Since the dawn of genre cinema, horror films have captivated audiences with gruesome scenes of death at the hands of monsters and madmen. over time, filmmakers even devised the slasher subgenre to thrill bloodthirsty audiences with a specific hunger for over-the-top mock murder.
Of course, some of these cinematic kills are sure to be stranger than others, as killers often use unexpected tools to get the job done. With that in mind, we recently published an article highlighting six unusual weapons in horror movies, hoping to celebrate the creativity behind some of these iconic death scenes. however, with so many homicidal movies to choose from, we could never settle on just one list. That’s why we’re back with six of the most unusual weapons from horror movies, this time with a couple of suggestions from readers like you!
Like last time, the list will operate under a few rules. First, the weapons will be selected according to the general creativity surrounding their use, so there’s no use complaining that the rest of the movie wasn’t good. second, the inputs must have been actively used as a weapon, so there are no living creatures (like the alligator from eaten alive) or environmental hazards (like liquid nitrogen from jason x).
That aside, don’t forget to comment below if you think we’ve missed an important tool of the trade.
now to the list…
6. corn on the cob (sleepwalkers)
Written by Stephen King and directed by horror master Mick Garris, Sleepwalkers is a bizarre story about a homicidal duo of shapeshifters searching for a virgin. While it’s often remembered as one of the worst adaptations of King out there, I personally think this reputation is undeserved, as the film is exceptionally funny if you appreciate it as an intentionally cheesy midnight flick.
A great example of this entertaining cheesiness is when genre veteran Alice Krige uses an ear of corn to stab an unsuspecting cop in the back, followed by a 007-esque line of “no veggies, no dessert.” . this moment is so ridiculous it has to be seen to be believed, which is why this lethal piece of corn makes its way onto the list.
5. trombone (the town that feared the sunset)
based on a true series of murders in texarkana, it seems strange that charles b. Pierce’s classic, The City That Dreaded Sunset, would feature one of the most absurd death scenes in cinema. However, when teenage musician Peggy finds herself helplessly tied to a tree, the Phantom Killer proceeds to stab her in a ridiculously elaborate manner, placing a pocket knife on the end of his victim’s trombone and playing it.
Although it is technically the knife at the end of the instrument that kills the victim, this death would not have the same impact without the killer’s strange fondness for the performing arts. Fortunately for fans of creative assassination, the trombone would later reappear in the underrated 2014 sequel/reboot, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
4. the sentinels (ghost)
Don Coscarelli, one of the underappreciated masters of low-budget horror, is best remembered for his work on the Phantom, which follows a young boy who tries to stop an evil gravedigger from enslaving our planet’s dead. While Angus Scrimm’s intimidating performance as the tall, menacing man is terrifying enough, he also boasts a series of floating metal orbs that do his bidding and are responsible for the franchise’s most memorable kills. p>
In a world filled with generic axe-wielding assassins and machete-wielding madmen, it’s fun to see filmmakers think outside the box when creating iconic horror villains and weapons, which is definitely the case here. And with their ability to constantly evolve between films, becoming increasingly absurd in the sequels, the Sentinels are as iconic as horror can get.
3. super holy water bath (from dusk to dawn)
Calling Dusk Till Dawn a horror movie might be a bit of a spoiler (although the movie is over thirty years old at this point, so that’s your own fault), but the second half of this mix rodriguez/ Tarantino-Up features some of the most creative vampire kills ever filmed. In fact, it’s kind of hard to pick a favorite weapon from a movie that features Tom Savini shooting a gun to his crotch, but it would have to go with the super-stirring holy water.
Not only is it one of the most delightfully stupid ideas in the film, but it’s also a huge part of the character’s development, with the emergency holy water a sign of Harvey Keitel’s renewed faith. these water pistols were also accompanied by a series of less elegant but equally effective holy water balloons.
2. candy razor (trick or treat)
Rivaled only by John Carpenter’s iconic contribution to the slasher genre, Michael Dougherty’s Trick-or-Treating is one of the most Halloween-focused experiences of all time, with this seasonal anthology featuring just about everything we love about Halloween. spooky holiday. naturally, this means that the film references various urban legends surrounding this festive occasion, including the classic “razor blade hidden inside a halloween candy”.
This sugar-coated trap is wielded by deceptively cute Sam like a cheeky little pocket knife, and is memorably used by the pumpkin-headed kid to slice through Brian Cox’s Achilles tendons like stale candy corn. unorthodox but effective!
1. double sided dildo (death gas)
Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm is a bloody fun ride for fans of heavy metal and demonic horror comedies. Following a group of metal-loving teens who accidentally unleash an ancient demon that possesses the residents of their small New Zealand town, the film has no shortage of gory deaths. however, one particular scene of supernatural carnage stands out due to its utter absurdity.
Our heroes find themselves trapped by possessed killers, with the only weapons at their disposal being a creative assortment of sex toys amusingly hidden inside a box marked “church stuff.” naturally, a comedic battle ensues as the teens use a number of phallic objects to defend themselves, including the two-sided dildo. It’s not exactly my weapon of choice for killing zombies, but it’s surprisingly effective when wielded like a venomous Monk!