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Dr. John Markway (Character)
from The Haunting (1963)

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The Haunting (1963)
Dr. John Markway: It was an evil house from the beginning - a house that was born bad.

Eleanor Lance: I'm still so terrified from last night.
Dr. John Markway: You shouldn't be. It's silly to be frightened...
Eleanor Lance: Silly? You haven't been through it! This horrible unknown thing!
Dr. John Markway: 'Unknown.' That's the key word. 'Unknown.' When we become involved in a supernatural event, we're scared out of our wits just because it's unknown. The night cry of a child. A face on the wall. Knockings, bangings. What's there to be afraid of? You weren't threatened. It was harmless, like a joke that doesn't come out.
Eleanor Lance: But the child...
Dr. John Markway: There was no child, remember? Just a voice.
Eleanor Lance: A voice.
Dr. John Markway: Look, Eleanor, put it this way. When people believed the Earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear.
Eleanor Lance: Supposing it is in my imagination. The knocking, the voices. Everything! Every cursed bit of the haunting. Suppose the haunting is all in my mind.
Dr. John Markway: Well, you can't say that, because there are three other people here. We all resist the idea that what ran through the garden that first night was a ghost. What banged on the door was a ghost. What held your hand was a ghost. But there is certainly something going on in Hill House. We're getting closer, very close to finding out what it is.

Dr. John Markway: Ghosts make the papers along with celebrities every day of the week.

Dr. John Markway: Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen.

Dr. John Markway: When people believed the earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear.

Dr. John Markway: Now. Which door?
Theodora: [pointing to her right] That one.
Dr. John Markway: Wrong. I've studied the map, it's this one.
[goes to his right and walks straight into the broom cupboard]

Dr. John Markway: It has taken 60 million years to develop the carnivorous biped you see before you, Luke Sanderson.
Theodora: Let's see what kind of martinis it makes.
Luke Sanderson: They should be pretty good. I majored in them at college.

Dr. John Markway: That's very good, Eleanor. You catch on quickly.
Theodora: [gets jealous and stands up] I'm hungry. Let's go.

Dr. John Markway: You wait here, Grace. I'll go in and get your things, and then call the police.
Grace Markway: No, no, no! No one must go back into that house again. Whatever's there might...
Dr. John Markway: I'll be all right. The house has what it wants... for a while.

[first lines]
Dr. John Markway: [voice-over] An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone.

Eleanor Lance: [panicking] But where?
Dr. John Markway: Home of course.
Theodora: Back to your little apartment, where all your things are.

Dr. John Markway: A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural... If it happens to you, your liable to have that shut door in your mind ripped right off it's hinges!

Dr. John Markway: [walks towards the door] Let's see if there's a tiger behind this one.

[the group is huddled in the conservatory, Nell, Theo, and Markway are asleep as Luke enters and takes a drink from a liquor bottle, when the door suddenly slams shut by itself... waking everyone up!]
Dr. John Markway: [to Luke] Why aren't you upstairs?
Luke Sanderson: I needed a drink.
[suddenly there are sounds of wind blowing and then distant yet distinct footsteps are heard]
Dr. John Markway: Grace!
Luke Sanderson: Wait a minute! It's nowhere near the nursery... it's down here,
Theodora: Seems we've been on this kick before.
Eleanor Lance: Next vacation I must really go somewhere else!
[the pounding becomes louder and closer]
Eleanor Lance: [thinking; voice-over] It knows my name, this time it knows my name!
Dr. John Markway: I have to go out there.
Eleanor Lance: [shouting] No, No! It hasn't hurt me. Why should it hurt her?
Dr. John Markway: She might try to do something about it!
[the pounding stops]
Eleanor Lance: Is it over, Theo? Is it?
Theodora: No, I'm still cold. It's going to start everything all over again!
[the pounding resumes violently and loudly against the closed door]
Eleanor Lance: [screaming] It can't get in! It can't get in! Don't let it get in!
[the pounding stops and the door knob jiggles]
Eleanor Lance: [whimpering] God, it knows I'm here!
[the door begins to buckle and bend in on itself, Luke in his horror drops his bottle]
Luke Sanderson: Doc... I'll let you have the house cheap!
[the bulging door returns to normal, the wind is heard blowing again. Soon the pounding footsteps resume and head upstairs]
Eleanor Lance: [thinking to herself; voice-over] Go on and on and come back again until it finds me! On and on and on until it finds me!

