In one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in movie history, Mario Bava bridged the gap between the gothic horror picture and the European art film with BLACK SUNDAY (aka La maschera del demonio or The Mask of Satan). Made in 1960 and now considered a cult classic, it continues to reverberate through the cinema, inspiring and influencing new generations of filmmakers.
In an absolutely mesmerising performance, BLACK SUNDAY stars Barbara Steele as AsaVajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch – but not before pronouncing a curse that is fulfilled some 200 years later.
This newly mastered HD edition is the original Italian cut of the film, complete with Roberto Nicolosi’s expressive score and three minutes of footage deleted from the US release version.
Mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print
Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colours of the Dark
Original theatrical trailer
Original trailers of other Bava films
Italy 1960 B&W 87 min 1.66:1
1920 x 1080p 2.0 Mono Not Rated
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Messimo De Rita
Screenplay by Ennio De concini and Mario Serandrei
Based on a story by Nikolai Gogol
Director of Photography: Mario Bava and Ubaldo Terzano
Music by Roberto Nicolosi
With Barbara Steele, John Richardson,Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani