Friday, October 30, 2009

Quips and Quotations (Halloween Edition)

It grossed something like 12 million dollars and started a whole slew of boy-meet-ghoul films.

--Boris Karloff, talking about Frankenstein.

Pat Boone!

--Vincent Price, when asked by Peter Marshall on Hollywood Squares as to who was the most evil man in the world.

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat. Cut it.

--Alfred Hitchcock

The love bite. It is the beginning. You will be irresistible.

--Bela Lugosi

Do you think we should drive a stake in his heart just to make sure?

--Peter Lorre, to Vincent Price at Bela Lugosi's funeral.

I think I'm insulted!

--Peter Lorre, playing himself on Route 66. Lon Chaney Jr., also playing himself, and made up like the Wolf Man, was chasing this young woman around a motel lobby. She ran around a corner, and came face to face with Lorre, who was in his regular street clothes. She fainted at the sight if him.

A clown may be funny in a circus ring, but what would be your reaction to opening your door and finding that same clown on your front step at midnight?

--Lon Chaney

They had to starve me to take this name!

--Lon Chaney Jr, born Creighton Chaney.

He was my baby!

--Lon Chaney Jr, referring to his most famous character, the Wolf Man

There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on.

--Rod Serling

We annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the Columbia Broadcasting System.

--Orson Welles, at the end of his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.

As you know, there's a real scary holiday coming up. Election Day.

--Paul Lynde


  1. Clowns terrify me. When my daughter was given one at her first birthday party, I watched her take it out of the gift wrapping and I had to steel myself not to snatch it from her hands and throw it. Very good friends had given it to her with love, but Ex ditched that clown after the party was over.

  2. These are great Kirk - well found and lovingly read!



  3. Lime, you must learn to conquer your fear! I suggest you start out with mimes, and, once you're comfortable around them, gradually move on to clowns, perhaps the sad ones first. Whatever you do, DON'T READ ANY BATMAN COMIC BOOK FEATURING THE JOKER! It's all right to watch Ceasar Romero on the old TV show, however. He couldn't even scare Alfred the butler.

    Thanks, Bren. I should have thrown in a John Carradine quote as well, but I didn't think of it. Oh, well, there's always next Halloween.

  4. I think I understand, Limes. It's those invisible walls they're always touching. Eerie.

  5. Hitchcock was fabulous.

    Welcome to the blog, Kelly

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  7. The above may be more scary than the horror movie star quotes


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