[the group in the conservatory room hears the pounding and breaking glass and furniture from the unseen phantom]
Dr. John Markway: It's in the nursery!
Luke Sanderson: [stops Markway from opening the door] You must be crazy!
Dr. John Markway: I'm going out there!
Luke Sanderson: Oh, no you don't! Not with that thing out there!
Eleanor Lance: [intervenes] Luke, we must find Mrs. Markway to find out if she's there!
[Luke shoves Eleanor aside and continues to try to stop Markway from leaving the room]
Luke Sanderson: No! Don't be crazy!
Dr. John Markway: I've got to get out of here! I've got to find out if Grace is all right.
Luke Sanderson: Look, I don't know what that is out there, but I don't want to find out!
Dr. John Markway: Get away from me! I've got to get out of here! I've got to find out if Grace is all right!

Dr. John Markway: Did something happen?
Eleanor Lance: [she and Theodora start laughing hysterically] No, nothing in particular, just someone banging on the door with a cannon ball!

Grace Markway: Didn't you see me?
Dr. John Markway: No, but Eleanor did and it nearly killed her.
Theodora: It DID kill her, seeing her's what made her crash the car.

Dr. John Markway: [voice-over] The story goes that the old lady died calling for help in the nursery upstairs; while the companion fooled around with a farmhand on the veranda.

The Haunting (1999)
Dr. David Marrow: Okay, so why are we here? Probably to answer the most basic question: "What is wrong with you people?"

Dr. David Marrow: Let me explain what's happening here. You're participating in a study on group fear and hysteria.
Luke: What? That's it, that's what this was all about?
Theo: You brought us here to scare us, is that it?
Dr. David Marrow: Yes.
Luke: And you were just waiting for her to have a total nervous breakdown before you said it? I mean, what is your problem?

Dr. David Marrow: Okay, so what do we all need in life? What are the basics? Food, water, shelter...
Theo: ...Sex.

Dr. David Marrow: The gate is still locked, we have to wait until the Dudleys arrive.
Luke: What? That's really compassion. Yeah, "let's wait until the morning, so tomorrow I have time to write a few more Welcome Home Eleanors".
Dr. David Marrow: Luke, I didn't write that stuff, okay?
Luke: Of course you didn't, that wouldn't be ethical, would it doc...
Theo: Would you guys just shut up?

Dr. David Marrow: Because it was a controlled experiment.
Theo: A controlled experiment? She's in total shock, you can't do that.
Dr. David Marrow: I told you, it wasn't meant to be like this.
Theo: Oh c'mon, you don't care about insomnia, you just wanted to scare the hell out of us to be fit in your little test or model, an end to understand this. You can't do it...
Dr. David Marrow: LISTEN. You listen to me. I am trying to help people. My field of study is the science of fear, I try to understand why people act the way they act, why they feel the way they feel...
[Theo slaps Marrow]
Theo: You don't feel.

Dr. David Marrow: Eleanor, none of this is real.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Yes, it is real.
Dr. David Marrow: It's not real.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: You have to go look for the bones in the fireplace.
Dr. David Marrow: It's not real.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: I saw... I saw his wife hanging in the greenhouse, I know, I saw it.
Dr. David Marrow: No, we'll be all gone, and the Dudleys will arrive in the morning and we can go. All of you.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: I can't believe you're not gonna look.
Theo: Okay, that's enough of you. I'm taking her upstairs. I think you've done enough.

Dr. David Marrow: We should have stopped this when Mary got hurt. And definitely when Eleanor... Jesus Christ, we have to get out of here.

Dr. David Marrow: The only problem with fear is that it largely has become inappropriate and non-adaptive.

Eleanor "Nell" Vance: This house, who built it? Who lived here?
Dr. David Marrow: Well actually that makes a very good bedtime story. Once upon a time, there was a king who built a castle. His name was Hugh Crain. 130 years ago, towns like Concord and Manchester were the centre of American industry, that's where Crain made a fortune on the backs of workers in his textile mills. Now this man could have anything he wanted, but what he wanted was another thing. It was a house filled with the laughter of children.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: That's why there are all the carvings.
Dr. David Marrow: He married the most beautiful girl in town, called Renee, and he built her this house, at least some of it.
Theo: God, it sounds like a fairytale or something.
Dr. David Marrow: Well that's where the fairytale ends. Hugh and Renee never had children. They all died at birth. And a few years later, Renee passed away and Crain became a total recluse. But, he kept on building. Building room upon room as if he was building for the familiy he would never have. No one had seen Crain for years. But the townspeople said they could hear sounds coming from the old house. Sounds of children.

Theo: We can't get out. Why won't he let us leave?
Dr. David Marrow: What do we do Eleanor?
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: He played hide-and-seek with them, that's why he built the house. You have to hide.
Dr. David Marrow: Hide? What does he think this is, a game?