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Death Mask (1998)

Not Rated | | Horror | 2007 (USA)
Wilbur works in an old carnival and shows some gruesome things to the puplic. He covered his face because he had a sadistic father who burned his face. Everybody makes jokes about his scars... See full summary »


Steve Latshaw


James Best




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Best ... Wilbur Johnson
Linnea Quigley ... Angel Wilson
John Nutten John Nutten ... Guido
Brigitte Hill Brigitte Hill ... Swamp Lady / Zaranda
Diane Cantrell Diane Cantrell ... Dawn
Robin Krasny Robin Krasny ... Louise
Cynthia Beckert Cynthia Beckert ... Cindy
Lorilyn Alexander Lorilyn Alexander ... Fortune Teller Hattie
Coni Causey Coni Causey ... Madam Rose
Mela Levin Mela Levin ... Lavern
Tracy Tepper Tracy Tepper ... Mandy
Tom Ferguson Tom Ferguson ... Wilbur Senior / Clown
Tommy Gerard Tommy Gerard ... Critic
Rob Wishon Rob Wishon ... Critic's Friend
Gersh Morningstar Gersh Morningstar ... Barker


Wilbur works in an old carnival and shows some gruesome things to the puplic. He covered his face because he had a sadistic father who burned his face. Everybody makes jokes about his scars and when the new boss fired him, he go to an old swamp-witch who gives him a peace of wood from a hanging tree and Wilbur makes a mask from this piece of wood and put all his anger in this mask. When he puts the mask on, everybody who looks on this mask commits suicide. He has created the Death-Mask. Written by Doom-Man

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The scar/mask keep changing sides during the film. See more »


Wilbur Johnson: I show the pain of humanity in my masks.
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A no-budget horror flick that tries hard.
19 March 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

A clichéd plot and slight time padding mar this otherwise sincere and likable little cheapie from the Florida-based director of JACK-O and DARK UNIVERSE.

Wilbur Johnson (James Best, star of THE KILLER SHREWS and Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes of Hazard!) is the facially scarred laughing stock of a traveling carnival. Flashbacks show how his sadistic clown father shoved his face on a red-hot burner. He wears heavy make-up on his face to cover his scars but everyone makes fun of him except carnival dancer Angel (Linnea Quigley), the only one to see the true beauty in Wilbur. Desperate to help, Angel foolishly takes him to a backwoods witch who casts a spell to make Wilbur an expert mask maker. It works, but soon Wilbur discovers that whoever looks into the mask and does not see the beauty in him dies a gruesome death. As the mask is used more and more, Wilbur becomes possessed and starts using it to kill off his enemies.

Death is caused by impalement, carnival ride decapitation and snake bite to the face, there's lots of T&A and some brief morphing FX are used to bring the mask to life. Although limited in budget, this is a sweet-natured film with its heart in the right place. The leads and costars are all pretty good, especially Best and Quigley, who both shine in their respective roles. If you enjoy low-budget horror, this one is worth your time.

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2007 (USA) See more »

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Le Masque de la Mort See more »

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Geneva, Florida, USA See more »

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