I am extremely biased towards movie mold blanks. The earlier generation the better, since a recast of a recast of a recast is going to lose details along the way. So the recommendations I've posted here are the earliest generation of each version I am aware of. For artists looking to create the ultimate hock collection, here is more information than you ever wanted to know about mask blanks.
Part 3 & 4
|JDF Style B|
David Miller, who made the masks for Friday the 13th part 5, claims to have the original film buck in his possession. He has an ebay account (elmoscave) where he sells copies from this buck. Even casual observers will note, however, that there are quite a few distortions and misplaced vent holes that suggest if this is the movie buck, it had been badly repaired at some point. There are other artists with great part 5 masks, but I know of none that have any lineage to an original part 5 mask. [Sad face].
Fiberglassmasks.com sells the only blanks that descend from an actual part 6 movie mask (other than the terribly bloated Forsche recasts). The mask they recast came from Justin Mabry, who told me via Facebook that his source was a mask that came off the part 6 movie buck. So they essentially sell 2nd gen recasts of a 6 mask. The Fiberglass 6 preserves virtually all of the features of the movie mask, with the exception of the vent divots. It also measures 8.5 x 10 inches, the same dimensions as part 6 production masks, per measurements I asked of two different movie mask owners. So all around a near-perfect reproduction.
Here is a quick flow chart showing the recast family tree of part 7 masks... I consider the movie mask the source, not generation 1, but you get the idea:
|Chart by Frankie Spradlin|
Beyond Disgusting Studios also sells 2nd gen recasts of the part 8 hero mask. Ditto for Crystal Lake Industries. A clear vac pull is the most accurate way to capture the movie mask construction, but a fiberglass pull will better capture the eye cuts, chevrons, scrapes and other fine details on the front of the mask.
Jason Goes to Hell
I'm told the movie masks were fiberglass, so you can't go wrong with Fiberglassmasks version, although I don't know if it has any lineage to the movie mask.
Jason vs Freddy
NECA made a run of movie-accurate fiberglass masks recast from a production pull. You can find them on eBay periodically. Fiberglassmasks also sells a 2nd gen casting of this mask.
The movie masks were fiberglass, so if you're picky about materials, pick up an old NECA on eBay or get a blank from Fiberglassmasks. Or, if you are picky about perfecting your eye cuts and want an undrilled blank, JDF sells a really thick ABS version. All three options descend from production masks.