"As a rule, people in movies haven't ever seen a movie. They're not equipped to deal with anything strange."
"The good guys wouldn't have been surprised by Darth Vader winning if they'd known from the outset they were in a movie called The Empire Strikes Back
"I love how nobody on the wrestling program actually
watches the wrestling program."
"I don't know where we'd be without Delacroix. This whole ship is falling apart and she's the only one who knows what from what. I saw her arguing with that creep Anatoly Koretzkin or whatever his name is, and she was giving it to him but good. But that freak job stares her straight in the eye and starts babbling about how she doesn't 'know the pleasure of the joyful unity' or some such. Mama mia, the clowns are running the circus."
Seven of Nine:
A wormhole? Harry: The
wormhole. It leads all the way back to Earth! Seven:
The odds of finding such a phenomenon are infinitesimal. Janeway: Never bet against the house.
"Rule number one of horror movies: never go off alone. Rule number two: if you do go off alone, don't go in the woods. Rule number three: if you do go in the woods, don't make out in the woods! ... Where are Izzy and Owen?" Duncan:
"Breaking rules one through three."
"Did you guys ever actually
watch the show?!"
"This is something that nobody has ever heard about or seen before."
— Ben, Night of the Living Dead (1990 movie)
"Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons."
"Right off the top you know who the villain is, because of his scary shiny glasses, and, like all transparent villains, he is contractually dumb. Why one would send a morally inflexible and preternaturally strong man on a mission when one has two perfectly competent officers who are already bent is far beyond me. For reasons of villainy, I guess. And I bet he never even bothered to watch the show.
"Good morning! I'm looking for a job." "The only one left is in an abandoned hotel built on a graveyard, where a madman slaughtered his family and left their bodies in the bathtub." "Okey-dokey."
— Italian comedian Marco Bazzoni
as his character "Baz" note
pretty much sums up this trope with a farcical re-enacting of The Shining
“There’s something wrong with this house,” says the serenely beautiful Rachel Weisz’s yummy mummy, Libby. No shit, Sherlock! Most of us have seen enough creepy movies to pack our bags and race to a motel the minute the youngest child discovers a secret room or sees a scary face at the window. But nobody in the movies ever seems to have seen a movie, so they don’t know how to behave.
"Yes, when it's Hallerwern night and there's an insane paintin' runnin' around, there's no safer place for a pretty young thing like me than in the shower. My good man, would ya please pass the Port Plus?"
"There's a lot of things you're blind to. But you don't realize it until it's too late."
"Ye'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner... you're