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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 »
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The most terrifying experience you'll ever have !! See more (117 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 ... Italian language narration (uncredited)
George Gonneau ... English language narration (uncredited)

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

Nikolay Gogol (short story) (as Nikolaj Gogol)

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

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (U.S. version)
Massimo De Rita .... producer
Lou Rusoff .... producer (US version)
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
Armando Govoni .... production secretary
George Higgins .... dialogue director: US version (as George Higgins III)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Clara Bindi (uncredited)
Lee Kresel .... dubbing director (US version)
Bona Magrini .... script supervisor
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)
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)
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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?

Based on Nikolay Gogol's short story Viy.See more »
Plot holes: Andre and the priest struggle to open the graveyard gate, when they could have just gotten in by the barn where there was no fence.See more »
Princess Asa Vajda:You will never escape my vengeance, or of Satan's! My revenge will seek you out, and with the blood of your sons, and of their sons, and their sons, I will continue to live forever! They will restore me to life you now rob from me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »


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35 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
The most terrifying experience you'll ever have !!, 29 November 2003
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"The sound that you hear is dripping blood. the beginning of Black Sunday !!" ...These two very atmospheric and mood-setting sentences are heard when the Black Sunday DVD is put into the player. No need to tell you that a better and more tense opening has yet to be created. This movie is an undeniable masterpiece in its kind. A powerful and terrifying experience that was way ahead of its time back in 1960 and now - almost 45 years later - it still stands for an hour and a half of pure terror, devlish fun and sinister fascination. I respect the opinion and dislikes of everyone but not when it comes to this either admit that Black Sunday is a masterpiece or you're wrong !!

I could give you a thousand reasons why this movie should be seen as the most important horror movie ever made but I'll just stick to the most important ones. Black Sunday ( or The Mask of Satan, as you prefer ) is the debut of Italian genius Mario Bava...Well, not really his debut but the first full length movie after a series of short films and project he didn't get credit for. In it, Bava presents us on a stylish and visually stunning story with an extremely macabre and dark topic. It contains passages of torturement, curses, witchburning, vampirism, massacres and resurrection but it's all brought to us in a very artistic fashion. Bava's profesionalism and style reminds me about the true masterpieces from Universal...Maybe also because the whole movie is filmed in beautiful black and white but merely because of the creepy atmosphere and the morbid topics. Black Sunday does contain rather many violent and sadistic scenes, but it becomes unwatchable or disgusting. Actually, when you look closer at's a fairy tale !! Think about it...: evil witch, ominous castles, dark forests and - on top of it all - a tale of true love at first sight ! Barbara Steele should get as least as much credit and praise though. This stunning beauty can easily considered "Queen of Horror" if it were only for her performance here. Steele has a double role here ( the evil, vampiric Prinses Asa and the virgin Katia ) and her appearance can only be seen as on of beauty and pureness. Barbara Steele - once spit out by the glory of Hollywood - succeeds in convincing the audience that she stars as both an innocent virgin as well as a demonic ancient witch. The cinematic value attached to her character comes extremely close to Karloff's Frankenstein and Lugosi's Count Dracula. After all, Princess Asa was the first true female monster and she has - literally - become immortal.

You're not a horror fan if you haven't seen the perfection of Black Sunday...I give this movie a very well deserved rating 10 out of 10.

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