Memorable Horror Quotes

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Horror movies are a bizarre thing. You rarely root for the potential victims and are often excitedly waiting for the next poor fool to get gutted by the monster/ghost/maniac. The unique way to balance that equation a little bit is to give the heroes some moxie(nerve), and that’s accomplished by granting them cool dialogue. Great horror movie quotes evoke an emotional response. It might be the excitement that you recall where it’s from, a general uneasiness remembering the scene where it’s used or any other number of responses, but it hits you in the gut and you respond in turn.

So let's look at some of the greatest quotes in horror movies. Naturally, these are in no shape or form in any order. Just sit back and enjoy them.

“Get away from her you bitch!”


Aliens (1986)

After rescuing Newt from a swarm of xenomorphs and escaping the abandoned facility moments before it went nuclear, Ripley’s especially pissed when Queen Alien surprises them on the Sulaco.

Society is yelling about needing strong women. Well, we horror fans have been decades ahead of the curve.

“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”


Jaws (1975)

Brody just got his first look at the shark; his response it quite the understatement.

No, you need a battleship, Brody.

“Here’s Johnny!”


The Shining (1980)

Jack is terrifying and hilarious in retrospect, delivered at the peak of his ax-wielding depravity.

For the younger fans, this the catchphrase intro used by Ed McMahon for almost 30 years on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

“Sometimes, dead is better.”


Pet Sematary (1989)

Jud knows Louis Creed is so devastated by the death of his son, he’s thinking about burying him on the resurrecting soil deep in the woods, but the land is sour.

Let's see, homicidal ghoul bent on death and destruction. No, dead is always better.

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”


Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Karma’s a bitch! That’s what you get for teasing your sister.

Also, your sister is annoying.

“They're here.”


Poltergeist (1982)

Carol Anne has just made the first contact with the “TV People.” After the house is shaken by a supernatural force, she introduces them to her family.

White people are the dumbest race of people on the planet. Get out of the house.

“I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti.”


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Hannibal tells Agent Starling what happened to the last guy who tried to psychoanalyze him!

Just to be clear, liver is gross.

“He’s got his father’s eyes.”


Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary has just seen her child for the first time, and the look of utter shock on her face is iconic.

So were they his eye, or was he teething on actual eyeballs. I have questions.

“When there is no room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Peter reminisces on something his voodoo-practicing grandfather once told him. It’s as good a theory as any for a zombie apocalypse.

This was Romero’s explanation of all the mislabeling of his ghouls. They were never zombies. They were ghouls. Since people started calling them zombies, he gave the definition of what zombies were, products of voodoo magic. 

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum." 


They Live (1988)

George walks into a bank with a shotgun and says the line, then proceeds to shoot all the aliens-disguised-as-humans in it. 

This is by far the greatest quote of all time.

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