Just play for, dare I say it, a killer style.
When it comes to horror movies or TV shows, style or fashion isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. But nothing sets a scary or disturbing tone like a costume designed to arouse fear, confusion, or apprehension. Who can forget the blue nightgown Rosemary baby or the eccentric sets of Delia Deetz Beetlejuice? Read on for our picks of the hottest horror movies and shows to binge on this Halloween weekend.
This HBO miniseries is set in the separate United States, but thanks to the supernatural premise and storylines involving time travel, the story takes place from the 1950s through the 20s to the late 1800s; from Chicago to Tulsa in Korea; by Jim Crow America at Jazz Age Paris. As a result, the fashion for the show spans different time periods and influences, resulting in a rich and varied wardrobe.
This British horror comedy follows a haunted red dress as it torments various owners, like a twisted rendition The sorority of travel pants. Purchased during the sales season in London in January 1993, the dress in question is accompanied by a message – “You who wear me, you will know me” – sewn directly into it. “I think clothes are inherently haunted to some extent,” director Peter Strickland said in an interview. “Once it has been worn by someone, it contains its own power, whether it is the power to make you disgust, the power to turn you on, or the power to make you cry.” Watch at your own risk.
This cult classic from the 90s centered on the story of four young high school witches has remained an iconic fashion film for its tartan skirts, leather chokers and chunky boots. 2020 saw the release of a sequel to the hit film, focused on a new modern-day quartet. Instead of revisiting ’90s fashion, costume designer Avery Plewes created her own daring contemporary looks. In a recent interview, Plewes tells FASHION how she built a current Wiccan-worthy wardrobe. The starting point: “Crystals for each of the four main actors – those that connect to the ‘elements of the ritual’ that each girl symbolizes (earth, fire, air, water).”
Legendary costume designer Eiko Ishioka created the daring looks worn by Jennifer Lopez in this psychological thriller. Lopez plays a child psychologist who, when hooked up to an experimental machine, enters a serial killer’s “dream landscape”, where she appears dressed in ornate headdresses and jewelry, see-through dresses, and even a set of the Virgin Mary in crimson.
Ari Aster’s second horror film (after its success Hereditary) explores themes of the occult, revolving around the rituals of a pagan cult in a remote Swedish village. Florence Pugh stars as a young American caught in the middle of it all, with a nightmare of epic proportions set over picturesque fields and pastoral outfits adorned with flowers.
One of David Lynch’s most enduring works, this’ 90s sci-fi series is packed with memorable outfits: preppy pleated skirts worn with oxfords and socks; oversized cardigans; plaid shirts tucked into high waisted pants; and many leather jackets.
Like Dario Argento’s original 1977 film, Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake takes place at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin run by a coven of witches. Imbued with ominous shades of red, the film’s 1970s setting is evoked through dramatic caftans, printed lavallière blouses, midi skirts and quilted coats. Oh, plus there are dresses “made from real human hair extensions”.
This 1968 horror film sees Mia Farrow dressed in mod dresses and Peter Pan collared blouses, all in angelic pastel hues. Despite her chic outfits, complemented by berets and leather satchels, Rosemary Woodhouse’s most iconic look is probably her blue nightgown.
Released last year, this psychological thriller follows a neglected pregnant housewife who begins to ingest all manner of inedible objects – from batteries to bedbugs to marbles. Suffering from a psychological disorder known as pica, the woman nonetheless tries to keep up appearances on the outside, clad in tailored partitions and surrounded by sleek mid-century furnishings.
Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 psychological drama revolves around two main characters: a renowned actress, sent by her doctor to a seaside cottage to recover from a strange affliction, and the young nurse in charge. to take care of her. The footage from the film is incredibly chic – think black turtlenecks, cat-eye sunglasses, and boater hats – but it belies the identity and self-image tensions swirling underneath.
Queen of the damned
In her last film role before her death in 2001, R&B singer Aaliyah played Vampire Queen Akasha in royal outfits inspired by Cleopatra. Think ornate headdresses, chunky jewelry, and long skirts worn with a bodice similar to body armor.
Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon star in this 1983 erotic horror film, which inspired Alexander McQueen’s 1996 spring / summer collection. Powerful ’80s shoulders, bold hats and leather jackets make up Deneuve’s wardrobe, which was provided by Yves Saint Laurent.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
This gothic horror by Francis Ford Coppola won an Oscar for best costume in 1993. Led by Eiko Ishioka, the wardrobe includes gold gowns, bespoke costumes, embroidered dresses and sculptural accessories.
The most family-friendly choice of the group, this cult hit from 1988 has created several clothing icons: Delia Deetz by Catherine O’Hara, dressed in monochrome with whimsical accessories (who can forget the glove as a headband?); Lydia by Winona Ryder, dressed in black from head to toe; and Michael Keaton’s Betelgeuse, who wore his dandy costumes with a dark, comedic flair.
Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Tom Hiddleston spend their screen time in Guillermo del Toro’s gothic romance strolling around in elaborate Victorian costumes. Although the world around them is dark and gloomy, their costumes are rich and sumptuous – heavy silks and velvets in shades of earthy, midnight blue and of course purple.
When you’re ready to take a break from the horror movies to binge-watch, check out our other ideas for a safe Halloween at home.