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Was 1984 the Best Year for Movies? Comments Off

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Can you remember 1984? It was thirty years ago, so you could be forgiven for not recollecting much of what went on. What did happen though, was that lots of awesome movies were released!

We thought it might be fun to take a little walk down memory lane, and rediscover the awesomeness that was 1984…

 

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Ghostbusters!

“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”

Did you know…

  • Most of Bill Murray’s lines in the movie are ad-libs. Almost none of the scenes were filmed as scripted!
  • Until the release of Home Alone in 1990, this was the highest-grossing comedy movie of all time.
  • John Candy was originally cast to play Louis Tulley, but he quit because his ideas for the characters were rejected. He left early in production and was replaced by Rick Moranis.
  • The scene at the party where Louis Tulley mingles with his guests was taken in one continuous shot and almost entirely improvised.

 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…”

Did you know…

  • Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used to make this movie
  • In the scene where Nancy is attacked by Freddy in the bath, actress Heather Langenkamp spent twelve hours in the bath!
  • The words “Elm Street” are actually not said at all during the movie
  • The film cost around $1.8 million to produce – and made that cost back in its opening weekend.

 

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“Hasta la vista, baby!”

Did you know…

  • The famous “I’ll be back” line was originally scripted as “I’ll come back.” Schwarzenegger was relatively new to speaking English at the time, and originally said it as “I will be back” until James Cameron suggested he shorten it.
  • Mel Gibson turned down the role of the Terminator. OJ Simpson was also considered, but it was thought he was “too nice” to be believable. Tom Selleck turned the role down because of his commitment to his series Magnum PI.
  • Once he had been cast in the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered so indispensable that production was put on hold while he went to film Conan the Destroyer first. James Cameron didn’t have time to make another movie in the meantime, so he did some writing – and wrote most of Aliens!
  • James Cameron seems to have had a bit of a “trademark” going with actor Michael Biehn. While playing Kyle, his hand is bitten by another character – something that then happens to Biehn’s characters in both Aliens and The Abyss!

 

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“Wax on, wax off”

Did you know…

  • The yellow classic Ford from the famous “wax on, wax off” scene was actually given to actor Ralph Macchio by the producer; he still has it.
  • Macchio was actually 22 when he filmed this movie.
  • Mr Miyagi actor Pat Morita is credited as Noriyuki “Pat” Morita because the producers wanted to promote his Japanese heritage.
  • When Daniel and his mother are talking to each other outside the karate school, you can hear her voice but her lips aren’t moving.

 

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“Bright light, bright light!”

Did you know…

  • The set for Kingston Falls is the same one used for Back to the Future the following year and the theatre that blows up in this movie is the same one Marty McFly crashes into  in Back to the Future.
  • The voices of many of the Gremlins were done by Michael Winslow – the man with all the funny voices in Police Academy.
  • Mogwai means devil or demon in Cantonese
  • The script was written by Chris Columbus, who went on to direct the first two Home Alone movies. A clip of It’s a Wonderful Life appears in all three movies.

 

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“Move out, maggots!”

  • Michael Winslow (with the funny voices) was also the voice of all of the public service announcements at the academy.
  • Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton and Judge Reinhold were all considered for the role of Mahoney.
  • Leslie Halliwell was the film buyer for ITV, but he resigned when ITV decided to show Police Academy in the UK; he believed some of the scenes would encourage criminal behaviour!
  • Police Academy was the most popular film of 1984 in Germany.

 

Other fabulous films released in 1984: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Neverending Story, Footloose, Romancing the Stone  and This is Spinal Tap.

Can you name a year with a better crop of movie releases? We can’t!

Don’t forget, we cover most of these movies in our fancy dress store!

Time Machines at the Ready! We’re Going Back to the 80s! Comments Off

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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This weekend sees the Back to the 80s Festival in Trentham Gardens.

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Trentham Gardens are formal Italianate gardens that are part of the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire. The gardens alone are worth a visit; they have undergone a massive redevelopment and regeneration since 2000 and now include a garden centre and crafts centre as well as other leisure attractions. Concert tickets allow all-day access to the gardens, so you could make a day of it! Highlights include a boat trip across Trentham Lake, a “barefoot walk” and fourteen cafes and restaurants – so if you’re not in the mood for bringing a picnic, you can always eat when you get there.

