Halloween Quiz: Answers!

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Congrats to Toby for the most right answers!

1. High school witches get revenge on a mean girl by making her hair fall out but then their spells become more deadly.

“The Craft”

2. When attendees at a witch convention discover that a boy knows who they are, they turn him into a mouse.

“The Witches”

3.  A brother and sister move into a haunted house and unravel a mystery about what happened to the mother of their beautiful but troubled neighbor.

“The Uninvited”

4.  A suburban mother thinks the ghosts in her home are kind of fun until they kidnap her daughter.

“Poltergeist”

5.  A young widow is befriended by the ghost of a sea captain.

“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

6.  300 years after they were hung, three witches return to Salem, Massachusetts to suck the life from children.

“Hocus Pocus”

7.  A witch needs the heart of a star to keep her looking forever young.

“Stardust”

8.  A witch kidnaps a princess to keep her looking forever young.

“Tangled”

9.  A beautiful witch casts a spell on a publisher to make him fall in love with her with the help of her cat, Pyewacket.

“Bell, Book, and Candle”

10.  One of America’s most acclaimed novelists wrote a book that became a movie about three witches in New England who summon a newcomer who just might be the devil.

11. The ghosts are the good guys in this story about a loving couple who retain the services of a people exterminator when a wealthy but crass couple move into their home.

“Beetlejuice”

12.  The ghost of a departed spouse creates complications (at least three possible answers!).

“Blithe Spirit,” “Hello Again,” and “Kiss Me Goodbye”

 

Bonus question: What actress played witches in two of the movies listed above?

Michelle Pfeiffer!

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Everything You Need to Know About Zombies

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This must have been a lot of fun to do!  Dan Kois put together a terrific guide to “Surviving a Zombie Attack” for New York Magazine, with all kinds of great tidbits from experts like the people behind “Walking Dead” and the “Thriller” video to neuroscientists (on the zombie brain), and with advice on everything from what to pack in your Go Bag to where to hide and how to find the best weapons by looting the museum.

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A Wonderful Tribute to ‘Barney Miller’

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What a delight to see the New York Times pay tribute to one of my all-time favorite television series, “Barney Miller.”  I’ve talked to a couple of cops who told me that it was not just funny — it was the most authentic to their own experience of any television series about law enforcement.

The action on “Barney Miller” was as underplayed as its jokes. As the series was originally conceived, half of each episode would take place on the job, and half at Miller’s home. But the producers soon dropped that idea. Instead, detectives came and went, rushing out to make arrests and dragging in perps. Rarely did we see anything that was actually happening outside the squad room.

“It was a radio drama,” said Frank Dungan, who with his writing partner, Jeff Stein, contributed many episodes. “Wojo curling that paper into the typewriter was what police related to — the lack of action.”

It was funny, smart, heartfelt, and often surprisingly touching.  Characters like Luger and Dietrich and Harris were as complex and fully human as any ever shown on television.  It’s wonderful to be able to re-watch episodes of “Barney Miller” on Hulu.

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