THE SSQQ MONSTER
Last Update: October 2007
The Monster Puzzle was created by Rick Archer (with lots of help from Tresa Frazier)
Greetings!! Our Monster Puzzle
and Halloween movie trivia quiz helps to test your
Halloween Movie IQ. You will be asked to identify the titles to
104 Halloween Monster Films.
This will be no easy task. About half of these
movies are easy
to identify, but some of them would require a Masters of Monsterology to
Some of the pictures are pretty obscure, especially the ones from the
Golden Era of Monster Movies back in the Fifties.
If you don't have a clue on some of them, don't feel bad.
Just remember that some people take Halloween
movies very seriously and we have to give the experts a run for their money too.
Do the best you can.
Once upon a time
I thought I was Mr. Halloween
Movie Expert. I got 27
of the original 40 pictures right and figured I was the best there had ever
been. Then one day my friend Tresa Frazier took the
quiz. She answered 37 out of 40! That is when I knew I had
met my match.
Well, actually I had also met a kindred spirit. As we talked, we
bemoaned the fact that everyone was always busy getting in the Christmas
Spirit, but no one bothered to get people in the Halloween Spirit.
She looked at me and I looked at her and we nodded. We would do
our part to get people excited about Halloween.
Tresa offered to help me expand the quiz.
In 2006, she searched the Internet and
promptly helped me double the size of the SSQQ Monster Quiz from 40 to 80 pictures.
In 2007, we expanded the puzzle to 104 clues. In addition, we added a
page with the answers.
However, if you prefer to go right to the test, here
is how it works. Write
the identity of each
Monster (or the name of the movie).
When you get to the end, we will tell you how to find the answers to the
Par for the course is 52 correct answers (about half the pictures).
There is no prize for beating par other than the chance to pat yourself
on the back and be proud. By the way, if you love Halloween, you
would enjoy reading Tresa's story
listed immediately below. Tresa bemoans the sad treatment of
Monsters by a cruel and frightened world. Her story will definitely put you in the
However if you want to skip Tresa's story and get right to work,
we will understand. No fair cheating or I
will send a Monster to come get you!!
Click the picture to begin the Monster Puzzle
Affair with Monsters
by Tresa Frazier (2006)
I have been a Scream Queen my entire life. I can trace
my love affair with Monsters all the way back to
One of my favorite memories came during Christmas
in 2003. As my family and friends gathered at the Christmas
tree, it was my turn to open my gift. My sister-in-law
Sherry was shimmying with excitement as she pushed
large box towards me. It was easily the biggest box
under the tree and it had garnered envious glances all
morning long. Now as the magic moment arrived, everyone
stood around wondering what it could be.
The tension mounted...
Much to my delight, I pulled a singing
tombstone out of the box !!
As I squealed with joy, the group was looking at my
sister Sherry and me with nothing short of puzzlement on
their mugs. Are they crazy?
Sherry looked up and stated, "You just have
to know Tresa. This is the PERFECT gift for her!"
added, "YES!!! It is! THANK YOU!!!!"
You see, my close family members have learned to take
advantage of the fact that both my birthday and
Christmas follow my most favorite holiday of all:
Being the thrifty person that I
am, I have nothing but absolute joy and respect for
those members of my life that A) save a few bucks by
scooping up all the Halloween clearance items and saving
them for my gifts to come and B) thinking enough of me
to get me a gift that I totally love AND intend to use!!
While other wives have candy,
cards, jewelry and gifts bestowed upon them for
Valentine's Day, my beloved husband gives the gift that
keeps on giving - the newest Stephen King novel in
I can enjoy the book over and over again while other
wives are saddened to catch a glimpse of a pack of dead
buds on the counter a week later. Nor do I worry about
my bathroom scale inching up yet a few more pounds from
that heart shaped box of candy. If anything, I lose a
pound or two fighting the monster in my imagination
while reading that book!
Those that truly know me know my heart. And if you are
brave enough to take a peek, do so at your own risk
because you will find it filled with cobwebs!
My love for monsters started
with Halloween. For as long as I can remember I have
been fascinated with the macabre.
I just can't get enough of it! Some of my
earliest memories have ghoulish details tacked to them.
For instance, I could not have been more than maybe 3 or
4. My mother, sister and I were living in Indiana at the
I remember her walking us down the street to the
babysitter's house before leaving for work. On the way
there was a small corner store and I remember thinking
that "Yeah, Halloween is gonna be here soon! Candy,
costumes, what fun!" while gazing at all the pumpkins,
scarecrows, witches, bats and skeletons that were taped
up on the big glass windows.
There is just something about the autumn air that
charges me. The wind is cool and refreshing after a
blistering summer. The fall leaves are every color
imaginable. Everything is going to sleep for the season.
