A lot of horror movie fans would’ve agree with me that the genre produced an abundance of objects we love to be associated with, such as Jason’s mask, Freddy’s glove and all sort of other cool horror stuffs. When we look back at the rich history of the genre, some of the objects that have appeared in the horror movies have become somewhat legendary and iconic, where (almost) anyone can readily identify it, and have a special place in some horror fan’s home, nicely displayed on a neatly decorated shelf or cabinet, and an object of enormous pride.
Weapons are, of course, a must-have object in any horror movies (with the exception of movies dealing with supernatural phenomenon). The writer’s would be compelled to think of the most gruesome arsenal of pain-inflicting object they can find, with the potential to stick in the minds of movie-goers for a very long time. As listed in the website Horror-Movies.ca 7 Iconic Horror Movie Weapons, amongst the most iconic horror movie weapons are the kitchen knife, the machete, a glove armed with razors (which I think is the most original weapon there is), the chainsaw (I would say that a chainsaw is a very popular item in workplace safety as well!), the Tall Man’s sphere armed with mechanical razors, the hook and chains; and the hook hand.
Apart from the weapons, I’m personally interested to list non-weapon objects that are considered equally iconic. After some quick search in the internet, I can’t find such a list but the object I’ve shortlisted in my mind, upon searching it by name, are littered with sites with lengthy explanation (and that goes to show me some idea of how iconic the object is).
Here’s a list of what I considered as some of the most iconic non-weapon object in horror movie history (and I won’t add any pictures to it as I would consider it as ‘disrespectful’):
- Hockey mask
For hardcore horror movie fan/addict, they would associate this mask to a serial killer rather than the goaltender donning it in a ice hockey game! (Come to think of it, kinda ironic that the mask represent harm rather than protection it was supposed to provide)
- Red and dark green stripe sweater
It’s really silly to imagine Freddy Krueger wearing a ‘Peace No War’ t-shirt, isn’t it? Have you ever tried walking around with the same kind of sweater and people start asking ‘hey man, where’s your claw?’ (You’ll get double the response if your face is pretty much scarred).
- Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (The Book Of The Dead)
If there is ever a university degree on horror subject matter, the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis would be the primary (or only) textbook. Would you ever consider yourself a horror movie fan if you can’t recognise THE BOOK!
- Hellraiser’s puzzle box (The Lemarchand’s box)
Did you know there’s a couple of websites selling solely this item? and the moveable full size puzzle box will cost you like 439 bucks. These people know the high price won’t deter hardcore horror movie fans from buying it. It’s a must-have!
How would you kill a werewolf without a weapon that shoots bullet or arrow tainted with silver? Silver is notably known to all horror movie fans as the only metal that can kill them creatures. Go and try asking any hardcore horror movie fan about the real use of silver. I bet any response relating to economic value of silver is secondary.
I know some of you may dispute my list or think that the list should be expanded with more legendary objects. Why not you fill in the comments with items or objects that you think should make the list.