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Halloween Mask Madness, Day 31: Happy Halloween!

Alright Boils and Ghouls!  We’re finally here, Halloween is upon us and tonight lucky kids all over the country will be knocking on doors and stuffing pails, sacks, pillow cases, and bags with all sort of sugary goodness.  Tomorrow is set aside for a million tummy aches, but tonight there will be chocolate!  And fake blood.

For this last post of the season I’ve decided to share the longest single ad in my collection.  It comes from issue #117 of Fangoria which was printed in 1992.  Featuring witch boobies, corpses, devils, skeletons, silly masks, licensed masks, Aliens, Critters, demons, vampires, Frankenstein’s Monsters, gore, and 5, count ‘em, 5 different Jack-o-Lantern masks!  This is a crazy blowout sale ad from the folks at Distortions Unlimited, and I love it!

All told, I’ve shared in the neighborhood of 370 different masks from all sorts of companies, and that’s just a fraction of what was available between the late 70s through the early 90s.  I’ve been wanting to showcase these mask ads for awhile and it feels good to finally have them up on the site.  Now it’s time carve my 7th pumpkin of the season, watch a few more horror films, and kick back and wait for some trick-or-treaters to come by begging for candy.  Hope you all dug the countdown this year, and as always…

…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! Have a happy Halloween, and maybe tonight will be the night that the Great Pumpkin finally does show up…

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 30: The blood is the life…

We’re up to our second to last post for the Halloween season!  Today it’s all about Dracula.  Well, Francis Ford Coppola’s film version of the novel.  Actually, it’s really the effects team and designer’s interpretation of Dracula filtered through Morris Studios sculptors work.  Yeah, that’s the ticket…

This ad comes from issue #130 of Fangoria from 1994 and features 4 of the more gruesome and creepy iterations of Oldman’s Dracula character from the ’92 film.  Though Keanu Reeves is horribly miscast in the flick, it still holds up for its amazing in-camera effects work.  Seriously, go back and watch the film.  All those effects are in-freaking-camera.  That’s some pretty crazy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stuff going on in a Coppola film.  Bananas!

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 29: Shhh, here’s some Cinema Secrets…

Just three days left until Halloween, and the beginning of the last weekend in the season.  Today brings the only Cinema Secrets advertisement of the countdown, which was ripped from issue #126 of Fangoria from 1993…

Lots of licensed masks in this one, with few variations thrown in for good measure.  Not sure why they even really bothered with Friday part 9 masks considering the way the movie plays out for the most part, but I’m sure there were undiscerning fans out there that wanted any sort of new Jason masks…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 28: Gardner Gimmicks!

Well, we’re up to the last Friday in the Countdown, as well as the last couple of Tony Gardner ads I was able to cull from two 1993 issues of Fangoria.  This one features some more Sam Raimi creations with two variations of Evil Ash from Army of Darkness

There’s also a lot of other gory masks featured, my favorites being Freaky Ralph and the exposed Darkman…

For the last Gardner ad I wanted to showcase in the countdown features something that I haven’t really tackled yet, gimmick masks…

Featuring masks within masks and a couple different inflatable scare gags, this ad reminds me the most of the huckstering days of the mail-away products from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  By far my favorite gag is the double masks with the flip-up faces revealing various grotesqueries underneath.

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 27: The last Death…

It’s day 27. Only 4 more days until Halloween!  I hope everyone has their candy ready, their designs in place for this year’s Jack-o-Lanterns, and a pile of horror movies ready to watch.  I know I’ve been having an absolute blast this year doing my best to keep up with over 270 sites participating in the 2011 Countdown to Halloween.