Warm colors, smells of cinnamon, pumpkin and apple cider
surround you. Those who have had the immense luck to
live up north through at least one fall season will
There is nothing else like this time in the world. A
simple late evening walk under October skies stirs the
mind to imagination and fantasy. This is the time of
year when thoughts of other realms, and just about
anything that does not reside within everyday reality,
has a way of infusing our senses with mystery and awe.
Thoughts of Monsters have never
really scared me. Sure, when I was very young I would get a jolt from
something unexpected. But
soon every scare tactic that
instilled fear in others instead
provoked my obsessive curiosity.
I would immediately try
to figure out "Hey, how did they do that?"
Some of my fondest memories from
childhood almost always include monsters. Maybe it was
going to see a vampire movie
with my parents at the local
drive in theater (Man, don't you miss those drive-ins?).
Or maybe it was lying under a pullout couch as
the original black and white movie The Fly
scared us half to death. If it
involved the bizarre, I was always happy!
And boy did I have fun!
No matter what the movie, you could count on two things:
My sister Trelsa would try to
cover her face at the appearance of a terrible monster
and the other was me trying to scare the tar out of her
every chance I got!!
By the way, yes, you figured it out. My parents named us
Tresa and Trelsa.
What were they thinking? With parents like that,
how could I hope to be normal?
I loved terrorizing my sister. Fortunately, over
the years Trelsa began to toughen up. She had no
choice. It was that or
No pity for the puny at my
When I was a young girl I was
often referred to as a witch.
To set the record straight, I am not a witch. But
I could see where they were coming from.
For starters, I am Italian and have inherited a
rather long, pointy nose common to my heritage. Then
there was my jet black, nearly waist-length hair.
Add to that my love for
all things spooky and it comes as no surprise that I had
an odd reputation as a kid. Thank goodness we were past
the days of Salem Village!
The teasing didn't bother me at all. In fact, I loved
it. I perfected my evil witch laugh and that was like
the icing on the cake!
And my friends were right - I was a little odd. For
example, my favorite episodes of Abbot and Costello were
always the ones that had monsters in them. And
throughout the year I could barely wait for the
Halloween specials to start airing. This was the time
when all those great monster movies made their annual
visit to TV!! It's probably a good thing we didn't have
cable in those days or I might have been forced to skip
school to catch the Monster Marathons!
I loved it when the grade schools and stores started
pinning up Halloween decorations. To heck with "It's
beginning to look a lot like Christmas", I wanted the
place to look like Halloween!
I did everything I could to get
people in the Halloween spirit as well. For example, I
liked to invite the neighborhood kids over for séances
and then try to scare the boogers out of them!
I was just doing it to get
them in the right mood.
Costumes were important too. I loved dressing up for
Halloween. I was lucky to have very creative parents so
it was nothing for me to show up in unusual
costumes. I even loved having nightmares,
the scarier the better! Suffice it
to say, I guess I was not your average Little Miss
Sunshine Girl. I was "Mistress
of the Dark" way before Elvira came along and stole my
Haunted Houses were another love of mine.
Someone would always put
together a Haunted House for the season. I made it
a point to visit every Haunted House in the
neighborhood. Some of them were pretty good, but I
was never worried.
While other kids were screaming and crying,
trying to escape as fast as they could, (poor
there I was lagging behind. I
wanted to take in every
single minute detail my eye could absorb.
Call it "art appreciation".
Unfortunately, I guess I was a pain
in the butt to
the people hired to scare us. They
would scream, bellow, growl,
shriek and roar trying to frighten
me. Don't bother. They were wasting their
time. What really
irritated them was my habit of trying to strike
up a conversation with them.
They didn't like that
completely comfortable in the Haunted Houses.
Where sudden unexpected loud
noises can startle me,
monsters do not.
I would let the others go around me just so I could
take a few more minutes to study
all the props in the area. Plus
I had another motive to let them pass. Staying at the rear allowed me to
sneak up. I learned they were so worried about what was
ahead of them that they forgot about what was
behind them... and that would be me!
I would let loose a heart-wrenching,
blood-curdling scream at just
the right moment that would
scare the piss out of
my friends! This was so
Okay, so maybe I was the Halloween version of
Dennis the Menace. But as I grew older,
some of my experiences taught me lessons.
I noticed due to my reputation that some of the
neighborhood kids grew afraid of me. I
knew I was harmless, but they didn't. So I
started to give it some thought.
Rumor has it
are dangerous and evil.
Of course we are afraid of them - the movies
teach us they will kill us if we
don't watch out!
Monsters are usually big and ugly.
In everyday life, we automatically recoil from ugly people because
our instincts warn us they might be disturbed
Think about your reactions to some of the
homeless people when they walk past your car
begging for money? Here you are
stopped at the light and they come right up to
your window. Makes you queasy, doesn't it?
Here you are helpless, stuck between cars, and
these pathetic ugly creatures are coming right
up to you. Do they have a knife?
