THE MASK Restoration Hits TIFF this October

Essential Canuxploitation 3-D classic THE MASK (1961) rarely gets pulled out the vault for a theatrical screening, but lucky Torontonians will get the chance to “put their masks on now” once again this Halloween during a run of screenings starting October 23, 2015 (tickets available here). Even better, TIFF and the 3-D Film Archive have given the film a much-needed digital restoration, and this is one of the first opportunities audiences will have to experience Canada’s earliest genre success the way it was meant to be seen on the big screen.

Julian Roffman’s THE MASK is the tale of a psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with an ancient tribal mask that, when worn, sends him to a nightmare world of snakes, fireballs and ritualistic sacrifices. What’s worse, the mask starts to drive the good doctor insane who starts to violently attack people in the real world. Canuxplotiation highly recommends that you catch THE MASK’s eye-popping 3-D effects in a theatrical setting before the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release coming in November.

The TIFF screening screening series sponsored by Rue Morgue magazine and coincides with the debut of this incredible poster deign by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.


  1. Hi,

    My name is Lina Rodriguez, Communications Manager at TIFF.

    Thank you very much for this post about the theatrical re-release of The Mask. We are very excited about it and it’s great to see that you are excited too.

    Hoping you can correct a small part in the first sentence whihc reads as follows “during a special week of screenings starting October 23, 2015”. The film indeed opens at TIFF bell Lightbox this Friday October 23, but it is not really confirmed that it will be a week only so we were hoping you can tweak it to say that the film opens on October 23 and remove the reference ot it being just one week.

    Kindly let me know if this is possible.

    Many thanks.