R.J. Torbert Talks the GhostFace Mask and Scream 4

What an insane feeling it must be to have helped to create the look of one of the single most recognizable horror icons ever. For R.J. Torbert this feeling is an every day reality, and recently he spoke a bit about how the mask was chosen as well as the nagging rumor about their being more than just one look for GhostFace as he returns to the big screen with Wes Craven’s upcoming slasherfest Scream 4.

Torbert sat down for an in-depth interview with Examiner.com and dished the following.

On how audiences have reacted to the look of GhostFace, Torbert offered:

“My opinion is that audiences had never seen a face of a ghost like this before. When the mask was developed in 1991-1992, it was part of a style assortment called Fantastic Faces. Some people referred to it as the peanut eyed ghost. It became part of “Fearsome Faces” a few years later. I thought it looked like a “Ghost in Pain” which was unique for the time.

Wes Craven must have thought it had a unique look, too, because when he saw it scouting locations at the house of a mask collector (who had passed away) he was adamant about it being in the movie. It was here that I pushed hard to “baptize” the mask, and with the Gellers’ blessing “GhostFace®” was born.

GhostFace® is not only a registered trademark of Fun World, but the image is copyright protected under that same name. As far as the audience’s reaction to GhostFace® … Besides the unique look, credit must also be given to Wes Craven and his crew. The first movie left you on the edge of your seat so much so that the GhostFace® image was the icing on the cake to put reaction over the top.

The feeling of GhostFace® being the icon of Halloween has made all of us here very proud and very protective of its use. We appreciate not only the fans of Scream but those who appreciate GhostFace®. It is those fans that we simply ask not to buy unauthorized product of GhostFace® and/or Scream. As of now only, Fun World Div./Easter Unlimited Inc. or Weinstein/Dimension relating to Scream 4 are authorized to utilize the image on product. We ask you not to support knockoffs of intellectual properties. We are aware that there is currently a video game being advertised in online publication with no authorization to date. They will eventually hear from us if we do not hear from them. Your readers should always ask, “Is this an officially licensed product?” before spending their hard-earned money.

R.J. Torbert, Creator of the Ghostface Mask, Talks Scream 4

In terms of the rumored multi-mask usage in the film, Torbert revealed:

“There has been much publicity regarding additional masks. Since there have been photos published already, I will comment more about it.

One of our design staff, under the direction of Alan Geller, worked on a different updated look of GhostFace®.

I took those images and communicated with Weinstein executives about 6-8 months prior to filming. In addition, direct communications were received to me from Wes Craven in regards to “possible” use. I also met with executives at Weinstein in NYC regarding this and other issues regarding GhostFace® and the movie. When filming started I even requested a copy of the script from Wes Craven and the gentleman that he is told me only a few people had access to it, therefore I had a polite “No.” I can’t help but think that maybe his thoughts were that I was crazy. LOL.

Getting back to the additional masks. They have them on set. We are in communication. Wes Craven does keep in touch. I don’t want to get sliced and diced and be a victim of Ghost Face®, but keep your eyes open. You may see them, you may not. Stay alert and you may even see more, who knows? This is fun, isn’t it? However, I want to be clear there has never been confirmation on how these masks were to be used or not used. It will be a mystery until the movie opens.”

Hit up the above linkage for the full interview.

Scream 4 stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella, Anthony Anderson, and Marielle Jaffe. Look for it in theatres on April 15th, 2011, and to stay on top of things, be sure to follow @wescraven on Twitter.

Scream 4 Synopsis
The horror series that reignited the genre and grossed more than $500 million worldwide is back! From Kevin Williamson, creator of the original Scream trilogy, the new film sees the return of cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette along with a group of new stars, who can all hopefully stay alive long enough to figure out the new rules to this one-of-a-kind horror franchise!

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  • James Coker

    I agree with everyone here, Michael Myers is the icon of Halloween slashers, BUT I do constantly see ghostface maskes and many many many Little Kids dress up as Ghostface for Halloween

  • Cinemascribe

    “Plus, MStT is done and in the can. It got plenty of press during pre-production and production.”

    Really? When? I’ve been following the course of that flick for a year and half and all I’ve seen is a copy of the rough draft screenplay online, a few stills and a synopsis. I mean seriously- there hasn’t even been a trailer released yet,and the film was originally shot in 2-D. They could easily have released one pre-conversion. At the very least a teaser should have hit by now.

    And yeah, Scream is more recognizable..which is why you’d think that Rogue would spend a little more time raising awareness for My Soul to Take in an effort to build an audience. Again, it doesn’t make a lot of sense..unless they have no confidence in the film.

    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • Terminal

    Just a lot of false hype still. The ghostface mask is not an icon of Halloween, if anything Michael Myers is. “Scream 4” is a reboot and a sequel and one promising to be quite terrible.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Cinemascribe

    “Ghostface” is the icon of Halloween? Let’s not go overboard here. Look, I like the Scream films. I was still openly a fan when it became popular to trash the films and say Craven is a hack with his best days behind him (which is another sentiment I disagree with). Hell, Scream 2 is one of my all-time favorite slasher films, period.

    But, realistically, to this day if you ask people what horror film villain pops to mind when thinking of Halloween, the most prominent answer is still likely to be Michael Myers. GhostFace is an extremely popular mask to be sure, but so is Tor Johnson. That doesn’t make it the “icon of Halloween.”

    Also, anyone else wondering why in the hell we’re getting all of this info about Scream 4 ,yet the first horror film Craven has actually written AND directed since New Nightmare-a film set to be released on Oct.29th of this year- is receiving virtually no press? I’m hoping that My Soul to Take will represent a successful return to form for Craven, but this smacks of the studio trying to sweep it into theatres with as little fanfare as possible..and that does not bode well.
    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • Didn’t See It Coming

      Scream 4 is a more recognizable name to mainstream audiences than My Soul to Take and even Wes Craven. Plus, MStT is done and in the can. It got plenty of press during pre-production and production. I wouldn’t worry about it. If it’s good people will see it. I hope Craven knocks it out of the park because I have always maintained that Craven, while not every film of his is good, has made films that have changed the landscape of horror for the decades that have followed. He’s due for a new one soon.