I have recently been watching the new Netflix TV series, The Umbrella Academy, based on the comic of the same name.

Two of its villainous characters are deadly assassins on the hunt for the character known as "5". The villains often wear animal masks on many of their missions, especially in public.

This prompted me to realize the use of animal masks and how they have been used more in more in recent cinema in relation to scary villains and/or antiheroes.


Note: Following Works in "animal masks" collage include: The Umbrella Academy, Orphan Black, You're Next, Donnie Darko, The Shining, and 12 Monkeys.

My question is, in what film or tv series were animal masks first seen and used in this espionage/horror-like fashion?

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    Is it just specifically Animal masks, or does any mask at all count? Like aliens or creatures – morbo Feb 20 '19 at 22:32
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    Do you just mean specifically "store bought' style masks....two of your examples arn't part of your question. One is a plague mask, which is not an animal of any kind, and the other is Frank, a monster from Donnies visions. (not to be confused with the real frank, who is just wearing a halloween costume – morbo Feb 20 '19 at 22:38
  • Plague mask has a "beak" (like a bird) so that's why included The Witness from 12 Monkeys TV series here. I used "Frank" in terms of just 'the man in the costume', which includes animal mask similar to the bear suit and mask in The Shinning. They're clearly people in animal "costumes" as opposed to being anthropomorphic beings. I'm just looking for animal masks, not any mask. If you think the plague mask should be excluded, then please don't consider it. – Darth Locke Feb 21 '19 at 1:39

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