There is something really creepy about a mask. Maybe it’s the anonymity of the person behind it, the design of the mask itself or the negative associations we connect to them because of horror movies and masked villains. Sometimes masks remind us of some terrifying image, but as is usually the case, it is the mask itself that now scares us. It’s a symbol of something. But it’s not always bad. There are some that have great connections, maybe even empowering. Several of the masks, including some which did not make the list, are just simple, harmless, even friendly looking masks that have since become frightening because of the way they were used in their respective films. All the masks here are amazing, every single one.
In many of the entries on this list, the mask itself has become an iconic image, known by many and universally accepted as a stand-in for the character who wore it. Others are less well-known, but still have a power to them. A nice thing about this list is that I’ve only included movie masks from good movies. I’ve also excluded masks that are overly simple or even a little silly. Sorry Wesley and Zorro, your masks just needed a little more pizazz to make the cut.
You’ll realize that most of the masks are from horror movies, or at least worn by villains. This is because if you’re good, you usually don’t have to wear a mask. Though all the superheroes out there are super mad at me saying that. I just felt it would get a little ridiculous if I included all the different superhero masks. Ok, so let’s get down to it. Here are the 15 most amazing movie masks of all time.
15 The Mask Of Loki - The Mask
14 The Phantom’s Mask - Phantom of the Opera
13 Predator Mask – Predator
12 Jane Mask - The Purge/Alice, Sweet Alice
11 Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs
10 Guy Fawkes Mask – V for Vendetta
9 Sam – Trick ‘r Treat
8 Rorschach Mask – The Watchmen
7 Leatherface – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
6 Ghostface – Scream
5 Frank – Donnie Darko
4 Batman’s Cowl – Batman
3 Jason – Friday the 13th
2 Michael Myers – Halloween
1 Darth Vader Mask – Star Wars
Maybe the Darth Vader mask doesn’t strike fear into people like some other iconic masks, but no one would ever argue it deserves this spot in the list. I would go so far as to say that the Vader mask is the most recognizable mask in the world, and it satisfies both the light and the dark side, so everyone’s happy. The mask is so necessary to the Star Wars franchise that they found a way to preserve it for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Shaped like a skull to induce fear, the mask also included an air pump to increase air flow and ventilator for a super cool sound effect. I’m not sure of any of the other features or what they do, but I liked Vader a whole lot better with his mask on. I know the mask is supposed to be scary, but both me and Luke jumped back in fright when Vader took that bad boy off. Cover that face up, my man. Keep it out of sight. There are children nearby.
Sources: Wikipedia; Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB
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