The 15 Most Iconic Movie Masks of All Time

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They hide identity, disfigurement, or they’re just meant to be badass. No matter what the reasons for wearing them, these fifteen iconic movie masks have been permanently etched in our minds  Enjoy in this Top Movies

Frank’s Mask (Donnie Darko)


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Not so much scary as just flat out creepy, the demented rabbit mask in Donnie Darko was the star of the movie poster and DVD cover. I’ve never seen a good replication of this one for a Halloween costume, it always just ends up being some paper-mache nightmare.

Michael Myers’ Mask (Halloween series)

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Michael Myers mask is certainly memorable, but I’m not sure how it holds up compared to other iconic horror masks. It’s kind of like he ripped the face off a mannequin and wore that, and while that’s mildly chilling, it’s not exactly the most terrifying image in the world. Unless of course it’s being worn by Dwight Schrute.

The Loki Mask (The Mask)

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Well, it had to make the list if there was an entire movie based around it. The mask transformed Jim Carrey into an even more Jim Carrey-ed version of Jim Carrey with green skin, stretchy arms and the propensity to function in cartoon physics. However, it also spawned CGI horrorfest Son of the Mask, so ultimately it may have done more harm than good.

Reconstruction Mask (Vanilla Sky)

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Tom Cruise’s protagonist David Aames enjoyed wearing this a little too much in the movie after his accident at the hands of crazy bitch Cameron Diaz, so much so that he started to freak people out. It bears an eerie resemblance to Michael Myers mannequin mask, but at least Aames only killed people by accident.

The Iron Mask (The Man in the Iron Mask)


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There have been a few masks used for punishment, but none is more well known that the iron mask used to imprison King Louie’s twin brother. If I looked like Leonardo DiCaprio, and I had a twin brother, I’d probably put him in jail too just so I could get all the attention for myself.

Opera Mask (The Phantom of the Opera)

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I guess this is more the most legendary mask in theater, but they did make a movie out of it, so it became iconic in film as well. The half mask made a mystery out of the phantom, and inspired thousands of drama nerds to wear one as part of a dorky Halloween costume.

Maxiumus’ Helmet (Gladiator)


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“Oh it’s not a mask, it’s a helmet!” Well, what the **** ever OK? It’s covering his face, so it’s a mask, and it’s a pretty damn sweet one at that. It makes for one of the best moments in the film, when Maximus removes the helmet mask and reveals himself to be the ghost of a Roman general.

Predator’s Mask (Predator)


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An ancient mask (sigh, also kind of helmet) from way the hell out there in the galaxy, Predator warriors use its many HUD features to stalk and kill prey, and also to conceal their horrendously ugly faces. Seriously, if you looked like that, you’d wear a mask all the time too.

Zorro’s Mask (Zorro series)

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Zorro’s mask is definitely the most simple out of any on this list, but it’s so iconic they made an entire movie based around it (The Mask of Zorro). It’s all about how whoever picks up the mask assumes Zorro’s mythos and all that jazz, but really it’s about watching Catherine Zeta-Jones almost get naked.

Hannibal’s Muzzle (The Silence of the Lambs)

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It’s not so much a mask as a jail cell for Hannibal Lecter’s mouth, but it’s by far one of the most terrifying ones on this list. It physically restrained Hannibal from eating people’s faces, but it never did contain him for long. Also, another great mask from Silence of the Lambs is the guard’s face that Hannibal uses to escape. Gory genius.

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9 Responses to “The 15 Most Iconic Movie Masks of All Time”

  1. I’m sorry but Humongous mask is better known than the Gladiator mask.
    If you don’t know who humongous is, then you have lead a horrible isolated life like those Mormon cultists or the Amish. I’m fairly certain the Amish know who Humongous is.
    http://www.madmaxmovies.com/cast-and-crew/road-warrior-cast/Kjell-Nilsson/Humungous.jpg

  2. And the Wolverine mask, actually any of the X-men or various Superhero masks are better known than eith the Gladiator mask of the Vanilla sky mask.

  3. You forgot Spiderman…

  4. It is really interesting to know about different masks used in the films

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