ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

Empire (UK) - - EMPIRE 30 - DAN JOLIN

BAT­TLE AN­GEL’S DA­M­AS­CUS BLADE AIMS TO JOIN THE PAN­THEON OF ICONIC SCI-FI WEAPONS, ALONG­SIDE THESE…

THE M41A PULSE RI­FLE

(ALIENS, 1986)

With­out a doubt, the coolest made-up firearm in movie his­tory. Aliens’ Colo­nial Marines didn’t need bor­ing old laser-blasters when they could pop holes in xenomorphs with the M41A’S 10mm case­less bul­lets. James Cameron de­signed it him­self. Of course.

DARTH MAUL’S LIGHTSABER

(STAR WARS: EPISODE I — THE PHAN­TOM MEN­ACE, 1999)

The science is non­sense, but who cares? Ge­orge Lu­cas’ swooshy, glow­ing laser swords took knightly du­elling into outer space, and play­ground-game com­bat changed for­ever. Then Darth Maul rocked up and made the lightsaber twice as good with twice the blade.

THE NOISY CRICKET

(MEN IN BLACK, 1997)

A pis­tol so teensy, it’s barely big­ger than its own trig­ger. Loaded with com­edy value, too, as Will Smith’s Agent J learns when he fi­nally pulls that trig­ger, fir­ing off an un­ex­pect­edly huge ball of en­ergy — and get­ting knocked flat by the ridicu­lous re­coil.

THE GRIS­TLE GUN

(EXISTENZ, 1999)

The ul­ti­mate as­sas­sin’s weapon, given you can build your own from, er, the car­cass of an ed­i­ble mu­tant beastie. Just gnaw the rank meat off the bones, snap the gristly bits to­gether, then load it up with your own false teeth. Per­fect! Es­pe­cially if your tar­get is a waiter.

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