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The Mask (1961)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 1 November 1961 (USA)
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Martin
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Doctor Soames
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W.B. Brydon ...
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Ray Lawlor ...
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Paul Elsom
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A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. Barnes, who is soon plunged into the nightmare world of the mask. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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When you enter the theater you will be given a mask. Be sure to look through it as directed. It's your key to a sensational new motion picture thrill! See more »

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According to a piece on the film in "Filmfax" (issue #25), Slavko Vorkapich's ideas for the 3-D sequences were ultimately too expensive to be used, and director Julian Roffman did much of the conceptual work himself. Vorkapich's name remained in the credits because of a "pay or play" option in his contract. See more »

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When Dr. Barnes runs past the museum display cases, a crew member's reflection is visible in the glass. See more »

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Doctor Allan Barnes: I must. I must experience the greatest act of a human mind: to take another life.
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Referenced in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »

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The first great head movie!
14 August 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Before "The Trip" or "Easy Rider", there was "The Mask". I maybe overstating the film a bit, but to be honest this is the first truly great acid film. Sure, "The Tingler" had a memorable sequence where Vincent Price dropped LSD and "Mill of the Stone Women" had a similar part, but "The Mask" is the first film to be all about the drug, albeit metaphorically. It concerns a mask which when a psychiatrist puts on has deep, repressed thoughts come to him in a series of bizarre hallucinations. Even though its never explicitly stated, anyone with a slight knowledge of psychoactive substances will be able to call off the films unsubtle allegory. Granted, the film doesn't present an accurate or even-sided portrait of the drug, but still its full of astonishingly surreal and silly trip sequences.

Granted, the framework film and story for this isn't particularly hot. The acting is above average for this kind of film for the most part, but you never really become involved with the characters or the story. Its all a typical Jekyll and Hyde maniac on the loose stock story, even though its presented in a bizarre fashion. The direction by Julian Roffman keeps everything moving at a reasonably quick pace, as there's never really any parts that seem included solely as filler. Still, the main reason to see this is the amazing hallucination sequences. They're classic bargain basement surrealism that'll appeal to fans of both Ed Wood and the 60s psychedelic exploitation. "The Mask" is a cult classic thats just screaming for a DVD release. (7/10)


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