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31 Days of Costumes

Happy October Everyone!!!

To celebrate our favorite month (and it’s not just because of Halloween, it’s also Canadian Thanksgiving and we like pie so we have many reasons to celebrate) we have decided to post a costume idea everyday until Halloween. We can’t promise we’ll be original, but we’ll do our best to come up with a variety of styles – complex, gorey, child friendly, cheap & easy and ridiculous are just a few of the categories we hope to include. We’ll post one every day so make sure to check back!

I’m just making suggestions, but it’s up to you to create your costume. If you are unsure of how to create certain FX or props that I mention, please search youtube. There are a lot of great tutorials that can help you.


#1 JACK AND DAVID (An American Werewolf in London, 1981) *couples costume* 

DIFFICULTY: Medium-Hard

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
For David-
Crepe Hair
Spirit Gum
Plastic Wolf Ears
Wolf Teeth

Wolf Nails
Wolf Hair Shoe Covers
Wolf Hair Hand Patches
Brown & Black Make-up
Blood
Red Jacket
Back Pack
Boots

 

Torn Pants
For Jack -
Liquid Latex
Tissue
SPFX Make-up palette
Blood
70′s mens wig (If you happened to be a girl like me you may need this)

Green Jacket
Back PackBoots
This is #1 because it’s from one of our favorite films AND because we have a legit costume photos to share with you. Matthew T. and I dressed as this on Saturday night and we had a blast! I started by applying a few layers of latex to my face  where I wanted the scars to be. I then began applying layers of tissue to build the thickness and sealed it with more latex each time. I used a hair dryer to dry it up a bit, then left it to dry on it’s own while I began Matthew’s wolf make-up. Using dark browns I did some Dick Smith style shading to create a classic wolf look with just creams. I blended it out and then used spirit gum to apply the crepe hair to his face along the shading lines. As you can see in the photo, a lot of the make-up/shading came off as it is very hot under all the hair. We got patches of hair for his hands and and press on wolf nails. He popped in the teeth and I teased and sprayed his hair. Instead of using the shoe covers on his feet, we tore up his pants and fastened the pieces of hair into the ripped fabric. I then went back to my make-up. I used foundation over all of the latex to blend the skin, then went over it, stippling, pinks and blues to create rashing and bruising. I then tore into my face, cutting the latex into large gashes across and big chunks along the neck. I filled them in with layers of darker reds and browns and used black in the deeper cuts. Then I topped it all up with blood.  Our costume was a pretty big hit and a lot of fun to play around in. I definitely recommend it!

SPECIAL FEATURES: If you look at the picture below you will see that we ordered T-shirts displaying the logo of The Slaughtered Lamb Pub. I thought this was a nice touch and really fun for people who understood the reference. We also stuffed Matthew’s back pack with severed limbs. If only we could have found a Moore’s clothing store to take our photo in front of!

We want to hear your feedback and we want to see YOUR costumes! Please tweet us your photos to @thebloodtheatre so we can post them on the site, pinterest and share on twitter and facebook!

Until next year, have a safe and happy Halloween!

 

 


#2 BLACK AND WHITE ZOMBIE (Night of the Living Dead, 1968)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’ll NEED:
Black Suit
White Shirt
Polka dot tie
Black Gloves
Glasses
B & W make-up

Basically you’ll want to dress like Johnny from Night of the Living Dead, keeping everything black and white. Then pale your skin super white with black circles around the eyes and proceed to zombify yourself using only black and white make-up, all blood is black.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Make sure to say “They’re coming to get you Barbara…” repeatedly. You can even wear a black and white memorial wreath around your neck!


#3 Slender Man (Mythology and PC game)

DIFFICULTY: Easy
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Black Suit
White Shirt
Bald Cap
White Stockings
Preferably you will need height, but if not, don’t fear! In any case put on a black suit, white shirt and head/face-concealing mask. This might be the tricky part. He’s pale, bald and has no facial features. A white bald cap is a start, but how you obscure your face is up to you. You could use white stockings and go old school bank robber style! Since most celebrated Halloween this past Saturday, we did have an opportunity to see some Slender man costumes, and this seemed to be the general way to go about it.
SPECIAL FEATURES:
Stand still and silent in the corner of the party. If anyone touches a piece of paper (for whatever reason), cue the ominous music and stalk them (without them seeing you move).


#4 BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP (Just for Fun)

 DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Woman’s flesh mask
Liquid Latex
Tissue
SPFX Make-up
Blood

The outfit is completely up to you, the point of this one is that it looks simple enough at first. As if you didn’t know what to be so you just grabbed a mask from a store. The Beauty of it is when you take off the mask to sip your drink, your face is just bloody flesh beneath! Use the latex and tissue all over your face to create a layer of fake skin. Once it dries, rip and tear at it, leave chunks hanging or just giant holes. Use the FX Make-up to darken in the holes and gashes and use lighter shades for on top of the fake skin. Cover in blood and then put the mask on. Buy the mask at Spirit Halloween - http://www.spirithalloween.com/product/Cr-Female-New-Face-Mask/

SPECIAL FEATURES: You could always use a bit of latex around the edges of the mask to seal it to your face and then make up to blend the color. This way when you pull the mask up it tears the flesh and looks super gross and awesome!


#5 KILLER KLOWN (Killer Klowns from Outer Space, 1988)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Clown Make-up
Clown Hair
Clown Nose
Clown Clothes
Scary Teeth
Futuristic Super Sonic Blaster Gun

OR you can accept the fact that your home made Killer Klown will never look as good and just head to Spirit HAlloween and buy this awesome mask – http://www.spirithalloween.com/product/Fa-Last-Laugh-Clown-Mask/  Make sure to carry your epic outer space gun.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Balloon Animals. If you can manage to make a noose or gun you’ll be golden!

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHXy8DpF5k0 


#6 THE BOX (Se7en, 1995)

DIFFICULTY: So Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A Box
Scissors
Tape
Labels

Who says you have to think outside the box? A box is the foundation of creativity. You can make it into anything. In this case you can make it into a parcel addressed to Brad Pit containing the decapitated head of his expectant wife. Oops. Spoiler Alert! Cut holes in the box for your torso and arms. Don’t try to be a hero and leave your arms inside the box. I tried this in years past. Arms inside of box costumes make it easier for others to pour shots down your throat or lock you in a closet. Once you’ve made the holes, try it on and make sure it fits, then begin the decorating process. Print off delivery labels and Fragile labels and wrap up with tape. Splatter a bit of blood on it too.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Wear the box higher up. Prop the top panels open and upright so just your head shows above. Now wear a blonde wig, bloody it and your face up and make some neck scars all the way around, and there you have it, a head in a box. You can also tuck your head down and pop out Jack-in-a box style and scare the shit out of people.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1giVzxyoclE (This is the final scene of the movie so Spoiler Alert)


#7 PUPPET PHILLIP (Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, 1987)

DIFFICULTY: Hard

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Pantyhose or thick string/wool
Blood
Liquid Latex
SPFX make-up
Bendable yet sturdy wire
2 Belts
2 Pieces of wood attached at the middle
Freddy Krueger glove
Pajamas

Seriously I don’t have a clue how to do this, but it would be awesome if you can pull it off and I just want to throw the idea out there. Here are my suggestions- you could start by taking some wire and wrapping it around a belt a few times. You will then put the belt on, wire at your back and run the wire straight up and over your head. You may want to may the wire more sturdy by coiling another piece around it. Use the second belt higher up-right under your arms. You’ll use this to stabilize the wire right against your back.  The wire should come straight up over your head about a foot and then bend forward. Attach the two pieces of wood together to make a cross, and then wrap the end of the wire around the cross at its center. You can now use thread or tape to attach the Freddy glove on top if the cross, fingers stretched out as if the glove is holding it there. Put your pajamas on over the belt/wire contraption. Using latex, makeup and blood, create deep gashes from forearms to wrists (palms up) and from knees to toes. Use either panty hose or string (soak them in fake blood the night before and let dry) and tie one individual piece around each wrist and foot. You can use latex and makeup to hide the fact that it’s tied around. Now attach the loose ends to the cross above and walk with your arms outstretched. Freddy is now puppeteering you!

SPECIAL FEATURE: You really don’t need a special feature for this one! What more could you want!? Okay fine, instead of a pajama top, order a Dokken T-shirt and wear that.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1BeiRaN8Y


#8 TOILET GHOULIE (Ghoulies, 1985)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Cardboard
White Paint
A lot of Green Make-up
Bald Cap
Fake Teeth
Stuffing
Red Suspenders

I’m going to cop out huge on this one, cause really, you have to go the lengths you want to go. If you want to buy a Ghoulie mask that’s cool. If you want to find a different way to make a toilet, go ahead. My suggestions are only suggestions. Start by constructing a toilet out of cardboard. The toilet bowl has to be wide enough to step into and pull up around your waist. Once you’ve made your toilet and painted it, you might want to use foam or some sort of stuffing to fill in the hollow parts to stabilize it against your body. Put on a blue t-shirt and use green make-up to cover your arms completely. Put on your bald cap (you can look on youtube for tutorials). Use latex and cotton or tissue to build up your cheeks a bit. Cover your eyebrows (youtube tutorials). Now cover your entire head and face in green make up and throw in some fake teeth from the costume store. Attach the suspenders to the toilet so that when you put them over your shoulders they hold up the toilet.

SPECIAL FEATURES: I got nothin’. Frankly, I’m surprised you pulled this off.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RmBQarrygY


#9 LAURIE RED RIDING HOOD (Trick’r’Treat, 2009)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Red riding hood costume
Wolf Contacts
Teeth
FX Make-up
Brown crepe hair

Once in the costume, use some FX make-up to make a bit of light veins in the face. Use reds or purples around the eyes to accent the lenses. You can take a bit of crepe hair and apply it in areas of your choice. Pop in the teeth and lenses and you’ve got Laurie at the beginning of her transformation. Chick Werewolves are super fun.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Fill your basket with fake legs that have men’ shoes on them!

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qudkQJyUjiA


#10 TWINS (The Shining, 1980) *Couples Costume*

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Two identical light blue dresses (They don’t need to be exact but I’m sure you can find something similar online)
Two matching shoulder-length brown wigs
Two matching hair clips
Two matching pairs of socks and shoes
Blood
Fake axe

Whether it’s two girls, two guys or a guys and a girl, this costume is fun and hilarious. There is also an option to make it a full family costume if you happen to have a mom, dad, 2 daughters and a son. Then you can have Jack, Wendy, Danny and the Twins!

SPECIAL FEATURES: Use fake blood and cover a portion of the front of the dresses and spatter some on your face, arms and legs. Have one of the twins carry the axe and write “Redrum” in blood on the other’s forehead.

CLIP:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMbI7DmLCNI


#11 BAGMAN (Bagman, 2011?)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
An extra large Paper bag
Dark mesh
Black gloves
Black outfit and trench coat
Black boots
Blood
An assortment of fake weapons hidden within your coat

This hilarious student film has developed quiet a cult following which prompted me to add Monsieur Bagman to this list. You’ll want to make sure that you don’t just cut eye holes in the bag. You’ll want to go the extra step and glue in dark mesh so that you can see out but others won’t be able to see in as easily. Spatter the bag with blood and dirt and maybe blend some black around the eyes so that the edges of the eye holes don’t seem so clean cut. Make sure to keep a plethora of weapons on your person, always pulling out something unlikely and awkward.

SPECIAL FEATURES: you can always carry around and additional paper bag stuffed with fake body parts. You can watch the film at the link below for additional ideas-

FILM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-Mbn0F9AQ


#12 CHILDREN (Various Films) *Costumes for the kids*

Village of the Damned, 1995                                                     Children of the Corn, 1984

Chucky – Child’s Play, 1988                                       Carol Anne – Poltergeist, 1982

Sam – Trick ‘r’ Treat, 2009                         Samara – The Ring, 2002


#13 CRAZY RALPH (Friday the 13th, 1980)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
White striped dress shirt
Brown Slacks
A Vest
Hat
Fake barbed wire
Flask
Bicycle

Once you have the outfit on, you can use some grey make-up and a stipple sponge to create the illusion of thin stubble on the chin. Riding around on the bike and yelling “you’re doomed” is highly recommended. It’s also a good idea to drink from a flask all night. Feel free to attach a sign to the basket on your bike that says “Crazy Ralph- serving the Crystal Lake Community since 1980″.

SPECIAL FEATURES: You can use FX makeup and blood to create the neck wound and/or walk around with fake barbed wired around your neck.

CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3CaYYEkGXI


#14 ROSE/ICE ZOMBIE (Titanic, 1997)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Fancy Ball Gown (cause we all have that shit just lying around..)
Mens Long Coat
Fake Ginormous Blue Diamond
Ice FX Make-up
Black Goo (use your imagination)
Zombie Contact Lenses
Life Jacket

Once you have your outfit on, do a good layer of blues and whites to really pale yourself. From there do several layers of spotting and veins also in blue tones and rim your eyes in purple and then blue bags. Use some hair gel and slick that hair back. Use the ice FX to create chunky icicles on your hair, eye brows and coat. Make sure to blue up your lips and finger nails as well. Now use the black goo around your mouth because the blood of a frozen zombie will be far too oxidized to appear red. Lastly, wash hands thoroughly and  apply contacts.

SPECIAL FEATURES: She said she’d never let go. It’s probably a good idea to walk around holding hands with a severed arm.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1JP3qyf9zw&feature=related


#15 CANDYMAN/HELEN (Candyman, 1992) *Couples Costume*

DIFFICULTY: Hard

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
For Him-
Long Heavy Jacket with fuzzy collar
Bloody stump with a hook
White Silk Scarf
For Her-
Nightgown or Blood soaked sweater
Swaddled fake baby
Additional-
Blood
Bald Cap
Liquid Latex and FX Make-up
Fake Bees (you can make them)

 

For Candyman, you would want to wear an old ratty suit under the jacket if possible, but if you’re keeping covered I guess it doesn’t matter. If you can locate a fake rubber rib cage at a costume store, that will work too. You can opt to make the hook or buy, up to you. For Helen I guess it all depends on which part of the movie you’d like your costume to be from. If it’s early on then the blood soaked sweater will work. If you want to jump to the end then you’ll need the night gown, and you’ll need to attach a bald cap and use a combo of liquid latex and FX make-up to create burned flesh. Splatter both with blood and you’re ready for a night on the town.

SPECIAL FEATURES: If you have the time, you can paint little pieces of foam to look like bees and attach them to both costumes.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOnN4M9wB0s


#16 R.J. MACREADY (The Thing, 1982)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Super Sexy Wig and Beard w/spirit gum
Ice FX make-up or Glycerin and giant salt crystals
FX palette with white and blue shades
Brown Jacket and pants
Your choice of MacReady style hat (he wears a few)
Saftey glasses
Large water jugs
Paint
A makeshift hose

Start by putting on the outfit. Apply the wig and attach the beard (unless you are man enough to grow your own). Use the whites and blues to give yourself a pale/cold look. Add glycerin to your facial hair and apply the large salt crystals (or the Ice FX if you can find it). Take two large water jugs and paint them to look like propane tanks. Attach them to a backpack or find a way to strap them on. Create a hose type attachment from the tanks to your hand and voila – flame thrower. If you have better ideas for crafting one go nuts.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Mutilate a stuffed dog. Get creative and make it look like another creature is bursting out of it, or cover it in blood – your call. Carry that around with you for fun.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg


#17 SARAH/CAVE EXPLORER (The Descent, 2005)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Cargo Pants
Belt
Tank Top
Hiking Boots
Rope
Helmet
Head fastening flash light
Glow Sticks
Blood

I did this a few years ago and it’s easy if you know where to find the pieces. I ended up getting the rope, links and flash light at Walmart in the camping/outdoors section. I bought a yellow Bob the Builder toy helmet and spray painted it black and the flash light (which was on a think elastic band) was put onto the helmet. I covered my self in blood and all was well!

