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Helena Bonham Carter’s Red-Carpet Hexes

Actress Helena Bonham Carter arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/WireImage

Helena Bonham Carter’s outfits probably make your mom crazy. The pallor, the crushed velvet, the sepulchral bouffants — it’s all so disturbed-wealthy-teenager circa 1990. She’s stunning, to be sure, but she’s basically Beetlejuice’s Lydia frozen in amber for all dark eternity. Perhaps that’s why her husband and constant collaborator Tim Burton finds her so alluring — that, or the fact that she’s basically Johnny Depp put through a chromosomal refractor. (Oh, like you’ve never thought it.) Her red-carpet looks rarely disappoint, and we’re sure they’ll be just as epic for her new movie Dark Shadows, out on May11.  Just watch out for that deadly side-eye.

Helena poses with her familiar, an invisible talking raven named Aleister Crow-ly. Only she and Fairuza Balk can see him. Photo: Rebecca Sapp/2011 Rebecca Sapp
“Oh these? They’re vintage. Tim and I rob graves on date night. I found these on a body right next to the corpse of the original Planet of the Apes. HA HA AHA HA HA.” Photo: Jeff Kravitz/2011 Jeff Kravitz
Director Tom Hooper often tells this funny anecdote from the set of The King’s Speech: “One time, Helena and I had a little fight about wardrobe. I wanted her in near-exact, period-specific replicas of clothing worn by the Queen Mother in 1934. Helena wanted this pair of purple Dwayne Wayne glasses and a velvet skull choker. The fight ended with her plucking a lone strand of my hair and muttering ‘So mote it be.’ From then on, I started getting these weird headaches. I have nightmares about snakes. One time I saw her at a premiere, and she made this weird hand motion, like she was dragging a razor across a trachea. I’m really scared. I’m thinking of going to see this Haitian lady who specializes in curses. Is that crazy? Am I crazy? I’m so tired.” Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2011 Getty Images
This is actually a still from Fight Club 2, when Project Mayhem menaces a Talbots. Photo: Simon Leibowitz
“Shhh, my darling. In a few hours, this will all be over, and we’ll be home, making love atop the theremin.” Photo: Julien M. Hekimian/2012 Getty Images
Helena Bonham Carter is constantly attended by a talking crab who keeps her out of trouble while she is in human form. When she can’t carry a handbag, the crab travels in her hair, where he hisses instructions in a Caribbean accent. Photo: Mike Marsland/2010 Mike Marsland
“Who, me? Oh, just Harry Potter and some silly awards. Why, what have you been up to recently?” Photo: Gregory Pace
This is a deleted scene from an upcoming Black Swan sequel, in which the Black Swan gets arrested in Florida for stealing scratch off lottery tickets. Photo: Samir Hussein/2010 Samir Hussein
Have you ever seen a Suicide Girl and thought, Wow, this girl is hot, but she looks like she would probably murder somebody — maybe over a lost eBay auction for a wholesale lot of used surgical equipment. See you in the adaptation, HBC. Photo: Dave Benett/2003 Getty Images
At Helena Bonham Carter High School, this year’s prom theme is “Lettin’ Off a Little Steampunk.” See you guys at the pep rally! There’s going to be a dirigible made of antique monkey bones. Photo: Fred Duval/2010 Fred Duval
Helena Bonham Carter’s Red-Carpet Hexes