Actor Ben Cross recounts his portrayal of Barnabas Collins while director Armand Mastroianni talks about working with Curtis. Or at least, some kind of reanimated corpse slowly walking towards a helpless woman. Jonathan Frid in particular did numerous talk shows and public appearances. I've picked up the screenplay The Dark Shadows Movie Book is available on Kindle and it makes far more sense. Roaming the Collins manor and discovering its past tragedies while learning about reincarnations is not in the least bit spooky, especially since characters spend more time talking about it, reinforced with lame flashbacks, than showing any ghostly figures. The film never really slows down once it finds its stride, there's enough odd behavior and horrors drudged up from the family's past to keep things interesting. The witch comes to him in his dreams because Quentin looks like her lost long love.
It was found some years ago, but was missing a substantial amount of sound. No effort is made to give the characters any human, or even inhuman, dimension, and toward the end of the movie not a lot goes on except for double takes, screams and lots of bleeding. Too much, some would say. The surviving actors and soundalike voice artists re-recorded all the missing dialogue, but Warner Bros, having announced the release of the full version, subsequently pulled the plug around the time the Tim Burton Dark Shadows film failed to make much impact. All original content is copyright © 2012-2019 HorrorCritic. Curtis was given only 24 hours to re-cut the picture, and the 97 minute version was approved by Aubrey.
Eventually the spirits of the house possess him, and he turns into a crazed monster and tries to kill his own wife. For a low budget film made a few decades ago, the quality of the image is solid, not mind meltingly awesome, but solid. Grayson Hall, who tended to go overboard in House of Dark Shadows, gives a much better and far more menacing performance here. What we are left with is an interestingly shot film, made in wonderfully bleak location, witty some solid acting performances. Quentin begins having nightmares about the tenants of the house from 150 years previous.
Detail and texture are pretty decent here and there are no problems with compression artifacts or edge enhancement. Things start to get bizarre when David head up into the tower at Carlotta's insistence. There's some mild bloodshed here and there, a public hanging, some ghosts, and of course, David's increasingly bizarre behavior. A maintenance worker in the house is cast with an actor who resembles Selby so closely that you keep mixing them up. Nancy Barrett and John Karlen play a couple who live nearby and try to help Quentin sort things out; the lack of integration of their characters is among the most glaring signs of post-production tampering with content.
Some unusually obvious contrast fluctuations are periodically a minor issue but for the most part the colors are well reproduced and the black levels are good, if rarely great. Needless to say, all mansions comes with a creepy housekeeper. The film jumps from one tone to the next seemingly at random and never quite goes one hundred percent in any one specific direction, but that's half the fun of an older horror movie like this. It lacks the relentless energy that distinguished House of Dark Shadows. Upon their arrival they meet the housekeeper, Ms.
Most prominently is the witch Angelique, who in this tale goes from being the sorceress responsible for Barnabas's vampirism to a former member of the Collins family line hung from a tree for her witchcraft. Angelique was married to Charles' brother, and when David starts having flashbacks to events that only Charles could have experienced, it soon seems that the home and the spirits that inhabit it are taking their toll on their latest inhabitant. While there are moments where things are a bit on the flat side, for the most part the dialogue is very clear and easy to follow and the score has more punch to it than you would probably expect. Performance wise, we're in good shape here. Hoffman in House of Dark Shadows, also returns for Night of Dark Shadows. Quentin starts to have visions and nightmares involving his ancestor who, it turns out, looked exactly like him! However, the sequel has even less to do with the show than its predecessor.
Its 4:00pm timeslot made the show popular with children coming home from school. The story is a little predictable but it's shot with plenty of style and a great eye for spooky composition and mood. Actor Jonathan Frid had refused to play the vampire again through fears of typecasting, so Curtis was forced to take a different tack. Well done if frequently plagued by logic gaps, Night Of Dark Shadows is an effective mix of fairly traditional gothic horror and what can otherwise be described as more of a psychological thriller. Interestingly enough, Karlen and Barrett both played different characters in House of Dark Shadows. Thayer David appears too briefly in a couple of hallucinatory flashbacks as a priest who supervises the hanging of the witch Lara Parker, another ghost of the past who also appears too briefly.
Jonathan Frid returned to regularly meet fans until his death in 2012. Turns out, that so-called zombie is actually the ghost of a witch walking out a supernatural fog, and it isn't as creepy as it is visually cool in that gothic style of classic Hammer Films, the one and only thing this dull mess has going for it. Lara Parker, as Angelique, is harder to judge as she's barely in the hacked up cut of the film. That aside, even imagining the complete version was released, there are still issues. When Quentin finally realizes that he is a two minds, he must rush to save not only his own life but the lives of those at Collinwood.
Carlotta reveals to Quentin that she is the reincarnation of Sarah Castle, a girl who lives at the house previously. While it's obvious early on that something is going to happen to David and it's even more obvious that Carlotta knows more than she's going to let on, getting to the end of this somewhat familiar journey makes for a good time. Paley Center curators David Bushman and Ron Simon broadly discuss the 1960s soap opera boom. There is also another young couple, and their function is to save the young wife, give her artificial respiration, wipe off the blood and so on. Optional dubbed tracks are available in Dolby Digital in German, Spanish and Italian while optional subtitles are offered in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. Played once again by Lara Parker, she appears as an apparition with few speaking lines, but it's never made very clear if we're meant to feel sorry for her or fear her. It's a difficult film to review in one way.