Share a favourite horror quote.
“We’re done, man! Game Over!”
Cpl Hicks, ALIENS.
For my money there’s no beating “We have such sights to show you…” as said by Pinhead in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. Sums up the whole damn genre. Also, one time a girl said it to me before sexytime, which was fucking awesome.
“For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you are a wise man, Van Helsing.”
Oh that is a fun one…
I’ll take Tenebre and the classic “Pervert…filthy slimy pervert.” Of course the character saying that is running around and killing people while the horrid pervert is a pretty lesbian. I’d take lesbians over serial murderers anyday there fella.
“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”
The Thing (1982)
“As a matter of fact, it was…” Dr. Loomis’s response to Laurie Strode’s question of whether “the shape” was indeed “the boogeyman” in the final scene of HALLOWEEN comes to mind first. In fact, most of John Carpenter’s films are highly quotable and he’s really not given enough credit as a writer of crisp, to the point and still hauntingly lyrical dialogue. His collaborations with Debra Hill especially shine. So, assuming I’m not the only one to jump on that brilliant tone confirming remark by the good doctor, let me throw in for good measure, a little last minute advice from smokey voiced DJ Stevie Wayne (ADRIENNE BARBEAU) from THE FOG, which is a wonderful tribute to THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD’s “Keep watching the skies!”
“I don’t know what happened to Antonio Bay tonight. Something came out of the fog and tried to destroy us. In one moment, it vanished. But if this has been anything but a nightmare, and if we don’t wake up to find ourselves safe in our beds, it could come again. To the ships at sea who can hear my voice, look across the water, into the darkness. Look for the fog.”
“We must destroy the living…”
Garden of the Dead.
I could list every single line spoken by Piper Laurie in Carrie here (“Red. I might’ve known it would be red.”; “I can see your dirty pillows.”), but I’ll stick with the mother (hardy har) of all of them:
“I should’ve killed myself when he put it in me. After the first time, before we were married, Ralph promised never again. He promised, and I believed him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies. At first, it was all right. We lived sinlessly. We slept in the same bed, but we never did it. And then, that night, I saw him looking down at me that way. We got down on our knees to pray for strength. I smelled the whiskey on his breath. Then he took me. He took me, with the stink of filthy roadhouse whiskey on his breath, and I liked it. I liked it! With all that dirty touching of his hands all over me. I should’ve given you to God when you were born, but I was weak and backsliding, and now the devil has come home. We’ll pray.”
Mine’s slightly obscure. But more or less the entirety of “Sleepaway Camp 2″. With the exception of a few slightly offensive ones, my favorite is when the (one) black camper is readying a practical joke to pull on Angela, and as he’s painting red stripes on his hockey mask he says, “Angela will dookie in her pants!”. There is something magical about both his cadence, and the way that he emphasizes “dookie”, that gets me every time.
Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis, “Scream” (1996): “Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative.”
There are so many great lines in horror that it would take me weeks or months to sift through them all to find just the right one for this occasion. Instead, I’ll offer the very first one to come to mind, from the 1983’s atrocious horror-comedy “Hysterical”:
“The library is closed. All white people must leave.”
I still get a kick out of the “Wolfman has nards!” line from MONSTER SQUAD. No exactly thrilling but it has stuck with me whenever I think of watching movies during my years as a youngin’.
My thoughts went straight to horror film quotes so I hope you weren’t asking for literary quotes or general quotes about horror. A couple of favorites that popped into my head were:
“It’s a dog eat dog world, and from where I sit, there just ain’t enough damn dogs!” – Drayton Sawyer (Jim Siedow) in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
“I find a coffin much more comfortable than a bed” – Dr. Lorenz (Bela Lugosi) in the Corpse Vanishes (1942)
“Monster? We’re British, you know.” – Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) in Horror Express (1973) in response to the question: “But what if one of you is the monster?”
Does it get any better than “We belong dead”?
Well, does it? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks once again to all of this week’s participants, and until next week, keep your balls in the air, Reg. Keep your balls in the air.