Easy Game Of Thrones Halloween Costumes

Some Game of Thrones Halloween costumes ideas.

Yes, yes, you’ve heard it before, but brace yourselves anyway, Halloween is coming. And as Game of Thrones is currently more popular than milk at a cat pub-crawl or Willy Wonka’s chocolate for curiously addicted kids, it’s safe to assume that you might just have to think of some Game of Thrones Halloween costumes to wear.

Whether you’ll be the one to lure your friends into Westeros by hosting a GoT party, or whether you get sucked into it almost against your will (hey, it’s been known to happen), it doesn’t matter. The end result is that you’ll have to get your game on (of thrones, of course) and not let any of those up-starts out-do you.

There’s literally an avalanche of ready-to-buy Game of Thrones Halloween costumes, meaning a Daenerys Targaryen costume, Jon Snow costume, Jaime Lannister costume, Margaery Tyrell costume, Robb Stark costume or just about any GoT costume can be yours fast, even delivered to your door, if you have the money for it.

But, apart from the money required, there is a down-side to buying your costume. Namely, that everyone can and will do so, to save time and trouble thinking about what to do/wear. So you might end up discovering someone else with the same stock and bland version that you’re wearing.

Of course, it would be best if everybody could make their own Game of Thrones Halloween costumes. As high-fidelity as possible to the series.

However, if you’re not a die-hard cosplay expert or you simply don’t have the time to make your own elaborate Game of Thrones Khaleesi costume, fit for wearing on the series’ set among the recording cameras, that augments your soon to be world-renowned acting brilliance (which I know you’ve dreamed of at least once), don’t worry.

There are easy, minimum effort Game of Thrones Halloween costumes solutions that you can go for. And some of them are even witty and subtle, which will earn you favor with your Tyrion dressed, tall as hell, hulking geek friend who will appreciate your display of intelligence and oddball courage.

(Warning: Some spoilers ahead).

1. Witty Bastard

One of the easy Game of Thrones Halloween costumes has to do with a contract.

For example, you can take a white t-shirt, then a black marker (or special clothes paint or whatever you feel works best for you) and draw a rectangle with the word SAG-AFTRA on the first, top half (or first line) and ONE UNION on the bottom half/second line (SAG-AFTRA ONE UNION in a rectangle is the logo for the Screen Actor’s Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Then write: “THIS AGREEMENT, made on the 31st of October, 2015 between HBO Inc., hereinafter called ‘Producer’ and Kit Harrington, hereinafter known as ‘Performer’…”

Now comes the fun part. If you think Jon Snow’s not dead and will return for season 6 (or is dead, but will return for season 6, wink wink), you can continue the above paragraph with “… attests to the extension of the original agreement between parties, for an additional term of: 1 season, commencing upon the expiration of the original term.” (of course, regarding the number of seasons, you can take your pick: 1, 3, 27…).

But. If you don’t think he’s coming back and is dead for good, you can simply leave the first paragraph as it is, alone, with suspension marks and just draw a diagonal red line over your whole t-shirt, to signify that the contract is terminated. You can even tear your t-shirt a bit to make it more dramatic.

2. Mellisandre’s Shadow Assassin

Game of Thrones Halloween costumes - Melissandre's Assassin spandex suit.

This one’s reeeeeeal easy, though considerably creepy. And I don’t mean that in the horror way, but in the hinting-at-intriguing-sexual-preferences, stalker, sort of way. Still, you’ve been warned so, if you still wanna do it, here’s how. Buy a black spandex full body suit (you’ll manage to find one; remember the above? intriguing. sexual. preferences).

Then, all you have to do is … smoke a lot. Like in the 3 packs per half hour range, which will probably kill you, so on second thought, don’t! Or if you really wanna go hardcore, tie a battery-powered smoke dispenser to your back (is there such a thing?). Which… might kill you if it suffers a malfunction or if you fall or something, so this might not be a good idea either. Perhaps you should forget about the smoke all-together and just get a plastic knife, act all assassin-y and trust in your friends’ imagination.

3. George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin can be one of the easy Game of Thrones Halloween costumes

Suspenders, shirt, sailor cap, beard. And you get to have the Game of Thrones costume to rule all Game of Thrones Halloween costumes. How hard can it be? Of course, there is the concern that the other party-goers will all stab you with blunt spoons until you succumb and croak like their favorite character that you mercilessly killed on a whim. But, hey, dontcha wanna live dangerously on Halloween?