SPECIAL FEATURES: You don’t HAVE to go as Sarah, you can go as any of the girls. I covered a stick with masking tape, taped it to my leg, ripped my pant leg so the white stick popped out slightly, then covered it with latex, make-up and blood so it looked like a leg wound with bone popping out. I then tied it off with bloodied torn fabric and limped all night. Success!

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5I1q4KhKNU

<—-That’s me! It was a much more tame version, less blood because I was inside a lovely house and didn’t want to make a mess. I also politely removed the boots- as should you!


#18 HERBERT WEST (Re-Animator, 1985)

DIIFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Glasses
Old Ratty Suit
Syringe with bright green liquid
Lab coat
Blood

Tear up your suit a bit, loosen your tie, mess up your hair, spatter yourself with blood and pick up the syringe! Try to maintain an intense studious look all evening. Make sure to carry around a severed head or a black cat to get the full effect.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Instead of one syringe, carry around a cradle of refillable syringe shots full of colorful liquor and administer orally to re-animate other guests!

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBmN44ow1c


#19 PATRICK BATEMAN (American Psycho, 2000)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Suit
Hair Gel
Clear Cheap Plastic Rain Coat
Axe
Blood

I shouldn’t have to tell you how to assemble this. Suit, slick back hair, raincoat, blood spatter, pick up axe – done.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Dig out that walkman! If you can’t find one then go ahead and use your MP3 player, but be sure to keep it hidden in your pocket. Load it up with Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and Katrina and the Waves. have it blasting loudly through your head phones all evening and take time to fact drop info about these musicians. Every time you leave a conversation be sure to remark “I have to return some video tapes” and when trying to pick up women tell them that you can get them into Dorsia, they know you there.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTEJ1z-8pkc


#20 WEREWOLF OF LONDON ( Like the song!)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Werewolf costume
Fashionable clothes
Chinese Menu
OR Take-out containers

Put on the costume and dress snappy. No “I <3 London” Shirt for this one. We want you in a suit or nice dress, complete with a Kate Middleton-esque hat.

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Print off a “Lee Ho Fook’s” label and create a menu or paste it on some Chinese take out containers. This is important as London Werewolves love beef chow mein!

SONG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhSc8qVMjKM


#21 LUDA – EXPECTANT ZOMBIE MOTHER (Dawn of the Dead, 2004)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Orange Tank Top
Brown Wig
FX Make-up palette
Glycerin
Shackles

Once upon a time my best friend was knocked up. She had a super hard time trying to find a costume that worked with her enormous baby filled belly. I just stood idly by, helpless. I didn’t know what I could do to help. Well not anymore. I am giving pregnant women a voice. I am standing up for them and saying “Dude, check this shit out!” Don’t let your impending motherhood prevent you from having one last fun filled gore fest before you submit to a decade of clowns, ninjas and fairy princesses!

It’s pretty straight forward. Do a very basic death look – gaunt, pain, veiny, bags under the eyes, maybe some green spotting on the flesh. The teeth you’ll want to decay and you’ll also want to use mouth blood. Recreate the bite mark on her forearm. Now add glycerin all over your face and hair to get that disgusting, sweaty, pregnancy glow everyone raves about. Now put on your wrist shackles and rage out. This will be practice for when you actually go into labor!

SPECIAL FEATURES: Not too keen on this chick? Try a different pregnancy costume like Rosemary’s Baby, Inside, Slutty Mom from The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, It’s Alive or you can try an “Alien” bellyburster!

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpjNdQQJirA


#22 JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Jason mask
Machete
I <3 NY T-Shirt
Camera
Shopping bags
Foam Head

This is pretty simple. Tourist Jason wears his I <3 NY t-shirt and walks around taking photos of the scenery. But this tourist has a short temper. Don’t cross him or that Machete comes out.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Jason loved his mother, and NY wouldn’t be the same without her, so why not bring her along. Carry around Mrs. Voorhees’ head in a Macy’s shopping bag and make sure to take it out so that Jason can get some photos with his mom for his scrapbook.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5fc43O3ynE


#23 ARIEL ( The Little Mermaid, 1989)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A long red wig
The typical mermaid costume (buy or make)
Fish Skeleton (Can be made out of wire and masking tape)
Blood
Liquid Latex
Netting
Fishing Lures
A Giant block of stiff foam
Spray paint – rust and silver
FX make-up palette

My instructions and materials are so vague that it really leaves everything open for interpretation, and it’s better that way because you’ll end up with your own creation at the end. I have wanted to do this costume for years but I think it’ll have to wait till I have an indoor party. You can start by putting on the mermaid costume. Tear a hole in the fin and gore up your skin underneath, then use latex to attach the make shift fish bone to your skin so that it pokes out of the fin slightly. Now use the make-up, blood and latex to zombify yourself. Tangle your fin in the netting and decorate it with fishing lures and other ocean treasures.

SPECIAL FEATURES: This is my favorite part. If you want to get crafty and a lot more gory,  take a block of stiff foam and carve out a giant, oversized hook. Spray paint it to look shiny and aged. Cut out a portion of the curve in the middle so you are left with the long back piece as it starts to curve and then you have the tip of the hook separate. Depending on the size and where you would like to place it, use latex to attach the back piece of the hook to the back of you and the tip to the front of you. I like placement through the stomach or even the throat. Gore up the areas around the hook to look like entrance and exit wounds. I assure that you’ll be considered quite a catch! (Laugh at my lame joke please)

ALTERNATIVELY: you can probably do any dead disney princess you’d like. The key is to make sure that the cause of death is related to the nature of their character. Otherwise, you’re boring.


#24 PINHEAD (Hellraiser, 1987)

DIFFICULTY: Hard

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Bald Cap
Liquid Latex
White cream makeup
FX color palette
Tooth decay liquid
Dulled Toothpicks
Blood
Leather outfit

So this one could be easy for those who have experience with make-up FX, or it can be difficult for new comers.  Either way, the key is patience. You want to allot yourself extra time. I don’t need to walk you through this one because I found an excellent video tutorial to help you out, which is probably way better than me yammering on. The tutorial link is below and Elizabeth does some excellent tutorials so definitely check out the other videos  as well. Please note – she uses real pins, sharp side out. If you are concerned about safety you could always  dull some toothpicks and paint them silver. We’d like you to be as safe as possible but it’s your call!

TUTORIAL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqrAnYet7_4

SPECIAL FEATURES: So it’ll be difficult to find the leather suit so the other option is to order the pinhead costume online. When it comes in throw out the mask. It’s shitty. Do your own make up, it’ll look a hell of a lot better. But definitely use the costume. I think it comes with rubbery fake skin sections in the chest, so I recommend cutting those out and making the scars on your chest with make-up. Trust me, people will appreciate the effort far more if you do the make-up. Make sure to purchase the Lament Configuration online as well. You’ll want to leave it random places and then appear behind those who pick it up.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKfupO4ZzPs


#25 THE PILGRIM (Thanksgiving Segment of Grindhouse, 2007)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A Pilgrim Hat
Long Black Coat
Black Clothing including gloves
Black Boots
An Axe
Extra Buckles cause ya never know…
Paper mache turkey/doll and Roasting pan
Blood

This costume is pretty straight forward, but you may want to add extra buckles for flair. It might be a nice addition to add some blood spatter and have a flyer for Black Friday sales in your pocket.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Take a doll, use tinfoil around the body to create the shape of a turkey, leaving the head exposed. Paper mache several layers over the tinfoil until you reach you desired thickness. Paint your roasted turkey, add blood spatter to the neck of the doll, toss in a roasting pan with more blood, body parts and roasted potatoes. Take this with you to your party because it’s rude not to bring something, and everyone loves potluck!

