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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?

A Tribute to Gunnar Hansen (1947-2015)

The world lost another icon of horror as Gunnar Hansen passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. For the uninitiated Hansen was the man under the mask in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A film that we here at Morbid Movies recently screened for all you lucky cult film fans. If there was ever a film deserving of such a status it is the absolutely bonkers 1974 TCM.

As Leatherface, Hansen created one most iconic slashers in film history and rightfully so. Leatherface, with his mallet and chainsaw and maternal instincts, is the terrifying stuff of nightmares. Any other actor would probably have been hard pressed to put the physicality required by the role but not Hansen. He played Leatherface with psychotic glee and his massive frame made for a believable monstrous maniac. That first scene he appears in, stoving a man’s skull in with a mallet, speaks volumes to the level of strength he brought to the role. The final shot of him spinning and dancing and waving his chainsaw down the road shows us just what separated Leatherface from other slashers, he had strong personality and a level of insanity that was beyond that of Michael Myers, Jason Vorheees and Freddy Krueger. His slasher was believable and horrific and all the more terrifying because of it.

Gunnar went on to be a writer and an actor full time, but for the purposes of this goodbye I am only going to mention them in passing.

Goodbye Mr. Hansen, thank you for Leatherface. I hope that you rest peacefully knowing that your legacy will be secure, knowing that as long as this world exists there will be people saying “Hey, check out this movie…it is so awesome and messed up and wait until you see Leatherface.”

Thank you for the screams. Thank you for the nightmares. Thank you.