House of Dark Shadows (1970)

35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Dan Curtis. It was the first of two big screen spin-offs from his television series (1966-1971).

Plot Summary

Released from his coffin ancient vampire Barnabas Collins returns to his ancestral home where he falls in love with the of his long lost love.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Dan Curtis
© MCMLXX [1970] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A Dan Curtis production. Presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Produced by: Dan Curtis
Associate Producer: Trevor Williams
Production Supervisor: Hal Schaffel
Screenplay by: Sam Hall and Gordon Russell
Based upon the ABC-TV series
Assistant Director: William Gerrity Jr
Director of Photography: Arthur Ornitz
Camera Operator: Dick Mingalone
Film Editor: Arline Garson
Music Composed and Conducted by: Robert Cobert
Sound: Chris Newman, Jack C. Jacobsen
Sound Mixer: Bob Fine
Costume Designer: Ramsee Mostoller
Make-up: Robert Layden
Hairdresser: Verne Caruso
Special Make-up: Dick Smith
Titles Designed by: F. Hillsberg Inc.
Production Designer: Trevor Williams
Set Decorator: Ken Fitzpatrick
Assistant to the Producer: George DiCenzo
Collinwood sequences filmed at The Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown, N.Y. through the courtesy of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Gerald L. Fiedler, Administrator
Locations: Three Bears' Inn, Westport, Connecticut, USA *; Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA *; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, New York, USA *; Beechwood-Scarborough, Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA *
Stunt Co-ordinator: Alex Stevens
Casting: Linda Otto

Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
Grayson Hall as Dr Julia Hoffman
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
Roger Davis as Jeff Clark
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
John Karlen as Willie Loomis
Thayer David as Professor T. Eliot Stokes
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Donald Briscoe as Todd Blake
David Henesy as David Collins
Dennis Patrick as Sheriff George Patterson
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Lisa Richards [real name: Lisa Blake Richards] as Daphne Budd
Jerry Lacy as minister
Barbara Cason as Mrs Johnson
Paul Michael as old man
Humbert Astredo as Dr Forbes
Terry Crawford as Todd's nurse
Michael Stroka as pallbearer

Alternative Titles

Amores de Vampiros – Portugal
La casa dei vampire – Italy
Chi no kuchibiru – Japan
La Fiancée du vampire – France
Hayaletler Satosu – Turkey
Nas Sombras da Noite – Brazil
Das Schloß der Vampire – West Germany
Sombras en la obscuridad – Mexico
Sombras en la oscuridad – Spain
Sombras tenebrosas – Chile
To Spiti me tis mavres skies – Greec
Vampyren banker på – Denmark
Vampyrens hus – Sweden
Vampyrernos bröllop – Sweden (Finnish)
Vampyyrien häät – Finland

Sequel to
Dark Shadows (1966-1971)

Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

Extracts included in
Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell (2012)
Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993)
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Monster Mania (1997)
Movie Macabre: House of Dark Shadows (1985)

See also
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dark Shadows (2012)



  • Filmfax no.83 (February/March 2001) pp.71, 84-85 – illustrated interview with David Henesy (The past doesn't “bite” for David Henesy by Ron Baxley)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.210 no.44 (24 April 1970) p.12 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.212 no.31 (25 August 1970) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.3298 (26 December 1970) p.8 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.445 (February 1971) p.24 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9870 (8 January 1971) p.11 – credits, review
  • Variety 2 September 1970 p.40 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.221
  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.175, 177
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.100-101
  • Film Review 1971-72 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.225
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.59-62 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.183 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.203 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.268-270
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.10-11 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.178-180 ; 211- illustrated review; credits