Welcome to part two of the 10th annual top ten Myers mask replicas countdown. In Part One the masks that placed ten through six were revealed, for this second part let’s find out which masks made the top half of the countdown as well as discovering this year’s winner!
At NUMBER FIVE is N.A.G.’s PS78 (Phone Scene ’78) mask. This mask was made to replicate the look of the hero mask during an iconic scene in the original HALLOWEEN, the one and only “phone scene”. The PS78 is a composition of NAG’s Shape 78 mask and Nick Castle bust. The final result offers up a very nice “Castle stretch” style mask. Below is the PS78 finished by the very talented James Carter:
This year’s NUMBER FOUR spot belongs to Justin Mabry/Nightowl’s SHAT/CREEP mask. There are two available versions of this mask, the CREEP version comes as a completely finished Michael Myers mask did up by Justin himself. With its ghastly white paint up and solid quality, this is the best option for many people who want a very nicely finished Myers replica mask ready to wear right out of the box. For those fans who would rather have the mask in a Captain Kirk form (or for those who like to send a Kirk mask to be converted into a Michael Myers by the artist of their choice) the SHAT (short for Shatner) mask is offered. Both of these masks are of excellent quality and have great detail whether you are looking for a Kirk or a Michael Myers replica mask. The pic below is a CREEP mask that was customized by Freddy Loper:
The mask landing at NUMBER THREE is N.A.G.’s ’75K Castle Shape mask. To make this replica, Nick used two of his previous masks. He placed a pull of his 75k mask inside one of his H78 molds then foamed it (the foam expanded the pull) to create this uniquely shaped offspring. It is called the “Castle Shape” mask because it has a vertical stretch built into the mask to emulate the look of the hero mask when worn by Nick Castle in the original Halloween. Here is a great shot of a nicely converted Castle Shape:
Barely missing the top spot at NUMBER TWO is Handiboy Studio’s “13” mask.
Nick Mulpagano (artist/owner of Handiboy Studios) told me this about the inspiration to create his 13 mask:
“My inspiration was to sculpt Michael Myers….not a Michael Myers ”mask” and not a Kirk, using what (I think) is the most iconic Myers look – the novel cover and the h4 painting of that picture, as my main references. This is the mask I have always wanted for myself, but never found. It is unlike every other Myers mask, yet, IS Michael Myers. I think that’s why it strikes a chord with so many people”.
The 13 mask definitely hits the mark Nick was trying to accomplish as is evident in this pic of the mask:
We now have reached the NUMBER ONE spot…or should I say SPOTS? For the first time in the ten year history of our countdown we have a TIE at the top spot. This year’s number one is a tie between NAG’s 98 Proto Cast and the ID mask by James Mangrum!
WINNER 1: NAG’s 98 Proto Cast–
In 1998 Don Post Studios apparently went back to an old 1975 Kirk production mold to make a new Shatner mask. Unfortunately the resulting run of masks produced from this project were a bit of a disappointment. However, a few proto masks surfaced and proved to be far superior in look. NAG secured one of these proto masks to create some of his best known Myers mask replica offerings, one being the the 98 Proto Cast. With lineage to the hero the 98 protos have a great likeness to the Myers mask we see in the first two films. Below is an example of how accurately this mask can capture the classic Michael Myers look:
WINNER TWO: James Mangrum’s ID mask –
Two years ago James became the only artist outside of NAG and Justin Mabry to claim the top spot of our countdown, This year he became the only artist to claim it three with the same mask. The ID mask is a ground up sculpt that attempts (successfully) to capture the essence of the hero when worn by Castle, not just a mask to capture the look of a specific scene.
In James’ own words:
The initial idea behind “The ID” mask came about when I came to the conclusion that all of the scenes that involved the Castle stretch were all about 95% identical. After reaching that conclusion I decided to use every angle of that Castle stretch as a reference. If my conclusions were correct, putting all of that reference together would create a very accurate representation of the hero mask being worn by Castle in ‘78. So with that said, the mask wasn’t designed to replicate any one single scene but rather a generalized Castle stretch. Considering this was my first real attempt at sculpting the hero mask, I quickly learned that any of my personal preferences or biases about its appearances had to be abandoned. Rather than trying to eyeball proportions or details, as I would in sculpting past replicas, it turned into a process of precise measurement and continuous refinement. The subtlety of the mask along with its strange ability to seemingly transform under different types of lighting made it a far more challenging replica than my previous works, such as “His Unlucky Day” and the “Son of Man.”
Mangrum really hit pay dirt with this sculpt, it is one of the best original sculpts to accurately portray the look of Michael Myers. Below is a perfect example of how good this mask really is, picture taken by member Caleb Croft:
Big congratulations to both Nik Dresios of Nikolas Art Gallery and James Mangrum for their countdown topping masks! These two masks are very welcome additions to our wonderful offerings we’ve been lucky enough to have in our hobby. A special thanks to all of the artists who have made our hobby so much more fun through their hard work and talent, and a special thanks to all of you as well for participating in this countdown over its ten year course.
I’ve enjoyed doing these countdowns over the years and I hope you have too. Everyone have a fun, safe and SPOOKY Halloween!