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House of Dark Shadows
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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Little known, off beat vampire classic. See more (46 total) »

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)
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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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1971) | Germany:16 | Norway:16 (1971) | UK:18 | USA:PG (certificate #22670) | USA:GP (certificate #22670, original rating)

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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:
Professor T. Eliot Stokes:What about the others - and the death of Carolyn Stoddard? Are we simply to forgive and forget those merely because you're attempting to cure the monster responsible?
Dr. Julia Hoffman:He is not a monster!
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Little known, off beat vampire classic., 21 November 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

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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