Horror movies tend to follow a specific pattern when it comes to the deaths of its characters. It’s normally a pretty straight-forward plan; chase teenager with butcher knife, a demon or ghost haunts a family, an ax-murderer stalks its next victim.
However, every once in a while, fans will come across a movie that uses an unconventional item to kill off its characters. This list is dedicated to all the creative screenwriters and directors. Here’s a list of ten unconventional deadly weapons:
A basketball-“Deadly Friend” (1986)
When a woman, Samantha Pringle, is killed by her father, she is implanted with the microchip on an insane robot (naturally). With the microchip in her brain, she goes into a killing spree (obviously). Aside from the super strength she obtains from the microchip, she also becomes super creative with her chosen tools. She uses a basketball to smash Mama Fratelli’s skull, shattering her head completely. Notices how she is still capable of making throat noises…
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Records-“Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
Shaun and Ed are best friends who are stuck in a path to nowhere. When the world is overtaken by zombies, it seems neither one of them are aware, and can’t decipher that it’s the end of the world until it’s almost too late. After a zombie intruder enters the house, they take swift action by heeding to the advice that killing the zombies means “removing the head, or destroying the brain.” They proceed to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the pair of zombies in Shaun’s backyard. The funniest items, and the ones that stick, are the records. Granted, this isn’t necessarily an object that kills the targets, it’s still funny to think Shaun and Ed thought they could.
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Microwave-“Last House on the Left” (2009)
If someone you loved was brutalized, you’d want revenge too, in the most creative ways known to man.
That’s exactly what Mari’s father, John, decides to do with the ringleader of the gang of convicts, Krug. John, a doctor, paralyzes him with a drug and sticks his head in the microwave. You can imagine what happens next.
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Blender-“You’re Next” (2011)
A home invasion turns bloody when everyone in the Davison family is brutally murdered one by one. What the invaders didn’t expect, was that Crispian’s Aussie girlfriend, Erin, grew up at a survivalist camp, and is the “McGyver” of defending herself.
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Folding Bed-“Freddy vs Jason” (2003)
Probably the two most creative killers in the horror movie market are Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
While fighting each other, they also keep busy by terrorizing another group of teenagers. In the most creative scene of the movie, Jason uses a folding bed to twist one of the teenagers up like a pretzel.
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Curling Iron-“Sleepaway Camp” (1983)
For anyone who has accidentally brushed the side of their neck with a curling iron, the idea that a curling iron could be used as a weapon isn’t all that surprising.
However, in “Sleepaway Camp”, the curling iron is placed in an unmentionable area, and the horror of the use of a curling iron resurfaces.
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Garage Door-“Scream” (1996)
For the majority of “Scream”, the kills are pretty basic: stabbed with a knife. In one particular scene, however, Ghostface kills off blonde bimbo Tatum with a garage door.
After throwing beer bottles, and hitting Ghostface with a freezer door, Tatum tries to crawl out of the doggy door in the garage. It doesn’t quite work out for her.
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Jacuzzi-“Halloween 2” (1981)
Another franchise usually known for straightforward killing is “Halloween”.
In the second installment of “Halloween”, ambulance driver Budd and nurse Karen are enjoying each other inside a jacuzzi. When Budd goes to check on the heat of the pool, which has seemed to rise to scorching heights, he is strangled by Michael Meyers. Michael approaches Karen, who mistakens him for Budd. She regrets that mistake, as Michael uses the jacuzzi as a boiling pot.
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Corn on the Cob-“Sleepwalkers” (1992)
Most people hate vegetables, and despise eating them. But, most people aren’t killed by the nutritional food.
In the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Sleepwalkers, Mary and Charles Brady are an unconventional family. In an attempt to “feed” her dying son, Mary kills off a few cast members. Corn on the cob never looked so unsavory. You can’t have any dessert, though, if you don’t eat your veggies.
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Cell phone-“See No Evil” (2006)
You’ve met those people who seemingly have their cell phone glued to their head, right? Well nothing says “Can you hear me now?” quite like the cell phone scene in “See No Evil”.
While trying to hide from Goodnight, Zoe’s cell phone goes off. Once again, we see flashbacks of Goodnight’s abusive childhood, and he decides to take his anger out on poor Zoe’s throat.
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Pogo Stick-“Leprechaun” (1993)
Umbrella-“Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2” (1987)
Flare gun-“Donkey Punch” (2008)