"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"
— Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"
"D-D-D-Danger! Watch behind you,
There's a stranger out to find you!"
— DuckTales opening theme
"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"
"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?!"
—Rockwell, Somebody's Watching Me
"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"
— Iron Maiden, "Fear of the Dark"
"The Court of Owls watches,
watches all the time.
Ruling Gotham from shadowed perch,
behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth.
they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them,
or they'll send The Talon for your head."
"I can't go out no more.
There's a man by the door
in a raincoat
smoking a cigarette.
—Stephen King, Paranoid: A Chant
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
"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."
— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
"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.
— Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale
“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
"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."
"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."
"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."''