According to Wikipedia, “Creepypastas are horror-related legends that have been copied and pasted around the Internet. These Internet entries are often brief, user-generated, paranormal stories intended to scare readers. They include gruesome tales of murder, suicide, and otherworldly occurrences.” Though some of these stories can be silly, there are some that are genuinely scary. As a result, the folks at Ghoulish Productions have created a series of masks based on Creepypasta stories. Unfortunately, the subject of this blog no longer seems to be available directly from the manufacturer (though they can be found on eBay and Amazon).
I have always thought the design of this mask was interesting and between the lower price on Amazon and points I had accrued, I was able to get it very cheap (and I was not disappointed).
The mask reminds me a lot of the masks produced by Zagone Studios. It is basically in two parts; latex front and fake fur material on the back. Depending on the mask design, fake fur can either work for or against the final look of the mask. In this case it definitely works for it.
The mask I received looks exactly like the website photo and I love the gray and subtle blacks. Though it is a relatively simple sculpture, it works on so many levels. If used in a haunted house, this mask would be very effective in low lighting situations. It’s one of those masks where you say to yourself, “What the heck is that?”
As far as wearing this mask goes, it is very comfortable. There is a strap inside to help it fit better against your face. The eye holes are large making seeing with this on very easy. The breathing holes, though small, are very effective and by having a fake fur back, you stay much cooler than you would with a full, over-the-top latex mask. One thing I highly recommend with all masks using fake fur is to fluff it up before wearing or displaying. This will add more mass and improve the overall look greatly.
I do have one complaint, though minor. The mask I received is displayed on a mannequin head, as seen in the pictures. This will show you how it will fit on your head. One thing I love is how the mask is shown in the website photo, with a rounded face. When wearing, the mask becomes more narrow, changing the look completely. I am sure that if no one saw the original photo they would be fine, but it is something visually that for me distracts from the mask.
If you can find it, I do recommend this mask. It’s fun and creepy at the same time! I am guessing that some year-round costume shops may also have extra stock of this great mask! Make sure to check out my other entries in my MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS series.