They’re creepy, they’re freaky… a few of them are downright terrifying. They are WatchMojo's picks for the "Top 10 Horror Movie Masks." For this list, we’re looking for the most iconic horror movie masks that have sent chills down our spines and found their way into our nightmares. Added bonus: all make terrifying Halloween costumes!
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The Witch Trials of the 1600s
You know what clowns are—typically men wearing white makeup, a big wig, and a big nose that are hired to entertain children at birthday parties or at the circus. So why do we also see these seemingly innocent people as creepy?
I never understood why people loved being scared or at least why some of my family members did. It's one thing for me to watch a movie with horror elements, but I can't watch horror movies like some of my family members and friends can; of course, I got made fun of for not liking them so, in a way, this is me saying why I can't really get into them.
Some of the worst cinematic dogs (er, turkeys is probably more appropriate here, if rather trite) have, it seems, the word "blood" in the title: Bloodsucking Freaks, Blood Feast,I Drink Your Blood, My Bloody Mama, My Bloody Valentine... You get the picture. In order to exploit the natural human's propensity to see his/her fellow man/woman suffer bloody highway accidents, mutilations, mishaps, and suchlike, the purveyors of such cinematic turdblossoms occasionally give a big, loud unsubtle-as-fuck "soo-eeey" to their hustling, bustling hordes of teenaged future thrill-killers and sleazoid porno-store lovin' social misfits, reprobates, and dope fiends. Or, at least they did until Western Civilization and American culture went completely south of Heaven, sometime around the same time we all got high-speed internet.
And you thought that it was an M. Night Shyamalan affair, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, but the minds behind the ominous tale about a man trying to solve the mental breakdown of a kid who sees "dead people" everywhere he goes was actually technically funded by the very studio that brought you Bambi (which, let's be fair, is an animated movie with some dark themes as well).
Turns out that your parents were wrong to ban scary films at your slumber parties because horror movies are good for your health. Yup. Stop covering your ears and hiding your eyes during the gory parts for the sake of your health. Some movies are worth getting scared by. A study put on by the University of Westminster uncovered results that suggest how much horror films can improve your mental, physical, and emotional health. Turns out that scary movie aficionados probably are equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse than everyone else. See how horror can affect your life, and you might become a fan, too.
Growing up, I always had this love for the horror genre. I've watched movies like The Evil Dead, IT (1990), Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street; and played games like Resident Evil, Until Dawn, Outlast, The Evil Within, and Dead Space (many of these are franchises). Horror will always have a place in my heart because of the many beautys it has. It might seem a bit taboo that I see horror movies as beautiful because it's suppose to be the exact opposite of beautiful, but I digress. Overall, the horror genre might seem a bit stale but just read long enough and I might convince you that there are more to horror movies than blood and guts.
Horror is one of those genres that people get obsessed with, big time. You can usually tell a horror fan right off the bat, because they will be the ones who suggest you buy them creepy gifts or insist on talking about Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. More often than not, they are pretty obsessive about it.
Think about some of the most common tropes in horror movies. You've got gore, sex, and all that fun stuff, but there is one trope that seems to be exploited.