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"London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« on: January 18, 2023, 04:34:20 PM »

In the wake of all this recent talk about Lon Chaney's long-lost chiller, I've curated a gallery
of various masks honoring his vampiric makeup. That the character is even celebrated today
is quite remarkable. No one has yet come forward with memories of seeing the silent era movie,
the character frustrates any attempt to think up a catchy name for it; yet its likeness continues
to inspire mask makers nearly a hundred years later.
The first attempt I recall seeing was Nisi Studios' version. It was never mass-produced but a
handful of copies ended up in private collections nonetheless >

Also dating back to the 1980s is The Halloween Society's very limited edition. A handful of copies
were cast from the master plaster and look just sensational >

This next one emerged from the House of Pitocco, another independent studio based in Canada >

Death Studios catalogued their own version using the movie's full title. Let's hope the studio bigwigs
never found out >

American Mask & Novelty avoided any legal challenges by naming theirs Vampire >

One of the sculptors at Alvarez Wax Models turned one out for use on a full standing figure.
It was eventually supposed to go into production as a wearable mask but I've never seen it
advertised as such >


Perhaps that was because The Great CoverUp marketed a similar design that same year.
Dr Terror got a copy and later had it customized, with stunning results. I hope he replies
with a picture of it >


Among Distortions Unlimited's new product for 2023 is this beaver-hatted beauty which tops
a full standing figure for which the company cut a promotional video. Have a click-see at it >

Shame on MGM or whoever had custody of the original negative on this movie to let it burn up
in a vault fire. Even worse that it might've been stripped of its silver content and discarded
years earlier. Heck, my own dear mother is older than London After Midnight and we haven't
lost her yet ... and she still has all her silver!
Anyhow reply with more mask pics, especially if it's a version I forgot about. ???


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Re: "London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2023, 10:04:02 AM »
Bump in the Night did a licensed version also.    Had a big glued on rubber hat. ☹ 

Here is the GCU custom.

And a Propmasters.hanging prop.   From Ron's lifemask.

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Re: "London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2023, 08:28:46 PM »

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Re: "London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2023, 09:47:53 PM »

I like Rick's recreation of Dick Smith's "Quasi" makeup from the old "Way Out" episode.  :)

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Re: "London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2023, 07:43:46 PM »
Those are some genuinely frightening masks....I need one!  I have two small nieces that need to be...ahem...introduced to London After Midnight properly, lol.
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Re: "London After Midnight" ~ The Mask in the Beaver Hat
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2023, 11:46:17 AM »
As much as I love the Halloween Society version, I think the American Mask & Novelty version is my favorite.


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