The 13 Most Terrifying Scenes in Horror Movie History

Horror movies, once you’ve seen around 1,000 of them, tend to telegraph the moment when something scary is going to jump out at you. However, the rare few make you lose bladder control in certain scenes and there’s not a darn thing you can do about it. These films are the reason we take our ladies to midnight horror movies, in hopes they will snuggle up close to us, and they’re also the reason we look like fools when we end up screaming louder than anyone else in the theater.

The following list is comprised of films which may or may not be shining examples of the genre, but they do have moments you just can’t be ready for the first time you see them.

13. The Horror Show (1989)

The Horror Show

The plot: “Meat Clever” Max Jenke (Brion James) does some pretty horrible things to earn his nickname. When he’s put to death in the electric chair, something goes horribly wrong and his spirit haunts the detective, who thought he’d ended the reign of terror (Lance Henriksen in a rare good guy role).

Where you wet yourself: It happens when Detective Lucas McCarthy (Henriksen) is in bed with his wife. It has since been done to death, but the genuinely frightening features of James’ face will burn the scene into your memory.



The rest of the story: The Horror Show becomes a supernatural mess by the end, but it has some really great moments in the first 30 to 45.

12. House of the Devil (2009)

House of the Devil

The plot: A young college student (Jocelin Donahue) in the ‘80s takes a babysitting gig way out in the country and soon discovers that she will not be watching a child at all. Terrifying developments follow in this terrific throwback film that salutes a simpler time when the worst could happen and we were afraid of everything.

Where you wet yourself: A supporting player gets 187’d in a most unexpected way. Terrific sound editing and use of sudden violence gets the blood moving and ratchets up the intensity for the rest of the film.

The rest of the story: Solid movie that takes great care of the ‘80s source material from which it is inspired, and really makes you believe the horror genre is alive and well.

11. Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th

The plot: A psychotic killer offs campers in the woods.

Where you wet yourself: The death of Kevin Bacon’s character is still a hard one to plan for. It follows none of the standard cues. No prep time or red herrings—just one moment he’s there and the next, boom, he’s getting sliced up! Nice work from director Sean S. Cunningham and effects man Tom Savini.

The rest of the story: The original Friday is still a fun ride from beginning to end. Feelings of nostalgia aside, the kills are in-your-face and creative, and as gruesome as it was for the time, it still did a fine job of playing to the imagination as you don’t even see the killer till the end of the movie.

10. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)

Friday the 13th Part II

The plot: Since the events of the first movie, Camp Crystal Lake’s lone survivor has disappeared and a new group of campers set up close to the original murder site. More mayhem ensues, but this time, Jason wields the machete.

Where you wet yourself: Not many horror films of the time had the audacity to kill a young handicapped person on screen. Director Steve Miner not only shows the guts to do it, but he also features, in graphic detail, the damage a machete can do to a human face. Ick!

The rest of the story: Just as good as the first!

9. The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist III

The plot: A police investigator (George C. Scott) tries to catch the elusive Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif), but slowly discovers the evil he is after is much more dangerous than flesh and blood.

Where you wet yourself: William Peter Blatty directs his own work this time around, and does a fantastic job with it. There are several disturbing scenes in this underrated sequel, but the best comes via the use of a long shot that he holds for around seven minutes before cutting in with the violence. It takes place in a hospital corridor, and it capitalizes on unbearable tension.

The rest of the story: Lots of good gore and imagery worthy of William Friedkin’s original make this perhaps one of the best horror films to not get its due from critics and audiences alike.

8. The Descent (2005)

The Descent

The plot: A group of female outdoor enthusiasts explore a cave and discover a new race of creature intent on their destruction.

Where you wet yourself: As nasty and disturbing as the creatures waiting in the caves are, nothing gets you hopping out of that chair more than the car crash that Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) experiences in the film’s opening moments, which continue to haunt her after the initial tragedy. (Video is grainy.)

The rest of the story: Director Neil Marshall awards two camps of the horror genre with this disturbing effort that at once plays against the eerily dark surroundings of the cave allowing imagination to fill in the gaps, while also reverting to good old fashioned gore. It does both extremely well, and as such, ranks as a modern horror classic, especially when viewed with the original ending that is a lot less Hollywood and a lot more thought-provoking.

7. Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria

The plot: A young ballet student (Jessica Harper) suspects that her academy is a witch’s coven intent on murder and bringing Hell to earth.

Where you wet yourself: Heinous murder scenes come out of nowhere in the opening moments and continue to liven up the party throughout. The most startling comes as an ill-fated blind man and his seeing-eye dog go out for a nighttime stroll when evil strikes at a most unexpected time.

The rest of the story: Director Dario Argento’s effort is weak on story, but delivers the bloody goods in a stylish and evocative manner that makes it required viewing for horror fans everywhere.

6. Tenebre (1982)

Tenebre

The plot: A popular American horror author (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Rome for an international book tour and becomes the target of a killer recreating the murders of his latest novel.

