Ceremonial mask is worn by the elder Predators during the "rite
of passage" ceremony of the young hunters. It is fashioned
from the skin and bone of one of the fiercest creatures
indigenous to the Predator's home world, the QUATZA-RIJ.
As a tradition, young hunters always hunt in groups of three.
They are sent out in packs and must hunt and kill one Quatza-Rij
as a team in order to be accepted as adult clan members and
be recognized as a legitimate hunter. Only after years of
hunting do the most skilled and experienced hunters try to
kill a Quatza-Rij on their own. If successful, they can then
break away from the pack and are allowed to travel off-world
to hunt bigger game.
The Ceremonial mask has no laser sight, as it is not a
hunting helmet. But it is decorated with three circles on
the forehead that represent each of the three hunters. The
symbol of unity and teamwork, the Yutja laser sight is
modeled after this symbol.
About Steve Wang:
Steve Wang is an award winning Special Makeup FX artist,
creature designer, Producer and Director. He has worked with
Makeup FX Legends Stan Winston, Rick Baker and Dick Smith.
Over the span of his long career, he has designed and built
creatures for such films as Predator, Monster Squad,
Beetlejuice, Blade 3, Gremlins 2, Underworld 1 and 2 and
Hellboy, just to name a few. His sense of design and his
unique paint work has made him stand out as one of the true
originals in the industry.