We got a unique request from Sam Harding over at Invaluable.com, an online auction marketplace featuring a variety of collectables, antiques, and even entire estate sales:
“We’ve had the privilege to host very interesting movie prop auctions. I’m contacting a select group of movie enthusiasts to discuss on their blog what movie prop they would want to find at an auction. It can be anything from Darth Vader’s lightsaber to Jason’s hockey mask. What would it be and why? Judging by your movie knowledge, I feel like you probably have a few items on your list already.”
First of all Sam, flattery will get you everywhere. Why yes, we are a knowledgeable bunch of aficionados here at The Blood-Shed, thank you very much! And you’re in luck, because we do rub shoulders with collectors in the circles we travel (Facebook groups and occasional conventions); I’ve even been known to procure a bloody item or two myself. But how can you ask us to limit a wish-list to only “a few” measly items. Nope, can’t be done.
Since Top 10 lists are sort of my forte, I’ll limit my hypothetical dream props to that number. Enjoy!
Top 10 Dream Horror Movie Props
An egg from Alien (1979, Scott)
Not only would it be amazing to have a prop from the most seminal horror/sci-fi in history, sprung from the twisted mind of H.R. Geiger, but just imagine the practical joke potential! Careful if you spend the night at my house. You might wake up to one of these suckers at the foot or your bed!
Freddy’s claw from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Craven)
Like, Duh! Freddy’s claw is probably the Holy Grail of horror fandom. And if we’re dreaming big, might as well hope for the original, the first claw from that first amazing film. What a piece of history, seeped in Robert Englund’s sweat and Wes Cravens burgeoning genius (may he rest in peace).
Tarman’s container from Return of the Living Dead (1985, O’Bannon)
I once found this guy online selling an amazing replica of Tarman’s chemical containment drum—and at a really decent price. Too bad it would have cost an arm and a leg to ship from the UK to sunny California. But if I’m making a wish-list, then screw the replica. I want the real deal!
Decker’s mask from Nightbreed (1990, Barker)
Not only is Dr. Decker’s mask equal parts awesome and terrifying, it comes from the nexus of Clive Barker’s genius and David Cronenberg’s outstanding performance. Is it weird that I hope it smells sweaty? I don’t care, I hope it smells sweaty!
The Necronomicon from Evil Dead (1981, Raimi)
Another Holy Grail horror prop is The Evil Dead’s Necronomicon, aka The Naturom Demonto, aka The Sumerian Book of the Dead, aka That Sick Looking Tome Written in Blood and Bound in Flesh! Imagine leaving this sucker out during a party and daring people NOT to read from it. Someone would eventually pick it up out of morbid curiosity—then all bets are off!
The eReader from It Follows (2014, Mitchell)
Because, what the hell is it? It’s not a phone because all the other phone in the movie have cords, yet it seems to be able to connect with the internet… and it also doubles as a flashlight? And is that pink clamshell design supposed to look like a case of birth control? So many questions!
Sam’s lollipop from Trick ‘r Treat (2007, Dougherty)
Sure it’s a bit whimsical and hardly a Holy Grail, but something about Sam’s bloody jack o lantern lollipop perfectly embodies the spirit of Halloween. There’s also something very appealing about having an amazing horror prop that doesn’t take up a ton of space.
Leslie Vernon’s scythe from Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, Glosserman)
It might seem a bit mundane in the pantheon of horror props, but the meta nature of Behind the Mask makes it seems like an actual murder weapon—and I’d like to have something that reinforces the idea that horror villains are real. Then again, part of me wishes they’d use the scythe in a sequel already!
The Creeper’s body from Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003, Salva)
And speaking of movies that need a sequel already… If space were no option, I’d say give me the entire Creeper’s corpse from the finale of Jeepers Creepers 2, complete with that 15 foot wingspan! Throw in the “Bat out of Hell” sign, please. I’d mount it in my living room where he’d make quite the conversation piece.
Chucky from Bride of Chucky (1998, Yu)
Sure, the original Chucky doll from the original Child’s Play (1988, Holland) is another Holy Grail horror prop, but from a purely aesthetic perspective, I prefer Chucky circa 1998 where the staples in his head give him a wicked Frankenstein vibe. This is another one you’d have to watch out for if you spent the night at my house. Chucky likes to play!
If this list put you in the mood to seek out some movie props for your own collection, check out the items currently available at Invaluable.com: HERE.
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i want leatherface’s chainsaw…
Definitely a Holy Grail item!