8 Horror Movie Characters Who Are Also Secret Style Icons

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No, really!

I’m not the biggest fan of horror movies—I prefer comedies or dramas to the jump-scares and gratuitous gore that accompany most, if not all, scary movies. But, when I am forced to sit through one, I tend to focus on the tiny details, so as to distract me from the actual plot (which is usually minimal) and the scary parts (of which there are too many). And what I’ve noticed through shrouding myself from the action is that the female characters in these films always have amazing style.

It’s not just that they look great while being terrorized or killed—I look away during those parts, of course—it’s that their style seems effortless, which makes it easy to mimic. I’m a huge proponent of the understated, and much prefer dressing down to dressing up. Horror movie characters seem to get my style ethos, on a personal level: High heels and flawless makeup isn’t really conducive to running from killers and facing imminent death, after all. 

And while I'm not dealing with the same problems as them (thank god), the women in scary movies are the most relatable dressers I've seen on the big screen, probably ever. Need examples? Below are some of the best looks that women have rocked in horror films, in my humble opinion. No blood is required to recreate them, thankfully.

Drew Barrymore's Casey Becker is less stressed about what she's wearing than she is about saving her and her boyfriend's lives (spoiler: she's unsuccessful). Their fate is determined by her ability to answer questions about horror movies, and when she can't, they both face gruesome deaths. But the fit of that sweater is highly covetable.

Recreate it with: Aerie, Pullover Sweater in Natural, $29.97, available at Aerie.

Photo courtesy of Dimension Films

Halloween (1976)
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) thought she would just be babysitting on Halloween, but ended up having to deal with an escaped serial killer instead. This simple outfit no doubt fared better for her than an elaborate costume would've.

Recreate it with: Madewell, Denim Western Shirt, $75, available at Madewell; Everlane, The Cashmere Crew, $100, available at Everlane.

Photo courtesy of Compass International Pictures

Get Out
Georgina is trapped in the Sunken Place (but sometimes doesn't it feel like we all are?), however, her polished look kept me from fixating on the fact that this movie hits way too close to reality.

Recreate it with: Missguided, Stone Zip Front T-Shirt Dress, $22, available at Missguided; Universal Thread, Women's Short Sleeve Tie Front Button Down, $17.99, available at Target.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

It (2017)
Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis) is bullied at school and abused at home, so the fact that she was then targeted by Pennywise felt extra unfair. As the only girl in the Losers Club, she was also more of a tomboy than her peers, made especially noticeable when she cut off all her hair.

Recreate it with: Forever 21, Button-Front Denim Overalls in Olive, $29.90, available at Forever 21; H&M, Lace Top in Burgundy, $39.99, available at H&M.

Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Yes, there are vampires; yes, this is sometimes hard to watch; but also, yes, The Girl has killer (pun intended) style. I'm getting Parisian vampire vibes, personally. How about you?

Recreate it with: Nasty Gal, Give 'Em A Ringer Striped Tee, $10, available at Nasty Gal.

Photo courtesy of Say Ahh Productions

The Shining
Wendy Torrence's flannel paired with tan overalls is my entire mood board for the rest of the fall, but her outfit was definitely the right choice for the dark turn of events in the film. Her husband slowly goes insane while the family is living in a demonic hotel, and it's up to Wendy to save herself and her son from his madness. Moms just have to do everything, don't they?

Recreate it with: Uniqlo, Men Flannel Checked Long-Sleeve Shirt in Green, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; G-Style USA, Women's Corduroy Overalls in Brown, $32.99, available at Amazon.

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

The Ring
Okay, this still is from The Ring Two, but my love for the style of Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) still rings true. In muggy Seattle, Keller, a journalist, is tasked with uncovering the truth behind a cursed VHS whose viewers die seven days after watching.

Recreate it with: Lauren Ralph Lauren, Double Breasted Short Trench Coat in Navy, $159.90, available at Nordstrom; ASOS, Tailored Cropped Tapered Pants in Charcoal, $31, available at ASOS.

Photo courtesy of DreamWorks

Okay, this is basically what Sigourney Weaver's character Ellen Ripley had to wear, but it's A Look nonetheless. Ripley was originally supposed to be a man, but the decision to turn the character into a woman was a step forward in the horror and science fiction industries. Plus, I got some fashion inspo from it. 

Recreate it with: Wildfang, Workwear coverall, $188, available at Wildfang.

Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."