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Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

A painter and his wife move into a home and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Sam Hall (screenplay), Sam Hall (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Selby ... Quentin Collins / Charles Collins
Grayson Hall ... Carlotta Drake
Kate Jackson ... Tracy Collins
Lara Parker ... Angelique Collins
John Karlen ... Alex Jenkins
Nancy Barrett ... Claire Jenkins
Jim Storm ... Gerard Stiles (as James Storm)
Thayer David ... Rev. Strack
Christopher Pennock ... Gabriel Collins
Diana Millay ... Laura Collins
Monica Rich Monica Rich ... Sarah Castle
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Castle
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Storyline

Recently married, Quentin and Tracy Collins have just moved into Collinwood, a New England estate that has long been in the Collins family and which Quentin has just inherited. They have invited their married friends, Alex and Claire Jenkins, who write horror novels together, to live in a cottage on the estate rent free. An artist, Quentin wants to find somewhere in the mansion to do his painting that will, among other things, give him some inspiration. The estate's humorless housekeeper Carlotta Drake, who comes from a long line of domestics serving the Collins family at Collinwood, directs him to the room in the tower. After his first trip to the tower room where he finds many other paintings, Quentin begins to see visions and have nightmares including that of a young woman hanging dead in a tree outside the mansion, and a young girl in another window of the mansion holding a doll. With further information from Carlotta about those visions and nightmares, Quentin may be placing ... Written by Huggo

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Hung as a witch 200 years ago, Angelique comes back to Collinwood. Her return from the grave is just the beginning of their lust. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of Dark Shadows See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Virginia Vestoff was originally going to reprise her role of Samantha Collins but was unavailable so the script was rewritten to include Diana Millay and her character Laura Collins. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Quentin goes to bed wearing gold (or yellow) pajamas. Then in his nightmare sequences that follow the pajamas are blue. See more »

Quotes

Carlotta Drake: Everything is different now.
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When the MGM lion roars, no sound comes out. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original director's cut of Night of Dark Shadows was screened for MGM executives at 129 minutes. Unhappy with the running time, studio head James Aubrey ordered director Dan Curtis to cut around 40 minutes out of the picture, as it was considered a B-programmer. Curtis was given only 24 hours to re-cut the picture, and the 97 minute version was approved by Aubrey. The picture was press screened at that length, but afterward an additional 4 minutes were cut from the picture without Dan Curtis' consent, probably in order to guarantee a GP rating (1971's PG equivalent) as all of this material cut was violent or sexually suggestive in nature. During release some of the preview (97 mins) prints were accidentally circulated and still show up today, probably through private collectors as the 97 min prints are no longer held in MGM's archive. Dan Curtis' 129 min original version has been considered lost and presumed destroyed for decades, but film historian Darren Gross unearthed the sole existing material for this version in August 1999. Plans for restoration and release of this version are currently being formulated. See more »

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Follows Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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MGM KILLED NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS
14 April 2001 | by Barnabasat45See all my reviews

In 1975 I was a freelance writer in New York. During that year I was honored to interview stage and screen actress and one of the stars from Dark Shadows, Grayson Hall. It was during this interview that I learned why NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS was such a bad film.

The late Ms. Hall related a story which told of how MGM called her husband, "Dark Shadows writer" Sam Hall and told him that he would have to fly out to California and edit out nearly 30 min. from his latest film. After his sad task was done he returned home and shortly thereafter the film was released. It was not up to the standards the the series nor MGM's hit from just the year before "House of Dark Shadows" had. The idea was excellent. Dialog well written, stylishly photographed and wonderful performances from the cast. The problem was the fact that the feature made little sense. It plotted along for 90 min's filled with questions and vagueness.

However, the good news is that most of the edited footage has been found and is now in the process of being re-edited. Night of Dark Shadows, through the popularity of the series, is in a sense going to be re-born. Sam Hall's work shall now be seen as it was created. Perhaps then we will be able to appreciate this classic haunted house story, the way it should be, without studio butchering.


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