Where do the creators of monster movies get their inspiration? Monsters can often be seen as symbols of society’s fears. So, can you figure out which of the scenes below are inspired by a Universal monster film? Which are toxic relationship warning signs? Take the quiz to find out!

  1. 1 Your friend is pretty obsessive. When things don't go his way, he manipulates you, and others, to do his bidding. This usually leads to plenty of trouble for you.

    1. Toxic Friendship/Warning Sign
    2. Universal Monster Movie
    3. Both
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    Technically, both

    This is most certainly a toxic relationship. However, this question was inspired by the Universal monster film, "Dracula." In the 1931 film, Dracula, played by Bela Lugosi, manipulates Renfeild into doing his bidding. After helping Dracula move from Transylvania to London, Renfeild is blamed for the murders which took place on their ship. 

    Don't let yourself be manipulated by anyone - friends, family, partners. You need to know when and how to draw boundaries. While you may feel that you're helping your toxic friend or partner, you're really just feeding their ego and digging yourself into deeper trouble. 

  2. 2 You know a guy who is obsessed with a new project, but it seems to be consuming him. He doesn't realize how negatively it’s influencing him. He ignores your concerns and this experiment eventually harms many innocent people. But his love for this project has blinded him - until it's too late.

    1. Toxic Relationship/Warning Sign
    2. Universal Monster Movie
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Universal Monster Movie

    1931 also brought us "Frankenstein." This question was inspired by Dr. Frankenstein's obsession with creating his "monster." His creation eventually harmed many innocent people in the film.

    Be aware of those around you. It's important to know how to distinguish interest from obsession. While this example is purely inspired by "Frankenstein," it  can also serve as a reminder that people may have good intentions, but they can sometimes go awry. 

  3. 3 You’re trying to have a real conversation with your new significant other after your first, huge fight. But all she does is hiss at you and try to scratch you like a scared cat. She refuses to relent until you leave her alone.

    1. Toxic Relationship/Warning Sign
    2. Universal Monster Movie
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    In “The Bride of Frankenstein,” the Bride refuses to give Frankenstein's Monster a chance. However, while this is inspired by “The Bride of Frankenstein,” this is no way to handle an argument - or someone you're not interested in! Don't let anyone influence you like this. It's not worth the emotional - and potentially physical pain.

  4. 4 You’re walking home from a date with your crush and stop at your front door. You go to kiss goodnight, but stop. You hear some rustling in the bushes by your house. You rush inside. It could be a rabid animal! But it’s really your jealous friend in a wolf mask trying to keep you from finding love. Yet again.

    1. Toxic Friendship/Warning Sign
    2. Universal Monster Movie
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Toxic Friendship/Warning Sign

    Released in 1941, "The Wolfman" spooked many movie-goers. But this is not from the film. It's just one example of a warning sign of a toxic friendship. If a friend is going to those lengths to keep you from seeing that special someone, you need to draw some boundaries or disconnect from that person.

  5. 5 You know a friend who checked himself into a room for some peace and quiet to continue important research for school/work. But after some time, he neglects to pay his rent. He becomes enraged when he hears he is being evicted for missed payments. During an argument, he pushes the owner down the steps and then runs from the scene.

    1. Toxic Friendship/Warning Signs
    2. Universal Monster Movie
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    In 1933, "The Invisible Man" was released. While this is part of the plot of the film, this can also be a warning sign of a toxic person. Be aware of how your friends treat others. If they're kind to you, but react to others poorly, how long will it be before they treat you similarly?

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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