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Top 10 Tuesday: Horror Weapons

What’s Top 10 Tuesday? It’s a new Top 10 List every Tuesday!

This Tuesday I take a look at some of the various weapons used in horror stretching across many sub-genres from zombie to slasher to J-Horror and even Sci-Fi.

Honorable Mention, Corn on the Cob
Sleepwalkers (1992)

One of the funniest and weirdest weapons in horror, is well, uh, corn on the cob. Used to stab someone in the back in Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. Like they say, “No vegetables, no dessert.”

10. M41A Pulse Rifle
Alien Franchise

While not exactly remembered as a horror weapon, the M41A Pulse Rifle is iconic nonetheless. Capable of selective, burst & automatic firing, it’s the weapon of choice for the space marines in their fight against the Xenomorphs.

9. Piano Wire
Audition (1999)

Asami used piano wire with surgeon-like prowess to remove a foot while giggling the entire time. It’s pretty hard to run without feet.

8. Shotgun
Evil Dead Series

Ash William’s ranged weapon in the Evil Dead Series and used in countless other horror movies is the classic shotgun.

7. Machete

While Jason Voorhees has used a wide-variety of weapons in the Friday the 13th Series, it’s the machete that was always the go-to weapon of choice for hacking up campers.

6. Sentinel Sphere
Phantasm Series

The flying silver spheres from Phantasm are not only the key weapon of the Tall Man but are also unique in the fact that each contains the shrunken brain of his victims. Each sphere’s arsenal includes blades & lasers then finally a drill to drain a body completely of it’s blood.

5. Lawnmower
Braindead/Dead Alive (1992)

My personal favorite horror weapon and kill scene is Lionel’s use of the lawnmower in Braindead. He manages to chop up a ridiculous amount of zombies and the scene required the use of over 300 liters of “blood”. Other notable lawnmower kills include the Lawnmower Man series and Sinister. “Party’s Over!”

4. Freddy Krueger’s Glove
A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise

Unique to Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is Freddy’s trademarked gardening glove upgraded with sharpened blades.

3. Axe
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Friday the 13th Part III & VII, The Shining (1980), American Psycho (2000), Madman (1982), My Bloody Valentine (1981)

The axe in it’s many forms (hatchet, tomawhawk, pick, etc.) is a classic go-to-weapon. It’s most iconic use is by Jack Nicholson in The Shining to chop down the door but my favorite use is Billy Chapman in Silent Night, Deadly Night.

2. Chainsaw
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise, The Evil Dead Series, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Motel Hell (1980), American Psycho (2000), etc.

Between Ash’s replaced hand in Evil Dead and the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise the chainsaw is another of my personal favorite horror weapons. I’m not sure what it is exactly that makes it great but the noise makes it that much scarier. Also notably featured in Motel Hell and American Psycho.

1. Knife
Halloween Franchise, Psycho (1960), Sleepaway Camp (1983), Scream (1996)

While the knife may be one of the simplest weapons used in horror it’s also the most iconic and memorable. From the Psycho shower scene to the Halloween franchise to it’s renewed use in Wes Craven’s Scream it’s hard not to enjoy seeing a good horror movie stabbing.

With all the great weapons used in horror over the years, this was an extremely difficult list to put together. I look forward to seeing new and different ones used for kills in future horror films. See you next Tuesday for Top 10 Holiday Horror Movies!

What’s YOUR favorite horror weapon?

Viewer’s Choice 2017

For the March 2017 Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series screening at the Movies of Lake Worth we’re going to do something a little different. We’re letting YOU pick the movie!

We want to continue to keep things fresh, so votes for the movies we’ve already screened (Battle Royale, Evil Dead 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gojira, Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, Gremlins, Dawn of the Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street ’84, Army of Darkness, Creepshow, Lost Boys, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, The Thing, Jaws 2, The Evil Dead, Halloween III & They Live) will NOT count. So don’t pick those! Also note, due to right’s issues we can’t get Hellraiser.

VOTING HAS ENDED AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT MY BLOODY VALENTINE!

Even if your favorite movie isn’t the one that wins, there’s still a good chance we will screen it. This vote will give us a better idea of what films you’re dying to see. If your movie isn’t on the list, there’s an option at the bottom to add your own!  We reserve the right to exclude any movies that do not fit the HORROR theme of the series.

