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5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical version of a Dark Shadows story. Gothic!, April 28, 2003
This review is from: House of Dark Shadows [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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. They do not know he is the killing vampire nor the original Barnabas Collins of family history. (That's why he knows the history so well
Locations: The Collinwood set is actually The Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.
The Collinsport Inn is actually The Three Bear's Inn in Westport, Connecticut.
The abandoned Monastery set is actually the Lockwood-Mathews mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut.
The old house set is actually the Schoales Estate (Beechwood) in Tarrytown, New York.

Followed by Night of Dark Shadows (1971).

Dark Shadows Collection 1

Update: DARK SHADOWS was released in the movie theaters May 11, 2012.
Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker and David Selby make an appearance.

Jonathan Frid passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, April 14, 2012. He was 87.

SOLD OUT! Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series set: The first coffin set, "Limited Numbered Edition" with Autographed Postcard by Jonathan Frid" was available April 10, 2012.

The second coffin set, "Deluxe Edition" will be the complete series, but without the limited edition serial number and autograph postcard. Was available July 10, 2012.
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2009 6:56:13 PM PDT
steelydan says:
Any more news on the updated movie yet? Johnny Depp in this one too? Cool!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2009 8:03:38 PM PDT
Thanks for your reply, steelydan. Thanks to you I have just updated the news about the new "Dark Shadows" movie. I forgot this entry needed updating. I have over 700 of them. Now I got to go over to Night of Dark Shadows and change that too. I'm glad you read my review.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 5:34:56 AM PDT
steelydan says:
Thanks James for doing that. I appreciate it! Just think - Depp is going to have Alice in Wonderland out next year and then Dark Shadows shortly after that! (I hope). Looking forward to both of these!!!

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 3:17:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2011 3:20:24 PM PST
Helena Bonham Carter will be playing Dr. Hoffman (shortly after wrapping up Bellatrix LeStrange) and apparently Michelle Pfeiffer will be Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (which probably means she ends up playing Naomi as well: Barnabas' mother). Although the 1990's revival scored a coup getting Barbara Steele as Dr. Hoffman.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 5:26:19 PM PST
I haven't heard about Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer in those roles yet. I would love to see Kathryn Leigh Scott in the role of "Elizabeth" if this part is in the new movie.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 3:20:25 PM PST
chris record says:
Good review, except dark shadows was never live. It was videotaped 2 weeks before air date, the complete collection box set has chalkboards saying recorded date and air date.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 11:13:51 AM PST
Kathryn and anyone else from Classic Shadows in the Depp movie are only extras at a party held by Depp's Barnabas

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 1:25:45 PM PST
Alice in Wonderland Part 2 with Johnny Depp will be released in May 27, 2016.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2014 8:55:48 AM PDT
Wiseguy says:
Yes, Dark Shadows wasn't aired live but 99% of what was recorded was aired with no retakes and many infamous bloopers just as if it had been aired live.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2014 6:20:32 AM PST
Thank you for accurate sentence, Wiseguy and thanks to Chris Record too.
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