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  1. Default Too many old man silicone masks 
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    I can't be the only one to think this, but seriously all silicone mask makers can we call it a day with the realistic old man masks? There must be a dozen or more old man masks by various artists. I just did a search looking for new masks to potentially buy and it's old man after old man. Does anyone really find them scary at all?

    I'd like to see the mask makers of the world try some new designs!

    Anybody with me or is it just me?

    Off my soapbox now.

    Jake
     

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    I brought this up to Ian from Real Flesh FX after he posted his new mask. He had said that a large part of their sales are from their human masks. While the haunted house market is a big part, he said that without the other, they wouldn't be able to continue operating.
     

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    Zack,

    I understand business is business in not faulting anyone but the ARE promoting these masks to haunters on these forums. You've seen one you've seen them all IMO.

    Jake
     

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    You should check out darkestfearsunlimited.com. the have some original sock masks. I know you may be looking for silicone but these look really awesome!!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehorrorshack View Post
    You should check out darkestfearsunlimited.com. the have some original sock masks. I know you may be looking for silicone but these look really awesome!!
    They were at MHC. Had a mask with a doo-flickie inside that you can blow air to a pocket, which makes the skull raise and lower like a heart beat, etc. pretty cool
    Like a midget at a urinal, you gotta be on your toes

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    Sounds like a marketing issue. Seems like they should stop pushing life-like masks on the haunt industry and just focus on monsters/creatures/etc. and focus those masks efforts towards other industries.

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    My question has been, who are the customers for these expensive lifelike masks, and for what purposes are they buying them? This is not the kind of item you buy for a one time joke. We already know that some of these masks have been used in bank robberies and other crimes. How many other illegal activities have these kind of masks been used for? And in this litigious society, how long will it be before somebody sues the makers of these lifelike masks for their part in criminal activities?
     

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    I've got one, use it at the haunt for all sorts of things. Rare opportunity to have a character that talks and can answer questions, set people up, etc. https://www.facebook.com/PappyWTHH?ref=hl
    Like a midget at a urinal, you gotta be on your toes

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    I am so over old man masks. What is Halloween, Night of the living Grandpas?

    Yes, you're a great sculptor, yes, it's excellent work. But how many old man masks does anybody need? Particularly realflesh--they use the same form for all their masks so every one looks related to every other one so it's old man who aged THIS way, and the same old man aged differently. Their Frankenstein looks like the old man--but with a squarish head and stitches and staples. Great, amazingly detailed, superbly crafted masks--of the same person. Please, buy a new form. Cast some employees. Something.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack View Post
    I am so over old man masks. What is Halloween, Night of the living Grandpas?

    Yes, you're a great sculptor, yes, it's excellent work. But how many old man masks does anybody need? Particularly realflesh--they use the same form for all their masks so every one looks related to every other one so it's old man who aged THIS way, and the same old man aged differently. Their Frankenstein looks like the old man--but with a squarish head and stitches and staples. Great, amazingly detailed, superbly crafted masks--of the same person. Please, buy a new form. Cast some employees. Something.
    I couldn't agree more. It's like every year you see a new crop of old man masks on top of the already overpopulated old man mask market. And you're right about Realflesh, fantastic masks and finishing work but every one looks the same and nearly all painted skin colored, which is hella boring. Its great for robbing banks and crime, but seriously we've all seen too many old man characters used in haunts especially if you're trying to make them your main character or icon at this point that look is beat to hell, almost getting as old as zombies.


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