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Mask Hysteria

"I will find those who spoil 'The Dark Knight Rises,' and I will enact vengeance upon them."

It’s here it’s here it’s here “The Dark Knight Rises” is here! Well, it will be Friday. And with it comes Tom Hardy as villain Bane, who wears a freaky mask. Let’s reveal some other masked men.

Jason Voorhees
The star of the “Friday the 13th” films ruined hockey for a generation with his iconic mask. Granted, he killed a lot of people, so he would be scary even if he wore one of those newer goalie masks with decorations on it. Decorations of kittens, even.

Bodhi et al
Patrick Swayze’s surfer/bank robber and his gang donned masks of ex-presidents, including Reagan and Nixon, in 1991’s “Point Break.” They were robbing banks, but [insert joke that reflects your political leanings here]! Ha ha!

Bill Harford
Next up is 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” Tom Cruise is creepy. And then the movie starts, and eventually he ends up at a masked orgy, and that’s when you bail and go watch “Risky Business” again to get the taste out of your mouth.

The Guy Fawkes mask is well-known beyond 2005’s “V for Vendetta.” It makes plenty of people uncomfortable; here, its crime is it covers Hugo Weaving’s face.

Hannibal Lecter
Most masks are there to frighten; in 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” Lecter’s muzzle is there to protect. It would be the creepiest mask on the list, but he wears another guy’s face later in the movie. So that wins.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film, arts and events for Express.



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