47 Horror Quotes That Will Keep You up at Night
If you're a massive fan of movies such as "Hereditary," "Midsommar," "Us," or the movie adaptions of Stephen King's phenomenal novel "It," then you're most likely a horror junkie. Get a dose of your favorite fear by reading the 47 quotes below.
Walking into a dark room only to feel a tingle down your spine or a strange noise can send terror running through the most courageous of us. Yet, even though the idea of horror terrifies us, we will still gladly walk into a dark room and watch films designed to leave us shaken.
There are many kinds of horror films to choose from, such as ghosts, demons, slashers, psychological thrillers, and the list goes on; we, as humans, appear to be addicted to adrenaline. Read these 47 quotes below to get a small dose of it.
Stephen King’s quote: "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." | Image: AmoDays
Quotes on Horror Movies, Horror Stories, and Horror Itself
"What scares me is what scares you. We're all afraid of the same things. That's why horror is such a powerful genre. All you have to do is ask yourself what frightens you, and you'll know what frightens me." ― John Carpenter
"I am profoundly fascinated by cruelty, fear, horror, and death. My films show my preoccupation with violence, the pathology of violence." ― Fritz Lang
"The nice thing about a horror movie is that people go in looking to be unsettled." ― Ari Aster
"Some people ask why people would go into a dark room to be scared. I say they are already scared, and they need to have that fear manipulated and massaged. I think of horror movies as the disturbed dreams of a society." ― Wes Craven
"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones." ― Stephen King
Roy Blount, Jr.’s quote: "Think about scary movies: There's a fine line between horror and humor." | Image: AmoDays
"The charm of horror only tempts the strong" ― Jean Lorrain
"There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don't understand. Internal is the human heart." ― John Carpenter
"Part of what horror is is taking risks and going somewhere that people think you're not supposed to be able to go, in the name of expressing real-life fears." ― Jordan Peele
"There's nothing scarier than silence. A lot of horror movies lean on hits and score to try and create tension, which actually does the opposite. The best scares come from a desire to see the character overcome what they're dealing with in the scene. If you care about the character, you'll care about the scare." ― Mike Flanagan
"Horror is the removal of masks." ― Robert Bloch
Evan Peters’ quote: "I used to look at horror movies as being really real, and it would totally freak me out and give me nightmares. Now I watch and think, 'Whoa, how'd they do that?" | Image: AmoDays
"When I was a kid, I was really into 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Friday the 13th.' But as I got older and started working as an actor, I did not really get scared by horror movies as much, so I am not as into them anymore." — Simon Rex
"Think about scary movies: There's a fine line between horror and humor." — Roy Blount, Jr.
"Bang, bang, bang. I understand now why so many horror movies use that device-the mysterious knock on the door because it has the weight of a nightmare. You don't know what's out there, yet you know you'll open it. You'll think what I think: No one bad ever knocks." ― Gillian Flynn
"From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent." ― H.P. Lovecraft
Victor Frankenstein’s quote from “Frankenstein’s” (1931): "It's alive!" | Image: AmoDays
"The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around; it's when the lights go out, and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out, and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there..." ― Stephen King
"It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out and come back for more." — Bela Lugosi
"I used to look at horror movies as being really real, and it would totally freak me out and give me nightmares. Now I watch and think, 'Whoa, how'd they do that?" — Evan Peters
Quotes from Horror Movies
"It's alive!" — Victor Frankenstein, "Frankenstein" (1931)
"I am a vampire, and that is the truth." ― Christopher Pike, "The Last Vampire."
Regan’s quote from “The Exorcist" (1973) "You're going to die up there." | Image: AmoDays
"Sin never dies." — Margaret White, "Carrie" (1976)
"What an excellent day for an exorcism." — Demon, "The Exorcist "(1973)
"It was beauty that killed the beast." — Carl Denham, "King Kong" (1933)
"You're going to die up there." — Regan, "The Exorcist" (1973)
"Hi, I'm Chucky! Want to play?" — Chucky, "Child's Play" (1988)
"You know, there are two kinds of evil. There's the evil that exists as an external force that threatens the well-being of the tribe. Survival depends on understanding and awareness and fear of physical threat to our daily lives. The other kind of evil lives inside of us. Like a sickness or an infection. It's more dangerous because we may not know we're infected." — Laurie Strode, "Halloween Ends" (2022)
Jack Torrance,’s quote from “The Shining” 1980: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." | Image: AmoDays
"You're going to need a bigger boat." — Martin Brody, "Jaws" (1975)
"You're talking about him as if he were a human being. That part of him died years ago." — Dr. Loomis, "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers"
"It's like a wire inside me getting tighter and tighter." — Rosemary Woodhouse, "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." — Jack Torrance, "The Shining" (1980)
"To a new world of gods and monsters!" — "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)
Martin Brody’s quote from, "Jaws” (1975): "You're going to need a bigger boat." | Image: AmoDays
The Fear Never Ends
"[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion." ― Clive Barker
"Eddie discovered one of his childhood's great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought." ― Stephen King, "It"
"Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination." ― Henry Knox
"An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it." ― George Bernard Shaw
"It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude." — H. P. Lovecraft
Edgar Allan Poe’s quote: "Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." | Image: AmoDays
"Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?" ― Justin Alcala
"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
"No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace." ― H. P. Lovecraft
"I am a horror maniac who prefers to stay at home." ― Junji Ito
"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." ― Edgar Allan Poe
"You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension." ― Nikola Tesla
Clive Barker’s quote: "[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion." | Image: AmoDays
"Imagination, of course, can open any door - turn the key and let terror walk right in." ― Truman Capote
"Demons are like obedient dogs; they come when they are called." ― Remy de Gourmont
"I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside." ― Shirley Jackson
"Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history." ― Robert Anton Wilson
"Most of the laugh tracks on television were recorded in the early 1950s. These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead." ― Chuck Palahniuk
"Take my wife... please. I'm not saying she's ugly, but when she went to see a horror film, the audience thought she was making a personal appearance." — Les Dawson
H. P. Lovecraft’s quote: "It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude." | Image: AmoDays
Except for those who are too scared to watch horror films, we all love a taste of spine-tingling screams or some blood and gore now and then. Many can handle these films because, with the exception of some types of horror, such as serial killers, they don't believe any of it to be true.
However, whether one believes in supernatural forces are not, these are not the monsters we should be afraid of. Instead, those within are more ferocious; read these 49 demon quotes to exorcise your inner darkness.