When offered an arsenal of weapons, Honest Abe chooses instead to embark on his vampire hunt with his trusty axe. Inspired by his ingenuity to use the tools of his time and place, we’ll look at some other unconventional weapons including Thor’s hammer and Spiderman’s web to extreme uses of every day items such as the broken CD in Old Boy and the Cattle Gun in No Country for Old Men.
Check out our list below and then sound off in the comments if you think we missed any good weapons.
Don’t be fooled by Chris Hemsworth’s muscular physique in the 2011 superhero flick Thor. His super-human strength mostly comes from his enchanted hammer known as Mjolnir. This weapon is based on a tool of the Norse gods that can only be used by someone worthy enough of controlling its power. Thor proves he can take hold of Mjolnir after an honorable act of sacrifice, granting him the ability to defeat his enemy the Destroyer.
The most flexible weapon in film by far is Spiderman’s sticky web. Audiences have seen him swing throughout New York City in the 2000’s franchise starring Tobey McGuire as well as the 2012 re-boot The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield. The adhesive substance shoots out from his wrists, allowing him to build zip-lines, stick to walls, and even trap a bad guy!
Oldboy’s Broken CD
Talk about using one’s resources… in the 2003 South Korean film Oldboy, the antagonist Lee Woo-jin uses a CD to stab a man in the throat. He ejects the CD from the player and breaks it in half before he attacks someone who is making offensive remarks about his sister. This act is one example of the brutal, no-nonsense violence featured in the acclaimed action thriller.
No Country For Old Men’s Cattle Gun
If someone wants to commit a violent crime without leaving a trace behind, the best bet is to copy Javier Bardem’s character in the Academy Award-winning film No Country For Old Men. Bardem plays the eery hitman Anton Chigurh who uses a cattle gun to kill his victims. The powerful pistol is typically used to stun animals before slaughter, causing a forceful blow that leaves them unconscious.
With vampires being all the rage in popular culture, it is important to have a weapon that is badass enough to kill the vicious creatures. The 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln shows off his hunting skills in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by choosing a silver-coated axe to fight the nighttime villains. He incorporates martial arts-inspired moves by spinning the axe, enhancing the deadly force of the weapon.
Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as they were meant to be experienced — as fierce, visceral, intense and bloodthirsty. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter brings to the screen the secret life of our nation’s favorite president . . . as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. Catch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 23.