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If you’re going to commit a murder or kick the bucket then you might as well do it in style. So it makes sense that many of films' most fashionable characters belong to the horror, thriller or psychological torment genres.
To help set the mood this Halloween, here are 13 movies you can stream on Netflix now for both heebie-jeebies and sartorial inspiration. I believe it was Coco Chanel who said, “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and douse yourself in blood.”
1. "Rosemary’s Baby" (1968)Sorry Kate Middleton, no one has the pregnant lady steeze of Rosemary Woodhouse. Though you don’t need to get knocked up by Satan to copy those giant ’60s lashes and Vidal Sassoon pixie.
5. "American Psycho" (2000)As elegant as it is grotesque. If if the laundry tips aren’t of use to you (wear a button-down poncho if committing a violent murder), there’s plenty of inspiration for styling a pair of suspenders and #eatingcleantrainingdirty.
6. "The Awakening" (2011)Looking at early ’20s London through a modern lens, this not-terrible horror film is as much about excellent coats as it is boarding school ghosts. The main character, played by Rebecca Hall, also has her red-lipped English Rose beauty game on lockdown.
8. "White Zombie" (1932)Bela Lugosi seeks out a witch doctor to woo away the lady of his affection -- original eyebrow queen Madge Bellamy -- in this Victor Hugo Halperin horror. Considering how horrifically low-budget it was, the characters possess supernatural powers of early ’30s style.
12. "We Are What We Are" (2013)As well as being an actually good film, it also features the excellent costuming typical of many horror films centered around reclusive children and their overbearing parents. The pajama game is always on point.
Reprinted with permission from Styleite.