Late October is the perfect opportunity to delve into pumpkin carving, eat unlimited amounts of candy, and for some, leave the house wearing Agent Provocateur head to toe (with mouse ears, duh). That being said, it is Halloween after all, so it's also important to have an element of spooky. So if you’re into horror movies, we’ve compiled a list of the most stylish-slash-scary films. Each of the below will help you get some costume inspiration, all while getting you in the spirit.
Bonnie & Clyde, 1967, directed by Arthur Penn
This film is a Neo-noir classic, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Name a more iconic duo; I’ll wait!). Based on the true story of notorious crime couple Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, this costume idea is great for couples—you might remember Kourtney Kardashian and ex-boyfriend Younes Bendjima rocking it a couple of years ago. Pair the film with a good glass of red wine and you've got yourself a perfect Friday night in.
Black Swan, 2010, directed by Darren Aronofsky
The fact that Aronofsky directed this movie tells you it’s definitely not for the faint at heart. Set in NYC, the movie tells the story of a ballerina (Nathalie Portman) whose career rules over every aspect of her life. This psychological thriller quickly veers into horror territory as it presents a cautionary tale about what happens when we strive for something that doesn’t exist—perfection. Creating a spooky ballet look is pretty straightforward—if you've ever been a dancer, just grab an old tutu out of the depths of your closet (and if not, head to your nearest Repetto), put your hair into a sleek bun, and top it all off with a makeup look that's the dark version of the Euphoria inspiration that's been sweeping the fashion world.
The Virgin Suicides, 2000, directed by Sofia Coppola
Babydoll dresses, pastel-colored rosaries, and the resurrection of the '70s suburban aesthetic are the byproducts of The Virgin Suicides. Photographer Petra Collins admitted that growing up, she found great inspiration in the movie’s visuals. Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides and directed by Sofia Coppola, the story is told from the perspective of the suburban boys, who have been forever marked by the twisted, self-inflicted faith of the five Lisbon sisters who live in their town. From lace to pastels to flowers, the iconic female characters spend plenty of time wearing dreamy looks that feel right at home amidst fashion's modern embrace of femininity.
Climaxx, 2019, directed by Gaspar Noé
Gaspar Noé is chic, but also very spooky. His work often addresses taboo subjects, as he's always liked to shock his audience. His most recent movie, Climaxx, tells the story of a dance troupe who takes over an secluded, empty school so they can rehearse for an upcoming show. The crew’s rehearsals quickly turn into a dark and horrific nightmare as they encounter powerful drugs. Noé’s ability to provoke our senses and make us question our morals make Climaxx a standout horror film. With athleisure and nostalgic clubwear all over the place these days, it won't be hard to recreate a look from this movie if you decide you want to take its artsy inspiration to your next party.
Midsommar, 2019, directed by Ari Aster
From the director who gave us Hereditary, Midsommar is a mix between The Virgin Suicides’ aesthetic and elements of Climaxx’s plot. Think lace-and-flower-crown aesthetic but instead of being trapped in an empty school, the American protagonists find themselves unable to escape a Swedish commune after a friend from college invited them. The midsummer festival begins as an idyllic retreat, but the psychedelic-induced rituals rapidly take a twisted turn. The film's brightness stands out most, suggesting the spookiest thing of all may be to head out for Halloween in the kind of garb you might see at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
The Shining, 1980, directed by Stanley Kubrick
In one of Kubrick's most iconic (and unsettling) films, a family heads to an abandoned and isolated hotel in Colorado in an attempt to cure the father’s (Jack Nicholson) writing block. As the story progresses, a haunted presence veers the father into violent behavior as his son begins to learn of the hotel’s dark past. The film's twins, beyond leaving a creepy impression that remains strong nearly four decades later, have inspired countless sartorial interpretations over the year, including for Undercover Spring 2018, which put the childlike blue dresses in a new light with beaded drops of blood. Grab your most lookalike friend and get ready to freak out fellow guests at the next Halloween party on your schedule.