Of course, if you’re going to a “Back to the 80s” concert, fancy dress is expected. 

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Why not dig out your old banana clip (don’t pretend you didn’t have one; we all had one!) and wear it again? Extra points if you also get the crimpers involved!

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a banana clip – get down to the chemist and buy as much hair mousse and spray as you can carry, and opt for this ‘do – it works as well for men as for women, which is an added bonus! The makeup is also a classic ’80s look… how did this stuff ever go out of fashion? It’s amazing!

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Or how about trying this look? It’s actually pretty tame for Cyndi Lauper, don’t you think?

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Here’s another classic ’80s look – shoulder pads that could poke your eye out! We dare you to turn up in this one!

We know what you’re thinking: what about the men’s outfits? Don’t worry, we have that covered…

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This guy is so cool, he’s had his photo taken anonymously for fear of being mobbed!

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Perhaps this is more up your street? Ripped denim, messy hair, chains?

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Really though, this is the ultimate men’s ’80s look, isn’t it? Throw in a mullet for good measure, and you’re laughing… or the people around you are, any way!

There is just one one thing remaining that no 1980s fancy dress costume would be complete without…

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LEG WARMERS!

Movie Party Special Comments Off

Posted on March 07, 2014 by admin

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Last week saw the end of this year’s award season with the 86th Academy Awards. If you’re planning a film –themed party to celebrate the winners (and the losers) or just need an excuse to dress up as your favourite character, we’ve got some great ideas to inspire you.

American Hustle

David O’Russell’s 70s flick American Hustle received a whopping 10 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, yet sadly came away with nothing. But as the film that received the most nominations in 2014, there’s still every reason to dress up in your 70s get-up for your movie-based bash.

We love this great tutorial from Punk Chyaz, which shows you how to achieve a cool Jennifer Lawrence-inspired look from the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s tale of 80s yuppie greed didn’t win any awards at this year’s Oscars, but as it’s one of the most talked about films this year, there’s every reason to reach for a massive mobile phone, slap on some khakis, a bright polo shirt and complete with a sweater over the shoulders. Don’t forget to slick back your hair and turn up your collar!

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 The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby came away with the award for best costume design, for its fresh and fabulous flapper outfits. If you’re going for a Great Gatsby themed ensemble, then this gorgeous hairstyle will really finish off your look.

Check out our BAFTAs special for more ideas on how to achieve and award winning 20s style!

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If you’re going for something a little more fun with your costume why not dress in style and celebrate the film that swept the board at this year’s Oscars: Gravity.

Iron Man 3 was also in the list of this year’s nominees, so if you’ve always fancied yourself as playboy and entrepreneur Tony Stark, now’s your chance to become one of Marvel’s most well-loved superheroes!

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Just for fun…

Star Trek: Into Darkness was also nominated for an award, but even if you don’t fancy sporting the Spock ears and blue sweater yourself, you might have a furry friend who’d love to be involved in your Oscar celebrations!

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Get the look… 80s pop princess Comments Off

Posted on January 24, 2014 by admin

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It may be the decade that style forgot, but an 80s theme is one type of party that never goes out of style. While most everyday 80s fashion revolved around leggings, shoulder pads and bad perms, the pop stars of the decade were known for their more iconic looks.

Looking for tips to complete your 80s look? We’ve got loads of hair and make-up tips to make sure you achieve that unique 80s pop princess look.

Get the look… 80s make-up

Back in the 80s, subtle make-up was practically non-existent. Dark eyebrows, bright, neon eye shadows, bold lipstick and lots of blusher was the only way to go. Check out this totally rad 80s make-up tutorial from Kandee Johnson.

Neon eye-shadow

You can really get creative with your eye-makeup, especially as you don’t need to worry about blending or matching colours together. Neon colours work especially well to create a striking 80s look.

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The 80s was all about massive hair, so toss those hair straighteners aside and prepare to add plenty of volume! This is a brilliant look that can quickly be achieved back back-combing your hair and using lots of hairspray.

