Scary movies (our favourites), and how to dress like you’re in them
As the nights draw in, naturally your attention turns to what’s on TV, which got us thinking about some of the scariest films we’ve seen recently. As it happens, we showed one or two of them at our pop-up cinema in the Walled Garden over the summer (the late night screening of The Blair Witch Project was particularly nerve wracking) and so we decided to put a bit of list together. We’ve also given some pointers, should you want to model yourself on any of their protagonists any time soon.
Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, Gone Girl, features a number of grisly scenes – not least the one in which Rosamund Pike’s Amy finds herself scantily clad, head to toe in blood. Get the look? It’s an easy one to recreate – all it takes is a bit of chutzpah, a sturdy constitution and a tube (or two) of fake blood.
It’s almost 30 years since Stephen King’s It first scared us half to death. There’s something unsettling about even the most amiable clowns but the film’s protagonist, Pennywise, is simply terrifying. Styling yourself on him will take a bit of effort (good luck with the bloomers and Jacobean ruff) but with a ginger wig and a bit of face paint you should be easily recognisable.
These days, a Scream mask might seem slightly passé, but please, Halloween isn’t a fashion show… Besides, the franchise provided some of the most iconic slasher moments in movie history. If you’re looking for a low-hassle outfit, you’re sure to find one of these at the bottom of your fancy dress box.
Or, modelling your outfit on Jordan Peele’s Us would make for another easy option, although some might say dressing as your doppelgänger (even a possessed one) is cheating.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
You never actually see the perpetrator in The Blair Witch Project – which makes basing your outfit on him/her/it rather difficult – so for this one you’ll have to think outside the box. We suggest sporting a ‘90s video camera and holding a torch under your chin. A lick of slime should finish the look nicely.
Evil Dead II (1987)
A zombie costume always works well and there are loads of films you could have just escaped from: 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and Return of the Living Dead all feature fairly hideous zombies, but perhaps the most gruesome is Evil Dead II’s Ed Getley (niche, but worth a look). If you’ve not perfected your somnambulic gait, however, you might as well not bother.
Of course, you don’t always need to overthink it. Donning the white mask of Michael Myers will make you look genuinely scary – it is Halloween after all.
We’ll be joining forces with everyone’s favourite cinema, Everyman, again next year for an extended period, so watch this space for more late night thrillers. To stay updated, join our mailing list.