Culture, Style

A Style to Scream For: The Style of Horror Films

The lengthening days of October brings up closer to different type of thoughts. This time of year brings out the most macabre  aspects out of many of us. As a result, the literary, television, and film landscapes are littered with a myriad of examples of this seasonal macabre state of mind. While style isn’t exactly in the forefront of the minds of many of the protagonist of these tales, it is nevertheless exhibited. Whether it’s a sense of a certain period style or the display of a conviction to survive, checkout these horror film style stalwarts.

R.J. MacReady (The Thing 1982)

As one can imagine, living in a remote outpost in Antarctica does not allow one to be concerned about their outward style. This is especially true when they are battling a savage creature from outer-space with the capacity to take over another organism with a single touch. Played by Kurt Russell, what MacReady lacked in tailored attire, he more than made up for in conviction and determination in this John Carpenter horror classic.

Van Helsing (The Brides of Dracula 1960)

Dracula’s arch nemesis has had as many interpretations over the years as Dracula himself. One of our favorite portrayals of the character is by the late Peter Crushing in the classic line of Hammer films from the 50’s and 60’s.

Dracula (Dracula 1931 & Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992)

The character of Dracula is in many ways iconic for the debonair demeanor that he displays in seducing his victims. While first introduced into the popular consciousness in 1897, Dracula has been reinterpreted time and time again over the years by various actors and authors. Of these the most iconic is the portrayal of the titular character by the legendary Bela Lugosi in the Universal studios version of Dracula.While Lugosi is the archetype for all Draculas that came after him, Gary Oldman‘s take on the character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula added a depth and romanticism to the character that is still imitated today.

Max Renn (Videodrome 1983)

Maxx Renn in many ways typifies 80’s style. As the sleazy president of a small television station, Renn becomes obsessed with Videodrome, a plotless television show that depicts the brutal torture and eventual murder of anonymous victims in a bizarre, reddish-orange chamber. Directed by David Cronenberg, Videodrome sends Max (played by James Woods) down a winding trip until he ultimately understands the meaning of “Long live the new flesh!”

Vincent Price

There were just too many characters that Vincent Price played throughout the years to pick just one. From his role as Francois Delambre in The Fly, to his roles in the various Corman directed Edgar Alan Poe films to his role as Dr. Robert Morgan in The Last Man On Earth, Price left an undeniable mark on the horror genre for millennia to come.



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