Horror Costume of the Month – Samara

With a new month (and arguably the best on in the year) – comes a new featured costume. October brings us Samara from The Ring – portrayed by the lovely KoriStarfire.

We asked Kori to run us through how she made Samara.

The costume’s creation is really very simple. Its probably the easiest costume I’ve ever made! ha ha ha! I went to JoAnn Fabrics and found a cheapie dress pattern that I could easily alter. I think the pattern was like 99 cents on one of the non name brand racks. I altered the bodice of the dress to Match Samara’s a little better and I made the dress out of white cotton and lined it. I didn’t bother to hem the bottom at all and I went to the park and dropped the whole thing in a muddy puddle and then let it dry in my bathtub. I lives in a bag so that it doesn’t get everything else dirty. The wig came from an urban beauty store and styling it consisted of shaking it around and putting hairspray in it. I brush it rarely only to make sure it doesn’t start dreading. The rest is white body makeup from Ben Nye which is water activated and i just kind of haphazardly smear it on and then add tones of grey and black on my feet, hands and arms, and face to look dirty and Viola!

Simple – but scary. We approve. But why choose Samara?

The reason why I wanted to cosplay Samara is for 2 reasons. Some of my friends from the cosplay group I’m in Animosity Cosplay have costumes from Silent Hill as Bubble Head nurses and Pyramid head, and it looked like a lot of fun but I didn’t want to seem like a bandwagoner. Which lead into the second reason I made the costume is for a kind of personal therapy with the character. I saw the American version of the film when I was 15 years old and I didn’t know I was going to see a horror film, so needless to say I was in a state of shock when I came back out of the movie theater. No movie had really ever frightened me so horribly so to help myself come to terms I made the costume and whenever I wear it I try to take a bunch of photos that are both frightening and incredibly silly.


If you know a horror costume that’s beyond horrific and deserves some scare time, send a submission including character name, costumer’s preferred moniker, a photo and contact information to the MurderHers.

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