The Anatomy of the Halloween Mask
We understand that are clearly not very familiar with the 1981 Halloween II mask, so I decided to do this Blog to explain what the Halloween II mask looks like and how we replicated all of that detail in our Officially Licensed Halloween II masks.
The origin of the of the mask and end some controversy. The mask in Halloween II is the same mask as the mask used in Halloween, a converted 1975 Don Post Captain Kirk Mask. After the production of Halloween, the mask spent a number of years under the bed of Producer, Debra Hill. Debra was a heavy cigarette smoker and as a result, the mask started to rot and yellow.
When production started on Halloween II, the decision was made to hire stuntman Dick Warlock to play The Shape. Now Dick Warlock had a much wider head than Nick Castle, who played The Shape in Halloween, as a result the mask stretched outward, which changed the shape of the eyes on the mask, verses Nick Castle who had a very narrow face. Combine that with the fact that the mask was yellowing and you have a mask that looked very different from Halloween.
The original mask had red brown Camel hair on it and was flesh colored, because it was a Star Trek Captain Kirk mask. The Producers of Halloween bought the 75 Kirk from a local costume store and spray painted the hair black, spray painted the mask white, removed the side burns and cut the eyes out to make them wider. By the time production of Halloween II began, a large percentage of the white paint came off of the mask due to rotting and handling. Additional paint came off the mask because of the way Warlock took the mask off his face, since it was too small for him.
Hair color & the weathering on the mask. As mentioned above, the mask in Halloween had black spray paint on it. Due to rotting and especially the fact that Warlock’s hands were sweaty, he would take the mask off by pulling on the hair and pulling the neck and nose. The result was black spray paint coming off of the hair and being transferred to the mask, hence the heavy weathering everywhere and the Kirk hair color showing.
The needle mark and blood spot on the neck. During Laurie’s confrontation with The Shape in Halloween, she takes a sewing needle and stabs The Shape in the neck. That hole and blood spot can be seen throughout Halloween II.
The masks right side eye and the mouth. Once again due to rotting the mask was drooping. This caused a very noticeable drop in the mouth of the mask, but also an over flap in the masks right side eye. The mouth in both Halloween and Halloween II was open, it was never sealed! The open mouth added to the drop in the mouth when Warlock turned his head in the Hut Tub scene, but keep in the mind, the mask was very tight on Warlock and his wide head stretched the mask outward, hence it appears in some scenes that the mouth is sealed, but it was open. There are rumors that the mouth was duck taped on the inside, but Warlock told me that he only remembers it open so that he could talk without taking off the mask. If you want to seal the mouth, get some latex or rubber cement and seal it, but that is the topic of a different Blog.
Trick or Treat Studios Halloween mask. Our goal in making these masks was to release the most screen accurate Halloween mask ever available to the mass market for an affordable price, something that has never been done before.
Hope this clears things up and make sure to checkout the production pictures below!