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Black Sunday$
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Martyn Conterio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733834

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733834.001.0001

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(p.7) Introduction
(p.3) Devil’s Advocates

Martyn Conterio

Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces Mario Bava, who made his officially credited directorial debut with Black Sunday, which took inspiration from a 19th-century short story, Viy, written by Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol. It explains the title Black Sunday, which was originally La maschera del demonio in Italian, before it was changed by American International Pictures (AIP) upon its release in the United States. It also explains how the Italian-language title, La maschera del demonio, is considered a pun, homage, or rip-off of Hammer's 1957 production La maschera di Frankenstein. The chapter recounts how the AIP purchased North American distribution rights and re-edited scenes, redubbed the soundtrack and dialogue, changed character names and gave Black Sunday an entirely new identity. It describes England's theatrical run of Black Sunday as Revenge of the Vampire in 1968.

Keywords:   Mario Bava, Black Sunday, La maschera del demonio, American International Pictures, Viy, Nikolai Gogol

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