4. Valar Morghulis

And speaking of that favorite character, a real easy get-up is to wear dirt-brown clothes and a green hat/head gear (or paint your hair green). Then figure out a way to tie a cross or a plastic/paper tombstone to your head and draw a skeleton (or a stick figure) in a tomb (or rectangle) on your chest and belly. Then write “Your favorite GoT character” above it. Done. You’ve simultaneously managed to complete your Halloween costume and guarantee the emotional breakdown of (at least) one of your friends. Or you can just take the old sheet-as-a-ghost act and write “Your favorite GoT character” on it. The principle remains the same.

5. Lazy badassery

I saved for last the absolute minimum-effort thing you can do. Just go however you like. No costume preparation at all. When your friends are hurt and dismayed that you didn’t deem it important to dignify them with a reciprocal involvement in their great initiative, simply smile at the most vocal of them and tell him her: “A man/a woman is wrong. A Faceless Man is many faced.”

Then watch admiration fill them as they realize they’ve just been served by none other than Jaqen H’ghar (among many other identities). If necessary, allay their final doubts by taking out a coin and twirling it about. You can even buy the a GoT coin replica from some places if you want to go the extra mile.

Oh and in the same vein of humor and subtlety, you can then stroll over to the pork dish and say: “Ah, yes. King Robert’s slayer. A man thinks a slice would be nice.”

Your Young Robert Baratheon attired buddy in the corner will either protest or chuckle heartily.

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7 Under-sized Celebrities

It’s not easy being looked down upon. Especially when that happens literally as well as metaphorically, as is the case of persons who for one reason or another (genetics etc.) end up being considerably shorter in height than the average.

Such persons have been called many names in the past ranging from “little people”, through “dwarves” to “midgets” and a slew of other negative words which I’ll not mention here. As a side-note some of these under-size persons nowadays consider the term “midget” to be offensive.

It’s understandable why they would be very defensive about their image considering that being under-size is not something liable to change anytime soon during the course of your life. However, apart from just imposing the required and justified respect such people deserve as human beings, some of them have gone farther and actually used their size to their advantage.

It’s about 7 under-sized celebrities that fit into this category, that I am going to talk about below.

1. General Tom Thumb

7 under-sized celebrities - General Tom Thumb

He was one of P.T. Barnum’s “freaks” (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how he viewed it). Nevertheless, his 3-foot-4 height brought him celebrity as he went to sing, dance and make impersonations within Barnum’s show all over the world, including to royalty. His real name was charles Sherwood Stratton

2. Kenny Baker

Ooooor, as you might know him, R2-D2 of “Star Wars”. Yup, this man helped bring the little robot to life, so bow down before the legend, despite the fact that you never saw his face on camera during the series. At least now you know.

3. Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis is one of 7 under-sized celebrities

Another one who played in “Star Wars”, this time as the furry Ewok in “Return of the Jedi”. But he’s done much more than that. He’s also Professor Flitwick of “Harry Potter” and the evil leprechaun in the movie “Leprechaun” , among other roles he’s had.

4. Deep Roy

You’d probably recognize him better if he were to multiply a few tens of times. And put on some color. Because he played all of the Oompa Loompas in the 2005 remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. He comes from East India and is 4-foot-4, but that didn’t stop him from scoring the above-mentioned iconic role. As well as many others he’s had including in “Planet of the Apes” and “Big Fish”.

5. Jyoti Amge

The list of 7 under-sized celebrities includes Jyoti Amge.

The shortest entry on our list and Guiness World Record holder, she is 2-foot-1 inches tall and also comes from India. Her form of dwarfism is ultra-rare. But she doesn’t mind and deals with it as a normal fact of life. Which she says won’t stand in her way of becoming a Bollywood actress.

