Halloween Mask Madness, Day 17: Before Leatherface there was Ed Gein…


By Shawn Robare

It’s well into week three of the Halloween season and the Monster Mask Madness continues today with another vintage ad from Death Studios.  This one comes out of issue #84 of Fangoria, and was published back in 1989…

I was really surprised that this ad was in black and white, since more or less at this point in the game these advertisements were typically always in color to really sell the masks.  Even so, there are a bunch of great sculpts featured here that were light years better than what Death Studios was hawking just a few years prior.  In particular I love the Ed Roth inspired Junk Yard Kid, as well as the Hellspawn mask which I’m sure did wonders for anyone trying to perfect their escaped from Hell (Hellraiser) costume.  Just add that one to an old suit and a white button-up shirt that you didn’t mind getting some fake blood on and you were golden.  One of the most surprising offerings on this ad is the way-too-realistic-for-comfort (conceptually) Ed Gein human skin mask.  I suppose in an industry with a ton of Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface masks, this was the way to set yourself apart a bit.

Anyway, come back tomorrow for more mask tomfoolery, and if you’re looking for a ton of Halloween content all through the month of October, make sure to stop on by the official Countdown to Halloween site and check out the list of participating blogs for 2011.  You’ll be glad you did!

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

    Belinda – I have a pretty extensive collection of Fangoria and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines which have all sorts of mask ads. I love 70s and 80s era ephemera…

  • http://belindaschneider.wordpress.com/ Belinda

    where in the world do you find all these masks! great posts