100+ Best Horror Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational horror quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Horror Quotes

Horror movies are all about getting your attention; you always have to be on guard. People love to be on the edge – there’s nothing like a surprise. — P. J. Soles

All of us have our individual curses, something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we have to deal with, like me making horror films, perhaps. — Wes Craven

A really good horror film has a story. — Dee Wallace

I like emotional horror. I don’t like horror movies. I hate them. But, if you can make emotional horror movies, I’m in. If I can care and root for the main character, then I’m in. — Kevin Williamson

What can I tell you about things like Circus of Horrors except that I get killed by the bear? — Donald Pleasence

I’ve been a fan of vampire fiction since way, way back – I loved Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Robert McCammon, Shirley Jackson, lots of great horror and paranormal fiction. — Rachel Caine

I think so much of the horror film is about our primal instincts, and our primal instincts are not just towards violence. It’s also towards sex. I feel like horror movies, as much as they’re about violence, they’re also about sex. It’s about our instincts, so in that regard, it’s crucial that you honor both of those things. — Drew Goddard

I’ve always found it easy and natural and, more importantly, necessary to articulate thoughts and feelings, and fierce emotions, through the written word. Fantasy and horror came to me when I was very young. — Kim Elizabeth

The sky hides the night behind it, and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above. — Paul Bowles

I think horror films in the past maybe touched on social themes having to do with whatever era in which they were made, but in the end, it’s definitely an escapist form of entertainment. — Brooke Nevin

My memoirs were written, and a portion of them already in the hands of the publishers, when the startling news came which has thrilled all Europe and filled her inhabitants with horror – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. — Belle Boyd

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

Horror movies have never been my thing. I love psychological thrillers like ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Shining’, even though they scare the living daylights out of me. — Emmanuelle Vaugier

I have a very high tolerance for gore and blood. I am, like, the perfect horror movie viewer because I do not get scared very easily. I can really stomach anything so, as a result, I have watched a lot of really disgusting stuff that I should probably never have seen. — Tania Raymonde

Horror movies are the best date movies. There’s no wondering, ‘When do I put my arm around her?’ — Eli Roth

First off, I could never become a doctor. Blood? Even the fake blood on ‘American Horror Story,’ I’m kind of ready to hurl. — Taissa Farmiga

I don’t watch horror movies because they scare me! — Sarah Wayne Callies

I’m a fan of short horror fiction… in fact, the most memorable horror I’ve read is of the short variety… but I have a hard time pulling it off myself. — George Stephen

Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I’d love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers. — Luis Bunuel

I’m not the biggest horror fan. I get scared so easily. If I’m just walking on set, and someone taps me on the shoulder, I scream and jump and freak out. — Taissa Farmiga

Oh God, I’m going to get in trouble for saying this, but I grew up falling asleep in church because I was tired from watching horror movies late at night. — KaDee Strickland

I think that The Eye is a particularly Americanized take on horror — Guillermo del Toro

‘The Exorcist’ is absolutely my favorite horror film, and I watched it when I was, like, seven years old with my mother for the first time. I don’t know why my mom let me watch that. I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself. I couldn’t go upstairs by myself. I couldn’t sleep. — Odette Annable

I’m not sure whether I’ve been happy. After my last book tour, I sat on my balcony with a cup of tea. I thought: ‘You can’t rewind the movie. I’ve spent more than half my life in the Middle East. There have been great moments of horror and depression and loneliness.’ — Robert Fisk

My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams. I’ve always had a wild imagination, a big heart and a tortured soul so I feel that dark fantasy, love and horror are in my blood. — Kim Elizabeth

With a horror movie, you dont want to anticipate where things are going to go. — Ebon Moss-Bachrach

I get startled really easily, so I hate horror films. I have to close my eyes when I think something is going to make me jump, because I just scream. — Leigh Lezark

The horror movie will not go away. Look at the change in the Hollywood landscape as a signifier of its durability. At one point it was just one of many styles of films called ‘product’ that between, say, 1930 and 1970, the movie city ground out like sausages or hula hoops at a rate of four or five a week. — Stephen Hunter

They wanted me to do Scream 2, and I hate talking about movies I turned down, because it sounds judgmental. There’s nothing wrong with horror movies. I enjoy watching them. The main reason I turn a part down is if I think I won’t be good. — Casey Affleck

The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness. — Robert Bly

Why should a horror film be just a horror film? To me, The Company of Wolves is a fairy tale; it’s got all those elements plus a lot more. And we know that fairy tales aren’t innocent any more. — Neil Jordan

I love horror, I love scary movies, I love thrillers. If things creep you out and spook you? I love it. — Lana Parrilla

I’m not so sure that horror should be dismissed as something less than literature. — Whitley Strieber

After my film ‘The Tale of Two Sisters,’ I received a lot of offers from Hollywood to direct, but because ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ was a horror film, I received a lot of horror films. But I wasn’t interested in working in the same genre, and the scripts I received for films in different genres were for projects that were near completion. — Kim Jee-woon

