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The Most Chilling Quotes From 'The Turning' 

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Updated January 27, 2020 408 votes 81 voters 17 items

Horror fans are invited to vote for the best The Turning quotes. This new chiller is based on Henry James' classic story "The Turn of the Screw." It updates a few things, but keeps the general premise intact. Because of its spooky nature, which often involves characters nervously walking around a house and its grounds, sections of the film are dialogue-free. That said, there are some one liners designed to send a chill down your spine.

Mackenzie Davis plays Kate, a young woman hired to be the governess to a little girl named Flora Fairchild (Brooklynn Prince) who was traumatized after the tragic passing of her parents. Kate arrives at the Fairchild mansion, where she clashes with the stern housekeeper, Mrs. Groce (Barbara Marten). Things start to seem weird when Flora's brother Miles (Finn Wolfhard) returns home from boarding school after a violent encounter with another student. Kate suddenly begins seeing ghostly apparitions and experiencing disturbing visions. It's clear something really ominous is happening at the estate.

The Turning was directed by Floria Sigismondi, a former maker of music videos for artists as diverse as Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, and Katy Perry. The screenplay was written by Chad and Carey Hayes, the writers of The Conjuring.

Vote up the most memorable quotes from The Turning listed below, regardless of which character speaks them.

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Keeping The Lights On is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Chilling Quotes From 'The Turning'
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Keeping The Lights On

Miles Fairchild (to Kate Mandell): I know what you're afraid of. Keeping the lights on won't keep you safe. 

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Suffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Chilling Quotes From 'The Turning'
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Suffer

Miles Fairchild: Nothing should have to suffer. 

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A Mermaid In Your Toilet... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Chilling Quotes From 'The Turning'
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A Mermaid In Your Toilet

Mrs. Groce (to Kate Mandell): Flora leaves her dolls lying around everywhere. Don't be surprised if you find a mermaid in your toilet. 

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One Little Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Chilling Quotes From 'The Turning'
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One Little Girl

Kate Mandell: I'm going from twenty-five screaming kids to one little girl. How hard can it be? 

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