Spirits of the underworld are preparing to make their peculiar presence known on All Hallows Eve and now’s the time to prepare yourself to be met with eerie events and spooky spectacles as the festivities of Halloween are soon to arrive…
There is still time to welcome the ghouls and ghosts in style and it begins with finding the perfect costume from places such as http://www.morphsuits.co.uk to instil fear and discomfort amongst the living and embrace the undead.
To truly welcome the harrowing events of Halloween, the costume needs to represent the purpose of the evening and inspiration can be taken from some of the most terrifying and disturbing horror movies and the characters that have created overwhelming terror amongst audiences.
A Vampire, the ideal of the undead, a corpse that rises from its grave each night to prey on the innocence of the living and feed upon their fresh blood simply to survive. A creature that must return to its dark, underground lair before the rise of the sun instilling fear through its night time reign of terror.
1931 saw the release of ‘Dracula’, a film based on the count and ever since it has been the central figure in irrational fears and therefore lends itself to creating the perfect Halloween costume.
The simplistic nature of the costume can easily produce a threatening figure that is the very epitome of Halloween characters.
From beginning to end, ‘The Crow’ has a sinister edge; a darkness that does not subside at any point in the film and the central character is at the heart of the disturbing nature of the feature.
A murdered musician comes back from the dead to avenge his murder and the killing of his fiancée. His startling appearance, the deathly pale face, the black clothing, and the need for revenge make for one of the most harrowing characters and incorporates all the desired elements that make for the ideal Halloween costume.
An overwhelming edge of insanity, a thirst for blood so great, a dangerous criminal with a disturbing appearance that reflects the nature of the persons state of mind, the ideal Halloween character.
The Joker from ‘Batman: Dark Knight Rises’ evolved the very nature of the film and gave it a much-needed sinister edge. From beginning to end, the Joker leaves a feeling of fear and intimidation in his wake through his state of mind and appearance. The Joker’s role is to destroy Batman, a character representative of all things good and honest and the pure evil that seeps through the very pores of the Joker means it is one of the most disturbing characters and costumes.
The Living Dead
Death can be a fearful experience particularly when a person comes back to life seeking vengeance and blood, allowing for no escape, showing no empathy for the lives they are about to end.
In 2003, ’28 Days Later’ was released and the fear of the undead was reignited as zombies retained their human features with the added thrill of murder, cannibalism and strength to overpower and destroy the living.
The simplistic nature of the zombie enables one of the best and most effective Halloween costumes to be created to emulate the murderous, frantic qualities of the undead.
One of the ‘Strangers’
There is nothing better than spending an evening in the comfort of the home, shutting out the outside world enjoying a relaxed night with a loved one, until it all comes crashing down with a vengeful edge.
‘Strangers’ was released in 2008 and haunted the audience as it portrayed the very real fears and insecurities of people coming true. The combination of strangers entering the home to massacre and torture innocent people, disguising themselves as they destroy an entire family for no reason at all, the film quickly became one of the most harrowing films of the decade.
A simple outfit of ordinary clothes with a disturbing and haunting mask to disguise the face and the reason for the blood thirst… the epitome of a Halloween outfit.
Article by Debbie Fletcher