Top 10 Horror Movie Masks

Top 10 Horror Movie Masks

Our top 10 horror movie masks is compiled from scary horror movie masks and iconic movie masks. Many of the masks in this list come from classic horror movies while a few come from modern horror films. Without spoiling the order, we have included Hannibal Lecter, Ghostface, Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and others. Like always, leave a comment if we left out a notable horror mask and we will add it.

Top 10 Horror Movie Masks

10. Buttonface Mask

Nightbreed Buttonface Mask

A very primitively evil looking mask from Clive Barker‘s Nightbreed (1990) that strikes fear in viewers due to the twisted nature of the mask. Nightbreed is filled with creepy looking monsters, but that does not compare with the human [secret face] serial killer mask known as the Buttonface mask of the movies’ surprising villain.

Nightbreed (1990)

Synopsis: A troubled young man is drawn to a mythical place called Midian where a variety of monsters are hiding from humanity.
Cast: Doug Bradley, Daniel Kash, Mac McDonald, Bradley Lavelle, David Cronenberg, Tony Gardner, Bob Sessions, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Craig Sheffer, Ted Maynard, Peter Marinker, Debora Weston, Eric Loren, Oliver Parker, John Skipp, Catherine Chevalier, David Young, Peter Atkins, Hugh Quarshie, Hugh Ross, Tony Bluto, McNally Sagal, Tom Hunsinger, George Roth, Charles Haid, Kenneth Nelson, Paul Jones, Craig Spector, Stephen Hoye
Directors: Clive Barker
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Crime
AKA(s): Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut, Nightbreed: The Director's Cut
Year: 1990
Runtime: 102
Awards: 7
Nominations: 4
Writers: Clive Barker
Producers: David Barron, Gabriella Martinelli, Mark Alan Miller, Michael G. Plumides Jr., David Robinson, James G. Robinson, Joe Roth
Musicians: Danny Elfman
Editors: Mark Goldblatt, Richard Marden

9. Pig Mask

Saw Pig Face Mask

The pig mask comes from the Saw franchise that at first sounds underwhelming, but the skewed image of the pig face makes the mask unnerving. Jigsaw and his accomplices wear this mask to hide their identities. The pig represents the zodiac year in which the killer Jigsaw began his killings.

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Saw (2004)

Synopsis: Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Cast: Leigh Whannell, Ned Bellamy, Dina Meyer, Shawnee Smith, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Makenzie Vega, Monica Potter, Hans Raith, Benito Martinez, Danny Glover, Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Avner Garbi, Oren Koules, Michael Emerson, Mike Butters, Paul Gutrecht
Directors: James Wan
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Year: 2004
Runtime: 103
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 10
Nominations: 8
Writers: Leigh Whannell, James Wan
Producers: Lark Bernini, Peter Block, Mark Burg, Jason Constantine, Daniel J. Heffner, Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Richard H. Prince, Stacey Testro
Musicians: Charlie Clouser
Editors: Kevin Greutert

8. Mrs. Tredoni Mask

Mrs. Tredoni Mask

Not the scariest mask in the list but compounded with the fact that a homicidal maniac is looking behind that pale face with horrible makeup and a huge smile does make this Mrs. Tredoni mask from Alice, Sweet Alice (1976), aka Communion (1976), stand out a bit.

Communion (1976)

Synopsis: After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.
Cast: Mary Boylan, Linda Miller, Gary Allen, Sally Anne Golden, Brooke Shields, Lucy Hale, Rudolph Willrich, Tom Signorelli, Lillian Roth, Leslie Feigen, Patrick Gorman, Kathy Rich, Ted Tinling, Peter Bosche, Joseph Rossi, Marco Quazzo, Mildred Clinton, Dick Boccelli, Paula E. Sheppard, Ronald Willoughby, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry, Libby Fennelly, Maurice Yonowsky, Michael Hardstark, Beth Carlton, Alphonso DeNoble, Drew Roman, Louisa Horton, Angelino Rocca
Directors: Alfred Sole
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
AKA(s): Alice Sweet Alice, Alice, Sweet Alice, Holy Terror
Year: 1976
Runtime: 98
Nominations: 3
Writers: Rosemary Ritvo, Alfred Sole
Producers: Marc G. Greenberg, Richard K. Rosenberg, Alfred Sole
Musicians: Stephen Lawrence
Editors: M. Edward Salier

7. The Hag Mask

Curtains The Hag Mask

The hag mask from Curtains (1983) takes a standard old hag mask and elevates the idea by making the competition for a part in a movie, kill other competitors in order to sinisterly gain the lead role. Someone wants to be an actress at any cost.

