!! Rent it, watch it, learn it, live it!! (Well, maybe not live it...) -Burt

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Question: What is your favorite gory movie?

Burt's Reply: If I had to pick one (not much on gore), I'd probably have to go with The Thing. Fairly gory, not extreme. That's as of right now. Still waiting on a couple of movies to hit DVD.

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Question: hi Burt, this is Keira again. do u know which horror movie has Sarah Michelle Gellar as the main character?

Burt's Reply: Keira, you're talking about The Grudge. Sarah Michelle Gellar was the main star in that one. Had more of a supporting role in I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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Question: There's a strange figure outside my window scratching at the glass saying: "Let me in or I'll eat your cat!" I don’t want my cat to die, but neither do I want to die! Please help me!!!!!! -Jo

Burt's Reply: Tell the "strange figure" outside that, if it's cool with him, you'll let him. You can roast the cat and open a bottle of Merlot and share. I recommend a Marsala sauce with some portabello mushrooms and shallots with a port reduction. Once the "strange figure" has dozed off after polishing off a couple bottles of wine, I suggest offing him and roasting him to cover the weekend dinners. Let me know how it turns out. -Burt

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Question: Okay, my wife is wondering the title of this movie. It's about some babysitter who takes children that she babysits to this tree. She feeds this tree the kids and you can see the kids bodies in the bark or something like that. And if you cut the tree it bleeds. Thanks hope you can help me out. -gabriel

Burt's Reply: Gabriel, the movie you and your wife are seeking is a 1990 film entitled The Guardian. –Burt

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Question: Excuse me Burt, but do you know of any "The Ring" computer pop-ups? Also, I have another question--is the girl who does the voice of Lilo also the actress for Samarah? -Alycia

Burt's Reply: Wow, Alycia...you're absolutely right! Yes, Daveigh Chase is both the actress who plays Samarah in The Ring and the voice of Lilo in Lilo & Stitch.

As far as scary pop-up pranks from The Ring, I don't know of any off-hand. I know some ideas for a prank like this have been submitted to the site. Eventually, Dan may try to make some of these after he gets the appropriate software since there seems to be a decent demand for them....maybe a special section for custom pranks would be a hit…people could submit ideas and, as they are created, they are added to a "Scary Greetings" page for others to use as well? Let us know what you think of the idea. We're always trying to come up with some innovative stuff for the site. :-)

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Question: It's a black and white film, probably from the 50's. It reminds me of the Blob. It featured creatures similar to an octopus on land. The creature would suck the bones out of the victims. It aired on TV sometime between '68 and '73. I was young and it gave me nightmares off and on for years. Any ideas?

Burt's Reply: You bet! That's the 1966 horror flick Island of Terror." Thanks for the great question!

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Question: Hi! I was wondering what you thought about the following movies: The Mothman Prophices, Dawn of the Dead, and The Haunting?

Burt's Reply: Mothman Prophesies - better than I thought it would be. Worth a rent. Interesting, but not great.

Dawn of the Dead - if you're talking about the new version, I thought it was pretty dang good. The first 15 minutes alone are worth the rental. Very intense. Never did see the original version.

The Haunting - I'm assuming you're talking about the 1963 movie. I viewed it again about 2 years ago. It's a little dated, but has some very original ideas for it's time. The door "bending" scene is classic. If you're talking about the remade version with Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, I haven't seen it. I have heard from a lot of people that it was not very good. I'd get the original, but remember it's over 40 years old.

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Question: So Burt, are you excited about SAW 3? If you are, who do you think might be a bad guy or, you know, who do you think is really Jigsaw?

Burt's Reply: Fairly excited. I didn't like Saw II as much as the original, but it was still good enough to get my attention. Here's a link to a rough sketch of the plot, but don't read this unless you've seen Saw II: Joblo.com

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Question: I would like know do you have granny -Natasha

Burt's Reply: Me have granny. Her heap big old. Her live by river and watch soaring eagle in morning and running deer at dusk. Smoke peace pipe and drink much firewater. -Burt

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Question: hi burt, i remember a movie that has something to do with a daughter [or wife] of a man dying and the man goes to some mediums and gets hypnotized and thinks he is floating in a chair in a movie theater with a word on the screen going from blurry to clear--i can't remember what it said. i know one thing, the movie had a remaking it had robert de'nero and dakota fanning i dont know what that was called either, please answer!!!

