Favorite Film Props

Film props are an amazing thing in some movie lovers eyes. Where as prop departments see a gun or a device, fans see artwork. Personally I feel that a props are a crucial element to any film, and they add to the world that the film is trying to create. We all have our favorites, so here is a list of my favorite film props.

Proton Packs (Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2): From a distance they looked great, up close they got even better. The Proton Packs were something which in my eyes were designed and built to look like actual real functioning pieces of hardware. They looked like something a mad scientist would assemble in his garage and to a kid in the 80's were some of the coolest things around.

Conan's Sword (Conan The Barbarian / Conan The Destroyer): This is the first sword from a movie that I fell in love with. The design of the sword looks simple from a distance, but once you get up close you notice how detailed it is. It's a great design that stands the test of time, and even made a cameo in the recent Schwarzenegger film "The Last Stand".

Lightsabers (Star Wars): "An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age". In George Lucas's epic space opera, the lightsabers stood out in a universe where the most used weapon was a blaster. The lightsabers were the weapons of the Jedi Knights and were mostly used in duels in the original trilogy. In episodes 1-3 we got a lot more action and variations in design. All in all they are one of my favorite weapons from any film / film series.

 Rocketeer's Jet pack (The Rocketeer): The Jet pack from the Rocketeer is something that I've always loved. While its not as complex as one might expect, and doesn't really show a ton of moving parts, its beauty is in its simplicity. It was aerodynamic and just freaking cool to look at.

Hoverboard (Back to The Future 2 and 3): The Hoverboard was a basic looking prop, but what made it great was the way it was brought to life in the film. The scenes this was featured in were so well done that you believed they were real, and to me thats the best kind of prop. I didn't hear until years later that people actually called Mattel to buy them, and were outraged when it wasn't real. This rumor was actually started by Robert Zemeckis, supposedly after being asked countless times how they did the effects in the movie.

Robocop's Gun (Robocop): What made this gun cool was it was based on a real weapon, but also looked futuristic. Obviously the gun its based off of didn't have unlimited ammo, but this one fit the look of the whole Robocop costume. Hopefully the gun from the Robocop Reboot is just as cool looking as the original's.

Freddy's Glove ( A Nightmare On Elm Street): What made this glove interesting was not only how sinister looking it was, but it looked like something a sick, sadistic person like Fred Kruger would make in a home workshop. It also made for a hell of an image on screen and was always used effectively in the films, even when they were at their worst. This glove even made a cameo in Evil Dead 2 in the tool shed.

MIB Guns ( Men In Black):  All the props from Men In Black were great, but the guns really stood out for me. They were made so well that you couldn't tell what weapons inspired the base designs.They also looked like they were adapted alien technology. Sleek, futuristic, and most of all awesome looking, these weapons earned a spot on my list.

Kurgan's Sword ( Highlander): I could do an entire post about the swords from the Highlander series, but instead I'll limit it to the one that left the biggest impression. Kurgan's sword was big and bad ass looking and fit the character to a T. The above clip shows one of the best scenes from the film, check it out and I think you'll agree that it's one awesome weapon.

Excalibur (Excalibur): Sure the movie maybe a little campy and hasn't aged all that well, but I still love the design for Excalibur they used in this movie. It was a simple design, but in my eyes still a beautiful one. The way they used the lighting with the sword really made it stand out during the film. There have been many other versions of Excalibur, and while some have come close (The Last Legion), this one is still my favorite.

There you have it, a list of my favorite film props. Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments section!

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