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1960 Italian horror classic directed by Mario Bava. It was his first film where he received actual credit for his work. It was an adaptation of the short story ''Viy'' by Nikolai Gogol. The movie's style, cinematography and story harkens back to older GothicHorror films of the 1930s. ''Black Sunday'' itself would go on to influence later films such as Tim Burton's ''Film/SleepyHollow'' and ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.

In 1640, the Moldavian Princess Asa Vajda is captured and executed by her brother for practicing witchcraft and being a vampire. As she is about to die, she curses the descendents of her brother. Two hundred years later, Dr. Kruvajan and his assistant Dr. Gorobec, travel through Moldavia. After their carriage breaks down the two stumble across the tomb of Asa, whose corpse wears a metal mask and coffin is guarded by a cross. Kruvajan is attacked by a monstrous bat and kills it. However, he accidentally breaks the cross, cuts his hand and drip some blood on the body. Asa is resurrected because of the blood and begins to wreck havoc upon Moldavia and her brother's descendants.

Not to be confused with another movie about...[[Literature/BlackSunday a blimp.]]
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!!!'''This movie contains examples of:'''
* AristocratsAreEvil: Princess Asa and Prince Javuto are servants of the Devil. Their brother, the inquisitor, isn't so nice either.
* BackFromTheDead: Asa and Javuto are killed by a mob at the start of the story. Due to her dark magic, Asa is able to bring them back to life many years later.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The American International Pictures release of the film, which cut down on some of the gore in the film, as well as turning Javuto into the servant of Asa, removing the incest angle. The original title 'The Mask of Satan' was also removed.
* BlackMagic: Asa is a sorceress. [[spoiler: She plans to drain the life force of her distant grand-niece Katia with her powers and possess her body.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Asa and her servant Javuto are brother and sister in the original Italian version with the incestuous subtext being played up.
* BurnTheWitch: The mob at the start burn Asa as well as putting a spiked mask on her face.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The film has a great deal of scenery porn and elaborate sets.
* DyingCurse: Asa curses her brother and his descendants as she is being burned by the mob.
-->'I place a curse upon you!'
* EvilDetectingDog: The Vajdas' dogs are alarmed when Asa has come back to life.
%%* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Asa and, in extension, her look alike Katia two hundred years later.
* EvilMinions: Javuto is Asa's servant and helps her carry out her plans.
* EyeScream: The metal mask put on Asa has spikes on the inside. Her eyes are gouged out and bleed profusely from the eye hole. Later, when the mask is removed from her body, her eyes have rotten out and bugs are crawling out of the sockets.
** Later on, [[spoiler:Kruvajan's]] corpse is staked through the eye so that his soul may rest in peace.
* {{Fainting}}: Katia has a dramatic faint upon the discovery that [[spoiler:her father was killed by a vampire]].
%%* [[BookcasePassage Fireplace Passage]]
* HotWitch: Asa, who uses her beauty to try and lure in unsuspecting mortals to be her servant.
-->'Embrace me. I can bring you pleasures mortals cannot know!'
* HypnoticEyes: One of Asa's abilities is controlling humans with her eyes.
-->'Look into my eyes!'
* IdenticalGrandson: Katia and (100 years prior to her) Pasha, who both look exactly like Asa.
* LifeDrinker: Asa wants to maintain her life by draining that of Katia's.
* OminousFog: A fog immediately rolls in when Asa's servant Javuto comes for Dr. Kruvajan.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Asa does not have fangs, drains lifeforce as well as/instead of blood, and is also skilled in black magic.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Javuto seems to be a type of revenant zombie-vampire, obeying Asa's commands and shambling about. He is actually more similar to folkloric vampires than the classic incarnations of cinema and literature.
* RapidAging: [[spoiler:Katia when Asa attempts to drain and possess her. When Katia survives and Asa is in turn killed, this fate befalls her instead.]]
%%* RavenHairIvorySkin: Asa and Katia.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The film itself is black and white and does not show Asa having red eyes. Posters for the film (see above) do apply this trope, however.
* SceneryPorn: The film focuses heavily on the creepy, Moldavian landscape.
* SealedEvilInACan: Asa is kept in her grave with a metal mask nailed onto her face, and a crucifix seen by her through a window in her coffin.
* SpookyPainting: The portraits of Asa and Javuto, which seem to be alive.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: The mob uses this standard equipment when confronting and killing Asa.
* VocalDissonance: Barbara Steele is British, yet in this film's English dub, an American actress dubbed her voice. A variety of American actresses dubbed her voice in English in other Italian films she made. This is due to Italy's dubbing unions not letting her dub herself.
* WickedWitch: Asa, who, though pretty, does sure her enemies and uses her powers for various, evil purposes.

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