Burt's Reply: Erich, the movie you're talking about has been asked about by other people recently. It's "Stir of Echoes" starring Kevin Bacon. He is hypnotized by his sister at one point and visualizes himself floating in the a movie theatre, etc. Our website creator, Dan the Man, just viewed this movie this past weekend. Check out his review on the website. -Burt

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Question: I saw this movie maybe over 20 years ago. It was really scary (I was 10). All I remember is that a little girl killed her whole family. The brother she pushed off the roof as he was retrieving a frisbee. The mother was in the bath and she threw a radio in the tub, and I think she was then going after her father with a pizza cutter. She ran the pizza cutter up the railing of the staircase as she went up. Have you ever seen this before? Let me know. Thanks, you're the best. -Anika

Burt's Reply: Hey Anika, great question! Wow, I really had to rack my brain on this one, but it finally came to me...this was "Don't Go To Sleep". It's a somewhat obscure 1982 film, but many of those who saw it really got freaked out by the pizza cutter! -Burt

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Question: It was a movie from the 80's that had a lot of comedic moments. There was a counter at the bottom telling them how many people had died, even when he killed a fly. –Kevin

Burt's Reply: Kevin, awesome horror movie trivia question! It took me awhile to recall this one as it is one of the more obscure horror flicks. But yes, Student Bodies (1981) did a good job of blending campy humor with its frights. Yep, that blinking kill tally is a riot! -Burt

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Question: When I was kid, I remember a movie (could be from the 50's or 60's) about a boy who has a dream of a spaceship landing behind his home. It ended up that it wasn't just a dream and creatures from under the sand were implanting things in the back of the neck. It really scared the hell out of me. –Kim

Burt's Reply: Great question, Kim! I had to put my brain into "horror movie trivia maximum overdrive" for this one. The movie that scared you out of your wits as a kid sounds like the 1953 sci-fi flick Invaders from Mars. This movie was remade in 1986 so you might check it out and let us know if you find the remake as scary as an adult as you did the original when you were a kid. Thanks! -Burt

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Question: Looking for a movie where the seats were rigged with shockers...I think it was called The Ticklers.

Burt's Reply: Ah, very close on the title there. Actually, that 1959 film starring Vincent Price was entitled The Tingler. It was directed by William Castle who was notorious for using theater gimmicks like that to help put the fright into his movies' audiences. Guess Castle figured if his movie on the screen didn't scare you out of your wits, he'd still be able to shock you right in your seat! -Burt

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Question: Hello. I remember watching a movie about these kids who had fingernails that turned black and when they did they can burn (harm) people just by touching them. Do you know what movie this was? -Kimberly

Burt's Reply: Kimberly, Dem' chilin needs to clean their fingernails out!! You're talking about the film "The Children". Funny, I have a great childhood memory about this one. I was at my tenth birthday party and my parents took me and my cohorts to the "Muppet Movie". Before the movie came on, a preview for "The Children" came on and it scared the crap out of me!! Looking back, it's probably pretty cheesy, but if you find it and re-watch it, let us know. -Burt

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Question: how do i watch movies and i wanted 2 no if u retarted and how am i gonna die -alyssa

Burt's Reply: Is this Alyssa? Alyssa Milano? You sly dog, you couldn't fool me. I know from the grammar. Took spelling lessons from Tony Danza when you were on "Who's the Boss?" Still looking good girl. No way would I hope that you would die. -Burt

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Question: When you watch a scary movie that's based on a true story, is it possible that it haunts you? -Sonya

Burt's Reply: Happens all the time, Red Sonya. -Burt

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Question: The movie The Hills Have Eyes that came out not to long ago, everyone i know is saying that it is vvveeerrryyyy scary. I want to see it, but im scared. I was wondering if you had seen it and could tell me if it is scary or not. Please be honest. even if you say it is scary i will see it anyway. –Cody

Burt's Reply: Cody, I have not seen this one yet. But...I have heard it's pretty brutal. -Burt

