Skull: The Mask is a movie that just kinda popped up on my radar last year. I saw stills and it looked just weird enough for me. It also happened to be premiering on Shudder a few months after I first discovered it, which I felt was a nice coincidence. It really only took me so long to get to it because I was continually distracted by the constant stream of media coming out. I’m glad that I finally got around to seeing it.
Skull: The Mask was written and directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman. I don’t have any knowledge of anything that they’ve done, outside of a quick search. The movie that they made is a lot of fun and will leave any gorehound sated.
Skull stars Natallia Rodrigues, Wilton Andrade, Ricardo Gelli, Guta Ruiz, Greta Antoine, Tristan Aronovich, Ivo Müller, and Rurik Jr. Rurik Jr is great as the titular Skull. He gives all of the guys that have played the classic slashers a run for their money. The physicality that he has is right up there with Kane Hodder.
The practical effects in this movie are something that you don’t usually see nowadays. The level of mastery in all of the makeup for Anhangá is amazing. There are moving parts that look amazing and add something to the character. There are digital effects as well, and they are used in tandem with the practical effects. The music by Fernando Arruda is fantastic and helps the movie be a singular experience.
Skull: The Mask is a fun throwback slasher that is a fun watch. I don’t really know anything about the mythology of Brazil and this is an interesting way for others to discover it. The ending left it open to other movies being made that are connected to it. Skull: The Mask is available to stream on Shudder, as a Shudder Original. I give Skull: The Mask 8 mummified hands out of 10.