Where you wet yourself: The last 20 minutes of Tenebre are among the most classic examples of the genre, marrying bloody horror with nail-biting suspense in a way seldom seen over the last 28 years since its release. The axe through the window that slices off the arm of one character, who then paints the wall with her own bloody stump, and the surprise waiting behind our detective as he stoops down to examine a piece of evidence add up to director Dario Argento’s true masterpiece.

The rest of the story: Argento’s films are always experiments in excessive sex and violence, pushing the envelope to the brink of what the genre can stand. In 1982, he was in his prime, and Tenebre is a perfect horror movie for modern sensibilities.

5. Aliens (1986)

Aliens 1986

The plot: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) accompanies space marines to do battle with a horde of acid-spitting creatures from her original encounter on board the Nostromo.

Where you wet yourself: The nod goes to Bishop (Lance Henriksen), the crew’s newest android, who also happens to be much nicer than Ian Holm was in the original. This time around, Bishop survives a rather claustrophobic rescue mission only to get ripped in half in a jaw-dropping moment near the knock-down drag-out finale. It still has the power to jolt. Hats off to director James Cameron and the special effects wizardry of the late, great Stan Winston!

The rest of the story: Cameron’s film blends sci-fi, action, and horror with deep characterization and the captivating thread of motherhood to make this not only one of the best thrillers ever made, but also one of the best movies, period.

4. Alien (1979)

Aliens 1979

The plot: The crew of the mining ship Nostromo answers a possible distress signal and finds themselves shadowed by a ghastly creature of brutality, strength and intelligence.

Where you wet yourself: Two big scenes occur to really scare the willies out of you. The first is with an unexpected character death at the midway point, around the time the alien makes its first appearance. The second is the now legendary “birth” sequence involving actor John Hurt, a slimy and phallic looking monster, and a whole lot of blood.

The rest of the story: Completely different in theme from Cameron’s follow-up, this effort by director Ridley Scott is an amazing take on the horror film in space, a place where we learned that no one can hear you scream.

3. Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Look Now

The plot: A grieving couple mourns the death of their child until the husband (Donald Sutherland) begins to “see” the little girl roaming through the streets and alleyways of Venice.

Where you wet yourself: Sutherland tracks down the red phantom he thinks is his daughter for one final confrontation that proves bloody, terrifying, and heartbreaking all at once. It’s a hard combination to get right, but when the specter turns around and reveals itself to him, what you see will be burned into your brain forever [Spoiler alert in the video below].

The rest of the story: Based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier, this film is more of an erotic drama with horrific overtones than a full-blooded horror movie. Nevertheless, it stands out from other more direct interpretations of the genre, and will stick with you.

2. Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

Alice Sweet Alice

The plot: A divorced Catholic woman works to prove her older daughter’s innocence when her younger child (Brooke Shields) is brutally butchered at first communion.

Where you wet yourself: The estranged father returns home to help solve the mystery of his youngest daughter’s death. He, too, doesn’t believe Alice (dynamite performance by Paula E. Sheppard) could be capable of such evil. His investigation leads him to a one-on-one confrontation with the masked killer. In a pivotal moment of truth moment, the mystery is solved, but not without first scaring us witless.

The rest of the story: The mask, likened best to a China doll, cannot hide the evil that hides underneath. When the killer wears it, genuine fear resonates from the audience. It’s the kind of face that makes you scared to walk into a darkened room alone.

1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London

The plot: A young American hiking through Europe loses his best friend (Griffin Dunne) in a werewolf attack. Bitten by the beast before its own demise, David (David Naughton) receives warnings that he will soon become a werewolf himself and continue the rampage.

Where you wet yourself: The opening attack on the English moors still works after all these years, as does the nerve-wracking finale in Piccadilly Circus. John Landis’ seminal work of horror features so many bright spots for fans of the genre: David’s bizarre fantasies of hunting deer in the woods or “changing” on his hospital bed; his “hallucinations” that Jack is a “walking meat loaf” encouraging him to commit suicide; the subway murder; and the changing scene that, thanks to the Oscar-winning FX of Rick Baker, still holds the title of “Greatest Werewolf Metamorphosis Ever.” But nothing quite gets you popping like those Nazi attack dreams that occur out of nowhere. And just when you think it’s over, Landis nails you again—influential, entertaining, and pulse-pounding.

The rest of the story: Quite possibly the best horror film ever made.

Horror-ble Mentions

The Shining (1980): Forget the dreadful mini-series; the Stanley Kubrick original is as wonderfully perverse as it gets. Follow Danny on his tricycle if you dare as he rolls down the hallway and discovers a wicked surprise in the bathtub of room 237.

Halloween (1978): Michael Myers’ shadowy appearance from the darkness behind Jamie Lee may have lost a little in the last three decades, but it’s still a cool scene that has only weakened in effect from years of playback as a Halloween favorite.

Daybreakers (2009): Kick-ass exploding head scene and creepiest looking vampires in quite some time make for one wild ride.

Pet Sematary (1989): Little Gage Creed wasn’t the scariest thing about this classic horror from the mind of Stephen King. That would have to go to Zelda. Take your eyes off the screen and she can’t get you!

The Burning (1981): A young George Costanza does battle with shear-wielding killer. The raft massacre is a modern horror gem.

