Horror movies come in all shapes and sizes, but humans are often the real monster. Humans aren’t particularly scary on their own, but a human with a blade or a club might do the trick. Scary movie fans demand novelty, so the same old kitchen knife or lumberjack ax won’t cut it every time.
Slasher movies’ most iconic villains often become inseparable from their trademark weapon, including the occasional movie that bears his name. When horror gets weird, it often changes the instruments rather than the format. Everyone knows what makes up the average slasher, but a unique weapon can make the guts and gore a little more interesting.
Blade glove – Nightmare on Elm Street
When designing the iconic monster that haunts the dreams of its victims, Wes Craven decided that every stalwart of horror had an iconic weapon and would need one too. Inspired by Jason’s machete or Leatherface’s chainsaw, Craven sought to establish a trademark tool for his new nightmare. Apparently, Craven got the idea while watching his cat damage his sofa with his claws.
The Blade Glove was designed by Jim Doyle, who used steak knives he had turned upside down. The props team dulled the cutting edge and sharpened the back to make it work visually. The goal was to look like long fingernails, reminiscent of the claws of a deadly jungle predator. New versions of the claw have been designed to New nightmare and the 2011 remake, but Freddy’s bladed gauntlet is undoubtedly iconic. Freddy wouldn’t be who he is today if he weren’t armed with that spine-chilling bladed gauntlet.
Gristle Pistol – Existence
David Cronenberg is widely known as the master of body horror, but not all of his movies are famous. His 1999 sci-fi horror film Existence was received positively and especially oddly, but was unlucky to be released soon after The matrix. The director behind Scanners and Fly took its incredible visual style into the venerable world of cyberpunk. Existence is set in a world that uses neural interfaces to play virtual reality games as the “realists” attempt to dismantle the establishment and return to mainstream perception.
The film’s protagonist, Ted (Jude Law), is tasked with protecting a game developer from murderers while reluctantly submitting to a raise. He builds the Gristle Gun from the inedible leftover meat after a disgusting Chinese meal to do his job. The Gristle Gun consists of revolting fleshy parts and appears to shoot from human teeth. There are not many of this weapon in Existencebut it’s one of the most striking props in a film to date.
The Power Drill Guitar – Slumber Party Massacre II
Yes, this Roger Corman-produced slasher looks like a movie that only exists in the plot of a sitcom, but it features a fun and interesting main weapon. The 1982 original featured a killer armed with an auger-shaped power tool terrorizing teenage victims. The sequel took this idea and continued it by attaching the tool to an electric guitar.
It’s a bad movie, completely enamored with the genre’s gore and meaningless nudity. The only substantial touch of creativity is in the killer’s bizarre choice of weapon. Like most forgotten entries from the golden age of dumb slasher movies, Slumber Party Massacre II belongs to the past. Despite its significant lack of merit, at least the killer had one cool and unique accessory throughout the film’s uninteresting events.
Ruka’s arm – Tokyo Gore Police
Tokyo Gore Police is one of the weirdest horror action films of the modern era. As the name suggests, it takes place in a futuristic Tokyo that has descended into a sadistic nightmare of violence and gore. A mad scientist named Key Man has created a virus that sprouts weapons from wounds in his victims. The infected, known as engineers, become violent and dangerous with their new bio-organic weapons. The Tokyo Police Department creates a new unit designed to destroy Engineers, usually with street executions and over-the-top violence.
The main character is a vengeful katana-wielding hunter named Ruka who loses his first encounter with Key Man after he infects her with the virus. As a result, his arm becomes a clawed beast with an alien head. There are countless nightmarish designs in this movie worthy of the same praise, but Ruka’s arm is the most iconic. More people should see this movie if they have the constitution for it.
Sentinel Spheres – Fantasy
The loved one Fantasy franchise is one of the biggest names in cult horror. Don Coscarelli is the mastermind behind all five films and many other materials. The series follows the evil Tall Man, an alien undertaker who seeks to round up human corpses to turn them into an army of slaves. To that end, his primary weapon is Sentinel Spheres.
These floating silver balls drain their victims’ blood and sever their brainstems, leaving them zombified. The idea came from Coscarelli’s nightmares, and the prop work was done by Will Greene, who tragically died before the film was released. These floating spheres are way too unique and weird not to mention.
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