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Question: burt, you sure know your movies, you have answered my questions about both stir of echoes, and the amityville horror: dollhouse...i love horror movies to death (no pun intended), but i'm pretty sure i've seen all there is to see. i'm scared by movies that are realistic or semi-realistic, like jacob's ladder or the exorcist or even the texas chainsaw massacre...lots of gore and slashing doesn't scare me. if you could offer ur list of the best pyschological thrillers, i would be greatly obliged. -Hilary (Rocknrollgirl)

Burt's Reply: Rocknrollgirl, I'm all about psychological movies! I usually like them much better than the slash and cut ones. I don't mind a little of that thrown in for good measure. I've seen a lot of movies and I tend to forget about some of them sometimes. Here's some that I like because of the psychological factor. Some of these are bloodier than others:

Session 9

In the Mouth of Madness

Angel Heart

The Shining - Kubrick version of course

Jacob's Ladder - you mentioned this one, but it has to be on this list!!

Don't Look Now - not my favorite movie, but has some psychological factors in it; I understand it's being re-made; hope they do a good job on it.

Black Christmas - don't know if I would class this as psychological really, but rent it anyways.

Identity

Bad Influence

Blair Witch

The Butterfly Effect

Seven

Frailty

The Hitcher

Buddy Boy

The Machinist

Memento

The Beguiled - old movie, but still holds up well; Eastwood in a great role.

Rosemary's Baby

Dressed to Kill

Chasing Sleep

Ravenous

The Wicker Man - another one being remade; try to find the original; just a strange creepy movie overall.

Following are some I've heard about, but have not been able to view yet. You might check them out. If you do, give us a review:

The Crimson Rivers

Tale of Two Sisters

High Tension

The Descent

The I Inside

Donnie Darko

American Psycho

Shutter

Sisters

The Tenant

Dead and Buried - can't find this bugger anywhere!!!!

I disgressed a little bit from the psychological part in some cases, but get these anyways! -Burt

And if I may add one to Burt's great list here, Hilary, I just saw Gothika the other night. If you haven't seen it, you might want to check it out. See my "Scary Blog" page for my brief, "no-spoiler" review. -Dan

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Question: Two questions: 1) I think it's a Japanese film…"torture....something" This girl cuts a guys arm off. 2) I only remember a little girl killing her whole family. She pushes her brother off the roof, electrocutes her mom in the bath tub, and runs a pizza slicer up the staircase railing. -Anika

Burt's Reply: Anika, that first one sounds like "Audition". This was just released on DVD about a month or two ago. Here's a link to a description of the movie. See if this sounds right. If not, just e-mail me back and I'll see what I can find out. Link on Imdb.com -Burt

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Question: I totally agree with you about The Shining being the scariest movie ever, but what do you think about The House on Haunted Hill? -Erich

Burt's Reply: Erich, it's rare that I rent a movie and not get a chance to watch it, but such was the case with this movie. Actually rented it about 4 years ago and got to start, got interrupted, and had to return it, alas never to re-rent it again. Thanks for reminding me of it. I will get it soon and view the whole movie. -Burt

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Question: Ugh… I just can't find a scary movie. Why not? I've seen recent ones and gory ones like Hostel, Saw 2, Stay Alive, and Ghost Ship, but I can't find any good ones. I can name many more old ones, but I'm only 16 and I want a thriller that will scare me!!!!!!!!!! -Jared

Burt's Reply: Jared, I guess it depends on what you define as scary. I'm going to be watching Saw II this weekend and I'm going to find out if it scares me or not. If you're more about jumping out of your skin when watching a movie versus being dipped in gore, you might be better off with some different choices. Here's a few things to try though that might finally lead you to one you'll really enjoy…

First, look around at some of the titles other people have asked about here in the Vault and then keep checking back here from time to time for new additions. After all, if a movie left so much of an impression upon someone that they are here trying to find out what it was so they can watch it again, there's a good chance you just might find it at least a little bit scary too.

Second, be sure to check out the Top 100 Scary Movies list and the voting results for the Scariest Movie of All Time…see what titles are getting the most votes. It's never a guarantee that you, too, will find them scary, but at least you'll know someone else found them to be scary and that's always a good starting point.

