Classic horror movies are most closely associated with their villain, and there are few more terrifying than Halloween's Michael Myers. The boogeyman is large, imposing, and most of all emotionless. Part of what makes Michael so scary is his signature white mask, which has always kept the killer's face hidden throughout the decades of movies. There have been many versions of the mask, and Blumhouse's Halloween had to craft their own version for the upcoming sequel. Because its been 40 years since Michael first attacked the babysitters of Haddonfield, it needed to be aged appropriately. I had the chance to visit the set of Halloween during filming, where FX Makeup Designer Chris Nelson revealed his process for crafting Michael's newest mask.
It looks like Chris Nelson and everyone involved in the crafting of Michael Myers' new mask really tried to think methodically about what it would look like after decades. Not content with simply aging the face, he also weighed how much natural light it may have been exposed to, as well as the environment it would have been stored in. It's an almost collegiate approach to creating a monster mask, highlighting how much reverence everyone involved in the Halloween reboot has for John Carpenter's original film.
The story of the Michael Myers mask is a funny one, as it was originally a cheap mask of William Shatner in Star Trek, which was then distressed and dyed during the first film's production. Chris Nelson mentions a Don Post mask, which was actually the original one planned for Michael. Eventually a few choices were weighed, and the Shatner one seemed the most emotionless and terrifying.
From Halloween's first trailer, you can also see a few more interesting additions to Michael Myers' mask. There is a puncture in the neck, where Laurie Strode attacked the villain with a knitting needle in the first film. Additionally, there seems to be some extra damage around the eye, where the OG scream queen used a wire hanger to defend herself.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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