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Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Mario Serandrei (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 February 1961 (USA) See more »
STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! See more »
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Largely disappointing Mario Bava thriller See more (119 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Steele ... Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda (as Barbara Steel)

John Richardson ... Dr. Andre Gorobec
Andrea Checchi ... Dr. Thomas Kruvajan
Ivo Garrani ... Prince Vajda

Arturo Dominici ... Igor Javutich / Javuto
Enrico Olivieri ... Prince Constantine Vajda
Antonio Pierfederici ... Priest
Tino Bianchi ... Ivan
Clara Bindi ... Inn Keeper

Mario Passante ... Nikita, the Coachman
Renato Terra ... Boris
Germana Dominici ... Sonya, the Innkeeper's Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nando Gazzolo ... Narrator (uncredited)
George Gonneau ... Narrator (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
Writing credits
Ennio De Concini (screenplay) &
Mario Serandrei (screenplay)

Nikolay Gogol (short story) (as Nikolaj Gogol)

George Higgins (dialogue) (English version) (as George Higgins III)

Mario Bava  screenplay (uncredited)
Marcello Coscia  screenplay (uncredited)
Dino De Palma  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Massimo De Rita .... producer
Lou Rusoff .... producer (US version)
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (US version) (uncredited)
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer (US version) (uncredited)
Original Music by
Les Baxter (US version)
Roberto Nicolosi 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava (photography)
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
Set Decoration by
Nedo Azzini 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani  (as Tina Loriedo Grani)
Production Management
Paolo Mercuri .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vana Caruso .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert Sherwood .... sound: US version
Special Effects by
Eugenio Bava .... sculptor: masks and faces (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Music Department
Al Simms .... music coordinator (US version)
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter: US version
Armando Govoni .... production secretary
George Higgins .... dialogue director: english version (as George Higgins III)
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director: US version
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
Gisella Mathews .... synchronization assistant (english version)
James H. Nicholson .... presenter: US version
Gino Baghetti .... voice dubbing: Tino Bianchi (uncredited)
Giorgio Capecchi .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Emilio Cigoli .... voice dubbing: Andrea Checchi (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Clara Bindi (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: John Richardson (uncredited)
Lydia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Steele (uncredited)
Vinicio Sofia .... voice dubbing: Mario Passante (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Enrico Olivieri (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Black Sunday" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA
"The Mask of Satan" - , UK (imdb display title)
"House of Fright" -
"Mask of the Demon" -
"Revenge of the Vampire" - UK
"The Demon's Mask" -
"The Hour When Dracula Comes" -
"Die Stunde, wenn Dracula kommt" - Austria (imdb display title), Germany (imdb display title), West Germany (imdb display title)
"La máscara del demonio" - Mexico, Panama (imdb display title), Spain
"Le masque du démon" - Belgium (French title), Canada (French title), France
"Djävulsmasken" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title), Sweden (imdb display title)
"Маска Сатаны" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Маската на Сатаната" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"A Maldição do Demônio" - Brazil
"A démon maszkja" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"A máscara do demónio" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Demonova maska" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Djævelens maske" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Domingo Negro" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"I maska tou Satana" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Maska szatana" - Poland
"Paholaisen naamio" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Seytanin Maskesi" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Finland:(Banned) (1963) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1963) (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Italy:VM16 | Italy:T (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1961-1986) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Good reviews plus word-of-mouth reportedly turned this into American International's highest grossing film up to that time, exceeding their grosses for Il terrore dei barbari (1959) and Roger Corman's House of Usher (1960).See more »
Continuity: When Katya runs down the passage after finding Ivan's body she knocks over a suit of armor. When Alex runs down the same hall a little later, the armor is back on its stand.See more »
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan:More than a thousand years of conflicts, hates and loves - all reduced to dust in these tombs. Nothing remains of the ancient princes of Vieda, but the dead shadows of their former glory. The history of ancient Moldavia is carved in these stones.
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan:Andre! Come here!
[wipes the glass window of a sarcrophagus]
Dr. Thomas Kruvajan:This is the witch of the old legend! See this bronze mask? One was always placed over the face over a condemned witch, so she would wear for all eternity her true face: the face of Satan.
Dr. Andre Gorobec:Why is there a window?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adam Hart i Sahara (1990) (V)See more »


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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Largely disappointing Mario Bava thriller, 25 June 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Italian horror opus known to American audiences as both "Black Sunday" and "Mask of the Demon" concerns two centuries-dead vampires who are revived and stalk their victims in the countryside. Marvelously filmed and designed black-and-white Gothic screamer has a few vivid sequences, but an awkward cast of players (including scream-queen Barbara Steele) and a very slim plot to contend with. Begins extremely well, but loses momentum as it progresses and does a slow fade. Brought Stateside in 1961 by American International Pictures, who came up with the "Mask of the Demon" moniker, provided a new background score, and supplied the (very decent) English dubbing. ** from ****

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