John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is one of the best horror movies of all-time. The film, about a serial killer called Michael Myers, is regarded as a classic of the genre, and rightfully so.
Not only is Halloween incredibly scary, it is also a master class in suspense. Oh, and it is filled with some iconic and often creepy lines of dialogue too.
Sure, Michael Myers might be a silent killer, but there are plenty of characters who do the talkin’ for him. From Loomis to Laurie, the killer lines just keep on coming.
In this post, I am serving up the best quotes from Halloween. These are the lines which remain with you long after the credits have rolled.
A silent killer
Marion: “The only thing I can’t stand is their gibberish… how they keep ranting on and on.”
Loomis: “You haven’t anything to worry about. He hasn’t spoken a word in fifteen years.”
Death has come a callin’
Loomis: “I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room, staring at a wall; not seeing the wall, looking past the wall; looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town, Sheriff. Now, you can either ignore it, or you can help me to stop it.”
Things get spooky
Annie: “Still spooked?”
Laurie: “I wasn’t spooked.”
Laurie: “I wasn’t! I saw someone standing in Mr. Riddle’s back yard.”
Annie: “Probably Mr. Riddle!”
Laurie: “He was watching me.”
Annie: “Mr. Riddle was watching you? Laurie, Mr. Riddle is eighty-seven!”
Laurie: “He can still watch.”
Annie: “That’s probably all he can do!”
Lock him up – and throw away the key
Marion: “You’re serious about this, aren’t you?”
Marion: “I mean, you really never want him to get out?”
Loomis: “No, never, ever… never.”
Loomis: (Speaking on the phone) “You’ve got to believe me, officer, he is coming to Haddonfield…
“Because I know him! I’m his doctor! You must be ready for him… If you don’t, it’s your funeral.”
License to kill
Dr. Wynn: “Sam, Haddonfield is 150 miles away from here. For God’s sake, he can’t even drive a car!”
Loomis: “He was doing very well last night! Maybe someone around here gave him lessons.”
Search your feelings
Brackett: “I have a feeling that you’re way off on this.”
Loomis: “You have the wrong feeling.”
Brackett: “You’re not doing very much to prove me wrong!”
Loomis: “Hey… What is that?”
Brackett: “A dog. It’s still warm.”
Loomis: “He got hungry.”
Pure evil – and nothing more
Loomis: “I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding in 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 realised that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”
Returning to Haddonfield
Loomis: “He came home!”
There’s no such thing as the Boogeyman
Tommy: “What about the jack-o-lantern?”
Laurie: “After the movie.”
Tommy: “What about my comics?”
Laurie: “After the jack-o-lantern.”
Tommy: “What about the Boogeyman?”
Laurie: “There’s no such thing.”
Call for back-up
Laurie: “Tommy, unlock the door! Come here, now you listen to me. I want you to go down the stairs, and out the front door. I want you to go down the street to the Mackenzie’s house. I want you to tell them to call the police and tell them to send them over here. Now, do you understand me? Go do as I say!”
Blame it on the boogey, man!
Laurie: “It was the Boogeyman.”
Loomis: “As a matter of fact it was.”
Brackett: “It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”
If you’re a fan of the Halloween movie series, then you may wish to know that two recent books have been published about the series, called Taking Shape.
The first book, Taking Shape: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream focuses on the original movie, as well as its sequels. The second book, Taking Shape II: The Lost Halloween Sequels, takes a look at the Halloween movies that never were.
Both books are available in paperback or on Kindle, via Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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One Response to The best Halloween 1978 movie quotes
What does Laurie say when she’s in Lindsey’s house in the dark living room? Sounds like “This is definitely stop being funny now cut it out!” ???????