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SAW Reverse Bear Trap Costume

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SAW Reverse Bear Trap Costume

Reverse Bear Trap from 'SAW' - Worn and recreated by me

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Photo #1 - Reverse Bear Trap from 'SAW' - Worn and recreated by me Photo #2 - Reverse Bear Trap from 'SAW' - Worn and recreated by me Photo #3 - With the iconic Billy the Puppet from 'SAW' Photo #4 - The cardboard foundation Photo #5 - Paint job being done! Photo #6 - Back view of the trap shows the timer and lock. Photo #7 - Full costume!
Costume type:  Costumes for Adults
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for adults entered our 2016 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Amanda, the 'SAW Reverse Bear Trap' costume creator:

This costume was handmade and worn by me. "SAW" is one of my favorite films, and I am a huge fan of writer Leigh Whannell. So, the idea to recreate one of the most memorable traps of this franchise was something I was determined to do.

I started off by creating the foundation of the head piece. I used all cardboard for this. Making sure it is a light cardboard material so that it is easy to manipulate. I used the cardboard from old shoe boxes. I then covered it completely in newspaper to avoid the cardboard edges from showing. Once that was all hot glued, I began the fabrication of the realistic details. I hot glued thick screws to put in between the windows of the mouth piece. I then put bolts above those screws to give it the illusion that the screws actually had been inserted through the mouth piece, as well as on the headband that goes over the head. I created the wheels on each side of the device out of cardboard as well and hot glued them with a bolt in the middle for more realism. I used random things I found in my garage to give it a more complex fabricated look. The more complex the trap looks, the more realistic it looks. The tube and wires were bendable to wrap around the back of my head and hot glued to the head piece. I then found an old, lightweight lock to dangle in the back (since the object of the "game" is to find the key and set yourself free from the trap). Which brings me to the timer. I found a picture of a timer online, printed it out, and glued it to a plastic, clear circle that was once used to hold objects in place in a typical package (like ones that action figures or barbies would be packaged in). It gives the timer a 3D effect as if it were a real timer. I attached small, thin wires to the timer and to the head piece (again, the more science fair experiment looking it appears, the more realistic). Once everything was glued and in place, the paint job began. I pre-painted everything in black to keep the newspaper from showing. I then used a mixture of copper and bronze paints to give the device a metallic look. As for the clothes, I grabbed an old, basic purple long sleeve shirt and cut off the sleeves to wear as arm warmers, just like the character Amanda Young in the movie. I wore a black skirt, some thigh highs, and combat boots. And there you have it!

It seems difficult, but I believe that this costume can bring out anyone's creativity without having to spent much money on materials. Just use what you find in your tool box/garage, grab some cardboard, and create! The formation of your materials on the device as well as the paint job would sell the costume as something totally realistic! When I wore this costume, people constantly asked me if it was heavy on my head; I suppose to an audience it doesn't appear to look like cardboard, and it was so lightweight on my head! I really enjoyed making this costume. I know if you're a fan of horror like me, you'll enjoy making and wearing it too! Horror movies for the win! GAME OVER. ;)

Thank you for your consideration!

Amanda Avina

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#1 comment by Veronica August 3, 2016

This is amazing!! So legit!

#2 comment by Steven August 3, 2016

Really cool costume.. Looks so good its scary!! Great job!!

#3 comment by Catherine Caceres August 3, 2016

Love. Love. Love!!! well done Amanda!!! You're awesome!!

#4 comment by Ali August 3, 2016

Love it! You rock!

#5 comment by Raul August 3, 2016

This is very impressive. I have seen this costume in person at monsterpalooza and thought it was metal based on how real it appeared. Great attention to detail and amazing craftsmanship. When the Director or SAW himself compliments the costume, you know it's done right. 10/10.

#6 comment by Javier Lopez August 3, 2016

Great Job on the reverse Bear Tarp. I love the detail mechanisms. Truly inspiring work.

#7 comment by Nathalie August 3, 2016

So creative!! I love it!

#8 comment by Louis August 3, 2016

I find the fabrication of this piece to be brilliant! In reading the story from the creator of the piece I could not help but think that this is pure genius.
I assume no formal training and it came to fruition out of creativity , imagination , fortitude , & and shear love for horror genre.

I truly hope that someone really looks at this and gives this young lady an opportunity for an internship at a major studio or someone in the industry

#9 comment by Claudia August 4, 2016


#10 comment by Monique August 5, 2016

Your process of creation is so well thought out! All the little things you added like the clear circle you mentioned was from packaging toys. So creative and awesome. Definitely keep going with your work, it's really cool :). Hope to see more of your creations!

#11 comment by Diana love August 5, 2016

Amazing work !!! Great job Amanda !!!!

#12 comment by Kaitlin Ruiz August 6, 2016

Werk it girl

#13 comment by Espi August 6, 2016

This is very awesome! I love it!! It looks like the real thing. Good JoB!!!

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