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10 Unusual But Effective Weapons Used in Movies
By Dirk Sonniksen
September 28, 2010
10 Unusual But Effective Weapons Used in Movies
© Bob Trate
Our list pays respect to the creative and the resourceful. It’s homage to those who want to maim and kill but are lacking the proper tools. While a gun or a knife is a no-brainer for a weapon, it’s takes a special someone with that inventive knack to pull off the beauties that grace our list of unusual, but effective, weapons used in movies.
10. Deadly Friend – Basketball
Deadly Friend is a horrible film with an interesting death scene. This film has a rather intriguing premise, with a robot’s brain being installed into a dead girl’s body, but that’s where the intrigue ends. The one shining moment is when dead-girl-with-robot-brain decapitates someone with a basketball, probably the only reason to rent this failure.
9. Casino – Pen
Here we have an entry that deserves a nod not only for spontaneity, but also for sheer brutality. Joe Pesci is an actor who exemplifies the gangster genre and typically plays a guy with a short fuse. Casino is no different as Pesci comes to the defense of his friend, Bobbie De Niro. Word to the wise: don’t ever tell De Niro to shove a pen up his ass when Joe Pesci is around.
8. Student Bodies – Paper Clip
Student Bodies is a ridiculously bad slasher flick with a humorous slant; it does however, feature some ingenious weapons. Yes, when you are a crazed lunatic running low on knives and axes, you must improvise. Enter the paper clip, a useful tool for your mundane daily office tasks, and a great murder weapon. In this cinematic disaster, our victim is used as a pin cushion, a somewhat desperate attempt at theatrics if you ask us (oh no, did we give away a critical plot point? Too bad).
7. Lady Terminator – Vagina
Lady Terminator is a complete piece of crap, but a really fun piece of crap. She’s not a cyborg, but a student possessed by an evil sea queen (something like that). She kills, quite literally, at random, and as long as there is a horny guy in the vicinity, her thirst cannot be quenched. Sure, she’s easy, but when her eyes bug out, beware: that’s the signal that her girl parts have officially switched to kill mode.
6. Witness – Corn
It’s a mystery that centers on the Amish community, and these horse-and-carriage-bound folks will never be the same. Harrison Ford is our star, who is…yep, a cop who becomes embroiled in a case of murder and intrigue. Our finale features Harrison Ford at his best, fighting the bad guy, who meets an untimely end inside a corn silo. Hey, it was better than being run over by a horse and buggy.
5. Fargo – Woodchipper
This film has made many of our Mania lists, and for good reason. Essentially, Fargo has it all: great acting, great directing, appropriate setting, references to uncircumcised guys, and a woodchipper. When you’re low on time and you have to dispose of a body, look no further than your own rural background. While this is technically not a weapon in the film, it’s close enough.
4. Gremlins – Microwave
They’re cute and then they’re not. These insane little guys wreak havoc and have fun doing it. But if you push mom too far, you’ll pay, as seen in the famous kitchen scene in Gremlins. This scene features not only one of the best ways to dispatch a Gremlin, but another fantastic use for a TV tray, namely as a shield. Set microwave to high, and watch ‘em explode.
3. The Lost Boys - Stereo
One of our favorites from the 80s, The Lost Boys was the first vampire flick to deviate (at least in a mainstream way) from the typical vampire fare. While there are many great moments to pick from, the one that makes our list is the Death By Stereo scene (not to be confused with the band). Yes indeed, someone had to explode in this film, so why not do it in an unconventional way. A little holy water to the face, an arrow through the heart, enter stereo…and you’re toast.
2. Shaun of the Dead – Records
When you’re dealing with zombies, rules don’t apply, and anything goes. What was once a formidable collection of vinyl quickly becomes a tasty weapon. If you’re old enough to remember what a record is, you probably used some of the crappier remnants of your music collection as a Frisbee. This old school, nostalgic activity was obviously not lost on the makers of Shaun of the Dead, one of our favorite zombie movies.
1. The Dark Knight – Pencil
Probably the most engrossing boardroom scene for bad guys, The Joker makes an ominous entry (love the shot of his back as he enters) into the den of thieves, and then, to top it off, pulls off a bit of magic. What can we learn from this? Don’t discount the common household item as a weapon, and don’t shoot your mouth off to someone that is obviously psychotic.