With Halloween on the horizon, the horrifying quest to find a horribly good Halloween costume is once again under way. From fake vampire fangs to Hollywood’s finest horror movie props, Halloween costumes can come in all shapes and sizes. The most expensive Halloween props maybe for the ones who are truly dedicated to the holiday’s fancy dress tradition, but for those looking for some inspiration for an authentic and classic costume this year, look no further.
The original Dracula cape, an heirloom of Hollywood legend. Unsurprisingly from, the film Dracula (1931). The cape was expected to fetch $1.5m – $2m at the Icon’s of Hollywood auction in 2011 (1). It, however, failed to sell. The original Dracula cape was worn by the Horror Movie actor Bela Lugosi and is the only piece of the original costume he wasn’t buried in after his death in 1956 (1). A frightful experience for any graverobbers who would think of digging up his grave only to find a skeleton wrapped in the garbs of Dracula, but one they would most likely deserve.
As to finding out what the most expensive Halloween props go, it’s hard to find a piece more classic than Dracula’s black silk cape. However, there are a couple iconic horror movie props that could give you some inspiration for Halloween this year.
The weird weapon of choice of the dream killer Freddy Krueger. The original Freddy Krueger’s glove is currently on display at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in London. Although another version of the prop used in Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) has been acquired by a fan and has the guide price range of $5000 – $9500, it has not yet been auctioned (2). Freddy Krueger’s glove is an iconic Horror movie prop and a dangerous choice for a Halloween costume for those looking to scare on the Holiday. The actor who took on the infamous role as Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, is said to of cut himself when first trying on the glove (3). The inception of the glove came from the desire of Wes Craven, the film’s director, to equip the character with a unique and low-cost weapon. He underwent a study into the primal fears held in the human concious and discovered that humans hold a fear of being attacked by animal claws(3). During his study into this concept his witnessed a cat unsheathing its claws and thus the idea for the creepy cat claw glove was born (3).
A less inventive horror movie prop, but no less deadly. The axe wielded by mad man Jack Torrance in the film the shining was sold for $25,000 by Profiles in History (4). The character Jack uses the axe to break down the door in the films most iconic scene and says “Here’s Johnny!”. This is supposedly a reference to Johnny Cash, who used an axe to break down a motel door that connected two rooms (5). He then broke down the room’s door from the other side to make it look as though someone had broken in and trashed the place (5). The gleam on the axe’s blade in the sequence can be attributed to Simon Cowell, who worked on the set of The Shining (1980) as a runner in his early career and supposedly took pride in his polishing abilities (6).