Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

Tag Archive for 'scary'

Halloween 2013!

vintage-halloween-costumes-1

It’s that magical, special time of year, Frocktalkers!  Halloween is almost upon us.  My email inbox is starting to fill up with requests and questions, so I thought I might just cut to the chase with a list of costumes for 2013 that are sure to be a hit at your workplace, party, or trick-or-treating adventure.  In case this is not enough for you, you can see previous years’ lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Get your credit cards ready, because I have purchasing links and everything.  And none of it has anything to do with looking like a slut-bag and sacrificing your dignity on some kind of man-made Whoreloween altar.  Here we go:

Continue reading ‘Halloween 2013!’

Halloween 2012

It’s that time of year, people! Halloween – the most sacred and holy day of the year for us costume-types. What to be this year? Well, I have some ideas… and there are plenty of ideas from years past HERE, HERE and HERE. I have three thematic groupings this year: popular culture, icons of horror, and zombies!!! I will try to make it short and sweet, and give you enough links to get you going.

Continue reading ‘Halloween 2012’

The Exorcist – Live at the Geffen Playhouse

I have a particular fondness for the “scary movie” genre, having designed many of these kinds of films in my career. When I heard that the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles was going to be putting up a production of perhaps one of the most famous (and scary) movies of all time – The Exorcist – I knew I had to see it. How do you translate the fear, horror, and especially special effects (head spinning, projectile vomiting, crab walking and defying gravity) of the original film to the stage? I was really curious.

Continue reading ‘The Exorcist – Live at the Geffen Playhouse’

Western Costume Halloween Bonanza!

It’s that time of year!!!  One of LA’s most venerable costume houses, Western Costume, offers a selection of costumes to rent to the public for Halloween!  There are thousands of costumes from which to choose, and there are deals to be had!!  Western’s Halloween Store is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10A – 7P until October 29th, and then they are open on Halloween day from 10A – 6P.  Details after the jump!

Continue reading ‘Western Costume Halloween Bonanza!’

Shameless Self-Promotion: INSIDIOUS!

Hello Frocktalkers!  It is with great excitement and glee that I let you know about a film I designed called Insidious!  It opens tonight, 4-1-11, across this country, and I hope that you can see it!  I was lucky enough to work with a delightful and talented crew on this film, and I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish.  It is very, VERY scary, but it’s rated PG-13, so you can take your teen kids.  Check out the website for the film, and thanks for your support!!  Enjoy the movie!!

– KMB

Letting You In On A Secret!

All summer, I’ve been up to my eyeballs on a film. I was crazed, and I didn’t have much time to do this Frocktalk work (which means so much to me). I couldn’t tell anyone, not even my family, what the film is about or what it is called, as I had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement and was bound to silence by the terms of the agreement… until today. The film comes out in 3,000 theaters tonight, so now I can tell you that the film I was working on all summer is… Paranormal Activity II.

Continue reading ‘Letting You In On A Secret!’



Follow us on Twitter!

Recent Comments