"Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the man come
and take you away"
"D-D-D-Danger! Watch behind you,
There's a stranger out to find you!"
"I'm walking down a street where children play
When they see me they run away
She will not look at me, she won't say why
And when I ask her she just cries
No-one will talk to me, they turn to go
Their faces say there's something I should know
Could I be a victim of the games of all my friends?
Or am I really being watched by the eye of the lens
—Comsat Angels, "Eye of the Lens"
"Listen, they're laughing in the halls
They rip your face with lies
To buzzing eyes you cry for help
Like gods they bark replies"
"I don't know anymore
Are the neighbors watching me?
Well, is the
mailman watching me?!
And I don't feel safe anymore,
Oh, what a mess
I wonder who's watching me now
Who, the IRS?!"
"Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there"
"I can't go out no more.
There's a man by the door
in a raincoat
smoking a cigarette.
Everywhere. They're coming.
Can't sleep. Ever.
They'll eat me.
"Someone is thinking of you right now."
—Lisa Morristown, NJ, on a Dove chocolate
"Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck."
"From now on, you must take good care of your toys. Because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid. We toys (cue Exorcist Head)
can see evvvvrryyythingggg... So play nice
"There's a word
for people who think everyone's out to get them."
Chris Magruder and C. W. Briggs, Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Do you know how many genes exist in an individual? Raiden:
About 30 to 40 thousand...? Emma:
Right. That's what was announced at the turn of the century. But there's actually 100 thousand, according to the original theory advanced by the scientific community. Information regarding the remaining 60 thousand was suppressed by the Patriots. Raiden: (incredulous)
Why? How would you know? Do you know what a gene looks like? Did you count them yourself?
"Elmo knows where you live!"
"Well, you say
that you're paranoid, but I have a report here that says you looked "very relaxed" in the bath this morning."
— Frankie Boyle
on Mock the Week
, "Bad Things to Hear at the Psychiatrists'"
"Before Lethal Weapon 2 I didn't think there could be a bomb in my toilet, but now I check every time."
"I stayed up all night watching M, and now I'm paranoid."
— Two Days in Paris
Did you know there’s a Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home? It’s true! She’s there now. She’s always there, just out of your sight. Always just out of your sight.
Because you cannot see her, you were probably completely unaware that this woman likes to sift through photos of you and your loved ones. She softly touches each face, as if wishing it were her own. Or perhaps claiming it as her own. Or perhaps simply cursing that person. It’s hard to say. You’ve never seen her doing this.
The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home does lots of things.
“Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it, I try to send it back. But sometimes I'm too afraid to and have to eat it anyway.”
—Martin Amis, Other People
"Twin Peaks is one of those rare shows that managed to simultaneously create and peak an entire genre....After the series' initial run, owls could have conquered the world had they realized how terrified we suddenly were of them. For a solid year, every single viewer checked behind their couch for errant BOBs before they sat down."
"The spectre of war turns the human mind to a topic it usually does everything to avoid; mortality. And the next generation of war may be a total kind we can't yet imagine. We keep hearing stories of pathogens going missing from various labs, making this writer wish he didn't watch so many X-Files reruns."
"To this day I cannot put a cash card into a hole in the wall without fearing I am about to be gassed to death by putrid green gas."
"We look the other way when a prop ends up in the wrong hand from one shot to another, or when a set faintly wobbles... LOST was a show that was well aware of such proclivities. In the Season One DVD release, a featurette included a discussion of this very phenomenon. Perhaps this is what spawned one of the most outlandish theories regarding the show – that the production team made certain mistakes on purpose.