10 Horror Movie Props You Didn't Know Were Reused

9. Ghostbusters' P.K.E. Meter Was Used In They Live

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Given how Egon Spengler is the crazed genius of the Ghostbusters team, it's no surprise to see that one of his creations has been put to use in a couple of other movies.

Designed by Harold Ramis' Spengler in order to track things that go bump in the night, the Psycho-Kinetic Energy meter can be spotted in John Carpenter's iconic They Live. In the Horror Master's 1988 picture, the P.K.E. meter is used by the military as a way to detect alien lifeforms.

Of course, They Live was headlined by the legendary 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, and the P.K.E. would later turn up in yet another wrestler-driven movie in 1991.

Not just was Spengler's swanky Psycho-Kinetic Energy device good enough for the military in They Live to use, but the P.K.E. meter was also featured in '91's Hulk Hogan-fronted Suburban Commando; a movie that also had an appearance from the Undertaker. There, the device was used to track down a freeze laser.

Hunting ghosts, pinpointing aliens, or tracking weaponry, the P.K.E. is seemingly quite the versatile piece of kit.


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