In this, the first of two Dark Shadows movies spawned from
the tv series, vampire Barnabas Collins is unleashed from his almost 200 year
imprisonment, and soon after all hell breaks loose as Barnabas begins a quest
to claim his lost love from the 18th Century.
Its a great
retelling of the original Barnabas storyline, but with a major plot twist at the
end that no Dark Shadows fan should miss! The pace of the film is quick, and fans
of the show will be excited to see the old characters reliving some classic moments.
However, fans of the love/hate relationship story between Barnabas and Angelique
may be disappointed, as Angelique is not in this movie. That goes for Quentin
fans, though both Quentin and Angelique are in the second film, Night of Dark
There were a couple of scenes dropped from the final cut, but
not to fear, both House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows are being fully
restored, and will be released on DVD in a few years once they finish the process
of restoring the films to their original cuts. Till then, enjoy House of Dark
Shadows as it is now, and go get Night of Dark Shadows too. Don't forget the new
DVD box sets of the TV series either! Dark Shadows lives on!
David Waters, Montgomery, Alabama]
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