The 'Burbs

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The 'Burbs is a 1989 comedy film about an overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors who struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.

Directed by Joe Dante. Written by Dana Olsen.
He's a stranger in an even stranger land... Suburbia(taglines)

Ray Peterson[edit]

  • I-I've never seen that before. I've never seen someone drive their trash to the curb and beat the hell out of it with a stick... I've never seen that before.
  • I'm going to go do something productive. I'm going to go watch TV.
  • No one knocks off an old man in my neighborhood and gets away with it.
  • I can't walk anywhere without you asking me where I'm going - I'm going to Paris, France, okay? I'm going to Banff, Canada, alright? That's where I'm going.
  • I'm only trying to take a nap! I'm only laying here with my eyes closed trying to get some sleep!
  • Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then snap? Well, that is us! It's not them. It's us! WE'RE the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people's windows. We're the ones who are throwing garbage in the street, and lighting fires... we're the ones acting suspicious and paranoid... We're the lunatics. US!!! Not them!!! It's us.


  • I want to kill everyone, Satan is good, Satan is our pal.
  • Now they know that we know that they know that we know.
  • I think the message to, uh, psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is, uh, "do not mess with suburbanites". Because, uh, frankly we're just not gonna take it any more. Ya know, we're not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We're out to get them, Don, we are out to get them.

Ricky Butler[edit]

  • This is my neighborhood!
  • Oh no! You guys can't leave. This is the best part. I called the pizza dude!!!


  • Walter. I know you're in there. That scum-sucking, barking rat of yours has just taken his last dump on my lawn. I find one more- just one- and I'm gonna catch him and staple his ass shut.
  • About a 9 on the tension scale there, Rube.
  • In Southeast Asia we'd call this kind of thing bad karma.
  • A Soldiers way saves the day


Ray: [chanting] I'm not going to listen to this, I'm not going to hear this now.
Art: Ray! Ray! You're chanting! [points to book] Ray, unconscious chanting! You're chanting!

[Ray continues chanting with fingers in ears]

Art: [chants] I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal. Hey, once they get in here... [points to Ray's head]'s over, pal.

Mark: Klopek, is that Slavic?
Reuben: NO.
Mark: 'Bout a nine on the tension scale there, Reub.


  • A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far.
  • He's a man of peace in a savage land... Suburbia.
  • He's a stranger in an even stranger land... Suburbia
  • Life In The Burbs Will Never Be The Same Again!


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