House of Dark Shadows
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When Barnabus Collins arrives at Collinwood estate in New England, his resemblance to a portrait of the Barnabus Collins who fled to England 100 years ago, after the mysterious death of his fiancée, amazes everyone in the extended Collins family. But wonder soon turns to horror as Barnabus' return transforms the estate into a House of Dark Shadows. The Collins family members are too slow to realize that Barnabus (Jonathan Frid) is the same man--or vampire--who left a century before ... and that their governess' (Kathryn Leigh Scott) resemblance to Barnabus' long-dead love may doom them all to haunt the earth as the undead feeding off the blood of the living.]]>
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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Awesome blu-ray transfer. You *really* have to already love DS to appreciate this film. The director or cinematographer seemed to have persistent problems with lens focusing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AberHerrDoktor
I first saw "House of Dark Shadows" many years ago, long before I knew of the soap opera. Now, having watched some of the soap opera, I understand a lot more of what was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Darrell Phillips
Excellent follow up from the Daily Dark Shadows series. A must have for any Dark Shadows Fan!!Published 2 months ago by TERRI KOJESZEWSKI
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