Michael Myers from Halloween
Michael Myers is scary for obvious reasons, such as his impressive ability to kill people. But the super-creep factor comes from the emotionless mask he wears, right? Funny enough, the mask is actually a Captain Kirk death mask, based on William Shatner’s face. Shatner even says that when he heard about it, he wore the mask while taking his granddaughter trick-or-treating and scared the shit out of a man who was rude to her.
Billy the Puppet from Saw
Since the first Saw film only had a budget of just over $1 million, director James Wan got crafty and made the puppet of your nightmares from papier mäché. His eyes were black ping pong balls and his body was made out of paper towel tubes.
Ghost face from Scream
The iconic face could have looked a lot different if producer Marianne Maddalena hadn’t made an accidental discovery. She was out scouting old homes to use for the house party scene at the end of the movie and checked out an abandoned home once used in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. She decided against the location, but she did come across an old Halloween mask while she was there. She showed it to Wes Craven, who loved it.
Chucky from Child’s Play
It took 9 different animatronic dolls to make sure the evil doll could perform all the necessary movements for the film. That’s 9 Chucky’s to haunt your dreams.
Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs
The muzzle that Dr. Hannibal Lecter wears while being restrained is actually just a goalie mask. Custom goalie mask maker Ed Cubberly says he got a call form costume designer Colleen Atwood asking if he could make something that would work for a “schizophrenic who goes around biting people.” He flipped the mask cage upside down and then shaped it with bars over the mouth to make it look mean. He says it took him about 5 minutes.
Jason Voorhies from Friday the 13th
We all know Jason also straps on an NHL-style mask, but he didn’t do it until the 3rd movie in the franchise. Before that he simply wore a burlap bag over his head to hide his face. When the production crew was doing lighting checks for Part III, the film’s 3D supervisor Martin Jay Sadoff offered up a fiberglass Detroit Red Wings goalie mask to help assess lights and shadows. It looked so good that they tossed the bag and kept hockey gear.
Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street
The origin of Krueger’s sharp getup doesn’t make him any less scary: the razor-fingers were actually real. Wes Craven once tweeted that Robert Englund cut himself the first time he tried the infamous gloves on. In an interview, Craven says “I was looking for a primal fear which is embedded in the subconscious of people of all cultures. One of those is the fear of teeth being broken, which I used in my first film. Another is the claw of an animal, like a saber-toothed tiger reaching with its tremendous hooks.”
The Wolf Man from The Wolf Man
Lon Chaney Jr. had to sit in the makeup chair for 6 hours everyday to have hair glued onto his face. However, it wasn’t wolf hair being applied, it was actually yak hair instead.
via – thechive