Finally, be sure to browse around the scary movie directory on this site. Though the directory is just getting started, there's already been some commentary posted on different movies there and more are sure to come. Sometimes just browsing the box covers there can give you a good idea of whether or not a movie has a chance to be the type of flick you're into and, when you do find one that "delivers the goods" for you, chime back in here and let us know…if it's a movie not already mentioned on this site, we'd sure love to hear which one it is that finally scared you out of your wits! -Burt

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Question: I love scary movies but I can't ever find any to rent because its either too old or something. How should I find them?

Burt's Reply: Wow, I've never had that problem unless I was looking for either a very rare or very old one. I'd join either Blockbuster.com or Netflix as they carry a LOT of titles you could rent (and so many that you may not find in your local video store). –Burt

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Question: When are Final Destination 3 and When A Stranger Calls coming out?

Burt's Reply: Both of these have already hit the theatres. Not sure of a DVD release date. I've got to think it's not far away, probably mid to late summer. –Burt

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Question: Somewhere in late 50's / early 60's I remember seeing a horror movie that was called The Tingler. Am I right on the name of the movie and is it available anywhere? Thanks. –Dennis

Burt's Reply: Dennis, you're right about the name and time period. Looks like it is available in the US on DVD also. Here's a link to more info: The Tingler

If you get it, write a review that we can post on the website. Thanks!!! -Burt

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Is the movie The Blair Witch Project a real documentary? - Emily

Burt's Reply: Emily, well, the promoters of the movie certainly wanted everyone to think it was a real documentary when it first came out. They fooled a bunch of us by putting a fake documentary about the history of the Blair Witch out on TV. Can't remember which channel it was on, maybe Sci-Fi? Anyways, the answer to your question is, no, it's not a real documentary. Interesting idea, etc., but let's face it, if you were being chased by a witch would you keep hold of the camera and keep filming? It's a fun movie though. –Burt

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Question: Will there be a Resident Evil 3 coming out soon? Also, Saw 3? -Emma

Burt's Reply: Emma, while I'm not as familiar with the Resident Evil series of movies (I've only seen parts of the first one) there is a new one coming out called Resident Evil – Extinction.

There is a Saw III coming out and also another movie coming out from one of the creators of the first Saw movie called "Silence". I believe Saw III and Silence will be released later this year. Not sure of the release date on Resident Evil – Extinction. –Burt

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Question: Hi Burt, I remember watching a horror film of some kind when I was little. I think it opens with a view of the woods and there is someone buried in the ground alive or something. Seems like there is a little girl and a scene in a restaraunt also. Do you have any idea what I am talking about?? Sorry I don't remember any more info. Thanks for your time. -Amanda

Burt's Reply: Amanda, that sounds a lot like the movie Vanishing aka "Spoorlos". This was a French (or maybe Dutch) movie that was made in 1988. It was later remade "American style" into a movie called "The Vanishing" with Keifer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges, and a young Sandra Bullock. Does this sound familiar to you? I guess first I would ask if it was a foreign made picture with subtitles and around what year you're talking about as far as when you saw the movie. Thanks. -Burt

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Question: This horror movie had something to do with a box and a ball that floats around killing people....and it's not hellraiser. -Danielle

Burt's Reply: Danielle, the horror movie you're referring to sounds a lot like "Phantasm" made in 1979. It was a very original plot for the time. Had the "tall man" grave robber, the floating orb that stuck people in the head, etc. When I viewed parts of it more recently, it definitely suffered from age and some of the acting was pretty bad, but man oh man, when it first came out, just the commercials scared the crap out of me! I'd rent it if I were you, but just remember it was made in the 70's with what was probably a very low budget. -Burt

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Question: 2 movies... the first one I believe was called "the car" featured an all black car that drove around killing people. I used to watch this movie on tv back in the early 70's.

The other was a black and white film probably from the 50's. It reminds me of the Blob. It featured creatures similar to an octopus on land. the creature would suck the bones out of the victims. It aired on tv sometime between '68 and '73 I was young and it gave me nightmares off and on for years. I want to get ahold of these movies. Thanks and good luck! -Brian

Burt's Reply: You're right on target, Brian…the first movie you refer to is indeed a 1977 horror flick entitled simply The Car starring James Brolin. Before Stephen King's "Christine" ever hit the big screens, there was "The Car"! One of the taglines for this horror movie was "Is it a phantom, a demon, or the Devil himself?"

