Origins Of The Friday the 13th Hockey Mask
The hockey mask might just be the most recognizable icon in horror films and perhaps in all of film, period. Most people recognize the mask as being part of a horror movie and then sometimes say that it is worn by Michael Myers from the film A Nightmare on Elm Street, but hey we guess that is probably around 5-8% of the general movie going population. It is safe to say that Jason Voorhees and the hockey mask still mix in the minds of general film audiences.
Recently, we came across a very informative story about the origins of Jason's hockey mask. At JasonLivesSince1980's blog, the background of which hockey mask the Jason Voorhees hock was based on is explained as well as how it compares to the original, prototype masks worn in the NHL. Below is an excerpt of the history.
From JasonLivesSince1980's Blog
The major differences between the original Plante design and the Jason mask was in fabrication: the Plante mask was made of a sturdy fiberglass resin and was relatively thick: the hockey masks made for Friday the 13th part 3 were pulled in clear acrylic and were very thin and brittle. The Plante mask, which commonly had a back plate to attach the five straps to for extra security, also had padding on the inside so the mask didn't crack your face open like an egg if you were unlucky enough to be hit by a puck. The masks made for the Friday the 13th series were also somewhat more crudely sculpted: the discriminating eye will noticed the uneven forehead, the thumbprint in the lower left portion, mold chipping around the eyes and other anomalies that make the Jason design really unique.
To find out more, make sure to visit the blog story in its entirety!