Pens and pencils are no joke when used as weapons. It doesn’t take an action hero or a spy to puncture skin with a writing utensil, as I had the misfortune of finding out in fourth grade. Sometimes, all it takes is a second-grader holding a pencil under your seat before you sit down. And it hurts.
Anyway, I got to thinking about scenes in movies where pens or pencils are used as weapons, and a few definitely stuck out in my mind. I know I never want to be on the receiving end of a pencil again.
Come on, Joker. You’re above puns.
The Dark Knight
The most famous magic trick since sawing a woman in half. And maybe Joker isn’t above puns (Let’s not “blow” this out of proportion).
Grosse Point Blank
A classic fight scene with some great improvisation by Martin Blank.
The Running Man
I can’t embed the video, but you can click through to see Ben Richards sign his name emphatically.
Nicky Santoro is an absolute maniac. But I suppose a pen beats a vice on the head.
The Bourne Identity
Jason Bourne can use pretty much anything as a weapon, and he uses a ball-point pen at 1:06 in the above clip.
Any scenes you can think of that I left out? I’m pretty sure Jason from the Friday the 13th movies takes a pen in the eye at some point…