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House of Dark Shadows [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jonathan Frid , Grayson Hall , Dan Curtis  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Writers: Gordon Russell, Sam Hall
  • Producers: Dan Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JLBNJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Feature film version of the popular TV serial involving a vampire's quest for a cure to marry a lovely mortal.

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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
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To those of you spending your days bewitched by the misadventures of Tabitha and Timmy on "Passions," there are those of us who are here to remind you of "Dark Shadows," the cult soap opera hit that ran from 1966-71. The Gothic soap was floundering in the ratings when the character of vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) was introduced. Producer/Director Dan Curtis provided this 1970 introduction to the wonderful world of "Dark Shadows," so late comers could get up to speed. Barnabas is freed from his crypt after nearly 200 years by a thief stealing treasure and returns to the family home Collinwood pretending to be a distant English cousin who just happens to be named for the infamous "ancestor." Barnabas discovers that the family governess, Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) is the spitting image of his former love Josette, who killed herself when she learned he had become a vampire. Meanwhile, the family physician Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) learns of Barnabas' true identity and develops a treatment that will reverse the curse. Able to walk in daylight again, Barnabas plans on marrying Maggie. Unfortunately, Dr. Hoffman has fallen in love with Barnabas and sabotges the treatments, which results in quite a bloodbath.
"House of Dark Shadows" certainly stands on its own if you have never seen the soap opera, although the effort to give everyone in the cast some screen time does get in the way from time to time. For those who remember the show, it is nice to see Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Joan Benett and the others again.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best vampire films of all time March 5, 2002
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Largely because it was based on a cult daytime seriel, House of Dark Shadows has always been underrated and often unfairly dismissed as just one last attempt to exploit the show's then-waning popularity. As well, House of Dark Shadows came out at a time when the vampire film was having a minor revival and as such, it is often simply lumped together with the likes of Count Yorga or Blacula and forgotten. This is unfortunate because, when watched with an unbiased, open mind, House of Dark Shadows is revealed to be one of the best horror films of the '70s, an original work that -- if indeed it was created mostly to cash in on a tv show in decline -- manages to both improve on the show and to stand along as its own seperate, highly satisfying terms.
It is true that the film's plot is basically a retelling of the first few years of the tv show. Petty criminal Willie Loomis accidentally releases 200 year-old vampire Barnabas Collins who proceeds to reacquaint himself with the modern day Collins family, all the while pining for his lost love Josette and feeding on random victims during the night. A local doctor, Julia Hoffman, discovers that Barnabas is a vampire, and persuades him to let her try to cure him. When he discovers what he believes to be Josette's modern day incarnation in the form of Maggie Evans, a jealous Hoffman spikes his cure which leads to a lot of a mayhem, a lot of blood, and most of the cast (all playing versions of their beloved TV characters) dead.
That's where the movie breaks off from the TV show and sets up its own identity. Whereas on the television show, Barnabas was a tortured hero out of Wuthering Heights, in the film he is pure evil, an indiscriminate killer who -- by the bloody end -- has managed to wipe out almost all the remaining members of his family.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical version of a Dark Shadows story. Gothic! April 28, 2003
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House of Dark Shadows will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, October 31, 2012.

"Dark Shadows" (1966-71) was one-of-a-kind. It was an ABC Network soap opera that early on was done LIVE. It became more gothic when they brought in Jonathan Frid for the role of "Barnabas Collins", a resurrected vampire.
As the soap opera changed to living color, they also included werewolves, witches, ghosts and possession. It became so much more scarier. They even tried "time travel" to tell the history of Collins family.
This film was actually made while Dark Shadows was still on television. This theatrical motion picture is actually a remake based upon the first few months of the "Barnabas Collins" storyline. Some changes were made for this movie version. Most of the entire cast in this film also appeared in the original Dark Shadow tv serial (1966-1971). Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett, John Karlen, Thayer David, Louis Edmonds, Don Briscoe, Dennis Patrick, Lisa Blake Richards, Jerry Lacy, Paul Michael, Humbert Allen Astredo, Terrayne Crawford, Michael Stroka and Joan Bennett.
George Di Cenzo has an uncredited role, whom you may remember from the 1976 tv-movie "Helter Skelter" or the ABC tv-series "Dynasty".
This sticks with the gothic story without all that soap opera fluff. Willie has released Barnabas Collins from his coffin and thus is resurrected. The man has been in the coffin for 172 years. He must have blood from his victims so that he may stay young. Barnabas goes to the Collinwood Estate to get reacquainted with his immediate relatives. They believe he has just arrived in town from England.
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Why couldn't this have been the type of "Dark Shadows" movie Burton made?
Well because Burton has to put his stamp on everything. Remember what he did with "Planet of the Apes"?
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