Curtains (1983)

Synopsis: Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.
Cast: James Kidnie, Michael Wincott, John Vernon, Donald Adams, Lynne Griffin, Lesleh Donaldson, Joann McIntyre, Elaine Crosley, Calvin Butler, Mary Durkin, Angela Carrol, Kate Lynch, Julie Massie, Booth Savage, Patricia Carroll Brown, Diane Godwin, Theresa Tova, Virginia Leight, Janice Nicholson, Deborah Burgess, Kay Griffin, Alison Lawrence, Maury Chaykin, Bunty Webb, Jeremy Jenson, Linda Thorson, Daisy White, Jo-Anne Hannah, William Marshall, Vivian Reis
Directors: Richard Ciupka
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Year: 1983
Runtime: 89
Writers: Robert Guza Jr.
Producers: Peter R. Simpson, Richard Simpson
Musicians: Paul Zaza
Editors: Michael MacLaverty, Henry Richardson

6. Babyface Killer Mask

The Hills Run Red - Babyface Killer Mask

The Babyface Killer‘s mask from The Hills Run Red (2009) is awesomely frightening and scary. The killer in this horror film cut off his face and stitched on the mask. The porcelain upper half combined with the shattered human jaw makes this one of the most scariest masks on the list easily. Did I mention that the mask is also held on by barbed wire?

The Hills Run Red (2009)

Synopsis: A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.
Cast: William Sadler, Hristo Mitzkov, Mike Straub, Raicho Vasilev, Janet Montgomery, Tad Hilgenbrink, Danko Jordanov, Ewan Bailey, Elene Mshvidobadze, Velizara Stoyanova, Sophie Monk, Alex Wyndham, Georgi Dimitrov, Ekaterina Temelkova, Itai Diakov, Petya Ivanova
Directors: Dave Parker
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Year: 2009
Runtime: 81
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: David J. Schow, John Dombrow, John Carchietta
Producers: Charles V. Bender, John Carchietta, Ethan Erwin, Robert Meyer Burnett, Carl Morano, Erik Olsen, Steve Richards, Roee Sharon, Joel Silver, Jonathan Tzachor, Stephen Bender
Musicians: Frederik Wiedmann
Editors: Harold Parker

5. Hannibal Lecter Mask

Hannibal Lecter Mask - The Silence of the Lambs

Yes, the Anthony Hopkins version of Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is one of the simpler masks, but also one of the most iconic. The mask was used to protect the guards from the cannibal Hannibal Lecter trying to bite off pieces of them within seconds of being near him. Hannibal Lecter is both unbelievably smart and uncharacteristically animalistic making him a very dangerous and unpredictable character.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Synopsis: A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Frankie Faison, Ted Levine, John W. Iwanonkiw, Tracey Walter, George A. Romero, David Early, Roger Corman, Don Brockett, Daniel von Bargen, Lamont Arnold, Jodie Foster, Darla, Kasi Lemmons, Jason Menz, Lawrence T. Wrentz, Paul Lazar, Gene Borkan, Adelle Lutz, Brent Hinkley, Stuart Rudin, Scott Glenn, Brooke Smith, Anthony Heald, Obba Babatundé, Chuck Aber, Tommy Lafitte, Cynthia Ettinger, Rebecca Saxon, Lawrence A. Bonney
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Genres: Thriller, Drama, Crime
AKA(s): Silence of the Lambs
Year: 1991
Runtime: 118
Oscars: 5
Awards: 54
Nominations: 30
Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally
Producers: Grace Blake, Ronald M. Bozman, Gary Goetzman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt
Musicians: Howard Shore
Editors: Craig McKay

4. Ghostface Mask

Scream - Ghostface Mask

The Ghostface mask practically screams "you’re gonna die" whenever you saw it in the movie. Wes Craven created the Scream franchise, and the Ghostface mask blew up to massive proportions. After Scream (1996) had released, Ghostface was a favorite costume at every Halloween event/party for many years to come.

