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Original ‘Scream’ Ghostface Mask Concepts Were Way Different

One of the most iconic movie masks of all time almost never made it on screen.

The mask that Scream forever immortalized as Ghostface was originally a mass-produced mask that bore the name “Peanut-Eyed Ghost.” Inspired by Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream,” the mask was released by Fun World in the early ’90s, and the story goes that Craven and his production team stumbled upon it in an abandoned house while they were scouting locations for Scream. Craven loved it and wanted to use it in the film, but alas, Fun World owned the rights and they wanted more money than Dimension was willing to pay. So Craven devised Plan B.

What was Plan B, you ask? Unable to use the “Peanut-Eyed Ghost” mask, Craven tasked KNB EFX with designing a mask that was inspired by the Fun World mask he wanted to use. Some of the designs stayed fairly true to the original mask, while others deviated so wildly that they would’ve completely changed everything about the movie. Eventually, of course, Fun World and Dimension reached an agreement, and the “Peanut-Eyed Ghost” mask became Ghostface.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Want to see a handful of those original KNB concepts? Below you’ll find twelve drawings of vastly different masks that were pitched to Craven (many of which are VERY wacky), and underneath you’ll see four of those designs that Scream superfan Mikey Aspinwall had artist Crash Cunningham draw up for him. Aspinwall even had an artist turn one of the concepts into an actual mask, which gives you an idea of what it would’ve looked like had it been used on screen.

Huge thanks to Aspinwall for allowing us to use these images.








  • The Horror Hunter

    I’m glad they found the right mask. These designs are cool but they look like something straight out of a Goosebumps book.

  • Grimphantom

    I mostly disturbed than scared from those pile of sketches till you go thru the last 2 which better till they found the right design for the mask.

    Main pic of the article does work if it’s for another movie, the rest are just….wow.

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    I’ gla we got the one we ended up with.

  • EricBasile

    That first drawing is every monster design since Resident Evil.

  • nicholasmwalker

    based on those concept drawings, i bet they never showed the knb fx guys the actual ghost face mask. i bet they just gave them some verbal direction like “we want you guys to design a halloween mask, and we want it to be obvious that it’s a halloween mask so give it exaggerated features”… that’s my guess anyway

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    lol too cartoon, we need a Scream 5 and 6 btw

  • I Am Colossus

    yea they picked the best for sure lol

    • gabriel

      the one that looks like pumpkinhead/dr. satan is really cool though

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Is it just me or can Crash Cunningham only draw ovals for features? It seems like the entire design process was determined by his inability to draw anything else other than ovals for mouths and noses and eyes…….it really does explain a lot as a kid I spent the hole movie wondering why they chose that mask. Not only is it not scary but it’s almost like a joke it’s so silly looking. It’s like they let micheal myers’ mask melt in the car or something.

  • FingerPointingToTheMoon

    Evil Dead 2 deadite …

  • Kaijudude

    As masks go , The Scream mask( made to look like the painting of the same name ) was pretty non threatening , belling the stone cold killers underneath. I always thought that was pretty clever .

  • chien_clean

    They made the riight decision although the one at the top of the story that looks like a monster would have been cool too.

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