Sunday, February 06, 2011

Top Ten Horror/Science Fiction Quotes

Ellie and iZombie have put together a blogfest with my site almost entirely in mind. 

So what goes into making a quote a top quote.  In my mind, it has to be memorable and usable.  They don't have to be from a good movie.  To use the what is good in life quote from Conan (fantasy, so not technically in the running as it may have made it) as an example.  It is fairly short, it is easily memorized, and it has the advantage of being call and response.  That call and response thing is huge. Well, on to the list, you can let me know how my quotes stack up in the comments. 

10.  Jaws- "We're gonna need a bigger boat."  Anytime in life you bite off more than you can chew, use this line and give yourself a chuckle.  Added advantage is that you can replace boat with anything else.  Have another kid:  "We're gonna need a bigger car."  Still works, especially if the other person is a jaws fan. 

9.  Aliens- "Game over man, game over!"  You have to do this one with the Bill Paxton voice.  Try imagining you have three wives and they are trying to kick you out of the state house, or that you are on a planet full of xenomorphs. 

8.  E.T.-  "E.T. phone home."  E.T. really doesn't age well.  The movie is almost unwatchable to me now.  I loved it as a kid, but don't really enjoy it anymore, at all.  But this line will continue on.  Probably more relevant before people had cell phones and therefor you had to ask to use someones phone to call your own. 

6.  Friday the 13th-  "Ch, ch, ch, ch, Ah, ah, ah, ah"-  Okay, so this isn't an actual line from the movies, it is a sound effect.  But it is a very effective quote none the less.  Everyone knows where it comes from and they know you are trying to give the situation a creepy feel.  Trying?  Heck, with this one you are succeeding. 

5.  Batman- "Where does he get such wonderful toys?"  This one may start a barrage of Batman quotes that go through all of the movies and maybe even some "bang" and "pow" from the TV show. 

4.  Mars Attacks- "We come in peace."  When said in certain company, this will unleash a series of "Nyack, Nyack, Nyacks."  It may even cause some yodeling or fond memories of a teenage Natalie Portman. 

3.  Star Wars-  "Luke, I am your father."  Whenever you are trying to convince someone to do something just throw this at them.  Go ahead and do your best James Earl Jones as well.  For use in everything, ie borrowing money.  "Luke I am your father.  let me borrow $5 and we will rule the universe together as father and son."  The whole original trilogy is highly quotable, but this is the one that takes the cake. 

2.  Ghostbusters- "Are you a god?  No.  Then Die!"  Great call and response here.  Can be used when anyone disagrees with you over something.  "Lets eat at Taco Bell."  "You know they don't use real beef."  "Are you a god?"  Ghostbusters is pretty quotable and I really like "Don't cross the streams," but it is only applicable in troft style urinals. 

1.  Idiocracy-  "It's got electrolytes..."  Idiocracy may be the most quotable movie ever.  Just check out fark.com if you don't believe.  I will wait while you do. " I can wait all day.  I can wait for a week."  The whole movie is a quote just waiting to happen.  If you haven't seen this movie, grab your closest friends and watch it.  the electrolyte line is very versatile.  it can be call and response with one person saying something has electrolytes and everyone else telling you that it is what plants crave.  You can change out electrolytes and plants.  "It's got alcohol, what frat boys crave!"  It will also start up an idocracy quote off. 

18 comments:

Margo Berendsen said...

I loved your list because of all the creative ways to use quotes! Truly, there is nothing more satisfying than getting a "I get you" response when you spout off a quote like "we come in peace" or "game over man, game over."

Interesting observations about ET. You are right, that movie didn't age well.

Idiocracy? Never heard of it! Don't shoot me! I promise I will get it seen.

M Pax said...

Beeen! Why didn't you tell me! Waaa! :) Great list.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I selected the same Alien quote!

Elaine AM Smith said...

I loved your quotes; with ET, Alien and Star Wars in there, it is hard to go wrong ;)

Ellie said...

Lol. I love the usages for all the quotes! An awewsome list. Thank you for taking part!

Abby Minard said...

Classic Batman- loved the tv show! And of course Ghostbusters- how could I have forgotten that? Great list!

Kimberly said...

Great quotes - the last movie looks vaguely familiar. I like how you give us pointers on using these quotes too.

Dave said...

Now I have to see Idiocracy...

Dave Wrote This

Arlee Bird said...

I was with you until you got to Idiocracy-- what's that? I'm another one who's never heard of it.

Lee
Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011

Donna Hole said...

Love that Ghost Busters and Jaws quotes.

......dhole

Danette said...

Great classic list with suggestions for multiple usage! terrific! Awesome! Quotes from movies should always be reused (although some of the faves in our house were from Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Budd said...

For those of you that haven't seen Idiocracy, it is written by Mike Judge (beavis and butthead), and stars Owen Wilson. The premise is that Joe Bauers is cryogenically frozen in present day because he is average in every way. The project that was supposed to last one year gets scrapped and he never gets woken up. When he does wake up, way in the future, the world is populated by idiots and he is the smartest man in the world. It is irreverent and inappropriate, but entirely funny.

iZombie said...

great well balanced meal of quotes... i am happy full.

Thank you for being part of this, it was a great time and success.
Jeremy [iZombie]
http://izombielover.blogspot.com/2011/02/thank-you-all-success-my-plans-out.html

Heather M. Gardner said...

I love that you used the sound effect from Friday the 13th! We do that all the time!
Great list.

Lisa Potts said...

I second Heather. Loved the Friday The 13th quote. Great list!

Margo Berendsen said...

Good point about the animated Transformers movie. I need to watch that again. It's been too long. that was the REAL transformers.

Reid Kemper said...

The "No. I am your father" quote from the second original Star Wars movie is often misquoted, but it's one of the most widely known movie quotes and deserves it. Great quotes!

Budd said...

yeah, Jaws and Idiocracy are also slightly misquoted, but that is how I use them and here others use them. Strange, how, collectively, we all seem to misquote things in the same way. Or, did someone misquote it once and the rest of the world latch on to the misquote and run with it.