House of Dark Shadows (1970)
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Barnabas Collins is unleashed from his long captivity by greedy Willie Loomis who had hoped to find the missing Collins family jewels, but instead found the family's darkest secret. Soon, women are being attacked and suffering blood loss. Meanwhile, the Collins family welcomes their newly discovered "cousin from England", not suspecting his terrible secret--he's a vampire. Dr. Julia Hoffman, a blood specialist, learns the truth and offers Barnabas Collins the chance of a cure for his affliction. But as Barnabas begins a relationship with Collinwood governess Maggie Evans, seeking in her his lost love Josette du Prés, complications arise and the stage is set for betrayal and death.
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Barnabas Collins is a vampire who was chained in his coffin 200 years ago - now he's free and returns to Collinwood, the ancestral home. Here he meets a young lady called Maggie Evans, who he believes to be a reincarnation of his lost love, Josette. Barnabas' undead nature is suspected by a couple of scientists, one of whom falls in love with him and tries to cure his vampirism. She succeeds, but when she realises that Barnabas is only interested in Maggie, she betrays him - with horrific consequences.
Faithful to the series, but expanding his canvas with widescreen photography, lavish sets and exteriors, and the kind of bloody violence (for it's time) that was out of the question on the TV show, Curtis has fashioned a most entertaining modern day vampire movie.
Incidentally, the product details on Amazon say it's 4:3 and 1.33:1, but happily this is incorrect. It's a solid 16:9 anamorphic transfer.
It's pretty dated, so don't expect modern effects or production values, but it's a lot of fun.
However, as a stand alone movie in its own right 'House of Dark Shadows' works very well and keeps its finger on the pulse in all the right places with some memorable imagery too. A nice edition to any Blu-ray horror collection and yes I can confirm that this American Blu-ray disc will play on your Region B coded player. Snap it up whilst you can. Rejoice, night creatures!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent film. I'm surprised I haven't seen it on television and believe it would be a smash hit with dark shadows fans this side of the Atlantic.Published 1 month ago by Gabriel Novotny
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 9 months ago by Christopher
A good film that became a cultmovie. The subject is brilliant and refreshing, the result is not so always entertaining.Published 11 months ago by Elleppi
Interesting film based on the Dark Shadows series, a must see for horror fansPublished 13 months ago by moonwolf
The worst and the very least of the Dark Shadows movies. See it only if you are a completest.Published 14 months ago by Paul Barrett