They say a man’s only as good as his tools. That is a saying, correct? Perhaps not. But for killers in the realm of horror films, or more specifically, “slasher films,” that saying is especially accurate. Dispatching college girls, their boyfriends, and the occasional cop or drifter calls for an arsenal, but while some of the slashers on this list use whatever is at their disposal, they do have their favorites. Perhaps what makes these weapons memorable is the creativity used when slaughtering innocents, or maybe it’s just how iconic they are in relation to the killers who use them…either way, here are the top five slasher weapons: the best, the most memorable, and the most frightening.
Jason Voorhees’s machete (“Friday the 13th” series)
Given Jason’s iconic look based around a hockey mask, it would be fair to assume that perhaps his weapon would be a hockey stick, or perhaps ice skate blades…but no, this monstrous character prefers a massive machete that would look like a broadsword in the hands of someone below the height of six feet. While Jason began killing his victims with axes, knives, arrows, and anything else nearby, his trademark machete became the weapon of choice, especially in later films in the series and the remake. It works well with his brute force and almost animalistic tactics in killing victims, and no one can survive one swipe from this blade. Hack, slash, repeat.
Harry Warden’s pick-axe (“My Bloody Valentine” 1981/2009)
When someone thinks of Valentine’s Day, they usually think of hearts, candy, and roses. The vengeful Harry Warden, however, thinks of driving his pick-axe through your skull. Harry was a coal miner, so his favorite weapon truly compliments his look, a blue-collar workman’s suit complete with hard hat and gas mask. But what makes this simple tool stand out is Harry’s creative skill in its use, accomplishing gruesome acts such as ripping off jaws and gouging out eyes…all with his trusty pick-axe. Creativity goes a long way, doesn’t it?
Michael Myer’s kitchen knife (“Halloween” series)
You can’t beat the classics. Most horror movies spend inordinate amounts of time trying to come up with crafty, brutal ways to eliminate victims, but one of the simplest weapons is a sharp blade, and no one knows that better, and uses it more often, than Michael Myers. Sure, Michael uses his bare hands and other instruments of death as well, but he loves his kitchen knives. It was his first weapon after all in the original film when he slays his sister in cold blood. But rather than abandon a tried-and-true method, he only expanded on it, pinning victims to the wall, cutting throats, and just stabbing anyone in his way. Classics never die.
Leatherface’s chainsaw (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” series)
Sometimes, there is nothing more frightening than the ominous sound of a chainsaw motor, revving and grinding, growing louder…and then you realize it’s just a neighbor trimming his bushes next door. But in Texas, chainsaws are definitely used for more sinister purposes, especially in the hands of the psychotic Leatherface. When the madman dons one of his trademark masks made of human skin, be prepared for him to turn on his chainsaw and go on the hunt for flesh to use in his family’s barbecue recipes. It may not be the most subtle weapon, but it certainly gets the job done.
Freddy Krueger’s glove (“A Nightmare on Elm Street” series)
With the previous killers mentioned, their weapons are common…well, usually common…tools you can find at a local hardware store. But could any of them make their own weapon? For child murderer-turned dream demon Freddy Krueger, his instrument of death is almost genius despite its diabolical intentions: a glove complete with razors at the end of his four fingers (a blade on the thumb is shown in “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, though the blades are more organic). Now that is ingenuity. Freddy, despite his supernatural abilities in the dream world that he uses against his victims, can also slash, stab, and outright gut his victims…he can even slice an apple. With his engineering skills, he could have created a “Swiss Army glove.” It’s too bad he wasn’t the nicest guy on Elm Street.
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