My favorite mask is one that I do not yet own, but I will someday. I am a novice mask collector. I buy the cheap stuff at Halloween and put it away for a rainy day, and I pick up one or two good ones a year. Every Monster Mania I try to grab a new Jason mask to complete my set from various movies. I am in love with Trick R Treat Studios and old Don Post… but these are not my favorites. I collect them all, but not the big one.
The big one is Tor Johnson. When I was a kid we used to go to a friend’s house and play some pretty wild games of tag and tackle, one of which involved a rather large, latex bulbous mask. The thing was sooooo big. Way too big for our little kid heads, but man did it smell like Halloween after a good sweat. That was a Tor mask. Probably not an original, but definitely an early version. This was probably around 1986.
Fast forward to seeing Ed Wood many times over and falling in love with movie. At the end we learn that Tor Johnson had a successful mask crafted in his likeness and that’s when the pieces finally fit. This was somewhat before the internet was a thing and so I waited. I never did find the mask in the wild but I figured someday.
Then I started looking on ebay, and I found various versions all of them a bit pricy. Of course there’s a new one out there that looks just great, but I’m really wanted one of the originals. Someday. I can’t wait to put it on and chase the kids around the house like my friend’s dad did when we were kids.