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Monday, February 7, 2011

Top Ten Horror and Sci Fi Quotes

A day late and a dollar short, I know. I wish I had been able to participate in yesterday's blog fest, but time had gotten away from me. I was so inspired by Jeremy at iZombieLover and Ellie at Ellie Garatt and all their amazing participants, that I decided to post mine anyway.

I've done ten for horror and ten for sci fi because there are so many films I love from each genre that it would be impossible to do just five from each. Even these were hard to come up with. These are quotes I say aloud with friends as we watch. Without further ado...


10. "Stop it! You're ignorant." Night of the Living Dead (1968) Barbara chides her brother in the cemetery before the ghoul comes upon them.

9. "I will not be threatened by a walking meatloaf!" An American Werewolf In London (1981) David talking to Jack's ghost.

8. "I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye." Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hannibal's final words to Clarice.

7. "You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me." Halloween (1978) Dr. Sam Loomis as he searches for Michael Myers.

6. "Have you checked the children?" When A Stranger Calls (1979) Voice on the phone to babysitter Carol Kane.

5. "No, you listen, you little bitch! You hang up on me again and I'll gut you like a fish, understand?" Scream (1996) Ghostface killer to Casey.

4. "I just want to cut off her head and take out her heart." Dracula (1992) Van Helsing to Jack Seward regarding the corpse of Lucy Westerna.

3. "Silver bullets or fire. That's the only way to kill the damn things. They're worse than cockroaches." The Howling (1981) Bookstore owner on how to kill werewolves.

2. "Your mother's in here Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it." The Exorcist (1973) Demon to Father Karras.

1. "Then let's head on down into that cellar and carve ourselves a witch." Evil Dead II (1987) Ash on going after Henrietta.


10. "That can't be. That's inside the room." Aliens (1986) Ripley as Hudson reads out the range on the motion detector.

9. "I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain." Empire Strikes Back (1980) Princess Leia to Han Solo

8. "That's the only way. We'll move in pairs. We'll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered. And then we'll blow it the fuck out into space! Is that acceptable to you?" Alien (1979) Ripley to Parker.

7. "We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill." The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Klaatu to the people of Earth.

6. "They're here already! You're next! You're next, You're next...! " Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Dr. Miles Bennell warning whoever will listen.

5. "You still don't understand, Dillon, do you? Whatever it is out there, it killed Hopper, and now it wants us." Predator (1987) Dutch to Dillon.

4. "We're not hosting an intergalactic kegger down here." Men In Black (1997) Zed to Jay and K.

3. "I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is." The Thing (1982) Clark

These last two are from Serenity (2005), one of my favorite sci fi films of all time.

2. "Goin' on a year now I ain't had nothin' twixt my nethers weren't run on batteries! Kaylee Frye to Mal and Jayne.

1. "Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as a turn of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurtin' before she keels. Makes her a home." Mal to River at the end as they head into space.


  1. Great quotes! Awesome list! Am I the only person in the world who didn't love Serenity? Now, I'm gonna say it... it was, well, average. Have mercy on me, Serenity-lovers! :)

  2. poor Dracula, he really isn't a demanding guy, he wants so little :))

  3. @George, this Serenity lover will gladly show you mercy, but I cannot speak for others. :) Glad you liked my list.

    @Dez It must be tough for a guy always having to deal with people cutting off your girlfriends' heads. ;)

  4. Excellent list Melissa!

    I don't know if you've ever seen John Carpenter's "They Live." The film has a laughable premise, and is pretty ridiculuos throughout, but it is a very quotable movie. It features Roddy Piper and Keith David in an interminable street battle. I love this film for all the wrong reasons, lol.

    "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
    "The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules."
    "You see, I take these glasses off, she looks like a regular person, doesn't she? Put 'em back on...
    [puts them back on]
    Nada (Roddy Piper): ...formaldehyde-face!"

  5. "Have you checked the children?" *shivers*

  6. @Matty V I love They Live! And for all those so very wrong reasons. I can't help it. These are some of my very favorite lines. I was laughing just reading them. Thanks!

    @Tara, that line haunted me for the longest time after I saw that movie.

  7. #4 on the scifi side is great. Love Rip Torn.

  8. @Chris Phillips I love him, too. That's one of my favorite lines in the whole movie.

  9. God, Serenity!! Excellent choice. Firefly is the best thing ever, and Serenity does a good job tying up the knots, even though the character deaths depress the fuck out of me, to the point where I can't even watch those parts. Joss Whedon really does control my heart. And of course, Empire Strikes Back is beautiful. I was rewatching the other day and just melting with how completely and utterly epic it is. Well done!

  10. @M. Hufstader Thanks! I know what you mean about Serenity. I can't watch the deaths either. I have to fast forward those parts. Joss Whedon is a god when it comes to great characters and stories. Firefly was absolutely magnificent and I want to rage at the Fox execs for not appreciating its value or Joss' talents properly.

  11. Yes, the deaths in SERENITY were hard for this fan to endure. Love your favorite quotes. Roland

  12. @Roland I know, I tear up just thinking about them. Glad you liked the quotes. Thanks for following!

  13. Wonderful list of memorable quotes, Mel.
    I love to add this one quote if you don't mind. It's from "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

    "1 - 2 - Freddy's coming for you
    3 - 4 - Better lock your door
    5 - 6 - Grab your crucifix
    7 - 8 - Better stay up late
    9 - 10 - Never sleep again..."

  14. @Jaccstev I love Nightmare on Elm Street. Robert Englund will always be Freddy. I can't believe I didn't put this on my list. :)


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