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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

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 All (41) »

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Barnabas Collins, vampire, takes a bride in a bizarre act of ultimate lust. 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot concurrently with the original Dark Shadows (1966) series. During the time of filming, the television program was in the middle of its 1970 parallel time story-arc. Major characters appearing in the film were written out of the TV series so that they would be available to shoot the movie. See more »

Quotes

Barnabas Collins: [Taunting Jeff Clark] Every wedding needs a witness and you will be witness to this one.
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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 »

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Featured in Movie Macabre: House of Dark Shadows (1985) 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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