The Mask of Satan 1989

Even though the title suggests a remake of Mario Bava’s 1960 landmark gothic horror film of the same title, this one has not much to do with it. Only the “historical background” is the same: the protagonists stumble over an old body of a witch with a mask on her face – and as soon as the mask is removed, evil things happen. The rest of the film is quite different to Bava senior’s masterpiece. The setting is in the snowy mountains, and it’s about possession, a hapless love relationship, demonic seduction (including a really nasty “date with a demoness”) and surreal happenings. The surreal effects work by Italian master Sergio Stivaletti is very well done, remarkable for a rather low budgeted TV-production.