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The History of the Michael Myers Masks

(Update: This post incorrectly cited the source for the following information. The current citation is correct.)

SlipKnoT, a member over at Michael-Myers.net, collected the history of each mask used in the Michael Myers films. This history ranges from Halloween 1 all the way up to Rob Zombies Halloween 2 remake. So, without further explanation, let’s showcase what they found:

HalloweeN: The mask used in HalloweeN 1 was a store bought mask the Captain Kirk mask. Sculpted from a life-cast of William Shatner in 1975, and sold in stores from 1976 to around 1979. The mask used was bought from a Halloween store, had its eyes cut larger, eyebrow and sideburn hair removed, the hair misted brown, and lastly, the mask was painted white by Tommy Lee Wallace. The mask was worn by Nick Castle, and was worn by Tony Moran in the unmasking scene. It was also worn by various crew members.

HalloweeN II: The mask in HalloweeN II was the same mask used in HalloweeN I. After filming H1, Debra Hill kept the mask very poorly under her bed. Because of the poor condition it was kept in, the mask discolored severely and that’s why it looks the way it does, aside from the fact that Dick Warlock (Myers, H2) had a shorter and wider face than Nick Castle (Myers, H1). Dick Warlock wore the mask.

HalloweeN IV: The mask used in H4s origin has been argued. There are many theories about the origin, most commonly that it is a recast/retool of the 1984 The Mask, made by Don Post Studios. This version of The Mask was never licensed or trademarked, making finding them next to impossible. It should also be noted that this mask didn’t have eyebrows sculpted on they were glued in place. The mask also had white hair placed on first, before it was misted black. The mask was worn by George P. Wilbur.

HalloweeN V: This mask strays from the original design because the director wanted Michael to have an angrier expression as opposed to the blank and featureless face we saw in previous films. When filming a scene, Pleasence (Dr. Loomis) accidentally hit Don Shanks (Myers, H5) in the nose, breaking it. As a result, they had to cut out the nose of the mask and add on a paper thin nose cut off of another H5 mask. The edges of the nose appliance can be seen clearly in a lot of the film. Don Shanks wore the mask.

HalloweeN VI: The HalloweeN VI mask had a very odd goblin type look to it. This mask was sculpted by John Carl Buechler. The mask used in H6 had chemicals rubbed inside and outside of the mask by a disgruntled effects artist, thus destroying most existing copies. This is what made the mask look different in the ending, and re-shot scenes. This is the second time the mask was worn by George P. Wilbur.

HalloweeN H20: There were a total of 4 masks used an H6 mask, retooled by Brad Hardin, used in the opening scenes and a KNB mask, used for most of the primary shooting. As they were wrapping up production it was decided that the KNB mask wasn’t adequate. They hired the Stan Winston FX company to sculpt a new mask which they used to reshoot a lot of the scenes. Lastly, due to time or budget restraints they had to CGI over the mask in a couple of scenes. Chris Durand wore the masks.

HalloweeN Resurrection: The HalloweeN Resurrection mask looked a lot more sinister than masks before it, and it featured painted eyebrows, human hair, and clear features. Brad Loree wore the mask in this film.

Rob Zombies HalloweeN: The mask was sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was actually sculpted on a lifecast of Tyler Mane, giving the mask most of Manes features. Toth didn’t account for latex shrinkage so the mask was very tight. In the scene where Michael first puts on the mask you can see where he goes from having the long wig hair to his natural short hair. Because of this, Toth actually had to glue hair inside the neck of the mask, to make it seem like Mane still had long hair under the mask. This is the very first mask to stray beyond just a white face, as this mask has a lot of rot and deterioration combined with shades of black, gray, and green in various places.

Rob Zombies HalloweeN II: The mask was again sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was again sculpted on Manes life-cast, making the mask have strong Mane features. Toth sculpted this mask bigger than the H9 sculpt, so the mask would fit Mane more comfortably. As the time goes on the mask deteriorates further, till the point it is just a dirty brownish mask. Michael gets slapped and it causes a part of the mask to rip off, which causes the Exposed look we’re all so familiar with. This is the first film to have Michael’s face exposed through most of the movie.

The Un-sexy Six. Celebs who won’t be needing a mask this year

“What happened to your face?!”

How some people become famous is beyond me. What is even more difficult to fathom is how people can find certain celebrities attractive when they are so hideous I want to laugh every time I see a picture. I’m not shallow…just honest.

Here is a small list of celebrities who won’t be needing masks this year (There will be a part 2 in the near future I’m sure of it):

Courtney Love

Oh Courtney. I actually do love you. You are the most lovable trashy train wreck I’ve ever laid eyes upon. For Halloween this year, however, I think you can get away with just being you.

Janice Dickenson

Janice. Google her golden years and you will see that she was an absolutely breathtaking exotic beauty pre-surgery days. She’s been raised to believe that looks are the only thing that matters. She may still be banking in the modeling business but her once natural beauty has turned to a plastic nightmare. Maybe she should quit the knife and start working on her personality.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling. 9021ohhhh my god your face. I honestly gasp every time I open tabloid and see her face. I just don’t get it. I keep looking at it trying to figure it out but it’s not coming to me. I don’t get it. I’ve really nothing else to say.

