In horror, villains come in all shapes and sizes. But, one of the genre’s staples is masking up their fearsome antagonists. Masks allow horror’s villains to remain anonymous while scaring the pants off of audiences in the process. When it comes to horror masks, there are plenty to choose from and they can be a pretty contentious topic amongst hardcore fans. That’s why we’ve decided to set the record straight and rank some of our favorite masks in order of least to most iconic. Take a look at our ranking of horror’s most iconic masks and let us know your favorite masked horror killer in the comments section on social media.
Dr. Jack Griffin, “The Invisible Man” 1933
While this isn’t technically a mask in the traditional sense, it does hide his “invisible” face.
The Man in the Mask, Dollface and Pin-Up Girl, “The Strangers” 2008
These masks sure were creepy and totally iconic, but there wasn’t much story behind these characters.
Sam, “Trick ‘r Treat” 2007
Arguably one of my favorite Halloween horror movies of all time, Sam and his mask are totally standout.
Fox, Tiger and Lamb, “You’re Next” 2011
This movie is definitely a more recent one but these masks are both simple and totally creepy at the same time.
Freaks, “The Purge” 2013
Although there are many masks shown throughout “The Purge” franchise, those worn by the freaks in the first film are our favorite.
Pigheads, “Saw” franchise
Gruesome and symbolic, these masks are an unsung hero of the “Saw” franchise.
Ghostface, “Scream” franchsise
This mask was made to look like it could have been purchased at a Halloween store and it’s perfect for disguising the myriad of wearers who donned it throughout the franchise.
Leatherface, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise
A mask made out of human skin? Definitely iconic.
Jason Voorhees, “Friday the 13th” franchise
Although Jason didn’t officially get his trademark hockey mask until 1982’s “Friday the 13th Part III,” it will still go down in pop culture history.
Michael Myers, “Halloween” franchise
This legendary mask is based on William Shatner and it’s arguably the most legendary mask in all horror history.