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Black Sunday (1960)
"La maschera del demonio" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  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. Only the girl's brother and a... See full summary »

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Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)
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Andrea Checchi ...
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan
Ivo Garrani ...
Prince Vajda
Arturo Dominici ...
Igor Javutich / Javuto
Enrico Olivieri ...
Prince Constantine Vajda
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Priest
Tino Bianchi ...
Ivan
Clara Bindi ...
Inn Keeper
Mario Passante ...
Nikita, the Coachman
Renato Terra ...
Boris
Germana Dominici ...
Sonya, the Innkeeper's Daughter
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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. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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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

The film was rejected for UK cinema by the BBFC in 1961. The uncut version was released (as "Mask of Satan") with a 15 certificate on the UK Redemption video label in 1992. See more »

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In the opening credits, Barbara Steele's name is misspelled as Barbara Steel. 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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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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A Boring, Bug-Eyed Witch & Her Black & White Life Of Hate & Evil
4 August 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

No matter what day of the week that this film's story was scheduled to take place on (be it Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday), I found it, at best, to be one of the most mediocre and over-rated Horror films that I've seen in a mighty long time.

Believe me, aside from a couple of "ok" make-up effects and oodles of eerie, 19th Century, cob-web enshrouded atmosphere (thrown in for good measure), Black Sunday's less-than-horrific story certainly left a whole lot to be desired.

Over the years I have certainly heard plenty of positive stuff about Black Sunday being an exceptionally well-crafted, Italian horror film from the early-1960s - But, from where I was sitting in my easy-chair, it clearly fell significantly short of its intended mark, time and again.

Not only was Black Sunday's "dead-serious" story outright comical at times - And its musical score laughable and over-loud far too often - And its English dubbing absolutely atrocious throughout - But, actress Barbara Steele's apparent beauty (never mind her awful acting) was clearly open to some very serious debate, if you ask me.

Far too often Steele looked more to me like a clueless, bug-eyed gopher than she did as some frickin' evil, 2-Century old witch, or whatever the hell she was supposed to be.

Of course, being in my right mind, I would never, ever recommend this dud-from-hell to anyone.

Thank goodness this flick's running time only amounted to 87 minutes. To be honest, I really don't think that I could've tolerated the likes of this one (or Steele's presence) had it been any longer than that.


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