Update: Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the questions and answers!
Maybe it’s because Halloween is coming, or maybe it’s because The Walking Dead returned to AMC recently, but I’ve got zombies on the brain. They’re so creepy yet funny with their rotting flesh, shuffling gait, and blank expressions. As one zombie-battler said in 2004’s Shaun of the Dead:
“Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”
And what’s with that constant craving for brains? No matter how many people they’ve eaten, they’d kill for one more. You never hear a zombie say, “No thanks, I’m full.”
How many zombie movies have you seen? Would you know what to do if faced with the living dead? Answer our daily zombie trivia question and find out.
Zombies may not really exist, but they’ve certainly been stumbling around pop culture for a long time. The zombie movie first became popular in 1932 with White Zombie, continued with 1943’s I Walked with a Zombie, and struck comedy gold with 1959’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space (which was either the worst movie ever made, or the best). More recently they’ve shown up in J.J. Abrams’ movie Super 8, where filmmaking kids capture strange alien doings while making a zombie movie, and in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, where zombies are known as “wights” and can only be killed by fire.
With all this zombie lore at our fingertips, lovers of movies and TV should be best prepared for an undead apocalypse, right? Well, we’ll see.
Every weekday morning from now until Halloween, we’ll be asking a zombie movie or TV show trivia question via Twitter and Facebook. Be the first person to respond with the right answer and we’ll give you credit when we announce the answer later in the day.
Even better, many of the zombie movies we’ll mention are available for download on Film Fresh (sorry, U.S. only*) and can be played back on any DivX Certified device. This means that you can not only enjoy your zombie movie on your computer, but you can play it on your DivX Certified in-car player or mobile phone and watch it while on the run from the flesh-eating hordes.
So bone up on your zombie knowledge, follow DivX on Twitter or Facebook, and check back on this blog daily for answers as they are revealed.
Oh, and maybe do some cardio.
DivX Zombie IQ Test
- 10/18 – Q: In rural Texas, go-go dancer Cherry Darling must fight residents turned into zombies by a biochemical agent. What’s the movie?
A: Grindhouse (Planet Terror)
Zombie Masters: @PieceORutt, Ryan Oliver
- 10/19 – Q: What zombie TV show is based on an Eisner Award-winning comic book series and has featured a post-apocalyptic Atlanta, GA?
A: The Walking Dead
Zombie Masters: @Furbysbadday, Archie Sparky Vazquez
- 10/20 – Q: What 2009 comedy surpassed 2004’s Dawn of the Dead as the top-grossing zombie film to date in the United States?
Zombie Masters: @nako_nazty, Groovin’ Gary
- 10/21 – Q: This 2008 Canadian zombie film was named for the small Ontario town in it that gets overrun. What is it?
Zombie Masters: @taletreader, David Aldridge
- 10/24 – Q: Name the zombie movie – “This is a pub! We are in a pub! What are we going to do now?” “We could get a round in.”
A: Shaun of the Dead
Zombie Masters: @MrSpahky, Harry Wills
- 10/25 – Q: This 2009 Norwegian thriller had not just zombies, not just Nazis, but zombie Nazis. What is it?
A: Dead Snow (Død snø)
Zombie Masters: @ranhalt, Eduardo Celis Quintana
- 10/26 – Q: Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, once made a zombie film that was all the rage. What was it called?
A: 28 Days Later
Zombie Masters: @antzulu, Michael Buchko Jr.
- 10/27 – Q: Though not the first zombie movie ever made, this 1968 classic is considered a masterpiece of modern horror. Name it.
A: Night of the Living Dead
Zombie Masters: @SlightlySerious, Kwasi Yeboah-Afari
- 10/28 – Q: In this 1987 zombie comedy, the hero cuts off his own hand and replaces it with a chainsaw. Hilarious! What movie is it?
A: Evil Dead 2
Zombie Masters: @owlsfan954, Tony Wilkins
- 10/31 – Q: In this 1988 Wes Craven zombie film based on a true story, Bill Pullman begs, “Don’t let them bury me. I’m not dead!” What is it?
A: The Serpent and the Rainbow
Zombie Masters: @mhf69, Adam Mick Mannis
* Film Fresh movies can only be purchased in the U.S., but you can find stores selling DivX movies in the UK (FilmOn), Germany (MediaMarkt, Warner VOD), France (Warnerbros.fr, Free’s Disneytek), and The Netherlands and Belgium (MovieMAX, Videoland, Mejane).