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE7tyW8CYXs


#26 MOIRA THE MAID (American Horror Story, Season One)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A Maid Uniform (Good luck finding a regular one, only sexy maids exist these days)
A Red Wig or Dyed Red Hair
A Dead Eye contact lens
Blood
FX make-up palette
Regular make-up

The beauty of this costume is that you can take it in two different directions. You can be the older woman with a bad eye and “by the book” attitude. Or you could opt for the young, sexy, corrupted version. The only difference is a little old age make-up and about 12 inches of material.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Give the sexy costume a twist by giving her the fresh eye wound she so deserved. You can also twist it my favorite way and do half and half. Half the young sexy girl with a bloody gunshot eye and half the old woman. Either way you go is your call, just please don’t be a boring regular slutty maid, I’ll hate you.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0ssM6vtz_c


#27 – OTIS DRIFTWOOD (House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A Greyish T-Shirt and Green or Camo Cargo Pants
A Fake Beard and Long White/Blond Wig
Sheath w/ Fake Knife
Blood
Foam Head
Plastic Wrap
Liquid Latex, Hair Dryer and Baby Powder
FX Make-up Palette

First you’ll want to take the T-Shirt and rip off the sleeves. Make a nice blob of bloody mess in the middle of the chest of the shirt and let it dry. Use your make-up to make yourself look a little gaunt and toss on your wig. Apply your beard with spirit gum or latex. Make sure to take a few minutes and stroke your new beard. It’ll be pretty awesome. Now suit up in the t-shirt and cargo pants and fasten your sheath around your waist with a belt. Bloody yourself up a bit more and maybe add a few cuts and bruises and you’re all set!

SPECIAL FEATURES: Take your plastic wrap and foam head and try with one piece to cover the entire face area. Make sure it flows with the contours of the facial features. Take your latex and apply a layer over the entire face, leaving holes around the eyes and a small gap where the lips meet. Blow Dry, dust with baby powder and repeat x10 or more depending on how thick you want it to be. Once the final layer is dry, peel the plastic wrap off the foam head and then remove the latex from the plastic. It will be a very loose mask that you can then make-up slightly, bloody, then wear it proudly as if you just skinned your first human. It’s not going to fit, it’s supposed to be someone elses face skin, so dont worry it’s supposed to look ridiculous.

CLIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz0ePrqJYNE


#28 – LOOSE LIPS SARAH (Cutting Moments, 1997)

DIFFICULTY: Medium

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A Red dress or undergarments depending on your comfort level
Blood
latex and tissue or cotton
FX make-up palette
Scissors
Steel wool.

While this costume is minimalist and may seem simple enough, it’s actually a little harder. In order to do this justice you will need to do a little more than just put fake blood on your lips. You’ll want to use latex and cotton or tissue paper to build up a layer of fake skin over your lips. Then apply some make-up to match your skin tone and lip color. Then you can tear in, messy and chunky slits all over. Pieces hanging would be perfect. Use dark make up, blacks and deep reds, to color your real lips that are revealed by the tears. Now bloody it up and you’re good to go.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Make sure you have scissors or steel wool handy, it’s very important to the integrity of the character that you commit to holding your steel wool all night. It would even be desirable to break of pieces off the steel wool and use the latex to secure them to your mangled face hole. Make sure you curl your lips and keep your teeth exposed and it would make sense to bring a straw, cause you wont want to drink any other way.

I’m not going to link the trailer or clip, if you want to look it up yourself you will find it easily, but that’s your call. It’s extremely graphic and disturbing. Not for me, but for all of you who don’t stomach things as well as me. Pfft average humans. You’ve been warned.


#29 – TINA IN A BODY BAG (A Nightmare on Elm Street – either year)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
An Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (Oversized in off-white or very pale blue)
Tiny Shorts
A Garment Bag (Must be clear)
Lots and Lots of Blood

One of my personal faves and let me tell you, I might be switching my costume to this. It will be messy but very very worth it. You can keep the blood to a minimum by soaking your clothes in it and letting them dry prior to dressing, and pre- bloody the bag. You can smear a thin coat over yourself and that will stick to the bag and look fresh without pooling at the bottom.

SPECIAL FEATURES: If you want to keep it clean then don’t let the blood pool in the bag. If you refuse to keep it clean, then take it one step further and make those wounds. Slice the front of the shirt open and use double sided tape to secure those bad boys into your shirt (you know what I’m talking about – (.)(.) ) Use liquid latex and cotton or tissue paper to build up a nice thick layer of false skin in the center of your chest. Slap on some make up – skin tones, maybe some bruising, rashing and veins etc…. Take your palette knife and gently tear five slits in the latex. Fill those slits with dark make-up – black, purple, deep deep red. Cover with blood and voila! It’s not going to be perfect, it’s a quick fix but in a bloody body bag it’ll look great. Maybe I’ll do a video tutorial for you guys.

CLIPhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UP1vv0wWp4


#30 – MICHAEL MYERS DRESSED UP AS BOB DRESSED UP AS A GHOST (Halloween, 1978)

DIFFICULTY: Effortless

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A White Sheet
Large Glasses
Six Pack of Beer *optional*

This one is for all of you lazy bastards who don’t really care to celebrate Halloween but your girlfriend is dragging you to a party where costumes are mandatory so you need a quick fix. Put the sheet on, put the glasses on, that’s it. If she really likes it then this might also be the least amount of effort you’ve ever had to put into getting laid. If that’s the case You’re Welcome.

SPECIAL FEATURES: On the other hand, if you’re just a die hard Halloween fan, you could put a little more life into the costume by wearing the complete Micheal costume underneath. At any given time you can stash the sheet and no one will know it’s the same person. Go back and forth between the two and don’t say anything all night. You’ll really freak people out when they cant figure out who you are. Make sure to tilt your head when listening to interesting conversation. Don’t forget to count how many times you hear “What’s the matter? Can’t I get your Ghost Bob?”

TRAILERhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2DWutxndgk


#31 – AHAB (Father’s Day, 2011)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Eye patch
Black gloves
Black Pants and turtle neck or high collar shirt
Boots
Long Brown leather jacket
Blood *optional*
A Badass Gun

This costume isn’t too dificult to throw together and with a few adjustments you can easily up the level of awesome. Try adding a gaping exit  wound to your face to spice it up!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
We recommend holstering a bottle of syrup, preferably with a homemade label. It is important to the authenticy that the label does not say “Maple Syrup” as the orgin of the syrup is unknown. A Father’s Day card sticking out of your pocket would also be a nice touch.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Fg_K08YIA

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5 Horror Movie Parodies You May Have Missed

Let’s face it. Most parodies fall into oblivion. Whether it be films such as “Not Another Teen Movie,” “Meet the Spartans,” or “Superhero Movie,” the chances are no one will ever see them again. You’d have to be “Airplane!,” “This is Spinal Tap,” or “Austin Powers” to be remembered.

That being said, we have a new horror parody movie in our midst’s! “A Haunted House,” written by Marlon Wayan’s, feature an abundant amount of Paranormal Activity parodies. Will it be funny? I have no idea. But I do know some horror parodies that are.

A Haunted House TRAILER

The catch is, you can look up “Horror Movie Parodies” all day and come across the “Scary Movie” franchises, and even “Shaun of the Dead.” Here’s a few of my favourites that you may not have heard of.

Five Horror Movie Parodies You May Have Missed

StudentBodiesSTUDENT BODIES (1981)

My dad showed me this film when I was a kid. If anything, this film was the original “Scary Movie,” featuring parodies of most slasher films to date – which really wasn’t a whole lot, considering huge slasher names like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger weren’t even around yet. Featuring “the Breather,” Student Bodies takes many twists and turns, poking fun at not just horror films, but itself too. Hands-down my favourite movie on this list, it still manages to hold itself up to all of the horror-film stereotypes today.

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Shriek_If_You_Know_What_I_Did_Last_Friday_the_ThirteenthSHRIEK IF YOU KNOW WHAT I DID LAST FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH (2000)

While “Scary Movie” enjoyed its commercial success parodying Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and many, many more films (and many of them not even horror films), “SiYKWiDLFtT” did the same, but funnier! Without as many sex and drug jokes that plagued “Scary Movie,” “Shriek” took everything and added more shtick to it. Much like the Abrahams & Zucker’s parody films, I found “Shriek” to be situated for a broader audience, rather than a particular age group. It’s a film I could see my parents enjoying, rather than grimacing over.

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ThankskillingTHANKSKILLING (2008)

While it’s not directly parodying a particular movie, it’s still stupid and funny. A murderous turkey with a groan-worthy origin story fills the screen with ridiculous catch-phrases and interesting plots to kill its prey. Sure, the actors are terrible and the plot thinner than thread, “Thankskilling” still delivers what you’ll gobble up: a parody of a slasher film, done in the most interesting of ways.

