|NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (director/writer: Dan Curtis; screenwriters: Sam Hall/story by Sam Hall; cinematographer: Richard Shore; editor: Charles Goldsmith; music: Robert Cobert; cast: David Selby (Charles Collins/Quentin Collins), Kate Jackson (Tracy Collins), Grayson Hall (Carlotta Drake), John Karlen (Alex Jenkins), Lara Parker (Angellque Collins), Nancy Barrett (Claire Jenkins), James Storm (Gerard Styles), Diana Millay (Laura Collins), Thayer David (Rev. Strack), Christopher Pennock (Gabriel Collins), Clarice Blackburn (Mrs. Castle), Monica Rich (Sarah Castle); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Dan Curtis; Warner Home Video; 1971)|
|"A modest exploitation
supernatural tale, that
seems better suited to be soap opera day TV
fare than a feature movie."
by Dennis Schwartz
A modest exploitation supernatural tale, that seems better suited to be soap opera day TV fare than a feature movie. The atmospheric low-budget flick about an evil ghost witch bothering a new tenant was inspired by the popular television soap-opera/horror melodrama Dark Shadows. Dan Curtis ("Our Fathers"/"The Love Letter"/"Intruders") helms the second film he based on that TV show, with the first Dark Shadows rip off the far better flick. Writer Sam Hall gives this horror pic a new storyline.
gentle artist Quentin Collins (David Selby), the last
of his clan, moves back to Collinwood Manor, in Maine,
with his recent bride Tracy (Kate Jackson) to his
newly inherited ancestral home he has never seen
before (the haunted house used was railroad
robber/baron Jay Gould's 1890 Lyndhurst
New York) and experiences
strangely violent visions of the past. Unsure of
what's real and what's a dream, Collin's discovers
he's being haunted by the possessive evil ghost of the
witch Angelique (Lara Parker)--his
ancestor, who was hanged in 1810 as a witch. During
the sexy blonde Angelique's lifetime she was painted
by her artist brother-in-law and lover,
previous owner's housekeeper, Carlotta Drake (Grayson
Hall), and her nephew, Gerard Styles (James
Storm), serve as caretakers.
married couple, Alex Jenkins (John Karlen)
and Claire (Nancy Barrett), are the couple's
well-meaning married friends who are
unfortunately no help to the distressed couple.
REVIEWED ON 10/28/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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