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La maschera del demonio
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Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
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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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  (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:
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
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director (US version)
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)

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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 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1986) | UK:(Banned) (1961) | USA:Unrated
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Mario Bava claimed that an American company approached him about doing a color remake. He refused.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 »
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan:You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Full of Atmosphere, 3 November 2000
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

La Maschera Del Demonio/The Mask of Satan(1960) is the film that introduced audiences around the world to the cinema of Mario Bava. After years as Assistent Director and Director of Photography, Bava was rewarded with his first full directorial assignment and the results are impressive. He didn't direct full time until he was in his late 40's. Its interesting to note that two other directors named Lucio Fulci and Terence Fisher didn't get international recognization until their big breaks(Zombie[1979] + Curse of Frankenstein[1957]) when they were in their early to mid 50's. Its about a dead witch who returns from the dead with her lover to terrorize the descendents of their executioners. It was done due to the success of Horror of Dracula(1958).

The opening scene of the execution of Asa is a stunning combination of atmosphere and violent imagery. The Mask of Satan(1960) is based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol. Gogol is a writer that would play together with Edgar Allen Poe as a major influence in Bava's Supernatural tales. Its one of the best horror films of the last fifty years. Asa is resurrected when the blood of a doctor is accidently dropped on her corpse(this is played homage to in Lamberto Bava's Demons 2{1986}). Tim Burton has cited this movie as one of his favorites.

The film was pratically butchered in the states when first released, but has since been released on Home Video in uncut form(longest print in existence). This is an item that many aspiring Horror Filmmakers should watch in order to see how a great horror film should be done. The Mask of Satan(1960) isn't interested in plot and story as much as atmosphere and painting style visuals. Barbara Steele emerges as the first horror queen of the modern era. Barbara Steele has a macabre beauty that bewitches the viewer and gives her presence. Barbara Steele along with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price were some of the greatest icons in 1960's-1970's horror films.

Barbara Steele does outstanding work as the witch Asa and her descendent Katia. Mario Bava's direction has the look of a great artist. Bava also contributes to the great cinematography. La Maschera Del Demonio is a well made mixture of the Universal Horror features of the 30's-40's and the violence of Hammer Horror of the 50's-60's. The fact that Mario Bava did this based on the success of Horror of Dracula(1958) must have influenced Terence Fisher to respond by directing Dracula:Prince of Darkness(1965). One theme that is present in The Mask of Satan(1960) is the decay and decline of a once happy and powerful family(more fully explored in Bava's later films of Black Sabbath{1963}, The Whip & the Body{1964}, Lisa and the Devil{1974}, and Shock{1977}).

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