Axe Movies Bucket List

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Yeah. Axe movies are frightening. In this list, some more frightening than others (there’s a classic and a rom-com). But if you’re in the mood for a fright night, here are some famous axe movies you won’t want to miss.

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying take on Stephen King’s immensely popular horror novel. Haunted by a persistent writer’s block, the aspiring author and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), drags his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his gifted son, Danny, up snow-capped Colorado’s secluded Overlook Hotel after taking up a job as an off-season caretaker. As the cavernous hotel shuts down for the season, the manager gives Jack a grand tour, and the facility’s chef, the ageing Mr Hallorann, has a fascinating chat with Danny about a rare psychic gift called “The Shining”, making sure to warn him about the hotel’s abandoned rooms, and, in particular, the off-limits Room 237.

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However, instead of overcoming the dismal creative rut, little by little, Jack starts losing his mind, trapped in an unforgiving environment of seemingly endless snowstorms, and a gargantuan silent prison riddled with strange occurrences and eerie visions. Now, the incessant voices inside Jack’s head demand sacrifice. Is Jack capable of murder?

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The Shining (1980) - Here's Johnny! Scene (7/7) | Movieclips

The Wizard of Oz

In the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man has an axe to chop trees.

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical Land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and on the way they meet a Scarecrow who wants a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks them to bring him the Wicked Witch of the West’s broom to earn his help.

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The Wizard of Oz (5/8) Movie CLIP - Finding The Tin Man (1939) HD

The Lord of the Rings

The dwarf Gimli had an axe for which he was quite fond.

A young Hobbit known as Frodo has been thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the One Ring, which was created by the Dark Lord Sauron. He is assigned with three warriors including Gandalf, Aragorn, and Boromir. But it’s not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid the Middle-earth of all evil.

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LOTR: "And My Axe!"

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

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Hip to be Square - American Psycho (3/12) Movie CLIP (2000) HD

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s successful novel. This movie is about a young Abraham Lincoln who loses his mother after she is killed by Jack Barts, a vampire, right in front of him. He grows up wanting to kill the person who killed her and while at a bar getting drunk he meets Henry Sturges, a person who teaches him how to fight and hunt Vampires. As time goes by he kills many Vampires, except the one who killed his mother, and he’s getting impatient. He moves to Springfield and takes on a “normal” job as a store clerk and meets Mary Todd, who eventually becomes his wife. But the normal life is a cover for what he really needs to do, kill Vampires. So he becomes political and uses his popularity to climb the ranks to eventually become President while at the same time trying to take out the Vampire population, and eventually kill the head Vampire, and the one who killed his mother.

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So he becomes political and uses his popularity to climb the ranks to eventually become President while at the same time trying to take out the Vampire population, and eventually kill the head Vampire, and the one who killed his mother.

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Official Trailer #2 - (2012) Movie

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

Charlotte Hollis is a semi-recluse, and widely believed to be insane. 37 years earlier her boyfriend, John, was brutally murdered. She was charged with his murder but her wealthy, influential father managed to have the case dismissed. She is still haunted by John, thinking she sees or hears him at times. With the state government about to demolish her house to build a road, and her resisting their attempts to get her to leave, her cousin Miriam visits for a few days. The idea is to help her but soon sinister, threatening events start occurring.

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So I Married an Axe Murderer

Charlie MacKenzie (Mike Myers) is a dedicated San Francisco coffeehouse poet whose poems concern his numerous failed relationships, which have all ended because of some weird, inexcusable paranoia. His mother May and best friend Tony can only criticize him for his wrongdoings. But he believes he very well may have found the perfect woman in Harriet, a meat butcher with a heart of gold. But Charlie begins suspecting something about Harriet that may not be so perfect.

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So I Married An Axe Murderer trailer

Secret Window

Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years, Amy. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter (John Turturro) shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine which published the story in question years ago, things begin to happen around Shooter. Mort’s dog dies, people begin to die, and his divorce proceedings with Amy continue to get uglier. It seems that Shooter has Mort over a barrel, but perhaps Mort has his own ideas on how to resolve all the problems that plague him lately.

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Make your axe movie night a party!

Fright night cupcakes.

Make any kind of cupcake, frost with white icing.

With red gel icing make a “blood splatter” on very top.

For axe movies, use the axe decorations below to “stab” into the center of blood splatter.

Use wood grain cupcake wrappers shown below.

fright night cupcakes

Want more? See our bucket list of best movies by topic.

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Our bucket list of best movies is categorized by topic and/or party theme so you can take movie night to the next level and make it a party!

See the new additions to our Bucket List of Best Movies – and more.

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