In the Seventeenth Century, in Maldavia, Princess Asa Vajda and her lover Javutich (Arturo Dominici) are killed by the local population, accused of witchcraft. A mask of Satan is attached to their faces. Princess Asa curses her brother, promising revenge to his descents. The body of Javutich is buried outside the cemetery, and the coffin of Princess Asa is placed in the family's tomb with a cross over it for protection. Two hundred years later, Professor Thomas Kruvajan and his assistant, Dr. Andre Gorobec, are going to a congress in Russia and they accidentally find the tomb. Dr. Thomas breaks the cross, releasing the evil witch. When they are leaving the place, Dr. Andre meets Princess Katia Vajda, descendant of Princess Asa, and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Katia is threatened by the witch, who wants to use her body to live again.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Bava and Steele had a difficult working relationship. Steele sometimes refused to come to set because she did not like her wig or the fact that her cleavage would be shown. One time she refused to come to the set because she believed that Bava wold force her to appear nude. Steele admits that she was difficult due to her inexperience and her inability to understand Italian. See more
When Katia plays the piano, her fingerings don't match the piano music on the soundtrack. See more
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan
You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.
For "The Mask of Satan," the English language version prepared in Italy, Barbara Steele's name is listed as "Barbara Steel" on the trailer and on the credits of the film itself. See more
The film was initially rejected for cinema in 1961 by the BBFC and passed 7 years later with cuts as "Revenge of the Vampire". The initial video release by Stablecane in 1986 (as "Black Sunday") featured the shorter re-edited U.S print which was missing around 3 mins of violence including cuts to the burning of Vajda, the eye gouging, and the infamous mask/branding scene plus some character changes (Javuto became Asa's servant in the US version). The U.K. version from Redemption Video (titled "The Mask of Satan") is the original, uncut, English-language version prepared by the producers. It contains the original music score, more mature dubbing, and contains violence edited from the U.S. version. It is also letterboxed. See more