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La maschera del demonio
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Black Sunday (1960) More at IMDbPro »La maschera del demonio (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 February 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! See more »
Plot:
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Atmosphere so rich you can taste it See more (101 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Steele ... Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)

John Richardson ... Dr. Andre Gorobec
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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George Gonneau ... English language narration (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Mario Serandrei (screenplay)

Nikolai Gogol (short story) (as Nikolaj Gogol)

Mario Bava  uncredited
Marcello Coscia  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (U.S. version)
Massimo De Rita .... producer
Lou Rusoff .... producer (US version)
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (US version)
Roberto Nicolosi 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Set Decoration by
Nedo Azzini 
 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani  (as Tina Loriedo Grani)
 
Production Management
Paolo Mercuri .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vana Caruso .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert Sherwood .... sound: US version
 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Bava .... sculptor: masks and faces (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Al Simms .... music coordinator (US version)
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
 
Other crew
Armando Govoni .... production secretary
George Higgins .... dialogue director: US version (as George Higgins III)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Clara Bindi
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director (US version)
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La maschera del demonio" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1963) (re-rating) | France:U | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1986) | UK:(Banned) (1961) | USA:Unrated
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Trivia:
Mario Bava claimed that an American company approached him about doing a color remake. He refused.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits, Barbara Steele's name is misspelled as Barbara Steel.See more »
Quotes:
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 is there a window?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hounslow Poltergeist (2007) (V)See more »

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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Atmosphere so rich you can taste it, 1 November 2005

For some unknown reason, here recently I've been in the mood to watch a lot of vintage 1960s-70s Italian horror movies. Hardly any other film comes as highly recommended as Black Sunday and after viewing this incredibly moody effort, I can easily see why. It's by far one of the most beautifully photographed films I've seen of any genre. It's also one of the most atmospheric; a sense of horror and dread hang over every frame, and yet it is a film whose power does not lie entirely in the narrative. It's hidden somewhere, pretty much everywhere... in dark corners, in secret crypts, in fog, in shadows... The shots in this film are brilliantly composed. It is a true triumph for director and cinematographer Mario Bava, who provides such rich, dream-like technical depth that (pardon the cliché) this film truly does transport viewers somewhere else in time.

Even though this movie is best appreciated as an exercise in style and technique, the plot line (witch who is executed and returns centuries later to get revenge on the descendants of her executioners) is also enjoyable. So is Barbara Steele, who is ideally cast in a dual role as both the evil witch and the pure heroine. She's an actress who can switch from innocent and ravishing to hideous and horrific with the flick of an eyelash. No wonder she's considered the queen of horror. She deserves to be.

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