Not Rated | | Horror
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.
Mario Bava's directorial debut.
Princess Asa Vajda:
You, too, can feel the joy and happiness of hating.
When Katya runs down the passage after finding Ivan's body she knocks over a suit of armor. When Alex runs down the same hall a little later, the armor is back on its stand.
For "The Mask of Satan," the English language version prepared in Italy, Barbara Steele's name is listed as "Barbara Steel" on the trailer and on the credits of the film itself.
The film was initially rejected for cinema in 1961 by the BBFC and passed 7 years later with cuts as "Revenge of the Vampire". The initial video release by Stablecane in 1986 (as "Black Sunday") featured the shorter re-edited U.S print which was missing around 3 mins of violence including cuts to the burning of Vajda, the eye gouging, and the infamous mask/branding scene plus some character changes (Javuto became Asa's servant in the US version). The U.K. version from Redemption Video (titled "The Mask of Satan") is the original, uncut, English-language version prepared by the producers. It contains the original music score, more mature dubbing, and contains violence edited from the U.S. version. It is also letterboxed.