Throughout the years, The Shape has adapted with every film. From his iconic William Shatner mask to the last Rob Zombie incarnation, Michael's mask is as much a part of the genre as any other horror film icon.
Today we're going to take a look at all his many versions throughout the years. We'd like to take credit for the following piece...however, during our extensive research, we found that someone went through all of the trouble of creating a really nice piece dedicated to the history of The Shape's mask. So, we like to take this opportunity to showcase this individual's hard work. SlipKnoT is not only one of the originators of nightmare inducing nu-metal...but, he's also an awesome member of the community over at the amazing Michael-Myers.net website. He provided all the details down below. We just added the cool pictures. So, a huge THANK YOU to SlipKnoT for educating us in the history of the many masks of Michael.
Halloween: The mask used in Halloween 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. 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 4: The Return of Michael Myers: The mask used in H4′s 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 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers: 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 6: The Curse of Michael Myers: The Halloween 6 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 Zombie’s Halloween: The mask was sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was actually sculpted on a life cast of Tyler Mane, giving the mask most of Mane’s 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 Zombie’s Halloween 2: The mask was again sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was again sculpted on Mane’s 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.
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