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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Sam Hall (screenplay), Gordon Russell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Don Briscoe ... Todd Blake (as Donald Briscoe)
David Henesy ... David Collins
Dennis Patrick ... Sheriff George Patterson
Lisa Blake Richards Lisa Blake Richards ... Daphne Budd (as Lisa Richards)
Jerry Lacy ... Minister
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Johnson
Paul Michael Paul Michael ... Old Man
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Storyline

House Of Dark Shadows, based on the very popular TV Gothic soap opera, follows the life (or is that AFTERlife) of Barnabas Collins. Recently unleashed from his coffin by local drunk, Willie Loomis, the vampire (Barnabas) goes on a killing spree, while at the same time charming his present day family members. In the process he meets local girl Maggie Evans and notices that she looks exactly like his deceased fiance Josette. Barnabas assumes that she is the reincarnation of Josette, and plans to make her his unholy bride for eternity. Written by Nate Gardner <kzegersfan@sugar-river.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Barnabas Collins, vampire, takes a bride in a bizarre act of ultimate lust. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1971 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Shadows See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the costume party, the Quentin Collins musical theme from Dark Shadows (1966) can be heard. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Professor T. Eliot Stokes: Julia! You're in love with him! Well, I pity you.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene during the closing credits: Barnabas turns into a bat and flies away. See more »

Alternate Versions

The preview version of the film included a scene where young David Collins pretends to hang himself. No copies of this footage are known to exist. See more »

Connections

Featured in Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012) See more »

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The Gothic soap opera hits the big screen with a bang
18 September 1999 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie when I was about 12 years old on TNT in Europe in beautiful widescreen format. I was absolutely mesmerized! My mom told me how she was a fan of the original series (not die-hard, but a fan) and watched it with me. It was such a great movie, so much happened in the 90 minutes of the film that it boggled my mind. Several plotlines intertwined and characters came and went (which was annoying to me). I didn't see this movie again until last year on video. The widescreen format was gone, but it was great to see it again! I didn't remember seeing the bloody stakings in the TV version (but it wasn't edited) and was pleasantly surprised. I had to check the box again to be sure what the rating was. Sure enough, PG. Today, I would still be careful if my kids watched it! The acting in the film is marvelous and shows how soap opera actors can break from that tired formula. Everyone from Kathryn Leigh Scott to Thayer David shine in their roles, a personal favorite being beautiful blonde Nancy Barrett. This is overall a nostalgiac shocker and worth a look at least once. Hopefully someday someone will find the 25+ minutes of film cut from the original print and release it intact on video!


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