Michael Myers—And His Mask—Will Show Their Age in the New Halloween

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There’s more to a film’s success than just a handful of marquee stars and a big-name director. Dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of artists and technicians from all walks of life lend their expertise to what you see in front of the camera—and there’s even more that you don’t see happening behind the scenes.

There are the Foley artists who create believable sound effects to enhance the film’s world, the grips who specialize in camera movement, and the editors who cobble the whole thing together at the end. You may not know their names or realize just how much excruciating detail goes into their jobs, but any film would fall apart without them. And that’s just scratching the surface of what it takes to get a movie across the finish line.

To get just a glimpse of the small details that go into a film, look no further than the recent comments by Christopher Nelson, the special effects makeup artist working on Michael Myers’s iconic mask for director David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween.

It's been 40 years since the original movie, so Nelson wanted the mask to have a believable amount of wear and tear to it. But to do that realistically—and without going overboard—would require a study on just how a mask of that type would break down over the years. Here’s what he told Halloween Daily News (via Cinema Blend) about the painstaking process to make the mask look believable, four decades later:

"The film takes place 40 years later, so you're not going to have that same mask, it's not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint. I had 40-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these 40 years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books."

How Nelson will accomplish the aging isn’t known, but the art of distressing—sometimes done by someone called a breakdown artist—does have a few universal techniques, including sandpaper and specific paints. Some strategies are a bit more improvised, though: When costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis had to age Indiana Jones’s famous leather fedora, she simply covered it with “Vaseline, fool’s earth, and mineral oil” and stuck it under her mattress. And for the jacket, she took a Swiss army knife and some sandpaper to it as she sat at a hotel pool "while Harrison had a drink." Small touches like this—whether you're actively noticing them or not—come together to help these movies look more believable.

That same meticulous eye for detail is present in every department working on a film. It's why it took special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team three months to make Rey’s portion bread rise realistically in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and costume designer Lindy Hemming over a year to get Bane’s "French Revolution frock coat" just right for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

So when you go to see Halloween in theaters on October 19—or anytime you go to the movies, for that matter—take a little extra time to appreciate all those tiny details that help draw you in.

Fans Think the Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Hints at Iron Man's Death

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© 2018 - Marvel Studios

Marvel fans are seriously concerned for Iron Man. While Tony Stark is one of the few Avengers we know survived Thanos's snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to imply that the sarcasm-prone superhero might not make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive.

The detail in question comes from the first Far From Home movie trailer, which features Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) carrying a large check from the Stark Relief Foundation.

The panic regarding Stark’s fate is over the signature on the check—which belongs to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), the co-founder of the foundation. Fans became concerned when they saw that Stark hadn’t signed the check, with many jumping to the conclusion that Stark wasn’t able to sign the check himself because he had died at some point during the events of Avengers: Endgame. While it’s not confirmed whether Far From Home happens after Infinity War or Endgame, fans aren't willing to take any chances.

A few in-the-know viewers pointed out that a relief foundation is not the same as a memorial foundation, and that the organization was most likely set up for Stark industries, not for a deceased Tony Stark. As Potts was named the CEO of Stark Industries in Iron Man 2, it would make sense that she is the one signing the checks. These are valid points, but anxious MCU fans won't rest easy until they know that Stark is alive and well.

While Spider-Man: Far From Home doesn't arrive in theaters until July 5, 2019, Marvel fans will get the answers to at least some of their key questions when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

New Game of Thrones Teaser Might Hint at Jon Snow's Fate


The latest Game of Thrones teaser was released on Sunday evening and fans are still finding new details to theorize about. The 90-second promo, which features Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark, doesn't give much away, but one tiny detail has got people talking.

Fans were quick to notice that when Sansa, Arya, and Jon approach the statues that appear to be designed for them in the Crypts of Winterfell, Jon's looks particularly different. While Sansa and Arya's likenesses mimic what they currently look like, Jon's looks more mature, as if he's a much older man. While it may be a meaningless detail to some viewers, for others it seems to be pretty convincing proof that Jon will make it out of the final season alive, while his "sisters" may not be so lucky.

But would the creators of Game of Thrones—who have managed to keep seemingly all of the series' biggest secrets under wraps for going on eight seasons now—really drop that big a spoiler so far ahead of the final season's premiere date? Not everyone is convinced.

"I think people read into things too much," Redditor AprilUofA wrote. "I think them finding the statues in the crypt just symbolizes the fact that all three are going to be facing death next season. Jon's statue just looks 'older' because of his usual broody expression."

Another Redditor, Fried_Cthulhumari, attributed Jon's more mature look to his famously long locks. "It is notoriously hard to depict hair in sculptures," he wrote. "This is why ancient statues often had stylized hair or beards, and even when the hair is sculpted correctly, it tends to obscure the age or likeness the artist intended."

Whether the statue is a hint that Jon will prevail or just an imperfect likeness, we'll have to wait until Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019 to learn more.