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ZombielandZOMBIELAND (2009)

“Zombieland” is easily the most mainstream movie on the list, but it’s still a step-down in popularity from the great “Shaun of the Dead.” The major difference between “SotD” and this film is that “Zombieland” plays more with its dead – quite literally. You laugh when a zombie dies; you laugh at the characters mannerisms; their conversations; their everything! There’s so much which “Zombieland” offers that most would take for granted. From “Rules” to survive Zombieland, to a brilliant cameo by Mr. Bill Murray, “Zombieland” is a great zombie film done funny.

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DeadSnowDEAD SNOW (2009)

An instant cult classic, “Dead Snow” features everything people have wanted since Call of Duty’s (or Return to Castle Wolfenstein) popular mini-game: Nazi Zombies. While the movie tries at first to be a regular horror film, when the zombies come in, moods change and things get silly. “Dead Snow” takes the survival-horror genre and toys with the ridiculousness of “Evil Dead 2.” It leaves for some fun surprises, filled with lots of blood and plenty of laughs. While it’s definitely the most goriest film on this list, it will still leave you in awe over how clever the zombie genre can still be.

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Feel free to comment and add titles I may have overlooked!

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Best of the Decade

1) Haute tension / High Tension / Switchblade Romance
If there was a graph showing the highs and lows of this decade, the release of Haute Tension would be a pretty big high point. It came out in the midst of films such as Jeepers Creepers 2 and House of the Dead, and reminded us what a horror film should be. It was raw, powerful, and unrelenting suspenseful horror — fitting of it’s name.

2) The Descent
Released in 2005, the Descent was the biggest surprise of the year for me. It was a pretty big year for horror: Land of the Dead, Hostel, as well as the highly disappointing Saw II and The Ring II were released. Yet here was a film that IMHO blew the others clear out of the water. Dark, atmospheric, and bloody scary.

3) The Devil’s Rejects
Another 2005 gem — this one sold me on Rob Zombie’s filmmaking abilities after what I found to be a shaky start with House of 1000 Corpses. Well acted, well directed, and overall just a great throwback horror flick.

4) Saw
A brilliant, sadistic, cleverly mean film which (don’t shoot the messenger) would have been great had it stopped after the first one.

5) Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
An entertaining and successful deconstruction of the horror genre, which aside from the intellectual aspect was also a solid horror film. Filled to the brim with clever homages and scenes to make any horror geek smile. Though props go out to Fido and Silent Hill for being other 2006 horror flicks which were still entertaining and solid in their own right.

6) 28 Days Later
While most remember 2002 as being the year of hype for Ghost Ship, FearDotCom, The Ring, Jason X, Halloween Resurrection, and Resident Evil, it was also the year of House of 1000 Corpses, May, Dog Soldiers, Cabin Fever, and 28 Days Later to name a few. Love it or hate it, Danny Boyle delivered one of the great horror flicks of the year.

7) Ginger Snaps
I almost forgot about this one, mainly because it was released in 2000 at the start of the decade. I thought it was fresh, creative, and a good take on the werewolf subgenre (which aside from Dog Soldiers was largely neglected).

8) The Hills Have Eyes
It was a toss-up for me whether to place Hatchet here or The Hills Have Eyes. Both I found entertaining, and while I normally try not to encourage remakes, during this past decade there were a few that I honestly enjoyed, starting with Th13teen Ghosts, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and this one. It’s tough to neglect Hills Have Eyes, just because it was so damn solid and contained a good deal of atmospheric and outright tense scenes. While this may be my weakest selection on the list, I’ll stand by it.

9) The Orphanage
Another pleasant surprise. When I saw the film, I had heard next-to-nothing about it, and wasn’t sure what to expect. But from the very opening it caught my attention and took me on an atmospheric and oh-so-creepy journey which proved in my mind that foreign horror was the dominating force in this past decade.

10) Paranormal Activity
A dirt cheap production which managed to generate an enormous buzz and direct some positive interest in the horror genre. Well paced, the film speaks volumes about the talent of the director who was able to make a genuinely creepy film with next-to-no budget. A good way to leave the decade, IMO!

Lastly, honourable mentions include: Uzumaki (2000), Final Destination (2000), Undead (2003), Oldboy (2003) and while it isn’t horror it deserves a mention, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hatchet (2006), Halloween (2007), 30 Days of Night (2007), Diary of the Dead (2007), Mother of Tears (2007), Inside (2007), Midnight Meat Train (2008), Cloverfield (2008).

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Holiday Horror

We’ve been pretty busy lately and I’m sure things will slow down after the holidays, but until then, here is a list (in no particular order) of Holiday Films to get you in a frighteningly festive mood.

THE CHILDREN
These children have been naughty, don’t they know that there will be no one to give them presents if they kill all their parents?

 

 

SANTA SLAY

Goldberg’s acting is laughable and that makes this campy classic a jolly good time!

 

GREMLINS
It’s the pet everyone wishes they could get for Christmas! 

 

SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT 2
Don’t worry about seeing #1, the first 45 mins of this film plays out the first. Fasten your seatbelts for some insane eyebrow action! 

 

INSIDE
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, so why not celebrate the miracle of child birth on Christmas Eve with this ho-ho-horrific ho-ho-home invasion flick!

 

BLACK CHRISTMAS
The Christmas Spirit is coming from inside the house! Or possibly a dry cleaning bag! 

 

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE
Hide the children, Krampus is coming… 

 

ELVES
“I need to know the connection between the elves and the nazis!”  …So do we…so do we…

 

CHRISTMAS EVIL
Possibly the best depiction of an anti-Santa lynch mob ever captured on celluloid 

 

JACK FROST
Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose. And your face. 

 

GINGERDEAD MAN
Full Moon Entertainment you’ve done it again… and then again with GINGERDEADMAN 2: PASSION OF THE CRUST 

 

SILENT NIGHT
This film has two redeeming qualities – Death by Tree Chipper and the line “What is this Garbage Day?!” (See Silent Night Deadly Night 2 for reference) 

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Top 10 Killer Aliens

This month our content seems to be heavy in Sci-fi and Paranormal. I can’t promise that this will be a theme in each of our posts, but it definitely is for this one. From @UncannyDerek, comes a list of the top 10 Killer Aliens in film. We’ll be posting one per day and if you think he’s left an important Alien out, please feel free to leave us a comment!

Also, if you have any requests for lists, if there is a certain theme you’d like covered etc… Please let us know.

#1 THE THING (1982)

Who are the aliens? Carpenter gets three movies on this list because he does such a damn good job with aliens. Albeit it is another remake, The Thing is one of those films that you cannot even describe what the alien is because it can be whatever it wants. All it wants to do is survive.

How are they killers? Not only does it clone your body, the alien does it in a very painful way! It’ll change you no matter what part of your body it touches or tears off. The best part is that the alien successfully turns everyone against one another rather than doing all of the scary dirty work. To top it all off, the creature kills more people by itself on-screen than any of the other aliens did, (with the Predator at a close second).

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZkkIsLiNg


#2 ALIEN (1979)

Who are the aliens? They’re Xenomorph’s that are considered to be “perfect,” at least to some robots. They bleed acid, can survive in space, and don’t mind getting their hands dirty when it comes to making a nest out of your body.

How are they killers? It all starts at birth when they leap out of your chest, breaking through your body and scampering across the ground until they get all big and cuddly. Then they begin to pick you off, one-by-one – clawing into your body or capturing you to feed you with eggs to begin their cycle of life again. It’s not that they’re killers per se. They kill you because they want MORE life. It makes sense. Right?

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eIpvZsEky4

 


#3 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

Who are the aliens? Probably best recognized from Phillip Kaufman’s or to a lesser extent, Abel Ferrara’s ’93 take on the series (forgetting the 2007 version all-together), the aliens are well, us! Posing as us, the aliens are trying to colonize on Earth as they escape their dying planet.

