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House of Dark Shadows -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Sam Hall (screenplay) and
Gordon Russell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 March 1971 (Japan) See more »
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Barnabas Collins, vampire, takes a bride in a bizarre act of ultimate lust. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jonathan Frid ... Barnabas Collins

Grayson Hall ... Dr. Julia Hoffman

Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Maggie Evans

Roger Davis ... Jeff Clark

Nancy Barrett ... Carolyn Stoddard

John Karlen ... Willie Loomis

Thayer David ... Professor T. Eliot Stokes

Louis Edmonds ... Roger Collins
Don Briscoe ... Todd Blake (as Donald Briscoe)

David Henesy ... David Collins

Dennis Patrick ... Sheriff George Patterson

Lisa Blake Richards ... Daphne Budd (as Lisa Richards)

Jerry Lacy ... Minister
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Johnson
Paul Michael ... Old Man

Humbert Allen Astredo ... Dr. Forbes (as Humbert Astredo)
Terrayne Crawford ... Todd's Nurse (as Terry Crawford)

Michael Stroka ... Pallbearer

Joan Bennett ... Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camila Ashland ... Collinwood Party Guest (uncredited)

Chip Coffey ... Collinwood Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Costello ... Collinwood Party Guest (uncredited)

George DiCenzo ... Deputy (uncredited)
Philip Larson ... Deputy (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
 
Writing credits
Sam Hall (screenplay) and
Gordon Russell (screenplay)

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Trevor Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz  (as Arthur Ornitz)
 
Film Editing by
Arline Garson 
 
Casting by
Linda Otto 
 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
 
Set Decoration by
Kenneth Fitzpatrick  (as Ken Fitzpatrick)
 
Costume Design by
Ramsey Mostoller  (as Ramsee Mostoller)
 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Robert Layden .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director (as William Gerrity Jr.)
Dwight Williams .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Fine .... sound mixer
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
 
Stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Bob Cobert .... conductor
 
Other crew
George DiCenzo .... assistant to producer
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1971) | Germany:16 | Ireland:18 | Norway:16 (1971) | UK:18 | USA:PG (certificate #22670) | USA:GP (certificate #22670, original rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Willie Loomis:The Madonnas rest high above / The lion's head watches the dove / And in the womb beneath the hill / A blazing light grows bright and still.See more »
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
House of the unholy, 24 May 2004
Author: Bynovekka1 from United States

The shining glory of Producer/Director Dan Curtis's career came in 1983 when he transformed Herman Wouk's acclaimed World war 2 novel "The Winds of War" into an epic television miniseries. But it was during the late 60s and 70s that Curtis originally became a known and respected commodity in hollywood. During that time, Curtis was responsible for the creation of several suprisingly effective "B" horror films.

Minor classics like "The Night Stalker"...."The Night Strangler"....."Scream of wolf" are must see nostalgia pieces for true fans of the Genre. His 1971 semi-gothic effort "House of Dark shadows" also ranks high on the list of Curtis's early cinematic achievements.

The film is based on the unquestioned most popular segment of the old daytime TV series, "Dark Shadows". For those that don't know..."Dark Shadows" was a struggling 60s daytime soap opera concerning the dulling exploits of a boorish super rich New England family....the Collin's. After a season of well worn plots about family infighting and powerstruggles the show was on verge of being canceled. That's when series creator....Curtis....came up with a radical idea. Introduce supernatural elements into the show.

Soon the shows focus drifted from standard issue soap opera melodrama into a detailed examination of Collins family's haunted past. Over the next five years, Dan Curtis brought to light virtually every family Skeleton.....often literally. The seemingly eternally cursed clan's estate....Collinwood...was to play host to various unwanted preternatural ghouls who in one way or another were connected to the family. Among the collection of these occult charactors were: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, Demons, Artifically created men and women, Ghosts, Headless entities.....just to name a few.

When Dark Shadows faded from the afternoon scene in 1971....its ever loyal fans cried for more. Curtis responded with with pair of post series movies....and some 20 years later....a prime time sequel series. The first of these films efforts being the aforementioned 'House of Darkshadows'. In the recreation process the noted director quite capably revived and enhanced many of numberous supernatural elements that made the old serial popular....while offering up far superior production values.

In house of Dark Shadows the audience is privy to the scheme of a wily caretaker who happens upon a map he believes leads to an ancient treasure buried on the grounds of Collinwood. The map brings him to the Collins family crypt where rather than treasure, the caretaker accidentally releases something dark from its eternal bondage.

That same night a young woman is attacked at the main gate of the estate. Left comatose from loss of blood caused by mysterious twin puncture wounds on her neck.....the girl can provide no clue to the nature of her attacker. But soon other victims start to pop up...similarly wounded and minus a few pints of plasma.

A pair of learned locals conclude a vampire is responsible for the attacks. The authorities and Collin's family....quite naturally scoff at the notion. They prefer to believe an unknown type of animal or a madman is behind the attacks. However, the doubters soon change their tune when a Collins family member on the intruders menu is killed and eventually returns from the grave as one of the living dead.

The supernatural nature of the killer revealed....the police are soon scurrying about the area with crosses and stakes....while almost the entire Collins family are armed with cross bows and stringing up enough garlic to corner the market.

While terror reigns supreme at Collinwood, the family has no way of knowing the perpetrator of this unspeakable villainy is dwelling unsuspected within their midst.

By todays standard "House of Dark Shadows" might seem somewhat hokey with its max factor fangs and cherry syrup blood. But for its time, it was quality achievement and even now it provides something rarely seen.....a well written horror film with some into classic gothic overtones added into the mix.

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