Today I have my last Death Studios advertisement which I yanked from issue #115 of Fangoria published back in 1992.  Though this ad features a lot of repeat masks, there are a few news ones in the bunch that were well worth posting…

In particular I really dig the Xenophobe and the Danny the Bastard masks.  Both feature fun sculpts and a ton of detail.  I also love the sleek simplicity of the Skull mask in this ad…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 26: Gardner throwbacks…

We’re up top the last Wednesday in the Countdown this year, and today I’m featuring my third Tony Gardner ad, this time from issue #117 of Fangoria, published in 1992…

This one is fun because it’s a bit more on the classic side of things, and is sort of a throwback to the ads of the 50s and 60s featuring the Alterian Ghost Factory’s take on Frankenstein’s monster, Witch, Skull, Devil, Mummy and Werewolf masks.  Though the concepts may not be new, I do feel that the sculpts on these masks a interesting enough to easily set them apart from all of the other studios offering similar masks.  I’d have to say that my favorite out of this bunch is a toss up between the Skull and the Dirty ‘ol Man…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 25: Tony Gardner brings the gore!

Day 25 brings some more masks from Tony Gardner’s Alterian Studios/Ghost Factory.  With a nod that the design was specifically tailored to the desires of gorehounds, these masks upped the blood quotient for Gardner’s masks by 700%…

This ad comes from issue #117 of Fangoria, first published in 1992, and was still beating the drum for a little under appreciated superhero horror hybrid movie called Darkman.  If there was ever a film ripe for mask merchandise it has to be Darkman, what with all of the mask making in the actual film.  It was also an opportunity for an enterprising company like Gardner’s to produce a Bruce Campbell Final Shemp mask, though I doubt they ever did.  If nothing else I really dig how playful Gardner and crew get with the infusion of gore.  I love the Dinosaur and Brainstorm masks…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 24: Klowning around…

We’re up to day 24, and today I have my second to last Death Studios mask ad that was ripped from issue #105 of Fangoria, published in 1991…

This advertisement marks a bit of a departure for Death Studios in that they have a couple of officially licensed masks in the ranks, specifically the two Killer Klowns From Outer Space offerings up top.  I also really dig the Lon Chaney inspired London After Midnight mask on the second row.  One of these days I hope an intact print of that lost film surfaces.  There’s a version floating around with a bunch of stills from the set, but it’s just not the same.  As for the masks though, some of the other standouts for me were the Tricerotops, Bat Demon & Demon Vampire, as well as the Reptile and Upside-Down Head masks…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 23: Death Studios, now in glorious color!

Well, we’re at the second to last Sunday of the countdown and today I have another entry from Death Studios!

This advertisement comes from a 1991 issue of Fangoria and features some really awesome masks and appliances.  There are a bunch of repeats on this ad from the black and white one I posted on the 17th, but there are also some new ones that I thought would justify the addition to the Countdown.  Again, we have a couple of Hellraiser inspired masks (including a color image of the Hellspawn and Bite – aka Chatterer the Cenobite), as well as an actual Rat Fink Ed Roth mask.  I really like the Nightmare on Elm Street inspired Demon Chest as well.  Just a nice chest piece that could easily be hidden under normal clothes and would be a great way to freak out co-workers and Halloween party guests…

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!

Halloween Mask Madness, Day 22: Universally interesting masks!

It’s day 22, and we’re starting the last full week of the 2011 Countdown to Halloween here at Branded in the 80s.  So far there have been 266 different masks from all sorts of different companies like Don Post Studios, Death Studios, Distortions Unlimited, Topstone, and Tony Gardner Studios.  Today we can add the cinematic icon of horror, Universal Studios to that list with this 1991 advertisement that I pulled from issue #102 of Fangoria

Though I like some of these classic monster interpretations, in particular the Frankenstein’s Monster and the full body Mutant mask and costume from This Island Earth, I think it’s kind of weird how off-model the molds are on these offerings.  Considering these were officially licensed masks, I’m surprised that they weren’t more accurate to the original designs by Jack Pierce (looking like the Lon Chaney Wolfman or the Boris Karloff monster.)  I know that Universal was starting a brand new push for their stable of monsters in the early 90s (with Pizza Hut Promotions, coloring books, lunch boxes, and appearances in their theme parks), so I wonder if the idea was to try and create a whole new look for the creatures to try and make them more hip for the kids?  Either way, I wish I had, had the $400 bucks for the Metaluna costume…

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!