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).