Barbershops have too much history to go over at this moment, but a couple of facts that seem fit to go with this list are:
1.) The three colors on a spinning pole in front of a barber shop; red, white and blue, represent blood, bandages and veins.
2.) The reason being, barbers also used to bandage wounds and perform medical procedures.
Now, for this list there had to be bloodshed or an inevitable demise in the scene in order to make it.
With straight razors alone, I already like the sound of this.
Hair Salons have the same instruments to kill that barbershops do, so who am I to not allow them in this list, too? Let's explore...
9 Barbershop/Hair Salon Scenes In Horror
9. The Barber's Cut (2015)
A sick and funny short film about a fucked up barber that enjoys keeping the doubly-duty job of cutting hair and practicing shady procedures that Dr. Herbert West would be proud of. The film's just a little over 11 minutes and can be viewed legally on its website or youtube. I say it's worth seeing.
8. The Stylist (2016)
Another short film about a hairdresser who's just as deranged as the barber from the #7 pick. This one used to be available on Shudder, but as far as I know it can only be rented or bought now on vimeo.com. I believe they made Blu Ray copies, too. I'm not sure if they're out of print or not, but, if you happen to have the opportunity to watch it, it's another 15 minutes of Horror worth checking out.
7. Beware! The Blob A.K.A. Son Of The Blob (1972)
I actually find this sequel to the 1958 movie quite enjoyable. It's funny, but not always from intentional humor. Luckily, The Blob in this movie doesn't shy away from violence, so we get kills to whet the appetite. This B-flick also has a recognizable face as its director. That face being none other than one of the 'I Dream Of Jeannie’ stars, Larry Hagman. Mr. Hagman directed tons of TV shows, but this is the only motion picture to his credit. At least it's an entertaining piece of cinema. This barber scene got a chuckle out of me.
6. The Final Destination (2009)
This poor woman persuaded a worker at a hair salon to stay open after business hours for some emergency hair care. And even though she let her kids run wild, I still felt 1% bad for her.
This scene has solid tension, keeping the viewer guessing what utensil the woman is gonna get "accidentally" impaled or stabbed with. As a mild surprise, she survives the haircut/style with only a couple of close calls.. Then she opens the door to leave... and ummm...this happens.
5. Exte (Hair Extensions) - (2007)
If you have a fear of hair (chaetophobia) this movie may not be for you. A man sexually obsessed with hair (trichophobia) comes across a female corpse that grows hair out of every opening the human body has to offer. After it's cut, it grows back. So, naturally, he makes hair extensions out of the corpse’s hair and gives free samples to salons in hopes they'll buy them in the future. See, the problem is, whoever wears these extensions receives visions of the corpse’s final moments that led to her vicious murder. To further insult whoever wears these horrific hair extensions, they become aggressive and homicidal. How's that for a story? ‘Exte (Hair Extensions)’ is on youtube at the moment if you care to check the movie out for yourself.
4. C.H.U.D. 2: Bud The C.H.U.D (1989)
‘Bud the C.H.U.D.’ feels way more like a zombie movie than an underground mutant movie. The filmmakers slapped in some quick, dismissible dialog about the first film and added teeth to their zombies that are similar to the monsters' teeth in C.H.U.D (1984). From what I gather, the story was supposed to be for another 'Return Of The Living Dead' sequel, but it was turned into a loose sequel for the C.H.U.D. franchise instead. After puking out all that information, I can say this flick has some decent moments, like this one where a barber has turned and the customer isn't aware.
3. A Little Off The Top (2012)
The third short film on this list comes in at #3. To start off, I really like the performance of the main actor. Also, to the film's credit, it's only 9 minutes and uses it’s time wisely. Now, I wanted to use the money shot as a GIF for this list, however, I don't wanna spoil a particular surprise this short slaps the viewer in the chin with. This potent, little movie can be seen on youtube if you’re in the mood to see what that money shot is all about.
2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
'Sweeney Todd' is bloody. I like bloody, but I'm not a fan of Musicals. Even though I'm not a fan of this movie, I can't deny the excitement I have when watching its death scenes. The blood squirts and splatters like it should. Sweeney Todd executes victims merciless and even disposes of the bodies quite well. This movie may not have inspired this list, but it holds strong at #2 for the obvious, well-thought-out murder scenes.
1. Child's Play 3 (1991)
Fuckin' Chucky. The 'Child's Play' movies have always been impressive with their gore. And the stories have been preposterous to begin with ever since the first 1988 film. I don't really care how much of it makes sense. I wanna see Chucky kill and talk shit. And being that a doll is the antagonist in these films, I think the ratings board cut them some slack. This scene from the third film has Sgt. Botnick (Andrew Robinson from 'Hellraiser' and 'Dirty Harry' fame) getting his throat slashed by Chucky followed by Chucky changing Botnick's own quip from “Presto! You're bald.” to “Presto! Ya dead.” I laugh or chortle everytime I see it.
I doubt I'll like the remake, but at least I have the movies that came before to quench my blood thirst.
Honorable Non Horror Mentions
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Eastern Promises (2007)
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
Gangs Of New York (2002)
This is Dr.LoveGore saying adios, my friends. Until the next list, you may want to cut your own hair and shave your own throat… just as a precaution.
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