The bats left the bell tower 50 years ago today, on August 16, 1956, when legendary actor Bela Lugosi died. He was buried in his Dracula cape! Avoid stepping on him as you take this quiz featuring songs and artists that Bela probably would have enjoyed. (Ironically, I was eating garlic bread pizza while writing it!)
1. Who sang the song that titles this quiz?
2. The opening music to Bela's most famous film, "Dracula," is taken from what Tchaikovsky ballet?
3. Bela was used for the model of what character in Disney's 1940 movie "Fantasia?"
4.What band advised us, if visiting Hollywood, to "avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi, 'cause he's liable to turn and bite"?
5. He had "Dinner With Drac" in 1958.
6. What minimalist classical composer wrote a new score for Bela's Dracula movie in 1999?
7. What comic/singing duo was spoofed in "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla"?
8. This Hector Berlioz composition was one of Bela's favorite classical pieces.
9. Bela made two movies with this title, which was also used for a Janet Jackson song.
10. This OutKast song begins, "You're all I've ever wanted, but I'm terrified of you, See my castle may be haunted, but I'm terrified of you."
11. What music legend shared Bela's death date of August 16 in 1977?
12. "Monster Mash" spoofs this horror actor who was one of Bela's biggest rivals.
13. But never fear, Bela shows up toward the end of the song. What dance does Dracula ask about?
14. This rapper's biggest hit is "Drop It Like It's Hot" and he shares Bela's October 20 birthday.
15. This American composer, famous for his "Unanswered Question," was born eight years to the day before Bela, on October 20, 1874.
16. Bela probably would have enjoyed the title of this 1977 album by Meat Loaf.
17. "This vampire bat, this inhuman beast, she ought to be locked up and never released" is a line from the song about what Disney villain?
Bonus: What 70s kids musical cartoon featured a woman vampire named Bella LaGhostly?
Double Bonus: Ironically, what symbol is on Bela Lugosi's gravestone?