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Quotes for
Harry Cooper (Character)
from Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Ben: How long have guys you been down there? I could have used some help up here!
Harry Cooper: That's the cellar. It's the safest place.
Ben: You mean you didn't hear the racket I was making up here?
Harry Cooper: How were we supposed to know what was going on? It could have been those things for all we knew!
Ben: That girl was screaming. Surely you know what a girl screaming sounds like? Those things don't make any noise. Anybody would know somebody needed help!
Tom: Look, it's kind of hard to know what's going on from down there.
Harry Cooper: We thought we could hear screams, but for all we knew, that meant those things were in the house after her.
Ben: And you wouldn't come up here and help?
Tom: Well, if there were more of us...
Harry Cooper: That racket sounded like the place was being ripped apart. How were we supposed to know what was going on?
Ben: Now wait a minute. You just got finished saying you couldn't hear anything from down there. Now you say it sounded like the place was being ripped apart. It would be nice if you got your story straight, man!
Harry Cooper: All right, now you tell me! I'm not gonna take that kind of a chance when we've got a safe place! We lock up into a safe place, and you're telling us that we gotta come up here and risk our lives just because somebody might need help, huh?
Ben: Yeah, something like that.

[Harry Cooper sees the zombies eating the flesh of the late Tommy and Judy]
Harry Cooper: Good Lord!

Harry Cooper: Helen! I have to get that gun!
Helen Cooper: Haven't you had ENOUGH?
Harry Cooper: Look, two people are already dead on account of that guy! Take a look out that window!

Ben: I'm telling you they can't get IN here!
Harry Cooper: And I'm telling you they turned over our car! We were damn lucky to get away at all! Now you're telling me these things can't get through a lousy pile of wood?

Harry Cooper: Did you hear me when I told you those things turned over our car?
Ben: Oh, hell! Any good five men could do that!
Harry Cooper: That's my point! There's not going to be five, or even ten of them! There's going to be twenty, thirty, maybe a hundred of those things out there, and as soon as they find out we're here, this place'll be crawling with them!
Ben: Well, if there's that many, they'll probably get us wherever we are.

[Tom has just brought Judy up from the basement]
Harry Cooper: You gonna let them get her too, huh?

Harry Cooper: [to Barbara] Now you'd better watch this and try to understand what's going on.
[Ben looks at him]
Harry Cooper: I don't want anyone's life on my hands.
Helen Cooper: Is there anything I can do...?
Ben: I don't wanna hear any more from you, Mister! If you stay up here, you take orders from ME! And that includes leaving the girl alone!

Newscaster: Reports, incredible as they may seem, are not the results of mass hysteria.
Harry Cooper: "Mass hysteria?" What do they think, we're imagining all this?
Ben: Shut up!

Harry Cooper: Look! You two can do whatever you like! I'm going back down to the cellar, and you'd better decide! 'Cause I'm gonna board up that door, and I'm not going to unlock it again no matter what happens!
Tom: Now wait a minute, Mr. Cooper.
Harry Cooper: NO, I'm not going to wait! I've made my decision, now you make yours!
Tom: Now WAIT a minute! Let's think about this! We can make it to the cellar if we have to! And if we do decide to stay down there, we'll need some things from up here! So let's at LEAST consider this a while!

Harry Cooper: [referring to everybody else, who are all upstairs] Let them stay upstairs. Let them. Too many ways those monsters can get in here. We'll see who's right. We'll see, when they come begging me to let them in down here.
Helen Cooper: That's important, isn't it?
Harry Cooper: What?
Helen Cooper: To be right, everybody else to be wrong.
Harry Cooper: What do you mean by that?


Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Ben: [after having just pulled Harry forcefully out of the cellar] Look, from now on, you leave that door open! We may want to get down there, we may NEED to get down there if those things break in!
Harry: Yeah, sure! You want the best of both worlds, you get caged in up here, you wanna be able to run downstairs. Well that's not the way it's working, pal. You want to get in that cellar, you get in there now! Or you can forget it!
Ben: I'm not boxing myself in down there, until there's absolutely no other choice!
Harry: Yeah, well I'm not gambling with my daughters life! Look, if you wanna stay upstairs, go ahead, but don't count on me to help you!
Ben: I'm not counting on you for *shit*, Cooper!

Harry: You can't get any reception in the basement, dickhead.

Harry: A way out is a way in.

[the zombies are forcing through the boarded up windows]
Harry: This is definitely not going to work.

Harry: You idiots! You lame brains! You're gonna die up here. You're gonna die.

Harry: Bunch of yoyos!

Ben: I'm not so sure going down that basement's such a smart move.
Harry: What do you mean?
Ben: I mean I'm not so sure going down in that basement's such a smart move! And I'm not going down there until I know absolutely all the options.
Harry: [angry] *What* damn options, and who the *fuck* gave you the right to decide for the rest of us?
Ben: I'm not deciding for anyone here, Cooper, I'm thinking about my own ass and if you want to go down that cellar, go! No one's stopping you!

Harry: [as he is about to lock himself in the basement] I'm staying in here and I'm not coming out until some help comes.
Ben: If someone like that comes along, we'll try to remember to let you know.

Helen Cooper: [yelling up from the basement] Harry? For God's sake, is everything OK up there?
Harry: [getting annoyed] Helen! For Christ's sake, would you stop yelling at me? I can't think with you yelling at me!

[last lines]
Harry: [discovering Barbara as she returned to the house the next day. Harry had cowered to the attic and left her for dead] You came back!
[pretending to be sincere]
Harry: You... Came back.
[Barbara glares at him and then shoots him in the head]
Barbara: That's another one for the fire.


Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Henry Cooper: This is not happening. These are not fucking walking corpses.
Ben: Hey man, this is fucking happening.
Barb: Call the freaking cops.
Hellie Cooper: We have to baby.
Henry Cooper: Yeah, call the cops. When the dead walk, you gotta call the cops.

Barb: [zombies are surrounding the house] Call the freakin' cops.
Hellie Cooper: We have to baby.
Henry Cooper: [stunned, heading for the phone] Yeah. Right. When the dead start to walk, you gotta call the cops.