Seeking specific quotes from Twilight Zone, Donnie Darko, similar
September 16, 2017 10:03 AM   Subscribe

Hey sci-fi fans: I'm looking for quotes from one of these shows/movies where a character has the realization that something is really off about their reality, that something just feels 'off', that things are somehow not as they are supposed to be. This could be a Twilight Zone episode, the movie Donnie Darko, or a movie made from a Philip K. Dick story. Bonus points if you can tell me the time point of the quote, or where it occurs in the video.
posted by falcon42 to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Cliche maybe, but "This ... this isn't real?" (It's The Matrix. Plenty of "reality ain't right" quotes there.)
posted by quinndexter at 10:45 AM on September 16, 2017

Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!

Also the reveal at the end of that movie, though it's not a quote.
posted by SLC Mom at 10:49 AM on September 16, 2017

Response by poster: Thanks MeFites. Let me fine tune my inquiry - something more unsettling and spooky. Anyone know a specific scene in Donnie Darko?
posted by falcon42 at 11:03 AM on September 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

Donnie: "Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?" Frank: "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" Doesn't work without context though.
posted by Smearcase at 11:51 AM on September 16, 2017

Best answer: "Nothing in the Dark", a Twilight Zone episode featuring a young Robert Redford playing "death". He has come for an elderly woman who lives alone in an apartment, in a building that is about to be demolished, but she has ignored those telling her she must vacate the building because she is too frightened to leave. Late in the episode, she notices that Redford's image does not reflect in a mirror and she realizes that something's "not right". Redford/death gently coaxes her, telling her to trust him, take his hand, that she's going on a journey, etc. The episode closes with him leading her out the door of the apartment.

Serling's closing voice-over includes the line "There's nothing in the dark that wasn't there when the lights are on." In other words, the unknown/scary things are around us all the time.

Perhaps this is too tame to have an impact these days (the story itself is actually quite sweet, not scary), but it truly got to me when I first watched it 50+ years ago. Despite the fact that I believe that anything that falls under the label "paranormal" is bullshit and that I'm an atheist with no expectations of life after death, to this day I when I'm facing a mirror, I check over my shoulder now and then to see what's behind me, i.e., I don't really trust that a mirror will truly reflect everything.

That said, if I ever turn around and find Robert Redford wants me to "trust him" and "take his hand", I will do so happily.
posted by she's not there at 12:36 PM on September 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

"The pain, so unexpected and undeserved had for some reason cleared away the cobwebs. I realized I didn't hate the cabinet door, I hated my life... My house, my family, my backyard, my power mower. Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out at me constantly, and I can count on nothing." A Scanner Darkly (YouTube)

Not Halloween-spooky, but as a guy with a house, a family, a backyard, and a power mower, I can affirm the existential horror of this scene...
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 5:28 PM on September 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

Twilight Zone "And When the Sky was Opened" An astronaut who has returned to Earth with two others begins to feel he doesn't belong. He says;

"It's all part of this feeling. This feeling I shouldn't be here, that none of us should be here! It's as if maybe that we shouldn't have come back from that flight at all. Maybe somebody, something made a mistake. It let us get through when we shouldn't have."

it's about 10 minutes into the episode.
posted by Zedcaster at 8:46 PM on September 16, 2017

Oh, and right after that he ceases to exist. After that only one person, one of astronauts he returned to Earth with, remembers that he ever existed at all.
posted by Zedcaster at 9:08 PM on September 16, 2017

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