Black Sunday

November 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm (Uncategorized)

After the horror of Black Friday, the terror of Grey Cup Sunday, watching Black Sunday again ought to have been a walk in the park.

Black Sunday (AKA The Mask of Satan ) is a 1960 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava and starring the bewitchingly beautiful Barbara Steele as the witch Asa and her descendant Princess Katia. Made in black and white the film’s first five minutes has one of the most creepy scenes in movies: Asa and her lover are executed for witchcraft, but in a twist on the old iron maiden theme, a mask with spikes on the inside is nailed to Asa’s face! Later when she is resurrected, the marks made by the nails are still visible – they fade as she drains Katia’s life force.

Sure, fifty years later parts of it seem clichéd and even silly, but the look of the film and the omnipresent feeling of menace make it truly spooky. I saw it years ago; it’s still worth seeing.


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