Bloofer lady: Elsa Lanchester
In The Bride of Frankenstein Elsa Lanchester also plays Mary Shelley, but it is as the feminine monster, her hair reminiscent of an ancient Egyptian crown (and apparently based on Nefertiti, at director James Whale's request), that she is remembered. Her sharply-angled eyebrows slope back towards the lightning flashes of white in her hair, which sweeps away from a face with very delicate features. Elsa was not one of the screen's great beauties, but she made an inhumanly lovely monster.
I really do think there isn't another woman's role in horror films that has acquired such iconic status. Think of a horror character and you'll most likely think of a man: Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, The mummy… only the Bride comes close to them. Over the years she's inspired other lady monsters, my particular favourites being Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and the title character in Frankenhooker (note: I never claimed to have taste), but she's head and shoulders above them all.
Bloofer lady, we salute you!
Meet last year's Bloofer Lady, Yvonne de Carlo, and one of my style icons, Morticia Addams.