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 Gothic Horror
films of the 1930s. Black Sunday
itself would go on to influence later films such as Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow
and Bram Stokers Dracula
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...a blimp.
This movie contains examples of:
- Evil Minions: Javuto is Asa's servant and helps her carry out her plans.
- Eye Scream: 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, 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 her father was killed by a vampire.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: 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.
- Scenery Porn: The film focuses heavily on the creepy, Moldavian landscape.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: 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.
- Spooky Painting: The portraits of Asa and Javuto, which seem to be alive.
- Torches and Pitchforks: The mob uses this standard equipment when confronting and killing Asa.
- Vocal Dissonance: 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.
- Wicked Witch: Asa, who, though pretty, does sure her enemies and uses her powers for various, evil purposes.