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Sadako costume - 2005 Expo

This was my costume for the autumn 2005 London Expo. My theory for costumes is to pick something simple, but to go the whole hog with it.

Sadako/Samara is essentially a very simple one to go for: white dress + hairstyle. I went the whole hog by getting the extreme wig (which is technically inaccurate but makes for a plausible exaggeration), getting a dress that was authentically 30 years old (thanks mum!), dipping my fingers and toes in black ink 5 days in advance (so by the time of the Expo I was just left with black gunk in the nail furrows), going barefoot, and staying in costume (and character) for pretty much the entire day.

I won the horror category, but there wasn't much competition. What was much more fun was genuinely scaring the crap out of a bunch of people. When it comes down to it, not being able to see someone's face + freaky movements = fundamentally terrifying. Adding in the guttural noise from The Grudge sometimes helped a bit too. :)

(Just a bit of Photoshopping used here to add atmosphere!)

P.S. Yah, I'm a guy. But in the minds of those that have seen The Ring, Sadako is a terrifying nightmare figure first and a girl a distant second - it didn't feel odd at all.
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Oct 29, 2005, 6:05:53 PM
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RayneWolfspeaker's avatar
........I think I love you...
XD jk jk. But this is a really good cosplay! I wouldnt expect a guy to cosplay Samara/Sadko. but it's cool, because I'm pretty sure in the original story, Sadako was a hermaphrodite.
RealtaDeSomnium's avatar
I did this last year! (I have a picture of it as my ID )
ZappaSlave's avatar
I do this costume once a year. I don't scare anyone anymore.

I get hugs ^^
Odd-One-Out's avatar
Did you go to Expo in May, recently? We might've saw you!
ranma-tim's avatar
Didn't go this time, and I haven't so far repeated any costume (not that I've done that many) - although Sadako is the most tempting one to repeat of them all. Was there someone else looking like that there?
Odd-One-Out's avatar
Yes, it was SO scary, he/she genuinely freaked us out!
AllenGale's avatar
nice, Im a guy but I was gothic Alice in Wonderland, very nice costume!
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