Because of rights issues we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to get the winning choice so it’ll be chosen from the top 5 films with the most votes. Voting will end February 1st and the winner will be announced at February’s screening!

Top 10 Shudder Film Picks

As the curator of the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series at the Movies of Lake Worth it’s my job to find the best in horror for folks to watch. For your streaming pleasure I’ve put together a list of my top 10 recommended films available to watch on Shudder.

If you’re not familiar with the service, Shudder has a huge library of cult horror films from almost every possible sub-genre. It’s entirely ad-free and works on computers, tablets, Apple TV, Roku and more. It’s $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

Assault on Precinct 13

John Carpenter’s 1976 siege film isn’t horror but doesn’t mean it shys away from heavy violence and shock factor. Assault tells the story of one police sergeant some unlikely allies defending a closing police station from one of LA’s deadliest gangs.

Audition

From controversial director Takashi Miike, this Japense horror/thriller is probably the most disturbing pick on my list. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s pretty much the worst-case dating scenario you could get into.

The Crazies

This early George A. Romero film focuses on a government-made virus that causes vicious tendencies to arise in those affected by it followed by death. This gritty choice feels very real, as-if this small Pennsylvania town could be YOUR home.

Demons

A horror movie that takes place nearly-entirely in a movie theater? It’s not much of a surprise why I picked this one! This Italian classic was directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento. Also features a pretty killer soundtrack.

The Hills Have Eyes

The second film directed by Wes Craven is a bloody story inspired by true events that tells of a cannibalistic family mutated by weapons testing. It was filmed on the beautiful backdrop of the Nevada dessert, one of the most visually striking settings for a horror.

Let the Right One In

The Swedish vampire film based on the 2004 John Lindqvist novel tells the tale of a love story between a bullied 12 year old and a mysterious new friend. One of the most beautiful movies ever while also being one of the darkest.

Night of the Creeps

Starring Tom Atkins and directed by Fred Dekker, this is a zombie prom horror comedy that’s a love letter to b-movie sillyness. Super quoteable and always a fun watch. “The good news is your dates are here, the bad news is they’re dead.”

Night of the Living Dead ’68/’90

George A. Romero’s genre-defining zombie classic Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror films I ever watched as a kid. It holds up surprisingly well even today. As a bonus i’m also picking the 1990 remake directed by Tom Savini giving Barbara a more-involved roll in the story among some other well-received changes.

Re-Animator

A modern-retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic short story updated for the 1980’s with added comedy. Jeffrey Combs role as Herbert West was career defining and led him to numerous horror-related rolls. If you like your zombies heavy on the science, this one’s for you.

Zombie

One of Italian director Lucio Fulci’s most well known films and also known as Zombi 2, this one has a real shark fight a zombie underwater. If that’s not enough for you it’s gory as hell, has a unique island setting and a Fabio Frizzi soundtrack.

Sunday Short Films At Midnight

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At Midnight EST we kick off tonight’s special programming with Sunday Short Films! This week we’ve got a full hour of very different horror shorts from 12 different directors!

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Morbid TV’s Sunday Short Films

After receiving an overwhelming amount of horror short film submissions we’re pleased to announce the newest addition to Morbid TV‘s special programming…

SUNDAY SHORT FILMS! Every Sunday night at Midnight EST join us for a block of independent horror short films from a variety of different up-and-coming directors!

Keep an eye out this Saturday for our “This Week on Morbid TV” post for a list of the short films we’ll be screening!

If you have something you would like shown or have any suggestions, send an email to tv@morbidmovies.com! Please include any credits or links you would want mentioned!

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Unearthed & Untold the Path to Pet Sematary (2016)

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an independent documentary taking an extensive look at the making of Pet Sematary, the origins of the story, the stories of cast and crew, memories of the Maine locals who helped make the film, and the legacy the film has established among horror fans and scholars of Stephen King’s work.

In addition to featuring many cast and crew members never before interviewed about their involvement in the film, this documentary will also take fans on a tour of the filming locations. With never-before-seen photographs and video footage from behind-the-scenes, original props from the film, media coverage of the 1988 production, and new stories about the Hollywood production being on location in Maine, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an all-encompassing documentary by fans for the fans.

Unearthed & Untold is available now from Terror Films.

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