Black Sabbath (1963): Creepiest old woman teaches us to stay away from dead people’s belongings.

Psycho II (1983): When Mother is in the house, make sure you don’t look through the peephole.

Scanners (1981): Mind-bending David Cronenberg sci-fi thriller still delivers the goods on exploding heads.

Creepshow (1982): Watch out, Sylvia Grantham. One abusive daddy corpse wants his Father’s Day cake, and he’ll claw through the dirt to get it.

Poltergeist (1982): Get that damn toy clown away from us.

Carrie (1976): Don’t go near the rubble, Amy Irving!

Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987): Whatever that thing is, keep it in the freaking basement even if it does look like your sweet old mother.

The Ring (2002): The terror comes straight out of your VCR. Hurry up and switch to DVD!

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The 12 Greatest Costumed Rock Bands Ever

Rock and Roll has had its share of larger than life characters. Some were born with an innate charisma that just demanded attention: Elvis, Jim Morrison, and Iggy Pop, for example. Other artists, however, fully embraced rock and roll’s shared sense of rebellion and theater to create new personas through costume. At StarCostumes.com, we have an affinity (and maybe a little bias) for these artists. So, without further ado, we present you The 12 Greatest Costumed Rock Bands Ever!

12. Mortiis

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Havard Ellefsen is the brainchild behind the man and the band, Mortiis. Hailing from Norway, a nation whose musical contributions are most associated with the black metal genre, it is not uncommon for artists to sport some sort of make up and leather. Combining industrial rock and ambient electronica, in turn, Mortiis take costuming further with custom created prosthetic face and ear pieces, dreadlocks, and dress that sometimes is no more than mummy wrapping and sometimes shredded leather covered in corn flour.

11. Behemoth

Behemoth

For nearly 20 years, the Polish black metal band has been using it’s anti-Christian lyrics and breakneck rhythms to become one of the most notorious metal bands in the world. While their live shows may feature them wearing standard black metal fare of leather with big steel spikes, and white face paint with some black smears here and there, it’s the photo shoots where Behemoth shines. From custom fit leather frocks laden with zippers and chains to body armor reminiscent of Roman warriors, Behemoth takes their costumes seriously. After all, they have a bad reputation to uphold.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

While they may not be the first band that comes to mind when you think of costumed bands, but there was a time in the mid-90s when these SoCal funky punks donned some of the most outrageous costumes ever. From being dresses as light bulbs, to wearing just a sock on their genitals, to wearing helmets that shot fire 10 feet into the air, they not only wore these things, but actually delivered full 90-minute sets that way!

9. Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead

From the hometown of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio), comes the masked metal band known as Mushroomhead. While their costumes have changed little over the years, their most popular look features black jump suits and black masks with X’s across the face. Interestingly, the impetus for Mushroomhead to wear costumes was not to create a new identity as much as it was to hide their own identities, because they were originally a side project of several other more popular Cleveland-based bands and wanted to keep their identities separate.

8. Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Every trend has to come back to one individual, the person who set the trend in motion. When talking about rock bands and artists who perform in costume, it all starts with Alice Cooper. From the streets of Detroit Rock City, Alice Cooper used the experimental period of the ’60s to start changing a normal rock show to a theatrical tour de force, complete with guillotines, snakes, electric chairs and, of course, his trademark black eye makeup and leather costuming. Without Alice Cooper, it is suffice to say that nobody else on this list would be here.

7. Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

The youngest band on this list, Hollywood Undead are also the least adventurous when it comes to costuming. Often sporting simple plastic hockey masks, poorly applied makeup, or just bandanas, it’s as if they hardly even make an effort. The genius of this, however, is that they motivated thousands of young angst-driven boys on MySpace to also start wearing bandanas on their faces, specifically because it didn’t take much effort. Yes, they lowered costuming bar to reach the most apathetic crowd… and it worked!

6. Lordi

Lordi

When your front man is a costume designer by trade, well, it’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that you are a band that is going to be wearing costumes. Hailing from Finland, the band Lordi is named after founding member… Mr. Lordi. They rose to fame as the winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, making them the first Finn’s to ever win the contest. Their grotesque masks and medieval garb combined with big ’80s-era hooks landed them gigs on the Ozzfest tour mainstage. In recent years, however, their popularity has waned.

5. Mudvayne

Mudvayne

While Mudvayne no longer wears makeup or costumes, part of their identity early in their career was very much tied to makeup and costumes. During the era of their first release, the band relied very heavily on facepaint coupled with experimental hair styles. For their second release, they donned alien masks and colored suits to offer their fans something new and different. Since that time, they have been makeup and costume free, but their diehard fans still associate them with that style.

4. Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

While costume is primarily used as a way to draw attention and controversy, perhaps no artist on this list has received more of either than Marilyn Manson. Early in his career, as the front man of Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids, his garb was more colorful, evoking images of circus performers or even Willy Wonka. By the time he released Antichrist Superstar in 1996, his image and costume switched very heavily to a raw gothic style characterized by prosthetic wings and other appendages, as well as rag clothing. While he has reinvented his look several times in his career, he is most often associated with goth makeup and costumes today.

