Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Men's Halloween costume inspiration for 2017...

This year I'm really struggling with my look for Halloween, and as the countdown has begun to the witching hour I thought I'd take look back at some of the cool costumes that have graced the big and small screen this past twelve months from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy and horror for inspiration.

Bill Skarsgård Pennywise clown costume IT movie
One horror-themed costume I think will be in abundance, along with a sky full of red balloons, is Bill Skargård's Pennywise the clown from the new IT movie designed by Janie Bryant (and I'm sure more than a few examples of Tim Curry's 1990 mini-series version too).
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star Lord costume
For something a little lighter and more marvelous, you could always go as Chris Pratt's cosmic Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky, or his Star-Lord look from the first movie with its distinctive mask.

Thor: Ragnarok
Chris Hemsworth Thor Ragnarok film costume
Plus another Marvel hero getting a refreshed wardrobe in his third solo outing this November is the Asgardian God of Thunder, with Chris Hemsworth receiving a cosmic gladiator makeover in Ragnarok courtesy of Costume Designer Mayes C. Rubeo. If you want a more traditional look for the mighty warrior though, you can also check out his cool Thor costume from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Ghost Rider
Gabriel Luna Agents of SHIELD Ghost Rider costume
From the world of Marvel's TV offering, the 'Robbie Reyes' version of Ghost Rider made his debut in the latest fourth season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by Gabriel Luna with costume design by Ann Foley. Pair this cool leather driving jacket with a skull mask and you've got a fierce look for any Halloween party.

Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange movie costume
If demonic costumes are not your style, then maybe another magical Marvel cinematic outfit would be more to your liking, Doctor Strange, designed by Alexandra Byrne. With your own Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto necklace you'll soon resemble Benedict Cumberbatch's Master of the Mystic Arts.

Newt Scamander
Newt Scamander Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them costume
Meanwhile for another magical look, this time from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, then maybe Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander period wardrobe is the costume you're looking for, designed by Colleen Atwood. Just remember your wand and suitcase full of fantastic beasts to complete the illusion.

Assassin's Creed Aguilar de Nerha
Michael Fassbender Assassins Creed Aguilar movie costume
If you're feeling daring and deadly this Halloween, maybe you'll take your inspiration from the video game-turned-movie, Assassin's Creed, and Michael Fassbender's master assassin Aguilar de Nerha, with costume design by Sammy Sheldon Differ.

Captain Cassian Andor
Star Wars Rogue One Cassian Andor movie costume
For more outer space inspiration maybe Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor is the heroic costume you're looking for from Star Wars: Rogue One.

Director Orson Krennic
Director Orson Krennic Rogue One film costume
But if you're thinking you'd prefer something more villainous for Halloween, them maybe Ben Mendelsohn's Imperial Director Orson Krennic will help inspire some fear amongst all the other scum and villainy. Both Rogue One looks were the creations of co-Costume Designers David Crossman and Glyn Dillon.

Beauty and the Beast's Lumière
Ewan McGregor Beauty and Beast Lumiere costume
And finally, if you're a romantic at heart then maybe this fairytale Lumière costume worn by Ewan McGregor and designed by Jacqueline Durrant for Disney's live-action musical, Beauty and the Beast, will make your heart soar.

Do these ten outfits I've spied on my travels at exhibits over the past year give you any pause for thought?

Last year I went to West Hollywood's Halloween festivities as Dead Robin and in previous years I've been a Zombie Wonder Woman and a Zombie Bride, so I really need to make my decision soon and get cracking.

For more men's Halloween costume ideas be sure to check out all these screen-worn costumes on display at previous movie and TV exhibits.

Meanwhile if you're looking for costume ideas for women then stay tuned in the days to come.

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