Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall 2015 POTW #6: Ehhh, The Horror!

Solutions due by midnight on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

To celebrate this week's Hallowe'en Holiday, puzzle questions and answers are related to famous horror/thriller films. Every question/answer is based on a film on the American Film Institute's list of "The 100 Most Thrilling American Films". Feel free to use this list as a reference while solving these puzzles!

More specifically, the answer to each clue is a modified film title. Each title is obtained by taking the title of a well-known horror film (on that AFI list) and changing one of its vowels to a different vowel. (This is similar to a previous puzzle I posted.) I have provided clues in the form of brief synopses of the modified films.

For example, if the clue were "This war drama concerns young recruits and the steel outerwear they sport during October and November while the leaves change color", the solution would be Fall Metal Jacket. (Yes, Full Metal Jacket is #95 on AFI's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.)

Advice: look for references to both  the original and modified film titles in a clue.

Each correct answer earns 2.5 points. Happy spooky week(end)!
  1. In this acclaimed film, a convicted killer (and former psychiatrist) helps an FBI trainee track a serial killer and keep his arms and legs quiet.
  2. In this black-and-white thriller, a California town is mystified when Shakespeare, Chaucer, and other classic poets inexplicably rampage the citizens.
  3. This Academy Award-winning film depicts mankind's relationship to the universe via apes, monoliths, an intelligent computer, as well as pepper, turmeric, cardamom, dill, cumin, and many more ...
  4. A possessed child is the main antagonist in this 1970s horror classic, but in a climactic scene where his father drags him to an altar, the child only mutters a four-letter word signaling the end of a prayer.

    What is your name (or team name)?
    (Please use the same name every week so that I can properly record your scores!)





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