I’m a grown woman who prefers to write stories about horror movies during the daylight. Why? I scare easily. I always have. While others might suspend a little bit of disbelief when they watch a film, apparently I suspend a lot. Even Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein freaked me out the first time I watched it (I was about 11 and have since come to appreciate it). But if there’s anything I can get fully behind when it comes to a horror story, it’s the clothing.
While it’s not foolproof, focusing on the fashion in a chilling movie has distracted me (briefly) from, say, fishermen with hooks, demonic neighbors, and birds who have turned their backs on humanity. While these things continue to freak me out, I still think the films are worth revisiting just to re-create the looks, especially ones that feel reminiscent of '60s, '90s, and '00s style. Of course, feel free to fast forward through the gore or mute the suspenseful music—the only part that won’t give you (me) nightmares is what the stars wear. Below are some of my favorite examples.