In part 1 of our 2nd Annual Top Ten Michael Myers Mask Replicas EVER, we counted down the Michael Myers masks from Number Ten to Six. In this second and final part we will reveal Numbers Five through One. Last year it was Nightowl’s SHAT that took the top honor. Will the SHAT make it a repeat or will it be dethroned by another contender?
Starting the countdown at NUMBER FIVE (last year number 7) is Dennis Beckstrom’s DBII mask. Dennis was a long-time employee at Don Post studios and was the perfect candidate to do an original sculpt which would capture the look of the Don Post 1975 Kirk. Dennis studied several pics of the elusive 75 Kirk from every angle and spent two-and-a-half years on this project perfecting this piece. The result was one of the best and most sought after masks in the hobby. Pictured here is Michael Boets copy overhauled by James Carter:
Coming in at NUMBER FOUR (same position as last year) is Nightowl’s Nightmare Man 78 “4-Stamp” (a.k.a. 4-stamper). Although there were different versions of this Michael Myers mask, the one that is considered by most to be THE version to have is the very limited, original “4-stamp” version. The “4-stamp” part of the name is due to the mask having four distinct stamps on the back of its neck. The first one states the name of the company (Nightowl Productions), the second states the owner/artist of Nightowl (Justin Mabry), the third states the name of the Michael-Myers.net member who had the 75 Kirk from which the mask was pressed from (Billy Kirkus), and the fourth stamp states the name of the mask itself (Nightmare Man 78).
Only nine of these Michael Myers masks were made. This particular mask was the one to really usher in the Michael Myers mask collecting craze to a level not seen before. Seen below is my own personal copy that was customized by my good friend James Carter:
At NUMBER THREE (same position as last year’s countdown) is the KEN HERTLEIN/DICK WARLOCK SIGNATURE MASK commonly known as the “KH/DW.” This mask is the ONLY mask that was made with the actual hero mask used in HalloweeN in hand! After Dick Warlock portrayed Michael Myers in 1981’s HalloweeN II, he kept the mask he wore in the movie along with the knife, boots and coveralls. Sometime in the year 2000, he commissioned the very talented artist Ken Hertlein to come to his home and examine the hero in order to try and recreate this iconic mask.
Measurements of Mr. Warlock’s head were taken as well as various measurements of the hero Michael Myers mask. The look of the hair, eye cuts, spatial relations of the features, mask size and all other little nuances of the hero mask were all taken into account. The result is arguably the best Michael Myers replica mask the hobby has seen to date. Pictured below is the KHDW #4 owned currently by Michael-Myers.net member Deathclutch and worn by James Mangrum:
At NUMBER TWO is the mask that held the top position in last year’s countdown, the wonderful Nightowl SHAT/CREEP. The CREEP version of this mask comes as an already masterfully converted Michael Myers mask, straight from Justin Mabry himself. With its ghastly white paint up and solid quality, this is the best option for many people who want a very nicely done Michael Myers replica mask ready to wear 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 customized 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. Here is a SHAT belonging to KLHLIL done up nasty and grungy HalloweeN II style by James Carter:
Since the SHAT is at number two this year that can only mean one thing… we have a new NUMBER ONE on this year’s countdown!
The mask that occupies first place in 2014’s Top Ten is the 75K by Nikolas Art Gallery (N.A.G.). The 75K by N.A.G. is yet another example of just how far this hobby has come in trying to replicate the look of the Don Post 1975 Kirk that was converted into the white, ghastly mask that is worn by Michael Myers in the original HalloweeN. N.A.G.’s 75K (or 75 KIRK) takes its inspiration directly from Don Post Studios’ attempt to replicate their own 1975 Kirk mask.
In 1998 Don Post Studios laser scanned a production pull 1975 Kirk mask. The resulting mask was the 98 Shatner. Two versions of this William Shatner mask were released, one a more expensive and detailed mask, and the other a more mass produced mask. There was also a 98 Shatner Proto mask that was discovered which was an exceptional copy, retaining all of the details of this sculpt very nicely.
It is from this Don Post 98 Shatner proto mask that the 75K was derived. With a near-perfect Kirk replica as reference, N.A.G. created the 75K / 75 Kirk. This mask could be ordered as a Captain Kirk mask, an already-converted Michael Myers mask or as a blank to have converted by the artist of your choice. Below is a N.A.G. 75K converted by A.H.G. (All Hallow’s Ghost) that belongs to onedgepits:
Congratulations to Nikos Dresios and N.A.G. for reaching the top spot on this year’s countdown, and to Justin Mabry and Nightowl for holding the spot in last year’s countdown. Thanks to everyone who participated in this 2ND Annual Countdown and to all of you that have taken the time to view and/or comment. From all of us at Michael-myers.net, we hope you wear your best Michael Myers mask and costume this October 31st, and we wish you a happy and safe HALLOWEEN.