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The genuine, original and best Dark Shadows movie,
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This review is from: House of Dark Shadows [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Don't waste your time on that CGI laden, mickey-taking Tim Burton remake - treat yourself to the original Dark Shadows movie, directed by Dan Curtis, the creator of the original series. Why waste your time on a pale, pointless copy when you can have the real thing? Curtis wanted to make a film that was accessible to casual viewers, as well as die-hard lovers of the TV series and he makes sure that anyone can enjoy it, fans and non-fans alike.
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.
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2013 19:47:13 BDT
Wonderful review and totally accurate! THIS is THE 'Dark Shadows' movie to have and own, NOT the utterly ridiculous and over the top cartoonish version by Burton and Depp!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 09:47:14 BDT
Christopher Nash says:
Thank you. I'd also recommend Night Of Dark Shadows. No Barnabas, but faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of the series.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 03:32:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2013 03:50:36 BDT
You're welcome. I would actually like to purchase 'NODS', but since only the cut version of the film is currently available, I've put off buying the dvd. I've read so many reviews on how the cut version simply doesn't hold up to the original, which of course has never been released and possibly never will be. Very unfortunate as I, along with many others, would really love to see the fully restored and uncut version of 'NODS'.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 11:55:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2013 11:58:43 BDT
Christopher Nash says:
I feel the same way, though I confess I DID buy it anyway. You may be interested in this book: The Dark Shadows Movie Book: Producer/Director Dan Curtis' Original It contains the full screenplays to both movies. I know it's not the same as seeing the movie itself, but I hope this may be of some interest and help to you. Mind you, it's not exactly cheap these days! I was lucky enough to get one for under a fiver second hand.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 16:42:12 BDT
Thaks alot for the info on the book, I'll check it out.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2015 06:40:57 GMT
Please leave a comment here if you ever locate the uncut version or hear of its release. Thanks!
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