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Black Sunday (1960)

La maschera del demonio (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 15 February 1961 (USA)
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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.



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Complete credited cast:
Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)
Ivo Garrani ...
Enrico Olivieri ...
Prince Constantine Vajda
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Tino Bianchi ...
Clara Bindi ...
Inn Keeper
Nikita, the Coachman
Renato Terra ...
Germana Dominici ...


In the Seventeenth Century, in Maldavia, Princess Asa Vajda and her lover Javutich (Arturo Dominici) are killed by the local population, accused of witchcraft. A mask of Satan is attached to their faces. Princess Asa curses her brother, promising revenge to his descents. The body of Javutich is buried outside the cemetery, and the coffin of Princess Asa is placed in the family's tomb with a cross over it for protection. Two hundred years later, Professor Thomas Kruvajan and his assistant, Dr. Andre Gorobec, are going to a congress in Russia and they accidentally find the tomb. Dr. Thomas breaks the cross, releasing the evil witch. When they are leaving the place, Dr. Andre meets Princess Katia Vajda, descendant of Princess Asa, and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Katia is threatened by the witch, who wants to use her body to live again. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Only the third horror film produced in Italy in the sound era (Mussolini banned the genre during his dictatorship). See more »


When Katya runs down the passage after finding Ivan's body she knocks over a suit of armor. When Alex runs down the same hall a little later, the armor is back on its stand. See more »


[Andre expresses regret that he and superior, Dr. Kruvajan, will be late and miss the opening address at a medical conference in St. Petersburg]
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan: My son, how long have you been a doctor?
Dr. Andre Gorobec: Three years. I've been with you for two.
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan: When you've been in this business as long as I have, you'll learn to take the speeches at all of these medical conferences with a grain of salt.
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Crazy Credits

For "The Mask of Satan," the English language version prepared in Italy, Barbara Steele's name is listed as "Barbara Steel" on the trailer and on the credits of the film itself. See more »


Referenced in Scream Greats, Vol. 2: Satanism and Witchcraft (1986) See more »

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Excellent Gothic chiller.
18 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

"La Maschera del Demonio" aka "Black Sunday" is an excellent Gothic chiller with plenty of uncanny atmosphere,a good script and an okay cast.Princess Asa Vajda(lovely Barbara Steele)is executed as a witch.200 years later,she is revived and plots to take over the body of Katia(also Barbara Steele)."Black Sunday" is a perfect combination of Expressionist lighting and set designs and graphic bursts of gore and sensuality.The film is full of striking visuals and is truly one of the most beautiful black and white films I have ever seen.A must-see for fans of Italian horror.10 out of 10.

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