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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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Don Briscoe ...
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David Collins
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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 | cure | love | blood | reincarnation | See more »

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Come see how the vampires do it. 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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"Dark Shadows" producer Dan Curtis originally intended to edit together footage from the original TV series into a feature-length film, but this concept was quickly abandoned in favor of a new story. See more »

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Carolyn Stoddard: I'm beginning to wonder, cousin Barnabas, if I shall ever know you at all. There's so much about you... that I'm dying to know.
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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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Followed by Night of Dark Shadows (1971) See more »

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This feature film adaptation of the popular Gothic soap opera recounts the resurrection of vampire Barnabas Collins(convincingly played by Jonathan Frid) who passes himself as a visiting cousin from England
15 September 2000 | by (cincinnati,ohio) – See all my reviews

The film features a number of the series regulars repeating their original TV roles, and there are several recycled plot elements from the show that come in handy for the movie. But producer/director Dan Curtis(the creator of the original series), knows the drastic difference between a daytime TV soap opera and a feature film, and uses this knowledge to create a striking, entertaining picture. Unlike an episodic TV series, the film doesn't allow the suspense to lag at a snail's pace, but actually builds suspense from the opening scene and never lets up! The performances by the multi-talented cast are truly wonderful, though star Joan Bennett(one of my most favorite characters on the show), doesn't get as much screen time as I would have liked. This is probably due to the fact that the film was cut by some twenty minutes before being released. But even in its truncated form, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS remains one of the greatest vampire/horror flicks of its time.


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