Film’s Darkest Characters — Who Should Your Costume be Modeled After?

Although October has come and gone, it’s never too early to plan for next year. Halloween is a unique time of celebration. What other day is it socially acceptable to dress like a werewolf at work or walk around as Wonder Woman, all while decorating your front yard with grotesque lawn ornaments?

All Hallows’ Eve brings out the inner superhero/monster/demented clown in all of us. Of course, not everyone gets excited for the occasion. Some folks prefer not to participate, and others are plagued by something else entirely – they just don’t know what costume to wear. As overwhelming as it can be, sometimes you may be thinking too hard; for Halloween inspiration, look no further than the movies.

Film antagonists make the perfect Halloween costume. It’s the one time of year you can be whoever you want without getting grief for it. If you dress up like Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange on April 11th, you’re a sociopath. If you do it on October 31st, you get applause when you walk into the party.  Ever wanted to be Kathy Bates’ character from Misery? Halloween is your time to shine.

The folks over at the New York Film Academy sent over this handy guide:

So, what horrifying evildoer fits your personality? Are you a mischievous and playful villain? Consider Jigsaw from Saw or John Doe from Se7en. More direct in your approach? Try dressing down to play the part of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos – Charlize Theron’s version won an Oscar. And although most people probably think Hannibal Lecter when you mention The Silence of the Lambs, Buffalo Bill is also a terrifying spectacle.

Whether you go as a sadistic killer, perverted stalker, or a mentally unstable grandmotherly figure bent on facilitating the next great novel, there are all sorts of options for looking scary, and thanks to the wide array of costumes available, you can do so accurately and with style – if style is something that concerns maniacs.