When I was going through ideas for what movies to do this year, I came back to the idea of Mean Girls. Mean Girls is absolutely a Halloween movie, and I will die on this hill. When I was debating which character to be from this movie, I started with the various Halloween costumes the characters in the movie wear. I have a stand with a variety of headbands including (but not limited to) bunny ears, cat ears, and mouse ears. Since I have previously worn some of them with a sexy dress as a Halloween costume, it only made sense to use the mouse ears and some lingerie to be Karen Smith. Plus, I find Amanda Seyfried’s portrayal of her to be hilarious.
Even though in middle school my friend group all picked a Looney Tunes character to be our nickname and mine was Tweety, I find Heather McNamara to be the least relatable Heather. Perhaps it is because her character wasn’t fleshed out much beyond being a popular cheerleader with guy problems or perhaps it is because yellow is my least favorite color. (The irony is not lost on me that I currently live in a bright yellow house.) Also, Heather McNamara has the least memorable lines without any really snappy quotes. The only major one being: “Suicide is a private thing.”
Once you’ve done two Heathers from the movie Heathers, you’re basically obligated to do the third Heather. I wasn’t going to go buy some yellow clothing (like a blazer) for this character that I would probably rarely wear again, so instead, I just utilized the few yellow clothing items I already had. It helps that the Heathers’ fashion sense goes beyond completely monotone outfits in all one color, so even though I am using a white suit jacket, the rest of the yellow pieces still pull it together.
I don’t know if I mentioned this yet, but croquet sets are expensive! To acquire mine, I participated in multiple online auctions to try to get a secondhand set in my budget. I lost many times before I successfully obtained one.
I read my father’s copy of The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein when I was in elementary school which, objectively speaking, might have been too young. I can see the impact it had on me as when I was researching this post, I realized the idea of having term limits on marriage (that I thought I came up with myself) was written about in this book. lol I wish I owned a copy so I could revisit it now.
Anyway, I bring this up because the 1998 movie The Faculty not only directly references that book and The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney but utilizes a similar premise where aliens have taken over the bodies of humans at a high school in a small town in Ohio. This aliens-taking-over-humans plot is now well-known and used frequently, but word nerds like me and Clea Duvall’s character Stokely Mitchell from The Faculty see the allusions to Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters in the subsequent works since.
I’d also like to point out the star-filled cast of this movie. I won’t name them all, but it feels like everyone who had a role in this was or became well-known. Also, my guy Josh Hartnett, who was born in my hometown, has the absolute worst haircut in this flick as the 5th year Senior who is not only a drug dealer who peddles his wares via Blue Bic Pens, but also is so smart that he manufactures the drugs he sells in his home lab. The 1990s were a wild ride.
Prop 2: If I had a copy of The Puppet Masters, I would have used that. Instead I used one of my favorite OG science fiction novels: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Prop 3:Blue BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Medium Point Pen filled with baking powder to represent the “powdery ecstasy-like drug” Scat that is made from “caffeine pills and some other household shit” that Zeke claims is a diuretic, but the IMDB Goofs section claims it is a “desiccant” not a diuretic. #PedantsUnite
*PRO TIP: If you’re filling a pen like this with powder, make sure you put some tape over the hole in the lid so it won’t come out all over your all-black outfit. 😂
While I’m a big fan of music and a big fan of movies, I don’t usually get down on Musicals. I’m unsure exactly why that is, but if more of them were like Repo! The Genetic Opera, I might be more into them. It is a Horror Rock Opera set in a dystopian future that (like any good sci-fi story) doesn’t feel too farfetched from reality.
I could have dressed up as Shilo Wallace, Amber Sweet, or Blind Mags, but when you already have a sweet long brown coat, the choice is made for you. For a hot minute, I got caught up in the details because I couldn’t create my own Zydrate gun from things I already owned, but I compromised by making a vial of Zydrate and calling it a day.
Outfit:White Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Shirt While Graverobber’s shirt is more yellow or antiqued white, this is as close as my wardrobe gets. A dingy basic white long-sleeve that I usually wear under things.
Outfit:Brown Suede and Faux Fur Lined Long Express Coat This was a present from two of my friends in college who chipped in to buy this for my Christmas/Birthday present when it went on sale because they had seen me try it on and pine for it at the mall when we were previously shopping together. One of the best gifts I’ve received to this day!
