ByChris Moore, writer at Creators.co
Full-time writer and professional movie geek; writer of all things Star Wars, DC and Marvel for the Moviepilot Editorial team. @Irish_CGM
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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.

Bernardino de Siena
Bernardino de Siena

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 Death Mask
Alfred Hitchcock Death Mask

Alfred Hitchcock practically invented modern cinematic suspense; I imagine he'd have loved his own immortalized face.

2. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven Death Mask
Beethoven Death Mask

Shockingly different to his living mask, Beethoven's ill health drastically changed his appearance in later life.

3. Heinrich Himmler

Hendrick Himmler Death Mask
Hendrick Himmler Death Mask

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

Isaac Newton
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

Napoleon Bonaparte
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 Death Mask
Abraham Lincoln Death Mask

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

Leo Tolstoy
Leo 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

Oliver Cromwell
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.

(Source: Imgur.)

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