Halloween Mask Madness, Day 16: Elephant Man Redux…


By Shawn Robare

After being personally wow-ed by some of the recent Distortions and Don Post mask ads, today’s Great CoverUp ad from issue #66 of Fangoria (published in 1987), just seems like one big step backwards…

It advertises supurb workmanship, but some of these masks just look a bit cheap and a little lazy.  I mean was it ever fun to dress up at Hitler?  And if so, did you really need a mask to do it?  I think it’s interesting how this ad features a variation on the Chiodo “Elephant Man” mask, though this time it’s all bloodied up on the side.  I guess the original didn’t push the envelope far enough, or maybe this was around the time when gore was really taking center stage in the minds of horror fans…

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

    Devlin – Good point, and nice catch! Paxton – Sounds like “something” is buggin you? I couldn’t resist that. To true about the Wizzard mask, I could totally see it in Labyrinth, or even as one of the Dwarfs in the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon…

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    Wow, could I have said ‘something’ a few more times in that last comment? What can I say, it was late in the day.

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    I don’t know, Shawn, I somewhat like that Wizzard! mask. It’s very Jim Henson. Like it was in the background of The Labyrinth or something. Like it’s Hobble’s dad or something.

  • http://devlinthompson.blogspot.com Devlin Thompson

    You forgot to mention that they misspelled “Reagan!”