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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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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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6 March 1971 (Japan)  »

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During the costume party, the Quentin Collins musical theme from Dark Shadows (1966) can be heard. See more »

Quotes

Professor T. Eliot Stokes: Vampirism is not a disease, Julia. Vampires are the living dead.
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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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Little known, off beat vampire classic.
21 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See 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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