Halloween Mask Madness, Day 14: Talk about Hack and Slash (I mean Bash…)

By Shawn Robare

It’s day 14 and I think it’s time we get back on track with something a little more monsterific!  Today’s ad is from issue #57 of Fangoria which was published back in 1986 and features out first look at Massacre Masks…

I’m not sure exactly what company this is, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this is another early ad for Distortions Unlimited, who we’ll be seeing a lot of in the coming days.  There’s something about the zaniness and extreme gore of some of these that really speaks to the company’s oeuvre.  With this ad I really dig the Decay mask, but I’m also really partial to the extremely gross Bashed, Hack, and Grizzle masks.  Those would have received the most scrutiny had I run across this as a kid.  I also like that this ad offers a lot of additional non-mask items on the order form like props and latex wound sets.

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!

  • Paxton – Yeah, I was surprised that there were no mask ads in 1985, and that this one was so prevalent in ’86. Oh and that Malpractice mask reminds me of the weird blending of technology and bodies in Hellraiser II and III…

  • This is the ad I remember very well and wondered if you’d post. It’s on the back of the majority of my back issues of Fangoria. I love that neck appliance. And for some reason, the Malpractice mask always freaked me out the most.