|“||To us. You are wearing me, I am inhabiting you. We are a team, now.||„|
|~ Terror Mask correcting Rick to use the word 'us' instead of 'me'|
The Terror Mask is a sentient, evil object and a central antagonist in the Splatterhouse series, even though it is the device that powers the series main protagonist (Rick Taylor). Although sentient and capable of granting its wearer immeasurable powers of various kinds, the mask needs a human host to properly function itself. Also, as stated by Dr. Henry West, the mask's power cannot be unlocked by anyone, and the mask does not respond to anyone but instead it seemingly chooses its host.
In the 2010 game, it was voiced by the venerated voice actor, Jim Cummings.
|“||Our name is Terror Mask. We are souls dwelling within a mask donned by a champion since ancient times. Young man, We shall grant you our powers!||„|
|~ Terror Mask 'offering' its help to mortally injured Rick|
At the beginning of the game, the mask mysteriously attaches itself to a mortally wounded Rick who had the misfortune of entering into West Mansion (aka Splatterhouse), a haunted mansion resided by monstrosities that defines grotesqueness. And on top of that Rick had his girl Jennifer taken away by the monsters. Guiding Rick in his search for Jennifer, The mask grants Rick superhuman powers necessary in his quest to destroy the mansion along with its inhabitants and save Jennifer. Regrettably however, Jennifer was mutated into a vicious creature and Rick was forced to confront his former lover. The Battle did not end well: Jennifer died in the duel. The mask eggs grieving Rick to destroy Splatterhouse to end nightmares being created from the mansion for good. After destroying the mansion by destroying the heart of the Splatterhouse (literally a heart, meaning the entire house was alive), the mask had one final treachery up in its sleeve: detach itself from Rick and move itself onto a new body, creating Hell Chaos.
But even with powers of Terror Mask taken away after the essence of the Mask removed from Rick, Rick still mamaged to defeat Hell Chaos. After Hell Chaos' destruction, Terror Mask seems to detach itself and fall to pieces. But after the credits, it magically reassembles itself and laughs (this scene occurs when clears the game without continuation). This does not happen in the TurboGrafx-16 version, but in that version the mask is given a name and small backstory - it is known as the Terror Mask (Hell Mask in Japanese), and is an ancient relic previously owned by Dr. West that grants supernatural powers.
|“||Rick, we can save her... You know we can... Remember the power... Remember how much you liked it? The house, Rick... Jennifer's waiting... And I'm waiting for you.||„|
|~ Terror Mask enticing Rick|
Few months after the incident at West Mansion, now nothing more than a charred ruin, Rick is still suffering nightmares from his trauma and guilt-ridden over his failure to save his lover. The Terror Mask's spirit once again emerges and contacts Rick telepathically, telling him all is not lost and there is still a chance to save Jennifer wholly. When Rick returns to the ruins of West Mansion, the Terror Mask is there waiting for him and wastes no time in attaching onto Rick's face once more. Rick/Terror Mask resumes their harrowing journey and discovers that there is another Splatterhouse. Inside, Rick/Terror Mask finds a diary belonging to "West" that describes the method of opening a gate to another dimension. After battling various abominations and eviscerating them all Rick, with Terror Mask's help, finally enters into another dimension resided by The Evil One who is holding the soul of Jennifer in captivity. Rick/Terror Mask rescues Jennifer from the Evil One's grasp in the void and the three escape the mansion as its island sinks into the lake, but not before waging a final fight the final boss known only as "Servants of the ominous Deity". With the final boss dead and their mission accomplished, the mask leaves Rick to be alone with Jennifer.
In the original Japanese release, the mask ominously tells Rick not to forget that he removed the "forbidden seal" to do the deed. In the English and 2010 releases, Rick instead contemplates the mask's existence, saying as long as it exists, the same disaster could happen time and time again.
|“||Rick, it's time to play again... Time to fulfill our destiny... Dream with me Rick... We'll have fun... We'll have power... We'll have total control...||„|
|~ Terror Mask donning on Rick, for the third time|
When demonic forces of evil led by Evil One (the entity from Splatterhouse 2) invade Rick and Jennifer's own home, turning Rick's home into his own Splatterhouse due to the same seal required to be broken to save Jennifer's life from Splatterhouse 2, the Terror Mask for the third time comes to Rick, once again offering the power he needs to fight back. After the destruction of Evil One and by the end of the game, it is revealed that the mask has been manipulating Rick all along (it should not be surprising, because the mask had done it before. See Hell Chaos in Splatterhouse), Using Rick to knock out all the competitions and waiting for the proper chance to take over human world. The spirit leaves the Mask, inhabiting the remains of the dead Evil One, revives it, and attempts to destroy Rick. However, since the power of the mask is still with him, Rick defeats the spirit once and for all.
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|“||Aw, quit whining... Did I say it was going to be fun? You are going to have to learn to love the pain... Because there's a lot more of it to come.||„|
|~ Terror Mask, after transforming Rick's face, telling him what is to come|
This version of the game follows the root of the plot very close to the first game, although the scale of the world had gone far wider. Possessed by a vengeful spirit, the Mask manipulates dying Rick into wearing it, mutating him into a killing machine in order to exact revenge on the Corrupted (and Rick saving Jennifer), as a result it often aids Rick but their relationship is far from a true alliance: the Terror Mask sees Rick as a means of getting what it wants and the Terror Mask ultimately betrays Rick and even in games where it was an "ally" it was clear the mask was feared even by Rick himself (who was aware of its destructive influence). And like 1 and 3, the Mask's spirit has been manipulating Rick to a certain extent: when Dr. West tries to sacrifice Jennifer to the Corrupted in order to resurrect his dead wife, Rick appears just in time to prevent the sacrifice. But one of the Corrupted still manifests into human world by starting to create a giant body composed of all the creatures Rick has slaughtered on his journey. Terror Mask explains that this was its plan: sacrifice 10,000 souls (of monsters) to bring one of the Corrupted into the open, so it can have its revenge. Even after it completes its personal vendetta against the Corrupted, the mask still refuses to let go of Rick, contemptuously quipping at Rick if he thinks his girlfriend Jennifer is truly all right.
- The Terror Mask is available as DLC in another Namco game, Soulcalibur V as a character creation part, it resembles its appearance in Splatterhouse (2010).
- In the original games, The Mask resembled a hockey mask. This was changed later on to avoid a potential lawsuit for the resemblance of Jason Voorhees.