I was bumming around K-Mart's lame-o Halloween section the other day when I came upon a cheap plastic mask, titled 'Blank Black Eyes Doll' (gee, what a clever name!). Though only the company who made it (Disguise) could ever confirm whether or not it's an intentional bootleg, the Blank Eyes Doll mask immediately reminded me of another mask; that of Leslie Vernon, Behind The Mask's iconic villain.
From the black around the eyes right down to the large forehead, the comparison between the two is unmistakable, at least with a little bit of imagination. Since the mask was only 5 bucks, I decided to pick it up and see if I could impart a little imagination onto it, and turn it into the cheapest Leslie Vernon mask ever made. So come along with me, as I attempt to do just that!
The first step in the process was to remove the pieces of mesh that filled out the eye holes. The mesh was of course put there to black out the wearer's eyes, thus the name 'Black Eyes Doll', but since Leslie Vernon's eyes are clearly visible through the eye holes in his mask, they had to go. The mesh pieces were just kinda glued on in little squares on the back of the mask, and were easily ripped right off.
Step 2 was to mix up a lovely shade of Leslie Vernon mask blue, which thankfully cost me absolutely nothing, given my wife has a whole lot of paint lying around the house. After throwing some globs of white, blue and gray onto a paper bag, swishing them around and applying them onto the mask, our little blank eyed doll was starting to look a whole lot more like Glen Echo's beloved slasher...
Though the original gray coloring of the mask looks pretty close to the color Leslie's mask looks in some pictures, his mask is actually more of a blue/gray. I don't know that I 100% nailed the color, which is more of a faded blue than I came up with, but it's close enough!
The final step was to add the black details to the mask; the mouth and nose. The nose was actually the hardest part of this whole project, and it took me several different attempts before I came up with what you see, which still isn't all that impressive. Leslie's mask has the shape of a human nose built into it, so it's hard to convey the idea of a nose being there with only paint. I also tweaked the eye holes a bit in this final step, when I realized that Leslie's eye holes are a lot more opened up underneath the eyes, than they are above. His mask really doesn't have black around the eye holes, but rather he paints that area around his eyes black, but I wanted this to be a little cheap ass display piece, rather than something that would be worn. Otherwise, I would have cut and modified, rather than painted, the eye holes.
Since my cranium is a little too big for this thing, and my beard pokes out the bottom, I've enlisted the services of Freddy to show ya what the mask looks like, with some eyes behind it. Not bad for a cheap-o $5 plastic mask and a guy with incredibly minimal amounts of art skills, eh?!
The Blank Black Eyes Doll mask is currently on clearance over on K-Mart's website, for a mere $2.99, in the event that you're feeling crafty and want to turn one into your very own Leslie Vernon mask. You won't find a cheaper or easier way of making one, I can promise you that!