Movies, like real life, are full of violence. But it’s the fun kind of violence, full of gizmos whose main job is to look cool. This week, we’re taking a close look at those wonderful toys, seeing what makes them so memorable ... and what makes them so ridiculous.
Some of the most interesting and exciting characters are defined by the amazing weapons they use in movies. What would Iron Man be without his armor, Luke without his lightsaber, Doomguy without his… Doom?
They'd be Shang-Chi. Oh, wait he has the rings now, right.
Anyway, we live in a weapon-crazy world, so it's no wonder that we love weapons in movies. Almost as much as we love Milk Duds, almost. Tons of cash, care and time get invested in creating the kill gadgets we all crave to watch cleave and cause carnage. Yeah, sure, sometimes movies don't get the weapons thing right. But we're not here to throw out the baby with the bullet-filled bathwater. We're here to celebrate and educate. So the next time you hear some Rando popping off about the Karate Kid's headband, you'll crane-kick'em with #3.
Sure, the movies are great, but a lot of these weapons have some interesting tales to tell themselves.
There was a sticker on Luke’s lightsaber, originally a flash light flash, to cover a logo
Leo DiCaprio used a real flamethrower in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The famous Shining axe was sold at auction
Most Star Trek props were created by one man, Wah Ming Chang
Giancarlo Esposito couldn’t stop breaking the Darksaber in The Mandalorian
Fury Road’s famous flamethrower is made of bedpans
Deckard’s gun in Blade Runner was one of the most expensive props ever sold
Freddy Krueger almost had a sickle instead of a glove in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Fargo’s woodchipper is now a tourist attraction
Antonio Banderas couldn’t help but make the gun shooting sounds during the shootout in Once Upon a Time in Mexico
One of the Golden Gun props from James Bond was stolen
Star Wars’ Ewan McGregor and Laura Dern both made sounds when using their sci-fi weapons
Ralph Macchio stole the Karate Kid headband
Doom’s BFG is based on a real toy
Anton Chigurh rarely used the cattle gun in No Country for Old Men