Scream (1996)

Synopsis: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Wes Craven, Roger Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Kennedy, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Linda Blair, Cabran E. Chamberlain, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Lynn McRee, W. Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Lisa Beach, Kevin Patrick Walls, C.W. Morgan, Angela Miller, David Booth, Frances Lee McCain, Skeet Ulrich, Lawrence Hecht, Lisa Canning, Matt McDonald, Tony Kilbert, Kurtis Bedford, Carla Hatley, Carter Raff, Troy Bishop
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Mystery
AKA(s): Scary Movie
Year: 1996
Runtime: 111
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 8
Nominations: 7
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Cathy Konrad, Marianne Maddalena, Nicholas Mastandrea, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Cary Woods
Musicians: Marco Beltrami
Editors: Patrick Lussier

3. Leatherface Mask

Leatherface Mask - Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Leatherface mask gets its name from the fact that it is made from the human skin of Leatherface’s victims. If that were not enough, Leatherface’s massive size and chainsaw wielding mayhem would cause even the toughest man to cower and flee in terror. Leatherface can be found in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Synopsis: Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
Cast: John Larroquette, Marilyn Burns, William Vail, Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow, Paul A. Partain, John Dugan, Ed Guinn, Joe Bill Hogan, Perry Lorenz, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Teri McMinn, Robert Courtin, William Creamer, John Henry Faulk, Jerry Green
Directors: Tobe Hooper
Genres: Horror, Thriller
AKA(s): Headcheese, Leatherface, Stalking Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Year: 1974
Runtime: 83
Writers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Producers: Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper, Jay Parsley, Richard Saenz
Musicians: Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper
Editors: J. Larry Carroll, Sallye Richardson

2. Michael Myers Mask

Michael Myers Mask - Halloween

The Michael Myers mask is another of the most iconic horror movie masks because Michael Myers is a serial killer who possesses abnormal human strength. Michael Myers is the killer that keeps on killing. The pale face mask does a terrific job of making the viewers’ blood run cold whenever Michael Myers appears.

Halloween (1978)

Synopsis: Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, P.J. Soles, Nancy Stephens, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Tommy Lee Wallace, Mickey Yablans, Tony Moran, Jennifer Rhodes, Arthur Malet, Nick Castle, George O'Hanlon Jr., Darla Rae, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, Adam Hollander, Robert Phalen, Will Sandin, Sandy Johnson, David Kyle, Peter Griffith, Barry Bernardi, Gwen Van Dam, John Michael Graham, Brent Le Page
Directors: John Carpenter
Genres: Horror, Thriller
AKA(s): John Carpenter's Halloween, The Babysitter Murders
Year: 1978
Runtime: 91
Awards: 4
Nominations: 2
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Producers: Debra Hill, Kool Marder, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, John Carpenter
Musicians: John Carpenter
Editors: Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace

1. Jason Voorhees Mask

Jason Voorhees Mask - Friday the 13th

The Friday the 13th movie franchise spurned the villainous Jason Voorhees, who terrorizes the summer camp near Crystal Lake behind a hockey mask. Jason came back from the dead to wreak havoc as an unstoppable killing force who has been shot, stabbed, anchored to the bottom of Crystal Lake, and was even blown to pieces. Kane Hodder gets the most credit for playing the iconic horror icon.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Synopsis: A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Cast: Tom Savini, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Peter Brouwer, Ari Lehman, Ron Millkie, Sally Anne Golden, Robbi Morgan, Irwin Keyes, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Willie Adams, Debra S. Hayes, Dorothy Kobs, Mary Rocco, Ken L. Parker, Noel Cunningham, Jeannine Taylor, Harry Crosby
Directors: Sean S. Cunningham
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
AKA(s): A Long Night at Camp Blood
Year: 1980
Runtime: 95
Nominations: 5
Writers: Victor Miller, Sean S. Cunningham, Ron Kurz
Producers: Sean S. Cunningham, Alvin Geiler, Steve Miner
Musicians: Harry Manfredini
Editors: Bill Freda

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