Black Sunday
Black Sunday (1960)

Generally considered to be the foremost example of Italian Gothic horror, this darkly atmospheric black-and-white chiller put director Mario Bava on the international map and made the bewitching Barbara Steele a star. Steele plays Princess… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: December 31, 1960
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

The visual style still impresses, but the story beneath it has become too formularised for the film to retain all its original power.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tremendous start to what would end up being one of the most brilliant careers in all of horror.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bava and his crew's employment of unique camera angles, heavily atmospheric sets and startling moments of violence combine to create a trendsetting picture that has influenced generations of filmmakers (including Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton).

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Eugene Archer
New York Times

It will leave its audiences yearning for that quiet, sunny little motel in Psycho.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Bava's sumptuous visuals remain, with the director innovative in his employment of multiple side lights to give scenes a luminous quality and make playful use of shadows.

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Although Italian director Bava is somewhat overrated, this is his one undisputed masterpiece.

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Alberto Abuín

Bava's cinematography and Serandrei's montage make this one of the best paced films ever. [Full review in Spanish]

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Fernando F. Croce

Swirling chiaroscuro, viscous rhapsody

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a melodramatic, thoroughly overwrought horror flick that's aged incredibly poorly in the years since its 1960 release.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Mario Bava's feature length debut Black Sunday is a stunning gothic horror film that still manages to terrify decades after its release. Beautifully shot,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Bava's influential tale of gothic horror has aged far better than other horror movies from the time. This is thanks to Bava's atmospheric direction,… More
Spencer S.
Mario Bava became an iconoclastic director of Italian horror and the Gothic landscape with his directorial debut for Marathon Pictures in 1960. The newly minted… More
Chris Weber
The story here concerns a (vampire) witch who, in 1630 is sentenced to death along with her male accomplice. Just before dying she vows revenge. Two centruies… More
Randy Tippy
Classic Bava at his campy, creepy best.
Cassandra Maples
"The sound that you hear is dripping blood. the beginning of Black Sunday !!" ...These two very atmospheric and mood-setting sentences are… More