House of Dark Shadows (1970)

PG   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.



  • Don Briscoe in House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Don Briscoe in House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Jonathan Frid and Kathryn Leigh Scott in House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Don Briscoe in House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Don Briscoe in House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Nancy Barrett and Don Briscoe in House of Dark Shadows (1970)

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21 November 2001 | boris-26
Little known, off beat vampire classic.
HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) is the movie-house version of the then popular Gothic Soap Opera. The film's plot is a re-tracing of the TV series. Willie Loomis (John Karlen), while robbing a New England crypt, accidently awakens 200 year old vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid's moment of immortality!) Barnabas comes upon his modern descendants as a "long lost relative from England" leaving out the one little detail about being 200 years old. In the meantime, he is secretly feasting on victims. He enjoys a temporary cure, via a local doctor. What makes this film unique is how this murderous vampire is worthy of sympathy, the tender but extremely haunting encounter the pre-teen Collins boy has with his dead sister, and the rather doomsday style climax. This gem came at a time when decent horror films were a rarity. (Relaxed censorship let about 90% of the horror directors depend more on gore and sex).

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