I grew up on the old EC comic books before the Comics Code in North American and with all sort of good-natured fun. I never had nightmares I think because all of the old horror stuff that I was exposed to was well meaning in a certain sense. — George A. Romero

I do needlepoint from kits. I give them as gifts to people in the form of cushion covers and they are often speechless with horror. — Lynne Truss

For me, it’s very easy to write a horror movie that’s just a succession of scary sequences, but it’s hard to find horror movies that have a genuine theme to them that are really exploring some aspect of our psychology and our fears. — Ehren Kruger

On the other hand, now that I’m not dependent on fiction for my income, I’ve been writing more short stories despite the fact that there’s no real paying market for short horror other than Cemetery Dance. — George Stephen

Time takes the ugliness and horror out of death and turns it into beauty. — Dodie Smith

The Company of Wolves doesn’t belong in any category, so it’s difficult to prepare an audience for it. It’s not a horror film, it’s not a fantasy film, it’s not a children’s film – so what is it? — Neil Jordan

Horror does not interest me, and so I know little of its practicioners, old or current — William Peter Blatty

Poor decisions and bad luck are contingencies of most horror films. — Wesley Morris

I like horror movies, they’re fun. It was the most fun I’ve had on a movie set. — Clea Duvall

I’ve always been fascinated by horror films and genre films. And horror films harbored a fascination for me and always have been something I’ve wanted to watch and wanted to make. — Edgar Wright

I love horror movies! I’ve loved horror movies since I was about eight years old, not that an 8-year-old should be watching ‘The Shining’, but I was allowed to for some reason. — Alex Breckenridge

The first horror film I remember seeing in the theatre was Halloween and from the first scene when the kid puts on the mask and it is his POV, I was hooked. — David Arquette

Look at the world of both film and indie games, and you’ll find a startling similarity between the two when it comes to creating the perfect horror story. The tricks storytellers pull to make your blood run cold never change; a creaking floorboard, the eerie feeling of being watched, wandering into a world filled with unspeakable terror. — Rob Manuel

Euphemism is a human device to conceal the horrors of reality. — Paul Johnson

Horror is about dreams and heightened states. It really is about taking away the logic on some level and getting right to the emotion of something. — Tim Minear

It is deeply shocking and incomprehensible to me that despite volumes of documentation and living witnesses who can attest to the horrors of the Holocaust, there are still those who would deny it. — Mark Udall

I have a horror of being in confined spaces. — Hayley Mills

I love watching horror films because I don’t get scared easily. — Esha Gupta

We’re trying to tell a very full story of ‘Nashville’ and these characters in Nashville, and I’m really hopeful that we’re going to be able to do something as innovative as ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Friday Night Lights.’ And I think so far, we’re on the right path for that. — Connie Britton

I love ‘Child’s Play 2!’ I love Don Mancini. That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was scared to do a horror movie – a blatant studio horror movie – but I liked the script, and I thought that was such an important theme because I don’t think adults listen to children enough. — Beth Grant

This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners, and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance, from which I could not avert my eyes, that I was unable longer to endure it. — Adelbert von Chamisso

The greater the burden a man takes upon his shoulders, the stronger he must be to carry it. No words are unmentionable, no action or horror beyond powers of description, if one is equal to them. — Bjornstjerne Bjornson

I set out to do a horror film with ‘Dog Soldiers,’ and what I came out with at the end of the day was something that was more of a cult movie, more of a black comedy with some horror elements in it. It kind of went over the top. — Neil Marshall

I like the paranormal side a lot; that’s my favorite kind of horror movie because it plays on your fear of the dark and makes you go home, and you can’t sleep at night. — Shanley Caswell

I don’t understand it, but every horror film is huge. I would consider one, but I don’t know if my heart would be in it. — Roselyn Sanchez

The modern horror audience is wise to our tricks this lets it in on the gag. — Robert Englund

What was always interesting about Thomas Harris’ books is they were a wonderful hybridization of a crime thriller and a horror movie. — Bryan Fuller

Through my mind, is just the horror of these people. I had been held by them, I knew how violent they were. — Patty Hearst

I think that some laughter comes from escaped horror, doesn’t it? — Edward St Aubyn

I am actually a big sissy, and growing up, I never used to watch horror movies. ‘Bambi’ gave me nightmares. — Danielle Panabaker

When I want to render these fine nuances, I do not find them in the subject, but in the nature of women in real life who seek unhealthy emotions and are too stupid even to understand the horror in the most appalling situations. — Gustave Moreau

I’m quite a rational person. I’m not very superstitious, but I really do enjoy horror as a genre. — Gemma Chan

I always laugh because people assume I love horror because I do a horror movie, but I’m not a huge horror fan. — Courtney Gains

The same sensations that you get in heavy metal are in horror movies. Heavy metal sounds evil and horror movies are evil, ha ha! — Kirk Hammett