How are they killers? Becoming a pod person doesn’t seem too bad. I mean, sure, you lose yourself. But at least you’re not getting hunted by the Predator, or waiting your demise like in War of the Worlds. On top of that, you’re not getting squished by goo like in The Blob. The Body Snatchers makes death seem tolerable. At least you get to keep your body in-tact.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTSR6bu0Nq0

 

 


#4 WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)

Who are the aliens? Originally from the novel by H.G. Wells, the aliens are simply massive mechanical creatures from Mars in large ships with lasers and shields. We only get a few glances of the actual creatures aside from that. One thing is for certain: They want Earth and there’s nothing in our army that can stop them.

How are they killers? Wiping out major cities and the army with absolute ease – the Martian’s have no trouble ploughing through all of the planet with great success. Literally wiping out everything in their path, the Martians are quite frankly, some of the more ferocious creatures Earth ever had to defend itself from in cinema-lore.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9T9f3UbGuo

 


#5 PREDATOR (1987)

Who are the aliens? Ruthless creatures of the jungle (and later, the city – especially if we ignore all of that AvP jargon), the Predators are highly technological aliens with a desire to hunt. They can go invisible, have infrared vision, sharp blades, wrist-explosives, and an auto-locking cannon on their shoulder.

How are they killers? Wiping out the entirety of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s elite unit – not to mention the team that went in before them – the Predator finds solace in skinning its victims afterwards and collecting skulls for trophies.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrDsvVKY_d4

 

 


#6 UNDEAD (2003)

Who are the aliens? Alien zombies.

How are they killers? They’re alien zombies! Come on, already! It’s in their definition!

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok8J-xyS4H0

 

 


#7 VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)

Who are the aliens? Unlike the original 1960 film, Carpenter’s film makes a direct link between aliens and the children. Yeah, I said the children were aliens. Right from the start of the film, we’re given the idea that something ominous is flying above the town of Midwich. Later on, we’re shown by Kristie Alley that indeed, these “children” are really aliens. Ah, to be a parent one day.

How are they killers? What’s scarier than an alien invasion? Aliens who invade and control your thoughts! It’s even worse when you’re consciously aware of what you’re doing. While mom sticks her hand in boiling water, or a doctor putting who-knows what in her eyes, there’s torture and death. Not to mention, it’s hilarious to watch the police shoot each other. (It’s also hilarious to make robot-walking noises every time you see David walk, but that’s besides the point.)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WzcW9haPto


#8 THE BLOB (1968)

Who are the aliens? The Blob is a pretty neat concept. One gluttonous creature consuming all life on the planet while still looking like an after school Jello project gone-wrong. It came from space, and it damn well will eat the whole planet before. . . well there is no real reason to the blob. It just “is.”

How are they killers? The creature kills an old man, then presumably eats up a ton of people from a movie theatre. At least “40 to 50 people” were killed. The creepiest thing about the blob is that it’s not dead, but only frozen in the arctic. Oh the people of 1958 were so naive about global warming. . .

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdUsyXQ8Wrs


#9 CRITTERS (1986)

Who are the aliens? For the most part, the critters are just hairier, more violent gremlins. However, the critters are from spaaaaaaaaaaaaaace! Not to mention these little guys show us a bit more blood than their film predecessors.

How are they killers? What DON’T they eat? People, animals, car seats – the list is endless!

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQNLQc7xqyw

 

 

 

 

 


#10 THEY LIVE (1988)

Who are the aliens? What’s worse than the government running the world? I’d say it’s aliens posing as the government who are ruling the world! In John Carpenter’s “They Live,” the world is owned by weird flesh-less aliens posing as humans.

How are they killers? Given the government is controlled by aliens, you can safely assume wars are based off of their evil ways. Not to mention they ordered the massacre of an entire neighbourhood.

 

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJC4R1uXDaE

 

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Top 10: Michael Myers Kills

We had intended to do this list and have it posted in October in an attempt to get people excited to watch the Halloween series; however, we got way too excited for Halloween ourselves, and rather than write anything, we just watched a lot of films and used all of our spare time to prepare for our party.

I just want to point out that this list has a severe SPOILER ALERT! We try to be good about these things and on occasion we slip up and blurt a detail we shouldn’t, but this list is all spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the films please stop here and go rent them right now! Have you been living under a rock!?


THROTTLE AND SLICE
(HALLOWEEN)

On her way to pick up Ol’ Jerko, lovable and sarcastic Annie dumps the Wallace kid across the street with Laurie then proceeds to her car only to find that it is locked. She returns to the house to find her keys, fixes her hair and heads back out to the car. Out of habit she reaches for the handle and doesn’t give a second thought to the fact that the door is now unlocked. She gets in and notices the foggy windows. There is a brief look of confusion on her face before Michael jumps out of the back seat and begins to strangle her slowly. Annie struggles and manages to reach the horn, blasting it several times, it’s enough to get little Tommy Doyle’s attention. Michael then tightens his grip and stops her struggle with a swift slice across her throat. Annie slowly falls forward, eyes crazed, as her last breath escapes through her fresh gaping neck wound. [Ali]


DROPPED CALL
(HALLOWEEN)

Linda totally convinces Annie to let her and Bob come over to the Wallace’s house so they can totally go at it. When they arrive to find the house empty, they totally make themselves at home and occupy the Wallace’s bed. When all is said and done Linda orders Bob to get her a beer and on his way he gets totally killed. Seconds later, Michael totally appears in the upstairs bedroom disguised as Bob disguised as a ghost. After Linda realizes that she totally can’t get Bob’s ghost, she decides to call Laurie and find out what’s up with our missing friend Annie. Michael approaches from behind, grabs the phone from her hand and totally strangles her with the cord, all the while Laurie listens on the other end. At first assuming it’s a joke, then after Linda’s last few wails Laurie decides to totally go over and investigate. [Ali]


HOT TUB HIJINX
(HALLOWEEN 2)

Ol’ Bud needs some therapy for his finger and sassy nurse Karen is going to be the one to give it to him…or so we think. They head down to the hospital hot tub for a quick soak. It gets hot pretty quick, almost too hot…and of course I’m talking about the water. Bud hops out to check the temperature while Karen decides she’s no longer in the mood. As she dries herself, Bud is strangled on the other side of the glass doors behind her. Michael turns the temperature way up into the danger zone and enters the room. He approaches Karen from behind and places a hand on her shoulder. Karen, assuming its Bud, caresses and nibbles his hand and explains that she has to get back to work. She asks him “Do you want to go for breakfast later?” Michael is stunned by this because no one has ever asked him to go to breakfast before. In fact no one even cares what he eats; he probably has a terrible diet. He tears his hand away and when Karen turns around he unleashes his rage. He takes her by the hair and dunks her head into the tub, repeatedly bringing her up for air and screams. Each time he lifts her head from the water her face shows more and more burn damage. Finally he forces her under and holds her there until her lungs fill with scalding water and her body goes limp. He pulls her out and drops her to the floor. The final shot shows her wet, frightened, third degree burned face of death. Oh and we see boob. That’s some hawt shit right there! [Ali]


THUMB DRIVE
(HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS)

 Who transfers a seemingly induced mass murderer from the loony bin with nothing but a couple of leather pieces strapping him to a gurney on a dark and rainy night? And then proceed to talk about surviving family members back in hometown Haddonfield? The one thing this mass murderer is destined to exterminate? Get thee to family members. Must kill. Off with the straps! Those passengers were all doomed that night. Pay special notice to the guy who suffered a cringing THUMB DRIVE through his forehead. Proceed with headache jokes. Try fixing that with Advil, ha! Etc. [Ames]


PITCHFORKIN’
(HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS)

The barn scene. We have a couple of cute lasses in pretty red Halloween costumes cuddling up with kittens in a hay filled barn. Everything is delightful! Blond girl runs off with blond guy because I guess now is the time to copulate. As things get heated, Michael Myers comes in with something even more uncomfortable than the prickly hay underneath them. Blond guy gets PITCHFORK IN THE BACK… during copulation. I hope the kittens are okay. Last we saw them, they were playing in blood.  [Ames]


GOUGE AND GRIND
(HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS)

