The Mask


1h 23m 1961

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Eyes of Hell
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Oct 1961
Production Company
Taylor-Roffman Productions
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema; Trans-International Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color (3-D sequences)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Psychiatrist Allan Barnes is visited by archeologist Michael Radin, who claims he is under the evil spell of a ritual mask he unearthed in the ruins of an ancient city. The mask forces him to commit murder. Barnes expresses skepticism, and the highly emotional Radin rushes from the office, returns to his room, and, after mailing the mask to Barnes, commits suicide. Upon receiving the package, the curious doctor dons the mask and experiences eerie and frightening hallucinations. Though shaken by the experience, he informs his fiancée, Pamela Albright, that he plans to continue experimenting with the unearthly object. Thinking of his safety, Pamela takes the mask to a museum, but Barnes breaks in at night and steals it. After two more experiences with the mask, he suddenly becomes obsessed with the desire to murder his pretty receptionist, Jill Goodrich. But as he tries to strangle her, she gashes his face and escapes into the night. Returning to Pamela, Barnes forces her to put on the mask, and he becomes enraged and tries to choke her when she experiences no reaction. The police arrive in time to rescue her. Restored to its place in the museum, the mask seems to attract another young man, a museum visitor.

Film Details

Also Known As
Eyes of Hell
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Oct 1961
Production Company
Taylor-Roffman Productions
Distribution Company
New Line Cinema; Trans-International Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color (3-D sequences)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

I must. I must experience the greatest act of a human mind: to take another life.
- Doctor Allan Barnes

Trivia

The first Canadian film to be widely distributed in the United States, and the only Canadian 3-D feature.

Notes

Released in Canada in 1961. Also known as Eyes of Hell. Approximately 15 minutes of the film uses Depth-Dimension, a 3-D process developed by Britain's National Research Development Corp. Viewers are given a mask to put on whenever a character in film does the same. The film also contains a prologue, in which publicist Jim Moran explains the powers attributed to ancient masks.