Night of Dark Shadows
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Night Of Dark Shadows (DVD)
Over the centuries, dark, evil things have been done in Collinswood estate. Now, when the last living Collins brings his bride to the mansion, nightmares start to haunt the dreams of the young heir during a Night of Dark Shadows. Murder, witchcraft and vampirism invade the dreams of sensitive, young Charles Collins (David Selby). But are they just dreams? When Angelique Collins (Lara Parker) returns 200 years after being sentenced to death for witchcraft, her lust soon drives a wedge between Charles and his bride, Tracy (Kate Jackson). And as Charles becomes increasingly deranged by the horror of his visions, will he be doomed to reenact the brutal deeds that have cursed his family for generations?]]>
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some of the cut footage is in the movie trailer that is about as close as you gonna get.
On the other hand, it features the debut of Kate Jackson, who never looked so beautiful, IMO.
Fans of the film and the original tv-series will, of course, be disappointed that the long awaited "restored footage" is not included. This is the same cut of the film that was released to VHS in 1990, so it's actually a slightly edited version of the edited version that Dan Curtis delivered to the theaters. One scene I know for sure was longer in the original distribution is the scene when Quentin is assaulting Tracy in their bedroom about two-thirds of the way through the movie. There's an abrupt edit so you'll notice something was cut out when it happens. That said, this DVD version is still the best we can expect at this time and remains well worth a watch.
Grayson Hall, David Selby, Lara Parker, and Kate Jackson all deliver effective performances. The flashback sequences are very well done and harken to the time-travelling stories explored in the tv-series. The moody atmosphere is well captured and the gothic nature of the Lyndhurst Estate, used as Collinwood, adds its own eerie touch. Let's hope someday we can get a complete restored version of NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, but, even if we don't, I'm happy to at least have this best incarnation to date to watch.
also dont forget to get the first film house of Dark shadows too
This is not Dan Curtis best. I don't know what it is, He is the creator that loves Ghost Stories and he has amazing work with the horror classics, but he never can make a Ghost story of his own work. Its slow and at times boring. although you see a more of the house and the country side that you didn't in "House of Dark Shadows" , which I find so pleasurable, and with the music, it is most relaxing. I don't think this is the affect Dan Curtis had in mind when he made this movie, but that's what I get from it. LOL