When you want a job well done, you call on the experts. And when you want to scare the pants off someone for Halloween, you call on a master artist to return to the classics: terrifying monsters.
Sculptor Mario Chiodo has carved famous works of public art around the globe, but he wanted to go back to his roots for his new collection of ginormous monster masks, created for Buy Costume’s Halloween Nightmare collection.
The elaborate mask lineup features plenty of familiar monsters, plus hybrids of old favorites, including “Steampunk Frankenstein,” “Schnoz Goblin,” and our favorite, the “Mammoth Chomping Spider:”
As a sculptor, Chiodo is best known for his memorial statues and tribute sculptures at museums, institutes, and public places. We wrangled a few moments of his time and asked him what it’s like to go from carving politicians to diving into full-on horror fandom.
Have you ever designed masks or costumes like these for Hollywood productions?
Not on the front of a movie, but I have been brought into movies from what could be done after it comes out. For example, because of my ability to sculpt forensically, I was brought into Lucasfilm to re-create Yoda, Darth Vader, and others from the movies. I had to make exact replicas of the characters that would then be transferred into collectibles and other categories for consumer products. I also did this for many well-known movies; including Terminator, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, and many others. I had become known in the movie industry as a person to seek and develop characters from movies into viable consumer products. I worked with every major film studio doing this.
Some of the best masks in the collection are dragon masks. What kinds of works inspired these, and why don’t we see any dragons in proper horror films?
I have always had a love for dragons! They were kind of a fantasy pet growing up, and why I always include them. Dragons are also very difficult to do because of the nature of the anatomy and size perception. It’s also the challenge I like; most people doing this kind of thing don’t like the complications associated with the production of this kind of character.