Warning: This list is not for the faint of heart. All hairdressers, wig makers and follically challenged, read at your own peril. This list of the ten most hair-raising hairdo’s of horror will have you shaking with fright. Perms, pompadours, crimps and crimson are all in the barber chair and if it all gets too hairy for you, we’re happy to cut you loose.
If you have read this far, I’ll assume you have nerves of steel and are on board. So have a seat in the chair and allow me to put this cape around you while you peruse The Top Ten Hair-Raising Do’s of Horror.
10. Cousin Itt – The Addams Family (1991)
What The Addams Family‘s Cousin Itt (John Franklin) lacks in height, he surely makes up for in hair. This pint-sized hirsute is covered, literally, from head to foot in three hundred and sixty degrees. He is so hairy that the only thing he really needs to wear in a bowler hat and a pair of shades.
You would think that someone like Itt would have trouble fitting in. I mean, what does he look like under all that plumage? It must be pretty bad for him to want to keep all that shag to hide all that scrag. But I suppose when you belong to a family like The Addams, fitting in is probably pretty easy.
9. Violet – Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
Violet’s (Tiffany Helm) attitude matches her hair. She doesn’t care. Not out loud, anyway. Her wonderfully strange bleach blonde, two-toned, crimped angled bob-cut gives her a flippant, don’t-give-a-crap attitude that borders on pretentious. But it also shows her strong individuality. It’s also 80’s fabulous!
One thing is for sure, in a franchise that spans over thirty years, her new wave mop stands out as one of the most memorable. When you’re up against Jason Voorhees’ curly hillbilly mullet from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), you’re in tough competition. Congrats, Vi!
8. Lydia Deets – Beetlejuice (1988)
In any Tim Burton film, hairstyles are almost as important as the plot. Just look at Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) or Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999) for instance. Not only are they all played by Johnny Depp, but they all have fabulous flow.
Poor little Lydia Deets (Wynona Ryder) has a ton of competition not only in Beetlejuice, her own movie but in the entire Burton catalog. She holds her own though. Not only is her long dark mane silky and smooth, but her up-do with the spiked fringe bangs is absolutely to die for! In fact, it holds so much prominence that I thought she was wearing a hat every time I watched the film for about a ten year period.
7. Taryn – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)
For the majority of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987) pensive, sleep deprived Taryn (Jennifer Rubin) is plain Jane when it comes to the hair department. Down and brown, drab, not fab. Fitting for a recovering heroin addict, but man, her Dream Warrior alter ego is… whelp… badass! Taryn goes from hum-drum to day-um! with her leather crop top, studded shoulder pads and twin switchblades. But it’s the mile high mohawk that completes the transformation.
I can only imagine the size of the hole her hair and make-up person put in the ozone layer just to get that thing to stand up like that. I can also imagine just how difficult it was to get that product out at the end of the day. Take about A Nightmare on Elm Street, but poor Jennifer Rubin probably lived it trying to wash the Aquavelva out of her coiffure every night.
6. Suzy Putterman – TerrorVision (1986)
The higher the hair, the closer to God. That was the big saying in the 80’s when teased hair was all the rage. Suzy Putterman (Diane Franklin) from TerrorVision (1986) is no exception to that mantra. In fact, she just might be the reason it fell out of favor later in the decade.
Actress Diane Franklin stands at only 5′ 2″ but she’s a full 6′ when her multicolored hair has been puffed up and glued into place. Her hair is so big it almost doubles her natural height. She’s a Cindi Lauper clone with a metalhead boyfriend who I’m sure both know a thing or two about hair care products.
5. Judy – Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Mean girl Judy (Karen Fields) in Sleepaway Camp (1983) comes from the Rapunzel School of Hair Growth. She has so much hair that when she has it in a side pony its a wonder she doesn’t fall over from being so lop-sided. At least when she’s wearing it in pigtails she’s balanced out. Kinda fitting that her hair is so huge. I mean, this is the same girl who’s demise is by a hot curling iron. Maybe she should have been nicer to Angela or maybe she should have opted for a cute little pixie cut. It would have saved her a world of hurt in the end.
4. Trash – Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Return of the Living Dead’s Trash (Linnea Quigley) is the embodiment of punk or at least what 1980s horror movies would lead us to believe is the embodiment of punk. The face tattoos, the leather, and of course, that coiffure of fire engine red hair on top of her head. It’s the shag cut that screams, Screw The World! A pixie-do that craps on society, a punk plumage that throws its middle finger in the face of conformity- She rocks it with such confidence that her clothes even think she’s too punk for them and they just fall off, save for the leg warmers, of course.
So if you feel the need to strip naked and hang out in cemeteries, you maybe have a penchant to be a punk. I would recommend bringing an umbrella and a shotgun, just in case it rains though.
3. Elvira – Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Since 1981 Cassandra Peterson has been playing her alter ego Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She started out as a cable access hostess and soon exploded into the mainstream once word got out about her wit, style, and gothic bouffant hair-do. Yes, the Mistress of the Dark has a few things going for her and her jet black Vampira-inspired beehive is one of her best qualities.
Cable access television couldn’t handle her dark locks, the Las Vegas strip couldn’t tame her raven-haired sex appeal and even the art of witchcraft wasn’t crafty enough to dampen the silky strands of sauciness that frame her pale undead face. I’m sure there are a couple of things I missed about her but perhaps we can save that for a different list.
2. Pennywise – It (1990/2017)
This is a two for one only because both versions of Pennywise have equally awesome tufts of terror planted upon their nefarious noggins. Tim Curry’s version takes the classic clown approach. A ring of bright red fluffy fuzz sits around his pure white dome with just enough length to highlight his cherub-like face and pitch black eyes. This makes him sinister before he even needs to be.
Bill Skarsgård’s take is a more hyper-realistic approach with a more human vibe to it. A receding widow’s peak and wavey curled up sides that seem to resemble demon horns more than they do hairstyle. It’s certainly a creepy, modern take on an already legendary head of hair.
1. Larry Talbot/The Wolf Man – The Wolf Man (1941)
Poor Larry Talbot probably wishes he had alopecia after being bitten and subsequently turning into a werewolf. Talk about mad flow, but Larry’s got it! Sure, he could always wax it, hit the electrolysis clinic or (gasp) shave, but the guy wouldn’t have any free time at the end of the day. When you’re covered head to foot, there’s no quick fix. No, if I were Larry, between feeding on unsuspecting townsfolk, I would style the whole enchilada with a blow dry and some serious hair products. Do you think you can buy styling mousse in bulk? I’ll bet Costco has it.
And that, as they say, is that! We have come to the end of our barber pole and it’s time to cut it out before I dye of fur-ight. What are your thoughts on The Top Ten Hair-Raising Do’s of Horror? Did we miss any? Who or better yet, what would you add? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and our Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook. Until next time fellow fiends: Remember to Tip Your Hairstylist