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It’s all about accessorising your 80s look. These neon crayons will help you to achieve your striking 80s eye make-up. If you’re looking for ways to retro your outfit, then neon leg-warmers and brightly fluorescent beads are a great way to accessorise your costume.

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Alternative looks

Of course, you can’t talk about 80s style without talking about Madonna – a pop princess who’s unique style and inventive outfits have made her an 80s legend.

Rather than opting for bright colours, opt for some striking black eyeliner, false eyelashes and bold red lipstick.

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If you’re going for the complete 80s Madonna look, then try putting your hair up into a French pleat, with plenty of volume on top. Don’t forget to accessorise with plenty of chains, necklaces and bangles!

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Use Bonnie Tyler for Inspiration at your Eurovision Song Contest Party! Comments Off

Posted on May 09, 2013 by admin

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Power ballad legend Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain in Eurovision 2013 set to be broadcast live from Malmo, Sweden!

Hosted by the very nation that gave us ABBA, the Eurovision Song Contest is as eighties as it gets thanks to the cheesy costumes, dance routines and epic hair dos .

If you’re thinking of hosting a Eurovision party this year, then why not consider making it an 80s fancy dress theme? Here at Fancy Dress Ball we have a whole range of 80s fancy dress to tickle your fancy and ensure that you have the very best costume on show!

Jailbait Wig

Take after Bonnie herself with this huge blonde wig, reminiscent of the cover art on her best-selling single ‘Holding Out for a Hero’, which was featured on the ultimate 80’s movie Footloose. You’ll be a hit with this wig, so no need to worry about scoring ‘nil points’ here!

80s Popstar Costume

Bonnie wasn’t just any old pop star, she was a badass power ballad singer! To emphasise her power, she often wore dark, fitted clothing with lots of leather; so team this 80s pop star dress with a leather jacket and red lipstick for the ultimate costume.

80s Rock Legend Costume

For the guys to get involved, why not take on another classic 80’s rock legend costume? The only thing you need now to finish this party is the Eurovision on the television, karaoke lined up for the boring bits, and lots of neon make-up!

You can see Bonnie Tyler’s Eurovision entry, ‘Believe in Me’, here:

 

Remember some 80s & 90s classic TV icons Comments Off

Posted on January 11, 2013 by admin

Confession time: hands up who watched the recent ‘Old Skool’ weekend on the CITV channel?

Classic children’s TV shows from the 1980s and 90s like Knightmare and Fun House returned to our screens once more on a nostalgia marathon that proved to be a top trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up in that era.

Reliving some of the programmes whisked viewers back to a care-free time of rushing home after another lame day at school to tune in to see Neil Buchanan make something amazing out of bits of old junk on Art Attack and Super Gran keeping the mean streets of Tynemouth safe.

The 80s and 90s was also a time when the following classic fancy dress icons enjoyed plenty of success:

Zippy from Rainbow

Probably the most famous character from Rainbow was Zippy with his infectious laugh and general shenanigans. Anybody got any idea what kind of animal Zippy was? No, neither do we. Anyway, here’s a Rainbow episode from back in the day.

Scooby Doo

The canine crime fighter first appeared on our screens in the late 1960s, but anyone who was a kid in the 80s will fondly remember watching Scooby Doo, Fred, Velma, Daphne and the rest of the gang investigating all sorts of weird and wonderful goings on. Watch the theme tune here and try not to sing along – it’s impossible.

Spotty from Superted

Superted’s trusty sidekick Spotty, who was voiced by former Dr Who star John Pertwee, was always on hand to foil Texas Pete and Skeleton  in their attempts to get up to no good. Hurrah for Spotty and Superted!

Sonic The Hedgehog

Everyone at some time in their lives must have owned or at least played a Sonic The Hedgehog console game and it was also a popular cartoon. “Too fast for the naked eye” went the theme tune and he is still blazing a trail to this day.

Make it a Happy New Year with Fancy Dress Ball Comments Off

Posted on December 04, 2012 by admin

The festive season is well underway and people everywhere are planning their Santa costumes and Elf costumes ready for a proper seasonal party, but there is another proper party around the corner.

