It’s hard to beat horror when it comes to quotable movies. Horror movie quotes work their way into pop culture so easily, it’s almost like magic. Don’t believe me? Drop one at a party and see how many of your non-horror fan friends recognize them.
But what makes a great quote? What are the criteria?
I think for starters, the quote has to almost be able to stand on its own. If I say, “I see dead people,” for instance without any reference, you’re already picture Haley Joel Osment lying in bed terrified and talking to his therapist.
Then, and I think this is most important, great horror movie quotes evoke an emotional response. It might be excitement that you know 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.
With that in mind, I’ve chosen 13 of my absolute favorite horror movie quotes to share with you here. Let us know which ones you love, and which ones would be on your own lists!
Now, let’s get down to business. Oh, and by the way, I’m listing them without explanation because, in my mind, they meet the criteria above and what’s the use of wasting words on something that’s perfect already?!
#13–“Welcome to prime time, bitch!” (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
#12–“This…is my BOOMSTICK” (Army of Darkness)
#11–“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” (Jaws)
#10–“They’re coming to get you, Barbara…” (Night of the Living Dead)
#9–“I’m your number one fan.” (Misery)
#8–“They’re heeere” (Poltergeist)
#7–“Heeere’s Johnny!” (The Shining)
#6–“Do you read Sutter Cane?” (In the Mouth of Madness)
#5–“It was the boogeyman.” (Halloween)
#4–“Sometimes dead is better.” (Pet Sematary)
#3–“The power of Christ compels you!” (The Exorcist)
#2–“They’re all going to laugh at you!” (Carrie)
#1–“We all go a little mad sometimes.” (Psycho)
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