10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Poster

John Goodman: Howard



  • Howard : Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.

  • Howard : [the three friends are playing charades in the shelter]  I'm always watching.

    Emmett : Uh, God...?

    Howard : [solemnly]  I know what you're doing. I see everything.

    Emmett : [faltering]  Wha... uh, uh...

    Howard : I see you when you're sleeping! I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING!

    Emmett : ...Um...

    [Emmet and Michelle stare at each other nervously] 

    Howard : [seemingly going into a fit]  I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO! I SEE EVERYTHING YOU DO! I'M ALWAYS WATCHING!

    Emmett : Uh, Howard...?

    Michelle : [blurting out]  Santa Claus!

    Howard : [suddenly calm and cheerful]  ... Yeah, Michelle! Except it was Emmet's turn, not yours. I'm claiming five points.

  • Howard : [deformed, sing-songy]  Michelle...!

    [begins stabbing at Michelle through the air vents] 

    Howard : [pleading]  Don't leave me! You don't know what's out there!

  • Howard : People are strange creatures. You can't always convince them that safety is in their best interest.

  • Howard : Have a drink.

    Michelle : What is it?

    Howard : ...Technically, it's vodka... it's safe, I distilled it myself.

    [Michelle tries some and then makes a disgusted face] 

    Howard : I just said I distilled it, I didn't say anything about it actually tasting good.

  • Howard : I know that this isn't the life that you prefer, and that it's been hard for you to come down here... but I really want us to be a happy family, you and me. The mess is all taken care of... so, I'll go get dinner started.

  • Howard : I saved your life, you know! I couldn't just leave you there.

  • Howard : One chance to answer with some dignity or I swear you're going into this barrel while you're still alive to feel the pain!

  • Howard : I'm sorry, but no one's looking for you.

  • Howard : [angrily]  You think I don't know what's goin' on around here?

  • Howard : [talking about his 50-gallon drum of bubbling chemical acid]  It's used as rocket fuel on the launch pads in Seattle... HIGHLY corrosive.

    [Emmet and Michelle exchange horrified glances, knowing what Howard intends to do with the acid] 

  • Howard : My goal in life was to be prepared - and I WAS.

  • Howard : NO! NO! No, no! No! Don't open that door! You're going to get all of us killed!

  • Howard : [Yelling at Michelle]  You need to eat, you need to sleep, and you need to start showing me a little more appreciation around here!

  • Howard : [voice distorted with pain]  You can't run from them! STAY WITH ME!

  • Michelle : [to Howard, about using the toilet]  I... I can't go with you standing right here!

    Howard : Look, I'm not some pervert! Just go!... Don't flush until you've gone. Flushing wastes water.

  • Howard : I have a collection of films on DVD and VHS cassette... make sure you put 'em back when you're done with 'em. We're gonna be down here for a very long time.

  • Howard : ...I accept your apology.

    [Howard suddenly whips out a handgun and shoots Emmet in the head, killing him instantly and spraying blood and gore across the wall. Michelle silently screams, fearful and grief-stricken at the loss of her friend. Howard hugs her and tells her that it was for the best] 

  • Howard : Everything I wanted to do I did. I focused on being prepared. And I was. And here we are.

  • Howard : [Referring to Michelle]  You've got a lot of fight in you... I respect that.

  • Howard : You gonna walk out on ME? After I've saved you and kept you safe, this is how you repay me?

    [Michelle screams and tips over the corrosive acid onto Howard. He moans in agony as his face melts off right down to the bone on one side, and Michelle runs] 

  • Howard : He knocked over a shelf with a whole week's worth of food!... But he's sorry, aren't you?

    Emmett : [nonchalant]  ... Totally.

    Howard : [Realizing that Michelle has noticed Emmet's injuries]  That's what happens when you don't behave. Now I'm gonna tell you the same thing that I told him - you need to eat, you need to sleep and you need to start showing me a little more appreciation around here!

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