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La maschera del demonio
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Director:
Writers:
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Mario Serandrei (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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The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made! See more (101 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:
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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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:
In the October 17-23, 1998 edition of "TV Guide", director Tim Burton says this is his favorite horror film.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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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made!, 16 February 2001
Author: (csdietrich@hotmail.com) from West Hollywood, CA USA

BLACK SUNDAY is not merely equal to the best of Murnau, Whale, Freund and the Universal Pictures canon but surpasses all contenders with M.C. Escheresque visuals informed with the dark poetry of stylish sadism. Barbara Steele imbues her portrayal of the vampire/witch with a demonic majesty never before brought to the screen. Indeed, her visage a landscape of puncture wounds bearing forth wild, burning eyes and thick, cruel lips (promising the joys of eternal Hell) evokes the very standard of Italian fantascienza of the Sixties. The genius of Mario Bava is celebrated in highest form in this flagship effort, his directorial debut. This film enshrines Italian horror at its best, and Arturo Dominici's performance as vampire/sorcerer is nothing less than stellar. A chiaroscuro Black Mass.

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