Hullo! Secret Santa again! (Sorry for all the questions. D8) What is your favorite mask out of all the Phantom adaptations?
Oh, man, I’ve been meaning to do a mask retrospective for a while, and you just gave me the perfect excuse to avoid the rest of the work I’m supposed to be doing!
Well, first there’s the 1925 Julian/Chaney film’s mask, which is probably among the creepiest of all of them:
Amazing bonus points for the creepiness of the painted face, and the almost sad, wistful expression it wears. It’s also the only film mask I know of that is the barbe du masque, a particular style of mask, that is directly referenced in Leroux’s novel, so once again the 1925 movie may be the most accurate when compared to the original book. (Check out rjdaae’s post because they are the bearer of these interesting tidings!) He also has a pretty fantastic Red Death mask, which is literally just a grinning skull (and the excellent cane to match!).