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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

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Vampire Barnabas Collins is released from his prison and searches for a cure to his affliction, so he can marry the incarnation of his lost love.

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Professor T. Eliot Stokes
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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 him his unholy bride for eternity. Written by Nate Gardner <kzegersfan@sugar-river.net>

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vampire | love | blood | lost love | cure | See more »

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A story of blood relations. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Romance

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6 March 1971 (Japan)  »

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Dark Shadows  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Scenes that were scripted but never filmed involved a Collinsport resident named Nancy Hodiak meeting Jeff and Maggie at Jeff's cottage to pick up a painting that Jeff had painted of her. As Nancy leaves the house, she is stalked and killed by Barnabas. Many elements of Nancy's attack scene were used in the final cut in the scene of Barnabas attacking Daphne. Had these scenes been included in the film, Marie Wallace would have played Nancy. See more »

Quotes

Professor T. Eliot Stokes: If I told the police that the creature they're looking for lives by night, and sleeps in a coffin by day... they might question my sanity.
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SPOILER: There is a scene during the closing credits: Barnabas turns into a bat and flies away. See more »

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The Gothic soap opera hits the big screen with a bang
18 September 1999 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when I was about 12 years old on TNT in Europe in beautiful widescreen format. I was absolutely mesmerized! My mom told me how she was a fan of the original series (not die-hard, but a fan) and watched it with me. It was such a great movie, so much happened in the 90 minutes of the film that it boggled my mind. Several plotlines intertwined and characters came and went (which was annoying to me). I didn't see this movie again until last year on video. The widescreen format was gone, but it was great to see it again! I didn't remember seeing the bloody stakings in the TV version (but it wasn't edited) and was pleasantly surprised. I had to check the box again to be sure what the rating was. Sure enough, PG. Today, I would still be careful if my kids watched it! The acting in the film is marvelous and shows how soap opera actors can break from that tired formula. Everyone from Kathryn Leigh Scott to Thayer David shine in their roles, a personal favorite being beautiful blonde Nancy Barrett. This is overall a nostalgiac shocker and worth a look at least once. Hopefully someday someone will find the 25+ minutes of film cut from the original print and release it intact on video!


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