Who Wore it Scarier? Villains and Villainesses, Part 3

Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

Part 3 of 3

Deciding who (or what) you are going to dress up as for Halloween is one of the absolute best things ever. For die-hards, like me, this can mean months of contemplation and planning that involves sketching, choice of fabrics, re-imagining, etc. No off-the-rack costumes done here. For this reason, I have created the “Who Wore it Scarier” category. Here, I will pit popular costume choices, and the characters who made them famous, against each other in a frightful showdown.

For this edition of “Who Wore it Scarier”, I will be pitting villain against villain and villainess against villainess. For discerning who is worthy of the challenges, my criteria is simple:

1. Taking the top 3 costumes of both (according to overall sales) from BuyCostumes.com’s Top 10 Villain and Villainess list (2014).

2. Must have a character remake/re-imagining that is equal in popularity to its original.

3. Must truly be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”.

Let’s get started:

Villains

#3 Costume–Darth Vader

  

For anyone who may have been living under a rock for the past 40 years (and even then I’d find it hard to believe you don’t know this guy), Darth Vader is the bad dude of the Star Wars franchise, and at 6’8″, he’s a dark and ruthless villain. Therefore, when donning this costume, how could you not feel totally bad ass? So when deciding who could challenge our #3 villain, I came to the conclusion it was going to be a nearly impossible task.

I mean, seriously, the character has not been remade or re-imagined in all this time. But then again, “the force is strong with this one.” On the other hand, Darth Vader may not have been remade or re-imagined, but he has been parodied . . .

Dark Helmet

Dark Helmet is the arch evil dude in the Mel Brooks movie, Spaceballs and an obvious parody of Darth Vader. Dark Helmet looks like Darth Vader except he’s much shorter and has a larger helmet. The movie parodies Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi; it’s a delightful, belly laughin’ good time. Yes, the helmet may pose as some what of a challenge, but here and here are excellent successes. But here . . . not so much. Might I also suggest holding a Styrofoam coffee cup to make the costume complete?

Villainesses

#3 Costume–Cruella De Vil

She is one of Disney’s single most iconic and memorable characters, and this making-dalmatians-into-fur-coats villainess is the star of Disney’s 101 Dalmations (1961). When watching this movie there is no denying that Cruella De Vil is indeed “mad, bad. and dangerous to know” so who could possibly take on this role with the same unhinged fashion obsession as the original? Glen Close, that’s who. In 1996, 101 Dalmatians returns as a live-action remake and when Cruella De Vil gets out of prison, she has a go at those puppies once again in slapstick fashion. I personally found Close’s portrayal of Cruella delightfully unhinged.

Well, I know I have my favorites–do you?

Stay Tuned for Part 2 . . .

Happy Haunting

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