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The Maskahuna

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DPS Showcase ~ B Garret Theta
« on: February 16, 2012, 04:55:10 PM »
Back in the 1970s I had never seen a mask quite like
B Garret Theta. For sheer gore, this Don Post character
had no rivals in its time ~

My copy was pulled from the first production run in early 1977 ~

Not long afterward, the paint scheme was modified to
make the character more palatable for retailers with
weak stomachs.

Commented sculptor Robert Short: "B Garret was supposed to be
the first commercially available blood & guts zombie mask but was
deemed too gross by the buyers so its color scheme was changed
to zombie earth tones."

In 1983 I set up a figure of B Garret Theta in the living room
of my Hollywood apartment. I'd purchased hands from another
company and they matched perfectly ~

The lad under anointment is young Wayne Toth, years
before his success as an effects artist and purveyor of
Halloween merchandise ~

To the delight of mask nostalgists B Garret Theta re-entered
production at DPS as a Retro Line character for 2000. A
stunning new prototype was finished by September 1999 ~

Come November the paint masters were completed and
bundled up for their long journey overseas to the production
facility ~

Any way you slice it, this character is a DPS classic
and personal favorite (along with Mummy 5,000 BC)
of its creator Robert Short.
Do you have a different angle on B Garret Theta?

Share your thoughts here and now. I know you've
got the brains ... brains ... brains ... to do it !


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DPS Showcase ~ B Garret Theta
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 06:34:55 PM »
His right side reminds me of Kharis.  I always thought of this character as more of a gory mummy than a Fulci-style zombie.  When I was a kid, I didn't know what to make of this.  I had no context for it.  The concept of the modern zombie had not yet fully formed.  I can imagine a lot of people thought this mask had taken gruesomeness too far.


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DPS Showcase ~ B Garret Theta
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 06:41:35 PM »
Great photos!


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DPS Showcase ~ B Garret Theta
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 12:14:44 PM »
Those are some beautiful masks!  Thx for sharing w/ us D!

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DPS Showcase ~ B Garret Theta
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012, 02:47:13 PM »
These showcases are always a treat for the eyes & mind.
I believe Bob Short created the name from some random words written on a piece of paper on his desk.
I must say, that prototype that Mr. Tharp is holding looks wonderfully gruesome!

Thanks for the photos & info, 'huna.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2012, 02:52:35 PM by The Boogeyman 1978 »
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 02:36:10 PM »
I love this Forensic Analysis  Mr Huna!!! thank you very much for sharing!!!!! :)

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 07:00:34 AM »
What a cool mask!  The subdued paint scheme really takes a lot of OOMPH out of it, but the other paint schemes you show in your showcase really demonstrate what a great mask it is.  Thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2012, 03:14:38 PM »
I believe the name Theta was taken from the long defunct Theta Cable Co. of Los Angeles as someone once said. Not sure who.


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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 10:05:20 AM »
I always enjoy your showcases and they are always very informative, you always have great pictures for each showcase. I really enjoy going through them. We are very lucky to have you in this community, I'm a newbie but I already can tell.