Halloween Streaming Guide

Halloween might be for kids but that doesn't mean your family's costume references can't be grown up – remember the eerie Grady twins in The Shining or Tippi Hedren's chic turn in The Birds? Here, a few cult movies as inspiration

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  1. 1.  Picnic At Hanging Rock, 1975
  2. This iconic Australian film, in which three students seemingly vanish into a rockface during a country excursion on Valentine's Day, pan flutes playing in the background, is beyond haunting. Based on the classic novel written by Joan Lindsay, director Russell Boyd was said to have enhanced the film's soft, ethereal look by placing a bridal veil over the camera lens, but really it's the fabulous white frilled Edwardian gowns that win out. 
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  4. 2.  Fatal Attraction, 1987
  5. In the late 80s, nothing surpassed this movie's sheer psychological terror – a married Manhattan man (Michael Douglas) has a weekend affair with a publishing editor (Glenn Close) who has a propensity for white clothing, sharp knives and ultra-dramatic break-ups. The couple's daughter (Ellen Hamilton Latzen) is charismatic, which makes her bunny's demise all the more startling. 
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  7. 3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
  8. Steven Spielberg's alien-in-distress film brings on endless tears and costuming inspiration, all at once – alien in flying bicycle, mama as Catwoman (Dee Wallace), the bio scientists, a pigtailed Gertie (Drew Barrymore) ...  
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4.  Beetlejuice, 1988 

  1. An elegant interpretation of Winona Ryder's teen angst is entirely doable, but how clever to conjure the whole Beetlejuice cast – add Michael Keaton in whacked out stripes, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin's with stretched face masks ...

5.  The Shining, 1980 

  1. As the winter caretaker, Jack Nicholson is terrifying; Shelley Duvall's bug eyes even more so, but it's the Grady twins in matching blue dresses that really creep.

6. The Bad Seed, 1956

  1. Rhoda (played by Patty McCormack) may look pristine and proper in her crisp pinafore dresses and blonde pigtails, but we all know there's a lot more going on beneath the surface.

7.  The Birds, 1963

  1. The idea of dressing up as chic Hitchcock Heroine, Tippi Hedren, complete with neat pencil skirt and updo – topped with a headpiece of warring black crows is very appealing.
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  3. 8. Wait Until Dark, 1967
  4. A recently blinded woman, played by Audrey Hepburn, is terrorised by criminals while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment – the iconic actress does film noir in typically elegant gamine 60s style.  
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  6. 9. Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015
  7. If you’re looking for a last-minute costuming idea with an of-the-moment twist, add bronzer, sunbleached beach hair, and shredded desert clothes to your family's look.
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  1. 10.  Lord Of The Flies, 1963
  2. Any mother with boys will give you a knowing wink when you mention this classic movie, which centres around a group of children lost on a tropical island. Take a conch.