That second one you mentioned reminds me of an episode of "Space 1999", a TV show in the 70's that scared the crap out of me when I was real young. Could it be you remember it being a movie when it was actually this episode? But if anyone else out there knows of an actual movie similiar to what Brian has described, let me know and my hat will be off to you!

BTW, thanks for the great horror movie trivia questions, everyone! They keep getting better all the time!

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Question: Can I give you two? The first is about a blind woman who lives in a home with her parents. A man with cowboy boots enters the home and kills her family and then tries to kill her. I thought it was a great movie and wondered if you know the name of it? The second is one where a woman is chained in an attic-like room with a spiral staircase. She tries to grab a person on the way down. Both these movies I saw in the late 60's/early 70's. Can you give me any info? -Barb

Burt's Reply: Barb, to your first question, that movie is without a doubt, See No Evil starring Mia Farrow, star of one of my other favorite horror movies Rosemary's Baby. My wife also remembered this movie scaring her witless when she was very young. It came out in 1971. We tried to rent it unsuccessfully at Blockbuster and Hollywood video several years ago. Might be available on Blockbuster.com or Netflix. Wound up buying it from Tower Video. It's somewhat dated, but still pretty good.

The second movie sounds like Spiral Staircase which was originally made in 1947 and then there was a remake in 1975 (and even in 2000 for TV). In the original version, the woman was a mute who traps her killer in the attic. The killer has been killing those with "imperfections". And, as the title implies, there is a spiral staircase too, of course. -Burt

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Question: Thank you for answering my question before about the movie "Stir Of Echoes," you were dead on. Now I have another question...I remember when I was younger watching this horror movie with my dad, and it was about this family that moves into a house and, of course, its haunted and they have trouble living in it. But I don't remember any unique details to the plot. I know it wasn't Amityville Horror because I've seen that and the new one many times...I do remember that the little girl in the family had a dollhouse or a doll and they were possessed by spirits or something and moved and talked on their own. I remember it scared the living crap out of me, but I can't remember what it was called..help! -Rocknrollgrl

Burt's Reply: Your mystery horror flick sounds a lot like the 1996 video Amityville: Dollhouse (aka Amityville Dollhouse: Evil Never Dies. Rock on, girl! -Burt

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Question: All I can remember is that it had something to do with a book that was supposed to be fiction and some how the author ended up in the town and the book started happening or something and there is a part with an old strange guy on a bike.... Thanks! -Mo

Burt's Reply: Ah, Mo, you've come upon one of my favorite horror movies. The movie is called "In the Mouth of Madness" starring Sam Neill. I'm not going to say it's the best horror movie of all time or the scariest, but it has a very original plot, some good scares and a lot of weirdness mixed in together. The guy on the bike IS creepy. I highly recommend renting this one if you can. Let me know what you think. -Burt

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Question: What scary movie is black and white and has a woman getting killed while she's in the shower? -Ethan

Burt's Reply: Hmmmmm......sounds like that flick I watched the other night "Godzilla vs. Megalon's sister-in-law". Just pulling your leg, it's "Psycho" you psycho. That's the original version from 1960 starring Tony Perkins. That scene and one other in the movie are still chilling 46 years later!!

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[I'm not certain what this next horror movie trivia question was supposed to be about but, as usual, Burt has the perfect answer...lol. (Perhaps they were referring to the scary car commercial video clip?) -Dan]

Question: relaxing car drive

Burt's Reply: Relaxing Car Drive, a tiramisu nosedive, not stepping on a beehive, these are some of my favorite things...

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Question: Ok...so when I was younger I watched this movie about this young woman who was walking home or something, and some guys she was aquainted with asked her to come to their house, where one of them raped her I think, and they were scared and killed her, and then hid her body in the walls of their house. Years later, the man that now owns this house finds the body, and unravels the mystery...thats all I know, hope you can work with that, please tell me what this movie is!! -Hilary (aka Rocknrollgrl)

Burt's Reply: Hey Rocknrollgrl, The movie you're talking about is "Stir of Echoes" starring Kevin Bacon. Pretty good movie with some good scares. This movie was overlooked by most of the public because it was released the same year as "The Sixth Sense" which got all the publicity and attention. Overall a good movie. The scene where Bacon is hypnotized by his sister is great.

