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Homemade Gorilla Suit Costumes

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Gorilla suit costumes are a classic, and it doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for. A gorilla suit costume is just as appropriate at a science fiction convention as it is at a Halloween party. And new versions of the classic gorilla costume look more realistic than ever.

Making your own gorilla suit costume can be a challenge, but it can be a fun way to spend some time with one of your kids, and it can save you a little bit of money. If you’re handy and like doing craft type stuff, give making your own gorilla suit for Halloween a try.

Your gorilla suit will need arms and a torso, as well as pants. I recommend sweatshirts and sweatpants, in black or gray. You can then attach the fur to the appropriate places on the costume. Get yourself a cool gorilla mask to top it off with, and you’ve got a homemade gorilla costume that can’t be beat.

If you really want to have some fun with a gorilla suit, try emulating some of the early Planet of the Apes movies to see if anyone is nostalgic enough to remember the films and make the connection. If you’ve got some buddies who are also science fiction geeks, you could even have someone dress as Charlton Heston from the movie. If someone is creative and artistic, you could set up your own Statue of Liberty prop so that you can re-enact the end of the original movie. That will really drive the crowd wild.

Western Movies Worth Seeing

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I thought it might be fun to write about some western movies that are actually worth seeing. I’ve heard it said that the only art forms unique to the USA are the western movie and jazz music. I think some other countries have had a lot of fun MAKING western movies, but the United States does get credit for inventing and creating the genre. Here are a few that are worth watching:

  1. The SearchersThis one is my pick for best western movie ever made. It stars John Wayne, but he’s not the big cuddly Duke you’re used to in this one. He and another guy are searching for some Indians who have kidnapped his niece. But his character, Ethan, is a racist. The movie has more to do with whether or not he’ll find redemption than anything else.
  2. The Tin StarAn unusual and excellent western from director Anthony Man. This one stars Henry Fond and Anthony Perkins. Perkins is the young, untested sheriff, and Fonda plays a cynical bounty hunter who reluctantly takes the Perkins character under his wing.
  3. The Quick and the Dead – This one was made in 1995, making it the newest western on this list. It’s directed by Sam Raimi and stars Sharon Stone, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Gene Hackman. The artistic and stylish direction is the main reason for seeing this, but Gene Hackman’s performance is delightful.

Of course, this only scratches the surface of which western movies are worth seeing.

Written by randy

June 16th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Posted in Movies