20 Years of Scream…and Skulls

“Now Sid, don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!”

1996 was an insane year for film – Independence Day, Fargo, Happy Gilmore, The Craft, Trainspotting, Romeo & Juliet…and who can forget Wes Craven’s Scream; a horror extravaganza of epic proportion that left the world not-quite-the-same.


Reminiscent of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Ghostface, Craven’s recognizable Dali-esque villain, turned ‘the skull’ into a pop-culture icon. No longer were skellies the thing of pirate ships and metal musicians but the hollow eyes and gaping mouths of the figurative dead had worked their way back into the consciousness of the populace. (Thanks Wes). And now there’s a skull around every corner.

Twenty years later, the challenge for fashionistas and trend setters is; how to take something that has become so common and make it as sui generis as possible – a skull worthy of a Ghostface slashing (what’s that phrase?: ‘negative attention is better than none’).

A good place to start your search for a great satirical skull is the Purple Heels shop (of course), which has a killer range of ‘skullified’ fashion; stuff that would look great at the Scream reunion party that you are totally planning on hosting this Halloween – right?


If you’re into a ‘bad girl’ kinda skull, check out Iron Fist’s Loose Tooth X-ray Skull Chiffon Poncho or Black Torn Jumper. Disney’s Peter Pan Skull Dia De Los Meurte Small Crossbody Bag is hella cool and if you’re a Misfits fan – well, skulls are par for the fashion course…and we have a whole range of awesomeness!

Perhaps you’re into a more ironic skull – full of floral, colour, bows and blitz? In which case, the Juliet Tie Dye Floral Skull Dress, Crazy Floral Skull Super Platform Lace Up Heels and the Hellwaiin Holiday Tropical Flamingo Skull Bodycon Dress (all by Iron Fist) are summer must-haves!

What’s great about a twenty-first century skull, even when it’s fuchsia pink with flowers blooming from the depths of its eye sockets, is that lurking in the background is always the question…

What’s your favourite scary movie? – You psycho!

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