Costumes Based on Classic Horror Movies
Basing Your Halloween Costume on Classic Horror Movies
After having seen the horror movies of today, you are inclined to laugh when you watch the horror classics. But bear in mind that the scary movies of today would never have evolved if the classics of the 1930s didnt start the trend first.
For a classic Halloween Costume based on film, a good start is Nosferratu, which although is not well known, proved to be the inspiration for the popular 1930 hits, Frankenstein and Dracula. These Vampire movies got the trend going. Next came the werewolves through the film, Werewolf of London in 1935. In 1941 there was Wolf Man and later, Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Other classics and comedies: Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde, The Bride of Frankenstein, Bride of Re-Animator, the classic White Zombie and the more recent Zombies on Broadway.
There is a wealth of comedy horror to cull costume ideas from. Young Frankenstein, a 1970s film, was listed among the 50 greatest comedy films of all time.
From the name alone, here are some challenging horror movies from which you can base the costume that you are creating: The Lair of the White Worm, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Parents, The Toxic Avenger, Cannibal! The Musical and Bubba Ho Tec.
Oh yes, there is a movie that still brings chills up the spine. Its the movie, The Exorcist. Today it looks old and out of fashion, but the fact that it was based on the book by Peter Blatty, who in turn based his novel on the notes of a priest who wrote a detailed story of an exorcism he did on a young boy, makes you feel the eeriness of it all.
And who can forget Carrie, or the cute little Gremlins? Weve never seen Microwave Massacre but that should call for a lot of imagination to recreate as a costume.
Resources on classic horror movies include:
Classic Horror : offers reviews and artwork from different classic horror flicks.
The Vault : specializes in older horror movie films, with reviews and trivia.
Horror Films : discusses the early roots of the genre and the early films released.
100 Illustrated Horror Film Posters : offers copies of classic horror movie posters.
The Stories Behind Three Classic Halloween Movies : gives a behind the scenes look at some of the more popular classic movies.
9 Terrifying Classics : gives 9 of the scariest classic movies including The Exorcist.
Best Classic Horror Movies : lists the best movies from the early years of the genre.
The Missing Link : provides information on horror movies from 1960 and earlier.
Sinister Cinema : provides DVD releases on some hard to find classic horror movies.
Classic Horror : gives a genealogy showing how the genre evolved.
Classic Horror Movies : resource covering news and the latest information on classic films.
The Vintage Library : focuses on horror movies from the 1920s up to the 1960s.