Tuesday, August 27, 2013
THE MONSTER MASKS OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS
One of my favorite B-list monster movies has always been MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS. Made in a couple of weeks on a budget of about $50,000, it has remained true to its purpose -- a quickie shocker for the drive-in viewer with a cute girl and a nasty monster running amok.
Noted mask maker Cathy Tharp memorialized the Piedras Blancas monster by sculpting a likeness of Jack Kevan's original creation. I have seen this mask for sale at a few auction sites (pictures here are from liveauctioneers), but never available as a mass-produced item.
Another version of the Piedras Blancas monster mask with a price tag of $150 remains sold out at the Halloween-mask.com page.
Jeanne Carmen was the love interest in MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS. Extremely photogenic, she never missed a chance to smile for the camera.