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La maschera del demonio
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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 February 1961 (USA) See more »
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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 the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Nikolai Gogol story + Barbara Steele = one cool movie! See more (113 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1963) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1963) (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Italy:VM16 | 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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Trivia:
Good reviews plus word-of-mouth reportedly turned this into American International's highest grossing film up to that time, exceeding their grosses for Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) and Roger Corman's House of Usher (1960).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Princess Asa pauses by her fathers coffin, she is wearing black stockings and shoes under her dress. She then leaves the room to look for the others where she is seen running down the hall barefoot and without stockings.See more »
Quotes:
[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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FAQ

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Nikolai Gogol story + Barbara Steele = one cool movie!, 3 January 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Some directors have never gotten the recognition that they deserve, and I would say that Mario Bava is one of those directors. His feature debut "La maschera del demonio" - called "Black Sunday" in English - has executed witch Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele) getting resurrected and seeking revenge through her descendant Katia (also Steele).

Obviously, we've seen this kind of story countless times, but Bava knows how to make it really cool. The black-and-white cinematography gives the movie the ultimate Gothic feeling. But more than that, Barbara Steele makes the movie what it is. With pale skin, jet-black hair, and bulging eyes, she seems the perfect person to play a witch (or the witch's descendant).

It's hard to believe that this was adapted from a Gogol novel, but it's true. When I think of Nikolai Gogol, I usually also think of other famous Russian authors (Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky). Now I can associate Gogol with Barbara Steele and her hot looks!

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