Bad news for fans of the words “baby,” “horny,” or “Shagadelic” this Halloween: that old October stand-by, the Austin Powers mask, has apparently been cleared out of American Halloween stores by a horde of rabid Edgar Wright fans. This is per The Hollywood Reporter, which briefly talked to Wright about the effect his recent hit Baby Driver, which features a scene of incompetent criminals wearing the wrong kind of Mike Myers mask, have had on the seasonal retail market.
“I’m very proud. I feel like through my career, I have given people some very easy Halloween costumes, like Shaun in Shaun of the Dead,” Wright told THR. “I even mentioned to Warner Bros. [which released Austin Powers under New Line Cinema] that they may ship a lot of masks at Halloween, and I think that’s exactly what’s happened.” (He also revealed that there’s apparently a lot of extra, unseen footage of Jamie Foxx in his mask; apparently, he was moved by that old Austin spirit.)
We noted the AP depletion earlier this month, when we released our own guide to deep-cut Halloween costumes. (Apparently, this particular cut wasn’t deep enough.) Still, it just goes to show: If you’re the owner/operator of an online costume store or Halloween emporium, you have got to pay attention to the hottest semi-obscure movie trends, unless you want to be treated to a bunch of “Oh behaves” from your irate customer base.