MAD MONSTER PARTY holds a special place in the hearts of those who grew-up watching the film on television and in theaters during the 1960s and ’70s. I know, because I’m one of them, and I speak for the group when I say that this jazzy, stop-motion monster mash from Rankin/Bass Productions—the folks who brought us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other holiday favorites—came as proof positive that we geeky monster kids were actually on the cutting edge of cool.
And now, 50 years later, we’ve got further proof of that fact with the release of Trick or Treat Studios‘ cool line of officially-licensed masks based on characters from the film. They are:
Top: Baron von Frankenstein, the character who was voiced-by and modelled-after Boris Karloff; and the villainous Count.
Below (clockwise from top, left): Bandleader Little Tibia; the Frankenstein-esque Fang; Yetch, an homage to actor Peter Lorre; and Creature, Mad Monster Party‘s version of the Gill-man.
The characters were designed for the film by legendary MAD Magazine and EC Comics’ cartoonist Jack Davis, and his iconic vision has been perfectly reproduced for these masks by several noted special effects makeup artists, including Bruce Spaulding Fuller (Army of Darkness; Avengers: Infinity War). The sculpting and paint jobs are outstanding; screen-accurate in every way, right down to the Count’s wandering eyebrows!
BUT THE Rankin/Bass fun doesn’t end there. Trick or Treat Studios has also released a trio of masks (below) based on characters from two of the company’s enormously popular Christmas specials, Frosty the Snowman and The Year Without a Santa Claus.
For more information on these and other licensed character masks, visit Trick or Treat Studios.