I’ve always had a strange fascination for masks, something that originated during my childhood. The normal human face is not what you would call vivid, and even after amassing all the different races, there aren’t a lot of colors, just a few that differ in tone. And most people have the same round eyes, triangular nose, elliptical mouths and tunneling ears, which reminds me of the last scene from my favorite Korean movie, Memories of Murder. Anyway, today we are going to talk about ‘The Mask’ and movies with masked characters.
What do you do when you find a wooden mask in the gutter? You put it on, turn into an unstoppable freak of nature, before ending up as a roadkill. The Mask’ was the titular character of the comic strip by Mark Badger, but the character gained popularity after Jim Carrey’s portrayal which later spawned a successful animated series and a disastrous sequel. After his shenanigans in ‘Ace Ventura’, Carrey was rolled the red carpet to be the bull in a china shop, and the end product was probably his most unforgettable role. The visual techniques were an achievement, and the underdeveloped CGI of the 90’s perfectly fitted the cartoonish tone of the movie. As The Mask, Carrey was granted completed freedom to display his never ending natural practical comedy skills, which raises the question : Does Carrey plot plans to kill his brother Thor during leisure time?
After going through a hundred different masked characters and unfortunately dropping out some of my favorites, I’ve compiled a list of films that I believe are the greatest. Here is the list of movies similar to The Mask that have best masked characters. You can watch many of these movies like The Mask on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. The list includes masked horror movie characters, masked female characters and also masked comic characters.
In my favorite performance from Michael Fassbender, he is The Third Revelation. No, seriously, he is. His character, Frank is considered to be an enigma by a group of musicians whose spirituality is a byproduct of fossilized nonconformism and the fading gothic culture, basically people in search for nothing but pleasure through music. He sports a fake head and weird quirkiness, inspired by the legendary musician Frank Sidebottom. The character has a shocking backstory which lies buried underneath his Freddie Mercury-esque experimental vocals and dressing, a peculiar appreciation of seemingly irrelevant objects and especially an aura that radiates warmth. It’s just bloody difficult to dislike a character who sings about “screeching frequencies”, “pulsating infinities” and “galactic siren sounds”.