Kid Dreadful has certainly proven great things come in small packages! Six year old cosplayer Coral DeGraves, also known as Kid Dreadful, has been dominating the horror cosplay scene for years. However, it hasn’t been until this past year that her pictures have really taken off across the internet.
Her talented expressions, costumes, make up, and accurate character demeanors have created a buzz among horror fans during a time we need such creativity and smiles in this world. All of this has been made possible with assistance of her fellow horror fan mother Cheyenne DeGraves.
The young cosplayer got her start in the horror scene when her Cheyenne dressed her up as Cujo while attending 2014’s Monster Mania Convention. However, it wasn’t until Kid Dreadful’s obsession with horror icon Chucky from the movie Child’s Play took root, and that was when her obsession really took off!
Proud horror mama Cheyenne told iHorror that she even created a ‘Good Gal’ costume for her daughter to run around the house in as she pretended to be the reanimated redheaded doll. It was this costume she wore to horror conventions that made her love for horror cosplay signed and sealed.
Given the accuracy Kid Dreadful has in these pictures, one surely wonders if the pint size horror fan has viewed the horror movies she portrays with such accuracy. Responsible mother Cheyenne explained to iHorror;
“We allow Coral to watch clips of some of the characters she dresses as and explain that some of these characters are not ‘good guys’ and try to explain their demeanor and what makes them bad. She recognizes most horror icons from attending horror conventions. She’ll meet the actors, see the cosplays and pictures plastered everywhere. For instance, Captain Spaulding always piqued her interest. From sight, she knew who he (Sid Haig) was in an instance. She has seen small appropriate clips and that is all.”
“Coral’s father and I closely monitor everything she views. Our rule is that Coral cannot watch any horror movie unless we have both seen and approved it first.”
When asked about the feedback received from those who may believe Kid Dreadful shouldn’t be portraying such characters, DeGraves explained;
“The feedback we’ve received online is mostly quite positive. We’ve met so many incredibly supportive people in the horror community. It’s truly amazing. That said, the negative feedback has been minimal. It’s unusual for a little girl to genuinely prefer horror over princesses, unicorns and other more common things. So, I understand that it may not sit well with some people.”
While the horror cosplayer with a bright future portrays bloody characters filled with gloom and doom, she is still a girl who enjoys the more age appropriate, darker inspired television series that seem to be growing in numbers each year, such as; Hocus Pocus, Ruby Gloom, Goosebumps, Gravity Falls, and Stranger Things. Her current obsession has been Tom Savini’s documentary Smoke and Mirrors.
While Cheyenne admits to not having experience in photography, make up, and sewing, she explains to iHorror many of the final products we see are from a series of trials and errors. However, Kid Dreadful is determined to surpass her horror mother’s skills by taking the reigns in the creation of her cosplays. Cheyenne explains;
“She’s beginning to learn how to do a lot of the work on her own. The Otis and Baby Driftwood outfits were 100% made by Coral. I think she’s gaining more of a love and passion for creating because she has a lot of control over what she wears.”
We can always use more females in the horror industry both in front and behind the camera, and with a portfolio beginning at such a young age this puts the youngling leaps and bounds ahead of the competition by the time she graduates high school!
When pressed by iHorror for any future projects Cheyenne remained tight lipped;
“We do our best to keep upcoming projects a secret or surprise, but you’ll definitely see some more well known horror icons popping up within the next few months!”
However, she did explain her daughter’s lofty goal of creating a new look for each day of October 2020!
If you want to keep up with Kid Dreadful and her latest looks be sure to follow her fan page on Facebook found here,https://www.facebook.com/KidDreadful/ and Instagram @Kid_Dreadful!