3. Slipknot

Slipknot

Few bands on this list have reached such critical acclaim as quickly as Slipknot. With seven grammy nominations (and one win), two platinum records, and two gold records in just 10 years, it’s easy to forget that Slipknot’s initial notoriety came in large because they wear masks. In fact, with matching jumpsuits, horrific masks, and numbers (instead of names), Slipknot’s initial image was a new level of shock. Kudos to The ‘knot for having the good sense to license their masks for merchandising as well.

2. Kiss

Kiss

There are stars. There are superstars, Then there’s Kiss. With 24 gold albums and more than 100 million records sold worldwide, they aren’t just an amazing costumed band, they are the band that used face paint and costumes to create a brand that is as instantly recognizable as Nike or Coke. Add firebreathing, blood spitting, lasers, and enough pyro to stock a small army, and Kiss’s live show does everything to cement their reputation as the quintessential rock band, even as the members of Kiss enter their 60s.

1. GWAR

 Gwar

Until Gwar, Alice Cooper and Kiss had the market on shock rock, but their approaches were rooted in makeup and traditional theater posturings. When Gwar arrived, they did so in full latex costumes and sci-fi personas. Looking less like something from a Kubuki production and more like something out of an Alien movie, their stageshows notoriosly address taboo subjects and often leave concert-goers walking home drenched in fake bodily fluids. With an image like that, it would be easy to forget that they also have two Grammy awards.

There you have it. Some shock. Some thrill. Some channel their inner demons. But they have all done it with some type of costuming, though. And along the way, some of them have changed the course of rock and roll… forever.

And if you’re in the mood, don’t forget we carry our own assortment of rock star costumes to help you take the stage in style.

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The 10 Greatest (and Campiest) B Horror Movies Ever

1. The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

Perhaps one of the best B movies of all time, The Evil Dead had a budget of only $375,000 but a genius director at the helm—Sam Raimi, who would go on to direct “Spider-Man” and produce “The Grudge.” Though it initially got slapped with an NC-17 rating for its brutal violence, the plot of the film is somewhat laughable—five Michigan State students are on vacation for the weekend and stumble across a demonic tape recording that releases evil spirits who plan to possess the students. If you can get past the gore, the movie and its sequels are definitely worth seeing—particularly “Army of Darkness,” though with its $11 million budget, it can’t quite fairly be called a B movie.

2. The Chooper

The Chooper

Does it really get any better than an absurdly comical horror movie with a rumored $500 budget? The best of the best might be The Chooper, otherwise known as “Blood Shack.” In the Ray Dennis Steckler gem, Carol inherits a ranch in the middle of nowhere and staunchly refuses to sell it to anyone who may want it, despite the fact that a legendary Native American creature known as “The Chooper,” who appears to be part ninja and part grumpy old man, is living on the grounds and killing whoever happens to step wrong on the property. Comic gold is littered everywhere in the movie, especially in a seemingly random, stretched-out scene at the town rodeo. Why are they there? When will the plot return? No one seems to know.

3. Freez’er

Freez'er

Almost no one has ever heard of it, but Freez’er is truly a hidden treasure. If you’re a fan of puns, you’ll enjoy the title—J.M., the film’s main character, is devastated by his wife’s death, can barely cope without her, and—well—let’s just say a freezer is involved. The acting is absolutely atrocious, which is part of the movie’s charm; each line is delivered as if the character were reading it as part of a phonics program. “Freez’er” was also written and directed by the same person, a near-guarantee of a fantastically horrible movie.

4. Orgy of the Dead

Orgy of the Dead

This film was the brainchild of Ed Wood—need I say more? Fine, fine. Orgy of the Dead is exactly what it sounds like—a man and his girlfriend go to a cemetery for inspiration (he’s a writer; pull your mind out of the gutter, please), but instead of finding great ideas, they find a bunch of expired exotic dancers, who put on one of the most gruesomely terrible performances in cinematic history for the couple. The movie doesn’t quite have the makings of a classic, but if you can manage to get through it, you’ll probably feel pretty good about yourself.

5. The Killer Tongue

The Killer Tongue

It’s tempting to just let the plot summary from IMDB tell all for this one—the movie “involves a woman hiding out with four pastel-colored poodles in a desert gas station,” which is good enough, but then “a meteorite crashes near the station, transforming the woman into an alien being with a gigantic, voracious tongue, and her poodles are transformed into four drag queens.” Sign me up! The woman’s name, of course, is Candy.

6. Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Warning—if you’ve harbored a secret fear of clowns since childhood, you should probably pass this one by. In a nutshell, murderous extraterrestrial clowns invade a small town and go on a total rampage, confined only by their clownish tendencies to kill with common circus foodstuffs such as popcorn and cotton candy. The townspeople are too dumb to figure out what’s going on, so it’s up to a few sly teenagers to shut the freaks down. It’s too bad the robots of MST3K never got to this movie, but it’s easy enough to fill in the snide comments by yourself.

7. C.H.U.D.

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C.H.U.D., short for “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller,” deals with the terrors of the New York City sewer system—surely the best fodder for a genuine horror movie in a long time. In a nod to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the C.H.U.D.s are similarly mutated toxic creatures that were once people and are now so ravenous and crazed that they prey on small dogs and the homeless, pulling them down into manholes and crunching into them on the spot. Awesome.

8. Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove

Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove

A list of top B horror movies would never be complete without at least one film that features competing monsters. Everyone knows that when one horrible monster doesn’t make a movie awful enough, the solution is to throw in at least one more and see what happens. In Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, that strategy works out beautifully. In classic Frankenstein style, the monsters in the film are manufactured by an insane human (oh, those humans… will they ever learn?) and make it their goals to spread as much havoc as possible. Did I mention that a werewolf is also involved?

9. The Blob

The Blob

With a title like The Blob you know you’re in for a treat before the movie even starts. A plot summary isn’t even necessary for this glorious piece of work—suffice it to say that a giant and malevolent gob of jelly is on the loose, and if you’re nearby, you’re in trouble. When you think about it, there’s really no better idea for a horror movie villain—faceless and shapeless is the scariest, after all.

10. Them!

Them!

Straight out of the vintage era, Them! is a movie about mutant ants that did the impossible by landing an Oscar nomination for best effects and actually winning an Oscar for best sound editing. It’s well known that no part of any B movie is supposed to actually be good enough to catch the attention of the Academy, but as this movie was made in 1954, it’s slightly excusable. “Them!” is the gold standard for dozens of other B movies and nails every criterion you could ever ask for in such a film—great plot? Check. “WTF” moments? Check. Acting that doesn’t make you want to die? Check. Party and popcorn potential? Double check. If you’re looking for one of the very best of the originals, dig up this sucker and start spinning it.

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12 Great Excuses to Wear a Costume Even When It’s Not Halloween

When you were a kid, did you love tying a towel around your neck and pretending you were a caped superhero? Or trying on mommy’s high heels and lipstick to play grown-up?

These days, Halloween is probably the only day each year that you recapture the fun and excitement of pretending to be someone (or something) else. What a shame! Exercise your imagination all year round with these 12 awesome excuses to wear a costume when it’s not Halloween.

1. Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirate costumes
Photo by DeusXFlorida

Like the movie Snakes on a Plane, Talk Like a Pirate Day is pretty self-explanatory. On September 19 each year, feel free to call your friends “scurvy bilge rats” and demand a pint of grog from the serving wench at your favorite bar. But why stop there? Throw on a pirate costume and take Talk Like a Pirate Day to the next level!

2. Renaissance Festival

Gypsy Dancers Renaissance
Photo by Franklin Thompson

There’s so much to do and see at a Renaissance festival: knights jousting, gypsies dancing, jesters juggling, falconers … falconing. It’s fun for the whole family, and it’s a great excuse to wear a Renaissance costume. If historical accuracy isn’t your thing, fairies and wizards are also welcome. Check this page to see when the next Renaissance faire is coming to your area.

3. St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo by Jackie

Everyone and their brother will be wearing the same old “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirt. But you can blow people’s minds at the pub by showing up in a full-on leprechaun costume or a sexy Irish lass outfit. Chances are very good you’ll have a few free drinks sent your way. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to New York City for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world.

4. Conventions

Princess Party Convention
Photo by Nathan Rupert

Whether you’re into superheroes, sci-fi, video games or anime, conventions are a great place to dress up and make believe. Cosplay, short for “costume play,” originated in Japan but has gained a huge following in the United States. The San Diego Comic-Con in July is considered the biggest event of the year for cosplayers, so get your tickets, grab your Chewbacca costume and geek out!

5. Easter

Easter Bunny
Photo by by Neil Girling

You somehow manage to stuff your rambunctious toddler into some uncomfortable fancy clothes. You drive across town to the mall, then wait a half-hour in a long line of restless, whiny children. When you finally get to the front of the line, you pay 15 bucks to get one lousy picture with the Easter Bunny. Or you can buy your own Easter bunny costume, stay home and get as many pictures as you want!

6. Civil War Reenactments

Civil War Costumes
Photo by Dave Beckett

Union soldier or Confederate rebel? No matter what side of the Mason-Dixon line you’re on, you can have fun and learn more about U.S. history at a Civil War reenactment. Ladies, we haven’t forgotten you! Channel your inner Scarlett O’Hara with a Southern belle costume, or be a demure country schoolmarm in this costume. Check this list for upcoming Civil War reenactments in your area.

7. Lady Gaga Concert

Lady Gaga Outfit
Photo by by Mark

Lady Gaga may be the only person in the world who wears elaborate costumes on a daily basis. Her loyal fans, affectionately known as “Little Monsters,” imitate their idol at her concerts with impressive outfits of their own. The Monster Ball will be back in the United States this summer, so grab a ticket before they’re all sold out. Then get the Gaga look with a wig, a sexy costume and the craziest pair of high heels you can find.

8. Independence Day

Lady Liberty
Photo by by Andrew Dallos

Do you bleed red, white and blue? Show your patriotism this summer in a 4th of July costume! Portray a classic American icon like Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross or even the Statue of Liberty. And ladies, you can start some fireworks of your own in this sexy Miss Firecracker costume. Check this list to find Independence Day events in your area.

