Great Moments In Horror Hair History: ‘Reggie’ From ‘Phantasm’ (1979)

In the world of ‘horror movie hair’, sometimes it’s not about how much you have on top……but how you work the other areas to compensate for those lacking locks that should be on top.  Enter into this post…..REGGIE!  From the 1979 Don Coscarelli classic, Phantasm.  And if you have been living under a rock the last 38 years, here’s a peek at Reggie’s glorious hair in action:

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Aww yeah!  Get it, Reggie’s hair…..GET IT!  Now, Reggie’s receding hairline might not be as prominent in this pic as his ice cream vendor getup is……but you can definitely see how the hair that he does have is basically having sweet sex with the air blowing to and fro in this scene.  That outfit is pretty effective though, because now I want an ice cream sandwich.  But let’s get back to the main course:  HAIR.  Clearly, if you’ve seen Phantasm and it’s sequels then you know that Reggie’s (aka Reggie Bannister) lack of hair didn’t stop him from pulling the ladies.  And that alone has catapulted him into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Now – please accept your award and then promptly make me a two-scoop in a waffle cone, please.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Johnny Depp In ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ (1984)

Valentine’s Day may be long gone now (even though it was just yesterday), but that’s not going to stop me from giving you ladies (and some men) out there a special treat.  Let me talk about hair for a minute.  More specifically some hair from 80’s horror movies and even more specifically, the hair on none other than Johnny Depp (Glen) from A Nightmare On Elm Street!

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Don’t you just want to run your fingers all through that follicle goodness?  I guess you would say it’s a poofy-feathered do that doesn’t require much Aqua Net to give it that bouncy youthful look.  What the hell did I just write there?  Clearing I’m stammering because I’m so taken by Glen’s hypnotic hair.  Let’s just be glad that the pic didn’t show his cut-off football shirt, or else none of us would be able to concentrate!

Tis a sad thing that this pic was pretty much the last we saw of Glen before he became bed food and a glorious spouting pool of blood.  So with that, it gives me great honor to induct Glen aka Johnny Depp into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History! Now get back to work and stop staring!

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Suzy Putterman And O.D. From ‘TerrorVision’ (1986)

What’s better than one great 80’s horror movie haircut?  Well, that would be TWO great 80’s horror movie haircuts!  Much like Bonnie & Clyde, the duo of Suzy Putterman and O.D. (yes, his name was O.D.) from 1986’s weird horror/comedy TerrorVision were the perfect couple with perfect 80’s hair to boot.

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Nothing says the 80’s like a sweet mullet and some Rainbow Brite hair.  Suzy Putterman (Diane Franklin) and O.D. (Jon Gries) were the power couple in TerrorVision, and when they weren’t trying to civilize their googly-eyed large alien friend, they were flaunting their retro dos with no inhibitions.

Let’s be real, TerrorVision is not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is fun.  And pretty gooey too.  And gooey is always good.  Not to mention that O.D. sported a W.A.S.P. T-shirt throughout the movie, which perfectly accentuated his mullet.  Now I have to say, that is a first.  Not one, but two heads of hair are being welcomed into the illustrious Dirty Horror Hair Hall Of Fame.  So without further adieu, it gives me great honor to induct Suzy Putterman and O.D. into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Now I really want to go find a W.A.S.P T-shirt on eBay.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Samantha’s Hair From ‘Night Of The Comet’ (1984)

(Sexy synthy 80’s music starts playing)  Alright guys, and some girls, it’s time to take a trip back to 1984’s campy classic Night Of The Comet.  And no, I’m not here to talk about the fact that this movie is still heavily underrated.  I’m here to talk sexy hair.  And not just any sexy hair.  I’m here to talk about THIS sexy hair!

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Hell yeah.  That right there is Kelli Maroney, who played Samantha in the movie and battled post-apocalyptic zombies with a machine gun.  If you haven’t seen Night Of The Comet, then hopefully that last sentence sold you on doing so.  I know I’m not alone at having a crush on Samantha in her pink and blue cheerleader outfit, but just try and focus on the hair for now.  It does look a little mangy, and I could see myself maybe getting my hand stuck in it – but you can’t deny that it’s glorious and about as 80’s as 80’s hair can get.   So because of that, it gives me great honor to induct Samantha into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Now let’s direct our focus back onto the cheerleader outfit.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: William Katt

1976 was a monumental year, because that was the year that I was born.  Not trying to sound narcissistic, but I wouldn’t be giving you this insightful and sometime boring blog if I hadn’t been brought into this world.  But in 1976, something else was given to us.  Something more amazing and inspirational than myself.  Yes, that’s right – we were blessed with William Katt’s hair in the classic horror movie, Carrie:

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That’s right – the only thing that could upstage Sissy Spacek’s freckles would be that lovely blonde head mop up there in that photo.  William Katt would later go on to transition himself and that hair into The Greatest American Hero television show, but we’ll mostly always remember him as Tommy Ross – the nice guy who wanted to take Carrie to the prom and instead got knocked out on stage by a bucket full of pig’s blood.  Sadly in 1986, William Katt would cut most of his luscious locks off for the horror movie, House.  And he would replace the attention of that with this shirt:

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I’m sure you’re at as much of a lose words as I am.  So I’ll just let that image marinate in your brain for a little bit.  It was the 80’s, but some things are unforgivable, even during clothing-challenged decades.  But anyway – that shirt does not in any way deter me from having William Katt enshrined into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Unfortunately his V-neck shirt is not going to be enshrined into anything.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: David’s Mullet In ‘The Lost Boys’ (1987)

I’m about to write about something so rare…..so unmentionable…..so not worth the build up that I’m giving it, but I’m going to keep building it up because it has to be done.  I’m talking about a mullet hairstyle that actually looks…….COOL.

