Ever since Jason Voorhees donned the famous hockey mask, it has become a horror movie cliché. While meant to homage to a classic horror movie legend, the appearance of the hockey mask in horror movies has reduced the effect of the fear that the symbol of the hockey mask was originally meant to portray.
There is something born into a minds now that states that if a group stumbles across an old style hockey mask in a store or storage, someone has to put it on and chase everyone else around. How many of us have become board with this type of behavior? If you have, it is because of the horror movie hockey mask cliché.
There are countless horror movies that have attempted to give a salute to the Friday the 13thmovie series by having a hockey mask in the background, or by having a character don one as a joke. There have also been some cases in which we are led to believe that the one in the hockey mask is the killer, until we see them impaled, burned, or murdered is some other way.
By doing this so many times, the directors have caused for a horror movie cliché that could have made the original series and Jason Voorhees into a joke. Luckily, the joke has not happened, but the cliché has. It is my belief that horror movie directors will continue to use the hockey mask in the future. Thos of us that consider ourselves to be fans of Jason Voorhees can only hope that they do not continue down the path of creating a joke out of the cliché.
Every Halloween, we can see countless horror movie hockey masks lining the shelves at Halloween USA, Target, and Walmart. Most do not even make any reference to Jason Voorhees or the Friday the 13thmovies. Many are simply labeled as, “Horror Movie Hockey Mask,” or, “Scary Hockey Mask.” The cliché has gone so far that these retailers do not feel that they need to refer to where the mask comes from, that it is scary enough on it’s own.
Taking this horror movie cliché further is what you will see walking around on Halloween. How many times have we seen someone walking around in a horror movie hockey mask? How many times is the only part of the costume the mask? How many people believe that the mask is all they need?
I have written this article in a certain way to point out a horrible part of the cliché that surrounds the horror movie hockey mask. To all those that call it the horror movie hockey mask, know this – it is a Jason Voorhees mask. It always has been, and always will be. Call it what it should be called. Call it a Jason mask. If you have to go with the cliché, at least give the character the respect he deserves.