In The Exorcist, Regan (Linda Blair) is a young girl possessed by the demon Pazuzu and requires an exorcism to free her. Although you may be able to recreate Regan’s demonic look, it isn’t quite the same without the head spinning and projectile vomiting.
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface is a chainsaw-wielding, psychopathic murder who has a taste for human flesh. He and his inbred family hunt down victims and turn them into practical items like housebuilding materials and meat for BBQ and chili. Probably the scariest thing about Leatherface is that the fact that he was inspired by real life killer Ed Gein, who wore a mask of human skin.
Anyone who’s afraid of clowns is probably afraid of them because of Stephen King’s It. It is able to shape-shift and exploits the fears of its victims. It primarily takes the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in order to attract its preferred prey, young children.
In the Scream series, Sidney Prescott is the target of Ghostface, a masked murderer who torments her by killing the people around her. The Scream series revived the horror genre in the 90’s by incorporating humor and by its acknowledgment of horror movie cliches.
Freddy Krueger may know when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake but he’s no Santa Claus. With biting wit, he manipulates his victim’s dreams making everyone afraid to fall asleep. While Freddy’s powers are not easy to obtain, you can get his look with little effort. The hardest part is the make-up and if you really want to be authentic you can put burn holes in your clothes. That’s really the only way you’ll get away with wearing a Christmas sweater all year.
In Saw, John Kramer is a civil engineer dying from an inoperable brain tumor who decides to help others appreciate the value of life. Instead of giving them a pep talk however, he builds complex torture devices that they can only escape through self-sacrifice. Typical engineer.
In the Friday the 13th series, Jason Voorhees is a killer on the loose, mostly in camp sites but sometimes in outer space. That iconic hockey mask is worn to hide his disfigured face. Just don’t confuse him with Michael Myers, he really hates when that happens.
In Child’s Play, a serial killer dubbed the Lakeshore Strangler is cornered, shot, and left bleeding to death. Fortunately he knows some voodoo, and transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll. In his pint-sized overalls, he carries on with his killing spree. It’s more terrifying than it sounds, honest.
Sometimes people are pushed to the brink and for 17-year-old Carrie it was prom night. While her classmates may have thought otherwise, Carrie’s homemade prom dress was actually quite nice. However, if you don’t want to be confused for just any prom queen then you need to cover yourself in fake blood. As for acquiring telekinesis, you’re on your own with that one.