In 1978, one of the most iconic horror movie franchises kicked off with John Carpenter’s Halloween. This early slasher classic introduced the world to the masked killer known as Michael Myers, a relentless and terrifying villain who would become the face of the series that still continues all these decades later.
The Halloween franchise is known for its scares and its kills, but there has been a lot of memorable dialogue throughout the years courtesy of these movies. From the foreboding lines of dread to the badass line to the just plain bizarre line, these are the Halloween series’ most iconic quotes.
10 Trick Or Treat, Motherf*****!
While there are other strong contenders for the worst film in the franchise, Halloween: Resurrection may take the title. The movie follows a reality television crew who decide to stage a show set inside Michael Myers’ old house only for the killer to return and start killing people on live television.
One of the most memorable aspects of the movie (for all the wrong reasons) is Busta Rhymes’ showdown with Michael. It turns out his television producer character knows karate and delivers this terribly cheesy line before getting into a fight with the iconic character.
9 The Blackest Eyes. The Devil’s Eyes
Aside from Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, the franchise’s most famous character would have to be Dr. Sam Loomis. Loomis worked for years as a psychiatrist overseeing Michael Myers following the murder of his sister at a young age.
However, Loomis is not too keen on treating Myers as he explains that even as a child, Loomis only saw evil in him. His eerie description of Michael and his lifeless eyes helps establish him as a terrifying force without reason, remorse, or emotion.
8 I’ll See You In Hell
Another reason Halloween: Resurrection is so hated is because it brought Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode only to kill her off in the first ten minutes of the movie.
Laurie is found in a mental institution waiting for Michael to return to finish the job. She is able to lure him into a trap. But before finishing him off, she makes the mistake of trying to take off his mask. He ends up stabbing his little sister. As she dies, she gives him a kiss and promises they’ll see each other again in hell.
7 Stop it! Stop it! STOP IT!
The original plan for the series was for it to be an anthology story with each movie telling a new Halloween-set horror story. Halloween 3 attempted to fulfill this idea with a totally new story not involving Michael Myers.
In this movie, a doctor discovers a plan be to kill countless children by distributing magical masks whose deadly purpose will be triggered by a commercial jingle set to air on Halloween night. The movie ends on an unsettling and ominous note as the doctor calls the television station screaming to have the commercial taken off the air but seemingly failing.
6 You’re Talking About Him As If He Were A Human Being // That Part Of Him Died Years Ago
Some movies like to examine the human side of their villains or show how they can be sympathetic. However, the Halloween series worked best when admitting that Michael Myers was a being without emotion or remorse.
Dr. Loomis is the one who seems to understand this the most. He is not something that can be reasoned with. Whatever part of him was human before is going now and what remains is a terrifying creature who cannot be stopped.
5 Do You Know That I Pray Every Night That He Would Escape?
The latest movie in the franchise to hit theatres was David Gordon Green’s Halloween. Despite the confusing title, the film is a direct sequel to the original film, ignoring all the sequels that came before it.
Set 40 years after the original, Laurie Strode is still recovering from the trauma of her first encounter with Michael Myers while preparing for their inevitable rematch. When she hears Michael has indeed escaped, she tells the sheriff she prayed for that every night. When he asks why she would do that she responds, “So I could kill him.”
4 Happy Halloween, Michael
Part of the fun of the 2018 sequel is how it plays with Laurie and Michael being forever connected. Despite retconning the fact that they were siblings, there is a twisted bond between the two, and the movie highlights this by recreating classic moments from the original with Laurie taking Michael’s position.
After the two get into a brutal confrontation, Laurie comes back to finish the job. As Michael did in the original, Laurie emerges from the shadows and gives him a fitting Halloween greeting before attacking.
3 He Came Home
The series begins when a young Michael Myers brutally kills his sister on Halloween night. Since then, he has become obsessed with returning to his hometown and continuing his bloody killing spree.
In the original movie, no one believes Michael is interested in returning to Haddonfield after his escape, except for Dr. Loomis. The doctor understands what drives Michael and follows him back to Haddonfield. His cryptic observation that Michael is already there, lurking in the shadows is perfectly unsettling.
2 It’s Halloween, Everyone’s Entitled To One Good Scare
Though Michael Myers is plenty scary enough, the Halloween setting for the first movie adds a nice touch to the story. There is a sense of horror already hanging in the air and a man walking around in a mask doesn’t look so unusual.
Early in the film, Laurie Strode runs into Sheriff Brackett, startling her. After she gets over the initial fright, the sheriff tells her that everyone is entitled to one good scare on Halloween. Little did he know, there would be more where that came from.
1 Was That The Boogeyman?
Though he is introduced as a child in the opening scene of the original movie, Michael Myers seems to grow into something supernatural over time. After being terrorized by him all Halloween night, it’s understandable that Laurie Strode thinks he might be a monster.
After Loomis shoots Michael several times, causing him to fall off the balcony. Laurie asks Loomis if that was the “boogeyman”. Loomis simply responds, “As a matter of fact it was.”
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