House of Dark Shadows (1970)




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This film is based on the popular 1960s TV "Gothic" serial Dark Shadows. Vampire Barnabas Collins resides in the spectre-filled Collinswood mansion. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard finds her blood supply depleted by the elusive Barnabas. When Elizabeth dies, she is soon wandering the hallways as one of the "undead."
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Jonathan Frid
as Barnabas Collins
Joan Bennett
as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Roger Davis
as Jeff Clark
Grayson Hall
as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Kathryn Leigh Scott
as Maggie Evans
Nancy Barrett
as Carolyn Stoddard
John Karlen
as Willie Loomis
Thayer David
as Prof. T. Eliot Stokes
Louis Edmonds
as Roger Collins
Donald Briscoe
as Todd Jennings
David Henesy
as David Collins
Dennis Patrick
as Sheriff George Patterson
Jerry Lacy
as Minister
Barbara Cason
as Mrs. Johnson
Paul Michael
as Old Man
David Patrick
as Sheriff George Patterson
Terrayne Crawford
as Todd's Nurse
Lisa Blake Richards
as Daphne Rudd
Michael Stroka
as Pallbearer
Philip Larson
as Deputy
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Critic Reviews for House of Dark Shadows

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Even in these troubled times, the vampire has it worse than most of us.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The film is well mounted and stylishly produced. In what must've seemed like a luxury, Jonathan Frid had time to learn ALL his lines.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

It has the unique distinction of being the only motion picture ever based on a daytime soap opera.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
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Genuine chills and surprises. Blows away the TV show.

April 13, 2003
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Audience Reviews for House of Dark Shadows


A breezy film affair that sums up what feels like the basics of most incarnations of Dark Shadows: Barnabas Collins is resurrected in modern day (of the time), falls for a governess who's likely a dead lost love, shenanigans ensue. Watchable and fun, worth a look for someone interested in a quick little version of the classic show.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Here's the thing: this is a movie that doesn't take any prisoners, perhaps more out of naïveté than by design. It expects you to know the various characters and the approximate beats of the Barnabas story; the fun is in seeing it all played out on a drive-in movie screen in vibrant, schlocky color. That aim doesn't really translate for the home media market, where leaps in time and logic are all too easy to scrutinize. It's fun to see as a stepping stone between the TV series and the big-budget Tim Burton film, but it's a curio at best, and at worst, a cheap, bad movie.

Sarah Hadley
Sarah Hadley

The legend is always more romantic than the truth. Barnabas Collins is an old vampire that has returned to his family home after a long hiatus. He finds that several family members, who are excited to meet him, still reside in the residence. He immediately starts killing off the locals and shortly after turning a young lady into a vampire (and follower) he meets a doctor who believes she can cure him and a woman that resembles his long lost love. Can Barnabas be cured and live a normal life? "No human could have made those punctures." Dan Curtis, director of Intruders, The Kansas City Massacre, Trilogy of Terror, Night of Dark Shadows, and The Night Strangler, delivers House of the Dark Shadows. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and a bit unpredictable. The characters are very well delivered and the cast includes Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett, and Dennis Patrick. "It's as if the portrait had come to life." House of Shadows aired Halloween day on Turner Classic Movies so I decided to DVR it. I found this film very interesting and surprisingly entertaining (based on the lukewarm reviews on RT). The characters were very interesting and the death scenes were good. I do recommend seeing this picture. "I can cure you." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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