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

  • I-I've never seen that before. I've never seen anybody 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 gonna go watch television.
  • Nobody 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 goddamn sleep!
  • Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 48 hundred times, 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 our houses. We're out to get them, Don, we are out to get them.
  • I can see the news report now... "they were a quiet family, kept pretty much to themselves, No one would have ever suspected them of foul play."
  • I'm telling you these people are Satanists, As I sit here, they are Satanists, Look, look, the world is full of these kind of things - black masses, mutilations, Mutilations!, The Incubus, The Succubus - I'm tellin' you, Walter was a human sacrifice.

Ricky Butler

  • This is my neighborhood!
  • Oh no! You guys can't leave. This is the best part. I called the pizza dude!!!
  • [last lines] God I love this street.
  • That was very cool 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, Rube.
  • In Southeast Asia we'd call this kind of thing bad karma.
  • A Soldiers way saves the day
  • Smells like they're cooking a goddamn cat over there.
  • There go the Goddamn brownies.
  • Here you go, sonny - a little something for the old sweet tooth.
  • What have you got in the cellar, HERR Klopek.
  • Gentleman, we are on alert!


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. Ray, Ray, you're chanting!, Hey, once they get in here... [points to Ray's head]'s over, pal.

Mark: Klopek, what is that Slavic?
Reuben: NO!!!
Mark: 'Bout a nine on the tension scale, 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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