Michael follows his niece Jamie Lloyd to a remote farm. She continues to run and attempt to hide from him even though she knows she won’t get out of this alive. Michael finds her in the barn, approaching her slowly, and then shoves her hard into a piece of menacing farm equipment. Sharp rods impale her torso, leaving her unable to move from the waist down. With what is left of her energy she slowly reaches her arms out to Michael, hoping he will have a sudden change of heart…oh wait, what’s this? He too reaches his arms out to her and slowly steps forward. This is it, the moment he realizes that he wants to be loved… Gotcha! He has always had a sick sense of humour like that. With his arms reaching forward he shoves her harder into the equipment, causing further impalement and making her almost completely immobile. With her head teetering back and forth she mutters something, probably about her baby but I wasn’t listening as I was too enthralled with what was about to happen. Our silly lovable Michael then does what he does best, he turns the farm equipment on and the spiked rods piercing through her gut start to spin and grind her gory flesh. Michael then heads out to her truck to get the baby, but Jamie had outsmarted him and stashed the baby at the train station. And so begins another ‘search and destroy’ killing mission on the poor town of Haddonfield. [Ali]


BLIND AND BUTCHERED
(HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS)

 Although it’s an off-screen kill, in this Halloween, they have finally captured one of my greatest personal fears that I will share with you now. I’ve played this scene over and over in my head.  A violent serial murderer is chase-stalking me. In a fit of fear and frenzy, I trip to the ground and my GLASSES FALL OFF my face. This is exactly what happens to poor mother and housewife Debra Strode. Upon the viewing of the mask after hanging up on her no-good husband, she hurries to the backyard, fights through a maze of clotheslines laden with white sheets only to collapse on hands and knees. The glasses stumble off of her face, paralyzing her in a state of panic. Blindly fiddling for her glasses, she ultimately gets axed by the Shape. Chop! We are left to only imagine her head lopping off as we only see blood spatter amongst a clean white sheet. [Ames]


PAPA DON’T PREACH
(HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICAHEL MYERS)

Another fave kill from Hallowe’en 6 is that of father and husband, John Strode. First, we are forced to watch an awkward breakfast scene in which he needlessly backhands our girl Kara Strode in front of her child. I mean, it’s morning. Who has that type of energy so early? Next, we see him drinking on the job because the wife phoned to call him out on his shit! When John comes home to darkness, where does he try to find the wifey? In the laundry room, of course. The fear on his face after a peak into the blood filled washing machine was almost justice enough. I personally love the shot of Michael Myers mask shining through the sparks as he electrifies John Strode. Ah, it’s like fireworks and Michael is in his glory. The scene gets quite graphic watching the body sizzle and coagulate until he finally EXPLOODDDESSS. [Ames]


SLOW SLICE
(HALLOWEEN H20)

Aren’t we glad the Halloween series spawned current “it” boy Joseph Gordon Levitt? I know what you’re saying; he also played a part in Roseanne. Anyway, I eagerly anticipated this flick coming out and my 13 year old self was already impressed in the first five minutes. The Chordettes ring through “Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream”. It’s dusk. After the neighbourhood bad boys check that Mrs. Robinson’s house is clear – “Look, it’s the boy from The Juror!” I says to my father, the only one who wanted to go with me to the movies – we find out this house was not a random selection. With now dark skies, a flashlight shines upon a Dr. Loomis photo and more importantly, upon a folder boldly stating “Laurie Strode” among missing files! After rushing over next door, all she finds is an ice skate attached to JoGo’s bloody face and the other guy’s dead body falling at the poor cougar as she tries to escape. Just as the red police sirens illuminate the houses, a courageous battle between her and Myers endures. We almost think this wildcat can break away with her thrashing at him and at the window, but ultimately Myers ends with a classic finish: THE SLIT NECK FROM BEHIND. Michael Myers sneaks off in a sleek black car “like in the first movie, eh!” [Ames]


DUMBWAITER FAIL
(HALLOWEEN H2O)

The kids aren’t alright. They stayed home from the camping trip and now they must die. The lights are out and Sarah has gone looking for her boyfriend. “No sex games till after I’ve eaten” she calls out, but poor Charlie can’t hear her cause he’s already taken a knife to the neck. DING the dumbwaiter has reached her floor. She goes over and opens it expecting shenanigans but instead finds Charlie’s lifeless body. Michael appears behind her and in an attempt to flee she climbs into the dumbwaiter, mounting Charlie’s corpse. Michael manages to get a quick slice in, but it’s just flesh wound. The dumbwaiter continues up and when it arrives at its destination, Sarah frantically gets her upper body out. Unfortunately for her, Michael has cut the ropes and the dumbwaiter falls hard on her leg. So hard it severs it to the bone. She pulls herself forward trying to get free as her leg tears open further. Now she crawls slowly across the floor, her leg literally hanging on by a thread (or I guess medically a vein or tendon or something). Michael appears in front of her and she looks up with a face full of tears just as his knife swings down into her spine. Michael displays his love for interior decorating by hanging her on a light so when the others find her body the light illuminates her gutted torso. He really has an eye for these things. [Ali]


In creating this list Ames and I have discovered something about ourselves. First of all, we favour throat slashing in all shapes and forms. And secondly, we seem to really enjoy Halloween 6 even though it is the one I have watched the least. We did not include kills from the Rob Zombie films because they are in a league of their own. One of the best things about Halloween time is the nostalgic feelings and memories of what it’s like to be a kid, before you learned that the monsters and bad guys were scripted and painted. You want to feel the excitement you felt when you got all dressed up, bumping into other creatures in the darkness. You want to remember those original scares. They are the ones that stay with you.

Since Halloween Resurrection didn’t make the cut, we’d like to get it in here at least once. We leave you with this – "Fear is good. Fear is what gives us the feeling of being alive." - Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes)

We hope you had a great Halloween! We sure did!

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Top 10: Romantic Horror Films

Sometimes you want to laugh, sometimes you want to cry, but when you are a horror fan the most important thing is that someone always has to die! Luckily for us, there are a lot of great horror films that play with the elements of other genres – comedy, drama, romance, thriller, sci-fi and even the family film genre.

You’re stuck on that last one aren’t you? Wondering what films I could possibly be talking about? Well, we will let it linger for a bit and compare notes later. Let’s just focus on one genre at a time.

The following list is for you hopeless romantic horror fans looking for the perfect date flick. Just make sure it’s not a first date… I guess if she’s an awesome chick then it won’t matter, but let’s face it – we’re a rare breed.

TOP TEN ROMANTIC HORROR FILMS (in no particular order)

DANCE OF THE DEAD (2008)

Okay I lied. There is so a particular order as I particularly placed this film first. It’s a personal fave of mine. Every teen girl dreams about their high school prom, or pretends not to in order to seem cool. What could be more romantic? Well to this former teen girl the answer would be ZOMBIE PROM.

If this movie were around when I was a teenager I would have based my entire prom experience around it. The flowing dress ripped at the bottom to expose my badass combat boots. No ridiculous corsages, instead I would have fashioned a ninja star launcher that shoots from my wrist when I make a fist. Well that last part isn’t really in the movie but look how inspired I am! Basically this film has everything you could ask for – Zombies launching out of graves and giving chase, bad ass nerds and
brave cheerleaders, actual guitar heroes, insane teachers, violence, blood, guts, and gore, but most importantly LOVE.

Most teenage boys don’t want to go to prom anyway, so why bother going when there’s a good chance your fellow classmates are undead and waiting to devour your face? Why, to save your high school sweetheart of course! Actually, the sweetheart was busy making out with some other dude at the cemetery, but hey, there are more important things going on! No sense in dwelling on who did what. Instead they all work together and set out to save the prom! Plus two zombies totally make out hardcore.

It’s campy, it’s fun, it’s my romantic number one. <3 [Ali]

ZOMBIE HONEYMOON (2004)

Life after prom. You were warned, but you went and married your high school sweetheart anyway and now you will never get to experience life on your own and grow and become your own person. You might as well be dead. There I go expressing my feelings toward people who have been together since high school. Really doesn’t have anything to do with this review…

So this isn’t actually a sequel to DANCE OF THE DEAD, but it is the next logical step in the romantic timeline. But really? Zombies getting married? Talk about your white wedding. Actually in this film the characters are very much alive on their wedding day, and like at most weddings, they promise to love honor and cherish till death do they part. While that’s a great theory and probably true of most marriages, in this case – not so much. I don’t want to reveal too much but basically this film shows just how strong the bonds of love can be. Not as strong as zombie venom, but strong enough protect, provide, and to stand by the lump of rotting flesh you married while it tries very hard not to rip the limbs from your body shove the warm bloody flesh into it’s gaping face-hole.

