Michael Myers’ 1978 mask was made to be deadly accurate, thanks to Halloween Kills.


Michael Myers’ 1978 mask was 100% accurate thanks to Halloween Kills.

A new behind-the-scenes video delves into the meticulous attention to detail that went into recreating one of horror’s most recognizable faces.

Halloween Kills is out tomorrow on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD, and we have a sneak peek at one of the bonus features.

The set includes the film’s original theatrical version as well as an extended cut with an alternate ending, as well as extended and deleted scenes, a gag reel, and behind-the-scenes footage.

The clip io9 has today is from the latter: a close-up look at Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween Kills, which was meticulously modeled after the mask worn in John Carpenter’s 1978 original (which was, famously, a William Shatner mask painted an eerily blank white).

“It’s just like an old-fashioned latex Halloween mask,” as the film’s make-up FX designer Christoper Nelson explains, “albeit one with extreme care paid to the tiny details that make it unique,” as you can see in the video below:

“We’ve been dissecting this mask for 40 years,” Nelson says, adding that the matted wig hair attached to the mask received its own special attention.

“Some people said, ‘Chris, there’s a piece of hair swirl sticking up there, could you mat that down?’ And I said, ‘Oh, no, no.’

That has to be included.

It isn’t the ’78 Shape’ if it isn’t there.”

Of course, the accuracy was especially important because Halloween Kills—which focuses on how trauma from the past influences behavior in the present—includes flashbacks to 1978, providing new perspectives on the fateful October 31 night when Michael, aka the Shape, first terrorized Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends.

Halloween Kills is currently available on digital and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD tomorrow; Halloween Ends, the final installment in director David Gordon Green’s reboot-sequel trilogy, will be released on October 14.

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