Michael's legendary expressionless mask was, famously, originally made from a cheap Star Trek Captain Kirk mask the crew bought for a couple of bucks and modified. Stripped of eyebrows and sideburns and painted white, with wider eye holes and wild hair, it was instantly iconic, and made The Shape one of cinema's most terrifying killers.
Since then, while Michael has always had a version of the same blank white mask, various filmmakers have attempted different subtle riffs on the design. Some masks look more worn, some have even less expression than the original Shatner mask, and all of them have their defenders (though perhaps not very many for Halloween 4 and 5).
For the new Halloween film from writers Danny McBride and David Gordon Green (who also directed), we're getting a new mask with its own distinct look. Since the film takes place 40 years after the original 1978 classic, ignoring all previous sequels, we're getting a version of Michael who's been locked up for years, and who is offered up his old mask by an investigator who comes to visit him. When Michael breaks out of captivity, he reclaims his old mask, which is designed to look like the same one we saw four decades ago, complete with wear and tear and even a hole in the neck where Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) stabbed him with a knitting needle. It's a great and faithful design, and now you can wear it around the neighborhood and terrify the kids.
Trick or Treat Studios is offering the officially licensed replica mask for the 2018 Halloween film for pre-order, and even free of the context of the trailers, it's extremely creepy. You can see every little detail of the wear and tear present on the mask, right down little tears around the neck and eyeholes, and it's got a very satisfying weathered look for those times when you just really need to feel like you stalked the streets of Haddonfield in 1978. Check it out:
The mask is available for $59.99, and can be pre-ordered now from Trick or Treat's website so you'll have it ready to go in the film's aftermath. If all goes well, and the film is as good as it looks, it'll be a movie icon in its own right by the end of the year.
Halloween is in theaters October 19.