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Dan Curtis (story)
Sam Hall (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 August 1971 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Death kept their love alive. See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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A call to bring the REAL 'Night' into the light of day See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Selby ... Quentin Collins / Charles Collins

Grayson Hall ... Carlotta Drake

Kate Jackson ... Tracy Collins

Lara Parker ... Angelique Collins

John Karlen ... Alex Jenkins

Nancy Barrett ... Claire Jenkins

Jim Storm ... Gerard Stiles (as James Storm)

Thayer David ... Rev. Strack

Christopher Pennock ... Gabriel Collins
Diana Millay ... Laura Collins
Monica Rich ... Sarah Castle
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Castle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Captain Haggerty ... Bald Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Singer ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dan Curtis  story
Sam Hall  screenplay
Sam Hall  story

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
George Goodman .... associate producer
Trevor Williams .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
 
Cinematography by
Richard Shore 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Goldsmith 
 
Casting by
Linda Otto 
 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
 
Costume Design by
Domingo A. Rodriguez  (as Domingo Rodriguez)
 
Makeup Department
Reginald Tackley .... makeup artist
Edith Tilles .... hair dresser
 
Production Management
George Goodman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Panesoff .... assistant director
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
John H. Bolz .... sound (as John Bolz)
Al Gramaglia .... sound
 
Stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
George Fisher .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Gerolomi .... special lighting effects
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator (as Ronald Lautore)
 
Editorial Department
Aviva Slesin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Cobert .... conductor (as Robert Cobert)
 
Other crew
Hans Holzer .... technical advisor
William Schwartz .... production assistant
Robert Singer .... assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
95 min | USA:129 min (director's cut) | West Germany:90 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:G | Germany:12 | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating)

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Trivia:
This was originally intended to to be a sequel to House of Dark Shadows (1970), and was to star Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). Frid however turned down the role as he feared being typecast as Barnabas, so "Dark Shadows" creators Dan Curtis and Sam Hall made a new story which starred Quentin Collins and was based on the "Parallel Time" saga of the show (an alternate version of the story).See more »
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Carlotta Drake:[to Quentin] We're rare people, you and I. Not only have we lived before, but we are fortunate enough to remember.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A call to bring the REAL 'Night' into the light of day, 18 May 2001
Author: Mark Besten (hackwriter) from Louisville, Kentucky

Late actress Grayson Hall was Oscar™ nominated for her role as Judith Fellowes in John Huston's 1964 film `Night of the Iguana'. But Hall's BEST career performance might well be found in a different 'Night of...' film. We won't know for sure unless/until the current owners of 'Night of Dark Shadows' -- the Turner/Time Warner entertainment conglomerate -- get on board for a fan-requested restoration of the film.

This story begins with the 1970 theatrical release of 'House of Dark Shadows', the first theatrical film based on a TV soap opera, 'Dark Shadows'. Giddy about the unprecedented ability of a TV soap opera to sell movie tickets, MGM executives approved a second DS film. Originally titled 'Curse of Dark Shadows', the film (directed by Dan Curtis) also starred David Selby, Lara Parker, and Kate Jackson, the three actors destined to enjoy the most post-DS mainstream success.

The 93-minute film released to theatres in 1971 as 'Night of Dark Shadows' (or NODS, in fan jargon) was roundly dismissed by critics and audiences alike. Contemporary viewers deemed the film disjointed and difficult to follow: events lacked proper motivation, characters appeared and disappeared without sufficient explanation, and there was no build-up of suspense as the film raced toward its denouement.

In a 1996 cover story he wrote for 'Video Watchdog' magazine, film historian and restorationist Darren Gross explained that a drastic, eleventh-hour editing job forced on Curtis by MGM essentially crippled the film. By all accounts, the hacking-up of NODS was more extreme and bloody than any of the make-believe violence perpetrated by the vampires, werewolves and ghosts that populated the supernatural TV series and films.

In 1999, following a long and frustrating search, Gross located an unexpurgated 129-minute cut of NODS in a studio vault housed in a Kansas City salt mine.

Gross reported that the narrative and thematic focus of the uncut NODS is completely different than that of the 93-minute release version. In 2000, Gross told readers of the 'Louisville Eccentric Observer' ('LEO') that a disturbingly Gothic mood is sustained throughout the entire runtime of the 129-minute NODS, and the emotional and sexual chemistry between the Selby and Jackson characters is brilliantly conveyed in scenes that are completely absent from the shorter version.

Some major hurdles remain to the planned restoration and DVD release of NODS, not the least of which is convincing the film's owners that the never-before-seen 129-minute version has significant commercial viability.

The following facts should help settle that argument: 1) The 1966-71 ABC series 'Dark Shadows' now boasts several generations of fans across the globe, and their interest and dedication have kept the show in syndicated reruns since shortly after its network cancellation; prior to the advent of a cable channel programmed almost exclusively with soap reruns, it was the only soap to receive such treatment; 2) NODS features Oscar™ nominee Grayson Hall, which lends the film importance from the perspective of cinema history; and, 3) the release version of NODS made no real sense, while the restored version does.

I invite and encourage all would-be fans of the uncut NODS to join me in voicing support for this worthwhile restoration and release project.

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