Some movie quotes are so famous that even when people haven’t watched the movie, they know those lines by heart. The 1942 movie casablanca is known by the phrase “We’ll always have Paris” and moviegoers remember when Holly Golightly said “If I could find a real place to live to make me feel like I’m at Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and name the cat” in Audrey Hepburn’s beloved 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
There are plenty of horror movie quotes that people also remember, and even if someone doesn’t like horror movies and doesn’t make a habit of them, they’ll probably recognize the haunting and horrifying dialogue that say some classic characters.
“You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
Whereas Jaws is more than the killer shark at the heart of the story, and even people who don’t like horror movies are familiar with Brody (Roy Scheider) saying his “bigger boat” line.
This quote is so perfect that it says it all: the main characters are threatened by the shark and staying in the boat is the only hope of maybe getting away from it. While not everyone has seen the 1975 film, everyone knows how famous Steven Spielberg’s horror/thriller is and the cultural significance it has. Brody really takes ownership of the situation.
“I wish we could talk longer, but I have an old friend for dinner.”
It only makes sense that people who hate horror movies aren’t interested in watching Thesilenceofthelambs. Of course, the fact that Hannibal Lector is a cannibal is pretty scary to think about. But those who haven’t seen this 1991 movie know when Anthony Hopkins ends the movie saying he’s about to eat someone.
This line is so creepy because it might sound like Hannibal is saying he invited a friend over to enjoy a nice meal, but everyone knows that’s not what he means at all . It’s almost too awful to think about what’s going to happen next.
“My mom and dad are going to be so mad at me!”
In many ways, Matthew Lillard’s character, Stu Macher, is the best Ghostface ever. Screamand this line is one of the best known from the 1996 film. It’s fair to say that even non-horror fans know the big moment when Stu and Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) would be the killers and Stu surrenders realize that it is in over his head.
This quote is so significant since Stu accompanied his friend and didn’t seem to think about the consequences and reality of his actions. Now Stu can tell he might not survive this confrontation with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and he’s terrified and upset. It’s a stark contrast to how most slasher villains act.
“He’s just outside, and he’s watching and waiting! What are you waiting for, huh?”
Jennifer Love Hewitt I know what you did last summer scene is so famous that it’s a memorable slasher quote but also one of the most famous in all of horror movies. Even if someone has never seen this 90s movie, they’ve probably heard of the corny moment when Julie James stands in the street and screams for the killer to come get her already.
While it’s easy to scoff at this quote, since Julie seems a bit overdone, it’s a horrifying moment in a movie that doesn’t always seem so scary. Julie is completely fed up and tries her best to be brave, which has been difficult considering the fear she experienced while running from Ben Willis.
“I see dead people.”
The sixth sense is an important film and even if someone has never seen it, they of course know the most famous line: when Cole Sears (Haley Joel Osment) says to Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), “I see dead “. There are certain things people associate with this movie, from the classic Cole quote to the Mischa Barton scene in which young Kyra Collins throws up because her mother poisoned her.
Cole’s words are so sad, powerful and moving because he’s candid and honest about how ghosts haunt him no matter what he does or where he goes. It’s hard to imagine this sweet boy having to carry this heavy burden, and this quote explains what the film is about: a child who is in tune with the supernatural world.
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