This Day in Halloween: Mario Bava's "Black Sunday" opens in the U.S. in 1961. / Illustration by Kimberly Cortez.
Black Sunday opens in the U.S. in 1961. Iconic Italian giallo director Mario Bava’s first film is an attempt to capitalize on Hammer Films’ success and make a film for the U.S. market. The film is trimmed, re-dubbed and re-scored for American audiences by American International Pictures. Though not successful in Italy, the film is a hit abroad and has grown in regard since its release.