Seriously though, there is a very touching reason that this film was made. So even if it’s not your cup of tea, it means a whole hell of a lot to the writer and his sister. Definitely check it out.

Side note: Yes zombie venom. What else would you call it? [Ali]

 

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008)

What else is there to say? It’s right there in the title!

Okay so there are several reasons why this is a great romantic horror, but it’s also just fantastic over all. Let me start by saying that women love a beautiful fluffy snowfall. This film is full of gorgeous evening snow shots that make you want to curl up next to someone and get all warm and cozy. So you’re cuddling right? ‘Cause the next thing you know blood is flying across the screen and splattering over the earth’s white blanket causing your lady love to grip tighter and pull closer… unless she’s like me in which case blood hitting snow is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen and she is now perched on the edge of her seat becoming one with the film, and
you, my friend, no longer exist.

Anyway… maybe romance isn’t the best way to describe it as the characters are only12 years old, but the bond between them and the things they are willing to do for each other go beyond the borders of a regular friendship and quite possibly display a basic idea of romance that most women never experience. And guys, who wouldn’t want their woman to revenge kill for them? Seriously. [Ali]

 

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

So Rick Baker is super hot. As someone with a background in special effects make- up you best believe that he was, and always will be, my career crush – if there is such a thing. (Speaking of THE THING, Rob Bottin is a close second. Noting their similar appearances at the time, it seems I grew up in the wrong decade). There is just something about the relationship of the make-up artist and his/her work that is, in a
way, romantic. Maybe it’s the use of ones hands to create life, or maybe it’s just me. The wolf, its transitions, and Jack’s decaying corpse are so perfect and gorgeous how could you not fall in love?

Make-up aside, this film becomes romantic when David awakes in the hospital and is put in the care of Nurse Price. They fall in love, naughty montage, yadda, yadda, yadda, and now he must battle his inner wolf to protect her and the rest of London. It really puts an interesting spin on the idea that only true love can set you free. Also, EXCELLENT soundtrack!

Side note: I would just like to add that Kurt Russell is also super hot in John Carpenter’s THE THING as well as James Brolin in THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. I really do have a type. This could be a whole other list – “The Hotties of Horror”…oh yes it’s happening. [Ali]

 

MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (1994)

I would like to continue to romanticize the idea of creation and the ability to do so. Think about how much love it must take to dedicate yourself to a craft, allowing it to overpower and consume you.

In this film you have a man creating out of mourning and longing; a creature born of scientific creation in search of acceptance and love; the creature’s desire to create a companion to escape loneliness and solitude; murderous revenge; and creation again caused by the loss of love. Hatred spawns from love and revenge spawns from both. Maybe if they stopped spawning they would all be happier, but things aren’t that simple and so life goes on, and on, and on…

This film is sad, creepy, dark, and damp yet still so beautiful in everything that it represents – Life. We are humans, flawed by our emotions, so we turn them off and play God. Love is so messed up.

Side note: The make-up is fantastic and I must mention that it was cast by Priscilla John (THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH) whom I admire and the screenplay co-written by Frank Darabont – so the younger generation who may not have seen this film but enjoy THE WALKING DEAD and Frank’s other work should check it out. [Ali]

 

THE LOST BOYS (1987)

“Unchain me sister, love is with your brother” Gerard McMann sings in the opening credits. But don’t worry folks; I’m not here to engage you on a journey of incest. Let’s save that for some V.C. Andrews fan to discover. Under a killer soundtrack, ‘The Lost Boys’ takes us out for a romantic stroll of blood sucking, low-lit shots and Jim Morrison references.

Lucy (Diane Weist), a newly divorcee, moves her and her family to Santa Carla, California where she is on the prrrowl! Snatching a date while at the local video store (score!) will find this milf into a heated mess. Watch the story unfold between her and the romance she craves while trying to juggle her finances and unruly children.

The whole family seems to be smitten… or perhaps… bitten! Moments into the movie we watch Lucy’s eldest son Michael (Jason Patric) lock eyes on to Star (Jami Gertz). During this scene the only source of light is FIRE reflecting off of a beefy saxophone rockstar; you know the rest of this story to be of true love.

My favourite love story in this vamp classic is that of the youngest son Sam (Corey Haim, R.I.P.). His love for comics bring us back to a time of childlike wonder and love for the unknown. Sam and the crew he meets (starring the other Corey) passionately try to out the head vamp applying skills they had only read in the comics.

If you don’t care for these characters, you will be indulged by the vampires. Sexy vampire David (Keifer Sutherland) with the rest of the lost boys on their motorcycles had teens rippin’ their shirts off in the 80’s (things Ali and I had only wished for if we grew up in that decade). The vamp boys frolic about such as ‘the lost boys’ did in Peter Pan, expressing their freedom and showcasing their bad boy image.

Watching the life-to-vamp changing of Michael and his love lust for Star keeps our arms and legs inside this ride (or with your partner). Joel Shumacher successfully delivers a suspenseful, eerie and romantic affair.

Do not suggest: TWILIGHT: not enough low-lit shots or sunny days in Cali; lack of eye locking cut in between a shot of an over-tanned ‘roids induced sax player; too many sparkles. [Ames]

 

HIGH TENSION/HAUT TENSION (2003)

First of all, it’s French. So it already sounds so much sexier than every other movie. Okay so maybe we gain a point for sounding sexy, but we lose one for making you have to read subtitles… back to zero.

How about this – Girl love. We’ve talked about the romances between men and women but now we get to see what romance is like between women and women. It’s not warm, and gentle and soft-core. It’s brutal, and violent and filled with such rage!

If you haven’t seen it I wont give anything away, well other than the lesbianism. Marie is in love with Alex, we knew it from the moment we saw them together and if you didn’t it’s because you don’t watch enough movies because you are a pretentious jerk who thinks you are better than everyone else! Anyway, after Alex’s family is murdered in the middle of the night, Marie tries to protect her and escape only to come up against the villain several times. There is so much blood and it is stunning, in both ways the word stunning can be interpreted.

Moral of the story – Ladies, beware of your best friend harboring an all consuming love for you, it may cause you to be stalked by a maniac! This is the kind of situation I have been anticipating for years with Ames. It hasn’t happened yet, but fingers crossed! [Ali]

 

DRACULA (1992)

Not only the best vampyre love story but the ultimate love story of our time is that of Dracula. Set in Victorian era England, I finally have a reason to use this spelling of “vampyre”. A novel written through a series of letters by Bram Stoker, director Francis Ford Coppola paints us an image of splendid sets, gorgeous garments and colourful characters.

Despite the hilarity of Keanu Reeves saying he is “impotent with fear” ¾ of the movie; I swear this is the best love-horror story. And yeah right Keanu, you spent your whole time “paralyzed” in the castle having orgies with Dracula’s glorious whores. I’m sure you were all but impotent. Sorry, I mean, Jonothan Harker, the lawyer Keanu plays.

Moving on…

A time before computers and texting ruined our love lives, we had to
long for our loved ones. Dracula waited for centuries. How many men can say that? Not too many. Power of love? I think so. His slaying of many Turks during his human years isn’t going to turn this guy into a sensitive sally. The feasting of blood to keep alive is pure sustenance. Vlad will get his Willhelmina back if it’s the last thing to do. We quickly see that the point of this story isn’t about vampyrism, it is about love. This is successfully shown through a series of mood and wardrobe changes for Gary Oldman.

The main two lasses are Mina (Winona Ryder) and Lucy (Sadie Frost). They’re pretty good friends: pretty, pretty, pretty good friends. WIN. They totally share a spontaneous lusting kiss – as any best friend duo would dressed in beautiful Victorian garb, running and dancing amongst a maze of hedges in the rain.

Mina: Breathtaking in every scene. She longs for h