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Question: Are you a scary person and do these scary movies give you nightmares? -Shayla

Burt's Reply: No nightmares, but my wife says I'm very scary when I snore at night.

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Question: Burt, I like films like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. What movie should I see that might actually scare me?!! - Your humble Cyber Friend, Dragonslayor

Burt's Reply: Dragonslayer, Sounds like you're more of a gore/serial killer type of guy from the movies you listed. So, in your case, I would recommend any of the following:

Haute Tension (also known as High Tension)
Saw I and II
Wrong Turn
Audition (Japanese movie - don't rent if you don't like to read subtitles)
Hostel
The Descent - not available yet, but will be this summer I think
Slither - should be in the movie theaters soon
Dawn of the Dead - 2004 Version
The Thing
Ghost Ship
Event Horizon - not a great movie, but has some scares and gore for sure
Ginger Snaps
House of Wax

I'd start with these. Decent amounts of gore and varied scares in them.
- Burt

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Question: What is the name of this movie? It came out in the mid to late 80's around the same time as Haunted Honeymoon. In the movie, the 2 main characters fall in love with 2 ghosts that live in the mansion. Another scene is one where a plywood sea monster squid thing in the play they were performing comes to life and starts attacking people in the audience. I think the whole plot of the movie was them trying to shoot a film or something in this mansion and people just started dying. Let me know what you think it is. Thanks, Stacey

Burt's Reply: Stacey, thanks for the great horror movie trivia question! The film you described sounds most likely to be High Spirits, a 1988 comedy/horror flick starring Peter O'Toole & Beverly D'Angelo. This seems to be one of those "love it or hate it" films...some gave it bad reviews while others enjoy watching this movie many times over.

If you're looking to buy it, your most likely to find the best price here.

If you want to rent it online, the best deals I've found are this one for those in the U.S.

Rent DVDs online with Zip.ca in Canada.

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Question: What is Black Christmas about? Do you think I should watch it? - Shelby

Burt's Reply: Black Christmas is a real original in my mind. It came out in 1974. Remember this is 4 years before the first "Halloween" movie, 6 years before the first "Friday the 13th". A group of girls at a college are terrorized by a killer is the basic plot. Decent story and acting. Catch a pre-Superman and pre-going off the deep end in real life Margot Kidder as one of the college girls. Also Keir Dullea, of the movie "2001 A Space Odyssey" as a troubled music student. Other stars include John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) and Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet).

The film has really aged well. The phone calls made by the killer to the girls are terrifying even when viewed today and the ending is great. I understand that they're re-making this one as they seem to be with every frigging classic horror movie. I hope they don't do a typical Hollywood job on it and put the latest "it" girl and guy in it and screw up the plot. The original should be viewed by any big horror fan. See if you can find it in your local video store and watch it late at night with the lights out! -Burt (lives for horror movie trivia)

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Question: Are you scary? -Becky from the UK

Burt's Reply: Not too scary, not too hairy, definitely not a fairy, don't eat dairy, used to work with Mary, former boss was Larry, don't like to tarry, kind of wary, am I hungry right now? VERY!, would finish this, but have to eat some berries. -Burt (would eat horror movie trivia if it was edible)

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Question: What is the name of the person in JAWS that controls Jaws? -Kaity

Burt's Reply: Great horror movie trivia question, Kaity! Actually, some of the sequences in JAWS did use real sharks (including the scene where the supposedly caught "Jaws" is hanging upside down--that shark was brought from Florida all the way up to Martha's Vineyard where the filming took place).

The mechanical shark, however, was created by special effects guru Bob Mattey (he also designed the giant squid for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and worked on many other films). Mattey created three mechanical sharks for the film, each shark was specificly designed for the various movements they needed to film (left-to-right, right-to-left, and underwater).