Do they have a gun? Are they sick?
Will they open the door and grab you on the
I don't know about you, but it sure is hard to
be sympathetic to their plight when you are
worried sick that they might be out of their
minds. It's tough to be a nice guy when
your own neck is on the line.
may be strange-looking.
We are trained to be suspicious of anything foreign.
We are taught to be afraid of strangers. Until you
know someone is safe, the smart move is to keep them at
a distance. That's just common sense.
We didn't ask for these instincts; they are part of our
evolutionary make-up. The fear reaction to the
unknown is a natural survival mechanism.
But there may also be something to the theory that
Monsters are misunderstood. Just because someone
looks or acts different doesn't automatically mean they
are dangerous. Modern man might do well to think
first before overreacting to every threat.
I guess some
of my natural sympathy for monsters comes from my
unusual childhood. As a military brat while
growing up, I was no stranger to moving every couple of
years. Don't let anyone
fool you - that moving was tough! Moving
around so much brought challenges that needed to be
overcome. I sure didn't enjoy
being forced to leave dear friends behind.
Just as tough was the
task of making new friends. Being
the new kid all the time had its disadvantages. I
was not only the new girl, but a strange one at that!
not hard to imagine that I got my fair share of being
teased on a semi-regular basis.
I had to learn the hard way the
meaning of the phrase 'odd man out'. Making
friends wasn't easy because I was strange and different.
I experienced the feelings of not being readily accepted
due my somewhat slanted view of the world.
finally made new friends, I spent a lot of time being
lonely. That's how I grew to
sympathize with monsters. I was about 7 when I started thinking about the plight
of the monster. I found myself relating to their
experiences. I could see that in some ways we had things
Why 'Monsters' you ask?
Well, think about it a
moment. Most of your classic monsters were but mere
victims. Victims of a certain type of prejudice if you
will, as they are abnormal, look different, and seem
were not your average every day dude
out for a stroll and people
automatically feared them.
Did the Monsters ask to be this way? Nope. Yet they
for being nothing more than different.
Let's take a closer look. Bram
Stoker's Dracula is actually a love story
that starts with a king's broken heart over the loss of
his lovely wife.
While the king was off to war, a letter was sent to his
wife telling her he had been killed in battle.
with grief, she threw herself from the top of the castle
tower vowing she could not live without him.
return he found out what had happened.
filled with torment, he swore against the gods that they
should let this happen. In doing this, he was cast away
from his life as he knew it to live his future in the
The Frankenstein monster
was created by a doctor.
He was huge and ugly, but he
was also innocent of any crime.
He tried to
help a little girl, but because he
was so grotesque the
villagers decide that he was WAY too ugly to be
hanging out with a little kid.
So they decided to hunt him down.
guilty of evil?
Wolfman gets bitten by a wolf.
Little does he know, he
soon has a hairy problem. He
is devastated with guilt by the crimes that take place while he is
changing, but he is marked for death.
And what about the
Mummy? Well, this guy had an excuse.
am a total bitch if you wake me up from a sound slumber.
And it wasn't like the workers were not warned.
If I see
a sign engraved on a wall that says "Yo…dead man
sleeping. Do Not Disturb or you will be picking up your
intestines with your spaghetti fork!"
I don't think I am gonna be too eager to prance my fat butt in there.
Think about the monsters from their point of view.
about King Kong? Wasn't he minding his own business when
they came to his island? Like
wild animals, the monsters almost always keep to themselves
until someone wakes them up, disturbs their resting
place, steals their eggs/coins/treasure/babies, or any
other number of ways inconsiderate human beings
come up with to mess with them.
retaliate. Who would blame them? Someone comes to your
island and starts shooting, it's tough to be the nice
guy. Wouldn't you fight back too?
So as you can see, I have the
utmost respect for monsters. They are unique and special
creatures. Contrary to popular beliefs, they do have
feelings, fears, and consciousness. They
would prefer to be loved or respected, but due to their
looks this isn't going to happen. So they
pretty much stay to themselves until provoked.
I think people should work a little harder to see the
humanity in Monsters. Let's be honest here, not all
monsters are particularly cute. So what?
relate? Who hasn't had a bad hair day or two?
Carrie, she was your classic misfit. But all she wanted
was a little love and acceptance. Instead she was
brutally humiliated. Wouldn't you lose your temper too?
We are a strange crew, us monster lovers. We know it. We
live it. We love it. It sets us apart from those who are
considered normal. I wouldn't choose to be any other
Besides, every group should have at least one monster
aficionado in it. Sure, a sunny day at the beach is
always nice, but doesn't it help to have people who
appreciate the dark side of life too? We are very
interesting people and we are always quick to offer a
different point of view.
Plus whenever things get a little stale and humdrum, we
can shake things up with a gothic joke or two.
bound to be a howler!
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