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MFF Special: The Summer Horror Wardrobe Guide

July 3, 2016

Are you planning on visiting a horror movie that takes place during the summer anytime soon? Well, if you are this is your lucky day. Last winter, I wrote about horror wardrobes that could get you by in the cold months. This year, I want to help you in the summer months.  I scoured the internet for clothes that won’t make you flop sweat during times of great duress. These outfits are suitable for every geographical location and will get you by in any terrible circumstance. Whether, you are stuck on a desert island or being chased by monsters these selections might save your life.

Sidenote: I stayed away from bikinis and board shorts because they seemed to easy. Sorry to anyone expecting scantily clad people.

Coconut Pete and the unbuttoned casual shirt

Club Dread’s Coconut Pete had 99 problems and heat wasn’t one of them. Pete was smart enough to wear a hat, and you can tell he carefully crafted his outfit throughout the years. His style choice is no accident. The dude knew how to stay cool.

coconut pete shirt


A close second place is Jack Black in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Black went full island.

Jack black

Ssssshhhhh. Nobody remembers that I was in this movie.


The practical denim and hats of Tremors

Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward may have been a couple underachievers in Tremors, but they knew how to be practical and cool. Their wardrobe shows that they haven’t given up, and their clothes refuse to quit as well. Their wardrobe stays strong through the several day monster invasion and save them from a lot of unnecessary scratches and sunburn.

TREMORS, Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, 1990


Tank Top Horror

I wrote a piece a few years ago that examined the phenomena known as “Tank Top Horror.” Almost every major actress (Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Swank, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Chastain, Mary Elizabeth Winstead) have found themselves in a tank top horror film with wildly different results. These movies are rarely good but at least the tank top provides room to breath. If you are going to be chased around during the summer months I guess the tank top is a wise decision (according to the movies).

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Dapper in the desert

Have you ever stood around in the desert (or any space without shade)? It is terrible, and the heat comes from everywhere. Thus, you need to cover up and be prepared for sun, sand and more sun and sand. The characters in The Mummy had wardrobes that protected them and looked awesome. Costume designer John Bloomfield was tasked with making the actors look cool and he totally succeeded. Everybody looks great and not too hot. Double win!

The Mummy Fraser


The gross yet practical clothing of The Devil’s Rejects

The Firefly family are a bunch of murderous psychos who spend most of their time in terribly hot places and gross hotel rooms. Thus, they don’t need anything fancy. They just need clothes that can withstand days without washing and  the occasional blood stain. I feel like their clothes weren’t washed during the entire film shoot because director Rob Zombie wanted authenticity.

Devils Rejects movie


Camp Bloodbath and the perfect summer camp gear

Summer camp horror has long been a part of the horror genre. I love the exaggerated version of summer camp in the meta-horror film The Final Girls. Camp Bloodbath is a movie within a movie that rightfully feels like a movie within a movie (I think that makes sense). Everything is turned up to 11, and that includes the wardrobe.  The characters are all stereotypes, and the articles of clothing represent that. No uniform is worn the same and I appreciate that steps were taken to give the horror fodder personalities.

Camp bloodbath The FInal Girls


The comfortable people being attacked by a creature while traversing a lagoon or river

If you go on an expedition to the Amazon I totally recommend you watch Anaconda or Creature from the Black Lagoon. The two films offer solid fashion suggestions to surviving long and potentially deadly boat trips.

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What did I leave out? Let me know!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    July 5, 2016 6:15 pm

    I love how you included Ryan Phillippe among the tank topped final girls. lol

    • July 5, 2016 6:21 pm

      I’m glad somebody caught that!

      • John Leavengood permalink
        July 5, 2016 6:22 pm

        I actually like him and have since Cruel Intentions. But I can totally appreciate some scantily clad Phillippe mockery.

      • July 5, 2016 6:26 pm

        Actually, I added him in there to add some equality. I swiftly forgot to mention it in the post.

  2. January 25, 2018 12:32 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m always on the lookout for new horror movies, and it can be tough to find good ones. Thanks to you, I’ve added a few new ones to my list.

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