Black Sunday

1960

Horror

51
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 13,597

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Barbara Steele as Princess Asa Vajda / Katia Vajda
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87 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FrankensteinsDaughter 9 / 10 / 10

Atmosphere so rich you can taste it

For some unknown reason, here recently I've been in the mood to watch a lot of vintage 1960s-70s Italian horror movies. Hardly any other film comes as highly recommended as Black Sunday and after viewing this incredibly moody effort, I can easily see why. It's by far one of the most beautifully photographed films I've seen of any genre. It's also one of the most atmospheric; a sense of horror and dread hang over every frame, and yet it is a film whose power does not lie entirely in the narrative. It's hidden somewhere, pretty much everywhere... in dark corners, in secret crypts, in fog, in shadows... The shots in this film are brilliantly composed. It is a true triumph for director and cinematographer Mario Bava, who provides such rich, dream-like technical depth that (pardon the cliché) this film truly does transport viewers somewhere else in time. Even though this movie is best appreciated as an exercise in style and technique, the plot line (witch who is executed and returns centuries later to get revenge on the descendants of her executioners) is also enjoyable. So is Barbara Steele, who is ideally cast in a dual role as both the evil witch and the pure heroine. She's an actress who can switch from innocent and ravishing to hideous and horrific with the flick of an eyelash. No wonder she's considered the queen of horror. She deserves to be.

Reviewed by krorie 6 / 10 / 10

Living dead masterpiece of Italian cinema

Be sure and watch the uncut version with the title "The Mask of Satan," not the censored "Black Sunday" copy, to get the full effect of this living dead masterpiece of Italian cinema. More a movie of the undead than a vampire flick, it reminds the horror aficionado of a Val Lewton film from the 1940's, especially "The Leopard Man," not that "The Mask of Satan" is about leopards, but the mood and atmosphere are similar. The film is about a woman of darkness and her mate who were executed for witchcraft two centuries before the Napoleonic period of European history. The most gruesome feature of the execution involved nailing a mask of Satan to their faces by means of a giant sledgehammer before they were entombed. By accident two hundred years later a doctor and his assistant while journeying through the region by coach on a dark stormy night filled with eerie devilish sounds, the doctor removes the mask from Princess Asa Vajda supposed corpse. Now Princess Vajda and her fiendish companion become free to seek their revenge. Their evil is released on the world and must be stopped. This is undoubtedly director Mario Bava best film. The marvelous camera work draws the viewer into the maelstrom of darkness and evil through innovative movements and angles. The shadowy settings where the actors are posed in ominous fashion are unforgettable. One obvious inspiration for Bava was the contemporary British Hammer horror film popular in America, especially with the drive-in crowd. The arrival of Katia Vajda with what appear to be the dogs of Hell, standing like a silhouette of damnation, reminds one of a Caspar David Friedrich painting from the German Romantic art movement of the Napoleonic era. One wonders if the director of "The Omen," Richard Donner, patterned his creepy scene in the cemetery with the Rottweilers after this scene in "The Mask of Satan." This movie remains a must see for horror fans, somewhat of a lost treasure.

Reviewed by dbborroughs 6 / 10 / 10

Good but not really a classic

Mario Bava directed horror film about a witch killed by the Inquisition returning to get revenge on the families of those who wronged her. Moody black and white film is probably the one Bava directed title that most people know. It has creepy black and white photography, a creepy story and the radiant Barbra Steele (who can probably put this as her best known role). This is for many people the hight of Italian horror of the late 1950's and early 1960's. For me this is a very good but not particularly great film. Sure it looks good, and sure its filled with any number of iconic images in the first part of the film, the problem for me is that once the film starts to actually deal with revenge the film becomes less interesting then the early entombment. Yea it picks up at the end but the middle part plays out rather by the numbers. I know I'm in the minority on this but I wouldn't call it any real classic. Still its a very good film thats probably been over sold and over hyped by those who love Bava and his work. Worth a look.

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