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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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Black Sunday -- In an absolutely mesmerizing performance, BLACK SUNDAY stars Barbara Steele as Asa Vajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch - but not before pronouncing a curse upon those who have condemned her, a curse that is fulfilled some 200 years later.
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Release Date:
15 February 1961 (USA) See more »
STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! See more »
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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One of the three or four best horror movies ever made! See more (107 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nando Gazzolo ... Italian language narration (uncredited)
George Gonneau ... English language narration (uncredited)

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 (uncredited)
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director (US version)
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
Gino Baghetti .... voice dubbing: Tino Bianchi (uncredited)
Giorgio Capecchi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Emilio Cigoli .... voice dubbing: Andrea Checchi (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: John Richardson (uncredited)
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
Vinicio Sofia .... voice dubbing: Mario Passante (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Enrico Olivieri (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La maschera del demonio" - Italy (original title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1963) (re-rating) | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Italy:16+ | Italy:T (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (1986) | UK:(Banned) (1961) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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Did You Know?

Bava and Steel had a difficult working relationship. Steele sometimes refused to come to set because she did not like her wig or the fact that her cleavage would be shown. One time she refused to come to the set because she believed that Bava wold force her to appear nude. Steele admits that she was difficult due to her inexperience and her inability to understand Italian.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the three or four best horror movies ever made!, 10 September 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'Black Sunday's reputation grows with every year that passes, and watching it it's no wonder why! It is not only one of the three or four best horror movies ever made, it is one of the most extraordinary movies of any genre I've ever seen. Mario Bava went on to direct several movies of note after this, but if he hadn't and this was the only movie he made, he would still be a legend. On a relatively small budget, but with buckets of talent, style and originality, Bava conjured up one of the most atmospheric and haunting movies of all time. He may not be the household name he deserves to be, but he is a film makers film maker with an enormous influence on not only subsequent Italian horror giants Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, but directors as diverse as Tim Burton (who rates this as an all time favourite) and even Martin Scorsese. 'Black Sunday' will also be remembered as one of Barbara Steele's most memorable roles. Steele is best known for her work in 60s European horror movies, but in her career worked with everyone from Fellini to Cronenberg. If she is to be remembered for only one movie it will be this one. Steele was one of the most beautiful actresses to ever set foot in front of a camera, and it is impossible to imagine anyone else in the lead (duel) role. The supporting cast is fine, and includes the fondly remembered John Richardson ('One Million Years B.C.'), but this is Steele's show all the way. 'Black Sunday' is still fresh and exciting over forty years after it was originally released. A landmark movie that deserves to be watched again and again!

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