In 2018, twisted psychedelic filmmaker Panos Cosmatos released his cinematic tribute to old-school heavy metal in the form of Mandy. The movie tells the story of Red (Nicolas Cage), an everyday lumberjack in the early-to-mid ’80s who’s driven to violent, bloody revenge when a hippie death cult kidnaps and then murders his wife. While the film’s pain-worshipping acid-addicted bikers and bizarre folk-musician godheads are absolutely bananas, it’s Cage’s performance, full of the actor’s now-infamous dramatic outbursts, that really make the film. And now, fans can finally perfect their impression of the actor, as an ultra-realistic mask of Cage as Red has been produced.
As reported by Bloody Disgusting, merch company Legion M has produced an incredibly lifelike mask of Nicolas Cage in the Red role, complete with smeared blood, am exhausted expression, and a stand that’s inlaid with a chainsaw and Red’s insane axe from the film. Of course, this kind of quality doesn’t come cheap, which is why Legion M is charging a whopping $2,000 for each of the 30 pieces they’ve produced in this limited run.
“These masks are hand-crafted by FX artist Rubber Larry, known for creating ultra-realistic stunt masks for the studios’ stunt doubles,” reads the website. “Each mask is individually hand made by Larry, starting with an uncanny sculpture of Nicolas Cage from countless photos and references from the film. Cast in the highest-grade latex rubber, these thick but soft and comfortable masks are inspected, trimmed, then are primed, painted, and sealed in silicone rubber for realism, durability, and longevity. A technique Larry developed while fabricating masks that would be put through production wear. Every mask gets the utmost attention to detail from the skin tone to the translucent blood, all the way down to the painstakingly hand laid, styled and trimmed hair. This mask looks like Red is right there with you.”
Check out the mask below:
You can get one of these masks while supplies last at Legion M’s website.
Words by Chris Krovatin