BASEMENT BUSINESS REVIEW: Zagone Studios

As most monster kids my age did, I spent little to no time playing sports growing up. Instead, I spent my weekends watching any and all monster movies that I could find on TV. Each Tuesday, when the new TV Guide came in for the following week, I would go through page by page making myself a list of what movies were playing, on what station and at what time. Then I would try to watch as many of them as I could, of course assuming that our TV’s UHF antenna would actually be able to draw the station in at the time the movie was airing.

The first mask I ever saw with a hanging eyeball.
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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Lunar Lynx by Zagone Studios

If I had to chose one of my favorite mask companies of all time it would be Zagone Studios, formerly Be Something Studios. This company has been mentioned many times by me in other blogs and I do not want to sound like a broken record, other than to say that I recommend them highly.

During the 80s, when I would look through the various mask company catalogs that I had, I always gravitated towards the offerings of Be Something Studios more than the rest, wanting more of their masks than any other company. I also find myself now, so many years later, having more nostalgia for this company than any other.

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Survivor by Zagone Studios

When I started collecting masks and doing a yard haunt, there were three main mask companies to choose from. There was Don Post Studios, Distortions Unlimited and Be Something Studios. Though all three companies did amazing work, I found that the masks from Be Something Studios were the easiest to wear for my actors. Not only were they comfortable but provided vision that was not impaired and breathing with them on was very easy.

Website photo of Survivor.
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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Fang Face Version 2 by Trick or Treat Studios

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Stock catalog photo from the Trick or Treat Studios website.

I started collecting masks in 1984, after receiving various mask catalogs in the mail. One of the companies that always stood out to me was Be Something Studios. I loved their designs and every mask I bought looked as good as they did in the catalog photos. The detailing was second to none and many featured a high quality plush hood to accentuate the design. Many of their masks were sculpted by Bill Ystrom and he would always sculpt the letters BYBY into the backs of his creations.

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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Black Moon by Ghoulish Productions

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Catalog photo of Black Moon.

Growing up, Halloween was always my favorite holiday. There was just something about that fall night that excited me, even more so than with Christmas. I love the history of the holiday and everything that it represents. I have so many fond memories trick-or-treating and actually “feeling” that the barrier between the living and the dead was thinner. There was something about the air every Halloween night…it was just different.

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