Throughout history, masks have been part of the culture. Its uses are diverse. From religious purposes, through the theater to the transfiguration of identity or personality. Nowadays their use is more common during the Halloween festivities, and plays an important role in the arts, especially when it comes to the movies. Better yet – to the horror movies.
Object of desire of 10 out of 10 “Scream” fans, the Ghost Face® Mask is one of the most successful icons of the history of American cinema. Adam Rockoff compares Ghost Face® to Edward Munch´s "The Scream" by saying that the mask is a "hyperbolic rendering” of the expressionist painting. This reference probably influenced the change of title of the film, which originally was "Scary Movie."
"The 'face' is twisted in an exaggerated, almost mocking grin, as if reflecting the look of terror and surprise on his victims' faces”, writes Rockoff in his book "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film" , that has a movie version that you can watch here.
Since it appeared in the film, the costume is the most wore and sold for the Halloween night in the US. A successful best seller.
» From the costume shop to the movie screen
The mask was created for the Halloween of 1991 by Fun World. There, they used to refer to it as “Peanut Eyed Ghost”. Its design had references to the cover of the album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the Betty Boop cartoon and to the already cited "The Scream" painting.
That year’s collection was called “Fantastic Faces".
“Wes Craven must have thought it had a unique look, too, because when he saw it scouting locations at the house of a mask collector (who had passed away) he was adamant about it being in the movie”, says the licensing director of Fun World, R.J. Torbert in a interview for The Scream Franchise Examiner.
Besides the amazing visual, Craven wanted a product that already existed and could be bought in stores – so the killer's identity could not be traced.
The original movie mask – which appear only in two scenes of "Scream" – was from another company known as KNB Effects. It turns out that at the time of filming, an agreement had not been sealed with Fun World. So, Wes asked to Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, from KNB, for something similar.
But Craven was never completely satisfied with the look of that mask, and again contacted Fun World. Fortunately they closed business and the only reason why the KNB´s mask appears in the movie was because there was no more time or resources to reshoot.
Over the years and movies, masks won different versions and in 2010, Fun World officially released a final logo for it (check out at the bottom of the page).
» Mask editions
KNB (Scream) – Appears only in the opening scene and at the death of Principal Himbry. Seven masks were produced for the film and are extremely rare collector's items. There is an opportunity to purchase replicas through specialized forums.
Fantastic Faces (Scream) – Also a rare item. This version tagged is worth about $ 250 and $ 150 without a tag.
Fearsome Faces (Scream 2) – These are the masks used in "Scream 2". There are perceptual changes in design. Although they do not glow in the dark in the film, the version on the market does. Tagged is worth about $ 30 and $ 15 without tag.
Ghost Face® (Scream 3) – Other minor changes in design. This is a mask that has a firmer rubber. It is the most widely used and is the mask that illustrates the top of our website.
Deluxe Movie Edition Ghost Face® (Scream 4) – It has a pearly luster and will be available for purchase in the season premiere of the fourth film.
Ghostface® Scarecrow & Ghost Face® Zombie (Scream 4) – These versions were also sent to the production team of "Scream 4", but we do not know if they will be part of it. Those incredible masks are already available for sale.
Other editions: Fantastic Faces (Green and Orange), Ghost Face® Foam, Bleeding Ghost Face® (The Glow-in-the-dark and the non-glow-in-the-dark), Color Changing Ghost Face®, Metallic Colored Ghost Face® (Red and Blue), Bobble-head Ghostface® & Zombie Bleeding Ghostface®.
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