I put a little red boa on the collar with safety pins and bobby pins.
Hair: While the GraveRobber’s hair is actually brown with white, blue, and red streaks in it, I felt that this wig I have was the closest I could get with some extensions put in to give the same vibe. I contemplated using my own hair, but currently, the bottom half is faded out and bleached very light blue.
Accessories:Black Fingerless Glove Arm Warmer Sleeves I think these are meant to have ribbons or chains between the buckles, but this is how I inherited them when someone left them at my house many years ago. I’ve had them tucked away with my gloves and used them for this character to stand in for the black buckled gloves GraveRobber wears.
Prop 1: This is a tabletop candle holder that previously had a bunch of fake mistletoe wrapped around it that I removed for this photoshoot. This is standing in for the handheld candelabra. It is a little too large, but I’m working with what I’ve got!
Prop 2: An old copy of the now-defunct City Pages I had in my scrapbooking stuff because my ex’s band is probably written about inside. 🤷 This is standing in for the black-and-white print publication Metro Gazette that GraveRobber reads. (If I were better at editing photos, I would have altered the image to have the headline and title changed to something relevant to the movie.)
Prop 3: I took an empty vial that used to have my cat’s medicine in it (thoroughly washed a couple times) and put some Blue Curacao inside to be a vial of Zydrate.
Truth be told, my English teacher who recommended Anne Rice books to me probably helped ensure my survival through high school. They were wonderful outlets between my rural isolation, Catholic school suppression, and my abusive household. Due to this, I hold a very special place in my heart for the movie Queen of the Damned even though it pales in comparison to the book on which it was based. The soundtrack is fucking great though!
I’ve worn a variation of this outfit 100+ times in real life and picked out a bunch of my favorite stuff from the 1990s to wear for this character. Oh shit, does that mean I peaked in high school? 🤯 Nah. I’m waaaaayyyyy better now. 💅
Black Fishnets with Red Back Seam that I got at a clothing swap. I have yet to find anywhere that I can get another pair. There’s no tag or brand on them. I try very hard not to rip these like I have all my other fishnet stockings. #RIP
Last year when I did this project, I stuck to just one character from each movie. This year when I was in the brainstorming phase of the project, for some movies I couldn’t decide on just one character. As such, there are a few films where you will see multiple characters.
If I had to choose a favorite Heather from this film, it would definitely be Heather Duke. While her character’s trajectory is fairly predictable in hindsight, Shannon Doherty’s portrayal of her is wonderful.
Prop 2: A green book. I think I grabbed this copy of Pride and Prejudice off my bookshelf to stand in for Moby Dick (which appears to be a literary classic I do not own even though I have previously read it.)
I love this movie, and I don’t know how to really talk about it without spoilers. I will do my best to keep them to a minimum in this post. That said, if you haven’t watched this yet and have the desire to see it, stop reading now to go watch it. 😘
Accessories: Handmade blue necklace I was going to deconstruct for the beads that I wrapped around my wrist like a bracelet.
Accessories: I used a Zubaz piece of fabric that I got at a sports game on Zubaz night many years ago. I don’t know if it is a headband, tie, or skinny scarf, but I used it as a belt with an old football belt buckle that I wore when I was a teen.
I’m not really a Rom-Com person. My favorite genres are Horror, Sci-Fi, Documentaries, and Dystopian Apocalyptic films. That said, there’s something about Practical Magic that does it for me. Maybe I saw this at the exact point in my life where it made a major impact, but now I have seen this movie more times than I can count. I watch it fairly often still and always at least once in the month of October.
Sally Owens:And I don’t want them dancing naked under the full moon!
Aunt Jet Owens:No, of course. The nudity is entirely optional. As you well remember!
Outfit: Reversible dress made by my grandmother. One side is black with white calla lilies and the other is white with an abstract black square print. It feels like a combination of three of Sally’s different outfits rolled into one.
When The Others came out in 2001, it was around the same time as The Sixth Sense when plot twist endings were having a moment in Horror. I’ll do my best to not spoil it for you, but it has been twenty-plus years already! If you haven’t seen The Others yet, do yourself a favor and go check it out. If you’re into the technical aspects of films, the lighting alone is worth your time for this one.
“The only thing that moves here is the light, but it changes everything.” ~Grace Stewart