Each shark was made of plastic, weighed about 3,000 pounds, and cost about $150,000. The sharks were attached to an underwater steel rig with a 100 ft. long cable. 13 technicians in scuba gear controlled their movements.

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Question: What is the name of the movie that includes a vampire dog killing other dogs and has a scene where a dog tunnels through the roof of a cabin? -Cameron

Burt's Reply: Great horror movie trivia question, Cameron! I do believe the most likely candidate for your mystery movie is none other than the 1978 film Dracula's Dog (opens new window) (aka in the UK as Zoltan, Hound of Dracula).

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Question: What is the name of the movie where a woman is killed with nails in the eyes from a pair of Binoculars. Another scene in the movie had a man killed with large ice tonge to the head. I've been wanting to know for years as it was the scariest movie I ever watched and would like to watch it again as I watched it in the "60's". -Dan

Burt's Reply: Wow, another fright fan-tastic horror movie trivia question! I love the diversity of questions you guys keep sending me. And to be sure, some of these are close to being real stumpers! But never fear, Burt is here...

Dan, the movie to which you refer is Horrors of the Black Museum which was made in 1959 and directed by Arthur Crabtree. Many horror fans feel this is one of the classic horror flicks that Vincent Price should have starred in.

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Question: What a fantastic site! Ok, I really would be grateful for anything at all you can come up with on this one. I'm going back around 50 years here. I was a small child sitting in a cinema in the UK watching a trailer for a forthcoming film. The film was black and white, and it involved a small monkey that was trained to break into houses by finding unlocked windows and climbing in. I think a burglar owned it and the monkey's task was to then open the front door and let in the burglar.

That's all I have. Don't know why this was so scaaaary to me as a small kid, but it was!

Many times I've tried searching movie sites using "little monkey" and similar keywords but with no success. If you do manage to come up with the title using so little information, it will be . . .scary :-)

Burt's Reply: Great question, Larry! Man, you've really got my brain going into trivia overdrive on this one! Okay, based on the scant details we have to go on, here's what I believe are the most likely candidates fitting the movie you've described (in order of most likely):

The Case of the Red Monkey (aka Little Red Monkey) is a 1955 Black & White British film. The plot of this movie includes a monkey trained by communists to aid them in breaking into various locations. This movie could be difficult to locate on video from your local rental shop. Your best bet may be to try to find it in someone's personal collection using this service (opens new window) which is a good place to hunt for deals on movies around the world, whether popular or obscure.

Another B&W film from that era that featured a chimp being trained was a U.S. film entitled Bedtime for Bonzo. This 1951 film featured the late U.S. president Ronald Reagan as the chimp's trainer. There's a few scenarios within the film where the chimp misbehaves and one of these adventures involves his breaking into a jewelry store. This movie is pretty easy to find on DVD at the better rental shops such as this one for those in the U.S. (opens new window) or this one for those in Canada (opens new window).

Last, but not least, Chamber of Horrors is yet another B&W film that has some resemblance to the one you've described. But this one is going a bit further back in time (to 1940), so odds are this is not the one you are seeking. Still, if monkeys breaking in scares ya, this one may be worth a look anyway. :-) This movie includes a scene where a monkey helps people escape from a dungeon cell.

I think you'd enjoy any of these titles so it might be worth your while to check out all of them and see which one has the scene you remember from the trailer you saw all those years ago. Let us know how it goes, Larry! Meanwhile, maybe some of our trivia buffs out there can chime in on this one if they know where you can get your hands on a copy of The Case of the Red Monkey.

-Burt (knows horror movie trivia!)



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Question: Hey, Burt! How do you go to scary movies?
-Sabrina

Burt's Reply: With lots of buttery popcorn to eat so I don't grit my teeth too bad during the scariest scenes!

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Question: Okay, I saw this movie and the family was at a hotel and it was snowing and the little boy kept saying, "Danny isn't here right now, Mrs. Torrence!" Plus, there was these 2 dead ghost girls and blood was rushing through the halls and I can't remember what movie that is. What movie is that?? -Alexandria

Burt's Reply: The movie is "The Shining". There are two versions now...the original movie by Stanley Kubrick made in 1980 with Jack Nicholson -- you might recognize him in this movie poster of Kubrick's Shining [Right-click and select "open in new window/tab" to keep your place here.]

