The original “hero mask” primarily used in John Carpenter’s Halloween and its 1981 sequel Halloween II is currently being kept in a temperature-controlled storage space as the property of collector Mark Roberts, who recently gave a rare interview to our friends at Michael-Myers.net and shared new photos of the historic mask as it appears today.
Recalling how he came into ownership of the mask, Mark Roberts tells Michael-Myers.net, “I have been building and running haunts for the last 26 years. About 20 years ago I got in contact with an agent who represented Dick Warlock and asked about booking Dick for an appearance at my haunt. The funny thing was I contacted him to book Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface) and when we were getting that set up he told me he also represented Dick and asked if I would be interested in booking him also. So I set up to have Dick at the haunt and his agent said he had the mask and costume from the movie and would wear it at the appearance.
“When Dick came to the haunt, he was mad at his agent because he said he does not wear the costume for appearances. He did tell me that he still had the costume, boots, mask, butcher knife and scalpel and that he would sell it; he just didn’t bring them out for appearances. Dick was great with the haunted house customers and hanging out with Dick and Cathy for the weekend was a lot of fun and it went so well we set it up for him to come back the next year. I’m not sure if it was after the 1st or second year but I called Dick up and we made a deal for me to purchase the mask, costume, boots, scalpel and knife. My wife and I went to Dick’s house and picked up the mask and costume and then that following year we had Dick appear at the haunt and we displayed the mask, costume and weapons at the haunt in Toledo.“
Roberts later clarified that he got the mask from Dick Warlock about 14 years ago, after Warlock at appeared at his haunt for about five years.
Concerning the hero mask, Roberts tells the site, “I have seen stories that I have had the mask rehaired and restored. Completely untrue, some of the stuff I have read on the internet is laughable. People I don’t even know have talked to me, ha ha. The mask is just the way it was when I purchased it from Dick. I pay to have it kept in an air tight container that is climate controlled and in the dark, It seems to be working well. The mask is really in the same shape it was as when I purchased it. I consider it to be the holy grail of horror movie memorabilia and I am doing my best to preserve it.“
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