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Black Sunday (1960)

La maschera del demonio (original title)
Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror, Romance | 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. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way.

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Cast

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Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)
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Andrea Checchi ...
Ivo Garrani ...
Arturo Dominici ...
Igor Javutich / Javuto
Enrico Olivieri ...
Prince Constantine Vajda
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Priest
Tino Bianchi ...
Ivan
Clara Bindi ...
Inn Keeper
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Nikita, the Coachman
Renato Terra ...
Boris
Germana Dominici ...
Sonya, the Innkeeper's Daughter
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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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STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! See more »


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Trivia

In its day, this was considered to be unnecessarily gruesome and indeed was banned in the UK until 1968. Even then, it was heavily cut. The full uncut version wasn't released in Britain until 1992. See more »

Goofs

When Katia plays the piano, her fingerings don't match the piano music on the soundtrack. See more »

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Princess Asa Vajda: You, too, can feel the joy and happiness of hating.
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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 »

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Excellent Gothic chiller.
18 September 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – 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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