The facemask has been created by makeup artists Tom Savini and Jason Baker and horror fans are loving it.
Watching the pandemic unfold is chilling as it is, but if you want to really amp it up, you could get yourself the iconic Jason Voorhees mask from the Friday the 13th franchise. Face coverings have become indispensable in containing the spread of the virus and thanks to make-up artists Tom Savini and Jason Baker, you can now protect yourself using facemasks based on Friday the 13th's iconic character. The duo came up with the idea after multiple slasher fans tweeted them to make the iconic mask that can double as protection during the virus outbreak. It was Tom Savini who made the announcement, posting an image of the mask and writing: "You asked, we answered!" In the series, the iconic character can be seen sporting a signature hockey mask and carrying a blood-spattered machete.
You can rest assured that the masks will be authentic, considering they will be personally designed by horror makeup artist Tom Savini, who worked on the original Friday the 13th film in 1980 and the sequel Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter in 1984. He intends to craft the protective facemasks using the Vorhees' hockey headwear. Tom Savini will be joining hands with fellow special effects/makeup artist Jason Baker, who is known for his work on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. "Every mask is made to order and hand-crafted," said Baker, according to CBR. It was also their innovative way to promote safety among slasher fans. Jason Baker is now referring to them as the hockey mask PPEs (Personal protective equipment.)
The masks are priced at $60 apiece, and masks signed by Savini will be sold for $100. The pandemic has caused a shutdown of the economy, which also means the shipments could be delayed. "We're currently running a skeleton crew for obvious health reasons and taking extra precautions. We're sending out shipments every day and trying to fill orders as quickly as possible," said Jason Baker. Many fans have already started receiving them and have been excitedly tweeting out pictures of the same. The initiative from Baker and Savini will give horror fans their own fun way to promote healthy practices during this health crisis. Not that slasher fans need an excuse to wear the iconic Jason Voorhees mask and walk around. The Friday the 13th franchise has grown and covers many films and a video game as well. You can contact Jason on Twitter, to order the masks.
People have been using creative measures to help them get through the pandemic while also staying safe. Another example was Harry Potter inspired mask made by Colorado artist Stephanie Hook. The mask looks plain black but once the heat from your breath hits the mask, the mask turns into the marauder's map from the Harry Potter series penned by J.K. Rowling. For those unaware, the marauder's map is a secret piece of parchment that looks blank but can transform into a map of Hogwarts, showing you the location and tracking the movement of every living being on the school campus.
The map comes alive only when the person holding the seemingly blank parchment utters: "I solemnly swear I am up to no good." Harry Potter uses it multiple times to sneak around campus and even into Hogsmeade, a nearby village, in the series. Hook, who's a Harry Potter fan, said she wanted to “bring magic into the real world to further inspire others to create and be creative," reported Mashable. It's currently out of stock but you can pre-order them on her website.
Disclaimer: We have not been able to independently verify the effectiveness of the mask, so kindly check with your doctor to confirm if the masks help in limiting the spread of the virus. We encourage you to also regularly check online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.