Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:43

Meme: Hypodermic Horror

I was tagged by Mr. Johnny Sandman ( to take part in this meme. The basis of the meme is this: “bloggers are urged to come up with a series of screen grabs, all focusing on a specific theme”. So that I did…with the slight proviso that some of these are from promo material. Sorry for cheating.

I decided to focus on the use of hypodermic syringes in horror films. There are a lot of them out there, so I’ve plumped for scenes that I found particulary affecting or otherwise memorable. If anyone reading this feels strongly that I’ve missed out a classic scene, feel free to holler and berate (and better still, leave a link to your blog and have a go at the meme itself).


Beyond the Darkness – Joe D’Amato at his most sinister…

Audition – needs no introduction I’m sure. This must be one of the best-known stills from Asian cinema of the past 20 years.

Braindead – not everyone wielding a syringe has sinister or even ambivalent intentions. Lionel was just trying to keep the peace…

Guinea Pig 2: Flowers of Flesh and Blood – boy meets girl, or rather, deranged Samurai drugs girl and saws her limbs off.

Planet Terror

Reanimator – note also the luminous green mixture – official colour of When Science Goes Bad…

The Tingler – Vincent Price jacks up on LSD, all in the name of research.

Saw 2 – not one but a pit full of needles! Yowch.

Last but not least, Christopher Lee in I, Monster


2 Responses to “Meme: Hypodermic Horror”

  1. Oh man, you would select this image. :P It’s a painful subject for me considering I hate needles and anything near my eye… but thank God you didn’t do spiders.

  2. Keri says:

    I hate needles too! (Despite being heavily tattooed – but that’s different…) I suppose it says a lot that this is the theme that immediately came to mind for me. Oh, and you can bet someone will be doing spiders! :)

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