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

 -  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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Complete credited cast:
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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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The Undead Demons of Hell Terrorize the World in an Orgy of Stark Horror! See more »

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Black Sunday  »

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Based on Nikolai Gogol's short story Viy. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Thomas Kruvajan: More than a thousand years of conflicts, hates and loves - all reduced to dust in these tombs. Nothing remains of the ancient princes of Vieda, but the dead shadows of their former glory. The history of ancient Moldavia is carved in these stones.
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan: Andre! Come here!
[wipes the glass window of a sarcrophagus]
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan: This is the witch of the old legend! See this bronze mask? One was always placed over the face over a condemned witch, so she would wear for all eternity her true face: the face of Satan.
Dr. Andre Gorobec: Why ...
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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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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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