9. Mardi Gras

Asheville Mardi Gras
Photo by Felicity Green

As they say in the Big Easy, “Let the good times roll!” The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is notorious for its decadence and debauchery, from the day the first King Cakes hit the shelves in January to the Fat Tuesday parade finale in late February to early March. While many parade-goers wear very little, you can live it up in a Mardi Gras costume and mask. Start planning for next year’s big event here.

10. Christmas

3 Lady Santa
Photo by Steve Hanna

There are so many great reasons to wear a Christmas costume. You can join your church’s Nativity play, dress up as Santa to surprise the kids, or just top off your holiday party outfit with a whimsical mistletoe hat. Even your pet can get it on the fun with his own elf costume! Oh, and ladies … this sexy Santa’s helper costume is sure to warm him up on those cold winter nights.

11. Gay Pride Parade

NYC Gay Pride Parade
Photo by by Aloha Orangeneko

In your wildest dreams, you may never think up a costume as extravagant as those seen at a Gay Pride Parade. From ball gowns to body paint to … whatever this is supposed to be … Gay Pride participants aren’t afraid to go all out with costumes, makeup and elaborate accessories. Gay Pride celebrations are typically held in June in cities all over the country, from San Francisco to Chicago to New York. Don’t be shy! Join the fun with a huge pair of costume wings and some glittery face paint.

12. Steampunk Events

Steampunk costumes
Photo by Howie Muzika

Steampunk is a fairly new craze that combines 19th century Victorian garb with fantastical mechanical inventions, and is largely inspired by sci-fi/fantasy writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. There are steampunk conventions all over the world, including the Steampunk World’s Fair, held in New Jersey May 14-16, and Steamcon, held in Seattle this November. You’ll also find steampunk aficionados at smaller local events, like the annual Handcar Regatta in Santa Rosa, California.

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The 25 Best Fashion Design Blogs on the Internet

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The Internet is a powerful resource for any fashionista. Everything fashionable, from news to shopping to insightful analyses of the latest runway shows, can be your with just a few clicks. Lately, the World Wide Web has also proven to be a fantastic resource for fashion designers. There is a boundless stretch of inspiration available for the fashion designer in everyone, alongside valuable tips on improving your craft. Here are 25 of the very best fashion design blogs on the Internet:

  1. Fashion Design Blog — This informational blog collects entries from a great number of fashionable contributors, and keep you posted on the latest trends and designs. With the great variety of writers sharing their pieces with the site, you’re bound to find something to learn from, get inspired by, or simply drool over!

  2. StyleBubble — Susie Bubble got her name because she’s always in her own little world — it just so happens that her world’s got a fantastic sense of style! Give this site a visit if you’re interested in her quirky insights about fashion and design, as well as her gorgeous high-detail shots of runway shows and clothes production. There’s always something fun to read in Susie’s StyleBubble!

  3. Smashing Darling — At the forefront of independent fashion design, Smashing Darling brings you the latest news and updates from the fashion designers you should know about, but don’t. With a great informational series in the Designer Toolbox, interviews with emerging names in the independent fashion design scene, and gorgeous showcases of independent fashion, Smashing Darling is exactly what its name implies — smashing!

  4. Trendland — This fabulous online magazine brings you everything you want to know about design, in all areas of design. From art to culture to photography and, of course, fashion, Trendland assaults your senses with an array of the most stylish designs you’ll see on the World Wide Web.

  5. Fashion-Incubator — If there was anything close to resembling an online bible for budding designers and future clothing moguls, Fashion-Incubator would have to be it. Professionals in the fashion industry share their insights on design and establishing yourself as a designer. With the wealth of tips you can find in this site, you’ll find it quickly reaching the top of your bookmarks list.

  6. Design Scene — Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the design world. In this ever-evolving industry, it pays to be on top of things; Design Scene will help make sure that you do. Check out the latest trends and what designers are cooking up for tomorrow. If nothing else, you can always draw inspiration from the site’s many stunning images.

  7. Access Fashion Online — Looking for a different approach to construction? Access Fashion Online is crazy about knits; so much so that they even offer free patterns for DIY clothing from time to time. After all, every accomplished designer should be willing to experiment with different fabrics and methods — why not start with knitting?

  8. Haute*Nature — Speaking of alternative materials and construction methods, unleash the green designer within you by incorporating recycled items into your work. Haute*Nature is a fantastic little nook in cyberspace that shows you how those old rubber tires sitting in the back of your garage can be transformed into totally fabulous accessories. Though the design ideas here range from art to architecture, there’s oodles of fashion recycling, too!

  9. Independent Fashion Bloggers — Can’t get enough of independent fashoin designers? Check out this community of fashion bloggers ad professionals looking to share and develop their tastes in fashion. You’ll find a ton of great articles on fashion design, growing your business, and sharing the love for a particular designer’s work. Any true fashionista would feel right at home here.

  10. FashionIndie.com — FashonIndie.com was created specifically for giving young designers the leg up they need to pursue their dreams. Not only are emerging designers featured and their works displayed for others’ inspiration, but the site also works as a publicity tool for their shows and exhibits. You’ll find a ton of resources useful for the independent fashion designer, so make sure you check this site out.