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And there you have it.  That’s none other than David (Kiefer Sutherland) from the 1987 vampire flick, The Lost Boys.  And that’s his mullet.  Bucking the trend that this hairstyle is laughable, David allowed us to accept it in it’s cool vampire form and realize that there could be a better way for the mullet.  In 1988, Night Of The Demons took note and attempted to replicate the style on top of the head of Stooge (Hal Havins).  Nothing compares to David’s though, and for that very reason he is now enshrined into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  As a bonus, this guy in the video below wasn’t in a horror movie, but he deserves some recognition for what him and his mullet do to those melons.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Kevin Dillon In ‘The Blob’ (1988)

Easily one of my favorite horror remakes of all time is 1988’s, The Blob.  So many reasons for this statement:  Shawnee Smith, the sink drain kill scene, Shawnee Smith, the kid getting demolished by The Blob in the sewer, Shawnee Smith, the amazing retro vibe that the movie has, and of course – Shawnee Smith.  Yes, I had a small crush on her back in the days.  But one moment trumps all of these things.  One thing so spectacular….so breathtakingly special….so inspiring and monumental that words can’t do it any justice.  I’m talking about………

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………Kevin Dillon’s hair!!!!  Oh yeah.  The mullet was still all the rage in 1988, but let’s be serious here – the mullet never loses it’s hypnotic luster.  I recently sat down with The Blob again and found myself getting lost in those dreamy locks, and it proved to be quite distracting.  How the hell am I supposed to watch Paul get swallowed up by The Blob when all I can think about is when Kevin Dillon’s hair will come back onscreen and grace us with it’s presence. It’s definitely a problem.  I manage though, and get through the whole movie but find myself having mullet withdrawals afterwards.  And it’s because of this, that Kevin Dillion is undoubtedly part of the ‘Great Moments In Horror Hair History‘ club!  Is there anything you’d like to add to this post, Shawnee Smith?

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Thank you, Shawnee.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Rawhead Rex (1986)

Not many things could upstage a scene in a horror movie where a demonic creature pisses on a priest and “baptizes” him.  But a sweet mullet haircut sure as hell could.

Rawhead Rex is a 1986 hilariously ‘bad but good’ horror movie that was conceived by the master mind of Clive Barker.  I’m not going to get too much into the storyline that revolves around an evil pagan god with big ass teeth tearing some shit up in a little Irish town.  I’m talking about hair here!  And my oh my does Rawhead Rex have a sweet set of locks on that big cranium of his.  The hair definitely has a Gene Simmons kind of texture to it, but if anything – that makes it even more amazing.  So because of that alone, it’s no surprise to proclaim that Rawhead Rex and his hair was indeed a Great Moment In Horror Hair History!

 

Business in the front:

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Party in the back:

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Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Tawny Kitaen In ‘Witchboard’ (1986)

In the still of the night I hear the wolf howl, honey – sniffin’ around your door!!!!!”  Sorry, I had to get my quick Whitesnake karaoke fix in written form considering I’m about to do a story about Tawny Kitaen who was famous for sexing it up in their videos.  We’re strictly talking hair here though, which in many ways can be equally as sexy.  In 1986, Tawny and her ginger locks starred in Kevin Tenney’s underrated horror flick, Witchboard.

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Breathtaking.  When Tawny wasn’t fighting off the powers of an evil Ouija board in the movie, she was flaunting her 80’s hair around like nobody’s business. And what a mesmerizing mane it was.  It’s not everyday that hair takes center stage over a murderous Ouija board, but in this case it did.  And I for one, had no complaints at all.  So with that being said, I can easily announce that Tawny Kitaen’s hair in Witchboard was a Great Moment In Horror Hair History!  Now let’s reminisce and watch her have some fun on top of some automobiles.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Shelly (Friday The 13th Part 3 – 1982)

The Jewfro.  A hairstyle that not many could pull off.  A hairstyle that can be a bit distracting.  And a hairstyle that’s pretty self-explanatory:  A Jewish person that has an afro.  And in 1982, one man brought this hairstyle to the forefront in the third entry of the Friday The 13th franchise.  Behold!  Shelly and his tantalizing Jewfro!

Ok.  Maybe not the best picture to accentuate it, but you get the idea.  Shelly sure was a jokester and pretty ticklish as was evident in the scene above, but none of his friends in Friday The 13th Part III ever joked with him about his curly mop on top.  Sure they made fun of him for being annoying and slightly overweight, but his hair was off limits.  That’s obviously because of how glorious it was.  And quite practical too.  Imagine all of the great things he could hide in there!  A stapler.  His wallet.  A jar of vaseline.  The possibilities are endless.

So today we honor you Shelly (inspirational music starts to play), and your Jewfro that unknowingly became your sidekick up until you got your throat slit by Jason and had your hockey mask stolen.  There will never be another one quite like yours, and you will forever remain on top of that horror movie Jewfro mountain that so few people inhabit (music swells and ends with a big over the top crescendo).