Films released in the 1990s were some of the greatest of all time. They were ahead of their era and developed ways of filming and thinking that were unlike many other movies done before. The original ‘Total Recall’ from 1990, is one of those films. In the movie, they had fancy wrist communicators. If you take a closer look, it turns out they are calculators. We never thought you could use calculators as movie props, but it turns out that you can. The film even won a Special Achievement Academy Award, solely for its visual effects. It’s interesting to see how far one simple item can go (TV Bee).
We’re loving these ‘Star Wars’ movie props. It turns out they used a lot more everyday items than we previously thought. This is Canary Wharf in London, which has been used for a myriad of different purposes. It was also used in the movie ’28 Days Later.’ In Star Wars, it was used as a transport hub. All they did was cover the escalators and decorated them to give them more of a futuristic look. That’s impressive. We’d love to visit Canary Wharf, just to see what it’s like to stand in a place used in so many famous movies (via TV Bee).
At first glance, we recognize this device, but can’t really put our finger on it. ‘Star Trek’ has a way of tricking us with their movie props. They’ve made it look so futuristic and retro, that we wouldn’t give it another thought. We’d chalk it up to one of those expensive movie props we’ll never figure out. What if we told you it’s a microphone? Journalists might’ve picked up on this one quickly, but it took us a bit of time. Our phones have microphones, but we can’t see them. We love these sorts of movie props (via TV Bee).
‘Back to the Future’ is another one of our all-time favorite movies. We can’t get enough of them and have watched all three of them a multitude of times. They’re not immune to using everyday items like movie props. ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown is a brilliant scientist that uses a Krups coffee machine for the Mr. Fusion on the DeLorean. It uses garbage to make fuel, but it also makes great coffee, too. We love a two-for-one item that doubles as a movie prop (via TV Bee).
Dog toys are items that have a multitude of purposes. ‘Star Wars,’ yet again, uses everyday items like movie props. We’re impressed with their creativity and ability to see a random item for their movies. This one is a dog toy. They’ve painted it over in silver, to give it a space-age look. It’s extraordinary if we do say so ourselves. To be honest, it looks more like an item from another galaxy than a dog toy (via TV Bee).
We’d love to eat from a futuristic ice cream bowl. Maybe it’d give us superpowers, or some secret to life we can use for our benefit. In the end credits for ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Taneleer Tivan drinks his martini out of a “Big Love ” ice cream bowl. We feel inspired to drink our martinis out of an ice cream bowl from now on. Not only do we feel cool, but we feel like we’re from the future. Or in some famous movie. Whatever makes us feel better about ourselves (via TV Bee).
Many of us grew up playing Nintendo. We’re not the only ones who used Nintendo. In the TV series ‘Stargate: Atlantis,’ we see one of the characters, Colonel Shepherd, using a microcomputer in bed. Except it’s not a microcomputer like we’re led to believe. This is one of those movie props that tricks our eyes. It’s a Nintendo DS. Finally, something we can relate to. We’ve all spent hours in our bed with a Nintendo DS. Now we can pretend we were in the world of ‘Stargate: Atlantis.’ That makes us feel a tiny bit better (TV Bee).
Luke Skywalker is one of the greatest movie characters of all time. If you don’t know who he is, we believe you’ve been living in a bubble. But that doesn’t make him immune to using everyday items as movie props. His lightsaber is nothing more than a simple stage light. Head backstage, grab a stage light, and you have yourself your very own lightsaber. Decorate it with some paint and monochromatic sheen and you have a beautiful, futuristic weapon to fight all your enemies in the galaxy (via TV Bee).
Snorkeling masks already look like items from future planets. They’re a bit eerie and paired with a wetsuit, make you look like an alien. Pretty much everyone who lives near the beach nowadays owns a snorkeling mask. If you’re not sure, go and check in your garage – there’s probably one buried in there somewhere. In ‘The Expanse,’ they use a snorkeling mask, without the top, as an oxygen mask. Even though it’s more related to its actual use than many of the other movie props we’ve seen on this list, it’s still cool (via TV Bee).
