Welcome back for part two of our 5th Annual Top Ten Best Michael Myers Masks countdown. In the first part of our countdown we’ve already seen that last year’s number one (NAG’s 75k) mask fell from the top spot to number six, ending its chance at becoming a three-time winner for this year. We haven’t had Nightowl’s SHAT mask make an appearance thus far; will the SHAT become our first three-time winner or will we have a new number one this year? Time to find out!
This Year’s NUMBER FIVE is Cemetery Gate Productions’ WARLOCK. The Warlock (named after Dick Warlock, who portrayed Michael Myers in Halloween II) was designed to give the appearance of what the Myers mask looked like when worn by Warlock. Different versions have been made over the years but the earlier copies are still the most favored by collectors. Commonly believed to have been created from a recast of Nightowl’s Nightmare Man ’78, the Warlock is one of the best selling masks this hobby has seen. Our member ChainsawVHS has his copy pictured below:
At NUMBER FOUR (last year’s number two) we have the N.A.G. (Nikolas Art Gallery) “2K” mask. This limited mask is simply known as the 2k as this was the actual cost for the mask upon its release. Ten sets of the 2K (ten Kirks and ten Myers) were released followed by five sets of a retooled 2k. Counting the protos, somewhere between thirty-two and thirty five of these masks exist in total. The 2k offers great detail in the sculpt and hair similar to that of a real 75 Kirk, making it one of the favorite Myers mask replicas for serious collectors. Seen here is member Werner Fiedler’s copy and a great example of the kind of looks this mask can achieve:
This year’s NUMBER THREE spot is a new entry to our countdown, 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. The mask is represented here by member Odeed’s copy:
The number two spot (last year’s number three) belongs to Nightowl’s SHAT/CREEP mask. There are two available versions of this mask, the CREEP version 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 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 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. Our member RabbitInRed78’s SHAT painted up by Justin Mabry and with a customized hair reworking by James Carter is seen below:
This year we have a new NUMBER ONE! Taking the top spot in our 5th annual countdown is N.A.G.’s “98 Proto Cast”. In 1998 Don Post Studios laser-scanned one of their 1975 Kirks to make a new Kirk mask. The resulting run of masks produced were a bit of a disappointment. However, a few proto masks surfaced and proved to be far superior in look. Two N.A.G. masks were created from one of these Don Post Kirk proto masks, the “75K” and the “98 Proto Cast”. Whereas N.A.G.’s “75K” mask was a retool of Post’s Kirk proto, the “98 Proto Cast” was a direct recast as the name suggests. The result is a Kirk mask that is a perfect canvas for the Myers community converters to make into a great Michael Myers mask. Below is Nik’s own H2 styled copy that James did up for him followed by a H1 styled copy for Caleb Croft who went full costume for us!
Nik’s H2 styled 98 Proto:
Caleb Croft’s H1 styled 98 in full costume:
Congratulations to Nik for claiming the top spot in this year’s countdown.
That’s it for this year’s countdown but please do come back for next year’s top ten! Next year should be special. We finally have a NEW Halloween movie coming (with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her Laurie Strode role and John Carpenter directly involved with the project!) and without doubt more great masks. We know Ken Hertlein will be unleashing a new beast soon and with talents like N.A.G., Handiboy, Nightowl, Trick or Treat Studios and many others, there should be MUCH to be excited about. Everyone have a fun and safe Halloween!