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The Mask (1961)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 1 November 1961 (USA)
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

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Julian Roffman

Writers:

Frank Taubes (script by), Sandy Haver (script by) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Stevens ... Doctor Allan Barnes
Claudette Nevins ... Pam Albright
Bill Walker Bill Walker ... Lieutenant Martin
Anne Collings Anne Collings ... Miss Goodrich
Martin Lavut Martin Lavut ... Michael Radin
Leo Leyden ... Doctor Soames
Norman Ettlinger Norman Ettlinger ... Professor Quincey
W.B. Brydon W.B. Brydon ... Anderson (as Bill Bryden)
Jim Moran Jim Moran ... Jim Moran
Eleanor Beecroft Eleanor Beecroft ... Mrs. Kelly
Ray Lawlor Ray Lawlor ... Lab technician
Rudi Linschoten ... Mime in nightmare
Stephen Ker Appleby Stephen Ker Appleby ... Museum guide (as Steven Appleby)
Alfie Scopp
Paul Elsom Paul Elsom
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A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. Barnes, who is soon plunged into the nightmare world of the mask. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Horror | Thriller

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Film debut of Leo Leyden. See more »

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When Dr. Barnes runs past the museum display cases, a crew member's reflection is visible in the glass. See more »

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Doctor Allan Barnes: I must. I must experience the greatest act of a human mind: to take another life.
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Disturbing
28 April 2005 | by TonyDoodSee all my reviews

This movie really grows on you. Yes, it's true, the non-3D parts are boring, but I find them functional. Like any good freak-out movie, if it was all a freak out, you'd get worn out fast. This is like a freak-out musical in a way, where the freaky scenes are the equal of big musical numbers.

A doctor is turned on to a creepy mask by one of his patients who has turned into a homicidal maniac. Next thing you know, the doctor is trying on the mask and going insane, and oh what a mess, and his girlfriend and everyone, and blah blah blah.

Meanwhile, in the hallucinogenic mask sequences, you get to experience what it must have been like to be on LSD in the 60's. There's a whole "alternate world," where a strange, mutated man is milling around, looking for the woman (?) he is in love with in a fever dream landscape where there are skulls and burning hands and satanists and gore and other neato stuff. And it's all in bizarro 3-D! Even if it doesn't work well all the time, it's still mighty disturbing, especially for a movie from 1961! The images, and the incredible, collage-like soundtrack to the freak sequences will linger on your brain long afterwards, in the same way that wearing those horrible glasses leave an impression on your eyes after you take them off for the "normal" scenes. You're exhausted, and confused, and weirded out.

Yay


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face of Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (3-D sequences)

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1.66 : 1
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