In the making of films, elaborate sets are built, and different props are used. After that, they sometimes dispose off the props or leave them lying in some Hollywood storage bin, wasting away. But, some props are rebuild and land a gig on another set. So, here is a list of 15 props that are used in more than one movie.
1. Ghostbusters by Dr. Egon Spengler first used the ‘P.K.E. (Psycho-Kinetic Energy ) meter to find ghosts. After which, we saw the meter in They Live to track alien life and also in Suburban Commando to see a freeze laser.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark used the ‘Iconic Golden Idol,’ which Indiana Jones tried to steal in the film, and twenty years later, The Majestic re-used it.
3. The Star Trek-like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Sauce Nine, and Voyager have redressed and re-purposed ‘The Space Station Model’ from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
4. Devon Aoki’s character, Miho, in Sin City, used ‘The Samurai Swords’ fashioned by the fictional sword-maker Hattori Hanzo. And later, they were reused by O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill.
5. Blade Runner first used the ‘Spinner Flying Car.’ But, later, the prop was re-painted and re-purposed for Back To The Future Part II.
6. Most Sam Raimi’s movies features the ‘1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale’ he owns. We also saw it in The Quick and The Dead.
7. Many films from Beverly Hills Cop II to Training Day, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and many more have used and reused the ‘California license plate 2GAT123’.
8. Movies like Old Men, A Murder of Crows, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, have used the same prop ‘Newspaper’ with recycled images and headlines.
9. The Avengers used the same Harrier Jet from True Lies, when Thor smashed The Hulk into ‘The Harrier Jet’.
10. Apocalypse Now required the ‘Collen Camp’s Playboy poster’. We saw it again in The Blue Brothers, hanging on Elwood’s bedroom wall.
11. In the iconic “what’s in the box?!” scene, Brad Pitt had ‘Gwyneth Paltrow’s severed head’. The prop was originally constructed for Se7en.
12. The Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October have used a ‘Teddy Bear’ wearing a red bow.
13. The Social Network and Palo Alto used ‘Heilser Golden Agle’ to make actors fake drink on-screen.
14. ‘Morley Cigarettes’ have been used in Psycho, The World’s End, Heist, Ingrid Goes West, Under the Silver Lake, Truth or Dare, and many other films because the Morley Reds most closely resemble Marlboro cigarettes.
15. The time machine used in Back to the Future Part II is Mr. Fusion. And Alien reused it.