MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,358 this week

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,568 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 22 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: House of Dark Shadows (1970)

House of Dark Shadows (1970) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of House of Dark Shadows.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dark Shadows (TV Series 1991)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in coastal Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange, Gothic world of vampires, ghosts and a ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Cross, Joanna Going, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Drama | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Dr. Mabuse, criminal mastermind - returns in this epic steam punk thriller, in which six interwoven tales document the downfall of Dr. Mabuse and his city "Etiopomar".

Director: Ansel Faraj
Stars: Jerry Lacy, Nathan Wilson, Kathryn Leigh Scott
Curse of the Black Widow (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tony Franciosa plays a detective who's on the trail of a murderer whose mutilated and predominantly male victims are found encased in silken cocoons. He eventually tracks the killer's path ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Donna Mills, Patty Duke
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sixties couples Michael and Donna and Paul and Erica become involved with the intense Count Yorga at a Los Angeles séance, the Count having latterly been involved with Erica's just-dead ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Kelljan
Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A father who experiments with his sons psychokinetic powers, is unaware that these experiments release a demon from hell, which lives in his sons closet, preparing to take over the young ... See full summary »

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Stars: Cotter Smith, Mel Harris, Scott Curtis
Dead of Night (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran
Killer Net (TV Series 1998)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Students get involved in a violent Internet-based game, around the same time as a series of murders - is there a connection?.

Stars: Emily Woof, Zoe Lucker, Jason Orange
The Norliss Tapes (TV Movie 1973)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An investigative reporter stumbles onto a group of modern-day vampires.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Roy Thinnes, Don Porter, Angie Dickinson
Dark Shadows (2012)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green
Dark Shadows (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Alec Newman, Blair Brown, Jessica Chastain
Dark Shadows (1944)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A police psychiatrist is enlisted to catch a homicidal killer.

Directors: Paul Burnford, Walter Hart
Stars: Henry O'Neill, Morris Ankrum, Arthur Space
The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Movie 1974)
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A retired cop goes up against a slick jewel thief and his gang, who have pulled a diamond heist and are trying to smuggle the diamonds cross-country.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Gig Young, Matt Clark
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Professor T. Eliot Stokes
...
Don Briscoe ...
Todd Blake (as Donald Briscoe)
...
David Collins
...
Lisa Blake Richards ...
Daphne Budd (as Lisa Richards)
...
Minister
Barbara Cason ...
Paul Michael ...
Old Man
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Come see how the vampires do it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dark Shadows  »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Followed by Night of Dark Shadows (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Vampy AND Campy!
20 July 2007 | by (Rohnert Park, CA) – See all my reviews

"House of Dark Shadows", the first feature based on the fondly remembered Gothic soap opera is both exciting and schlocky - sometimes concurrently. Director Dan Curtis (on a very low budget) took what on television was an extremely lengthy introduction and history of the Barnabas Collins character and crammed all he could of it into a 96 minute film. Most of the television cast are here to recreate their parts, chief among them Jonathan Frid as everyone's favorite Vampire. When surly caretaker Willie Loomis (John Karlen) foolishly frees him from his coffin where he has been sleeping for almost 200 years, Barnabas heads for the Collins family mansion and introduces himself as a cousin from England. Both the matriarch of the family, Elizabeth Stoddard (Joan Bennett) and her brother Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds) welcome him and immediately install him in the "old house" which, in fact, is Barnabas' original home. Though the plot has a few twists not seen in the series, the story is still pretty familiar.Sure enough, Barnabas soon has his way with Elizabeth's daughter Carolyn (Nancy Barrett)and she becomes one of his first victims. Although such familiar characters as Professor Stokes (Thayer David) Jeff Clark (Roger Davis) young David Collins (David Henesy) and Todd Jennings (Donald Briscoe) appear, their functions are relatively brief. The two chief supporting females upon whom the plot really turns are Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) the beautiful governess who bears a striking resemblance to Josette Du Pres, Barnabas' first love, and Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) an old family friend writing a history of the Collins family. For seemingly different reasons, both are attracted to Barnabas, and both get more than they bargained for when they become involved with him. The film is fast-paced, predictably gory, and occasionally unintentionally humorous, with loopholes big enough to drive a hearse through. Fans of the show will have a definite edge over new viewers because little is done to introduce the uninitiated to the characters (most of whom quickly go under the tooth anyway) and background of the story.It's also a shame that the still-beautiful Bennett has little to do. Still, it's sincerely acted by all, boasts a superior score by Robert Cobert (much of it recycled from the series),and some beautiful photography. "House of Dark Shadows" is one place you'll want to explore.


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just released on DVD + Bluray yesterday! Jakt82
Jeff knew Barnabas? Killer_Wolf
If there was a new Dark Shadows movie... Are-You-Not-Entertained
This needs to be releases on DVD! Diamond_Dan
the characters kustancj
HODS scheduled on TCM May 11th jeffreywj-1
Discuss House of Dark Shadows (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?