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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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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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$750,000 (estimated)
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For the old age make-up for Barnabas Collins, special make up artist Dick Smith used the bald head appliance that he had created for Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man (1970) to save time and money. See more »

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Carolyn Stoddard: We were all very surprised that you've decided to settle in Collinsport.
Barnabas Collins: When you know me better, you won't be.
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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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The best vampire flick of the '70's!
18 May 2001 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best horror films of the '70's, and certainly the best vampire flick of that decade. Based on the highly successful supernatural soap opera DARK SHADOWS, this feature film version of the ever popular series recounts the resurrection of Barnabas Collins(Jonathan Frid), a 175-year-old vampire who passes himself off as a modern-day descendant of the Collins clan. While staying at the Gothic Collinwood estate, Barnabas becomes entranced by a beautiful governess(Kathryn Leigh Scott) who bears a striking resemblance to his long-lost love, Josette, and determines to make the young woman his new bride. Few films based on Tv shows work, but HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS is an exception to that rule and like the TV series on which it is based, HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS has developed into a cult classic over the years. Like its sequel, 1971's NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, the film is currently under restoration. There are several sequences from both films missing. Hopefully, the generally unfavorable opinion of NIGHT will change once all of the missing footage has been recovered, and the film will then rank right up there along with its predecessor like it should.


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