By Lucy Harvey
A horror–mad seven-year-old girl has ditched Disney Princesses to recreate scenes from gory films such as The Exorcist and Chucky.
Pint-sized Coral DeGraves has modelled as over 60 characters from some of the most iconic horror films with the help of her mum, Cheyenne, 31.
The schoolgirl became obsessed with horror films when she was just two and Cheyenne was surprised to find she’d prefer Chucky to Cinderella.
Office manager Cheyenne said: “Coral has never really taken to princesses and other things in that realm.
“She doesn’t necessarily turn her nose up to princesses or fairy tales, she’s just never shown a distinct interest.
“While she loves all things horror and paranormal, she is just as much your regular animal loving, adventure seeking, girl scout.
“When Coral was about two years old, she became drawn to Chucky so for fun, I made her a little Good Gal’s costume.
“She wound up later asking to wear that same costume to a horror convention a few months later.
“Being so young seeing and meeting these actors and artists who make and portray these characters took the fear out of the images and movies for her.
“From that moment any fear was replaced with genuine fascination. She wanted to watch all of the scary movies and she loves watching anything that shows how the monsters and creatures are created.”
The pair regularly attend horror conventions together sporting homemade outfits and Cheyenne insists that despite her age, the youngster is fascinated rather than scared.
Coral, who lives in Maryland, has been pictured as the bride of Frankenstein, the joker, a gory tooth fairy, Pennywise and a creepy Tinkerbell.
Coral’s favourite film is IT but her parents make sure they preapprove any horror films before she watches them herself and Coral watches short clips to help perfect her interpretation of the characters.
Coral said: “I want to watch the Exorcist but they won’t let me.
“I love the Tom Savini Documentary Smoke And Mirrors and I watch it all the time.
“I want to be able to make cool things like him when I’m a grown up. ”
Cheyenne added: “Coral watches a few of the films that inspire her work.
“But, her father and I are very cautious of what she is actually allowed to see.
“Coral recognizes the Captain Spaulding character and she’s met the wonderful actor, Sid Haig, but she has never watched any of the films.
“We’ve let her view a few small reasonable clips of some of the characters so that she can learn their mannerisms and expressions.”
The schoolgirl insists that her unusual hobby has made her popular at among her friends.
She said: “My friends think it’s neat that I like scary things even though they don’t.
“I love when I’m in costume at a location and someone sees me. Sometimes they stand and stare from far away trying to figure out what I’m doing or they turn around and avoid me. It’s always funny, though.”
Cheyenne added: “Overall, the online response to Coral’s costumes has been very positive.
“Every once in a while, we may receive a nasty message or snide comment, but we do our best to take it in stride.
“We understand that not everyone is going to enjoy what she does, and that’s ok.
“We love doing these scary cosplays and makeup looks because so often girls are left out of these things.
“When you shop for children’s Halloween costumes, the boys selection has skeletons, zombies, ghouls and monsters while the selection for girls is extremely limited on these styles.
“We know there are more girls out there with the same interests and want to show them that they can totally be the same cool, gruesome creatures.