Night of Dark Shadows [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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One obvious aspect that causes disappointment is the absence of Barnabas Collins. Actor Jonathan Frid had refused to play the vampire again through fears of typecasting, so Curtis was forced to take a different tack. Night focuses on Quentin Collins and his wife Tracy as they inherit the Collinwood estate. Slowly, the couple become aware of the malevolent spirit of Angelique, a witch hanged 200 years ago, and Quentin is posessed by the spirit of his own ancestor, Angelique's lover. The films lacks the blood and thunder of it's predecessor, opting instead for a slow, brooding build up of menace and a surprisingly dark tone of sexual violence in some scenes.
Hopefully, one day the cut footage will be restored, but in the meantime this flawed gem is more deserving of it's place on your shelf next to House Of Dark Shadows than Tim Burton's new movie.
What we are left with is an interestingly shot film, made in wonderfully bleak location, witty some solid acting performances. But the wholesale removal of chunks of the film means characters change behaviour abruptly for no apparent reason (I get the impression David Selby's Quentin Collins is being possessed by his ancestor Charles at times, but the gradual possession has been removed,) Lara Parker as the evil, ghostly Angelique, flits in and out, apparently with most of her dialogue cut and Kate Jackson, pre-Charlie's Angels, vainly tries to hold things together as Quentin's wife.
It's like watching a clip reel rather than a proper film. I've picked up the screenplay (The Dark Shadows Movie Book is available on Kindle) and it makes far more sense. Worst of all, it's gutting to know that the complete 129-version exists. It was found some years ago, but was missing a substantial amount of sound.Read more ›
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This DVD has turned out to be defective and I am in the process of returning it.Published 4 months ago by Gabriel Novotny
Highly enjoyable continuation of the House Of Dark Shadows saga.Published 17 months ago by Paul Barrett
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