There have been a couple of incredible performances in horror movies in 2022, but Mia Goth is the one that has everyone calling on the Academy to give her an Oscar nod. That’s because of her incredible performance in Pearl, which ends with her character delivering one of the best-ever movie monologues.
Throughout Hollywood’s existence, there have been a couple of other horror characters that enjoyed talking as much as they did killing. And in the same way as Goth’s character, they delivered some extremely chilling monologues in their respective movies.
10/10 Jack Torrance Prepares To Kill His Wife Wendy
The Shining (1980)
Before attempting to kill his wife, Torrence makes an effort to reassure her first. With an imperious voice, he tries to get her to be calm, dishing out chilling statements such as, “I’m not gonna hurt you. I’m just going to bash your brains in.”
The monologue remains etched in the minds of audiences because of Jack’s weird line of thought. To him, bashing someone’s head in doesn’t count as hurting. Even when his wife asks for more time, he gives a counter-argument as to how people often ask for more time, yet they don’t need it. It’s perceptions like this that make him one of the best ‘80s horror villains, and even though he is possessed, it’s hard not to detest him for having such a cavalier attitude toward murder.
9/10 Patrick Bateman Acknowledges His Inner Demons
American Psycho (2000)
It doesn’t take long for the investment banker, Patrick Bateman, to realize something is wrong with him. Taking his time, he diagnoses himself, throwing out lines such as, “My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy.”
It’s a monologue that prepares audiences for what’s to come and none of it is pretty. From stamping dogs to chasing victims with a chainsaw, Bateman sure does top many other horror killers when it comes to brutality. But the ending, where it’s suggested that none of the murders happened, is what makes this one of Christian Bale’s best movies.
8/10 Hannibal Profiles Clarice
Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
When the FBI Academy student, Clarice Starling, is sent to interview the serial killer Hannibal Lecter at a Baltimore mental institution, he comes up with a summary about her. “You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes?” The killer answers himself by mixing shady remarks and accurate assessments.
When it comes to profiling, few villains are in Hannibal’s class, Here, the person that was sent to study ends up being the one getting studied, and it’s fun to watch. Throughout the monologue, he confuses Clarice by mocking her and singing praises at the same time. His bile toward law enforcement seems a bit excessive but having been captured with no chance of ever getting released, it all makes sense.
7/10 “Mother” Submerges Norman’s Personality
At the end of the movie, Norman Bates is finally arrested for all the murders he has committed and while sitting inside a cell, “Mother” (one of his split personalities) takes over for one last monologue. “Let them see what kind of person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching,” she says as part of her speech.
Bates stands out as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s scariest characters because, apart from the murders, there is a major duel going on his inside his head. His overbearing mother, who he killed many years ago, is still a part of his mental composition, influencing him to commit murders. In the final scene, she claims innocence, arguing that the murders were all Norman’s doing, and while at it, the character’s expression never twitches, not even marginally.
6/10 Jigsaw Explains His Motivations
It doesn’t take long for Jigsaw to explain why he has resorted to killing. “I’m sick of people who don’t appreciate their blessings,” he says. “Sick of those who scoff at the suffering of others. I’m sick of it all,” he goes on and on.
Many horror movie killers are unnecessarily bloodthirsty but Jigsaw proves to be different by giving a rather simple explanation as to why murder is the most appealing to him. The killer notes that many people don’t appreciate their lives hence they would simply be better off if they didn’t exist.
5/10 Mrs. Voorhees Recalls The Drowning Incident
Friday The 13th (1980)
Friday The 13th has one of the best horror movie twists, and it all involves the revelation that Mrs. Voorhees was the killer all along. “They were making love while that young boy drowned,” she blusters, before giving more reasons why she chose to avenge her son’s death.
The monologue is perfect because it not only comes with a twist but also because it triggers sympathy for the villain. More importantly, Mrs. Voorhes makes yet another murder attempt as soon as she finishes lamenting. She isn’t successful, but the chills remain long after her would-be final victim manages to get the better of her.
4/10 The Gemini Killer Explains Himself To A Luitenant
The Exorcist 3 (1990)
Shortly after turning into the Gemini Killer, a possessed Father Karras speaks to Lieutenant William F. Kinderman. He claims the spirit now possesses him and forces him to commit murders because it’s angry about the preacher’s decision to remove it from one of its previous victims. And the conclusion of his speech is even more iconic. “Oh, gracious me. Was I raving? Please forgive me,” he says.
It’s arguably the scariest of the numerous killer monologues because it’s delivered in a fiendish voice. Like the Norman Bates scene, it’s not really Father Karras speaking but something deep inside him, something that has passed on the baton of murder to him, and something the lawman struggles to relate to. As with most great monologues, the words are escorted by a powerful gaze, one directed at the cop, but one that makes the viewer feel like they are being examined.
3/10 Candyman Talks To Hellen
“Why do you want to live?” The serial killer starts his monologue in a rather petrifying manner before concluding by stating that it’s better to be ghost-like instead of human,
A horror villain that sees no point in living is guaranteed to kill many people and that’s precisely what Candyman does. A part of him believes he is sparing his victims from the complexities of life. Another part of him simply enjoys doing what he does
2/10 Chucky’s Excitement
Child’s Play (1988)
Chucky tries to get the spell reversed in the third act of the movie. After being told by the voodoo instructor that he’ll have to transfer his soul to the first human he revealed his true identity to, he becomes excited, stating that he has “a date with a six-year-old boy.” He then mortally wounds the instructor.
Watching a doll terrorize everyone is as shocking as it is fun. Hearing it talk is beguiling and in this instance, the dialogue sucks in the audience because it’s a combination of excitement and threats. Chucky is not only glad that he is going to be 6-years old again after possessing the boy but also happy that he’s about to kill yet another person
1/10 Pearl Keeps Talking For 9 Minutes
The X prequel concludes with a monologue where Pearl attempts to explain why she committed the murders. Despite all that has happened, she convinces herself that she should “make the best of what’s left.”
It’s arguably the best-ever horror movie monologue not only because of the words but because of Pearl’s facial expressions and how the camera remains trained on her the entire time. What happens later is even scarier, with Pearl carefully placing the bodies of her parents at the dinner table and smiling as the credits roll.