Chainsaws make horrible weapons.
January 19, 2011 8:15am CST
How many times have you seen a chainsaw used as a weapon in a horror movie? Heck some of them it's the theme. Sad thing is, chainsaws are horrible weapons. They're big, bulky, hard to start, difficult to swing, easy to break, loud. Imagine trying to sneak up on someone... If it was running they'd hear you coming a mile off. If it wasn't imagine trying to reach them then get it started before they run away. I've NEVER had one start quickly. I could see a chainsaw being useful in dismembering a body but not actually killing someone. They're probably the only horror movie weapon worse than Freddy Krugers claws ( which would break your fingers if you tried to cut anything tougher than paper ). Can you think of any other horror movie weapons that would be totally unusable in the real world?
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19 Jan 11
I don't watch horror movies anymore, there are just excuses for extravagant gore. But I'm reading Shutter Island right now and might watch that movie when it hits TV. That, to me, is real horror--the cold chill down the spine and danger both mental and physical. Anyway, you're right about the chainsaw. I've seen some pretty outlandish weapons used on TV and in movies. People like you and me wonder about these things but we are supposed to suspend our disbelief. Not a movie, but one show in particular strikes me as being so unrealistic that it is very enjoyable. I might start a discussion about that today.
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20 Jan 11
Over 20 years ago I read of a case where a blind man successfully defended himself in his home with a chainsaw. The blind man had black out curtains on all of his windows and one master switch that could turn off all the lights. Some low life tried to rob and/or harm the man in broad daylight. The lights went out, the chainsaw started, and the intruder fled to a nearby hospital bleeding profusely.