House of Dark Shadows (1970)
Director: Dan Curtis
Main Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Light Scott, Nancy Barrett, Roger Davis, Barbara Cason
Storyline: The vampire Barnabas is released, and he wants to fine his true love and will not stop for nothing as he is haunted by this curse.
Review (Spoils): The dark forgotten Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) is released from his chained-up coffin and he comes back to fin youth and love. Portraying as a long-lost relative he spends time at a mansion called the Collinwood Estate as he uses his domination to create followers and chases the ones that he loves. This vampire is unlike others as his charm is strong as women are finding themselves deeply in mad love with him and will not stop for nothing for his attention.
This film is very different than the regular vampire like films as it has a very dark, sexual Hammer like feel to it but at the same it lacks explanation. The film starts off like you missed a whole storyline as it just jumps right in without any back story. This does hurt the film to be honest as a lot of the beginning you are confused and bored. But about half through the film it does start to shine.
There is no lack of vampire teeth, neck bites and bright red blood in this film. We have crosses, wolves, stakes and tons of sexual tension (but no nudity) but lots of 70s short skirts to keep you entertained. The make up for Barnabas actually at first you do not get it but once he shows his true self it is great! There is one nasty stake scene which I believe was the highlight of the film even though it was the death of beauty.
Rating: This was started really bad and confusing but about halfway through it did shine as an underground gem and I actual enjoyed it. Sure, the women’s outfits helped a lot, but Jonathan Frid did shine. The film is off a tv series but to do a motion film you do need to explain yourself. But with the beauties of Kathryn Light Scott, Nancy Barrett this film is a vampire film worth a watch.
6/10 Beers! Yacker