House of Dark Shadows (1970)

97 mins | Horror | 1970

Director:

Dan Curtis

Producer:

Dan Curtis

Cinematographer:

Arthur J. Ornitz

Production Designer:

Trevor Williams

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dark Shadows . According to information in the film's copyright record, the duration of the film is 102 minutes. Location scenes filmed at Lyndhurst estate near Tarrytown, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut.
       House of Dark Shadows marked the feature film debut of producer-director Dan Curtis (1927--2006), who had produced and directed the ABC Television series Dark Shadows , on which the film was based. Curtis worked on a few feature films, but was best known for his work on television, particularly for producing and directing the television mini-series Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988), which were adapted from the best-selling novels of the same names by Herman Wouk. Several cast members from the popular daytime soap opera revived their roles for the film, including Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennet and Grayson Hall. Another film inspired by the series that was produced and directed by Curtis but did not feature Frid or Bennett was the 1971 release Night of Dark Shadows . For additional information on the television series, please consult the entry for the 1971 ... More Less

The working title of this film was Dark Shadows . According to information in the film's copyright record, the duration of the film is 102 minutes. Location scenes filmed at Lyndhurst estate near Tarrytown, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut.
       House of Dark Shadows marked the feature film debut of producer-director Dan Curtis (1927--2006), who had produced and directed the ABC Television series Dark Shadows , on which the film was based. Curtis worked on a few feature films, but was best known for his work on television, particularly for producing and directing the television mini-series Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988), which were adapted from the best-selling novels of the same names by Herman Wouk. Several cast members from the popular daytime soap opera revived their roles for the film, including Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennet and Grayson Hall. Another film inspired by the series that was produced and directed by Curtis but did not feature Frid or Bennett was the 1971 release Night of Dark Shadows . For additional information on the television series, please consult the entry for the 1971 film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 1970
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 1970
p. 10.
Variety
2 Sep 1970
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Dan Curtis Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Sp makeup
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Casting
Stunt coordinator
Stills
Title des
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dark Shadows
Release Date:
1970
Premiere Information:
Detroit opening: 9 September 1970
Production Date:
late March--early May 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38132
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Willie Loomis, the handyman of Collinwood, an 18th-century mansion in Maine, accidentally releases vampire Barnabas Collins from his coffin. Barnabas gains entrance to the mansion by introducing himself as a cousin from England, and Willie becomes his first victim. Carolyn Collins, the lady of the house, is Barnabas' next victim, and doctors Julia Hoffman and T. Eliot Stokes are called in to determine the cause of death. Their diagnosis of vampirism is confirmed when Carolyn returns from the dead to seek her own victims, but she is killed by a stake driven through her heart. Dr. Hoffman becomes fond of Barnabas even though she knows that he is a vampire and seeks a medical cure for him, but he soon makes both doctors his victims, along with Roger Collins, Carolyn's husband. Barnabas, enamored of Maggie Evans, a beautiful governess who reminds him of his lost love, is planning to make her his vampire bride when Jeff Clark, Maggie's fiancé, kills Barnabas with an arrow through the ... +


Willie Loomis, the handyman of Collinwood, an 18th-century mansion in Maine, accidentally releases vampire Barnabas Collins from his coffin. Barnabas gains entrance to the mansion by introducing himself as a cousin from England, and Willie becomes his first victim. Carolyn Collins, the lady of the house, is Barnabas' next victim, and doctors Julia Hoffman and T. Eliot Stokes are called in to determine the cause of death. Their diagnosis of vampirism is confirmed when Carolyn returns from the dead to seek her own victims, but she is killed by a stake driven through her heart. Dr. Hoffman becomes fond of Barnabas even though she knows that he is a vampire and seeks a medical cure for him, but he soon makes both doctors his victims, along with Roger Collins, Carolyn's husband. Barnabas, enamored of Maggie Evans, a beautiful governess who reminds him of his lost love, is planning to make her his vampire bride when Jeff Clark, Maggie's fiancé, kills Barnabas with an arrow through the heart. +

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