You're Next, 2013
To conceal the killers in You’re Next, director Adam Wingard took a tip from a horror classic. He recently told EW about the inspiration behind his film’s creepy animal masks: ”In [1978’s] Halloween, John Carpenter took a pre-existing mask and ghost-ified it.”
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974
Fashioned from human flesh, Leatherface’s disguise gave new meaning to the term ”man made.” Both the character and the costume were reportedly inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein.
Makeup artist David Ayres reshaped a mask of Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk into Michael Myers’ facial camouflage for the low-budget hit.
Friday the 13th Part III, 1982
Jason’s signature guise — a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask — didn’t make its debut until the third installment of the slasher series.
The melting-face hood worn by Wes Craven’s Ghostface was a Halloween mask inspired by Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream.
The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
Costume designer Colleen Atwood commissioned mask maker Ed Cubberly to create Hannibal Lecter’s muzzle.
Eyes Without a Face, 1960
Following a car accident — and unsuccessful reconstructive surgery — Christiane Genessierm is forced to wear a featureless mask to hide her disfigurement in this French-Italian horror film. Its design reportedly influenced Michael Myers’ Halloween look.
The Strangers, 2008
Artist Helen Ward created the disguises worn by the Man in the Mask and his creepy accomplices, Dollface and Pin-Up Girl.
The Purge, 2013
The Polite Leader and his masked group of Purgers wear eerie smiley face masks in this thriller about an annual crime free-for-all.
Trick R Treat, 2007
This horror film anthology features four frightening stories and one tiny trick-or-treater named Sam, who sports a spooky scarecrow hood made from a burlap sack.
The Shining, 1980
Though this character makes a brief appearance, he’s certainly unforgettable. It’s long been debated whether the animal glimpsed by Mrs. Torrance is a wolf, bear, or something else, but in the Stephen King novel on which the film is based, he’s a dog.
The Wicker Man, 1975
A procession of pagan cultists in animal masks leads us to the shocking twist at the end of this cult classic.
Sure, the sight of the Jigsaw Puppet Master is terrifying, but the rotting Pighead worn by the killer’s accomplices takes the gross-out factor up a notch.