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      House of Dark Shadows

      PG Released Oct 28, 1970 1h 38m Horror List
      43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 70% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Imprisoned in a coffin for more than a hundred years, the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is freed when a local drunk (John Karlen) discovers the Collins crypt and opens the coffin. Now free to roam the earth once more, Barnabas feasts on the blood of the living and obsesses over the family governess, Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott), who he believes is his lost love Josette reincarnated. This gothic drama is a theatrical retelling of the classic television show "Dark Shadows." Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Even in these troubled times, the vampire has it worse than most of us. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Brian Holcomb Kinetofilm 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. Rated: 3/5 Feb 1, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It has the unique distinction of being the only motion picture ever based on a daytime soap opera. Rated: C Oct 21, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 16, 2005 Full Review Michael Szymanski Zap2it.com Rated: 4/5 Apr 27, 2003 Full Review Gerry Shamray Your Movies (cleveland.com) Genuine chills and surprises. Blows away the TV show. Rated: 4/5 Apr 13, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ken B Rehash of the Dracula story, but still worth a look. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review Dave S Those who've watched the television serial Dark Shadows will slurp up what House of Dark Shadows has to offer, but the uninitiated will probably find it to be nothing more than a sub-standard vampire movie. The premise sounds all too familiar: a vampire is released from his coffin after a 100-year hiatus and goes on a killing spree, along the way falling in love with what he believes is his long-lost mate. Aside from its uninspired plot, what really hurts the movie are its production values, ranging from too many annoying POV shots to the jarring scene transitions to the distracting hand-held camerawork to the blaring music score. Some of the performances are decent and the sets are nice, but that doesn't save it from being what it is – boring and predictable. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/23 Full Review Sabrina F I was hoping that House of Dark Shadows would be a brand-new story set in Collinsport with some of the Dark Shadows characters. Instead, it is just a condensed retelling of Barnabus Collins' first major storyline from the Dark Shadows soap opera. The benefit of that is that the soap opera had a tendency to drag out each storyline, so the movie tells that initial storyline at a much quicker pace; however, that also means that you get little character development in the film, so unless you have already watched the Dark Shadows tv series, up until the point of the film, then events that happen to characters will have little to no impact. I do, however, love the setting, the gothic atmosphere, the score, and the fact that we get some blood and a few creepy scenes in the film. This film has a Hammer Horror film to it, and I appreciate that. I just wish that the film rather told a fresh new story or pretended that the film was meant for those who had never watched the show, so it took its time to develop its characters a little more. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review CodyZamboni Movie is watchable. It has a nice old school horror vibe with lots of action, but edited down so lots of it makes no sense. Seems as if tons of transitional footage was cut out. The scenes just jump, jump jump with no connection to each other. Found out later, studio reduced the running time and get to the action faster. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/06/23 Full Review Matthew R Campy, vampire, bloody, goodness!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/13/23 Full Review Jesse G I was a fan of the original series so going to see the movie was a definite for me. I found it a great compression and exploration of the Barnabas vampire story. It was a low budget movie but I thought what was on the screen looked anything but low budget. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Imprisoned in a coffin for more than a hundred years, the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is freed when a local drunk (John Karlen) discovers the Collins crypt and opens the coffin. Now free to roam the earth once more, Barnabas feasts on the blood of the living and obsesses over the family governess, Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott), who he believes is his lost love Josette reincarnated. This gothic drama is a theatrical retelling of the classic television show "Dark Shadows."
      Director
      Dan Curtis
      Producer
      Dan Curtis
      Screenwriter
      Gordon Russell, Sam Hall
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 28, 1970, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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