You are watching a scary movie and then suddenly… there it is. That breakout horror movie quote that forever sticks in your mind as the creepiest, most sinister or even funniest line in any book or movie. That is one of the great things about screenplay writers; they are ‘shock jocks’ and know how to send our brains into a terrifying direction of suspense and abject horror.
Our team of writers is curating some of the most original terrifying horror movie quotes from the scariest movies on the planet. From personal experience (because copying someone else isn’t our style).
Warning… this page may give you carpal tunnel because it’s going to be a long one. Let us know in the comment section if you think we should add one of your favorite horror movie quotes of all time.
There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range.H.P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep 2014
They’re coming to get you, Barbara!Night of the living dead 1968
Keep the fire hot.Kista Stadler as Omi Krampus (2015)
Krampus the dark shadow of old St Nicholas comes to take all the non believes to the underworld. But, if you keep those fires burning hot he can’t come down the chimney. This may come in handy someday so keep this great horror movie quote close.
Have you seen what’s out there? I mean outside the gate? — Not lately.Pandemic (2016)
More than anything I just want this moment to endBradley Whitford as Hadley – The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Eat well… Live LongRebecca Ferguson as Rose in Dr Sleep (2019)
Dr. Sleep was, in our opinion, a suprisingly good chapter two for The Shinning. That’s a hard act to follow mind you so the bar was already very high. Rose, who is some sort of vampire often says this quote throughout the film. It is referring to eating the lifeforce that is the shinning. It’s best enjoyed while the subject is suffering as it turns out. Regardless of context this is a great quote to live by. That is of course pending you are just eating food, not souls or human life force.
“No screaming while the bus is in motion!”Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Why did you spill your beans?Willem Dafo as Thomas Wake from The Lighthouse (2019)
I’m not sure anyone really knows exactly what was going on in the lighthouse but personally, we loved it. Madness, mayhem, dancing, and well all sorts of craziness occurred in that film. As Thomas slips further into psychosis, possibly induced from drinking lantern fuel, he starts repeating this quote. It’s a bit terrifying, to be honest but also a great quote in the right scenario. Like, say you spilled some beans for example! This is definitely an underrated horror movie quote but still one of the best.
We all go a little mad sometimes…. haven’t you?Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Rober Bloch’s Psycho (1960)
Probably the most iconic horror quote of all time, but it just never gets old. As Normal tries to explain human nature he brings up this gem. He’s clearly looking for some validation, but hey aren’t we all? I use this classic horror quote constantly out in the world. Not only is it a great response to anything unexpected you just did, but it also lets you know who the true horror fans are as they will all immediately grin. This one is also highly recommended for dating when you need to know if they are into horror. Those matching sites don’t do enough for us horror fans.
Time To FloatBill Skarsgard as Pennywise in It (2017)
I need to return some videotapesChristian Bale as Patrick Bateman American Psycho
No better way to exit a boring or uncomfortable conversation than letting them know your VHS tapes are about to get late fees. Wait.. I mean your Amazon 48 hour download of American Psycho is about to expire and you don’t want to pay again to watch the last 15 minutes. Either way, this line is classic and Christian Bale sells it over and over again in American Psycho. I’d go on, but I need to return some videotapes. Another great horror movie quote that you can use in day to day life!
First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill him. Second, don’t give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins… What else can we say here. It’s more of a lifestyle than just a movie.
I’m sorry I let you get attacked by a werewolf, and you know, ended the world.Frank Kranz as Marty in The Cabin In The Woods (2011)
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who think Cabin In The Woods should be a religion and those who hate it’s very existence. Can you guess which side we site on? Anyway, the world is about to end, and it totally your fault for not being the martyr you were chosen to be. Even Sigourney Weaver cannot convince you to simply die and save the world from giant angry gods. If this is not the most sincere apology ever filmed I don’t know what is.
The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.The Conjuring (2013)
You shouldn’t feel so responsible. You tried. You did something. That’s what counts.Kate Ashfield as Liz from Shawn Of The Dead (2004)
In today’s world, you get a medal for trying so this quote is more accurate than ever. Fighting off zombies and lose a few folks along the way.. hey.. you tried right? All is forgiven and the world goes on, well unless you have been bitten by a Zombie and are now minutes away from becoming a brain-hungry monster.
Oh, the dead don’t die anymore than you or I.They’re just ghosts inside a dream of a life that we don’t own.Sturgill Simpson The Dead Don’t Die 2019 Also starring Bill Murray
This zombie film spent a lot of it’s time .. wait… all of it’t time making social commentary. Did we still like it.. yep, it’s a zombie film with Bill Murray for Hell’s sake. You have so many great actors and Celina Gomez gets eaten. These are all wins in our book. We here at Puzzle Box Horror never really liked her music anyway. Sturgill Simpson on the other hand, well that’s a new country sound we can get behind. This quote, from the title song, is actually a piece of poetry as far as we are concerned. Need something for your tombstone later? Sturgill has you covered.
Rule #32 – Enjoy the little thingsJesse Eisenberg as Columbus from Zombieland (2009)
If Buddhism could be summarized in 6 words and a hyphen this is it. And from a Zombie apocalypse movie no less. As the team tries to learn to live in a world that is mostly zombies Columbus has this gem of a quote to keep him going night after night. Whether it is destroying gift shops or the Zombie Kill of the Week you absolutely must enjoy the little things. This horror quote is more of a life lesson really. Yes, I think I will take the time to enjoy the little things.
Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town.Bruce Cambel as Ash from Army of Darkness (1992)
From the 3rd installement of the Evil Dead comes Ash Williams again with great lines. He has been sent back in time by the Necronomicon where he has to go medevil on some demons. A lot of fans strugged with Army of Darkness but we loved it. It’s Ash at his finest and it’s pretty rare to find a horror movie set amongst knights and kings. Probably because the shear cost of the thing but by this time Evil Dead had already become the cult classic it is today.
This is no dream! This is really happening!Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
1968 was taken by surprise in this class horror starring Mia Farrow. A very scandalous plot for the time and quite racey for the era.. or maybe not it was after all the 1960s, a time of free love and gratuitous nudity. In this horror movie, we get a true depiction of an Incubus the male counterpart to the infamous Succubus both of which we love to write about for obvious reasons. If you have not stopped to watch or re-watch Rosemary’s baby it’s high time you did. This one is simply ageless.
Supernatural, perhaps; baloney, perhaps not.Bela Lugosi The Black Cat (1934)
These are godless times, Mrs. Snell. Mrs. Snell: I’ll drink to that.Carrie 1976
Love means never having to say you’re ugly.The Abomibable Dr. Phibes (1971)
When there is no room left in hell, the dead will walk the earth.Ken Foree as Peter Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Groovy!Bruce Cambel as Ash Evil Dead II (1987)
Without me, Transylvania will be as exciting as Bucharest…on a Monday night.Love at First Bite (1979)
We’ve been to Bucharest on our way to Transilvania in Northern Romania. It’s not a lie that Bucharest on a Monday night does not have much to enjoy. However, if you can get up to Cluj you will see vampire references everywhere. In fact, I’d say given the chance just go straight to Cluj in the heart of the Transilvania region.
What an excellent day for an exorcism.Demon The Exorcist (1973)
I’ve seen enough horror movies to know that any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly.Nancy McLoughlin as Elizabeth in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
I will not be threatened by a walking meat loaf!An American Werewolf in London (1981)
We’ve been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft’s okay! He’s a sailor, he’s in New York; we get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!Bill Murray as Dr Peter Venkman Ghostbusters (1984)
You’re going to need a bigger boat.Roy Scheider as Brody Jaws (1975)
One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.Bernard Hughs as Grandpa in The Lost Boys (1987)
Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.Heather Langerkamp as Nancy Thompson A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Don’t shoot yourself. Don’t shoot each other. And especially… don’t shoot me.Micheal Biehn as Sheriff Hague Planet Terror (2007)
“The Power Of Christ Compels You.” – Priest fromThe ExorcistMax Von Sydow as Father Merrin The Exorcist (1973)
Clarice Starling – If you didn’t kill him, then who did, sir? Hannibal Lecter – Who can say. Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter The Silence of The Lambs 1991
A Census Taker Once Tried To Test Me. I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And A Nice Chianti.Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter The Silence of The Lambs 1991
Swallow This.Evil Dead II (1987)
One, Two, Freddy’s Coming For You…A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
It’s Alive! It’s Alive!Frankenstein (1931)
I See Dead People.The Sixth Sense (1999)
Do You Want To Play A Game?Saw (2004)
Be afraid. Be very afraid.Geena Davis as Veronica Quaife in The Fly (1986)
There’ll be food and drink and ghosts…and perhaps even a few murders. You’re all invited.House on Haunted Hill (1959)
I’m scared to close my eyes; I’m scared to open them!The Blair Witch Project (1999)
It’s Halloween; I guess everyone’s entitled to one good scare.Halloween (1978)
I’m into survival.A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
I believe death should be repulsive, so we don’t grow too fond of it.Feardotcom (2002)
Oh, no tears, please. It’s a waste of good suffering.Hellraiser (1987)
To die—to be really dead—that must be glorious!Dracula (1931)
Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.Event Horizon (1997)
Movies don’t create psychos; movies make psychos more creative.Scream (1996)
Send…more…paramedics.The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.Aliens (1986)
Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever.The Shining (1980)
Tasty, tasty, beautiful fear.It (2017)
It’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s your son.Insidious (2010)
Basically, they’re these malevolent evil spirits that only exist to cause pain and commit evil for their own amusement.Paranormal Activity (2007)
I’m having an old friend for dinner.The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
They’re all gonna laugh at you!Piper Laurie as Margaret White Carrie (1976)
Look what your brother did to the door!The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man.The Wicker Man (1973)
Sometimes, dead is better.Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall Pet Sematary (1989)
This is my Boomstick!Bruce Campbell as Ash Army of Darkness (1992)
He’s got his father’s eyes.Sidney Blackmer as Roman Castevet Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters.Rory Calhoun as Vincent Smith Motel Hell (1980)
Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.Saw (2004)
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.The Shining (1980)
Oh you’ve got to be f***ing kidding!The Thing (1982)
You’ve reached the end of what we think are the best horror movie quotes out there. Every once and a while new gem pops up and we add it to the list. Leave us a comment if you have some horror movie quote gold laying around that we missed.