Ah, scary flicks…no surprise that I love the genre. (What does that say about me?) Here are a few lines from some of my favorites.
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara…there’s one of them now!” Smart-ass (and soon to be dead) Johnny to his sister in George Romero’s 1968 groundbreaking zombie film, Night of the Living Dead.
One more from this gem—the Reverend Hicks describing how the living dead should be made dead again: “Spiked, as the hands of Jesus were spiked to the cross! Spike the dead to prevent them from rising again before Judgment Day! All sinners must repent and the dead must be spiked!”
“Is it just me or does the jungle make you really, really horny?” – Gary (Owen Wilson) to his girlfriend in the 1997 thriller, Anaconda.
One more from Anaconda as documentary narrator Westridge (Jonathan Hyde) slips into the river: “Last time I was in water like this, I was up all night picking leeches off my scrotum.”
“Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here, the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you’re the cause of all this. I think you’re evil! EVIL!” – Woman in Diner to Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, The Birds.
“I grab the guy in my dream. You see me struggling so you wake me up. We both come out, you whack the fucker and we got him.” Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) to Glen (Johnny Depp) in Wes Craven’s 1984 gore-fest, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
One more from bad boy Rod Lane to Tina Gray, Freddie Kreuger’s first victim: “I had a hard-on this morning when I woke up, Tina. Had your name written all over it.” Tina’s response: “How can there be enough room on your joint for four letters?”
“Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!” – creepy-voiced Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) in the 1980 slasher film, Friday the 13th.
“I know I’m human. And if you were all these things, then you’d just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It’ll fight if it has to, but it’s vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.” MacReady (Kurt Russell) in John Carpenter’s 1982 claustrophobic gem, The Thing.
One more from The Thing. Commander Garry has been under restraint but has been cleared as human by a blood test: “I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I’d rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!”
“The person you put up there ain’t the person that comes back. It may look like that person, but it ain’t that person. ’Cause whatever lives in the ground beyond the Pet Sematary ain’t human at all.” Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) in Pet Sematary (1989). I still bear much guilt for letting my kids watch this gory Stephen King story when they were young. 😊 And would you believe, a REMAKE will be out in 2019! I doubt if they’ll take their kids.
“Your father will protect you. Your father will always protect you.” – Evelyn (Emily Blunt) in the brilliant 2018 movie, A Quiet Place. (This is one of the few lines of spoken dialogue in the entire film.)
“I understand that my niece and my nephew are sending little love notes to the local minister suggesting he gargle with broken glass or eat a rat-poison omelet!” – Uncle Red (Gary Busey) in another Stephen King story from 1985, Silver Bullet. Uncle Red also opines, “I’m a little too old to be playing ‘Hardy Boys Meets Reverend Werewolf!’”
Let’s end with a couple of lines from arguably the most famous horror film of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho: “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” – Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) to Marion Crane (Janet Leigh).
And, in its entirety, the closing internal monologue from Norman/Mother as he sits in his cell: “It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn’t allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They’ll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man…as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do…suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching…they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, ‘Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…’”
Let me know some of your favorite horror movie lines. Come on, don’t be afraid…