House of Dark Shadows (1970)

PG  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  6 March 1971 (Japan)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor T. Eliot Stokes
Don Briscoe ...
Todd Blake (as Donald Briscoe)
David Collins
Daphne Budd (as Lisa Richards)
Barbara Cason ...
Paul Michael ...
Old Man


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 <>

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vampire | love | blood | lost love | cure | See All (41) »


A story of blood relations. See more »


Drama | Horror | Romance


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Release Date:

6 March 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dark Shadows  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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


Barnabas Collins: You went to her, and tried to warn her about me! You betrayed me, Willie!
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene during the closing credits: Barnabas turns into a bat and flies away. See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Big budget film based on hit TV show
26 December 2002 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

Intelligently done, but bloody and violent story based on the hit TV show Dark Shadows from the late 60s. The plot revolves around vampire Barnabas Collins, who finds a cure to become human again so he can wed a beautiful girl. Genuinely creepy atmosphere, beautifully filmed and surprisingly first-rate acting by cast.

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