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BARNABAS, YOU LOOK MARVELOUS!,
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This review is from: House of Dark Shadows (DVD)
(POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS is the story of Barnabas Collins, vampire, as it might have originally played out on the ABC tv-series had the intitial intent of bringing the vampire on and then dispatching him after a few months come to fruition. As all DS fans know, of course, Jonathan Frid did such a great job portraying Barnabas that he became an instant hit and the character remained on the show for nearly the rest of the series run. Clearly this movie version is far more graphically violent than ever would have been allowed on TV. The film provides an intriguing storyline, very good performances by the key actors and actresses, great suspense, and some of the truly creepiest scenes to ever be captured on celluloid. Old fan or novice to the DS mythos this film is definitely worth seeing!
This digitally restored DVD version of HODS is a joy to watch: the colors are vibrant, the sound excellent, the picture crisp. Our favorite DS characters may never have looked so good! Part of the fun for DS fans with this film is trying to spot all the actors who appeared on the show, many of whom pop up in bit parts. Some of those who didn't make it into this one were able to score cameos in NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS. The location filming adds to the film's credibility and serves to enhance the eerie atmosphere Dan Curtis intended.
HODS is a memorable film that delivers plenty of jolts and chills. It is a classic in its own right.