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The Mask of Satan

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Mask of Satan
In Mario Bava's gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers' family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava's credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Steele and him to stardom.

Publisher: [United States] : Kino Classics, 2012.
Edition: Remastered ed.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternate Title (Original Script): (NwIJ(B


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Jan 28, 2015
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

No matter what day of the week that this film's black & bleak story was scheduled to take place on (be it Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday), I found it, at best, to be one of the most mediocre and over-rated Horror films that I've seen in a mighty long time.

Believe me, aside from a couple of "OK" make-up effects and oodles of eerie, 19th Century, cob-web enshrouded atmosphere (thrown in for good measure), Black Sunday's less-than-horrific story certainly left a whole lot to be desired.

Over the years I have certainly heard plenty of positive stuff about Black Sunday being an exceptionally well-crafted, Italian horror film from the early-1960s - But, from where I was sitting in my easy-chair, it clearly fell significantly short of its intended mark, time and again.

Not only was Black Sunday's "dead-serious" story outright comical at times - And its musical score laughable and over-loud far too often - And its English dubbing absolutely atrocious throughout - But, actress Barbara Steele's apparent beauty (never mind her awful acting) was clearly open to some very serious debate, if you ask me.

Far too often Steele looked more to me like a clueless, bug-eyed gopher than she did as some frickin' evil, 2-Century-old witch, or whatever the hell she was supposed to be.

Of course, being in my right mind, I would never, ever recommend this dud-from-hell to anyone.

Thank goodness this flick's running time only amounted to 87 minutes. To be honest, I really don't think that I could've tolerated the likes of this one (or Steele's presence) had it been any longer than that.

Nov 26, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The atmospheric aspect of this film is appealing but the acting and the dubbing of English while the actors were probably speaking Italian made it unwatchable,

Oct 30, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Italian director started in special effects and while most of his best films are horror/giallo, he also made westerns, sex comedies and a Viking adventure movie (sadly it's not that good). Black Sunday, not to be confused with Black Sabbath, is a stylish black and white film about witches and is really the one to start with. A little dated, but still good. British cult actress Barbara Steele stars.

Aug 22, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Barbara Steele was some tasty eye candy here, but I really don't know why I still check out "horror" films of old; they're more comical than they are scary. And the overdubbed "AAAAHHH!!!"s only added insult to injury. I think I've witnessed my last lame, prehistoric 'Chill-o-rama'. R.I.P. "Bride of Godzilla", "Son of Godzilla", "Curse of Godzilla", "Revenge of Godzilla", "I.R.S. Audit of Godzilla", "Colonoscopy of Godzilla"... (hmm... those last two *do* sound pretty scary, though...)

Sep 30, 2011
  • bstudent rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

solid old school horror, not really comedic or quirky in any production sense just a good shoot from yesteryear.


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Aug 22, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Princess Asa Vajda (to a bewitched Katia Vadja): "You did not know that you were born for this moment... You didn't know that your life had been consecrated to me by Satan... But you sensed it, didn't you...? You sensed it, didn't you?!? That's why my portrait was a constant temptation to you! Why it frightened you! You felt that your life and your body were mine! You felt like me because you were destined to *become* me! A useless body without life... The love that young man had for you could have saved you, do you know that? You might have been happy together but *I* WAS STRONGER and now you shall enjoy a beautiful life of eeevil and hate -- IN ME..."


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