I am determined to go through the horror of this world. — Brian Epstein

The only thing I find difficult to watch – horror movies – not that I don’t like them. Like ‘The Shining,’ it’s one of my favorite movies, but it’s terrifying. I feel like I’ve watched a marathon afterwards. — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

I am profoundly fascinated by cruelty, fear, horror and death. My films show my preoccupation with violence, the pathology of violence. — Fritz Lang

To all my soap fans out there, my horror fanatics, comedy lovers, I will tell you this: ‘Death Valley’ is an action-packed drama, comedic, horror TV series that has a non-stop adventure in each episode. It’s like a huge pot of Texas gumbo. If you like all four of those genres, then you’ll love this show. — Texas Battle

In its history, Europe has committed so many massacres and horrors that it should bow its own head in shame. — Desmond Tutu

I saw ‘Food, Inc.’ last night – it was like a horror movie. I’m definitely thinking about my food supply now and how I want to grow my own. — Lauren Ambrose

Any time a new horror film comes out that looks appealing, I’m always excited to go see it. — Alex Breckenridge

All these horror movies are slasher film now. I like them, they’re fun, but they wink at the audience and you’re really not terrified through the movie. — Gina Philips

It’s interesting to me; you do four, five or six of these Comic Cons or things like that across the country a year. Obviously, I get busted a lot of ‘Weekend at Bernies,’ but the fans for horror movies are so wonderful and so loyal. — Terry Kiser

Any horror element is as much psychological as special effects. — Christopher Eccleston

My earliest memories of horror are ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ and ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’… and ‘Hatchet’ is so obviously inspired by those films that I may as well have made it in 1984. — Adam Green

I’m a big horror fan, but I don’t enjoy a lot of gore and watching somebody cut their leg off for five hours. I like the older movies where it draws you into the suspense, that sort of shock and awe. — Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

I spent years only ever reading horror and then trying to write horror – and deep down, a horror writer is still what I’d love to be. But it wasn’t until I started writing crime that things began to work for me. — Paul Cleave

I have found that my fan base is a bit above average when compared to the common horror fan. — Adam Green

I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed? — Angelina Grimke

There’s just something wonderful about getting a small group of people together in an isolated location, and there’s something about cabins themselves that imply both horror and fun. When you go to a cabin, you’re usually going to have a good time. — Drew Goddard

I have a horror of the blank page. I simply cannot write on a blank page or screen. Because once I do, I start to fix it, and I never get past the first sentence. — Charles Krauthammer

‘Seanan McGuire’ is my real name; if I’m being silly and third-person about it, she’s a frequently cranky, foul-mouthed Disney Princess on vacation in the real world, where she studies diseases, cuddles reptiles, watches lots of horror movies, and goes to as many corn fields as possible. — Seanan McGuire

I think there is a feeling of old Hitchcock in there. There are parts that are tributes to some of the old great horror movies and the old great filmmakers. — Gina Philips

I purposefully try to make films in that grey area, where things are morally ambiguous. It’s like life: good people do horrible things, and bad people do good things, and there’s beauty in horror and horror in beauty. — Harmony Korine

I’m an actor. The fact that I’m involved in Jigsaw, I don’t approach Jigsaw any differently than I approached The Nordic in ‘The Firm’ or FBI Agent Stokes in ‘Mississippi Burning.’ It’s the same deal. It’s just that the effect is sometimes different. So I say, people ask me, ‘How does it feel to be a horror icon?’ I’m thrilled. It’s great. — Tobin Bell

Horror is the future. And you cannot be afraid. You must push everything to the absolute limit, or else life will be boring. People will be boring. Horror is like a serpent: always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can’t be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious. — Dario Argento

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s, with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and cliched as Hollywood movies. — Poppy Z. Brite

I am like the perfect horror movie viewer because I do not get scared very easily. — Tania Raymonde

One of the difficult things of making a horror sequel in general is because the horror genre is so founded on surprise. — Ehren Kruger

I just love scary stuff! I’m a huge horror buff. — Elena Satine

‘The Quiet Ones’ was my first film, let alone my first horror film, and I had so much fun. I had such a laugh, every single day. I look like such a feral child in it. — Olivia Cooke

Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman’s right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ or the backlash against feminism which I always thought was the core to ‘Stepford Wives.’ — Chuck Palahniuk

Obama has seen to the passage of the most radical legislation in recent American history and so-called ‘progressives’ should be thanking him for it – even as many of the rest of us rear in horror from its implications. — John Podhoretz

Most horror films fail to scare me. I think The Ring plays more as a psychological thriller. It’s smarter, there’s more character development and some of the themes explored go a little deeper. — Martin Henderson

I feel tired, but in general, I do love being pregnant and always feel pretty good. I’m lucky. I always hear, like, horror stories. — Kourtney Kardashian

I think most character people that you talk to, it’s like, whatever they offer us, we are thrilled to do. I won’t do anything that’s immoral or illicit. I did turn down eating a dead body once. I turned down a few really creepy horror movies. For the most part, I can usually find a way into whatever character. — Beth Grant

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