Film Series : Mario Bava: The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror

Black Sunday

The Mask of Satan / La maschera del demonio

1960, Mario Bava, Italy, 87 min. With Barbara Steele, Ivo Garrani.

Show Times

  • Sat, Aug 12th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 15th 6:00pm

“A tremendous start to what would end up being one of the most brilliant careers in all of horror.” — Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

This gothic tale worked black magic for Mario Bava’s career, catapulting the former cameraman to the front ranks of low-budget horror directors, to surpass even American master Roger Corman at the box office. Two doctors traveling by coach through legend-haunted Moldavia happen upon the ancient crumbling tomb of the sorceress Asa (Steele), where they accidentally smash the stone cross that is meant to hold evil in check. Demons rise, vampires stalk, and eroticism in its most deadly form reigns, embodied in the gorgeous form of Steele in dual roles. Bava’s command of the visuals is breathtaking, and BLACK SUNDAY delivers the chills. Screening in the original Italian cut, including three minutes of footage deleted from the U.S. release version. In English. DCP digital. (BS)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Bava film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Bava film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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