6. Verne Troyer

As about iconic as it gets, Verne’s 2-foot-8 size was perfect for portraying the grandest shortest portrayal of evil that modern cinema gave us. That is “Mini-me” from “Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999). Verne’s performance in the movie is memorable and it spawned many memes, jokes and references which are still with us today

7. Peter Dinklage

7 under-sized celebrities - PEter Dinklage

Wait. I lied. This is as iconic as it gets. With his 4-feet-5, Peter Dinklage towers over many actors of the present, due to the deliciously sarcastic, naughty, brave, drunk, witty, irritating, intelligent, strong, rational character that he portrays in the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones”: Tyrion Lannister. And the way he portrays him is absolutely brilliant. As attested also by his winning a “Best Supporting Actor” Emmy specifically for this work. But that’s not all that he’s famous for. Because he’s also starred in “The Station Agent” (nominated for many awards), “A Little Bit Of Heaven”, “Elf” and “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride”, among other roles. One can only hope this talented man lives long so we can see more masterful performances in the future.

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7 Pioneer Filmmakers Lost To Time

Art is a fickle mistress, as has many times been proven the case. An artist’s “destiny” cannot really be predicted, or to be more coldly rational, his/her public evolution and legacy are part of a causal chain with many many factors involved which most of the time are outside of his direct control and subject to wild fluctuations depending on the “spirit of the times” or a given society’s culture, norms and values. Therefore, the conclusion of this causal chain cannot be determined with the insufficient information he/she or any of his/her peers have at the beginning of his/her career.

So it’s no surprise that you have one hit wonders that pop up bright as a comet and fade just as fast. Or on the contrary, slow starters who amaze the world with their talent and skills in the later part of their lives. Or chaotic up and down performances from artists who one day are amazing and then for a while (or a good while) are … disappointing to say the least. Then, some of them have comebacks.

Then, of course, there’s “the greats”. The ones that everyone knows because of their (as much as humanly possible) constant masterful outputs.

But what about those who were “greats”, but for one reason or another, simply disappeared from memory. Yes, as scary and unfair as this sounds for an artist, it happened enough times in our history. Which is why, in a feeble and minor attempt to right some of these injustices, you can read below about 7 pioneer filmmakers lost to time.

1. Francis Martin Duncan

7 pioneer filmmakers lost to time - Francis Martin Duncan

If you like today’s lengthy and informative documentaries (BBC, Discovery, National Geographic etc.), you probably have Mr. Duncan to thank. As he is the first to create a nature documentary in 1903. It’s called “Cheese Mites” and it was done using a combination of still photography and a microscope, which Duncan came up with. It features cheese mites going about their business, as I’m sure you’ll be surprised to find out.

2. James Williamson and George Albert Smith

These two pioneered most of the editing concepts still used today. The idea of creating a narrative by alternating the distance in the shots comes from them. In “Grandma’s Reading Glass” for example, of 1900, you can see the first POV ever. They did other cool stuff too, including breaking the fourth wall in “The Big Swallow” (1901).

3. William Dickson

William Dickson is one of the 7 pioneer filmmakers lost to time.

We can no longer conceive of a movie without sound. But that was the case for a long time. So, thank pioneers like William Dickson who made the very first partially successful attempt at a recording with both video and sound in 1894’s “Dickson Experimental Sound Film”. Though this attempt was on separate supports and not synchronized. However, he claimed he achieved success in 1899 (still well before the first official movie with sound, “The Jazz Singer” of 1927), but this recording has yet to be found.

4. Oscar Micheaux

The list of 7 pioneer filmmakers lost to time includes Oscar Micheaux.

This man, who was an African-American actor, fought to break some pretty impressive barriers at the time, and succeeded. Namely he made the first lengthy black movie to be shown in a “whites only” cinema. And his movies were shown more than once, including in theaters in Europe, despite being low-budget works as he had constant financial, legal and technical obstacles.

5. The Skladanowsky brothers

Everyone knows another set of brothers (the Lumieres) as the inventors of public cinema. But, surprisingly, the Skladanowsky brothers are the absolute first to have had a screening of a series of 9 second movies for which the audience paid to see. And all of this happened on the 1st of November 1985, a few weeks before the famous Lumieres premiere. But the projection system which the latter had was better, so they were remembered while the Skladanowskys were not.

6. Jean Painleve

7 pioneer filmmakers lost to time - Jean Painleve

This man managed (among many other achievements), to invent the technology needed for making the first underwater photos and movies, at the dawn of cinematography. Watch his documentary of 1934 “L’Hippocampe” in which he filmed sea-horses underwater.

7. Alice Guy-Blanche

Perhaps fiction is one of the most important things in art, with its ability to broaden mental horizons and its impulse for us to use our imagination. As the Lumieres’ screening of just a year earlier was still very much something that the world was trying to get used to, and all early movies shown presented facts of life, realities, Alice made a short about a woman magically picking babies from a cabbage patch. It’s called La Fee au Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) and it was filmed in 1896.