This obvious household product in ‘Watchmen’ is an A/C remote. This scene gave us the chills, and now we know we can blame it on the A/C temperature. Jokes aside, the controller was used to control the chamber. Maybe our A/C remotes have more than one use, as we were led to believe. Either way, it’s a clever way to make use of an everyday item (via TV Bee).
The show ‘Firefly’ takes place in the year 2517. You’d think that by then they’d have technological advancements we can’t even begin to imagine. In five hundred years, we expect to be able to teleport from one country to the next. That’s not what’s happening behind the scenes here, because the computer in front of this guy is using a Windows 2000. Now we’re cursing ourselves for throwing away our monitor. Maybe it could’ve teleported us to another dimension (via TV Bee).
These shooting light guns are used at home for arcade games to shoot at the TV and target ducks, cowboys, and criminals. Unfortunately, we didn’t own one of these when we were younger, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. They’re an electronic light gun used by Nintendo. They’re apparently also used as movie props. In ‘Stargate,’ the weapons we see are sawed-off NES Zappers. Now we’re cursing ourselves for not thinking outside the box and realizing we could’ve created some epic fighting scenes out of our NES Zappers (via TV Bee).
It seems like both ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ use the most everyday items for movie props out there. It doesn’t matter what era it is; they don’t shy away from their creativity. In 2009, they used barcode scanners in the captain’s quarters. We’re not sure why they’re there. They do look impressive and otherworldly, so we give them props for their imagination (via TV Bee).
If you grew up in the ’80s, then you might’ve had a Coleco Bowlatronic. It’s a vintage handheld video game, advanced for its time. Apparently, that’s not its only use, since it can double for use as movie props. In ‘Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett,’ the majordomo uses this communications tablet, which is a 1980’s Coleco Bowlatronic. If you’ve never seen a Coleco Bowlatronic before, you’d never know what it was. But some of you might’ve caught on straight away (via Therealbuckles).
We love ‘The Fifth Element,’ especially after finding out that it uses everyday items as movie props. It’s a sci-fi, action movie that’s both absurd and wonky. If you take a close look at the ZF-1 remote control, you might notice what it is. It’s a vintage handheld video game, of the Game & Watch system. All they did was paint it black. We love the innovation here (via TV Bee).
We’ve seen a Gillette Razor used as movie props, but what about an ear and nose trimmer? In ‘Stargate,’ the device the doctor uses is a nose and ear trimmer. It looks like the most sophisticated, futuristic movie props are everyday items we can find in our bathroom. It’s a shame we didn’t think of doing this first. We could’ve been rich and famous by now (via TV Bee).
If you work at a car repair shop, you’ll know exactly what this is. To us everyday folk, we had to look at it for several minutes, and probably search the internet for an answer. It’s seen with the Jawas in ‘The Mandalorian’ a multitude of times. They were recalled at one point, so Volkswagen probably found joy in giving them a new home with famous actors (via TV Bee).
Growing up, we might’ve used mercury vapor bulbs in science class. That’s not their only use. They’re used as movie props, too. In ‘The Saint,’ a hydrogen power device is a mercury vapor bulb. We never would’ve spotted that one, so thankfully, this Reddit user pointed that out. It might even bring back horrible memories if science class was your least favorite subject. It wasn’t our favorite (via SavingsTask).
In ‘Total Recall,’ Martian Security wears scientific calculators on his sleeve. They look like they’re a part of his costume and were strategically placed on his sleeves. In fact, we love the look so much, that we might consider taping our calculators to our sleeves. It gives it a futuristic look you can’t get anywhere else. Whoever thought calculators had more than one purpose? (PedroTPete).
Movies seem to use a lot of props that are found in our bathroom. We’ve seen razors and nose and ear trimmers, and now we’re seeing a hairdryer. We think that these movies might be onto something. In this ‘Z Nation’ scene, a character uses his radio. The microphone of the radio is a hairdryer’s intake lid. That’s quite clever. Honestly, we think it’s cheaper to use than an actual microphone. It’s eerie how similar they look. Maybe they were inspired by a girl using her hairdryer as a microphone (TV Bee).