Top 10 most popular Movie Masks for Halloween
Yes, that time of year has come around once more and we definitely are not talking about Christmas. Halloween, the creepiest, craziest, most chilling time of the year is finally upon us once more… which only means one thing: it is time to bust out the most creative, most unique, and of course, the scariest masks that are available out there.
If you are not sure about where to start or what theme you would like to go with, why not live up to the spirit of the season and choose something that is going to make the hair of all your friends stand up on end for days? For this time of the year, goosebumps are the ultimate goal. With this in mind, let us head to the movies for inspiration. Without further ado, here are our personal picks for the top 10 most popular movie masks for Halloween. Let us get started:
10. Dr. Decker Mask (Nightbreed Movie)
With a rating of 6.6/10 on IMDB, this film has truly made a splash amongst moviegoers although from a technical aspect, it is sadly considered a commercial and a critical failure. It was released in 1990 and little do many fans know, but the film was actually adapted from a novella titled “Cabal” by New York-times bestselling author Clive Barker. Barker also directed the film.
Nightbreed is classified as a fantasy horror film and its plot is centered on a mythical place known as Mydian. Here, monsters of all shapes and sizes strive to keep themselves hidden from humanity. One of the most famous characters in this film would be Dr. Philip K. Decker (played by David Cronenberg). And this is where the infamous mask comes in. Grey in color, it is actually quite simple in its composition with round circles covered by Xs for eyes and a lopsided zipper for the mouth. Simple, yet it surely makes its mark.
09. Chucky Mask (Child’s Play Movie)
Who does not remember Child’s Play? This notoriously popular film franchise managed to cough up a total of six slasher flicks that are beloved — and not so beloved — by countless film enthusiasts. The first installment actually came out in 1988, almost three decades ago yet Chucky, the main character in the film still remains an unforgettable force present in the nightmares of many a terrified child.
To shed some light on the background of the character, Chucky is actually the nickname of Charles Lee Ray. In the film, he is a serial killer who traps his body in the popular Chucky doll in an attempt to escape death. The Chucky mask is truly a force to be reckoned with as it is incredibly realistic and more importantly, it is reminiscent of the childhood classic that is sure to leave your friends wanting to repress their memories. Do not forget to complete the look by doing research on Chucky’s attire and then following suit.
08. Frank the Bunny Mask (Donnie Darko Movie)
2001 gave us the supernatural thriller Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal and since then… well, let us just say that we have never looked at rabbits quite the same way again. The film basically centers on the life of Donnie Darko as he seeks to understand his apocalyptic visions.
In the film, only Donnie Darko can see Frank the Bunny, and this certainly is no picnic. Few things would be creepier than donning (pun totally intended) this ultra-creepy mask with its black/ash tones, hollow eyes, inconsistent texture, and haunting “smile”. Hop away now…
07. Ghost Face Mask (Scream Movie)
One would have had to be living under a rock to not be familiar with the Scream franchise. Released in 1996, this film subsequently produced two follow-up sequels as it was no less than a certified hit amongst audiences around the world.
There are no lack of memorable moments and scenes in this star-studded thriller/slasher flick starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette, but let us FACE it: the true star of the show is that bone-chilling ghost mask that undoubtedly remains one of the most popular Halloween masks of today. And understandably so, as it is truly the epitome of the stuff nightmares are made of with its elongated facial structure, dropped jaw, slanted sausage-shaped eyes, and black hood… the people around you are sure to SCREAM.
06. Leather Face Mask (Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre originally came out in 1974 and it was remade in 2003 with Jessica Biel as the star of the show. The plot is essentially grounded on five 20-year-olds on a road trip to a remote area in Texas. Soon enough, they find themselves living out a real nightmare in the hands of cannibals and of course, the chainsaw-wielding Leather Face.
The look of a deranged psychopath truly comes to life with this mask. It is different than the other masks previously mentioned as your real eyes will be seen through the leathery exterior of this mask that is not without its scars, unkempt hair, disfigurations and creepy, tiny teeth. Do not forget to take a chainsaw with you and blow your friends away… literally?
05. Pennywise the Dancing Clown Mask (IT Movie)
Released 14 years ago, IT was actually based on a novel by renowned author Stephen King. It is considered a psychological horror. In the film, the lead character is an entity that has the ability to morph into the deepest phobia of its victims. For majority of the film, this entity manifests itself in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who — trust us — does not give you the fuzzy, comfortable and warm feeling that clowns typically elicit.
This mask is not for the fainthearted. Its lopsided bright red hair, Rudolph nose, stained yellow teeth, piercing, haunting eyes, and out-of-place eyebrows and eye makeup all work together to create a mask that will surely make you the talk of the town at that Halloween party. Do not forget to say cheese.
04. Billy the Puppet Mask (SAW Movie)
The SAW franchise has become immensely popular spanning a series of seven feature films in total. The first installment of the series was released ten years ago and it truly changed the game when it comes to how horror/slasher/thriller films are executed.
Throughout the film, Billy the Puppet has made several appearances. Some consider him to be an unofficial mascot of the franchise as he is often used by the Jigsaw Killer to deliver messages to his victims. The Billy the Puppet mask has red eyes, weird, stringy hair, a long nose, bright red lips, and most noteworthy of them all… round, red swirls on cheeks that stick out. You are sure to make a splash with this mask, in more ways than one.
03. Michael Myers Mask (Halloween Movie)
Yet another horror franchise, the very first Halloween installment came out in 1978. Seven films were released thereafter. The main character in this film is Michael Myers (played by Will Sandin)
who serves as the antagonist. In a nutshell, Michael Myers is a nutcase although this may not be entirely obvious based on first glance at the seemingly innocent, unassuming look of the mask.
However, closer examination will likely reveal that things are not always what they seem as the sullen expression and sunken facial features of the mask begin to overshadow all else. Be sure to pair this mask with a dark blue overall… and a knife?
02. Jason Voorhees Hockey Mask (Friday the 13th Movie)
The original Friday the 13th film was released in 1980 and since then, 11 follow-up films/remakes have been released in its wake. Without a doubt, the most memorable character is Jason Voorhees, who is of course, the main antagonist.
This mask is truly a winner in the originality department with its hole-studded exterior. In case you missed it, it is also a hockey mask that has been utilized in — well… a not-so-wholesome manner. There is a single hole specifically for the nose and your real eyes are also plain to see here. Hockey stick not necessary…
01. Freddy Krueger Mask (A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie)
Last but certainly not the least, dating all the way back to 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street has left its mark not only in the world of cinema but to the dismay of many, in the worlds of countless subconsciouses and nightmares as well.
The monstrous, demonic, sadistic Freddy Krueger is the man of the hour here and his primary goal in life is to kill his victims by visiting them in their dreams. This mask does not cut any corners with its animal-like appearance. It resembles a burn victim gone wild. Do not forget your striped sweater and razor-sharp claws to complete the quintessential Halloween costume.