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The Batman Cataclysm Of 2014-2015

A cataclysm is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as:

1:  flood, deluge

2:  catastrophe

3:  a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition; broadly :  an event that brings great changes

So why use the term in relation to the Batman story? Because, quite frankly, momentous and violent events that brought great changes, marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition, which might just be a catastrophe in the long run took place in just one year, from October 2014 to October 2015.

This Gotham Gazette title would fit well for The Batman Cataclysm of 2014-2015

No, it’s not a geological cataclysm. I’m talking about the risky approach that the main “Batman” writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV took with the comic series which will either open the doors for fresh new avenues of story-telling or cause it irreparable damage, even possibly breaking it completely.

Before we discuss The Batman Cataclysm of 2014-2015, as some alien comic-book freaks/historians will surely call it, you might want to know that there will be spoilers the kind of which you should run away from with at least a Flash-like speed, if you’re not up-to-date with the series.

Spoilers are part of the analysis of The Batman Cataclysm of 2014-2015.

Still here? You sure? Last chance. Ok. Ahem…

The Joker kills Batman. Mhm. No lying. No tricks. The tragic, grim, orphan with a haunting past, billionaire/playboy/vigilante Batman we knew and loved for more than 75 years is GONE. And it’s worth mentioning that this was very very intentional and the 75 years in question are not a coincidence.

Because the Joker and Batman battle each other to the death in a cave which ultimately falls over both of their fatally wounded selves, in the last of the six issues of the “Batman: Endgame” story arc, which was published specifically WITH the 75 year anniversary of Batman in mind.

The Batman Cataclysm Of 2014-2015 contains what might be a permanent ending of Batman as we know him.

Then there’s the fact that Alfred loses a hand to the Joker (before Batman’s death, mind you), which at the end of the story, when learning of the conclusion, he does not want re-attached declaring that he no longer has anyone to attend to.

Oh, and the story begins with The Justice League attacking Batman due to a Joker toxin they’ve all been infected with. HOW did the Joker manage to infect the whole Justice League with all of them being helpless to prevent it, you ask? Good question. It’s not explained. Just roll with it.

Then, after the Endgame story arc, the Batman continuity err… continues. Without Bruce Wayne. As… uh… commissioner Gordon picks up the hero’s responsibilities for Gotham and becomes the new Batman. … In a suit that hints (STRONGLY) at a … bunny. Check out the metal antennae(?) on his head. If those aren’t bunny ears, Batman’s not dead. And he is…

Commissioner Jim Gordon is part of The Batman Cataclysm Of 2014-2015.

But seriously. This is not a walk-through of a stoner’s scenario. It’s what actually happens in the Batman story-line, via the official writers and crew.

Theeeen, we find out that Bruce Wayne is NOT dead. He just lost all of his memories, as if not only his past decades of hero-playing, crime-fighting and successful business-ing never happened, but also including his family’s murder and his consequent formative experiences as an orphan. He is practically born-anew, with no detective skills or any form of awesomeness. Just an Average Joe.

Notice how I didn’t lie, as I did say the Joker killed Batman, not Bruce Wayne. The latter is alive and … well… NOT well since he has no memories at all. But the Batman alter-ego as we knew it is effectively dead. (It’s kinda hard to have an alter-ego when your ego is dealing with a thorough, life-long memory loss).

And that’s where the series is now. Jim Gordon is Batman, Bruce Wayne is alive, but just that. And quite possibly the Joker isn’t dead either. Hey, if Bruce made it out, perhaps they’ve decided not to kill Batman’s nemesis par excellence, either.

Who is part of The Batman Cataclysm Of 2014-2015? The Joker.

Scot Snyder and James Tynion IV’s comments on the major changes to Batman? In an October 2015 interview at the New York Comic Con they said that they see them as “an opportunity to look at the mythology from a whole new angle”, because comics seem to be better equipped than ever to tell more down-to-earth, real world stories about the issues affecting their audiences (like, for example, the matter of police brutality, which can now be analyzed better in the comics due to commissioner Gordon’s new-found role as Batman).

