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Scariest Masks in Movies
07 Feb 2013

In The Margold Project - the kick ass music video brief currently open in The Smalls Pitch Room - all participating filmmakers receive access to a virtual toolkit of resources, including performance footage of Southbound Drive filmed in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) house. With that fresh in our minds, we can't help but think of creepy stuff - like scary movie masks!

There’s something about a mask that is implicitly frightening. Sometimes this is because our imaginations go wild, trying to fill in the blanks about what horrid, tortured, and disfigured face lies behind them. Other times, the masks themselves are just so perfectly designed that the fear they inspire burns into your subconscious forever.  So which are our favorites?

 

Leatherface

Leatherface

First, this mask is made of human skin. Second, it’s just so slapdash and sloppily sewn together that is can only be the work of someone who will not carve you up nicely.  We still have nightmares about this one, and we even wonder what is smells like. Ew.

 

Ghostface

Ghostface

Not only does this remind one of Munch’s ‘Scream’, but it somehow encapsulates all of the ‘scary masks’ that you could buy for Halloween.  The fact that it looked familiar and upended your childhood is what was so successful about this mask, and why we cringe every time we see it.  

 

Jason

 Jason

This mask became so closely associated with horror that the sport pretty much had to change the design for professional use… or so we would like to remember.  Sometimes a ubiquitous object takes on a whole new meaning, and Jason’s use of the hockey mask must be credited for that.

 

Hannibal Lecter’s Mask

 Hannibal

This is one of our favorite masks, as we can plainly see Lecter’s fierce, piercing eyes.  But what’s lovely about this mask is that it’s supposed to protect us from the evil that lies beneath, not enhance it. Kudos to the production designers for coming up with this gem.

 

Michael Myers

Michael Myers 

Just to keep you from getting too scared, we’ll tell you a funny story. This mask is actually a real William Shatner mask that was slightly altered for the film. Now, does that make you feel better about Michael Myers relentlessly trying to kill you, or does it actually make it even more horrifying?

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THE MARIGOLD PROJECT – MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO & WIN A $12K PRIZE

Austin TX indie rock band Southbound Drive invite filmmakers and music video directors from around the world to create an original video for the song Marigold from the band’s new album Agnes – produced by Grammy nominated Chris “Frenchie” Smith. To compete for a $12,000 awards package including a $1,000 cash prize, a $5,000 video promotion campaign, and a showcasing opportunity at SXSW 2013. All participating filmmakers receive access to a virtual toolkit of resources, including performance footage of Southbound Drive filmed in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) house. Check out The Marigold Project in The Smalls Pitch Room!