Black Sunday (1960)
This diorama included three head options for the girl. To keep everything in place for the diorama I included all three heads and mounted the two extra to each side. It seems only fitting that the pierced face be used on the figure. The rest of the piece was a straightforward build with no particular problems. Due to the thinness of the base I placed in on a cut wood block to add stability. Each element of the diorama is pinned and glued in place so the entire piece can be turned upside down and nothing will fall off.
Black Sunday (Italian: La maschera del demonio; also known as The Mask of Satan) is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia (who was uncredited). The film stars Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici and Ivo Garrani. It was Bava’s directorial debut, although he had completed several previous feature films without credit. Based very loosely on Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Viy”, the narrative concerns a vampire-witch who is put to death by her own brother, only to return 200 years later to feed on her descendants.
By the social standards of the 1960s, Black Sunday was considered unusually gruesome, and was banned in the UK until 1968 because of its violence. In the U.S., some of the gore was censored, in-house, by the distributor American International Pictures before its theatrical release to the country’s cinemas. Despite the censorship, Black Sunday was a worldwide critical and box office success, and launched the careers of director Mario Bava and movie star Barbara Steele. In 2004, one of its sequences was voted number 40 among the “100 Scariest Movie Moments” by the Bravo TV network.