9 botched Horror Movie Icon redesigns 9 botched Horror Movie Icon redesigns
1,2 fashion police comes for you! Nine not-so-great makeovers of famous horror movie characters. 9 botched Horror Movie Icon redesigns

The status of an icon is cemented by an idiosyncratic appearance and that also applies to horror movie icons. Sometimes the defining visual identity is already established in the first movie (Pinhead), sometimes it needs a few sequels to develop the final look (Jason).

Once in awhile though, frozen structures and tired tropes have to be stirred up and a change in looks is a good first step to breathe some fresh air into a franchise and shake off some of the less timeless visual traits that stem from the time of its inception.
Yet, a change is not always  needed -“don’t fix what’s not broken”- and in the worst case it can turn out to be a little botched- like the following 9 examples.

*List is in no particular order!

#1 Freddy Krueger in New Nightmare (1994)

For Wes Craven’s meta-sequel to the popular slasher-saga a new look for Freddy was necessary due to the script’s darker approach to the character. I have to confess that when the movie came out, the 14 year old me was very impressed by the design overhaul of good ole Freddy, who looked more aggressive now in my eyes. Looking back today, well, that feeling waned a little.

They surely put some effort into updating the 80s relic Freddy and infused his costume with a fair dose of 90s slickness, with some unintentional hilarious results.
I give them the snazzy new coat and the vaguely biomechanical hand with the integrated razors that replaced the classic leather glove. The hat is now green like that of a Christmas elf though and the brand new sweater is 100% wool with a semi-turtleneck, right off the shelves from Abercrombie & Fitch. Below the beltline, the outfit suddenly goes all goth rock-star, with a ridiculous combination of shiny black leather pants and jump boots that reach up to the knee, the former probably a forgotten leftover of the DOKKEN wardrobe for the video clip shoot to “Dream Warriors” and the latter a loan from the NIN fanclub.

Worst part of the new look is the new, cheap looking face makeup, with no more visual references to Italian dishes, but with a more “aggressive” design, showing off a violently torn skin that exposes some very rubbery facial muscles, complemented by some equally awful Marilyn Manson (“Mechanical Animals” era) type contact lenses.

Freddy New Nightmare 1994

#2 “Cyborg Jason” from Jason X (2001)

Jason Vorhees’ excursion into space is definitely one of the most entertaining and self-aware entries into the Friday series, but Jason’s temporary redesign is a low point in a series with quite a few low points.
At one point in the movie, Jason’s face and parts of his body are blasted away, only to be restored with a liquid metal substance by nanobots (…long story). The resulting look is beyond cheesy. I guess the FX department went for something in the vein of Terminator, but it looks more like someone left a “Shredder”action figure, minus helmet, too close to the radiator.

Jason X (2001)

#3 “Drake” aka Dracula in Blade: Trinity (2004)

As a character that appeared in roughly 80 movies (not counting rip-offs), the vampire count has unsurprisingly had his share of horrible incarnations and this version, with a bull-necked Dominic Purcell playing the part, is one of them. It’s admittedly next to impossible to develop a proper, Gary Oldman style fashion sense when you have been buried in the desert for thousands of years and I fully understand that his preferably bare-chested wardrobe choices were intended to exploit him as eye-candy, but still, would the real Dracula go for that Russian Gigolo outfit?

Black shiny leather pants. of course.

And shiny black leather pants. Of course.

When turning into his “monster shape”, he looks like an art project that aims to mold a sculpture of the love child of Sauron and Sil (Species) with minced meat.

Dracula monster

He always struggled to cut the cord.

#4 Pinhead in Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

Confession: I have never seen this hitherto last instalment of the once promising saga, that marked the first time when chief cenobite Pinhead was not played by Hellraiser stalwart Doug Bradley, but by actor Stephan Smith Collins.

When I saw the picture below the first time, I thought it was a photograph of a cheap Mexican Pinhead figurine knockoff. But despite the plasticky quality, it seems to be an actual screencap from the movie.

hellraiser revelations

Not a lot has changed from the original design. The grid carving seems somewhat “fresher” and bloodier now, which undermines the calm morbid austerity of the character a little, but I guess that’s all they could come up with as “innovation”.
Most irritating about this incarnation is simply the new actor; there is nothing intimidating about him. Looking at Collins’ imdb-page, he does have very memorable and poignant features, but apparently not every facial structure lends itself for the Pinhead makeup. What we get is a depiction of what a young uncle Fester waking up in Tijuana after a really bad trip might have looked like.
And those Wayne Knight eyes just creep me out.


Try to make a song about THOSE, Bonnie Tyler.

#5 “Adam” (aka Frankenstein’s monster) in I, Frankenstein (2014)

This redesign is not outright horrible, it’s just very bland and unimaginative.  A few decorative scars spread over a chiseled body and voila. Seems DeNiro’s “cosmetic surgery with a chainsaw” look is done this season. Yes yes, I totally understand that this is supposed to be the “sexy version of Frankenstein’s monster”, but how Vanilla can it get? Also pretty mundane is the garb. No complaints about the coat, but the jeans/hoodie combination is maybe fine for attending the baseball game of your kids or dining out at “Applebee’s”  but makes you look severely underdressed when battling hell demons. Yes yes, I totally understand that he is also the “undercover version of Frankenstein’s monster”, but the scars reveal his identity anyway, so false modesty is inappropriate and it’s high time to get a more dramatic outfit, how about some shiny black leather pants?

And please take those tribal blades back to the late 90s, the guys from the Todd McFarlane toy workshop just called.

