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Top 5 Horror Movie Unmasking Moments

Jason Is Back…Again

Halloween’s return to form seems to have lit a fire in both the hearts of horror fans as well as studios, since it has recently been announced that Friday the 13th might be coming back from beyond the grave for the umpteenth time. With an iconic villain and series of sub-par sequels not unlike Michael Myers, time will tell if this particular resurrection can give Jason the bloodstained justice that has been afforded to his fellow killer. One thing is for sure, there’s no chance a reboot will be able to top the original unmasking scene!

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#5: Dr. Hannibal Lecter
“The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Having bargained his way out of the Baltimore State Hospital and into the care of the Memphis police, the suave Hannibal the cannibal makes his bid for freedom. Alerted by gunshots, the officers below rush to the fifth floor and make a grisly discovery. With Hannibal escaped, Officer Boyle gutted, and Officer Pembry horribly disfigured, they rush Pembry off with paramedics as they initiate their hunt for Lecter. However, en route to the hospital, the audience is given a glimpse of just how far this cunning criminal is willing to go to get free.

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#4: Michael Myers
“Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” (1989)

Talk about a one-track mind. Back at his quest to kill off the remaining members of his family, Michael sets off to finally kill his niece Jamie, having failed the previous year. The girl seeks refuge from her crazed uncle in the attic, but when he finds her, the fact that he’s about to kill his own flesh and blood seems to hold him back. In a moment of pity, Michael takes off his mask, and is revealed to be crying, suggesting that he’s struggling with his inner demons and perhaps even feeling remorse.

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#3: Leatherface
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003)

Few horror movie antagonists are as viscerally frightening as Leatherface. And he’s not hitting up the local Walmart for a rubber mask – he’ll take yours… as in your face, that is. In the 1974 classic, while we get a load of the rest of the family, we never get to see the mad butcher’s actual face. But in the 2003 remake, we finally get a glimpse of the chainsaw-wielding cannibal. This classic horror villain is so-named because of the – ahem – “leather” he uses for his mask, so it’s safe to assume that he needs to change that mask semi-frequently. It’s while he’s sewing himself a new “leather face” that he briefly takes off his old mask in order to don the fresher one.

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#2: Billy Loomis & Stu Macher
“Scream” (1996)

This classic 90s horror flick from the great Wes Craven leaves everyone guessing until the very end, in large part because of its brilliant twist. Turns out it isn’t just one killer stalking Sidney Prescott and the other teens of Woodsboro high school, but two. The joke is that, in horror films, it’s “always the boyfriend” … but it never is. Well, in this self-aware scare-fest, it ACTUALLY is – that catch is he’s been working alongside his best friend under the guise of Ghost Face. Together, they even fake Billy’s death in a great twist that helped set the standard for modern horror. Frequently imitated, never duplicated, this was the (figurative) unmasking of the decade.

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#1: Jason Voorhees
“Friday the 13th Part III” (1982)

One of the most famous masks in the cinematic horror canon belongs to one Jason Voorhees. However, it wasn’t until the third installment of the “Friday the 13th” franchise that this mask was introduced – before that; he just used a cloth sack to hide his features. Following events of “Part 2,” Jason is back to finish off Chris Higgins. Donning the hockey mask to conceal his deformed face, he hunts down Chris and her friends. Ultimately, it’s during a fight to the death in the barn, when Jason needs to free himself from a rope that’s become tangled around his neck, that he unmasks and reveals his deformed face.

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Brutal Jason Voorhees Kills.

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