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Right before Halloween last year, when I warned you about the five lamest movie-related costumes, we were dealing with a bunch of memorable characters from that year's movies that were so popular they would inevitably be overdone by the time you hit the streets for Halloween parties. This year the situation is very different, and a lot more grim: there are plenty of movies that have made money this year, but precious few memorable characters, and virtually no one you'd want to be caught dead dressed as.
Just in case you didn't yet get the memo, though, I'm here to run down the 9 lamest costumes related to this year's movies (and Avatar, though it was released last December so it counts). Not all of them are from bad movies or are even necessarily bad characters, but each of them seem like a bad call, whether you're planning to hand out candy for the neighborhood kids or convince that cutie dressed as Ripley from Aliens to go home with you. (Ripley from Aliens, by the way, is a timelessly awesome costume. Just FYI)
Check out our list of the 9 worst costume ideas below, and try not to take it personally if you've already got these picked out. Halloween isn't until Sunday, so it's not too late to change.
If you absolutely must: Tweak it: go as post-apocalyptic Shrek, Inception Shrek, anything that's got a shred of creativity-- unlike the movie itself.
If you absolutely must: Be Alice in the armor she wears while fighting the Jabberwocky.
If you absolutely must: Go as both at the same time, with a Kraken in one hand and the sands of time in another. Shout "Release the sands of time!" in Liam Neeson's voice for maximum schizophrenia.
If you absolutely must: Get laid and prove me wrong.
If you absolutely must: Be Mickey Rourke, wear a stupid hat, cry into a mirror about your days in Bosnia all night.
If you absolutely must: Ask any teenagers you see if they saw the new movie, and if they say yes, threaten them with your knife hands and tell them to never make that mistake again.
If you absolutely must: Dress as the fox Robin Hood from the Disney movie. You know, the real Robin Hood.
If you absolutely must: Surround yourself with a protective circle of friends who will explain things for you when you get sick of having to do it yourself. Barring that, actually learn how to bend air.
If you absolutely must: Spend a ton of money on it, James Cameron style. You'll still look really dorky, but people will be impressed despite themselves.