by Doug Schultz
Boyhood, which reminded me of her even better performance in True Romance (featured during this year's #FThisMovieFest), a film in which she fends off Virgil (James Gandolfini) using a can of hairspray as a makeshift flamethrower. Here are some others examples of movies that include this improvised weapon.
1. Arachnophobia (1990)
Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) achieves a near-pyrrhic victory by using an aerosol can flamethrower against an Amazonian hybrid queen spider who's been ravaging his town with her legion of poisonous minions. His body bloodied, his house destroyed and his spirits totally skeeved out by, you know, THOUSANDS of arachnid drones, his impromptu weapon succeeds in destroying a gnarly egg sac. However, fire isn't enough to kill the queen or her commanding general -- the queen gets electrocuted, while the general gets impaled by a nail gun. Totally awesome villain deaths (if you ask me [ARE YOU ASKING?]), but even the demise of these wicked creatures cannot prevent EVERY SINGLE TICKLE from convincing me that there's a new nest of creepy crawlers living somewhere in my bed.
2. The Blues Brothers (1980)
3. Mystery Men (1999)
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
5. Watchmen (2009)
Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) goes to former villain Moloch's (Matt Frewer) apartment to question him about some missing money. Only Moloch's already dead, and the cops are waiting outside. In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!" Skip to 1:58 in the above clip to see Rorschach utilize a hairspray flamethrower to incinerate three SWAT officers before switching, OF COURSE, to a rock-climbing bolt gun and good ol' fashion fisticuffs. Hmmm ... the more research I do, the more I realize that a hairspray flamethrower ain't the best weapon.
6. Live and Let Die (1973)
7. Snakes on a Plane (2006)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is not only a bug-eyed sex alien, she's also a brilliant scientist (sorry, "chief intern") whose only EIGHT MINUTES away from discovering an antidote ("The antidote is cooking!"). When The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) attacks the Oscorp building, she evacuates everyone else and attempts to seal herself in (because antidote), only to find herself face-to-face with the former Dr. Curt Connors. When The Lizard smells Stacy hiding in the laboratory closet (her potent Lash Potion Mascara by Revlon probably tipped him off), she blasts him with a red-hot serving of FIRE (at about 1:10 in the above clip). But he doesn't care. He steals something important, leaving Stacy alone. Or something. I forget what happens next because the movie is garbage.
9. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)