I have a new horror costume tutorial up on CostumeBot.com.
This year, I'm going out as Jason from Freddy Vs. Jason.
Check it out then see my te for links to my sources.What do you do when the Halloween store hockey masks just don’t do it for you anymore?
When the plastic machetes no longer fit the bill?
You move on to a more screen accurate Jason, that’s what!
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Full-head Hood (a latex mask with the face cut out so you won’t die from the heat)
Droopy Eye Appliance
Blue Tee Shirt
Grey Sweatshirt or Sweater
Burlap Barn Jacket (more on this in a bit)
Black Leather Gauntlet Gloves
Brown & Black Speckled Pants (more on this too)
Black Boots (originals were Danners w/ dark blue laces) w/shoe lifts
Grey Makeup (for the eye that can be seen)
As you can see, it’s pretty mple but there are a couple of hangups.
The biggest is the barn jacket.
No one in their right mind would ever make clothing out of burlap so you’ll never find one of these on sale at Macy’s.
You can either make it yourself, buy one another costumer has made, or find a jacket that’s milar and weather the hell out of it.
It all depends on your thirst for accuracy and your sewing skills.
Be warned, though – burlap doesn’t like sewing machines very much.
If you build one of these, you’ll probably need to hand sew it.
I got very lucky.
While I was looking for barn coat patterns and checking out fabric stores for burlap, I stumbled across a poor soul who was selling his VS jacket on Ebay for far less than it was worth.
Yes, I bought my jacket for $50!
Believe it or not, Ebay miracles do sometimes happen.
Even though I bought mine, having it in hand showed me plenty about how to build one.
Check out the video for more.
The other problem is the pants.
If you don’t care about accuracy, some black sweatpants will probably do the trick if you cut up the bottom of the pants legs.
The real pants were custom made terry cloth slacks in brown with black flecks.
I’ve not seen fabric like that anywhere (and I’ve looked) but I was able to find some old sweatpants that were VERY milar.
In certain light they appear to be brown and in other illumination they look black.
I’m not sure why they chose this odd fabric but looking for these weird costume pieces is half the fun!
The mask is the key ingredient, of course.
I recommend FrightStuff because they make their masks from the original F13 Part 3 mold, and at a very reasonable price.
The mask you see in the video was a blank pull made by NoFace.
I cut it out, trimmed it, and painted it to make it match a particular screen-used VS mask but you can make whichever one you want from the FrightStuff masks.
And they can be purchased pre-trimmed and pre-strapped.
If you decide to paint yours yourself, you’ll need plastic primer to prime the surface, then a base coat, painter’s tape to mask off the chevrons, red gloss enamel for those markings, and a variety of paints for weathering.
If I ever decide to paint up my FrightStuff mask, I’ll post a tutorial.
Sorry, but I made the mask in the video several years ago so i don’t have any video of the process.
As to the mask straps, you’ll notice that my mask has elastic strapping.
The screen-used mask had leather straps with buckles and a metal ring at the back where they meet.
I plan on adding that some day but for now, I’m okay with the elastic as it keeps the mask in place very well.
If you’re interested in strap sets you can buy them at http://www/FiberglassMasks.com
or you can raid the dog leash section at your local Petco.
This isn’t a terribly complicated costume.
Just keep an eye on the details and the overall shape of the suit.
If you need to, add extra padding underneath to bulk up to Jason’s ze.
But whatever you do, remember to have fun.
I also have a previous tutorial for the machete.
Next time I paint a mask (I'm thinking of a repaint of the NECA prop replica) I'll do a tutorial on that process too.
Happy Hallowe'en everyone!
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