As we all know, it’s New Year’s Eve less than a week after Christmas Day, so if anything, it’s more of an opportunity to dress up for fun!

Whatever you’re planning, whether it is a house party or a night out on the town, your night is guaranteed to be improved with a fancy dress costume. It’s often difficult to decide exactly what to dress up as, so here is some inspiration to get you started:

Themed parties are always a winner, so why not go for the classic 80s costumes? The sexy Ghostbusters costume is bound to turn some heads, but make sure you keep dancing to keep warm in the cold, cold winter!

If we’re sticking with the 80s theme, the Rubik’s Cube costume will most certainly be a winner! Even if you’ve never completed one, you can still be a puzzle if you’re out on the pull…

For more inspiration for a New Year fancy dress costume, go to our homepage and click the banner down the left-hand side or broaden your horizons and have a browse of the whole site to find what you want!

Iconic Costumes: Freddy Krueger Comments Off

Posted on October 10, 2012 by admin

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems only fitting to dedicate this week’s iconic costumes post to one of the most memorably scary characters of all time.

Freddy Krueger is the kind of character that lives long in the memory of every movie fan, not just because of his terrifying presence, but because of his iconic red and black-striped outfit, bladed glove and fedora hat.

A Nightmare on Elm Street will long be remembered as one of the best Halloween films in film history and will, indeed, long be recognised in fancy dress form precisely because of this. Slasher movies always go down a treat at Halloween and, even considering it was released in 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street still stands right up there with the best of them.

The movie, directed and written by Wes Craven, was the first of what became a whole Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, comprising nine movies in total, as well as a TV show and many books and comics.

The merchandise and fancy dress costumes keep the franchise alive today, unlike the ways in which Freddy slashed his victims in the movies! The Krueger costume is still so popular today that it has been extended to a couple’s costume choice, too, with the ladies Ms Freddy Krueger Halloween costume.

It’s the ultimate of all Halloween costumes, whether you’re going as a couple or not!

Iconic Costumes: Pacman Comments Off

Posted on September 19, 2012 by admin

It’s time for our iconic costumes feature, fancy dress fans! In the spotlight this week is an outfit from one of the most critically acclaimed and well-loved arcade games of all time: Pacman.

The simple yet immensely addictive game was a massive hit in the 80s and has cemented its place in the nostalgic memory bank of many people around the world. Remarkably, though, considering its immense popularity, it did take around three decades for the official Pacman costumes to be released.

Since they emerged onto the world fancy dress scene, though, these costumes have reignited a passion for the classic game and lit up many a day and night out. It’s one of those themes that lend themselves perfectly to group fancy dress and never fails to make people laugh.

The officially licensed costumes here at Fancy Dress Ball cover the range of characters from the Pacman games, from Inky, Binky and Pinky to Clyde and Pacman himself, so they’re the perfect choice if you’re planning a fancy dress outing in numbers to, say, a sporting event or a giant birthday celebration!

The advancement of computer games since the 80s is such that we’ll probably never see another costume as iconic as Pacman – and, of course, they’re only going to become more iconic as time passes by and arcade games become even more of a thing of the past.

Back to School Comments Off

Posted on September 12, 2012 by admin

September has rolled around again and no matter what age you are the month is always reminiscent of the trees turning brown, the skies turning grey and the scent of autumn looming.

Along with the change of the season, September marks the back to school rush. Everyone remembers the new stationary; pencils, pencil cases and fresh exercise books, a new lunch box and ruck sack and, above all, the oversized stiff new uniform you will grow into.

If you are holding a party in September for any reason, why not pay homage to the month and its meaning in years gone by, by making it fancy dress? More specifically, a back to school themed fancy dress.

You can get everything you need from Fancy Dress Ball, from school boy caps to full on school uniforms for girls. There are even accessories like shoes and wigs so you can really look the part.

Why not peruse some old photos of yourself and your friends from your school days and recreate the styles you thought were cool?!

Be careful though, you might not want to go too far back, you might discover some styles you thought you had forgotten about…