Don Post – the godfather of cinema masks!

Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Don Post Studios produced rubber character masks from popular films such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, E.T., Dark Crystal, Gremlins and Hellraiser, along with horror classics such as Dracula and the Werewolf.

Famously, William Shatner’s Captain Kirk’s rubber mask from Star Trek was altered for the horror film Halloween to become the infamous signature mask of Michael Myers.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of Don Post masks featuring some of your favourite heroes and villains from the world of film.


E.T., and Dark Crystal masks by Don Post. Starlog. 1982.

Star Wars. Return of the Jedi masks by Don Post. 1983.

USA. Starlog 37. 1980.

Don Post masks. Starlog 37. 1980. US.

Don Post Gremlins masks. Starlog. 1984. US.

Don Post Alien Facehugger mask. The Best of Starlog Vol 1. 1980. US.

Don Post Dick Tracy and Gremlins 2 masks. 1990. US.

Thanks for looking 🙂

16 thoughts on “Don Post – the godfather of cinema masks!

    Most interesting that Captain Kirk’s rubber mask from Star Trek was altered for the horror film Halloween. I didn’t know that!
    Excellent bit of trivia. Thanks Ford!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Awesome collection of masks! Look how cool those Star Wars masks are, sure I remember seeing this advert. I like the face hugger as well! I don’t have that, but I do have the Alien 3 face hugger model kit from Halcyon. It’s life-sized, I built and painted it years ago. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      • It’s a beautiful life sized model kit. I remember you had to heat some parts with a hair dryer and sort of mould the pieces into the main body, fingers, and tail ect. I also had to get some special stuffing to fill it out but still let it be a bit squidgy LOL. Had fun making it and painting it. The paint has flaked a bit with age, but I still have it. Its kind of draped over one of my book shelves 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • You had some patience to complete it fully. Kudos!
        I never moved beyond basic Airfix Sherman tanks, Messerschmitt and Spitfire kits , and never had the skills/patience to paint them, believing I would ruin what I had put together.

        I think the face hugger kit you have is from the early 90s, so some paint loss is probably to be expected as this thing is pretty vintage by now! 😎

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, I imagine so, funny when I look back now that it was from the 90’s and that I’ve had it so long. I remember it took ages to paint as it’s such a big model. I also have the Dogburster Alien, which was like the Chestburster from Alien 3 as well, which is made of the same materials, but I never got around to making it. It’s still in the box, so I guess that must be quite vintage as well now?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, the Dogburster was 1992. If it’s still sealed in its box, or opened boxed but with all the parts in bags, on sprues, instructions etc, and all in good condition, it’s most likely worth more in value than a completed version! Hang on to it like that I say.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi TVTA, great collection once again. I remember these latex masks but could never afford one as a kid. Funny story, you see Admiral Ackbar’s mask…well the actor who played the physical role of Ackbar was also in The Dark Crystal! He was the puppeteer for the “Chancellor” Skeksis character! The actor is called Tim Rose and as a puppeteer he also controlled Jabba the Hutt’s “Monkey Lizard” pet named Salacious B. Crumb in Return of the Jedi.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks FT. The Don Post masks are just wonderful. They were unknown to me until around the late 80s thanks to magazines like Fangoria, but like you I could never afford one.
      One time I was in Blackpool and bought a full-face cover latex witch mask with fake hair for 10 pounds – gosh that was a scary mask! I also had a full-face cover ape mask made of fake fur and plastic. But my experience of masks as a little kid were the Ben Cooper style plastic ‘over-the-face’ masks with elastic band, which often came with a plastic ‘uniform’ usually in the shape of a tie-around pinafore/apron 😁

      Around Halloween time there was no shortage of plastic masks such as Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, the Werewolf and such. Fun days!

      Love the story of Tim Rose! Thank you. Those were great days when Star Wars and the likes met The Muppets in terms of puppeteering!

      Liked by 1 person

Reply to this blog post

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.