Eulyn Hufkie costume designer on The Purge season 2 gives exclusive details on the making of each mask. Season 2 episodes air Tuesdays 9/8c.
The inspiration for the GOD mask came from pure desperation. We were about to shoot - I hated the mask and grabbed it and quickly wrote GOD on it as it needed something. I always felt part of the grotesque allure of the Purge was that it allowed sick, demented psychopaths to play GOD - deciding who would live or who would die on this nihilistic day. And also, LaKeith Stanfield, who played GOD, was/is so damn cool that it seemed right when he put that word on.
SPEAK NO EVIL
I started thinking about those who may collect body parts of their victims.
We explored the disturbing imagery of body orifices in odd places.
THE RED BONDAGE GAG
I love how handmade this mask is. Restriction / discomfort by choice is disturbing.
This mask is beautifully crafted out of latex. I wanted to play with different textures and here we’ve added metal stitches to the mouth.
RED SPIKE MASK
This purchased at a local NOLA STORE. It’s actually very pretty. The spikes are real and very sharp. A mardigras party gone wrong!
YELLOW TINSEL FACE
I love using ordinary, recognizable, children’s craft supplies to create masks for BAD GUYS. Extra creepy.
OVERSIZED BLK & WHT MASK
This is a drawing that I did. I carried a note pad around and slept with one next to my bed! Here I wanted to play with shapes. Oversized teeth, eyes and head. We shoot in the dark often. White and black would read well anywhere at night.
DEAD MAN FACE
This is part of the body parts collection. Here we imagine that this purger has killed, cut the face off of the victim, preserved it and sewn it onto a balaclava.
I painted 20 of these in 2 days! Ha! I’ve always been fascinated with skulls and collect them. Sugar skulls are worn to honor the dead.
BLONDE DIGI SMILE
This season one mask was used on a big guy in the gauntlet scene. I loved the idea of this mask on a woman so I added hair and lashes.
I love skulls! Bright graphic colors work well in our night scenes. I love distorting colors to emote feeling. Here the top is friendly in pink with a heart and then I put a fowl color around the mouth. Yuck!
This is such a great mask made by my team member. Just a walking nightmare.
The inspiration here was FEAR! This person is clearly unreasonable - no negotiation, not speaking. There to do what they want without talking.
Words can hurt! I imagined that this woman was reclaiming the word and using it to empower herself and warn others. Almost as of giving them a chance to run because they know what’s coming!
SUGAR SKULL BRIDE
I painted this papier-mâché mask beautifully, then smashed it with a mallet and put it back together. I repainted the lipstick in a distressed way. Shattered marital dreams!
I was inspired by cyber punks. This is made to look homemade. It’s a helmet painted to look like a face.
This is one of the drawings from my sketch book. I wanted an oversized manufactured looking mask that looks familiar and mass produced. Could be anyone!
I was inspired by the concept of the third eye, but after adding one .... I decided that many were even better. Like a spider. I used realistic looking eyes so that it’s actually hard to see which are the real eyes.
CRASH TEST DUMMY
The is such a clever and beautifully made mask. I purchased it from a local NOLA ARTIST. I special ordered 4 of them to create the perfect little purge family. MOM, DAD, SON, DAUGHTER. They were dressed in these masks, preppy attire with bulletproof vests and blood splatter. You’ll see them arriving home after purge night.
This mask is painted as if she has tears. Her expressionless face is what’s incredibly creepy.
When I researched, not many serial killers wore masks.There was one man in NJ who would sneak into children’s rooms dressed in a mask and a bad woman’s wig. This mask offers full face coverage. The wig is attached. It is very creepy. Almost looks human and then at closer inspection... there’s nothing human about it. It was purchased.
There’s something so creepy about a clear mask. It slightly distorts the facial features so that the wearer is unrecognizable but very much a person. I’ve tried with this mask to marry the clear mask with the pantyhose burglar. Offering even more coverage, so as to even further confuse the victim.
CHASTITY BELT GIRLS
I designed these half mask with big sparkly lips for the chastity belt girls. I wanted them to be sexy and enticing until they turn around and you see the blood and the chastity belts. These girls are having a fun time on purge night.
The wax effect was achieved with silicone, a local mask maker made this one for us. The ears are those funny cardboard goodies that you find in new shoes. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how this turned out.
This is a drawing of mine come to life. I was inspired by a true story that I heard at the NOLA cultural museum. The baby dolls were a group of women who attacked Mardi Gras goers with sticks and knives. I had these made out of plastic and they all wear a different color lipstick.
This phosphorous paint glows in the dark. I wanted our own take on the very popular PURGE LIGHT UP MASK.
All the jackal masks are repainted air soft masks. Modern and practical, but with flare. So the original shell is purchased.
MOWHAWK DOOR STOPPER
It’s made from door stoppers. There’s the idea that some people wear a mask because they don’t want the world to see what they’re doing. These people are too embarrassed to purchase, so they make masks at home. They use what’s available to create their alter ego. The challenge with these homemade masks is always not to make them too artsy.
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