10 Awesome Movies Using Props Made From Things YOU Have at Home


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There’s something quite awesome about the movies; they manage to convey make-believe universes where incredible things happen and they do it in a way that is both convincing and believable. However, where do they get the devices of the future?

In many cases they aren’t built from scratch by a team of special effects engineers but rather they are manufactured from existing devices; sometimes very ordinary devices.


Prop makers are highly skilled in the art of looking at things they have lying around, including household items, and seeing their potential for creating props that bring a movie to life. While many props go unnoticed except for their brief appearance on the screen, other props become cultural icons for their time. Take the lightsaber in the original Star Wars for example, which sold for a cool $240,000 at auction! If you want to know what that was made from, you’ll find out at the end of this article. Of course not every movie prop is made from cheap bits of household kit. The Lotus submarine car, for example, in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me was built especially for the film and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. However, it is the ingenuity of the low-budget prop made from household items that really fires the imagination. From calculators to cameras, to rather even simpler items like razors and coffee makers, there’s no end to the cool things that can be done with a household item in the right hands. What’s lying around your house that could be in the next big budget blockbuster? Here are 10 examples that might surprise you and we bet that you have at least one of these things at home already:

Star Trek (2009)

By the elevator in the ship’s center there’s a cool looking scanning device but what is it really? A Dyson Airblade hand dryer!

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator device was actually a slightly repainted and modified version off a Gillette lady’s razor.

V for Vendetta (2005)



There’s a signal jammer used in V for Vendetta which is really a light magnifier which can be bought for about $20.

Empire Strikes Back (1980)

A guy running with a futuristic looking device under his arm is actually carrying an ice-cream maker!

XXX (2002)

Xander Cage’s rocket launcher is just a slightly painted camcorder.

Ghostbusters (1984)


Mental Floss

The Psychokinetic Energy Meter (P.K.E.) meter which is used throughout the film is, in fact, a shoe cleaner.

Total Recall (1990)

The wrist computers used by the guards were painted versions of Casio calculators.

Back to the Future (1985)

The “Mr. Fusion” device on the Delorean used to take Michael J. Fox into the past was a coffee machine.

Star Wars (1977)

Lightsabers are way cool but the original lightsaber was just built from a combination of camera and calculator parts.

Halloween (1977)


Deadly Movies

The Michael Myers face mask was originally a toy store mask modeled on William Shatner (of the original Star Trek) which was painted over.
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