And then there is the "Made for TV" movie from around '97 with Steven Weber. In my opinion the 1980 version is much scarier. The later version actually follows the book much more closely. When Stanley Kubrick made his version, he made a totally new story in some ways, a fact that apparently angered Stephen King, the author of "The Shining".

The later version definitely manages some scares, but they're more of the "jump out and surprise you" type of scare while Kubrick's version relies more on the atmosphere, soundtrack, and acting to create a creepy surreal atmosphere. If the version you were watching was the older version with Jack Nicholson and you were watching on edited TV, rent the unedited version. -Burt (loves The Shining!)

** Burt adds:
Just realized that you had to have been watching the original version made in 1980. That's the best of the two unless you like your movies to follow the book note for note. Definitely get the unedited version. Supposedly, the DVD has some decent extras with a documentary made about the production of the movie with Kubrick's daughter narrating. If anyone REALLY likes this movie, you can find some interesting trivia about it through this link (new browser window will open). Then scroll down to the section titled "The Shining FAQ".

Some of the FAQ goes way to deep into it for me, but it does show you how much Stanley Kubrick thought his movies through. Maybe that's why he made so few movies when you consider his body of work and the time period involved. Most of his movies were great (except Eyes Wide Shut which was ok, but never went anywhere) but had complicated themes and lots of visual "clues" and signs.



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Question: Is peanut butter scary? -Anonymous

Burt's Reply: Good question. Your dang right it's scary!!!! But only the crunchy type, not creamy. If you eat a jar of crunchy and don't fully digest it, when it comes out the other end, brother, that is SCARY!!!! I'm not talkin' normal peanuts in yer **** either, I'm talking SCARY!!! You have been warned. -Burt (is the human encyclopedia of horror movie trivia)



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Question: What do you think is the best horror movie of all time? -Bailey

Burt's Reply: That's a hard question to answer, Bailey. Just like anything, one man's junk is another man's treasure. I'd have to say it depends on several things. I can separate horror movies into a lot of categories. There are the "slasher" type and the "chiller" type. etc. I personally like a horror movie that scares me via the atmosphere, music, characters, setting, etc. Not necessarily a bunch of jump out and grab you type of stunts. Nothing against those, but I prefer the latter.

I would have to say that, in my humble opinion, "The Shining", Stanley Kubrik's 1980 movie was the best horror movie of all time. All the aforementioned items are there: atmosphere, MUSIC, the setting. This movie is based on something that could happen, someone you care about dearly going insane. At the same time there is all of the supernatural elements to it, the "shining", the ghosts (or are they there really?), etc. There's not a lot of gore, so gorehounds would not be pleased with my choice more than likely. Watch it late at night with the lights off and the sound turned up. -Burt (is your #1 horror movie trivia nut!)



Question: Why do you smell so bad, you smelly fiend!!??!!??!! -Chelsea P.

Burt's Reply: Chelsea P., I remember you! You were the hot little number I met the other night that said you liked a "natural" man. I figured you liked my B.O. Now you're turning on me. Women, ya just can't please 'em!!! -Burt (is a horror movie trivia nut!)



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A listing of "sleeper" scary movies recommended by you and Burt! No, these aren't "sleepers" in that they make you snooze, silly! They are sleepers in that you may never have heard about some of these good scary flicks for one reason or another...these are the horror flicks that lie asleep, hidden gems, just waiting to be awaken so they can rise up and scare you out of your wits!

Perhaps it was a film that went straight to DVD and just didn't get the media attention of a theatrical release though it was still was a great movie! Or, perhaps the movie was released in the theaters but at the same time as a more popular flick so it just never did get talked about quite as much as it deserved, etc.

Whatever the reason, these scary movies are the ones "forgotten" for the most part by the general public. You'll be able to submit your favorite "sleeper scary movies" as well as learn which ones your fellow fright fans (and Burt) have enjoyed. So you can hardly go wrong with trying any of the flicks on this list as a rental. Plus, they'll make great additions to your scary movie marathons! So pop the popcorn and fire up the surround sound--we've got scary movies to watch! Let's get busy!



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