The table used to contain actual torture tools, but censors asked for it to be changed, and the director found the result to be more hilarious and more "Joker-esque". In the original version—the one with the torture tools—the table is loaded with chemistry equipment, various painful and gruesome-looking hand tools, and various other supplies one might need to mutilate and Mind Rape a teenaged boy. There is also one conspicuous Noodle Implement: a plunger. Somehow, the presence of the plunger takes the scene from creepy up to nightmarish.
In Penguins of Madagascar, Kowalski's plan to get down to the abandoned ship involves hundreds of feet of kelp, and jellyfish trained to follow voice commands, and that's all we know about it.
In Pulp Fiction, Marsellus Wallace tells Butch that he's going to call several of his men to "go to work" on his rapist Zed with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch, then proceeds to tell Zed (AKA Mr. Soon-to-be-living-the-rest-of-his-short-ass-life-in-excruciating-pain) that he's going to "get medieval on his ass." note Removing the teeth with the pliers, burning the fingerprints off, leaving an untraceable body doesn't even begin to cover it. The pliers would be used to break small bones (such as fingers and toes) so they could be ripped off, then cauterized with the blowtorch, preventing the victim from bleeding to death. The same is true for ears, lips, noses, nipples, genitals, and anything else that could be ripped off a person with extreme prejudice.
The 1970s film Charley Varrick is the source of Pulp Fiction's famous "pliers and a blowtorch" line.
One scene in The Three Musketeers (1973) shows a group of torturers preparing to torture Monsieur Bonacieux in the Bastille, with the usual rack and branding irons and such, with a rather incongruous shot of a fist-sized potato being placed in a copper bowl near the end. What they were planning to do with it, God only knows.
The MacGyver smoker from Half Baked, comes up with two different sets of implements for making a bong.
MacGyver Friend: Hey, man, we're out of papers.
MacGyver Smoker: All right. Then get me a toilet paper roll, a corkscrew and some tin foil.
MacGyver Friend: We don't have a corkscrew.
MacGyver Smoker: All right. Then get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel. Trust me, bro. I've made bongs with less. Hurry up!
In the "Weird Al" Yankovic comedy UHF, one of the characters has a public access television show. "Hello, my name is Philo and welcome to...Secrets Of The Universe. Today we are going to learn how to make plutonium from common household items." The additional footage that was cut lists "an egg beater, a car battery and a bowl of strawberry Jell-O. Put these items in a microwave for twelve minutes at 8000 degrees, and leave your house for several hours."
In The Wrong Guy the main character is told its possible to kill someone with only two teabags and some wax paper. When attacked by the villain he waves these items around in the air since he has no idea how it's supposed to work.
In Little Man Tate, the first child prodigy guest on the talk show mentions that his experiment will involve lasers, sulfuric acid, and butterflies.
John Spartan never does learn how to use those three seashells in Demolition Man. According to the director, two of the seashells were to be used together to pick up most of the crap, while the third was used to scrape away the rest.
The Danish Olsen-banden (The Olsen Gang) movies are largely a subversion of this trope. Pretty much all of Egon's plans involve a number of baroque requisites. The subversion comes when we actually get to see all those items being used for surprisingly coherent purposes. The same holds true for the Swedish remake Jönssonligan and the Norwegian remake, which includes six nappies, a violin, a crowbar and a machine gun.
In the 2008 Get Smart movie, the nerdy scientist's angry coworker claims to know how to kill people several ways with any of the office supplies on their desk, including the post-it notes.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes!, Tara, the tomato turned sex-slave turned independent woman apparently has a knack with, "a lawnchair, six milk bottles and a tuning fork."
Four Rooms: Ted the Bellboy brings a bizarre laundry list to drunken entertainment moguls in the penthouse on New Year's Eve: "A block of wood. A doughnut. A ball of twine. Three nails. A club sandwich. A bucket of ice. And a hatchet as sharp as the devil himself." We learn the use of most of these, but the ball of twine and the nails are only to confuse the bellhop.
In Shanghai Knights, Lin escapes from imprisonment in the Scotland Yard with several...interesting items.
Lord Rathbone: Perhaps you could explain to me how Looney Lin managed to escape from the confines of Scotland Yard under the watch of the most respected police force in the world.