Donatella Versace

Versace. You would think with all that money she could afford a better face. Perhaps she could work on a clothing line of designer burkas to help cover up that mug.

Khloe Kardashian

Don’t shoot the messenger! There is no doubt that this one got beat with the ugly stick at birth. The hot genes flooded into Kim with nothing to spare for poor Khloe. She looks like one of those mountain trolls. I know you love the Kardashians but you can’t argue with truth.

Jocelyn- wealthy socialite from switzerland

Jocelyn. Professional bored rich bitch. Would you believe me if I told you this woman actually spent over 4 million dollars  (of her billionaire husband’s money) to look like this? It’s not even human. Who the hell is her surgeon? She actually became famous due to how ridiculous her face is. I can’t stop staring at it. Waking up next to this would be scarier then falling off a 10 story building…. which is sort of what she looks like anyway.

Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion Deluxe Adult Mask

Actually, the more I think about it. I’m starting to notice something very interesting. Perhaps she is the long lost sister of the Cowardly Lion? Or maybe gearing up for Wizard of Oz on Broadway Thoughts?

10 Days of Torture: Mother in Law…cont.

We last left our hero (you) in the middle of the woods at his mother in law’s rickety old farm house. He was with his beautiful woman and just about to step up the the looming door.

… As you both stare at the sorry excuse for a house in front of you, you lightly squeeze her hand and smile. Is there anything I should know before we go in there?you say with a wink.

She looks at you with wide eyes and slightly parts her lips, “Eat whatever they put in front of you.” Before you can react to this odd statement, the front door flies open. Two hideous creatures run at you while you stand immobilized by fear and confusion. Is this really happening?

Mr Living Dead Adult Mask

Before you know it, you are blindfolded and dragged into the house. You hit your head on the steps and go unconscious. Everything is black. When you awake you find that you are still blindfolded. You can’t move your hands or feet and realize you are bound to a chair. Your body goes cold. This is the end. You try to slow down you breathing and listen to the sounds in the room. Things are rustling and people are whispering. In your panic you can’t make out what they are saying.

All of a sudden the blindfold is ripped from your face. You are now able to see the horror around you. Hideous faces peer at your hungrily from the dark smokey room. The faces are warped and twisted. They unlike any human face you’ve ever seen. Before you can really adjust your eyes, a hand grabs the back of your head and shoves you and the chair full speed towards the dinner table. Your eyes widen in horror as you see what appears to be a half eaten body stretched across the table. Your blood races through your veins as you close your eyes and pray for this not to be real.

A horrid breathy growl of a voice bites at your ear. “Eat”, it says. Another creature twists and moves unsettling towards you with a knife. It points at the others staring all around you. They have guns pointed. You know there is no way out of this. In the corner of your eye you see your beautiful lady. She sits at the table with her eyes down. You wonder if these things killed her family or if they are her family. Thoughts race. Did she plan to do this to you? Your thoughts are cut off by the cold blade of the knife against your skin. It cuts the ropes and your hands are free.

Butcher Table

The hand on the back of your head pushes your face into the table. “EAT!”, it growls with more intensity this time. You grab the fork and without hesitation spin around and plunge it right into your captor’s shoulder. A scream is let out, followed by a strange muffled laughter. You are stunned and frozen. All around you the laughter gets louder… followed by cheering.You look at your lady and she has a big beautiful smile on her face. What is going on?

The creatures drop their guns and peel at their faces. Your brain feels like it’s going to explode any minute. You are disconnected with reality. You must be going crazy. You close your eyes. You open them. People. Normal people. Normal people are staring back at you. The creature that you had plunged the fork in was a normal looking American. He had a smile on his face. He shook his head in laughter and said, “Welcome to the family boy! You sure are somethin’! We put a hell of a scare in you. Most sissies run to the door but you put up a fight!” He reached and pulled out the fork from his shoulder. No blood! “Good thing I got this big foam suit on just in case things get messy!” he said in his burly southern voice.

Another woman chipped in, “We get our masks on Frightcatalog.com. We just wanted to see who is tough enough to deserve our baby girl! You passed the test!’ Your whole body is aching and you can’t see straight. You point at the table towards the bloody half eaten body and start to mumble, “but..” You are cut off by another voice, “Oh, that’s just a prop we got off the site too. Sure did fool you!”. More laughter.

Your lady comes running up to you with her strawberry gold locks bouncing behind her. She wraps her arms around you and kisses you on the lips. “Oh honey, you did so well! Welcome to the family!”

With that, you haphazardly push her away and untie your legs from the chair. You take a moment to breathe, you stand up, give a salute to the crazy family around you, and walk towards the door, grabbing the apple pie on your way out. No broad is worth shitting your pants over.

Open road, apple pie, and a football game on TV for when you get home. Not too bad.

The End.