Theodora 'Theo'
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Theodora 'Theo' (Character)
from The Haunting (1963)

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The Haunting (1999)
Theo: You feel cut off from the world, but the world has missed you. Happy tossing and turning.

[looking at the "Door of Hell"]
Theo: You don't get this from the Martha Stewart catalog.

Theo: Isn't it based on the Gates of Hell, by Rodin?
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Well, It's not just hell. You see the children, they're are reaching up for heaven, but their souls are trapped in purgatory. And these are the demons... who can hold on to your soul for as long as they want.
Theo: Did you study art?
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: No, I studied purgatory. I was there once for eleven years. It's when your soul is caught between the living and the dead.

Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Have you ever kept something for yourself because you were afraid?
Theo: All the time.

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?

Theo: Hi. Don't worry, I'm not an obsessive packer, it's just a cheap and exploitative way of making new friends, I'm Theo.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Eleanor, but everybody calls me Nell.
Theo: Well, "Everybody Calls Me Nell", don't you love it here? It's like Charles Foster Kane meets the Munsters.

Theo: Is this one of your sick jokes, Luke?
Luke: What? You really think I wrote that?
Theo: You found it; you could have.
Luke: How, with the twenty-foot ladder I keep in my back pocket?

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.

Luke: And you I'm gonna guess, are a les...
Theo: Don't even start.
Luke: Wow, You're so bossy and domineering...
Theo: Thanks. Theo.

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.

Eleanor "Nell" Vance: You'll never gonna believe how I found them.
Theo: How did you find them?
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: The blood led me to the bookcase.
Theo: The blood?
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Little footprints in blood.
Theo: Nell, I'm worried about you.

Theo: [about Purgatory] I've been there. It's when you're on an 18-hour flight from L.A. to Paris and you're stuck in coach.

Eleanor "Nell" Vance: I love your boots.
Theo: Oh, you do? Thanks! Prada; Milan, not New York. But they're killing me... Small price to pay for such savage kicks!

Theo: You know what, the rest of you may hate your insomnia but I'm not sure I want a cure for mine. That's when I get all my best ideas... I'm alone, occasionally... with no distractions. My mind is racing with creative ideas and come 3am I feel like a genius.

Eleanor "Nell" Vance: You have trouble with commitment?
Theo: Well, my boyfriend thinks so, my girlfriend doesn't. We could all live together, but they hate each other.

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.

Luke: Hey, you guys wanna hear something really scary? I just found this out. It turns out there's a more darker chapter in the Hugh Crain fairytale. Remember his lovely wife Renee? Well Renee, the town beauty, she didn't just die, she killed herself.
Theo: Really? He just told you that?
Luke: Yes, but you can't say anything because he actually swore me to secrecy.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Why did she kill herself?
Luke: The stillborn children story is more sinister, and maybe Hugh Crain was a horrible monster that drove her to it.
Eleanor "Nell" Vance: Monster? But he built this house with the woman he loved like the Taj Mahal.
Theo: The Taj Mahal wasn't a palace, it was a tomb. And equally overdone.

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?


The Haunting (1963)
Theodora: Haven't you noticed how nothing in this house seems to move until you look away and then you just... catch something out of the corner of your eye?

Theodora: Is this another one of your crazy hallucinations?
Eleanor Lance: I'm not crazy!
Theodora: Crazy as a loon! You really expect me to believe that you're sane and the rest of the world is mad?
Eleanor Lance: Well, why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Unnatural things. Nature's mistakes they call you for instance!

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.

Theodora: What would you call this place? Fun-o-rama?

Theodora: I don't think you killed your mother.

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

Luke Sanderson: [when the group compares themselves to four statues] Which one am I?
Theodora: You're the dog.

Theodora: Poor Nell. You look like Death.

Eleanor Lance: What scares you, Theodora?
Theodora: Knowing what I really want.

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

Theodora: Here you are. Okay, Isolde. Tristan wants you inside.
Eleanor Lance: Leave me alone.
Theodora: Stop trying to be the center of attention, Nell. Come inside.
Eleanor Lance: [swipes Theodora's hand off her shoulder] Don't touch me, Theo! You revolt me!
Theodora: Whoa, can't you take a joke? I didn't know you were serious about Markway.
Eleanor Lance: Of course you did.
Theodora: I'm not jealous. I'm actually flattered that you have feelings for him. But he shouldn't be allowed to get away with it.
Eleanor Lance: Get away with what?
Theodora: You're making a fool of yourself over him.
Eleanor Lance: Suppose I'm not, though? You'd mind terribly if you turned out to be wrong for once, wouldn't you?
Theodora: You poor stupid innocent.
Eleanor Lance: I'd rather be innocent then like you!

Theodora: You see? You haven't a ghost of a chance.

[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!

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.