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Two ''Mask''s

EW compares two movies with the same title and some striking similarities

Time to uncover some facts. The Mask’s cartoony special effects may be inventive and original, but its title and premise aren’t: The Mask is also the name of an obscure, partially 3-D 1961 horror movie about a man and his facade. Here’s how the movies match up.

The Mask, 1961: Mysterious mask causes wearers to see visions that inspire them to commit murder
The Mask, 1994: Mysterious mask turns wearers into sometimes-murderous live-action cartoon characters.

The Mask, 1961: Was made in Canada.
The Mask, 1994: Stars a Canadian.

The Mask, 1961: Man with mask consults psychiatrist, Dr. Barnes (Paul Stevens), who thinks it’s all in the guy’s head.
The Mask, 1994: Man with mask, Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey), consults psychiatrist who thinks it’s all in the guy’s head.

The Mask, 1961: Disbelieving psychiatrist consults yet another disbelieving psychiatrist, who consults a book on metaphorical masks.
The Mask, 1994: Disbelieving psychiatrist consults his own book on metaphorical masks

The Mask, 1961: When Dr. Barnes forces girlfriend (Claudette Nevins) to put on the mask, nothing happens.
The Mask, 1994: When Stanley puts on the mask in presence of disbelieving psychiatrist, nothing happens.

The Mask, 1961: 3-D hallucination sequences concocted by Soviet montage master and experimental filmmaker Slavko Vorkapich.
The Mask, 1994: Digital transformation sequences inspired by pioneering American animation director Tex Avery.

The Mask, 1961: Hallucinations feature a blond whose aloof charms bring to mind former Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico.
The Mask, 1994: Chief heavy is named Niko.

The Mask, 1961: Mask ends up in museum, where it tempts a potential wearer.
The Mask, 1994: Mask ends up in river, where it’s chased by two potential wearers.

Originally posted August 5 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT

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