Halloween Inspo: B-Movie Horror Queens from the '60s, '70s and '80s

We’ve curated a pretty sweet list of horror movies from the '60s, '70s and '80s (complete with trailers or iconic scenes!) that should give you inspiration for the perfect costume, including thorough costume and beauty product recommendations. We're talking classics like Blood and Lace, Happy Birthday To Me, and Black Christmas. It's not too late to pull together a killer (see what we did there?) costume. Click through for the best of the B-movie horror beauties.


Happy Birthday To Me, 1981

What you need to know: Poor Virginia. All she wanted was a nice birthday party--a little cake, and a little ice cream. She invited some kids, you know, “the cool ones,” and no one showed up. Flash forward a couple years and Virginia is now a super cool kid herself, but hold up: All of her friends that dissed her earlier are now mysteriously dying. Virginia--who conveniently suffers from blackouts, thinks she knows who the murderer is...

Catchphrase: "Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me." (in creepy singsong voice)

Virginia: The blackout suffering birthday girl • Gloss:

Blood and Black Lace, 1964

What you need to know: Aside from portraying one of the most stunning drowning sequences ever made, Blood and Black Lace is a beautiful treat for the eyes. This Italian horror film features high fashion, models, an incriminating secret diary, drugs and brutal murders--oh my. This “stalk and slash” film is one of the most influential of its genre and lays claim to an impressive body count.

Catch Phrase: "Look at this dress. I wish you would take care of the things you wear--tomorrow is the show!"

Contessa Cristina Como: Tough and beautiful salon owner • Eye shadow:

Black Christmas, 1974

What you need to know: House full of hot sorority sisters, on a snowy winter night before Christmas: what could possibly go wrong? As the girls make plans to go home for the holiday break, they receive terrorizing calls from an anonymous pervert who makes sexually explicit comments all while moaning heavily into the receiver. Murders ensue.

Catchphrase: "Oh, why don’t ya find a wall socket and stick your tongue in it—that’ll give you a charge."

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Barb: The feisty, foul-mouthed city girl • Eye Shadow:

Alice Sweet Alice, 1976

What you need to know: Ugh, sisters. They can be a real pain, always stealing your doll, then killing you during you first Holy Communion--so annoying! Alice is a reclusive/jealous 12-year-old who brutally slays her cute/brat little sister, Karen (Brooke Shields in her movie debut); all while wearing a creepy life-like mask. This cult classic solidifies the reason as to why parents shouldn’t give preferential treatment to their better-looking kid.

Catchphrase: "There's so much junk around this filthy place, I bet you never clean it. It smells like cats' piss."

Alice: The doll mask • Eye shadow in crease:

Night of the Comet, 1984 What you need to know: Now and again a movie will come along and it will make you happy that there once was a time when Valley Girls ruled the world. In Night of the Comet, two squabbling, mall-lovin’ teenage sisters, Sam and Regina, are our only hope for salvation after the earth gets taken over by alien parasites. Let the campiness begin. {Ed. note: This movie is so bad and so good. SO. GOOD.}

Catchphrase: "You were born with an asshole, Doris--you don’t need Chuck."

Sam: The gun-wielding pep squad cheerleader • Lipstick:

Spider Baby , 1968

What you need to know: The Merrye family bring a whole new meaning to demented weirdness. All three children suffer from a rare brain disease that causes them to be bloodthirsty lunatics. To make matters worse: they’re vegetarians (because they don’t believe in eating dead things) and they really really, love spiders.

Catchphrase: "I caught a big fat bug right in my spider web and now the spider gets to give the bug a big sting. Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting!"

Virginia: The dark haired spider-adoring murderess • Thick Black line on top and a thin one on the bottom: MAC Blacktrack Fluid Line • Tons of mascara: Maybelline New York The Colossal Glam Black Mascara • Nude lips: Nars Lip Gloss in StripteaseFalse lashes top and bottom • A fake spider and web • Two knives (also fake) • A big white hair bowWhite dress

You won't know whether to laugh or cry at this trailer: