Monday, February 15, 2010

The Future Of Masks

In my daily searches for cool Halloween items, I've recently stumbled upon a few sites selling masks made of silicone. As someone who has owned a few latex masks in my day, this is really quite stunning to view. Latex has a relatively short shelf life if you don't store it properly, and even then there's a ticking clock to a day when the latex will start to dry and crack. Silicone seems to be the future.

Each mask on the site has a video demonstrating its detail and movement. Wow.



Click here to see a sample.

compositeeffects.com

6 comments:

HalloweeNut said...

WOW! that's incredible! I've known about CFX for a long time. Their very big with Haunted Attraction owners. Trouble is, their really pricey. But they're still kick-ass, and are on their way to being the next "big thing" in the mask community.

Pam Morris said...

cool but a bit pricey, yeah? I mean, I know how much goes into making a mask, but c'mon...

Sara said...

NOW you tell me! LOL, crap. I recently visited my parents' basement and drug out my Halloween masks as I thought they were well perserved only to find a melted Leatherface and a melted Michael all sticky and gross. Well, now I know.

The Gill-Man said...

Truly amazing pieces! Really wish I had the bank for some of those!!! I'd definitely snag Orlok!

Rot said...

Some detailed latex masks are in the $200-$400 range and they will expire at some point.

Wonder how long these things last.

The Gill-Man said...

Theoretically, silicone could hast a loooooong time. Of course, how these things are treated and stored would have a major impact, but they still should have a much longer shelf life than latex.

In all honesty, the price on these isn't unreasonable, considering that they probably have incredibly small production runs. These aren't mass-market, and it looks like a lot of care and skill went into crafting these. I can't afford any of them at this point in my life, but if I ever had the disposable income I would definitely invest in these.

If I ran a professional haunt, I would DEFINITELY look into purchasing some of these. They would automatically bump up the realism factor for any actor in a haunt.