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793.73: Quotable creeps

Douglas Davey is our cryptic crossword creator and puzzler extraordinaire. This month, 793.73 provides our readers with a chilling trivia match game that is sure to appeal to fans of horror films. And, if you’re certain that you have a mind for monster movies, you can always try sorting them by their release year as well. 

As always, follow the link above the puzzle for a printable version and the link below it for the answers.

An Autumn night … rain pelting on a darkened window … a cozy couch and a warm blanket … on the screen, a soul is dispatched from this earthly realm in the most unpleasant of ways …

Spooky season is upon us, and if you want your collection to include those horror pictures that made the biggest impact in North America, look no further! The films mentioned below span 90 years of cinematic chills and represent many sub-genres: slashers, monsters, aliens, ghosts, demons, devil worshippers, vampires, zombies (does Frankenstein’s monster count?), extra dimensional horrors and whatever the heck Freddy Kreuger is.

This puzzle is made up of two lists: one with horror movie titles, the other with notable quotations from said movies. The two lists are sorted alphabetically. Can you pair them up? 

For true aficionados of the horror genre, you can give yourself an extra challenge by putting them in chronological order from the oldest (hint: two truly classic films, both from 1931) to the newest. For those films released in the same year, their relative order doesn’t matter.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street
Evil Dead II
Friday the 13th
Get Out
Night of the Living Dead
Rosemary’s Baby
The Exorcist
The Others
The Ring
The Shining
The Silence of The Lambs
The Sixth Sense
“Are you mad? I am your daughter.”
“Death has come to your little town, Sheriff.”
“Do you like scary movies?”
“Do you want to play a game?”
“Here’s Johnny!”
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
“I never drink … wine.”
“I see dead people.”
“I would have voted for Obama for a third term, if I could.”
“It’s alive! It’s alive!”
“Look what you did to him!”
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you …”
“Satan lives! The year is One!”
“She never sleeps!”
“The power of Christ compels you!”
“They mostly come at night. Mostly …”
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara …”
“They’re here …”
“We all go a little mad sometimes.”
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
“Hail, Paimon!”
“We have such sights to show you …”


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Feature image: “Crosswords” by Jessica Whittle Photography and is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Douglas Davey has been a professional librarian for over 20 years and is currently the Manager, Library Services at Whitchurch-Stouffville Hills Public Library. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Ontario Public Library Association and the OPLA Children’s or Youth Librarian of the Year. He is also an author of fiction for teens, and a total nerd for horror, fantasy and sci-fi. He lives in Guelph with his family.

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