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Greatest Classic Horror Speeches: 3 Memorable Monologues

By    |   Monday, 04 Jan 2016 06:16 PM

Great speeches are often meant to inspire, and these monologues from classic horror movies are meant to inspire one thing — fear. Whether voiced by hero, villain, or victim, these classic horror speeches set the tone for the dreadful events ahead.

1. Dr. Sam Loomis' monologue in "Halloween" (1978)

In "Halloween," Dr. Samuel Loomis was a psychiatrist on the hunt for an escaped lunatic who returned to his childhood home.

In a monologue that Filmsite.org named one of filmdom's best, Loomis warned the local sheriff of the terror he was about to face.

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"Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) presented a chilling description of the unredeemable, unreachable, and evil mental patient, Michael Myers," Filmsite.org said of the classic horror speech.

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2. Pamela Voorhees' monologue in "Friday the 13th" (1980)

In her monoloque to the last remaining camper, Pamela Voorhees (played by Betsy Palmer) revealed herself as the serial murderer behind all the killings at Camp Crystal Lake. During this climactic appearance, Palmer brought all of pathos and menace that motivated the deranged Pamela Voorhees.

Palmer's performance, in what the actress herself considered a throwaway role, according to MovieWeb, proved to be one of enduring elements that made this horror film a cult classic.

Becoming a literal 15 minutes of fame, Bill Gibron at Pop Matters wrote that her small, revealing performance made Palmer a cinema legend.

"Palmer is electric in the original 'Friday the 13th,' an old ham really bringing home the bacon with her insane showboating as the marauding madam. With eyes suggestively sparkling with glints of gratuitous hate, and choppers that would make a Great White envious ... her Mrs. Voorhees is unstoppable, unconquerable, and unfathomable," said Gibron.

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3. Quint's monologue, "Jaws" (1975)

While some debate whether "Jaws" should be considered a horror movie in the classic sense, there is no refuting the terror it caused audiences.

Robert Shaw, in the role of Quint, improvised the scripted speech but gave Hollywood one of its most famous monologues in this horror classic. Biography.com said, "Quint’s Indianapolis speech is a masterclass in acting." 

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Quint, a Capt. Ahab-like shark fisherman, recounted his fictional experience of the real-life sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The tale defined his character and bound his fate in the hunt for the monster shark.

Steven Spielberg, the director, described for Ain't It Cool what it was like experiencing the monologue from behind the camera.

"I think we were all watching a great performance and the actors on camera were watching a great performance. Roy [Scheider] and Richard. Richard was in all the shots because Roy was in a cutaway in a separate part of the cabin of the boat, but obviously on Richard’s face … you can see Matt Hooper in character, but you can also see Richard Dreyfuss in complete awe and admiration of this great actor," said Spielberg.



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