Wednesday, December 11, 2013

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

As with the previous review this movie is somewhat difficult to find online without downloading a file and risking your hard drive to Gawd-knows-what kind of virus. Hence there will be a link and no embed for this flick. With the perfunctory stuff out of the way let's get to the movie.

This is, more-or-less, a perfunctory (yes, again) refresher course of the Dark Shadows television enterprise. Much of the plot is a rehashing of what was on the show though in a time lapse sort of way with everything culminating in mere minutes where it took the series months and years to impart.

This is both a good and bad thing. Good for those new to the drama and bad for those who have seen it all. That is, if you like the movie then you'll surely love the old reruns. The same thing cannot necessarily be said for the rabid fans of the show. You'll watch it because you have to and any other benefits derived will be purely superficial.

Having said that, one can never get enough Barnabas Collins. And now that Jonathan Frid has passed you'll have to cling to whatever fragment of elegantly parlayed fury you can grasp onto. This isn't a bad start or finish. At least not in comparison with the other DS movie Night of Dark Shadows, which is without Frid and much of the show's original allure.

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