There are two reasons a movie might re-use a prop: because they have to or because they want to. Sometimes you love a movie so much you want to use or recreate a piece of it to show that love, or – if your budget is in the dumps – you just need something from the prop warehouse to re-paint and use as your own.
Whatever the case, iconic is iconic, so if you are watching close enough you just might catch these one-of-a-kind props in films you wouldn’t expect them to be in.
10. Miho In Sin City Is The 89th Member Of The Crazy 88
Turns out that deadly hookin’ ninja Miho in Sin City was using borrowed swords from the production of Kill Bill. It’s probably the least surprising piece of movie trivia considering not only that Tarantino and Robert Rodreiguez are BFFs but also for the fact that when you build like 50+ samurai swords you’re going to want to get your money’s worth.
It’s a shame that they didn’t give her one of the Bride’s swords – that way it could have been the same prop to both under decapitate Lucy Liu and to deliver the fatal Benicio Del Toro necking.
9. Freddy Krueger Left A Glove In Evil Dead II’s Tool Shed
Not that there’s any confirmation either way, but I’m gonna go ahead and assume that the movie that was filmed inside an old high school gym didn’t actually get the prop from Nightmare On Elm St. Still – it’s the thought here that counts as director Sam Raimi continues a back and forth between himself and director Wes Craven, who stuck The Evil Dead into the first Elm St. film.
If you ask me, no shed is truly complete without a razor glove hanging somewhere amongst the tools – how else are you expected to catch and kill an owl in the same motion?
8. Arnold Finally Gets To Use Blain’s Minigun In Terminator 2
The story goes that after Jesse “Captain Freedom” Ventura got to have his fun with it on the set of Predator, Mr. Schwarzenegger was itching to try it out. As was James Cameron. So they stuck the same model in there because well… it’s awesome. It’s literally the most impractical gun ever. It’s the stretch Hummer of guns.
I read some time back that miniguns were technically legal in the US because of whatever this gun control act says. Skeptically speaking, if that’s true then why aren’t I shredding rabbits in my backyard this very moment?
7. The Equipment That Made The Joker Also Made Steve Martin Terrifying In Little Shop Of Horrors
That’s right – the exact same prop tools have been used to make both Jack Nicholson and Bill Murray happy. The only difference is the level of shininess to the torture props, which were also used in Dead Ringers. Basically whenever someone needs to scare the shit out of the audience with the promise of torture, they dust off the ol’ terror kit and bring out these puppies. Whoever first made them must feel pretty good/horrified about themselves right about now.
Really the only question now is: did they remember to wash them? I know it sounds like a stupid query at first, but when you think about it… what if each prop department just assumed the last people washed it afterward? Just think, some bolt cutters and a genetics lab and we could be cooking up some Nicholmurrays in no time at all.
6. Die Hard And The Hunt For Red October Share The Same Teddy Bear
It’s nice to see that the teddy bear finally does make it into a child’s arms after all it’s been through – it’s the Cinderella story of stuffed animals… so I guess that would make it a Velveteen Rabbit story. Holy shit, can you imagine if that stuffed bear was Toy Story sentient? Hanging out in the backseat with Argyle listening to Run DMC and shit. After that he gets a freaking close up in a film with Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery? Bear’s had a better movie career than The Rock.
And you can rest assured that this was intentional, for if you haven’t realized it yet, Die Hard and Hunt For Red October were both directed by jailbird John McTiernan. If only he kept this bear theme going and made the Predator alien fuzzy and brown.