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10 Most Shocking Horror Movie Unmaskings

And they'd have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids!

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An iconic mask is the calling card of a horror movie franchise. From big name brands like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, to underrated gems like Satan's Little Helper and The Furies, distorting a villain's face and letting them go wild really makes for some of the most unnerving sequences you can get in cinema.

That being said though, whilst a veil of anonymity is clinical enough to make cold-blooded slashers that extra bit unpleasant, it's the morbid interest in what's underneath that REALLY makes them scary. Who is this mysterious freak? Why are they hiding their face? Why have they chosen this particular get up? Hang on a second, are they even human!?

But as we all know by now: curiosity really does kill the cat, and that's about true for near every other poor soul that witnessed what lies beneath these malignant masks. Whether it's from a narrative left-turn, a monstrous visage, or a grisly pairing of both, these are the unmaskings far more shocking than anyone could have imagined - and that's really saying something considering the state of their ghoulish disguises...

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