Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

GP  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  4 August 1971 (USA)
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A painter and his wife move into a home and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches.



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Updated remakes of classic stories originally produced by the Master of Suspense.

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Complete credited cast:
Quentin Collins / Charles Collins
Carlotta Drake
Tracy Collins
Alex Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
Gerard Stiles (as James Storm)
Rev. Strack
Gabriel Collins
Diana Millay ...
Monica Rich ...
Sarah Castle
Clarice Blackburn ...
Mrs. Castle


A painter and his wife move into a home and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches.

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When the sun goes down, the terror begins! See more »


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4 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curse of Dark Shadows  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed on the grounds of the gothic estate Lyndhurst on the Hudson River in New York State. See more »


Alex Jenkins: [about Gerald] Crazy sonofabitch, he almost killed me!
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Follows Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Damaged Goods
9 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think all the fans agree on one thing about this movie: it's the deleted scenes and the horrible editing job that prevent this movie from being the great ghost story it should be. But for me, having seen it just once on television, it could also do something about the extrenuous extra characters in the movie with vague connections to the ghost. The best ghost story only really needs the people who see the ghost and the ghost itself/herself. All the extra roles, the handyman, the psycho maid, the neighbors just barely provide the Collins some breathing room from the ghosts. Lara Parker does a very good job playing etherial and ephemeral as she portrays the ghost lurking just out of your mind's eye. David Selby and Kate Jackson have a wonderful chemistry, but the hestiant romance as well as the unnecessary flashbacks also do much to impair the flow of the story. John Karlen and Nancy Barrett, two of my faves from the series (John has a wonderful voice for mimmickry and Nancy's beauty has no bounds), seem to be only present to remind the watcher that this movie is based on a television series. Grayson Hall, much like Bette Davis, does a wonderful job playing a sinister and unpredictable old bat of a housekeeper. As a whole, the film is rather fair, but what it lacks in the style of a ghost movie such as The Legend Of Hell House, it more than makes up in atmosphere.

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