This Day in Movie History – July 29th, 1994 – The Mask Released

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

A unique comedic film based on a comic book series was released on this day in history.

The Mask was a series of comic books from Dark Horse Comics, and would be adapted into the feature film of the same name. The Mask starred Jim Carrey as a man who finds the titular Mask, which causes him to lose inhibitions, gain powers and even defy the laws of physics.

The film also starred Cameron Diaz, who was mostly unknown before this film. The movie was a massive hit, making over $350 on just a $23 million budget. It was also noted for its special effects.

Carrey was offered a large sum to do a sequel, but turned it down. A sequel with a new cast, Son of the Mask, starred Jamie Kennedy, and was released in 2009. That film was considered a massive flop.

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