  11. The Cool Hunter — Looking for the cutting edge in fashion design? Head on over to The Cool Hunter, which strives to keep its readers in the know on the latest the fashion world has to offer. With featured items ranging from apparel to accessories, from loud and proud colors to elegant mutedness, The Cool Hunter makes sure you see the hottest in new designs.

  12. Pursed Lips — Join Ella as she pursues her dream of becoming a successful designer. Gain some valuable insight as she shares her thoughts on fashion design, news from the fashion world, and the many pretty things she stumbles across in pursuit of her dream.

  13. SHOWstudio.com — Design is more than just what you see on the runway or on strangers crossing the street; it’s the entire process of creation, from conception to construction and everything in between. SHOWstudio.com espouses that belief and allows you to see in video and in photograph the entirety of design, from some of the world’s top talents. If you’re looking for inspiration, this is the perfect place to get started.

  14. Fashionmission.nl — Every journey begins with a gateway. As one of Europe’s largest collections of links to top fashion sites, Fashionmission.nl is, simply put, one of the best gateways for your journey into fashion design. There are thousands upon thousands of top-quality sites for you to browse, bringing you inspiration from all across the Internet.

  15. Design Loft — If you’re looking to learn from someone with experience, Esther’s got what you need. As a 12-year industry veteran, the children’s fashion specialist knows what she’s talking about, and is eager to share her knowledge with her followers. If you’re looking into children’s fashoin as your career track, then you’ve found a great place to start.

  16. Counterfeit Chic — There’s a dark side to fashion, and that’s counterfeiting. Countless designer fakes are sold around the world, robbing the creative minds that spawned such beauties of the credit and rewards they’re due. This site helps you learn how to avoid being a knockoff while inspiring you with the designs of others. Designing something original is tricky business, but you’ll learn how.

  17. FinaL Fashion — Danielle is in love with fashion. In fact, she loves it so much that she became a talented designer and fashion illustrator. Join her as she shares her musings on design and the what’s new in the fashion world. She’s also quite generous about sharing her sketches on her blog, so you can also pick up some tips from her gorgeous illustrations.

  18. Pattern School — While some of us are pretty darn good at sketching the loveliest designs ever imagined, constructing them is another case entirely. Pattern School helps you get started on your technical skills, teaching you how to create patterns that best suit your pieces.

  19. 39th and Broadway — 39th and Broadway is a particularly intelligent site that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the fashion industry and design. With thought-provoking articles to supplement their features on the latest goings-on in fashion, this site will have you thinking twice about fashion design — in a good way.

  20. Design Crack — Design Crack scours the web for the best designs in art, architecture, fashion, and more. Its extensive fashion section will be of great interest to the budding designer, collating wonderful pieces from top designers and displaying them for the world to see. You won’t be short in inspiration when browsing this site, so make it a point to include it among your online habits.

  21. The Sartorialist — With a pedigree like being counted as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Design Influencers, you know that The Sartorialist is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion and design. Check out what people are wearing on the streets, pick up what’s chic, and design away!

  22. Advanced Style — Who said the older set had fuddy-duddy fashion sense? This “Sartorialist for Senior Citizens” is proof that your style can be just as golden as your years. If you’re interested in creating designs for your fashionista grandmother, or older people in general, make sure you don’t skip this wonderful source of inspiration.

  23. Stylehive — What better than appreciating good fashion design? Appreciating it with like-minded fashionistas, of course! Stylehive is an ever-growing community of fashion lovers and bloggers who like to share their design ideas and fashionable finds with each other. This site is an absolute gold mine for fashion design, so make sure you visit it religiously!

  24. Creative Curio — When working on delightfully chic designs, you’re bound to run into the need for good graphic designs. This handy website is a great source of tips and inspiration for creating beautiful graphics for your pieces. From logo creation to bold statements graphics and fanciful illustrations, you’re going to find whatever you need, design-wise, here.

  25. Design*Sponge — Design is present in everything you see. Design*Sponge takes some of the best examples of design from around the world, examines them, and present them to its readers for appreciation and inspiration. When it comes to fashion design, don’t limit your icons to just clothes; you might just get that perfect design idea from a well-decorated living room, or a breath-taking work of landscaping. With the top designs found at this site, there’s no limit to where your imagination can fly.

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The 10 Baddest Mothers in Movie History

When it comes to movie villains and bad guys, they’re usually… well… guys. Freddy Krueger? Guy. Jason Voorhees? Guy? Michael Myers? Guy. Yes, it would be easy to assume that men corner the market on evil. Well, this Mother’s Day, we take a moment to look at the most wicked moms in film history. In proving the psychopath doesn’t fall far from the tree, these bad mamma jammas have provided us with some of the more memorable roles in cinema history.

Ma Fratelli

10. Ma Fratelli from The Goonies Ma Fratelli from The Goonies wasn’t as evil as she was mean. The mother of two bumbling sons and a monster man, Fratelli had her is sites set on hidden treasure and wasn’t going to let a bunch of meddling kids get in her way. She came up short in one of the more epic pursuits of the ’80s, but that didn’t stop her from having the most memorable stink eye of the decade.

