I’ve been ruminating about zombie horror movies lately. No pun intended although I don’t doubt I look like a demonic cow while doing it.
Oh I know what you’re thinking -> back to full-time work + parenting 2 firecrackers + postgraduate study + fractured sleep thanks to steroids for my cluster headaches = one big WILD-EYED, DERANGED AND SLIGHTLY COMICAL ZOMBIE. But no (ahem, NO), my husband has just finished “The Walking Dead” graphic novel and is now subjecting me to the AMC series (I could go a bit of Andrew Lincoln so this doesn’t displease me). Husband doesn’t usually watch this stuff (I took him to see the super-charged version of The Exorcist at the cinema a few years ago and don’t think he’s forgiven me) but he’s really getting into The Walking Dead. It’s a bit creepy, actually.
It got me thinking about some of the gems from the 70s and 80s that I trawled through as a kid – Lucio Fulci’s spaghetti horrors, american classics featuring Brooke Shields, John Travolta and/or Keifer Sutherland – you know, the GREATS. I have a real “soft spot” for this sh*t (although residual consternation that my parents let me watch them as an early teen) which triggered this list of 10 horror movie quotes that you could use on your kids.
- On trying to get your teenager out of bed in the morning - “Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!” – Frankenstein (1931)
- On being woken by the 7th night-time callout - “Children of the night, shut up!” - Love at First Bite (1979)
- On training your kids to love medium-rare steak and two vege - “I will not be threatened by a walking meat loaf!” - An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- …and then introducing them to more “exotic” foods - “They’re only noodles” - The Lost Boys (1987)
- On trying to get your kid(s) off the computer/iPad/iPhone etc. - “A hobby should only pass the time, not fill it.” - Psycho (1960)
- On heading down aisle 3 when your child is having a megatantrum in aisle 2- “There is no Dana, only Zuul” - Ghostbusters (1984)
- On fostering a non-creepy (really) love for yer mum - “A boy’s best friend is his mother” - Psycho (1960)
- On approaching bed-time during a particularly difficult sleep phase - “You are going to get some sleep tonight if it kills me.” - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- On kicking your kids out into the backyard after the 10th round of live Mathletics (who even has this problem?) - “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” [you've GOT to say this with a sinister Jack Torrance accent, though, or it doesn't work] – The Shining (1980)
- On going postal on your teenager’s bad attitude – “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” – They Live (1988)