horror

The Nurse from Dead by Daylight

Sally Smithson became a nurse at Crotus Prenn Asylum after she was widowed as a newlywed. After decades of abuse at the hands of patients and fellow staff, she strangled them all in one night and vanished. As the ghoulish Nurse, she serves the Entity of Dead by Daylight as a killer, teleporting across the playing field using the last breaths she stole from her victims. The Nurse carries a hacksaw and wears a white dress. Her appearance is made all the more creepy by the white hood she wears over her face. You can purchase a zentai hood or use a white pillowcase for this part of her costume, as either will evoke the same terrifying effect.

Glen Lantz from Nightmare on Elm Street

Glen Lantz (played by an early-career Johnny Depp) is one of the protagonists of the classic 80s slasher fic Nightmare on Elm Street. He is the boyfriend of Nancy, the films main hero and the one who ultimately finds out how to defeat Freddy Kreuger. Although Glen supports his girlfriend and believes her when  nobody else does, he ends up falling prey to Kreuger in one of the film’s most spectacular deaths.

Glen has several looks throughout the movie but the most iconic is the outfit he’s wearing right before he falls into Freddy’s clutches for the last time. A feathered brunette wig (or your own hair and some pomade) will give you his hairstyle. His top is a jersey-style sweatshirt that has been cut to bare his midriff, which you can easily recreate with a white pullover, blue fabric paint, and blue iron on numbers. All you have to do is paint stripes around the shoulders, iron on the number 10 and cut the sweater into a crop top.

Grey sweats, Nike socks, and white 80s-style trainers finish off the look. You can accessorize with a pair of large silver headphones. And, if you want to go for a post-Freddy Glen, you can add in some fake blood as well.

dani clayton from the haunting of bly manor

Dani Clayton from The Haunting of Bly Manor

Dani Clayton (played by Victoria Pedretti) is the protagonist of Mike Flanagan’s Netflix horror mini series The Haunting of Bly Manor.  Dani is a young American hired by a rich British businessman to care for his niece and nephew, Flora and Miles, at their family estate in the country.  The children have recently been orphaned and lost their last governess to suicide.  The framing of the story begins in 2007, but the events depicted in the series take place in 1987, allowing for lots of fun era-appropriate wardrobe choices in order to emulate Dani’s style.

jamie from the haunting of bly manor

Jamie from The Haunting of Bly Manor

Jamie (played by Amelia Eve) is the groundskeeper of the lush country estate at the heart of Mike Flanagan’s Netflix mini series The Haunting of Bly Manor. Jamie is also Dani’s love interest.  Jamie’s attire consists primarily of functional clothing suited to her work life; she can often be found sporting oversized coveralls and muddy boots as she completes her duties.

mary white from open 24 hours

Mary White from Open 24 Hours

Mary White (played by Vanessa Grasse) is a woman seeking to build a new life following a stint in prison in the horror film Open 24 Hours. Mary’s ex-boyfriend was a violent serial killer, and though her attempt to kill him did not succeed, he is safely behind bars.  When Mary takes a job working the graveyard shift at a 24-hour gas station, the line between reality and delusion blurs, resulting in a violent first night on the job.  Mary’s costume is simple:  grey Converse, skinny jeans, and a plaid shirt.  When looking to recreate her look, find a flannel with a pop of purple, red, or pink to give it a feminine flair.

millie manx from nos4a2

Millie Manx from NOS4A2

Millie Manx (played by Mattea Conforti) is the daughter of Charlie and Cassie Manx on the show NOS4A2.  Millie has the distinction of being the first of Charlie’s children in Christmasland.  However, she eventually escapes to the Real World through the faltering veil.  Millie wears a blue soldier uniform and has long black hair with bangs, not to mention her terrifying vampire teeth.

Jason Voorhees from Freddy VS Jason

Jason Voorhees from Freddy vs. Jason

Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason (played by Ken Kirzinger) is one of the two titular characters. Just don’t expect a lot of lines out of him. He’s as silent as Freddy Krueger is chatty, after all. And once Freddy brings him back from the dead and sets him loose on Springwood. Of course the two can’t work together for long before they’re at war with one another leaving the original victims caught in the middle.

The important thing to know about Jason’s look is that you’re going to have to rip, stain, and distress anything he wears. This is why a more generic work jacket is listed above instead of what was used in production which is very likely a Carhartt. Under the jacket Jason wears a brown button up, torn at the collar, and a black t-shirt. He also wears black pants and boots.

Jason has been dead a while which is a hard look to recreate without some serious prosthetics. You can recreate the look, though, with black gloves and a black hood mask as well as black SFX paint to streak your neck with and use behind the eye holes of his trademark mask.

After that all you need are his hockey mask and his machete and you’re just as terrifying as Jason himself!

laurie strode from dead by daylight

Laurie Strode from Dead by Daylight and Halloween

Laurie Strode is the final girl of Halloween (1978) and is arguably the most quintessential form of the archetype. Played by scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, she has been hunted by Michael Myers for over forty years, across more than half a dozen films. She debuted in Dead by Daylight in Chapter II.

the pig from dead by daylight

The Pig from Dead by Daylight

The Pig is the moniker used by apprentices/successors of Jigsaw. There have been many over the years, though they do not vary much in appearance. The male ones typically don Jigsaw’s red and black robe, while the female ones wear long red leather coats, both of which help deal with the bloody affair that is kidnapping victims and setting up Jigsaw’s games. In the game Dead by Daylight, Amanda Young is a devoted pupil of Jigsaw who assumes the identity of the Pig following her own death. To recreate the Pig’s costume, you’ll need a pig mask with wig and a red leather coat layered over a pair of jeans. You can use a simple red trench coat, or if you want the full length of the costume in the game, you could layer a red moto jacket with a hood over a faux leather skirt that you cut in the middle.

marcus abbott from a quiet place

Marcus Abbott from A Quiet Place

Marcus Abbott (played by Noah Jupe) is the younger brother of Regan, and the son of Evelyn and Lee Abbott in A Quiet Place. Marcus has grown up in the post-apocalyptic world of the film and understands the importance of staying quiet. Noah is very close with his father and spends a lot of time foraging and exploring with him. Noah’s outfit consists of a knit hat and sweater with geometric prints that can be fun to mix and match with the plaid shirt he layers underneath.