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Anatomy of the Halloween II Mask

We have received a number of emails from folks 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.

First lets discuss 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.

Now lets talk about the flesh tones.  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.

Now the hair color and 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.

Lets discuss 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.

Finally lets discuss 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.

Now lets discuss Trick or Treat Studios Halloween II 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.

So we included the following in our mask:

  1. An original sculpture that replicates the rotting of the Halloween II mask as it looked without Dick Warlock’s head in the mask.
  2. The mask’s left side has a drooping lip.
  3. The nose is much fatter verses narrow due to the rot and stretch of the mask.
  4. The mask has flesh tones all over the mask, including under the chin and the back of the mask, which is completely flesh tone.
  5. The color of the mask is cream color.
  6. The eye shape is much wider.
  7. The mask is round shape verses long, narrow and thin.
  8. There a very large dirt mark on the nose due to Dick Warlock pulling the mask from the nose.
  9. One of the masks, has blood pouring out of the eyes to simulate the final scene when Laurie shoots The Shape in the eyes, we call it Blood Tears.

10. There are dirt marks all over the masks, especially under the chin area.

11. The glue line from the removal of the side burns is visible.

12. The mask is very grimy and dirty verses stark white.

13. There is t-shape dirty mark on the top left hand side of the mask.

14. There is a hole in the left side of the neck to simulate the needle mark where The Shape was stabbed in Halloween.

15. There are two creases on the top of the forehead, due to rotting.

Hope this clears things up and make sure to checkout the production pictures below!

Chris Zephro

Trick or Treat Studios Featured on Best Horror Movies website!

Awesome Affordable Monster Masks!  That is the title of a very nice article written about Trick or Treat Studios at Best Horror Movies website.

Check it out at:

http://ossuary.best-horror-movies.com/m/news/view/46891/Awesome-Affordable-Monster-Masks-For-Halloween

Thanks for the kind words

The Ultimate Demon Alien Halloween Mask – Pugley Version 2

From time to time we like to play around with our characters and change a few things here and a few things there and release them as limited editions. This time is was Pugley’s turn. We decided to see what our ultimate Demon Alien Halloween Mask would look like with blood red eyes. Turns out it looked pretty cool, so we are now offering a limited number of Pugley Version 2 Halloween Masks.

So make sure to get your copy now, because once all 100 copies are sold out, as Disney would say, “it’s going back in the vault!’

The Mask Doctor, Kelly Mann, Joins Trick or Treat Studios!

Trick or Treat Studios is thrilled to have Kelly Mann on the sculpting team.

Kelly is an Emmy Award winner who has freelanced as a mask maker, makeup artist, and special effects artist, working on many films, TV shows, theater, and print ads for many leading producers, directors, actors and major film, Television, and entertainment companies, including Universal Studios, New Line pictures, Lorimar television, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Buena Vista Pictures, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

As The Mask Doctor,Kelly has become “the” world-renowned mask repair expert, repairing collectible masks and movie props, as well as giving advice for storage and longevity of masks.

Recently, Kelly has put his years of makeup savvy into conducting makeup seminars, where he demonstrates the proper use of makeup materials to create characters for both theatre and film, as well as makeup application and proper handling in a learning environment.

Kelly is pleased and excited to be creating new and original mask designs for Trick-Or-Treat Studios.

Trick or Treat Studios 2011 Mask Catalog is Complete!

Just thought everyone might want to see our 2011 catalog, enjoy:

John Wrightson Delivers An Amazing Vampire For 2011 – Night Creature!

In keeping with our tradition of bringing back the retro look and feel from the golden age of mask making, John Wirghtson brings us a true classic version of a vampire with a modern twist, Night Creature. This is not your cute Twilight Vampire, this is a true monster that will scare pants off those that encounter it.

This is John Wrightson’s second mask for Trick or Treat Studios and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Night Creature will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Face Mask section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Erich Lubatti Turns In Another Frightful Face Mask For 2011 – Belinda!

Inspired by one of our all time favorite face masks from Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt,Belinda comes to Trick or Treat Studios.

Erich originally sculpted Belinda for the amazing Scare Actor Jill. With her straw hat, dirty dress, stuffed rabbit and her mask, Jill is hands down the creepiest Scare Actor in the park. With Jill’s mask in mind, Erich sculpted a perfectly insiped face mask for us.

Belinda will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in August, so make sure to check the Face Mask section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Neal Kennemore Joins Trick or Treat Studios and Debuts With Ol’ Scratch!

We are absolutely giddy to have the amazing Neal Kennemore be part of our sculpting team!

Neal is a third generation sculptor working in the Film, TV, Halloween and Collectable industry. Born in Burbank, CA at Saint Joseph Hospital, right across the street from Disney Animation Studios.

Neal’s bloodline in sculpting started with his Grandfather, the legendary Disney and Creature FX Sculptor and Designer Michael McCracken. Followed by his Father, the well known Creature FX Sculptor Jeff Kennemore, whose sculpting work was featured in John Carpenter’s The Thing, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Poltergeist II, just to name a few.

Neal has built an excellent resume in his own right, which includes working in films and television for projects like Beowulf, The Flock, Epic Movie, Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, Night Stalker and TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

And like his buddy John Wrightson,we also love Neal for the incredible work he does at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights each year!

Neal’s first mask, Ol’ Scratch will be making it’s debut at The Halloween & Party Expo in Houston, TX, and will be available for preorder at the end of January, so check back soon!

Erich Lubatti Delivers Another Original Mask to Trick or Treat Studios – Chiller!

Being one our most prolific artist, Erich Lubatti just delivered another Masterpiece for our 2011 catalog, Chiller.

This amazing Zombie escapes from the vault just in time for the Trade Show season and will be available for pre-order in late January and will be shipping in early August.

Make sure to check the Full Head Masks section of our Products page and reserve your copy today.

And for more, Scary Halloween Masks, visit trickortreatstudios.dev.

Trick or Treat Studios Scary Halloween Masks Invade California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA

Well we just got back from California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA and let me tell you, it was amazing!  The mazes and scare zones this year are first class.  The shows were outstanding and the event was truly a night to remember.  And, a ton of the monsters (better known as Scare Actors) were wearing Trick or Treat Studios Masks.








Thank you to everyone at California’s Great America for letting us be part of the greatest Halloween event in the world!

Chris