Movie Quotes of the Week #16 - Halloween Edition
Selected from among those that have made a lasting, memorable impression on audiences, here's your weekly movie quotes, Halloween edition. These are the horror movies that scared the hell out of us. Enjoy! Don't forget to vote on your favorite below.
Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) - Dracula (1931)
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music THEY make."
Bela Lugosi is the quintessential Dracula. The hungarian horror star established many of the count's familiar trademarks in the 1931 Universal adaptation. Although I prefer Hammer’s reboots, which kickstarted the established Christopher Lee as the vampire, Universal is where it all started. Lugosi's stare alone is enough to send chills down anyone's spine and further confirms his demanding presence. He was buried with the cape after all, if anyone was in doubt.
Disembodied Voice - The Amityville Horror (1979)
"Get out..GET OUT!"
The film that was loosely based off the book by the same name, which accounts the Lutz family's experience in the old dutch colonial. Following the murder of the entire DeFeo family by the eldest son, Ronnie (Look it up, as it really happened and the case is certainly strange), George and Kathy Lutz buy the house at an extreme markup. Upon living within the unhallowed wall for only a few weeks a series of strange occurrences quickly descends into pure terror, as the horrific history of the house begins to reveal itself to the current occupants. A good haunted house flick, but a better novel. If you're a fan of the genre, give it a watch or a read if you really want to dive into the actual proclaimed experiences of this middle-class families.
Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) - Halloween (1978)
“I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.”
John Carpenter's Halloween was a low-budget sleeper hit that set the stage for the modern slasher genre. While Michael Myers would eventually become the unkillable, hack and slash series antagonist, the character had much humbler beginnings. After murdering his sister on Halloween night as a child, the escaped psychopath returns to his small hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois for a night of utter terror. Assisting local authorities in their attempts to apprehend the killer is Dr. Sam Loomis, who was Michael's psychotrist. The good doctor's accounts of his experiences with Myers is one of the highlights of the movie and purveys the film's strong writing. He perfectly describes the serial killer and develops the notion that Michael is a personification of pure evil.
Katie Featherston (as herself) - Paranormal Activity
“I think we’ll be okay now”
If the less than subtle hints weren’t enough leading up to this moment, this is the first true confirmation that Katie is no longer subconsciously behind the wheel. Although her creepy nocturnal stare downs and treks in her sleep were already hinting at this very notion, the disembodied demonic voice that accompanies the now possessed young woman clears up any skepticism. The voice is disturbing enough, but that damn subtle smile at the camera will give anyone goosebumps.
Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) - Jaws
“Smile you son of a bitch”
Let's get this out of the way first. Yeah I know, the shot pans away to the shark exploding before he completes his statement, but we all know that bitch was coming so I'm putting it. Jaws was the film that not only made us afraid to go into the water, but kicked off the idea of the "Summer blockbuster." It's man v a blood-thirsty man eater that packs 25 ft of raw hunger. Stephen Spielberg left us questioning how safe we really were while cooling off in the surf. However, the film's second half is where the tension explodes, as the Orca's crew of three attempt to subdue the massive great white. Chief Brody's final confrontation with the beast is nerve-racking, as the vessel quickly descends into the Atlantic and leaves the man desperately trying to hit the tank in its mouth. Although we all know the outcome, the thought of balancing on the now sideways crow's nest that is only few feet above the predator's domain, is out of my worse nightmares.