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A deep-fried helping of Southern inhospitality in the movies.
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Question 1 of 10
In Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter Robert Mitchum murders Shelly Winters and terrorizes her children. What is his chosen profession?Correct
Phony preachers and corrupt Christians were an ongoing theme in Southern Gothics.Incorrect
Question 2 of 10
Based on Erskine Caldwell’s steamy Southern yarn and starring Robert Ryan, God’s Little Acre features a memorable performance from this soon-to-be TV sexpot.Correct
Anthony Mann’s film was fraught with as much controversy as Caldwell’s book, ironically due less to its sexual content but its militant look at worker’s rights (embodied by the script from uncredited, blacklisted writer Ben Maddow).Incorrect
Question 3 of 10
Tennessee Williams’ southern-fried sex comedy, Baby Doll, features a frustrated Karl Malden trying to thwart a rival’s advances on his young (and temporarily virginal) wife. Who plays the rival?
Question 4 of 10
There are any number of grotesque gothic elements (including cannibalism) in the movie based on Tennessee Williams’ play, Suddenly Last Summer. Williams’ received screenplay credit but later admitted it was the work of one man. Who was it?Correct
Though a critical wash, the film, thanks in part to the alluring poster art of Taylor and the promised salaciousness of the material, was a big hit.Incorrect
Question 5 of 10
In Robert Aldrich’s moss-covered thriller, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, Joan Crawford was originally set to star opposite Bette Davis. Who took her place after she fell “ill”?Correct
The infamous Davis/Crawford feud came to a boiling point on this film. Some of Joan Crawford’s scenes actually made it into the film (she can be seen in a long shot as she arrives at Davis’ dilapidated mansion).Incorrect
Question 6 of 10
Two Thousand Maniacs, gore-meister Herschell Gordon Lewis’ film about Yankee tourists being terrorized by a town of spectral Confederates, is inspired by what musical?Correct
As the ground work for Lewis’ unnerving torture-fest, Brigadoon, about a mystical village that appears for a day only once every hundred years, proved how flexible its plot could be.Incorrect
Question 7 of 10
Based on Carson McCuller’s compelling 1941 novel, Reflections in a Golden Eye is about a perverse four-way love-triangle combined of Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Brian Keith. Who plays the fourth character in this twisted roundelay?Correct
As the doomed object of Brando’s desire, this was Forster’s first film.Incorrect
Question 8 of 10
John Boorman cited this Brian DePalma film as having being directly influenced by Deliverance.Correct
Carrie’s sudden appearance at the conclusion of the DePalma classic is a direct nod to the nightmarish denouement of Boorman’s own classic.Incorrect
Question 9 of 10
The Beguiled, a 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood about obsessive lust, love and murder in a girl’s boarding school, was an unusual assignment for this long time action director.Correct
Eastwood felt the movie flopped because the studio didn’t know how to market a film in which Eastwood’s character is “emasculated”.Incorrect
Question 10 of 10
John Huston’s 1979 gothic comedy Wise Blood was based on the novel by this brilliant, quintessentially southern writer.Correct
O’Connor summed up the art of the Southern Gothic: “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”Incorrect