Mary from Precious

9. Mary from Precious There are lots of moms on this list who were really good at being really bad, but only one actually won an Oscar for it. Mo’Nique’s performance as Mary in Precious isn’t just good. It’s soooooo good. The constant physical and mental abuse she heaps on Precious includes fights, an attempt to drop a television on her, allowing the persistent incestual rape of Precious and even intentionally dropping Precious’s 3-day-old baby. It’s easy to dislike the mothers on this list, but this is one mother you would actually want to reach into the screen and do bad things to… very bad things.

Mom from The People Under The Stairs

8. Mom from The People Under The Stairs When you have a 13-year-old protagonist named “Fool” who breaks into a house co-owned by a homicidal dominatrix who only goes by the name “Mommy”, you know nothing good can come of it. And when Fool finds a herd of children under the stairs, complete with their ears clipped and tongues cut out, it’s game on! Sure “Daddy” does a lot of the chasing, but Mommy’s constant encouragement and maniacal laughter is enough to creep out the bogeyman.

Pamela Voorhees

7. Pamela Voorhees from Friday the 13th We all know Jason Voorhees. He is the reason kids wear hockey masks on Halloween. He is the quintessential horror movie villain. He has superhuman strength, seemingly endless stamina, and he can play the machete just like aringin’ a bell. Still, in the first of the many Friday the 13th movies, we get a glimpse into Jason’s DNA through his mother, Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, who needed a front row seat at the wacky shack. Spending a good part of the film chasing counselor Alice with a machete and talking to herself in her dead son’s voice, we can see where Jason gets his shtick. It’s almost like watching a mother bird feeding a worm to her baby bird. Well, okay, maybe not really like that, but you get the idea.

Ellen Ripley

6. Ellen Ripley from Alien Resurrection Sigourney Weaver has been one bad mutha in all of the Alien films, but Alien Resurrection really drives the point home. As her character, Ellen Ripley, has been cloned and moved 200 years into the future to deliver a human / alien hybrid, she becomes a very different sort of mother indeed. During the cloning, however, her DNA and that of her unborn alien baby mixed and Ripley was suddenly in possession of newfound strength and healing abilities. Combine that with her already proven sense of cunning and you have one tough mother.

Margaret White

5. Margaret White from Carrie You would think that a movie with such a memorable line as, “They’re all gonna laugh at you,” would be a comedy. Well, you would be wrong… dead wrong. While most movies involving heinous acts by women involve a certain degree of “a lover scorned”, that’s not the case with Carrie. Never mind Sissy Spacek’s role of a lifetime, it’s Piper Laurie’s performance in the role of Margaret, Carrie’s mother, that is the root of all evil in this film. It would be easier to label her a religious nutcase, but she’d be a nutcase anyway. It’s her religious-based off-kilter views on sexuality and sin, however, that are the spark to Carrie’s psychokinetic powder keg. When it all explodes, whoa mama!

Beverly Sutphin

4. Beverly Sutphin from Serial Mom There has always been a fondness for vigilante justice in American culture. From militias of the Old West to Batman, the idea of taking matters into your own hands and righting the wrongs of the world have a certain appeal. In Serial Mom, however, Kathleen Turner’s character, Beverly Sutphin, may take things just a little too far. On the surface, she’s your average suburbanite super mom – a regular June Cleaver. Below the surface, though, is a serial killer who would kill you for not separating your recyclables. No, really.

Mommie Dearest

3. Joan Crawford from Mommie Dearest Have you tried to find wire hangers at the store recently? There is a reason for that. Mommie Dearest is perhaps the scariest film on this list because it depicts the real life horror of child abuse endured by Christina Crawford, adopted daughter of Joan Crawford. Combining serious anger management issues and an apparent obsessive compulsive disorder with regard to cleanliness and orderliness, Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Crawford is monumental in the way it brings out the monster Christina must have seen her mother as. Still, both the book and movie were released after Joan Crawford’s death in 1977. Whether this was out of respect or fear, one can only speculate.

Wicked Stepmother

2. The Wicked Stepmother from Cinderella There is a reason that stepmothers always come into a new family with two strikes against them, no matter how nice they are. It’s because of one particular stepmother: the Wicked Stepmother from Cinderella. Making Cinderella clean and toil all day, while her own daughters get the best of everything makes Cinderella feel like a slave in her own home. Cinderella makes out okay in the end, but you can be sure you-know-who isn’t getting a card this Mother’s Day.

Norma Bates

1. Norma Bates from Psycho Perhaps the most famous mother in cinema history is actually not a woman at all, but the evil alter-ego of inn keeper, Norman Bates. With incredible performances by Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, as well as the directorial excellence of Alfred Hitchcock, it is difficult to credit any particular person with the effectiveness of Mama Bates. One thing can be said for certain, however, the shower scene (complete with violin-stab score) is more than just one of the most famous scenes in movie history; it is a part of the American cultural fabric.

Don’t get us wrong: we love and have the utmost respect for mothers everywhere—we just thought it’d be fun to show you the worst of the worst :)

All of us at StarCostumes wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful and hardworking moms out there…especially ours!

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