Audience quotes’ guide
One of the reasons why the BIFFF is a must-attend genre film festival is undoubtedly its unique atmosphere and, you have to admit, the boisterous enthusiasm of its incredible audience.
- Is this your very first BIFFF and you have no idea what I'm talking about?
- You've already attended, but you always felt like you were excluded from a very funny private joke because you kept wondering what the hell people were shouting about and, more importantly, why?
- You've never been able to remember anything that's being said because you've always been too engrossed in this awesome movie you're watching that's literally changing your life?
- Are you tired of chanting all those words and phrases back and forth like a blind follower without knowing where they came from and your curiosity is finally getting the better of you?
- You are a BIFFF veteran and you’re simply dying to share your infinite knowledge on the subject but you’ve never had the opportunity to do so?
Here is "The Audience Quotes' Guide to the BIFFF"!
(because "Stuff that people shout at the BIFFF" didn’t sound official enough)
It contains the must-know phrases, their history, and even pictures, and, thanks to this indispensable guide, you'll be able to show off your amazing anecdotes at the bar with a Troll in your hand and, most importantly, you'll never miss another opportunity to fully enjoy your next BIFFF.
We made the unforgivable mistake of forgetting your favorite phrase? Don't hesitate to send us a message via the contact page, and we'll be happy to update this page.
So, ready to become a BIFFF apprentice? WELCOME!
To all the cast & crew members who mount the stage before the screening of their film.
Guests often do this while mounting the stage when the audience asks them to. In other words: all the time!
TRIVIA :During his 2018 masterclass, Guillermo Del Toro made BIFFF history by singing “Cielito Lindo”, accompanied by an authentic mariachi band on the stage of Theatre 1.
During the opening credits of the BIFFF when the chariot arrives at the crossroads.
When a victim runs away.
CONTRIBUTING MEMBER: Agnes Kaltem
When the “BIFFF" logo is displayed on the screen.
(5x "TA") Not easy to time: count 3 seconds after the end of "WELCOME".
At first, just answer this call with the following line.
ORIGIN: This line originated in 1986 during the screening of the movie The Monster in the Closet, a scientist tries to coax a monster by playing this melody on the xylophone... in vain.
Answer to the call just made before.
ORIGIN: Comes from the trailer of the movie "RETRIBUTION”, where the vengeful spirit of a murdered mobster takes possession of a suicidal depressive to quench his thirst for revenge.
howl at the moon.
When a full moon appears on the screen.
Recently, it is also shouted whenever a wolf or any kind of moon appears.
To be shouted whenever a door is opened in the theatre or on the screen.
You can follow up with a "Thank you" if it’s closed again.
It can extend to demonic portals and/or with the zippers of tents.
ORIGIN: During the Passage 44 era, there were 6 (or 8?) side doors to the main theater. The light in the hallway was very annoying during the movie when people went out or came in and forgot to close the door. Therefor this commanding reminder! This was later extended to all the doors in all the movies.
When a particularly sadistic act is committed.
ORIGIN: A cult reply for 90’s publicity lovers. This is an extract from the Orangina Rouge commercial from 1996. The bottle of lemonade attempts to slaughter people with a chainsaw. This scene alone was destined to be the talk of the BIFFF.
Shout it when you really think that the protagonist is naively throwing himself into the lion's den.
When a character is looking for someone and starts calling for them or when they are lost.
ORIGIN: Back in the days of the Passage44 (and later T&T), when characters shouted "ouhou" when calling someone. It was also subtitled but spelled differently in French and in Dutch, which gave "Joehoe" in Dutch and something like "ouhou" in French.
Nowhere else in the world are these screams/calls subtitled. Not in movies on TV, in theaters or on devices...
It was so ridiculous to read these subtitles for years that the public started to "read" (or shout) them out loud.
To shout them like a director on a film set, when the film is particularly slow.
VARIANT: "Quel beau film!"
When a particularly attractive hottie appears on screen.
To be said during a plot-twist that you saw coming from miles away.
To be shouted when a character decides to fight back.
When revenge is in the works.
When someone stands up.
Often used in combination with "the door!”
At the end of a movie, when it was particularly boring
After a very dark movie.
Example sentence from the 2022 animated tutorial
- "Sanglier." : Originated in Luxembourg? Very popular among posh Luxembourg students in the college city of Louvain la Neuve (to tell the truth, I don't know the exact origin and even less how to use it... so don't hesitate to tell us)
- " Baxter, méfiez-vous du chien qui pue! (ditto, any info is welcome!)
Origin: movie Baxter (Beware of the Dog that Thinks) from 1989