In the age of shifting algorithms, posting the perfect photo on your social media feed is no longer enough. You've got to write an engaging caption, one that captures the essence of your photo—and your feed—while prompting your followers to stop scrolling and add their own thoughts via comment. To build your social media community—especially if you want to meet other horror friends who love talking creepy books and movies 24/7!—you've got to create engaging, relatable, and shareable content.
One fun way to do that is to share chilling quotes from your favorite horror movies on your feed—and with Halloween fast approaching, you're likely looking to up the ante on your Instagram's spooky vibes.
Horror has a ton of heart-stopping moments punctuated by quotes that avid fans easily recognize. The best movie quotes will capture the mood you’re looking for or open the door for lively conversations with other horror aficionados. We’ve gone through and found 11 of the creepiest horror movie quotes that are perfect for your Instagram.
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“Whatever you do…don’t fall asleep.”
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
It’s a simple but highly recognizable quote, and it’s very dark and dramatic. Not to mention—absolutely iconic. Within the movie, it’s obvious why you shouldn’t fall asleep, but what does it mean outside the cinema, in the real world? It’s the perfect quote to talk about the ways you might be asleep in your own life, and how you might force yourself to stay awake.
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“The next scream you hear could be your own.”
The Birds (1963)
This ominous quote is perfect for any Halloween post. Pair it with a horror book, your favorite movie, or your scariest memory. It conjures a sense of helplessness and foreboding that is creepy and spine-tingling in all the best ways.
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“Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead.”
The Others (2001)
If there’s one quote on this list that sums up the ethereal vibes of Halloween, it’s this one. Even if we’ve never been haunted by the dead, we can relate to feeling like we’re caught in a limbo of sorts, waiting for something to begin, waiting for something to end. And if you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly how creepy these words truly are.
“You can’t kill the Boogeyman.”
Sometimes it takes the simple observations of a child to nail something so profound. Like when little Tommy Doyle says this quote to Laurie. What—or who—is the Boogeyman to you? This is a fantastic quote to get your followers talking about their fears, their favorite movie or book baddies, and scary experiences in general.
“They will say I have shed innocent blood. What’s blood for, if not shedding?”
This might be the creepiest—maybe even the most terrifying—quote on our list. We’ve all played those silly childhood games where we huddle in a dark bathroom, stare in a mirror, and say a name. Part of the thrill isn’t believing that something will come out but hoping it doesn’t. That’s what makes Candyman so chilling. He’s everything we’re scared of in that moment, and this quote brings all that frightening nostalgia rushing back.
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“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
The Addams Family (1991)
Maybe The Addams Family isn’t the scariest movie on the list, but it certainly captures the essence of horror with the added flair of whimsy. And this quote is so versatile, we had to include it on the list. Horror is often seen as being full of misfits and outcasts. But nothing is normal, and Gomez Addams succinctly reminds us to reject the idea that normal exists.
“I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I am your worst dream come true. I am everything you ever were afraid of!”
We’ve all seen the empowering quotes floating around Instagram. We’re looking at you, “I am the storm.” But like many of you, we’re all about embracing our full villain era. And this quote felt like the perfect way to express that experience.
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“Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.”
One of the scariest aspects to the Saw movies is how Jigsaw sort of has a point. Don’t get us wrong, he takes things way too far—homicide is never the answer. But how many of us truly appreciate our lives. Gratitude is more than a cute sign to hang in your kitchen and we think this quote is the creepiest way to explore how you might find more ways to express gratitude in your life.
“The unresolved past can certainly wreak havoc on the present.”
Horror movies often have some hard-hitting truths woven in between blood-laden scenes. You have to peel away defenses and cut the core of what it means to be human in order to really make someone afraid. And whether it’s our collective history, or the things in our own lives we’re running away from, the past is one of the things we can’t run away from. No matter how hard we try.
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“It’s going to take some time, but eventually, you’re going to learn to accept that things don’t always turn out the way you thought they would.”
This is one of those quotes, where on the surface, it doesn’t seem creepy at all. But given the right context, it veers dramatically away from comforting and lands firmly as a threat. It’s this versatility that makes it perfect for Instagram. You can play with the ominous tone while using the words to invoke conversations about times in our lives when things didn’t quite turn out the way we expected.
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“Goodnight, sweet Prince, may flights of devils wing you to your rest.”
Interview with the Vampire (1992)
Interview with the Vampire is filled with gorgeous quotes perfect for any dark and moody aesthetic, and we couldn’t resist including one here. The sentiment here is almost sweet but knowing that Claudia said this to LeStat after she tries to kill him takes the sweetness away. Still, it feels moody and witchy, not quite a curse but not exactly well-wishes either. And we think that’s perfect for any horror-lovers feed.
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