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Point of Order- Weapons, For All Occasions! (part one)
Greetings and salutations all, Joshua T. Calkins-Treworgy here with another Point of Order. On today's edition, we're going to take a look at the veritable cornucopia of weapons used in some of our favorite films of the genre.
Now, to be fair, I'll go ahead and stipulate that these weapons are all physical weaponry, not paranormal/supernatural powers and abilities. To compile that list, I'd need two pots of coffee, a pile of Reese' s peanut butter cups, and the patience of a saint.
Let's go through the first list!
Common Knife: Yes, this simple tool ranges from the culinary kitchen knife to military combat blades. A great pick for versatility, it slices, stabs, and julliannes! In the hands of a skilled fighter, or psychotic, the everyday knife can carve a bloody swath through any number of victims. Sharpened and honed, it is ever a top choice for slashers.
Pros: Easy access weapon, plenty of them around, very personal weapon.
Cons: Often used by protagonists, but turns useless because they're fodder. Sometimes too common, little imagination.
Hatchet/Axe: A brutal weapon of choice, the hatchet requires a certain degree of savagery to be used effectively. Think of it; the wielder has to rear back and bury the damned thing in their target. The repeated blows used to cleave through bone, the thick, wet smacking sounds as bodies are maimed into paste or something resembling ground Chuck. Yes, the hatchet is a great choice.
Pros: Brutal weapon for fans of rage. Also, decent thrown weapon for heft/ impact
Cons: Not a lot of variety in attack techniques.
Chainsaw: Come on. There's an entire franchise spawned around the use of this weapon by an inbred sociopath. Affectionately sprinkled throughout video games now, the chainsaw is a mechanical menace, capable of chewing through a limb with little effort, leaving the damaged area looking like so much bloody barbecued pulled pork. You can't put that mess back together no matter how much duct tape or superglue you use! The terror associated with having some loon cackling like the mental patient he is, chasing you around with this buzzing, revving engine of death in hand, well, it's enough to make it all the more satisfying when the protagonist uses it on his/her tormentors.
Pros: Fright factor, not exactly easy to block or defend against.
Cons: Unwieldy as hell, heavy, requires gasoline and oil to operate.
These are just the 4 most common weapons in the genre, for now.
In Part 2, we'll take a look at some unique, legacy weapons in the genre, and consider some pros and cons of them, both observed and speculative.
Thanks for your time, ladies and gentlemen, take care of yourselves, and as always, keep reading.