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Director:
Writers:
Frank Taubes (script by) &
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Release Date:
1 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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The greatest thrill since you saw the first picture move! See more »
Plot:
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The first great head movie! See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Paul Stevens ... Doctor Allan Barnes

Claudette Nevins ... Pam Albright
Bill Walker ... Lieutenant Martin
Anne Collings ... Miss Goodrich
Martin Lavut ... Michael Radin
Leo Leyden ... Doctor Soames
Norman Ettlinger ... Professor Quincey
Bill Brydon ... Anderson (as Bill Bryden)
Jim Moran ... Jim Moran
Eleanor Beecroft ... Mrs. Kelly
Ray Lawlor ... Lab technician
Rudi Linschoten ... Mime in nightmare
Steven Appleby ... Museum guide
Alfie Scopp
Paul Elsom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Blackstone ... Himself (in introduction added to video version) (uncredited)
Nancy Island ... Girl Who Is Killed (uncredited)
Paul Nevens ... Demon of the Mask (uncredited)
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Directed by
Julian Roffman 
 
Writing credits
Frank Taubes (script by) &
Sandy Haver (script by) &
Franklin Delessert (script by)

Slavko Vorkapich (dream sequences)

Produced by
Sandy Haver .... associate producer
Julian Roffman .... producer
Frank Taubes .... associate producer
Nat Taylor .... producer
Yvonne Taylor .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Louis Applebaum 
 
Cinematography by
Herbert S. Alpert 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Timar 
 
Art Direction by
David R. Ballou 
 
Production Management
William S. Owens .... production manager
 
Art Department
Hugo Wuethrich .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Willard W. Goodman .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
 
Visual Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Myron Schaeffer .... composer: electronic music
Louis Applebaum .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don Gillies .... choreographer
Jan Henry .... dialogue director
Jean S. Lenauer .... production consultant
Charles W. Smith .... stereoscopic control
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Face of Fire" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
83 min
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Black and White | Color (3-D sequences)
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Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1962) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #20034) | USA:Unrated (video release)
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Trivia:
The first Canadian film to be widely distributed in the United States, and the only Canadian 3-D feature.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor Allan Barnes:I must. I must experience the greatest act of a human mind: to take another life.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The first great head movie!, 14 August 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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