Friday, November 30, 2018

Own the Mask of Satan!

Barbara Steele in Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY.

I was recently contacted through Facebook by a representative for Timothy Ramzyk, who - some years back - had published THE MONSTER BOX, a set of 25 restored reproductions of the original box art for 8mm Monster movies sold in the 1950s and '60s which I had reviewed for VIDEO WATCHDOG. (There have since been two additional MONSTER BOXes released, available through his website Pulp Novelties.) I was told that a gift was coming my way and to be on the lookout for it. It later arrived, a sizable box addressed to both Donna and me, so I awaited her availability so we could open it together. To say that we were astounded by what rested inside its styrofoam support casing is an understatement.

It was a full-sized reproduction of the Mask of Satan, as seen in Mario Bava's classic film La maschera del demonio (1960), better known as BLACK SUNDAY! It was sent to us as a belated but most generous thank you for writing and producing MARIO BAVA - ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK.

The original Mask, of course, was sculpted by the director's father Eugenio Bava, a great cinematographer and special effects technician of the silent screen; Timothy's Mask is the culmination of his meticulous study of the film's images and some enriching embellishments of his own. The piece has incredible presence. It's a powerful object to behold and a most impressive object to display. It has the authority to overwhelm every other object in a room, and is a tribute not only to Timothy's love for the movie and his attentive craftsmanship, but the thunderous vision of the original artifact. 

Javuto (Arturo Dominici) rises from unhallowed ground in BLACK SUNDAY.

Since I received this staggering gift, Timothy has taken the necessary steps to make his Mask an authorized product - it has been licensed through Naor World Media Film, the present owner of the film - and he is beginning to accept orders TODAY. 

For the curious, here are some views of the Mask from different angles - including the reverse side, which people automatically want to know about. 

Please note: The Mask of Satan is manufactured by hand, not mass-produced; therefore, while the item is licensed for years to come, the presently available quantity is limited. If you're interested in acquiring one (and who wouldn't be?), I would recommend you stake your claim now - especially if you'd like to have yours in time for the holidays.

It is priced at $272.00 plus postage, and it can only be obtained by writing to Timothy here

(c) 2018 by Tim Lucas. All rights reserved.

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