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The Mask

Released 1961
Distributor Warner Bros.

Julian Roffman’s The Mask, Canada’s first horror film, alternates a routine 2-D horror story with trippy psychedelic fantasy sequences centering on a haunted Aztec artifact. Viewers were given Magic Mystic Masks to see the dreams in anaglyphic 3-D (no, they didn’t look anything like the clunky mask seen in this odd trailer). Reissued repeatedly over the years as Eyes of Hell, it’s now been restored by Bob Furmanek’s 3-D Archive and is due to be booked in theaters once more, this time in proper polaroid 3-D. A 3-D blu ray is available from Kino.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.