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Halloween Giveaway: Winner Announced!

The winner of the random drawing for the Criterion release of Night of the Hunter is Angela from The Hollywood Revue! Congratulations, Angela! She has chosen to receive the DVD version of Charles Laughton’s haunting and beautiful nightmare. Her favorite costume is when she dressed up as Norma Desmond from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. Her favorite horror film is Nosferatu. Excellent!

I want to thank all of you for entering this contest and making it a success! I had such a great response! Some of your favorite costumes include dressing up as Carmen Miranda, Anne of Green Gables, Lucille Ball, several different Disney characters, a vampire hunter, witches, ghosts, etc. Some favorite films include Freaks, The Uninvited, The Universal Monster movies, Hammer Horror, Cat People, The Wicker Man, and others.

Since you all shared your favorite Halloween costumes/films with me, I will share mine with you! My favorite “scary” film is probably 1931′s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, and Rose Hobart. I also enjoy watching Hitchcock films this time of year (and every other time of the year too), especially The Birds, The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of a Doubt, and Rope. I also make it a habit to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and all of The Simpsons “Tree House of Horror” episodes. I have three costumes from the past few years that are my all time favorites. First is when I dressed as Burt Reynolds circa 1977 (Smokey and the Bandit). A hopelessly tragic look for me, but I think I pulled it off.

Next is when I went as Dr. Frankenstein from Young Frankenstein (played by Gene Wilder). This time I did away with spirit gum and the fake hair and just went for a more drawn on look. My mom went as Igor (she is going to kill me for posting this picture).

And finally, perhaps my finest costume…Groucho Marx. I borrowed my husbands suit, bought a skinny tie, glasses, grease paint, and a spray can of hair dye. And of course a cigar. I wore this costume to hand out candy to the 500+ Trick or Treaters we get every year. Only one person (my parent’s next door neighbor) knew who I was supposed to be. Some guesses include (and I’m not kidding): Charlie Chaplin (ok, at least in the right relative time frame), Abraham Lincoln (WHAT?!?), Albert Einstein, and Michael Jackson (doesn’t even make sense, but they were dead serious).

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.



Oh my god I LOVE all of your costumes, I think my favorite is Burt Reynolds. I shared the Groucho Marx story with my family and we all had a good laugh over that-especially over the Michael Jackson comment!

Congrats Angela on the price :)


They were all a lot of fun. I’m still debating on my costume for this year. Not only do I need to worry about myself, but I have to make sure my 1 year old daughter coordinates! ;) I think I have an idea though…

Funny about the Burt Reynolds thing– I actually met Loni Anderson back over Labor Day. That’s a whole other story.

Thanks for entering the contest! It was a lot of fun. I will definitely have more in the near future.


OMG all of your costumes are amazing! The chest hair on the Burt Reynolds costume is an excellent touch! And I don’t know how people got Abraham Lincoln, Einstein or Michael Jackson from your Groucho Marx look, but it’s a great costume.

Thanks again for the DVD! I will let you know when it arrives.


You are so welcome! It apparently shipped today and is supposed to be there tomorrow. Exciting!

We always have a blast at Halloween. The Burt Reynolds chest hair was a bitch! I broke out all over. Also, I couldn’t find a good black wig, so I bought a grey one and used black Krylon spray paint to make it the right color. That wig smelled awful! And probably killed a few brain cells in the process. Oh well, at least I looked “good.” A few years back I went as Richard Simmons. So much fun. I’m still thinking about this year’s but I have it narrowed down to a couple ideas.


Congrats to the Winner!

Oh man your costumes are so great. I am awful at costumes. I think I am going to do Groucho this year too but I am lazy & just bought his glasses that you can find everywhere.

As for favorite Halloween films you listed several of my favorites: Anything Hitchcock, Jekyll & Hyde 1931, The Uninvited, Cat People, Night of the Hunter; etc.

Others I really enjoy: Les Diaboliques, Peeping Tom, Phantom of the Opera (1925) (actually I think Lon Chaney is great in general for Halloween). And actually I was thinking Bergman’s Seventh Seal would make an interesting Halloween movie.

As for TV for Halloween I can’t pass up The Twilight Zone (original), the X-Files, & Alfred Hitchcock Presents


Thanks. I have so much fun doing it. I’m by no means a pro at it (especially after you see the costumes somewhere like Dragon Con). I love Peeping Tom and Phantom of the Opera. Both incredibly freaky. And I absolutely love watching The Twilight Zone.

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