Doyle: Yes, of course, it's absolutely fascinating. She picked the lock using a deck of rather risque playing cards. Then scaled the walls with a mop, a fork, and various pilfered undergarments. I've got to hand it to the Chinese, they're awfully ingenious, Lord, aren't they?
Lord Rathbone: Does your incompetence know no bounds?
In The Great Muppet Caper, scenes of the diamond thieves going over their list of thieving equipment are inter-cut with scenes of the Muppets going over THEIR list of equipment, which includes a whoopie cushion, rubber vomit, underpants, and a variety of other odds and ends.
"What's New Pussycat?" - at a country hotel which is a popular rendezvous spot, the desk clerk on the phone calls out to her husband "The party in the 'Marquis de Sade' suite asks for a Boy Scout uniform and a dozen loaves of bread!"
In Brazil, the torture tools seem regular, until you see the bouncing ball and the pacifier.
MARTIN BLANK: They all have husbands and wives and children and houses and dogs, and, you know, they've all made themselves a part of something and they can talk about what they do. What am I gonna say? "I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?"
Paycheck. Ben Affleck's character has had his memory erased after reverse-engineering a complex device. Rather than the huge sum of money he was promised for completing the job, he leaves himself a series of seemingly unrelated items — among these, a ring, a lighter, a key with a BMW logo on it, a digital wristwatch — each of which later ends up being useful. The device that he reverse engineered was a time viewer. Like a time machine, only you see the future instead of traveling to it. So he knew that he would be killed and figured out how to save himself.
In Fight Club, when Tyler is interrupted having sex with Marla, he's wearing a heavy-duty rubber cleaning glove on one hand. Its purpose is never explained.
From The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. As the group is running through the Banzai Institute after the Lectroids, New Jersey sees a watermelon in a metal press and asks what it's for. Reno just says, "I'll tell ya later." Explained later by Word of God: The Banzai Institute is developing ways of delivering food to famine-struck regions of the world by breeding a watermelon capable of being airdropped. Eggs are next.
In Ocean's Twelve, when there's three of the twelve who are NOT in jail yet, they go over a list of popular heist schemes, one of which is called "Hell in a Handbasket", to which Linus replies "We... can't train a cat that quickly."
Likely a throwback to a similar gag in the first movie, when they're trying to figure out how to blow the power in Vegas after their first plan becomes undermined.
Danny: Well, we could always...
Rusty: By tomorrow? No.
Stripes and Bachelor Party both feature a gag about a common handheld egg beater being brought into play in the bedroom. A noodle kitchen implement?
The Hangover features an entire room of noodle implements when the boys wake up in the morning, including a chicken, a flaming office chair, a baby, and a tiger. More are discovered throughout the day. Over the course of the film, the gang finds out how everything/everyone got into their room, but two things are never explicitly explained. Word of God says they were trying to feed the chicken to the tiger, but the chair never gets answered.
In the movie Hexed, Claudia Christian breaks into the hero's apartment:
Hexina: You and I are going to have so much fun! Think of all the great sex games we can play. Do you have mayonnaise and a rake?
Jack: We shall need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, one of us will have to learn to play the trumpet while the other one goes like this (waggles hands)
In the Israeli Cult ClassicOperation Grandma, there is a serious technical failure in a hospital; enter the team technical genius, saying calmly to the panicking, dumbfounded technicians, Gimme a bottle of Sprite and a pair of scissors. He then proceeds to fix the problem off-screen.
Parodied in Guardians of the Galaxy. Rocket Racoon comes up with an elaborate plan to break the cast out of prison, for which he'll need several things including a prisoner's prosthetic leg. When Star Lord actually managed to bring it to him later on, he says he didn't need it after all, he just thought it would be funny.
Paper Towns has the same examples as in the book it's based on but Mountain Dew is subbed out for Red Bull, which ends up playing this straight as it's never seen again unlike the Mountain Dew that gets consumed by Margo and Q at the end of the night.
In The Princess Bride, the assault on the castle with brains, strength and steel is deemed hopeless without a wheelbarrow and a fireproof cloak. Averted, in that these items end up being used in a straightforward way.