Your Halloween Costume

Some guy in THE MAZE. While I would be the last person to attempt to dissuade you from attending your Halloween soirée as Lord Roger McTeam the giant Scottish frog from William Cameron Menzies’ THE MAZE (pictured) — the classics really are best —  I thought I might offer some more subtle suggestions. After all, as with sexiness, horribleness can be more effective if understated.

I forget what movie this guy’s in, maybe someone can tell me. I think it’s a Lugosi. But he’d make a great Halloween costume. All you need is a shirt, a bad haircut and his massive face.

Lon Chaney Jr. in CALLING DR. DEATH has a great look. The dark glasses and bathrobe effect — simple, disturbing, and yet elegant.

Or you could just go as this mildly constipated man.

Amaze your friends! Bemuse your enemies! This outfit modelled in THE DEVIL COMMANDS is really attractive, but perhaps impractical, especially if your host expects you to bob for apples.

If you have a small child, why not dress them as Paul Kelly, attaching a prosthetic head and upper body to bring them up to the correct height. Come on! You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be scary — actual manslaughterer Kelly, tottering and swaying towards you, his waxy, immobile face rocking from side to side?

From Don Post Studios.

The INNER SANCTUM guy would make a great costume. You’ll need a goldfish bowl and a table with a hole in it.

Stylish yet deadly. The handgun is very much part of the ensemble, so be sure you’re in an open carry state.

These two awful-looking men from VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES wouldn’t make a great costume individually, I admit, but collectively — think of it, one side of you is the guy on the right, and the other is the guy on the left. People will think you’ve had a stroke. Terrifying!

Also from THE DEVIL COMMANDS. Because evening dress and electrodes is always a good look.

“You know me, anything in a pith helmet.” This one is maybe TOO terrifying? Fortunately I’ve forgotten what it’s from.


7 Responses to “Your Halloween Costume”

  1. Another constipated man?

  2. kevin mummery Says:

    The Maze…ah, what a memory.

    I stayed up until 12:00 AM when I was a kid just to watch this on our old B&W TV set in the dead of winter, and although it was atmospheric and allegedly in 3D, the disappointment of having stayed up that late and enduring the TV’s awful reception just to learn the monster was a giant, mutated frog-thing was too much to bear.

    Not Number One on my Hit Parade.

  3. It’s surprising how… flat it is, considering it’s Menzies. We saw it on the big screen in 3D and bits of it really stayed with us, but the best thing is to watch the set-up then skip right to the last act. There’s a weird combination of hilarity and pathos to it.

  4. kevin mummery Says:

    Maybe I should give it another go…see if I can overcome almost 50 years of built-up animosity. Knowing my capacity for holding a grudge, this may not be possible.

  5. If you ever get a chance to see a 3D projection… or if you hold your finger close to the fast-forward. Of course Richard Carlson gives it a dignity it doesn’t merit and then there’s Lilian Bond too…

  6. “He never evolved beyond the amphibious stage.” The poor bastard. D and I got into an involved conversation about how Lord Roger communicated in order to run his estate, taking into account he was a giant frog. We finally decided he must have been able to speak in some way, but with a heavy Anuran accent understandable only to close relatives and staff. This is what passes for entertainment in our house when we’re not throwing socks at the cat.

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