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STARE INTO THESE EYES... discover deep within them the unspeakable terrifying secret of BLACK SUNDAY... it will paralyze you with fright! Legendary Scream Queen Barbara Steele (Shivers, Caged Heat) stars in this classic slice of gothic terror from the father of fantastic Italian cinema Mario Bava (Lisa & the Devil). A beautiful witch is sentenced to death for her evil deeds by her own brother, condemned to die by having a metal mask hammered onto her face before being burnt at the stake. As she passes, she puts a terrible curse on all her future descendants as the spikes of the death mask pierce her flesh... But when two unwitting travellers discover her final resting place and worse, drip blood on her resting corpse, they unleash her once again in all her stunningly beautiful, terrifying glory.... Banned in the UK on its release, Black Sunday is a groundbreaking film that opened the door for Spaghetti horror in all its gory glory.

Starring:
Andrea Checchi, Barbara Steele
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DVD, Blu-ray

Mask of Satan

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Andrea Checchi, Barbara Steele, John Richardson
Director Mario Bava
Genres Horror
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 4 February 2013
Main languages Italian, English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Andrea Checchi, Barbara Steele, John Richardson
Director Mario Bava
Genres Horror
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 4 February 2013
Main languages Italian, English

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray McDonald on 23 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I don't see how the reissue of a much-loved classic can get much better than this. The film itself looks beautiful, restored but not over-digitised, with a nice amount of grain. The wealth of viewing options is as thorough as you're likely to get. I've revisited this film many times over the decades, and the version presented here is the most intact I've seen. I don't usually bother with commentaries, but will always make an exception for Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas. All this and a copy of I Vampiri thrown in as an extra. I see Arrow are soon releasing my all-time favourite Bava, I Tre Volte Della Paura, I can't wait! Well done Arrow, and can we please also have 'Four Times That Night', 'Diabolik' and 'Planet of the Vampires'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Gerani on 26 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Any fan of this seminal horror classic will simply have to own the double-version blu-ray package offered here. Both THE MASK OF SATAN and BLACK SUNDAY look just fine in widescreen HD, and this is the first time fans have been treated to AIP's cut on home video in 1.85 35mm (the old laserdisc offered a standard 16). Extras are fine, prepared by Bava expert Tim Lucas, and the overall package is most appealing. Highly recommended!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossman on 12 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray
After the slight debacle of the Arrow release of Zombie Flesh Eaters (which was missing a six second shot of a boat in a harbour directly after the opening credits) I was hoping that Arrow would bounce back with this release with no such mishaps.
I'm delighted to report that this release has surpassed my wildest dreams in terms of quality.
I bought the slipcased version direct from Arrow's internet site and it arrived very quickly (within 3 days).
With it's four different sleeves and superb booklet this was almost a winner before I had slipped the disc (one of three in the package) into the Blu Ray player.
What won me over initially was that American version ("Black Sunday") is included as well as "I Vampiri". Add to that Bava's original vision in the form of "The Mask Of Satan" and you really do have the most complete and best package of this film available anywhere in the World.
The picture quality is truly outstanding. I have seen this film in it's various guises at least 20 times and this is the best it's ever looked.
Arrow may have made mistakes in the past with it's pressings of "The Beyond" (now corrected) and ZFE but I'm happy to say that this is one of the best genre discs ever released by any company in the World that I have seen.
Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Jackson on 31 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
This 1960 film by the great Italian horror director Mario Bava stands out as a dark jewel of supernatural terror and also generated a distinct sub-genre with films such as the wondrous 'Horror Hotel/City of the Dead' and 'Witchcraft' following in its wake: Mario Bava was a lover of 19th century Russian literature and here we have his unique adaptation of a story by Gogol, a ravishing tale of vampirism, satanic evil and undead witches in the mist-wrapped environs of old Moldavia. Where this film really wins is in its evocation of a wonderfully crepuscular atmosphere of gothic romanticism and what the poet Shelley called 'the tempestuous loveliness of terror', embodied to perfection in the sinister beauty of Princess Asa, played brilliantly by Barbara Steele. We are taken from the pyres of the 17th century presided over by hooded inquisitors to coach-rides through silhouetted forests of clawing branches, flickering with shadows and wraith-like coils of mist-vapour, ruinous tombs and dark castle chambers, howling dogs, tolling bells, orthodox icons and bearded priests despatching the infernal ones by piercing the left eye. A delicious feast of horrors, swathed in twilight, for the connoisseur of the cinematic supernatural. A film to be relished again and again.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Nokes on 16 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
Although dubbed (or with English subtitles) and in black and white this film is traditional gothic-horror at its best.
Visually its very impressive (lots of shadows, large creepy sets, e.t.c) yet surprisingly very little blood or gore with the emphasis on building the suspense and the story.
The theme of this film is a family curse, a witch returning from the grave to take possession of the descendent of her enemy and love lasting beyond the grave. It begins quite dramatically with a mob of angry peasants nailing a demonic mask onto a rather voluptuous witch before burning her and her boyfriend at the stake and it builds up from there so much that you don't want to take your eyes off the screen !
Anyone who like old Hammer films and the Poe Vincent Price films would love this and I can't recommend it enough !!

AND this is now available in a box set (cheaper !) which includes another classic (Black Sabbath) which are all films of the same Italian director.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
Mario Bava's breakthrough film Black Sunday aka The Mask of Satan has not dated as well as might be hoped, I'm afraid. Photographically it's sporadically interesting, with some good in-camera make-up effects achieved through lighting changes and a clever use of long lenses to make his cramped sets look much larger than they are, but his story of an accidentally revived witch and her lover taking her revenge on her descendants (inspired by a story by Gogol, no less) tends to take its time and offers few surprises now the novelty of the slightly-stronger-than-the-norm for the era gore has worn off. Not bad, just very familiar even if you haven't seen it before.

Anchor Bay's Region 1 NTSC DVD includes the original Italian 'international version' rather than the US version, with audio commentary by Tim Lucas, stills and poster gallery, US TV spot, US trailer and international trailer, as well as trailersfor Bava films Black Sabbath, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Kill, Baby... Kill! and Knives of the Avenger.
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