Finding the right costume in a hurry can be a daunting task since many looks are so complicated and specialised. The movies are a great source for simple costume ideas, since many of their iconic characters have worn ordinary clothing. The right movie costume is hiding in your closet and needs only an alteration or two.
"The Elephant Man"
Released in 1980, David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" was the retelling of medical oddity John Merrick, who suffered from a rare condition that resulted in severe deformities. To protect himself from the scorn and disgust of the public in the film, Mr. Merrick hid behind layers of clothing and a homemade mask. Cut a hole out of the top corner of a pillowcase. Place the pillowcase over your head so that the hole falls over an eye, and add another small hole over your mouth for breathing. Don an overcoat and a newsboy cap over the pillowcase, and carry a cane or walking stick.
Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," released in 1992, is about a bank heist that goes awry. The main characters do not know the identities of their cohorts and are given code names such as "Mr. Blonde" and "Mr. Orange." In accordance with that anonymity, each member dresses alike for the crime. Wear a two-piece black suit with a white dress shirt underneath. Add a black tie and a pair of black sunglasses and choose your name for the evening.
If you not mind a bit of fake blood, then this costume is for you. "Carrie," released in 1976 and based on the horror novel of the same name, recounts the life of a teenage outcast with a religious zealot for a mother and telekinesis. A target of ridicule at her high school, Carrie is elected prom queen and covered in pig's blood as she stands on stage. Find an old party dress and stain parts of it with red ink or dye. Don a plastic tiara, pour some fake blood over your head and carry a bouquet of flowers.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is not only a 1992 cult movie classic, but also seven-season television series. The movie follows Buffy, a Southern California teen who discovers that she is a guardian of her little community of Sunnydale. Both in the film and TV show, Buffy dresses in the height of fashion, so pull out one of your favourite smart outfits and carry around a wooden stake for your favourite vampire foe. For safety reasons, blunt the point of the stake.
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