Remember the scene in The Mummy where Imhotep removed his mask to devour the eyes and tongue of poor Bernard Burns? Beneath the death mask of the mummy lay a frightening dead face, partially restored by Burnie's sacrifice. Remind yourself of The Mummy with the trailer for the fantastic 1999 adventure-horror...
Death masks are nothing new... well, in the grand scheme I suppose they're relatively new – with the oldest surviving mask dating from approximately 1444. The first known death mask belongs to Bernardino da Siena, a Franciscan missionary.
Admittedly we see scarier things in modern movies, however, the following masks depict the immortalized visages of the recently deceased and they're hauntingly real. Have a look...
1. Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock practically invented modern cinematic suspense; I imagine he'd have loved his own immortalized face.
2. Ludwig Van Beethoven
Shockingly different to his living mask, Beethoven's ill health drastically changed his appearance in later life.
3. Heinrich Himmler
Himmler was the Reich Leader of the S.S. and a leading member of the Nazi party. Himmler's death mask was reportedly taken by British Intelligence as proof his death.
4. Isaac Newton
An English physicist and mathematician, Newton a pioneer of modern science. Many copies were made of Newton's undead visage, although it's debated as to whether the coveted death mask was actually taken prior to his death.
5. Napoleon Bonaparte
A French Emperor who came to power during the French revolution, Bonaparte was a great military leader. This death mask was supposedly caste just one day after his death in 1821.
6. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln himself! Interestingly, Dr. John Sotos used Lincoln's death mask to determine that the former president suffered from Multiple Mucosal Neuroma Syndrome. Damn, science is awesome.
7. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Tolstoy was a Russian writer with an enviable beard... he died in 1910 at the impressive age of 81 after a battle with pneumonia. He left behind his renowned novel, War and Peace, as well as this incredible death mask.
8. Oliver Cromwell
Cromwell was an English military leader and politician who became the first Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, after which he led massive armies into Scotland and Ireland... a nice guy though, I'm sure. Here's his grand old immortalized face for you to enjoy.