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Makeup Effects Artist Talks Creating New Michael Myers Mask for ‘Halloween’

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And by “new,” we actually mean “40 years old.”

Everything we’ve heard so far about David Gordon Green’s Halloween has sounded *really* good to us, from John Carpenter being creatively involved (and likely even providing the score!) to Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode. Nick Castle is even back as Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also playing the iconic killer.

But what about the *look* of Michael Myers? Specifically, what is the mask going to look like? Has Michael found a new one, or will he be wearing the very same one from the original, the events of which took place 40 years prior? Speaking with Halloween Daily News, Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Christopher Nelson, a mega fan of the franchise who designed the mask for this year’s film, just confirmed that the mask Michael will be wearing in Halloween 2018 is supposed to be the same mask he wore in 1978; Nelson created a new mask to capture 40 years of wear and tear on the classic.

The first order of business, of course, was the mask. I have a strong working knowledge of the original mask, and what the second one was about, and all the masks (of the sequels) and who did them and what they looked like,” Nelson told the site. “The point was to get back to the original, and to bring Michael Myers to life again, to bring that character, that feeling that you get – I really approached it more as a feeling than I did trying to copy the original mask.”

He continued, “The film takes place 40 years later, so you’re not going to have that same mask, it’s not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint. I had 40-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these 40 years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books.”

I’m very happy with it. I think it’s going to be cool. I wanted to create the character of Michael Myers, not just the mask. You’re not creating just a mask. You’re creating a character. You’re creating a feeling that you get that does have an expression. The mask does have an expression, but also the mask looks completely different in every single angle it’s ever been photographed at, and I wanted that feeling too. I wanted the feeling that when you saw Michael Myers, it morphs, it changes, it looks different from every single angle, like the original one did. I can safely say we accomplished that.”

Michael returns to Haddonfield on October 19, 2018.


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