They’re also interested in innovation and freshening things up a bit. “In moments like this,” Tynion said, “you get to tell stories that no one’s read before, which is hard to do.” And Snyder added: “Creators like us have more opportunities to be daring. On these superhero books, as long as you’re true to [the core concept] and love the character at the DNA level, companies are now welcoming calculated risk.”

Risk indeed. As reactions to the last changes ranged from: “wow! interesting”, to “meh, so and so”, to “wait, X just doesn’t make sense”, to all out rage rants and fans possibly quitting the series.

Still, for every cataclysm there’s a chance of wondrous rebirth as the demise of the dinosaurs aptly demonstrates by virtue of our wonderful selves being here and not them. Perhaps Snyder & co. decided that the Batman character was also a dinosaur in need of some demise, so that a new age can come and new forms can flourish. Artistic and creative forms, of course.

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5 Interesting Facts About Hellraiser

The Hellraiser movie is an icon and “classic” of the genre. It was written and directed by Clive Barker (his directorial debut), a legend himself, who also wrote the novella that the movie is based upon, called “Hellbound Heart”.

It is known that the money invested to make the movie was around 1 million dollars. And that it grossed an astounding 15 million at the box office.  But there are also some things which are less known about it that only serve to increase its mystique and will probably intrigue most readers. Of these, 5 interesting facts about Hellraiser will be discussed in the following lines.

1. Fortunate or unfortunate location?

5 interesting facts about Hellraiser. The location was a real house, not a set.

Due to the relatively small budget it had (compared to other major productions), the producers couldn’t opt to build a set especially for shooting “Hellraiser”, so instead they had to work with an already built house. But their organizational problems didn’t end here. The only viable option they ended up with (meaning the affordable cost) was a house in which, reportedly … a suicide had just taken place. Talk about inspiration for the actors, right?

2. The fine red line of vulgarity

One of the 5 interesting facts about Hellraiser is the MPAA rating.

Those who’ve seen “Hellraiser” (and those who surely will soon, right?), will know that it features a LOT of violence and gruesome images. Including but not limited to: skinned yet still alive characters, pin-cushioned yet still alive characters etc. And Clive Barker mentioned that he had planned even MORE gruesome scenes that the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) kindly requested he take out and probably burn forever. But, that’s not where they drew the line. They went further and instructed Mr. Barker that the movie, which features a sex scene as well, which sex scene included several hearty thrusts (as is to be expected), could only have two consecutive thrusts. Two was okay. Three, however meant it was vulgar filth and it would get the X rating. You have to admire the machine like precision of the quantification process. Some people are surely amazed that the answer was not given in decimals. Say… 2.73 thrusts would be more to the mark. Also, one wonders: if Clive Barker would have been more of a troll and just had like… 20 sequences of 1 or 2 thrusts interspersed randomly throughout the film, would that have been OK with the MPAA?

3. “What shall we call it?”

The 5 interesting facts about Hellraiser include the title.

The title of the film was initially supposed to be the same as the novella, “Hellbound Heart”. But that didn’t sit well with the producers who were of the opinion that it sounded more like a romantic novel than a horror movie, so they asked Clive Barker for another one. Their opinion was duly noted and Clive came with the (dead-pan) suggestion “Sadomasochist From Beyond The Grave”. You can almost hear the sarcasm pouring out. Thankfully, “Hellraiser” was chosen as the final version.

4. Pinhead troubles

The list of 5 interesting facts about Hellraiser includes Pinhead.

The most emblematic character in the movie is that of the Cenobite leader, nicknamed “Pinhead” by fans. But his name in the script and the original novel was just “the lead Cenobite”. And Clive Barker hated the nickname, which is why he gave him the name of “Hell Priest” in later novels.

There were other problems with the character as well. The prosthetics and make-up for the lead Cenobite took 6 hours to apply. And Doug Bradley, the actor who played him, later confessed having difficulties in hitting his marks while wearing the costume because of the contact lenses that made it hard for him to see. Not to mention the skirts he had to wear which he was constantly afraid of tripping over.

5. Inspiration in the little things

5 interesting facts about Hellraiser - the smoking Frank.

Oliver Smith, the actor who played Frank the Monster had a habit of smoking cigar after cigar on set when not filming, even while in costume. Clive Barker noticed this and instead of kicking him out as a fire hazard and just overall bad health related manners, he thought that a skinless man smoking is a pretty cool image for a horror movie and decided to implement this in the film.

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