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Release Date:
1 November 1961 (USA) See more »
The greatest thrill since you saw the first picture move! See more »
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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Absurd but Lovable Schlock See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
W.B. 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)

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
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eyes of Hell" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Face of Fire" - USA (reissue title)
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83 min
Black and White | Color (3-D sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:(Banned) (1962) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #20034) | USA:Unrated (video release) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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After their only 35mm print of the film was deemed too brittle to be screened again, the Toronto Intermational Film Festival partnered with The 3-D Film Archive in New Jersey to restore The Mask, with the new digital print debuting at TIFF in 2015.See more »
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Absurd but Lovable Schlock, 8 July 2004
Author: laffinsal from California

This early 60's horror film is one of the slowest moving ones ever. The film begins with an awesome title sequence...some flickering abstract lines, mixed with some deliciously eerie music. Following that (and before the story actually starts), we have one of the most dreadfully boring narrators ever in the history of film, explaining to us what a mask is, and that when the characters in the film put on the mask of the title, we are to do the same with our 3-D specs.

The story itself is a bore, painfully written and with some ludicrous, laughable acting (my favorite was the grumpy landlady). The 3-D sequences are something else entirely from the rest of this film. You'd think they came from a different movie. They are moody, eerie, well thought out and put together. Some of the in-your-face effects still don't work well (even in a theatre) but they are hokey good fun. However, once the non-stereo scenes come back on...they are redundant and increasingly annoying. Still, this is a cult classic by any standards, and you can't help but love it. Understandably, it has quite a following.

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