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Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

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.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Sam Hall (screenplay), Sam Hall (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Monica Rich ... Sarah Castle
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Castle
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Storyline

Recently married, Quentin and Tracy Collins have just moved into Collinwood, a New England estate that has long been in the Collins family and which Quentin has just inherited. They have invited their married friends, Alex and Claire Jenkins, who write horror novels together, to live in a cottage on the estate rent free. An artist, Quentin wants to find somewhere in the mansion to do his painting that will, among other things, give him some inspiration. The estate's humorless housekeeper Carlotta Drake, who comes from a long line of domestics serving the Collins family at Collinwood, directs him to the room in the tower. After his first trip to the tower room where he finds many other paintings, Quentin begins to see visions and have nightmares including that of a young woman hanging dead in a tree outside the mansion, and a young girl in another window of the mansion holding a doll. With further information from Carlotta about those visions and nightmares, Quentin may be placing ... Written by Huggo

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Death kept their love alive. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of Dark Shadows See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 6 weeks on a budget of $900,000. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Quentin goes to bed wearing gold (or yellow) pajamas. Then in his nightmare sequences that follow the pajamas are blue. See more »

Quotes

Carlotta Drake: There is no longer any place for Mrs. Collins.
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When the MGM lion roars, no sound comes out. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original director's cut of Night of Dark Shadows was screened for MGM executives at 129 minutes. Unhappy with the running time, studio head James Aubrey ordered director Dan Curtis to cut around 40 minutes out of the picture, as it was considered a B-programmer. Curtis was given only 24 hours to re-cut the picture, and the 97 minute version was approved by Aubrey. The picture was press screened at that length, but afterward an additional 4 minutes were cut from the picture without Dan Curtis' consent, probably in order to guarantee a GP rating (1971's PG equivalent) as all of this material cut was violent or sexually suggestive in nature. During release some of the preview (97 mins) prints were accidentally circulated and still show up today, probably through private collectors as the 97 min prints are no longer held in MGM's archive. Dan Curtis' 129 min original version has been considered lost and presumed destroyed for decades, but film historian Darren Gross unearthed the sole existing material for this version in August 1999. Plans for restoration and release of this version are currently being formulated. See more »

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Follows Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Damaged Goods
9 June 2001 | by aesgaard41See 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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