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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.

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Dan Curtis

Writers:

Sam Hall (screenplay), Gordon Russell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Frid ... Barnabas Collins
Grayson Hall ... Dr. Julia Hoffman
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Maggie Evans
Roger Davis ... Jeff Clark
Nancy Barrett ... Carolyn Stoddard
John Karlen ... Willie Loomis
Thayer David ... Professor T. Eliot Stokes
Louis Edmonds ... Roger Collins
Don Briscoe Don Briscoe ... Todd Blake (as Donald Briscoe)
David Henesy ... David Collins
Dennis Patrick ... Sheriff George Patterson
Lisa Blake Richards ... Daphne Budd (as Lisa Richards)
Jerry Lacy ... Minister
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Johnson
Paul Michael Paul Michael ... Old Man
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Storyline

House Of Dark Shadows, based on the very popular TV Gothic soap opera, follows the life (or is that AFTERlife) of Barnabas Collins. Recently unleashed from his coffin by local drunk, Willie Loomis, the vampire (Barnabas) goes on a killing spree, while at the same time charming his present day family members. In the process he meets local girl Maggie Evans and notices that she looks exactly like his deceased fiance Josette. Barnabas assumes that she is the reincarnation of Josette, and plans to make her his unholy bride for eternity. Written by Nate Gardner <kzegersfan@sugar-river.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Shadows See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Professor T.E. (Theodore Eliot) Stokes is named after two famous writers: T.S. Eliot and vampire novelist Bram Stoker. See more »

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Quotes

Carolyn Stoddard: We were all very surprised that you've decided to settle in Collinsport.
Barnabas Collins: When you know me better, you won't be.
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SPOILER: There is a scene during the closing credits: Barnabas turns into a bat and flies away. See more »

Alternate Versions

The preview version of the film included a scene where young David Collins pretends to hang himself. No copies of this footage are known to exist. See more »

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Little known, off beat vampire classic.
21 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) is the movie-house version of the then popular Gothic Soap Opera. The film's plot is a re-tracing of the TV series. Willie Loomis (John Karlen), while robbing a New England crypt, accidently awakens 200 year old vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid's moment of immortality!) Barnabas comes upon his modern descendants as a "long lost relative from England" leaving out the one little detail about being 200 years old. In the meantime, he is secretly feasting on victims. He enjoys a temporary cure, via a local doctor. What makes this film unique is how this murderous vampire is worthy of sympathy, the tender but extremely haunting encounter the pre-teen Collins boy has with his dead sister, and the rather doomsday style climax. This gem came at a time when decent horror films were a rarity. (Relaxed censorship let about 90% of the horror directors depend more on gore and sex).


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