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12 Most Badass Lines in Horror Movies


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Horror movies are a weird thing. You rarely root for the victims and are often excitedly waiting for the next poor sap to get aced by the monster/ghost/maniac/jerk of the day. The way to balance that equation a little bit is to give the heroes some moxie, and that’s accomplished by giving them cool dialogue. Here are 12 badass movie lines from horror films that help you cheer for the right people… usually.

12. Silence of the Lambs

Line: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
You don’t want to cross Hannibal Lecter, although he does sound like an excellent dinner host.

11. Addams Family Values

Line: “I can’t swim.”
Technically not a horror film, but the Addams name goes a long way – just as Wednesday’s biting line to the “victim” does.

10. Terminator

Line: “You’re terminated, f*cker!”
An evil skeleton chasing and killing people makes the original film as much horror as it is sci-fi, and Sarah Connor began her transformation to Judgment Day badass here.
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9. Ghostbusters

Line: “This chick is toast.”
It has ghosts, so the showdown with Gozer counts as horror, if only to get this badass sequence on the list.

8. Dead Alive

Line: “I kick ass for the Lord!”
Peter Jackson gave us a super-priest who is all kinds of badass.

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street

Line: “This… is God.”
This is certainly rooting for the wrong person, but Freddy Krueger’s such a mouthy bastard that we had to include something from him.

6. Monster Squad

Line: “My name… is Horace.”
While we all love “Wolfman’s got nards!,” the real badass moment comes from Horace vs. the fish monster from some familiar lagoon.

5. Aliens

Line: “Get away from her, you bitch.”
When Ripley levels the playing field, all bets are off. And Mama Alien gets a scolding.

4. They Live

Line: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, ladies and gentlemen. Making his presence known to the secret alien hordes.

3. Army of Darkness

It’s impossible to choose just one line from this film, since so many are great, so here’s a whole boatload of them.

2. Jaws

Line: “Smile, you son of a bitch!”
The final showdown with the murderous shark results in a great line from Martin Brody.

1. The Shining

Line: “Here’s Johnny!”
This one has a generational shelf-life, as more and more young people sadly forget who Johnny Carson was, so we’re giving it a victory lap.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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