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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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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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The Undead Demons of Hell Terrorize the World in an Orgy of Stark Horror! See more »


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Trivia

The film was re-released in Barcelona in 2005 (Cinemes Meliés) and Madrid in 2014 (Artistic Metropol) -1 day-. Only in subtitled version. See more »

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Andre and the priest struggle to open the graveyard gate, when they could have just gotten in by the barn where there was no fence. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Brivido giallo: Dinner with a Vampire (1987) See more »

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The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made!
16 February 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

BLACK SUNDAY is not merely equal to the best of Murnau, Whale, Freund and the Universal Pictures canon but surpasses all contenders with M.C. Escheresque visuals informed with the dark poetry of stylish sadism. Barbara Steele imbues her portrayal of the vampire/witch with a demonic majesty never before brought to the screen. Indeed, her visage a landscape of puncture wounds bearing forth wild, burning eyes and thick, cruel lips (promising the joys of eternal Hell) evokes the very standard of Italian fantascienza of the Sixties. The genius of Mario Bava is celebrated in highest form in this flagship effort, his directorial debut. This film enshrines Italian horror at its best, and Arturo Dominici's performance as vampire/sorcerer is nothing less than stellar. A chiaroscuro Black Mass.


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