How do you kill a vampire? Decapitate a zombie? How would you go about defending yourself, an innocent college freshman, from a crazed serial stalker while camping in an abandoned mine? Even the best compound bow reviews sites can’t tell you how to protect yourself. For the best advice, reference horror movies. Below are five of the best (or worst) scary movies, in which either the heroes or the villains use crossbows.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
In this movie, a fully automatic crossbow is the heroes’ weapon of choice. Both Hansel and Gretel get a chance to fire off the weapon, and sometimes even succeed in hitting their target. In one scene, Hansel even manages to dodge a crossbow arrow. No doubt the antagonist got the best crossbow for the money. While not touted as one of the greatest feature films of all time, this movie is entertaining and, well, features a crossbow. Also included are witches, trolls, and buildings made of cotton candy. You can’t go wrong.
Fright Night (2011)
While not the only weapon used to kill vampires, the crossbow is certainly effective in this remake. When a teen becomes convinced that a missing friend has been killed (an possibly eaten) by vampires, he decides to become a vampire hunter. Geared up with holy water, crosses, stakes and, of course, a crossbow, he sets off to find his classmate.
Nightmare Man (2006)
This movie features a crossbow as a weapon of protection-turned-weapon of assault. A woman keeps a crossbow handy in her cabin closet in case she ever needs it to defend herself. However, she accidentally leaves the crossbow on the porch. Naturally, the psychotic killer on the loose finds the crossbow, and the gory killing commences.
Another vampire flick, this movie boasts a sci-fi twist and an all-star cast. Humans and vampires mingle not so peacefully together after the human race has been exposed to an epidemic caused by an infected bat. As the humans research to find a cure for the epidemic, vampires struggle with the ethical decision of drinking human blood vs. drinking animal blood. While the most graphic scene is possibly the explosion of a human caused by a potential antidote, crossbows do make an appearance more than once in this film.
Vampire Circus (1972)
Finally, Vampire Circus is an oldie-but-goodie. This movie’s plot centers around a vampire whose children are trying to revive him. In order to revive him, however, they feel it necessary to use the blood of the children of those who killed him. Despite being a classic movie, the graphics are actually quite good. Perhaps the most stunning clip from the movie is the beheading by crossbow of one of the cast. Use caution and screen this movie before showing it to children. Despite its PG rating, it is actually quite violent and contains some nudity.
While you could probably learn how to snuff out a zombie or defend yourself against a pesky bat-bitten fanged creature, there is no doubt that you can learn many tips and tricks from watching horror movies. Wooden stakes and holy water stand no chance against a good old fashioned pump action crossbow, and anyone can learn to use them. Enjoy the films, and keep your doors locked and your crossbow loaded.