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Black Sunday / The Mask Of Satan  [DVD]
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Region/format: Region 0 (all regions - suitable for UK DVD players) / EU Import / PAL
Audio options: English, French
Length: 98 minutes
Picture format: 4:3 (1.66)
Packacking: the item on sale here is a European DVD release with foreign writing on the box cover. The film can be watched in the original English language without any subtitles.
Description:In 17th Century Moldavia, the evil Princess Asa is condemned to death for witchcraft and vampirism, along with her brother, Prince Igor Javutich. Two hundred years later, two doctors en route to a medical convention discover her crypt and accidentally set her resurrection in motion! With the help of Javutich and others whom she enthralls with her cold, dead kiss, Asa sets her sights on her ultimate victim - Princess Katia, her own twin descendant.
Black Sunday , also known as The Mask of Satan, is a 1960 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini and Mario Serandrei. The film stars Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici, and Ivo Garrani. It was Bava's directorial debut, although he had completed several previous feature films without credit. Based very loosely on Nikolai Gogol's short story "Viy", the narrative concerns a vampire-witch who is put to death by her own brother, only to return 200 years later to feed on her descendants.
By the social standards of the 1960s, the film was considered unusually gruesome, and was banned in the UK until 1968 because of its violence. In the U.S., some of the gore was censored. Despite the censorship, Black Sunday was a worldwide critical and box office success - and launched the careers of director Mario Bava and movie star Barbara Steele. In 2004, one of its sequences was voted number 40 among the "100 Scariest Movie Moments", by the Bravo Channel.
Top Customer Reviews
As Barbara Steele said in a 1995 interview, the first ten minutes are very powerful as the fear is internalized. Princess Asa, a satanist, is condemned to death by her brother, an Inquisitor. She, and her servant, Vivoich are condemned to be burned but before that, they have the Mask of Satan banged on to their faces ; there is a close-up of the mask from the witch's viewpoint as she sees the spikes which will pierce her flesh. The mask fills the whole screen. They were due to be burnt at the stakes but the purifying flames are extinguished by a hard, (Satan's?) rainstorm.This is an important part of the plot's set-up because Asa and Vivoich's remains are extant.
Asa curses her brother and her family down through the generations and swears revenge. Asa is interred in the family chapel, eternally facing the Cross through a glass screen; Vivoich is buried unceremoniously in unconsecrated ground and thus the story unwinds on its own supernatural logic.Two centuries later, Asa's descendants still live in the same gloomy castle and we see that their world has become cold, rotten and ruinous. There is Katya, Asa's direct Christian relative, Constantine, her brother and her father the fearful holder of the principality with a small household consisting of servants like Ivan and young Boris. Near at hand is the village with its Church and the long-bearded Orthodox clergyman.
Two centuries of peace are disrupted on Black Sunday, St.Read more ›
Apparently based on a story by Gogol, it has a fairy tale quality to it that American and English movies have rarely managed to capture - the young girl watching the coach swirling through woodland, for example. It also has pace and a welcome lack of humour. It also has - need one say it - Barbara Steele. That amazing face! It must be high in the Top Ten post-war list (possibly even at Number One), together with 'City Of The Dead'/'Horror Hotel' and 'Brides Of Dracula'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great release from Arrow, and I have to say they have done a brilliant job of the Blu-ray transfer.
You get three Discs with the first being Black Sunday and extras, the... Read more
looks gorgeous, great film too. another great job by Arrow.Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. R. Elwick
No Spoilers- Sometimes called Black Sunday this Italian horror ‘classic’ starring Barbara Steele and directed by Mario Bava makes a lot of greatest horror movie lists. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr Blonde