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Best weapons used to kill zombies in movies

Daryl’s crossbow ain’t the only implement for snuffing out zombies. We racked our (very much alive, not infected) brains to find filmdom’s most creative kill tools.


Vinyl LPs, Shaun of the Dead (2004)


Defibrillator, Diary of the Dead (2007)


Grand piano, Zombieland (2009)


Helicopter blades, Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Weeks Later (2007)


Lawn mower, Dead Alive (1992)

During our chat with The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, who plays the kick-ass zombie-apocalypse survivor on AMC’s hit show, we started wondering: What are the most inventive ways the undead have been killed throughout movie history? Hint: They involve everything from vinyl LPs to a defibrillator.

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Vinyl LPs

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Effectiveness: While records are cool, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost resort to a cricket bat and a shovel to finish the job.


Diary of the Dead (2007)
Effectiveness: It definitely fried some attacker’s brain, but those paddles take so long to recharge, don’t they?

Grand piano

Zombieland (2009)
Effectiveness: This clever trap worked well enough to grant a kindly-looking nun Zombie Kill of the Week status.

Helicopter blades

Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Weeks Later (2007)
Effectiveness: Ace for both. But they wipe out a whole crowd of flesh eaters in the latter.

Lawn mower

Dead Alive (1992)
Effectiveness: Absolutely killer. When held on its side, the machine turns a crop of oncoming living-dead assailants into a soupy mess.