One of the things fans of the original Halloween (and the character of Michael Myers) would consider most important would be the mask. Even for those who may not have seen the film, the look of the character (but particularly that mask) is iconic.

They obviously updated the mask for Rob Zombie’s horrible remake of the film – not drastically, mind you, but enough to make it work better in our current movie-going age. Taking that into consideration, you’d expect that they’d continue with that mask for the sequel H2: Halloween 2, right? Wrong. According to make-up FX artist Wayne Toth, Myers will be without the mask for at least 70% of the movie!

Here’s what Toth had to say:

“That’s Michael’s new look for a lot of the film. Fans will be shocked. They seem pretty responsive to it. But it’s like anything else, as long as you’re doing something cool, people get it.”

However, Toth also lets fans know they will see some new versions of the mask:

“There are a couple different versions of the mask, but none of them are the same mask from the first film. He wanted to take them a step further, even though one of them is basically supposed to be the last mask. We’ve changed it anyway. Then towards the end of the film is the current version of the mask which is a lot different from any of them we’ve seen. People are going to be surprised when they see it. It’s going to throw the Myers’ fans for a loop.”

When older movies get remade, I understand that some things need to be changed, and some things are simply changed for the director to put their unique stamp on the idea. Although I am not a fan of what Zombie did with his remake of Halloween (IMHO, he’s a horrible director who should never be allowed near a film camera again), I can appreciate that he wanted to go his own, fresh, way with it. No matter how bad it turned out.

At least he didn’t slavishly stick shot-by-shot to the original (hint).

However, there’s a difference between putting your own stamp on a classic idea and neutering the whole thing altogether. Having a character known distinctly for wearing a creepy and mysterious mask suddenly without that mask for almost three quarters of the film is a plain ridiculous idea.

Who knows, maybe what they come up with will work fantastically, but to me, the essence of Michael Myers is he’s a masked killer. For some reason, they’re deciding to let that mask slip…

But enough talk from me, you judge for yourself. Here’s a pic of actor Tyler Mane on the set of H2 as Michael Myers, sans mask:

[SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!]

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Tyler Mane as a mask-less Michael Myers. Scary.

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[END SPOILERS]

Do you agree that Michael Myers going mask-less for most of H2 is a bad idea? Were you a fan of Zombie’s remake and are you looking forward to this one?

H2: Halloween 2 is set to be released on August 28, 2009.

Sources: ShockTillYouDrop & Worst Previews