Last night, I went to the TIFF Bell Lightbox to see their new digital restoration of the 1961 Canadian horror film The Mask (Eyes of Hell). The film has its place in Canadian film history as the first horror film produced in Canada, as well as the first 3D film.
The film involves an archaeologist, who goes crazy and commits suicide after uncovering a haunted tribal mask. The mask is acquired by the archaeologist's psychiatrist, who experiments with The Mask and slowly begins falling under its evil power.
It's undeniable that The Mask (Eyes of Hell) holds a place in Canadian film history. However, the film is little more than a trippy B-movie, which does not have the deepest of plots, even though it's neat seeing 1960s-era versions of Toronto landmarks, such as the Queen's Park legislature and the Royal Ontario Museum.