Friday, May 18, 2018

New F13 Fan Film Using an OLD Mask of Mine

So this is really cool.

The first remake mask I ever painted is being used for a fan film called "Voorhees" that's currently in production. The mask has been modified slightly with new scratches and smudges, but it is without a doubt the same mask.

This was a NECA resin mask I painted back in December 2009 and haven't seen it in yeeeeeeeeeeearrrs and had no recollection of who I sold it to. But it is without a doubt the same mask.

Here it what it looked like when I bought it on eBay. In those days we didn't have the JDF or Frightstuff blanks yet so we just repainted the NECAs:

Here it is right after I repainted it:

 As an interesting aside, famed mask masker Lars10 once told me this mask inspired him to paint his legendary remake masks, some of the most accurate (and expensive) you can find.

Here's a side by side with a shot from the upcoming film. The original grime is still there, albeit partially buried under new paint:
Left: 2018. Right: 2009.

I almost never see my old 2009-2010 era paint jobs pop up, so this is really fun for me!

Check out the trailer for "Voorhees" which the producers promise to be the "most sadistic" fan film yet.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mysterious Part 6 Promo Mask Surfaces

This is funny. Some obscure carbon copy of Pawn Stars called Beverly Hills Pawn filmed a segment during Season 4 Episode 7, where they received what is likely a part 6 promotional mask.

The "expert" analyst delivers her rather strange assessment as she's holding the mask:

"Its quite common for movie props to be made out of fiberglass rather than plastic, because they tend to hold the colors longer... and you can tell this one is fiberglass because its smoother and stronger than the plastic ones..." lol what? Fiberglass is smoother and holds the colors longer? That's the first time I've heard that. She goes on to note that the mask has "just one triangle" that suggests it is indeed from part 6. Wow!

She does notice that there appears to be a connection piece missing from the back, but fails to note the more telling flaws, such as the envelope tabs holding the straps on (the movie masks used blind rivets) or the bush league paint job. This mask also has a surprisingly crude cut around the perimeter and lacks the cheek rivets.

Despite the rudimentary (to put it kindly) analysis, the show correctly realized that the mask was not used in the film. They offered the seller $500, which in my view is about right for a promo mask, which is my best guess for this piece. So maybe they are doing something right! The seller is likely an actor and the whole interaction appears to be scripted nonsense, but an interesting find nonetheless.

For comparison, check out this old part 6 promo mask that was sold in a Prop Store auction a few years back. The paint job is markedly different from the actual movie masks, and the shape is considerably flatter... but the crudely hand-painted triangle looks similar to what we see above.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"Death Has Come to Your Little Town, Sheriff."


D.I.Y. Kirk blank and hair by Martin Pena. All other work by me. I went with a subtle H1 look with pretty minimal weathering. Love how it came out.

Here is the same mask as a blank.

For non-Myers collectors, the D.I.Y. ("Do It Yourself") is a retool of a mask known as the "Medley Kirk"-- an original 1975 Captain Kirk mask owned by the Medleys. The Medley Kirk came out of the same mold as the Michael Myers mask used in the first Halloween movie. I wanted an H1 with lineage to the original, rather than a fan sculpt. This mask really hits all the marks. You can get one from Martin if you hit him up on Facebook.
The Medley Kirk

For anyone interested, I'm considering taking Myers commissions! I can't currently re-hair, but I can do Kirk conversions from the eye cuts on up just as you see here. Estimated turn around time for a conversion would be about 6-8 weeks. Comment below with contact info or hit me up on Facebook (Jason Farrell) or (Jasonlivessince1980).
And here I added some weathering and other alterations...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

What Jason Mask Does the Hollywood Museum Have?

Take a trip to the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles and in their basement horror dungeon you will see some costume artifacts from the Friday the 13th franchise. The oldest piece in their collection is a mysterious hockey mask that sits on a Jason mannequin often seen with Freddy. The mask has some weird markings and doesn't look like any mask in particular from the films.

Looks can, however be deceiving. Not only did this mask see screen time (for about a two seconds), it very likely gave birth to most of the masks in the franchise that came after it.

The mask has had a small but interesting role in the history of the franchise, having made a handful of random "guest appearances" during the productions of Part 5 and 6. It was also likely recast to create the Part 6 masks, and as such is the "grandfather" of both the Part 7 and Part 8 masks and the great grandfather of the Jason Goes to Hell masks.

First appearance: The "window scene", Part 5. Note the basic characteristics: yellowish color, narrow axe cut, large eye cuts, weird smiley-looking chevron, strapped from the back. You can also faintly make out the characteristic grime across the mouth ascending up the right side of the mask which can still be seen in the mask today. Look reeeeally close at the top of the mask (to the left of the strap rivet) and you can even see the white/gray spot where the paint has been sanded off the clear acrylic to reveal the white coat on the back. The mask today has different straps and red marks but I'll get into that later.
The mask behind the scenes. Photo courtesy of Dick Warlock.

Second appearance: Part 5 TV advertisement, circa 1985. Note the weird chevron, narrow axe cut, sanding around the mouth, large eye cuts and sanding/weathering patterns around the mouth and perimeter. When the mask zooms in, you can also make out the jagged cut of the right eye.
Source: Youtube

Third appearance: On Bill Forsche's head at Reel EFX studios during pre-production of Friday the 13th Part 6. You can make out the grime pattern across the mouth area.
Photo courtesy of Bill Forsche
Fourth appearance: This 1980's Bill Forsche photo of a child with the mask. Note that it is still strapped from the back like it was in part 5, but with a new Part 6-style triangle replacing the old janky one. The Part 6 mask paint scheme was loosely modeled off of this, and it seems likely this mask was used as both a casting and paint master for the film.
Photo courtesy of Bill Forsche
Also, see below the original part 6 buck and its resemblance to the Hollywood Museum mask, particularly in the eyes.

Final appearance: Hollywood Museum, where it currently resides on a decaying part 4 cowl. The Part 6 triangle has been painted over by a larger, cruder freehand version and a couple of extra chevs added to the cheeks. Looks ridiculous but what can you do at this point. The mask also has Part 6 straps, probably as a replacement for the straps that were removed when the mask was recast, and also as an experiment to see how they would look on the final movie masks.
Photo by Auz
While we don't know the exact origin, we do know this mask first appears in Friday the 13th Part 5, so it dates to at least 1985. However, there are clues that the mask is in fact older.

The mask was painted on a clear blank, as were the Part 3 masks. The construction, narrow shape, sharp molded features and large eye cuts also suggest it came from the Part 3 movie buck. It appears to have been given a light beige basecoat, then another coat of a yellow ochre, which was then sanded off in spots. The yellow tones and deep scratches are similar to the Part 3 stunt mask, and don't resemble any of the masks that are known to have been made for Part 5.

The weight of the evidence suggests it was created as a paint test or spare stunt mask during production of Friday the 13th Part 3 and remained with Reel EFX until director Danny Steinmann wanted an additional mask for shooting during Part 5, supposedly to keep the viewer guessing as to whether Tommy Jarvis was hallucinating or being stalked by Jason. Two chevron changes and a bit of brown paint splatter on the nose suggest it was used as a paint master by the Part 6 FX team before it was donated to the Hollywood Museum.

So if you ever make it to the Hollywood Museum, check it out. You are seeing a screen used mask that was likely a casting "ancestor" to every later mask created through Jason Goes to Hell.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Part 8 Mask

Clear PETG blank (molded straight off the movie mask) by Beyond Disgusting Studios. Straps by JDF Studios. All artwork by me. Click any image to enlarge.