For my first real post of the blog I've decided to write about a discovery I made a while ago that we actually have crystal clear photos of all three masks made for Halloween (1978), which contradicts a long standing misconception in the Halloween fan community. Here is a photo of all three masks at the '78 wrap party, although a bit grainy we can at least make out some details!
The three masks that we know were made for Halloween are the Hero, Stunt mask A (schoolyard and hallway reveal mask), and Stunt mask B (unused in H1, used as Stunt Blood Tears in H2). The hero (right) is very distinct and with it being the most recognizable of the three it can easily be identified- the other two are where the misconceptions were held. Below is a photo of what we now know are two separate masks, Stunt A and Stunt B. For a long time, these were misidentified as the same mask.
If you really study the masks, you can clearly tell that they are different. The easiest place to tell these masks apart are in the eye cuts. Not only are they entirely different shapes, but there are small differences as well. We'll first look at the proper left eye cut. Stunt mask A seems to have a much more jagged cut, whereas the Stunt B/Stunt Blood Tears mask is very clean cut. In the B&W hallway shot if you look at the top inner corner of the eye cut, you notice a jagged notch that is not present on the Stunt B mask. It is circled in red below.
The most common defense of this is that "it's probably just stretched over to the side, altering the shape", but the photo from H1 shows the wearer giving it the "castle stretch" NOT stretching it sideways like Warlock. If they were the same mask then the wearer in the H1 behind the scenes photo would make the eye cut appear longer than the photo to the right, which they are not.
Onto the differences in the proper left eye cut. They already look very different but the top inner corner gives it away again. On Stunt mask A you can see it goes high in the corner and dips in the middle of the eye cut.
And now to match this mask to the left wrap party/SNL mask! If we compare these two with various photos we can clearly match them. Check out the photo below and see for yourself!
Knowing these masks are the same goes even further to prove that it is not the Stunt Blood Tears mask because if we compare the sideburn glue lines leftover from the Kirk conversion, we can see they are placed differently in distance from the eye cut and ear. This is a feature that would not change on a mask.
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