"Service with a Smile"

Films: Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Alias: Marek Toleslawski

Type: Natural

Location: Haunted Home

Height/Weight: That of an average human.

Affiliation: Evil

Summary: Some wear masks because it's just cool. Some wear them to conceal the ugliness within. Which reason do you think ol' Sardonicus chose? You did see that icon, right? Just a little tidbit, that's him WITHOUT his mask.

History: Marek Toleslawski started out as a guy with a pretty decent disposition. Then he got word that his father Henryk's grave was the source of a valuable lottery ticket. Seeing an opportunity for a quick buck, Marek robbed the grave, only to be so traumatized by his father's misshapen grin that he got one himself. After his wife committed suicide seeing him, he used the lottery money to buy a castle and change his name to Baron Sardonicus. He spent the rest of his life trying to find a cure to his condition by experimenting on women.

Notable Kills: Nothing special, though his preferred method of torture is leeches on the face.

Final Fate: A man Sardonicus invited seems to cure him of his condition with a rare plant, but soon his face returns. As it turns out, water was injected into him as a placebo, meaning his face is a result of his psychosis. His abused assistant Krull takes advantage of this, and leaves his master to starve, never telling him the truth about his condition.

Powers/Abilities: None.

Weakness: He can barely eat or drink with that face.

Scariness Factor: 4-DEAR GOD, LOOK AT THAT FACE!!! The Joker would kill to have a grin like that! Except he probably wouldn't, because that look is absolute pain for the one with it. Either way, if you didn't at least stop to catch your breath upon seeing this mishappen guy, you must have seen far worse.

Trivia: -The director, gimmick master William Castle, proposed a "punishment poll" for this film, persuading the audience to decide whether Sardonicus faces justice or not. As of recent, the "mercy" ending has never been shown either because no one liked the grave-robber, or that it just doesn't exist.

-Sardonicus named himself after his condition, the Risus Sardonicus, or the rictus grin. It is seen as early symptoms of tetanus, and was proven to have been started by the neurotoxic water dropwort plant of Sardinia.

Image Gallery

Why include such a poll when his actions already condemn him?

Dear old dad.

A literal Mask of Sanity.

"This won't hurt, right?"
The moment before the disaster that set everything into motion.

To think I used to like leeches.