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Top 10 Flamethrower Scenes In Horror!
10. Bellflower (2011)
I love strange movies. 'Bellflower' falls under Psychological Horror to me. There's a fair amount of flamethrower scenes to choose from here, but this one where a scarecrow is taken out just shows what damage a flamethrower can do is such a quick period of time.
9. Phantasm 2 (1988)
Reggie and Mike mean business. During their journey to find the Tall Man, they find a store and make bad ass weapons. Reggie makes his quadruple barrel shotgun while Mike tests his new flamethrower. He actually uses his flamethrower later in the movie, but I felt this scene of him and Reggie gearing up to battle the Tall Man was way more cool on a couple more levels.
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
If you want wildness and carnage, watch a 'Mad Max' film. Every time you know somebody's gonna get hurt, imagine someone's face you don't like. Or, just enjoy the out-of-control chaos. Try it out with this scene of Mel 'Max' Gibson blasting a flamethrower like he wrote the manual on how to look cool while doing so.
7. The Thing (1982)
This list definitely wouldn't be complete without this movie on it somewhere. When I think flamethrowers in movies, I think “The Motha Fuckin Thing”. MacReady's ready to blow anything, or anybody away at any given moment in this film once shit hits the fan...I love it.
6. Puppet Master 2 (1990)
The 'Puppet Master' movies are such a nice addition to the Horror genre. Yes, we've seen killer dolls in movies before, but none of them stand out quite as much as these little fuckers...do they? Well, speaking of little fuckers, this one named "Torch" has a mini flame-throwing arm and blasts a shotgun-toting, old lady with his user-friendly weapon. Oh man, these movies are good, absurd times.
5. Overlord (2018)
Took a little while to get to the Horror in this movie, but it was good. I especially like the gore and this kick-ass flamethrower scene. This is definitely the face you should make whenever you fire one of these babies.
4. Return Of The Living Dead Part 2 (1988)
A zombie tries to negotiate, but it doesn't go so well for her. After getting her face burned off, furthering her hideous look even more, she agrees to chill on eating brains for the moment being. I have yet to watch this scene with a straight face.
3. The Blob (1988)
'The Blob' is another goodie that deserves the love it gets, and, it deserves more if you ask me. Director Chuck Russell knew how to please Horror fans in the late 80's. Fresh off of “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” he directed this worthy remake of the 1958 film 'The Blob’. Frank Darabont co-wrote the screenplay with Russell and their love for Horror came through on the screen. Oh yeah, and it has a hardcore flamethrower scene with The Blob blocking the flame causing it to backfire. What's not to love about this movie?
2. Night Of The Creeps (1986)
A shot to the head then a blast from a flamethrower; that's a hard death for anything, even a dead body taken over by an alien slug. The visual is good, but this scene ranks so high because of the mere the idea of the situation and the campy, perfectly executed delivery.
1. Aliens (1986)
As far as the visual goes, Ripley firing her flamethrower on a bunch of the Queen Alien's babies takes the baked cake. Ripley is such a screen demanding and believable character. That's impressive, given the plot. Sigourney Weaver owns this role. She blows away the Queen's babies to protect herself and Newt (and arguably humanity itself) and looks cool doing it. Clint Eastwood is Dirty Harry, Henry Winkler is the Fonz, Bela Lugosi is Dracula, Robert Englund is Freddy and Sigourney Weaver is Ellen Ripley. And she is why this moment from "Aliens" is the number 1 flamethrower scene in Horror.
C.H.U.D. - (1984)
These dudes caused no harm with their flamethrowers ang got killed on top of that. Still a cool scene, though.
Honorable Non Horror Mentions
Lady Avenger - (1988)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Death Race 2 - (2010)
Sudden Death - (1995)
Jean-Claude Van Damme makes a mini, toy flamethrower and turns this scene into full-blown comedy...it's not a comedy movie, though.
More Notable Films
True Lies (1994)
Saving Private Ryan - (1998)
I'm Dr.LoveGore wishing you all a happy week and please be careful when you're around fire or just stay away from it if you can!
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