I Frankenstein Eckhart

#6 Leprechaun in Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

One of the best dressed and most eloquent horror icons was turned into an ugly and inarticulate monster. I guess the producers tried to adapt the successful Casino Royale approach for their own reboot.

Leprechau: Origins

Vin Diesel really let himself go, lololol

#7 Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Yet another Freddy redesign. Admittedly, his new make-up (the costume remained the same) more accurately reflects the look of real burn victims, but it also suspends the fantastical note of the original character and lacks his expression and uniqueness. Much like the movie actually, so I might give this one a pass after all.

freddy 2010

Putting out fire… with gasoline!

#8 Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

That time when Leatherface was turned into a sweet transvestite from transsexual Texas.


How to NOT carry a chainsaw.

#9 Freddy (again) in Scream (1996)

Come on… they didn’t even try this time!


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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • Oh, gosh. That header picture….LMMFAO

  • Stalkeye

    Holy Shit, this is a very original piece! (Topic wise.) Goyer really screwed up Blade 3 with the “Disco Drac” design. The guy looked more like some Van Halen Bodygaurd than a Prince of darkness. The late great Christopher Lee is (retroactively) spinning in his grave about now.

  • Stalkeye

    Oh, and I, Frankenstein looks retarded. No offense to Kevin Greouix. (Okay, a little.)

  • KilliK

    holly shit at the fat Pinhead! the redesign for the abandoned remake was better:

  • I watched it. It IS

  • Pinhead looks more like “Paul Blart – Hell Cop”

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I fucking hate that goth bodybuilder Dracula from Blade: Trinity! Really hope that Marvel use the traditional Jack Palance-influenced count when they get around to rebooting Blade/Tomb of Dracula.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Is it just me, or does New Nightmare Freddy have a birdlike appearance? I keep picturing Sam Eagle from the Muppets.



  • Wes Craven always wanted Freddy to look like a witch with a witch nose, it’s even more evident in New Nightmare.

  • I have to admit that I would not be too happy about this design either. Barker disliked it and said it looked too “chaotic” while Pinhead was more a rigid, strict character.

  • fangs_television

    Laughed at the Casino Royale joke.

  • funny cuz it’s true

  • KilliK

    yeah, but I prefer this than Fathead. at least it’s something different without being completely shitty.

  • Yeah it’s definitely better than moonface cenobite

  • CoolHandJuke

    John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr. as Dracula after Legosi were pure shit…

  • yeah, Drac should not sport a mustache

  • Bop

    Pinhead looks an Uncle Fester with pins. WTF?

  • CoolHandJuke

    He has one in the book, but fuck that noise…

  • Yeah but of the Sam Elliott variety

  • Frank Langella FTW

  • that’s what I said

  • Bop

    I know. I agree.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Looks like a crappy Halloween mask. Next………..

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Whatever, both suck, so why discuss the merits of their suckiness

  • Tarmac492.1

    Oldman as Old Man Dracula is the creepiest.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Classic Dee article!!! Nice!!!!

  • Thanks!

  • Tarmac492.1

    You will never get that time back.

  • Actually that time is added to your time in purgatory if you watched it.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Did Barker just write a new hellraiser novel? Will they ever make the Damnation Game into anything? Not sure why I am harassing Dee with these questions.

  • Well, he wrote a novel where Pinhead meets Harry D’Amour but the critics were not pleased. Have not read it myself yet.

  • KilliK

    surprise butt seks?

  • Stalkeye

    I’m more interested in the proposed Comic with a grown Tiffany leading a bunch of soldiers of paranormal research into the gates of Hell in order to rescue Kirstie who is now “converted”.

  • Stalkeye

    Its no wonder why Snipes choked the Shit out of David Goyer.
    Way to fuck up the franchise you helped to build Asshole.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy


  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, it’s because of the pronounced beak-like nose, plus the beady peregrine eyes he was also given in that movie.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    They haven’t made many of his books into movies or TV series, really. I’ve heard the guy who’s directing the new version of The Stand plans to adapt Imajica into a miniseries after he’s finished with the former. We’ll see if that happens (doubtful).

  • KilliK

    they are thinking to make that comic into a series? cool. and Christie as the female Pinhead is hawt!

  • KilliK

    jesus, Fathead is even worse than I though. His voice is awful, he sounds like those teleshopping hosts.

  • KilliK

    it’s a meme. you add this as a humorous caption to pics which look like there is going to be some anal action .in this case, your pic with Freddy behind the chick, extending his hand like he is ready to give her some ass fisting.


  • it#s an unintentional spoof

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I dread to think what that glove will do during the fisting process, then. The asshole isn’t even using lube.

  • Stalkeye

    I think I added the actress on my twit account. She’s the real deal, yo!

  • KilliK

    indeed, she is. and she has been naked too.

  • Stalkeye

    Holy shit! You’re right!!! XD XXXXDDDDD XD

  • Tarmac492.1

    Yup. Thats the one.

  • Tarmac492.1

    This girl I know gave me his book of art. It is pretty crazy stuff. I like alot of it. Talented dude. Probably, a tad odd.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Rape joke.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Number 9. I am outraged. They didn’t even bother shaving that stache!

  • CoolHandJuke

    Traffic is a bitch = off go my pants…

  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    I actually preferred Chaney to Carradine who just hammed it up, Chaney actually brought something suave to the role which was different from the usual thugs he was playing at the time.

  • Phantomcreeps

    You sure, hellraiser revelations is 2011?

    No one cares, either way.

  • hm, that’s the year according to imdb at least.

    It might have been lying on the shelf for a while before it was released.